Before I post my debate on peace and violence in Islam and Christianity with Adnan Rashid, I have a short, simple question for Sami Zaatari and Yahya Hayder Seymour.
In my opening statement, I said that I am a man of peace because I have been commanded to be a man of peace. I said that if Islam were true, I would have been a man of violence. In other words, I will do what God tells me to do. As things stand, God has commanded me to live in peace with all men.
Later in the debate, Adnan asked if I would kill a child if God commanded me to. I responded in complete accord with what I had said in my opening statement. I will do whatever God commands me to do.
Adnan was shocked at my response, and he said that he would need to keep his children away from me (apparently in spite of the fact that God has commanded me to harm no one).
It seems, then, that if God were to command Adnan to do something he didn't want to do, Adnan would refuse. In the debate, I pointed out that this is the real reason Muslims reject Christianity. They reject doctrines such as the Incarnation because they don't like them.
My question for Sami and Yahya is this: Do you agree with Adnan? God doesn't allow Muslims to kill children (with certain exceptions, e.g. battles at night). God doesn't allow Christians to kill anyone. But if God were to appear to us and were to tell us to kill some child (let us suppose that we know for a fact that God is speaking), would you reject God's command or not? (I would have included Bassam in this question, but I'm fairly certain that Bassam would agree with me: Whatever God tells us to do must be done. I'm less certain about the position of Sami and Yahya.)
So, before I respond to Adnan's charge, I would like to know where Yahya and Sami stand.