Saturday, 6 February 2016

Islam’s Notion of Peace


Islam’s Notion Of Peace

#RAD

Islam both steals from, and bastardizes, the Babylonian Talmud, and it is also exceedingly disingenuous.

Ask almost any liberal minded sort, and they will tell you that (or that they’ve heard that) – “Islam’s all about peace”.  One of the single most popularly quoted, inferred or referred to passages from the Qur’an (Koran) is Sura (Chapter) 5 Al-Ma'idah (the table spread) Ayah (Verse) 32. This verse, which contains between 74 and 86 words depending on the English translation / transliteration of the Qur’an being used, is by far the single most commonly cited text used by those who seek to illustrate that Islam is about, or that the word Islam itself somehow means, “peace”.

And the most commonly quoted part of this Verse contains between 28 and 39 words (so between 32% and 53% of the whole).  Is 32% to 53% of the whole a big deal?  I don’t know, you be the judge.  Following are two sets of quotes for Sura 5 Ayah 32, from two different English renderings of the Qur’an.  The first full quote of Sura 5:32 is from - “Yusuf Ali”, the second full quote is from the “Sahih International”

Following each of the two full quotes is a shorter commonly used version.  The first of these shorter quotes, is one as used by a Muslim fellow only identified as “Nazam, from the UK” where he made reference to a comment about a would-be Times Square bomber
[9], which follows the Yusuf Ali quote.  The second short quote, which follows the full text of Sura 5:32, as rendered in the Sahih International, is in two forms. Both are from the Sahih International, one includes the intro – “We decreed upon the Children of Israel” – and though this is somewhat uncommon for members of Islam to cite that intro, it has been known to happen. The other does not include the intro – “We decreed upon the Children of Israel”.

Following are the two sets of quotes, both in full and abbreviated (absent context) forms:

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On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person - unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land - it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them Our apostles [messengers] with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land. – Contains 86 words…

if any one killed a person, it would be as if he killed the whole of mankind; and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole of mankind [1] – Contains 38 words…

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Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land - it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one - it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors.

We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul . . . - it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one - it is as if he had saved mankind entirely

whoever kills a soul - it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one - it is as if he had saved mankind entirely [2]

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So what’s the big deal then right?  The verse does clearly state that to take even a single life, is to take all of humanity’s lives.  And it also clearly states that to save even a single life, is that of saving all of humanity’s lives.  Or does it?

Let us begin by examining what the Ayah (Verse) opens with, shall we?  The verse opens with, in almost any English rendering of the Qur’anic texts:

“…the Children of Israel…”

News Flash kids, the Children of Israel are NOT Muslims, and the Muslim people are NOT in any way, shape or form, the Children of Israel.  That verse is an absolute and direct plagiarizing of Talmud.  In the Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Sanhedrin: Chapter 4, Folio 37a, that very thought is laid out squarely.  Again, perhaps you are thinking – “big deal” – or – “so what” – both Jews and Muslims share a common piece of Scripture?  Not so fast cowboy.  Again the Qur’an verse opens with the Children of Israel, so even if it’s a valid piece of “scripture” contained in an Islamic book, it’s for the Children of Israel, and NOT for Islam or Muslims.

Continuing though, there is an additional “qualifier” (if you will) that has been placed into Islam’s Qur’anic text, NOT found in Talmud.  The qualifier reads:

“…unless it be for murder OR for spreading mischief in the land…” [emphasis in all CAPS mine]

As the writer of the Article found in “Answering Islam” titled “Quran 5:32, Nazam, and Neglecting Context” points out – “The would-be Times Square bomber considers Americans to be spreading mischief in Palestine and around the world (practically all Muslims I know think this, even the ones who are American citizens). Accordingly, even if this verse were to apply to someone like Faisal Shahzad
[9], he would still be justified in his slaughter.” – Again, to the Muslim mindset, causing, spreading or in any way promoting “mischief” in the land is a very, very broad term.  If you do not wish to believe this, ask any Muslim that you know to define three things for you:

A) – What is causing mischief in the land?
B) – What does it mean to wage war against Allah?

and

C) - What does it mean to wage war against Allah’s Messenger(s)?

