Christendom’s Greatest Cathedral to Become a Mosque

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a CBN News contributor. He is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). 


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Originally published at PJ Media

While unrest in Turkey continues to capture attention, more subtle and more telling events concerning the Islamification of Turkey—and not just at the hands of Prime Minister Erdogan but majorities of Turks—are quietly transpiring.  These include the fact that Turkey’s Hagia Sophia museum is on its way to becoming a mosque.

Why does the fate of an old building matter?

Because Hagia Sophia—Greek for “Holy Wisdom”—was for some thousand years Christianity’s greatest cathedral. Built in 537 in Constantinople, the heart of the Christian empire, it was also a stalwart symbol of defiance against an ever encroaching Islam from the east.

After parrying centuries of jihadi thrusts, Constantinople was finally sacked by Ottoman Turks in 1453. Its crosses desecrated and icons defaced, Hagia Sophia—as well as thousands of other churches—was immediately converted into a mosque, the tall minarets of Islam surrounding it in triumph.

Then, after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, as part of several reforms, secularist Ataturk transformed Hagia Sophia into a “neutral” museum in 1934—a gesture of goodwill to a then triumphant West from a then crestfallen Turkey.

Thus the fate of this ancient building is full of portents. And according to Hurriyet Daily News, “A parliamentary commission is considering an application by citizens to turn the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque….  A survey conducted with 401 people was attached to the application, in which more than 97 percent of interviewees requested the transformation of the ancient building into a mosque and afterwards for it to be reopened for Muslim worship.”

Even lesser known is the fact that other historic churches are currently being transformed into mosques, such as  a 13th century church building—portentously also named Hagia Sophia—in Trabzon. After the Islamic conquest, it was turned into a mosque.  But because of its “great historical and cultural significance” for Christians, it too, during Turkey’s secular age, was turned into a museum and its frescoes restored. Yet local authorities recently decreed that its Christian frescoes would again be covered and the church/museum turned into a mosque.

Similarly, the 5th century Studios Monastery, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is set to become an active mosque.  And the existence of the oldest functioning Christian monastery in the world, 5th century Mor Gabriel Monastery is at risk. Inhabited today by only a few dozen Christians dedicated to learning the monastery’s teachings, the ancient Aramaic language spoken by Jesus and the Orthodox Syriac tradition, neighboring Muslims filed a lawsuit accusing the monks of practicing “anti-Turkish activities” and of illegally occupying land which belongs to Muslim villagers. The highest appeals court in Ankara ruled in favor of the Muslim villagers, saying the land that had been part of the monastery for 1,600 years is not its property, absurdly claiming that the monastery was built over the ruins of a mosque—even though Muhammad was born 170 years after the monastery was built.

Turkey’s Christian minority, including the Orthodox Patriarch, are naturally protesting this renewed Islamic onslaught against what remains of their cultural heritage—to deaf ears.

The Muslim populace’s role in transforming once Christian sites into mosques is a reminder of all those other Turks not protesting the Islamization of Turkey, and who if anything consider Erdogan’s government too “secular.”

Their numbers are telling.  In May 2012, Reuters reported that

Thousands of devout Muslims prayed outside Turkey’s historic Hagia Sophia museum on Saturday [May 23] to protest a 1934 law that bars religious services at the former church and mosque. Worshippers shouted, “Break the chains, let Hagia Sophia Mosque open,” and “God is great” [the notorious “Allahu Akbar”] before kneeling in prayer as tourists looked on. Turkey’s secular laws prevent Muslims and Christians from formal worship within the 6th-century monument, the world’s greatest cathedral for almost a millennium before invading Ottomans converted it into a mosque in the 15th century.

Calls to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque is not about Muslims wanting a place to pray—as of 2010, there were 3,000 active mosques in Istanbul alone.   Rather, it’s about their reveling, and trying to revivify, the glory days of Islamic jihad and conquest: Reuters added that Muslims “staged the prayers ahead of celebrations next week marking the 559th anniversary of the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet’s conquest of Byzantine Constantinople.” According to Salih Turhan, a spokesman quoted by Reuters, “As the grandchildren of Mehmet the Conqueror, seeking the re-opening Hagia Sophia as a mosque is our legitimate right.”

Sultan Mehmet was the scourge of European Christendom, whose Islamic hordes seized and ravished Constantinople, forcibly turning it Islamic. Openly idolizing him, as many Turks do, is tantamount to their saying “We are proud of our ancestors who killed and stole the lands of European Christians.” And yet, despite such militant overtones, Turhan, whose position is echoed by many Turks, still manages to blame the West: “Keeping Hagia Sophia Mosque closed is an insult to our mostly Muslim population of 75 million. It symbolizes our ill-treatment by the West.”

So keeping a historically Christian/Western building—that was stolen by Islamic jihad—as a neutral museum is seen as “ill-treatment by the West,” even as Turks continue destroying the nation’s original Christian heritage.

And the historical revisions continue.  Last May 29th, when Turks celebrate the Fall of Constantinople, Erdogan himself declared that the jihadi invasion—which saw countless Christians enslaved, raped, or slaughtered—was the true “time of enlightenment.”  After showing how Erdogan got it upside down, Ralph Sidway, an Orthodox Christian author,  wrote:

Erdogan and Turkey celebrate the Fall of Constantinople, and the West congratulates them.  “We are continuing to write history today,” says Erdogan, and write it — or re-write it — they do, under the somnambulant gaze of craven Western leaders too ignorant, or too fearful, to challenge Islam’s claim to moral superiority, historical righteousness and eventual world domination. By their policies, posture and pronouncements, Western European nations, and the United States, are conceding the future to a rapidly re-Islamicizing Turkey, and are aiding in Islam’s stated goal of a new, global caliphate determined to conquer us, just as it conquered Constantinople 560 years ago.  Every Turkish celebration of 29 May 1453 is a gauntlet flung down in challenge to the West. Each such event which goes unanswered and unchallenged by the West is another nail in the coffin of Christian culture, human rights, and free people everywhere.

Indeed, at a time when Turkey is openly reclaiming its jihadi heritage, Europeans are actively erasing their Christian heritage which for centuries kept the Islamic jihad at bay.  Among other capitulations, Europeans are currently betraying church buildings to Muslims to convert to mosques and scrubbing references of the historic Turkish jihads against Europe from classroom textbooks, lest Muslim students be offended.

