History of Prejudice
It began with Abraham and Lot separating very soon after they had left their home in Mesopotamia thousands of years ago. Lot prospered more than Abraham, when it came to better lands and richer cities. To resolve the conflict between their men, Abraham had offered Lot the choice of which lands he wanted for himself. It was about economic conditions. Abraham received the spiritual inheritance and Lot received the treasures of this world -- which eventually came to an end when Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed; but then this world comes to an end regardless of who is the wealthiest.
Thereafter, with Isaac, whose sons were twins, Jacob and Esau, there was also the contest of who received the blessings of the father and the inheritance to the wealth of this world. The same thing happened to the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Which of the twelve of Jacob's children received the inheritance? This issue has never been resolved to this day.
Eashoa came to the world two thousand years ago to resolve this issue forever: the Kingdom was not of this World, Eashoa told Pilate. The Pharisees and the High Priests did not want to hear of it; they condemned Eashoa to death, and in their minds they too possessed the wealth of this world. Then came the Western churches, starting with the Roman Church that lay claim to the inheritance and the Kingdom of this World. It was not what Eashoa had commanded.
The prejudice against the Jews began with the claim to Judah's inheritance. People still talk about the Lost Tribes of Israel. Who were they all and what happened to them? After the advent of Islam, the Muslims came into conflict with the Holy Roman Empire and the European kingdoms. The followers of Eashoa in the East were ignored and suffered terribly in the battle that ensued. It has been more than a thousand years and the battle still rages.
Today, the prejudice is between the followers of the Prophet Mohammad and those that the Muslims call the Infidels -- those people that do not believe in Allah. The people in the West -- Europe and America -- believe in religious freedom and about half of them still believe in God. Of course, they say, "We believe in God, not Allah." The half that do not believe in God, are also involved in the battle against the Muslims; but then they are against all forms of religions.
There is another battle between the Muslims and the Jews which is not religious, since they do not try to convert each other. Their battle is based on territory and who has the wealth and who rules the land.
That leaves the followers of Maran Eashoa Msheekha in the Middle East, who believe in Allaha but who do not want to rule or have a country of their own. Since they call the Creator 'Allaha' in their language, they have not had major problems with Muslims. They share the Aramaic language of Mesopotamian origin, a language in which the word for 'God' is Allaha. And even if they were given a country, they could not take care of it or defend it; they have been without a country for over two thousand years. They have no infrastructure or the capacity to run a country.
Moreover, the descendants of the Ashurai should not be called 'Christians.' This has never been the name they used for their faith in their own language or culture. This name will only get them killed. The only way for them to survive is to remain as loyal subjects of the Islamic countries where they live in the Middle East, as they should be the loyal subjects of any country where they live.
The followers of Eashoa Msheekha in Iraq should not be pawns in the game between the various religions of the world. The only rights they have is the inheritance of the spiritual Kingdom that Eashoa Msheekha spoke about.
If the West wishes to do charity for the followers of the descendants of Ashur and Nineveh, let them do it for them as displaced people in need of humanitarian assistance without calling them 'Christians.' And let them not be counted among the inheritors of this world. The descendants of Ashur should not be called infidels by today's Muslims, they are the 'People of the Book,' as Muslims have known them from the beginning of Islam. The only inheritance they seek is the Scriptures preserved in their own language.
The war between Islam and the 'Infidels' is for economic reasons -- just as it was from the beginning of time. This war cannot be concluded without the resolution of the prejudice that exists between the Arabs and the Americans. Why should there be killing, whether by suicidal attacks or air strikes? The war should be brought to a conclusion by negotiations between the Arabs and the Americans. They should work out their prejudice against each other. Most of the Americans are secular and most of the Arabs are believers in Islam. This is a fundamental difference. It can be resolved by negotiations.
The prejudice is based on economic factors. These factors can be negotiated peacefully. The US should not discriminate between nations based on their religions. The US is a secular country; that is, most of the Americans are non-religious. They should treat the Muslims with fairness. This is what the wars are about. These wars are going on everywhere. They are all based on economic factors.
The world will be a lot more peaceful if all people look at the issue of prejudice in a rational way. Prejudice is a form of jealousy based on material possessions of this world. The commandment is 'Thou shalt not covet.' It is the same for everyone. Prejudice and jealousy are based on coveting, to have that which does not belong to one. Commerce and bargaining can resolve most economic issues, and when the problems are not easily resolved, negotiations are the best way, not war.
The alternative to negotiations is revenge and genocide. Prejudice eventually leads to genocide. War does not solve problems in the long run; it creates cycles of relative peace followed by more wars. History can be misleading, what seems like a victory in one age ends up being regarded as defeat a hundred years later. The murder of millions of people can never be forgotten or forgiven. It is not the same as the murder of one person or a few people. The world may forget, but history does not. And there is someone who never forgets.
Sept. 14, 2014
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