Many blogs have a FAQ (Frequently asked questions) Section… unfortunately since I don’t get a lot of readers who comment on my posts I have decided to post a series of unasked questions and my responses to each.
My Issues with Islam:
“Why do you hate muslims / Islam as you do?
Although it may not seem like it. I don’t hate muslims as people. I however have many issues about what Islam is as a system and I am easily offended with muslim actions against non muslims both online and in person. If I have a ‘hate’ of islam as a SYSTEM it is because of its teachings against Christians and Jews.
“Why can’t you accept that God of Judaism and Christianity is the same god of Islam?”
The Bible makes it clear that God is like a Father to his followers. Allah the islamic god is distant, unknowable and therefore not the same. The God of Israel has brought back Israel the Country and the Jews back to Jerusalem in 1948 so yet another example that allah / ilah is not the same God as the one of the Jews. In my recent and past studies of Islam I noticed in Islamic dictionaries that muhammads allah came from Arabian paganism… so you do the math. You expect Christians or Jews to accept a pagan god over the one who is personal not distant?
(The Universal Comment) “You are a racist for being critical (skeptical) of Islam…”
This is a ‘universal’ comment typed up by every muslim who can’t convince non muslim critics / skeptics of islam through their ‘dawah’ to convert to islam. Islam is not merely a religion but a ENTIRE SYSTEM that enforces a theocratic system rule upon both muslim and non muslims. Many of these laws that flow from the quran and hadiths are Freedomless foolishness that force Christians, Jews, Atheists and others to convert to islam or face taxation, persecution and death.
Muslims are not a specific race but made up of races as a system. That fact cannot be ignored or refuted.
“Don’t you know that the quran is Gods last word?”
The quran is a collection of ‘dictations’ from Muhammad to at least 42 different scribes. These scribes used a variety of materials to collect muhammads words in written form. When a Christian reads the quran they recognize various characters from the Old Testament and the New Testament and yet despite the use of character names their stories are drastically different than those in the OT or NT. Since there are too many inconstancies and deviations in the stories collected in the quran VS the Bible. The quran is typically considered to be a poor copy. Compounding the problem is the use of muhammads sources. He used the information provided by various Christian sects in Arabia during his lifetime. These sources were considered heretical and were not part of the Organized Christian church at that time.
Hence the skepticism of the quran…
Also it should be noted that if a individual considers the use of religious syncreticism the Mormons (LDS), Jehovah’s Witnesses and other groups are Gods ‘final word’ assuming you believe in their claims. This of course means that God is confused with his own Theological decisions since the gods of the LDS (Mormons), JW and muslims are not the same.
“As a skeptic of the quran which do you prefer to use for your studies?”
Back in 2005 I found a jewel of a quran authored by Maulana Muhammad Ali which includes a English translation and commentary. The commentary itself is most helpful for gaining the understanding of a individual muslims religious ideas about his faith. I always suggest to borrowing a quran from your local library to investigate it as a skeptic this way you don’t need to pay good money and possible support a Islamic group that funds Hamas or whomever.
If you choose to read the quran online feel free to use yahoo.com, goolge.com and others to read the quran as a skeptic to understand its oddities.
Issues regarding Saturday Sabbath:
“Why do you hate the Sabbath so much?”
I donot hate Gods Sabbath. I hate poor teaching that keeping Saturday Sabbath is a type of salvation.
“Why do you decide to go to Church on Sunday and not on Sabbath?”
Again in the OT Saturday Sabbath was given to the Jews and NOT all men. There is NO TEXT in the Holy Bible or Tanakh that Commands Gentile Christians to keep the Sabbath or Sunday. I personally follow after the old tradition that Jesus was resurrected on Sunday. Either way Jesus does use both Saturday Sabbath or Sunday to reach out to his followers. In case anyone thinks I’m too doctrinally or theologically weird please look up the term dispensationalist and then try to understand why I don’t follow the OT Law.
“In your offline studies do you know which day is Sabbath?”
Saturday is the Jewish Sabbath.
“You claim that Saturday is the Sabbath and yet chose to Worship God on Sunday. Can’t you see how hypocritical you are?”
Herein lies the greatest problem. If you are a SDA follower who proclaims that Saturday Sabbath is not merely a moral commandment but part of your Salvation. How is following the Law of Moses making you a Christian? I argue that Jesus didn’t Command us through Matthew, Mark, Luke or John to keep Sabbath as a moral or Salvation issue but to follow him. Those who argue that Christians are to keep Saturday Sabbath as part of their Salvation miss the point. Jesus required Salvation through him for both sides of his peoples Jew and Gentile. Not by keeping a specific day over another.
“What does the Bible say about Saturday Sabbath VS Sunday worship?”
I follow a dispensationalist position in regarding days of worship. Saturday Sabbath was given to the children of Moses who are Jewish Israel. Both the OT and the Tanakh confirm this.
In my amateur searches in the Holy Bible online or the KJV on my computer desk I have constantly looked for proof FROM JESUS of which day I am to follow he neither Confirms or Denies Saturday Sabbath for his Gentile Church. Just list how many times Jesus taught on or about Saturday Sabbath from Matthew, Mark, Luke or John.
If Jesus doesn’t COMMAND Saturday Sabbath for the Gentile why should I worry about it.
