CHRISLAM - Merging of Christianity and Islam,

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CHRISLAM - Merging of Christianity and Islam,
« on: July 04, 2018, 09:18:19 PM »
CHRISLAM - Merging of Christianity and Islam, Part l and 11
 
FROM: UKIP DAILY 3rd July 2018
 
Chrislam Part I
Posted by Sonya Jay Porter | Jul 3, 2018
Chrislam Part I
Posted by Sonya Jay Porter | Jul 3, 2018 | Culture, Editorial | 16  |     
Not everyone has yet heard of Chrislam  — I certainly hadn’t until I bumped into it on the Net while looking for something else  — so I thought I’d pass on what I’ve learned so far. Try searching for ‘Chrislam’ yourselves and you’ll come up with enough to write a book, let alone a short article!
So, what is it?   Well, as you might guess from the word, it’s a merging of the religions of Christianity and Islam which was started some decades ago in the West African nation of Nigeria.   A pastor named Shamsuddin Saka, who had a small church on the line between Nigeria’s Muslim North and Christian South, decided to try to bridge the gap and preached a liturgy which blended both faiths.   He taught that Christians and Muslims are both children of Abraham, which is correct according to both the Bible and the Koran, and that they should, therefore, live in peace.
Nice idea.
But there are stumbling-blocks.  While Christians believe that Jesus was Son of God and part of the God-head of the Trinity, Muslims consider him just another Prophet, preaching some time before Mohammad, Allah’s very last Prophet.  Christianity’s core belief is that eternal salvation is a gift of grace, earned for mankind by the death of Christ on the Cross, while Islam’s core belief is that there is only one God, Allah, that Christ did not die but ascended to Allah and that the only way to Paradise is by submitting completely to Allah’s commands as set out in the Koran.  (Islam does not mean ‘Peace’ as some people think, but ‘Submission’.)
Nevertheless, it seems that after some time, the idea  — perhaps you could say, the religion — of Chrislam began to appear in the United States of America.   In 2006 President George W Bush, when interviewed by the ABC News, said he believed that both Christians and Muslims worshipped the same God.  In 2007 a group of Muslim leaders published a letter entitled ‘A Common Word Between Us and You’ urging peace and justice between Muslims and Christians.   During a prayer at the inauguration of President Obama in 2009 Rick Warren, the well-known founder and pastor of a Community Church in California, referred to ‘Isa’, the Islamic name for Jesus and was later said to be largely responsible for the spreading of Chrislam throughout American churches.  That year he also addressed the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America urging cooperation between the two faiths.
In 2011 a group called ‘Faith Shared’ encouraged Christian communities to organise events where Muslims were welcomed into their church, Priests and Imams read from each other’s sacred texts and children in Sunday School were taught the sayings of the Prophet Mohammad.  Some eighty churches agreed to sponsor interfaith services at that time and since that was seven years ago, it is quite possible that many more churches now host Chrislam and have both bibles and Korans along the pews.
And it has certainly spread across the Atlantic.
Sweden started the slide towards Chrislam in 2011 when just before being appointed, the current Archbishop when asked “Does Jesus convey a more truthful image of God than Muhammad does?” surprisingly, did not immediately say yes, but instead involved herself in a long monologue about there being many ways to God.   In 2016, for the first time during a Mass in Italy, a verse of the Koran was recited from the altar.
In England, many Churches of various denominations now hold interfaith services.  In fact, in 2015 a leading liberal clergyman allowed a full Muslim prayer service in his church in Central London, even joining in the event by reading a passage from the Koran and asking the congregation to praise ‘the god that we love, Allah’.   Church of England Bishop Harries even suggested that Prince Charles’s coronation service should be opened with a reading from the Koran.
But it was the 2017 Christmas season which showed the remarkable growth of Chrislam in Europe, with efforts to both secularise and Islamise Christmas.   For instance, the traditional Winter Markets in Germany were renamed ‘Winter’ Markets, so as not to offend Muslims. And it was in Germany that a Christmas School party was postponed after a Muslim student complained that the singing of Christmas carols during school was ‘incompatible with Islam’. In Skien, Norway, recent festivities included verses from both the Bible and the Koran which referred to Jesus/Isa.


