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‘Capital of Terrorism’ Has Fallen; Reflections on Religion and the Use of Force

“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 17
The use of force to compel conversion to any religion is not from God who seeks our love and does not compel or force anyone.

Syrian forces battling the Islamic State group have taken the city of Raqqa, the seat of the ISIS caliphate, says Brig. Gen. Talal Sillo, commander for the US-backed Syrian forces. (Newser, AP)

The city chosen by ISIS for their caliphate is phonetically linked to Raca, a word that means fool, senseless, empty-headed man, worthless, in Christ’s famous Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5, says Dr. Richard Ruhling, author on current events and Bible prophecy. He offers the following comments.

The Bible is the prophetic book of God who “declares the end from the beginning,” Isaiah 46. The fall of Raqqa is an omen of the fall of all who try to force false ideologies on others. God made us in His image and He says, “Come, let us reason together.” Isaiah 1.

If God wanted forced worship, He would not need ISIS to do so. God is all powerful but He is also all wise, and He knows and love cannot be forced from others. The Golden Rule of treating others like we would want to be treated is how God is dealing with us.

Christianity teaches that God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes on Him may have life. His death for us, and His ascension to heaven were witnessed by men who initially ran, but later were willing to die for their faith.

Where are the witnesses to Mohammed’s ascension? Moses (cited by Mohammed) wrote that in the mouth of two or three witnesses a matter is established, Deuteronomy 19:15. God provided the witnesses for Christ’s ascension. 

Since witnesses to Muhammad’s ascension don’t exist, why should those without evidence want to blow everyone else up who don’t believe it? 

Perhaps this is not fair to Muhammad who was married to Catholic Khadija and he was mentored by her uncle. This explains some similarities with Mary and Fatima prominent in both religions. The Vatican’s strategy was to drive Jews and Evangelical Christians  out of Jerusalem and turn it over the papacy, but then the Arabs reneged, so we had the “Holy Wars” to get the infidels out, as stated by Alberto Rivera, former Jesuit priest, in his book, “The Prophet.” Chick Publiiations. 

The Vatican (a word that means ‘divining serpent,’ Google) used force to martyr 50-80 million Protestants during the Dark Ages. Most people think it couldn’t happen in this “enlightened age.”

The genocide of a 800,000 Protestant Tutsis in Rwanda suggests otherwise. Pope Francis apologized for the role of a Catholic government under John Paul that painted the Tutsis as Communists. The UN (swarming in Kilgali) could have stopped the slaughter, but was ordered to stand down and let the local government handle it. (Search YouTube for Rwanda documentary)

New World Order will force all so they cannot buy or sell without compliance, Revelation 13:14-17. The use of force for religion has the devil behind it as suggested by this (two postings to YouTube are no longer displayed.)

Dr. Richard Ruhling is an author on current events and Bible prophecy. His latest book, God Bless America? is available on Amazon,

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