Sarah, USA

August 2, 2012

Hello Nate!

My name is Sarah. I’m 30 years old and live in Indiana. I have always been interested in Israel and its history and future.

I was wondering, what is your perspective on the religion of Islam? I have heard such different things about it that I don’t know what to think. One says it’s meant as a peaceful religion, others then say it’s meant to annihilate Christians and Jews. I suppose I see more evidence for the latter view myself, but I want to be wrong. lol

I believe, as a Christian, that Israel will never be destroyed and that God will always passionately love the Jews. Is this a belief that you have as well? Do people in Israel fear its destruction or do they believe it will always exist?

I’m out of intelligent questions (providing I asked any!) so… what do you like to read?

Have a wonderful day and God bless!

Hello Sarah,

Thank you for your questions.

I wouldn’t say I have a singular view on Islam. I understand religion in general as embodying much in the way of tradition and culture. Those who are extreme in their beliefs, those who threaten others because of their beliefs, and those who believe in everyone should live according to their beliefs I see as harmful. That applies as much to Islam as it does to any other religion.

As far as claims that Islam is a religion bent on the annihilation of Christians and Jews, I’m pretty sure that’s not true. The problem is the extreme, fundamentalist elements of Islam that apply political significance to their religious beliefs, and want to hurt people in the process.

As far as your second question, there are many people in Israel who pray for its continued existence every day. I am not one of those people. I love this place, and despite some of the more difficult parts of living here, I like the state, too. As far as I understand the religious arguments for the state’s existence, the state of Israel is secondary to the Jewish people. The answer also depends on whether one is ultra-Orthodox, or Modern Orthodox. The ultra-Orthodox (or Haredim) do not necessarily believe there should be a state of Israel, but they do believe Jews should live in the land of Israel. The Modern Orthodox, however, believe in the state of Israel, and often work hard to support it through service as well as prayer.

Responding to your third question, I like to read current fiction, and I hate that I like to read non-fiction stuff like political commentary, too. I also like to read about history a lot.

Thank you for your questions, Sarah! I hope I answered them well enough!

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