Contrasting Christianity and Islam

Allen Gaynor

 

“4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” Those three verses from Genesis, Chapter 3, are probably the most crucial in the Bible when it comes to what one must overlook in order to disprove the existence of God. As someone who can’t readily answer in the affirmative that he’s a Christian, even I know the potential moral implications of Biblical interpretation. And though I’m no expert, neither will I pretend to be completely ignorant of the debate over this one important text and its role in modern society.

We’ve all heard it before. “If there is a God, why is it that there’s all this crap going on in the world today?” Please reread the above verses, if you’re going to ask that question. And anytime thereafter that you find yourself trying to disprove God by simply asking that question, reread the above verses. Maybe you don’t believe in God. I’m not going to deny there is some benefit to at least a little skepticism. It’s what you do with your conclusions that are important. But, in trying to say that God doesn’t exist by asking why the world’s burning by our hand, you’re either entirely ignorant of even the most basic Biblical concepts (something far too probable,) or else you simply have to ignore the most basic aspect of logic in order to fit your own narrative. Most likely, however, you’re doing both – you are ignorant of even the most anthropological, let alone the most philosophical, concepts which make their appearance in the Bible; simultaneously, however, you seek to disprove something merely by pointing out an aspect of what God tries to teach: that God granted man free will. Yes, according to the Bible, God made us in his image. But, according to Exodus 9:14, “For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth.” But what does this mean? Well, take the two statements, that God made man in His image “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created them; male and female created he them,” (KJV Genesis 1:27,) as well as the verse from Exodus, and, if you’re reasonably intelligent, you likely come to the conclusion that, though God created man in His image, he did not make him perfect.

Also, a pertinent question to ask is why that is, why it could be that God, being perfect, did not create a perfect world. On creationtoday.org, Eric Hovand pointed out potential answers both simple and powerful in nature. In essence, Hovand said that many point to the fact that, in creating a perfect world, man would not realize the full depth of God’s love. Further, a father, as we all know, can’t force his children into loving him, and that had God forgone our freedom of choice, Adam would merely have been a drone. After all, does no one remember that the Devil was, at one point, one of God’s own? God even gave angels the freedom to decide for themselves.

Speaking of drones, it’s frightening to know that people compare Christians to unthinking, unfeeling drones. True, there are those in the world today who wear the brand of Christian, at least publicly, and who creep out even some of their fellow Christians. But there are those who believe that in doing service to those who need it (passing around doughnuts on Mother’s Day to those mothers who have to work; raising money for and building schoolhouses in Haiti,) and in conversing about peoples’ daily lives even in a secular context can actually be beneficial. Who wants to constantly discuss God, after all, when you’re just trying to provide for your family? I’ve had that happen before, and believe me when I say that the individual in question soon learned that I don’t even want to listen to someone I don’t know talk about a subject of such depth.

Okay. But what, you ask, does this have to do with our society? I could here point to any number of examples. I could say that we need to get back to our simpler Christian roots. I could say that we just all need a daily dose of God in our lives. I could even say I’m a Bible-thumpin’, gun-totin’, beer-drinkin’ white male. But that’s not even my point today. See, we’re all too happy to condemn Christians the moment they refuse to provide pizza for a gay wedding (remember Memories Pizza? If you don’t, then clearly your agenda is pretty important,) but we won’t even point out a cult ideology which has undergone zero reform in fourteen centuries, and which has a suspiciously long string of terrorist attacks which even some of its more ardent followers don’t exactly condemn, which is awfully suspicious for a religion of peace. How many hundreds of terrorist attacks were there across the globe last year? How many of those were linked to Islam? At thereligionofpeace.com, we see that there were 2,478 attacks in 56 countries last year alone, resulting in 21,241 deaths and 26,680 nonfatal injuries.

Whereas Christians can often be fairly irritating, the methods they use to proselytize others are, whilst sometimes obnoxious, also not violent. And though not every Muslim is going to put a pipe bomb in your fuel tank, it’s quite as common to be given the two simple, reasonable options of either converting to Islam or else being killed. How many countries in the world are predominantly Islamic nations? And of those predominantly Islamic, how many of them are falling apart, as many of them have been for the past 1,400 years? For those of you about to shout at your computer screens that the instability in the Middle East is a political consideration, keep in mind that those politicians who cause that instability tend to force their people to adhere to their own Islamic doctrine. What link? Where?

It’s only now coming to light that the formerly European nation of Sweden is willing to accept the rape and murder of their own citizens, if only to be tolerant of those who, for the most part, have no apparent intention of integrating into Swedish society (I mourn for Annette Olzon’s nation of origin.) It’s also becoming more common in Germany (one of the latest cities being Hamburg) to see attacks by those migrants who want to do nothing more than destroy Western civilization.

We’ll condemn all Christians as being hateful fools after seeing one pseudo-church such as Westboro Baptist protest at the funerals of the fallen men and women of this country, but though we continue to see repeated, violent destruction of Western ideals by a blatantly incompatible cult ideology, we will refuse to make a connection that is quite obviously there. You see, the narrative, it appears, is the most important thing in this day and age. At all cost, we must defend that in which we believe, even if there is no evidence to support it. True, the existence of God, even when we take into account that the freedom of choice is not to be taken as evidence to the contrary, is a personal decision. And no one ought to be required, whether morally or legally, to believe in any higher deity. That is a spiritual consideration. But a consideration of logic and sanity requires that we, at the very least, acknowledge the very real threat of a particular group of people whose ideals are so incompatible with our own that so many of them want to destroy us. We must, by moral obligation, guard ourselves against something which quite openly states that it wants nothing more, nor yet nothing less, than our utter annihilation. Even if we consider this supposedly nonviolent majority, we at least must consider that there are those with power enough to cause some real damage. Even if they don’t commit the acts themselves, many of them are willing to fund our defeat.

We also look at Islam as though all of them were raised to adhere to Pashtunwali, though their total global population of Pashtuns is approximately 49 million. Even Marcus Luttrell confirms that a friend and fellow villager of one of the men who rescued him simply wanted to turn Luttrell over to the Taliban who had tracked him to that village. Many, even those who are not quite as fervent in their Islamic beliefs, will at the very best refuse to aid anyone who does not practice Islam. At the very worst, they will sell out infidels or even kill anyone who does not adhere to Islamic doctrine. Even among the 49 million Pashtuns in the world, how many are willing to kill us to proselytize in the name of their cult? Even if the majority of that 1.3 billion people do happen to be peaceful, many of them act as the silent majority. And does anyone remember what power was held by the silent majority in Nazi Germany? Even people who did not wholeheartedly believe in Nazism still stood when Hitler spoke, responding enthusiastically to chants of “Sieg Heil.” It’s not all that different from the “silent majority” of Muslims conversationally uttering “Inshallah,” nor is it entirely different from a madman with a rifle screaming “Allahu Akbar.” Either way, the silent majority are conversational about their support, whereas those who would see us burn will scream it [Allahu Akbar] as they kill innocent people. Others might call it cultural enrichment.

God forbid we should actually allow Christians to practice their faith peacefully when they harm no one. That peace they leave in their wake would interrupt the loud, violent cultural enrichment for Islam to proselytize by force and blood.

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