It’s an unfortunate truth that Islamophobia is as rampant as it is. The radical extremists who perform outrageous acts in the name of Islam have rendered the religion one that most now fear, instead of embrace with respect to those who worship peacefully. The hatred against Muslims and the Koran has become so widespread that all it takes for some people to be harshly critical of Muslims is hearing something is from the Koran. However, what if what they’re hearing isn’t from the Koran? What if what they are told it’s the Koran, but it’s actually the Bible?
Well, two men in Holland took it upon themselves to run that experiment.
What did they do? They took a Bible and disguised it to make it look like the Muslim holy book. Then, they began to read verses, which are really from the Bible, to unsuspecting people, and recorded their reactions. One of the verses is the infamous verse from Leviticus condemning two men together:
“If two men sleep with each other they will both have to be killed.” -Levticus 20:13
Pretty harsh, right? Sounds like something straight out of the ISIS handbook. Because it is. And it’s also written clear as day in the Christian Bible.
Some of the reactions from people approached on the street when read scripture from the Bible included:
“How could anyone believe in this?! That’s unbelievable to me.”
“The world is changing and I think they should have to adapt to it.”
“If you’ve been raised with this book and these kinds of thoughts it’s going to influence the way you think.”
“To me this sounds like they want to oppress you and force you to believe what they believe.”
Which is all very true of the Bible. What’s even more frightening is the fact that several fundamentalist Christians, who should be dubbed ‘Christian extremists,’ literally believe in the Bible and what it has to say. That’s a pretty scary realization when you look at all the times people are stoned or put to death for the most mundane things.
When people were let in on the big secret, and it was revealed that what they were hearing was from the Bible and not the Koran, reactions were very interesting, with many in disbelief and somewhat shocked. One person said:
“Of course I’ve heard Bible stories when I was young and I went to a Christian school, but I really had no idea this was in there.”
As the daughter of an evangelical minister myself, I know that I wasn’t taught all the horrific things that are mentioned and taught in the Bible. In fact, I had more of a gumdrops and unicorns view of the whole thing. Where people are magically forgiven for all their wrongdoing, no matter how awful. Which, if one were to really think about it, doesn’t prevent people from doing bad things, but rather makes people think they have a ‘get out of jail free’ card with the Lord. If people wanted to be truly good people, they wouldn’t dare “sin” in the first place. I most certainly wasn’t taught that certain people needed to be put to death. That part of my Christian upbringing was conveniently left out.
This experiment proves what so many need to learn, and that is the fact that most religions have their dark sides that can be horribly manipulated by the wrong people who may think that their horrible actions are justified. Just goes to show that religion is in the eye of the beholder, and perhaps, just maybe, we shouldn’t rush to judge others by their faith, especially considering their own faith may be just as horrifying.
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