Pro-social Values: Ethical Monotheism

Have you seen the one who denies the Religion? Such is he who repulses the orphan, and who does not urge others to feed the poor. Woe to worshippers, who are absent-minded to their prayer, those who make a show (of piety), and refuse to render small acts of kindness (towards others).

JUSTICE, JUSTICE SHALL YOU PURSUE

Also other miscellaneous sources as noted.

[Phil. 2:6-8; Heb. 1:8,9; Tit. 2:13; Isa. 9:6; John 8:58; 5:23]

This sounds promising but, as Spencer points out, in Islamic tradition the true and original Christian Gospel is considered to be congruent with the Koran. According to this staple of Muslim belief, the New Testament that Christians consult today is a corruption of the original gospel. In fact, Muslims look upon Christian Scripture in much the same way that The Da Vinci Code does: “Mainstream Muslim belief is that orthodox Christianity is nothing more than a subterfuge, a massive hoax designed to fool the believers and lead them astray.” Thus, when Muslim scholars call Christians to be more faithful to their scripture, what they have in mind is something quite different from what their Christian audience supposes.

Romans 1:4 - The resurrection declared Jesus to be the Son ofGod.

* The reveals that Arabs once starved him,because they opposed his teaching against idolatry. He then received a"revelation" condoning idolatry. As soon as they released him, hereversed the revelation and again said idolatry was wrong. [EB, XV-647]


God yearns for the reform of His people, promising them that

So God never rebuked Jesus, yet even Muslims and Muhammad himself admit Goddid censure Muhammad. And Christians and Muslims agree Jesus was sinless, butMuhammad needed God's forgiveness. So how can Muhammad be as good as Jesus?

[Romans 3:20; Gal. 2:16; Heb. 8:6-13; 10:1-18; Acts 15:10]

Muhammad taught that men could have plural wives. He himself had 12 wives and2 concubines at the time of his death. (Qur'an 4:3; 33:19-52; CRI-32)

Based on their character then, who was greater: Muhammad or Jesus?

So great is the spiritual value of acts of charity that the needy are believed to be doing the giver a favor by providing the opportunity for tzedakah (Vayikra Rabba 34:8. Cf Baba Batra I Oa-b; Zohar II:129a.), while recipients of charity are expected to perform tzedakah themselves (Gittin 7b).The Talmud teaches that “One who causes others [to give] is greater than one who simply gives” (Bava Batra 9a). It is also believed that performing tzedakah is one of three acts that can gain forgiveness for sins, along with teshuvah (repentence) and tefilah (prayer).

Amos, Isaiah, Micah, Malachi, Jeremiah

The introduction to my Qur'an says: "Moreover, the Prophet issometimes even censured in the Qur'an" and lists as examples 9:43;80:1-11 (p. xv). In fact Muhammad admitted he needed forgiveness from God (Qur'an9:43).

To avert God’s impending judgment, Isaiah implores his community to:

* Muhammad revealed that men could have plural wives, but not more than fourat a time (Qur'an 4:3). However, a special revelation said that he himselfcould have more than 4 wives. He had 12 when he died, plus two concubines. (Qur'an33:49-52)

Hebrews 2:9 - He tasted of death for every man.

Since Muslims consider the Christian confession of the divinity of Christ to be an unacceptable association of a partner with God, this verse is saying that the “common word” that Muslims and the People of the Book should agree on is that Christians should discard one of the central tenets of their faith and essentially become Muslims.