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Norwegian Extremist's Abuse of Christianity No Different Than Any Other Abuse

Reader comment on item: [Breivik and] Norway's Terrorism in Context
in response to reader comment: Breivik's case is different from that of Islamist killers

Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Aug 30, 2011 at 11:27

While not wanting to focus too much on the motive of the question, for it reads very much like others of the Muslim mindset where a mental trap is devised to force a debate on how the Islamist cannot be censored any more than any other ideology that uses violence, it is in that very context that we find that the Norwegian Terrorist being debated. In futility, Christians, especially those who are extremely critical of the abhorrent practice of extremist Muslims killing in the cause of their ideology, are finding it more difficult to make allegations of violent extremism in Islamism when killers like the Norwegian resort to violence for reasons that exceed the limits of decency in a society that should be immersed in peace.

The true difference to be discerned and the specific distinction to be made is that neither Islam nor faithless Christianity are to be defined any different if neither follow the true command of Jesus Christ: love one another. Human reasoning outside of the structure set by the Holy Spirit in the Holy Bible cannot be used legitimately for justification of any acts like that perpetrated by the Norwegian terrorist; not Christian, not Muslim.

In that vein, in this opinion, there is a political overtone to the factiousness that is found within 'Christian' circles; for if that were not true, there would not be denominations, Roman, Orthodox, Protestant (Anglican-Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian) or otherwise and the true 'Church' would be a power that Islam could never overrun. Think it not so, then review the truth about how America was founded upon the ideal of religious freedom, to seek a relationship with Almighty God (or not if one so chose) without government imposition of interference; and see how that has been infringed upon with impunity in these modern times.

Now there may be the thought that the Norwegian Terrorist is not trying to convert the world to his religion, there are others that are, in complete defiance to the Holy Bible. And in that frame, people of the realm - thinking that Christianity is called to conquest of the world - it is not any more ideologically correct than Islam making the same claim. Read the Upper Room dialogue over and over and over again in the context of the reality of Jesus Christ and what He was truly conveying to understand why.

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