A billion words have been written since Islam awoke from her 300-year slumber in 1983. Almost all of those words have sought to explain away the actions of ‘radical’ Islam. All of them straining, ever so hard, to make real the faux distinction between radicals and the so-called moderates of that religion. All to no avail. For none of those explanations, rationalizations, or dreams can square the circle. None can clearly explain why there should not be a blanket denunciation of this religion. For none of them clearly sees that there is only one Islam.
For just as the Muslims say that there is only one God, I say that there is only one Islam. The only distinction between any of their supposedly different strains is this: some Muslims are sleeping, while others are awake. But all Muslims have exactly the same DNA. All Muslims are intrinsically alike. For according to their book, they all have exactly the same mission. And that mission is jihad. Death to the infidel.
I’ve said before. There is only one Islam because there is only one Koran. And the Koran, unlike the Judeo/Christian Bible, has only one book. There is no New Testament to the Koran. There is no redemptive second book. There is no mercy in Islam. There is only the vengeance of Mohammed.
The only difference between any groupings of Islam is are they still sleeping, or are they already awake? That is, are they still passive, or have they entered into the active state? Are they still propagating while pretending to be docile? Are they still pretending to be nationalists first, last and always? Or have they finally dropped the pretense of assimilation, while triggering their explosive vests, taking out anyone, even their wives and children, as they seek the martyrdom of the damned?
There is only one Christianity, too, though there are many ways of imperfectly expressing this religious belief. Someone once said there are over 30,000 different individualistic Protestant sects. All of them set in uniform opposition to the communitarian one-ness of Catholicism. And often against each other.
Let’s simplify things and say Christianity is the belief in a God-Man named Jesus. And that Islam is the belief in a Prophet-Man named Mohammed.
If you can accept for the moment my simplistic definition of Christianity, then I would like to make my comparison of it to Islam. Remember, regardless of the fine details of defining dogma (which disqualifies Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses), my simplistic model means that there is only one Christianity. The question I wish to pose about Christianity then is not about the dogmatic differences amongst individual Christians. No, indeed, my question for Christians, of any stripe, is the exact same question I have posed about the supposed Islamic strains. And that question, again, is this: are you sleeping, or are you awake?
Are you snoozing in your comfy crib, with your binky and blanky, or are you on the march? Are you an infant, or are you a man? Are you really Christian? Do you really believe? Show me the proof. Are you on Crusade for your God? On the march, in any sense? Are you proselytizing for your God? The Muslims are. Can’t see the difference? Too bad. They do. They see it quite clearly.
Muslims, in a rare moment of rational lucidity, have concluded (as I have) that Christianity, for the most part, is asleep. So, why shouldn’t the Muslims laugh at the post-Christian inhabitants of Europe (and here) and conclude that these infidels have no love of any sky above them? For who can believe that any form of Christianity that slumbers is an actual religion worthy of respect? Or more simply put, is it even a religion at all? Don’t point to empty cathedrals. Show me a full one. Complete with children. Then I’ll listen.
I have to agree then with my Muslim opponents, at least at this core level of respect, that any religion is better than no religion. For any grouping of men that sees no One above them has therefore elevated themselves, by their willful blindness, to the level of the gods. No one atop Mt. Olympus looks up. They only look down. Onto mere men. In other words, we have become truly Godless gods. That means, in reality, that the Muslims are right, in this significant sense. We truly are infidels. We have no faith in anything other than ourselves. Who can blame the Muslims for their logic? And their laughter? Who are the real fools?
As I said, in their one moment of clarity, the Muslims have discerned the core signal that has awakened them. They have perceived that we don’t believe. Just as the locust somehow knows the time of it’s awakening, the Mohammedans have felt their moment. It is now. Time to arise, brethren! The world is ours for the taking. Burn that empty cathedral! After all, where is the danger?
Because, who will these slumbering Christians call upon when their days turn dark? Who will they take heart in, when their hearts have failed them? Who can save them, when they refuse to call upon anyone (other than the U.N.) to save them? Easy pickings, as they say. Saddle up, fellah. Paris is ours.
Let’s try to understand the adversary. But shouldn’t we really say, ‘the enemy’? And if you can’t say that word (enemy), you’re exactly who I’m talking about. Let’s try and see what explains the enemy’s actions. In short, let’s ask two terrible questions. Why does the West seemingly embrace Islam, and why is Islam so heartless?
The first question is rather easy. Why does the post-Christian West seem to be locked into an irresistible embrace of Islam, in spite of Islam’s harshness? Why would people who adore softness apparently be willing to welcome the hardness of Sharia Law? Why do they seem to embrace the certainty of their own destruction? What is it that could drive people to accept the very antithesis of their sweet dreams of secular social sanguinity? What is it about Islam that these Islamically-defined apostates could possibly desire?
