Pope Benedict XVI recently issued a condemnation of the Muslim terrorist group Boko Haram, which caused the deaths of at least 35 people simply because of their Christian faith. Those of the Church, and others of the free world, have shone a spotlight on the persecution of Christians countless times but it is also necessary to understand the origins of such hatred and religious bigotry.
Islam is not an “Abrahamic religion,” as many have said; it is a faith with pagan views on human life. The Christian faith teaches that man can only attain forgiveness and salvation through the blood of Christ; those of the Islamic faith hold that salvation may be attained by the five pillars of Islam, which are:
- The acceptance of Allah as the only god, and Muhammad as his prophet;
- Zakat (giving money to Islamic causes); and
- The Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca)
However, superior to all of these pillars, is jihad, the struggle with those who are enemies of Allah and his cult; to die in this violent cause brings the a Muslim certain salvation.
Christianity is viewed as the enemy because at its essence is a way to salvation that requires Muslims to reject jihad. Christ began the most monumental movement against human sacrifice when He died on the cross. “But now in Christ Jesus,” says Saint Paul, “ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:13)
The Christian faith is what served to rid the entire world of those cults which sought salvation through the shedding of human blood. Yet, the Islamic god, Allah, takes pleasure in the sight of bloodshed, and the more violence caused by his worshippers, the more he delights in them.
When Christians, and the other peoples of Persia, were subject to extortion and commanded to:
“Embrace Islam so that you may be safe. If not, make a covenant with me and pay the Jizyah tax.”
Khalid bin al-Walid, a companion of Muhammad, made a vow to Allah that if he was granted victory, he would form a canal running with the blood of the slain around the Persian villages. It took the Muslims a day and a half to behead all of the captives, and the blood was so much, and so coagulated, that the Muslims had to fill it with water in order to get their canal of gore to flow.  Scenes from Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto are brought to mind when reading about such religious rites.
Human sacrifice, either of oneself or others, is anathema to Christianity. Thus, the teachings of the Nazarene are the greatest enemy to Islam; it is the only faith which teaches that perfect blood, that of the Son of God, is the only sacrifice which forgives the sins of mankind. Islam teaches that Judas Iscariot was crucified in place of Jesus, whom they believe to have been a revolutionist promoting a revolutionary social gospel. Muslims have charged that the true Christ is not who Christians think He is. In so doing, many of them claim that Christianity is their most distinguished enemy.
Christianity has the most followers on earth. As such, it is a major threat to the Islamic faith, as well as the latter’s unholy grail – an Islamist utopia, in which the Muslims will have the complete power, throughout the earth, to “destroy the cross and to slash the throats of those who believe in the cross.” 
The Christians of Nigeria are not victims of an Islamic sect or fanatical group but followers of the purest form of Islam; it is beyond important for the church to recognize this fact. “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness,” says Saint Paul, “but rather reprove [them].” (Ephesians 5:11)
1. At-Tabari,Vol XI, The Challenge to the Empires, In Series: The History of at-Tabari, (Ta’rikh al-rasul wa’l-muluk), Translated by K.Y. Blankenship, SUNY series in Near Eastern Studies, Bibliotheca Persica, State University of New York Press, Albany New York, 1993, pp. 44-45
2. This was stated by the Mujahedeen Shura Council, read from the article: Iraq’s al-Qaida threatens to ‘destroy the cross’, By AP AND JPOST STAFF.