Random (hopefully short) political rant

July 27, 2011 Oyibo Princess
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After the tragic events in Norway this past week, Westerners are now considering that extremism is not just an Islamic issue but a world issue as Christian groups can also be extremist.  People put terrorist and terrorist groups such as Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda, the Taliban, Anders Behring Breivik, the Ku Klux Klan, and maybe to a lesser degree the church whose memebers protest at funerals (only lesser because they only protest but do not kill) as religious extremist.

I agree that they are terrorist.   However, I would argue that these people are not extreme enough.  Now wait. Give me a chance.  Hear me out.  What I mean is I do not think these people are even religious.  Maybe religious in the way that the Pharisees were in the Bible. They cling tightly to religion outwardly but inwardly, in their hearts, they care nothing about God or honoring Him.  How can that be possible? I say this as a Christian who reads her Bible every morning and every night and as a student who has studied Islam.

If the so-called “Christian extremist” really read and studied the Bible, they would know that “Hate stirs up dissension, but love covers all sins.” Proverbs 10:12

If the so-called “Islamic extremist” were really so into Islam, they would know that in Chapter 5 verse 32 of the Quran, it says that  “The death of one innocent is equal to the death of the whole Humanity!”  The Qu’ran. Not a Hadith that can be disputed.  The Qur’an.

Christians.  Let us show mercy on others.  “Let us love our neighbors as we love ourselves.”  That is the second most important commandment according to Jesus. I do not feel that I have the authority to tell Muslims what they need to do. But for people in general, I do not think the answer is to be less extreme but more extreme. More extreme in our religion.

Breivik was not extreme in his religion.  He claimed that he was defending Christian values, but the guy was an avid World of Warcraft (a demonic video game) player and attended several online orges. I am not say that true Christians are perfect, but he habitually played these things.

The behavior of these so-called extremist encourages a lukewarmness in religion causing agnotism and atheism to grow in Western society.  In Revelations it says, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!  So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

People want to be tolerant and based on the actions of so-called “extremist”, it seems as though it is impossible to be tolerant Christian so they leave the church. Therefore by Breivik’s actions, he is actually defaming the Christian religion.  He is shrinking the Body of Christ (as if he actually cares.)

In the Bible, there is a conversation between Jesus and a Pharisee:

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40

Therefore by definition hate is the worst sin.  Love Muslims and people of other religions. Not their beliefs. Love homosexuals, but not what they do in their bedrooms. “Hate stirs up dissension, but love covers all sins.”  That is what God asks of you.

 

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