Saint Paul was a Catholic Priest

To celebrate the conversion of Saint Paul (Jan 25), I’m sending you a Catholic video about the core Catholic teaching of Saint Paul and a link to an 11 part audio series (mp3s) about Saint Paul.

Free Video: Catholic Core of Saint Paul

Free audio mp3s: Catholic Perspective on Paul (11 presentations)

GK Chesterton once observed that the Catholic Church has been “attacked on all sides and for all contradictory reasons. No sooner had one rationalist demonstrated that it was too far to the east than another demonstrated with equal clearness that it was much too far to the west.” The same may be said of Saint Paul. The history of heresy is essentially a series of contradictory positions, each claiming the authority of the Apostle Paul.

In today’s video I explain how understanding Paul’s “core theology” can help you explain and defend EVERY Catholic teaching and doctrine:

According to some heretics, Paul was the first corrupter of the life and doctrines of Jesus Christ. To others Paul alone preserved the true message of Christ that had been corrupted by the Twelve. Some consider Paul to have been the champion of grace, while others accuse him of yielding to the so-called Jewish legalism of Peter and James. Paul has since been accused of being too Greek, too Jewish, too gnostic, and too orthodox.

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Catholic Perspective on Paul Open InsideIn his own day, he was held by some to be an apostle and by others to be a heretic. Martin Luther claimed Paul’s authority, as did the Catholic Council of Trent. He has been called both a misogynist and a liberator of women. Some hail him as a proponent of freedom and others revile him for imposing rules against sexual freedom and social progress. Always and everywhere, Paul is pulled and tugged in opposite directions. Paul has been stretched out so thinly that his features have become faint, almost forgotten. Prophetically, Saint Peter aptly described the controversial nature of Paul’s epistles:

Also our most dear brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, hath written to you: As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are certain things hard to be understood, which the unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other Scriptures, to their own destruction (2 Pet 3:15-16).

All the detractors of Paul stand united in their conviction that the historical Paul is certainly not the same Paul revered by the Catholic Church. There is today a deep prejudice against the so-called “Saint Paul” of the Catholic Church. They will grant that Paul was a rabbi, missionary, mystic, polemicist, author, and apostle. However, they will not grant that the man enshrined in the mosaics, statues, and stained glass of a thousand Catholic cathedrals is the Paul of history. The critics are convinced that the Catholic religion as we know it today has little to do with the historic Paul of Tarsus.

Paul is none other than a saint of the Holy Roman and Catholic Church. He spent his life wishing to bring his feet within the walls of Rome and he surrendered his head to the sword outside those very walls. Within his writings, we find the primitive and pristine doctrines of the Catholic Faith. We discover a Paul who is Catholic, a theologian who is sacramental, a churchman who is hierarchical, a mystic who is orthodox.

Please watch this video to learn more about Saint Paul:

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Pope Francis says iPhones are Damaging Families

Pope Francis has called families to put down their iPads, tablets, gadgets, smart phones and to start talking to one another in a personal way.

Joy and I are struggling with this. The kids got Kindle Fires for Christmas…for reading. But with all the features, they are turning into iPads with games, movies, etc. We have them locked down so they can’t get the internet, but still, in the evening I look around and see everyone on a screen. It’s getting kind of scary. So the Pope’s words have hit open ears.

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In his annual message for the World Day of Communications, Pope Francis said:

The great challenge facing us today is to learn once again how to talk to one another, not simply how to generate and consume information,” the Pope said.

Question: Do you agree? Does your family or group of friends retreat to gadgets? How do we use them for good without becoming slaves to the screen? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Full story from the Telegraph can be found here.

Is the Angel of the Lord the Pre-Incarnate Christ?

The Church Fathers held an unwavering belief that the Second Person of the Trinity appeared frequently in the Old Testament in a variety of forms: the Angel of the Lord, the Burning Bush, the Son of Man, and the one like a Son of God in Daniel.

