What makes the biggest difference between Jesus and the prophet of Islam is that Jesus of Nazareth stood for God’s love. He was no warmonger like Mohammed. Consequently, Christianity sets it’s trust in the God, who suffered together with and for the people – he is no God of death and destruction.
One of his core circle – Judas Iscariot – misunderstood Jesus. He tried to force Jesus to call for an uprise against the Romans and hence, to start a revolution. Judas did this by betraying the one he allegedly believe in.
Anders Breivik refers in his over 1500 pages manifest he wrote under the pseudonym Andrew Berwick – and which is linked in the new English Wikipedia entry on him – to statements of several Islam critics he obviously misunderstood as much as he misunderstood Christianity, he believed fighting for. He saw himself as a crusader of Christian anti-jihad (picture – from his manifest). Breivik writes in his text, on which he must have worked for several years, about eschatological plans, crusades against Islam, the reconquista of Europe like it probably never existed and about “false prophets”. Probably he read the Quran, but did he read the bible? Did he know anything about the God he believe fighting for?
When Judas Iscariot had betrayed Jesus to his persecutors with a kiss, Jesus didn’t call for a revolution. We read in the gospel of Matthew 26,50-52:
And Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you have come for.” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and seized Him. And behold, one of those who were with Jesus reached and drew out his sword, and struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.
The grace of God isn’t to find in killing people in his name, but in love towards all other people. Their life is precious and and worth saving, even if they don’t share our opinions. Jesus asks a lot from us, if we take his statements seriously: No cheap appeasement, but real reconciliation, forgiveness and true peace, not only on paper, but with ourselves and each other. For whomever Anders Breivik believes fighting for, it’s not the God manifested in the bible.
We pray for the victims and their families and we ask our readers to please do the same.