- Religion and Philosophy
A Chiristian Explains Why Muslims Are Not Dangerous
Christians Need to Examine Their Own History
Every time someone reminds me about 9/11, I hear about how muslims were responsible. While certainly those atrocities were committed by muslims, I know that many muslims felt it was murder.
In the spring of 1986, I shared a dormatory room with an Islamic man from Jakarta, Indonesia. Though his English was broken, we often discussed politics and religion. He was certainly a devoted muslim, praying a number of times daily as required by his religion. He told me that his family was active in the Muslim party in Indonesia, which about 35% of the people there were members (I cannot confirm or deny these numbers). He also said that almost everyone there is of the Islamic faith, but most avoided the Muslim party because they knew of the turmoil of the middle east.
When I think of him, I remember the history of Christianity, a history that would make Islam seem tame. I can easily recite a list from history.
Ever since Christians have come to power, groups have oppressed the Jewish people. Obstensibly on the grounds that they were "Christ Killers". They seem to forget that Christ was a Jew. More importantly, they seem to forget that the Jewish leadership at the time was all appointed by Rome!
History records how the Rabbis stood in front of the Temple, denying entrance to the Romans. All were killed. Their successors were appointed by King Herod, not for their religious beliefs, but because they would support Rome. The leadership, which then became interested in lining its own pockets, was threatened by Christ. Everything about the trial and execution of Christ indicates this. The Sanhedron (the Jewish Court) tried Jesus at night; trials were only supposed to occur during the daytime. Then, they proceded to take Christ to the Roman leadership.
Oppression of Jewish people by Christians was always led by a few people with the power or position to impose their views on others. It was not until the last quarter of the 18th century that governments of predominately Christian nations began to seperate themselves from the theocratic elements of Christianity that demanded their oppression.
In addition, Christian governments had been warring with each other over different versions of Christianity (Catholicism or Protestantism). Christian armies would march into cities, killing all they could, saying, "God Will Know His Own". It was not until the 19th century that most governments in predominantly Christian nations decided they could live with each other's views. Occasionally, those like Hitler came to power.
So it is with the Islamic people of the world. Most of the Muslim nations are living in peace. Do not confuse Islamic extreamists, who are interested in persuing their own goals, with the average Muslim.
Such zealots are easy to identify. Such people are always trying to get others to die for a cause. Jesus did not ask others to kill; Jesus asked no one else to die for his beliefs (though some did), Jesus himself was killed.
Examine who the typical terrorist is: Young, and someone who has been convinced by someone in a position of power or authority that he should die for a cause.. Young people are easily led astray.