an interesting post from rachel north on what is becoming one of my most read blogs.
"Okay readers. Here's some topical words from the Qu'ran, the Torah/Prophets/Old Testament and the New Testament.
Can you spot which quotation is from which book?
(a) ''... give away wealth out of love for Him to the near of kin and the orphans and the needy and the wayfarer and the beggars and for (the emancipation of) the captives, and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate; and the performers of their promise when they make a promise, and the patient in distress and affliction and in time of conflicts-- these are they who are true (to themselves) and these are they who guard (against evil).''
(b) ''I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice, I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations,
To open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness''
(c) ''The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed''
Interesting, hmmm? Right, here's three more...
(d) "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.''
(e) ''And kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from whence they drove you out, and persecution is severer than slaughter, and do not fight with them at the [Sacred Place] until they fight with you in it, but if they do fight you, then slay them; such is the recompense of the unbelievers.
(f) ''You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you''.
Slightly trickier, I think. See if you are right - answers tomorrow.
Interesting fact: There are 44 matches for 'kill' in the Qu'ran, and 151 matches for 'mercy'
In the Bible, there are 124 matches for 'mercy' - and 421 matches for 'kill'."
think more and more people are beginning to realise that its not a question of which religion is right or wrong but that all religion is wrong. anything that constructs a belief system that is, in its own mind, infallible to criticism and logic can do no good.
christopher hitchens points out that the good that is done by religion is far outweighed by the evil and that the good that it does could be done by any decent human being but some of the evil could only be done by those who see themselves as on some divine mission.