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Today we’ll look at a debate regarding the Angel of the Lord. Is he are isn’t the Pre-Incarnate Son of God? There are various positions in early Christianity.

#063: Is Being A Christian Hard or Easy?

My goal this week is to examine whether it’s easier or harder to be a Christian and how “peace” and “rest” should be at the center of our lives as followers of Jesus Christ.

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Podcast Archive
# Title Released
062 Catholic View of the End Times and Tribulation 01/14/2015
061 When Other People Really Hurt You 01/07/2015
060 Is Saint George Still a Saint? 01/01/2015
059 Revolution in Catholic Education – Jennifer Fulwiler Interviews Taylor Marshall 12/31/2014
058 The Hidden Theology in Sword and Serpent with St George and Sabra 12/11/2014
057 Advent Total Consecration to Mary 11/13/2014
056 Top 5 Advent Devotions 11/07/2014
055 Why Do We Baptize Babies? The Covenantal Argument 10/22/2014
054 Is God Male or Female – The Catholic Teaching 10/08/2014
053 Lucifer vs. Saint Michael 10/01/2014
052 1 Year Anniversary Special Edition: Essentialism What is the Essence of Your Life? 09/24/2014
051 The Price of Your Anger 09/17/2014
050 The Seven Sorrows of Mary are the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit 09/15/2014
049 6 Obstacles in Your Life (How to Conquer Them) 09/10/2014
048 Brain Science, Your Soul & Prayer 09/03/2014
047 Don’t Swallow the Camel 08/27/2014
046 The Secret Life of Thomas Aquinas 08/22/2014
045 Did Saint Paul Teach Once Saved Always Saved? 08/06/2014
044 How to Escape Joyless Catholicism, Part 2 07/30/2014
043 How to Escape Joyless Catholicism, Part 1 07/24/2014
042 Golf Cart Saints 07/15/2014
041 5 Intellectual Virtues and Pornography, Art, and Culture 07/02/2014
040 Taylor and Joy Talk About Their Marriage 06/25/2014
039 How Was the Bible Assembled? (plus Joy joins me) 06/18/2014
038 Should You Budget Time (or Money)? 06/04/2014
037 The Theology of Vacation, Leisure, and Recreation 05/28/2014
036 Noah Movie Review – Rock Monsters? 05/21/2014
035 Children Need Fortitude 05/14/2014
034 Jokes of Saint John XXIII 05/07/2014
033 Divine Mercy: 5 Common Questions 04/30/2014
032 4 Sections of Hell 04/23/2014
031 Meet the Saint Version of You 04/16/2014
030 Should You Be an Optimist? 04/09/2014
029 Finding Fellowship like Samwise Gamgee 04/01/2014
028 Demons, Snakes, and Ticks: Lessons from a Hunting Trip 03/26/2014
027 How to Make an Eternal Impact with Your Life 03/19/2014
026 Thoughts on My Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe 02/26/2014
025 Why is the Catholic Church Roman? 02/19/2014
024 The Seven Lies We Believe About Our Failures 02/11/2014
023 How to Restart Your Mental Computer 02/06/2014
022 Top Five Productivity Tips from Thomas Aquinas 01/29/2014
021 Did You Miss God’s Plan for Your Life? 01/23/2014
020 When Prayer Becomes a Chore 01/15/2014
019 12 Attributes of a Baptized Christian 01/08/2014
018 A Podcast Against Bitter Catholics! 12/30/2013
017 Mary’s Painless Delivery of Christ Explained 12/18/2013
016 Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saint Luke (Plus How to Set Goals) 12/11/2013
015 Total Consecration to Mary 12/04/2013
014 What’s Your Apostolate? 11/27/2013
013 6 Items for the Liturgy of Your Life 11/20/2013
012 Why You Should Be More Creative 11/13/2013
011 Why Did They Stop Teaching Virtue? 11/06/2013
010 How Do Saints Hear Our Prayers? 10/30/2013
009 My Opinion of Martin Luther 10/23/2013
008 My Top 5 Daily Prayers 10/16/2013
007 Your Guardian Angel 10/03/2013
006 How You Can Convert 7 Billion People 09/25/2013
005 3 Strategies for a Marriage that Sings! 09/18/2013
004 4 Step Plan When Family Leave the Faith 09/12/2013
003 5 Tools for Deep Daily Prayer Life 09/04/2013
002 Three Tips to Increase Your Passion for Life 08/28/2013
001 How to Find a Spiritual Director 08/18/2013

