Saturday, October 4, 2008

Change of Actions or Change of Heart?

From today: "A Muslim cleric has called for Saudi women to wear a full veil, or nigab, that reveals only one eye, in order to control seduction, the BBC reported Friday."
Here are my thoughts on this:
1. Why would any woman desire to be Muslim?
2. Where is the public outcry from the feminist wing? Maybe it's just me, but if you are going to speak out (justifiably) on things like equal pay for women and men, then don't you HAVE TO speak out on gross inequalities like this?!
3. Why is it that women are the only ones who have to change their lifestyle in order to supplant the sexual immorality? Doesn't half of the responsibility lie with the Muslim men? How about women wear veils that reveal only one eye and men have only one eye gouged out? Does that sound more fair?
4. Christianity is the only religion that changes the heart. Jesus called the pharisees "white-washed tombs". In other words, these religious leaders were trying to make themselves look and do good on the outside, but the inside was still very evil. All that religion can do is curb natural, sinful tendencies by guilt, shame, blackmail, threat of punishment, promise of reward, or by trying to outwardly control the stimuli. But, religion can never change the heart.
Christianity, on the other hand, says that when one receives Jesus as his/her personal Lord and Savior, God implants His Holy Spirit in his/her heart. The Holy Spirit's job is to change the heart's alignment and make it WANT to do what pleases God. Then blood, sweat, and tears won't be needed to do what is right; the holy actions will just naturally follow.
Question for Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jewish folk, athiests, agnostics, etc.: "Which is easier to do: wrestle a misaligned steering wheel into going straight or simply fix the alignment?"

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