I got one of those emails talking about the Muslim relgion. It mentioned "Jihad" and that the purpose thereof is to eliminate the world of "infidels". This "Holy war", is taken to extremes by some, as evidenced in 9/11. The word "infidel" could be also defined as "non-believer". From what I have learned about the Muslim religion, it is not a religion of hate, but some take it to the extreme. It seems like such a shame that any one would ask people to hate and fight against others.
Contrast this with the gospel of Jesus Christ that teaches us to love one another. "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you, and persecute you. That ye may be the children of your father which is in heaven..." Love is the central principle of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Why is it then, that so many "Christians" show such hatred of me and my religion? They attack, abuse, and speak evil of us. One day some representatives of another church came to my door. They asked if they could share a scripture with me. I agreed because afterall, we both believe in the Bible. As they began reading, I was shocked because I didn't recognize the scripture. I quickly realized they were using another translation that had changed the meaning slightly. But I thanked them for their sentiment, and told them that I had my own religion and would not be interested in learning more. They asked what religion I was, and when I told them I belonged to the Church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints, they asked if they could leave one of their pamphlets with me that spoke about our church. I was curious to read what they had written, so accepted the pamphlet.
As I read over the pamphlet, I was shocked at how much they had gotten wrong about our religion. If they really wanted to help others understand about our religion, you would think they would have asked us for the information to make sure they got it correct. But by giving false information, in my mind it reflects worse on them, than on us. "A house divided against itself shall not stand".
My goal as a believer of Jesus Christ is to act consistently with my beliefs. Although I may not agree with the teachings of other religions, I believe that they should have the privilege to worship as they want, without persecution. Do you know how much money our church spends each year to combat other religions? Zero. We don't fight other religions, we don't publish anti-literature about them, we don't ridicule or persecute them with our words or actions. There is no room for that in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Lately with Mitt Romney running for president, a lot of attention has been placed on our religion. I have been shocked to hear the reaction of the "Christian" churches. Not only do they deny that we are Christian, they say that we are of the devil. My question is, how are their actions different from the Muslim idea of Jihad? When a Christian church ridicules other religions, it somehow negates the "Christian-ness" of their faith. "By their fruits ye shall know them."