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Violence in Christianity

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Submitted by TruthWFree (United States), May 12, 2010 at 22:41

If you read the Gospels you will have your answer. Violence done by Christians was the result of not following the Gospels of Christ. For example, the Jewish leaders brought the woman caught in adultery before Jesus and they pressed him about stoning her. After setting the stage with a delay (writing on the ground), he said "let he amonst you who has no sin cast the first stone". After they all walked away, he told the woman that he did not condemn her either, but told her not to commit this sin again. In Christianity's Reformation, the move was to return to the teachings of the Gospel, basically love one another and even love your enemies.

Islam is having a reformation of sorts in that the teachings of Muhammad are violent against unbelievers and the Islamic terrorists and Osama bin Ladin are following these core Quranic teachings. To disavow violence, they would have to ignore many versus in the Quran. As long as these people believe that the Quran is from Allah and that Muhammad was the perfect man, there will be no peaceful Islamic Reformation as they would have to abrogate Muhammad's Quranic teachings.

The Jewish Torah (Old Testament) primarily relates to the times it was written. God did command Joshua to kill all men and women and children in cities they had conquered in Caanan (the Promised Land), however, it is my understanding that the inhabitants were worshippers of Baal and sacrificed their first born to him. Also God did not want them intermarrying with the natives and then falling away from worshiping Him. As a Christian, I see the Old Testament primarily as God's historical interaction with his chosen people until he sent His Son to establish a New Covenant. You do not see Jews comitting terrorism and pointing to a Bible chapter and verse as a basis. Besides, there are only 14 million in the world today and there are in excess of 1 billion Muslims and over 1.5 billion Christians. I am amazed at the preoccupation the current day Muslims have with the Jews, however, it does say in the Quran that in the end times, a rock will cry out, "there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.

Again, read the Gospels (no violence) and the Quran, especially Suras 9-5, 9-29 and 5-51 plus many other violent verses.

One other point. Jesus says that He is One with the Father and You have seen Me, you have seen the Father (in the Gospels). In the Quran (600 years later), Jesus is considered only a prophet and actually makes a statement that never would he say that which he had no right to say (that He was the Son of God). I see this contradiction between Christianity and Islam as an issue that can only lead one to the conclusion that both Islam and Christianity cannot be the TRUTH. I believe the eye witness Gospel writers (Matthew and John were Apostles, Mark and Luke were contemporaries with the Apostles), that Christ was God as evidenced by His many miracles including bringing three people back from the dead. Muhammad performed no witnessed miracles.

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