Judging and Disrespecting other People’s Beliefs?

In the course of refuting the claims of cults or false religions, one of the most frequent feedback I get from people is: “Why are you attacking people’s religions? Why don’t you just preach Jesus?” Some even take it up a notch: “A real Christian doesn’t attack other people’s beliefs. You’re a false Christian!”

At the surface level, these responses appear legitimate, but when it comes right down to it, they are masks of ignorance, self-righteousness and passive aggression.

For one, most false religious systems seldom reject Jesus outright, instead, they “re-work” Him into their beliefs. Thus, just “preaching Jesus” to them is not enough, we need to carefully distinguish Him and the Gospel from the clever counterfeits and misrepresentations being peddled by false religions and false teachers today.

It must be emphasised that critiquing beliefs is not bigoted, unchristian or unethical, rather, it’s the epitome of proper Christian conduct where a very vital part of the Christian witness is concerned. If we don’t scrutinise beliefs for fear of being labelled “haters,” how are we going to arrive at the truth?

Many Christians think it’s beneath their dignity to attack beliefs because they think a criticism of another’s religious beliefs is the same as having a personal antagonism towards those adhering to those beliefs. Nothing could be further from the truth. A person can be deceived and still have morals and show some hospitality.

When some Christians are told, for example, that Islam is a wicked religion, the images of their loving and gentle Muslim friends, relatives or colleagues flash through their minds with the thought: “If these folks are mild, then Islam couldn’t be violent.”

So, by projecting the positive qualities they’ve observed in some Muslims on Islam, they rise to defend it. But Islam is neither a race nor some individuals, it’s a religion, and the extent to which a person follows it is the extent to which he/she expresses its “fruit.”

Many people are also influenced by the “live and let’s live” societal ideas. This relativistic school of thought assumes that other people’s beliefs are just as valid as ours. This is what constitutes “political correctness” – a concept that emerged from Communism. It’s really an isolationist thinking that fails to situate complex issues in their proper contexts.

Controversy and criticism have always served as a stimulus to novel ideas and catalyst for needed reforms in advanced societies. All through church history, exposing and refuting objectionable heresies have always had their merits – whether in making the Christian church to define her doctrines more clearly, define the limits of Christian belief or drive the saints to study the Bible more diligently to know the real truth. Such confrontations have led Believers to develop a confident, refined and self-disciplined community.

To assert that aberrant teachings within or without the church mustn’t be challenged chokes the seeds of truth in people’s hearts and stacks the desk to favour deception. This neutrality to false religions among Christians is also a reflection of some versions of “modern” Christianity.

Before one can see the necessity to “contend for the faith” – the body of teaching entrusted to God’s people – one first needs to know and understand the essentials of the Faith (Jude 3). But when a Christian is being reared on a steady diet of “21 Laws of Success,” or “45 Principles of Wealth,” countering heresies will leave a bad taste in his/her mouth.

The current trend of Christians bending over backwards to appease world religions is an outgrowth of a “feel good” religious culture and ecumenism which elevate feelings, sensations and unity above truth.

Thou Shall Not Judge!

A Bible passage frequently flogged around by those who want us to stay silent is Matthew 7:1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” Their point: Jesus says Christians shouldn’t speak against other faiths. Is this what Jesus was really saying or people are ignorantly (or willfully) taking this verse out of its context? A text without a context is a pretext. Let’s look at the next 4 verses:

2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Jesus was addressing hypocrites – those who refuse to take responsibility for their own faults before judging the faults of others. It was a warning against hypocrisy. Apostle Paul echoed this in Romans 2:22 “You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?” This hypocrisy is seen in how cults attack others for what they are guilty of.

Jehovah’s Witnesses carp about Christendom encouraging people to sacrifice their lives for their states, but their Watchtower Society doesn’t mention how it has sacrificed the lives of many of its followers with its prohibition of blood transfusion.

Seventh Day Adventists denounce the papacy as devilish, but steadily bring up their “popess” Ellen White from under the carpet as an alternative guide to truth. This is what Jesus was condemning.

