In discussing Eastern Religions, we must keep in mind the differences of the Traditions of the Near, Middle and Far East. That is to say, there can be no generalization, or lumping together, of the plethora of the cults and sects that are known to exist. Also, we must keep in mind that a person's religious faith is every bit as important to that individual, as is our own.
We must also, in this study, set aside the religions that do not have the common thread of historical figures such as the Old Testament figures found in the Hebrew, Aramaic,and later, the Greek writings of The New Testament. In this way, we can address the reasons for the deep seated fears, suspicions and hatred that prevail amongst the three major religions so prominent in contemporary times, as well as in Eschatological studies. (eschatology is the study of the "End Times")
For our purposes in this particular study, we shall set aside those religions that in no way recognize Jesus as a figure of prominence. Hence, Hinduism, Toaist, Buddhist and any of this type of grouping, do not meet the criteria of comparison and selectiveness we are approaching at this time.
In every know society, there are two common threads we need to be aware of.
Two Common Threads
1. It is an integral part of human nature to search for a way to explain how our origins began.
2. There are always both religious and scientific explanations
It is within these areas that so much controversy and corruptive human behavior can be seen. Small wonder then, that many marked contrasts have become evident, with little common ground in seeking answers to the host of human problems. Science and religion seem to be totally deadlocked in their opposing views and methodology, while virtually never seeking a common ground, in an attempt to resolve their differences.
Also to be noted that within these opposing schools of thought, divisions are also running rampant. That is to say, both the scientific and religious communities are acting more in opposition and turmoil, than they are constructively engaging in ways to unify their endeavors.
Lest we stray very far afield om our topic, let us be reminded that we must now seek both the common threads and the differences as well, of the Eastern Religions of Judaism and Muslim, as compared to Christianity, which was, after all, also born in this region of the world.
In seeking answers to both the common thread and marked differences in these three major expressions of faith, we must begin here. The reason is simple. Only in the writings of the Christian faith, and its historical track record, can we acquaint ourselves with satisfactory answers as to why we see so much anger and hate in our contemporary world.
Foremost in this, is the fact that neither the Jewish or the Muslim devout, accept Jesus of Nazareth as the Christ (Messiah) we Christians believe in as our eternal hope for peace. As a result, there is distrust and a barrier to true cooperation in all avenues of political and commercial dealings as well.
We must also address the issue of apostasy that is becoming so prevalent in many countries that claim to be Christian Nations.
What do the Jewish and Muslim practitioners see that is of the greatest importance? They see a travesty, in that we worship God as a Trinity, rather than a monotheist God according to their own doctrine. That is to say, "You worship three Gods and that is blasphemy.
From here they can also add our lack of unification in matters of doctrine since we have such a variety of denominations, sects and cults. In doing so,they fail to remember that there are also divisions within the Jewish or Muslim religions as well.
Let us not forget another most important fact. The Christian Bible, as it has developed over time, has taken at least two distinctive avenues of interpretation in that we have both Protestant and Roman Catholic schools of theology. One major difference is that the Aprocryphal books no longer have a valid canonical place in the Protestant Bibles.
It has been said that Rome succeeded though religion, what its once mighty army could not accomplish; that is, the quest for world domination. As a result, many Protestant theologians preach and teach what could well be a dangerous interpretation of some parts of the Book of Revelation.
It is a small wonder then, that the validity of Christianity is not only under attack by the Jewish and Muslim religions, but also seems bent on destroying itself from within. Christian, beware.
Judaism, as a religion of doctrines and practices, had its origins in the time of a man first named Abram. He was spoken to by God, and a covenant was made. Through the act (rite) of circumcision, and a certain flow of blood, the human male would now exhibit a uniqueness of body, which would distinguish him from all others of the same gender. God also gave Abram a new name - "Abraham" to further engrave upon his man, the importance of his future role under the tutiledge of God Himself. At this point then,we can safely say that Abraham was the personification of Orthodox Judaism.
As time passed, there was erosion of the purist Jewish faith, and as a result, two major schools of theology emerged. Hence we had the Pharisees and the Sadducees. The main difference between the two schools of interpretation hinged on the issue of life after death and the resurrection. Eventually, the school of Sadducee teaching disappeared.
In contemporary times, we see that numerous divisions exist that include Hasidic, Orthodox, Liberal and now, even a branch named Messianic Jews.
To the most orthodox of the Jewish devout, only the first five books (The Pentateuch) of the Old Testament are valid. These books are known as the Torah. The writings of the prophets are also considered to be good for teaching, but do not hold the authority of the Torah. Going to the extreme, the ultra liberal Jews, see all of these writings as historical myths, as do the most liberal Christian theologians.
In conclusion then, we see both internal and external challenges to this religion. Who do they defend themselves against? Christians and Muslims. Please note most carefully, that despite all the historical evidences of men and nations attempting to obliterate the Jewish people from this earth - none has been successful.
