Is Islam evil? Is God loving?

Published May 15, 2018

Let’s first take a look at a much smaller detail than religion.

What you are thinking at any given second is different from what someone else is thinking, even if you are thinking about the same thing. If it’s raining outside, you may view it as agitating while someone else thinking about the same rainstorm may view it as refreshing. It goes further than that. You may think the storm is needed for the grass, while the other person, who doesn’t own a home, sees it as a nuisance, forced to have to carry an umbrella. Even if you bring up, in conversation, that the rain is annoying, your thinking is very different. Assuming they agree with you, their version of annoying is different. You may be thinking of having to change your clothes [after a downpour] while they are thinking of the humidity that often comes after a rainstorm. Still, you may have thought of something completely different about the rain from anything I just mentioned. There are arguably as many positions on the rain as there are descriptions.

Why am I ranting about the rain, what we think, and why it is different for every person, something anyone can see with a little bit of thought?

UNDERSTANDING. It is the case that the majority of people shy away from talking about big topics, particularly religion. I would argue that is the very thing we should be talking about to improve our ability to work together. But will the majority of us ever get there, particularly if we do not agree? I believe we can with UNDERSTANDING.

If we understand that we think differently for the smallest of details, then we can certainly understand that we think differently when it comes to big topics. If we assume the ‘other side’ of any argument is wrong, we’ve already lost our chance at understanding, whether it is Islam being peaceful or not, or the Christian god being loving or not.

For someone who has survived ISIS or came from the Middle East and has been charged with blasphemy, with a beheading threatened if found, their truth is that Islam is evil. For someone who has been brought up in a loving Christian home, they may know nothing but a loving god; that is their truth.

The same goes for a peaceful Islam or a non-loving God, both of which can be supported by scripture, depending on interpretation.

But with an understanding of each other and where we are coming from with our arguments, rather than resorting to insults, sarcasm, and name-calling, we can work together towards a mutually beneficial resolution, something resembling peace.

So what is the truth? Is it that these religions are peaceful and teach loving, or is it that they are evil and teach violence?

Does it matter if we can get along?