Robert Whiteaker: A tale of two gods
Why does Jihad Joe want to kill me? I don’t think it’s personal, but if I were in the right place at the right time I could get killed by a Jihadist.
I have looked into this and it turns out that if he blows us both up he gets to go straight to a wonderful life in heaven, despite whatever sins he has committed, and I don’t. That’s a pretty good way to recruit terrorists: “Bomb yourself into Heaven now. Why wait and risk not getting there?”
What a strange world we live in, where the god of the Bible wants to save me from my inherent sinful nature while the god of the Qur’an wants me killed for not being a Muslim. In the Muslim holy book, the Qur’an, it says “Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, … and slay them wherever you catch them,… and fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in Allah.” (Sura 2:190) Also, “Fight and slay the Pagans wherever you find them. Arrest them, seize them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them.” (Sura 9:5)
It doesn’t strike me as reasonable that a Creator God would advocate killing those He created rather than giving them the option to become believers. The God of the Bible declares in that well known verse, John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him will have everlasting life.” And in Luke 19:10, “The Son of Man [Jesus] came to seek and to save the lost,” not kill them.
I have heard peaceful Muslims on television say that Muslim terrorists are misguided or are twisting Islam to support their jihad. But given the verses above and many more like them in the Qur’an, how does one say they are not following true Islam? The Qur’an itself presents another problem for the peaceful Muslims: How do we know they are not just dissing the Jihadists as a tactic to divert our attention, since Muslims are allowed to lie to us infidels?
Some people equate the Christian crusades and the inquisition with the Islamist terrorism of today, but those misdeeds of misguided zealots are certainly not called for in the Bible, unlike the open ended killing directives in the Qur’an. Granted, there are situations in the Bible where God had His people wage war on idol worshipers so that His people could settle in the land that He promised them. But those were specific events for a specific purpose at a specific time in history, not something to be repeated. Also, there is no Biblical support for those who commit terror in the name of Christ.
Muslim Jihadists are not only justified by their Qur’an, but also by Islamic Imams (religious leaders) who facilitate and preach Jihadist terror. So when peaceful Muslims tell me that Jihadists are not following true Islam, pardon me if I have some doubts. Many Muslims (mostly Shi’ites) believe that when the world is overrun with terror and oppression that the 12th Imam will come out from hiding and usher in peace. They believe that if they can bring about that tumult and terror that it will hasten the 12th Imam’s return. Their current tactics of bombing or shooting civilians, although certainly deplorable and evil, isn’t really terrible enough, which I suspect is why Iran wants nuclear weapons.
Although I certainly admire the few peaceful Muslims who speak out against Muslim terrorists, they really need to do something to permanently change, reform or refute the “killing” words in their Qur’an and the promises of heaven for Jihadist martyrs. Until they can do that they are really just a silent majority and therefore irrelevant, just as the peaceful Germans prior to World War II were irrelevant.
This isn’t to disparage peaceful Muslims, but to encourage them to fully and vigorously reject Islamic terrorism and to work for reform of violence inducing verses in the Qur’an. I feel badly that the terrorist wing is giving Islam and them a bad name, but if they are sincere in denouncing Islamic terrorism they need to work harder at purging terror from their faith. I would also recommend they adopt a new name, like the reformers in Martin Luther’s time came to be called Protestants.
Robert Whiteaker lives in Lake Wildwood.
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