Islam is nothing like Christianity, and it matters to the West. By Bill Muehlenberg. A review of Nonie Darwish’s new book, “Wholly Different”.
Tragically most folks do not know very much about Islam. And many do not know very much about Christianity either. If they did, they would stop making the foolish claim that the two faiths are basically the same. …
Her opening words make clear why we must know the truth about Islam: “Islam’s moral values are diametrically opposed to biblical moral values.” That is why attempts to reconcile Islam with Christianity have always failed. And this is all one-way traffic anyway: “How many interfaith dialogue groups do you think exist in any Muslim-majority country?” …
In Christianity the goal is to share the love of God with others, point people to a loving saviour, and set them free from their sins and bondages.
The Koran never speaks of God loving all of humanity. In Islam submission to sharia law and the destruction of all competing faiths is the goal. Islam means to submit, and the devout Muslim must not only live under sharia but seek to spread it worldwide. Related to this is the issue of freedom.
Freedom of religion and conscience are core components of the Christian faith, but not Islam. Those who dare to leave Islam are considered to be apostates and subject to the death penalty. “Islam needs ‘compulsion in religion’ to succeed. It is not adequate to compete with the Bible, and Muslims feel its inadequacy.”
Things like freedom, democracy and human rights have all developed in the Christian West. Islamic countries do not see these as values to be strived for, but instead promote conquest and submission: “The Bible is a bulwark protecting us from tyranny of man on man and government on citizen, but Islam came to reinstate the enslavement of man to man and individuals to their rulers.”
As to more personal religious ethics, God’s love and the ability to have a personal relationship with him are key aspects of Christianity. In Islam, Allah sees most people – all non-Muslims – as enemies. Indeed, the majority of verses in the Koran deal with the kafir, and Allah’s hatred of non-Muslims is “the most prominent feature in the Koran”.
The Sixth Commandment tells Jews and Christians not to murder. But here it is that “Muhammad’s reversal of Biblical values becomes crystal clear. . . . Commandments to kill and terrorize are in abundant supply in the Koran, hadiths, and sharia…. Those who murder under the title of holy jihad are honoured.” In sum, the ‘love your neighbour’ of Christianity is replaced by ‘kill your neighbour’ in Islam.
Love versus hate.
Christianity spreads by conversion, Islam spreads mainly by conquest. One is voluntary, the other is not. There is a moral difference.
Only one of them might be fairly described as a “death cult.” Only one of them is a totalitarian political philosophy — there is no Christian equivalent of Sharia law.
hat-tip Stephen Neil