Running head: ANIMISM, CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM
"Islam is a combination of Judeo/Christian tradition that culminates in Islamic law." Lunat, Iman of Elizabethtown Mosque.(1)
“Animism comes from the Latin word anima, which means “soul” or “breath.” It refers to that which empowers or gives life to something. In this paper I will endeavor to look at answering life’s greatest questions through, Animism, Islam and the Christian worldviews; summarizing these three opposing worldviews; (or are they opposing?) with seven questions: What is Ultimate Reality? Where is Ultimate truth found? What are we? What is the key problem? What is the key solution? How do we know right from wrong? And lastly, what happens to us after we die? So let’s begin with the Christian worldview on ultimate reality, simply this term is easily identified in the Christians view, ultimate reality is God. In the Bible, God states, “I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.” (Isaiah 44:6). The God of Christianity is triune, God is three in one, (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) a unity who is three persons in one (Genesis 1:26, Matthew 3:16, 28:18, John 10:30). The God of Christianity is truly merciful and personal and calls us his children, and friend, the creator of the universe has desire to fellowship with man (John 15:15). Islam founded by the prophet Muhammad (around 570 A. D.) calls the god of Islam, Allah. Allah is an eternal being, considered magnificent and almighty. In the Qur’an, it says, “Say, He is God, the One! God, the eternally besought of all! He neither begets nor was begotten. And there is none comparable unto Him.” (Surah 112) Islam’s Allah has similar characteristics as the God from the Bible. It is likely the Qur’an was influenced by the Old Testament which predates the Qur’an, but to say Allah is the same God of Christianity would be incorrect since believing in the trinity is a sin. According to the Qur’an, “Surely, unbelievers are those who said, “Allah is the third of the three [in a Trinity]”. But there is no god but One God. And if they cease not from what they say, verily, a painful torment will befall the unbelievers among them (Qur’an5, 73). Animism God exists, but he is beyond our abilities to know him or to communicate with him. Formal religions are concerned with the ultimate issues of sin and salvation, but animism offers the power to cope with the immediate everyday needs. We see here that Christianity, Animism and Islam believe in one God, but the Allah of the Qur’an is illustrated and defined in a way that shows Muhammad was not presenting the same God. The God of Islam is not accessible, and he is not intimate (Surah 112). In Islam, Jesus is simply a prophet, and is not the Son of God. This also shows that Islam does not believe in the Trinity as you see in the Qur’an 5, 73 nor the belief that Jesus is the son of God. In Animism most world religions have a concept of God that makes him out to be distant, abstract, and unknowable. Animism holds a tremendous attraction for people. So what is truth? Saying that no one can know truth is to say this statement is true and, the view of this statement is defeating. There must be truth. “If Christianity is true, then it’s dangerous to your eternal destiny not to be a Christian. Likewise, if Islam is true, then it’s dangerous to your eternal destiny not to be a Muslim.” (Geisler pg. 47). If Animism is true, than what we must deal with consists of both personal spirit-beings and impersonal spiritual energy. We can draw reasonable conclusions that there is a God. The Bible reminds us “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20) Truth is, that there is one God, the proof is the evidence of the establishment of the...
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