Conservative idea similar to religion

Issue date: 12/9/05 Section: Opinion – Murray State News
www.thenews.org 

Islam is the only religion to express love to Jesus besides Christianity. It is an obligation to Muslims to love Jesus. No one who is disrespectful of him will ever go to heaven.

As a matter of fact, Jesus was expressly mentioned 28 times in the Quran, but Muhammad was only mentioned four times. Muslims identify Jesus as the “The Spirit of God” and consider him one of the greatest figures in history.

Jesus is believed to have perpetrated many miracles. He healed those born blind and leper. He brought forth the dead. However, all of those miracles were not possible without God’s will and his leave. God gave him this ability and power.

One of the main doctrines of Christianity is the belief in the crucifixion of Jesus, whereas Muslims look at it differently. The Quran mentions clearly that Jesus himself was not crucified.

It is reasoned that God did not want to have Jesus tortured and replaced him with someone who physically looked like him, but Christians think Jesus was the one on the cross. Muslims believe that Jesus is still alive and is living in heaven.

As for Jesus’ birth, life and miracles, Muslims’ beliefs are almost similar to that of Christians. Nonetheless, when it comes to his divinity, Islamic accounts point the main difference. Muslims reject the divinity part of the Christian’s creed and consider Jesus as one of God’s prophets. Islam steps in the middle of Christianity and Judaism when it comes to Jesus. Islam neither makes Jesus a worshiped figure, nor a rejected one. He is one of the five prophets the Quran called “apostles of inflexible purpose.” They are called this term for their extreme patience during the torture they had endured from nonbelievers.

Muslims hold their claims by many evidences from both the Quran and the Bible.

Debates among the followers of the three “Abrahamic Religions,” that is -Judaism, Christianity and Islam- are endless when it comes to differences in faith. Faith mostly comes from the heart, not from the mind.

People say they seek the truth, but most of them argue for the sake of their beliefs. Would Jesus love to see us fight each other? Why do we not look for similarities among us, instead of differences?

A conservative Christian in the southern part of the United States told me once that I would surely go to hell. She assured me that she is going to heaven. Why? Because she does believe that Jesus is God and I do not. If that is true, then billions of people living now on the face of the earth would go to hell because they are not Christians. Is that the loving God she believes in? At the same time, other militant Muslims and Jews claim heaven was created for them. They talk as if God gave them the keys for paradise and hell.

If we look deeply into our religious codes, we would discover a great amount of similarity. Muslims believe Jesus, not Muhammad, is coming at the end of the world and bringing justice with him. The globe would unite for the first time and would get rid of evil.

Despite the differences between Muslims and Christians, both consider Jesus one of the greatest figures in history. His wisdom, knowledge, compassion and sacrifices can never be found in others.

Jesus is a legacy that remains in the hearts and souls of those who love him. His remembrance should unite us all rather than separate us into squabbling factions.

Mohamed Ebrahim is a senior computer information systems major from Bahrain.

4 Comments

  1. roy said,

    Not being a scholar on religion, just a southern Babtist, I can only express my opinion for what it is worth. Regarding the “conservative Christian from the south..” almost every version of Christianity professes different interpretations on whom is going to hell and whom is not. And individuals are no different. Many Catholics think that I, being a Babtist and not subscribing to their total views condems me. The same is true with a Methodist, and visa versa., as well as, so on with the many divisions of religious interpretations of the Bible.

    Hence, I reject the notion of anyone’s religious faction being the way to heaven, also, anyone condeming another. That is God’s realm. But, as a southern Babtist, I do not believe my interpretation is the only way, nor do I believe that a Catholic going to Church every Sunday, going to confession, then during the week drinking and sinning, then repeating the scenario gives them any advantages to heaven (not picking on Catholics, just defining differences). But, a liberal Catholic believer would issue the same condemnation as the conseravative southern Christian you cite above.

    But, the Bible does state that Jesus was sent to show man/woman that there is not death to the spirit/soul of people because one dies – through the resurection. He would have to die at the hand of man (those who kill out of their beliefs) to make that point.

