January 8, 2015

Wake Up, For Mohammed's Sake

The Lord says:
"These people come near me with their mouth and honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only
 of rules taught by men." Isaiah 29:13
It has been said that the two men who killed unarmed Canadian soldiers had mental health problems. Does this mean that the 35,000 ISIS followers have unstable minds? What about the three young women travelling to Syria from the USA? They wanted to join ISIS but were intercepted in Germany. Are they too out of their minds?  What about the Taliban and Al Qaeda?  
ISIS  and the other Islamic terrorists claim that their goal is to set up a worldwide Islamic caliphate. They actually believe that they are acting in accordance with Mohammed's vision for humanity. For certain, Mohammed was interested in promoting our collective ability to follow a moral code. However, my study of this prophet leads me to believe that he absolutely would be appalled at the actions of these terrorists.
Mohammed was interested in promoting a society where we can all get along. And, like the biblical prophets, he emphasized the individual's need to defer to the will of God in order to do so. And just like the other prophets, Mohammed's views about morality and other topics were shaped by the practices and information of his time. That is why he believed that Jesus was born of a virgin. How could he have known that our current scholarship points to something different? How could he have known that this myth was used as a propaganda ploy to lure pagans into the early Christian fold?
Mohammed viewed Jesus as a great prophet. However, he did not know about Christ's evolutionary message. How could he when that message hadn't been clearly articulated in the "bible" of his time? Even today most Christians haven't fully appreciated what Jesus had to say. It has only been since 1945 that the Nag Hamadi library was unearthed. In this collection is the Book of Thomas; here we see a Jesus truly aware of the human's need to expand conscious awareness beyond a mere animal self-centeredness. We see a Christ fully cognizant of  the impact of our primate nature upon our conscience. Yes, that same nature that causes us to kill one another in the name of Allah in spite of our Creator's decrees.

Faithfully yours,

Sheila Banks

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