The religious terror organization of Islamic State yesterday beheaded the 82-year-old antiquities scholar in Palmyra, Syia, Khaled Asaad. They hung his decapitated corpse on an ancient pillar at the Roman ruins.
Great efforts are being made by “mainstream” Muslims to make people believe these crimes against humanity committed by IS are not endorsed by their “holy” book, the Quran. Why they do this is difficult to understand. Any objective reading of the Quran makes it clear whoever wrote it was not shy about committing religious violence. It not only encourages Muslims to commit religious violence against non-believers, it claims God commits religious violence and torture by burning non-believers for eternity in hell. For example, Surah 4:56 states, “Lo! Those who disbelieve Our revelations, We shall expose them to the Fire. As often as their skins are consumed We shall exchange them for fresh skins that they may taste the torment. Lo! Allah is ever Mighty, Wise.” It is an attack on God to teach God would be so cruel as to eternally torture billions of people. This anti-God flaw is also found in Christianity in multiple places such as Revelation 20:15 which states, “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” while Judaism seems more focused on the here-and-now and makes threats such as any Gentile nation that will not serve Israel will “be utterly wasted” (Isaiah 60:12).
The Quran also teaches that not only is God extremely and eternally violent against non-believers, but that Muslims should be violent against non-believers, too. One example is found at Surah 47:1-4 which states and instructs, “Those who disbelieve and turn (men) from the way of Allah, He rendereth their actions vain. Allah makes the works of disbelievers vain. And those who believe and do good works and believe in that which is revealed unto Muhammad – and it is the truth from their Lord – He riddeth them of their ill-deeds and improveth their state. That is because those who disbelieve follow falsehood and because those who believe follow the truth from their Lord. Thus Allah coineth their similitudes for mankind. Now when ye meet in battle those who disbelieve, then it is smiting of the necks until, when ye have routed them, then making fast of bonds; and afterward either grace or ransom till the war lay down its burdens. That (is the ordinance). And if Allah willed He could have punished them (without you) but (thus it is ordained) that He may try some of you by means of others. And those who are slain in the way of Allah, He rendereth not their actions vain.”
The Quran, like the Bible and Book of Mormon, is loaded with nonsensical claims and ideas. The Quran makes such foolish claims as talking ants (Surah 27:18) and the Sun setting in mud (Surah 18:86). The Deist Voltaire pointed out a very important point that can help us end religious violence. Voltaire wrote, “Truly, whoever is able to make you absurd is able to make you unjust. If the God-given understanding of your mind does not resist a demand to believe what is impossible, then you will not resist a demand to do wrong to that God-given sense of justice in your heart. As soon as one faculty of your soul has been dominated, other faculties will follow as well. And from this derives all those crimes of religion which have overrun the world.” The IS members who butchered the elderly scholar, and all the religious people who carry out religious violence everywhere, have surrendered their gift from God of reason in order to believe the Quran (or some other “holy” book) is the Word of God. They then eventually gave up their divine gift of a conscience and are thus enabled to carry out brutal murders in the name of their religion which they incorrectly believe, due to giving up their innate God-given reason, represents God.
Unfortunately, a sad fact is that the vast majority of people on our planet Earth have never even heard of Deism. If they knew they could believe in God without believing in any of the “revealed”/hearsay religions, many of them would leave their religious violence producing religion for Deism and we would have a much happier and better world. Fortunately, Thomas Paine was right when he wrote, “We have it in our power to begin the world over again.” Add to this realization the fact that Paine also pointed out, “The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark” and we see that Deists’ work to educate people about Deism will not be in vain, as once enlightenment takes hold in a person’s mind, it is there to stay.
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