Monday, June 21, 2010

Christian use Biblical Verses as a Source of Violence

Religious text becomes more meaningful once you read it with the reference to context. Once you have the details of the reference to context you truly know the meaning otherwise the meaning is manipulated and distorted by the people who are working against the religion. Most of the people don’t even know about the religion Islam as the fact is manipulated by the proponents of the non-Muslims to misguide the people who just follow the path without searching for the reason behind religious content in the book of Allah. Quran teaching not only includes the recitation but also includes the reference due to which the reference is linked to. War is not only the word used in the holy Quran but we can easily find the content in the bible that has violent verses too. Biblical verses were used by the Nazis against Jews. Christians even quote these violent verses against the Muslims in Bosnia. Here are a few verses of Old Testament and New Testament:

  • “When the LORD your God brings you into the land where you are entering to possess it, and clears away many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and stronger than you. And when the LORD your God delivers them before you and you defeat them, then you shall utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them and show no favor to them. (Deutronomy 7:1-2)
  • “When you approach a city to fight against it, you shall offer it terms of peace. If it agrees to make peace with you and opens to you, then all the people who are found in it shall become your forced labor and shall serve you. However, if it does not make peace with you, but makes war against you, then you shall besiege it. When the LORD your God gives it into your hand, you shall strike all the men in it with the edge of the sword. Only the women and the children and the animals and all that is in the city, all its spoil, you shall take as booty for yourself; and you shall use the spoil of your enemies which the LORD your God has given you… Only in the cities of these peoples that the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, you shall not leave alive anything that breathes (Deuteronomy 20:10-17)
  • therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man intimately. But all the girls who have not known man intimately, spare for yourselves. (Numbers 31:17-18)
  • “I tell you that to everyone who has, more shall be given, but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. But these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them in my presence. (Luke 19:26-27)
  • "Do not think that I have come to send peace on earth. I did not come to send peace, but a sword. I am sent to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law" (Matthew 10:34-35)