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:
- 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.
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.
I read an article from the site”Return of Kings”, today which interested me. Its title was: Why Returning To The Pagan Mindset Could Bring Back Masculinity [link].
I must admit, I laughed at the title before I read it. I thought it was going to be hyper-masculine, neopagan LARPing. It wasn’t.
The author states that modern Christianity has a reputation for being namby-pamby. This is correct. It does. This namby-pamby, weak Christianity is what inspired me to set up this blog.
This weakness turns away many people. I can understand why. I come from a tough, working-class area. The Christianity many seem to espouse cannot work here.
Despite this, it’s not Christianity at its heart. It’s a modernist, idealistic sense of Christianity. It doesn’t work. It can’t. This new form believes everyone is good, that we can overcome with dialogue. Despite we can’t always do that.
Michael Sebastian, the author of the article, states:
Medieval Christianity did not share the modern belief that everyone is good. Cities were built with walls and strong defenses, not because their inhabitants hated the people on the outside, but because they wanted to protect themselves and their posterity. The idea that Christians are obligated to take in hordes of Muslim immigrants would have been ridiculed by Christians of the past.
I agree. Actually, I imagine it would be more than that. More likely, they would see those who think that as traitors. An enemy within.
He states how modern Christianity is pacifistic. Many Church leaders and Christians espouse not only non-violence, but even avoiding self-defence. He’s right. I’ve discussed with some Christians who act like that. Their smugness grates me.
I imagine that he, like me, is unhappy to be able to say this and be right. This lilly-livered pseudo-Christianity makes me sick. This is usually a form of idealism found in middle-class neighbourhoods. Very little crime. Everyone knows each other. A world a far cry from the world outside my living room.
The author and I part ways in agreement with the term ‘pagan mindset’. He doesn’t advocate for rejoining the old, European pagan religions. It would’ve been better if he used something else. Like Crusader Mindset. Or Templar Mindset. But Pagan mindset? Nah.
This is anecdotal, but most pagans I meet are serious SJWs or LARPers. They seem to hate Christians. Many even seem to love Islam. Weird, I know, but this is my experience – and it’s not one or two people.
His conclusion? A hope for church leaders to stop chasing secular culture. To reclaim our medieval history.
I agree. I am not ashamed of the Crusades* nor the Reconquista. If it wasn’t for those, Europe would have been Islamic. Islam doesn’t absorb cultures. It doesn’t meld with them. It destroys and replaces them. Overrides them. In rare cases, Islam and another culture can co-exist, but this seems to be more rural. Cities become more… Arabesque? The culture doesn’t survive as much.
* Except the Fourth. What the hell was that about?
My stance is, if we want to help destroy the SJW, pseudo-Christianity, we have to do three things:
I encourage my Christian traditionalist friends and any traditionalist, Christian readers to write. Blog. Speak. Proclaim. Preach. Grow. Read. Learn apologetics. Defend.
The brave form of Christianity, the one of our ancestors, will take off.
We can do it.