This also plays out among the rock-not-the-boat crowd. A Christian lady recently messaged me saying, “Why don’t you leave God himself to judge who is right or wrong?” But her final line reads: “You are hurt, very hurt about something. That’s basically my idea about you.” She’s telling me to allow God judge and at the same time judging my heart and motives!

People who reason like this don’t realise that a judgemental criticism of judgement is self-refuting, because to determine that a person is wrong or right requires judgement.

In vs. 6 of Matthew 7, Jesus said: “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you into pieces.” These are directives for us to judge what is holy or not and whether people are symbolically dogs or pigs.

In scripture, the term “dogs” is used of fools (Pr. 26:11), false prophets (Is. 56:10), wicked men (Ps. 22:16), homosexuals (Dt. 23:18) and backsliders (2 Pet. 2:20-23). Thus, Jesus was telling us to judge lives and teachings.

In vs. 13, He speaks of the “narrow gate” and the wide gate of destruction through which many enter. But to suggest today that a respectable cult with millions of adherents is a broad way of destruction is deemed hateful and rude. Jesus said: “Beware of false prophets [or teachers] … You will know them by what they produce” (vs. 15-16).

To know true or false teachers or prophets, we must judge their lives and teachings. In John 7:24, Jesus gave us a guideline for judging: “Stop judging by outward appearance! Instead judge correctly.”

Apostle Paul said to the Corinthian church “I have already judged the man who did this as though I were present with you” (1 Cor. 5:3). “Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge” (1 Cor. 14:29). He warned us against those teaching another Jesus and against receiving a false spirit and a false gospel (2 Cor. 11:4-5).

The need to judge false beliefs and evil actions is well-spelled out in the Bible. It was commanded by Christ and practiced by His apostles and Satan hates it because it unmasks his lies.

Let’s Respect other Religions!

We are told that attacking other people’s beliefs may provoke riots or chaos. Those with this utopian worldview believe truth must be sacrificed for the sake of peace and Christians should just silently flow along with every erroneous beliefs or at best, complain in their closets.

In his recent presidential release over the Christian woman killed by a Muslim mob for alleged blasphemy, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said: “Let us learn to respect each other’s faith for there to be mutual co-existence.”

This is a victim-blaming remark. It presumes that the woman overstepped her bounds by allegedly blaspheming, hence, if she had respected this “peaceful” cult, she wouldn’t have been killed. This is preposterous.

If one doesn’t believe in the god of Islam, one doesn’t have to shut one’s mouth to avoid allegations of blasphemy, particularly in a democratic clime. Why must we be given the option of either believing or pandering to a religion so we can keep our lives? That is dehumanization and a gross violation of human rights.

To assert that religions must be respected for mutual co-existence is a fallacy. If all religions must be respected, witchcraft, satanism or any death cult that comes along must also be respected. The sword of religious freedom cuts in both ways.

If people are free to believe a thing, they must also be free to question and reject it. If a false deity is worthy of reverence, he is also worthy of ridicule. Anyone who doesn’t want his religious hero or sacred book to be attacked can lock them up in private vaults or seal them in a chest and bury them. But as long as they occupy the public spaces, and are being shoved in our faces, they are liable to criticism and scrutiny.

Many a time, Muslims, for example, don’t want to be “offended” or have Islam attacked, but they can go to any extent in attacking others, especially Christianity.

A Christian guy once told me that exposing the errors of Jehovah’s Witnesses on social media is “counter productive.” I then asked him to explain to me why it is “productive” when JWs attack Christianity but “counter-productive” when we respond to them. He became silent. Such hypocrisy.

Some will say “we just need to love them.” Yes, and the first duty of love is to “speak the truth” (Eph. 4:15). A “perfect love gets rid of fear” (1 Jn. 4:18), but if we are afraid to speak the truth to the deceived, our love is not complete. Love without truth is whoredom.

While the Bible instructs us to “show proper respect to everyone,” it doesn’t tell us to respect religions that are leading people to eternal judgement (1 Pet. 2:17).

Jesus attacked religious leaders calling them “hypocrites…teaching for doctrines the commandments of men…blind leaders of the blind … fools and blind … whited sepulchres… serpents, generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell” (Matt. 15:7,9 : 23:19-27). If some Christians were alive then, they would demand Jesus return to these leaders to apologise for hurting their feelings.

