By Nathan Jones
What happens when a person is filled with great zeal for God, but worships the wrong God – not the God of the Bible, but one created by a man? How this person expresses their zeal would be determined by whatever "holy" book he follows which tells him what the appropriate expression should be. Such expression would result in stories like this:
"A young girl in Saudi Arabia was brutally executed by her Muslim father this week after he learned his daughter had converted to Christianity. Middle East business news website Zawya.com reported that the man, who is a prominent member of a 'virtue committee,' first cut out his daughter's tongue and held a one-sided religious debate with her. He then burned his daughter alive."
("Saudi Girl Executed for Becoming Christian" by Israel Today Staff, August 14, 2008,
http://www.israeltoday.co.il/default.aspx?tabid=178&nid=16907. Note: The Dubai business site, Zawya.com, has since removed the article.)
"...A woman in the United Kingdom who was kidnapped, tortured, raped, and murdered at the order of her Muslim father."
("'Fill-in-the-blank' News Report on Honor Killing" by Jim Brown, OneNewsNow, August 18, 2008,
"In the past four months, six Muslim women living in Berlin have been brutally murdered by family members. Their crime? Trying to break free and live Western lifestyles. Within their communities, the killers are revered as heroes for preserving their family dignity."
("The Whore Lived like a German" by Jody K. Biehl, Spiegel Online International, March 2, 2005,
"By Sait Kina's way of thinking, his 13-year-old daughter brought nothing but dishonor to his family: She talked to boys on the street, she ran away from home, she was the subject of neighborhood gossip. Two months ago, when she tried to run away yet again, Kina grabbed a kitchen knife and an ax and stabbed and beat the girl until she lay dead in the blood-smeared bathroom of the family's Istanbul apartment. He then commanded one of his daughters-in-law to clean up the mess. When his two sons came home from work 14 hours later, he ordered them to dispose of the 5-foot-3 corpse, which had been wrapped in a carpet and a blanket. The girl's head had been so mutilated, police said, it was held together by a knotted cloth."
("In Turkey, 'Honor Killing' Follows Families to Cities" by Molly Moore, Washington Post Foreign Service, August 8, 2001,
The common thread in these and many stories like them is that all these fathers murdered their own daughters in the name of Islam. In Islam, to shun the tenants taught by Islam's god Allah through the prophet Muhammad is to commit blasphemy. Even worse, to convert to another religion would make one worthy of death. And, to not put to death an infidel (kafir) is to sin in the sight of Allah. This is what Muhammad taught:
"If anyone desires a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him." (Surah 3:85)
"Size them and slay them wherever you find them; and in any case take no friend or helpers from their ranks." (Surah 4:89)
"For the Unbelievers are open enemies to you." (Surah 4:101)
"For the Unbelievers, Allah has prepared a humiliating punishment." (Surah 4:102)
"I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers, smite ye above the necks and smite all their fingertips of them. It is not you who slew them; it was Allah." (Surah 8:13-17)
"Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the last day." (Surah 9:29)
"Mohammed said: Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him." (Hadith 9:57)
When someone follows not the teachings of the one true God, but the teachings of man, or more to the point the doctrines of demons (1 Timothy 4:1), then their zeal destroys the very family they should be loving and protecting and does nothing more for them in the sight of God but to condemn them. God says in Jeremiah 19:5, "They have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as offerings to Baal—something I did not command or mention, nor did it enter my mind." The Apostle Paul explains this errant behavior in Romans 10:2, "For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge."
If only such zeal was directed by not what false prophets teach, but by the knowledge of what the Son of God teaches, such as:
"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." (Matthew 5:43-44 NIV)
"If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, 'I repent,' forgive him." (Luke 17:4 NIV)
"Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.'" (Matthew 19:14 NIV)