Ed: continued from Part I published here yesterday.
An Anglican church in southern England held a joint birthday celebration for Jesus and Mohammad which ended with an Islamic prayer. In Southern Italy, a parish priest actually produced a Muslim crèche, starring Mary in a burka and Joseph as a North African Muslim while another Italian priest eliminated the Christmas nativity scene outside his church ‘because it could offend Muslims’, and Islamic songs accompanied Christian ones in Florence’s Cathedral.
But possibly the most worrying of the Christmas services was that held in an Episcopal Church in Scotland because this included a reciting in Arabic of verses from the Koran which denied the deity of Christ which is of course, the whole point of the New Testament of the Bible.
And it was at this point that it dawned on me in this handshake of friendship there was one hand taking and the other giving. The Christians were giving in and the Muslims were taking it for granted. As far as I could find, no mosques were hosting Christian priests or combined faith services and no fully Muslim countries, such as Saudi Arabia or Iran, were accepting ‘Chrislam.’
So why are most Christian denominations — including the Catholic Pope of Rome himself — agreeing to Chrislam and even insisting upon it?
Pope Francis was elected in March 2013 and since then his main aims seem to have been firstly to mollify Christian opinion of all Muslims and secondly the early creation of a One World Religion.
Friendship and even the merging with Islam is obviously important to the Pope as he has said or intimated several times during his reign that Islam is a religion of Peace and that terrorist attacks are only made by ‘extremists’. Strangely, for a Christian, he equates this violence with the Bible instruction to preach Christianity in all lands. But it seems that Pope Francis has not read the various verses of the Koran which command Muslims not to make friends with ‘Disbelievers’ or ‘Idolaters’ and that any alliances with them can be broken. Nor does he seem to have heard about ‘Taqyyia’, the permission given to Muslims by Allah to lie if it is to the benefit of Islam.
Whether this idea was suggested by Pope Francis or not, Chrislam was given another boost in June 2014 (this time involving not only Islam but also Judaism) when a crowd-funded Temple was planned to be built in Berlin, Germany, with a church, a mosque and a synagogue all under one roof, where Muslims, Jews and Christians could worship together. This is to be called ‘The House of One’.
As to his drive for a One World Religion, this has been going on since his election. It began in November 2014, when Pope Francis hosted a global ecumenical conference at the Vatican, sponsored partly by the Pontifical Council for Inter-religions Dialogue with more than 30 speakers from Islamic, Jewish, Buddhist, Jaina, Shasana, Taoist and Sikh religions as well as Roman Catholics and Professing Christians. And by November 2017 the Pope had completed the nineteenth foreign trip of his papacy, this time to Myanmar and Bangladesh, the common thread of all these trips being to push the Catholic Church towards interfaith dialogue, especially with Muslims.
Now, the idea of a One World Religion, no more religious wars, no more ‘phobias, all worshipping the same God, living in peace, does sound, well, civilized —  just what Pope Francis has set out to achieve.
But once again, there is a problem and it’s this: who’s going to be the boss?
At the moment, there are two main religions: Christianity and Islam.  And currently, both religions have approximately two billion members — with Jews, Hindus and Buddhist membership counted in the millions. However, in Europe, the religion’s heartland, the numbers of Christians are now falling rapidly, with 30 churches closing a year in Britain and a higher number expected over the coming years. But the Muslim congregations are rising just as rapidly as the Christian ones are falling, due largely to fertility rates and to the increase of migrants into Europe. This increase in immigration is very much approved of by Pope Francis — after all, his family were immigrants into Argentina back in the 1920s —  but it could well ruin his hopes for an equal Chrislam, if not for a One World Religion.
In any group there is a Leader, one who can inspire respect and even fear. But that is not the Christian religion, especially at the moment when it is cringing and jettisoning its beliefs for fear of ‘offending’, bowing to one which will never bow back.
If there ever is a One World Religion (to go with the One World Government which Pope Francis also seems to favour), it will be Islam.


 
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