- Apr 20, 2017
It's not difficult for me. I often analyze, or question, my inherited religion with the same rigor and objectivity as I do the religions and ideologies of others. In fact, I am doing so now.TokiEl said:It is difficult to doubt a religion which we have been born into.
Because "God," said Napoleon, "is on the side with the best artillery [weaponry]."TokiEl said:Also why is it that Islam is incapable of conquering Israel ?
In sum, I think it's because, much like Christianity in this respect alone, most of the "moral" aspects of the Mosaic law are, if restated in other words, nevertheless still contained within the Quran, but the "ceremonial" aspects are considered largely null and void, as having been applicable only to Israel. Unlike Christianity, however, Islam did not link salvation to the sacrifice of animals and to the atoning mysteries of blood, be it animal or (perfect) human (God/man).Daciple said:I've read the Quran, so if Allah is the God that gave the Law of Moses then why is the post describing Salvation from the Islamic viewpoint above not contain one thing related to Salvation according to the Law of Moses?
Why is this statement respectable when written by a Levite, a priest of the sacerdotal caste of Judaism, but, if said by a practitioner of, say, Voodoo, Santeria or some pagan, animist cult, it would be considered at best superstitious? Even if they are deviant and don't explain it right, by putting it within an acceptable Jewish theological context, is ritual blood sacrifice one part, a sort of vestigial remain, of pure religion that Voodoo and Santeria got right?TokiEl said:Listen to what God says in His book.
Leviticus 17 11 "For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul."
I understand. It is one thing to choose the Jews, invariably faulty as humans, no doubt, but quite another, in my opinion, for the Old Testament authors to have God: a) establish the rights of primogeniture, the rights of the first-born male, only to then b) make him seemingly a party to circumventing or breaking those laws. Maybe it was such concepts as these which gave rise to the rationalist, apostate from the Catholic form of Christianity, Voltaire's statement:Red Sky at Morning said:I am listening through the OT at the moment with a keen ear on the distinction between Gods approval and the reporting of the actions of the people.
One thing I am struck by is how far from a conventional morality tale the accounts are. The characters have moments of exemplary conduct, rash cruelty, cowardice and bravery. In short, they remind me of the kind of people I know.
It reminds me of the old saying "How odd of God to choose the Jews". Odd indeed, just as odd as to bother with me...
“In the beginning God created man in His own image, and man has been trying to repay the favor ever since.”