With all due respect the author of this article is quit ignorant of the Islamic creeds, enough to give you two plain examples:
- "At both Al Tariq and The Cow, the Prophet states that there will be no helper or intercessor. He is not refuting Christ’s command of human judgment, but rather the increasing practice of assuming human or other intercession by Mariam (Mary), the angels and by dead saints. Further example is that of The Night Journey 17:56-57 which states,
Pray if you will to those whom you deify besides Him. They cannot relieve your distress, nor can they change it. Those to whom they pray, themselves seek to approach their Lord, vying with each other to be near Him.The biblical concept is the same, in that prayer is to God only (in Christ’s name), and no other."
There is no intercession in prayer directed to God in Islam, it is considered polytheism! Intercession in Islam in the Day of Judgment is (after the permission of God is given) the one who intercede like a prophet can will ask God to forgive a sinful person who is a believer to go to paradise without passing to hellfire or to go out from hellfire to paradise and so on depends on the type of intercession.
You might want to reread that. The way I read that, it is condemning intercession. "He is...refuting...the increasing practice of assuming human or other intercession by Mariam (Mary), the angels and by dead saints."
It also looks like they doubled-down on that viewpoint with the quote following that. If anything, they're agreeing with you that you pray to God directly with no need for an intercessor, unless you want to take issue with the words in parentheses.
As an aside, this church also rejects the idea of an ever-burning hellfire. From what I can remember, it ascribes to a form of eventual universal salvation, which I'm sure isn't in-tune with Islamic beliefs.
- "6. He us created from a gushing fluid 7. That issued from between the loins and ribs." Surah alTariq, he says "Note verses 6 and 7, which clearly state of what we are created. This is a reference to that part of the crucifixion of the Morning Star when Christ was pierced and deemed dead. In other words, it was at this point in the death of Jesus, the Morning Star, that man was created."
What kind of wild interpretation is this! Here Allah swt explain how man is created what this has to do with the crucifixion of the star or Jesus pierced on the cross?
Well, the author is still a Christian, so he's going to believe in the crucifixion. It appears what he is doing is using his background as a lens to interpret the Koran to see something related to the crucifixion in it. To me that's similar to Muslims reading their own beliefs into the Bible regarding "one that will come after Moses" as your Prophet, and not Jesus, who Christians ascribe that prophecy to. It's an independent interpretation without consulting Islamic scholars, sure. I'm not saying I agree with it or anything, but it's another way to look at it from a different perspective.
Of note he says "The trinitarian position had stated that Christ was God. But quite clearly, Christ in human form was not God."
I don’t know as a Christian you agree on that? If so why then Christians insist that Jesus is God and man at the same time! And Christians usually claim that Jesus was receiving worship when he was human if he was not God then he should not!
This central doctrine of this particular church is Unitarianism, or the belief that God is exclusively one being and that Jesus is not that being, but a great prophet nonetheless; in other words, it rejects the Trinity. They have other papers that chronicle the activities of Unitarian Christians from the first century to today. Trinitarianism has been the dominant belief in Christianity since at least the Council of Nicaea in 325, where it was decided that it would be the "official" doctrine of the majority of Christians. A small minority of Christians today ascribes to the Unitarian view of God, but they've always been around in the periphery of Christendom. There's a whole history about that branch of Christianity.
I only brought this up because it's the only church that I know of that actually puts forth the idea that the Koran is a logical extension of the Bible. Now that doesn't mean they'll embrace mainstream Islam as there are still a great deal of differences between the two faiths.
By the way, I do ascribe to the Unitarian view of God.
Edited by Wanderer, 07 July 2012 - 04:18 AM.