This sura begins by allowing some kinds of food and disallowing others. Animals that die on their own and pigs are forbidden, and so is the consumption of blood and meat offered to a god other than Allah. You can only eat animals who were killed by humans or by trained hunting animals.
Muhammad kind of rambles on for awhile, changing subjects frequently.
Then he starts mentioning a few subjects from the Bible, and how Jews and Christians should be told that the prophet has brought them "a Light and a clear Book, whereby Allah guides such as follow His pleasure into the ways of peace" (5:15-16). He mentions the story of Cain and Abel. In this version, "Allah sent a crow scratching the ground to show [Cain] how to cover the dead body of his brother" (5:31). Then he says something nice:
For this reason We prescribed for the Children of Israel that whoever kills a person, unless it be for manslaughter or for mischief in the land, it is as though he had killed all men. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved the lives of all men. (5:32)
Awww, isn't that sweet? Maybe this really is a religion of peace. I don't even have to read another verse. Maybe I'll put this book down... Well, maybe I'll just read ONE more verse... just the next one...
The only punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is that they should be murdered, or crucified, or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides, or they should be imprisoned. This shall be a disgrace for them in this world, and in the Hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement. (5:33)
Holy fucking shit! Yeah, never mind what I said earlier...
Muhammad reminds us that unbelievers go to hell, and that the punishment is permanent. When dealing with thieves, we should "cut off their hands as a punishment for what they have earned, an exemplary punishment from Allah. And Allah is Mighty, Wise" (5:38). But Allah causes some people to sin, and there is nothing we can do to help them: "And he for whom Allah intends temptation, thou controllest naught for him against Allah. Those are they whose hearts Allah intends not to purify." (5:41)
Although Allah inspired the Torah and Gospels, and Jews and Christians should be guided by these works of his, Muhammad tells his followers:
O you who believe, take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. They are friends of each other. And whoever amongst you takes them for friends he is indeed one of them. Surely Allah guides not the unjust people. (5:51)
Although Jews and Christians ultimately follow false religions, and although Muslims are instructed to remind these mocking unbelievers of the time that Allah turned some Jews and Christians into "apes and swine" (5:60), Muhammad says:
Surely those who believe and those who are Jews and the Sabians and the Christians — whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day and does good — they shall have no fear nor shall they grieve. (5:69)
But then Muhammad includes among the disbelievers those who believe in the Trinity, or that Jesus was God. Those people will not be allowed in Heaven. But at least the Christians are better than Jews:
Thou wilt certainly find the most violent of people in enmity against the believers to be the Jews and the idolators; and thou wilt find the nearest in friendship to the believers to be those who say, We are Christians. (5:82)
Although belief in the Trinity is evil, verse 110 mentions the Holy Spirit. But it also mentions the time that Jesus made a bird out of clay and made it come to life by breathing on it. The writers of the Bible forgot to record that incident.
I'm questioning my attempt to re-start this LJ community.