Tuesday, August 23, 2005

What's The Difference?

Can anyone here (particularly any theists that are lurking about) tell me the difference between Christian Extremism and the Muslim terrorists?

Before you answer (or read further), check out this website: www.forceministries.com

Did you see the 'Mission Strategy'? Purpose: Impart faith in Christ The dictionary I use defines 'Impart' as "Allowing others to partake in." Using the military and it's weapons to spread the word of Christ is not 'Imparting' anyone to do it...It's 'Forcing' them to do it. But of course, the founders of this organization already realize this (take a look at the 'Defining Passage' they use, and tell me I am wrong.)

As an Ex-Active Duty Marine, a site such as this infuriates me. I never joined the Marines to spread the word of god (and I was a Christian back then)...I joined the Corps to protect this great nation...this included the protection of our right to freedom of religion, as well as freedom from religion.

What is the difference between a Christian Extremist and a Mulsim Terrorist? One shouts 'Allah Ackbar' while they kill...the other shouts 'Spread the Good News' while they kill.

Once again, we have an answer to those that ask "What is wrong with having a little faith?"


Blogger Aaron Kinney said...

Ive seen that website before, and its totally disgusting. Its message is almost identical to any other fanatical cultist idea (like jihad for example).

Good post man!

4:52 PM  
Blogger vjack said...

I don't see any meaningful differences. Both are excellent examples of what is wrong with human nature.

6:49 AM  
Anonymous Keen said...

What is it you mean by "Christian Extremism?" We don't see Christians going around flying planes into buildings and blowing up people. Even if there are, It doesn't mean that we should throw the whole thing out. Jesus came to preach a message of peace, but there are many false prophets that twist it to mean what they want.
I saw no indication that Force Ministries was anything like the way you portrayed them. I believe that the Bible clearly teaches that we should fight for our country if it needs us.
I saw nothing suggesting that we should use violence to force others to convert. This was a Roman Catholic doctrine, "The end justifies the means." It never worked, and caused major problems for not only them, but Christianity, which has been unjustly taking the blame for their wrong acts.
On a side note, the verse, Matthew 11:12, used on the title of the Force Ministries website, is misleading. It is taken from the NIV, a translation full of other errors. The KJV reads, "And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force."

8:36 AM  
Anonymous Erwin said...

Christianty is less extremist because, for all intents and purposes, they are in power. In the early centuries they were not and brought down the original religions of Europe with repression and agression that dwarfs present day islamic terrorism into nothing but an angry toddler having a hissy fit. Chrisitanity on the rise (say 500-1500BC) was extremely evil.
Now Christianty sees its power wane for the first time and its level of agression rises. Torture is slowly but surely becoming acceptable again, right now in what seems to be a non-religious setting (but I'm not so sure it isn't just military)

6:45 AM  

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