    But, the title above is not really true from my perspective. A conservative, in my humble opinion, is one whom accepts that there is a right and a wrong. That core values (believed and practised) define a person’s character. Social values are reflected in these core beliefs. That is not similar to religion – it’s just a way of going through life. Most conservatives I know are religious, and because they profess same doesn’t mean the two are the same, nor does mean all subscribe to the same beliefs.

    How would “liberal idea” compare? Many liberals have the opinion that there is a moral equivilence to rationale. As example – they would side with a mass murderer over the victims – because the murderer was driven to rage, or had some excuse because of someone’s actions – therefore, others are as guilty, so, why condemn the murderer. Or, it’s ok to kill an unborn (innocent) child through abortion, but, not this (guilty) mass murderer.

    So, I feel “conservative” is misplaced here in your article. As though it is confined to an ignorance – when it is not. It is a viewpoint/perspective that is too broad to pigeonhole.
    I am a southern Christian conservative, and I am not condemning you.

    That said, I am in agreement that ” People say they seek the truth, but most of them argue for the sake of their beliefs. Would Jesus love to see us fight each other? Why do we not look for similarities among us, instead of differences?” and “His remembrance should unite us all rather than separate us into squabbling factions.”
    as well a other points you make.

  2. monline said,

    Thanks Roy for your thoughtful comments. I really appreciate your comings here, and really thankful for your valuable opinions. I promise to reply to your comments the soonest I can. I’ve been really busy the past 2-3 months.. Especially with the project I have on hand, I work 10-15 hours a day; from 8 am to 8pm at the least..
    This article is a summary of a broad paper I wrote, “Jesus through Muslims’ Lenses, please read this https://monline.wordpress.com/papers-and-columns/jesus-through-muslims’-lenses/

    As of the title, it wasn’t really mine. It was the editor at Murray State News, http://www.thenews.org, who changed the original title. I like your giving; but I really think religious people are part of a broad group, that’s Conservatives.

    The problem I have with conservatives is that claim to have “Global” values; that are based on what they think “Right” and “Wrong.” Most of the time, conservatives who do not share what’s wrong or right, don’t and can’t get together! Most conservatives categorize people on the base of what they believe, and deal with them accordingly. This, I noticed from dealing with conservatives of different shapes and shadows; and believe me, they’re all the same!
    If you believe that what you believe is a Godly law, that means if others have the right to express their opinion, and they do; no matter what they say, “They are wrong!”
    Religious conservatives believe in the role: “There are unmistakable core believes,” and that by-itself means: “a no chance to negotiate.” In an extreme case, a negotiation on which would lead to your death!!

  3. roy said,

    monline – Your article is very informative, and though I knew our two religions came from the same area and lineage – as the Stevens quote cited declares, resulting in a kindred spirit between us (Muslims & Christians), I had not seen the references you have produced through your article. It is information like that which needs to be spotlighted and built upon to work on that bridge between our understanding and compatibility with each other, as we really are brothers and sisters in this life. Thank you for producing and sharing it. It is a shame that many crap, and purposeful “angled” or agenda motivated articles reach more people, than good ones like yours here.

    I am sorry to hear you are having to work so long and hard – but, I know how that goes.

    It is interesting that the editor changed the title. It would be interesting to know if that editor is a conservative, or liberal – and even republican or democrat – just to context that decision by him/her. There is always a reason one makes the choices they do, just does it contain a bias is the heart of the matter.

    I understand your comments and opinions regarding conservatives. There is a strange phenomena about core beliefs. If you don’t accept them as unswerving, and rigid concepts – they aren’t really core beliefs.
    This is true with any sect, or religion. There are priciples which make up their “belief system” – right or wrong from another’s perspective. So, on one hand you can be seen as strictly principled, yet, on the other stubborn headed.

    This is another way in which our religions are similar. There is a core of more traditional and narrow minded people, which moves outward to moderate then into more liberal. And just like your comments about places like Riyadh vs Jeddah (and obviously the mind set of the more traditionalists beliefs in Islam) – the same is true of conservatives and their view of Christianity – and certainly the places which also reflect the reflect the mindset of the towns. Yet, not the same physical enforcement, or encroachment into the society. As in no one is ever forced to pray, esp. 5 times a day.

