Category archives for Christianity

President Obama, Mitt Romney and the Original Sin

Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD President Barrack Obama has repeatedly professed to be a Christian, so, he presumably believes in the standard Protestant version of Original Sin.  One can also reasonably assume that he underwent Baptism to overcome his handicap as a result of Original Sin, according to the conventional Christian doctrine.  […]

Free Will or Original Sin: We Can’t have Both!

Written and Collected by Zia H Shah MD Ignatius of Antioch was one of the Pioneers of Contradictory belief system of Trinitarian Christianity.  In logical terms Jesus cannot be man and God at the same time. Like a man cannot be a rock or an apple, at the same time; men, rocks and apples are […]

Madagascar: An Exhibit for Islam against Christianity!

Almost 80% of species in Madagascar are unique to the island and are not found else where.  As a result this largest island is a witness for evolution, which for our purposes means, a common lineage of all life forms on our planet earth.  The uniqueness of Madagascar species is a proof for the theory of evolution, […]

December 2011 Alislam-eGazette: A watershed moment for China: Islam or Christianity?

Alislam-eGazette published its landmark volume about Islam and Christianity today. This volume has several articles comparing Islam and Christianity and why it may be important for China to make a good informed choice. There are thirty million Chinese Muslims. It would board well for Chinese future, if her leadership would engage these citizens in national […]

Thomas Paine: His Second Coming in Islam in the 21st Century

Thomas Paine was one of the Founding Fathers of USA, in 18th century he was one of the greatest intellectuals and a proponent of Deism.  He is best known for his book Age of Reason.   Mark Twain said, “It took a brave man before the Civil War to confess he had read the Age of Reason … I […]

Recruiting the four Horsemen of Neo-atheism into Cavalry of Islam

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, an 1887 painting by Victor Vasnetsov. Christopher Hitchens died on December 15, 2011.  My condolences to his family and friends.  From here on any blunt reference by me to my four horsemen should be considered to the surviving three. First a few words about the big picture. Atheists are right […]

Foundation of our morality: Islamic and Judeo-Christian tradition!

If we examine our morality in its extreme situations we may realise that clearly there are religious implications and our morality came from God and perhaps cannot fully exist without God. Our morality is rooted in the prophets of God who revealed to us the absolute standards of our Creator against murder and incest for […]

The concept of Trinity has no legs to stand on

Mufti Muhammad Sadiq, the first Muslim missionary to USA in 1920s, in his early days in USA, to initiate his missionary work, went into a store and bought three pencils and chose to pay for the price of only one pencil. When the shop keeper protested and asked for further payment, Sadiq retorted, you do believe in one in three and three in one. Don’t you? After a little quibbling the stage was set to start talking about Islam and Christianity!

The testimony of One God is every where in our universe and Trinity is no where to be seen. The universe and all life forms on our planet earth speak of One Creator and not three. If god the son and the Holy Ghost did not create any thing then they are not equal to God the Father, and hence not equal partners in ‘Trinity.’

I invite all our Christian brethren to also ponder over other religions that existed before Trinity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Confucianism or the aborigines of America and Australia.

Arius aught to have been declared a saint rather than a heretic! The term ‘Arianism’ is used to refer to other nontrinitarian theological systems of the 4th century. Arianism is the theological teaching of Arius (CE 250–336), a Church priest, who was first ruled a heretic at the First Council of Nicea of 325, later exonerated in 335 at the First Synod of Tyre, and then pronounced a heretic again after his death at the First Council of Constantinople of 381. The Emperor Constantine was baptized by an Arian Bishop. The Roman Emperors Constantius II (337-361) and Valens (364-378) were Arians or Semi-Arians.

If a Christian gives up Trinity, he or she still has the choice to become a Unitarian Christian, a Muslim or a Jew, before opting to be an agnostic or an atheist.

Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Messiah of this age writes:

“The God of Islam is the same God who is visible in the mirror of the law of nature and is discernible in the book of nature. Islam has not presented a new God but has presented the same God Who is presented by the light of man’s heart, by the conscience of man, and by heaven and earth.” (Tableegh-e-Risalat, Vol. VI, p. 15).

Evaluating Original Sin against scientific discoveries

‘The Christian resolve to find the world evil and ugly, has made the world evil and ugly.’  Friedrich Nietzsche If we take out the dogma of Trinity and Original Sin in Christianity then the three Abrahamic faiths become very similar to each other. The dogma of Trinity and Original Sin are not only bad religion […]

The Pope Benedict’s account of resurrection and the hearsay rule!

