Part 4 of Series on the Foundations of Islam
Understanding the Ethical Dualism of the Koran
By Mike Scruggs-
Every chapter of the Koran begins with the subtitle: “In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.” This gives the initial impression that the Koran and Judeo-Christian Scripture have the same thematic message, but that would be wrong. They do address many of the same topics—creation, mankind’s relationship to his creator, his moral responsibilities, and salvation—but they are tied together quite differently with strongly contrasting themes of salvation and the nature of both man and God. Both Allah and Jehovah are all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-wise, but their dispositions toward mankind are strikingly different, especially with regard to the issue of salvation.
The Koran declares the divine Trinity of Christianity to be hell-deserving blasphemy. The Jesus of the Koran is only a prophet, not the divine Son of God, did not die on the cross, or save anyone from their sins. The Jesus of the Koran is, in fact, anti-Christian and will condemn Christians on the Day of Judgment. The Koran confuses Mary the Mother of Jesus with Miriam, the sister of Moses. Several early dated chapters of the Koran reflect considerable Hebrew and some Christian moral influences and imitations mixed with Arab and probably Muhammad’s own influence.
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