Some Muslims teach violence, some Muslims teach nonviolence. The Koran contains words that can inspire both. But from the very beginning its authors were remarkably violent, and showed no signs of advocating nonviolence in any form. So as a matter of objective history it would seem the Koran was written by violent people, for violent people, to justify their violence in the name of God. What Muslims now reinterpret the Koran to mean varies. But the future of their faith will depend on which path they take. Violence will doom Islam as Muslims will then only continue to make enemies of all civilization and exhaust their resources in futile rage. But if all Muslims of the world turned Islam into a genuinely and widely practiced path of peace and kindness, then all Muslims would live better lives. Time will tell which lesson they learn.
Does Islam actually teach violence? Many non-Muslims seem to quote verses from the Quran where Muslims are asked to fight and kill infidles.
The Atheist Perspective
How can my mother enjoy Heaven, knowing that her atheist son will be tortured forever in the fires of Hell?
Should people carry out parts of their religion that they disagree with. Should a religious person ignore their conscience in favor of fulfilling the dictates of their faith? If God tells me to kill my son, do I have to do it?
If Muslims accept the Psalms as scripture, who is the "son" in Psalm 2?
Since there can be no evidence for something that can't be measured, is it at least fair to say that there is no empirical evidence for god, and therefore no reason to believe he exists?
Answers: Muslim, Christian
If God said "Thou shalt not kill" then why did he flood the whole world leaving only Noah and his family alive, and how is the destruction of Sodom justified (killing people for engaging in "immoral" sex), is God exempted from morality?
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