You flog them for being inconsistent with their beliefs because the subscribed to them. If a community of people all agree to obey a set of laws and rules and some members of the community disobey it then is not punishment due? If people want to leave that community because they don't like the laws and rules then it's fine let them leave and do as they please.
As believers in God and the Quran we have agreed to abide by the laws we believe God has given to us.
Wait so if a person was born into a Muslim family and didn't personally choose to be a Muslim, and then left Islam, should they be punished?
Problem is that people are just not interested in wanting to know the truth. This includes many believers. They'd rather spend their time discussing vain things. They don't want true happiness they want the tiny, temporary happiness of this world/life.
I've been told that if I want an easy life I should call myself an atheist and everything will be easy but I will suffer in the hereafter. This sounds like a similar argument. But the fact of the matter is that good and bad things happen at about the same rate to everyone, regardless of their beliefs, so I don't see the point of that statement.
I am still stuck on the Muslim=evolved Christian thing.
I read the Bible (OT and NT) and the Quran numerous times and they do not mesh at all. Most of the believing Christians in the USA (multiple denominations) believe that Christ came to release the Jews from the law. So it makes no sense to replace that set of laws with Shariah, it negates the purpose of Christ. The claims that one message morphed into the next makes no sense, as they are not compatible.
I think galfromusa would know more about this than myself, really. But that's my impression.
Aww thanks three
I was going to get to that, question his beliefs on Jesus, anyway, but your little vote of confidence has provided the perfect segway. So, CallMeTed, what are your views on Jesus, his mission, and the truthiness of the Christian Bible's view of him?
Seems like you haven't read the Bible properly or don't really understand them because if you did you'd know that Jesus never came to abolish the law in fact he followed the law himself. What is the Shariah? All the laws for Muslims should come from the Quran.
So which books of the Christian Bible do you think are "valid"? I'm assuming not Hebrews or the works of Paul (both real and pseudonymous), based on your statement?
Just fyi, my responses may be a bit slow because I'm so sick. I went to the emergency room (think you brits call it the A&E?) yesterday but they couldn't figure out what was wrong so they gave me antibiotics and a nausea med and sent me home.