They are not equivalent. Islam is inherently imperialist; conquest of the world and compulsion of every person to submit to the obscene cult of Allah is an integral part of Islam, while the New Testament merely directs Christians to preach the Gospel to every creature. The Crusades were simply an attempt to restore access of Christian pilgrims to Jerusalem and (initially) to save the Christian Byzantine realm (which had appealed to the West for help) from conquest by Islam. The Crusaders never conquered more than a small strip of coastal Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria, while Islam swallowed half of Christendom.
Islam has little function beyond being an explicit negation of Christianity. The famed Muslim "Dome of the Rock" on the Temple Mount of Jerusalem is a deliberate affront to Christianity, because it is covered, inside and out, with Arabic inscriptions opposing Christianity. Every passage from the Koran pertaining Jesus is included.
Hagar and Ishmael
1 Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar;
2 so she said to Abram, "The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her." Abram agreed to what Sarai said.
3 So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife.
4 He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress.
5 Then Sarai said to Abram, "You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my servant in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the LORD judge between you and me."
6 "Your servant is in your hands," Abram said. "Do with her whatever you think best." Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her.
7 The angel of the LORD found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur.
8 And he said, "Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?" "I'm running away from my mistress Sarai," she answered.
9 Then the angel of the LORD told her, "Go back to your mistress and submit to her."
10 The angel added, "I will so increase your descendants that they will be too numerous to count."
11 The angel of the LORD also said to her: "You are now with child and you will have a son. You shall name him Ishmael, [a] for the LORD has heard of your misery.
12 He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone's hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward [b] all his brothers."
posted on 03/01/2010 1:00:56 PM PST
(SGT USMC COMBAT VET)
You are correct that they are not equivalent. Perhaps I should have said "counterpart".
But my point was a very minor one about word derivation. The CRUS in "crusade" refers to the cross upon which Jesus dies. The Muslims don't fight "crusades" as such. That's all I'm saying. I'm just being a nerd.
posted on 03/01/2010 1:02:42 PM PST
(We're all heading toward red revolution - we just disagree on which type of Red we want.)
posted on 03/01/2010 1:16:01 PM PST
(Bitter Clinger Forever)
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