Billboard About Islam Prophet Muhammad ANGERS Muslims [VIDEO]
The truth hurts.
And that’s why Muslims are in deep pain over billboards in Indianapolis.
As Religious News reported recently,
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The Indianapolis Star on Tuesday traced the billboard to a firm called LightPoint Impressions. Don Woodsmall, who was listed as a principal on the firm’s website, responded to inquiries with a 500-word statement in which he said he sold the ad to a “group of patriotic Americans” who were denied advertising by national companies.
So what’s the big deal?
The billboard reported facts about Mohammad. As one source explains:
What if a man you knew began telling people that God was routinely speaking to him and only him – and that the “revelations” he claimed to be receiving were mostly about him and his relative importance to all other people?
Say, for example, that this self-proclaimed prophet insisted that God had declared him to be the ‘excellent pattern of conduct’ for mankind (Quran 33:21) and that others were therefore to accord him with special privilege, unwavering obedience (Quran 4:80) , wealth and earthly desires, including all of the slaves and women than his lust could handle.
Was geography the problem?
While Europe and much of the Middle East was transitioning from the Roman to the Byzantine Empire, with roads, irrigation canals, aqueducts, and a culture that included philosophical discourse and theater, the Arabians lived short and brutal lives in warring tribes with little to offer beyond their harsh existence.
This partly explains Islam’s inherent hostility to music and art, which some extremists, such as the Taliban, take quite literally. Islam does not encourage the pursuit of knowledge outside of itself. It is, as Oriana Fallaci puts it, “the religion which has produced nothing but religion.”
The inhospitable climate protected the peninsula from conquest and cultural influence. No foreign army felt that sheep and goats were worth taking from desert fighters, so the area was relatively isolated, with the exception of certain trading routes. The renaissance of knowledge that the rest of the world had been experiencing since the Greek revival was largely missed out on by the Arabs, whose energy was devoted to daily survival against the ruthless environment and other tribes.
For these people, morality was dictated merely by necessity, and obligations did not extend beyond one’s tribe. This is a critical basis for the development of the Islamic attitude toward those outside the faith, including the moral principle that the ethics of any act are determined only by whether or not it benefits Muslims.
Muslims responded, calling the billboards “hateful.”
Faryal Khatri, a spokeswoman for the Indianapolis-based Islamic Society of North America, says not only is the billboard not true, it is hurtful to her as a practicing Muslim.
To Khatri, the most disappointing aspect of the sign is that it could incite hate crimes toward Muslims or people perceived to be Muslim.
Again, these are merely facts about Muhammad.
Note that no one refutes the facts. The article continues.
Carson told IndyStar that he is disappointed that people have decided to use their free speech protections as a platform “to spread hateful, vile things that are divisive to people.”
“I think there’s a way to debate and be socratic without being disrespectful or undermining people and causing a sense of isolation.”
“It’s just a group of cowards who are not even ready to put their name behind it,” Shahid said as she expressed the pain she felt to see this billboard in the midst of Ramadan.
“It is very hard … and I would like to find the people who are behind this and talk to the them about who came up with these, and it seems appropriate to use this term, alternative facts.
As I referenced earlier, these are not alternative facts, but the actual facts.
I’m sure that with an explanation, Muslims can enter into a dialogue about Muhammad’s motivations for his actions.
We know much about Jesus.
Christians aren’t afraid of the truth about Jesus.
And many theories abound, as leftists have spun various narratives about Jesus. The myths of Jesus usually revolve around 5 areas:
Though this theory has very little support among scholars today, it’s still quite popular on atheist websites (a student is therefore more likely to hear it from a classmate than a professor). The theory claims Jesus never existed as a historical figure. Rather, the stories of his birth, life, death, and resurrection were all myths the early Christians borrowed from pagan mystery religions—such as the cults of Dionysus and Mithras—which allegedly predated Christianity by centuries.
This theory, more popular among critical scholars, is based on a certain reading of some of Jesus’s apocalyptic prophecies (e.g., Matt. 16:28; 24:34) in which Jesus predicts God’s kingdom will arrive, accompanied by cataclysmic celestial signs, within the lifetime of his disciples. They argue that since the world did not end within the lifetime of his disciples, he must’ve been deluded and the whole Christian religion based on a mistake.
If the “failed prophet” theory tends to exaggerate Jesus’s apocalyptic expectations, the “moral philosopher” theory tends to ignore them altogether. This portrayal of Jesus as a wisdom teacher promoting timeless moral truths is fairly common among non-Christian laypeople, but among scholars it has often taken the more specific shape of Jesus as “Cynic philosopher.”
This is an old theory about Jesus that pops up every now and again, but it’s never gained much traction. Its roots go back to the man credited with launching the first modern “quest” for the historical Jesus, German deist Hermann Reimarus (1694–1768). Reimarus argued Jesus never intended to found a new religion or die for the sins of humanity; rather, his message was a call to national liberation from Roman oppression, which ended in failure and crucifixion.
A historical existentialist.
Lastly, a few scholars have given up altogether on the quest for the historical Jesus. For them, determining what Jesus actually said and did isn’t only near impossible, but also beside the point. The purpose of the NT, they say, is to bring us into a one-on-one personal encounter with God, not to communicate certain alleged facts about the past—facts that probably aren’t all that factual to begin with.
When it comes to pop culture, Jesus takes a beating.
Leftists brutalize Jesus (and Christianity) at every turn.
They seem to love trying to weaken Christians’ religious foundation. Decades of attacks against Christianity have occurred, but to no avail. And the more they attack Jesus, the stronger our conviction.
One thing is for sure. Nobody would mistake that billboard for Christians’ savior.