Thursday, September 14, 2006

Message for Friday - Rationalization Produced Satan

وأخرج أبو نعيم في الحلية والديلمي عن جعفر بن محمد عن جده " أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: قال أو من قاس أمر الدين برأيه إبليس. قال الله له: اسجد لآدم. فقال : أنا خير منه خلقتني من نار وخلقته من طين
It is related that Prophet Muhammad, Messenger of G'd (SAAS) stated that whoever uses analogical reasoning in matters clearly defined in religion, he is using the reasoning of Iblees.
G'd commanded him [Iblees] to prostrate to Adam. Iblees responded as told in the Qur'an:
I am better than him [Adam], you created me from fire and you created him from clay.
Unlike Christian theology, it is not an aspect of the faith of Muslims that the original sin in creation was of Adam eating from the forbidden fruit, which he was seduced to eat by Eve.
The Qur'an and prophetic traditions of Islam relate that the initial grave trangression of a created being was that of Iblees [Lucifer according to Christian tradition] disobeying the command of G'd when angels and Iblees were commanded to prostrate to Adam.
This clear command that G'd gave to Iblees was not obeyed due to the rationalization and comparison that Iblees made with Adam's perceived inferiority. Ibless' rationalization transformed him into the accursed Satan; G'd did not create the Satan.
Inductive reasoning is a powerful tool that the Creator has given to men and jinn. When inductive reasoning, however, supersedes clear commands from G'd, it leads to the ruining of the body and life that houses the mind.
If one beleives in an Intelligent Being Who created the entire universe, should not this same person beleive that the Creator knows better what brings about wholesome, productive life?
And surely G'd knows best.

1 comment:

Juan Escareño said...

I have taken the time to gather some Catholic material because the dialogue of civilizations begins with us! I quote as you stating, "Unlike Christian theology, it is not an aspect of the faith of Muslims that the original sin in creation was of Adam eating from the forbidden fruit, which he was seduced to eat by Eve"

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), a short and authoritative resource for Catholics states in paragraph 392, "Scripture speaks of a sin of these angels. This "fall" consists in the free choice of these created spirits, who radically and irrevocably rejected God and his reign. We find a reflection of that rebellion in the tempter's words to our first parents: "You will be like God." The devil "has sinned from the beginning"; he is "a liar and the father of lies."

It was Adam who was the first man to sin hence, the original sin. CCC paragraph 402, "All men are implicated in Adam's sin, as St. Paul affirms: "By one man's disobedience many (that is, all men) were made sinners": "sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all men sinned." The Apostle contrasts the universality of sin and death with the universality of salvation in Christ. "Then as one man's trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one man's act of righteousness leads to acquittal and life for all men."

Our Sacred Scripture reads in Wisdom 2:23-25 (Protestants cut this book out of the Bible), "For God created man incorruptible, and to the image of his own likeness he made him. But by the envy of the devil, death came into the world: And they follow him that are of his side." The devil saw the gifts that are promised to us men who are created in the image and likeness of God and became envious and feared that he would not be the "light of the morning" which is lucifer in ancient Latin.

And for us Catholics, original sin is tied to Christ and our salvation, Romans 5:17-18,
"For if by one man's offence death reigned through one; much more they who receive abundance of grace and of the gift and of justice shall reign in life through one, Jesus Christ. Therefore, as by the offence of one, unto all men to condemnation: so also by the justice of one, unto all men to justification of life."

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