The Bible and the Koran both say “Kill the Nonbelievers”

I heard a news story the other day about the mosque issue (should one be built in New York, Tennessee, etc.) and a guy was saying something like “Christianity is all about love and turning the other cheek, and Islam calls on Muslims to kill the infidels.” Well, the latter part of what he’s saying is true. I have not read the Koran, but in his book The End of Faith, Sam Harris says there’s no choice ultimately for Muslims if they actually want to live by the Koran; they must believe that everyone who’s not a believer in the Islamic god Allah should be killed or damned forever. Here are a few sample quotes from the Koran that I’ve taken from Harris’ book:

God is the enemy of the unbelievers. … Slay them wherever you find them, Fight against them until idolatry is no more and God’s religion reigns supreme. … As for the unbelievers, neither their riches nor their children will in the least save them from God’s judgment. They shall become fuel for the fire. … We will put terrors into the hearts of the unbelievers. … If you should die or be slain in the cause of God, God’s forgiveness and His mercy would surely be better than all the riches they amass. … Do not be deceived by the fortunes of the unbelievers in the land. Their prosperity is brief. Hell shall be their home, a dismal resting place. …Those that disbelieve and deny our revelations shall become the inmates of Hell. … They shall drink scalding water and be sternly punished for their unbelief.

According to Harris, “On almost every page, the Koran instructs observant Muslims to despise nonbelievers. Islam, more than any other religion human beings have devised, has all the makings of a thoroughgoing cult of death.”

So, while I understand there is a lot about peace and love in the Koran, this other aspect is often missed. But also overlooked is that the Bible extols the same thing. Deuteronomy 13: 7-11 requires the killing of those who would serve other gods:

If your brother, the son of your father or of your mother, or your son or daughter, … tries to secretly seduce you, saying, “Let us go and serve other gods,” … you must kill him … . You must stone him to death since he has tried to divert you from Yahweh your God.

John 15:6 says:

If anyone does not abide in me, he shall be cast outside as the branch and whither; and they shall gather them up and cast them into the fire, and they shall burn.

In Luke 19:27, Jesus says:

Those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them, bring them here and kill them in front of me.

These types of commandments were at the heart of the various Inquisitions that resulted in the mass murder of thousands of non-Christians throughout history. And note also that the Lord told Moses in the Bible, Leviticus, chapter 20, that the following offenses deserve the death penalty: cursing your parent, adultery, making love to your stepmother or your daughter-in-law, and homosexuality, among others.

Christianity in fact is based on the acts and words of a person who never existed. The story of Jesus was obviously one of many myths about god becoming man told throughout the ancient world, such as the legends of Horus, Osiris, Hercules, Arjuna, and many more. It would behoove Christians to study this history.

So, it’s very difficult to accept the holier-than-them attitude that these organized cults have toward one another. The thing that’s worth focusing on, I think, is trying to live in peace and love.