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It's not even a Christian perspective that's needed. It's a historical one. Christianity sprang from Judaism, and Judaism and Islam share common roots. All three are known as "Abrahamic religions" because they trace their history to the covenant God made with Abraham in the Hebrew Bible. All of the events you listed were from before Abraham. Talmudic ...


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Of course Jesus never called himself a Christian! The term "Christian" is generally understood to mean a follower of Christ. Jesus wasn't a follower of Christ, he was the Christ. When it comes to modern usage in the greater culture, things get complicated. The term "Christian" is not trademarked. Linguistically, no group has more right than another to use ...


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Another "historical approach" remark - there were some Christians in Arabia in Muhammad's times, so even if Muhammad was illiterate, he could ask some of his Christian neighbors and listen to the stories. But most of these "Christians" were not orthodox and many of them belonged to sects today refered to as gnostics, not Christians. Bible as we know it ...


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I tend to agree with Marc Gravell's answer on this, but I would like to add that I don't think that any religious influence or moral framework could make a true democracy work. True democracy, history has shown, always degenerates into what Lord Acton described as "the tyranny of the majority" in which the rights of the minority get trampled by the opinion ...


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Prepare for your mind to be blown Mohammedanism was a heresy: that is the essential point to grasp before going any further. It began as a heresy, not as a new religion. It was not a pagan contrast with the Church; it was not an alien enemy. It was a perversion of Christian doctrine. It vitality and endurance soon gave it the appearance of a new ...


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Muhammad had most likely been in contact with Christian and Jewish influences As a child/young man, Muhammad, whilst traveling on trading missions with his uncle to Syria, would have no doubt come into direct contact with Christians and Jews, or at the very least those who knew the traditions of those two religions in that part of the world at that time. ...


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There are a few problems with this approach; firstly, democracy cannot make sense if there is something with a super-vote; if we ignore the Christian hot-points, and say that (silly example) there's a religious law that says "chairs must be blue". At this point, it doesn't matter if 95%+ of the population wants to use different colour chairs - they are ...


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The short answer is that because the early Jewish converts to Christianity (the original Messianic Jews) maintained their Jewish identity after conversion (at least initially, if not for a considerable time), modern Messianic Jews also seek to worship Christ while maintaining a Jewish cultural identity as a continuation of this historical precedent. Shmuel ...


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It really depends on which branch of Christianity you're asking about. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) recognize the Book of Mormon, the Pearl of Great Price, and the Doctrine and Covenants. They also believe in continuing revelation. Jehovah's Witnesses use the periodic publications of the Watchtower as authoritative. The ...


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Heresy (αἵρεσις) means "choice," and "a heretic is one who chooses what he wants according to his own ideas and opinions, selecting certain parts of the Christian Tradition while rejecting others" (OCA). Some additional insight from this article: By his actions, a heretic not only destroys the fullness of the Christian truth but also divides the life ...


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I think you've missed some key points in your imagined scenario. It wasn't "a simple message of love" spread by a few ordinary fisherman. Jesus wasn't some hippie revolutionary who got a bunch of followers to parade around telling everybody they should just love each other. What made Christianity appealing was that it was true. This would have been much ...


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All Men Are Sinners After Adam sinned, the human race was corrupted, and everyone born was born separate from God. (Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-24, 8:21, Romans 5:12, 3:10-18, James 2:10-11) Even a man's "righteous" deeds, prayers, sacrifices, etc. are offensive to God in that state! (Isaiah 64:6, Isaiah 59:1-2, Proverbs 28:9, 15:8) NOTE: Christians generally ...


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Well, there were the Shakers, who didn't believe in procreation, but they've pretty much all dwindled out by now. Not much of a surprise there. Whether or not it contradicts the Bible or not to restrict procreation is a matter of interpretation for that particular denomination. The Shakers didn't seem to think it did, but the Catholics would disagree. ...


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"Messianic Judaism" is not a single denomination or sect; the term covers a broad range of beliefs and practices. Various groups exist; often the disagreements concern the extent toward which the Mosaic law must be followed today. I'm going to answer based on the views of two groups: the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA), and the Union of Messianic ...


