Here is a thought provoking post from Catalaxy Files which promotes the notion of the need for a Reformation of a current brand of archaic Islamic militant teaching, which is threatening to drag the world kicking and screaming back into the 15th century.
Luther helped transform the thinking of the Roman Catholic populace when it dominated the culture, politics, economics and military might of its contemporary world. It was a dominionist religion set on suppression and control of every community it overwhelmed and oversaw.
Luther wasn’t perfect. He was an anti-Semite for a start, and held to many of the Catholic errors which still exist, but he was also a product of his era to an extent. What he had was the spiritual and mental courage and conviction to force the religious elites of his day to face their errors as he built a movement which boldly resisted Roman dogma.
Of course, a struggle followed which is still not really over, but it changed the world and brought about the diminished power of a, then, corrupt and militant Catholic Church.
But it was through Luther’s use of the printing press, a new invention in his day, that his message was released to the Roman Empire and became such an influence. How many more ways do we have today of releasing the written and spoken word to the world if only there are people, like Luther, who are willing to speak out in the name of justice?
Islam: Where is Luther
Islam is a religion which has enslaved millions of its followers, who have been condemned to poor living standards, poor education and short life expectancy. Its women are treated as second class citizens. It denies freedom to its people, and hence they cannot enjoy economic and political freedom.
The teachings of Islam encourage its believers to sedition and treason as they strive for a Caliphate – this is fundamentally inconsistent with a Western democracy and its separation of state and religion.
It is the moral duty of all non-Muslims to encourage the conversion of their fellow humans to an alternative religion, or even atheism, or to a new and peaceful sect of Islam. To do this requires us to live honourable lives, to be exemplars of honesty and virtue. Muslims need to be cultivated with not only the material and intellectual life of the western world, but also the example of great virtues of enlightenment, scientific inquiry, the pursuit of knowledge, honesty and ethics. For too long the west has been portrayed as being weak and decadent. In part that is true – some of the actions of the Left have considerably undermined the intellectual and moral authority of the west. Trust underpins an economy (see for example, Bruce Schneier’s excellent book Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust that Society Needs to Thrive), while Islam undermines trust.
The implementation of sound economic policies in conjunction with these measures should over time bring more converts from Islam. On a large scale this will bring prosperity and better living standards to those suffering the oppression of this religion. It would also reduce the military tensions.
The enemies of the west are not the followers of Islam, most of whom do not subscribe to the worst of its intolerance and who wish to live peacefully. The enemy of the west is Islam the intolerant religion. A world without Islam – as currently conceived and frequently practiced – would be a better place for all of the world’s peoples.
The fundamental problem with Islam is its failure to recognise the separation of church and state. All other religions – even ones such as Scientology – recognise this separation. A key tenet of Islam is for a religious state. This cannot be accepted in a modern democracy.
Islam needs a Reformation – who will be Islam’s Martin Luther? A new peaceful sect must grow out of Islam which can live in harmony with western values and economics. Followers of this sect must stand up and reject the present form of Islam.
Many evils were committed in the name of the Catholic church in the post-Roman world, including the burning of heretics, violent crusades etc. For a very long period the people under the church lived in fear and terror, although we are the beneficiaries today with the magnificent Christian art and Gothic churches. But the reformation and counter-reformation gradually put this right and the church’s teaching reverted more faithfully to the New Testament and its doctrine of forgiveness rather than the Old Testament and its eye for an eye. Violence became eschewed – it would be up to God to decide whether a person would suffer eternal damnation or to live in Paradise.
Islam is in dire need of this reformation. It is not for people of this world to decide whether the Prophet has been insulted, or indeed whether he cares that he has been insulted. It is not for people of this world to threaten death to those who do not follow the doctrine of Islam. Until all under Islam eschew violence and embrace a life of trust and ethical behaviour while tolerating the way other people decide to live we will continue to have the threat of terror hanging over us all. This reformation of Islam is urgently required and must, above all, recognise that Islam has no place in State business. The ancient Romans tolerated all religions and sects (generally if not always) provided they did not threaten the Imperial regime.
Such reform would bring new freedom and opportunities to follows of Islam, with greater wellbeing, security and happiness.
From a Christian perspective the greatest thing would be for Muslims to find Christ, and there are reports of Muslims being saved through visitations of Christ. Is there a new Messenger of Hope who will reach these people with the Good News, or will we be in this deadly conflict until Jesus comes?
Posted by Steve