Racism and Christianity

OK, I’m going to start with the past, and come to what I hope is the obvious point later.  Sadly, throughout the history of (probably pretty much all) the nations, there have been huge divides and injustices based on race.  Being British, I’ll focus on us: we participated in the highly racist slave trade, treating people from certain places as property.  We also have a very serious history of unpleasantness directed particularly at Jews in our country, though from time to time it would seem they were highly favored (see this article).  I’m not going to apologize for it, because I didn’t do it, but I do heartily condemn these acts across the history of my country, and indeed the Western world.  I like to think things have got better.  I like to think the world we live in now is better.  However, recent events in America show us that there is still further to go.  I’m not going to deal with the actual news-events of the moment, as others have done this better than I could.  I am much more interested in the underlying attitude and what the Bible has to say about it.  Continue reading

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New Religions For Old

Bible

Bible (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

People are often happy to critique and indeed mock Christianity for “stealing” another religion’s ideas (i.e. having Christmas at about the same time of year as an old pagan festival), but what of the biggest and most blatant copy-cat of all: Islam’s attempt to have all of the Jewish and Christian scriptures as witnesses to the “truth” of the new religion?
More academic work has been taken on at http://www.answering-islam.org/Walid/corruption.html and by numerous others, but I just want to go through the basic argument.

1) The Qur’an states that the Bible was true.

2) The Qur’an states that God’s words can not be changed.

3) The Qur’an states (say some) that the scriptures of the Jews and Christians got corrupted.

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