Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Christian vs Islamic Terrorists

I've seen several posts this week equating the abortion clinic shooter with the recent ISIS-claimed acts.

As a Christian...I say they cannot be compared because anyone calling themselves "Christian" cannot commit an act of violence against another human and say it's in the name of Jesus.

But that's just my opinion, right?

So, to answer the question, "Can a Christian be a terrorist and are Islamic terrorists just the "extremists"?"  I did some searches on online searchable "holy books" for both religions...

(thanks to online searchable books studies like this are easy)

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CHRISTIANITY

"Can a person justify harming another human being based on the following teachings?"

Philippians 2:3
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves


Matthew 5:43-48

(Jesus said this regarding things from the Old Testament...)
“You have heard that it was said, ‘you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Matthew 5:39
I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.

Romans 13:9
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Matthew 19:19

"You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Matthew 22:39
'
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'

Mark 12:31
'
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Luke 10:27
And he answered, “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." 

Ephesians 4:32
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Philippians 2:4
do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

Galatians 5:14
For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, "
You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

Romans 13:8
Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.

Romans 15:2
Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.

Romans 13:10
Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

1 Corinthians 10:24
Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor.

James 2:8
If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, "
You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing well.

James 4:12
who are you who judge your neighbor?

Matthew 23:11
the greatest among you shall be your servant.

Luke 22:26
But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant.

Matt 7:12
In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Luke 6:31
Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.

Matthew 25:40
‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

Matthew 25:45
‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’


1 Thess. 5
appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, 13 and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another. 

14 We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

15 See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people. 16 Rejoice always; 17 pray without ceasing; 18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus

(No instruction is found for followers of Jesus to kill, hurt, or harm anyone.)

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ISLAM

"Can a person justify harming another human being based on the following teachings?"

Quran (4:76)
"Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah…"

Quran (8:65)
"O Prophet, exhort the believers to fight..."

Quran (2:191-193)
"And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief or unrest] is worse than killing...

Quran (2:244)
"Then fight in the cause of Allah

Quran (8:12) 
"I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them"

Quran (48:29)
"Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard (ruthless) against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves"

Quran (61:4)
"Surely Allah loves those who fight in His way"

Quran (2:216)
"Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not."

Quran (3:56)
"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 (3:151)
"Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority".

Quran (4:74)
"Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward."

Quran (4:89)
"They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks."

Quran (4:95)
"Not equal are those of the believers who sit (at home), except those who are disabled (by injury or are blind or lame, etc.), and those who strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives. Allah has preferred in grades those who strive hard and fight with their wealth and their lives above those who sit (at home). Unto each, Allah has promised good (Paradise), but Allah has preferred those who strive hard and fight, above those who sit (at home) by a huge reward "

Quran (4:104)
"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 (5:33)
"The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement"

Quran (8:15)
"O ye who believe! When ye meet those who disbelieve in battle, turn not your backs to them. (16)Whoso on that day turneth his back to them, unless maneuvering for battle or intent to join a company, he truly hath incurred wrath from Allah, and his habitation will be hell, a hapless journey's end."

Quran (8:39)
"And fight with them until there is no more fitna (disorder, unbelief) and religion should be only for Allah"

Quran (8:57)
"...deal with them so as to strike fear in those who are behind them, that haply they may remember."

Quran (8:67)
"It is not for a Prophet that he should have prisoners of war until he had made a great slaughter in the land..."

Quran (9:5)
"...slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them."

Quran (9:14)
"Fight against them so that Allah will punish them by your hands and disgrace them and give you victory over them and heal the breasts of a believing people."

Quran (9:20)
"Those who believe, and have left their homes and striven with their wealth and their lives in Allah's way are of much greater worth in Allah's sight. These are they who are triumphant." 

Quran (9:29)
"Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued."

Quran (9:38-39)
"O ye who believe! what is the matter with you, that, when ye are asked to go forth in the cause of Allah, ye cling heavily to the earth? Do ye prefer the life of this world to the Hereafter? But little is the comfort of this life, as compared with the Hereafter. Unless ye go forth, He will punish you with a grievous penalty, and put others in your place."

Quran (9:73)
"O Prophet! strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them; and their abode is hell, and evil is the destination."

Quran (9:111)
"Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth, through the Law, the Gospel, and the Quran: and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah? then rejoice in the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the achievement supreme."

Quran (9:123)
"O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness."

Quran (17:16)
"And when We wish to destroy a town, We send Our commandment to the people of it who lead easy lives, but they transgress therein; thus the word proves true against it, so We destroy it with utter destruction."

Quran (47:3-4)
"Those who disbelieve follow falsehood, while those who believe follow the truth from their Lord... So, when you meet (in fight Jihad in Allah's Cause), those who disbelieve smite at their necks till when you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind a bond firmly (on them, i.e. take them as captives)... If it had been Allah's Will, He Himself could certainly have punished them (without you). But (He lets you fight), in order to test you, some with others. But those who are killed in the Way of Allah, He will never let their deeds be lost."

Quran (66:9)
"O Prophet! Strive against the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and be stern with them. Hell will be their home, a hapless journey's end."

Tabari 9:69 
"Killing Unbelievers is a small matter to us" The words of Muhammad, prophet of Islam.





BASED ON THE CHRISTIAN NEW TESTAMENT

When anyone commits violence against another...and claims he's done it for Jesus...he has, in fact, not done it for Jesus...and I would tell that person so and would point to all those verses and say, "Sorry...you cannot say you did that in the name of Jesus." There can be no such thing as a "Christian" terrorist...only a confused terrorist who is trying to justify what he's doing by claiming some divine mission.


BASED ON THE QUR'AN

When a man kills and claims he's done it for Allah...I wouldn't be able to point to their holy book and tell them what they've done is against their religion because Allah commands it of all his followers...not just the extremists..."I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them" and "Unless ye go forth (to fight), He (Allah) will punish you with a grievous penalty."

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