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I Kid You Not: DSO to Offer ‘Class’ on “The Abrahamic Faith”

20 February 2010

From here  (p. 2) :

The Abrahamic Faith
Deanery Deacons, various parishes
To increase knowledge and understanding of the Abrahamic faiths. To promote acceptance of other faiths and their believers. To learn how to interact and communicate with others of different faiths. To demonstrate respect through understanding of cultural differences and the etiquette of others’ spirituality. Each Tuesday a panel of three people representing Judaism, Islam and Christianity will present information and discuss: Theology, Cultural Etiquette, Liturgy and Worship, Living out faith in service. 

Some problems I see with this, off the bat…

First, the title strongly suggests that Christianity can be glopped in other “faiths” that reject Christ as God and any notion of the doctrine of the Trinity. 

Second, the title and the premise of the class rejects a true respect for the unfortunate souls caught up in Islam and Judaism, in that it fails to acknowledge the exclusivist claims of their religions. 

Third, Christianity is not an “Abrahamic Faith.”  Abraham looked forward to Christ, and Abraham’s spiritual descendants also look to Christ (past, present, and future).  Think about that for a minute…  Christianity is a “Christ” faith.  Or rather, ‘the’ Christ-faith. 

Fourth, while it is commendable to teach Christians how to be good friends and neighbors with Muslims and Jews, the aim of that ought to be to convert them to Christ, period. 

Fifth and finally, these Red-Letter Theologians would do well to read some of those red letters.  Note in particular that those livid folks picked up stones after Jesus used those two very dangerous words, “I am,” in reference to Himself.  Make no mistake – Jesus was, by the standards of Judaism (past and present), committing blasphemy by claiming to be God even as God the Father is God. 

[Islam is a slightly different cat, in that they believe our Scriptures to have been corrupted;  but Christ’s rebuke applies to them as well.  ]

Can anyone give me reason to believe that I have misread the synopsis of the class?  If not, I have no other choice but to acknowledge that DSO is passing off an egregious heresy masquerading as baptized Universalism. 

– Elder

PS – Revisionists will no doubt read that last sentence and wonder why I’m hitting so hard;  Traditionalists will look at it and recognize that I pulled a punch.

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  1. Pearls Before Swine
    20 February 2010 at 3:08 AM

    Argh! “To promote acceptance of other faiths and their believers.”

    I appreciated your comments though. Thanks(?) for pointing this out.

    Two questions came to mind:
    1. Will TEC/DSO be willing to accept Christianity and its believers after this?
    2. How are they going to get someone to represent true Christianity at these? For that matter, my guess is that Muslims and Jews would have similar concerns about their “representative” at something like this.

    • Elder Oyster
      22 February 2010 at 12:37 AM

      Hi PBS,

      Apologies for getting back to you this late.

      RE: “1. Will TEC/DSO be willing to accept Christianity and its believers after this?”

      I believe that institutionally, they’ve already rejected Christianity. Not sure that this will be a defining moment for TEO / OSO one way or the other.

      RE: “2. How are they going to get someone to represent true Christianity at these? For that matter, my guess is that Muslims and Jews would have similar concerns about their “representative” at something like this.”

      It will probably be more of a consortium of Bahá’í rejects and less of a purported gathering of representatives from the three so-called Abrahamic faiths.

  2. 20 February 2010 at 1:24 PM

    What’s really ironic here is that Muslims who adhere to the Qur’an have a higher view of Jesus Christ than most TEC reappraisers (or reappraisers anywhere else) do.

    If these people really want to liven things up, they should include this in the curriculum:

    http://www.paludavia.com/mtd/

    It’s a video series of Muslims who came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ after they saw him in a dream.

    • Elder Oyster
      20 February 2010 at 2:50 PM

      Hi Don,

      Welcome – good comments! I had a chance to peruse your website (something I always do, as I’m sure you do too). I am encouraged! 🙂
      – EO

  3. NBS
    23 February 2010 at 2:10 PM

    It’s the new Evangelism: We don’t have to convert them, because they’re no different than we are.

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