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in response to reader comment: A challenge for Pat, Howard, hr and Pagan BIBLE and VIOLENCE (thanks Amir)

Submitted by Amir (United States), Feb 19, 2006 at 00:10

"You are using the old testament to prove that Christianity preaches violence. please research and try to give me one word that Jesus said with this regard."

The Old Testament is part of Christian Bible. What passages do you think Christian fundamentalists are quoting when they are whining about homosexuals? OT. I can cite many more examples.

As for Jesus, if you examine from pure secular point of view, Jesus was very weak religious leader against a very powerful enemy (Romans). Jesus never became political ruler like Moses, David, Solomon (many other Biblical figures) and Muhammad. Jesus had his followers had no choice but to be nonviolent. Jesus's had powerful enemies (Roman empire) and he and most of disciples ended up dead. The NT reflects that situation of passiveness of that time. Jesus vs Muhammad is not a fair comparison. How about comparing Muhammad with other Biblical prophets who, like Mohammad, were political rulers too and had to fight wars .. like Joshua? Muhammad is far better than Biblical prophets like Joshua .. remember Amalekites massacre? If you want to compare Muhammad with Jesus, how about comparing Muhammad's first 13 years before hijira when he also was a non-political religious leader (like Jesus) and had nothing to worry about ruling a city or defending it from enemies? Jesus was a religious leader for only 3 years before he was killed (that's far less than Muhammad's 23 years -- out of which the first 13 years were as nonviolent as Jesus's 3 years).

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