I keep hearing in the news a call for Muslim Imams to denounce the horrific acts of Muslim terrorism being perpetrated around the world. Well, in my humble opinion I wouldn’t hold my breath. Why? Because their holy book, the Quran, specifically states that they are to kill the infidel. And to say they shouldn’t directly contradicts what they’ve been told they should in their Quran.
Christianity, on the other hand, though it has a violent root in the Old Testament, does not have any such blanket command to kill innocent people. God’s commands to cleanse the land prior to occupation in the Old Testament does not stand as a command that goes forth into the future or is it taken as a command for living today. Christianity has a command that has been misapplied, but we have since straightened that out. The command, directly from Jesus, was to go and make disciples. Through the crusades and other forced conversions Christians have learned that force does not get a person’s heart to engage. And without the heart being engaged there isn’t a Christian no matter how many church services one attends.
As with all religions there is a lifestyle that accompanies the belief and for Christianity it isn’t a lifestyle of warring and murdering innocent men, women and children. It is a lifestyle rather of helping them. And many of today’s Christians will help whether or not the person they are helping has a saving knowledge of Christ because the hope is that through their help the person will see Christ in them and want Him in their life. It is the living out in our lives of the precept that God is love.
So, the Muslim has a very difficult problem to face. If, in fact they really should not be killing the “infidel” (which is what the world believes), who is usually someone totally innocent of any wrong against them other than their perceived wrong of not believing in Mohammed then they also have to accept that their Quran is wrong. And that sets up a complete destruction of their faith, again, in my opinion.
My understanding is the violent Islamists of today believe they are at war. Problem being they are taking this “war” to people that are not attacking them. Rather they are the ones attacking. The Christians have already tried this. It was in the crusades. It didn’t work. It won’t work now. Christians finally came to understand that they had to do things differently and their scripture is such that reinterpreting it did not destroy the whole belief system. It was obvious that the scripture stood, the interpretation of it didn’t. At some point there is going to have to be a rethinking of the verses that command the death of every infidel and then we will see if Islam can stand. The world is not going to let this continue on ad infinitum. And how they reinterpret their scripture to comply with how the world is going to demand they live is going to determine if they survive. And how can they survive if they have to admit that their Quran is not a book that they can embrace completely? That some of what it says is flawed.
I’ve been rather lax lately in keeping up with my posts. With Fall just a few weeks away that will change, but I have realized that I need an outlet for my “opinions.” All these posts will be under one category and if you don’t want to read my opinions I completely understand.
This summer was a first for me. I participated in the “Stand for Life” rally in Austin. My husband and I made the trip down there twice to show our support for the bill that banned abortions after 20 weeks and required that abortion clinics have the same requirements found in ambulatory surgical centers. This has been all over the news because Texas, supposedly, passed the most restrictive bill to come out so far. The bill itself was largely inspired by the horrors of the Kermit Gosnell clinic in Philadelphia. But sentiment has been moving away from non-restricted abortions for quite some time now. My belief is that with the addition of sonograms during pregnancy we are more aware that this is really a little human than we were when Roe vs Wade was enacted.
The situation in Austin was very interesting from a number of viewpoints. First, it was a bold-faced confrontation with Satan and his influence. Why do I say that? Because the earmarks were there. The twisted faces yelling. The total disrespect for the Rules of Order in the chamber galleries. There were many signs directed at religion in general, a few specifically directed at Christ. The actions the opposition wanted to take and did in some cases were beyond the pale in bad taste. But what I love the most about the whole debate is how illogical it is. That is truly a mark of Satan. When you can’t see that your argument actually has no basis then you really are “under the influence.”
Why is their argument illogical? Well, what they want is control over their bodies. That’s what they kept screaming, “My body. My choice.” Okay. Make your choice. Just do it before you impact another human being. In other words, choose to abstain and failing that choose to use birth control. If you choose to use birth control be responsible enough to know that it may fail and know going in that you may create a life and in doing so you have become responsible for that life. That is what an actual adult would do. Since a large number of the protesters were college students from the University of Texas, I’m going to assume they have critical thinking skills. Those skills must have been suspended for some reason.
I am the mother of two girls and that was how they were reared. They knew when they started dating that if they became sexually active they risked a pregnancy and if a pregnancy occurred there was not going to be an abortion. They were taught responsibility for their actions.
Yes, you can make the argument for the young woman who is not taught the basics of being responsible. I get it. That doesn’t mean I think her unintended child should pay with its life for her lack of responsibility. As a matter of fact I think the abortion industry preys on these women. It is a falsehood that you just have the abortion and that is it. Your body knows that you have been pregnant. And your body knows that you are no longer pregnant and you have not given birth. There are many physical and hormonal changes that occur with gestation and birth. That’s the way God made us (or evolution if you think that way). And most importantly you know you have been pregnant. And as I often say I don’t know anyone who upon being told they are pregnant thinks, “Oh, I have foreign tissue in my body.” What you think is – “It’s a baby!” And once that has happened you can never go back. You can never say you weren’t pregnant. For the rest of your life you have that knowledge. Unfortunately, for some they also know that they ended a life and they live with that guilt. Yes, I know that some women know all this and proceed with an abortion anyway. We must work harder to help them. We must work harder to save their unborn child. And we must find avenues that allow for that life and for the mother to continue with her life, sans child if she desires. There are thousands of people waiting to adopt. They are the light on the hill for that unborn child.