Posted by: Submitter | February 17, 2008

Christianity

CHRISTIANITY

Founder

Between90 – 100AD, the use of the word Christian began to be used for those who followed the Prophet Jesus Christ of Nazareth [ascended 33 AD (peace be upon him)]. However, it began as a slur and a derogative nickname, employed by the pagans of Antioch. It was also used by the King Agrippa in his argument with Paul, who was attempting to convert him to the new faith he was now preaching. There is no historical evidence for the word Christian being used as a noun or the name of the religion by the adherents of that faith taught by Jesus Christ of Nazareth (peace be upon him) in any historical documents.

What appears to have taken place is that as the later generations went away from the pristine teachings of the Messiah (peace be upon him), a name was given to their newly devised religion and then beliefs were gathered around it. It is for the first1 , 000years of ‘Christianity’ that the Catholic Church earnestly tried to impose some type of Orthodoxy on the dominions under its’ control so as to have a strong hand in what is belief and what is taught as practical faith. But with all of this at stake, the task was too large. Fissures began to develop in the body of the church regarding the nature of the Lord Himself, as well as the nature of Jesus Christ (peace be upon him). How could the Creator of all be described? There arose arguments about the Essence of the Creator, with the eventual point being settled upon is that He is a monad, but plural in His Essence. Yet He remains One.

Was the nature of Christ a dual nature or singular? Was his mother, the Virgin Mary (peace be upon her), theotokos (Mother of God) in a literal and mystical sense or was she bearing that title only as an honour bestowed upon her being the blessed womb for Christ to dwell.

Arguments centred on the nature of Mary (peace be upon her) as well, perhaps the most contentious being how she could bear incarnate love and godhead if she was born with the degenerate original sin, believed and accepted by the largest Christian factions. Finally, the fragmentation could no longer be contained. The church began to split into the Armenians, Jacobites, Nestorians, Greek Orthodox, Coptics of Egypt and Ethiopia, Roman Catholics and many others. In just a short space of time, the unity of this newly invented religion of ‘Christianity’ was shattered. Further fratricidal violence came in the Middle Ages with the Protestant Reformation. It is at this time that Christendom worldwide is composed of some 1 , 000forms of denominations, creedal sects, catechisms and beliefs on the Lord Almighty.

Key beliefs

Many are quite familiar with some of the tenets of Christianity regarding Jesus Christ of Nazareth (peace be upon him) as well as the Cross at Calvary. However, Christianity, like all false religions, has more to it than merely meets the eye. Some doctrines would rather surprise some Muslims who had been taught to believe that Christians are part of the ‘Trilogue of Abrahamic Faiths.’ We present these tenets for their benefit as well as those who may be trapped in one of these false religions and be at risk of eternal judgement.

1. Christians affirm belief in a monad god, but affirm plurality in the godhead. This is merely a cross between refined henotheism and monotheism blended. Therefore, the Uniqueness and Oneness of Allah is negated.

2. Those who do not believe in plurality in the godhead and that the Lord can never directly be known are doomed to eternal fire.

3. The Lord Almighty is held to incarnate in human form, namely Jesus Christ (peace be upon him) being theanthorpos, ‘the god man.’ To disbelieve this makes one eligible to eternal judgement according to Christian doctrine.

4. Jesus Christ (peace be upon him) is the Son of God from time eternity and the one through whom the Creator made everything.

5. The saintly mother of Jesus (peace be upon him), Mary (peace be upon her), was impregnated by the Holy Spirit (one of the three persons of the plural godhead essence) and conceived the Messiah from this ‘union.’

6. The prophets are not infallible, but can be guilty of idolatry, as in the case of the prophet Sulaimaan (Solomon), unrepentant drunkenness, as in the case of the Messenger Nuh (Noah) or be in the clutches of Satan after death as in the case of the Prophet Musa (Moses) [peace be upon all of them].

7. Original sin is the reason for death in the world. When Eve (peace be upon her) tempted Adam (peace be upon him) to eat from the tree of knowledge and he did so, this brought spiritual death to all humanity and admitted death and sickness into the world.

8. Salvation is not based upon the acceptance of the Testimony of Faith, written on the bottom of the Throne of the Lord, but upon what Christ did for you.

9. Angels are sinful and can and have been led astray. Indeed, Christianity preaches that1 / 3of all angels revolted and left heaven when Satan was expelled from the presence of the Lord

10. The Lord will only accept a blood sacrifice, not faith. Any living by faith granted by Allah Almighty is not accepted as blood must be shed for there to be forgiveness.

11. No one can have a direct relationship with the Creator, Cherisher and Sustainer of all. He can only be known through Jesus Christ (peace be upon him), who acts as our mediator between God and man in worship, supplication and thoughtful prayer. Thus, the Lord is unknowable.

12. The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is not a prophet, much less primordial or the last prophet.

Extent

There are some nearly two billion Christians in the world today, most of those belonging to the more ancient Catholic branch. The remaining are for the most part numerous fractious sects among the Protestants, a movement started in the Middle Ages beginning in Germany with Martin Luther. Other sects include the Coptics, Jacobites and Maronites, as spoken of briefly above. This makes Christians some28 % of the world population today, with the Muslims trailing them at close to25 % of the world population at1 . 7billion adherents.

It is worth also noting that the number of Christians world-wide is dropping, while the rates of Muslims are growing. Many theories have been put forward, one of the most popular being that some of the reason for the falling rates of Christianity is conversion to Islam from Christianity, for example in Roman Catholic Rwanda where mass conversions are now popular after the fratricide among Christians in the early1990 s.

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