Critical history may be said to have begun, when, as legend has it, the patriarch Abraham smashed the idols adorning his father’s house in the pagan city of Ur Kasdim in Mesopotamia. By so doing, Abraham, born in c. 1800 BCE, inaugurated the greatest of revolution in human history. He substituted for those human-made idols nothing less than ethical and intellectual monotheism, the pinnacle of human wisdom.
Will Islam end human history?
This history may soon come to an end. Iran, once home to Zoroastrianism, a religion that harbored significant principles of Judaism, has become the spearhead of Islamic terrorism. Indeed, Iran is on the verge of deploying nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles. This could make Islam the supreme power of the Middle East. It will make Islam an existential threat to the United States and the ideas and values of civilization.
Americans should not deceive themselves with the trope that Islam, Judaism, and Christianity are the three monotheistic faiths. In truth, Islam is actually a form paganism adorned in the veneer of monotheism to lure disciples.
Pagan origins and trappings of Islam
Islam’s deity, Allah, is first and foremost a warrior deity, as originally conceived in the bellicose peninsula of Arabia. Islamic theology now defines him conceptually as absolute Will in contradistinction to Reason. Allah therefore transcends the law of non-contradiction. Islam can thus offer Muslims a murderous and plundering creed while every chapter heading of their Qur’an refers to Allah the “compassionate,” which a Muslim can exalt without blinking an eye.
This makes Islam the diametric opposite of Judaism both in theory and in practice, any precepts to the contrary notwithstanding. Israel dispatches teams of doctors and nurses with medical supplies to non-Jewish nations struck by natural disasters. In contrast we look with horror at a February 21, 2007 report of the Center for the Study of Political Islam in FrontPageMagazine. According to this, Muslims have slaughtered approximately 270 million people since the advent of Muhammad!
This incredible scale of murder follows from Islam’s supreme moral imperative, Jihad. Sura 9:111 of the Qur’an defines the concept. This verse exalts the Muslim who “slays and is slain for Allah.”
Hope of redemption
I sometimes think the nature and enormous magnitude of the conflict between Islam and Israel may signal the end of human history. On the other hand, I prefer to believe the end of history will witness, in addition to Islam’s demise, the redemption of mankind. This redemption, according to the extraordinary wisdom of the Vilna Gaon, could come from the convergence of Jewish and scientific wisdom. The possibility and initial step of that convergence required Abraham’s discovery of ethical and intellectual monotheism.☼
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