‘Is Islam also a religion from God?’

This came up in discussion not long ago.

Premise 1: If I believed Islam was a religion from God, I would be Muslim.
Premise 2: I’m not Muslim.
_______________
Conclusion: Therefore, I don’t believe Islam is a religion from God.

Islam and Christianity cannot both be right. Any Christian who says Islam is a message is mistaken about Islam or Christianity. The two religions teach opposite different things about:

  • God
  • Jesus
  • the Crucifixion and Resurrection
  • And so on.

The teachings cannot be reconciled. To try, you must distort the teachings of both.

As to how and why? Maybe I’ll elaborate on these another time.

Lack of Knowledge of Christianity

Despite this blog, many people whom I see in daily life are not religious. Most people don’t think that I’m a believer. It surprises them when they find out I am. I don’t know why.

The wording may not be exactly correct, nor the order I asked stuff, but this event occurred.

I was speaking to someone — a non-believer — a few days ago. For some reason, the topic of religion cropped up. His lack of knowledge of Christianity was astounding.

He told me how Jesus was a myth because they did not find his bones in his tomb.

I pointed out, further, that the body wouldn’t stay in the cave. People collected the bones of the deceased after a year. They would usually put them in a famliy ossuary. If not, they bury the body. He didn’t know what an ossuary was, so I explained that. It baffled him, but oh well.

I told him that, in Christianity, Christ rose from the dead. He stared at me in utter confusion. Then said he had never heard that.
Then, he said that he believed that twelve people made up Jesus: the disciples.

When I asked why he thinks that? They thought it would be funny.

I asked if he knew that, save one, all the disciples died horrible deaths. As did Paul. People killed them in violent ways for their message.
Why would they do that? Why would they not recant their message? If “twelve people” made up Christ, why would they die for it?

Why would the Bible record them the way it did? It has them doing unflattering things. It records them as weak, cowards, lazy and incompetent.
Often, they are unable to understand Christ. Why would they make up someone so much better and make themselves look like fools?
Why would none of them admit they made it up? Why would they die for something they knew was a lie?

People die for what they believe. People will kill and die for a religious belief. People will not die for something they know didn’t happen. They will not suffer for it.

And, out of twelve people, none of them recanted? None of them admitted it was a lie? None of them slipped up? When crucified, about to have their heads removed or skinned alive? None confessed to making it up?

He stared at me for a moment. Trying to think of something to say. ‘I don’t believe any of it anyway.’ He said, after a moment of silence.

‘But they did. And they died proclaiming what they had seen. They received nothing for it. No money. Just ridicule and death.’ I responded.
He changed the topic to what he was having for dinner that day.

Now, this is a cringeworthy discussion at the best of times. The real kicker?

He went to a Catholic school.

Meekness vs obsequiousness

Obsequiousness isn’t meekness. Meekness isn’t obsequiousness.

The vices opposed to humility are,

  1. pride: by reason of defect, and
  2. a too great obsequiousness or abjection of oneself, which would be an excess of humility. This might easily be derogatory to a man’s office or holy character; or it might serve only to pamper pride in others, by unworthy flattery, which would occasion their sins of tyranny, arbitrariness, and arrogance.

The virtue of humility may not be practised in any external way which would occasion such vices or acts in others.

Source: New Advent: Catholic Encyclopedia: Humility. Last accessed 21 March 17.

Meekness isn’t letting people walk all over you, as shown in another blog post (Meek in Greek).

Sometimes you have to be strong. Stand tall, defiant. Until we begin to rediscover what humility actually is, we’re going to be in for a lot of headaches. We’re called to be just, not necessarily nice.

‘It says ‘Allah’ in the Bible!’

It says Allah in the Bible.  I see this claim a lot.

Hebrew, Aramaic, and Arabic are all Semitic languages. That means they’re all related. Of course there are going to be similarities.

Let’s look at a word. In this case, ‘God’. Suitable.

