Not Religion’s Fault


“Nevertheless, we deny not, but that evil persons may, and do sometimes make a pretence of conscience and religion, in order to sedition and rebellion, as the best things may be abused; but this is not the fault of religion, but only of men.”

– Ralph Cudworth
The True Intellectual System of the Universe

 

The quote above is a disgrace to the collective intelligence of mankind.  Look at the pictures below, and I dare you to say it again that extremism is not the fault of religion.
 

Islam, the religion of peace.

Surah 5:33 – “Those who make war with Allah and his messenger will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land. That is how they will be treated in this world, and in the next they will have an awful doom.”
 

One Nation Under God:

Leviticus 20:13 – “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death.”

1 Corinthians 6:9 – “Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals”

 Deuteronomy 17:12 – “Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death.  Such evil must be purged from Israel.”
 

Surah 5, The Table Spread:

45: Life for life, eye for eye, nose for nose, ear for ear, and tooth for tooth. Non-muslims are wrong doers.

72: Christians will be burned in the Fire.

73: Christians are wrong about the Trinity. For that they will have a painful doom.
 

In God We Trust:

Exodus 22:19 – “Whoever sacrifices to any god, except the Lord alone, shall be doomed.”

 2 Chronicles 15:12-13 – “They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.”

Deuteronomy 13:7-12 – “If your own full brother, or your son or daughter, or your beloved wife, or you intimate friend, entices you secretly to serve other gods, whom you and your fathers have not known, gods of any other nations, near at hand or far away, from one end of the earth to the other: do not yield to him or listen to him, nor look with pity upon him, to spare or shield him, but kill him.”
 

Not religion's fault

Surah 8, The Spoils of War:

15- 16: When you fight with disbelievers, do not retreat. Those who do will go to hell.

55: The worst beasts in Allah’s sight are the disbelievers.

65: Exhort the believers to fight. They will win easily, because disbelievers are without intelligence.
 

Surah 4, Women:

56: Unbelievers will be tormented forever with fire. When their skin is burned off, a fresh skin will be provided.

74: Allah will bestow a vast reward on those who fight in religious wars.
 

76: Believers fight for Allah; disbelievers fight for the devil. So fight the minions of the devil.

89: Have no unbelieving friends. Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them.

91: If the unbelievers do not offer you peace, kill them wherever you find them. Against such you are given clear warrant
 

Leviticus 24:13-16:

“Then the LORD said to Moses, “Take the blasphemer outside the camp, and tell all those who heard him to lay their hands on his head.  Then let the entire community stone him to death.  Say to the people of Israel: Those who blaspheme God will suffer the consequences of their guilt and be punished.  Anyone who blasphemes the LORD’s name must be stoned to death by the whole community of Israel.  Any Israelite or foreigner among you who blasphemes the LORD’s name will surely die.”
 

Isaiah 13:15-18:

“Anyone who is captured will be run through with a sword.  Their little children will be dashed to death right before their eyes.  Their homes will be sacked and their wives raped by the attacking hordes.  For I will stir up the Medes against Babylon, and no amount of silver or gold will buy them off.  The attacking armies will shoot down the young people with arrows.  They will have no mercy on helpless babies and will show no compassion for the children.”
 

Not religion’s fault.

Extremism is definitely NOT religion’s fault.  Actually, it’s more to do politics.  Surely, these people didn’t get their evil from the good book.

What were the last words of those who flew planes into the Trade Center, that dreadful day in September?  Was it, by any chance, “Allahu Akbar!” – meaning “God is the Greatest”?

“With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”

– Steven Weinberg
  

The God of Peace be with you all.  Amen.  

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