I’m listing to “One World, Many Cultures” CD I got at the New Age store. The earth is one place with many cultures, how beautiful is diversity, how beautiful is the culture mix, how original to be different and yet to share one aspect; humanity.
The wave of religiosity, or more accurately fundamentalism, is obvious around the globe; whether it is Christianity, Judaism or Islamic. Is this good? Or is it back to crusades era? Or is it the sign of the third world war of total destruction.
If the three monolithic religions believe in one God, worship one God, then why is the conflict? Why should Moslem God be the righteous God not the Christian’s or the Jew’s or vise versa? Why should Christians be deprived of having churches in Saudi Arabia? Or why should Jews be forbidden to reside on Islamic lands? Aren’t they all the descendants of Abraham?
Tolerance between these three religions is a wishful thinking, the essence of their dogmas forbid it. And although Christianity had come a long way, and had modified the original preaching to accommodate to the changes in the new era, Islam still suffers from this intolerance, and the evidences are clear among Moslem nations.
Quran can’t decide how to treat Ahl Elkitab, and I find this very annoying since it contains a big irony. For example: in one verse of surrah 5:72-73, it says: “they do blaspheme who say: Allah is one of three in a trinity: for there is no God except one God. If they desist not from their word (of blasphemy), verily a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers among them”. Another example in surrah 5:116: “and behold! Allah will say: O Jesus the son of Mary! Didst thou say unto men, worship me and my mother, as Gods in derogation of Allah”.
Is there any Christian who does not believe in trinity? Or is there any Christian who does not believe in One God who takes different forms? I do not know of anyone. So apparently whoever taught Mohammad Christianity gave him the wrong information.
Or may be the God of Mohammad is different than that of Jesus’; The God of Jesus is closer to humanity since he takes the form of the father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. But He does not believe in Mohammad’s God that came after Him, nor accepts the Jews whom did not accept Jesus. But Mohammad’s God is distant; he is the sole master and his relationship to humans is that of the Master/Slave, and considers Ahl Elkitam blasphemers whom his slaves must fight, He is also angry at the Jews and can’t rest till He takes his revenge. Jews’ God is another story all together; He is prejudice, He has given his back to all humans and only sympathizes with his tripe that keep crying and shaking their heads for Him.
The year 2006 marks very important events for the three monolithic Gods since the three are having their celebrations at the same time; 3aid Elad7a, Christmas and Hanukkah. So will we have thunder and lightning from above when the three Gods fight head-to-head on who is not supposed to greet whom? The slaves have already started this fight for the Gods and I hope this won’t escalate to world destruction of humanity.
Not only that, but Moslems have even created a religion of their own; Islam forbids idolatry; yet they have made an idol out of their own prophet, and the Danish Caricature incident and what came after it is the sad proof. If the common God of the three religions decided that all should celebrate together in this year, who are they to defy Him? Unless they are assigning themselves Gods by taking His role; which is the new trend among Islamic nations today. And in this case what is the difference between monotheism and polytheism?
Isn’t time for us to think rationally and tolerate each other, whatever is the religion or the belief or even the non-belief, celebrate all our occasions together, and appreciate our differences?
Mobarak Alaikom Eid Eladha
Ohm Shanti ………. You can add more
And happy New Year to all, in spite of them all
And may 2007 be of more celebrations, and may our wars be just the tragedies of the ignorant past.