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If you were to ask a Christian to describe his idea of a really good, upright, God-fearing man, a model of Christianity, what would be his answer? He would probably give a picture something like the following: God-fearing, upright, just, fair, honest, truthful, kind, understanding, patient, temperate, peaceful, self-denying, good, decent, morally pure, clean, slow to anger, careful in his language, humble, hardworking, responsible, dependable, trustworthy. He would give a picture of a caring, thoughtful, good person; a person who lives in the way he believes God wants us to live, a person who lives by the teachings of Jesus and the early Christian apostles, a person who cares about his neighbor, a person who does right by his neighbor. If you asked him what kind of person a Christian minister ought to be he would probably describe a person with these personality traits. If he is a true Christian that is the kind of man he admires, respects, and looks up to. That is his model of goodness, godliness, righteousness and religiousness, his role model. That is what he feels a religious, pious, God-loving person ought to be. Now let us ask the following question: What is the idea of the Muslim on what constitutes a righteous, good, God-fearing, God- loving person? What is his model for goodness, piety, etc.? What kind of person does he admire, respect and look up to? What kind of person does he think a clergyman ought to be? It is a fair question because we are continually hearing about Islamic fundamentalist clergymen involved in plots to kill large numbers of non-Muslims. We see these Muslim clergymen, while spouting religion, instigating, in the name of God and religion, suicide bombers to go into large crowds of non- Muslims and shout, "Praise to Allah, the Almighty and All- merciful!" and then detonate his bomb, killing scores of innocent people. The suicide bomber is told it is a holy and good mission and that he will certainly go straight to heaven for doing such a holy act. We see images of Muslim terrorists cutting their prisoner's throats in great delight and filming the action. We see Muslims all over the world committing such terrible, cruel, inhuman, attrocious, unbelievable crimes -- all in the name of God. We see terrorists like Bin Laden and his followers committing such terrible acts in the name of God and being adored and loved by millions of Muslims. And while all this is going on non-Muslims watch in disbelief, shock and horror. What does one make of a religion like this? How can one fathom a mind that is capable of committing such outrageous, horrible, evil things -- and in the name of God! What underlies such consuming hatred and anger that could cause teams of men to devote years of their lives preparing for a suicide mission of flying airliners loaded with passengers into various targets in the USA? How does one understand it? How does one understand 9/11? How does one understand such brutal, obscene, unprincipled, evil actions? How does one understand such pure evil committed by religious men, in the name of God, and to the applause of millions of countrymen? What kind of people lie behind such inhuman, animalistic actions? You hear Muslims complain about us. But their complaints don't explain this shocking conduct and hatred. How do you understand it? My answer: read the Koran. You will find the answer there. Every non-Muslim should read the Koran. This religion is different. To understand it you must read their holy book. To understand their culture and mentality you must read the Koran. They grow up memorizing it. It is instilled into them from an early age and becomes part of them. Their minds and characters become molded by it, its teachings, its culture. As you read it one thing that will strike you is that this God of the Koran is different than the one you are accustomed to. Every chapter is prefaced with the words, "In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful." He is described as merciful and good and forgiving. But you are struck by a gigantic contradiction: the disparity between that description of God and the nature of the God you actually find in its pages. The disparity, that conflict, is almost obscene. The God of the Koran is a God of anger, hatred, violence and retribution. He is a God of vengence, spite and cruelty. He is a God who hates non-Muslims, and especially Christians and Jews. And he is a God who instructs the killing of non- Muslims. He is a God who not only punishes but who takes great enjoyment and delight in watching the sinner twist and writhe in anguish. In the outlook, attitudes and spirit of the Koran you will find Bin Laden and all like him. And what is the sin of the sinner that deserves such terrible punishment? Some great and heinous sin like murder, adultery, theft or homosexuality? No, it is refusal to revere Mohammed and the sacred Koran, refusal to accept the teachings of Islam. The Koran equates evil and wickedness with "unbelief" and godliness and goodness with "belief". For the Muslim the great sin is refusal to accept Islam. So what kind of man is loved and admired as godly and good by Muslims? It is the person who goes out and slaughters infidels. The more the better. Because infidels are dirt. They are filth contaminating the earth and should be destroyed. Such a man is their saint, their holy man. He is their hero. You have to understand their mind-set. You couldn't find a greater contrast than that existing between Islam and Christianity. Where Jesus taught peacefulness and forbearance, Islam is a religion of argument, strife and violence. Where Jesus taught forgiveness, going more than half way with others, "judge not, that you be not judged", Islam is a religion of judgment, intolerance, vengence and retribution. Where Christianity teaches patience with others and leaving punishment up to God, Islam teaches the opposite. Where in Christianity murder is a terrible sin, in Islam it is a holy act as long as it is the murder of a non-believer. Where Jesus taught, "love your neighbor", Islam teaches "destroy the infidel". Jun(?) 2006 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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