Well I've always felt there was an affinity between Islamic punishments and Revelation where the Saints under the altar had been beheaded for the faith. It makes sense that the religion from the bottomless pit will draw the world into it's pit.
SwordandTrowel wrote: They are not of the world even as I am not of the world." John 17:16 "For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come." Heb.13:14 "And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband." Rev. 21:2 One of like precious faith . . a stranger and pilgrim on the earth!
Those verses pierce my heart with their encouragement and hope.
I am glad to meet one of like-mind and heart. It is a rarity and a blessing.
Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 1:18, ". . .And he who increases knowledge increases sorrow."
The more I know, the more I want to shut out the world - "Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil." Maybe the Amish way of life(without modern technology) is an improvement. The current means of communication is both a blessing and a curse.
"Come quickly, Lord Jesus." "Hope deferred makes the heart sick."
"said the U.S. "must remain wary of continuing efforts by U.N. member states to gain wider acceptance of the 'defamation of religions' concept." The proposal primarily targets any criticism of Islam."
Drip! drip! drip! slowly Satan is inching in to every nation in the west to destroy society, community and all freedom. The real problem in western nations is perception, - The people are blind to the truth, even blind to the obvious. Britain has in part accepted Sharia, but it will not end there. British secular society and the liberal denominations like C of E. and S. are actively encouraging so called "multi-faith" which of course is a misnomer, because there is only ONE Faith.
The sad thing is that the loss of their freedom and the final chaos will be their own fault.
Psalm 94:23 And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the LORD our God shall cut them off.