Monday, June 27, 2005

10 Commandments - A Comparison

As a theologian this topic is of some interest to me.

It's funny that the Supreme Court ruled in 2 different directions today on basically the same topic. As if that is really possible.

The part that really irks me is how it is constantly a minority of the public whining and crying that they are offended by something. Then, of course, it is the majority that is forced to bend to the minority will. B S !!! Since freaking when is it minority rule ? Since when do you have a bleeping right to NOT be offended ? Since when does the minority decide how the majority should live ? ( THATS BLEEPING FASCISM !!! HELLO !!!)

I'm offended by their being offended by my country, it's basis and founding, and them wanting me to conform to THEIR will.

The one thing that is constantly brought up when it comes to religious matters is that although Jews and Christians may share a common bond, oh my ... what about the athiests? What about the wiccans ? Oh those poor muslims ...

Well athiests ... you don't believe in anything ? No problem here ... go ahead and don't believe. Just like you still don't have to believe while everyday handing around little pieces of paper that say "In God We Trust". There's YOUR god apparently. Fine ... leave the rest of us alone and do your thing.

The same goes for all these religions. You have YOUR god ... whatever it is. So what ... go right ahead ... leave the rest of us alone and do your thing.

Now the muslims.

First of all let me point out the background of your own religion. You DO have a common bond with the Jews and Christians. ABRAHAM. Go study.

Second thing is ... you have alot of nerve to be offended by something that follows along step by step with your own writings. Even more nerve when it is talking about the same God as your writings. We in America simply call him God. The Jews call him Yawyeh, you know, the God of Abraham ... also YOUR ancestor! Your language calls him Allah. (Note: The Allah of the Qu ran; in my opinion is not, by character, the God of the Bible.)

But let's look close at the scriptures. Lets see if anything should offend you really. B= Bible, Q = Qu ran.

1. B Ex 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Q 17:22: Do not associate another deity with God.
47:19: Know therefore that there is no god but God.

Almost a carbon copy ?

2. B Ex 20:4-6: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth....

Q 6:103: No visions can encompass Him, but He encompasses all visions.
14:35: My Lord, make this a peaceful land, and protect me and my children from worshiping idols.
42:11: There is nothing that equals (like) Him.

Sounds like same premis to me.

3. B Ex 20:7: Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Q 2:224: Do not use God's name in your oaths as an excuse to prevent you from dealing justly.
73:8: Remember the name of your Lord and devote yourself to Him exclusively.
76:25 Glorify the name of your Lord morning and evening.

I'm detecting a pattern here myself.

4. B Ex 20:8-11: Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant [male slave], nor thy maidservant [female slave], nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates....

Q 16:124 : (refers to the Sabbath day of complete rest is only required for Jews.)
62:9 O you who believe, when the Congregational Prayer is announced on Friday, you shall hasten to the commemoration of GOD, and drop all business.

And we continue ...

5. B Ex 20:12: Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Q 17:23-24: You shall be kind to your parents. If one or both of them live to their old age in your lifetime, you shall not say to them any word of contempt nor repel them, and you shall address them in kind words. You shall lower to them the wing of humility and pray: "O Lord! Bestow on them Your blessings just as they cherished me when I was a little child."

and ...

6. B Ex 20:13: Thou shalt not kill.

Q 17:33: And do not take any human being's life - that God willed to be sacred - other than in [the pursuit of] justice."

and ...

7. B Ex 20:14: Thou shalt not commit adultery.

Q 17:32: You shall not commit adultery. Surely it is a shameful deed and an evil way.

and still ...

8. B Ex:15: Thou shalt not steal.

Q 5:38 & 39: The thief, male or female, you shall mark their hands as a punishment for their crime, and to serve as an example from GOD. GOD is Almighty, Most Wise.

Getting the point yet ?

9. B Ex 20:16: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

Q 25:72: And (know that the true servants of God are) those who do not bear witness to falsehood.

and then we come to ...

10. B Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant [male slave], nor his maidservant [female slave], nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

Q 4:32: Do not covet the bounties that God has bestowed more abundantly on some of you than on others.

How many years later was that Qu ran written again ? Should I be offended that it was apparently a blantant plagarism ?

Of course the most important thing to note is yet another part of the Quran that seems to be twisted out of recognition by the extremist terrorist muslims. If this were really how they lived, if they followed the words they claim to hold so dear ... we wouldn't have a post to be making ...

The Disbelievers

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

[109.1] Say: O unbelievers! [109.2] I do not serve that which you serve, [109.3] Nor do you serve Him Whom I serve: [109.4] Nor am I going to serve that which you serve, [109.5] Nor are you going to serve Him Whom I serve: [109.6] You shall have your religion and I shall have my religion.

Where exactly is this attitude amoung the muslims?

My Bible teaches me to be loving to all. To be a light, but yet if you really study it ... Jesus never forced anything upon anyone. He simply hung out and let the way he spoke and lived show them that light. It was up to them to decide what they believed or not.

I am not offended when I see a muslim walking the streets. I am not offended when I see a muslim reading the Qu ran. I am not offended when I see a muslim praying.

I AM offended when they as 1% of the population tell over 75% of the population that they have to abandon their beliefs and what their country was built on. Almost as much as I'm offended when I see an extremist muslim cut off an Americans head ! (but not as much as when the so called 'good muslims' either say nothing about it or attempt to justify it.)

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