Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Opus 2011-107, Koran Klarifications: Dietary Laws of Islam

You may have heard about the way the Muslim inmates of Guantanamo are eating.  They have meals specially prepared for them that reflect the dietary laws of Islam.  You may be aware of the well known restrictions:  No alcohol and no pork.  You may be aware of other religions that have dietary laws.  Jews are not to eat pork.  Mormons avoid coffee.  Some Seventh Day Adventists are vegetarians. 

What you may not be aware of is that the dietary needs of Muslims are totally flexible.  There is not real need to make sure that Muslim captives are fed according to the Koran.  Let me quote the book itself:
“But that which dieth of itself, and blood, and swine's flesh, and that over which any other name than that of God hath been invoked, is forbidden you. But he who shall partake of them by constraint, without lust or wilfulness, no sin shall be upon him. Verily God is Indulgent, Merciful.”  Sura 2, “The Cow”, verse 173
So you can see that a Muslim is under no compulsion to eat a certain way if circumstances make it impossible.  Any noise made over this issue is just an attempt to manipulate people.  As with so much that you hear about Islam, it is not true.  Ignore it.  Save your sympathy for someone that needs and deserves it.

As in any quoting of the Koran, I would encourage you to get a copy and read it yourself.  Read the entire book.  Read everything in context.  If you are a Christian, that is the way you should read your Bible.  Be cautious about proof texting by anyone.  At times it is necessary, but only as a way of giving you a chance to check it out for yourself. 

Truth will out.

All Koran quotes are from the translation by Rev. J.M. Rodwell, M.A. provided by the Gutenberg Project.

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