Peaceful Religions?

If you say that Christianity is a peaceful religion according to scripture then it can be said that Islam, according to scripture is peaceful. In reality, both the Koran and the Bible present a dichotomy, promoting peace and violence. They both contain quotes that are peaceful and some not so peaceful quotes.

In Luke 19:27, Jesus himself says,

"But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them - bring them here and kill them in front of me."

Now the popular phrase...what would Jesus do?...doesn't sound to good, does it?

The Koran also has many quotes like 2:190,

"The believer is called upon to fight in the way of God with those that fight with you...but aggress not. God loves not the aggressors."

The point of using quotes is to show that using quotes is pointless. They can be twisted around and interpreted in a multitude of ways. Organized religion and now, politics, are both guilty of using propaganda, containing quotes from the Bible or whatever text is appropriate, trying to influence the reader.

Fundamentalists are guilty of using religious texts and incorrectly interpreting them to arrive at the, "I am right, therefore you are wrong" mentality. This mentality can be dangerous; it can led to extremism. Extremists do not represent God but their own agenda. There have been countless cases of religious extremists justifying killing others by following quotes of scripture or I should say, their misguided interpretations of quotes of scripture.

Islam and Christianity have dark pasts (and in some cases, dark presents) because man got involved in interpreting the scriptures. Islam is no crueler than Christianity.

The "Golden Rule" is the key, not the Koran, the Bible, or any other organized religion's text. Some form of Christianity's Golden Rule is present in almost every religion. All religions preach peace but do the followers practice peaceful beliefs?

Jackie Wellman, author of Spiritual Clarity, http://www.hoppy.bravehost.com, http://spiritualclarity.blogspot.com

In The News:

