There are many sides fighting to influence our world view
We need to listen to all of them (free speech)
Including what the mainstream media refuses to cover
The rest of us are entitled to our perspectives:
The Amphiist defends the views of the oppressed
Amphiist is a Greek word meaning looking at both sides
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The mainstream media defends Muslims to a degree. The media encourages migrants from Middle Eastern countries to enter Europe, for example, and offers them benefits. Perhaps this is a way to offer some sort of reparations for the colonialism and imperialism of the past. Or perhaps there is a more sinister agenda in the hearts of the former oppressors. Of course, an argument can be made that the Muslims as a whole are still victims of systemic discrimination and prejudice. There are certainly an enormous number of Islamophobes in the world. For the next week or so, Amphiist will look at the Quran and ask what Islam really teaches.
(Turn over page for other perspective)
The Other Side
In the second chapter of the Quran, there is a verse which reads: “And fear a Day of Judgement when a person shall not avail another, nor will intercession be accepted from him, not will compensation be taken from him, nor will they be helped”). (Surah 2:48).
The fundamental difference between Islam and Christianity is that Jesus in Islam does not intercede on behalf of individuals. Muslims adore Jesus and respect and love him as a Prophet and as a Messenger, but they do not think he is the Son of God, and nor is he an intercessor for people’s individual sins. Muslims believe, based on this Quranic verse, that we as individuals are responsible for our own salvation and we should not pray to other people, no matter how righteous they may be, to help us with God.
Muslims are monotheistic, which means they believe in one God. They do not believe Jesus could be half God, and half human. Christians are polytheistic, as they believe in the Holy Trinity. In Arabic, this is known as shirk. It is insulting to God to associate with partners with him, or to pray to the created, rather than the Creator.
We should not depend on anyone else to put in a good word for us with respect to God. We should work out our own salvation and do the things that God wishes us to do.
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