vitor_palmer (vitor_palmer) wrote,

The unnecessary violence of the god of the quran

EW: One thing I've had trouble understanding is how needlessly violent your god is.  Let's take a look at a verse from the Quran:

Qur'an (8:12) - "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them"

Now certainly, your god didn't have to be so violent.  Had he so chosen, your god could have easily said something like, "War is terrible, so you should always try to avoid it. However, war is sometimes inevitable. Since this is the case, there will come a time when you may have to take the life of another man. If you must do this, do it with as much mercy as possible".

Your god could have said something like that. But he didn't. Instead, he said, "strike off their heads and every fingertip of them".  Please help me to understand why your god made this choice.

Dr. Naik:  Well, you must understand that at this time, the Muslims were going up against a very strong army, so God wanted to motivate them, etc.  Also, the God of the Bible was equally violent.

EW:  This isn't about Christianity.  Also, you believe that Allah is all-powerful and all-knowing, right?  Therefore, God must have known that the Muslim army would win.  Since this is the case, it would seem reasonable for your god to be as kind as possible.  But he wasn't.  He purposely chose to be violent and merciless.  So once again, please help me to understand why your god is one of violence and anger, and is devoid of compassion.

Dr. Naik: (I don't know how he'll respond.  EW should probably be slightly less confrontational, however).
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