Yesterday I was witnessed to by a Muslim woman for nearly an hour. My usual tricks to avoid such conversations with Mormons and JWs didn’t work 🙂
I made the mistake of commenting when she stated that the Koran demanded a certain type of behaviour. I have read the Koran and came to a different interpretation- one shared by many Muslims.
She said that they weren’t “true Muslims”. And she also said that my interpretations can’t be valid since I didn’t read the original in Arabic nor have I lived in that culture. Well- she hasn’t lived in that culture either, but the teachers she listens to have.
She kept talking. I listened. She didn’t want to hear my views, and I didn’t offer them. Got to admit, it secretly amused me that I had read her holy book before she did 🙂
In her talk for Islam, the peacefulness of Mohammed came up. She stated that he only destroyed those people who refused to believe in only one sky god. Due to the mercifulness of Mohammed, he waited until god told him to go and slaughter the infidels and take revenge.
As I was relating this to a Christian friend of mine, she stated that it was very similar to what god told the Hebrew people in the Old Testament.
Her excuse was that god’s justice is mysterious to us. His goodness demands justice. God is good, so if he called for the destruction of a race except for the virgin girls then that killing and raping was good.
I have a problem with that.
I am glad that I no longer have to twist my definition of ‘good’ to match my definition of ‘god’ and harmonize it with any holy text.