G.W. Bush said, "I also want to speak tonight directly to Muslims throughout the world: We respect your faith. It is practiced freely by many millions of Americans, and by millions more in countries that America counts as friends. Its teachings are good and peaceful, and those who commit evil in the name of Allah blaspheme the name of Allah. The terrorists are traitors to their own faith, trying, in effect, to hijack Islam itself. The enemy of America is not our many Muslim friends; it is not our many Arab friends. Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists, and every government that supports them." (9.20.2001 an address to a Joint Session of Congress)
Mohammed said: “The sword is the key of heaven and hell; a drop of blood shed in the cause of Allah, a night spent in arms, is of more avail than two months of fasting or prayer; whosoever falls in battle, his sins are forgiven, and at the day of judgment his limbs shall be supplied by the wings of angels and cherubim."
G.W. Bush probably does not know as much about Islam as does Mohammed, Islam's founder.
Barack Hussein Obama said, "To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West: Know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist." (Inaugural Address January, 2009)
The Koran: has well over 100 verses that teach fighting, killing and terror. When compared to the Hadith (a history of Mohammed the Sunni Muslims use as an example to follow, though Shiites reject it) we see that most of these verses are chronologically later than the "peace" and acceptance verses. Due to the "Doctrine of Abrogation," the later "revelations" from Allah cancelled out the earlier teachings. The doctrines of Mohammed were always subject to change. The point: Islam at its heart is violent and vengeful. It is seen in the life of Mohammed, his followers and the books of his religion.
The Bible does teach that Jesus came not to bring peace, but a sword (Matthew 10.34), but that is not in the same kind of context as the Koran and the life of Mohammed displayed in the Hadith. The Bible teaches forgiveness:
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. (Psalm 103.11-13 ESV)The Bible also teaches unchanging truth:
O LORD, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. (Jonah 4.2 ESV)
Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses. (Acts 13.38-39 ESV)
Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but you are the same, and your years have no end. (Psalm 102.25-27 ESV)Finally, the Bible teaches one way to salvation- by grace, through faith in Christ alone:
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. (Matthew 24.35 ESV)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrew 13.8 ESV)
And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4.12 ESV)
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14.6 ESV)
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2.8-9 ESV)
My best resource for this post was "The Truth About Islam" by Don Walton at Time For Truth Ministries. He could not find a publisher willing to print this workbook- and was even kicked out of a major office supply chain when he was having them printed at his own expense. The workbooks were originally intended as a resource for pastors to be able to teach from, but they have become popular with those who are not ministerial staff members.