Saturday, August 27, 2011

Internet Daily Chapel for Week Of August 28, 2011 - Featuring "The Most Important Question In The World Today: Does True Islam Require Freedom Of Religion?" - plus much more.

Internet Daily Chapel for Week Of August 28, 2011

Featuring "The Most Important Question In The World Today: Does True Islam
Require Freedom Of Religion?" - plus much more.

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Worship Service, Featuring "The Most Important Question In The World
Today: Does True Islam Require Freedom Of Religion?" - plus much more.


Dear Lord, please let the viewers of this page
Unite with You this moment, at one time.
And let our worship please You, here and now.
In Jesus' holy name we pray, Amen.

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Opening Song
"Be Still My Soul"

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O Lord, we come together in Your name,
And as You promised, we know You are here.

We now invite You to reveal Yourself,
And share with us Your presence, openly,


In Jesus' holy name we pray, Amen.

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The Lord's Prayer
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The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Source: Book Of Common Prayer, based on
Matthew 6:9-13

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Declaration Of Faith

The Apostles' Creed
This historic affirmation of faith comes to us from the early centuries of
the Christian church.
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I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit;
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell;
The third day he rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven
And sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit;
The holy catholic church; *
The communion of saints;
The forgiveness of sins;
The resurrection of the body;
And the life everlasting.


* Note: "catholic church" here means the entire body of
believers in Christ, not just one particular church.

Featured Segment . . .

The Most Important Question In The World Today . . . Does True Islam
Require Freedom Of Religion?
by Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director -

The case of Christian convert Abdul Rahman in Afghanistan has sharply
focused international attention on what may be the most important question
in the world today: Does true Islam require freedom of religion, or not?

The government of Afghanistan had been preparing to bring Rahman to trial
on the criminal charge of renouncing his former religion of Islam to
become a convert to Christianity. According to some authorities, this act
of apostasy violates Islamic law and is punishable by death. Other
authorities believe that true Islamic law requires freedom of religion and
that Rahman and everybody else should be free to follow whatever religion
(or none at all) they choose, without fear or penalty.

The importance of this question could not possibly be greater, because if
true Islam requires freedom of religion, then there is no theological
basis for militant action against people of other religions, merely
because of their religion. Islamic Democracy becomes a possibility, and
long-term peaceful co-existence for Muslims and non-Muslims seems likely.
The supposed justification for terrorism largely disappears, and a new era
of hopefulness in the world can soon begin.

But if true Islam does not require freedom of religion, then Muslims are
theologically justified in using violence against non-Mulims, Islamic
Democracy becomes totally impossible, and anti-Western terrorism can can
continue, with some apparent theological justification -- all on the basis
of spreading Islam, by force if necessary. This would also place Islam in
direct opposition to the United Nations' "Universal Declaration Of Human
Rights," which guarantees freedom of religion to all people in United
Nations member countries.

In the immediate case of Abdul Rahman, the best outcome, with benefit for
all people, would be for a high Islamic court to rule that the case should
be dismissed because true Islamic law requires freedom of religion. This
decision would be based mainly on Qur'an 2.256, which plainly says, "There
is no compulsion in religion; truly the right way has become clearly
distinct from error; therefore, whoever disbelieves in the Shaitan (note:
Satan) and believes in Allah he indeed has laid hold on the firmest
handle, which shall not break off, and Allah is Hearing, Knowing."

Source: Qur'an (Koran) as shown at

This reading from the Qur'an is confirmed by another one, the entire
chapter (Sura) 109, called "The Disbelievers," which concludes, "You shall
have your religion and I shall have my religion."

The Disbelievers
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
[109.1] Say: O unbelievers!
[109.2] I do not serve that which you serve,
[109.3] Nor do you serve Him Whom I serve:
[109.4] Nor am I going to serve that which you serve,
[109.5] Nor are you going to serve Him Whom I serve:
[109.6] You shall have your religion and I shall have my religion. and elsewhere.
The theological basis for the prosecution of Rahman apparently comes from
a misreading of Qur'an 16.106, which says, "He who disbelieves in Allah
after his having believed, not he who is compelled while his heart is at
rest on account of faith, but he who opens (his) breast to disbelief-- on
these is the wrath of Allah, and they shall have a grievous chastisement."

