Religion and free will – Islam and Christianity

Before you consider converting to Islam, make sure you know well what are the rules of the house!

Read this article to find out what are the main differences between Christianity and Islam, on the subject of the free will and liberty of thinking.

Criteria

Christianity

Islam

The judgment

· Is made my God Himself

· Is made first by the Islamic Community and then by Allah

The punishment

· Excommunication from the Church

· Loosing the Truth, that means loosing God and loosing the eternal life, loosing the Salvation.

· The apostate is put to death by the Islamic Community

· Punishment by death (with or without the chance to repent) or by imprison for life in the case of women

The second-chance

· The Church believes that no-second chance can be given to the apostate who knew Christ and received his gifts

· Denying Christ is a capital sin

· In some circumstances the right to repent is given but does not guaranties the right to live again (the apostate who repents may be also put to death or imprisoned, if the community decides so)

Doctrine

· The teachings of the Christ do not encourage violence against  any human being

· “Judge not and you will not be judged”

· “Who takes the sword, he will perish by the sword”

·Although killing / imprisoning the apostates is not found explicitly in the Qur’an, this teaching is attributed to Mohammed  himself, according to the tradition.

Consequences

· The free will is present

· Judgment is made by God, not by humans

· You can get in freely in the Church (by becoming a Christian) and you can get out freely (as an Apostate)

· The free will is not present

· Judgment is not allowed to be made by God, because is accomplished by humans first

· You can get in more or less freely (by becoming a Muslim) but you cannot get out freely (as an Apostate), because you fear severe or capital punishment

The contemporary state of facts

· If you leave Christianity no one will persecute you for that

· If you leave Islam, you have all the chances to get persecuted as is the case in the majority of Islamic states but also in the Western modern countries where Muslim community is strong (UK, USA, France, Germany, for ex.)

Conclusions and Questions

· Christianity is a house with 2 free  doors: ENTER and EXIT. Either of them are optional

· Christianity is about the freedom and the revelation of the Truth in your heart. No one can get you IN by force and no one is stopping you leave OUT if you want to do so

· Are you sure you want to leave a free house for a prison?

· Islam is a prison with 1 door: ENTER only. The EXIT door is locked. If you want to brake out and run away, they will catch you and they will imprison you or kill you

· So, if you decide to convert to Islam, make sure you know the rules of the house. Don’t do it for the sake of your husband or wife, don’t do it under pressure, make sure you know what you do.

Do it only if you really think you can renounce forever to your freedom, only if you are convinced that it worth living in a prison!

· Are you sure you want to leave a free house for a prison?

Criteria

Christianisme

Islam

The judgment

· Is made my God Himself

· Is made first by the Islamic Community and then by Allah

The punishment

· Excommunication from the Church

· Loosing the Truth, that means loosing God and loosing the eternal life, loosing the Salvation.

· The apostate is put to death by the Islamic Community

· Punishment by death (with or without the chance to repent) or by imprisonment for life in the case of women

The second-chance

· The Church believes that no-second chance can be given to the apostate.

· Denying Christ is a capital sin

· In some circumstances the right to repent is given but does not guaranties the right to live again (the apostate who repents may be also put to death or imprisoned, if the community decides so)

Doctrine

· The teachings of the Christ do not encourage violence against  any human being

· “Judge not and you will not be judged”

· “Who takes the sword, he will perish by the sword”

· Although killing/imprisoning the apostates is not found explicitly in the Qur’an, this teaching is attributed to Mohammed  himself, according to the tradition.

Consequences

· The free will is present

· Judgment is made by God, not by humans

· You can get in freely in the Church (by becoming a Christian) and you can get out freely (as an Apostate)

· The free will is not present

· Judgment is not allowed to be made by God, because is accomplished by humans first

· You can get in more or less freely (by becoming a Muslim) but you cannot get out freely (as an Apostate), because you fear severe or capital punishment

The contemporary state of facts

· If you leave Christianity no one will persecute you for that

· If you leave Islam, you have all the chances to get persecuted as is the case in the majority of Islamic states but also in the Western modern countries where Muslim community is strong (UK, USA, France, Germany, for ex.)

