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.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Opus 2011-124, Koran Klarifications: Jesus, Forerunner of Mohammed

In contemporary, politically correct books that discuss Islam and Christianity it is popular to say that Islam has a high opinion of Jesus and so we should focus on what we have in common.  The problem is that we are not talking about the same Jesus.  Islam makes Jesus into the role of John the Baptist, one who prepares the way. 
“And remember when Jesus the son of Mary said, ‘O children of Israel! of a truth I am God's apostle to you to confirm the law which was given before me, and to announce an apostle that shall come after me whose name shall be Ahmad!’   But when he (Ahmad) presented himself with clear proofs of his mission, they said, ‘This is manifest sorcery!’”  Surah 61, “Battle Array” verse 6
One of the key purposes of Jesus, according to the Koran, was to announce that Mohammed (Ahmad) was coming.  When Christians clearly reject this, and Mohammed was obviously aware they did, they are rejected.

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

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