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Islam - what future, ultimately?

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Submitted by trevor_f (Australia), Sep 19, 2006 at 21:54

Thanks to JC, for the comments and predictions about Islam being doomed. The world is certainly structured in such a way, that only that which is ontological will prevail. (*Ontological meaning - "the essence of life, as it truly is". Gravity is ontological). So then, whatever is not authentic about Islam - has no ultimate future.

Just as the Berlin Wall - and communism - have a 'use-by' date, so too does that which is not authentic. Some features of Islamic life, may well have continuity: The genuine notions of family, of God as creator, and judge, of Jesus as prophet (but more). But other features of Islamic life, are surely doomed to pass away: Teachings setting husband as superior to wife, polygamy, regulations that require the covering up of female beauty (beyond mere modesty), encouragement of violence to achieve a religious agenda, provisions for not telling the truth (to infidels) where it seems expedient, the illegality of consumption of wine (one of God's good gifts in creation), and the regulation against the eating of ham sandwhiches, and pork.

The uncertainty about how a person stands before God (compared to justification, by grace). We could go on. In the long term only authentic things will endure. In the short term, (and that could be thousands more years), we will have need for endurance. For all human beings like their own cultures, and all human beings can be stubborn about beliefs. And it seems the Islamic mind set is particularly prone to holding the 'it is written' approach to the Koran. Only a stunning revelation of what is ontological - authentic, can bring genuine change. Many of the things others do and believe are doomed to fail, too. Including any Christian theology that turns out to be erroneous. Great to be in authentic life - which will endure, unto all eternity.

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