greetings in that divine and most precious name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
morality (as someone already said) or they will end up against each other with the Christians wondering why they didn't fight more to keep their country as Christian with a capital C.
True indeed, then than again but we as Christians living in modern, secular, Western nations need to come to grips with reality that we don't live in capital "C" Christian countries, Lord Have His Mercy, we hardly even live in christian with a lower-case "c" countries
We can't then force our beliefs on other peoples, as this fundamentally is NOT Christianity. God allows all of us humans equally free-will to make our own decisions, and just as God Himself recognizes and respects our own individual, human, free-will, we as Christians mutually need to do the same in regards to peoples of other religious persuasions. Besides, its like your grandmama told y'all, "You catch more flies with honey than vinegar."
Religions don't celebrate, people do.
I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their fingers.
And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy Godcommanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.
Its all about perspective.
Again, I don't like the tendency on this Forum to automatically associate Islam with radicalism, militancy, violence, and fundamentalism. Christian nut-jobs in the US have killed more Americans than the Jihadists ever have, and on American soil at that! Radicalism is the problem, militancy is the problem, not religion. Islam is NOT a violent religion, but the VIOLENCE WHICH HAS HIJACKED ISLAM has taken over the mainstream and the newspapers creating a false sense of what Islam is and isn't. Yes, a lot of the violence today in the world is committed by radicalists and jihadists, but this is not Islam, this radicalism and there is clearly a difference.
When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:
And he shall deliver their kings into thine hand, and thou shalt destroy their name from under heaven: there shall no man be able to stand before thee, until thou have destroyed them.
If we attempt to cut and paste the Koran to defend our own misconceptions of what Islam teaches, then we are no different than those radicalists or atheists who say the Bible is evil for having the exact same, verbatim kinds of references to killing and violence. We as Christians know better about our own Bible, and we should trust that those Islamic militants and radicals are not representing Islam, they are representing radicalism, just as Christians who support literal Old Testament ideas including killing your opposition, are blatantly in the wrong. Was the Inquisition right? What about the Crusades? What about the American Civil War when folks believed God was on their side to kill their neighbor in War? Christian history can be as confusing about violence as Islamic, we're just outsiders to Islam so all we here is the hearsay and the gossip.
Also we're playing into the radicalists hands on this, THEY want
us to believe that Islam is violent, because when we attack them out of our fears, it makes them feel all the more vindicated in continuing to attack us, plus it is an invaluable recruiting tool
Islam is no more violent a religion than Christianity or Judaism, but just as in our own histories, Islam has been hijacked by a violent minority who happen to catch all the press and media attention. Look at how Protestantism continues to demonize Catholicism over historical and also tragic misunderstandings. What we are doing today with Islam is really no different..