Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6
Are all religious belief systems the same? Is one “religion” right and all others wrong?
Is a culture based on the tennants of the correct religion better than a culture based on a wrong religion?
According to Hossein Askari, an Iranian-born professor of International Business and International Affairs at George Washington University, “No” or maybe “Yes”.
Askari used the following criteria to establish “good Islamic countries from bad Islamic countries”
“If a country, society, or community displays characteristics such as unelected, corrupt, oppressive, and unjust rulers, inequality before the law, unequal opportunities for human development, absence of freedom of choice (including that of religion), opulence alongside poverty, force, and aggression as the instruments of conflict resolution as opposed to dialogue and reconciliation, and, above all, the prevalence of injustice of any kind, it is prima facie evidence that it is not an Islamic community,” he said. Italics mine.
Leading the list is Ireland. Go figure.
The world is not a vacum. Remove the historical development of Western Culture under the auspices of Judeo/Christian values from a country’s identity and a vacum is created. That vacum is now being filled by Islam.
“Looking at an index of Economic Islamicity, or how closely the policies and achievements of countries reflect Islamic economic teachings – Ireland, Denmark, Luxembourg, Sweden, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Singapore, Finland, Norway, and Belgium round up the first 10”.
None of these countries are historically Islamic. They are Western. They identify historically with the values taught in the Bible. Their cultures, with the exception of Singapore, are historically Western. Singapore was a little late to the Western identification.
So how could Askari identify them as Islamic?
Because we fail to believe: that God spoke to Moses (not to Muhammad), that God came in the flesh as Jesus Christ, that He is coming back again and any position contrary to the proceeding, is wrong.
Truth is very narrow and in the age of tolerance, you don’t want to be narrow. Therein are the seeds of destruction sown.