The same Jesus that whipped the hell out of the heathen merchants in the temple?
“He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, as well as the moneychangers seated there. He made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen, and spilled the coins of the moneychangers and overturned their tables, and to those who sold doves he said, “Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.” ( John 2:14–16)
Also, I feel the need to state that ISIS Does Not Equal Islam, Nor Vice-Versa. Much the same as how we cannot necessarily call those that facilitated the Spanish Inquisition or the Crusades to be indicative of Christianity or Catholicism. The same way that we cannot solely hold Westboro Church as an example or the Puritans that burned so-called “witches” at the state or any of the like. Yes, Jesus most definitely taught virtuous lessons that we need in order to live.
Let’s look at a few facts:
- There were 1.6 billion Muslims in the world as of 2010 — roughly 23% of the global population.
- While Islam is currently the world’s second-largest religion (after Christianity), it is the fastest-growing major religion. Indeed, if current demographic trends continue, the number of Muslims is expected to exceed the number of Christians by the end of this century.
- A Pew Research Center survey of Muslims in 39 countries asked Muslims whether they want sharia law, a legal code based on the Quran and other Islamic scripture, to be the official law of the land in their country. Responses on this question vary widely. Nearly all Muslims in Afghanistan (99%) and most in Iraq (91%) and Pakistan (84%) support sharia law as official law. But in some other countries, especially in Eastern Europe and Central Asia — including Turkey (12%), Kazakhstan (10%) and Azerbaijan (8%) — relatively few favor the implementation of sharia law.
And just for context, “ The Quran says: Fight in the cause of God against those who fight you, but do not transgress limits. God does not love transgressors.” (Quran 2:190) “If they seek peace, then seek you peace. And trust in God for He is the One that heareth and knoweth all things.” (Quran 8:61) War, therefore, is the last resort, and is subject to the rigorous conditions laid down by the sacred law. The term ‘jihad’ literally means ‘struggle’. Muslims believe that there are two kinds of jihad. The other ‘jihad’ is the inner struggle of the soul which everyone wages against egotistic desires for the sake of attaining inner peace.”
Now, I do not claim to be an expert on theology by any means, nor do I attempt to disprove the fact that there are many questionable things in the Quran. I do hope to illuminate the fact that Islam is truly a peaceful religion. Many of your points are salient and also directly apply to a multitude of Judeo-Christian religious figures. That is to say, what you are saying is not by any means, singular to Islam.