My thoughts on Pope Francis and Breeding Like Rabbits

Pope Francis recently explained that Catholics don’t need to breed reproduce like rabbits in order to be good Catholics. I don’t ever weigh in on Pope Francis debates, but today I’ll dip my toe.

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Whenever the Pope has one of these zingers, I receive emails, comments, texts, and Facebook messages asking me to comment on this-or-that latest comment by Pope Francis. I like to remain silent. But today I thought I’d share my personal thoughts (not judgment).

The latest excitement is over Pope Francis’ comment that Catholics don’t have to breed “like rabbits” in order to be faithful.

To celebrate on Valentines Day this year, I’m going to get this really attractive date outfit for my wife Joy (beautiful mother of seven). Shhh. Don’t tell her. It’s a secret:

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But seriously, I know that many families have been hurt or discouraged by this rascally rabbits comment:

  • They are strong Catholics with a love for Jesus and the Church.
  • They are open to life with all the joys and crosses that come along with it.
  • They struggle with raising a large family.
  • Finances are tight.
  • School tuition is expensive.
  • Mom gets ridiculed at the supermarket for “all those kids”
  • Neighbors say stuff like “Don’t you know how that happens?”
  • Grandparents murmur about responsibility.
  • Husband and wife exchange worried glances as they go over budgets and college funds.

The one place that “understands them” is supposed to be the Catholic Church. However, when they hear themselves compared to “rabbits” by the Holy Father (whatever the context), they feel hurt.

Here’s my take on this episode and most of the other papal soundbites that get filtered through the media:

A Pope can take an external or internal approach to his role as the Vicar of Christ.

1) An internal approach would direct papal teaching and speaking energies to the faithful within the Catholic Church. He would primarily encourage and edify those who are in the fold, as Christ said to Peter: “And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers” (Lk 22:32).

2) An external approach would be to direct his teaching and speaking energies to the secular world which is either skeptical about the Church or downright opposed to it. The goal is bring about conversions from an unsuspecting society. An external approach crafts communicative missives to the skeptics, world leaders, and enemies of Christianity.

Pope Francis is clearly of the second approach: external. He’s sending out zingers and being provocative in order to get the attention of those who have dismissed Christ, Christianity, and the Catholic Church.

The good news is that his soundbites get turned into widely publicized headlines in secular news outlets. His voice resounds through the electric echo chamber of global communications…free press. The bad news is that there seems to be a lot of confusion over controversial positions facing the Church.

So here’s my layman’s take on it:

Let me lay down a caveat before I say something controversial here. I am a layman. I have zero magisterial authority. I’m just a guy tapping on a keyboard in Texas…

But my personal opinion (which might not be worth two cents) is that the Holy Father, in our time, should be focused on an internal approach to the papacy. Why fly around with a airplane full of journalists recording soundbites only so that they can warp them and confuse the faithful globally. It is true that the secular world happily repeats the provocative messages – but they do so unfaithfully. First confusion about homosexuality, then atheism, then remarriage, then Catholic rabbits, and so on.

My personal opinion (probably not worth two cents) is that the Church needs a papacy focused internally on feeding the sheep in the fold and less attention on distracting the wolves externally.

I think Pope Francis is a good man. He’s committed to trying to resurrect the “external papacy” of Pope Saint John Paul II rather than the “internal papacy” of Pope Benedict XVI. Unfortunately, I think the strategy, at this point, isn’t working out.

