You have certain characteristics at the core of certain religions. Some are only of casual interest to outsiders, such as requiring a man to wear a turban as Sikhs do or the observation that Buddhist monks wear orange. Others are defining. One of the defining differences between Christians and Muslims is found in the one letter difference between prescribe and proscribe. When I was editing the previous post, the word “proscribed” jumped out at me. I touched on it in a previous post, but it bears revisiting.
Christians are proscribed from taking vengeance. It is forbidden.
(Romans 12:19 KJV) Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.For Muslims, however, it is prescribed. It is required.
“O believers! retaliation for bloodshedding is prescribed to you: the free man for the free, and the slave for the slave, and the woman for the woman: but he to whom his brother shall make any remission,68 is to be dealt with equitably; and to him should he pay a fine with liberality.” Sura 2, “The Cow” (verse 178)Christianity expects the government to deal with evil. Islam expects every believer to seek vengeance. And evil in Islam includes anyone who believes different from you. So when we have hundreds massacred by Muslims yelling “Allah is great” in Arabic and calling the murders repayment in part for attacking Syria, there is nothing out of line with that. It is at the core of what so many foolishly call a “religion of peace”.
Expect more of the same.
All Koran quotes are from the translation by Rev. J.M. Rodwell, M.A. provided by the Gutenberg Project.
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