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If you say that Christianity is a peaceful religion according to scripture then it can be said that Islam, according to scripture is peaceful. In reality, both the Koran and the Bible present a dichotomy, promoting peace and violence. They both contain quotes that are peaceful and some not so peaceful quotes.
In Luke 19:27, Jesus himself says,
"But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them - bring them here and kill them in front of me."
Now the popular phrase...what would Jesus do?...doesn't sound to good, does it?
The Koran also has many quotes like 2:190,
"The believer is called upon to fight in the way of God with those that fight with you...but aggress not. God loves not the aggressors."
The point of using quotes is to show that using quotes is pointless. They can be twisted around and interpreted in a multitude of ways. Organized religion and now, politics, are both guilty of using propaganda, containing quotes from the Bible or whatever text is appropriate, trying to influence the reader.
Fundamentalists are guilty of using religious texts and incorrectly interpreting them to arrive at the, "I am right, therefore you are wrong" mentality. This mentality can be dangerous; it can led to extremism. Extremists do not represent God but their own agenda. There have been countless cases of religious extremists justifying killing others by following quotes of scripture or I should say, their misguided interpretations of quotes of scripture.
Islam and Christianity have dark pasts (and in some cases, dark presents) because man got involved in interpreting the scriptures. Islam is no crueler than Christianity.
The "Golden Rule" is the key, not the Koran, the Bible, or any other organized religion's text. Some form of Christianity's Golden Rule is present in almost every religion. All religions preach peace but do the followers practice peaceful beliefs?
A Common Sense Approach to Religious Freedom
Down through the centuries and all over the world, the battle for religious freedom has been a bitter one. The United States has been no exception.
The Emmaus Journal ~ Strangers In A Strange Land
The Emmaus Journal Strangers In A Strange LandDo you often feel like an Alien? In fact, have you recently inquired if you were really still on Planet Earth? Do the things of this World just seem more and more foreign to you? Well, Dear Friend, you are in good company! Our Apostolic Brother Paul felt the same way and said the same things. Perhaps in a different language, but it is still relative for today.
7 Year Tribulation
As you will see in the Scripture verses listed below, the Great Tribulation will last 7 years. At the midpoint of the Tribulation, the Antichrist will seat himself in the Temple of God that will have to rebuilt by the Jewish people.
What I'm Giving Up for Lent?
Don't worry I'm not going off into religious rantings. ?Having recovered from my trials and tribulations of January I headed into February with a revived passionate verve.
The Coming War with Russia
The Coming World War III [with Russia]In my book, "The Last Trumpet?" I write about prophecy, and World War III, which I wrote about five years ago; thus, I have not wrote much on it since, which I fear, I should have. Many things have happened in the past five years, besides me traveling around the world ten times, and writing book after book, World War III has been gearing up; how so? Let me explain.
Let Her Be Covered Part Four
Again, let's call attention to our text: "Let her be covered."One more question: "Why?"Well, I hope that some answers have already gotten through to you.
Hope and Restoration in the Valley
The bible tells a story about the prophet Ezekiel who envisioned a valley full of dry bones. God led Ezekiel back and forth in the midst of this valley, surrounded by dry bones.
The Lost and Found
When we think in terms of what it means for man to be lost, we are immediately confronted with the fact that it is as sad a description as could ever be given to human beings. A sick person may get well; a crippled person may adjust to his infirmity; an indebted person may pay off his debt; an illiterate person may educate himself.
The Purpose of Our Being
Most people think that there is a higher meaning for our lives. They are correct, there is a purpose for our being.
Religion and Social Engineering - Part of an Introduction
Thomas Carlyle is just one of the interesting characters who had much to do with Calvinism and the Knox family he married into. Friedrich Nietzsche never really completed a book and yet before he went crazy his Wagnerian or Illuminized 'radical aristocratic' handlers used him well.
"Christianity posits the realization of human freedom not here on earth but only in the Kingdom of Heaven." (1) Fukayama tells us, and it seems to me he is interpreting what the dogma says; even though it fits his own slave and master concept taken by his evil predecessors.
The New Heaven And New Earth
Now that Satan, all of his fallen angels and all of unsaved humanity have been cast into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone, there is only one thing left. God will now give the rest of saved humanity their final reward - the new heaven and the new earth.
Sins and the REAL Demons
We all must know that the Catholic Church has used fear of demons and so-called sin to make a great deal of their power. I hope to illustrate the inner workings of the separation of church and state that is not a reality and that the state uses the same techniques.
Russia and Her Allies Will Attack Israel
This next event will be a major one! The Bible says that in the latter days, Russia and what appears to be Iran, Libya, Turkey and possibly Sudan will descend upon Israel and try to destroy her.Israel will have no chance to win against this large army that will attempt to come against her.
What about the 4400?
Murders are so frequent in our country that a single homicide seldom grabs national attention unless the perpetrator or the victim is already a celebrity. Even a double murder is not national news.
Helping Others - What Did Jesus Say?
Helping others was something Jesus did on a daily basis. He was constantly approached by people, but He always found time to stop what He was doing to help those in need.
Union with Christ Unites Us to One Another
Jesus knew He would be abandonedOn the night He was arrested, Jesus knew His disciples would abandon him and scatter. "Scatter" means that not only would they be separated from Him, but also from one another.
Salvation of the Jews to Determine the Lords Return: the Churches Greatest Prayer Responsibility
Jesus won't come until the Jewish people are saved.Why the salvation of the Jewish people is your greatest priority in prayer!Maybe you live in a town or city far removed from Israel, and maybe you don't even know any Jewish people.
Development of Liberal Theology: An Overview (Part 1)
The modern historical era of liberal theology basically encompass four distinct phases of change. The Enlightenment phase extends from the seventeenth century to approximately the middle or late eighteenth century.
Satan is Let Loose One More Time
After the 1000 years are up in the Millennium Kingdom, two additional things must happen before we get our new heaven and new earth. These two events will seal the fate of Satan and all the unsaved people who have ever lived once and for all.
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