The most important principle in the Bible is seen in Genesis 1:1:
“in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
That verse is not simply an introduction to a story similar to “It was a dark and rainy night”. The first first verse of the Bible is a legal statement of title to property.
The legal significance of that verse is seen in modern copyright and patent laws: The author, inventor, creator of any new book, article, invention, heaven or earth owns perfect title to his creation and can do whatever he pleases with his creation. He can ignore his creation, store it in some dusty attic, destroy it, sell it, lease it, or even use it to pick his nose or wipe his butt. The “creator” owns the creation.
By virtue of having created the heaven and earth, our father YHWH ha Elohiym owns it all. Because He created the sun, moon, earth and stars, he owns all of those entities and do with those entities whatever He pleases.
Our father YHWH ha Elohiym also created all of the original plants and animals and therefore owns them. This observation raises some interesting questions about God’s spiritual relation to genetically-modified plants and animals that are not created directly by God. GMO’s raise questions about the use or intended use of GMOs–are they really foods intended for created-man? We can even wonder about the spiritual motives of those who “create” new plants, animals, microorganisms that are arguably not created by our Father YHWH ha Elohiym . But, we’ll save those for another day.
The main point is that our Father YHWH ha Elohiym is God precisely because He Created the known universe. Without the act of creating the universe, our Father YHWH might be just another big guy sitting on a throne somewhere (Jupiter? Saturn?) with a few, cool super-powers. He’d be an interesting anomaly, but without the act of creation, He wouldn’t be God.
It is the act of creation that elevates the “big guy” to the status of “God”. it is by virtue of creating you and me that our Father YHWH ha Elohiym became our “owner” and “Creator-God”.
• The second most-important principle in the Bible is found at Genesis 1:26-28:
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
The created-man (not Darwin’s “evolved-man”) was created in the same sense that cows, pigs, sheep and goats were “created”. But the created-man was different from all other living creations in three regards: 1) the created-man alone is made in God’s image; and 2) only the “created-man” is ordered by his God to “subdue” the earth; and 3) the created-man is given “dominion” over the all other living creatures.
The “God-created man” (not the “evolved man”–homo sapiens–postulated by Charles Darwin) is special unto God because that created-man and his descendants are the only creatures “made in God’s image”.
• I won’t say that this next verse (Genesis 9:6) provides the third, most-important principle in the Bible. But it might be a contender for that status.
In Genesis 9:6 God speaks to Noah after the flood. In this verse, we can see some of the created-man’s special, God-given (and therefore “unalienable”?) “rights” and correlative liabilities:
“Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.”
The reason murder or even assault has been wrong in the western world for at least the past 43 centuries since the Noahide flood, is that every God-created man and woman were “made in the image of God’. With the exception of a few creatures that are deemed “unclean,” God allows us to kill and eat virtually all other creatures. But it is a sin, perhaps a mortal sin, to kill or perhaps even assault another man, woman, child or even fetus that is made in God’s image.
According to the God of the Bible, you cannot kill any other men or women unless your victim has first, unilaterally murdered someone else. Under God’s law, if you murder another man, we are free and even obligated to kill you. However, if you haven’t murdered another man without cause, we have no right to kill you, assault you or perhaps even arrest you.
The fact that you’re made in God’s image gives you special rights and special protections not shared by other creatures made by God, but not in God’s image.
And note that God did not tell Noah, that the restriction on killing or assaulting other men depended on whether those men were Jews or Christians or whether those created-men had ever seen or even heard of our Father YHWH ha Elohiym. According to the God of the Bible, you can’t kill or assault any other created-man without cause and presumably having sinned. Their beliefs were irrelevant. The primary issue in determining which of God’s creatures could be killed and which could not was whether that creature (creation of God) was or was not created in God’s image.
For 43 centuries in the western world, the primary reason assault and murder have been deemed as wrong, sinful, and criminal is because created-man is made in God’s image.
• Which brings me, finally, to the object of this article: another fundamental and intolerable difference between the Muslim and Biblical faiths.
The faiths of the western world still recognize (however dimly) that it’s wrong and even spiritually sinful to kill men and women. If the western world considered arguments of the sort presented in this, it think that most would agree that the historic prohibition against murder was originally justified by the belief that man, and man alone, was made in God’s image.
Now, here come the Muslims who believe they not only can–they are duty-bound to–behead (murder) men, women and children simply because they choose to follow some faith other than that of the Muslims.
Their predilection for beheading people who are not guilty of beheading or otherwise killing others is completely contrary to 43 centuries of of western, Judeo and Christian jurisprudence.
How do the Muslims justify this conclusion?
I’m not a student of the Muslim faith so I can’t begin to answer that question.
