rodglas, on Jan 3 2004, 07:16 PM, said:
I think we are useing two differnet definitions of belief mine being more narrowly defined.
Muslims do not belive in Mohummad they belive in his teachings about Allah He was divinly inspired, perhaps even touched by Allah in Muslim belief. He was THE Prophet not the divine himself.
Christains belive in Jesus, they belive he is God, that he was always God. And we do belive that Jesus is going to save us.
Agreed, I am using words very loosely. My bad. (ack, been around the kids too much
What the Muslims believe, which I know from living with them and practicing Islam with them is that "There is no God but God and Mohummad is his prophet" (whoops almost typed "profit," Freudian slip
) Muslims have a personal connection to their [idea of] God. Jesus is a revered prophet as well. His teachings are also studied and held in high regard.
I must admit that while I believe the Christ spirit is God, I don't believe Jesus as an incarnate being was "God" proper. He was an avatar, meaning he had much more divine abilities than most humans, but from what I get from looking at the words that are supposed to be spoken by him that these are things all humans could do. Guess I am more aligned with Muslims than I thought. Actually as I mentioned before, if anything I am Sufi, and Sufism started in the Islam faith so we studied it quite a bit.
So, I will stop now because I don't want this to go too off track in this thread.
"Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do all creatures." -- HH The Dalai Lama