Christianity is too other-worldly. Jesus Christ is reported
to have told the people,
"If a man comes to me, and hates not his father and
his mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own
life also, he cannot be my disciple"
"Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he
hath, he cannot be my disciple"
When a man told him that he would follow him but he should
be allowed to go and bury his dead father, Jesus is reported to have said,
"Follow me; and let the dead bury the dead."
He even told the people to
"Make themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake."
The outcome of such a teaching can only be the production of
stunted and contorted hypocrites instead of full grown human beings.
Islam keeps a healthy balance between this world and the next.
It says that the spirit cannot grow by crushing the body. Human instincts are
not intrinsically bad. They must not be killed, but wisely controlled,
channelized and purposefully used to make the life of man richer and better.
This world has a meaning and a purpose, and it is only by leading a normal and fruitful
life in the world and by appreciating and enjoying the beautiful Gifts of God
that man can come near to God, be of service to others, and prepare himself for
the other world. Islam favors the middle path. The Prophet declared that there
was no monkery in Islam.