A note about Religion, in light of the current hoopla occurring in some parts….

I’m part of a FB group called “Non Muslims Supporting Muslims”. We have some great conversations on there. An article was recently linked on there which I though was too good not to share: http://www.islamicwritings.org/quran/peace/does-the-quran-teach-violence/
It makes the point that “It is important that we study the religious texts in their proper context. When these texts are not read in their proper textual and historical contexts they are manipulated and distorted. It is true that some Muslims manipulate these verses for their own goals. But this is not only with Islamic texts, it is also true with the texts of other religions. [One] can quote dozens of verses from [e.g.] the Bible which seem very violent, if taken out from their historical context.”

I have long supported this, and I’m not the only one. Context is everything with religious texts – most are after all, quite old; while still relevant for guidance, some parts are naturally constrained by the social mores of the times they were written in. So, be careful, okay? If in doubt, ask someone who has studied the texts – a priest, imam, rabbi…

Don’t judge.

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