The Nazarene and the Prophet

ChristVsby Glenn Fairman   2/2/14
It should not seem surprising that as the curtain begins to close on the History of Men, that two great universal systems of apprehending the Divine have commanded center stage: Christianity and Islam. Although both posit their ends in the worship of the One God, when one scratches beneath the surface, the stark differences become manifest. One need only look to the personalities that are held out as templates for their acolytes to emulate. Jesus, the humble and meek, (yet possessing the power to create and dissolve the material universe), suffers unto death the penalties that man has been so deserving of — sacrificially performing that magnanimous act of love that reverberates across the Universe. He calls us to forsake our carnal lives — not as an empty act of nihilism, but as a means to shed our hatreds, pettiness, and the worm of resentment and pride that gnaws at our unregenerate cores. Jesus commands that we renounce every vestige of the world that would war with all things emergent from the light. In Christ, and in the fullness of his love, we are the transformed sons and daughters ransomed back from the folly of our desire to flee and disconnect – reveling in that unruled passion to be the final arbiter of our own faltering trajectories.

And in the Prophet we have the antithesis of the Christ. Mohammad stands as the great archetype of every Muslim. He is the warrior, the sublimator- the fanatic incarnate who draws the line: “submit, convert or perish.” Islam reinforces human distinction, elevates human pride and normalizes the earthly and vicious. All is permitted in waging the grand jihad that will inexorably lead to the submission of the earth under the monolithic law of a terrible and distant god – a deity whose cold hand and dark gaze inject an anxiety and terror into every believer. Mohammad can murder. He can engage in rape and theft. He views women as chattel and children as his playthings. He can engage in treachery and genocide for the sake of his dark vision of the lord god. Christ paved the way for flesh to be made spirit, for rebels to become children and heirs to His kingdom. Mohammad promises a voluptuary paradise of sensual delight- the Celestial Whorehouse of God for unquestioning slaves who enact his bidding – men who unquestioningly shed human blood in the fearful name of their exacting and vengeful lord.

So many centuries hence, we can discern in our matured civilizations the ripened fruit of these two men. Indeed, it seems as if the West, which is wildly intent upon shedding the Nazarene’s ethos, is centrifugally spinning into spiritual darkness, while Mohammad’s maddened distortion of orthodox fire and wreckage is ascending long past the point of no return. From the Christian ethos, the Logos of ordered architectonic genius has permeated our understanding of causality and rationality. Christianity has given us science, opened our eyes to the existence of transcendent truth, kindled our knowledge of man’s worth in the eyes of God, and in the final reckoning, upended the wickedness affirming the lie that one man exists for the sake of another’s arbitrary will. The aesthetic of the loving God has uplifted and imbued our poetry, philosophy, and politics with the sublime and iron-clad foundations from which we have constructed our interpretation of the Good Life. Moreover, our enlightened positions as sons and daughters of the Most High have shown us that grace and mercy can be reconciled, at least for a time, upon the pillars of liberty, equality, and wisdom.

But it is in the action of affixing its flinty resolve against the spirit of Jerusalem’s heritage that Islam-Rising casts its opaque veil over the human heart, just as it unleashes that same savage vigor that lurks so cruelly within the unrestrained children of men. In the Fundamentalist Muslim’s worldview, the notions of tolerance, democracy, and political equality are scarcely granted the honor and authority that the West so foolishly takes for granted, except for that smothered and squalid egalitarianism that languishes at the bottom of a boot. And although slavery was outlawed in Saudi Arabia a generation ago, it exists now, through the blessing of Koranic legitimacy, in its myriad forms throughout the many prison windows of the Islamic world. In truth, we would be liars if we were to ignore Islam’s ancient internal battleground that condemns its silent and subjugated women to the receiving end of its own political/theological mailed fist.