Meanwhile, here are neighboring Turkey’s Muslims openly praising the same jihadi warlords who brutally conquered a portion of Europe centuries ago, converting thousands of churches into mosques, even as they openly prepare to finish the job—which may not even require force, as Europe actively sells its own soul.

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  • American1969

    The Religion of Peace.

  • Khalil39

    Inshallah, all the churches around the world will one day become mosques. Even the haters among you will one day come to realise the blessed truth of Allah and His Greatest Messenger Muhammed (PBUH). Islam is the most rapidly growing religion in the world. Allahu akbar!

    • ziggy zoggy

      There are at least 2.2 BILLION more Christians in the world than islamopithecines, and Christianity is far and away the world’s fastest growing religion. Islam has always survived at the fringes and people who can choose overwhelmingly choose Christianity. Jesus Vs. an insane, genocidal pedophile? (Pi$$ be upon him.) No contest.

    • Ei Saa Peitaa

      Muslims all over the world are seeking Christ, they have had enough of the empty demonic teachings of islam and seek salvation from evil.

      • Boerewitman1

        Becoming a Christian is one of the easiest things in life..
        If you feel that strong,becoming a Christian my advise to you would be. If you are convinced in your heart and know that it is God, the living God thats talking to you, Admit your sins to God, ask for forgivness, asking God to take your heart , spirit and soul. Surrender everything to him. Invite Him into your life and ask him to make you free of all the ties that bind you. Thank Him for loving you and tell Him that you love Him for saving your sole.
        Praise God in everthing that you think, do and talk. Give him the glory as your Heavenly Farther.
        Get rid of all the stuff that remind you of your wrong, buy a Bible, King James. Study Gods Word and live according to it. It is definitly no easy road, but the result is everlasting life in the presence of the living God . Prais Himn every moment of the day, and you will see how your life will change to the better.
        I will make a point to pray with you for yje salvation of your soul, for you and your family.

        • Ei Saa Peitaa

          Yes, it is true, becoming a Christian is easy, and so rewarding. I already walk with Christ, I pray for salvation for the muslims who live in darkness and slavery of islam, that they will find the love salvation and spiritual freedom offered by Jesus Christ.

        • orioninitiative

          Good ‘to do list’ after you are saved but remember the gospel, just BELIEVE.

      • MburuChege

        how can muslims leave pure monotheism (of serving the one true deity) to start ranting about God having a “son or mother” !…Honestly i dont see that happening! …..selling the idea of God having a son to muslims is quite impossible!

        • ServosT

          How can muslims leave their religion when a death sentence hangs over the head of anyone attempting to do such a thing? Take away the sword and see how many muslims flee the religion of hate.

          • neorhythm

            Islam is the most COVERTED TO faith in the US; too bad your little argument just fell apart!

          • ServosT

            And gangs are very popular, too. Your dubious statistics aside, apostasy in Islam is a death penalty. Some one converting to iSlam here in the states has little to fear. A muslim converting to Christianity in Pakistan has just signed their own death sentence. Are you yourself a muslim or just a leftist dhimmi who allow the cancer of islam to spread here in the west?

          • neorhythm

            Tell me bigot, how does that explain the fact that Islam is the most CONVERTED TO faith in the US? No death penalty here for apostasy, yet it’s still the most converted to faith. Sorry bigot, you lose again. Facts trump your hate-filled perspective. Have you tried adding sequins to the bed sheet? Looks real good around the eye-holes.

          • ServosT

            No, we Americans with are Western style of justice wouldn’t sit still while our muslim guests whacked each other because they wanted to leave the loving religion of the warlord mohammed. However there are an increasing number of “honor killing” being done to muslim children that get a little too western for their pious fathers.
            And the only head to toe coverings I’ve seen lately are the more and more popular burkas, and yes, some have sequins on them. Got to cover your women up before you leave home, I guess. Ah, diversity.

          • neorhythm

            LOL; you keep squirming, Islam keeps being the fastest growing faith in the US. Free will and the constitution baby, that’s all that’s required to trump your hate bigot. Keep hatin’ and Islam keeps growing. Sorry, you lose again.

          • ServosT

            There is a certain manic quality to your responses. Your hatred of western civilization and Christianity seems to blind you to the essential characteristics of Islam. I think you are a prime candidate for conversion to Big Mo’s ideology because Islam codifies the hatred you have over other people. You do of course know that a true muslim hates with a passion the U.S. Constitution and will always seek to replace it with Sharia. Open your eyes before its too late.

          • neorhythm

            Not only are you a bigot, you are are also a delusional bigot.

          • ServosT

            Since I’m delusional (and, apparently, a bigot) that means that islam and western civilization are completely compatible. Is that your position?

          • neorhythm

            I’m happy to have an academic debate with you about religion in general and islam in particular; however, you seem to have the opinion that Islam is inherently “evil” and muslims are “savages”. Moreover, you seem to ignore the history of violence demonstrated by Christians in the name of Christianity (both remote history and recent history) and only focus on crimes and terrorists acts committed by folks that claim to be Muslims. That sort of a mindset does not lend itself to open-minded dialogue. If you are not a bigot, the Lord will not judge you as such; me calling you a bigot should not matter to you, it’s just what I see based on your posts. Have a good day.

          • ServosT

            What do you mean “I seem to ignore the history of violence demonstrated by Christians…..?” The topic is iSLAM. Am I ignoring the horrors of Nazism and Soviet Russia, too? Islam IS inherently evil, and I have no problem with labeling those muslims who take islam to its limit as savages. Christian terrorism is not a threat to the world and certainly people who follow Christianity closely are never a threat. And you calling me a bigot is about as worriesome as a cloudy day. (Dutch)

          • neorhythm

            Yes, Andres Breivik followed Christianity closely when he mercilessly killed children; as did all the Catholic and Protestants that murdered each other in Ireland-they were following Christianity closely. Not to mention the Serbs that committed genocide in the name of Christianity, they were following Christianity closely. Oh and the Spanish Conquistadors, they were following Christianity closely too when the embarked on their genocidal campaigns and murdered the natives of the Americas. Oh and let’s not forget the KKK, that used the very symbol of Christianity set aflame at their lynchings-they were following Christianity closely. Lest you dismiss the KKK, two were just arrested in NY for attempting to use radiation to kill muslims. Yeah, they were following Christianity closely as well. LOL, bigot, you are not an intellectual challenge. Read and learn and then come and debate, until then you are a mental weakling. Sleep well bigot and don’t bother me again until you actually develop some independent thought instead of regurgitating someone else’s talking points. You are a bore.