Immediately we can see two theological errors in prosecuting Rahman on
this basis: First, he is not "disbelieving in Allah." Allah is the creator
of the universe, and there is only one Allah. We Christians call Him,
"God," or "Heavenly Father." But we are talking about the same One
Creator, who has revealed Himself to different people in slightly
different ways, for His own good reasons. As a Christian, Rahman still
believes in Allah, as do I myself. And second, the "grievous punishment"
is supposed to come from Allah Himself, on Judgment Day, not from fallible
humans today. Furthermore, everyone should keep in mind that all
punishments specified in the Qur'an may be moderated and reduced by
applying the oft-stated principle that "Allah is forgiving, merciful," as
stated in Qur'an 2.173 and seventy-six other places in the Qur'an. Allah
knows your heart. In Islam, if you have a really good reason, Allah will
overlook or forgive almost anything.

(Also note that this verse confirms the invalidity of compulsion in
religion, when it says, "not he who is compelled.")

So we see that the prosecution of Abdul Rahman in Afghanistan for
converting from Islam to Christianity, in supposed violation of "Islamic
law," is itself a violation of Islamic law, the highest written authority
in which is the Qur'an.

But if this is true, then why is there any question? Why does anyone even
think that converting from Islam to another religion might be a sin? The
reason is that some non-Qur'anic secondary written authorities seem to say
that it is a punishable sin for Muslims to convert away from Islam.

These secondary written authorities are called called the "hadith," or
"sayings," attributed to the prophet Muhammad, some of which were
reportedly heard by his followers, then told to others who then told them
to others who then wrote them down. But the various hadith differ widely
among themselves, and many are believed by some Muslims but not by others.
Some of these hadith do appear to prohibit freedom of religion in some
cases. But even the most authoritative hadith is never strong enough to
contradict the words of the Qur'an, all of which were reportedly given by
Allah to the Prophet Muhammad and immediately written down under his
direct supervision. In Islam, the Qur'an comes directly from Allah and is
infallible. The hadith come from man and are subject to error. The hadith
are sometimes useful in order to clarify the words in the Qur'an, but
hadith are never strong enough to contradict the clear words of the

If the government of Afghanistan merely yields to Western pressure in this
one case, that doesn't solve anything. The problem will come back again in
future cases. And if they make up some phony excuse for not having the
trial, like "mental incompetence," that is even worse. The fact is that
Abdul Rahman is perfectly competent to stand trial, but the case against
him is not justified under true Islamic law.


I propose that a high-level team of Islamic scholars study this case, and
defend Rahman, and win the legal victory they deserve: "Case dismissed."
This would establish the Islamic legal precedent, on the international
level, that true Islam permits freedom of religion. This might very well
be as important a case for the entire world today as Brown v Board of
Education was for the United States in 1956. And it could be the
foundation of true Christian-Muslim understanding and peaceful
co-existence, as described below.


The world is well aware that a fundamental tension has long existed
between Islam and Christianity, Muslims and Christians. The underlying
theological reason for this tension is best understood by comparing two
verses from Scripture: Sura (chapter) 112 from the Qur'an (Islam's highest
written authority) and John 3:16 from the Bible (Christianity's highest
written authority.) Sura 112 is considered by many Muslims to be the most
important single statement in Islam, and John 3:16 is considered by many
Christians to be the most important single statement in Christianity.

The fundamental conflict is that the Qur'an says Allah (God) did not
father any children in any way, and that no one is like Him; but the Bible
says that Jesus is God's Son and that anyone who believes in Jesus will
have eternal life. Islam accepts Jesus, but only as one of the many
prophets who came before Muhammed, not as the only-begotten Son of God.

[112.1] Say: He, Allah, is One.
[112.2] Allah is He on Whom all depend.
[112.3] He begets not, nor is He begotten.
[112.4] And none is like Him.
Qur'an 112:1-4
(Shakir Translation)

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
that whoever believes in him should not perish but
have eternal life.
Bible: John 3:16
(Revised Standard Version)

The Qur'an and Bible I am using here are the ones available online from
the University Of Michigan by following THIS LINK. The Revised Standard
translation of the Bible (RSV) and the M. H. Shakir translation of the
Qur'an are both widely available and widely accepted. If you want to
consult other translations, you can easily do so by searching for "Bible
online" and "Qur'an online" at
To a Muslim, it is blasphemy to say that Jesus is the Son of God. To a
Christian, it is blasphemy to say that Jesus is not the Son of God. This
is the fundamental conflict between Islam and Christianity, and it cannot
be papered over with smiles and pleasant words.

