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Assalaamu alaikum [Peace be to you],


Many different religions currently or previously have claimed to be the fastest growing religion. The world's largest religions that are showing increases that outrun birth-rate include Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism.


Note: I made sure to disregard all Islamic sources when I searched statistics in this topic.

:bulletred: WE HAVE A WINNER... BUT

At first sight, the contest should be a shut-out, leaving Christianity the clear winner. During the 20th century, Christian numbers expanded mightily around the world, but especially in the Global South. According to the respected World Christian Database, since 1900 the number of African Christians has grown by an incredible 4,930%, and the growth in Latin America was 877%.

But before we open the envelope and hand over the statuette, it's sobering to compare Islamic growth in the same period.
Both religions have acquired vastly more adherents in the past century, but in some ways, Muslims have significantly outpaced Christians. However staggering their growth rate might seem, Christian numbers have actually proved strikingly stable as a share of global population. In 1900, about 1/3 of the world's people were Christians, and that proportion remains more or less unchanged today. Moreover, if we project our estimate forward to the year 2050, that proportion should still be about 1/3.

Seen in those terms, Islam's surge has been still more impressive. In 1900, the 200-220 million Muslims then living comprised some 12-13% of humanity, compared to 22.5% today, and a projected figure of 27% by 2050. Christians in 1900 outnumbered Muslims by 2.8 to 1. Today the figure is 1.5 to 1, and by 2050 it should be 1.3 to 1. In historical terms, the gap is closing fast.

Put another way, four times as many Christians are alive today as there were in 1900; but over the same period, Muslims have grown at least seven-fold.


According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Islam is the world’s fastest-growing religion by number of conversions each year: "Although the religion began in Arabia, by 2002 80% of all believers in Islam lived outside the Arab world. In the period 1990-2000, approximately 120.5 million more people converted to Islam than to Christianity". Part of the books quote can be seen online from this extract from Google Books.
This was again shown in the 2005, 50th anniversary edition of Guinness Book of World Records, although the number of conversions was not mentioned this time.

According to CNN, “The second-largest religion in the world after Christianity, Islam is also the fastest-growing religion."

In The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCCCUSA) website, we can read: "Islam is the fastest growing religion in the World. Right now there are about 1.2 billion Muslims in the world. By 2025, Islam is expected to grow by 50%. Christianity is the next fastest growing, expected to grow by 31%. "



:bulletred: I WANT TO KNOW WHY?

Now this begs for the Question: "If Islam is as bad as the Media tells us, then why are there more and more people converting to Islam?"
It is true that in general the image of Islam is bad in the west. and the expected consequence would be that people would leave Islam, not come to join it. right?
As a Muslim, I can reply. but before that, allow me to tell you a story:

When the prophet Moses -peace be upon him- was sent by the Almighty God -Glory be to him- to call Pharaoh to Islam and to worship none but the God, Pharaoh rejected this invitation and instead, challenged Moses -peace be upon him- to a dual with his wizards. Pharaoh wanted to show to all people how Moses will be defeated, so he did an amazing thing: he ordered his men to announce to people of Egypt to come and watch a great show and see how Moses -peace be upon him- will be defeated. little did Pharaoh know that he plans and works hard. and the almighty God plans. and God's plan is the one that succeeds.
Many people gathered in order to watch how Pharaoh's wizards would defeat Moses -peace be upon him-. the wizards threw their sticks and ropes and they appeared as snakes to the public. Moses threw his staff as well. and it changed into a snake.
What the people witnessed was that Moses, with God's power and help defeated the wizards and his snake ate theirs..
Now the Wizards of Pharaoh used magic to trick people into believing that their sticks and ropes changed into snakes. but they knew for sure that Moses' staff literally changed into a real snake. and that was not magic. So they (the wizards) prostrated and announced that they believe in the God of Moses.
Now the public who was there witnessed not only the defeat of Pharaoh and the failure of his plan, but they witnessed the servants of Pharaoh (the wizards) following the faith of Moses. this was a great miracle witnessed by many.
Pharaoh, with his arrogance and stupidity, did a big favor to the prophet Moses -peace be upon him-. for Moses would not be able to gather all these people to witness a miracle of the God.

