According to Webster: “di·vin·i·ty,” (in context) The state or quality of being divine; God.
God as a deity or an entity is possibly the most challenging action that any Homo sapiens, and/or, human being will deal with in his or her lifetime.
One of the world’s main “monotheistic” religions, “Islam” was founded approximately fourteen hundred years ago (610 AD) in the Arabian town of Mecca by the Prophet Mohammed.
Anno Domini (AD) and Before Christ (BC) are designations used to label or number years used with the Julian and Gregorian calendars.
The term “Anno Domini” is Medieval Latin, translated as (In the year of the Lord), and as in the Year of Our Lord.
It is sometimes specified more fully as Anno Domini Nostri Iesu (Jesu) Christi (“In the Year of Our Lord Jesus Christ”).
This calendar era is based on the traditionally reckoned year of the conception or the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, with AD counting years from the start of this epoch, and BC denoting years before the start of the era.
There is no (year zero) in this scheme, thus the year AD 1 immediately follows the year 1 BC. This dating system was devised in 525, but was not widely used until after 800.
According to Webster: “mon·o·lith·ic,” adj. (In context) Acting as a single, rigid, uniform entity.
Again according to Webster: “di·vin·i·ty,” (theology) The state or quality of being divine; God.
Albeit, as spelled out on many previous occasions, “Miriam and Webster” are (most thorough) in their sharing, ..thus for my offering today, I would (not only) be “remiss,” but devious if I didn’t disclose that divinity is also; …
“A soft, white candy, usually containing nuts.”
Onto my interpretation…
Saudi-Arabia is the country where Islam was founded by Mohammed. It’s the most important country for Islam in the world.
Question: Which religion has historical seniority?
Christianity and Islam share a “historical” and “traditional” connection, with some stark theological differences.
The Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule.
Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding.
Muslims who do not join the fight are called ‘hypocrites’ and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.
Unlike the Old Testament verses of violence, the verses of violence in the Quran are (open-ended), meaning that they are not restrained by the historical context of the surrounding text. They are part of the eternal, unchanging word of Allah, and just as subjective as anything else in the Quran.
These competing faiths share a common origin in the Middle East and are often considered Abrahamic religions. Muslims have a range of views on Christianity, considering Christians (and Jews) to be People of the Book or as heretics.
Christian views on Islam and Muslims are diverse and range from considering Islam a “fellow” related religion worshipping the (same) God, through to a (heresy) or unrelated (cult).
According to Webster: “her·e·sy,” n., An opinion or a doctrine at variance with established religious beliefs,
According to Webster: “cult,” n. A religious sect considered to be extremist or false.
Christianity and Islam both consider Jesus to have been sent by God. However while Christians generally consider Jesus to be the Son of God, Muslims consider the “Trinity” to be a division of God’s Oneness and a grave sin (Shirk).
Christianity and Islam have different scriptures, with Islam using the Quran and Christianity the Bible. Both texts offer an account of the life and works of Jesus.
Belief in the “Injil,” or (the Islamic account of Jesus) is an important part of Islamic theology, and Muslims view the Christian Gospels as altered, while Christians consider the Quran to be a later, (Apocryphal) work.
Both religions believe in the Virgin birth of Jesus, but the Biblical and Quranic accounts differ.
Historically, Christianity and Islam have both peacefully co-existed and engaged in extended periods of warfare.
Western (secular and Christian) and Islamic histories offer differing accounts of both periods of tolerance and violence.
Question: What religions predate Christianity and Islam?
Hinduism – Jainism – Sikhism
To be continued…
Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow