Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Is a “good Muslim” a bad Muslim?

What is a good Christian?  The answer is quite different from the answer to “what is a good Muslim.”  As it turns out, a “good” Muslim is a “bad” Muslim.  What does that mean?  It means that a Muslim who is “good” from the Judeo-Christian, or even from the historic western civilizational-moral perspective is a bad Muslim, a Muslim who isn’t doing what Muslims are supposed to do, based on the teachings of their Qur’an, Sura, and Hadith.  A good Muslim needs to do what Muhammad did, act the same, think the same.  And some of those things are downright immoral, cruel, deceitful, and uncivilized –from the western perspective.

Below is a video debate (almost two hours long) between two experts on this topic.  Robert Spencer, and one of his college professors, Peter Kreeft, discuss the question Is a Good Muslim a Bad Muslim.  It is very informative and worth the time – highly recommended.

As an aside, Kreeft is a professor in Thomas More College, a Catholic institution.  During the debate the question of whether Jews/Christians/Muslims worship the same god came up (see 49:16-25 on the video).  Like bobble-heads, everyone at the debate nodded in the affirmative, even Spencer, surprisingly.  He might have had something else to say about the ignorant assumption, but he didn’t say it.  Incidentally, even President Bush believes this, and, less surprisingly, Barack Obama.

In fact, Kreeft referenced Section 841 of the Catholic Catechism:

The Church’s relationship with the Muslims.  “The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind’s judge on the last day.”

That statement flies in the face of everything Muslims and Christians profess.  There are so many differences between the God Christians profess and the god Muslims profess that the above statement is entirely blasphemous from the Christian perspective, as well as from the Muslim.  That is a statement that is spoken out of ignorance at best, and out of a sense of a deceitful and vile ecumenical spirit at worst.  The attributes of the Judeo-Christian God and the Muslim Allah are as different as day and night – a partial explanation of why Islam teaches what it does.  Much has been written about the very significant differences between God and Allah.  Here is one source among many describing these gross differences.

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