Muslims have recently gotten a pretty infamous reputation, or at the very least a bad stereotype. Unfortunately one of the biggest religions in the world has been grouped up with a handful of extremists, and now suddenly all Muslims are terrorists.
I don’t think that hate and bigotry should be directed towards people who don’t have anything to do with what their fellow believers are doing. Why blame a massive group of people for what only a handful (in comparison) are doing? Some Christians go out and commit mass shootings, should we ban all Christians from entering the US or something equally extreme? No, which brings me to my point.
I think that the main difference between extremist Christianity and extremist Islam is that the Christians are not as true to their Holy book, and I will explain why.
Both the Quran and the Bible have some horrible verses in them of both murder and orders to commit murder, and I will give some examples.
And kill them wherever you overtake them and expel them from wherever they have expelled you, and fitnah is worse than killing. And do not fight them at al-Masjid al- Haram until they fight you there. But if they fight you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers. Quran 2:191-193
“Then fight in the cause of Allah, and know that Allah Heareth and knoweth all things.” Quran 2:244
“As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.” Quran 3:56
“And be not weak hearted in pursuit of the enemy; if you suffer pain, then surely they (too) suffer pain as you suffer pain…” Quran 4:104
“I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” Quran 8:12
“O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness.” Quran 9:123
For a nice long list you can go here and here. And now for the Bible:
Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the Lord your God must die. In this way you will purge the evil from Israel. Deuteronomy 17:12
“If a man commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife, both the man and the woman who have committed adultery must be put to death.” Leviticus 20:10
“Whoever sacrifices to any god, except the Lord alone, shall be doomed.” Exodus 22:19
“They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.” 2 Chronicles 15:12-13
“Suppose you hear in one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you that some worthless rabble among you have led their fellow citizens astray by encouraging them to worship foreign gods. In such cases, you must examine the facts carefully. If you find it is true and can prove that such a detestable act has occurred among you, you must attack that town and completely destroy all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock.” Deuteronomy 13:13-19
“If your own full brother, or your son or daughter, or your beloved wife, or you intimate friend, entices you secretly to serve other gods, whom you and your fathers have not known, gods of any other nations, near at hand or far away, from one end of the earth to the other: do not yield to him or listen to him, nor look with pity upon him, to spare or shield him, but kill him.” Deuteronomy 13:7-12
“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn
“‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’
“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 10:34-39
And of course, you can find more here and here.
It’s clear that both books have many, many verses about killing people, and both religion’s followers have many, many arguments about why these verses should not be followed. I’m not here to argue that people should follow these verses (obviously!) but if the fact is that extremist Muslims are actually much truer to their Holy book than the extremist Christians are.
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