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A Christian Muslim (A Muslim Christian)?

Posted by Godefroi on June 19, 2007

Female Episcopalian Priest is also a Muslim  (Nod: Doctor Bulldog)

Shortly after noon on Fridays, the Rev. Ann Holmes Redding ties on a black headscarf, preparing to pray with her Muslim group on First Hill.

On Sunday mornings, Redding puts on the white collar of an Episcopal priest.

She does both, she says, because she’s Christian and Muslim.

Is this screwed up to anyone besides me (and the good Doctor)?

As a Christian, it seems to me that the crucifixion and resurrection are the highest of the non-negotiables.  It’s testified to here, here, here, here, here, here, and here (among others). 

Paul says here:

And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead…And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.

Jesus said “The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.” (Luke 24:7), and the Qur’an says about the message of Jesus “We believe in Allah… and what was revealed to…Jesus, and the prophets, from their Lord: We make no distinction between one and another among them” (3.84).  This says that Jesus spoke the truth from the Lord, including when he predicted that he would be crucified and resurrected.

Compare that with Qur’an 4.157: And because of their saying: We slew the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, Allah’s messenger – they slew him not nor crucified him, but it appeared so unto them; and lo! those who disagree concerning it are in doubt thereof; they have no knowledge thereof save pursuit of a conjecture; they slew him not for certain.

In one sentence, whe writer of the Qur’an validates the truth of Jesus’ words, and in another attempts to nullify the most important tenet of Christianity.

In a nutshell:  A Christian must believe in the crucifixion and resurrection; a Muslim must not. 

You can’t have it both ways.


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