In the light of the death of Aba Bakr al-Baghdadi, the world has become aware of the danger of religious extremism. It still is not over but the problem of extremism in religion has become more public. It is not only a Muslim problem. It is also Christian and Jewish problem. There has been terrorism from all sides.
Before asking yourself the question: Do I need the Messiah, first ask yourself the question Do I need God? Do I need to study the Bible? President Trump is pictured carrying a Bible.
There are atheists in the world who refuse to believe in God. They may have suffered in the holocaust or have witnessed great tragedies in life which have made them atheists. Atheists live their whole life without faith in God performing their duties to humanity as doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers etc. Most atheists did believe in God once but lost it. Their faith is compared to a lost object which has disappeared and the hope of finding it has been given up. Every day they witness another tragedy reinforcing their atheism.
A recent article about iconoclasm and the power of religious objects got me thinking about Kashmir. In the world today there are two sides in conflict claiming that the other side is idolatry. These two sides are from the side of the Abrahamic religion and the side of Christianity and Hinduism. In the middle of this conflict are innocent human beings who become the victims of terrorism.
In Kashmir there is a long time dispute both political, ethnic and religious between Pakistan Muslims and India Hindus. Muslim religion prohibits building any statues of deities. In Muslim temples there are also no forms or images. The Koran is very strict to prohibit connecting to anything but an empty formless space who is Allah hidden and revered.
Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel is celebrated a week before Israel Independence Day. This year it falls out on Thursday, May 2. Every Human being suffered from the wrath of Hitler. Six million Jews were killed in concentration camps in Europe and over forty million people died in World War II.
In and around 1941 Hitler officially declared his desire to exterminate all the Jews. He already had this plan many years before.