          • ServosT

            As a mental giant and expert on Christianity I would think it simple for you to list chapter and verse where murdering children, murdering each other, committing genocide and using flaming crosses is prescribed in the New Testament. Extra credit if you can list the examples of Jesus killing his enemies. Mohammet, on the other hand, the GREATEST EXAMPLE of humanity according to his followers (you?), was a killer, a thief, a slaver, a warlord. Jesus overturned some tables and called some religious types hypocrites. Your examples are akin to blasting General Motors when an Escalade driven by a drunk runs into a crowd of nuns and girl scouts.

          • neorhythm

            Let’s start with a few; before accuse me only being able to find a few,
            don’t worry I have hundreds. And before you accuse me of taking quotes
            out of contexts, that is exactly what you bigots do.

            “I [Jesus] will kill her children with death”

          • neorhythm

            The martyrs just can’t wait until everyone else is slaughtered. God gives them a white robe
            and tells them to wait until he’s done with his killing spree

          • ServosT

            Did you hit the send button before you completed your post?

          • neorhythm

            Revelations 2:23 bigot. Ironic that a blow-hard like you doesn’t even know his own faith. Read and learn bigot.

          • ServosT

            So your idea of “proof” is citing one third of a verse from Revelation? Who is the “her” in the text? What does it mean by “her children?” Which Islamic nation do you see as the better model for humanity instead of Spain, since you cry about the tragedy of the loss of Spain from the clutches of iSlam.

          • neorhythm

            Yeah, that’s what I thought. The hypocrisy of a bigot is again exposed. Take quotes out of context from the Quran and that’s just fine, but do it from the Bible and the bigots cry foul. This is too easy. Would say LOL but I actually just feel sorry for you.

          • ServosT

            Back to the manic posts I see. Does the murderous Islamic Boko Haran, who are trying to make an Islamic state in Nigeria by killing Christians get you as animated as the defunct KKK? Or are they just taking Mohammed’s words out of context?

          • ServosT

            So your debating tactic is to take the weakest possible example of Biblical support for violence and pretend it proves your point? So, what about Spain? Would it have been better off as a foothold for Islam on the European continent?

          • neorhythm

            Ah the tactics of the bigot are laughable; when faced with pro-violence quote from the Bible, he minimizes it. Yet the same bigot takes quotes out of context from the Quran and highlights them. It’s sad that your ignorance doesn’t even qualify you as a Christian apologist. The hypocrisy of the bigot is again exposed. You may call me manic, but your life my “friend” is simply depressing.

          • ServosT

            I’m still waiting for a “pro-violence” quote from the Bible. Just as I’m waiting for a response from my question about Spain and your analysis of who “her” is in your verse. Waiting, waiting, waiting.

          • neorhythm

            Want more bigot? Got hundreds

            God kills everyone (men, women, children, infants, newborns) in Sodom and Gomorrah by raining “fire and brimstone from the Lord out of heaven
            REF: Gen19:24

            Bigot, give it up! Bible is full of violence. OK, I’m truly bored of you now; if it talks like a bigot, if it walks like a bigot…..well then……YOU ARE A BIGOT. This is my last response to you, you are blind. Bye bigot, enjoy the Klan rally!

          • ServosT

            The difference between your examples and Islamic examples is that yours tell what God has done, not what He commands us to do. As opposed to the koran which tells muslims to actively participate in jihad. More English bandsmen were killed by Islamic terrorists than have ever been killed by Christians using Sodom and Gomorrah as there marching orders. And regarding your lack of further responses to me, that won’t be much of a change because you haven’t really said anything yet.

          • ServosT

            No one disputes that the bible has violence, but there are no general or specific orders for Christians to act violently. None. As opposed to iSlam which instructs its followers to be vicious for Allah. Your tolerance is misplaced.

          • ServosT

            I was just giving you the benefit of the doubt. Normally one leads with one’s strongest argument. Since you led off with perhaps the weakest, I assumed you hit the “Post” button accidentally.

          • ServosT

            Okay, so where does it say for us Christians to kill children? Because I, or anyone else who can read sees it.

          • neorhythm

            There you go hate-filled bigot, those are all from the Bible!

          • ServosT

            “Regarding my personal relationship with God, I guess I’m not an excessively religious man,” Breivik says in his 1,500-page manifesto. “I am first and foremost a man of logic.”

            Sounds like a real Bible Thumper.

          • neorhythm

            He attended a meeting of the new Knights Templar in England. You bigots repeatedly blame Islams because some criminal claiming to be a muslim commits a heinous act. By your own standard, your buddy Breivik was acting in a Christian manner.

          • ServosT

            Prove it. Show me the verse which tells Christians to kill innocent schoolchildren. You haven’t done it.

          • ServosT

            I went to a rodeo once. It didn’t make me a cowboy. A person of your monumental intelligence surely can describe how Breivik was acting Christ-like. If a muslim commits a heinous act in the name of Mohammed who himself committed heinous acts through the koran, which teaches heinous acts, I am going to make the connection between the act and Islam. You make your connections because Breivik, an unreligious person, with no support in the Christian world, goes to a meeting and calls himself a “cultural Christian,” even though there is absolutely no place in the Bible which compels followers to murder.

          • Drakken

            You and others of your ilk will find out that our Constitution is not a suicide pact. You bloody progressive/Marxists/muslims are about to find that out.

        • Ei Saa Peitaa

          Christ is appearing for muslims all over the muslim world:
          This is really happening all over the muslim world:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLoR7bKRlZ0

    • Softly Bob

      I doubt it Khalil39. In fact, God himself will destroy Islam as it is deeply offensive to his name.
      I notice the you use the word inshallah, which means ‘Allah willing’ but Allah is not willing. Allah is incapable of doing anything. That’s why he gets you stupid Muslims to do his work for him (kiling, raping etc.) because he cannot do it himself. That’s what happens when you worship a false god.