Conclusions and Questions

· Christianity is a house with 2 free  doors: ENTER and EXIT. Either of them are optional

· Christianity is about the freedom and the revelation of the Truth in your heart. No one can get you IN by force and no one is stopping you leave OUT if you want to do so

· Are you sure you want to leave a free house for a prison?

· Islam is a prison with 1 door: ENTER only. The EXIT door is locked. If you want to brake out and run away, they will catch you and they will imprison you or kill you

· So, if you decide to convert to Islam, make sure you know the rules of the house. Don’t do it for the sake of your husband or wife, don’t do it under pressure, make sure you know what to do. Do it only if you really think you can renounce forever to your freedom, only if you are convinced that it worth living in a prison!

· Are you sure you want to leave a free house for a prison?

Comparative view on Apostasy – Islam and Christianity

What are the consequences of Apostasy according to Islam?
What are the consequences of Apostasy in Christianity?

You can find below resources to read, understand and compare the 2 very different points of view on the subject of Apostasy, in the two major religions.

Our personal comment is:

While apostasy of Christians is followed by God’s disgrace, Church’s disgrace and the eternal punishment in the hell, in Islam, the apostates, suffer not only the Divine punishment or the disgrace of the Islamic community, they also can be punished by the penalty of death.

What are the major implications of these?

A Christian that denies his faith will always have the chance to repent and find out the Truth. God is giving him the freedom of choosing the good and the right, until the end of his days.

Christianity is therefore, a religion of revelation in the freedom of the heart, in the freedom of thinking, the freedom of will. People can make mistakes and learn from them. People have the right to be wrong, the right to doubt, the right to question, the right to search for the Truth.

In Christianity, the Truth does not impose by himself, does not impose by force but by the power of Love. The believer has always a way to choose, no matter what.

In Islam however, the opinion about apostasy is dramatically different. Any person that will deny his faith will be not only guilty in the front of Allah, but also he/she will be punished to death.

By the penalty of death, the possibility of repentance is null. The Qur’an itself admits that for those that deny their faith, there is no chance for forgiving.

Moderate Islam allows a 3-day period of time for the repentance. If this does not take place, penalty of death can be applied.

Islam, does not give you the right to doubt, the right to be wrong, the right to be right. Islam imposes you the faith by force and keeps you there not because you believe so, but because you fear to leave, by fearing death.

This attitude is often justified by the necessity of defending Islam against the impurity, defending the Truth against the enemies.

We have to ask you some questions:

  • Do you really believe that the Truth cannot be defended by itself?
  • Do you believe that the Truth can be found when someone is reminding you that death is his alternative?
  • Can you really find the Truth when you fear death?
  • Can you really find the Truth when they don’t give you the right to be wrong, the right to learn from your own mistakes, the right to your own personal quest of the Truth?

Old news: Islam does not agree to your freedom of will, of thinking, of expressing or believing. Islam can punish you by death, for expressing your divine right to choose.

Watch the videos below and provide us a feedback with your (freely and civilized) opinion .

Compare Views on Apostasy


In the Christian belief, the human being is free to choose between the good and the bad, and the punishment is not on this earth. The Christianisme is not allowing to judge and to condemn: “Do not judge so you’ll not be judged“.

In Islam, the free will is not allowed and the punishment takes place here on the earth before to take place in the spirit. The Muslims are taking the place of God, and they judge the people before God HimSelf could have the chance to judge. The people are not acting by their free will but they are acting as being afraid of the punishment.

Islam and Apostasy:

http://answering-islam.org/Silas/apostasy.htm

http://www.anti-religion.net/apostasie_islam.htm

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostasie_dans_l%27islam

http://www.pointdebasculecanada.ca/article/583-lapostasie-en-islam-le-point-de-non-retour-par-abdullah-al-araby.php

Christian Apostasy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostasy_in_Christianity
http://www.jesuswalk.com/hebrews/apostasy.htm

Apostasy in General
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostasy