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Monotheism - One God
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2015-03-02 18:12:54 UTC
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Monotheism - One God


The religion of Islam is based on one core belief, that there is no god worthy of worship but Allah. When a person embraces Islam or a Muslim wants to renew or confirm his or her faith, they profess their belief that there is no god worthy of worship but Allah and that Muhammad is His final messenger. Ashadu an la ill laha il Allah wa Ashadu anna Muhammadan Rasulullah, Saying these words, the Testimony of Faith, is the first of five pillars or foundations of the religion of Islam. Belief in God is the first of six pillars of faith.[1]

Muslims believe that there is only One God. He alone is the Sustainer and Creator of the universe. He is without partners, children, or associates. He is the Most Merciful, the Most Wise, and the Most Just. He is the all hearer, all seer, and the all knowing. He is the First , He is the Last.

"Say (O Muhammad), He is Allah, (the) One. Allah-us-Samad (The Self-Sufficient Master, Whom all creatures need, He neither eats nor drinks). He begets not, nor was He begotten; And there is none co-equal or comparable unto Him." (Quran 112)

"He is the Originator of the heavens and the earth. How can He have children when He has no wife? He created all things and He is the All-Knower of everything. Such is Allah, your Lord! La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), the Creator of all things. So worship Him (Alone), and He is the Trustee, Disposer of affairs, Guardian, over all things. No vision can grasp Him, but His Grasp is over all vision. He is the Most Subtle and Courteous, Well- Acquainted with all things." (Quran 6:101-103)

This belief is sometimes called Monotheism which is derived from the Greek words 'monos' meaning only and 'theos' meaning god. It is a relatively new word in the English language and it is used to denote a supreme being Who is all-powerful, the One who is responsible for life, the One who rewards or punishes. Monotheism is directly opposed to Polytheism, which is belief in more than one god, and to Atheism, a disbelief in all deities.

If we were to take into consideration the general meaning of the word 'monotheism' Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Zoroastrianism, and some Hindu philosophies could all be included. However it is, more commonplace to refer to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as the three monotheistic religions and group them together; nonetheless, there are glaring differences between Christianity and Islam.

The concept of a trinity inherent in most Christian denominations ostensibly includes aspects of plurality. The belief that one God is some how three divinities (father, son, and holy spirit) contradicts the concept of Monotheism inherent in Islam, where the Oneness of God is unquestionable. Some Christian groups, including those known as Unitarians believe that God is One and cannot be God and human at the same time. They take the words of Jesus in John 17:3, "the One True God" literally. However, the vast majority of Christians do not share this belief.

In the religion of Islam belief in One God, without partners or associates is essential. It is the focal point of the religion and it is the essence of the Quran. The Quran calls on humankind to worship God alone and to give up worshipping false gods or associates. The Quran urges us to look at the wonders of creation and understand God's greatness and power, and it speaks directly of His names, attributes, and actions. The Quran commands us to reject anything that is worshipped instead of, or along with God.

"And I (God) created not the jinns and humankind except they should worship Me (Alone)." (Quran 51:56)

Islam is often referred to as pure monotheism. It is not adulterated with strange concepts or superstitions. Belief in One God entails certainty. Muslims worship God alone, He has no partners, associates, or helpers. Worship is directed solely to God, for He is the only One worthy of worship. There is nothing greater than God Alone.

"Praise and thanks be to God, and peace be on His slaves whom He has chosen (for His Message)! Is God better, or (all) that you ascribe as partners (to Him)?" (Of course, God is Better)

Is not He (better than your gods) Who created the heavens and the earth, and sends down for you water (rain) from the sky, whereby We cause to grow wonderful gardens full of beauty and delight? It is not in your ability to cause the growth of their trees. Is there any god with God? Nay, but they are a people who ascribe equals (to Him)!

Is not He (better than your gods) Who has made the earth as a fixed abode, and has placed rivers in its midst, and has placed firm mountains therein, and has set a barrier between the two seas (of salt and sweet water).Is there any god with God? Nay, but most of them know not.

Is not He (better than your gods) Who responds to the distressed one, when he calls Him, and Who removes the evil, and makes you inheritors of the earth, generations after generations. Is there any god with God? Little is that you remember!

Is not He (better than your gods) Who guides you in the darkness of the land and the sea, and Who sends the winds as heralds of glad tidings, going before His Mercy (rain)? Is there any god with God? High Exalted be God above all that they associate as partners (to Him)!

Is not He (better than your so-called gods) Who originates creation, and shall thereafter repeat it, and Who provides for you from heaven and earth? Is there any god with God? Say, "Bring forth your proofs, if you are truthful." (Quran 27:59-64)

http://www.islamreligion.com/articles/3298/
Jeff Strickland
2015-03-02 22:20:40 UTC
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Monotheism - One God


The religion of Islam is based on one core belief, that there is no god
worthy of worship but Allah. When a person embraces Islam or a Muslim wants
to renew or confirm his or her faith, they profess their belief that there
is no god worthy of worship but Allah and that Muhammad is His final
messenger. Ashadu an la ill laha il Allah wa Ashadu anna Muhammadan
Rasulullah, Saying these words, the Testimony of Faith, is the first of
five pillars or foundations of the religion of Islam. Belief in God is the
first of six pillars of faith.[1]

Muslims believe that there is only One God. He alone is the Sustainer and
Creator of the universe. He is without partners, children, or associates.
He is the Most Merciful, the Most Wise, and the Most Just. He is the all
hearer, all seer, and the all knowing. He is the First , He is the Last.



+++++++++++++++++++++++

Allah is a translation, it (He) is still God.

One God means just that, one God, not several gods. No wind god, rain god,
fire god, and so on. Just God. Or, if Muslim, just Allah.

Islam has several burdens that it carries around, among them that one
practice his faith in a particular fashion even if his faith is still in
Allah. It does not take faith in Allah to be safe, or saved, it takes faith
in the right vestage of Allah. This is a problem for Westerners because
Islam is no only out for Christians and Jews, it is also out for other
Islamists if they are not the right brand of Islam. Jews do not go after
other brands of Judiasm. Christians do not war with other Christians -- with
the notable exception of Protestants and Catholics in Ireland, but that
conflict was more about Ireland and England than about religion. Islam is at
war with others within Islam, and with pretty much everybody else in the
known universe also.

I'm not painting with a broad brush that all of Islam is at war, but of the
Islamists that are at war, they are at war with other Islamists along with
everybody else too.

Whatever Islam believes, the radicals among them are not living it. And you
are doing everyone a disservice by pretending there is some sort of
superiority at the heart of the problem.
Peter Franks
2015-03-03 02:17:10 UTC
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Monotheism - One God
The religion of Islam is based on one core belief, that there is no god
worthy of worship but Allah. When a person embraces Islam or a Muslim
wants to renew or confirm his or her faith, they profess their belief
that there is no god worthy of worship but Allah and that Muhammad is
His final messenger. Ashadu an la ill laha il Allah wa Ashadu anna
Muhammadan Rasulullah, Saying these words, the Testimony of Faith, is
the first of five pillars or foundations of the religion of Islam.
Belief in God is the first of six pillars of faith.[1]
Muslims believe that there is only One God. He alone is the Sustainer
and Creator of the universe. He is without partners, children, or
associates. He is the Most Merciful, the Most Wise, and the Most Just.
He is the all hearer, all seer, and the all knowing. He is the First ,
He is the Last.
+++++++++++++++++++++++
Allah is a translation, it (He) is still God.
One God means just that, one God, not several gods. No wind god, rain
god, fire god, and so on. Just God. Or, if Muslim, just Allah.
Islam has several burdens that it carries around, among them that one
practice his faith in a particular fashion even if his faith is still in
Allah. It does not take faith in Allah to be safe, or saved, it takes
faith in the right vestage of Allah. This is a problem for Westerners
because Islam is no only out for Christians and Jews, it is also out for
other Islamists if they are not the right brand of Islam. Jews do not go
after other brands of Judiasm. Christians do not war with other
Christians -- with the notable exception of Protestants and Catholics in
Ireland, but that conflict was more about Ireland and England than about
religion. Islam is at war with others within Islam, and with pretty much
everybody else in the known universe also.
I'm not painting with a broad brush that all of Islam is at war, but of
the Islamists that are at war, they are at war with other Islamists
along with everybody else too.
Whatever Islam believes, the radicals among them are not living it. And
you are doing everyone a disservice by pretending there is some sort of
superiority at the heart of the problem.
When you understand that the Islam god (Allah) is Satan, it all makes sense.
Jeff Strickland
2015-03-03 02:29:40 UTC
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Post by Peter Franks
Post by b***@gmail.com
Monotheism - One God
The religion of Islam is based on one core belief, that there is no god
worthy of worship but Allah. When a person embraces Islam or a Muslim
wants to renew or confirm his or her faith, they profess their belief
that there is no god worthy of worship but Allah and that Muhammad is
His final messenger. Ashadu an la ill laha il Allah wa Ashadu anna
Muhammadan Rasulullah, Saying these words, the Testimony of Faith, is
the first of five pillars or foundations of the religion of Islam.
Belief in God is the first of six pillars of faith.[1]
Muslims believe that there is only One God. He alone is the Sustainer
and Creator of the universe. He is without partners, children, or
associates. He is the Most Merciful, the Most Wise, and the Most Just.
He is the all hearer, all seer, and the all knowing. He is the First ,
He is the Last.
+++++++++++++++++++++++
Allah is a translation, it (He) is still God.
One God means just that, one God, not several gods. No wind god, rain
god, fire god, and so on. Just God. Or, if Muslim, just Allah.
Islam has several burdens that it carries around, among them that one
practice his faith in a particular fashion even if his faith is still in
Allah. It does not take faith in Allah to be safe, or saved, it takes
faith in the right vestage of Allah. This is a problem for Westerners
because Islam is no only out for Christians and Jews, it is also out for
other Islamists if they are not the right brand of Islam. Jews do not go
after other brands of Judiasm. Christians do not war with other
Christians -- with the notable exception of Protestants and Catholics in
Ireland, but that conflict was more about Ireland and England than about
religion. Islam is at war with others within Islam, and with pretty much
everybody else in the known universe also.
I'm not painting with a broad brush that all of Islam is at war, but of
the Islamists that are at war, they are at war with other Islamists
along with everybody else too.
Whatever Islam believes, the radicals among them are not living it. And
you are doing everyone a disservice by pretending there is some sort of
superiority at the heart of the problem.
When you understand that the Islam god (Allah) is Satan, it all makes sense.
That it patently false, and a very stupid thing to say. YOU can refuse God
if you want, but you should not disparage the God that others believe in.
When the subject of God rears its ugly (to you) head, then just shuffle away
and let the idiots (to you) have the discussion they want to have.

