Monday, March 8, 2010

Comparing Islam to Christianity, Part 8

Muslims understand religion as a whole and integrated way of life. Secular, Christian-influenced cultures can confuse and even anger Muslims who see things through their holistic worldview. They often view “Hollywood sexuality” as “Christian,” or a military action as a “Crusade.” To them, the cross is a military symbol.

The Islamic Community

In Islam, brotherhood and consensus is emphasized, and individualism is avoided. The “community of the faithful” is responsible to enforce the moral code. This can explain how a lone Muslim, outside a community support structure, does not feel as guilty when breaking the code. However, bringing shame on his family or community would be a great sin.

Avoiding shame and protecting honor are primary motivations of most Muslims. Shame and honor are community-related, as contrasted to an individual sense of guilt.

Radical Muslims, known as Islamists or Jihadists, use this sense of community honor and shame to recruit and motivate their followers.

What Christians Believe

Followers of Jesus believe that they are to impact culture for Christ by going into all parts of the world to bring the message of Jesus to the people that live there (Matthew 28:19-20). In the West, a division exists between culture and religion. Religion is separated from government, and some people object to any influence of religion on state institutions and symbols.

Community in the West

Followers of Jesus do influence Western culture and institutions, but they seem to be a shrinking influence. Western culture affirms individualism and some people avoid community responsibility. Tolerance of sin and unbiblical practices continue to dilute the true Christians message; evolutionism and atheism also continue to influence the increasingly secular West. Only a minority of those in the West consider themselves followers of Jesus Christ. Most simply consider themselves Christian by name only, and do not follow the teaching of the Bible, of which they are largely ignorant. Generally, Western culture does not have a sense of the “community of the faithful.”

The Misunderstandings

In June, 2003, Time magazine ran a cover article asking the question: “Should Christians Convert Muslims?” The artwork featured a militant-looking clenched fist holding a metal cross, reminiscent of a Crusader’s sword. This imagery correctly symbolizes some typical Muslim misunderstandings, especially when viewed with the cigarette advertisement on the back cover. The advertisement features a sensual goddess-like model with men fawning at her feet. These pictures display some fears of Muslims: to be dominated militarily and corrupted morally by “Christianity.”

Correcting the Misunderstandings

The challenge is to present a correct view of the cross. Mel Gibson’s movie, “The Passion of the Christ” has been seen by Muslims all over the world. They have seen the cross as a symbol of suffering, not as a military or political icon. Followers of Jesus, through their words and actions, are called to show Muslims that God loves all people so much that Jesus died on the cross. He also defeated Satan and death by rising from the grave. Jesus made it possible for all of God’s children to live with Him forever. This “good news” should be attractive to Muslims.

The above information is from "Islam & Christianity" by Rose Publishing

For more info, see: Islam vs Christianity - Comparison Charts

14 comments:

Thesauros said...

Click on the video at the following link and watch Mohommad’s followers of “peaceful” islam carrying out his instructions - direct from the Quran.

http://somalisforjesus.blogspot.com/2009/01/mansur-mohamed-sfj-martyr-of-year-2009.html

If you censor comments to your posts, what is it exactly that you’re afraid of?

satire and theology said...

'Muslims understand religion as a whole and integrated way of life. Secular, Christian-influenced cultures can confuse and even anger Muslims who see things through their holistic worldview. They often view “Hollywood sexuality” as “Christian,” or a military action as a “Crusade.” To them, the cross is a military symbol.'

This was explained, in general terms, when I studied Islam with my BA and MTS degrees.

thekingpin68 said...

'In Islam, brotherhood and consensus is emphasized, and individualism is avoided.

This allows for heavy religious and sociological control over persons.

thekingpin68 said...

'This imagery correctly symbolizes some typical Muslim misunderstandings, especially when viewed with the cigarette advertisement on the back cover. The advertisement features a sensual goddess-like model with men fawning at her feet. These pictures display some fears of Muslims: to be dominated militarily and corrupted morally by “Christianity.”'

Interesting.

Jeff said...

Thesauros,

If you censor comments to your posts, what is it exactly that you’re afraid of?

And why are you asking me a question apparently intended to attack me when, from what I can tell, your site is in agreement with my site? (In other words, it looks to me like we're on the same side, so why are you being so negative?)

If you will look on the right side of my page, you will see that I have announced that I will not tolerate blog trolls, and that is why I moderate my comments. I don't allow ad hominem attacks or cursing, especially using God's Name in vain, or cursing the Name of Jesus.

