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Does Religion Define a Person's Belief

Reader comment on item: Will Islam Survive Islamism?

Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Nov 16, 2021 at 13:33

Islam as a religion is a defined following of a deity that appeared during a religiously combative period of humanity after centuries of contravening ideologies of deities claiming superiority on the basis of one deity being superior to another. Even within the following of such adherents there is division of which is superior: Sunni or Shiite; Fundamentalists or Islamists are struggling with identity politics and all are in varying stages of apostasy.
With one notable exception, all such religious endeavors are susceptible to invectives of disbelief and potential judgement. The exception is the belief in the Deity of the Torah, which does have the distinction that all other belief systems are examined by the Eternal Sovereign and cannot match His wisdom.
The four levels of Islamism as noticed by Dr. Pipes is found in the Torah/Tanakh and the inability of humanity to measure up to the requirements of obedience for errant mankind is found in all religious endeavors that do not follow the eternal rule. It is why the Savior, the Holy One of Israel remains as the terror of unbelief if one does not chose life in His Name and obtains forgiveness before the end of days.
Islamism, just like any other religious belief that repudiates the salvation of the Jewish Messiah will endure the four levels of inconsistent belief; from full adherence; to moderated; to acknowledgement; to repudiation/rebellion-eternity requires full obedience to the Creator or rejection brings judgement. This is why religion does not bring a promise of eternal bliss-mankind thinks it can make the rules and it cannot; breaking the rules is what mankind does; in Islam as well as Christianity, Buddhism, Hindu, Shinto, Zoroastrianism; all of them. This is what is taught in Judaism, in the Torah and Tanakh.

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