Jesus said “Go…and teach all nations…all things I have commanded you” (Mt. 28:19-20), but some modern church leaders are teaching: “Go into all the nations and try to find agreement with the major religions as possible.”

Stephen was described as “full of God’s grace and power.” When the unbelieving Jews tried to dispute with him “they could not stand up against the wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke.” There is a wisdom God bestows on us as we respond to the enemies of the Gospel (Acts 6:8, 10).

Paul went to the Jewish synagogue and for three days “reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving” who Jesus is and what He has done (Acts 17:2-3). Today, we can do more than tell people trapped in false religions that Jesus loves them, we should also reason with them, explaining what we believe and why.

“So he [Paul] reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day…” (Acts 17:17)

“They arrived at Ephesus where Paul … went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews” (Acts 18:19).

“For he vigorously refuted the Jews in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.” (Acts 18:28)

“Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God.” (Acts 19:8)

We can thus understand why the people screamed that the early Christians “have caused trouble all over the world” (Acts 17:6). The Bible is not an ecumenical book. It warns us against false beliefs, false teachers and false churches, and it’s our responsibility to expose and reprove them.

A Glimpse into the Muslim Mind

One of Islam’s fatal flaws is its tu quoque (“you too”) logical fallacy. Islam is such a volatile religion that has no positive evidence for itself, neither can it stand by itself – it has to build itself by attacking Christianity (and other religions).

The following exchange with a Muslim named Haruna which took place in my box on April 12, 2016, brings this out perfectly well. His words will appear in green.

I could understand your pent-up feelings. preconception of islam. The ignorant sidetalks of some disgruntled elements calumnies on islam and the gonzo-media fabrications which has transfused innocent ignorance and hatred on muslims and islam.

But you should know errors cannot be truth even in the wilderness of falsehood, that’s why you could see apparently that islam is growing despite the global negative conspiracies. (Pls do your research).

I would not blame Christianity for the sins of pseudo-Christians and pastor-preneur who commodify the gospel of God as the most lucrative as you have wrongly stereotyped islam and muslims.

Generalisations are preconception are the errors of your perceptions, in spite of your obvious educational orientation. I assumed education to be the nourishment of intellectual clear-headedness. Learn and seek knowledge.

My information about Islam is based on its original sources – Quran, Hadiths and Sira. If you dismiss them as ignorant “calumnies” on Islam, that’s fine. There’s a lot of ignorance about Islam (on both sides) and it’s my intention to demolish them, but until you demonstrate my errors, don’t be in a haste to call Islam the “truth.”

There are many errors that appear to be truth – especially when they have been repeated for so long. This is the psychology of brainwashing.

There are no “global negative conspiracies” taking the wind out of the sail of the Islamic ship. What is actually happening is that we now live in an age when information cannot be suppressed like the past.

Everyone – even in Islamic regions – now has access to detailed information about Islam and its books and can easily draw their own conclusions (Thank God for the Internet!).

Furthermore, Muslim jihadists are stepping up their acts, thus confirming what many people are already discovering within the pages of the Muslim’s “holy” books – that Islam is a religion of violence.

You guys will perhaps need at least another century of disinformation to sell the myth of Islamic “peace” to people again.

Islam is also having a hard time these days due to the mass exodus of Muslims out of Islam. They are now attacking and exposing the cult they were once trapped in. Again, we have to thank the Internet for making their voices heard all over the world.

The growth of the Muslim population is basically due to migration and high birth rate, rather than mass conversion.

I have done my research, here it is for you to digest on – that is, if you want to be “confused with the facts”.

You said: “I would not blame Christianity for the sins of pseudo-christians

Thanks for your objectivity. But who decides who is a true or false Christian or Muslim? It’s the object of devotion and authority.

Since Christianity is based on Jesus Christ and what He taught in the Bible, a person who doesn’t live by them is a false Christian (even if he claims to be a pastor).

In the same vein, since Islam is based on the Quran and Hadiths, a Muslim who doesn’t live by them or emulates Muhammad is a false Muslim. So the issue boils down to what Jesus taught in contrast with what Muhammad taught.