Because they are apostates. Christian apostates. They have changed. They have evolved. They have denied Christianity, in any aspect of its real, unchangeable form. These apostates, like the Muslims, have also detected the silent signal of their day, that Islam is the only force that might be able to destroy True Christianity. At least, that is their hope.
At bottom, the only thing that worldly post-western people fear is Christianity. Real and awakened Christianity. First, because it calls them to acknowledge their sins. Their personal sins. Not ‘group sins’ like the carbon footprint and white privilege. They’re happy to claim those social sins, as long as it is ascribed to a group, and not to them personally. After all, even Nancy has a wall around her house. Hers is for aesthetics, of course. Not racism. Or xenophobia.
Sin is not what perturbs them most about Christianity. The part they really can’t take is repentance. Personal ownership of personal sin, followed by personal remorse. Shameless people cannot abide this thought. For true shame will bring true self-denial. This thought is the only thing they will deny themselves.
Islam, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to have this same shame-based demand. After all, in Islam, all your sins go away if you simply murder someone who has failed to praise Mohammed. So, in the wimpy, emasculated Western secular world, as far as deciding who your real enemy is, it’s either Christianity or Islam. Guess who wins the ‘most-hated’ award?
This is the crucial distinction. In Christianity, God says ‘vengeance is mine’. The god of Islam says ‘vengeance is yours’. Since Mohammed claims to have Allah’s power-of-attorney, he feels totally free to act on Allah’s behalf. Thus he exhorts his followers, go ahead, push that button! Who will be the messenger of God? Who will exact the toll? Man or God? Mohammed or Jesus? That’s what it all comes down to. Who will defend the honor and justice of The Father? And how will they do it? Who, in this relentless demand for His justice, will be given mercy?
The question for each individual is will The Father wreak vengeance upon everyone, or will He be pleased to grant mercy? And if He will grant mercy, who will be his agent? Jesus or Mohammed (and his clones)? Which one has shown us the way of mercy? Which one has called us to willing repentance without condemning us to Hell? Which one says ‘Go, and sin no more’? The answer, after the last 1400 years of comparison, is perfectly clear.
It seems rather academic to compare the mercy of Christianity to that of Mohammed. That then leads us to the logical question of ‘Why’?
Why is there no mercy in Islam? Short of the ‘point of the sword’ reward, that is. Why is it that Islam sees no humanity in their enemies? Why do they insist upon forced conversion? How can this please their god? What does it say about him? And his prophet?
Let’s look at what has removed the concept of love (and therefore, mercy) for our enemies, from the heart of Mohammed and his god. Let’s look at what really separates the monotheism of Islam from that of Christianity. Let us see why the monotheism of Christianity and Islam are totally different. Totally and diametrically opposed. They do not share the same God. Isaac and Ishmael are not true brothers.
I asked earlier why Mohammedans can see no humanity in their enemies. The answer is simple. They can’t see it in themselves, so how could they possibly recognize it in another? Am I saying that Muslims are not human? The hard but true answer is ‘yes’. Wait! Didn’t God create all of us in His own image and likeness? Well, of course He did! And He left it up to us to preserve that image. Which we have failed (all of us) to do. In that regard, we are all inhuman. The question today is, what is it that can totally remove that image and replace it with another? With an image of The Beast? The heartless beast. But even a beast has the instinct for survival. No beast would willingly kill himself, under any circumstance. They may die protecting their young or their mate. But never to kill them, along with themselves. No dumb animal is that dumb.
No, there is something deeper at work here. Something that moves men to go beneath the beastly. Something that drives them to embrace The Beast himself. The demonic beast. Let’s look at what this change requires to be accomplished. And why Islam is not human. Nor humane.
After much study of Islamic history and their book, I believe that we can see four distinct traits at work in the Islamic heart. Four things that have actually removed their heart. Things that have reduced Allah’s believers to the level of the automaton. After all, who but a machine could accept the programming that calls them to destroy themselves and others, in their pietistic rebuke of the lack of perfection in their neighbor? What kind of god would demand that these flesh-and-blood automatons trigger that explosive vest in the pursuit of anyone’s else’s perfection?
In my book, I examined and compared the three main religions of monotheism, based upon a five-point standard. In the section on Islam, I prefaced this examination with these remarks:
“First of all, I want to make a few comments about the Koran, and its ‘author’. After much study and thought, here is what I have distilled about Islam, as it is related in the Koran;
- It’s schizophrenic (but not in the way normally understood by shrinks):
- It’s xenophobic (but in a calculated way, to defy definitive interpretation);
- It’s robotic (in that man is programmed to react, without rationally thinking);
- It’s hypnotic (in that the bulk of it is a constant repetition of about 10 phrases).”
Next, we look at each of these points, and ponder them.