The Muslim religion is rocking the world right now. We like to call them “extremist” and “radicals.” We lack the understanding in the teachings that mislead some into horrific actions that kill, maim, and torture the infidels.
After years of turning on my radio and expecting to hear what the next attack that Islam would launch against the non-Islamic population would be, I decided to do a little research on religion in general. I wanted to compare other religions and how they responded to the non follower.
I could barely remember the facts behind the Spanish Inquisition. It had been years since I studied world history and even when I did attend class, I wasn’t exactly listening all the time.
I looked into the Spanish Inquisition and rather than bore you with the historically detailed blow by blow, I wanted to show some similarities to what is going on right now.
The Inquisitions began in medieval times. There were variations of what you could call local tribes of some form of Christianity. These series of Inquisitions took place from 1184 through 1230.
The Spanish Inquisition began in 1480 and was originally intended to ensure the orthodoxy of those that had converted from Judaism and Islam. This Inquisition was established by Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand II of Aragon, and Isabella of Castile. Originally intended to concentrate on converts, this movement would increase its momentum to gain religious authority and reign.
While these Inquisitors did not walk into a crowd and set off an explosive vest, some of their actions can help explain the actions that Muslims take on the infidels today.
This movement which was originally meant to monitor converters eventually became a decree to convert or leave. Those that converted were then watched by neighbors to be sure that they were true converts. The absence of smoke in your chimney on a Saturday would indicate that you were secretly observing the Jewish Sabbath. The buying of many vegetables just before Passover or the buying of meat from a converted butcher could also be considered evidence that the convert was really a heretic. This evidence would be heard in a public court. The Jews could confess and do penance, but those that relapsed would be burned on the stake.
The age at which Christianity committed these offenses against Jews and Muslims was 1400 years old. There were inquisitions before the Spanish. The medieval inquisitions were more tribal in my opinion. Nevertheless, Christians in their infancy committed just as much torture and murder in the name of God.
Islam dates to the 600’s. This puts it right where the Christians were when they savagely attacked Jews and Muslims, in its infancy.
I’m not agreeing with Muslims in their pursuit to eliminate the infidels from the face of the earth, but I do understand that they are a young religion that needs time to grow in order to achieve the spiritual plane they seek. They are answering to their god in a way that is taught by man. Just like all other religions out there, once they eliminate the “man” and allow spirit to really guide them we will witness a pivotal transformation that will allow us to all live in peace.
All this says is that we are not finished here. The unrest between religions must end before there is peace on earth. Especially with the mentality that only one religion can inherit the earth. When these religions mature, all of them, we will transform ourselves, which in turn will transform the earth.