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In the same wiki to which you linked, there is a section on Converts to Judaism, which states that all "mainstream forms of Judaism today are open to sincere converts..." Even in the halakhic perspective, there are ways to become a full Jew. I would add that there has always been a path to becoming a Jew (think about Rahab and Ruth). And, since there are no ...


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The term "democracy" comes from ancient Greece, where what is generally considered the first democracy was established in Athens in 507 BCE. Democracy thus predates Christianity by a significant margin. As for "Christian values" having an influence on the success of democracies, note that many of these democracies, especially in Europe, were created by ...


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Christianity, or at least Catholicism, teaches us to honor and respect our traditions. It is a corporal work of mercy to bury the dead and a spiritual work to pray for them and tradition, as G.K. Chesterton wrote in Orthodoxy is the "Democracy of the Dead". Tobit was ruined because he persevered in burying the dead. Tradition means giving votes to the ...


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I think the rise in Christianity is to the the economic development. Post war, Korea was broke and aid starting coming in from the West. Along with the aid came the missionaries. Think about it. All they are doing now is emulating what they saw. Korea's Christian population is mostly Protestants. Ironically the largest group of Western missionaries that came ...


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A heresy just means that a view is not the "orthodox" view, orthodox coming from Greek ortho-, "right" + Greek doxa, "opinion" (from dokein, to think; see dek- in Indo-European roots). Orthodoxy is then simply a right opinion. A heresy is a choosing of a faction that is not the majority opinion. As others have pointed out, what makes for a "right opinion" ...


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Confidence does not come from what we do, but rather what Christ has done. In Philippians 3, Paul points out that if anyone should be confident in being saved by what they do, it is him. He is the one that has followed the law as much as humanly possible, yet in 3:7 he says: But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. (Philippians ...


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The only reason to believe something is because it is true. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 ESV) ...


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Your question, "How did the prophet, Muhammad, know about this if it was not revealed by God," is really an argument from incredulity[1]. You can't (or haven't) imagined a different explanation, so you assume there isn't one. That said, the simplest possible explanation I can think of is that all of these cultures share a historical and mythological ...


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My limited understanding is that the early church fathers were as aware of platonic philosophy as Plato was of Jewish philosophy. "The Fathers of the early Church sought to explain the striking resemblance between the doctrines of Plato and those of Christianity, principally by the acquaintance, which, as they supposed, that philosopher had with learned ...


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When I first read your question I started to dismiss it, but after some consideration, it seems that in actuality this may be one of the biggest challenges to the Church today. After some mental fisticuffs I decided to attack it with the old adage "what would Jesus do?" The first thing that came to mind was: John 13:34 KJV A new commandment I give ...


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I would suggest it's impossible to know how many Christians there are in the world. Slightly easier would be the number of people claiming to be Christian - a look at Census data in a lot of countries will tell you this information. The Australian Bureau of Statistics suggests that more percentage wise more women than men claim to be Christians ...


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Genesis 9:1 (ASV) And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. Several translations put this other "fruitful" command translate the other verb as "replenish" or "fill". I'd take this as "be fruitful so that you can replenish and fill the earth." I do not think it is saying, "always have ...


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Any individual or group can have their own line of thinking and say we are so and so. They can say that we believe in Jesus, yet we are not Christians. Nobody can prevent them from doing so. They however cannot force Mainstream Christianity (or Chalcedon) to accept their heretical line of thinking. Mainstream Christianity is recognised to be wielding an ...


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The Catholic Church used to define heresy as a rejection of any point of dogma. Heretic – a baptized person who rejects a dogma of the Catholic Church. Heretics are automatically excommunicated from the Church (ipso facto) without any declaration for rejecting an authoritative teaching of the Faith. Pope Leo XIII, Satis Cognitum (# 9), June 29, ...


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I think that one can define heresy as, "voluntarily chosen teaching contrary to orthodoxy". However the question "what is orthodoxy?" and "how to find what is orthodoxy?" will be answered differently by various christians. Orthodox Christians believe there is an immutable orthodoxy that lives in Church, but there is no sole institution that is a protector ...



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