You generalise which category you feel I must belong and then bring in the preconception that I must be wrong in some way for attacking Islam.

This has nothing to do with my educational background. This is not even about knowledge, but understanding. A person can have great knowledge but little understanding.

One doesn’t need to be a professor of religion (or an old man) to see the falsehood of Islam. I started to see the falsehoods of Islam from my teenage years. Even an unschooled boy of 12 who understands the truth can easily demolish the weak pillars of Islam.

What is sira, qur’an, hadith? dont push me on defending edge but here are clues to loose your ignorance little bit. The “siiratu nabiyy”, the categories of hadith, various aspect of application, the quran with its various paraphernalia would have bail you out from the bondage of gross folly.

It seems you are in the mire, in that “syllable of errors” Christianity and its many versions of interpolative mutilation (the bibles, old and new versions). I had thought you could have read the quran with bonehead misconception void of hermenuetic context, causes of revelations, historical incidence, scientific proves.

I thought you could enlist the various chains of hadiths and the historical incidence of quranic revelation.

You don’t need to defend your books. Your ignorance about them already speaks much volumes. Remove those original sources and your Islam becomes bid’a – an innovation.

In these 3 sources lie the ethics and ethos of Islam. Without them, your Islam is non-existent. You don’t seem to know much about your religion which you desperately seek to defend.

As for the categories of hadiths, I have addressed that here. We can at least school you a bit on your religion.

Your drivel about Bible translations has also been addressed in another debate I had with another Muslim. I obviously don’t need to repeat myself here.

read the quran… void of hermenuetic context, causes of revelations, historical incidence, scientific proves

This is where you shortchanged yourself. There is no way, one would understand the hermeneutic context of the whole Quran without consulting the hadiths and sira. Without them, many Quranic verses are utterly bland and clueless.

With the exception of the plagiarised parts, each verse of the Quran was recited by Muhammad in response to certain situations and events. Those events and situations are not recorded in the Quran. For example, a place says:

“He frowned and turned away because the blind man came unto him. What could inform thee but that he might grow (in grace). Or take heed and so the reminder might avail him?” (Sura 80:1-5)

Now, tell me – without the hadiths or sira – who frowned? Why did this person frown and why did he frown at a blind man? Who was the blind man?

This is just an example of how vague the Quran is without the hadiths.

Your appeal to the “scientific proofs” in the Quran is a big joke. You are wading into pretty deep waters that will sink you and your assertions pronto. That is where the Quran shot itself dead. Read this.

I read all your struggles in trying to prove the weak positions of the various versions of the bibles using English Version as springboard to prevaricate on that fabricated s***** [book] called “bible”.

Even worse is how you inverted various islamic narratives to hoodwinked your fellow gullibles in astration.

Islam has a uniform curriculum as springboard not as Christianity rooted in haphazade pattern. Islam has hadith, quran, sira, as earlier stated to guide their religious rite and worship while various Christians denomination have become lost in the murky water of its “error of syllables.”

Just last two months I heard one of my childhood friends is now a gay and a die-hard Anglican convert because of Anglican endorsement of homosexualism, I quickly notify him that even the pope of Catholic has approve gay in his former church, a satanic rubbish in an acclaimed religious domain.

Al Quran 2;18 says “they are deaf, dumb and blind, so they shall not follow the right path.” I will advice you to reflect and meditate on your choice of religion because its painful to see how you’ve murked in delusion.

I read through all your rants looking for a single piece of solitary counter-argument to all the issues addressed in the exchange, I found none.

One would either have to read that exchange with a closed eye or a veiled mind (or both) not to have been cured of misinformation and hoodwink. But as it’s often the case, you have no stones in your slingshot, just cotton balls.

It’s amusing to see you backtrack. Initially, you threw out all your original materials, then again, you affirm them as guidance to your rites and worship.

Evidently, Allah couldn’t compose a single book that would sufficiently be an authority in Islam. Muslim mortals had to compose all sorts of better writings 250 years after the Quran and join them to Allah’s composition to build the Islamic civilization.

And in the same way you initially said you “would not blame Christianity for the sins of pseudo-Christians and pastor-preneurs,” you suddenly throw that away to refer me to some vague, insignificant and nameless figures as authority of what Christians believe or practice. You couldn’t even convince yourself.