    • orioninitiative

      You may want to read the Book of Revelation where the beast’s wounded head is miraculously healed and what follows.

    • hyedenny

      islam is not a religion. It is a socio-political system — created by a filthy pig for other filthy pigs — disguised as a religion. Mohammed was a common criminal and a pederast, and no amount of rewriting history can change that.

    • MburuChege

      let the zionists of all shades and their intellectual poodles continue ranting against islam, while muslims gradually take over the west! :)

      • Drakken

        It won’t be ranting that the muzzys will be worried about soon enough.

    • neorhythm

      Easy my friend; let’s not get crazy here. Jews, Christians and Muslims are brothers/sisters despite what the bigots on this site want to espouse.

      • Drakken

        Jews and Christians are not brothers and sister period, so get bent haji.

    • Drakken

      You muslims are in for one hell of a rude awaking, we’ll convert over stacks of your dead bodies. God Bless the Crusades, you will get another.

  • http://www.kizi1.org/ Kizi

    wow! very like

  • Lionel Mandrake

    Deluded people following a slaveish religion that shuts their soul and brain off.

    They squeal like stuck pigs way too much. To the average Moslem, there is an awareness of the Golden Rule, but a willful, sinful rejection of applying it either to others or even themselves.

    They are fascists to the core of their decrepit souls and their motivation and spiritual essence is spelled out in their “holy” texts and the example of their archtypical perfect man whose example was murder and treachery.

  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

    Secularization is the only hope for the Islamic world. It is being extinguished as we watch. Rather than leading the Middle East forward, Turkey is now following the Arabs backwards. I hope the recent protests grow.

    • MarilynA

      Don’t you mean that the western, once Christian, world is facilitating the rise of Islamic extremism which will end with the establishment of their promised Caliphate? These radicals are using their new found wealth from the sale of oil to the US, china and the West to implement their radical agenda. Cut off the funds and you stop this radical movement. The only way to do that is to develop our own natural recourses and stop wasting our time and money experimenting with questionable, unaffordable, and theoretical “green” energy sources such as wind and solar. You would think that after 50 years of fooling around with this junk science , that if it was feasible someone would have figured it out by now. In addition, the immigration of Muslim refugees into the West should be halted immediately. If our people are forced to face the consequences of aborting one out of every three of our potential citizens, the decline of population to the point of near extinction, it will give them incentive to rethink their selfish, self centered, me first attitudes. One thing is certain, these Muslim Jihadists are not coming here to look after us in our old age. God gave us border security on two sides. It shouldn’t be too hard to secure the other two sides.

      • MburuChege

        the immigration of ZIONIST refugees into the West should be halted immediately.

  • The Dead Critic

    Europe is quickly eroding into a “Dead Zone” itself. Another generation or two and it will be overridden with camouflaged Antichrists in the name of Islam. If Europe doesn’t WAKE UP in the next 10-20 years…..it will essentially be consumed by a religious cult.

    • hyedenny

      For Europe, it is already too late. The US is also rapidly headed for the same fate – or should I say cali-phate.

    • neorhythm

      Sorry to burst your bubble; Islam is the MOST converted TO faith in the US and the world. Criticize that critic!

      • jeannie stanley

        don’t believe that statement–i read mulims are turning to Christ

        • neorhythm

          There may be the odd muslim that converts. But sorry to rain on your parade……look it up baby…MOST CONVERTED TO faith in the world. Now go crawl in to a fetal position and try to come up with another lie to tell yourself to justify your version of reality.

          • Drakken

            I hate to rain on your parade convert, but, you and yours of your devils fate are about to find out when we deal with you Islamic savages, just how an endangered species you will become, it will even make a Serb blush.

        • ServosT

          As Ravi Zacharius says, take the boot off the neck of the muslims (relating to how difficult it is to leave Islam) and see how many flee this totalitarian belief system. Apostasy is a death sentence in Islam.

      • Drakken

        We can’t help it that the brain dead and damaged convert to the devils fate, I call them collateral damage.

  • Adheeb

    When the Muslim hordes took over Constantinople the Hagia Sophia became a mosque and only latter a museum. It is sad to see savages worshiping in a structure once dedicated to the worship of the one true God but as Jesus Himself taught, His kingdom is not of this world. Although His kingdom is not of this world, He is the sovereign King of it. Upon His return His people will welcome Him and the establishment of His kingdom on Earth will follow. The false religions we currently see holding sway over the world now will be like the chaff that is blown away and burned. Until then, followers of Christ await His return as does the Hagia Sophia.

    • MburuChege

      do christians really worship/ serve the “one true God” really as you claim?

      i think of christians more as polytheists due to their worship of trinity or three gods! god the father, the son and the holy spirit with catholics adding that jesus mother mary is the “mother of god”

      than God christian “worship” was wiped out in Constantinople! many people were saved from that madness!

      even authentic jews detest the christian worship of ascribing a son to God!

      • Adheeb

        Yes, Christians do worship the one and only True & Living God. The doctrine of the Trinity is, admittedly, initially difficult to grasp but it is based entirely upon what the Scriptures teach. The doctrine clarifies specific passages of Scripture which otherwise would be self contradictory. (See: Gen 1:26, Isa. 9:6 & etc.)

        Because there is nothing quite like the Trinity any ‘example’ one might give falls short. To me the best example is the definition of ‘a point’ in space. A single point can only be described by using three co-ordinates of the X, Y & Z axis. The One True God can only be understood (in a limited sense) by understanding Him as ‘Father’, ‘Son’ and ‘Holy Spirit’. Three persons (co-ordinates) but only One God (specific point). Three in person, one in Essence, perfect & total in unity.

        • MburuChege

          i m afraid the 3=1 math you hav “explained” is quite a stretch brother…… i read somewhere that for muslims one actually means one, not three!

          • Simple Man

            It is only in the trinity that God can be exhibit the love and faithfulness that he calls us to live in.

