Religion in World Politics

Now I want to say that this post is not to “bash” Islam by any means.  I am mearly questioning a broad belief that has been seen in every religion.  This particular example includes an Islamic example.

In some Muslim traditions, it is considered okay to lie as long as it promotes Islam.  Consider that the scholar Afif A. Tabbarah believes that lying is okay under certain circumstances.  Take a look at this passage from the Qur’an:

 “Allah will not call you to account for thoughtlessness (vain) in your oaths, but for the intention in your hearts; and He is Oft-forgiving, Most Forbearing.” Surah 2:225

This has led some Muslims to lie to others as long as it promotes what they believe to be the “Islamic agenda”.  So, if this is a part of some cultural aspects of Islam, is it possible that governments led by Islamic morals are doing the same?  Is it possible that Iran is “lying” about their nuclear program (that it is for peaceful purposes only)?  No one can really know, but we find multiple times in history where leaders use religion as an excuse to promote alternate agendas. 

The Christian Crusades claimed that they were in the right, and that their mission to take over the holy  land was supported by God.  However, we see that in reality these actions go directly against the message of Peace pronounced by the religion.  It directly refutes “The Golden Rule” (Matthew 7:12), among countless others. 

In short, religion can cloud reason – and in some cases, religion can become justification.  Unfortunately this happens all over the world today.  Therefore, it is possible that this very principle is put into action by government officials around the world. 

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3 Responses

  1. You are a very gifted writer.

    I have listened to a radio program called politics and religion from Endtime ministries. Its very informative. I don’t know if there is any relation and it doesn’t matter.

    Religion and Governments have long been a problem as far as domination and whose side is God on. The answer is difficult to rationalize one thing is for sure man knew nothing of war until rebellion showed him. And as long as sin remains so will war.
    When man was created it was after a war in heaven and Lucifer fell and lost his position. War has been around ever since then.
    Men have been used as instruments of war and played the part in positioning. As the war come closer to an end in the Heavens the war on Earth will climax just as the Book of Revelations has warned.

    War is and always has been for power. And as powers shift in the heavens so they do on earth.
    Nations come and go Religions come and branch out. Man has always had a problem with keeping Gods word for what it is, instead of what he thinks it should say to fit mans ideas and purposes. Islam fits into that category. The Crusaders assumed Gods purpose and they assumed wrong.

    We should also not forget that Jesus also said:
    Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
    He has come to win the war.

    Thank you Justin your blog is very well done.

  2. […] In a previous post, I discussed oneIslamic belief that it is okay to lie as long as it promotes the spread of Islam.  Is Ahmadinejad lying about his intent with nuclear weapons?  Probably.  Anyone who believes to be a main character in worldly destruction (in order to “pave” the way for a supposed religious figure) would have no problem lying to the world…besides, as far as Ahmadinejad is concerned, he has Allah’s approval in any action (immoral included) as long as it means Islam is forced upon other individuals. […]

  3. […] addressed this issue in my post Religion in World Politics.  The Islamic religion, calls for it’s presence in the government – excluding it would be […]

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