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An Offered Choice: I Set Before You Life; or death; Choose You This Day Whom You Will Serve

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Oct 17, 2014 at 15:54

As one reads through and considers some of the insight into the mindset of mortal men who have resorted to justifying inhumanities to humanity through a religious zeal that knows only death as its boundary, there is much to consider in what message is being sent to the variety of readers who are either enthralled with the horror of it all, to those who would seek some deeper solace that there is a higher power that does not authenticate the actions of such human degradation. That higher power seeks instead the freedom of a differing view of spirituality that offers life instead of death.

This reader was able to go through this dissertation with a nod to its understanding of why justification of such actions as brought on by the fundamentalist followers of the Islamic Prophet, until this line regarding the ISIS/ISIL/IS followers:….its messianic zeal has carried it very far- a line this reader takes issue with. There is nothing messianic about what ISIS/ISIL/IS does, either in script or in deed. To make such an assertion is to lend the Islamic terrorist actions some creditability in a world environment that is screaming to the heavens for some respite from the horror, terror and tragedies of humanity's victims.

In contravention, ISIS/ISIL/IS members are looking for a validation of its actions; for the rational mindset of desiring stability for the world's issues runs completely counter to what Islamic extremism tells the world it should be doing- implicitly follow the words of their leader. A world truly seeking peace does not seek the slavery of any people; but what do we see in Islamic extremism. A world should be seeking the common welfare of all ethnicities globally; but what do we see in Islamic extremism. Who in the global community thinks that law by caliphate dictum is acceptable? But what do we see in Islamic extremism.

ISIS/ISIL/IS offers its way for continuing to live under their precepts; and this does appeal to a minor population of Islamic zealots that might be seeking their own al-Mahdi in the time to come; but it is highly unlikely they will be pursuing any messianic inclinations, since part of the Quran has as its intention to replace the Judaic Scriptures that await the Jewish Messiah. But here again, a brutal truth; such a choice of whom to believe is on the docket, and they will tell you: be careful of whom you will serve. Here is truth: who offers life, or death; or who offers eternal life to be chosen over death.

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