Nevertheless, it is quite possible for both religions to live side-by-side
in peaceful, even brotherly, co-existence. In fact, the Qur'an
specifically instructs Muslims to accept and tolerate Christians, and the
Bible instructs Christians to live at peace with all people, as we will
show below.

The Way Christians Should Act Toward Muslims

The Bible instructs Christians to live at peace with all people, as much
as it is possible to do so. Further, Christians are instructed not to seek
revenge for personal offenses, but to leave vengeance to God.

If possible, so far as it depends upon you,
live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge
yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God;
for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay,
says the Lord."
Bible: Romans 12:18-19
(Revised Standard Version)

The Way Muslims Should Act Toward Christians

The Qur'an instructs Muslims to give Christians nothing to fear and not to
cause Christians to grieve. Further, the Qur'an instructs Muslims that
there should be no compulsion in religion. Therefore Christians, all of
whom believe in Allah (God), believe in the Last day (Judgment Day) and
try to do good, should be allowed to live in peace, even if they do not
convert to Islam.

[2.62] Surely those who believe, and those who are Jews, and the
Christians, and the Sabians, whoever believes in Allah and the Last day
and does good, they shall have their reward from their Lord, and there
no fear for them, nor shall they grieve.
[2.256] There is no compulsion in religion; truly the right way has
clearly distinct from error; therefore, whoever disbelieves in the
and believes in Allah he indeed has laid hold on the firmest handle,
shall not break off, and Allah is Hearing, Knowing.
Qur'an 2.62 and 2.256
(Shakir Translation)

Blessings to you. And may God bless us all.
Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director -

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[109.6] You shall have your religion and I shall have my religion.

May the Lord bless this presentation.

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Poem - With audio reading plus music video
"All The Way My Saviour Leads Me," - by Fanny J. Crosby
ALL THE WAY MY SAVIOUR LEADS ME - by Fanny J. Crosby, 1875
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All the way my Saviour leads me;
What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His faithful mercies,
Who through life has been my guide?
Heav'nly peace, divinest comfort,
Here by faith in Him do dwell;
For I know whate'er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well.

All the way my Saviour leads me,
Cheers each winding path I tread;
Gives me strength for every trial,
Feeds me with the living bread.
Though my weary steps may falter,
And my soul athirst may be,
Gushing from the Rock before me,
Lo, a spring of joy I see.

All the way my Saviour leads me,
O the fullness of His love!
Perfect rest to me is promised,
In my Father's house above;
When my spirit, clothed immortal,
Wings its flight to realms of day,
This my song through endless ages:
"Jesus led me all the way."

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Prayer For You
Your Intellect Alone Is Not Enough
NOTE: When you read this prayer, try to imagine hearing my voice as I
it to you. In this way, the prayer is reactivated, and it is the same
as if I were actually praying for you at that moment.
(Just like television prayers are reactivated when you watch
them, although the videotape may have been shot years before.)

"Your Intellect Alone Is Not Enough"

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine
own understanding." (Proverbs 3:5 KJV)

Your intellect alone is not enough
To guide you through this life you have on earth;
For many of the world's most brilliant men
Are lost, like drunkards stumbling through the night.

But once the Holy Spirit dwells in you,
He lights your path, illuminates the dark,
He gives you answers to your deepest quests,
Where intellect alone would surely fail.

And so I pray the Lord will dwell in you,
And let His holy presence guide your life.
Then if you ask your mind for its assent
Your mind will cheerfully affirm His truths.

In Jesus' name I pray for you, Amen.

by Rev. Bill McGinnis - Public Domain

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I pray the Lord that He will lead your path
Away from the temptations all around.
I pray that when temptation lingers near,
The Lord will lead you not into its reach.
But if temptation grabs you as you pass,
I pray the Lord that you will struggle free.
In Jesus' holy name I pray, Amen.

Blessings to you in Jesus Christ our Lord.
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