Dementia and religion: Songs and stuffed animals instead of sermons  Salt Lake TribuneRichlandtown, Pa. • The seven women, most in wheelchairs, sat in a semicircle facing stained-glass windows and an altar topped with a cross and a statuette of ...
Dementia and religion: Do's and don'ts  Salt Lake TribuneWhen a congregant has dementia, what can a house of worship do? Though each person is different and advice varies depending on an individual's condition, ...
The Communists and the religion  Daily PioneerThis article I wrote many years ago a few days after the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court delivered its landmark judgment on the long-festering ...
Dementia and religion: Inside a church's Alzheimer's caregiver support group  Salt Lake TribuneLouisville, Ky. • They sat in a circle in a room usually used by high schoolers and talked about the people they loved who no longer recognized them or who had ...
Religion on Clemson University's campus: Roadblocks remain in interfaith dialogue  Anderson Independent MailWhile Christianity is dominant at Clemson, a growing variety of faith groups exist. The challenge is getting the groups to interact and work together.
CNN analyst roasts Trump, GOP for hypocrisy on religion  CNNCNN analyst Philip Mudd criticized President Donald Trump's tweet where he discussed prayer rugs that were found at the southern border.
Greeks bridle at historic deal to split Orthodox church from state  Religion News ServiceATHENS, Greece (RNS) — The government of Greece and the Orthodox Church may be headed for breakup next month under a historic deal negotiated in ...
Worshipping hockey: art exhibit celebrates the 'religion' of the sport  CBC NewsAn art gallery in Windsor, Ont., is taking the worship of hockey to the next level.
Religion Calendar | Religion | decaturdaily.com  The Decatur DailyThe deadline to submit items for The Decatur Daily Religion Calendar is 5 p.m. Monday for publication the following Friday. Information, however, may be ...
Why are women are more religious than men? Because men are more willing to take risks.  Big ThinkWhat explains the gap between men and women in terms of religious belief? A new study published in The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion suggests ...
Could state-guided faith be a trend of the future?  The EconomistIN THE LATE 20th century, it seemed possible to imagine alternative futures for the world's great religions. Either they would be persecuted by secular or atheist ...
Religion Elective  My PanhandleReligion classes could be coming to Florida public schools.
World Religion Day event will honor 'sense of community among faith traditions'  St. Cloud TimesCentral Minnesota's Baha'i community will host an event honoring other religious traditions at St. Cloud Library.
Religion  Times Herald-RecordEvents and ongoing listings are listed for free, but need to be submitted at least two weeks before the event, to: Amy Berkowitz, Times Herald-Record, P.O. Box ...
Religion notes: Events in the Lincoln area, Jan. 19-27  Lincoln Journal StarBrock's Boutique — 9 a.m.-Noon. First Saturday of month, free clothing, donations accepted, Havelock Christian Church, 6520 Colfax Ave., 402-430-7569.
ON RELIGION: Many pastors clueless when swamped with sex, tech issues  GoDanRiver.comIf Daniel Weiss has learned anything about the small towns of east-central Wisconsin, it's that folks in the region he calls home care about what they eat.
Dicey Topics: Judith Lucy talks about sex, money and religion  The Sydney Morning HeraldThe Melbourne comedian discusses the topics we are told to keep quiet.
State-religion partnership benefits all, Opinion News & Top Stories  The Straits TimesSuccess of Muis and other religious statutory boards as 'privileged interlocutor' is a beneficial partnership that Europe can learn from. When the Islamic ...
Religion calendar, Jan. 18-25, 2019  Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteTo submit items, visit news-gazette.com/living and click "Add an event" under the miniature calendar on the page. You must be logged in, then fill in appropriate ...
Women strive for larger roles in male-dominated religions  Religion News Service(AP) — Women have been elected heads of national governments on six continents. They have flown into space, served in elite combat units and won every ...
Keeping faith: Religion, spirituality sustain older LIers  NewsdayFaith communities gather similarly committed individuals who share values as well as offer support in both happy and challenging times.
Religion events in the San Fernando Valley area, Jan. 19-26  LA Daily NewsFind a spiritual experience this week at religious centers in the San Fernando Valley area. Here is a sampling of this week's services and special events.
Study finds simple explanation for endurance of religion  Phys.orgChildcare can be expensive, stressful, and annoying to organise, but a University of Otago-led study has found it may also be behind religion's resilience.
Bishop Okinda NCCK chair, has asked Kenyans not to drive religion in the war against terror : KTN News  The StandardYour browser does not currently recognize any of the video formats available. Click here to visit our frequently asked questions about HTML5 video.
Senators Were Right to Ask Those Questions on Religion  Wall Street JournalCan the nominee be counted on as a federal judge to recognize and protect the legal equality of LGBTQ Americans and the right of American women to have ...
India's gov't boosts massive Hindu festival, eyeing election  The Philadelphia TribunePRAYAGRAJ, India — India's Hindu nationalist-led government is splashing out on a religious megafest, spending unprecedented sums as part of a strategy to ...
