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    Quote Originally Posted by Survive & Stay Free View Post
    I agree, I have read the scriptures of all the Abrahamic faiths, they were created in violent time and often bare the mark of that but what is clear is that each human is created in the image of God, to kill is sacrilegious, it isnt something which God will reward.
    There are some that believe Islam to be Abrahamic, and some not. Still doing the research on this.

    I've always thought Islam was the result of Nestorian Christianity.
    The Christian Origins of Islam | Peter J. Leithart | First Things

    Others believe Mohammad simply plagiarized the Old Testament and riding on the coattails of Christianity.
    ISLAM and the Abrahamic Faith MYTH

    The figure of Abraham is central to the faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam with all claiming to be descendants of Abraham’s seed. Islam states that it is just another Abrahamic faith like Judaism and Christianity and indeed replaces the two earlier faiths. This is ideal for Interfaith groups and for Islamic Da’wah as it gives people a sense of comfort knowing that Abraham features prominently in Islam along with other prophets such as Moses and Jesus. Often the Quran is sold as the final revelation from God replacing both the Old Testament and the New Testament. However we should ask ourselves the question “what does it mean to be an Abrahamic faith”? Is it in fact enough that Abraham is figured in the Quran to justify this claim? Even to the casual observer, Islam is pitted against both the Jews and Christians with increasing levels of hostility. Moreover because of Sura 3.110 Muslims believe they are the best of people, evolved for mankind, and thus expect preferential treatment when they emigrate to Western countries with a Judeo-Christian framework.
    This article then examines the nature of God for the three religions and the attributes of worship to determine whether they can be classed under the title of Abrahamic faith, remembering Abraham was a man of faith, NOT faiths.
    This documentary objectively discusses the origin of our monotheistic God. Towards the end it discusses Islam and to me I'm starting to lean towards Allah not being the same as YHWH, but a taqiyya for us to lower our guard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isk Stark View Post
    There are some that believe Islam to be Abrahamic, and some not. Still doing the research on this.

    I've always thought Islam was the result of Nestorian Christianity.


    Others believe Mohammad simply wrote a tall tale essentially riding on the coattails of Christianity.
    This patronizing of Christianity shows ignornace, Christianity was influenced by so many things, not least of all the myth of magos which was popular in the region at the time of Jesus, you know as well as I do the men who came to visit Jesus were called magi an Iranian word from which the modern "magic" and "magician" are derived, of course Islam was infleunced by many things, many of those things are rejected by Islam, ironically enough, yet the same is true of Christianity.

    You should check out Jesus the Magician by Morton Smith, a book that explains Jesus fits the profile of a magus living in the mediteranean region at the time, there are parellels between the life of Jesus and that of Apollonius of Tyana. The gospels contain many of the clichés of the myth of the magos.

    Apollonius of Tyana - Wikipedia

    Of course Mohammed wrote a tall tale, then again thats what the gospels are too, so...

    That's not to say such documents are worthless, I respect a more symbolic reading of holy texts since essentially that's what they are, symbolic...and having read your posts on here I think you would agree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Typh0n View Post
    This patronizing of Christianity shows ignornace, Christianity was influenced by so many things, not least of all the myth of magos which was popular in the region at the time of Jesus, you know as well as I do the men who came to visit Jesus were called magi an Iranian word from which the modern "magic" and "magician" are derived, of course Islam was infleunced by many things, many of those things are rejected by Islam, ironically enough, yet the same is true of Christianity.

    You should check out Jesus the Magician by Morton Smith, a book that explains Jesus fits the profile of a magus living in the mediteranean region at the time, there are parellels between the life of Jesus and that of Apollonius of Tyana. The gospels contain many of the clichés of the myth of the magos.

    Apollonius of Tyana - Wikipedia

    Of course Mohammed wrote a tall tale, then again thats what the gospels are too, so...
    Right, but in this thread we're talking about Islam. Many of the early church fathers were neo-Platonists as well. Thanks to the (pagan) Greek philosophical tradition, the concept of the Trinity was formed. Etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Isk Stark View Post
    There are some that believe Islam to be Abrahamic, and some not. Still doing the research on this.