As for all your potshots at Christianity, I will call your bluff, for the simple fact that Christianity and the Bible have been around, saving souls and changing lives for at least 6 long centuries before Islam, Allah or the Quran emerged from the sewers of Arabian paganism.

The burden of proof is on Islam, not on Christianity. You think you can “prove” Islam or the Quran by default by attacking Christianity and the Bible? Anyone who thinks he can prove B by attacking C is already on a lost cause.

The other option left for you is to dive into the oh-so-cool fictional world of Muslim-Adam, Muslim-Abraham and Muslim-Jesus constructed for you by your lying prophet. In fact, our theme of discussion is on Islam and its books, not Christianity.

And as for your other remarks about your rumoured gay Anglican pal, this exchange should help you.

You don’t question Muhammad’s fictitious delusions and outlandish claims of travelling to the 7th heaven on a winged camel to meet some dead prophets or the claims of splitting the moon, visiting the land of the jinn or the many absurd claims prevalent in the Quran (e.g talking ants, sun sinking in the stream, meterors thrown at jinn etc.).

You don’t demand proofs when he claimed to be the greatest prophet of God or the “mercy of Allah sent to the worlds” yet was full of sexual depravity (rape, whoredom, pederasty, paedophilia etc.).

You never ask yourself why a prophet of God would lie, loot caravans, enslave others, and act as a medium of demons. All these tales in the Quran and hadiths are accepted blindly without question.

But you turn around to question the simple belief in Jesus Christ as the only Way, Truth and Life (John 14:6). You reject the reality of His death and resurrection for the salvation of man (1Cor. 15:1-3).

You attack the Bible which is endorsed by your own Quran as divinely inspired. You scrutinise anyone questioning the many discrepancies and falsehoods prevalent in Islam. Why the double standards?

Of course, we have many proofs that Muhammad and his Islam are false. We don’t hide them. Here is one 

But the problem is that we humans are naturally prejudiced beings. It’s easier for folks to see the flaws in other religions than to see the ones in theirs.

This is why it’s easy for Muslims to view their Quran through a rose-tinted glass and other books through a dark-field critical microscope.

Many Muslims have been mentally suppressed and incapacitated to explain away, minimise or dismiss every blunder in their religion, their books and its founder but are eager to point out perceived flaws in others, especially Christianity. That’s what I see you doing.

Q2;18 they are deaf, dumb and blind, so they shall not follow the right path

Yes, those were the answers Muhammad had whenever the wise people of his time asked him for proofs that he had the truth – cheap ad hominems! His Muslim followers are just like him.

When one even reflects on this, it’s clear that Muslims are the blind and deaf ones.

You refuse to see the crimes and evil teachings of Muhammad in the hadiths and Quran. You refuse to see the many historical, scientific and logical blunders in the Quran.

You refuse to consider that Allah is nothing but a false god manufactured by a manipulative man to fool the ignorant people of his time.

You simply refuse to question your religion, hear the other side or evaluate the fact that Islam is a false religion. This is deafness and blindness of the worst kind.

Scroll through this exchange so far. Not a single argument I raised has been addressed, let alone refuted. This is the greatest rhetorical trick in the book: ignoring the points raised by your opponents as if they don’t exist. It is like the typical Orwellian double-think.

You have to convince yourself that those contrary arguments are not there. That’s a mulish mentality.

All your prevaricative links are grossly misinterpretation of your own argument. it exposes how u’ve gone far in misconstruing the concepts and tenets of Islam totality.

You easily make blunders on all the hadiths, islamic narratives, qur’anic verses. but it’s safe for people like me. I’ve not picked an iota of cogent fact, your myopicism has fed you in bad light. Posterity is the best settler of argument.

I see you throwing around vague cliches because you have no answers. Show me just one example of my “blunders”.

You said: “I’ve not picked an iota of cogent fact

How would you, since your arrogance and ignorance wouldn’t let you see the forest for the trees.

It’s easier for you to hold to Muhammad’s concocted fiction than to live on fact.

The case is already settled. Islam is a false religion. Allah is a false god. Muhammad is a false prophet and the Quran is a false revelation.