The British government has formally ruled that Christianity is not a religion of peace while rejecting an Islamic convert from Iran.
The Iranian convert claimed that they were drawn to Christianity because of its peaceful nature; in response, the British government stated that Christianity is not a peaceful religion.
Further, the convert said that they had converted to Christianity from Islam while in Iran, because of the religion’s peaceful nature. “In Islam, there is violence, rage, and revenge. In Christianity, in the contrary, it is talking about peace, forgiveness, and kindness.”
Officials who examined the application compiled six passages from the Old and New Testaments in the Bible such as; Matthew 10:34, in which Christ proclaims he “came not to send peace, but a sword” — in an effort to prove that the applicant’s view of Christianity was wrong and that Christian scripture is in fact “filled with imagery of revenge, destruction, death, and violence.”
“These examples are inconsistent with your claim that you converted to Christianity after discovering it is a ‘peaceful’ religion, as opposed to Islam which contains violence, rage, and revenge,” the rejection letter to the applicant admonishes passive-aggressively; an implicit ruling that Christianity is not peaceful — certainly not relative to Islam — and indeed is so clearly not peaceful that the Home Office does not consider perceived peacefulness a credible reason for conversion.”
In response to the letter, the Iranian convert stated; “I am extremely concerned that a Government department could determine the future of another human being based on such a profound misunderstanding of the texts and practices of faith communities,” commented Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham for the Church of England.
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“To use extracts from the Book of Revelation to argue that Christianity is a violent religion is like arguing that a Government report on the impact of Climate Change is advocating drought and flooding,” he added.