Returning to today's world and our question "If Islam is as bad as the Media tells us, then why are there more and more people converting to Islam?".
My answer is very simple: Islam is not the bad religion the media tries to portray. The western Media tries hard to vilify Islam. they plan and work hard. and the God plans. and in the end, God's plan succeeds. The media is doing Pharaoh's work, and many people, out of curiosity for this so called 'evil' religion, go to check it out. Thanks to God Western people are intellectual people. they like to search and investigate things. which is a very admirable quality. Many of them, when they search about Islam, they discover the opposite of what they had heard. this makes them hungrier for more truth. and the obvious result is that many of them end up embracing Islam.

You may not believe me here. Don't believe me. I don't want you to believe me. I want you to go and check by yourself. Remove all prior knowledge you got from the Media, school, family, friends... go take the Qur'an with an open mind and an honest intention to find out the truth. Ask the God to guide you and to protect you from any falsehood and misguidance and start reading from page 1. and you will find by yourself why this religion attracts many people. and in the end, even if you don't want to follow Islam, at least you would have learned something new that may benefit you.


I hope this was beneficial.

references:
- The World's Fastest Growing Religion [link]
- Claims to be the fastest-growing religion [link]
- Fast-growing Islam winning converts in Western world [link]
- Basic Facts about Islam [link]


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2- you have an empty profile and joined just today and this is your only comment in this website. a behavior known for trolls. and for this, I block you. if you want to comment, use your real account please.
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Very scary.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
you call these cute chibi characters scary yet in your favorites you have some disturbing drawings...
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PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student Writer
So long as it isn't Wicca or _____tology, I'm happy.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
if Hijab is that bad in your opinion, then don't wear it. but you have no right to tell us Muslims what we should do.
keep your religion to yourself.

may Allah, the God almighty, guide you and correct your thinking
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
first, I do not take orders (or advices) from you.
you may keep your ideals to yourself if you wish.

But sharing is caring, so I will share mine with people.
I'm sharing my ideals in my own page, not yours. and I'm not forcing anybody to accept them. so you have no right to complain.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Mormons are beating you in America though.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Nobody is beating Nayzak. O____O
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extreme-otaku77 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Assalamu alaykum!!
I love your drawings, they're very nice and inspiring~
May peace be upon you.
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kidliquorice Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist
Mashallah! Great graphic and interesting article! Jazakallah for sharing!
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RiverRoar Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Question, do Muslim girls have to wear the Hijab?
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dreamart2611 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ultimately, it's our choice and depends whether or not we want to please God.

Qur'an 2:256: "There is no compulsion in religion."
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RiverRoar Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for the clarification!
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dreamart2611 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
No problem :)
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Qiaros Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, it's true and I'm proud to be Muslim!
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octogone Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Good for you. I still choose not to convert. And, as it says in your holy scriptures, you are to respect that choice.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
I didn't ask you to convert.
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octogone Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Good.
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Nazifazahara Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow!
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Gollarosen Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
well islam is a nice religion but if it goes to the wrong hands...
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Well hamburgers are nice. but if they go to the wrong hands... :D
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
you have right to disagree. but you don't have right to come to my page to nag me.

may Allah, the God almighty, guide you and correct your thinking
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Gollarosen Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
omg xD
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Kimyono-Neko Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bravo! :clap:

Let those stupid Islam-haters know what Islam is all about!

Seriously every time I see a video that talks about Islam on YouTube,some idiots just comment saying "F@$! Islam" Or "Islam is violence" or "Muslims are evil and kill innocent people!" ,THAT's nonsense! > :(

Uggh! I hate this kind of people! They need to go outside more often than spending too much time on the internet...

