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Vicarious Punishment and the Imputation of Sin

The claim is often made that Islam does not teach that an individual can carry the sins of another. To this effect passages such as Surah 6:164 are often cited yet one must ask themselves whether such a claim is entirely believable. In this post, it is my task to continue with a general theme that has crept up in my last few articles concerning the fact that the reality of life and even the Qur’an itself teach that individuals regularly carry the sins of others and that Muslim objections to this idea are completely unfounded. For our purpose, we will focus on the story of Noah as it is narrated in the Muslim holy book, the Qur’an. (more…)

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Re: Sin and atonement [Part – 5]

Here’s a post on quite a number of things related to the atonement and Christ’s passion. It is a reply to this article written by one Hasan. The author in fact has an entire series dedicated to questioning the Christian understanding of these concepts and having browsed through most of the articles in this series, I must commend him for thinking critically about the Christian scriptures but I should mention that the outcome leaves much to be desired. Unfortunately his resultant product suffers from severe mistakes and errors in logic which will become all too apparent the more one reads this article. That said, this article is long. (more…)


For Ruwayda, Whenever I Find Her III

Surprisingly enough, Ms. Ruwayda has already provided me with another reply to address some of the points that I had brought up in my latest post. But before I continue I would like to make clear that if I came off as needlessly competitive and if it appeared that this discussion was little more than a game for me then I sincerely apologize. It was not at all my intention. I realize that I have made the claim more than once that Ms. Ruwayda had not refuted me yet this was in no way done out of pride but rather it was simply a statement of fact given that she had brought up certain points which as I have shown did nothing to present my argument as having been incorrect. Now this response on my part will most likely be fairly short (in comparison to my previous posts) given that this time, there is far less that she is objecting to. (more…)


For Ruwayda, Whenever I Find Her II

edit: Ms. Ruwayda has been kind enough to also provide her response to this article in the comments section below.

It seems that there has been a response to one of my previous posts coming from Ruwayda herself. I would encourage anyone with the time, to read it because it is well-written and touches upon some of the most important difficulties that Muslims have with the Christian doctrine. I will state once more before I proceed to prove it, that the doctrine of God taking upon himself the punishment of the sins of the world is perfectly logical and a display of the highest mercy and love. Furthermore, that she has once more misunderstood Christianity and that her very argument, as much as she would like to hope otherwise, actually works in favour of the Christian position when it is examined properly. Anyway, enough of this preamble, let us dip right into the matter.

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Forgiveness, and Why I am not a Muslim

I have already spoken on the subject of love and how Islam, by it’s own admission (or more precisely, by the ramifications of its philosophy), generally considers Allah himself unworthy of the highest and most supreme form of love. Indeed it encourages a type of subpar worship towards God on the part of the Muslim and, in praising, absolutely denigrates God. Yet enough of that, this post has to do with the matter of forgiveness in Islam (and Christianity by relation). A common charge levied against Christianity by Muslims is that Islam paints a superior picture of God seeing as Allah does not require sacrifice but will rather simply forgive sins. I must admit that at face value Islam does seem to be the superior religion on this count yet can this belief be sustained after one has worked through the implications inherent in the concepts of sin, forgiveness, and the divine nature?

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For Ruwayda, Whenever I Find Her

edit: Ms. Ruwayda has been kind enough to also provide her response to this article in the comments section below.

It’s exactly midnight and like all other good Christian boys I am deeply engaged in plotting the downfall of Islam one blog post at a time. That; was my attempt at humour (a lame attempt, but an attempt nonetheless). I don’t actively plot the downfall of anything; much less at midnight soon to be one in the morning. Anyway, this particular post is going to be a little different in that for one thing, I don’t at all know too well what I will be talking about and that—perhaps due to it being so late (and myself not thinking straight) or the fact that I’m listening to Coldplay’s “Fix You” (and hence myself not thinking straight)—I mean this post to be for Ruwayda (who left me a comment in the previous post) in particular. So Ruwayda, if I may be so familiar with you, this is for you. (more…)