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Should We Worship A God That Puts Law Above Life

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Posted by Richard Ruquist on August 14, 2001 17:47:56 UTC

Or for that matter, puts blind faith above investigationn and research. According to a reference that jisbond has provided that is exactly what Allah demands. Here is the link:

Here are the relevant quotes, one from the prophet himself:

You should know then, that first of all a thing, such as wine or
carrion, may be pronounced unlawful from its very nature. What I
mean by 'its very nature' is that the cause of its being pronounced
unlawful is a quality inherent in it. Intoxication and death. If we were
asked concerning these two things, we would not hesitate to say
that they were absolutely unlawful, and would in no way think of
allowing carrion to be eaten in time of desperation, nor ever think
of permitting the drinking of wine when a person starts to choke
over a mouthful of food and finds nothing with which to swallow it
besides wine.
Abu-Yusuf said, "He who seeks knowledge through dogmatic
theology will become a heretic. Al-Hasan said, "Neither argue with
heretics, associate with them nor listen to them." Upon this the
scholar of the prophetic quotations in the first era have been
unanimous. The narrations which came down to us from them are
innumerable. They have said that the companions refrained from
it although they are more knowledgeable of the realities and more
capable of mastering the wording than others because they knew
what evil would come out of it.

For this reason the Prophet - praise and peace be upon him - said,
"Destroyed are those who split hairs! Destroyed are those who split
hairs! Destroyed are those who split hairs! And these are those
who are extravagant in investigation and research."

Of course, there are contradictory teachings from both Jesus and Moses. So the question is, if there is one god, why did that god send contradictory messages. There are several optional explanations:

1. There is no god, or at least no god that has direct dealings with humans.

2. There are several gods, at least one for each religion. There may still be one creator god but that god does not deal directly with humans but rather communicates to us through several god-like messengers that may even be in conflict with each other as there human counterparts oft are.

3. There is one god but the messages get distorted by human interpretation and by the political aims of religious leaders. As a corrallory, scripture is not the word of god.

4. The Moses option is that contradictory scripture are both true if we understand the underlying principle that makes both statements true.

I like option # 4 myself, but as in this case I am unable to find the higher principles that synthesizes such disparate commands. Option # 3 seems to be almost obviously true. Humans err. So there is no perfect religion. I prefer a set of beliefs that are consistent with as many religions as possible, as well as science. Within the domain of science, science always wins in my mind. But there is so much that science does not know.

Perhaps youall can come up with other options.

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