Allah is not Satan. Allah is the God of Abraham. The same God that both Jews
and Christians believe in.
Peter Franks
2015-03-03 16:30:38 UTC
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Monotheism - One God
The religion of Islam is based on one core belief, that there is no god
worthy of worship but Allah. When a person embraces Islam or a Muslim
wants to renew or confirm his or her faith, they profess their belief
that there is no god worthy of worship but Allah and that Muhammad is
His final messenger. Ashadu an la ill laha il Allah wa Ashadu anna
Muhammadan Rasulullah, Saying these words, the Testimony of Faith, is
the first of five pillars or foundations of the religion of Islam.
Belief in God is the first of six pillars of faith.[1]
Muslims believe that there is only One God. He alone is the Sustainer
and Creator of the universe. He is without partners, children, or
associates. He is the Most Merciful, the Most Wise, and the Most Just.
He is the all hearer, all seer, and the all knowing. He is the First ,
He is the Last.
+++++++++++++++++++++++
Allah is a translation, it (He) is still God.
One God means just that, one God, not several gods. No wind god, rain
god, fire god, and so on. Just God. Or, if Muslim, just Allah.
Islam has several burdens that it carries around, among them that one
practice his faith in a particular fashion even if his faith is still in
Allah. It does not take faith in Allah to be safe, or saved, it takes
faith in the right vestage of Allah. This is a problem for Westerners
because Islam is no only out for Christians and Jews, it is also out for
other Islamists if they are not the right brand of Islam. Jews do not go
after other brands of Judiasm. Christians do not war with other
Christians -- with the notable exception of Protestants and Catholics in
Ireland, but that conflict was more about Ireland and England than about
religion. Islam is at war with others within Islam, and with pretty much
everybody else in the known universe also.
I'm not painting with a broad brush that all of Islam is at war, but of
the Islamists that are at war, they are at war with other Islamists
along with everybody else too.
Whatever Islam believes, the radicals among them are not living it. And
you are doing everyone a disservice by pretending there is some sort of
superiority at the heart of the problem.
When you understand that the Islam god (Allah) is Satan, it all makes sense.
That it patently false, and a very stupid thing to say. YOU can refuse
God if you want, but you should not disparage the God that others
believe in. When the subject of God rears its ugly (to you) head, then
just shuffle away and let the idiots (to you) have the discussion they
want to have.
Allah is not Satan. Allah is the God of Abraham. The same God that both
Jews and Christians believe in.
They are not the same god at all.

Muhammad was a prophet of Allah. Muhammad was not a prophet of Yahweh.

There is one god, and only one god, of this earth. At the time of
Abraham there was one god, we (and the old testament) may call that the
god of Abraham, but we (humanity) follow god, he does not follow us. As
soon as man deviates from the true god, they are no longer worshiping
the one and true god. This applies to any and all religions, Christian
included. The god of the Catholic church is not the same as the god of
the Baptists, etc.

There is one god, one religion. All other religions are false, all
other gods are false. All false gods are embodiments of Satan.

These are the facts, and no amount of bloodshed can or ever will change
that.

