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Ethics and Old Testament Servitude

Dealing with slavery in the Old Testament

Have you ever been confronted with a passage from the Old Testament that is difficult to deal with? For example, passages that appear to condone violence or slavery. When discussing issues like morality and history, I find that atheists and Muslims are prepared to offer up certain Old Testament passages to demonstrate that the Bible is a flawed book and Christians are not always equipped to deal with them.

The Disheartening Nihilism of Modern Science

by Christian Ledford

  • 7 July 2017
  • Author: Guest Blogger
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by Christian Ledford, UM Dearborn student

In 1859 Charles Darwin published On the Origins of Species, his magnum opus and the foundation of evolutionary biology, and changed the world. While many point to the publication of Origins as the point at which religion and science began to collide, it was merely a sign of the times; humanity’s descent into naturalism began earlier, in the Enlightenment of the 1700s in which scholars and scientists began to reject millennia-old Aristotelian and Biblical knowledge. Whereas anachronistic thinkers like Galileo, Kepler, Newton, Pascal, and too many others to name were devoutly religious, this age of naturalism saw a departure from theism in efforts to explain the world around us, and the universe as a whole, outside of intelligent design and outside of God.

*Extended since first published in the Michigan Journal of UM Dearborn in May of this year.

Eid Mubarak! Ramadan, Days 29-30: "Lost and Found"

How Jesus taught that one lost person is valuable enough to him to pursue

  • 24 June 2017
  • Author: Scott Cherry
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by Ashley Wyder

So there was this shepherd who had 100 sheep. Now one of the sheep somehow got lost. Some people would look and say who cares about that one, just leave it. It doesn't really matter. But Jesus tells us that is not how the shepherd responded. The shepherd left the 99 other sheep he had, and went in search of the one sheep. When he found it, he carried it home on his shoulders and told all of his friends to rejoice with him. In John chapter 10 of the New Testament (Injeel) Jesus tells us that He is the good shepherd and He lays down His life for the sheep. He tells us that no one has the power to take His life away from Him but that He willingly laid it down himself.   https://www.esv.org/John+10/

Ramadan, Day 28: The Qur’an’s Perspective on Forgiveness

Is there a prescription for the way to Heaven or is it a big mystery…?

  • 23 June 2017
  • Author: Guest Blogger
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by Anas (Eddie) Yousif—

Part 1

In these last days of Ramadan let's talk about forgiveness. Hardly anyone denies that forgiveness is necessary in life, from other people and even more from Almighty God. But, have you ever stopped to ponder why it's so necessary and what the world would be like if there were no such thing as forgiveness? Why does everyone need to be forgiven in the first place?  Can't we just not do wrong? Further, does  everybody get forgiveness? Should they? We have all heard about people who refuse to forgive, and those who refuse to repent for their wrongdoing. What about a Holy God? Does he forgive everybody for any reason, automatically, or does He have conditions? Certainly He must have or forgiveness would mean nothing. So then, what are those conditions? These are the questions religion seeks to answer.

Part 2

In part 1 we demonstrated that the only way one may enter the kingdom of God (Heaven) would be through the blood sacrifice of a substitute. This can be seen in the story behind Eid al Adha found in the Tawrat and the Qur'an both. Al Adha, or sacrifice, was the ram that Almighty God required as a substitute for Abraham's son whom God initially commanded as a sacrifice to test Abraham's obedience. But was that the whole lesson? It would seem not. Even though Abraham passed the test of obedience, apparently the LORD had another lesson for him because he still required a blood sacrifice. But why? we should pause to ask. *That story can be found here: https://www.esv.org/Genesis+22/

Ramadan: Day 27—Al Qur'an on Humility

Is God meek? A brief investigation comparing one characteristic of Yahweh and Allah

The major difference between Islam and Christianity is the nature of God that is revealed. One aspect of God that is evident in Christianity is his meekness.  This should not be confused with weakness. 

The Qur'an speaks of humility. In 3:159, Muhammad is praised for his humility by dealing gently with those whom could have been in rebellion to him.

 

فَبِمَا رَحْمَةٍ مِّنَ اللَّهِ لِنتَ لَهُمْ ۖ وَلَوْ كُنتَ فَظًّا غَلِيظَ الْقَلْبِ لَانفَضُّوا مِنْ حَوْلِكَ ۖ فَاعْفُ عَنْهُمْ وَاسْتَغْفِرْ لَهُمْ وَشَاوِرْهُمْ فِي الْأَمْرِ ۖ فَإِذَا عَزَمْتَ فَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُتَوَكِّلِينَ - 3:159


“And by the Mercy of Allah, you dealt with them gently. And had you been severe and harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about you” [Aal ‘Imraan 3:159]
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