I have a quick question for the Bookwormroom readers. Do you believe in the Judeo-Christian God? If you do, what do you think He thinks about the holy war declared on His people by the Islamist extremists and His people’s reactions to it? I am not a believer, but I have this picture in my head of God looking down from heaven, watching His people demonstrate they have no stomach for a protracted war and saying to Himself, “why are my followers such wimps?”
Or maybe I miss the point, and this is all a part of God’s plan. Anyway, what do you folks think the real story is?
Update: Lulu asked me to clarify the question and she’s right. I should. I started with the assumption, perhaps incorrect, that Jews & Christians believe that there is a Judeo-Christian God and that, in a battle between Jews & Christian on the one hand and Islamists on the other, He’d want the Jews & Christians to win. And that He’d be quite upset, or at least sad, that they give every appearance of not being up to a long and difficult struggle.
Perhaps this stems from my upbringing. I was raised in maintream protestantism with a very personal, not tribal, view of God. I was taught that if I do right I will go to heaven and if I do wrong I will go to hell. I was further taught that God rejoices for every saved soul and mourns for every lost soul. How much more, then, would He mourn the loss of all, or a large portion, of the Jews and Christians that worship Him. I was also taught that Jews and Christians share the same God (the Jews are just wrong about Christ) but that other religions, including Islam, worship false Gods. This view is probably less popular today; it seems that most people now believe that we all worship the same God in different ways.
Anyway, the Islamists have declared a Holy War. In nearly all wars in the past, both sides have believed that God is on their side (the comments on the Nazis in this thread illustrate the point nicely). The Islamists clearly believe that God is on their side. But I hear very little about what role the Jews and Christians believe their God has in this fight. So, what do you think? I’ve learned from the comments so far and would very much like the discussion to continue. I’d especially like to hear from those of you who believe deeply in God and have a strong belief in what His role is in the affairs of mankind.