Look, you have your religion and I have mine. I don’t care if you are a Jew, a Muslim, a Buddhist, an atheist, an agnostic, a Catholic, Protestant, Jehovah’s Witness, a Mormon–I don’t care. If people (Muslims in particular) want to ridicule Christianity, I am not going to hunt down Muslims and kill them for it. I will be happy to share Christianity with anyone who wants to hear about it, but the Christian god does not tell his followers to kill anyone who won’t convert to Christianity.
Religion is as deep in one’s being as their bone marrow. What someone believes about a Supreme Being depends a great deal on where that person was born and the religion of their parents. It is a fact of life that not everyone in the world will convert to only one religion. It just won’t ever happen. So, trying to MAKE everyone accept one religion or another is an impossibility and ludicrous to believe it can/will happen.
The most important thing is this: If any god is a loving and forgiving god, then that god will not tell his followers to kill everyone who rejects Him. God has the power to punish people who reject Him. He doesn’t give that power to His followers. God loves us all, no matter what religion you believe. He created us. We are his children. He doesn’t want us to go to Hell. He wants us to get along; live in peace together; and be good to one another. It is not up to us to kill everyone who doesn’t want to accept our religion, whatever that religion is. The Christian god, and perhaps other “gods” say killing is a sin. It is a sin to kill another human being. We did not give each other life. God gave us life, so only God has the right to take that life away. Life does not belong to us. It belongs to God. Life is a gift from Him to us.
I wonder what kind of god would tell his followers to kill everyone who won’t follow Him, whomever that god is. God does not say, “If anyone will not accept that I am the only god they should worship–KILL THEM! MURDER THEM! STONE THEM TO DEATH! CHOP THEIR HEADS OFF!” I mean, what kind of god would that be? It sure doesn’t sound like a loving, forgiving god.
Perhaps there is only one god, but we all see him a little differently. I believe God has/had many prophets. There is a question about where Jesus was for many years. In the Christian Bible, there is a space of time when the whereabouts of Jesus is not clear. Perhaps he went to other places to preach. Perhaps God picked more than one man to spread the word about Him.
It is very likely that humans kind of got the message a little wrong. I mean, you know how one guy gets a story and tells another guy and that guy tells another guy and that guy tells another guy and so on and so on. By the time the story has been told a couple of hundred times, the story is not exactly the way it started out. We humans get things wrong. We often distort things, and often it is unintentional, but we do. Then when something in one language is translated into another language, there often is no exact translation, so the closest thing to the original language is chosen. There is an example of something getting a little distorted, but unintentionally.
I believe that Catholics, Protestants, Hebrews, Muslims, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and lots of other religions are all wrong in some ways, partially right in some ways, and exactly right in other ways. I also believe when we die and meet God we will find that none of us have it exactly right about God; not even Muslims.
The right way to tell others about your religion is to just tell them, then let them make a decision about it. The wrong way is to point a gun at their heads and tell them if they don’t accept your religion you are going to blow their brains out.
If we just treat each other with love and kindness, if we don’t do things like steal, murder, covet, and other sins and try to live a good, loving, peaceful life, God will have more mercy on us and favor us more than He will if we kill each other or steal from each other, or have sex with another person’s spouse, or abuse children, and so on and so on. It is more important that we do things that are considered good and with the approval of God than going around killing each other for stupid reasons. Well, I doubt there are many good reasons to kill each other.
So–I highly recommend that before anyone else goes out to kill someone or a group of people, that they think about whether killing other people is the right thing to do. If people believe their god says it is okay to murder people, especially innocent women and children, then I would say, “What kind of god would tell you that?” That kind of god is not the kind of god I would want to worship. I would prefer to worship a god that is forgiving and loving and condemns the killing of people.
I am not aware of any religion in the world that says it is okay to kill people–except Islam. If Islam is the only religion in the world that says murdering masses of people is okay–perhaps there is something wrong with Islam. Who was this guy who wrote the Koran, anyway? Just some guy that stepped out of his tent and said, “I am a prophet, cause I say so.”? Could he have been someone who was a little pissed off at the world? Maybe had a violent nature about him? I don’t know. I am just thinking lots of different things about this. I can tell you for certain, though, that going around killing masses of people just because some religion says it is okay to do that is terribly, terribly wrong!
I wish Muslims would think about all this and ask themselves, is killing all these people really the right thing to do? How are we going to convince everyone to be a Muslim if what they see us doing is murdering thousands and thousands of people?
When I was working as a Letter Carrier for the United States Postal Service back in the 1990’s, a Supervisor gave me an application to be a Supervisor; to get into Management. My answer was, “If being a Supervisor requires me to be an asshole, then I don’t want to be a Supervisor.”
The same is true for Islam. If being a Muslim means I must condone the murdering of thousands of women and children (and men), then I don’t want to be a Muslim. I don’t want to murder anyone or say it is okay to murder people. Even if you held a gun to my head I would not agree to convert. You might as well pull the trigger.
If Muslims want to convert the entire world to Islam, Muslims need to change their approach. Try showing love, compassion, and mercy. It is an old saying, but “It is easier to attract bees to flowers than spinach.” Okay, okay, so that is not how it goes, but you get the idea. I would be more interested in a religion that preached kindness, forgiveness, and love than a religion that says it is okay to kill thousands of people because they don’t believe in that religion, so they are infidels and deserve to be murdered.
I am totally turned off by Islam because they are so ready and eager to murder people. Muslims murder because some cartoonist drew a picture of Mohammed, but nobody knows what he looked like. Why is that? So the FBI can’t put his picture on its Ten Most Wanted list? Muslims are eager to kill soldiers because their Koran was accidentally burned. Christians would not be out killing people if the Bible was burned. Muslims refuse to hear any criticism of Islam. Hey, every religion in the world has its critics, but you don’t hear about Buddhists murdering thousands of people because some guy criticized Buddha. You don’t hear about Jews murdering people because someone criticized Judaism. The same is true for Christianity and all religions–except Islam. Muslims are looking to kill anyone who publishes anything that is critical of Islam. What other religion does that? Not one! Just Islam.
Instead of attracting people to Islam, Muslims are turning people away because of its inherent violence. If Islam’s techniques are not working, then perhaps a new approach should be considered.
Is that so hard, so difficult to understand?
Well, I am going to step off my soap box now. I have said about all I can think of to say right now. I only hope what you have read makes a little sense to you. Murdering thousands of innocent people–makes no sense at all.
May God, whomever you believe is your God, bless you and give you peace.
- Do we pray to same God? – Ynetnews (ynetnews.com)
- What Do Muslims Believe about Jesus? (from ‘Basic Principles of Islam’) http://breakdownwalls.wordpress.com/) (sharefaith.wordpress.com)
- A Perspective on Islam (iranaware.com)