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.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Opus 2011-126, Koran Klarifications: Christians Are Infidels

Christians and Jews were originally considered people of the Book.  You hear a lot about how Mohammed and Muslims do not hate Christians.  Unfortunately that does not seem to be consistent with the teaching of the Koran.
“Infidels now are they who say, "God is the Messiah, Son of Mary;" for the Messiah said, "O children of Israel! worship God, my Lord and your Lord." Whoever shall join other gods with God, God shall forbid him the Garden, and his abode shall be the Fire; and the wicked shall have no helpers.” Surah 5, “The Table,” verse 72
So by definition, anyone who believes that Jesus is God is an infidel.  Infidels are to be killed.  Infidels will spend their time in Hell.
“Say to the infidels: ye shall be worsted, and to Hell shall ye be gathered together; and wretched the couch!”  Surah 3, “The Family of ‘Imrhan,” verse 8
And if you believe in the Trinity, that Jesus is God, you are by definition an infidel.
“They surely are Infidels who say, "God is the third of three:" for there is no God but one God: and if they refrain not from what they say, a grievous chastisement shall light on such of them as are Infidels.  Will they not, therefore, be turned unto God, and ask pardon of Him? since God is Forgiving, Merciful!”  Surah 5, “The Table,” verse 73
There will never be real peace between believing Christians and believing Muslims.  At best there will be a tension that cannot be resolved.

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

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