Bigotry

Bigotry (a real burden for the mankind)

All false religions are bigoted. The members of false religions, at least those of them which take seriously their religion, love only members of their own religion, or people which they want to convert.

This nasty behaviour you find among Catholics, Muslims, Anabaptists, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, false Protestants, etc.

The problem is that the false religions regard grace as their PROPERTY. As soon as you have joined their religion, you participate in infinite grace which dispenses you from correct behaviour in daily life.

Let us take the Islam as an example:

Sura Al-Fatiha (Sura 1):

1 In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.  
 2 Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds,  
 3 The Beneficent, the Merciful.  
 4 Master of the Day of Judgment,  
 5 Thee (alone) we worship; Thee (alone) we ask for help.  
 6 Show us the straight path,  
 7 The path of those whom Thou hast favoured; Not the (path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray.

The first Sura sounds even Christian (Allah is called merciful), but let us consider that this is not the only Sura of the Koran.

The whole context of the Koran makes it clear that the first Sura is related only to Muslim believers. Allah is merciful and gracious only towards Muslims, or people which want to convert to Islam.

This bigotry could be endured, if Islam would mean love and righteousness in daily life (a true Christian shall be full of love and righteousness to everybody independent from belief, color, nationality, status, etc. in daily life). Regretably, a good Muslim is yet a Muslim which keeps the 5 Pillars of Islam independent from practical love and righteousness:

– Faith or belief in the Oneness of God and the finality of the prophethood of Muhammad;
– Establishment of the daily prayers;
– Concern for and almsgiving to the needy;
– Self-purification through fasting; and
– The pilgrimage to Makkah for those who are able.

The 5 Pillars of Islam have not much to do with righteousness, excepted almsgiving (whereby, I would like to know, if a Muslim would give alms to a poor Christian, or if he rather would regard his poverty as a curse of Allah?).

The mean trick of all these is that you become a participant of grace yet by keeping the 5 Pillars independent from your daily behaviour. You may think like this (if you are a Muslim): I have tried to convert my workmate to Islam and keeping the 5 Pillars of Islam but he refuses. He is now under the wrath of Allah who will throw him into hell finally. Why should I love this nasty disbeliever which is not loved by Allah? Why should I give him any good hints and advices? Why should I talk with him? Why should I be concerned about his security? Why should I help him, if he is in need? Allah doesn’t love this infidel individual, hence I am allowed to hate him too.

The same attitude have got Catholics, Anabaptists, Mormons, false Protestants, etc.

They keep certain rituals of their belief and by that they are participants of infinite grace which allows them to treat their infidel fellow human beings which they regard as disbelievers, very ill. They feel not obliged to show love and righteousness to their fellow human beings.

How works a true Christian, in contrast:

A Christian knows that at Judgement Day he will get judged according to his works. Only if he has lived a life of love and righteousness, he will finally enter heaven. A Christian loves everybody independent from belief, color, nationality, status, etc. He loves people, even if they are no Christians and even if they don’t want to become Christians. A true Christian doesn’t  regard God’s grace as his property, but shares it with his fellow human beings. The Christian regards always himself as that one who is required by God to behave correctly. A Christian oversees the sins of his fellow human beings, and behaves friendly and kindly despite their sins (of course, if people harm one another, the Christian has to intervene and to stop the wrongdoer).

Yet, a true Christian will hold on to the truth and confess/profess it to everybody:

The gospel: God, the Father, delivered God, the Son, for our sins and raised him from the dead for our justification.

The man who believes that and gets baptized (or remembers his infant baptism), will receive the power of the Holy Spirit which makes him able to love his fellow human beings and to behave righteous.

 

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2 Responses to Bigotry

  1. Immersed as an Adult says:

    With all due respect, if you can’t remember choosing to be baptized, you were not baptized. An infant cannot submit to baptism.

    • You may read the story in the Gospel of Luke, where the pregnant Mary visited the pregnant Elisabeth. They had Jesus and John the Baptist in their wombs. When they met, John the Baptist started to jump in the womb of his mother, because he perceived Jesus, who was in Mary’s womb.

      At another place it is written that John would receive the Spirit yet in the womb of his mother. This happened, when he met Jesus, who was in Mary’s womb.

      Faith starts always, when you meet the Godhead. Only the Godhead can cause faith. Faith cannot be grasped by human reason. In Jesus dwelled the whole Godhead. Everybody, who met the carpenter Jesus, met the Godhead at the same time.

      Today Jesus is invisible, but you can encounter him at sacramental baptism, which he instituted.

      The sacramental baptism is equal with an encounter with the visible Jesus, when he lived on earth.

      Of course, only infants of pious believers, which are under the influence of the Spirit, should be baptized.

      The mainline churches abuse sacramental baptism, because they baptize children in a sphere of disbelief (pastor,

      congregation, parents, etc. are not really pious).

      Yet also the “abused sacramental baptism” is valid and becomes effective, if someone remembers it by faith.

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