Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The way it ought to be...

Christians forming a ring of protection around praying Muslims in Tahrir Square:



Egyptian Muslims act as "human shields" for Coptic Christmas mass:


Perhaps the Egyptians have something to teach us.

1 comment:

Storyteller27 said...

The problem with such a goal is that most of these religions have as part of foundational belief systems differing conceptions of the nature of God. In such faiths, there cannot be coexistence without a relaxing of the hold on the foundational truths of each of them. Consider the following examples:

From the Koran:

[47.32] Surely those who disbelieve and turn away from Allah's way and oppose the Apostle after that guidance has become clear to them cannot harm Allah in any way, and He will make null their deeds.
[47.33] O you who believe! obey Allah and obey the Apostle, and do not make your deeds of no effect.
[47.34] Surely those who disbelieve and turn away from Allah's way, then they die while they are unbelievers, Allah will by no means forgive them.
[47.35] And be not slack so as to cry for peace and you have the upper hand, and Allah is with you, and He will not bring your deeds to naught.

From the Tanakh (Jewish Scriptures)

Shemot (Exodus) 22

19 He that sacrificeth unto the gods, save unto HaShem only, shall be utterly destroyed.

20 And a stranger shalt thou not wrong, neither shalt thou oppress him; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

21 Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child.

22 If thou afflict them in any wise--for if they cry at all unto Me, I will surely hear their cry--

23 My wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless.


24 If thou lend money to any of My people, even to the poor with thee, thou shalt not be to him as a creditor; neither shall ye lay upon him interest.

25 If thou at all take thy neighbour's garment to pledge, thou shalt restore it unto him by that the sun goeth down;

26 for that is his only covering, it is his garment for his skin; wherein shall he sleep? and it shall come to pass, when he crieth unto Me, that I will hear; for I am gracious.

From the Bible

You have heard that it was said, ’You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. ’ “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, “that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. “For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? “And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:43 - 5:48 NKJV)

Which of these faiths can coexist with the others?

Just something to think about.