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Information and Reformation

by baldilocks

Orig­i­nally posted Sep­tem­ber 17, 2010. Some re-​editing.

After I posted Dis­cover the Net­works’ “The Mus­lim Brotherhood’s Strate­gic Goal for North Amer­ica” on my Face­book page, one of my friends – a friend in real life – pointed out that Chris­tian­ity has his­tory of con­quest and forced con­ver­sion as well.

I don’t mean to pick on my friend, but I felt it nec­es­sary to reit­er­ate my response here (edited):

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[In order for an indi­vid­ual to exam­ine the tenets of his/​her faith], one must look at the foun­da­tional work estab­lish­ing that faith.

Before the Bible was made avail­able to the every­day Chris­t­ian, the Church lead­er­ship – mean­ing the Catholic Church – dis­pensed doc­trine inter­preted in what­ever man­ner it saw fit. After Johannes Guten­berg, the Bible was made avail­able to all who could read it. It is no acci­dent that Chris­tian­ity was rad­i­cally trans­formed and Reformed after that.

The same is hap­pen­ing to Islam with respect its adher­ents and its doctrines.

One of the Founders of these two reli­gions com­manded his fol­low­ers to love God with all one’s heart, soul, strength and mind and to love one’s neigh­bor as self; the other com­manded his fol­low­ers to con­vert non-​believers at the point of the sword or make them pay the unbe­liev­ers’ tax.

As each set of fol­low­ers have become more and more famil­iar with the foun­da­tional doc­trines of the two sets of reli­gious belief, they have begun to behave more and more in accor­dance to those doc­trines: one set has become less total­i­tar­ian almost to the point of zero and the other more aggres­sive and violent.

The Bible and the Koran are objec­tive doc­u­ments with his­tor­i­cal con­texts read­ily avail­able in this infor­ma­tion age. It is up to the indi­vid­ual to make himself/​herself famil­iar enough with both – if desired – in order to come to a cogent conclusion.

My friend men­tions the geno­cides com­mit­ted in the name of Jesus. Of course, the crimes of the prior millennium’s Chris­t­ian mis­sion­ar­ies are well-​known and acknowledged:

Chris­t­ian mis­sion­ar­ies of Europe fell into error and sin back when they were bent on con­vert­ing the natives of all lands – not by the act and desire of lead­ing oth­ers to Christ, but by mak­ing Chris­tian­ity about some­thing other than Him, His Sac­ri­fice, Res­ur­rec­tion and the pur­pose thereof. The mis­sion­ar­ies bound up Christ in them­selves and their own ethnicity.

Those crimes do not take any­thing away from the qual­ity of the Gospel; they only speak to the qual­ity of the human beings preach­ing it. Again, were such mis­sion­ar­ies fol­low­ing Christ’s teach­ings or ignor­ing them when they tram­pled non-​Christian cultures?

This sub­ject reminds me of my repeated asser­tion that it’s nec­es­sary to be able to ana­lyze infor­ma­tion rather than sim­ply to gather and regur­gi­tate it. The will and abil­ity to do this has become essen­tial — not just to “win” an argu­ment, but for per­sonal, national, and spir­i­tual sur­vival.

Happy Res­ur­rec­tion Day.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel will be done in 2016. Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s Projects JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

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by baldilocks

Originally posted September 17, 2010. Some re-editing.

After I posted Discover the Networks’ “The Muslim Brotherhood’s Strategic Goal for North America” on my Facebook page, one of my friends–a friend in real life–pointed out that Christianity has history of conquest and forced conversion as well.

I don’t mean to pick on my friend, but I felt it necessary to reiterate my response here (edited):

Gutenberg
Gutenberg

[In order for an individual to examine the tenets of his/her faith], one must look at the foundational work establishing that faith.

Before the Bible was made available to the everyday Christian, the Church leadership–meaning the Catholic Church–dispensed doctrine interpreted in whatever manner it saw fit.  After Johannes Gutenberg, the Bible was made available to all who could read it.  It is no accident that Christianity was radically transformed and Reformed after that.

The same is happening to Islam with respect its adherents and its doctrines.

One of the Founders of these two religions commanded his followers to love God with all one’s heart, soul, strength and mind and to love one’s neighbor as self; the other commanded his followers to convert non-believers at the point of the sword or make them pay the unbelievers’ tax.

As each set of followers have become more and more familiar with the foundational doctrines of the two sets of religious belief, they have begun to behave more and more in accordance to those doctrines: one set has become less totalitarian almost to the point of zero and the other more aggressive and violent.

The Bible and the Koran are objective documents with historical contexts readily available in this information age.  It is up to the individual to make himself/herself familiar enough with both–if desired–in order to come to a cogent conclusion.

My friend mentions the genocides committed in the name of Jesus. Of course, the crimes of the prior millennium’s Christian missionaries are well-known and acknowledged:

Christian missionaries of Europe fell into error and sin back when they were bent on converting the natives of all lands–not by the act and desire of leading others to Christ, but by making Christianity about something other than Him, His Sacrifice, Resurrection and the purpose thereof.  The missionaries bound up Christ in themselves and their own ethnicity.

Those crimes do not take anything away from the quality of the Gospel; they only speak to the quality of the human beings preaching it.  Again, were such missionaries following Christ’s teachings or ignoring them when they trampled non-Christian cultures?

This subject reminds me of my repeated assertion that it’s necessary to be able to analyze information rather than simply to gather and regurgitate it.  The will and ability to do this has become essential—not just to “win” an argument, but for personal, national, and spiritual survival.

Happy Resurrection Day.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s Projects JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism—->>>>

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