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John 6 and Judaism: The Jewish Symphonic Sandwich Structure of the John’s Gospel

As you already know, John chapter 6 is the treasure trove passage for demonstrating that the Eucharist is the true Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It contains those beautiful teachings, such as “Fo my flesh is food indeed and my blood is drink indeed” (Jn 6:55) and many more.

What’s not often noted in the strategized context of this passage within the structure of Saint John’s Gospel:

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The Jewish scriptures often employ a chiastic structure – the stacking of passages in an inverted narrative. It’s like sandwich with the bread on the outside and the meat in the middle.

Saint John does this exact thing when places two important sections just before the “Bread from Heaven” passage of John 6:22-59 and two more sections after it in John 6-7. If you understand this, you can make a better defense of Christ’s teaching about His Body and Blood in John 6.

Here’s the outline and climax of the passage in John laid out as a chiastic outline (climax happens in the middle of a literary sandwich):

Chiastic Context of Eucharistic Teaching in John

a. Moses’ and God the Father’s testimony to Christ (Jn 5:30)

b. Feeding 5,000 (Jn 6:1-15)

c. Christ walks on water (Jn 6:16-21)

x. The Bread of Life Discourse (Jn 6:22-59)

cc. Disciples Leave but Peter says, “To whom shall we go….” (Jn 6:60-71)

bb. Unbelief of Christ’s brethren (Jn 7:1-9)

aa. Christ at Feast of Tabernacles (Jn 7:10-24)

Why this is important!

  1. As you can see in this chiasm or “sandwich” the the outer layers (a and aa) refer to the Jewish context. God’s testimony through Moses’ testimony mirror the Christ as the fulfillment of the Israelite feast of tabernacles – when God tabernacles or dwells among men. (Of course, Catholics call the box holding the Eucharist a “tabernacle” for this reason.)
  2. In the next inner layer (b and bb), you can see that Christ feeds 5000 – His great public miracle is paired with the unbelief of His brethren. Notably, Christ’s ability to multiply “bread” is John’s way of showing Christ has supernatural power over the nature of ordinary things…like bread.
  3. The next inner layer (c and cc) has Christ walking on water – yet another proof given by John that not only does Christ have power over natural things (like bread), but His own body has supernatural powers over nature. The multiplying of bread and His walking on water show that there is something miraculous about “bread in the hands of Christ” and something miraculous about the “Body of Christ” which can defy natural laws regarding gravity and water. It’s paired with Peter’s act of faith.
  4. In the middle we get the Bread of Life discourse, which is power packed with theology about Christ, bread, body, blood, Moses, and eternal life. Once you see the chiasm or “literary sandwich” surrounding the passage, the argument is even more powerful.

As you read this passage or use it for Catholic apologetics, be aware that it’s not just the individual verses that are powerful – it’s the entire symphonic arrangement of this section in Saint John’s Gospel that argues for the Holy Eucharist and the miraculous transformation of mere bread and wine into the very incarnate Son of God Himself.

Challenge: Some time this week, read John 5-7 altogether in one sitting. Take notes and see if you find more layers hidden in the text. I bet you will!

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#062: Catholic View of the End Times and Tribulation

My goal this week is to look at the Catholic view of the End Times and Tribulation – especially the five signs that the Catholic Church identifies as signaling the end times.

So today is a special “eschatology” (doctrine of the end times) episode.

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  • Featured Segment: Catholic View of the End Times and Tribulatoin
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  • Latin word of the week: novissime

