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Sunday, 23 June 2013

The Original Sin and the End of History

According to the Abrahamic tradition, suffering exists due to the Original Sin, the act of Adam and Eve eating the Apple from the Tree of Knowledge, or in other words, disobedience to God. So, the world is a rotten place and we as descendents of the first couple are Born in Sin. We deserve no mercy. We have no right to protest. However, God is Merciful. He guides the sons of Adam through revelation. If we are obedient, we are protected and prosper with fertile land, cattle, wives and sons. He warns and guides us through the chosen ones, the prophets like Noah, Abraham, Moses, etc. But again and again, we degenerate into idolatry and sin. So, He punishes us with disasters. According to the Jews, the story continues until the Messiah, a descendent of King David is born. The Messiah will lead the Chosen Race, the Jews, build the Third Temple at Jerusalem and establish the Kingdom of God by slaughtering all the Gentiles. That is the End of History.

The Christian God is more Merciful. He decides that the previous Scheme of Salvation did not work and the Chosen Race has betrayed His Trust. Therefore, He sends His Own Son, the only person in history, not born in Sin. Jesus of Nazareth is born of a Virgin through the agency of the Holy Ghost (the Virgin Birth), so He does not carry the genes of Adam or Eve. He is Pure, the Sacrificial Lamb. Jews had been ordered to sacrifice virgin lambs at the Temple to satisfy the Father, but God was disgusted with the bloody cult. He decided to end it all in a grand way, through the human sacrifice of His Own Son. It was the Atonement for the sin of Adam, after which the entire humanity would become fit for salvation simply by acknowledging the historical event, i.e., each person, who accepts that Jesus of Nazareth had a Virgin Birth, was Crucified and Died (Atonement), rose from the Dead (Resurrection) and so, Jesus is his only Saviour, would enter Heaven. However, if anyone refuses to believe in the fact, he will be Eternally Condemned in the Hell Fire.

Thus emerged the concept of Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. All Christians accept this common thread, but there are differences on other details. The Catholics believe that Pope belongs to the Apostolic Succession from Jesus through Peter, and so, his decrees are infallible (Papal Infallibility). The Lutherans believe that Jesus has atoned for all our sins, past, present and future, and so, good deeds are unnecessary, so long has we have faith in the Doctrine. The Calvinists believe that the entire history of humanity is preordained, including who believes or disbelieves and thus, who gets Salvation or Damnation. The End of History would come in the Jewish way, where Jesus Christ Himself is the Messiah because legally, though not genetically, He is a descendent of King David through His earthly father, Joseph. Christ (meaning Messiah) returns from the Right Side of God at Heaven to redeem the believers, destroy the infidels and establish the Kingdom of God

Now, Abraham had two sons, Isaac and Ishmael. Isaac, the son of Sarah, became Abraham's legal descendent and his son named Israel (by God Himself) fathered the Twelve Jewish Tribes. On the other hand, Ishmael, the son of Hagar, was exiled due to jealousy of Sarah, but he fathered another great nation, the Arabs. It is believed that Abraham alongwith Ishmael established the Kaaba in Mecca and Prophet Muhammad was their descendent. The Prophet believed the tradition and wondered why his people, the Arabs had degenerated into idolatry and polytheism (possibly due to interaction with foreign merchants, especially Hindus). So, he used to retire to the wild and meditate on his own destiny and that of his nation.

Allah (the Arabic Name of God), the most Merciful, al-Rahim, send His archangel Gabriel to the Prophet. Over a period of several years, Gabriel revealed to the Prophet the entire human history, taught him the Laws of God, guided him on his mission and even took him to Heaven on a winged horse from where now stands the Dome of Rock in Jerusalem. In the person of the Prophet, both spiritual and temporal authorities were vested, unlike the Christian doctrine of give unto Caesar what is Caesar's and unto God what is God's. Many defects of Judaism and Christianity, the People of the Book, were revealed, most importantly, the Jews refused to recognise Jesus who was a prophet of God and the Christians lied that Jesus had died on the Cross. Jesus was protected by God and since he did not die, there was no Atonement. Since the Scheme of Salvation II had also expired as the Jews, both those who rejected and accepted Jesus Christ had deviated from the truth, God set up the final Scheme, Islam. Actually, Islam had been the only Scheme since the time of Adam, but always his sons spoiled the Master Plan due to mischief.

The Master Plan is that you must accept that There is no God, but God and Muhammad is His Prophet (in capital), believe in His Angels and the Judgement Day (when all the dead humans will rise with their bodies intact, accept Islam on the spot to enter Heaven, otherwise enter the Hell Fire), and follow the Five Pillars (Shahada, Salat, Zakat, Swam and Hajj). There are many other details, Schools of Jurisprudence like Hanafi, Shafi, Maliki, Hanbali, Jafari, etc.  and sects like Sunni, Shia, Sufi, Ismaili, etc. But there is no second opinion on the existence of the Original Sin and the End of History, i.e., Jesus Christ returns to lead the Muslims, slaughtering the rest and establishing the Kingdom of God.

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