Does God want Martyrdom from us?
In today’s complex and interconnected world, the topic of radicalization among people has become increasingly prominent. It’s a subject that demands our attention and understanding. Check out a great talk by Kasim Hafeez.
Imagery has become paramount to the indoctrination of people. The radicalization by extremist groups functions on several layers. Most people who compromise these groups are those deprived (mostly economically, which usually translates into a lack of familial structure) or experiencing some apparent inequality and are purposefully targeted.
Having also seen images being shared of Hamas and Israeli forces doing terrible things, we must be careful of the imagery that we are all bombarded with imagery – dare I say, propaganda that generates emotions and attacks our sense of God-given justice and purpose. Extreme images and psychological terror are waged to emote emotions that we perceive require immediate retribution.
Would you call this indoctrination? How would you differentiate this between teaching children religious traditions?
Therein lies a question of culpability and responsibility. There is specific targeting of young people, particularly men with a higher propensity for aggression.
Inculcating this desire for acceptance and camaraderie – building on a God-given sense of purpose – it is warped from a deceitful ideological practice that focuses on an expectation of commitment by promoting violent acts and inciting a feeling of hatred, not love – there follows a perverse justification of violence in which all things are permissible under a false promise of paradise.
Would you hold Christianity responsible if a person was taught that all Muslims were despicable and needed to be converted or killed?
Would this teaching be immediately challenged and abolished?
I think yes.