What Does God Say About Living In Peace With “Unbelievers?”


Although the word Unbelievers is used by people of a particular religion to refer to others of a different religion, the literal meaning of the word is one who does not believe, particularly in a deity. With this understanding, should people of one religion refer to others of different religion unbelievers? Should religion cause people to live as “us versus them”?Does God allow for peaceful co-existence with so-called ‘Unbelievers’? Can one live in peace with someone who believes in something different? Should people judge those who do not believe in what they do and cast them away?  Isn’t God the ultimate judge? Must all humans believe in God?  And for those who don’t believe in God should they be despised for that?

Bible

Romans 12: 9 - 18

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.10Love each other with genuine affection,e and take delight in honoring each other. 11Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.f 12Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

14Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!

17Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.18Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

Quran

“Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided.” Qur’an 16:125
“Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes - from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly.” Qur’an 60:8
“And Allah does not like corruption.” Qur’an 2:205
“There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing.” Qur’an 2:256
“Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided.” Qur’an 16:125
“Indeed, [O Muhammad], you do not guide whom you like, but Allah guides whom He wills. And He is most knowing of the [rightly] guided.” Qur’an 28:56