What can we (humanity) do? We can put aside our vain philosophies and
rationalizations and come to an understanding that there is one god, and
that we should seek after that god and *his* teachings.
Jeff Strickland
2015-03-04 18:32:16 UTC
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Post by Peter Franks
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Monotheism - One God
The religion of Islam is based on one core belief, that there is no god
worthy of worship but Allah. When a person embraces Islam or a Muslim
wants to renew or confirm his or her faith, they profess their belief
that there is no god worthy of worship but Allah and that Muhammad is
His final messenger. Ashadu an la ill laha il Allah wa Ashadu anna
Muhammadan Rasulullah, Saying these words, the Testimony of Faith, is
the first of five pillars or foundations of the religion of Islam.
Belief in God is the first of six pillars of faith.[1]
Muslims believe that there is only One God. He alone is the Sustainer
and Creator of the universe. He is without partners, children, or
associates. He is the Most Merciful, the Most Wise, and the Most Just.
He is the all hearer, all seer, and the all knowing. He is the First ,
He is the Last.
+++++++++++++++++++++++
Allah is a translation, it (He) is still God.
One God means just that, one God, not several gods. No wind god, rain
god, fire god, and so on. Just God. Or, if Muslim, just Allah.
Islam has several burdens that it carries around, among them that one
practice his faith in a particular fashion even if his faith is still in
Allah. It does not take faith in Allah to be safe, or saved, it takes
faith in the right vestage of Allah. This is a problem for Westerners
because Islam is no only out for Christians and Jews, it is also out for
other Islamists if they are not the right brand of Islam. Jews do not go
after other brands of Judiasm. Christians do not war with other
Christians -- with the notable exception of Protestants and Catholics in
Ireland, but that conflict was more about Ireland and England than about
religion. Islam is at war with others within Islam, and with pretty much
everybody else in the known universe also.
I'm not painting with a broad brush that all of Islam is at war, but of
the Islamists that are at war, they are at war with other Islamists
along with everybody else too.
Whatever Islam believes, the radicals among them are not living it. And
you are doing everyone a disservice by pretending there is some sort of
superiority at the heart of the problem.
When you understand that the Islam god (Allah) is Satan, it all makes sense.
That it patently false, and a very stupid thing to say. YOU can refuse
God if you want, but you should not disparage the God that others
believe in. When the subject of God rears its ugly (to you) head, then
just shuffle away and let the idiots (to you) have the discussion they
want to have.
Allah is not Satan. Allah is the God of Abraham. The same God that both
Jews and Christians believe in.
They are not the same god at all.
Muhammad was a prophet of Allah. Muhammad was not a prophet of Yahweh.
There is one god, and only one god, of this earth. At the time of Abraham
there was one god, we (and the old testament) may call that the god of
Abraham, but we (humanity) follow god, he does not follow us. As soon as
man deviates from the true god, they are no longer worshiping the one and
true god. This applies to any and all religions, Christian included. The
god of the Catholic church is not the same as the god of the Baptists,
etc.
There is one god, one religion. All other religions are false, all other
gods are false. All false gods are embodiments of Satan.
These are the facts, and no amount of bloodshed can or ever will change
that.
What can we (humanity) do? We can put aside our vain philosophies and
rationalizations and come to an understanding that there is one god, and
that we should seek after that god and *his* teachings.
You are wrong.

Religion is man's intrepretation of scripture, even if the foundation of
that scripture is the same God. Muhammad is just a man, like any other man.
He merely tells the story of Abraham from the Arabic perspective, where Jews
tell the same story from the Hebrew perspective. Different interpretations
of the same thing.

