Radical Christianity and Radical Islam: The Difference


Following the Orlando mass shootings, some commentators have attempted to paint Christians with the same brush as radical Muslims, citing Christian opposition to gay marriage as being different only in a matter of degree to the Orlando killer’s rampage of gays.

But this claim does not stand up to scrutiny. First, let’s be clear about what we mean by ‘radical’.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, radical means:

  • very new and different from what is traditional or ordinary

  • very basic and important

  • having extreme political or social views that are not shared by most people.

To gain an understanding of what ‘radical’ Christianity and ‘radical’ Islam looks like, we need to go back to their founders.

If we take a look at the lives of Jesus and Mohammed, we see that the values they espoused and the lives they lived were indeed both radical, but they were radical in vastly different ways.

There are number of internet sources and organisations that have drawn together a side-by-side comparison of the lives of Jesus and Mohammed, and the differences are startling. I recommend that you check them out. Some of differences between Jesus and Mohammed include:

Mohammed: Stoned a women for adultery

Jesus: Stopped a woman caught in adultery from being stoned

Mohammed:Permitted stealing from unbelievers

Jesus: Told his followers not to steal

Mohammed: Owned and traded slaves

Jesus: Never owned or traded slaves

Mohammed: Beheaded and killed people

Jesus: Didn’t kill anyone, but was killed himself

Mohammed:Murdered those who insulted him

Jesus: Preached forgiveness

Mohammed: Told his followers to kill the infidel and non-believers

Jesus: Taught people to forgive their enemies and to pray for those who persecute you

Even a cursory glance reveals that the lives of Jesus and Mohammed are utterly different and completely at odds with one other. Likewise, lives lived in radical accordance with Jesus versus those who follow Mohammed’s example lead to vastly different outcomes.

Radical Islam looks a lot like the brutal Saudi regime, ISIS and Islamic terrorism, because this is how Mohammed himself lived.

Radical Christianity, however looks more like the pacifist Amish or the life of a cloistered monastic.

A Christian who murders and terrorizes people cannot be said to a radical Christian, because such actions are diametrically opposed to the values and life of Christ. Whereas killing and terrorism are commonly justified in Islam because these actions reflect the life and teaching of Mohammed himself.

  • joh archer

    Devout Christianity vs Devout islam, wow, no wonder there`s so much cultural conflict. So why do our western leaders and the greens side up with islam, is it for insurance, short-term surely.

    • They’re like chalk and cheese.

      Why are western leaders cozying up to islamists? A few reasons- guilt over the success of western culture which has now manifested into self-loathing (the left do this particularly well).

      One of the other main reasons is fear. The West is in the grips of the ‘battered wife syndrome.’ But the only way we will be free of the current existential threat is to face it, and the fear which is felt.

  • atheist 1

    “Jesus: Didn’t kill anyone, but was killed himself”
    “Jesus: Taught people to forgive their enemies and to pray for those who persecute you”

    Yet more selective justifications for a religion that contains just as much hateful,violent,murderous nonsense as the other 2 monotheistic religions.

    The “turn the other cheek Jesus” is replaced by the greatest mass murderer in human history in that conveniently forgotten part of the bible called revelations.
    Here he is:
    ” Jesus will “judge and wage war” (Rev. 19:11),his robe will be “dipped in blood” (19:13) and he will be accompanied by “armies” (19:14) with which he will “strike down the nations” (19:15), including “the Gentiles” in general and “the nations that were opposed to him” in specific. This will result in the “utter destruction of all his enemies”.
    “Jesus will “will release the fierce wrath of God” (19:15) on them, and “he shall execute the severest judgment on the opposers of his truth”. Because of this,“every tribe on earth will mourn because of him” (Rev. 1:7), and they will “express the inward terror and horror of their minds, at his appearing; they will fear his resentment”.

    I’m an atheist conservative.Yes,there aren’t too many of us around.It’s time to ditch religion as some kind of unify conservative force.It’s time to embrace all of the sciences as being the real providers of the benefits we have today.There are no gods.

    • atheist 2

      There is a distinct difference between Christianity and Islam, what you quoted is what Jesus will do against what Allah tells his followers to do!
      ALLAH the RACIST orders,
      Quran 5:51
      O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. They are friends one to another. He among you who taketh them for friends is (one) of them. Lo! Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk.
      ALLAH the TERRORIST orders,
      Quran 8:12
      [Remember] when your Lord inspired to the angels, “I am with you, so strengthen those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieved, so strike [them] upon the necks and strike from them every fingertip.”

      Quran 4:74
      So let those fight in the cause of Allah who sell the life of this world for the Hereafter. And he who fights in the cause of Allah and is killed or achieves victory – We will bestow upon him a great reward.

      Jesus never told his followers to hate and kill non Christians, BIG DIFFERENCE!

  • Michael

    Good article. If any reader wants a more in-depth article with a similar contention, I highly recommend this article: http://bedejournal.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/violence-in-name-of-god.html