On the way home tonight while listening to NPR I heard about an American nurse who had been shot and killed while working as a missionary in Lebenon. She was working as a nurse in a clinic run by an American Church. Unsure what denomination. The clinic had recently been getting threats by Muslim Fundamentalists because of the belief that the clinic was not truly a medical clinic but a cover to try to convert Muslims to Christianity. I did not catch the name of the nurse, but she has been there for 2 years.
So very sad. I feel I have a deep faith in God, and cannot for the life of me understand these people who are willing to kill in the name of God. I have tried the bit about being understanding and not seeing the Islamic faith as being violent, but I have to confess that I have not been able to be understanding, and I do not believe this is a peaceful religion. From the time I can remember it's always the same thing in the middle east, death and destruction. Ramdoming targeting innocent people, even children.
Shooting a nurse there to help your people. I can't decide if I am incredibly angry or so sad that it affects my daily life. I go to bed thinking about what may come, I think about it throughout the day. I worry about my cousin who went to Saudi a couple weeks ago, I worry about my nearly 19 year old son and what life is going to bring for him. When my son graduated from high school this last June I looked at the boys walking across the stage and wondered how many would die in a war. I find myself close to tears for the stupidest things. I wonder how my grandparents lived through WWII.
New members of NATO today, and I had thoughts of East vs. West, and the whole world going up in flames. Seriously thought about smacking the Christian Fundamentalist CNA I work with right in the back of the head as she rapsodized over the Rapture today.
It's like constant tension in the air, and I am just waiting for hell to come to earth.
Nov 21, '02
"I feel I have a deep faith in God, and cannot for the life of me understand these people who are willing to kill in the name of God."
Most wars for hundreds of years are fought, and people killed, "in the name of God." That is one reason so many people are cynical about the entire notion. The only peaceful religion that I ever heard of (that did not kill other people) is Zen Buddhism. And maybe they have engaged in wars that I have not heard about. Killing is just part of human life and always has been. There is no reason to think that this will change, IMHO.
Nov 21, '02
RN when l feel like youdo l read the Psalms a lot. We are not supposed to worry about these things but we do. My son was in Mid east on a submarine for a few years, so l know what you mean. No l do not think Islam is a peacful religion either.....but the radicals make it much worse...much like some of our VERY right winged fundalmentalists......we all have our radicals.....l have heard it said that part of the 9-11 plan was to turn USA against all Islam there by starting a war of monumental nightmare proportions, and l am proud to say this did not happen....Well, you might want to smack me in the back of the head, but l believe in the rapture too....l don't dwell on it though, and l do not understatnd all of the teachings on the end time...in fact they scare me ank l avoid them and try to live everyday as best l can, take some enjoyment from it because l have many blessings that still remain.....l will do my best today, and regardless of whether my life ends in death or "rapture" is irrelevent.....keep the faith you have and nurture it the best way you know how. What helps one person may not help another....some pple enjoy talking about the end of the world, maybe is some way that is a stress relief for them...sounds warped huh?....but hey to each his own l guess.
sjoe is right l believe, killing will never end in this life.....but l won't let that take away from appreciating the things l have been blessed with.............LR
Nov 22, '02
I'm with sjoe. It's sad, but no religion holds a monopoly on killing. Barbarism is just part of the human condition. I hope her family finds comfort in knowing she was there doing what she thought she was meant to do.
Nov 22, '02
Please remember that most religions have been used as an excuse for violence - think of the crusades, think of why many of our ancestors came to this country, women condemned and burned as witches, think of crosses burned on lawns, synagogues and mosques defaced, all in the name of "the Prince of Peace". Of course, no thinking person believes that Christianity endorses this, and neither would a true believer of Islam endorse such horror as we see now! Emphasis on thinking and true believer. If you allow the actions of individuals to cause you to condemn a whole religion, they win and turn you into people like themselves.
Nov 24, '02
I felt the same way you did when those 3 AZ instructors were shot. I don't know if it was that I was stressed all around or what, but I took those shootings somewhat personally. Maybe because I could identify with them so much.
All I can say is that it does go away.
Nov 24, '02
Prayers going out to her and her family. God Bless.
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