The following is not the same, but the God is. The intrepretations are not
the same, but the God is. The difference is the men, not the God.
Peter Franks
2015-03-06 20:41:58 UTC
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Post by Peter Franks
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Monotheism - One God
The religion of Islam is based on one core belief, that there is no god
worthy of worship but Allah. When a person embraces Islam or a Muslim
wants to renew or confirm his or her faith, they profess their belief
that there is no god worthy of worship but Allah and that Muhammad is
His final messenger. Ashadu an la ill laha il Allah wa Ashadu anna
Muhammadan Rasulullah, Saying these words, the Testimony of Faith, is
the first of five pillars or foundations of the religion of Islam.
Belief in God is the first of six pillars of faith.[1]
Muslims believe that there is only One God. He alone is the Sustainer
and Creator of the universe. He is without partners, children, or
associates. He is the Most Merciful, the Most Wise, and the Most Just.
He is the all hearer, all seer, and the all knowing. He is the First ,
He is the Last.
+++++++++++++++++++++++
Allah is a translation, it (He) is still God.
One God means just that, one God, not several gods. No wind god, rain
god, fire god, and so on. Just God. Or, if Muslim, just Allah.
Islam has several burdens that it carries around, among them that one
practice his faith in a particular fashion even if his faith is still in
Allah. It does not take faith in Allah to be safe, or saved, it takes
faith in the right vestage of Allah. This is a problem for Westerners
because Islam is no only out for Christians and Jews, it is also out for
other Islamists if they are not the right brand of Islam. Jews do not go
after other brands of Judiasm. Christians do not war with other
Christians -- with the notable exception of Protestants and Catholics in
Ireland, but that conflict was more about Ireland and England than about
religion. Islam is at war with others within Islam, and with pretty much
everybody else in the known universe also.
I'm not painting with a broad brush that all of Islam is at war, but of
the Islamists that are at war, they are at war with other Islamists
along with everybody else too.
Whatever Islam believes, the radicals among them are not living it. And
you are doing everyone a disservice by pretending there is some sort of
superiority at the heart of the problem.
When you understand that the Islam god (Allah) is Satan, it all makes sense.
That it patently false, and a very stupid thing to say. YOU can refuse
God if you want, but you should not disparage the God that others
believe in. When the subject of God rears its ugly (to you) head, then
just shuffle away and let the idiots (to you) have the discussion they
want to have.
Allah is not Satan. Allah is the God of Abraham. The same God that both
Jews and Christians believe in.
They are not the same god at all.
Muhammad was a prophet of Allah. Muhammad was not a prophet of Yahweh.
There is one god, and only one god, of this earth. At the time of
Abraham there was one god, we (and the old testament) may call that
the god of Abraham, but we (humanity) follow god, he does not follow
us. As soon as man deviates from the true god, they are no longer
worshiping the one and true god. This applies to any and all
religions, Christian included. The god of the Catholic church is not
the same as the god of the Baptists, etc.
There is one god, one religion. All other religions are false, all
other gods are false. All false gods are embodiments of Satan.
These are the facts, and no amount of bloodshed can or ever will
change that.
What can we (humanity) do? We can put aside our vain philosophies and
rationalizations and come to an understanding that there is one god,
and that we should seek after that god and *his* teachings.
You are wrong.
Religion is man's intrepretation of scripture, even if the foundation of
that scripture is the same God. Muhammad is just a man, like any other
man. He merely tells the story of Abraham from the Arabic perspective,
where Jews tell the same story from the Hebrew perspective. Different
interpretations of the same thing.
Yes, Muhammad was just a man and had no authority to interpret scripture.

