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Only the wicked do these things

Reader comment on item: Pope Benedict Criticizes Islam [in Regensburg]
in response to reader comment: Yes Yes, Muslims Kill, Rape, and Abuse....So do Jews, Christians, Bhudhists....etc,etc

Submitted by Maggie4Life (Australia), Oct 11, 2006 at 01:36

No one excuses those who claim to be Christian, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain etc. who murder and commit rape. There is nothing in the Judeo-Christian Scripture that supports the idea that one must murder one's neighbour, or commit an act of rape, or child molestation on a 6 year old child.

On the other hand, the Koran incites people to commit murder in the name of Allah, who exists, but the perception of Allah is that of a god who wants to be appeased by all of this bloodthirsty killing. In the Koran it says that women are to be beaten.

The Christian Old Testament is the Scripture that is shared between Christians and Jews. Nowhere is it recommended that women are to be beaten under the circumstances that are advised in the Koran. Nowhere is it written that anyone should be allowed to "thigh" or molest a six year old child, which was the lot of Ayesha, the child wife of the false prophet Mohammed. The God of the Old Testament, though He will punish those who have acted wickedly, (that is they have committed murder, rape, pillage, participated in idolatry, and acted without justice) He always helps those who are innocent of wrong doing. In the New Testament, we have the summary of the 10 Commands: (1) Love God; (2) Love your neighbour.

Jesus even explains, through a parable that one can be a foreigner and be a "neighbour" who does good to others. Jesus taught a way of perfection that was begun with the 10 commands, and yes it was perfected with the Beattitudes. However, the Koran does not teach equality of all people. Instead it has a rule for those who are "believers" (not in Jesus who is the Messiah I might add) and another for those who are in fact God's Chosen people (both Christian and Jew are the chosen of God).

What Mohammed has done is to create a false dichotomy with the intentions of God. Under the old way there was Gentile and Jew. One could belong to any nation and would still fall into that category. The early Christians were made up of Jewish converts plus pagan or Gentile converts to the way of Christ. The old order remained within the new sect. However, we now had Jews, Pagans and Christians. The Christians were persecuted first by the Jews, and then by the Pagans, but eventually the Christians succeeded in converting the Roman emperors and so they had peace and were allowed to practice their faith. There were other threats, but that faith flowered, until it was overshadowed by the threat of the sword of Mohammed.

Within Judaism and Christianity God received the praise that He deserved. Then along came Mohammed, who claims to have had a visit from the angel Gabriel. How do we know that Mohammed was not on hallucogenic drugs? How do we know if he suffered pyschotic episodes or not? What if these "visions" were the result of an epileptic fit? Mohammed was ridiculed even by members of his own family. His religion was not taken very seriously. So he changed the rules and conveniently told everyone that it was Allah who had made the changes. According to Mohammed it was ok to have a temporary marriage for a few nights. Such a thing was never condoned in either Jewish or Christian Scripture.

The Ku Klux Klan might claim to be Christian but their actions proved that they did not act like followers of Jesus Christ. Their actions numbered them among the wicked. The Crusaders who wrongly sacked Constantinople were not acting like Christians and they were not acting in the name of the Pope. Wherever there was an overzealous reaction these people were not acting as either good Jews or Christians. It is the same for the Buddhists, Hindus etc. who are normally peaceful people.

However, Islam remains a different kettle of fish, for the Koran encourages all of these bad things. The Bible does not tell anyone to go out and rape a neighbour just because the woman is showing a little bit of flesh. The Bible does not tell anyone to murder an infant in the name of a merciless God. Rather, the God of the Bible seeks to protect the innocent from harm.

The analogies remain false because it is the action of the people that is very wrong, and not what is written in the Scripture, whereas in Islam these same actions are condoned.

False analogies only serve to deny the truth. Denying the truth means that one is not facing the truth about involvement in what can only be described as an abomination dressed up as religion.

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