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Islam: The 'So Called' Religion of Peace And..............
Forty years ago, they still observed taqiyya, tawriya, kitman and muruna.
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Ron Wrote:For some reason you are overlooking the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:1-17, which was written by the finger of God Himself Personally on tables
You're right.

But these tables countain in all, ten lines. Less than 100 words.
Half of them are mystical, the other half is so universal that it's hard to imagine a civilisation not applying them.

It's quite limited in descriptions. (what is "adultery"? In some tribes at this time, sex with your slave, even though you are married, is not adultery...).
And it doesn't tell anything about punishment, assuming that punishment, if any, will come directly from God.

In other words, a far cry from the Sharia, based on the Quran. The god of the muslims has been much more prolific a writer than that of the jews.

Moreover, muslims believe that all the rules they follow, even those not in the Quran, are from God.
Christians, even the most primitive ones, don't believe all their rules are from God and the fact that God has written the stone tablets himself is not central to their faith.

It's not blasphemy for jews or christians to say that "graved by God" is a metaphore for "divine inspiration".
Muslims would kill you on the spot for saying that about the Quran.
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Fred, I explained to you why the Law is the very foundation of Christian theology. It is all throughout the New Testament. Justification by faith is everything to Christianity, and Justification is a forensic term that is founded on law. If you do not understand law as central to Biblical Christianity, then you do not know anything about Christianity. It is the most law-based religion on earth! Christianity alone is predicated upon something objective and outside of us, the righteousness of the Creator; as opposed to all other religions, which are based on reverence for the supposed righteousness of the creature. Christianity, and its predecessor, Biblical Judaism, are the only religions that teach we can only be saved by the unmerited favor and sacrifice of the Creator on our behalf. All other religions teach that in some way we can be saved by our own works. Christianity is the exact opposite of humanism. Christianity looks to the Law of God as the standard by which every human individual will be judged, and Christianity upholds the Grace of God as the only way be can be reconciled to the righteous standard of God's Law. The Law of God DEFINES WHAT SIN IS! Please read again 1 John 3:4: "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law."
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Yes of course Ron. The Law of God is central to christianism. What is NOT central to christianism, but is central to Islam, is whether the text was written by God physicaly.
Other miracles are central to the christian faith: The Resurrection of Christ and the Virgin Mary, to quote the only two most important ones. But not God's direct handwriting.
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The Bible is the only purported holy book that contains prophecies that outline all of human history from distant past to the end of time, that so far have been proven accurate in every detail, interpreted objectively so as to avoid any private interpretation (as required in 2 Peter 1:20). Only the True God could know the end from the beginning. This was the very basis of the appeal Jesus Himself made to establish the faith of His disciples. When He appeared to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus following His Resurrection, He did not hold out His hands and say, "Look, it's Me, I've risen from the dead." Instead Luke 24:18 tells us: "But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him." And then in verse 27 we read: "And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself." So it was more important to the Son of God that their faith be established on the Word He had inspired prophets to write, than even on the direct evidences of their senses. (Our senses can be deceived; there can be no deception in what is validated by prophecy.)

In the same line, when Jesus was yielding up His life on the Cross, He recited, "My God, My God, Why have you forsaken Me?" (Matt. 27:48; Mark 15:34.) Many people miss the point that these are the opening words to the 22nd Psalm, which records the very thoughts Jesus would have on the Cross, which David was inspired to write a thousand years before Calvary. This Psalm which Jesus Himself had inspired David to write, gave encouragement to Jesus as He was dying, as He recalled it to mind. So even for Himself, inspired prophecy recorded in the Bible bolstered Jesus' own faith. None of the things in Psalms 22 ever happened to David. Especially notice: "They pierced My hands and My feet; I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me. They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots." (Psalms 22:16-18) The part that especially had to encourage Jesus amid His pain and suffering on the Cross was verses 29-31: "All those who go down to the dust Shall bow before Him, Even he who cannot keep himself alive. A posterity shall serve Him. It will be recounted of the Lord to the next generation, They will come and declare His righteousness to a people who will be born, That He has done this." This is followed by the famous 23rd Psalm, which is really about Jesus, not David or any believer in general. Then this is followed by Psalms 24, which records the triumphal anthems sung by the angels when Jesus ascended to His Father after His Resurrection. Psalms 22-24 should be taken together as one inspired unit, which all apply primarily to Jesus. By this Jesus prepared the way for Himself to be able to withstand what He would have to endure on Calvary. Jesus' victory on Calvary was also a victory of faith, and an example to us of overcoming by faith--based on trust in God's Word.

As for God's direct handwriting, there were only two examples, the Ten Commandments, and the handwriting on the wall at Belshazzar's Feast (although this latter may have been done by an angel--it does not say it was God who wrote on the wall). But God had a reason for not dictating every word in the Bible. He chose to use humans to relay to the rest of humanity the thoughts with which He inspired those humans. That way, the prophets could convey in their own human language what God wanted revealed. This way, humanity in general need not be overwhelmed by direct contact with the mind of Deity. Also, this way God is not on trial in the Bible, because the words of the prophets were their own words, their own manner of speech, that convey their own emotions in response to God's revelations.

By the way, as for a religion that purports to have a Scripture written by a heavenly being, don't Mormons claim that the book of Mormon was written by the angel Moroni? Actually, they teach that Moroni wrote on golden plates, and when he died became an angel, and then guided Joseph Smith to find the golden plates, which then were used to produce the Book of Mormon. So it is a bit complex.

As for the Islamic Quran, there are also the portions said to be written by Satan--the ones Salmon Rushdie called "the Satanic verses" in his novel of the same name. Novelist Brad Thor had some interesting things to say about that, as well, in his novel, The Last Patriot.
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