If you are able to get a straight, understandable and discernable answer for all three, I would indeed be very surprised.  In the broadest sense, everything from drawing a cartoon (even a respectful one) of Muhammad, to me writing this Blog, to Nato’s troops presence in any of the Islamic-controlled Middle Eastern Kingdoms, all constitute violating at least one, if not ALL three, of “A”, “B” and “C” above.  Let that sink (sync) in for a spell…

Continuing, no single text should ever be taken as an isolated, stand-alone passage, without context.  Ergo, I recommend reviewing Ayah (Verse) 33, or better still read Sura 5:29 through 5:37 for some contextual substance.  Beginning with Verse 33 look at what it says:

The PUNISHMENT of those WHO WAGE WAR AGAINST ALLAH and HIS MESSENGER, and strive with might and main FOR MISCHIEF THROUGH THE LAND is: EXECUTION, or CRUCIFIXION, or the CUTTING OFF OF HANDS AND FEET from opposite sides, or EXILE from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter” - Yusuf Ali [emphasis in all CAPS mine]

As can be clearly seen from Verse 33 causing mischief in the land, as denoted earlier in Verse 32 is just cause (under Islamic Sharia Law) for execution…  This my friends is Islam’s Notion of Peace To thoroughly subjugate any and all who are not, according to and as defined by the Qur’an, Hadiths, Sunnah of Muhammad and the Iman of Islam, in total oppressed submission to the allaah (of Islam’s fame).  For those unsure of who Islam’s allaah is, please see “Who is Allaah”.

Now, please, think on these things before telling others that – “Islam’s all about peace” – do you have peace?  Would you like peace?  Would you like to know peace?

“No Jesus, NO peace” and yet, “Know Jesus, KNOW peace”

How does one get to “know” Jesus?  Simple, invite Him into your heart, as Jesus says: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” [Revelation 3:20 NIV]  How can we be assured that this Jesus stuff means anything?  Well because the Bible tells us so, as the Apostle Paul wrote:

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” [Romans 10:9-10 NIV]

And for those of you who say to me, I can’t be bothered reading the Bible, “it’s confusing” or “it’s a waste of my time”, may I draw your attention to what the Bible says about wisdom: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” [Proverbs 9:10 NIV]

If nothing else, PLEASE read two chapters from the Bible – (don’t own one, sorry NO excuse, if you’re reading this, you can access this: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%203:16&version=NIV) John 3 and John 14!

John 3:16 says:  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

And John 14:6 says: “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Well that’s it, that’s Da Bauz’s take on, Islam’s Notion of Peace, this 6th day of January, 2016 © 2016, All Rights Reserved. wr (Da Bauz, Christian Zionist “creationist” too!)

Just sayin’...

What is #RAD?  #RAD is:

R epent of rejecting Christ
A ccept Christ as your Lord
D evelop your relationship with the Living Almighty God Himself as your personal Lord and Saviour

John 3:16, Revelation 3:20, Romans 10:9 -10, Revelation 21:27, II Corinthians 5:21 and I John 5:13 / John 20:31!

Shalom!

Incidentally the theme of killing or saving but one life, equating to doing the same to the whole world appears in three other distinct Rabbinical writings - Pirkei deRabbi Eliezer ch. 47, Eliyahu Rabbah 11, and in Yalkut Shimoni on Exodus 166 [3]  All of which has its origins in Talmud [7], see also [8]

Cited or consulted sources and resources

Pirkei deRabbi Eliezer ch. 47, [4]

Eliyahu Rabbah 11, [5]

Yalkut Shimoni on Exodus 166 [6]

[1] - http://bit.ly/1NUC06H - “Answering Muslims”

[2] - http://bit.ly/1NUCbPf - “The Noble Qur’an”

[3] - http://bit.ly/1NUBohi - “The real Truth about Talmud ( לאמיתה על תַלמוּד )”

[4] - http://bit.ly/1NUDuxG - “Full text of "Pirkê de Rabbi Eliezer”

