Religion and politics are two sides of the same coin. They always have been. Below I am going to focus on the political implications of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, taking the current situation in the Middle East as an example.
On the one side, we have the Zionists who have supported the ISIL terrorists on the Golan Heights and have been demanding that Iran is bombed into the stone age. The CIA and private mercenaries like Blackwater, now called Xe; they answer to the Vatican, have trained ISIS and fight alongside them. Both are supported by the Sunni Royal family who funds the extremist Wahhabi groups, the incubator for ISIL, known as the terrorists who run rampant across Iraq and Syria.
On the other side we have the Torah Jews, who do not follow the Babylonian Talmud and who have always had good relations with Iran going back to Cyrus the Great, whom Isaiah saw as a Messiah who liberated Israel from the Babylonians. The Syrians, Russians, Iraqis and Iranians who are fighting ISIS are Orthodox Christians, Shiite and Sunni Muslims, plus a number of other groups that are affiliated with them. The Alawites and Yazidis being two.
Oil, pipelines and gas aside, the divisions between the two groups, who both consist of Jews, Christians and Muslims, are deeply rooted in the religious texts of all three; and these texts in turn have political implications.
Israel was founded by Joshua of the tribe of Ephraim. He established a federation of states known as the twelve tribes. These tribes were ruled by a Judiciary. Joshua was not crowned as a king. He was ordained as a Judge. The Covenant meant that there could be no king, which led to idol worship, only the law and the judiciary. The objective was Justice, Truth and Equality.
The Jews eventually broke this Covenant and demanded a king to rule over them. This resulted in an hierarchal autocracy where the king gave himself the power to impose arbitrary forms of justice that often overruled the law.
When the Assyrians invaded, Ephraim and the nine northern tribes fled south into Judea. Rather than being supported and defended, the Judeans persecuted them and treated them like slaves which was contrary to the law.
Today we see what has become Zionism. The persecution of Samaritans, Christians and Muslims and the Zionist ‘s ultimate aim to rebuild the Temple the location of which is believed to be where the Al Asqa Mosque is situated. They want to institute a Judaic King who will rule the world. Israel for all its claims to be a democracy is a fascist police state.
Christianity was founded as an Apostolic belief system led by the twelve Apostles. The twelve is a number that was derived from the 12 tribes of the Israel. James the Just, the brother of Jesus was the first Bishop of the early Christian church. Although regarded as first, he was seen as first amongst equals and not as a king. It was an attempt to restore the Covenant.
They were opposed to the Levite Priests in the Temple and the Herod Kings who imposed a Babylonian usury tax system on the people and arbitrary forms of justice, abolishing the law where the accused was entitled to have witnesses to speak on their behalf.
The Essenes who were a precursor to Christianity were persecuted by the priests of the temple and the Herod kings. Alexander Jannaeus is a perfect example of the type of dictatorship that Palestine endured during these times. James the Just was murdered by them and thrown from the roof of the Temple.
After the destruction of the temple and the diaspora many Jews fled back to Babylon and out of this city emerged the Babylonian Talmud, a commentary of the Torah that in many instances contradicts the earlier Jerusalem or Palestinian Talmud written by Rabbis in Galilee.
Today we see the persecution of Christians not only in Syria where they have been crucified, raped, sold into slavery and abused but where Christian churches are burnt down and Christian priests are arrested and tortured in Israel. Christianity has become divided between the Apostolic Orthodox Church in the east and the hierarchical autonomous Roman Catholic church in the west with a history of confrontation and violence between the two.
An excellent article on this subject is After The Prophet, to which I owe the Islamic views below. It has given me new insight into Islam.
Islam was established by Mohammed and embraced both the early Jewish beliefs and the early Christian beliefs. Much in the same way that Joshua was descended from Ephraim who was blessed by Israel as the firstborn, and James the Just, the brother of Jesus became the first Christian Bishop, Islam was passed on down by the Prophets Household. The Hadiths, or sayings of Shia Islam have their source in this household.
Shia Islam does not advocate the persecution of non-believers so long as they uphold the universal values of Justice, Equality and Truth. Being a Muslim means being a true believer in the Covenant, irrespective of whether you are a Jew, Christian, Muslim or even an Atheist. Many Sunni also hold to this belief.
The Prophet designated Imam Ali from the Prophet’s Household as his successor. In Syria and Iraq, up until recently, Jews and Christians were protected. This is still the case in Iran. The Shia believe that the Mahdi descended from him will join with Jesus in the second coming and fight the anti-Christ.
After the Prophet’s death Abu Sufyan hijacked the leadership and instead of Justice, Truth, Non-aggression, Intellect, Human rights, Equality and Freedom of religion, the teachings were corrupted and under the subsequent rulers, arbitrary forms of Justice, aggression, human rights abuses, inequality and slavery formed Islam into how most westerners see it today.
The Sunni Hadith comes from this group.
What arose from this belief system is was what finally became the hierarchy of the Saudi Royal family, the Wahhabi sect and the injustice, propaganda, mindless brainwashing, human rights abuses, inequality and slavery that we have seen in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Syria.
This is a brief summation. Politics and Religion, two sides of the same coin, the one reflecting the other.
The pattern is repetitive.
The household of the original founder is persecuted in all three.
The teachings have taken on a dualistic value, and this dualism has led to the political outcome.
Injustice, inequality and no freedom of religion coupled with senseless wars and terrible suffering.
What becomes obvious is that in the ultimate analysis, there is no contradiction. The message is consistent in all three. The duality flows through all three. The Old Testament, the New Testament and the Hadiths. Co-operation, communion and peace versus acrimony, suffering an violence.
The contradictions result in cognitive dissonance, Orwellian speak, where good becomes evil and evil becomes good. Raping for salvation and bombing for peace. War is peace. The solution is to know the difference. The challenge in all the texts is possibly this:
Do you accept everything shoved down your throat on blind faith? Or can you discern the difference between right and wrong? Sift the chaff from the wheat and become as wise as a serpent and as gentle as a dove? Maybe your survival and the survival of humanity depends on it.
Further study on this subject could well hold the key to Middle East political and religious stability between all monotheistic religions and establish a Just, Truthful and Equitable political system for all.
Katherine Frisk is a freelance writer, political commentator and the author of: Jesus Was A Palestinian.