In the heart of the Middle East is a country known by many Westerners for its oil production and, often, extremist beliefs of groups within the country. The country is Saudi Arabia, and though it is thought of by many as a rather backward country, Saudi Arabia has a rich history and culture, and it is a country that revolves around Islam and the worship of Allah as the one true God.
For about fifteen hundred years, Saudi Arabia’s history has centered on one major theme: Islam. Muhammad, the founder of Islam, was born around 570 . in the city of Mecca. Early in the 7th century ., according to Islamic belief, Muhammad, while meditating in a cave on Mount Hira, was visited by the angel Gabriel. Gabriel called Muhammad to serve as prophet and proclaim the message of God to his people. He began his ministry in his home city of Mecca. At this time, most of the inhabitants of the Arabian Peninsula worshipped many gods, and since Muhammad’s messages taught that there is only one God, he gained many adversaries in Mecca. As a result, he moved to the city of Medina in 622 and had more success converting people here than he did at Mecca. This journey is known to Muslims as the hijrah, and it marks the first year of the Islamic calendar. Muhammad returned to Mecca in 630 ., with an army, and conquered the city. By the time Muhammad died in 632, much of the Arabian Peninsula was under Islamic rule.
After Muhammad’s death, Muslims were guided by cali... Read Full Essay Click the button above to view the complete essay, speech, term paper, or research paper
Revelation 2:9, “I know your troubles, and I know that you are poor, but really you are rich! I know the insults you have suffered from people who say they are Jews. But they are not true Jews. They are a group that belongs to Satan.” Albert it appears that you’ve chosen to focus on a single verse of Scripture and take that out of context, which you repeated with Revelation 3:9. First let’s consider the Church of Smyrna’s location – Smyrna was a port city about thirty-five miles northwest of Ephesus in modern day Turkey. Turks are dark olive complected, but not black. (of curse you could make them black in your own mind, if that suits your agenda) Jesus’ message to the Church at Smyrna affirms its suffering at the hands of “religious Jews” who were not true spiritual Jews at all. The Holy Spirit referred to those people as being of the synagogue of Satan, because they were not the genuine article and were under the influence of Satan instead of the Holy Spirit. I suggest that it’s reaching light years to try and twist these verses to say something other than they are saying. The Church at Smyrna, just as in churches across America today had its share of evil people “pretending” to be true believers. God doesn’t look at what people see. People judge by what is on the outside, but the Lord looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:)