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“I’m not trying to argue in a relativistic sense, but rather an objective one. You’re the one who says genocide and religious violence is okay for Christians but not Muslims. I’m far more objective in my morality. Genocide is bad. In all cases.”

This “wisdom” was offered by a godless visitor to this blog. Can you spot the rhetorical trap? The premise of his/her argument is that an action (A) is inherently wrong in all cases. If God commands Christians to do A, it is just as wrong as the Christians’ enemies doing A for their own reasons. Thus, Christians cannot criticize Islamic violence if they are willing to commit violence in the name of God, even if God specifically commands us to do so. In effect, a Christian who accepts this premise has to also accept that Christianity and Islam are equally valid or invalid. There is no room for there being an objective truth in favor of one and not the other.

The second part of the trap is that a Christian, who maintains that God cannot commit evil and thus cannot command us to do evil in His name, is told that he must then also accept that Muslim violence is equally valid because Muslims claim they also do it in the name of God. Again, this is a relativistic position that presupposes that a Christian and a Muslim both have equal claim to God or lack thereof. If the Christian condemns Islam, he condemns Christianity. If he validates Christianity, he also then validates Islam.

Of course, as with most such rhetorical traps, the entire premise is false and purposely crafted to attempt forcing the Christian to embrace the godlessness of the ἄθεος. The presumption is that the Christian will never agree that the horrendous actions of paynims is justified in the name of God, and, by setting the rhetorical trap, the ἄθεος seeks to make the Christian renounce the Word of God itself as well as any sense that Christendom should and must be defended with violence if needed. After all, the Bible is perfectly clear in how the faithful should contend with subversive paynims in their midst:

“But if you will not kill the inhabitants of the land: they that remain, shall be unto you as nails in your eyes, and spears in your sides, and they shall be your adversaries in the land of your habitation.” – Numbers 33:55

There are numerous other passages in the Bible that directly deal with this and similar issues including God commanding the faithful to wipe out entire cities and tribes for their sins. Again, however, the ἄθεος tells us that such actions are always wrong in all cases without exception. Are we to then accept that God, in His infinite wisdom, can commit evil and command us to commit that evil? If we accept that God can not only be wrong but evil, then is He truly God? Such is the crisis of faith that the ἄθεος seeks to engender.

It is impossible for both Christianity and Islam to be valid. In John 14:6, Jesus specifically says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me,” but Islam not only denies the divinity of Jesus but even tries to misrepresent the Bible to prove that point (Source). They instead claim that Jesus was only another prophet of the Lord, preparing the way for Mohamed. A paynim claiming to do something in the name of “Allah” is not the same thing as a Christian obeying the commandments of God.

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” – Matthew 7:15-16

Consider the fruits of Christianity versus those of Islam. Consider that European Christians explored the entire world and brought civilization everywhere they went. Compare that to the fact that Islam only “flourished” when it was able to steal from other peoples, and, in the absence of such sources, the Islamic world has largely slipped back to a backwards way of life. Consider that Christians stood against those who commit human sacrifices while paynims still arbitrarily execute people in the street in the name of “Allah.”

The godless may consider God to be no different than a desert demon, but Christians must not allow themselves to be misled by such morally relativistic nonsense.

Nobiscum Deus.