Thank you for contributing to the discussion. The distinction you made between Christianity and Islam is obvious and needed. And with reference to Buddhism a similar problem as been mentioned where some of our fellow religionists have advocated or done violence to Muslims, yet these actions in no way are justified by the founder's teachings.Ahura Mazda wrote:Hi.
As a former Muslim who has devoted quite a lot of time studying Islam and Christianity, I feel that I have enough understanding of Jihadi mindset to contribute to this discussion. You are free to ask questions.
In short, I feel there's a huge difference between Christianity and Islam. In Christianity the problem was the Church, not Jesus. There is no violence in the teaching of Jesus, he did not wage any wars, did not kill anyone and neither did his apostles. In Islam the violence comes from Muhammad, from his words (the Quran) and from his deeds (recorded in Sira and in hadiths collections). Jihadists kill because they prophet killed and ordered others to kill and when he died, his immediate successors (so called "Rightly Guided Caliphs") conquered Persia, Egypt, Iraq and Syria. Islam is esentially an ideology of conquest.
As you mentioned, the problem with Islam finds its basis in the teachings and actions of its founder, a problem I cannot foresee a solution.