Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Quran and Mormonisn

Daniel Peterson gives a great talk on Islam from the LDS perspective.  Islam is a great Abrahamic religion but unfortunately falls short in that it denies the divine son-ship of Jesus Christ. 

"And to warn those who say, “God has begotten a son.” They have no knowledge of this, nor did their forefathers. Grave is the word that comes out of their mouths. They say nothing but a lie." (Quran 18:4-5)

One of the interesting questions was why Islam does not publicly reputiate ISIS.  Bro. Peterson says many individual Muslim leaders have publically condemed ISIS but as a whole it is not possible because Islam is not a unified religion.  It would be the same as asking Protestantism to repudiate and excommunicate someone. 

Reading through the Quran, It is a fascinating book. The Quran speaks of the Bible, Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Mary, John the Baptist and Jesus. Much of focus of the Quran seems to be criticism of Jews and Christians incorrect understanding and practice.  According to the Quran, Moses and Jesus were prophets of God.

The valid criticisms the Quran has with Western religion is 1. immorality 2. usury. In the same way the West abhors the violence of radical muslim extremists, many muslims abhor the immorality of Western pop culture icons.  A friend of mine has been to Afghanistan several times and says the best Alqaeda and ISIS recruiters are immoral pop icons like Madonna, Brittany Spears, and Miley Cyrus. Extemists tell each other that they must fight the "Great Satan" or, "their daughters will grow up to be like Miley Cyrus". There is offcourse a logical disconnect here as ISIS foghters say this out of one side of their mouth and run around raping, murdering and pillaging.

The usury criticism is also a valid criticism.  Islam sees that Capitalism gives enourmous unelected economic power to those with money who collect endless compound interest on their fortunes from the debtor population. The consolidation of economic power leds to corruption which effects politics as "special intetests" exert considerable control over Western domestic social and foreign political policy. 

So, as we may think Islam as a religion should denounce ISIS and move to eradicate violence from among themselves, does Western Judeo-Christian religions put forth the same efforts to denouce and work to reject the sexual immorality and corrupt economic practices that have corrupted Western culture.

I met a Muslim man who explained to me why they cannot accept the divinity of Jesus Christ.  He said that if Jesus were the Son of God, that would make us gods because there is no difference between Jesus and man.

1 comment:

Paul said...

For one, yes I would say there is a lot of denunciation of immorality from Christian churches. As you said, there is not a single Christian voice who speaks for all (just as Islam lacks a single voice).

Second and more importantly, terrorism is being committed in the name of Islam. Immoral acts in Western society are not done with the idea of glorifying God. I'd also point out that immoral acts are not on the level of murder either. The false equivalency in your post is breathtakingly naive.