Here we must immediately establish first, a people, and secondly, a religion born out of these people. Let us go into the campsite of Abraham. At this time there are two sons sharing a common father, but two very different mothers. One is Sarah, once known as Sari, a Jew, and Hagar, an Egyptian concubine.
There is an enormous hostility between the two women, and speculation would ensure that this hostility also prevailed between the sons, Isaac (the younger son) and Ishmael, the son of the concubine).
Eventually, Hagar and her son Ishmael are expelled from the camp, and nearly die in the desert, before God intervenes, and their lives are spared. One can see in this, the beginning of the people we know as Arabian today.
It takes little thought to see how both a nation and its religion can be hated and rejected, yet absolutely entwined physically and emotionally in the Arab and Jewish cultures. We can safely say that this is the oldest existing sibling rivalry of humanity. The spiritual aspects are also readily accessible and obviously at bay.
We must not neglect the Samaritan people, who would have no more to do with the Jews, then would be the case vive versa. These people had their own religious form and even named their own Holy mountain (Gerizim - Deuteronomy 11:29 & John 4:20).
These rivalries and religious differences remained virtually intact, until some 600 years after the birth of Christianity. At that time there appeared a new, virtually self proclaimed prophet, by the name of Mohammed. As one endeavors to study the man and his claims to being a prophet, it becomes abundantly clear, that there is a distinct satanic influence, when compared to the rise of Abraham and the prophets of the Bible.
Of the three religions we have delved into, only one, the Muslim religion, has as an integral expression of practice, the eliminating any others. It is tolerant only of itself.
By way of explanation, we must view the term "infidel" and see that any non Muslim being must be fought against and eliminated, if they will not, for whatever reason, embrace this faith form. How sad this is. I mentioned before that there is a direct satanic influence in this faith. Is it not easily seen that confusion exists here, in that there is no unified doctrine?
Muslim faith is sectarian. Haven't we seen the evidence of the extremist's interpretation of "Jihad?" Jihad is proclaimed as a Holy War. Is it limited to the spiritual realm? Or is Jihad to be seen and enacted as the elimination of any and all non - Muslim people, and even some Muslims not belonging to a particular sectarian interpretation of the writings of the Koran?
It is Satan who is the author of confusion.It is satan who is dedicated to destruction. It is Satan who longed to rise above the throne room of God, only to be cast down. It is Satan who disguises himself as a angel of light, and utilizes half truths and lies, in order to accomplish his goals. He invades the Synagogue, The Church, and the Mosque alike. And it seems quite apparent, that he has chosen the Muslim religion to be his army of conquest.
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I forwarded that question to a friend who worked in Saudi Arabia for 20 years. The following is his forwarded reply:
"Theologically, no. Because his allegiance is to Allah, the moon god of Arabia.
Religiously, no. Because no other religion is accepted by his Allah except Islam
"The Cow" There is no compulsion in religion. Righteousness is now distinct from error. He who disbelieves in the idol and believes Allah has grasped the firmest tie that will never break. Allah is Hearing, Knowing."
Scripturally, no Because his allegiance is to the five pillars of Islam and the Quran (Koran).
Geographically, no. Because his allegiance is to Mecca, to which he turns in prayer five times a day.
Socially, no. Because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make friends with Christians or Jews.
Politically, no. Because he must submit to the mullah (spiritual leaders) , who teach annihilation of Israel and destruction of America, the great Satan.
Domestically, no. Because he is instructed to marry four women and beat and scourge his wife when she disobeys him
(Quran 4:34).Men are the maintainers for women that Allah has preferred in bounty one of them over the other, and for that they have spent their wealth. Righteous women are obedient,guarding the secret that which Allah has guarded. Those from whom you fear rebelliousness admonish them and desert them in the bed and smack them (without harshness). Then if they obey you, do not look for any against them. Allah is High, Great."
Intellectually, no. Because he cannot accept the American Constitution since it is based on Biblical principles and he believes the Bible to be corrupt.
Philosophically, no. Because Islam, Muhammad, and the Quran do not allow freedom of religion and expression. Democracy and Islam cannot co - exist. Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or Autocratic.
Spiritually, no. Because when we declare "one nation under God," the Christian's God is loving and kind, while Allah is NEVER referred to as heavenly father, nor is he ever called love in the Quran's 99 excellent names."
Therefore after much study and deliberation.... perhaps we should be very suspicious of ALL MUSLIMS in this country. They obviously cannot be both "good" Muslims and good Americans. Call it what you wish..... it's still the truth.
If you find yourself intellectually in agreement with the above statements, perhaps you will share this with your friends. The more who understand this, the better it will be for our country and our future.
The religious war is bigger and more complex than most Americans currently know or understand.
Mt 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.