By the stroke of the bards pen,…”.A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
When I miss and drop a hammer on my thumb I call the hammer many names. None of them meant to carry glad tidings and prayers for peace. I may call the hammer a rutabaga but that doesn’t change the feelings I get when I smash my thumb with a hammer called rutabaga. I guess I could use the “operationally defined” method of identifying hammers by saying “that heavy metal nail driver.” It is quicker to say “hammer”, and be done with it. Soon, with popular use, the name becomes the action. Instead of using the heavy metal nail driver as a identifying factor, the name “becomes the action.” I hammer the nail with my hammer.
Such distinctions of name become meaningless when you change the action of the object. More and more the name Allah is transmuting into a synonym for terror, violence and death. The operation of the named person/place/thing being referred to carries the meaning. Jesus, is a moniker that carries a deeper meaning of the name. The God of the new testament means peace, love, and generosity of spirit. When one speaks of the God of the Jews or Christians, ideas of understanding are born upon the breath of the word. Allah, however, drags a lot of negative baggage that stands in direct conflict with both Jewish and Christian beliefs.
What does an illiterate prophet do when he is certain his word of god will not match the written word of God when all you have to go on is stories you have heard transferred verbally, a multitude of warts and all? You simply state that all previous versions of the truth are distorted and that yours is the only text that got it right. Right?
One system of belief preceded Mohamed’s entry on the world stage by 600 years. The other system of beliefs preceded his appearance by over 1500 years. Both religions that preceded the desert bandits proffering had been fully functioning by a large cross section of the middle east for a long time. Betting the farm on a belief system that is based on, but condemning of, two previously established religions is a bad bet.
So if what you’ve got Is brown and smells awful, it doesn’t matter if you call it a rose. All you really got is crap on a stick.
I have observed through the 40 years that I have been intimately involved with Islam that about every daily activity is mentioned in the Koran. Much of the imperatives harken to Bedouin practices indigenous to the desert nomads of Arabia, some refer to Jewish practices and some from Christian. Much is made of practices that are considered halal (forbidden) and the punishments for infractions. The miserable status of women is boldly upheld with women considered nothing more than property. Overall the Koran is a book that is “in the world” rather than in the realm of the spirit.
Jesus was a Jew, and much of his background refers to his Jewish heritage. His salient message was quite revolutionary for the day. At a time when all communities that expected to survive had walls to defend against attack. Armies and gangs roamed the land and it was common for a community to be eradicated, the population killed or sold into slavery. “Might Makes Right” was the guiding principle of the age. Jesus brought a truly revolutionary message in his “New Covenant” with the world; to love your enemies, to turn the cheek when struck, rather than lash out, to forgive the transgressions of others and to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Spiritual messages, truly revolutionary ideas..
Mohammed’s message sounds like marching orders from a commanding general; who to kill, who to shame, who to dominate and make their inferior status felt by humiliating treatment etc…Mohammed kept rape slaves, took part in mass executions (beheadings), of helpless prisoners, raided caravans for loot and advised all Muslims to kill Jews because they were Jewish.
I never used the excuse “My dog ate it” when I forgot or just refused to do my homework. This tactic was not lost on the founders of Islam,… but it was more like, Part of the Holy Quran is lost, ‘because my goat ate it.” According to Mohammed’s favorite wife Aisha, who stated she had the pages under her pillow. Apparently the confusion of Big Mo’s death covered for the sneaky quadruped as it entered her bed chamber and ate the pages. Pages dedicated to women suckling grown men as a way of preventing sexual impropriety.
Big Mo is presented as the perfect example of manhood and is touted as a role model for his followers to follow.
The kicker is that after torturing a man for money and then beheading him, Big MO took the mans wife as a rape slave. HE TOOK THE TORTURED AND BEHEADED MANS WIFE AS A RAPE SLAVE!
THE “LIONS GATE” , THE GATE JESUS WAS PREPORTED TO PASS THROUGH WHEN HE ENTERED JERUSELUM
Jews have inhabited the Holy city for 3000 years. That is a thousand years before the appearance of Jesus on the scene, 2000 years ago, and then, six and a half centuries later, Mohammed appeared. Mo. claiming the other monotheistic religions had it wrong, started his career of being the “Prophet Who Killed”, (a lot ). It is important, when comparing Christianity to Islam, to keep in mind that where Mo used the sword to either convert or kill, accepted tribute of the booty his gang culled in murderous raids across the Arab peninsula and personally put victims to death. Jesus, who had no gang, never raised either a sword or his hand, won the world with his ideas. A MOSK STANDS ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT, WHERE THE JEWISH TEMPLE HAS RESIDED A THOUSAND YEARS BEFORE THE COMMON ERA.
Yes; the old testament of the Christian Bible is full of massacres and murders. Yes; 1400 years ago Christians tried to regain possession of Jerusalem through the crusades. Yes; there were massacres involved and much violence initiated by the Christian hordes. With this in mind, one can point to a comparison of the progenitors of the religions. Christ, (of the New testament) never raided caravans, never murdered anyone and never kept captive women as sex slaves or sold anyone into slavery. Christ’s message was to “love thine enemies as thyself”. As the spiritual center of the Christian religion,
Christ left a man of peace as the model for those who followed him. Mohammed, on the other hand, left a murdering, raping, thief and warrior as an example to follow. Read the article linked above to flesh out the picture of Mohammed the prophet of Islam.
Unabashed bitchin, due to the chilling affect of political correctness one doesn’t hear the amount of carping one would expect in a robust democracy. I am not the cook, but I am presenting this little morsel for your enjoyment. Hope you feel a little purged afterword’s.