Faith makes for a good night's sleep, study says  Religion News Service(RNS) — A strong faith could be the key to a good night's sleep, according to a study released this week in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.
Is Dartmouth a Religion?  The DartmouthThe College's 250th anniversary celebrations have already begun, and among the concerts, free food and green-lit photo ops that some students have had the ...
Religion, What happens when we read too quickly?  Columbia Basin HeraldRecently, I downloaded an app for my iPhone. It is called Blinkist. I decided to try their *service* for a seven.
Religion News in Brief  Bennington BannerSunday BENNINGTON Honoring Black Unitarian Universalists Tomorrow, three members of the UU Church of Nashua, NH, will present a *service* honoring the ...
Animal Slaughter, Rights and Religion  The New York TimesA member of the Belgian Parliament discusses a law he sponsored to prevent slaughter without stunning, and the Good Food Institute writes about growing meat ...
Freed by court, Pakistani Christian woman still a prisoner  The Philadelphia TribuneISLAMABAD — Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian acquitted of blasphemy, still lives the life of a prisoner, nearly three months after her release from death row, ...
Dementia and religion: 'What if I forget about God?'  Religion News ServiceDementia is the overall term for memory loss and cognitive impairment that results from diseases such as Alzheimer's. It progresses as damage to the brain ...
Trump's evangelical base has shrunk  Religion News ServiceAt the beginning of the year, the Washington Post asked Jerry Falwell, Jr. whether there was anything Donald Trump could do that would endanger his support ...
For God and country: is religion still a factor in Maltese politics?  MaltaTodayIt was truly an earthquake that shook Malta in 2011 when a divorce referendum, borne of the revolt of a Nationalist MP, triggered the start of a civil liberties wave.
Cape Ann Religion Calendar | Community  Gloucester Daily TimesListings may be sent to: Religion Calendar, Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930; or emailed to Andrea Holbrook at ...
Trump's Wounded Knee jab evokes dark history of suppressing indigenous religions  Religion News Service(The Conversation) — President Trump evoked the Wounded Knee massacre in a recent tweet. He was reacting to an Instagram video that Sen. Elizabeth ...
Authors discuss their new book on religion in American higher education  Inside Higher EdAuthors discuss new book about the diversity and strength of religion in academe -- as well as some of the tensions.
Chris Pratt's Religion: How He Became A Devout Christian  ELLE AustraliaIf you spotted Chris Pratt's recent announcement that he's engaged to girlfriend Katherine Schwarzenegger, you will have noticed it had strong religious ...
Religion Considered Important to 72% of Americans  GallupSeventy-two percent of Americans say religion is important to them, but few think its influence on U.S. life is increasing, and a record-low 46% say it can solve ...
Local Religion / In Brief | News, Sports, Jobs  Maui NewsInterfaith *service* to remember MLK The public in invited to join the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Committee from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Christ the King Ch.
The world must stand against China’s war on religion  Washington PostWe cannot ignore the Communist Party's human rights violations.
Texas Republicans fail to oust Muslim official over religion  BBC NewsA Republican county official in Texas has survived a vote to oust him after several local party members took issue with his Muslim religion. The motion to remove ...
Turkey-backed militants cite religion to flatten tombs in Afrin  RudawERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Citing religious rules, Turkey-backed Islamist factions in control of Afrin are systematically destroying cemeteries in the Kurdish ...
Imprisoned Neo-Nazi Leader Says His Hate Group Is a Religion, Court Says No  Southern Poverty Law CenterA federal appeals court has ruled that Matthew Hale's hate philosophy, Creativity, isn't a religion because it focuses almost exclusively on preserving the white ...
Florida lawmaker files bill requiring schools to teach courses on Bible, religion  WWSBSARASOTA (WWSB) - A lawmaker from Jacksonville is sponsoring a bill that require state high schools to teach courses on the Bible and religion. Democratic ...
The Antichrist Trap: Trump Isn't the Whole Story  Rewire.NewsFar too many of our self-anointed progressive saviors speak as though Trump's overthrow will make everything good again. A bargain-priced plastic surgeon ...
Italy's Super Cup fracas illustrates vexed bond between religion and sports  Crux: Covering all things CatholicWith the soccer Super Cup taking place in Saudi Arabia, Catholics weigh in on the relationship between sports and faith.
Black Muslims account for a fifth of all U.S. Muslims, and about half are converts to Islam  Pew Research CenterThis is one of an occasional series of posts on black Americans and religion. Even in the early 20th century, when Islam had little presence in most parts of the ...
'Here to Reclaim Our Lost Space in Religion': How Hijra Community is Creating History at Kumbh Mela  News18The Kinnars first received recognition within the domain of religious practice when the Ujjain-based Akhada, the Akhil Bhartiya Sant Samiti invited the Kinnar ...
No Place for 'Religious Test' in Government, Says Senate in Unanimous Vote  Catholic New YorkThe U.S. Senate late Jan. 16 unanimously adopted a resolution “to reaffirm religious liberty and condemn religious tests for federal officials.”
