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Friday, August 10, 2012

Husbands love your wives

"Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church
and gave Himself up for her..."
  (Ephesians 5:25)

  In a culture where spousal abuse is an epidemic, The Bible shines the light of truth as to how husbands are to treat their wives. Husbands are to cherish, esteem and love their wives with a sacrificial love. Nowhere in the Bible does God ever ordain or give permission for husbands to physically discipline their wives.
 However in the Quran, Islam's most holy book, the reader is shocked to discover that God sanctions and instructs how men are to respond if they suspect their wives have been disloyal to them.
 Surah 4:35 says:
   "As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill conduct. Admonish them (first)
  (next), refuse to share their beds, (and last) beat them."
   The preceding verse declares that "Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other." 
   The basic tenants of Islam include the teaching that men are superior to women and this verse unmistakably makes that painful truth very clear. Most women in Islam live in fear that they do not please their husbands. In fact in the Hadith, (A collection of the actions and sayings of Muhammed)
 Mohammed was given a vision of hell in which he declared, "I saw the hell-fire and the majority of its dwellers are women"  (Hadith (Bukari) Vol 7. book 62. number 124)
   According to Surah 4:34, a husband may beat his wife simply because he fears she has been unfaithful, even if she has done nothing wrong.
I have many Muslim friends who explain to me that Islam teaches the equality of men and women. They protest that the media and our culture is discriminating against them and being judgmental and unfair. I am the first to insist that not every Muslim is a terrorist and I make sure that I treat them with courtesy and respect.
 Unfortunately, I am faced with a painful dilemma. Do I compromise the truth for the sake of political correctness? I cannot. I must speak out for the rights of Muslim women and do all that I can for their safety and well being.
The Bible teaches that our love for our wives must be just like Christ, who was willing to lay down his life for their salvation.
 Their is a huge difference between fear and love.
  Are you willing to lay down your life for your wife? What will you choose?