Tarry for the Nonce

September 28, 2006

But What Makes the Book True?

Filed under: Religion — lmwalker @ 4:30 pm

I find one sentence in the Quran article perplexing:

They’ve found that most Muslim suicide bombers are in fact students of the Quran who are motivated by its violent commands making them, as strange as it sounds to the West, “rational actors” on the Islamic stage.

Why should that sound so strange? Speaking as a Catholic, I know that my holy book applauds martyrdom and – had I the full perspective on Truth that I ought – my earthly life should not be more important to me than my eternal one. Intellectually, I understand this truth and – if push came to shove – I would hope I’d have the strength to abide by it.

(That being said . . . my faith specifically disallows me both suicide and the killing of another person, so it would be inexcusably wrong for me – as an individual – to take another life unless I was placed in a necessitous position to save the life of myself or others. Just so we’re clear on that.)

But I’m not in the least surprised that the more focused students of Islam find suicide a rational course of action. Islam – like Christianity – believes in the eternal and since these students have reasoned their way through a faith that says that the highest honors and delights await martyrs in the afterlife, why should we be astonished when they try to achieve it?


1 Comment

  1. The difference between a true martyr and islamofascist martyrs is that a true martyr is *persecuted* for their faith and killed *because* of their faith, rather than taking the reigns, if you will. Its obvious that these people are not true martyrs, since they are inclined to create the situation of their martyrdom directly, rather than be brought into that situation by God [indirect action] and have to make that *choice* to become martyrs against their own natural inclinations.

    I have no sympathy for anyone who destroys innocent people’s lives for their own selfish reasons (martyrdom or otherwise). In fact, one might easily say that this stands in direct opposition to reason itself.

    We are not called to be martyrs unless God ordains it. Its like taking when we should be focused on giving. This is why my preference is not to focus on the benefits of being a good Christian [Heaven], because I find that selfish. Rather, I prefer to focus on pleasing God to show my love for Him, and letting Him decide if my love merits heaven once I have passed on to the netherworld.

    This is truly what we are called to by Christ … emptying ourself of selfishness, greed, envy, sloth and replacing those with the virtues of selflessness, generosity, kindness, and temperance.

    Comment by Andrew P. — October 6, 2006 @ 11:26 am

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