Moses, on the other hand, was a prophet chosen by god to reveal his
will. He had authority to do so.

False religions are 'interpretation of scripture' by men.

True religion is that which follows the specific and precise will of
god, as revealed through his prophets.
Post by Jeff Strickland
The following is not the same, but the God is. The intrepretations are
not the same, but the God is. The difference is the men, not the God.
And those that follow the interpretations of men will receive the reward
of men; those that follow the will of god, as revealed by his prophets,
will receive the reward of god.

Muhammad was a man, anyone that follows his interpretations will receive
the reward of men. Anyone that teaches of himself is not of god, and
therefore by extension, is of the devil.

Thanks for the chat.
Jeff Strickland
2015-03-07 19:44:05 UTC
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Monotheism - One God
The religion of Islam is based on one core belief, that there is no god
worthy of worship but Allah. When a person embraces Islam or a Muslim
wants to renew or confirm his or her faith, they profess their belief
that there is no god worthy of worship but Allah and that Muhammad is
His final messenger. Ashadu an la ill laha il Allah wa Ashadu anna
Muhammadan Rasulullah, Saying these words, the Testimony of Faith, is
the first of five pillars or foundations of the religion of Islam.
Belief in God is the first of six pillars of faith.[1]
Muslims believe that there is only One God. He alone is the Sustainer
and Creator of the universe. He is without partners, children, or
associates. He is the Most Merciful, the Most Wise, and the Most Just.
He is the all hearer, all seer, and the all knowing. He is the First ,
He is the Last.
+++++++++++++++++++++++
Allah is a translation, it (He) is still God.
One God means just that, one God, not several gods. No wind god, rain
god, fire god, and so on. Just God. Or, if Muslim, just Allah.
Islam has several burdens that it carries around, among them that one
practice his faith in a particular fashion even if his faith is still in
Allah. It does not take faith in Allah to be safe, or saved, it takes
faith in the right vestage of Allah. This is a problem for Westerners
because Islam is no only out for Christians and Jews, it is also out for
other Islamists if they are not the right brand of Islam. Jews do not go
after other brands of Judiasm. Christians do not war with other
Christians -- with the notable exception of Protestants and Catholics in
Ireland, but that conflict was more about Ireland and England than about
religion. Islam is at war with others within Islam, and with pretty much
everybody else in the known universe also.
I'm not painting with a broad brush that all of Islam is at war, but of
the Islamists that are at war, they are at war with other Islamists
along with everybody else too.
Whatever Islam believes, the radicals among them are not living it. And
you are doing everyone a disservice by pretending there is some sort of
superiority at the heart of the problem.
When you understand that the Islam god (Allah) is Satan, it all makes sense.
That it patently false, and a very stupid thing to say. YOU can refuse
God if you want, but you should not disparage the God that others
believe in. When the subject of God rears its ugly (to you) head, then
just shuffle away and let the idiots (to you) have the discussion they
want to have.
Allah is not Satan. Allah is the God of Abraham. The same God that both
Jews and Christians believe in.
They are not the same god at all.
Muhammad was a prophet of Allah. Muhammad was not a prophet of Yahweh.
There is one god, and only one god, of this earth. At the time of
Abraham there was one god, we (and the old testament) may call that
the god of Abraham, but we (humanity) follow god, he does not follow
us. As soon as man deviates from the true god, they are no longer
worshiping the one and true god. This applies to any and all
religions, Christian included. The god of the Catholic church is not
the same as the god of the Baptists, etc.
There is one god, one religion. All other religions are false, all
other gods are false. All false gods are embodiments of Satan.
These are the facts, and no amount of bloodshed can or ever will
change that.
What can we (humanity) do? We can put aside our vain philosophies and
rationalizations and come to an understanding that there is one god,
and that we should seek after that god and *his* teachings.
You are wrong.
Religion is man's intrepretation of scripture, even if the foundation of
that scripture is the same God. Muhammad is just a man, like any other
man. He merely tells the story of Abraham from the Arabic perspective,
where Jews tell the same story from the Hebrew perspective. Different
interpretations of the same thing.
Yes, Muhammad was just a man and had no authority to interpret scripture.
Moses, on the other hand, was a prophet chosen by god to reveal his will.
He had authority to do so.
False religions are 'interpretation of scripture' by men.
True religion is that which follows the specific and precise will of god,
as revealed through his prophets.
Post by Jeff Strickland
The following is not the same, but the God is. The intrepretations are
not the same, but the God is. The difference is the men, not the God.
And those that follow the interpretations of men will receive the reward
of men; those that follow the will of god, as revealed by his prophets,
will receive the reward of god.
Muhammad was a man, anyone that follows his interpretations will receive
the reward of men. Anyone that teaches of himself is not of god, and
therefore by extension, is of the devil.
Thanks for the chat.
Be that as it is, Peter, God and Allah are the same.

Islam follows Muhammad as if he is a prophet of God, just as Jews follow
Moses. Christians observe Moses as well. All of these speak of God the same
way, and of God as the same truth. They only differ on what the truth is,
not on who the truth is.

All religions are the intrepretations of man, both the true religions and
the false ones. Catholics are about as true a religion as there is, but
their faith is still the intrepretations of man. Some men are complete whack
jobs and could not tell religion from a hole in the ground, yet they pretend
to be religious, and set out to gather followers. Some might point to
Scientology or Mormons as examples, but of course the Scientologists and the
Mormons would not agree.

I'm not sure I can sit here and call Islam a false religion based solely on
the status of the prophet Mohammad and whether I believe him to be a true
prophet or a false one. All I can say is that he offers a path to God just
as my faith offers me a path. My path is the right path, that is what my
faith teaches. But your faith teaches a different path, and who am I to say
yours is wrong? Who am I to say that Islam is wrong? It's only wrong for me,
but I am not going to blow myself up at a bus station to make my point.

Monotheism is not about my God vs. yours or Allah. It's about one God
instead of several, such as a sun god, rain god, wind god, and so on.
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