Stations against Islam
By R.J. Godlewski
© March 13, 2015, All Rights Reserved.
As a Roman Catholic, I often grow livid over others’ insinuation that Christianity remains no different from other religious practices, even from the two sister monotheistic, Abrahamic faiths of Judaism and, especially, Islam. Nothing could be further from the truth; Christianity remains fully exceptional in both its doctrine and its origination. It fulfills the destiny of Jews and underscores the deviation of Muslims. While Christianity has offered Judaism a means of maturity, it is with Muhammad’s Islam where comparisons are most egregious; all similarities professed between Christianity and Islam come from the decided ignorance of Muhammad ibn Abdallah and his modern followers. For this reason, I have decided to take the Christian tradition of Lent to illuminate the differences between the sacred faith of my ancestors and Islam: the Stations (or Way) of the Cross.
The First Station: Jesus is condemned to death. After having been born in the most vulnerable way imaginable – in a stable under literal sentence of death – Christ accepted crucifixion under Roman law to sacrifice His life for us sinners. No other religious faith begins to approach the acceptance of humanity by a god, and yet our God took matters a step further. He accepted earthly justice, even if it took His Son’s life. That is, Christ expanded upon “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s…” by accepting even the rule of tainted temporary leaders. He knew that, as tainted creatures, our leaders would be even more tainted through greed, power, and ambition. Nevertheless, God did not say that earthly laws should be abandoned. Rather, Christ offered us a Way of accepting such transgressions because in the context of eternity, our problems on earth are as inconsequential as last night’s nightmare. The radical Islamic jihadists murder in order to abolish earthly laws and even target fellow Muslims who share Western concepts of democracy.