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.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Opus 2011-118, Koran Klarifications: Jesus, the Crucifixion

Although the Koran accepts the existence of Jesus and His virgin birth that does not mean it accept the Jesus of the Bible.  The Crucifixion, for instance, is denied,
“And for their saying, ‘Verily we have slain the Messiah, Jesus the son of Mary, an Apostle of God.’ Yet they slew him not, and they crucified him not, but they had only his likeness.  And they who differed about him were in doubt concerning him: No sure knowledge had they about him, but followed only an opinion, and they did not really slay him, but God took him up to Himself. And God is Mighty, Wise!”  Surah 4, “Women,”  verse 157
Notice the word “likeness.”  This is the heretical idea that Jesus did not physically die on the cross.  It was just some sort of illusion.  Of course this is only heretical to Christians.  Muslims simply do not accept it.  To them it is nonsense. 

If Jesus did not die on the cross then there was no sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin.  Our salvation is in our hands and based on our efforts. 

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

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