The “Holy Wars”
An Analysis of Crusaders, Zionists and Jihadists
The world is plagued by conflict, war, violence and murder, and much of it is perpetrated by people who regard themselves as religious Jews or Christians or Muslims because they have been led to believe there is “religious” justification for their violent destructive acts and killing.
This is not new, of course. Human beings have been fighting with “religious” justification throughout history. However, the root causes of the modern form of “holy wars” were established a long time ago, and an examination of the history right up to the present day may be helpful in understanding the roots and causes of the problem.
That can help us understand why the modern terrorism humanity has witnessed and suffered has been increasing since 1967 and has worsened ever since, particularly during the last 30 years. For the fact is that even though the perpetrators of the “holy wars” fervently believe their cause is just and divinely inspired, the most basic reason and cause of it is the bigotry of certain theocratic “religious” leaders who preach prejudice and hate while claiming to represent Judaism, Christianity or Islam. They are the ones who incite their blind flocks to engage in the “holy wars.”
While the "religious" problems today have been caused by hypocritical zealots masquerading as Jews or Christians or Muslims, we need to look back into the distant past to understand the situation and what actually caused it in the first place.
All three of the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) have been divided and coopted to various degrees by proud, militant zealots who think their religion entitles them to rule. However, we need to realize the origin of the problem.
As is explained in the article About Christianity, the basic modern problem began with the Pauline Christian victory in 180 CE over all other Christians who were labeled as "heretics." Then the Council of Nicea in 325 CE came up with the Nicene Creed. Then came the Council of Laodicea, after which Roman Emperor Theodocius decreed that all "pagan" temples were to be destroyed, and that possession of any literature that was not approved by the Roman Church was a criminal offense.
The terrible consequence of that is that scroll and book burning started, and in 391 CE at the Great Library of Alexandria about 400,000 scrolls went up in flames (which, by the way, is why the Jewish Essene-Christians hid their scrolls in large jars in caves near the Dead Sea).
The theocratic imperialist Christians not only ransacked the library at Alexandria, burned precious scrolls (which included the writings of great Greek scholars, philosophers, mathematicians, astronomers, and other scientists) because the Christian Emperor Theodocius condemned the scrolls as “heretical,” "pagan" and "ungodly."
In addition, with Emperor Theodocius's blessing, Archbishop Cyril led Christian mobs and even condemned a Greek woman, Hypatia, an amazingly brilliant leader, philosopher, mathematician and astronomer, of being a "pagan witch." So Pauline Christians killed her, along with many Jews, Greeks and others who would not kneel to the writings of Paul and others authors of the official approved church canon (bible) and accept it as "the absolute Word of God."
With the rise and expansion of Islam, which had become popular in about 621 CE (AD), certain Muslim leaders became just as theocratic and imperialistic, spreading Islam by intimidation, coercion and force of arms when people would not voluntarily convert.
By 631 CE when Islam’s founder Muhammad died, Islam was established throughout the Arabian peninsula, and within two decades after its establishment, Islamic rule expanded into northern Africa and other parts of the Mediterranean basin. Within a century of Muhammad's death, Islam had spread both by military conquest and by voluntary conversion, to Spain and Portugal, to India and to Central Asia, establishing Islam as a formidable world empire.
Of course, proud, militant Muslims were just as wrong as proud, militant Christians had been and would increasingly become. While theocratic Pauline Christianity had gotten on the wrong track increasingly between 180 CE and 391 CE because official church leaders adopted the doctrines of men and ignored the Golden Rule and the core universal teachings of Jesus, the trouble with Islam began much the same way.
As is discussed in the article About Islam, Islam became divided as Christianity was, because a schism and conflict began in the year 680 CE in Karbala, when Islam was split into two groups which eventually became to be known as Sunnis and Shiites (who are still in conflict and at war).
The problem with Islam had some similarities with the problem with Christianity. Theocratic Muslims began ignoring Muhammad’s commandment in the Qur’an that there "must be no coercion in matters of faith." (2:256) They ignored that Muhammad also wrote that if people disagree with a Muslim, he is to say: "Unto you your moral law, and unto me, mine." (109:6) In fact, in the Quran, as in Jewish and Christian scriptures, there is an emphatic prohibition of imposition, force and compulsion in religious matters — a prohibition that is simply ignored by all the “religious” extremists today.
The next events that had a huge impact were the “Christian Crusades” against Islam. As is discussed in the article on The Crusades for Jerusalem, the original Christian Crusades against Islam began in 1099 CE, and by 1126 CE Christians ruled completely. During the next several decades they controlled lands, huge estates and fortresses from England to Egypt. They had grown very rich, and owed allegiance to no one but the Roman Emperor-Pope, and all kings owed them and had little choice but to publicly honor him and his Christian Crusader-Rulers.
Inevitably, however, the "Christian" Kingdom of Jerusalem was gradually weakened by its own greed and corruption, and by internal conflicts and disputes. Consequently, the Christians were easily defeated in 1187 CE by the Muslim leader Saladin, who took most of the Christian nobility of the kingdom as prisoners.