What's coming for religion in 2019? Here's what the experts predict.  Religion News Service(RNS) — This year saw wave after wave of new revelations about the extent of the Catholic Church's sex abuse crisis. It saw deadly hate crimes, the explosion of ...
Yes, there is a war between science and religion  The Conversation - USAn evolutionary biologist makes the case that there's no reconciling science and religion. In the search for truth, one tests hypotheses while the other relies on ...
Christians in Asia: persecuted, oppressed … but keeping the faith  South China Morning PostChristians in Asia face persecution on a scale unheard of since the Cultural Revolution, yet if anything this has brought new life to their beliefs.
5 facts about the religious makeup of the 116th Congress  Pew Research CenterThe new Congress is slightly more religiously diverse than its predecessor, but it remains overwhelmingly Christian.
Religion Is as Important as Ever | Conversations on Diversity  Inside Higher EdI'm always struck by pieces that point out that religion is still missing in the diversity discourse. Here is a recent one from Donna Freitas in The New York Times ...
How Religious Conservatives Are Grappling with Racism  Religion & PoliticsKay Coles James, president of the Heritage Foundation (Michael Brochstein/Sipa USA/ AP) Last August, a few hundred evangelicals packed into the pews at a.
Beijing's crackdown on religion clouds holiday season for China's faithful  CNNIt's a Christmas battle for the hearts and souls of the Chinese people.
International Seminar Series to focus on world religious literacy - News  Illinois State University NewsThe International Seminar Series offers the Illinois State University campus and Bloomington-Normal communities weekly opportunities to learn about a wide ...
Art meets religion for series of paintings at St. John's church  CBC.caThe first time Michelle Rebidoux, an artist and professor of religious studies at Memorial University, stepped into St. Mark's Anglican Church in St. John's, she felt ...
Facebook's new rules for employees re politics, bullying, religion  Business InsiderAmid scandals and employee discontent, Facebook is bringing in new rules on what its workers can talk about.
A grim anniversary for Dietrich Bonhoeffer marks what might have been  Religion News Service(RNS) — The four saddest words in the English language are “what might have been.…” Eighty years ago, as war clouds gathered over Europe, the 33-year-old ...
Religious Freedom Day  National ReviewSince 1993, the president has formally recognized January 16th as Religious Freedom Day. The day marks the anniversary of the passage of the Virginia ...
Word on the Street: God created good | Religion | fredericksburg.com  Fredericksburg.comIn the beginning, God created everything. And when he was done, he said, “It is good.” The events to follow: not so good. But that doesn't make the products of ...
Florida lawmaker works to require religion elective in public high schools  WEARA Florida lawmaker is working to make bible study available in all public schools. Representative Kim Daniels filed this House Bill 195 on Wednesday. It would ...
German politicians propose a ‘religion tax’ for Muslims to counter extremism  Washington PostBERLIN — When Germans file their annual tax returns, religion matters a great deal. If you're Catholic, tax authorities will likely collect an income tax surcharge ...
Rasta's not a fashion but religion, parent tells court  The Standard[Beverlyne Musili,Standard] The parents of a teenage girl who was suspended for wearing locks to school yesterday went to court to challenge the suspension.
Exploring the Jewish Sabbath ahead of World Religion Day  9News.com KUSAThe Jewish Sabbath, or Shabbat, begins today at sundown. Rabbi Joseph Black at Temple Emanuel in Denver explains what it's all about.
Why more and more Americans think religion is irrelevant  Religion News ServiceFor taking the temperature of religion in America, Gallup's regular surveys are always worth a look, because many of the same questions have been asked for ...
Texas Republicans Rally Behind Muslim Official as Some Try to Oust Him Over Religion  The New York TimesRepublicans in the third-most-populous county in Texas voted overwhelmingly against the removal of one of their party leaders from his post on Thursday.
Spiritual 'Koko' Sold For GHC5.00 At Achimota | Religion  Peace FM OnlineWho could have thought that koko made from maize, water, salt and sugar can be this expensive? The truth however is that everything is possible in the world of ...
Trump and Pence give surprise addresses at antiabortion March for Life  Washington PostPresident Trump and Vice President Pence surprised thousands of protesters demonstrating against abortion on the Mall in Washington by making ...
Fired state of Iowa worker loses lawsuit over religious accommodation  Des Moines RegisterSIOUX CITY, Ia. — A former state of Iowa worker who had used the words "In Christ" in his work emails has lost his lawsuit against the state. The Sioux City ...
'McJesus' sculpture sparks outrage among Israel's Christians  The Philadelphia TribuneHAIFA, Israel — An art exhibit in Israel featuring a crucified Ronald McDonald has sparked protests by the country's Arab Christian minority.
In Malaysia, is religion truly for God?  Free Malaysia TodayIn this article, I wish to ask those who profess a religion whether they are worshiping God or themselves. In arguing my thesis, I will use my understanding and ...
'Vacationing' to reconnect with India's Zoroastrian culture  Religion News ServiceA Parsi man offers prayers at a bas-relief of ancient priests at a fire temple on Navroze, the Parsi New Year, in Mumbai, India, on Aug. 17, 2018. Parsis, also ...
World religions improve rules and treatment of women  TheRecord.comMany religions have treated women unfairly, often second-class, not because of religious law, but social custom when it comes to worship and leadership.