    But, followers of Islam have that same “Global” set of their own values based on what they think is “Right” and “Wrong”.

    Let me use four words here with an equality Traditionalist/Islam Conservative/Christian. Now re-read this below this from your comment – replacing conservative (as the Christian) with traditionalist (from Islam) and there is no difference.

    “”””The problem I have with traditionalists is that claim to have “Global” values; that are based on what they think “Right” and “Wrong.” Most of the time, tradionalists who do not share what’s wrong or right, don’t and can’t get together! Most tradiionalists categorize people on the base of what they believe, and deal with them accordingly. This, I noticed from dealing with tradionalists of different shapes and shadows; and believe me, they’re all the same!
    If you believe that what you believe is a Godly law, that means if others have the right to express their opinion, and they do; no matter what they say, “They are wrong!”
    Religious tradionalists believe in the role: “There are unmistakable core believes,” and that by-itself means: “a no chance to negotiate.” In an extreme case, a negotiation on which would lead to your death!!”””

    It is the same. There are different sects of Islam followers, just as there are Christian followers – and differening core values and beliefs in them with them living in thier own view of the world, and relate as such to others.

    The difference, and most important thing is what happens afer that. After disagreement. Herein, lies the greatest challenge we face. You and I have disagreed on things, yet, we stay cordial, civil and respectful – leaviing the matter in the realm of debate, and discussion.

    When violence is taken to hand, regarless of whom – they are the true sinner in my view of God’s devine tenents, or commandments.

    You believe as I do in this, as I understand you. Your uncle referenced is, yet, another whose voice and wisdom should be heard by many more of this world. Fairness and rational thought should always have center stage.

  4. christopher said,

    My name is Christopher. I come from a Christian family. Way back, after finishing my schooling and when I was doing my Intermediate, I sensed a kind of emptiness in my heart. (This emptiness, which I later-on understood, was God’s way of drawing me to Himself). In my desperate attempts to solve this problem, I found myself bunking college and attending Christian meetings and visiting Christian bookshop with the hope of finding a solution. During one such visit to a Christian bookshop, I came across a small book-let titled; Tell me plainly, how to be saved. Through this book-let (written according to the Bible), I have understood that every human-being is a sinner and is bound to go to hell after one’s time on this planet-earth is over. But God’s great love for man-kind made Him send His only son, Jesus Christ, into this world. Jesus, who lived a sin-less life, suffered an account of our sins and died on the cross in our place. He rose again from death the third day and is now in the midst of us in the form of the Holy Spirit. Whoever believes in Him will become a child of God and will skip hell to enter heaven, the presence of the Almighty God.

    The book-let went-on to say that the way of believing in Jesus Christ is by repenting of our sins and asking Jesus for forgiveness for our sins as only the blood of Jesus Christ has the power to cleanse us from every kind of sin. Then we should invite Jesus into our hearts. When I did all this, the emptiness in my heart left and the love, joy & peace which I never had till then filled my heart. Since then, the Lord has been wonderfully leading me and has never left me alone, as per His promise in the Bible for all those who come to him in faith. He gave a purpose for my living. Whatever I have been going through in life, I can say with all confidence, that there was never a time that I felt or was left helpless; this is so as one of the precious promises in the Bible says: “Even lions go hungry for lack of food, but those who obey the LORD lack nothing good.”

    This is how the Lord has sought me, forgave my sins, made me His child, gave me a purpose for living, has been meeting all my needs and put His peace & joy in my heart that no person or experience or circumstance or problem can take it away.

    It’s a Biblical fact that every person has a heart with a God-shaped vacuum and nothing can fill that vacuum, except God Himself. This is why we need to invite Jesus to come into our hearts after repenting of our sins.

    The one decision I will never regret is, giving my heart to the Lord Jesus Christ. I hope and wish that you also will make a decision to make Jesus Christ your personal Lord and Savior. If so, please say this prayer meaningfully from your heart:

    Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that you are the Almighty God. Thank you for suffering on the cross for my sake. I now repent of all my sins. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with your precious blood. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus and make me your child. From now on, I will read the Bible regularly and obey what it says. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

    If you have made a decision to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, please let me know the good news. Thanks. May you know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

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