January 2000: Page 1, 2, 3, 4

Submitters Perspective

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Jesus, the Messiah

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The practice of Christianity today is focused around Jesus. The Sunday service in a Catholic mass comes to a climax around the communal services. The practices of the religion are obviously very different from the practices prior to, during, and directly following the life of Jesus. Nowhere in the Bible, either the New or the Old Testament, is the word trinity mentioned; yet it is vital to Christian beliefs today. At no point does Jesus say “I am God” or “I am divine.”

The issue of Jesus’ divinity was extremely controversial within the church in the third and fourth century, and has remained a controversial issue until today. These issues which are so important to the practice and beliefs of Christianity today were concluded upon some 400 years after the death of Jesus by Councils of the Church. Why would something so important as an issue which would quiestion

tion the unity of God not have been “clearly” stated by Jesus himself, or other prophets of God?

Never would a human being whom GOD blessed with the scripture and prophethood say to the people, “Idolize me beside GOD.” Instead, (he would say), “Devote yourselves absolutely to your Lord alone,” according to the scripture you preach and the teachings you learn. (3:79)

O people of the scripture, do not transgress the limits of your religion, and do not say about GOD except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was a messenger of GOD, and His word that He had sent to Mary, and a revelation from Him. Therefore, you shall believe in GOD and His messengers. You shall not say, “Trinity.” You shall refrain from this for your own good. GOD is only one god. Be He glorified; He is much too glorious to have a son. To Him belongs everything in the heavens and everything on

earth. GOD suffices as Lord and Master. (4:171)

The Messiah, son of Mary, is no more than a messenger like the messengers before him, and his mother was a saint. Both of them used to eat the food. Note how we explain the revelations for them, and note how they still deviate! (5:75)

(On The Day Of Resurrection) GOD will say, “O Jesus, son of Mary,** did you say to the people, `Make me and my mother idols beside GOD?’ “ He will say, “Be You glorified. I could not utter what was not right. Had I said it, You already would have known it. You know my thoughts, and I do not know Your thoughts. You know all the secrets. (5:116)

**It is noteworthy that the Quran consistently calls Jesus “son of Mary” and the Bible calls him “son of man.” God knew that some will blaspheme and call him “son of God”!

Robert Bujarsky

What’s to come?

As the 20th century draws to a close and we are approaching a new millennium, there is a great deal of talk about the approaching end of the world! We are told that the world as we know it will come to an abrupt end and with the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” or January 1st in the year 2000 to most people (or 2001 for some). This hype is increasing on a daily basis. No doubt they will continue to do so until the time is nigh and we will all know for sure the state of things to come.

Even everyday, ordinary people are caught up in this hype and speculation. Some have already sold their homes and retreated to the hills. Others are stock piling food, clothes, candles and worst of all, weapons by the score. However, if this time is the time that God has deemed is necessary to wipe out man’s existence then no amount of speculating, or stock piling could prevent that from happening. For God tells us that “Wherever you are, death will catch up with you, even if you live in formidable castles.” (4:78)

When we look over the things that have happened over these past 100 years we will be forced to realize that things are changing at an accelerated rate that most of us have difficulty in keeping up with. Our age has witnessed the birth of the petrol engine, air and space travel, TV and satellite communications and the web of computers that seem to control our every action.

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