From: Maria Wirth < >
Dear H (A Nuslim),
I appreciate your analysis of the Quran into 3 categories, good, bad and neutral and it is true that many people may privately believe only in the good part. However, neither in Christianity nor in Islam there is the ‘choose and pick’ option. It is a package deal. If anyone *publicly* declares, that some part of the package is nonsense, it amounts to heresy and is dangerous. In Christianity he would lose his job with the Church (earlier he would be killed), in Islam, he still may be killed.
There is one major claim in both those religions that clearly falls into the ‘bad’ category, as it is divisive and communal. It is: “we alone (actually who?) have the true faith. We are lucky, because God loves us and we go to heaven or paradise, but he does not love those who do not believe what we believe. For them God has prepared eternal hellfire.”
Now, if one believes this, it makes those people who are “not like us” not human. We can do bad things to them without feeling even guilty, because God Himself hates them. History has too many examples.
Unfortunately, this belief in eternal hell for unbelievers is taught to children and I know from own experience, that children believe it, even though it may sound incredible to adults who have not been brainwashed. This attitude is completely opposed to the ‘humanity is one family’ attitude. In that case, humanity can be only one family, when the ‘true’ religion (again, which one) has convinced everyone to accept their belief. As long as people hold other views, there cannot be peace and harmony in world society. .
In contrast, in Hinduisms, there is no eternal hell. Brahman does not love Hindus and does not hate Muslims or Christians, but is the essence of everyone (even everything). Further, there is the ‘choose and pick option’. Nobody is forced to believe or profess anything that does not make sense to him. Everyone is free to use his intellect. I think it was Voltaire who said something like: “God has given me intelligence. I don’t think he does not want me to use it.”