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Qiaros Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, me too... I'm sad if someone called us( Muslim) as violent and terrorist... It's too cruel for us!
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Kimyono-Neko Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They should learn not to say something negative of something they don't know about
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Qiaros Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
They just say like they didn't do anything wrong....
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pinkubellu Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Photographer
masha Allah brother ,you articles are very beneficial .n i really love reading thm
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pinkubellu Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Photographer
subhan Allah
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Masha' Allah, how adorable...:D
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julailala Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
hmm i'm a christian... i regularly feel pulled to islam... but i rather think quran makes it harder... for me at least... i'll probably start again but i gave up at the beginning of 24th surrah when it says you have to whip people who did uhm i think adultery if i remember correctly... and that you should not feel sorry for them at all...
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katewolf68 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
please listen to me. you only live once why waste it on this? christian is pure and an amazing religion. and the quaran said that? thats awful...I disagree with the hijab and I hate when people leave a beautiful religion to go to islam. because they are not all terroists I know that, but they cant date and have no freedom. who will you love someone? how can you have fun? 
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julailala Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
yes that part is awful..... however christianity is rather a complicated thing to define as well....there are many awful things said in the bible if you didnt know..... islam has many very beautiful parts but also some cruel parts i could never agree on.... i'm a little bit more firm about christianity now, however i guess i have interpreted it in a way thats closer to islam than what many christians say... i dont think you should put it this way that you disagree with the hijab... wearing a scarf around the head doesnt hurt, the thing that hurts is when u're told what to wear by someone else, be it hijab, be it short skirts or anything due to group pressure.... modesty is definitely honourable to a certain degree and also encouraged in the bible... i do think you can have a lot of fun even as a muslim though thats a really funny question... its not forbidden in islam to have fun?
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
To my knowledge, the Bible clearly states that the adulterer should be put to death. if the punishment of adultery in the Qur'an really bothers you, then I would expect a similar reaction to the punishment of adultery in the Bible...

besides, did you get to know why is the Qur'anic punishment prescribed?

I think a better way to understand religious viewpoints is to ask the question "why".
we all have different preferences and liking. and a religion matching our opinions or preferences is not necessarily the true one. what we need to know is do the religious teachings make sense? are they rational and logical? are they beneficial for mankind?... by asking the question "why?" about the things that you face, and if you seek the answers, you will be able to learn more and understand more. and what bothers you may seem normal after you really understand the reasons.

I hope this helps.
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julailala Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
yeah... you're right i think... however jesus just never said "dont feel any sympathy for people" or anything like that :S thats my main struggle... how it tells people to not have any mercy etc.. thats just so inhumane somehow :/

when people asked jesus about the punishment of a woman who committed adultery he said "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." and when nobody did he said that he'll also not condemn her... so there is still compassion even if obviously what she did was bad...

however, i struggle with christianity too in things like death penalty... and a bunch of other things... i think the main problem to me is that while bible is admitted to be written by humans the quran is supposed to be by God word by word :S

i'm sorry, i'm pretty messed up with religion since i started studying islam so yes, thanks for your reply anyway
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
You said:
yeah... you're right i think... however jesus just never said "dont feel any sympathy for people" or anything like that :S thats my main struggle... how it tells people to not have any mercy etc.. thats just so inhumane somehow :/

The Qur'an also never said "don't feel sympathy for people".
We always need to make sure that we fully understood the religious text before we make any judgments.
the verse in question is 24:2. it says in Arabic:
الزَّانِيَةُ وَالزَّانِي فَاجْلِدُوا كُلَّ وَاحِدٍ مِّنْهُمَا مِائَةَ جَلْدَةٍ ۖ وَلَا تَأْخُذْكُم بِهِمَا رَأْفَةٌ فِي دِينِ اللَّهِ إِن كُنتُمْ تُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ ۖ وَلْيَشْهَدْ عَذَابَهُمَا طَائِفَةٌ مِّنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ
translated as:
The woman and the man guilty of zina, flog each of them with a hundred stripes: Let not ra'fah in a matter prescribed by Allah move you in their case, if you believe in Allah and the Last Day: and let a party of the Believers witness their punishment.