Like Justin and Hailey, Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger Want a Religious Wedding  Cosmopolitan.comNow that Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger are engaged, they're planning their wedding and sources say they want it to be a religious ceremony, just ...
Bill would force Florida public schools to offer bible, religion classes  WFLATAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - A Florida lawmaker who once thanked God for slavery has filed a bill that would require public schools to offer Bible study classes as an ...
There’s More Religion Than You Think in Bach’s ‘Brandenburgs’  The New York TimesHoliday favorites, the “Brandenburg” Concertos aren't just pretty Christmas music. They have complex social and religious subtexts.
ISA order against former religious teacher shows Govt's readiness to act against anyone who threatens society: Shanmugam  The Straits TimesSINGAPORE - The issuing of an order under the Internal Security Act (ISA) against a formerly accredited religious teacher shows the Government's readiness to ...
2018 in review: A year of reckoning for powerful religious figures  Religion News Service(RNS) — A year ago Bill Hybels was the well-respected pastor of one of the most influential megachurches in the nation. Theodore McCarrick was a prince of the ...
Religion isn't important for people but for politicians, says Basant Rath  India TodayIPS officer Basant Kumar Rath on Thursday said that the stonepelters in Jammu and Kashmir are his people and he cannot disown them. While addressing a ...
‘In God We Trust’ - the bills Christian nationalists hope will ‘protect religious freedom’  The GuardianThe package of new bills are part of Project Blitz, a political playbook that aims to support and promote Christian beliefs.
Rare autobiography of Muslim slave goes online via Library of Congress  Religion News Service(RNS) — The only known existing autobiography of a slave written in Arabic in America is now freely available to the public online, thanks to the Library of ...
How Mormons handle doubt: Blame the victim  Religion News ServiceScreen shot of the January 13 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints broadcast devotional for young adults, with Elder and Sister Renlund. This week, Elder ...
Heathens hold religious services rooted in Norse paganism aboard aircraft carrier  NavyTimes.comThe faith rooted in Norse myths is experiencing a resurgence.
Did you know? There's one place in France where teaching religion in schools is compulsory  The Local FranceNot all of France is strictly secular, indeed in one region religion is taught in the local schools. If you've got any strange facts about France or the French you'd ...
Why I Chose Catholicism Instead of Another Religion, Help for Catholics Living With SSA, and More!  National Catholic RegisterCourage International: A Lifeline for Catholics Living With SSA ☩ Richard G. Evans of Catholic Stand. Promises of Jesus – Off the Shelf 106 with Marge Fenelon ...
These are the psychological reasons why people are religious  The IndependentThe quick and easy answer to why people are religious is that God – in whichever form you believe he/she/they take(s) – is real and people believe because ...
Legal Experts Say Camden County Should Ignore 'Freedom From Religion' Complaint  Lake ExpoCAMDEN COUNTY, Mo. — The Freedom From Religion Foundation wants two images removed from the Camden County courthouse but the First Liberty ...
Freedom from Religion Foundation raises concerns over worship services during inauguration events  WSMV NashvilleIt's a debate surrounding the separation of church and state. A nationally-known group is voicing concerns over a worship *service* that's part of the inauguration ...
DeMoss, exec with 'all-access pass' to evangelical history, to close firm  Religion News Service(RNS) — After nearly 30 years, a public relations agency that has acted as a powerful gatekeeper for some of the most prominent Christian faith-based ...
Religion Notes: Baptists hear warning from pope during Vatican meeting  Baptist News GlobalBaptists hold dialogue with Pope Francis. Theologian Steven R. Harmon was part of a group of Baptists who met with Pope Francis I at the Vatican last month.
'A lesbian romance plus religion plus politics' – Israeli director's film reflects a roller-coaster life  HaaretzTsivia Barkai Yacov speaks with Haaretz about 'Red Cow' and the experiences that shaped her.
Resolved to unplug? Films, challenges urge the religious to reflect on digital lives  Religion News Service(RNS) — For Humza Deas, Instagram was a place to share his creative work that led to collaborations with Kanye West and major brands. For Kaylyn Slevin, it ...
Is the Kerala temple battle about gender, law or religion? Unfortunately, all three  CNNTo call it big would be an understatement. On Tuesday, a human chain stretching for more than 600 kilometers (372 miles) was formed by millions of women in ...
Instead Of Outrage, Religion Of Rape Victim Will Be Asked: Mehbooba Mufti  NDTV NewsPeoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti today urged Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik to ensure that the culprits in the rape of ...
Evangelicals of Color Fight Back Against the Religious Right  The New YorkerOn a recent Sunday before dawn, Lisa Sharon Harper, a prominent evangelical activist, boarded a train from Washington, D.C., to New York City. Harper is ...
2019 Could Be a Historic Year for the Constitution’s Religion Clauses  TownhallLegal experts John Yoo and James Phillips have recently argued that 2019 could be a historic year of precedent-setting Supreme Court cases because this is ...