The Christian Easter story mounts to little more than hearsay as I will show in this article. But, if you are a Christian, please do not get very upset. Veneration and awe of the Transcendent is inherent in human nature, but we need to find the most appropriate channels for that rather than insisting on […]

Rising of the Sun from the West in the Latter Days

This article was originally published in the summer 2011 volume of the Muslim Sunrise. The Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him, said and it is common knowledge among the Muslim circles, “In the Latter Days, the sun shall rise from the West.” The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community believes that this hadith implies that religion of […]

An international repository for alcohol related problems

They ask thee concerning wine and the game of hazard. Say: ‘In both there is great sin and also some advantages for men; but their sin is greater than their advantage.’ And they ask thee what they should spend. Say: ‘What you can spare.’ Thus does Allah make His commandments clear to you that you […]

Fetal alcohol syndrome

According to Encyclopedia Britannica: “Even moderate consumption of alcohol during pregnancy, however, may be associated with milder symptoms of FAS, and women are often counseled to abstain from imbibing any amount of alcohol shortly before and during pregnancy. It is also often advised to prolong this period of abstinence throughout breast-feeding, or at least to […]

Binge Drinking: moderation is a myth hard to sustain

Contents Contents Health effects Prevalence of binge drinking See also References From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, my highlights and commentary if any are in read: Binge drinking is the modern definition of drinking alcoholic beverages with the primary intention of becoming intoxicated by heavy consumption of alcohol over a short period of time.[1] Or alternatively, […]

A Muslim Honors National Bible Week

Source / Courtesy: The Huffington Post By Harris Zafar For those who may not know, we are in the midst of National Bible Week, sponsored by the National Bible Association. This is a week, especially identified to raise awareness of the Bible’s importance and relevance to the nation and the lives of individuals. During this […]

A watershed moment for China: Islam or Christianity?

By Zia H Shah MD Like it or not, but Islam and Christianity have been two missionary religions, which have been struggling to win the hearts and minds of humanity for centuries and they are not going to change their character, just because some agnostics or atheists do not like it.  As a Muslim, belonging […]

Buddha: A Witness against Pauline Dogma

As all humans are God’s creation, it stands to reason that God not only guided people in the Middle East through Abraham, Isaac, David, Solomon, Jeremiah, John the Baptist and Jesus, but, He also guided other people through prophets like Confucius, Buddha and Zoroaster. If this be true there should be some common theme between […]

Darwinian Evolution: Islam or Christianity?

Source / Courtesy: This popular collection of articles was first made in Google-knol. It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what one does not believe. It is impossible to calculate the moral […]

Maria: Pope Benedict XVI on the Mother of God

In the Muslim tradition Jesus, may peace be on him, was a noble prophet and Mother Mary was paragon of virtue and piety. Having said that I embark on reviewing and refuting claims made without proof in the book, ‘Maria: Pope Benedict XVI on the Mother of God.’

Michio Kaku is a Japanese American scientist and science communicator who is Professor of Theoretical Physics specializing in string field theory at the City University of New York. He writes:

One day in Sunday school we studied Genesis. To read about God thundering from the heavens, “Let there be Light!” sounded so much more dramatic than silently meditating about Nirvana. Out of naive curiosity, I asked my Sunday school teacher, “Did God have a mother?” She usually had a snappy answer, as well as a deep moral lesson to offer. This time, however, she was taken aback. No, she replied hesitantly, God probably did not have a mother. ‘But then where did God come from?’ She mumbled that she would have to consult with the minister about that question.” If we bring the sincerity of the questioner and the teacher in examining the question of the mother of Jesus, considered to be god by the Trinitarian Christians, we will be ready for enlightenment.

Deism, Liberal Protestantism or Natural Religion

Abstract First published in 1802, Natural Theology was written by William Paley in defense of the teleological argument. His opening statement sets this stage by supposing that if he found a watch upon the ground, then examined its parts, he would necessarily conclude that it was designed for a purpose. His watchmaker analogy is still […]

Age of Reason by Thomas Paine in the Islamic light

Mark Twain said, “It took a brave man before the Civil War to confess he had read the Age of Reason … I read it first when I was a cub pilot, read it with fear and hesitation, but marveling at its fearlessness and wonderful power.” In 18th century Thomas Paine was a believer and […]

Not possible to refuse Muhammad rationally: Analyzing William Montgomery Watt

William Montgomery Watt called Muhammad, may peace be on him, ‘one of the greatest sons of Adam,’ he regarded the Holy Quran as divinely inspired, though not infallible, yet he continued to be an apologist for Christianity all his life. Is there any rational way to reconcile Watt’s views? The more we study Watt and […]

Faith and reason: an invitation to the Christians

Albert Einstein said, “The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.” “I do not feel obliged to believe that the […]

Two natures of Jesus: another Christian mystery!

By Zia H Shah MD If one tries to genuinely understand or conceptualize the dual or hybrid nature of Jesus rationally, one is likely to be led to the truth, away from Trinitarian faith to Unitarianism, be it Christianity, Judaism or Islam. Jesus is a man and God the father is divine! In logical terms […]