I hear your culture speaking
Submitted by David Ross (Australia), Jan 6, 2007 at 05:23
I see you are feeling the heat a bit with your defense against the accusations of pedophile rapist etc...
But I don't know u can point to a properly interpreted Biblical passage of any equivalence at all.
When I say 'properly interpreted' it is important to realize that Jesus spoke in a manner suitable for the time, and his use of phrases such as 'If you eye sins, gouge it out' would, if taken exactly literally, allow you the grand total of 2 sins before you were blind for life. So, in understanding Christs parables we cannot apply literalism in every case.
Such is not the case in the Quran in places such as Sura 23:5-6 where it is a clear list of allowable or preferred behavior of the Believers. There is no room for fudging the edges,and these verses specifically allow the sexual use of captive slave girls. So, this is the type of basis for some of the charges you are recoiling from.
Torture. This is one I find most disturbing. The mutilation of the Camel theives while still alive makes Abu Graib look like kindergarten.
If you look at this Sahih Muslim book 16 number 4131 it becomes clear.
-hands cut off
-feet cut off
-eyes poked out with hot rods
-left to die slowly.
There are only 2 possible responses to this,
a) Deny it
if you take b) then you are justifying horrific and inhuman treatment by the founder of Islam.
As my heading says, I hear your culture speaking. I doubt that if you were shown this type of information prior to making an informed committment to Islam and Mohammed, you would do so. Remember, in Islam one has to committ to "And mohammed is the messenger of Allah" so it is imperitive that we know about this man claiming to be Gods final spokesperson.
But this is the challenge. Muslims are brought up on a diet of 'Mohammed is the best of all mankind" etc etc.. from childhood... how is it possible to deny this ? You would be denying your parents and extended family not to mention your own identity.
But this is the cost of Christian discipleship "If any man will follow me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and come after me..what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, yet loses his own soul"
The cost is high Safraz, but I have to assure you of the Holy Spirit, and Gods overwhelming love in Christ Jesus. Many have died with His name on their lips, but he is worthy, worthy above all others.
"I am crucified in Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me" Galatians 2:20
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