Tuesday 15 December 2015

Arguments from silence on a path to Islam: A quick critique 2

Here is the last set of points to look at, let's look at them individually:

"5. There was no single verse where GOD or jesus says u should go to "jerusalem" But in the Al- qur'an GOD say in suratul hajj that we should go to hajj if we have the power to go So, my brothers & sisters if islam is not the realway to salvation it will not be possible formillions of millions of millions of muslim today, from diffrent part of the word, from Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, we will all garder to mecca. At the back on one Imam, if imam say "Allahu Akbar" everybody will say "Allah Akbar" if imam bowed down everybody will bowed down for GOD. Because of what is in the book of {Zephaniah 3:9}, so what are we calling islam, we have 5 pillars of islam:

1. We should believe in oneness of GOD not threenity, is in the book of {Deutoronomy 6:4}
also in the book of {Mark 12:28-29}
2. We should perfom solat {worship GOD} is in the
book of {Nehemiah 8:4-6} & {matthew 26:39}
3. We should be paying "ZAKAT" is in the book of
{Mark 12:41-42}
4. We should be fasting for GOD. Is in the book of
{jeremiah 36:9}
5. We should be going to Hajj, is in the book of
{Isaiah 2:2}"

Firstly, the Pillars of Islam are not found in the Bible and in Zechariah 3:9, we read:
"9 “Then I will purify the lips of the peoples,
    that all of them may call on the name of the Lord
    and serve him shoulder to shoulder."
Chapter 3 in context refers to the restoration of the Jewish people to their former glory, It is not referring to Islam.
"10 From beyond the rivers of Cush[d]
    my worshipers, my scattered people,
    will bring me offerings.
11 On that day you, Jerusalem, will not be put to shame
    for all the wrongs you have done to me,
because I will remove from you
    your arrogant boasters.
Never again will you be haughty
    on my holy hill.
12 But I will leave within you
    the meek and humble.
The remnant of Israel
    will trust in the name of the Lord.
13 They will do no wrong;
    they will tell no lies.
A deceitful tongue
    will not be found in their mouths.
They will eat and lie down
    and no one will make them afraid.”
14 Sing, Daughter Zion;
    shout aloud, Israel!
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,
    Daughter Jerusalem!
15 The Lord has taken away your punishment,
    he has turned back your enemy.
The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you;
    never again will you fear any harm.
16 On that day
    they will say to Jerusalem,
“Do not fear, Zion;
    do not let your hands hang limp.
17 The Lord your God is with you,
    the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
    but will rejoice over you with singing.”
18 “I will remove from you
    all who mourn over the loss of your appointed festivals,
    which is a burden and reproach for you.
19 At that time I will deal
    with all who oppressed you.
I will rescue the lame;
    I will gather the exiles.
I will give them praise and honor
    in every land where they have suffered shame.
20 At that time I will gather you;
    at that time I will bring you home.
I will give you honor and praise
    among all the peoples of the earth
when I restore your fortunes[e]
    before your very eyes,”
says the Lord."

"1. We should believe in oneness of GOD not threenity, is in the book of {Deutoronomy 6:4}
also in the book of {Mark 12:28-29}"
The misuse of the Shema has been addressed in the following articles:

"2. We should perfom solat {worship GOD} is in the
book of {Nehemiah 8:4-6} & {matthew 26:39}"
My response to this is, Which God, the God found in the Bible? Or the God in the Quran? They are not the same God. In fact, the very context of Matthew 26:39 refutes Islam because Jesus calls God his Father, something that Muslims cannot do.
"39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”"
So ultimately, I agree we should worship God, but it must be the right one.

"3. We should be paying "ZAKAT" is in the book of
{Mark 12:41-42}"
This article is worth looking at with respect to what Zakat is: http://www.islamicity.com/mosque/zakat/?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

The context has nothing to do with Zakat:
"41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”"
What Jesus is saying is that the gift of the woman to God was a larger and bountiful gift than the rich individuals around her. It's true that one should give money to others, but that doesn't automatically mean that one practices Zakat.

"4. We should be fasting for GOD. Is in the book of
{jeremiah 36:9}"
The context in which fasting is mentioned in Jeremiah is a reference to a specific fasting, namely a fasting of repentance:
"8 Baruch son of Neriah did everything Jeremiah the prophet told him to do; at the Lord’s temple he read the words of the Lord from the scroll. 9 In the ninth month of the fifth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, a time of fasting before the Lord was proclaimed for all the people in Jerusalem and those who had come from the towns of Judah. 10 From the room of Gemariah son of Shaphan the secretary, which was in the upper courtyard at the entrance of the New Gate of the temple, Baruch read to all the people at the Lord’s temple the words of Jeremiah from the scroll."
The fasting that is found here is the fasting of repentance. Read the following article where I comment on fasting on when we can do it and if it is an obligation: http://answering-judaism.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/concerns-about-eastern-orthodoxy.html

"5. We should be going to Hajj, is in the book of
{Isaiah 2:2}"
Read the following article on Hajj for more information, it;s only a quick read: http://www.performhajj.com/what_is_hajj.php

Let's read:
"2 In the last days

the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established
    as the highest of the mountains;
it will be exalted above the hills,
    and all nations will stream to it."

This is not a reference to Hajj, though it is a comment on individuals gathering to Jerusalem in the last days:
"3 Many peoples will come and say,

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
    to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
    so that we may walk in his paths.”
The law will go out from Zion,
    the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4 He will judge between the nations
    and will settle disputes for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
    and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
    nor will they train for war anymore.
5 Come, descendants of Jacob,
    let us walk in the light of the Lord."

Even if Islam may have similar things to say as Christianity, that doesn't automatically mean that Islam is true. That's really all I have to say with respect to the post.

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