However, Saladin was merciful, and treated the Christian prisoners so well that he was regarded even by Europeans as a noble and merciful warrior. And the same cannot be said of Richard "The Lion Heart," King of England, who in 1191 led the third Christian Crusade against Saladin in an attempt to retake Jerusalem. Richard slaughtered thousands of Muslim prisoners he had taken. (And even though Richard scored one victory over Saladin’s forces in Jaffa, his crusade failed to take Jerusalem.)
In 1228 CE German Christian Emperor Frederick II launched another Crusade with the approval of the Roman Catholic Pope-Emperor. However, because of the weakness of the forces of both Frederick and the Muslim leader, Al-Kamil, there were no significant battles or wars. Instead they signed a treaty, the result of which was that Jerusalem was returned to the Christians. Frederick was granted the right to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, and the Muslims were to retain possession of the Dome of the Rock and the Mosque al-Aqsa in Jerusalem, and were to be allowed free access to and within the city.
But, the truce did not last long, though, and in 1244 CE Muslim forces once again recaptured Jerusalem from the Christians.
The battles and crusades have gone on sporadically ever since, but the players began to change in 1917. That was when the Palestinian Muslims drove the Ottoman Turkish Muslims out of Palestine, under the leadership of the British officer commonly known as “Lawrence of Arabia.” And that is also when Jewish Zionism really began to produce terrible conflicts and consequences in the Mid-East.
“Holy War” In Modern Times
Today the proud and militant factions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, most of which have been called “conservatives” or “fundamentalists” are absolutely certain they are “right,” that God is on their side, and that their enemies are simply wrong or even evil. And they even interpret isolated words and phrases from their scriptures to justify their waging “holy war" claiming it is "to fulfill prophecy and the will of God.”
In America, this mindset is not new. In certain ways it was imported from England in the 1600s, but it has raised its ugly head many times, particularly since the 1950s. And now, since it has steadily increased for the last 30 years, not only in America and the Mid-East but in many other places in the world, it is crucial that everyone understands why.
The main problem is the age old doctrines of men who established the theology of Apologetics, Christian Dominionism and later Christian Zionism (which supports Israeli Zionism). And when the modern State of Israel was established in 1948 by a United Nations strongly supported by the Americans and the British --- who were strongly influenced by European Jewish Zionists, American Jews and other Jews who had already immigrated to Palestine between 1917 and 1948 --- it escalated the conflict between Palestinians and Zionists.
As is discussed in other articles such as The Crusades for Jerusalem, and The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, that conflict has gone on ever since, and it and the even older conflict between Christians and Muslims are the main reasons and causes of the modern “holy wars” that still plague the world.
Now, today many Americans have been led to believe that the entire blame lays on the religion of Islam. Some right-wing Christians even claim that Muslims are just “jealous” of Americans. But that is a result of right-wing Christian propaganda, and it is not true.
Muslim terrorism began in 1967 and has continued and escalated ever since for many valid reasons, and especially for two main reasons. One is Israeli Zionism which includes occupation, expansion of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory, Israeli targeted assassinations, and brutal disproportionate use of deadly force by Israelis against Palestinians who have had their land stolen from them. And the other main reason is the growing hatemongering and fearmongering of right-wing American Christian Dominionists and Zionists who have been trying to condemn Islam as a “wicked religion.”
In fact, it was right-wing Christian Dominionists who convinced George W. Bush that he was "doing God's will" and fulfilling prophecies by waging war on Iraq. His "religious" advisers convinced him that his war in Iraq would fulfill the prophecy of the warring "sixth angel" who "poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates..." (Revelation 16:12)
Bush was led to believe that Iraq must be invaded to thwart "Gog and Magog
," the symbolic evil forces also mentioned in the book of Revelation. But, as is explained in The Fall of Babylon
, and "Gog and Magog
," the prophecies of Revelation are mostly symbolic and Bush's advisers are grossly misinformed and misguided.
Most Americans don’t know it yet, but most of the Islamic population of the world knows very well of the history and of the agenda of Israeli Zionists and Christian Zionists and Dominionists.
Therefore it is no wonder that about 7 percent of Muslims have become radicalized to the extent that they are willing to fight to the death to defend Islam from the Zionists and Crusaders. And it is also no wonder that even a good number of more moderate Muslims, while not radical or zealous, are nevertheless righteously against military imperialism and occupation of Muslim lands by the West, and by Israel, and they desire independence, autonomy and respect. They have a right to it.
The Resolution and Conclusion
In due time, everyone will realize that a good majority of Muslims honor the spirit of true Islam and realize that the Quran commands Muslims to speak with great courtesy to Jews and Christians, because they "all believe in the same God” (29:46). In fact, the Quran 2:136136 instructs Muslims to say: "We believe in God and that which is revealed unto us, and that which was revealed unto Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the tribes, and that which Moses and Jesus received, and which the prophets received from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them."
In due time, everyone will realize that the God of Abraham, Jacob, Jesus and Muhammad is the same God, because the modern son of man not only reminds you of that fact. And, to fulfill the prophecies of the promised judgment, he also explains exactly how and why Judaism, Christianity and Islam are wrong to the extent that they are theocratic, exclusive, divisive, and problematic due to the doctrines of men. And, as Isaiah prophesied, “all nations” shall acknowledge the judgment he delivers as a genuine servant of God.