The god of Mohammad remakes nothing, redeems nothing, and loves nothing. He demands obedience through the instrumentalities of blood and divine hatred. As a Capricious Wraith of Unmixed Terror, he cultivates fear in the subjects and slaves who blindly follow his lead through the unwavering Orthodoxy of Despair. But in Christ, we see a revelation of God altogether “other” than we should suspect: Deny your hatreds, place yourself last, shed your pride, love your enemy, and pray for those who wish you evil. And if you must perish for your beliefs, let it be with clean hands and the blessing of Christ’s love on your lips. For we are not commanded in service to a devil who demands that the flesh of innocent women and children should be sacrificed by a bomb vest to quell a tyrant’s ancient bloodlust. It has been said that ye shall know the tree by its fruits. Let us take this wisdom to heart as we labor to plumb the mystery contained within the Character of God.
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Glenn Fairman writes from Highland, Ca. He can be reached at arete5000@dslextreme.com. • (2048 views)

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17 Responses to The Nazarene and the Prophet

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    I’ve seen this contrast mentioned before, but it’s always good to be reminded of the difference in ideals represented by Christ and Mohammed. (The latter teaches you “to live by the sword”, as one book I read phrased it; Christ teaches that “Those who live by the sword will die by the sword.”) One might also note another important contrast. Yahweh works through natural means rather than ignoring scientific laws; Allah operates the universe on pure whim. This means that Jews and Christians can accept that there are scientific laws underpinning everything, which it can be useful to discover. But Muslims think everything that happens, no matter how trivial, is just the will of Allah, and thus there is no science to predict what will happen.

    • banger377 says:

      You summed it up nicely! BTW, the Ark of Noah will float quite well in a stormy sea. The muslim boat (a cube) will just roll over and over.

  2. LibertyMark says:

    If I were Satan, and I wanted to mock, demean, devalue, and destroy the message of Christianity among humans, especially in a world of moral equivalence, I would invent Islam. Then I would figure out a way to have the media call Islam the religion of “peace”. Then I would claim that Islam made huge contributions to science and math in human history. Then I would claim that all religions have wreaked havoc and are therefore no better than Islam.

    Bravo, Prince of Darkness, well played. But we know He who win end the end.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Not speaking in terms of the supernatural element. But if one could characterize Christianity, its purpose is to try to make men good (not political or clever arguers, but good). This is in the context of seeing man as having a higher potential, but a potential that is marred and constrained by sin and animal-like ways of thinking and being. That is, man’s purpose is to be good, to rise above his nature where necessary (and it often is necessary). The point is not necessarily to be rich, powerful, of famous but to be good.

      But in Islam, the point is simply the conquest of the tribe over all other tribes…and any method is allowed. There is no objective good in Islam. Whatever advances the power, prestige, and expansion of the tribe is labeled “good” (an aspect that various sects or denominations of Christianity are not at all immune from).

      Thus we see, if you abide by this rough characterization, that Christianity means to uplift man while Islam is simply the same-old same-old in man’s long history of small-minded and animal-like barbarity.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        And one of the aspects where Christianity has a leg up on Judaism as well is that the “tribe” of Christianity knows no bounds. Goodness (or Christlikeness) knows no tribe, ethnicity, nationality, or race. Yes, Judaism and its many laws were a step up from the commonplace barbarism of most of our history, and we should be thankful for that. But it was not, and could not be, a fulfillment of a universal idea.

        That’s not to disparage Judaism or to put it alongside Islam as just another tribal religion. There are good tribes and bad tribes. But for God to mean more, and be more, than just man’s projection of his internal wishes and emotions, he must in some way be universal.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Islamists love to proclaim as one of their strongest weapons against the West, “We love death more than you love life.” That does sound rather satanic, as well as providing one of their many affinities with modern liberalism.

  3. Faba Calculo says:

    One of the best things Christianity ever did was close its canon before it came to political power.

  4. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    “We love death more than you love life.”

    Thanatophilia combined with necrophilia given their description of paradise.