            If God is a singularity than how can he be ‘love’ in his essence? Love requires an object. The Bible teaches that God is love and that he demonstrates his love for mankind in Jesus Christ who was in very nature God -

            “This is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and gave his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4)

            “God demonstrates his love for us in this, that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us” (Romans 5)

            The story of Christianity is the story of mankind who have rejected God and gone their own way becoming dead in their sins. Yet – “Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” (Ephesians 2)

            The God of Christianity is the God of love who in his mercy extends his loving essence (demonstrated in Christ) to humans.

            “We Love him because he first loved us” – he gives us new life and the power to do what is good and right by reflecting his very nature here on earth.

          • Adheeb

            Admittedly the Trinity is a difficult concept and was debated within the early church for centuries. However, we also believe that the Scriptures are revelation from the God whom we serve. The Scriptures teach that there is ONLY one true God, that why we believe in ONLY one. But the Scriptures also teach that Jesus Christ is God in many places. John 1:1, Isa. 9:6 & etc., etc. & etc.. So how are these to be harmonized? The doctrine of the Trinity is the only explanation which accepts at face value all that the Scriptures say. Other explanations require various passages to be ignored -or- elevated over others. In the case of the Muslims, they teach the Scriptures have been corrupted …. while Jews reject the New Testament entirely but have inadequate explanations for passages like Isa. 9:6 in their own Scriptures. A trinitarian view of God (One in essence, three in person) although difficult, is the only one which harmonizes all that the Scriptures teach.

          • William_Bradford

            Over the years I have grappled with many of the issues noted above. I have come to two conclusions: 1.) God tells me some things that I can know: “…be holy, as I am holy…”, and “…You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And ” “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them…Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit.
            And the second thing he tells me is: 2.) salvation is God’s to dispense as he, not I nor anyone else, sees fit.

            The clear, direct, and simple things that he tells me help me to serve and emulate him, in so far as I am able. Through these he lifts me up from the mire of self-interest, self-serving, and self-absorption. Those things that only he can know are within in his domain, and his alone – beware of those who will tell you that they will tell you just exactly what God is going to do, or what he meant in a certain scriptural passage. While they certainly might hazard a guess, it is just that, unless, of course, they communicate directly with God – but he doesn’t interact with me in that manner. The largest problem that I have, and the only person that I can directly effect, is the person I see in the mirror.

          • JoJoJams

            Mburu – if you’re honestly curious (as opposed to pretending to be, to mock people) then look at it this way – and it’s very easy to see. It’s NOT a mystery. You have a mind (God, the Father), a body (God, the son), and a soul (the holy spirit) – In essence, YOU are also triune. Also in reality, the Jews do talk of the spirit of God – the Shechina. They just don’t “worship” the spirit.

            And puhlease!! You muzzies worship mad mo so much, that millions even mimic those god-awful STUPID looking beards!! LMAO!!! and I mean LMAO!!! Those beards are the dumbest! But hey! Mad mo had one! woohoo!! And rioting over cartoons about mad mo…. Yeah, tell me againt how muzzies aren’t worshiping the psychopath known as mohammed!! TOo. dang!! funny!! You muzzies are so pathetic! LMAO

        • MburuChege

          of the three gods conceptualized by christian trinitarians, who actually make the final decision …..the one that does that is then the one true deity!

          is it true that early christians never had the concept of trinity ? the 3=1 god came much later ?

          • ServosT

            The concept of Trinity is straight from the Bible. We Christians are completely monotheistic. If any group is guilty of elevating a person to near deity it is muslims who elevate the warlord Mohammed to near godlike status.

          • neorhythm

            LOL, another example of the ignorance of a bigot; muslims consider it heresy to assign any divine qualities to any man INCLUDING Jesus and Mohammed. Read and learn bigot, knowledge has a way of washing away the venom. Christians, Jews and Muslims worship the one God—they just perceive his manifestations differently. Learn bigot, learn!

          • Drakken

            Christians and Jews do NOT worship the same God in any way, shape or form as the muslims, what the muslims worship is the devil and the devils prophet Mohamed, may you pizz on his bones.
            May Constantinople be free of islam and again put the cross on top of the Hagia Sofia.

          • ServosT

            Thats why I said that the moslems elevate Mohammed to “near godlike status.” I used small words but alas they were at the end of my post and you might have been getting tired, or at maybe thinking up a response that included the word “bigot” at least three times. The idolatry of Mo is plain to see. From dressing like him, to bowing to his hometown when they rattle off their prayers, to emulating his every move, to superstitiously using “pbuh” every time his name is mentioned to rioting everytime some infidel has the audacity to draw a picture of him. Its pretty pathetic.

          • Adheeb

            The concept of a ‘final decision’ probably wouldn’t apply to the Trinity because the three persons are, as one God, in absolute perfect unity. However the order in which they are always mentioned in Scripture is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

      • Smonte19

        You think this because you are an ignorant Muslim whose prophet (so called) was a pedophile and murderer. I deny Mohammed the Deceiver .. Death to Islam

    • vetter1x

      The kingdom is already established. That is the problem. Christians are failing to realize Jesus did establish the kingdom. He is not going to return and do it. Jesus said “You will do greater works than Me” Read Mark with this in mind. God willing He will let you see this truth. His return Matt 25:31 That kingdom is already prepared and the reward of those who do His will.

      • MburuChege

        is it true that in the bible, jesus will come back and fight jews the way he fought them when he was still around? kindly clarify brother

        • Jeffrey Orr

          That is total ignorance. He is coming back as a Kings of Kings and the sheep will lay down wolf. Tigers will eat straw. Babies will play with rattle snakes.

        • vetter1x

          My take on things is that Jesus rules from Heaven, His kingdom are those who serve Him. Jesus said the kingdom of God is at hand, He claimed to be a king, He was made King by God. Jesus said to Paul when He persecuted the church, why do you persecute Me. Christ is the body of Christ. Remember Jesus said when you did it to these the least of my breather you did it to Me.

        • JoJoJams

          Actually, no. Christian eschatology is that he comes back to fight the forces of the anti-christ, which will ALL be allied against Israel. Jesus will be on the side of Israel. Interestingly enough, the anti-christs forces, who behead people who don’t take his mark and his one-world church. (behead…where have I heard of a religion doing that…)

          In short, it’s pretty obvious that Jesus will be fighting against the anti-christ and his ISLAM. Is that enough Christian eschatology for you?

