Originally Posted by GermanStar
How many years were there (roughly) between the start of Christianity and the start of the Muslim religion? Now, take a look at what was being done in the name of Christianity that many years ago. See the similarity now?
The problem with modern Christianity as I see it is that it has yet to abandon the OT. One cannot follow both the NT and the OT -- the wild contradictions and teachings of what are in effect two distinct and very different deities, are far too great to ever hope to overcome. It seems just about anyone can find something, somewhere in the Bible to justify bad behavior, which I'm sure is also true of the Koran.
Perhaps it's no coincidence that the Old Testament was basically a rewrite of the Tora? And that Muslims also hate Jews?
I agree, they're totally different books. Most of the Christians I know are of the "New Testament" breed. The Old Testament with it's fire & brimstone is more like a Hollywood movie. The New Testament, by most accounts, is so tightly intertwined with verifiable references and so accurate in it's depiction of timelines known by other accounts, that it is essentially a historical document more than a work of "faith".
Christians have the benefit of following the word of Jesus (if they so choose, and most do)...Muslims have only the psycopathic rantings of the Koran 'for all time' as their guidepost. I don't know how we could expect any other outcome but what we see from the fundamentalist movement, given what we know.
Very reminiscent of 1930's Germany, isn't it...a litany of economically depressed people, fertile ground for some genocidal maniacs promising to restore them to a state of glory, carefully pointing out their foundation in religion, backing by God, and obstacles in the form of non-believers en route....
Those who are ignorant to the lessons of history are destined to relive them.