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  1. Well, I refer you to what is known as the 'strong case for the resurrection', and there is indeed a rather strong case from a purely historical perspective. Though yes, technically history cannot affirm or deny Christ rose from the dead, it does however provide strong evidence for it in my opinion, evidence that cannot simply be overlooked. I understand one of the persons in this video has been notably hostile towards Islam, but it is not about him, here he is speaking to a notable and well respected New Testament scholar and historian. This video really just scratches the surface of the whole subject at hand.
  2. I will give you my personal reasoning for following Christianity. I am a Christian because I believe Jesus proved himself through his resurrection, if Christ had not done this then I would follow no religion because I could never know who is telling the truth or not, not even Christ; but because Christ rose from the dead I know his message to be valid. For me, his resurrection proves Christianity and certain parts of Judaism. Christianity as a religion would not have continued if Christ had not been raised, the apostle would have given up and gone home. But because of their witness of Christ resurrection, they continued the faith. St. Paul says this, "For if the dead are not raised, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins." (1 Corinthians 15:16-17).
  3. Fair response, but I am not asking about the proof of God, as God can be proved in many ways. My question is about the proof of religion and its prophets, that being in this case, Muhammad and Islam. So many others have come claiming revelation, many times they contradict each other, so which one should we believe? What did Muhammad do to show he was a true prophet?
  4. Many people have claimed some kind of divine revelation throughout history, so in that respect Muhammad is no unique. I want to know your reasons for choosing Islam over any other religion, and why I should chose it. Why should we believe in Muhammad over Zoroaster, or Buddha, or Mani, or Joseph Smith, or Ellen G. White? How is Muhammad superior to these other "prophets"? How did he prove himself? What makes him unique?
  5. From what I have read in most of the scholarly literature, YHWH was originally a Bronze age Kenite God who was slowly transmitted north into Iron age Canaan, and was eventually adopted as the national God of the Kingdom of Israel and Judah around 930 BC. A small faction of Yahwist, the earliest known being the prophet Elijah (900 BC), advocated for the worship of YHWH alone over other gods, and this lead to other Israelite prophets like Amos (760 BC) and Hosea (730 BC) following in his foot steps. This faction eventually spread to Judah after northern refugees from Israel began fleeing south, hoping to escape the invading Assyrians. Prophets began arising in Judah, like Isaiah (700 BC), who began pushing Yahwism into the establishment. Now, at this time, the Yahwist hadn't been totally monotheistic, but more on the lines of henotheism, that is, the worship of one and only one God whilst still accepting the existence of other deities; they may have also been appropriating the qualities of other deities and ascribing them to YHWH, as with the case of the Canaanite god El being identified as YHWH. Around 648 BC, King Josiah rose to power and enacted heavy religious reforms in Judah, establishing YHWH as the only God worthy of worship in all of Judah. This is when the Torah (the Pentateuch for Christians) began its first stages of compilation, being sourced from earlier Israelite traditions. King Josiah's reforms didn't last long because his successors went straight back into idolatry. From 605 BC to 539 BC, the Babylonians conquered Judah and deported its population, until the Persians, lead by King Cyrus the Great, conquered the Babylonians and let the Jews return back to Judah. Sometime during the captivity, monotheism finally became established, and YHWH was now regarded as the only God is existence, and the God of the universe. This is when Judaism begins, and YHWH would of course go on to become the God of Christianity, and later Islam; though due to the traditions of 3rd century BC Jews, his name would be lost to us except within the limits of the tetragrammaton. Jews and Christians tend to replace YHWH with "Lord" or "the almighty", and Muslims basically renamed him "Allah", which is Arabic for "God" or "the God."
  6. Hello everybody, I am new to the community and I just have a question regarding the Shia Muslim view on the crucifixion of Christ. I have been interested in comparative religion as of late and I have been studying up on Islamic Christology just to get a better idea of it, and most of my focus has been on the Islamic view of Jesus's crucifixion which is central to my faith and I know can be of huge controversy between Christians and Muslims. As I understand it, the vast majority of Muslims (mainly Sunni) hold to the a substitution view on the death of Christ, that is, someone was made to appear like Christ (possibly Judas) and was crucified in his place instead while Jesus was assumed into heaven by the help of Allah. This seems to be in full agreement with Surah An-Nisa 4:57 where is explicity states, "That they said (in boast), "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah";- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not..." I have, however, come across alternative views and interpretations among with verse, particularly among Ahmaddiyas who advocate for a swoon theory, and I have also come across different theories among Shias, some holding to the traditional view that most Sunnis hold to, while others holding to a more esoteric view like the Ismaili's Shias, though I haven't been able to find a full explanation of their belief. As far as I understand it, some Sunnis don't consider Shias to be true Muslims due to these kinds of beliefs. Could anyone further explain the views on the crucifixion of Jesus in Shia Islam?
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