  • in Germanic languages: Gud, God, Gott, Got
  • in Romance languages: Deus, Dios, Dio, Dieu, Diu, Déu
  • in Slavic languages: Bóg, Bůh, Boh, Bog

They’re related, so they’re similar. It’s the same with Semitic languages. It’s not an unusual concept.

So, of course, “ilah”, “eloh”, “elaha” and so on are going to be quite similar.

Even if words are similar, “Allah” doesn’t mean the same God as in Islam. People used “Allah” before Muhammad “received his “revelations.

This is just grasping at straws. It is almost always by Sunni Muslims.

Blessed Easter

This is an Easter for the West and the East.

Christ is risen! Truly, He is risen!

ܡܫܝܚܐ ܩܡ! ܫܪܝܪܐܝܬ ܩܡ!

המשיח קם! באמת קם!

 

Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη!

Христос воскрес! Воистину воскрес!

 

Christus resurrexit! Resurrexit vere!

 

Χριστὸς ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν,
θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας,
καὶ τοῖς ἐν τοῖς μνήμασι,
ζωὴν χαρισάμενος!

Christ is risen from the dead,
Trampling down death by death,
And upon those in the tombs
Bestowing life!

 

 

Crucem sanctam subiit,
qui infernum confregit,
accinctus est potentia,
surrexit die tertia. Alleluia.

Lapidem quem reprobaverunt
aedeficantes factus est
caput anguli, alleluia.

Translation:

He bore the Holy Cross,
who broke the power of hell;
He was girded with power
He rose again the third day, alleluia

The stone that the architects rejected
became the cornerstone, alleluia.

On this day we celebrate:

  • Life conquering death
  • Truth over falsehood
  • Knowledge over deceit
  • Good over wickedness

 

Have a blessed Easter, everyone.

Meek in Greek

Showing the words used for “meek” in Greek:

Strong’s Concordance
Original Word: πραΰς, πραεῖα, πραΰ
Transliteration: praus
Definition: mild, gentle.

HELPS Word-studies

Cognate: 4239praýs (also listed as 4239a/praupathia in NAS dictionary) – meek

This difficult-to-translate root (pra-) means more than “meek.” Biblical meekness is not weakness but rather refers to exercising God’s strength under His control – i.e. demonstrating power without undue harshness.

[The English term “meek” often lacks this blend – i.e. of gentleness (reserve) and strength.]

Source: BibleHub; Strong’s, 4239

And:
Strong’s Concordance
praos: meek.

Original Word: πρᾷος, α, ον
Transliteration: praos
Definition: mild, gentle, meek, kind.

HELPS Word-studies

Cognate: 4235 práosmeek, i.e. the necessary balance of exercising power and avoiding harshness. See 4236 (praotēs).

Source: BibleHub; Strong’s, 4235

And:
Strong’s Concordance
praotés: meekness.

Original Word: πρᾳότης, τητος, ἡ
Transliteration: praotés
Definition: mildness, gentleness, meekness, kindness.

HELPS Word-studies

4236 praótēs– properly, temperate, displaying the right blend of force and reserve (gentleness). 4236 /praótēs (“strength in gentleness”) avoids unnecessary harshness, yet without compromising or being too slow to use necessary force.

Source: BibleHub; Strong’s, 4236

What we think of as meek isn’t necessarily what Christ meant.

More to come.

“Conservative? Not wanted” – CoE Bishop’s treatment

The Church of England has sent a clear message to its conservative churchgoers – you’re not wanted*

I don’t get it: haven’t they (the CoE) realized that liberals don’t tend to like the Church? Why bother trying to appease them? Why are they demonising someone for something they permitted?

Give progressives an inch and they’ll take a mile. Nothing will please them. If it does, it’s for, what? A month? A week if you’re lucky? These people don’t support a meritocracy, after all. It’s about who fits their agenda and personal diversity quotas.

So why bother? For a quiet life? That’s weak. It’s cowardice embodied. This risks only division for a Church which flouts its broadness.

 

*Source: International Business Times. Accessed 20 March 17