        • ServosT

          How did Jesus fight the Jews? He was a Jew. His apostles were Jews. Your mohamet, now HE fought the Jews.

          • Gwynn Ap Nudd

            Jewish by ethnicity not by Faith. If you conflate these two, you will never understand Christ or Christianity. Christ condemned much of the Judaism of his time – even calling it the Synagogue of Satan. Surely you don’t think he was an “Anti-Semite”? But Jews will say just that – they use conflation to their benefit you see. Consciously.

          • ServosT

            Jesus understood the Jewish faith perfectly. He condemned the way the Jews of his time were warping God’s commands. The entire OT is made up of Jews ignoring God’s commands.

      • Adheeb

        Discussions about millennial views is an in house discussion between Christians who have taken various positions for various reasons. A Christian may hold one of many of these views and still be my brother in Christ. However, any person who does not believe in the Deity of Christ is not a Christian. Both topics can make for great discussions but they are miles apart in terms of importance.

  • SoCalMike

    What a revolting religion with revolting backwards followers.
    At heart they are fascists.

  • rbla

    Ben Shapiro has a column stating that Hollywood’s financial troubles opens up opportunities for conservative filmmakers. Wouldn’t the fall of Constantinople told in a correct historic manner showing the mass slaughter, plunder and rape perpetrated by the Muslim conquerors make a fine epic?

  • D.Paul.Beck

    Christians… time to get off the couch and start representing the King as He instructed. Learn more here: http://vimeo.com/68714405

  • pupsncats

    Not to mention all of the beautiful Catholic churches being sold in the U.S. to pay for the sins of the sodomite “priests”.

  • http://www.americarepublicspring.com/ Marvin E. Fox

    The secularists controlling the west in various disguises of equality and fairness are truly the worlds somnambulists. Their disregard, and dislike, for the Christian religion has closed their bind eyes and minds to the Muslim intention for secularism’s demise. The secularists who have so little regard for the Christian destroying Muslim actions, are only a Christian heartbeat away from discovering the Muslim’s hatred of secularists lives. The secularists aren’t expected to awaken until after the winner is abundantly clear.

    Marvin Fox

    • ServosT

      I agree completely. The secularists and the muslims have the same goal: the destruction of classic western civilization. They team up with one another to achieve it, with astounding success in Europe. The muslims will turn on the secularists when the job is complete.

  • neorhythm

    Very fascinating column Mr. Ibrahim. Oh, BTW, how many former mosques in Spain have been converted to churches? Hmmm…..Yeah, that’s right, you conveniently left that bit our of your self-serving rant. Typical hypocrite.

    • hyedenny

      Why don’t you enlighten us? Please be specific.

      • neorhythm

        In Spain, Cathedral of cordoba and Cathedral of Santa Maria in Toledo are two very well know examples, however, there are many more.

        • hyedenny

          I was hoping you’d say that. You just proved how ignorant you are. Cordoba was ORIGINALLY a Christian Visogothic church – built way before the unclean beast mohammed was even born.

          The same with the cathedral in Toledo, consecrated for a second time, again, before mohammed was even hatched.

          History is replete with examples of islamic invasions, conquests, and thefts. They have a bad record when it comes to originality and self-sufficiency. They have ALWAYS relied on theft and violence for their possessions modeling their methods after mohammed.

          Would you care to try again? Why are you defending the indefensible?

          • ServosT

            Stop it with the inconvenient facts. They hurt the heads of the professional dhimmi.

          • neorhythm

            A bigot speaks of “inconvenient” facts while regurgitating the oft-repeated talking points of Islamophobia. Come up with an original idea bigot, then perhaps we can have an academic discussion. Until then, stop cutting holes in your bed sheet and EDUCATE yourself.

          • Drakken

            Your leftist talking points of islamophobia, bigot, racist etc have no meaning anymore muslim, we infidels are very aware of you savages and your attempt to shut down any debate. The days of niceties and pleasantries with you savages is coming to an end.

          • neorhythm

            Ah, and there’s that Christian love rearing is head!

          • JoJoJams

            The saddest part is that by your talking points it sounds like you ignorantly think you’ve won an argument, simply by reverting to name calling and side-stepping any actual dialogue and discussion. Insanely incredible! I truly feel sorry for that child of yours you mentioned earlier. Seriously – because you are one disturbed and ignorant human being. If you are a convert to islam, you’re a fool of the highest order. If you were born in to it – well, since 1/3 of all muslim marriages have been to 1st cousins for millenia, the incidence of schizophrenia etc. from the inbreeding is definitely showing through in you! Look – just go eat a delicious pork loin, washed down with either a dark, robust beer, or a good wine – then seduce your woman with flowers and poetry (instead of just demanding she give in to you) and maybe – just maybe – you’ll find life is so much better outside of the ignorance and depravity that is islam.

          • neorhythm

            You seem to obsessed with pork and muslims; hmmm, did a muslim PORK your wife?

          • neorhythm

            Hey bigot, stop spewing hate and educate yourself on the history of violence committed by Christians AND about mosques being converted to churches in Spain. Dare to watch this if you do not fear knowledge that does not sit well with pathetic, hate-filled version of history. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMtxWs5ZWWY

          • hyedenny

            AND JUST ON CUE – the silly “progressive” liberal cries BIGOT when confronted with the truth! You people make me puke. Pull your head out of the sand. Even IF you dare consider the truth, why do you choose do believe the lie? What are you afraid of?

          • neorhythm

            Another bigot squirming upon being exposed. I love it! Watch the video bigot, learn something.

          • hyedenny

            You have “exposed” nothing. I have no problem saying straight up that I HATE totalitarian oppression and political systems such as islam. I also HATE the fools who blindly or knowingly defend, condone, or promote such systems. As for the things you “love,” you have proudly exposed yourself as either an idiot or an islamist or both. I’ll take being a called bigot over any one of those any day. Now go away while I eat some bacon.