Many in the Anti SDA camp argue from this Scripture in Romans 14:4-6. This is the closest Scripture from the Disciples that indicate that we are to chose which day we go Worship God on. I noticed that SDA followers argue that Romans 14:1-23 argue that the chapter only refers to those who are weak Christians. That is partly true. We can also argue that using that Scripture in its entirety means that they are weak in their faith since they consider their salvation from keeping Saturday Sabbath because of the writings of EG White through the book: “The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan,
The Conflict of the Ages in the Christian Dispensation”.
I am not afraid of not keeping Sabbath because my Salvation comes from Jesus not keeping a specific day.
10 Commandment issues involving the Theonomy philosophy:
“Why do you reject Gods word and break his Commandments?”
If you are referring to the poisonous philosophy of Theonomy which dictates that Christians are to keep the Ten Commandments as a moral obligation or SDA Theonomists who attempt at keeping the Ten Commandments as a salvation issue and moral issue.
How is a Christian breaking Gods laws when Jesus fulfilled them? He also gave us the following Commandments as the most important of Moses Laws:
Again as I remind the varied SDA members who try to guilt trip me. Are you Jewish that you must obey the Old Commandments? Because if you follow the Text you should be followers of Moses and not Jesus. You also must consider the punishments of those in your sects that break Gods commandments.
“Don’t you see that if you aren’t following the Ten Commandments you are in reality a rebellious, immoral person?”
Christians have two laws they follow living in the West. The Teachings Jesus gave us and the Laws of man. This of course means if a person claims to be a Christian and yet rapes, robs, murders they are breaking from orthodox Christianity because doctrinally they have ignored the teachings of both Jesus but his disciples who are the Fathers of our Faith. This means an individual that commits criminal acts will eventually be dealt with through Local, Federal laws and will be punished accordingly so.
“Have you investigated the noahides teaching in Judaism and do you agree with Noahides that the Commandments of Moses are not for the Gentile would you agree with their philosophies about keeping the laws of Noah?”
No I donot agree with their beliefs or philosophy because they reject Jesus.
“Do you believe in a International Sunday Law directed against SDA Followers?”
NO! Unless someone in the Christian community can find any UN International laws enforcing a ‘Sunday’ law as EG White discussed in the ‘great controversy’ or worse a Local / Federal law in America or elsewhere that is backed by the Catholics or other groups to enforce criminalizing Saturday Sabbath. I will assume that EG White and her followers are frightened of a myth. A preverbal ‘boogie man’ that makes SDA church goers afraid of the very Brothers and Sisters in Jesus who would help them.
“What about your responses to emmilglenns “questions for Sunday keepers”? Don’t you feel stupid for those?”
Stupid? Maybe a little. Here’s why. I didn’t take thier questions seriously enough to post a proper answer. And so I replied with smart alecy answers that should have never been posted.
However I find it interesting that neither emmilglenn or sda defend have looked into my current answers or attempted to refute them. Not that their Religious Theonomy seems to matter to other Christians online anyhow.
After all if they are in need of getting professional answers to their questions they should contact the multitude of Christian ministries, ministers who could answer them. Incidentally I did send a copy of SDA defends questions to Hank Hanegraaff the Bible Answer man to be looked at. Whether or not he answers them is a different matter that they will have to discuss between themselves.
“Why didn’t you post my comment?”
Good question. Here are my answer(s)…
I get daily comments. And I put them into the following categories for deletion:
When I have time I respond to the following responses and comments offline.
*Adequate Responses to my posts:
*Smart ass comments:
HOWEVER if you have a question or comment that is worth my time to respond to here is what I’ll do for you. I’ll repost your comment or question under “My response to…” with the screen name you have used for your comment. As I have already mentioned in my ‘rules’ post I keep your email private this is for your safety and privacy.
And to be quite clear many of your remarks, comments, threats and so forth I do respond to offline in ways that you would likely dislike. So if possible post your comments in a responsible fashion or ignore me.
What are your Doctrinal positions involving your Faith in Christianity?
I consider myself a Trinitarian by believing in Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
How long have you been blogging and When did you start this blog?
I first started blogging in 2005 and this particular blog was started in June of 2008.
Why do you use the screen name thecriticalchristian1971 or the skepticalchristian1971?
I am critical and skeptical of religions, philosophies posting online articles that attack Protestant Christianity or have posted poor teachings in the name of Christianity! This is my blog where I give amatuer responses to those posts I find online. 1971 is the year I was born.
You’ve written several posts or pages about your doubts on the subject of ‘gay marriage’ and ‘gay rights’ whats your problem with that?
A number of years ago I joined facebook or other websites relating to my High school graduation (Class of 1990). It was there through various searches I learned that several of my gay or lesbian classmates died as a result of their lifestyle. Compounding to their individual losses and researching the ‘gay movements’ and their political push for seemingly ‘specialized rights’ in the USA and elsewhere I have come to the conclusion that medically their lifestyles and the political push for ‘rights’ will NOT prolong their lives but only end in further death and disease. I cannot in good conscience agree with the ‘sheeple’ on facebook or on the internet… gays using politics to change the USA and my Faith in God to promote a illogically useless lifestyle makes them an enemy and not an ally to Americans.