Last week, I had a polite religious debate with prominent member (whose name will remain off the record) of the Islam religion. We shared several emails, here is one of the closing emails that I sent to him. Pardon the typos, I wrote all my responses directly and promptly in the body of the email, so I wasn’t able to do any editing.
I have a theory that someone created us with intelligence that surpasses ours. But I wouldn’t dare call that person god because of the way the religious institution portrays him. I have no clue if his/her name is Joe, ET, Marcus, Susan, Mother Nature or what so ever. Therefore, I think the most humble thing you can do is admit that you don’t know as well. I feel like it is arrogant to believe that your way is the correct way because of something that you read in a book (I’ll touch on the Quran in a minute). Here is another thing that confuses me; Ghandi. He lived his life better than any “real” (we have no facts that prove that Jesus or Muhammad were real) person that ever walked this earth. Yet, there are Christians and Muslims that believe that Ghandi will not make it into “heaven” because he didn’t believe in Jesus/Muhammad/Allah. I think that is ridiculous.
You also have a theory, your theory is that there is a God out there. You believe that you should fear this God. You believe that you should never question this God because he is the smartest person/thing ever. You believe he has all the answers and it is arrogant to try to understand him. You believe that Allah allows bad things to happen because it as all a part of his master plan. You also believe in miracles, you believe that Jesus walked on water, Moses parted the red sea, Jonah lived inside a whales’ body for three days, David conquered Goliath, animals are here because Allah created 2 of every species and put them on a boat and flooded everyone else into oblivion, and that Allah created this world in 6 days when dinosaur and primate fossils tell us otherwise. The fact that people think this world is a couple of thousand years old is crazy to me.
Now here are some facts: not theories or beliefs, facts according to history books. The complete bible was created about 100 years after Jesus supposedly resurrected. The story of Jesus existed 100 times before Jesus, the exact same story - Virgin birth, born 12/25, teacher at 12, 12 disciples, died at 33, resurrected 3 days later. The first character to have these characteristics was Horus from Egypt. Followed by hundred of others characters with the same characteristics - So we/I are/am supposed to believe that the last person to have these characteristics as the truth. Also, there is no evidence that Jesus, Moses, Muhammad or any of these characters from the bible and Quran existed, I mean not even a sculpture. The only evidence of Jesus came from writers that were born nearly 100 years after his resurrection and after the bible was fully created – then nearly 500 years later the Quaran was created, with the same stories as the original bible. The only difference is they replaced Muhammad with Jesus - The same miracles, the same evidence of god being seen as jealous, angry and spiteful. The same book that has women being stoned to death, the only difference is Muhammad being replaced by Jesus. Yet, there isn’t any evidence of any of these figures existing. Hundreds of years after both Muhammad’s death someone wrote a biography about Muhammad. That is equivalent to me writing about the declaration of independence without relying on anything except word of mouth.
So, we both have theories. Mine is a little more practical and yours is more fantasized. There are many people that actually existed and predicted things far more amazing than Muhammad – should we make them prophets as well? Some of his predictions are very vague, and pro Islamic scholars try stretch his words and modify what he actually meant.
If I will one day be punished for learning and using my brain, than so be it. Because I stand by these values, treat others with respect, value the time and presence of every human being and always help others that are not as fortunate as you. I also believe that if a God omits me from after life because I yearned for more knowledge with the brain that he gave me and loved and cared for human life relentlessly with heart that he gave me, and then I personally would not want to enter his or her kingdom.
Whether I am Christian, atheist, muslim, Buddhist, or anything else. The only thing that should matter is how you are treating others and treating the earth.
The message seems a little aggressive, but this is the passion in which I attacked this subject while researching. No harm.
And yes, most people will say “I am lost”. But those are the same people that have done little to none research on any other religion or approach to life. How idiotic is that? How crazy is it to say that your religion is the best when you never experienced or tried learning any other religion? How ironic is it that, the more you read or learn about facts and origins, the less you believe in God. How ironic is it that when I was a young Christian, I was the holiest person around, but now look at me?
Just like last message, I asked you a question. If your family were not muslim, would you be a muslim right now? You didn’t answer, but I think I know the answer and that’s why I asked it.
But I have someone else for you to think about:
Two kids born on the same day, at the same time - One is born in Kentucky and one is born in Afghanistan. One is a Christian and his parents teach him that Christianity is the ONLY way. He has never been exposed to Islam or Muhammad. In fact he is taught to hate muslims because his parents used the bible to justify the hatred. The other was born a muslim in Afghan. He is never exposed to Jesus Christ; he is taught that Americans are evil. They both grow up to be radical extremist. Do you blame them? Is it their fought that they were born into those situations? Why couldn’t they be born to parents like me that will teach religious freedom?
This is one of the many questions that we will never know. We may think we know because of faith, but we will never know. I’m happy man, I really am, I love that fact that I can learn something new every day, I am happy that my mind is completely open. That makes me feel good. I’m happy that I have the ability to think for myself and not have the same thoughts as my family and parents. I feel free. It feels good to be a free thinker. I am sure that this conversation strengthens your allegiance to your maker and I am happy that I can do that for you, genuinely.
But, I am genuinely happy.”