..and I’m no apologist for the evils of Islam for sure. However, it cannot escape any Law loving follower of YHWH that this chart is partially inaccurate. Let’s take a look, and then go line by line:
Now I’m going to go line by line asking “Is it in the law?”:
Mandate for world political domination – nope, the Law is for the chosen people
Church and state must be one – nope
Religious text as political constitution – preferably, but certainly it IS today in Israel, where the prefered law would be the Talmud http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/netanyahu-basis-for-israeli-law-should-be-talmud/2014/05/08/
Full body of political, not just moral, law – preferably
Death penalty for leaving religion – nope
Death penalty for criticizing religion or founder – nope, but yes for blasphemy: “Leviticus 24:16 says, “Anyone who blasphemes the name of the LORD must be put to death. The entire assembly must stone him. Whether an alien or native-born, when he blasphemes the Name, he must be put to death.” So, yes, the Mosaic Law did require the death penalty for those who blasphemed the name of God.” (source)
Women treated as inferiors – yes in so far as being a Patriarchal system
Dual standard for believers and non-believers – yes – usury could be exacted from foreigners, not brothers
Mandated tax on non-believers – nope
Mandate for terror as tactic for expansion – not in the Law, but yes, if you count the destruction of Jericho as an example from the Old Testament. In fact Rahab knew of their previous attacks and that their God had given them the land. She was in awe of their God because she had heard this.
Lying sanctioned as “moral” – nope, except in the Talmud
Maiming, torture, beheading or stoning as part of practice – stoning and maiming, yes, although not practiced today – Yeshua taught us to apply the Law with mercy.
Invalidation of other religions – yes, absolutely, because every other god is a demon god, and not YHWH.
Destroys other religions’ houses of worship – yes, we are CALLED to do exactly what ISIS has done, and destroy their temples and groves and places of worship, we just don’t.
Force and violence against non-believers – nope
Churches promote political agendas – nope, but certainly the law was to be taught in the churches – Yeshua commanded us to do just that.
Religious leaders can order adherents to war – yes, on God’s command this happened a lot in the Old Testament. It doesn’t happen today.
Adherents are part of a de-facto political nation regardless of geographical location or political boundaries – kind of, yes.We are called to keep ourselves separate, no matter where we are, and to keep God’s Law. A people peculiar to our God.
Now you might think I’m shooting myself in the foot writing this, but I just want you to see that indeed the biblical law is very strict and very strong. It isn’t like sharia, because Yeshua came to show us how to apply it – with MERCY, allowing those who had sinned to repent and ‘Go and sin no more.’ But God was always clear that we were to put sin away from among us – we were not to tolerate sin, because sin spreads much quicker than goodness does!
I’m sorry also if this seems uncomfortable to you, I just want to present the facts here as best I know them.
There is, however a huge difference between the plans and wants of adherents of Christianity/Judaism today and Islam – the Law doesn’t allow for expansionist forced conversion. It doesn’t allow adherents to rape women and men. It doesn’t allow for lots of what we are seeing Islamists doing. Islam is a carnal religion.
But we must be clear, if we love the Law, that it is what God wanted for us – even though we do not, and cannot apply it (nor do we seek to) today. Our obedience to God’s Law is a sign of covenant between us and Him – it sets us apart. It is not, and never will, take away other’s free will, even though their free will may result in judgement coming down on our nations.
I feel this is an important post – that we must see in that chart that what God truly stands for, and what He requires us to stand for is NOT the way our faith is taught or practised (nor is Judaism). In other words the Jews and us Christians are in open rebellion against God’s Law.
God Bless you