If you do not subscribe to a faith this blog may not be for you. This is not to incite or offend. It is only to give documented facts and contrasts. Space obviously does not allow a full discussion in a blog. It would take a book to make a full contrast and argument.
As a modern woman of faith, I cannot believe I would chose Islam over Christianity. The contrast is so powerful that there is only one choice for a reasonable, free woman.
The following article, all documented from the Koran, in WikiIslam is profoundly disturbing to women living in free societies. I will give you an advanced notice. Should you chose to read the full content, there may be disturbing language or subjects for some readers: https://wikiislam.net/wiki/Islam_and_Women
Just to name a few of the Content titles in the article: 1.3 Women are Deficient in Intelligence, 1.5 True Purpose of Mahr (Dowry), 1.6 Rape is Permitted, 1.7 Domestic Violence is Permitted, 2.3 Forced Marriage, see 2.4 (I prefer not to reveal the title in a public blog) and much more.
Christianity in contrast is quite different.
I know, the first argument will be the scriptural text in Ephesians 5: 22-33 that speaks of the wife respecting her husband and being subject to him. Some churches do preach the dark side of submission. Those steeped in expositional teaching and adherence to original language will never leave it as unilateral submission by the wife. The full text is the â€œhusband is to love the wife as Christ loved the Church.â€ (verse 25) The image is the role of a suffering servant, to protect, love, and help the wife (church) to grow even to the point of death.
Submission is not a lesser than position. Even more compelling is scripture that shows it is not being unequal: 1 Corinthians 11:3 (NASB77) â€œBut I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman (wife only), and God is the head of Christ.â€
Notice that God the Son who is equal to the Father is considered under the headship of the Father. (Philippians 2:5-6 (NASB77) speaks of Christâ€™s equality with God the Father.)
â€œHave this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped……..â€ (Read full section in Philippians) See John 1:1
The Resurrected Christ honored women by revealing Himself first to Mary, not the male disciples. He honored women by disclosing his compassion on the Samaritan women, whom everyone shunned (John 4:7-30). His compassion on one caught in adultery (note the Pharisees and scribes did not bring her male companion) was told to go and â€œsin no moreâ€ and included inference of condemnation toward the men who brought her before Him for their hypocrisy. (John 8: 3-11)
Many women are mentioned by name or their acts in Holy Scripture whether it be in the Old or New Testament. He said he came not to destroy the Law, commandments, but to fulfill them. One of those commandments in Exodus 20:12 (NASB77) ” Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.” NOT solely honor your father. God Himself chose to be born of a woman rather than make an extraordinary, miraculous entrance into the human world.
These musings only scratch the surface of the contrast. I hope it wets your appetite to do your own homework.
After reading the above article, the news of the day in the Middle East, and placing the edits of Islam against the gracious, sacrificial attitude, and acts of Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God, why in the world would I chose a religion of strife, hate, disrespect and dishonor toward women?
I just canâ€™t.