I used to think that Islam is a religion of terror, until I started reading the Quran myself. I stop reading the Bibles after I got confused with so many versions of it. But I do acknowledge this: both books are about peace and love, or at least, they are supposed to. The ultimate objective of these religions, in fact, all religions, is to teach goodness to all mankind. It’s that simple.
Somehow, it is not as simple for mankind to be good. There is always, pride, lust, greed, anger, dejection, avarice and gluttony to deal with. Above all these sins that make life so much difficult, is ‘hypocrisy’. It is the hypocrisy, the pretention, that brings haywire to the world.
The U.S pretends to be the savior of the Arab’s unending tribal wars when what it is actually doing, is destroying the Muslims’ world altogether. The Muslims pretend to be devout Muslims by fighting for Hudud when they are actually fighting for power. The Christians pretend to be the righteous who bring order to world, when they are actually making a mess of it all.
I just came across a blog called ‘Christians United 4 Malaysia’ (CU4M) and there it is written on the tagline, “..in Allah we trust”. I have said it before and I’m saying it again that I have not met any Christians, not among my family or friends who pray to Allah. We don’t mention Allah in our Sunday prayers and this ‘Allah’ issue is totally isolated from the church.
Therefore, I have no doubt that the blog is clearly made with grisly intention, to challenge the Muslims, provoking, calling for a fight or initiating a war.
Now, why would any good Christian want to start a war? Why would any good person of any religion want to?
Then I realized that the blog is not taking a neutral stance in politics, which explains the ‘grisly intention’.
Christians make up to only about 9% of Malaysians and it is really not a good idea to start a crusade here. As good Christians would never start a war, wise Christians would never start a war, - here. Whoever is ‘testing’ the Muslims’ patience here, is definitely not doing it for the sake of the Christians or Christianity.
As a blog dedicated for Christians, CU4M should have known better than to unreservedly condemn the Muslims’ Hudud Law. Here’s why:
• Being a medium or spiritualist. (Stoning) (Leviticus 20:27).
• Trying to convert people to another religion. (stoning) (Deuteronomy 13:1-11, Deuteronomy 18:20).
• Apostasy - If most people in a town come to believe in a different god. (Kill everybody, including animals, and burn the town.) (Deuteronomy 13:12-15)
• Being a stubborn and rebellious son. And being a profligate and a drunkard. (stoning) (Deuteronomy 21:18-21)
You see, these sadistic punishments, (as the blog puts it), are written in the Bibles too. And there are many more, if only the blogger of CU4M would honestly admit.
If he would not do that, then the least he could do is not misuse the name ‘Christian’ for a political course.
The thing is, since Jesus lived before Muhammad and the Bibles came before Quran, did the Quran actually ‘copied’ these sadistic punishments from the Bibles? If so, why must we condemn Islam when Christians teaches the same things?
It seems that the Christians and the Muslims are both at lost here. So, the best thing to do when we lost our ways is to go back to basic of religion that is, ‘goodness’.
By that, it means empathy, fairness, forgiveness, peace, love. It also means that we must avoid hostility through provocation, fights or war. For what is the difference between a man who cuts the hands of the wrongdoers, and a man who provokes just to start a bloody war?
While Muslims are having problems putting ‘goodness’ above ‘hudud’, we, the Christians must not put ‘Christianity’ above ‘goodness’. After all, what is being a Christian without goodness in us? Good Christians tolerate, not provoke. Good Christians spread love, not war.
Therefore, if we cannot make the Muslims see their weaknesses, then we can at least try not to make things worse for everybody.