I’m not really going to comment on the definition of ISIS here. I simply want folks to think about that question as they read a couple articles and then my comments.
Greg Koukl wrote a short blog piece commenting on an article that was published last week in The Atlantic. I read snippets of the article in The Atlantic, good background on ISIS. Both links are below. I wrote a comment to Greg Koukl because I found a flaw in one of his basic assumptions.
“Centuries have passed since the wars of religion ceased in Europe, and since men stopped dying in large numbers because of arcane theological disputes.”
I beg to differ on that. Hitler and his henchmen killed 6M Jewish people – because they were Jewish, no other reason. Antisemitism is, at its core, a “Theological” dispute. It’s irrational, to be sure, and it’s maintained a presence in the modern world in spite of many efforts to be rid of it, but it still exists, and today, it is getting worse.
Persecution of Christians in this world is at an all time high, this also, is “Theological dispute”. Not that I don’t agree with the basic premise of your argument, we in the west think we have somehow “Evolved” beyond the so-called “Religious wars” of the past. I am here to tell you, that the end of the “Golden Age” (the end of the Victorian age) was a time when men believed wars could no longer happen, that they were too expensive and costly in terms of human suffering. The “Elite” believed wars were a thing of the past. The lies spread by Darwin and his kind started to infect elite circles and they bought into the notion that we were somehow “Getting better”. This, as you know, is counter to what the Bible teaches.
My point is what I share with folks all the time when I speak with them about Biblical concepts. We are, in fact, getting worse. In spite of what the “Intelligentsia” believed at the end of the Golden Age (which was shattered by 2 events, the sinking of the Titanic and WWI), humans used technology to more efficiently slaughter one another than ever before. More people were killed in wars in the 20th Century than in all of history prior to that combined. More people were killed in Genocides in the 20th Century than in all of history prior to that combined. More Christians were martyred for their faith than in all 1800 years prior to that combined. And the kicker, that I always remind folks is that more babies died from abortion than all those other numbers – COMBINED.
The underlying premise of your argument is a bit off, therefore, in my opinion, since it disagrees with what the Bible says, and promotes the notion that we in the west are somehow different from the folks in ISIS. We are just as bad, only we don’t go around pretending we’re serving some god anymore is all the difference really is.