Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Opus 2016-216: Crusades Go Two Ways

If you read Gorges’ Grouse you know he is serious about linking articles he likes.  Sometimes I check them out and bookmark them.  Sometimes I ignore them.  One he linked was interesting because it went into the history of the conflict between Islam and what used to be Christianity but is now referred to as the West.

As I read something occurred to me.  I am sure it is not a tremendous new insight but the parallels were clear.  What Islam is doing is going on a Crusade. 

The Crusades, for all of their mixed motives, were an attempt to drive the Muslims out of an area that had been predominately Christian until Mohammed’s armies began to spread his religion by the use of the sword.  An early conquest was the Holy Land.  The loss was endured until the Turkish culture took over the administration of the area from the Arab culture.  The Turkish Muslims made it very dangerous for Christians to travel to the holy sites in Jerusalem.  As I think I said in another post, the Roman Catholic church believed that a trip to the Holy Land gave a big step up for people seeking salvation.  To cut the pilgrims off was not just a political gesture for temporal power but a spiritual attack to keep people from eternal life.  The Crusades were a holy war.

Just as the Christians of the Middle Ages wanted to retake the Holy Land so Muslims want to retake what they once controlled.  As the article stated, Islam believes that once they have conquered an area it is theirs forever.  If it is lost then the moral and right thing to do is attack.  Since Islam at its height reached half way through France and to the northern border of what used to be Yugoslavia there is a lot of territory to reconquer.

So understand that the war will not go away.  They are out to get us and as long as there are devout and committed Muslims, the killing will continue.  There might be a hiatus while they reload, but they will be back.

Conversion, slavery or death are your only options when they win.

homo unius libri

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