[5] - http://bit.ly/1NUDPQT - Wiki Article

[6] - http://bit.ly/1NUDYnz - Wiki article

[7] - http://bit.ly/1NUEmlT - “Tractate Sanhedrin: Chapter 4, Folio 37a”

[8] - http://bit.ly/1NUEOke - “Babylonian Talmud: Tractate Sanhedrin, Folio 37a”

[9] - Faisal Shahzad - a Pakistani-American citizen who was arrested for the attempted May 1, 2010, Times Square car bombing. 

http://bit.ly/1kliLwA - “Bible Hub”

http://bit.ly/1kliTMD - “BibleGateway”




Thursday, 4 February 2016

Hollywood liberties and APFM’s "Noah"


Hollywood liberties

#RAD Ha, ya just gotta love Hollywood liberties...

In the movie "Noah", co-written by Darren Aronofsky & Ari Handel, also directed by Darren Aronofsky, and produced by Darren Aronofsky (A), Scott Franklin (F), Mary Parent (P) and Arnon Milchan (M), AFPM, Cain's descendants are depicted as being many indeed and also very wicked. Whereas Seth's are depicted as quasi G-d fearing, but very, very few.  Anyone who has ever watched a film adaptation from any form of written text, novel, play, history knows and presumably understands, that some liberties may very well be necessitated, while others may be both blatant and flagrant dishonesty.

Honestly, in the case of APFM’s "Noah" and in view of Aronofsky's bragging that - his movie is “the least biblical biblical film ever made,” - it should come as zero surprise that AFPM's production of "Noah" bears about as much resemblance to the Biblical texts as do the stories of Rudolph, the Tooth Fairy and the Satanic bible, resemble Biblical texts.  With that said, I will concede that I would still recommend at least some watch this.  Why might I suggest that, given that even Aronofsky said his movie is “the least biblical biblical film ever made,”?  The answer is two fold:

First - The best way to recognize if something is right, true or correct, is to know the truth.  In the case of AFPM's "Noah", those who know the Biblical texts, already know what a fallacy AFPM's rendition is, yet by watching it, one can know what the world is being taught by means of things like AFPM's, and other's movies also.

Second - The other reason I would suggest watching it might seem a tad strange but, it relates to challenging one's self to re-evaluate what one believes (or thinks one believes), and why, with respect to the Biblical texts... In other words, go back read what the Bible actually says about the flood of Noah's day and the people therein, for yourself.  Forgetting what your Sunday School, church, parents of even a Pastor (Rabbi, Priest, Reverend) or whomever told you the Biblical texts say, and read for yourselves what the Bible actually says!  Genesis Chapters Six through essentially Eight, with some peripheral reference to the great flood and Noah and his descendants in Chapters 9 & 10.  And some of the ground work for Noah's ancestors and the wickedness of both the descendants of Cain and also Seth being found in Chapters 4 & 5. 

So really we have two chapters (4 & 5) that give us some background by way of some 58 verses encompassing c. ~ 1,300 words, and we have the epilogue, also in two chapters (9 & 10), across some 60 verses and also with c. ~ 1,300 words...  Leaving chapters 6, 7 & 8 with some 68 verses and utilizing just c. ~ 1,900 words to tell us Biblically what AFPM's "Noah" 139 minute (two hours, 19 minute) long movie tries to portray.  The screenplay alone required over 130 pages of text, as a loose rule-of-thumb, I am told, is that one page with a Courier font size of 12 (roughly 630 words per page) is needed for each one minute of screen time.  So for a 139-minute film, one needs c. ~ some 88,000 words.  Contrast this with the c. ~ six pages, and c. ~ 1,900 words found in Genesis 6, 7 and 8, and artistic liberties are to be expected!

Unless of course you want to pay $15.00 (per person) for the movie, plus another $25.00 for a couple of sodas, popcorn and (if you're lucky) a candy-bar, all to watch a six-minute movie, one has to expect and accept some artistic licence.

Now back to, AFPM's "Noah"...

