Originally posted by nusnus
I've been saying this forever now on these forums, Islam is not organized religion. It does not necessitate that people follow any one person and do
as that person tells them to do like they were God himself. Islam puts all the emphasis on a persons actions alone, we are told that every human is
born with an innate ability to judge between right and wrong and connect to God WITHOUT the need for intercession, for men, or anyone else except Gods
own guidance. Thats one of the core reasons why Islam rejects the belief in Trinity and that reaching God needs intercession. God sent messengers to
us to warn us when we veered off the right path, to simply remind us. Not to reprimand or threaten or to blackmail.
I much appreciate your solid reasoned insights and points.
However, it appears . . . from my limited perspective . . .
that many Muslims are not BEHAVING as you describe.
Instead, they are MASSING BEHIND Iran's President and his constructions on reality concerning the Mahdi.
They are championing the meme, idea that the Mahdi
will come and wipe all Christians, Jews and other NonMuslims off the face of the earth--leaving only Islam and Muslims.
There's a LOT of organized efforts toward that end . . . whether one considers Hizbolah, Muslim Brotherhood, Iran's government etc.
It would be one thing if Muslims were performing their religious duties inoffensively and peacefully in their prayer rooms and private lives.
WHEN they organized to wipe the rest of us off the planet;
WHEN they organize to bomb schools full of innocent children;
WHEN they organize to bomb masses of shoppers in malls;
WHEN they organize to remove Israel from control of Israel's historic lands;
then it becomes more than a little concerning.
The Mahdi may be seen by Iranians and other Muslims as a champion of Muslim peace through conquest.
He is not seen that way by Christians and Jews . . . and will not be heralded as such accordingly.
I don't think that Christians should negotiate with him either.