“The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.” —Maya Angelou
Jews & Christians “Choose Life”
“Today I invoke heaven and earth as a witness against you that I have set life and death, blessing and curse, before you. Therefore choose life so that you and your descendants may live!” Deuteronomy 30:19
Jews and Christians know this important commandment: “Choose life.” It is a positive commandment that encompasses a great deal. Everything that one might choose in life that helps God, others, or yourself is a choice for life. It pushes forward the narrative of growth, learning, and moral advancement. It is creative, not destructive, in its aim. It builds toward the good—for one and all.
In support of life, and of the peace necessary to its maximum sustenance, Golda Meir once said, “Peace will come to the Middle East when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us.” And Billy Graham once said, “God is . . . patiently waiting to be invited into the hearts of all mankind. Adam and Eve were given a choice—would it be the tree of life or the tree that brought death? Moses placed a choice before ancient Israel: ‘I set before you life and death. . . . Choose life, that you . . . may live.’”
Muslims “Love Death”
“We will put terror into the hearts of the unbelievers.” Koran 3:151
Islamists do not value life as much as they value submission to Islam. The Muslim value—stated in the Koran—of killing all unbelievers non-stop until the last one is dead, is far more important to doctrinaire Muslims than their own lives. Also, Muslims who kill infidels, in accordance with Islamic law, are promised physical rewards in the afterlife, including pleasures that are culinary and sexual in nature.
A Hamas Jihadist recently told Western journalists, “We love death. You love your life.” And Ayman al-Zawahiri’s wife told Muslim women, “I advise you to raise your children in the cult of jihad and martyrdom and to instill in them a love for religion and death.”
Hebrew Bible: The Major Tenets of Judaism
The V’ahavta Prayer
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Deuteronomy 6:5
The Commandment to Love Your Neighbor
“You shall not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:18
Jews believe that the adherents of other religions are righteous in the eyes of God, as long as they follow the Laws of the Children of Noah. It is also a belief, in Judaism, that those who are disabled in their ability to believe in God are not condemned by God, as long as they follow those same Laws (or, if they are Jewish, His commandments) and strive to be a blessing to the world. The best way for Jews to love God is, indeed, to love all his all his children.
New Covenant: The Essence of Christianity
The V’ahavta Prayer & the Commandment to Love Your Neighbor (from Jesus’ Parable of the Good Samaritan)
25 “On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he asked, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ 26 ‘What is written in the Law?’ Jesus replied. ‘How do you read it?’ 27 He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 28 ‘You have answered correctly,’ Jesus replied. ‘Do this and you will live.’” Luke 10:25-28
Christians feel compelled to proselytize to everyone, because Christians are commanded to spread the Gospel (Good News) to everyone. While Christians do believe that non-Christians are sinners, they also believe the same about themselves. Christians do not judge adherents of different faiths, believing that all judgment belongs to God. Christians also honor God by loving all His children.
Islam: The Religion of Jihad, or Holy War
Jihad as the Controlling Ideology of Islam
“Believers, do not make friends with any but your own people.” Koran 3:117
“Muhammad is God’s Apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another.” Koran 48:29
Not all self-described Muslims are doctrinaire in their outlook. Most are secular. But those who do believe in the literal word of the Koran are dangerous to non-Muslims, because Islam promotes the jingoistic killing of non-Muslims, until only Muslims remain. This is the path to “peace.” It is a path of extinguishing all neighbors who do not agree with your religion.
Suicide is disallowed in Islam, but martyrdom is encouraged.
“Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.” Koran 4:74
Muslims see the term “suicide bomber” as a slander against Islam, invented by Judeo-Christian culture to insult Islamic martyrs. The goal of the suicide bomber is not to commit suicide, but to murder infidels. This is not only permitted by Muhammad, but encouraged with promises of gratifying food and earthy sex in Paradise.
What Islam Means by Calling Itself the Religion of Peace
There will never be a harmonious peace, in our pluralistic world, where neighboring faiths exist alongside Islam. Before a doctrinaire Muslim loves his neighbor, the neighbor must submit to Islam. The only peace allowed is a Pax Islamica—a chauvinistic peace that exists because everyone has been forcibly converted to Islam. And the peace it achieves is one that is born of, and maintained by, an ongoing culture of Islamic brutality and bloodshed.
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