1962 VIRGIN BIRTH
I wanted to close up the last couple of posts on the common misunderstandings of Christianity and Islam.
But also mention a few things about the halfway house.
Okay- the last misunderstanding between Muslims and Christians is the term Son of God.
This term is found in the New Testament- and around this time of year we celebrate the Virgin Birth as well.
Strict Muslims are not supposed to see- or ever read this term.
Islam teaches that to say Jesus is the Son of God- that it denotes a sort of sexual relationship between God and man [woman].
Of course the church does not teach this- when Christians say – Son of God- they are speaking about Jesus in a unique way.
He ‘came out’ from God- was ‘Generated’ from God- in a way that no other creature can lay claim to.
Now- when the church uses this statement ‘first begotten of God’ or ‘the first born among many brothers’ [both found in the bible].
The church is not saying that Jesus was the actual ‘first created being’ from God.
Okay- I know this gets a little tough- but it’s hard to clear up the misunderstanding without a little theology.
So- historically- the church interprets these terms as meaning Jesus has the first place- the Preeminence over all creation.
Grant it- those who reject the Christian teaching about the Deity of Christ- they think the church is denying the bible- in these areas- when she says these terms do not mean Jesus was created.
To be fair- I think the New Testament does tech that Jesus is not a created being [John 1:1- The Word was God- speaks about Christ].
But I also see how others can view these verses differently.
The main point today is the church does not believe that Jesus was the product of a sexual physical relationship between God and Mary.
No- Son of God means- to the contrary- that the Holy Spirit came upon Mary in a non physical way- and she became pregnant- thus ‘The VIRGIN Birth’.
But- because devout Muslims are forbidden to read this term- Son of God- some have made New Testament translations that leaves the term out.
Instead of ‘Son of God’ these bibles say ‘he that was generated from God’.
Okay- it kind of means the same thing- I’m not against making the change [though some are- because it is not an actual translation form the Greek].
But if it’s done so Muslims can read the New Testament without violating their faith- then I’m for it in that limited use way.
Okay- obviously Christians and Muslims have many other things they see differently- but in the last 3 posts I wanted to hit on some of the main things.
Often times when studying different religions- we [as humans] have a tendency to read what others have to say about a group.
But it helps- a lot- if you read what the group itself actually says.
Now- you still might find some shocking stuff- stuff that is downright in opposition to your faith- but if you read it straight from the ‘horses mouth’ at least you know you’re not opposing something that the other group might not even believe!
Okay- I guess we’ll skip the skip the few things about the halfway house.
I wrote a couple of posts the last week or so about my friend Huey who fell off of a pier and hurt himself pretty bad.
He spent the weekend at my house- he probably broke a few ribs- but does not want to go to the doctor so I put him up for a couple of days.
All is going real well with the halfway house- we already had a judge release an inmate to the house.
It’s kind of funny- the guy we sent down to represent the house- Andy- was a drunk on the streets about a month ago.
Yeah- it worked out well.
That’s it for now- figured I would not post on the terrible tragedy of the killing of the little kids.
That story has already consumed the news cycle- no need for more.
Talk to you later- John.
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