But, I can speculate that the Muslims’ willingness to kill even “innocent” people, that I may not find no proviso in the Qu’ran that recognizes:
1) each member of mankind as a man created by God;
2) each member of mankind as “made in God’s image“; or,
3) each God-created man posses special rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness (religions freedom); or,
4) each God-created man as being fundamentally different from any animal that’s not made in God’s image.
I don’t know that any of my speculations are true. But it seems apparent that Muslims do not regard non-Muslims as “made in God’s image”. For Muslims, the non-Muslims are “goy” (animals) suitable for slaughter without sin.
More, my limited understanding of Muslims indicates that Muslims are just as enthusiastic about beheading other, “heretical” Muslims as they are about beheading Christians, Jews, Hindus, etc. Insofar as Muslims don’t even recognize each other as men and women made in God’s image, the seemingly view all men (including Muslims) as nothing more than animals (not made in God’s image) and therefore suitable for slaughter. They might be coming very close to denying that our Father YHWH ha Elohiym is their Creator/God. If so, the Muslim faith might naturally support of the theory of evolution. This is pure conjecture, but I wouldn’t be surprised if The Powers That Be would welcome a faith that recognized no conflict with the theory of evolution.
As a Protestant, I’m disinclined to view Muslims as “animals” (not made in God’s image).
But who can say? Maybe this world holds both God-created men and evolved/animal men.
For example, there are some passages in Genesis that some people read to mean that some other kind of “men” (evolved or animal men?) were already present on earth when God created Adam and Eve as men made in God’s image. If the story of Noah is true and all varieties of “men” were drowned by a flood–except for Noah and his family–if the animal-men were ever here, they were seemingly wiped out by the flood.
• Nevertheless, we can toy with the idea that the Muslim world is primarily populated by “evolved men” (homo sapiens) and are therefore “animals,” while the western world tends to have a higher concentration of God-created men made in God’s image.
The evidence I’ve seen suggests that Muslims at least regard non-Muslims–and perhaps even Muslims, themselves–as no more than animals. They do not see all men as made in God’s image. They do not see created-man as entitled to special rights–including the right to live without being beheaded because someone deems you to be politically or spiritually incorrect.
Do you want to live next door to a group of Muslims who regard your sons and daughters as nothing more than animals to be used, abused or even consumed however the Muslims deem appropriate?
Do you believe that your community can assimilate a bunch of Muslims who view people as “animals”? If so, you’re talking about a group of people whose cultural mentality is something like that of a group to psychopaths who have neither the will or the ability to view you and your family as anything more than meat.
Do you want to live next door to a group of people who, if they were of the western culture might be described as psychopaths–but, being Muslims–are excused from that diagnosis?
The Muslims are crazy.
Their faith and culture is so contrary to that of Christianity that there’s no way we can truly live together as “brothers”. The differences between the two faiths are too great to allow for any long-lasing accommodations. Sooner or later, any community composed of both Muslims and Christians will break down into holy war.
Segregation is required.
Again, draw a line. Muslims stay on one side, Christians on the other.
Mixing Muslims with Christians is like mixing gunpowder with fire. Sooner or later, you’ll have an explosive result.
I want to close by stressing that I’m not trying to make a moral distinction here. I’m not saying that Christians are right and Muslims are wrong. I’m not rising to that level. I don’t need to.
Instead, I’m merely saying that that the fundamental differences between Muslims and Christians are so great that there is no more possibility of the two cultures cohabiting in peace than there is for any other pair of apex-predators.
There may be a time in the future when the lion will lay down with the lamb. I can imagine that taking place. I’m probably wrong, but I cannot imagine a time when the lions will lay down with the hyenas. There is too much difference and animosity between the two predators for them to ever assimilate.
I see the same animosity between Muslims and Christians. It’s not about right. It’s not about wrong. It just is.
The Crusades started in A.D. 1095. The mutual animosity displayed in the Crusades has waxed and waned for over 900 years. Sometimes the two faiths seem to get along. Sometimes there is war. But, always, in the secret hearts of both sides is the waiting for next chance to slaughter the other S.O.B.s.
• Why does this animosity persist? Maybe it’s because there’s nothing quite so exhilarating as the self-righteousness of slaughtering your adversaries in holy war. There’s always some guilt attached when Christians kill Christians or perhaps when Muslims slay other Muslims. But, in the context of holy war, Christians can kill Muslims as sinless services to God! And Muslims can behead Christians as sinless service to Allah!
“Holy war” is like a combat video game for adults–you get to slaughter hundreds of your enemies without ever feeling any guilt, remorse or regret.
OK, OK, OK . . . maybe the “joy of Holy War” is not the real reason why Christians and Muslims seem destined to engage in mortal combat.
But, whatever the fundamental reason may be, if you don’t want to witness or even get caught up in that mortal combat, segregation is required.
If you don’t want holy war in America, stop allowing Muslims to immigrate.
If you insist on allowing Muslims to immigrate, then expect more holy war.