While I do not agree with all that Ayan thinks is ‘Christian’ or ‘Christian theology, or ‘development of Christian theology’, or ‘reformation of Christian theology’; ONE THING I DO WANT TO CLARIFY IS THAT THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS DEVELOPMENT OR REFORMATION BUT THERE IS A MISUNDERSTANDING OF AN IMPORTANT VERSE FROM THE BIBLE, TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT HERE BY AYAN.
First, here is a transcription of this video starting at 29:49 and ending at 33:16.
The ideas, thoughts, and expressions of individuals are silenced and narrowed to what the prophet Muhammad deemed to be moral. Everything outside of his moral framework is condemned. Now, ladies and gentlemen, just imagine contracting the imagination of 1.57 billion people to that idea of one single man from the 7th century.
There is nothing like ‘a university of Wisconsin’ in the Arab Islamic world. Anyone who is honest, will also admit this that the early versions of the old testament and even part of the new testament are just as negative. But after many centuries of vigorous questioning and criticizing, Christianity shed it’s political dimension and a separation of church and state is well established in the west.
Christian theologians may have a political opinion, but nothing like what Sharia is in Islam. There is secular law here, that protects the freedom of believers to worship and of unbelievers to have no faith. We have no such secular law where I come from.
In the middle ages and beyond, people used to talk about Vice. Islam is Vice focused. The teachings of Muhammad or the hadith became the place to find a license to freeze into law, the unusual and cruel punishment of medieval and pre-medieval times.
When you read Christian doctrine, you see the same struggle in dealing with alcohol, drugs, sex, and other urges to break the ten commandments. Western theologians and western secular philosophers have thought/fought about the system of rewards and punishments and debated that for centuries for those who uphold the law and those who break it.
The Bible may say the wages of sin is death. If there are Christians who want to kill and there are some. Such Christians, they are stopped by other Christians. If they are not stopped by other Christians, they are stopped by the rule of law.
They are condemned by their fellow believers who have developed an alternative Christian theology.
In Islam, those Muslims who engage in violence, may sometimes be condemned by fellow Muslims but they have not succeeded in developing an alternative theology because of the read only lock on the Quran and Hadith.
In Islamic countries, there is no rule of law and no separation of the realm of politics from that of Allah.
32:58 – 33:16
Islam reassures women and other oppressed groups to persevere, for Allah will set things right in the hereafter. In fact, the Muslim is so focused on the hereafter that life on earth now has been declared only a transit launch to a life after death.
Ayan assumes the meaning of ‘death’ in the verse she quotes from Romans 6:23 “.. for the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord,” to be a command given to believers to execute judgment. That is not the context of Romans 6. Therefore, there is no need for any kind of re-thinking or reformation as far this verse is concerned. It is simply not talking about believers playing the role of God, nor is there any ‘political insight/opinion’ in it at all.
It is in no way a command to all Christians/believers to carry out the ‘death sentence’ as punishment for sin. In Christianity, believers are not commanded to punish each other’s sin but to forgive them.
This is demonstrated quite well in the incident recorded in John 8, where Jesus says/declares/commands to the crowd that wanted to stone the woman caught in the act of adultery, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her”. At this profound statement, everybody left the scene, beginning from older ones first. Finally, He Himself turns to the woman and commands her to sin no more without punishing her right away in any way or form.
It is just a statement as to the nature of sin and not a command. God holds the prerogative to punish sin in His time.