The way our Lord Jesus beats any religion out there that claims to do something for man is astonishing. Islam has Mohammad, and Hinduism has 330 million “gods” and the “law” of karma. In this post, we’ll study how Christianity has ethics and morality really superior to the religions mentioned above. As you will see, Islam’s moral laws don’t even come close to the great love and mercy of Jesus, and Hinduism with its famous law of karma (which seems very fair and reciprocal at first) just falls short of the Lord’s great ethics and morality and fairness.
How a Radical Muslim Found Jesus And Converted To Him In A Way That’ll Make Your Jaw Drop
In northern Syria, Bashir Mohammad of age 15 was taken by his cousin to listen to a jihadist preacher’s words. According to the New York Times, a few years later when war broke out in Syria after the country’s uprising in 2011, Mr. Mohammad joined the secular Kurdish forces in search for Syria’s autonomy. Then in the summer of 2012 he was invited by a friend to join an al-Qaeda spin-off on the front lines of the Syrian civil war, the “Nusra Front” (Kingsley). He then witnessed extreme brutality by observing his colleagues kill and torture several captives, crushing them will a bulldozer. Also, after tying another prisoner’s genitals with string, he was forced to drink several liters of water. Mr. Mohammad stated how Nusra’s propaganda tried to make the violence seem tolerable, “They told us these were the enemies of God…so I looked into these executions positively” (qtd. in Kingsley). Later, when he was still at the front lines of the Syrian civil war and he observed Syrian government officials executing a line of prisoners with a bulldozer, it was cause enough to risk his own life and desert Nusra to return home. Like a devout Muslim Mr. Mohammad stated, “I went to Nusra to find God, but after I saw Muslims killing Muslims, I realized there was something wrong”. Currently, Mr. Mohammad’s life has taken a complete turn. Later in 2015, when his wife fell seriously ill to a non-improving condition, he witnessed her healing after some Christians prayed for her over the phone, shocking him into trying to learn more about this faith.
So, Mr. Bashir found Islam to be morally lacking. So he decided to look in some place for a morally-better religion that would help him. Some of the main religions of the world (Hinduism, Islam and Christianity) try to deal with this ethics and morality shortcoming, but rarely any does it effectively according to their caveats. There is only one that does it perfectly, as you will see. But before diving into this issue, this discussion will take a necessary insight into what the definition of ethics and morality consists of and the scope of its reach.
Let’s See How Christianity Has Ethics and Morality Superior To Any Other Religion Out There
The conspicuous Immanuel Kant, a central figure in modern philosophy enlightens us in his book Groundwork for the Metaphysic of Morals stating that humans possess free will and that the only requirement to have a morally good will is that it must submit to what he called the Categorical Imperative: “Act only on that maxim through which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law” (35), he resumed his entire definition of moral based on this statement which as mere coincidence turns out to be somehow similar in other words to the Christian Messiah’s Golden Rule: Therefore, whatever you want men do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (New King James Bible). Kant further insists that these “moral laws should be universal, valid for all rational beings without distinction, that being unconditionally practically necessary” (38). So, regarding this Principle of Kant, the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy emphasizes that “What makes a good person good is his possession of a will that…makes its decisions on the basis of moral law”.
According to the insight provided to us by these prominent philosophers, there can be individuals in a population that fall short of this Categorical Imperative that Kant argued must exist in order for good ethics and morality to exist. Mr. Mohammad’s story at the beginning of this paper shows us how he identified a moral shortcoming in his group which he did not agree on.
Let us begin with how moral is depicted in Islam. According to the Middle East Institute, it is stated in one of the prophets Hadiths that by doing several good deeds one could cancel out bad deeds previously done in a lifetime and enter the Paradise(Bassiouni). Basically, the Islamic Hadiths address the moral gap issue of an individual by stating that one should cancel them out with good deeds. We also find further insight about the way Islam addresses this issue in the Qur’an: if one person’s scale of good deeds is heavy, a pleasant life awaits him and if that person’s scale of bad deeds is light, the abyss awaits him (English Translation of the holy Qur’an:101:6). In this way, Islamic texts believe that good deeds alone are able to cancel out the moral shortcoming, but does not elaborate on the origin of human ethics and morality limits themselves.
