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The Crusade: A Form Of Terror

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The crusade was a campaign of many battles in the name of Christendom that was waged against heretics, pagans and Muslims in general. These crusades were sanctioned by Pope urban II with the aim to resist the entrance of Muslims into the Byzantine Empire initially but later on extended to capturing of Jerusalem and the holy land from Muslims who occupied it at that time. Subsequently, a gruesome series of unholy alliances, sieges, manslaughter came into being which is also known as the crusade.Although proponents of the crusade disagree that the crusade was not Christ like because they are of the view point that the crusade was a defense against Muslim aggression, who for two centuries ...view middle of the document...

However, these benefits were brought in the expense of murder.Greed, another sin that Christ disliked was a major factor that brought about the crusade. Pope urban II who was the representative of Christ at that time was an antichrist because of greed, he saw the need to spear head this crusade because he felt that he could unite the division of the church that was in existence which was due to the iconoclastic differences between the east and the west. Therefore he believed that if the church came together for a common goal, there would be unity between the east and west. Is unity in the name of war and violence good? Christ definitely would disprove of such unity. If Jesus preached that if your right hand would hinder you from getting into heaven u should cut it off (Holy Bible), in my opinion, Jesus would probably have said that, if disunity would ensure peace among men, let there be disunity. Apparently, the pope was into the war for his selfish motive of the gains from the unification of the church, because the unity of the church would definitely have given him utmost power of the church.Anger and bitterness by the Muslims of yesteryears have been passed from generation unto generation and that's why groups such as the pan Islamic movements are adamant antagonist to Christians, it is not surprising that Muslims have their own kind of "crusade" springing up which could be referred to as Jihad (holy war) which is similar to...

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