If you're wondering why your comment was not posted immediately, it's because I have been busy these past 2 or 3 days.

Next time, try not to make such rash assumptions.

Jeff said...

satire and theology,

This was explained, in general terms, when I studied Islam with my BA and MTS degrees.

Cool, I hadn't even realized you had studied Islam.

Jeff said...

thekingpin68,

This allows for heavy religious and sociological control over persons.

Most definitely.

thekingpin68 said...

'Cool, I hadn't even realized you had studied Islam.'

I have somewhat with two world religions courses, some missions classes related and a bit with my MPhil, and of course with blogging.

'I don't allow ad hominem attacks or cursing, especially using God's Name in vain, or cursing the Name of Jesus.'

Bravo.

Jeff said...

thekingpin68,

I have somewhat with two world religions courses, some missions classes related and a bit with my MPhil, and of course with blogging.

Cool.

Bravo.

Thanks. Man, I get busy for a few days, including being away from home for part of 3 days, and when I finally have time to check my e-mail, Facebook and blog site, I have 10 or 11 blog comments to approve (most of them in an old blog article from a JW who has been debating me for days), Facebook comments (the discussion with the Muslim guy continues and has been going on for about a week or more), and a ton of e-mails. I am so tired right now. I'm going to bed.

thekingpin68 said...

Enjoy the break, but it is good to see this blog growing online.

Jeff said...

thekingpin68,

Enjoy the break, but it is good to see this blog growing online.

Thanks, Russ. I've been putting off doing a new article because I've been involved in two conversations, one with a Muslim and one with a JW, on Facebook and in one of my old blog articles, for a week now. Plus, Facebook and e-mail have been keeping me busy, and also I've been playing a war strategy game called R.U.S.E. online, just about every night, with my brother and my cousin.

Abdullaah said...

The following link contains the comparative religion points from Christianity and Hinduism with respect to Islam:
http://comparative-religion-points.blogspot.com
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(1) Prohibition of Alcohol:- Manu Smriti: 9:235, 11:55; Rig Veda: 8:2:12, 8:21:14; //BIBLE: Proverbs: 20:1, 23:31; Ephesians: 5:18.

(2) Prohibition of Pork:- //BIBLE: Leviticus 11:7-8; Deuteronomy 14:8.

(3) Prohibition of Usury (Interest on Money/Loan/Credit):- Manu Smriti: 11:62, 8:152; //BIBLE: Leviticus 25:36-37; Ezekiel 18:13, 22:12; Psalms 15:5.

(4) Permission for Non-Vegetarian Food:- Ramayana: 2:20:29; Manu Smriti: 5:30, 39; Mahabharata: 13:88.

(5) Veil/Head Scarf:- Rig Veda: 8:33:19; //BIBLE: 1st Corinthians 11:5.

(6) Oneness of God & Prohibition of Idol Worship:- VEDA: Yajur Veda 32:3, 40:8-9; Rig Veda 1:164:46, 6:45:16; UPANISHAD: Khandogya: 6:2:1, Shwetashvatara 6:9, 4:20; GEETA: 7:20, 10:3; BRAHMA SUTRA; //BIBLE: Leviticus 26:1; Exodus 20:4.

(7) Prophet Muhammad's Description:- Bhavishya Purana: Prati Sarag: Parv III: Khand 3: Aday 3: Shloka 5-8, 10-27; Samveda: Book II: Hymn 6: Verse 8; //BIBLE: Deuteronomy 18:18; John 14:16.

Jeff said...

(2) Prohibition of Pork:- //BIBLE: Leviticus 11:7-8; Deuteronomy 14:8.

"What goes into a man's mouth does not make him 'unclean,' but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him 'unclean.'" (Matthew 15:11)

"I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to where I was. I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, reptiles, and birds of the air. Then I heard a voice telling me, 'Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.'
"I replied, 'Surely not, Lord! Nothing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.'
"The voice spoke from heaven a second time, 'Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.' This happened three times, and then it was all pulled up to heaven again." (Acts 11:5-10)

Jeff said...

(7) Prophet Muhammad's Description:- Bhavishya Purana: Prati Sarag: Parv III: Khand 3: Aday 3: Shloka 5-8, 10-27; Samveda: Book II: Hymn 6: Verse 8; //BIBLE: Deuteronomy 18:18; John 14:16.

WHO IS THE PROPHET OF DEUTERONOMY 18:18?

A Prophet like Moses