Wednesday, 05 August 2015 13:31

What Love?

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If you are a Christian given to incessant moralizing about love and forgiveness when all around you are bodies of fellow Christians slaughtered by boko haram, you are as guilty of murder as the rampaging hoodlums masquerading as believers. And if you are a Muslim who does nothing else other than take the stand that such killings of Christians are not within the tenets of Islam, you are as guilty of murder as the violent suicide bombers and grenade throwers doing the killings. The world must find a lasting solution to the Muslim and Christian problem or the earth will end up in total disarray.

I am beginning to rethink the commandment Jesus gave me in Matthew 5 verse 44: "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to those that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." I am willing to support the argument that Jesus' commandment does not apply to Nigeria and Nigerians. The Muslims do not feel comfortable in a loving relationship; they choose separation, violence, Sharia law, and hatred. I am tempted to shut the Bible in great anger or try to burn it if I can, and then walk out of my dwelling one pitch-black night, aggressively pointing upward the heaven, and screaming at the top of my lungs like a mad man: "Lord, Jesus, what love? I definitely can't love the Muslims because their Allah commands its followers to hate me, kill me, and have nothing to do with me. Look at Abuja, Nigeria and Kenya for examples. What love? Hah what love?"

The daily clashes between Islamic Boko Haran militants and the Nigerian security forces are news not worth writing home about. They are old news going on for years.  On Friday, September 20, 2013, as the Nigeria's state security commenced digging for arms at Abuja (near the legislators' residence) following tipoff by arrested Boko haran fighters, the security team came under heavy gunfire attack by other boko haran elements. Then, just the following day  Saturday, September 21, 2013, some Islamic gunmen went on a shooting spree at the Westgate Center in Nairobi, Kenya, leaving 59 dead and over 120 wounded. The 300 schoolgirls are gone without a trace. Just yesterday, August 3, 2015,  Kano boko haram Islamists attacked three villages on the shores of Lake Chad where they slit the throats of 10 fishermen.

It is hard not to be convinced that Islam is a religion entirely based on hatred, violence, and death. There is nothing remotely related to love in Islam. Is Islam a hoax perpetrated upon unsuspecting world?. I searched for the words FORGIVENESS and LOVE in the Quran I pulled out of the Internet, and I found none. My question is this: Is Islam the figment of a cave dweller's imagination, the mindless, murderous and hebephrenic incantation of a mind gone kaput, a cave dweller of Saudi Arabia?

Every follower of Islam, every Muslim wherever he or she is found in the world, is enjoined to do one thing, and that thing is to hate the unbelievers with every fiber of his/her being. To enjoin is to command, instruct, direct, or charge Muslims to hate Christians or followers of Jesus Christ.

Jesus taught the world about love, forgiveness, and being longsuffering. It appears that Islam envied the rapid spread of Christianity and harbored the political ambition to beguile and intimidate the world into accepting conversion to a religion that encourages worship of a deity that espouses no moral teachings such as love and forgiveness. Must a religion operate through lies, intimidation, slavery, cruelty, and massacres of women, children, and the indefensible? Is the teaching of this violent sect simply a plagiarized and adulterated copy of the Jewish Pentateuch?

There are 109 verses in Quran I found in the Internet that call upon Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule.  Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding.  Muslims who do not join the fight are called 'hypocrites' and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.

What drives a Muslim to want to kill others? What sort of radicalizing speech would Imam give to inflame a Muslim to strap a bomb across his chest and detonate it in the midst of people? How much hatred can the world endure and where does hatred come from? Why does Islam and it recalcitrant Allah, for that matter, goads its worshippers to "walk through the valley of death." Islam divides us rather than unite us. While my Bible preaches LOVE, the Quran teaches use of TERROR to intimidate and kill. The Quran permits honor killing where a father is authorized to kill a child for disobeying family rules against loving or fraternizing with an enemy (Christian) or for bringing dishonor by marrying a Christian.

The story is told of two young friends, one Igbo and the other Hausa, who promised to stand by each other when Boko Haran first struck their city in Northern Nigeria. To make the long story short, the Hausa friend joined the Islamists. Guess the fate of the Christian friend. It is safe to conclude that without love a religion is not worth anything.

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James Agazie Ed D

A retired college Professor  with educational backgrounds in law (JD) education (Ed.D, MA) counseling,( MS) and and mathematics.  Write on topics dealing with Nigerian families, marriages, education, and employment.