Is Christianity the easiest religion to attack in wars against religion
War on religion
Religion is one of those topics that have generated a great deal of discussion in various across the globe. Whereas some view religion (in this case the belief and worship of a Supreme Being: God) as a threat that must be eliminated in society, others, a good number I’d like to believe, believe in a Supreme Creator who is all good and deserving of worship and adoration. For opponents of religion, religion has been the cause of wars and conflicts in the world, it is the source of hate and threatens their desired lifestyles and has become irrelevant in today's society. For these and many other reasons, there continue to be strong reactions against religion and scriptures in various spheres with a good number of groups spearheading the war against religion in the world. With the fear among some people that Bill 2943 would ban the selling of Bibles in California and the ban of online Bible sales in China among other incidents in recent times, it got me wondering whether Christianity is the easiest religion to attack in the wars against religion.
Christianity and other religions
In comparing the different religions that exist today, Christianity is unique in a number of ways. For instance, it is the only religion where the Son of God "Jesus" died for the sins and redemption of humankind. As the scriptures say, through this act, he became the sacrificial lamb to save all of humankind. Therefore, those who accept Him as their savior are saved as He is the only way to Heaven. Moreover, among those religions that hold the belief that there is a Heaven (for those who obey God) and Hell (for those who disobeyed) Christianity, at least in the New Testament, is the only religion that seems to have a very humble and more peaceful leader (Christ). He would spend time with those who were regarded unworthy (Samaritans, Thieves, Prostitute, Leapers etc), which shows that his approach to saving them was not based on the force of violence, but rather on peaceful dialogue and love. He also rode on a donkey to Jerusalem (despite being regarded a King), allowed himself to be captured and tortured and even prevented his followers from engaging in violence to protect him among many other acts during his brief time on planet Earth. Jesus preached peace and love, not only for friends but also for those who one may regard as enemies. These, among many other scenarios in the New Testament, describe, to me at least, a gentle, loving and humble religion that is Christianity.
Jesus rides into Jerusalem
As a result of its special characteristics then, Christianity and a Christian nation \, more than other religions nations, would be the one to tolerate people of different beliefs (or disbeliefs) given that Christian scripture advocates for love, forgiveness, and peace for all. In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says "You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you". He goes on to say that “If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?” These can only be the words of the most humble of people.
In considering these traits of Christianity with others (only regarding religions that recognize a Supreme Creator and a Heaven and Hell) it becomes evident that Christianity is one of the most peaceful and tolerant religions in the world. This, then, in my opinion, is the reason as to why Christianity is the easiest religion to attack in the wars against religion. While other religions like Islam are also highly criticized, this is largely the case in democratic nations with more Christians than non-Muslims like America and Britain among others. While Christianity may be criticized in just about any nation or region across the globe, this is not the case with other religions that tend to be highly protected. Muslims and Jews will not tolerate any disrespect to their religions in regions where they make up the majority (or are in large numbers). As believers, they are quick to respond to any form of disrespect. This, however, is not the case with Christianity. As a result, Christianity has and will continue to take the hit for all wars on religion in any religious debate anywhere on the globe. This becomes even more evident when we consider attacks not only on Christian scriptures in various countries across the world but also on Christian themselves.
© 2018 Patrick