  5. steve lancaster says:

    One of the biggest mistakes made in modern Western theology is the assumption that Islam is another Abrahamic religion, it is not. Islam is pagan in evey aspect in relationship to Judaism and Christianity. In the eyes of the Priests and Rabbis of the 7th century Islam was at best a heresy of the highest order, nothing has changed today.

    Islam is the religion of choice of about a billion people, most of whom are kind, caring, compassionate and love their families and their lives. That does not give it relevance with Jews and Christians, who really do share a common heritage. In short, just because your cat has kittens in an oven, doesn’t make them biscuits.

    • LibertyMark says:

      I’m still waiting for the first prominent “moderate” follower of Islam to publicly denounce the terror of 9/11.

      • Steve lancaster says:

        Mark,
        The odds say that they are there, but fear keeps them silent. When, if ever, they do speak up Islam will change.

        • Faba Calculo says:

          Yes. There will suddenly be a few less (moderate) Muslims.

        • LibertyMark says:

          Fear? Or hedging their bets? (i.e. the collusion of complacence)

          Or, so there is not one single leader of Islam with the courage to denounce the 9/11 terrorism?

          I would say that this silence, whatever the motivation, is a more damning indictment of this “religion” than any other object lesson, save the actual evil the terrorism itself wrought.

          • steve lancaster says:

            Mark,

            Given current geo-political conditions and the failure of the US to lead Western nations; I would have to go with hedging their bets until the West strikes back or gives up. If Iran is successful in deploying a nuclear weapon then all bets are off. My belief is that Iran will acquire a nuke in the next year. What Israel will do before that happens seems about 3-1 in favor of a strike with or without US assistance.

            There is also the possibility of a new power block that includes, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Arab Emirates and Israel allied against Iran.

            • Glenn Fairman says:

              Jordan is going to play a large part in the new ME alignment. My son, the Special OPs Army Captain, is heading there next week to train a cadre of troops and will be back there later in the year for an extended stay. He cannot tell me what is afoot, but I’m sure you can come up with some good working guesses.

  6. John Kirke John Kirke says:

    He’s certainly no model saint, but I remember that, years ago, Rush Limbaugh made half of a really great observation. In Christianity, God sends His Son to die for you. In Islam… well, the contrast is obvious.

    I’d agree with Steve that Islam is heretical at best and more likely pagan. It actually has a lot in common with Mormonism, minus the jihadist streak, thank God: a single supposed prophet claims to affirm Jewish and Christian scripture but presents what is, in reality, a text that corrects what came before rather than merely fulfills. Both reject Christian trinitarianism, with Islam presenting a unitarian monotheism and Mormonism presenting a polytheistic cosmology.

    Both reject the claim that Jesus is the one and only God.

    Brad, one thing I’d say about Judaism’s ethnic tribalism is that there’s not as much discontinuity with Christianity as some might think: Jesus Himself taught that salvation came from the Jews.

    The way I’d put it is that the salvation revealed in both covenants (testaments) is both exclusive AND universal. It’s exclusive in that it’s through Abraham and David — through one particular son of Abraham and son of David — but it’s universal in that it’s offered to all.

    After all, God’s original promise to Abraham was to bless him AND, through him and his seed, to bless the whole world. And Matthew’s most “Jewish” gospel, focusing as it does on how Jesus fulfilled Scripture, began with the pagan Magi and ended with the Great Commission.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      “I’d agree with Steve that Islam is heretical at best and more likely pagan”

      Many have seen Islam as an offshoot of the Arian heresy with some Arabic animism thrown in. It is interesting that Islam does not allow idols, but reveres the black stone in the Kaaba.

      As to Judaism’s universality, it is simply a fact that Judaism has never been a universal religion. It is true enough that Christianity arose from Judaism, but it took a completely different path. If you recall, the question of whether one had to be Jewish and follow the Law in order to be a Christian, was settled by Paul and his mission to the Gentiles.

      Today, to be Jewish is by-in-large either an ethnic label or membership in a smallish religious group which is mainly interested in maintaining its separateness. We have had some interesting posts on this in the past.

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