The Driving Force of Religion

Today I want to look at the underlying force that drives the three major “Abrahamic” religions; Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

All three can be condensed down to the “Go and do this..” command from the God they worship. The very root of the tree of their doctrine and dogma. All the rest is how to commune with God, behavior, food and hygiene, and getting along with family, friends, neighbors, and enemies.

Aren’t they all the same? They all stem from Abraham and his discourse with God, right? Not hardly.

Judaism: What was God’s command or edict to the ancient Hebrews? Let’s see what Moses had to say. He’s the one that laid it all out in black and white or….whatever he used back then. Abram was the first Hebrew, according to Moses’ account, and received the command directly from God Himself in Genesis 12:

1 Now the LORD had said to Abram:

“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.

2 I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.

3 I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

So Abram did what he was told and wound up in Shechem with Canaanites all around and he built an altar to worship at. Because of a regional famine he continued south to Egypt after God told him his descendants were promised the land.

So Abram’s command was to go to the place God showed him. In return, God would bless his entire family and families of the earth.

In the meanwhile, several generations passed and the Hebrews, now called Israelites, wound up slaves in Egypt. Moses was tapped to lead them out of Egypt and to the ‘Promised Land’.

So what did God command Moses to do? Well, he gave him the Law and 10 commandments. That consisted of how to worship, what to and what not to do, what was right and what was wrong. But this is what He said about conquest of the world from Numbers 34:

1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Command the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you come into the land of Canaan, this is the land that shall fall to you as an inheritance—the land of Canaan to its boundaries.

He then laid out very specific and precise boundaries for them. If you look at Israel on the map, it is dwarfed by surrounding hostile neighbors who want to take it from them. They don’t even possess the original area God gave them and, still, others want to take it from them! So that is God’s command to Israel; Go here, live here, behave here, be a success here, and I will bless everyone that blesses you. No other countries are mentioned and Israel was told to treat the travellers and foreigners well and, if someone was to convert to Judaism, they were to accept and teach them.

Christians; what were they commanded?

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matthew 28:18-20)

Okay, so what happens if they don’t? They get bashed and robbed right? Mmmm no:

“Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet.”  Matthew 10:14

Oh, just move on then. So people have a free choice then. Just move on to the next town if they don’t want what your free gift then.

So, now Islam. What were they commanded?

The Prophet says: ‘You shall fight the Jews and kill them, until the tree and the stone will speak and say: ‘Oh Muslim, Oh servant of Allah’ – the tree and the stone will not say, ‘Oh Arab,’ they will say, ‘Oh Muslim’. And they will not say, ‘Where are the millions?’ and will not say, ‘Where is the Arab nation?’ Rather, they will say, ‘Oh Muslim, Oh servant of Allah – there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.’ Except for the Gharqad tree [tree mentioned in the Quran – Ed.], which is the tree of the Jews.

Mohammed said, “I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, none has the right to be worshipped but Allah” (Al Bukhari vol. 4:196).

Sura 5:51: O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: they are but friends and protectors to each other. And he among you that turns to them for friendship is of them.” This friendship makes any Muslim a enemy of their own and deserving of the same fate as the unbeliever. This is because God does not guide an unjust people.

Sura3 3:64: “Verily Allah has cursed the Unbelievers (whom he defined as Christians in the 5th surah “Believers, take not Jews and Christians for your friends.) and has prepared for them a Blazing Fire to dwell in forever. No protector will they find, nor savior. That Day their faces will be turned upside down in the Fire. They will say: ‘Woe to us! We should have obeyed Allah and obeyed the Messenger!’ ‘Our Lord! Give them double torment and curse them with a very great Curse!’”

“War is prescribed to you: but you are averse.” (Surah 2;212)

Allah’s Apostle was asked, “What is the best deed?” He replied, “To believe in Allah and His Apostle (Muhammad). The questioner then asked, “What is the next (in goodness)? He replied, “To participate in Jihad (religious fighting) in Allah’s Cause.” (Al Bukhari vol. 1:25)

Sura 2:187-189Sura 2:187-189 “And kill them wherever ye shall find them, and eject them from whatever place they have ejected you; for civil discord is worse than carnage: yet attack them not at the sacred Mosque, unless they attack you therein; but if they attack you, slay them. Such the reward of the infidels…Fight therefore against them until there be no more civil discord, and the only worship be that of God: but if they desist, then let there be no hostility, save against the wicked.” “And kill them wherever ye shall find them, and eject them fr(Al Bukhari vol. 1:25)om whatever place they have ejected you; for civil discord is worse than carnage: yet attack them not at the sacred Mosque, unless they attack you therein; but if they attack you, slay them. Such the reward of the infidels…Fight therefore against them until there be no more civil discord, and the only worship be that of God: but if they desist, then let there be no hostility, save against the wicked.”

 

2:190-292 “Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits, for Allah does not love transgressors. And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out: For tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; But fight them not at the sacred Mosque unless they first fight you there; But if they fight you, Slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith.”

2:193 “And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression, and let there prevail justice and faith in Allah; but if they cease, let there be no hostility except to those who practice oppression.”

Sura 8:12 “Remember your Lord inspired the angels with the message: “I am with you: give firmness to the Believers: I will instill terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: you smite them above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them.”

“Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah. Whatever you spend in the cause of Allah shall be repaid to you and you shall not be treated unjustly.”

“Take not the Jews and Christians for friends … slay the idolaters [infidels] wherever ye find them. …Fight against those who … believe not in Allah nor the Last Day” (Sura 5:51; 9:5,29,41).

Sura 9:39  “If you do not fight, He will punish you severely, and put others in your place”

Geez, I could go on and on but I think you get the point. Let’s recap:

Jews– “Go here, live within these geographic boundaries as well as these spiritual and physical ones and I will bless you and others”

Christians–“Spread the Good News of the Gospel to everyone you can, but if they’re not interested, move on”

Muslims–” Conquer the world. Convert, enslave, or kill.”


 



 

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