now, there are 2 Arabic words here which I (intentionally) did not translate because they need explanation. therefore, translating them into a single English word may not do them justice.

the word Zina in Arabic means illegal sexual intercourse. extramarital sex and premarital sex.
some translators wrote:
- The [unmarried] woman or [unmarried] man
- The woman and the man guilty of illegal sexual intercourse
- The adulterer and the adulteress
- The woman and the man guilty of adultery or fornication

the word ra'fah has several meanings. it could mean:
- affection, feeling of fondness, tenderness, warmth, attachment...
- act of consideration or looking after someone
- mercy, state of expressing or feeling pity(for), prompting one to give help
- sympathy,emotion
- kindness, pity, and a willingness to forgive
- sympathy; mercy; compassion; affection.
- noun gerund of verb ( to turn ).
- noun gerund of verb (to twist) .

furthermore, it also means leniency and lenity
from [link]

but in the verse, the word ra'fah does not come alone. the verse says "Let not ra'fah in a matter prescribed by Allah move you in their case"
this begs for the question: what does "ra'fah in a matter prescribed by Allah" mean?
here, I went to exegesis book to check this verse, and here is what I found:

... Then Allah says:
... وَلَا تَأْخُذْكُم بِهِمَا رَأْفَةٌ فِي دِينِ اللَّهِ ...
Let not pity withhold you in their case, in a punishment prescribed by Allah,
Meaning, with a ruling prescribed by Allah.
So the meaning of the Ayah (verse) is:
"Do not feel too sorry for them where the laws of Allah are established.''
This does not mean that we should not naturally feel pity when carrying out the punishment. What is prohibited here is the kind of pity that may make the judge ignore the punishment altogether. This is what is not permitted for the judge.
Mujahid (a scholar) said, وَلَا تَأْخُذْكُم بِهِمَا رَأْفَةٌ فِي دِينِ اللَّهِ (Let not pity withhold you in their case, in a punishment prescribed by Allah),
"If the matter is taken to the ruling authority, the punishment has to be carried out and cannot be stopped.''

This was also narrated from Sa`id bin Jubayr and Ata' bin Abi Rabah.
It was recorded in a Hadith. the prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him- said:
تَعَافَوُا الْحُدُودَ فِيمَا بَيْنَكُمْ، فَمَا بَلَغَنِي مِنْ حَدَ فَقَدْ وَجَبَ
"Compromise with the matter of prescribed punishment mutually sorting it out among yourselves, for once a matter where the prescribed punishment is required reaches me, I am obliged to carry it out."


to summarize, if a sinner sins and the matter reach the authorities for judgment, the authorities have to make a firm decision and apply justice. they should not ignore applying the law.

so the pity or sympathy here is not the general sympathy or compassion. it is the sympathy that makes us lenient and neglect applying the law. it is sympathy regarding the divine law.
and the God knows best.


you need to put in mind that when reading the translation of the Qur'an, you are not reading the Qur'an. you are reading the attempt of the translator to explain the meanings of the Qur'an. without further researches, you may be stuck in the translator's interpretation. that's why it is always good to search, ask and question things. in the end, it will benefit you and you will see things from different perspectives.

I hope this helps.
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julailala Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
oh yes it does, thank you for all your effort wow :) i guess in comparison to bible its not bad then... however still troubling to me cause i never believed in death penalty.. what if both are not applicable? :/ cant there be a more modern punishment in a more developed society of more than 1000 years ago?
about that hadith... does it mean that only if the matter comes to the authorities they have to be punished and if not then its not necessary?
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Under the Old Testament law, it was punishable by death. But in the New Testament, Jesus saves a woman from being stoned for it, and also speaks kindly with another adulterous woman. He tells them to go and sin no more. So from a Christian perspective, adultery should not be punished with death. The death penalty in general (for any crime) is a sin in Christianity.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Under the Old Testament law, it was punishable by death.
But to my knowledge, Christians consider the Old Testament the word of the God.

