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Anil Goel
Posted over 1 year ago
Aren't Christianity, Judaism and Islam basically the same? How much archaeological evidence is there of similar teachings in the past?
"Question: Is the Bible of nowadays exactly the same as it was when Jesus, pbuh, was present? My question is to you." There were many writings/letters/epistles written at the time, and I went thru the processes leading up to recognition of the final canon. The general rule was if there was any doubt to anything written, toss it out. I am quite satisfied with the reliability of the Scriptures. Koranic allegations to the contrary have been fairly superficial, and have never really passed an objective smell test. "The Revelation of Jesus Christ" is God's final word to man, and His return is the next event to look forward to.
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Anil Goel
Posted over 1 year ago
Aren't Christianity, Judaism and Islam basically the same? How much archaeological evidence is there of similar teachings in the past?
"I did not read Jewish or Christian Bibles. Most of what I know about Torah and Bible is either through Qur'an..." I like your honesty! I have read the Koran, the Jewish writings and the Christian Bible, although I admit the Koran was quite a while ago. The OT is actually included in its entirety as part of the Christian Bible, for they use the OT as a founding basis to show continuity into the God's plan of salvation. If you read the NT, you will notice the heavy reliance on the OT, not to sway people from one faith to another, but to show that the two are part and parcel of one same plan. I see Revelation, the last book in the NT, as the end point of the redemption thread started in Genesis, the first book in the OT. The Koran is a sharp contrast to that continuity, and as I said before, failed to convince me of its greater authoritative and ability to wipe out the entire plan revealed in the the NT resurrection. Your reading from only the Koran's perspective will NEVER let you see beyond the Koran's depiction of Jesus as another prophet. Unless you intend to stay with the Koran regardless of what you find, my suggestion would be to be willing to see it from a non-Koranic view. Unfortunately, there is much misleading information out there, and my personal preference is to start by reading the actual documents without a hundred people telling me what is written/said. Your path will be determined by your true heart's intent - I offer you sincere prosperity and good wishes in your search.
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Anil Goel
Posted over 1 year ago
Aren't Christianity, Judaism and Islam basically the same? How much archaeological evidence is there of similar teachings in the past?
"...over 1600 years means that people needed that many prophets. This means that people did make changes and alterations..." Really? You really believe in such a coordinated manipulation? Any sources? Forgive me, but it sounds like you are making a number of unfounded assumptions to support the Koran, as opposed to examining your stated thread question "aren't C/J/I basically all the same?" My question to you would be to ask if you have actually read the Jewish or Christian Bibles, and secondly, how would YOU compare it to the Koran.
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Anil Goel
Posted over 1 year ago
What does the cosmos want?!?!?!?
1) "He or She? or ___?" There is no "She" or ___ in the Bible, so you will need to explain how that applies to my previous reply. 2) "Don't let your dead ancestors control your life." MY dead ancestors? to whom do you refer? If you are referring to the authors of the Bible (which is not clear in your statement), then I would have to ask, given that I've never met neither you nor those authors (who actually had a relatively large amount of credibility), why would I choose your advice over theirs? Why is your "advice" more authoritative than theirs? 3) "vast quantities of people murdered "..."because of religious brainwashing" A bit of an empty statement. You want to might read up on Pot Pol, Stalin, and the butcher-hood of other atheistic regimes. The rest of your post seems to be a "don't worry, be happy" kind of philosophy. Well, I do not worry, and I am happy, but it isn't from fickle human feelings which change on a day to day basis. Obeying your "positive will" is certainly admirable, but I doubt very much if it can be done. Are you saying that you have never gone against your "positive will"?
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Anil Goel
Posted over 1 year ago
What does the cosmos want?!?!?!?
As long as we acknowledge who/what we are talking about! What does God want from me? Well, what does God want from ANY of us? I am sure I am not the only one He wants something from! Depending on your faiths/beliefs, for your calling is heavily dependent on the plan of salvation as defined by that belief. According to the Bible, it is to glorify God Himself. He has given each of us different abilities and gifts, and He is glorified in our lives when we follow his lead/plan thru these gifts.. The real challenge is to find how He chose you and why. In this day and age, one of the biggest enemies we have to fight is confusion, which I believe is directly related to the current movement away from God. Quires such as What is my calling, what is sin/right/wrong, what is the truth, what is .... are sincere common questions that are asked almost rhetorically, and just as lightly answered by the unqualified, uncaring or worse, the politically correct. Part of that is deliberate, and part via mass ignorance. While God needs His people for many purposes; the calling to speak the truth is one that is very important one, especially at a time where confusion / uncertainty is so common. Speaking the truth in the light of His revelation is a calling to which I have responded to. I definitely don't have all the answers, but unlike many, I am not afraid or proud to say 'I don't know'! Hope this answers the question; it may not be the answer expected, but well, umm,.. it was asked(!) So now I ask you: what does He want from you?
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Anil Goel
Posted over 1 year ago
What does the cosmos want?!?!?!?
The cosmos wants nothing from you. I think your question is better phrased as "What does God want from you?. A totally different question/answer session, I am sure!
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Anil Goel
Posted over 1 year ago
Aren't Christianity, Judaism and Islam basically the same? How much archaeological evidence is there of similar teachings in the past?
I have always questioned the authenticity of a revelation thru a single man. The OT was written by over 30 authors over 1500 years; the NT was written by 8-10 authors, and the Koran was written by 1. Suggesting that the one is more authoritative than the 40 (most of whom could NOT have collaborated over a 1600 year period) and can overturn the writings of so many martyrs (as were most prophets) is to test the credibility of the "new revelation".
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Anil Goel
Posted over 1 year ago
Aren't Christianity, Judaism and Islam basically the same? How much archaeological evidence is there of similar teachings in the past?
" Also having read the OT couldn't the authors of the NT have written it in a way to fulfill the OT. ..." I don't think that argument can really hold a lot of water. There were many prophecies that were written in the OT, and while some could "be manipulated by after-the-fact authors", many could not be pre-determined. Gen 49:10; Isa 9:6, 11:1, 53; Dan 9:25-27, Mic 5:2 are all items that could NOT be reversed engineered. I WILL grant you that other prophecies COULD be colored in if one chooses to see it that way, but Foretelling birth lineage, location, time are not easily adjusted.
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Anil Goel
Posted over 1 year ago
What is the true purpose of religion?
"The bible is a big book. You can find or speculate nearly anything you want. Even today most Christian ignore some parts..." It is true one can speculate quite liberally in such a big book, but if that speculation is out of context, it is unlikely to be true. What is more relevant is what is written, not what is read/interpreted. The claim is that God wrote it for man, who in turn reads it to find what God wanted to tell him. If the individual is focused on anything else, he risks taking it out of context. You listed a number of items, i.e. working on the Sabbath, the 10 commandments, slavery, etc. as a generic list, but without any context of the resurrection (which is the central redemptive point of the Bible) I'll go thru it quickly (without trying to sermonize!), Working on the Sabbath was to show Israel of the need to devote time to God unhindered. The NT did away with the actual legalistic word and expanded it to its full definition, which was to devote all things to God via Jesus who IS the Sabbath. The 10 Commandments were explicitly worded, but the full definition was provided by Jesus and the Holy Spirit - i.e. adultery is more than just sex outside marriage. And thirdly, slavery is not endorsed as a social structure. Your selective quote misinterprets the point being made - slaves, don't break the law. My first post at TED.com! I gather you are more of a science kind of guy, and while I respect the mind that observes/ analyses/ assesses/ interprets, I do wonder why I don't see a lot of the same objective process on "non-science" topics.