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rizyphus asked: I have a huge problem with Islam, more than I do Christianity. It's an oppressive religion, and not open to reform at all. Chapter 5, verse 3 states: 'Today have I perfected your religious law for you, and have bestowed upon you the full measure of My blessings, and willed that self-surrender unto Me shall be your religion.' That cancels out any hope of reformation. I wish most liberals weren't so weak when it comes to standing up to Islam. And I consider myself liberal. It's so frustrating.
That is one of the major issues between Christianity and Islam. Christianity has and continues to reform, update, change, and reinvent itself. Many Christians unfamiliar with their religion will think that the bible the read today is the same as it always has been but for anyone that has done a little bit of research they know that is far from the case. The Qu’ran exists more or less in its original from from the times that Mohammad would recite it. Islam is filled with commandments similar to the one you quotes warning against changing, disagreeing, updating, or thinking differently than what the Qu’ran presents. It cautions strongly against associating with non-believers and those that might cause people to question their beliefs.
It is very dangerous for a religion to attempt to say it has special knowledge but change those answers throughout time. Christianity has done it and people seem to think it is no big deal. No one dares to attempt it with Islam because they know it would be met with complete resistance. The way liberals often address the issue really does bother me too, I’d rather hear the answers as to why Sam Harris or Christopher Hitchens is wrong, not just name calling and attempts to dismiss them. That doesn’t accomplish anything, it doesn’t make anything better.