Judgement Day

For it is written in Matthew 12:36 But I tell... Read More

Is God Prejudiced?

The first thing I would like to do is give... Read More

New Orleans is only the Beginning as Prophecy Unfolds

We are all very well aware of the tragedies occurring... Read More

Unholy Shadows: Gnosticism

One cannot begin to appreciate the early struggles of Christianity... Read More

Witnesses, Mormons, Masons and More

The founding of the United States went along with the... Read More

The Catholic Obsession with Martyrs and the Question of Pain and Suffering

The Catholic Church is kind of like a forest sometimes.... Read More

Crucification

Most of know how Jesus was crucified. Do we ever... Read More

End Time Events and the 2nd Coming of Jesus

In part 1 of this series of end time articles,... Read More

Resurrection Faith (Part 3)

During His ministry, Jesus often made references to His impending... Read More

Christian Leaders: Nazi or Mass Murderer? A Fun Who?s Who Quiz

Figure out which Christian Leader goes with which description ?A.... Read More

Jesus Christ, King of the Jews

In 132 CE, Simon Bar Kosiba organized and led a... Read More

Is it God Descending from Heaven or Another UFO?

The world that we live in today is in imminent... Read More

The Kabbalah Kraze!

I remember hearing a minister years ago as he quoted... Read More

The Freemasonic Order of the Golden Centurion

I think most people who will read this will not... Read More

Zombies

The Caribbean is the site of another thing which some... Read More

Smile! God Loves You!

There is a greater sin than not obeying Jesus; it... Read More

Mindset - Being Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind

The Bible tells us that one of the main goals... Read More

Where is God?

Where is God? This is the question most often heard... Read More

Islam Embraces the New Pope

The European Union has seen a huge influx of Muslims... Read More

Surviving Eternity

Matthew 24:34-24:35 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall... Read More

Christians in Peril.

Romans 7:8-7:25. The Christian today has become a people without... Read More

Church Retreat and Church Retreats

Church retreats are an excellent way to involve the church... Read More

WARNING - Do Not Take The Mark Of The Beast

This article, on the mark of the beast, will be... Read More

A Call to Action

Over the last week I have received dozens of heart-rending... Read More

The Scrolls and the Grail

DEAD SEA SCROLLS: - Dr Norman Golb is a top... Read More