Ultimately it would be, by far, much easier and much, much less wordy, to simply state that the only two things in the entire APFM depiction of Noah that are even remotely close to being Biblically sound:

i) - the Ark itself is but a box, a barge if you will; and

ii) - Noah gets drunk, naked, and must be covered by a blanket

This movie has all the trimmings of a Sanger styled PP rally.  It is, worse than Avatar, which although also was a very poorly veiled environmentalists wet dream, at least it did not pretend to represent a factual piece of human history.  Although, in view of Aronofsky's admitted - "most unbiblical representation of a biblical tale ever told" [paraphrased] - one cannot be either surprised, nor mislead into thinking this movie was intended to be, in any way a factual representation of anything.  And I own it on Blue-Ray...

Departures from Scripture, to name but a few:

I) - The "watchers", Rock People - 'sons of god' - turned against the "creator" only to be later turned back to the "creator"...  notwithstanding the absolute absurdity of these 'rock people', there are other many other issues with them also...

II) - The angelic 'son's of god' being depicted as being pro-G-d (Christ) and tormented by the 'son's of Cain, is indeed beyond 'a reach' and a clear non-biblical view...

III) - To depict them as defenders of the "creator" is astoundingly silly...

IV) - And to suggest that the 'watchers' learned to fear man... *sigh*

V) - Suggesting the 'watchers' loved mankind, even Adam... quite the joke really.

VI) - Methuselah being depicted as a sort of psychic or mystic, putting Shem to sleep with a touch, and putting Noah into a trance with a hallucinogenic tea, giving him a vision of a watery grave...  may make for a good, no make that a GREAT, Hollywood tale, but it's just not in the Bible.  It is also not something, a psychic phenomenon and hallucinogenic induced state, that G-d (Christ) would use to convey His Will and Word, based upon what Scripture says elsewhere...

VII) - The idea of Noah and other descendants of Seth being so very, very few... Shem being "hooked up with" his adopted step-sister, and Ham and Japheth having no one to take as mates... not supported by the Biblical texts....

VIII) - Even the idea that the Earth had, itself, become a barren wasteland, causing famine before Noah was told to build the Ark, is just not biblically founded...

IX) - It is said of the movie that it represents humankind rapaciously living off of, and really bastardizing the gawdess, mother earth...

X) - Noah is depicted as lamenting the evil humans, and even appears to be more bent on having 'faith in' the fallen-angel rock-gawdz, than is he depicted as being devoted to or even knowing about G-d, let alone *knowing* G-d...

XI) - "Love is all you need", as Noah's wife pleads with Noah's grandfather Methuselah to help make Noah understand that her boys are generally 'good boys' with her - "...all they (Noah's sons need) desire is (to be) love(d), isn't that all (that is needed for) their heart's need to be good..." - "Love is all you need"

"Love is all you need"
"Love is all you need"
"Love is all you need"

XII) - APFM's "Noah", depicts Noah as a psychopath whose passion for his gawdess, mother earth, is only surpassed by his devilish desire to see the obliteration of all of humankind...

XIII) - Biblically speaking, the descriptions of descendants of Cain (Gen. 4), are interestingly absent the common phrase used in Gen. 5 for the descendants of Seth - "other sons and daughters" - making the portrayed followers of Tubal-cain (many) and the descendants of Seth, Methuselah, Noah etc., (scarce, if not virtually none existent) laughable... to say the least...

XIV) - The very last verse of Genesis 5 tells us that when Noah was 500 years old, he had three sons, Shem, Japheth and Ham. We read in Genesis 7 verse 6 that Noah was 600 years old when the flood began.  And in Gen. 8, verse 13 we see that Noah was in his 601st year, when the flood waters began to recede enough to see dry land.  The flood lasted c.~ one year, plus / minus a week or so, meaning that Noah was at least 599 years old when the Ark was being completed, before flood began... now consider AFPM's "Noah" and the youthful 20 & 30 ish year-old looking Shem and Ham, and the pre-teen / teenager Japheth... and now refer back to that final verse of Genesis five!

Moving on...

XV) - The “Zohar", the environmentalist's bane, the mining of which is akin to the practice of fracking today, in Noah's day...

XVI) - In AFPM's "Noah", Noah even manages to bastardize the Creation story, switching events around between days two, three, and four to suit the tales and agendas of the God-hating atheistic darwinian evolutionists...