Hinduism deals differently with the ethics and morality shortcoming in its Law of Karma. According to the Ancient History Encyclopedia, karma is a direct reciprocal concept that itself inspires an individual to follow good deeds to eschew automatic “bad reciprocal results” (Thakkar). So, the essence of karma consists of direct reciprocal results to one person’s actions and according to the Journal of Religion, in this essence of the Law of Karma “people suffer because of their past deeds in this and previous lives and likewise enjoy benefits based on past good deeds” (Francis). And also, according to scholars Mathers and Nichols, if an individual does not manage to attain good karma, the bad karma will cause them to reincarnate in inferior lifeforms in the future. So, in these Hindu sacred texts we observe that the key to the deal with the bad ethics and morality shortcoming is to follow good deeds to obtain positive karma in this life and in future lives, but does not state how to deal with the bad karma that may come from past lives.
We Encounter A Different Treatment Of The Ethics And Morality Gap In Christianity
Even with the statements depicted in the sacred texts on each of these religions, we can see the common ground that both religious practices share in that the fact that the two of them show proclivity towards performing good deeds. But looking at how these religions deal with the moral shortcoming, we encounter a different treatment of the ethics and morality gap in the Christian beliefs. In Christianity, good deeds mean nothing. We encounter that the Bible puts good deeds that human beings could perform in this way:
But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away (New King James Bible, Isai. 64:6).
So, according to Christianity, our good deeds performed towards the common goal of attaining good ethics and morality amount to nothing, and this is not what helps us meet with the moral demand stated by Kant. Therefore, in Christianity, unlike other religions, individuals cannot extricate themselves from the trouble of our ethics and morality shortcomings only by ourselves. In Christianity, these moral shortcomings are commonly known as sin, as depicted by a French-American philosopher. A solution to these moral shortcomings argued by Kant, Yale professor Hare, and several other scholars in many volumes of work, was provided by Jesus directly by saying:
Whosoever commits sin is the slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but the Son abides forever. If the Son therefore shall set you free, ye shall be free indeed (Jubilee Bible 2000, John. 8:34-36).
According to a scholar in the field Karl Barth, in his book Dogmatics in Outline, “sin means transgression, deviation”, and that is the definition of ethics and morality shortcoming in Christianity. Jesus offered himself up as the solution to our ethics and morality shortcomings, stating that he himself is the freedom to our moral incapacity. Further research points us the direction that He himself works as the ultimate moral guide: according to the Bertelsmann Foundation Transformation Index (A non-profit organization that analyzes political and socioeconomic issues in developing countries), politicians in governments in corrupt places like Colombia are seen to be following religious guidelines. Unlike other religions’ ethics and morality laws, which base their guidelines in traditions(such as Islam’s Hadith or Bhagavad Ghita in Hinduism), Jesus is Christian morality’s only raison d’etre. As notable Dr. Ann Marie Mealey from Leeds Trinity University puts it in her book “The identity of Christian morality”:
Even if the demands of Christian morality are the same as those of human morality, one can still claim that Christian morality has a specific and unique aspect. The mere fact that the Christian interprets his/her life through the story of Jesus as revealed in the Scriptures gives the Christian search for truth a different spin (35).
Some of the world’s main religions such as Islam and Hinduism (as depicted in this paper) may play a role in ethics and morality among individuals according to what Sharia Law and the Law of Karma state respectively. But, they really fail to do it 100% successfully. According to the New York Times, Mr. Mohammad’s life has changed completely since embracing Jesus. The research points us that beliefs in Jesus can make a full-scale jihadist shuck his ways. Mr. Mohammad now says “There is a big gap between the god I use to worship and the one I worship now” (qtd. in Kingsley). His life is in danger by the threat of death ever since leaving jihadist practices. But to him, it is all worth it(Kingsley). The role that the Christian religion plays for attaining good ethics and morality remains 100% effective. Perhaps, not in all individuals that claim they have Christian faith, but definitely in Muslim people like Mr. Bashir Mohammad who have witnessed it can have a life-changing role.