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Submitted by ganbal (Saudi Arabia), Aug 16, 2007 at 14:55

i've been reading the comments here and well, i think that it's actually hopeless to debate about something where we cannot have logic or science or philosophy as a groundwork for conversation. we just go around saying that islam is evil, then a muslim will defend islam, then there would be another criticism and so on. All religions have dark aspects about them. Yes, i agree with some of you guys that there is no perfect religion.

No religion, economic system, ideology etc. could be truly perfect. I remember reading in a website that Communism is a perfect system. The main reason that it failed was because humans are by nature, imperfect. True Communism could be practiced if people are perfect. But we never are. Same could be applied for religions i think.

I was surfing a lot about religions and their formation. Christianity was actually descended from Judaism. The early apostles were jews and so was jesus christ. And if you look closely at the New Testament you could see that the jews were considered to be the "chosen people of God". Kind of racist don't you think? And that they waged a genocidal war against the early inhabitants of Canaan in the name of their god. A lot of bloodshed can be seen in the Old Testament. Judaism has it's dark side.

Christianity also has its own. The brutal wars between Protestants and Catholics, burnings of innocent people, the Inquisition etc. A lot of Christian fundamentalist groups and cults can be found in the United States who use the bible to advance their twisted view of Christianity. Another example is when Christians watched and remained silent when the Jews were being exterminated during the second world war and christians even participated in the slaughter.

I believe that Christianity and Judaism has gone far. We can now co-exist with other religions and be tolerant of other people's beliefs. Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism can co-exist. I pray that we have all passed our dark ages.

I think that Islam is still in the dark ages. It is still groping in the dark about how to behave towards other religions. To co-exist or not to co-exist? That is the question. As time passes, it must evolve. The dinosaurs died because they are not able to adapt to a new environment. Islam must evolve or time will render it obsolete. Will it still be here at the time when our species begin colonizing distant galaxies? Or at that time, will it be relegated to the history books as one of those barbarous militaristic religions like that of the Aztecs that required blood sacrifice and brutality?

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