    I've always thought Islam was the result of Nestorian Christianity.
    The Christian Origins of Islam | Peter J. Leithart | First Things

    Others believe Mohammad simply plagiarized the Old Testament and riding on the coattails of Christianity.
    ISLAM and the Abrahamic Faith MYTH



    This documentary objectively discusses the origin of our monotheistic God. Towards the end it discusses Islam and to me I'm starting to lean towards Allah not being the same as YHWH, but a taqiyya for us to lower our guard.

    Hmm, yeah.

    I used that in the popular sense, the three faiths of "the book", its interesting that there are people seeking to divorce islam from that triad because I largely believe if islam in its entirety did disappear, not simply political islam but all islam, then the next target would be Christianity, some success has occured already for the enemies of Christianity on that front.

    I do think that Islam is a heresy of Christianity, in the main I agree with Hilaire Belloc's account of that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Typh0n View Post
    That's not to say such documents are worthless, I respect a more symbolic reading of holy texts since essentially that's what they are, symbolic...and having read your posts on here I think you would agree.
    This is true. I do believe the desert Fathers intended a more nuanced, metaphorical, etc. reading of scripture/teachings. Biblical Literalism/Creationism is a relatively new concept.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isk Stark View Post
    Right, but in this thread we're talking about Islam. Many of the early church fathers were neo-Platonists as well. Thanks to the (pagan) Greek philosophical tradition, the concept of the Trinity was formed. Etc.
    I think the same logic applies to Islam. I've not read the Qu'ran so I don't pretend to have any knowledge of it, I do respect a more symbolic or metaphorical reading of texts like the bible and Quran, I've nothing against believers. Islam was influenced by many things, just like Christianity. I don't know what else to say about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Typh0n View Post
    This patronizing of Christianity shows ignornace, Christianity was influenced by so many things, not least of all the myth of magos which was popular in the region at the time of Jesus, you know as well as I do the men who came to visit Jesus were called magi an Iranian word from which the modern "magic" and "magician" are derived, of course Islam was infleunced by many things, many of those things are rejected by Islam, ironically enough, yet the same is true of Christianity.

    You should check out Jesus the Magician by Morton Smith, a book that explains Jesus fits the profile of a magus living in the mediteranean region at the time, there are parellels between the life of Jesus and that of Apollonius of Tyana. The gospels contain many of the clichés of the myth of the magos.

    Apollonius of Tyana - Wikipedia

    Of course Mohammed wrote a tall tale, then again thats what the gospels are too, so...

    That's not to say such documents are worthless, I respect a more symbolic reading of holy texts since essentially that's what they are, symbolic...and having read your posts on here I think you would agree.
    The difference being that the life and ministry of Jesus contains many teachings, including teaching by example and sacrifice which appear perennial, timeless and ahistorical.

    How could he have preached a message which was not even emergent given the beliefs, culture, material conditions of the time?

    Tall tale or not that sets that apart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Survive & Stay Free View Post
    The difference being that the life and ministry of Jesus contains many teachings, including teaching by example and sacrifice which appear perennial, timeless and ahistorical.

    How could he have preached a message which was not even emergent given the beliefs, culture, material conditions of the time?

    Tall tale or not that sets that apart.
    This is an interpretation though, technically there is no proof of it, not knocking on your beliefs but I feel if you're going to discuss ideas saying there is historical proof that Jesus sacrificed himself for the sins of mankind, that's a bit of leap...I don't think the gospels were meant to be read as historical documents either, not at all like we would understand history today, not even like the ancients understood it, they are "good news" people accept through faith or they don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Typh0n View Post
    This is an interpretation though, technically there is no proof of it, not knocking on your beliefs but I feel if you're going to discuss ideas saying there is historical proof that Jesus sacrificed himself for the sins of mankind, that's a bit of leap...I don't think the gospels were meant to be read as historical documents either, not at all like we would understand history today, not even like the ancients understood it, they are "good news" people accept through faith or they don't.
    Are you arguing from the position that Jesus was not a historical figure, or that Jesus did not sacrifice himself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isk Stark View Post
    Are you arguing from the position that Jesus was not a historical figure, or that Jesus did not sacrifice himself?
    I think Jesus was a historical figure just that the sacrifice is not a historical event.
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