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Religious Finger Pointing

11/26/12

 

By definition, many Christians see themselves as God ordained opponents of other religions. In that regard we hear a lot of noise from Christian leaders about the dangers of Islam, post the 9/11 trauma. A number of such religious leaders have openly denounced Islam as an evil, dangerous doctrine, one which should not be allowed to influence our society in any form or fashion.

 

On the heels of these religious diatribes, we see internet postings and other correspondence calling Americans and especially Christians into opposition to anything Islamic. In addition to the 9/11 attack, these calls for anti-Islamic efforts often cite various tenets of the Koran which they note as barbaric and/or undemocratic. In most cases the noted verses from the Koran deal with suppression of women, cruel punishments, or violence against other religious faiths.

 

Those drawing attention to these verses imply that anyone, claiming Islam, supports these tenets either by mental assent or active practice. It is an interesting and ironic conclusion for most Christians to make.

 

I say that because even a casual student of the Bible will find numerous Old Testament verses which demanded practices of OT Israel which correspond directly to those noted by current day Christians in denouncing the Koran and its adherents. Given the added fact that present day Christians routinely support their doctrinal positions using OT scriptures, it would be easy for anyone to conclude that Christians feel that OT requirements still apply to Christians and that therefore these OT practices are still valid. I seriously doubt that the vast majority of today's Christians would agree to that validity.

 

If anyone doubts my claim, I call their attention to the following verses: Exodus 21:15-17, 29; Exodus 31:144-15; Leviticus 20:10-13; Leviticus 20:27; Numbers 1:50; Deuteronomy 13:5-18; Deuteronomy 24:1; Joshua 6:20-21; Exodus 34:12-16; Ezra 9:10-12; Nehemiah 13:23-25; Acts 10:28; I Corinthians 11:3; I Corinthians 14:34-35.

 

If an outsider were to judge Christianity based on the verses I referenced above, what would their likely opinion be? Something akin to the opinion of Islam which many so called Christian leaders want to promote, maybe?

 

Just as we cannot assume that most Christians favor genocide based on Joshua 6, we cannot label all adherents to Islam as fanatical terrorists. To do so is a bit hypocritical in my mind.

 

If an Islamic leader wanted to paint an alarming picture of Christianity based on isolated Bible verses, he wouldn't have much trouble. It then makes no sense to allow our religious leaders to fan the national fears by labeling all Islamic followers as evil, based on their very limited knowledge of Islam and its holy book.