XVII) - Air, water, earth, plant, fish, bird, and beast. Yep, all the trimmings of a Sanger styled PP rally... screw humankind, long live the gawdess of the animals.

XIII) - Tubal-cain, as a stow-away on the Ark, telling Ham about G-d's goodness, meanwhile Noah is plotting the demise of humankind altogether...

XIX) - Noah, in APFM's "Noah" is indeed depicted as a homicidal psychopathic maniacal and deranged lunatic...  to say that he resembles nothing of the Biblical Noah, son-of-Lamech, and grandson of Methuselah, is indeed a gross understatement.

Not to just completely cop out on commenting on the movie's 'departures from Scripture', but it would truly be easier to list the Biblical accuracies, as I can very sincerely say this.

There are only three things, (well actually really two, and more on that after I list the three) in this movie which are Biblically sound:

A) - the whole Earth was flooded, and thereby killing all who were not on the Ark*

B) - the Ark itself is but a box, a very big barge if you will, not a ship; and

C) - Noah gets drunk, while naked, and must be covered by a blanket.   And according to the Bible, it was his sons, Shem and Japheth who covered dad, NOT Shem and his wife...

* According to Scripture, ALL of mankind was wiped out in that great flood, there were no other inhabitants, none anywhere, for Ham to go off and join up with to carry on the human race.  There was Ham and his wife, who fathered the people's of Canaan. In the movie, Ham is depicted as first to be without a spouse, and second to set off on him own to explore 'strange new lands'.

Ergo, suffice it to say again - It is by far much easier, and much, much less wordy, to simply state that the only two things in the entire APFM depiction of Noah that are Biblically sound are:

i) - the Ark itself is but a box, a barge if you will; and

ii) - Noah gets drunk, naked, and must be covered by a blanket

139 minutes of wannabe blockbuster imagery and some action sequences, to tell a story that even as a slow reader, such as I, could read start to finish in 20 to 25 minutes? If you do not believe me, here look up Genesis Chapters Four through Ten, and review them is several different renderings, of the linguistic variety of your choosing. [1]

“No Jesus, NO peace” and yet, “Know Jesus, KNOW peace”

How does one get to “know” Jesus?  Simple, invite Him into your heart, as Jesus says: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” [Revelation 3:20 NIV]  How can we be assured that this Jesus stuff means anything?  Well because the Bible tells us so, as the Apostle Paul wrote:

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” [Romans 10:9-10 NIV]

And for those of you who say to me, I can’t be bothered reading the Bible, “it’s confusing” or “it’s a waste of my time”, may I draw your attention to what the Bible says about wisdom: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” [Proverbs 9:10 NIV]

If nothing else, PLEASE read two chapters from the Bible – (don’t own one, sorry NO excuse, if you’re reading this, you can access this: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%203:16&version=NIV) John 3 and John 14!

John 3:16 says:  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

And John 14:6 says: “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Well that’s it, that’s Da Bauz’s take on, Hollywood liberties and APFM’s "Noah", this 4th day of February, 2016 © 2016, All Rights Reserved. wr (Da Bauz, Christian Zionist “creationist” too!)

Just sayin...

What is #RAD?  #RAD is:

R epent of rejecting Christ
A ccept Christ as your Lord
D evelop your relationship with the Living Almighty God Himself as your personal Lord and Saviour

John 3:16, Revelation 3:20, Romans 10:9 -10, Revelation 21:27, II Corinthians 5:21 and I John 5:13 / John 20:31!

Shalom!

Cited or consulted sources and resources

[1] – http://bit.ly/1PVNgB4 - Genesis Chapters Four through Ten

http://bit.ly/1PVM9Bf - 7 of the Worst Mistakes in the Movie 'Noah' — Charisma News

http://bit.ly/1PVMt2Q - 9 Problems with Aronofsky's 'Noah' - Breitbart

http://bit.ly/1PVMlk5 - Pages required per minute of screen play

http://bit.ly/1PVMN1E - Film Analysis: Darren Aronofsky’s Noah (2014) – Black is White Blog

http://bit.ly/1kliLwA - “Bible Hub”

http://bit.ly/1kliTMD - “BibleGateway”