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"The Three Abrahamic Religions" by Anthony Letayf

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Submitted by a [keen] student of islam (India), Sep 26, 2005 at 05:11

The issues have always been socio-economic. "Religion", in the sense of semblance of individualistic spiritualism, has never been the forte of monotheisms. Inspiration for all three Abrahamic religions is identical: world domination; variation exists only in methods.

All three make an overt pretense of adherence to three "principles": One God (monotheism), Messengers (prophetic tradition) and Day of Judgment. The real but covert agenda is intellectual, moral, economic enslavement of humanity, to be realized by relegation of both God and spirituality to insignificance in order to promote worldly interests of the prophet and his latter-day successors (the clergy). The overt agenda is the tip-of-the-iceberg facade that keeps the covert part shielded from public eye and imparts to the "faithful" the inhumaneness to perpetrate "pious" acts of heinousness against "gentiles", "pagans" and "kafirs" with a clear conscience. Incidentally, this unreasonable bifurcation and resulting persecution of humanity on the basis of belief or world-view, is another typically Abrahamic de rigueur commonality they share!

Although the three religio-commercial enterprises have some minor differences, they have been sufficient to cause internecine conflict throughout history. Judaism - correctly - refutes the Christian claim that Jesus Christ was the messiah promised by Jewish scripture, simply because he failed in ‘delivering' the Jewish nation from political subjugation. Judaism and Christianity do not accept Islam's claim that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is the "seal of the prophets" and that the Holy Quran is the "perfected and final word of God". Islam, in its turn, avers that Judaism and Christianity are corrupted forms of the pristine teaching (which, they claim, was ‘Al-Deen' or Islam) that God is believed to have entrusted to every prophet since Adam. Moreover, Islam condemns as blasphemous the claim that Christ was the "only begotten son of God" (because Allah cannot have a consort), and contests his crucifixion and resurrection, which form the very bedrock of the faith.

But all these are mere squabblings over ‘market share'!

The main issue is that the three are never likely to agree to a compromise because any concession one makes to the other two will knock the bottom out of its carefully preserved exclusivity. The historical absence of worthwhile rationale for its separate identity and existence would be exposed for the world to see.

An understanding between the three is wishful thinking at best.

But for humanity as a whole, the conflicting claims form the silver lining on the monotheistic cloud!
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