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Podcast Archive
# Title Released
061 When Other People Really Hurt You 01/07/2015
060 Is Saint George Still a Saint? 01/01/2015
059 Revolution in Catholic Education – Jennifer Fulwiler Interviews Taylor Marshall 12/31/2014
058 The Hidden Theology in Sword and Serpent with St George and Sabra 12/11/2014
057 Advent Total Consecration to Mary 11/13/2014
056 Top 5 Advent Devotions 11/07/2014
055 Why Do We Baptize Babies? The Covenantal Argument 10/22/2014
054 Is God Male or Female – The Catholic Teaching 10/08/2014
053 Lucifer vs. Saint Michael 10/01/2014
052 1 Year Anniversary Special Edition: Essentialism What is the Essence of Your Life? 09/24/2014
051 The Price of Your Anger 09/17/2014
050 The Seven Sorrows of Mary are the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit 09/15/2014
049 6 Obstacles in Your Life (How to Conquer Them) 09/10/2014
048 Brain Science, Your Soul & Prayer 09/03/2014
047 Don’t Swallow the Camel 08/27/2014
046 The Secret Life of Thomas Aquinas 08/22/2014
045 Did Saint Paul Teach Once Saved Always Saved? 08/06/2014
044 How to Escape Joyless Catholicism, Part 2 07/30/2014
043 How to Escape Joyless Catholicism, Part 1 07/24/2014
042 Golf Cart Saints 07/15/2014
041 5 Intellectual Virtues and Pornography, Art, and Culture 07/02/2014
040 Taylor and Joy Talk About Their Marriage 06/25/2014
039 How Was the Bible Assembled? (plus Joy joins me) 06/18/2014
038 Should You Budget Time (or Money)? 06/04/2014
037 The Theology of Vacation, Leisure, and Recreation 05/28/2014
036 Noah Movie Review – Rock Monsters? 05/21/2014
035 Children Need Fortitude 05/14/2014
034 Jokes of Saint John XXIII 05/07/2014
033 Divine Mercy: 5 Common Questions 04/30/2014
032 4 Sections of Hell 04/23/2014
031 Meet the Saint Version of You 04/16/2014
030 Should You Be an Optimist? 04/09/2014
029 Finding Fellowship like Samwise Gamgee 04/01/2014
028 Demons, Snakes, and Ticks: Lessons from a Hunting Trip 03/26/2014
027 How to Make an Eternal Impact with Your Life 03/19/2014
026 Thoughts on My Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe 02/26/2014
025 Why is the Catholic Church Roman? 02/19/2014
024 The Seven Lies We Believe About Our Failures 02/11/2014
023 How to Restart Your Mental Computer 02/06/2014
022 Top Five Productivity Tips from Thomas Aquinas 01/29/2014
021 Did You Miss God’s Plan for Your Life? 01/23/2014
020 When Prayer Becomes a Chore 01/15/2014
019 12 Attributes of a Baptized Christian 01/08/2014
018 A Podcast Against Bitter Catholics! 12/30/2013
017 Mary’s Painless Delivery of Christ Explained 12/18/2013
016 Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saint Luke (Plus How to Set Goals) 12/11/2013
015 Total Consecration to Mary 12/04/2013
014 What’s Your Apostolate? 11/27/2013
013 6 Items for the Liturgy of Your Life 11/20/2013
012 Why You Should Be More Creative 11/13/2013
011 Why Did They Stop Teaching Virtue? 11/06/2013
010 How Do Saints Hear Our Prayers? 10/30/2013
009 My Opinion of Martin Luther 10/23/2013
008 My Top 5 Daily Prayers 10/16/2013
007 Your Guardian Angel 10/03/2013
006 How You Can Convert 7 Billion People 09/25/2013
005 3 Strategies for a Marriage that Sings! 09/18/2013
004 4 Step Plan When Family Leave the Faith 09/12/2013
003 5 Tools for Deep Daily Prayer Life 09/04/2013
002 Three Tips to Increase Your Passion for Life 08/28/2013
001 How to Find a Spiritual Director 08/18/2013

Do You Have the 5 Life Habits of a Convincing Catholic?

If you’re like me, you have friends and family that have serious disagreements with Catholicism, such as:

  1. disagreement with the sexual teachings of the Church
  2. denial of God altogether
  3. common Protestant objections against Mary, the Pope, or salvation and grace

I’ve made the mistake in the past of thinking that if I could “just get smarter” or “just read more books,” I’d somehow become a logical ninja able to convert the most hardened atheist or Protestant…

…but it’s just not true…

What I’ve learned over the years is that gaining theological knowledge is 100% necessary, but (and this an important but) acquiring daily positive habits are 100% more important.