          • neorhythm

            Yes, PLEASE do eat more bacon……lots of it. Oh and if you ever get chest pains, don’t worry it’s probably not a heart attack, probably just gas. So DON’T call 911. Please don’t! LOL, yeah eat more bacon bigot.

          • ServosT

            Whitey is really wringing his hands concerning the elimination of the invading muslims of Spain. A million muslims make Spain their home, as they flee the countries ruined by muslims. What’s the Christian population of Turkey? Are you a mohammedian or a leftist apologist who despises western civilization?

          • neorhythm

            I’m an American who believes in the constitution bigot; now get to that clan rally or they will start the cross-burning without you.

          • ServosT

            You are really hung up on this idea of the klan and cross burning aren’t you? When exactly was the last cross burning? Was it before two muslims killed a bunch of people in Boston? Has there been a “Klan” rally since muslim Nadal Hassan performed his little act of islamic outreach down in Texas. So, are you a muslim or a leftist apologist for the religion of hate?

          • neorhythm

            Hey bigot, why are you so obsessed with my faith? As I tell my three year old: “quit whining and use your words”. Bigots always fail in the end when the truth faces them. Bye bigot, sleep well…….don’t forget the marshmallows Grand Wizard.

          • Drakken

            Your a leftist communist who thinks that you can tell people what to do, get bent haji lover.

          • neorhythm

            Ah the bigot shows himself. Your revisionist history is exposed; the muslims that were “eliminated” represented a 700 year old muslim community living in Spain, not an invading army. The bigot condones the the “elimination” of muslims as long as it is done in the name of christianity. A bigot’s mindless hypocrisy is so easy to expose; time to go back and review the Spencer/Geller talking points. Have fun bigot.

          • Drakken

            The day of throwing out muslims of every stripe out of the west is coming, side with them, and you will find that we westerners will not be so pleasant about it.

          • ServosT

            Four uses of the word “bigot.” Well played. I don’t condone the elimination of the islamic horde in the name of Christianity, but I don’t let it hurt my sleep because I know the history of islam and the way they ruin civilizations. But pray tell which model of islamic nations do you see making Spain a better place for humanity? Saudi Arabia? Turkey? Iran? Iraq? Syria? Nigeria? Egypt? Lebanon? Algeria? Morocco? Yemen? Somalia? Afghanistan? Libya? Tunisia?

          • ServosT

            You still haven’t answered the question regarding which model of Islamic Nation you would have desired for Spain? What would you and whitey want for today’s Spaniards?

        • poest

          You should go back to school in order to learn some history before showcasing your ignorance once again.

    • ServosT

      He also didn’t mention the tooth decaying qualities of sugar laced soft drinks. But since the story was about the Hagia Sophia, I didn’t think that odd.

      • neorhythm

        His entire article is demonizing muslims for converting a church to a mosque and you don’t see the significance of my point? The burden of attending your local KKK clan rallies probably forced you to miss one too many reading comprehension classes.

        • ServosT

          Write your own damned article about Spanish mosque-to-cathedral conversion and we will talk about it, until that happens, this article is about the Hagia Sophia…..not just any church, but one of most important in Christiandom. It would be as if the Jews converted the monstrosity Al-aqua to a synagogue.

          • neorhythm

            Ah, to watch the bigots squirm……so much fun!

          • ServosT

            So, are you a follower of Mohammed or a leftist apologist for the religion of hate?

          • neorhythm

            Are you a bigot or just a completely uninformed lemming?

          • JoJoJams

            You’re the one coming on here spouting your own bigotry. FYI: As stated earlier, the mosque to church conversions in Spain after kicking the ignorant followers of mad mo out of Spain, were merely converting BACK to the churches they originally were, before the ignorant hordes of mohammed followers invaded and took it over. Yes, I’m very bigoted towards the ignorance that is islam – the sickest cult on the face of this planet. It’s very sad if you’re one of the followers of mad mo.

          • Drakken

            Side with the muslim savages, perish with them, choose carefully.

          • ServosT

            But siding with the savages gives ppl like neo a powerful sense of self worth. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. And if neo gets her/his way, he/r will find out too late that islam is his enemy, too. Unless he/r meekly capitulates and converts to mohammed’s ideology.

          • Drakken

            I say without hesitation or reservation, let Darwin have his way.

          • ServosT

            I think when push comes to shove, neo. will sport a beard and begin using “pbuh” a lot in casual conversation.

          • ServosT

            Do you have any input on the subject of rape by muslims in Norway?

          • MburuChege

            why are you trying to shut down a relevant point of mosque-to-church conversions that is inconvenient to your rants? you sound quite a totalitarian to me honestly!

          • ServosT

            Coming from a muslim that is a laugh. There is not a more totalitarian ideology on this planet than Islam. Why don’t we talk about honor killings and the skyrocketing rape statistics of Norway by immigrant muslims if you want to change subjects so much.

        • poest

          They aren’t being demonized. They do it quit efficiently themselves.

          • ServosT

            Demonizing Islam means telling the truth about Islam. Worst thing you can say about mohammet is to repeat what islam itself says about him.

          • poest

            Demon: an evil spirit, the devil. To Demonize: to turn into a demon.

            We don’t have to “demonize” them. They are such and prove it without any help from we infidels. What we have to do is expose them to people that don’t get what they plan for us, and the non-Muslim world!

          • ServosT

            Thats true, but you have people like this neo. character who sees islam as an opportunity to flaunt his “tolerance” of other cultures. (I am going to assume that he/she isn’t a muslim because he/she doesn’t use the PBUH when mentioning the warlord MOhammed’s name). I see ppl like neo. everywhere on the net. Defending the indefensible. Leftist politicians want to import muslims to get their votes in the next election without regard to what it might do to the country. Look at Europe, its being totally changed because of insane immigration policies lead by leftist politicians and technocrats. Its suicide.

    • poest

      Sorry, but Spain was conquered by Moslems and the churches were converted to mosques. When the Moslems were thrown out of Spain the Mosques were converted back to churches.

    • Trinity

      You do not live in Europe, and have no idea on how islam, salafism (the fastest growing group of islam here) and radikal islam is threatening everyday life for infidels, Christians and Jews here!
      Europe is slowly developing into an islamic hellhole!

      • neorhythm

        Move.

