In John 4:46-54, while in Cana, Galilee, a nobleman approached Jesus and informed Him of his dying son in Capernaum. After the nobleman had faith in Jesus and requested Him to heal His son. To show the miraculous power of Jesus, He did not go to see the boy but only spoke words of healing and through the man’s faith, the boy was healed.
God’s commands are quite clear from the scripture and it is depicted that as the Israelite army marched into the city of Jericho and in the words of the Bible “utterly destroyed everything, man and woman, young and old, and ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword.” If Xenophanes was to comment on this and his beliefs were to be applied, there will be a strong criticism concerning the scripture. As Xenophanes has given out an outline regarding how deity must be like and how the scripture portrays God definitely doesn’t fit the description and attributes that Xenophanes has associated with god. The scripture describes, how god mercilessly commanded the army to kill everyone and even the innocent children, men and the elderly.
The Wahhabi school of thought is considered to be an extremist group and that is the reason that the Saudi government does not accept any edicts regarding the Islamic laws other than any of their officially recognized scholars. (Ernst, 2003) Figures like Ayatollah Khomeini who inspired a large number of Shi’i but does not have any influence over the majority who are called Sunni. Now because of so many differences, different scholars dictate their own meanings of jihad. In reality Islam is against the killings of innocents. (Ernst, 2003)
The Islamic teachings tell us that Prophet Muhammad is the last prophet and messenger of God. Islam teaches that all the prophets before Islam were not actually the predictor of the future but they were individual messengers of God who warned their people about the mistakes they were making.
Jihad and Islam
The word jihad is completely misunderstood by the western society. Many western scholars mistranslate the term jihad as the holy war fought by Muslims against the non believers. (Ernst, 2003) The word jihad is Arabic word which means to strive and struggle in search of the truth. The term has also a secondary definition i.e. struggle by the military against the evil forces.