Have you cultivated these necessary Christian habits? In this video, I’ll share the my opinion on the 5 most important “Life Habits” for not only transforming your own life, but the lives of those around you (especially those that disagree with you about Catholicism).

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Tomorrow, I’ll send a follow up video on how the essential Catholic intellectual tools (most of which are free) that every Christian should start using to gain in head knowledge after they have already committed to heart knowledge of the Most Holy Trinity through the revealed life and ministry of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

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You are Invited! Live Catholic Webinar with Taylor Marshall tonight

Tonight at 8pm Central I’m going to hop onto a LIVE webinar with over 400 registered participants.

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It’s free and packed with information. I’m giving a LIVE personal presentation on how to share your Catholic faith with those who don’t agree and I’ll give you 7 reasons and tools to help you grow in Catholic theology. I’ll also be giving away free books to those that register. Every one who registers will also receive some downloadable resources.

In our last Catholic Webinar we had over 1,000 people. That’s once big Google Hangout webinar! Let’s make it 2,000 tonight.

Please join us. It’s super easy. All you have to do is click a link to join the live video chat room. You do have to register in order for it all to work. Here’s the link to register for tonight’s webinar:

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Is Islam Really a Peaceful Religion? (with quotes from the Quran)

Is Islam a peaceful religion? Let’s not ask the news sources or the Islamic Studies college profs. Let’s just look at what the Quran itself says. You make the decision for yourself.

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Before you look at the verses in the Quran, here are three things to consider:

  1. Muhammad was a military leader. He was more of a general than a guru. Historical records (Islamic and secular) record the battles and raids of Muhammad. Here’s a Quran verse on that topic: Quran (8:67) – “It is not for a Prophet that he should have prisoners of war until he had made a great slaughter in the land…”
  2. In the pattern of Muhammad, leaders of Islam are not immams, pastors, or priests. They are political militaristic leaders. Here’s a Quran verse on that topic: “Quran (47:35) – “Be not weary and faint-hearted, crying for peace, when ye should be uppermost (Shakir: “have the upper hand”) for Allah is with you.”
  3. Why did the Crusades (the first pan-Christian wars) begin in the middle east after Islam began invading and attacking Christian settlements in the 8th through 11th centuries? Could it be that Islam introduced something new the euro-asian political sphere that got things out of whack?

Okay, and now for the verses from the Quran
(This were collected from this site.)

The Quran contains a mandate to kill

The first example explains how those who wage war against Allah should be:

  • crucified
  • murdered
  • have their hands cut off
  • have their feet maimed
  • imprisoned

Quran (5:33) – “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement.”

Here’s a verse criticizing Muslim’s remain “peaceful” and refuse to fight:

Quran (4:95) – “Not equal are those believers who sit (at home) and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons. Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home). Unto all (in Faith) Hath Allah promised good: But those who strive and fight Hath He distinguished above those who sit (at home) by a special reward.”

Quran (2:191-193) – “And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief] is worse than killing…but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful.   And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone.  But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun (the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)”

Quran (2:216) – “Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.”  Not only does this verse establish that violence can be virtuous, but it also contradicts the myth that fighting is intended only in self-defense, since the audience was obviously not under attack at the time.  From the Hadith, we know that this verse was narrated at a time that Muhammad was actually trying to motivate his people into raiding merchant caravans for loot. 

Quran (4:74) – “Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.”

Quran (4:76) – “Those who believe, fight in the cause of Allah…”

Quran (4:89) – “They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks.”

Quran (8:39) – “And fight with them until there is no more fitna (disorder, unbelief) and religion should be only for Allah”

Quran (8:57) – “If thou comest on them in the war, deal with them so as to strike fear in those who are behind them, that haply they may remember.”

So there are words from the Quran. If you want to understand a religion, read its original texts. They will show you the truth on the matter. Again, make your own conclusions.

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