        • Drakken

          Your not going to get a choice shortly muslim.

    • Drakken

      Thank God(not allah) that King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella kicked your muzzy azzes out of the Iberian Peninsula, otherwise it would be as dark and assbackwards as the rest of the muzzy world. Deo Volente!

      • JoJoJams

        So true!

  • ratonis

    Concerning western ignorance, a few years ago I was perusing a book on architectural history published by Time-Life. The Hagia Sophia was noted as having been built under the authority of the “Ottoman emperor Justinian.” Nothing like attributing a building constructed by Christians to Muslims, and noting as a Muslim a ruler that lived in the century previous to the founding of Islam. Culturally, Islam owes just about all its alleged achievements to the genius and creativity of the peoples it conquered. Not even so-called “Arabic” numerals originated within Islam or Arab culture. To this day, the archetypal Islamic mosque echoes the paradigm structure of Hagia Sophia, a creation of Christian Byzantium.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cynthia-Curran/100002510899902 Cynthia Curran

      Justinian Eastern Emperor 527 to 565 A.D., no Ottoman Turk, Nika riot about 532 A.D.. I have read things about Justinian and his arch enemy Procopius Secret History. The Church today is the third version, the first two were destroy by fire.

  • ServosT

    I had the opportunity to visit the Hagia Sophia. It was beautiful. The mosaics of Christ, some with the eyes scratched out by some barbarian muslim no doubt, were still stunning. Then I went to the Blue Mosque which is nearby. The place left me cold. People were hawking souvenirs outside and there was a carnival atmosphere totally lacking at the Hagia Sophia. I have no doubt that the muslims of Turkey will soon turn the Hagia Sophia into a mosque.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Magee/100001349588223 John Magee

      Did you visit the Chora Museum when you were in Istanbul? It is a 11th century Byzantine Church on the outskirts of the city which was converted into a mosque after the fall of Constantinople in 1453. In the late 1940′s it was turned into a museum and it’s glorious mosaics restored after being covered with plaster for almost 500 years. I urge anyone who want to see these amazing Byzantine mosaics which cover the walls and ceilings of this former Orthodox Church to type Chora Museum …or Chora Mosaics then click images. They are amazing and most are completely intact with very little damage to the faces of Christ, Mary, and the saints.

      • ServosT

        No. My visit to Istanbul was just dumb luck. I was redeploying from Incirlik AB and had a one day layover in the city. Got to see the Grand Bazaar which was pretty cool, and the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. I wonder how long Turkey will last now that the Islamists are gaining strength?

  • MburuChege

    in Europe, lots of abandoned churches are being turned into mosques but i have never seen a synagogue falling under the same fate, even in neigbourhoods where the jewish community is declining!, why is that?

    • Chris

      In Cardiff uk, the Jewish population was in decline and the Muslim population growing in the 1990′s. The synagogue in cyncoed was closing, Muslims wanted to buy. Rather than sell it to be a mosque the Jewish community razed the building to the ground. The Jews are an intelligent people with an acute awareness of history.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cynthia-Curran/100002510899902 Cynthia Curran

    Well, a lot of the Eastern Orthodox leadership is politically liberal. The Patriarch biggest concern is global warming. One reason why they have trouble combating Islamic trends like converting Hagia Sophia as a mosque. I don’t want it as a church either, better to keep it as a museum or historical building.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cynthia-Curran/100002510899902 Cynthia Curran

    While the west has some blame with the fall of Constantinople because of the 4th Crusade or insisting that the Orthodox become Roman Catholics, the Eastern Orthodox disdain the West going back to Charlemagne. Western nobility were more illiterate than the Eastern Upper classes which carry on the Roman Empire being literate in the upper classes while the west didn’t. Also, over issues of the practice of the Filoque which seems to be done in the Western Churches more around Charlemagne time or later. In fact a lot of Orthodox prefer to be run by the Turks than get help from the west in 1453.
    In earlier times going back from the 5th to the 8th centuries there were conflicts between the Eastern Roman Empire-Byzantine Empire and the west but less hostility.. In the age of Justinian back in the 6th century Westerners were only considered Barbarians if they were still pagan or practice Arian Christianity.

  • Jeffrey Orr

    When Jesus comes back the Mosque’s will disappear.

  • Idl

    In response to some disinformation in the commentary section: Christianity is the fastest growing religion in the world by conversions. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world by births.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cynthia-Curran/100002510899902 Cynthia Curran

      A lot of Eastern Orthodox think most Protestants are heretics and many Protestants that are Evangelical think they are not christian since they venerate Mary. There is no pan-Christian movement among Orthodox, Roman Catholic or Protestant.

    • ziggy zoggy

      Bull$hit. Christianity is the fastest growing religion in the world by births AND conversions. BOTH rates are MUCH higher than the islamopithecine birth rate. Sub Saharan Africa, South America and mongolian Asia have FAR higher birthrates than any islamopitrhecine $hithole.
      Talk about disinformation. Where do you get yours?

    • neorhythm

      Sorry my friend; you stats are bogus. Islam is the fastest growing by BIRTHS and CONVERSIONS. Including in Africa. Use objective sources, not the ones that tell you what you want to hear.

  • Vik M

    Jewbags are the cancer of the planet.

  • Wulfrano Ruiz Sainz

    May Allah greet in hell his stupid muslim followers.

  • poest

    Totally agree!

  • neorhythm

    Bible condones selling your daughter as sex slave! Where is all the protest now from all those haters that like to pull passages from the Quran? Hypocrisy of the Bigots!

    “And if a man sells his daughter to be a female slave, she shall not go out as the male slaves do. If she does not please her master, who has betrothed her to himself, then he shall let her be redeemed. He shall have no right to sell her to a foreign people, since he has dealt deceitfully with her. And if he has betrothed her to his son, he shall deal with her according to the custom of daughters. If he takes another wife, he shall not diminish her food, her clothing, and her marriage rights.”
    —Exodus 21 7-11

    • ServosT

      When was the last time you heard of a parent selling his daughter as a sex slave? Is this a problem? Do you know the difference between the Old and New Testaments? This is perhaps the most tired of arguments, taking Old Testament rules given to a specific people for a specific time and trying to tie them to New Covenant Christianity.