But in the New Testament, Jesus saves a woman from being stoned for it, and also speaks kindly with another adulterous woman.
To my knowledge, there is no Christian who would say that the ten commandments were abolished. right?
To my knowledge also "You shall not commit adultery." is part of the commandments.
To my knowledge again, Jesus -peace be upon him- was reported to have said: "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them."
and at last, to my knowledge, Jesus -peace be upon him- was also reported to have said: "until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished."

All the above put together with the story of the prostitute (If true) make me conclude that the divine law concerning adultery remains. it is just that "that prostitute" was a case which deserved forgiveness (perhaps she repented yet the people wanted to use her to corner Jesus -peace be upon him-. They were not after punishing the adulterer. they were after Jesus. if he were to follow the mosaic law, they would say he was going against his teachings of love and compassion. and if he did not follow it, they would say he rebelled against the law. they took every opportunity to push him to the corner with their hypocrisy) but Jesus -peace be upon him- was indeed very smart. and being a man of the God, he replied wisely to those people according to their mentality. Jesus, like many other prophets, was also given divine authority to judge and thus, perhaps the God knew that woman repented sincerely, and inspired Jesus to inform her that she was forgiven. but he ended it with "sin no more". which further proves the mosaic law to be still there.

I do not think there is anything explicit in the Bible, from the mouth of Jesus -peace be upon him- himself that clearly states, without a shred of doubt, that the punishment of adultery is dropped. if there is one that I missed, please let me know.

The death penalty in general (for any crime) is a sin in Christianity.
If you consider the OT as the word of the God, and if you consider that the God does not change his mind, then I don't know how you reconcile between the OT and the NT. furthermore, how you reconcile between the understanding of the Bible by Christians of today and Christians of long ago. for example, were the Christians of past centuries -who put witches to death- wrong because they followed the "Do not allow a sorceress to live." Biblical verse?

peace
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katewolf68 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
don't put down Christians.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
I didn't put down anybody. you are deluded.

may Allah, the God almighty, guide you and correct your thinking
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Triela-sama Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, the OT is the word of God. You're still not allowed to commit adultery. The ten commandments are still valid. It is just not punished with death.

Regarding Christians who put 'witches' to death... a lot of those woman were not 'witches', so I don't know if any of them were. People just spread rumours and a horrible hunt came out of it. The tests they did on the women were purposefully biased/false, or would still lead to a death innocent or not (like the one where they would tie her hands and feet and throw her into the river - if she floated and lived she was a witch, and if she drowned so was innocent).

This is actually quite a lot to explain (The Old Testament and the New), and I don't really have the time nor the patience right now to do it. I would suggest looking it up. If you look for Catholic sources, you will see why the death penalty is considered a sin (there are some Christians who support it for murderers, but the Catholic Church doesn't and nor do I). Jesus fulfilling the Law is also something you should look up, because those quotes are the truth but not as you understand them. Christianity and Levitical Law does confuse a lot of non-Christians, so you should be able to find plenty of information. You can ask me if you have any further questions though. :)

Oh, though regarding the second woman he spoke to, he knew she had been sleeping with lots of men, but this conversation was between the two of them. He told her to stop doing it, but didn't disclose her sins. It's not the same situation as the woman who was about to be stoned. And anyway, if Jesus had seen stoning as a fit punishment he would have allowed her to be stoned. You do not know if she repented or not, so that's just speculation. She very well could have, of course! But we don't know that. His telling her to sin no more only proves that adultery is a sin, and I never said it wasn't. It is a sin. It does not prove that death is a suitable punishment for it.

I hope this makes sense ^^; I just finished cleaning and am very tired >_<
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missyuna Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
But let me ask something. since many christains believe Jesus(pbuh) to be divine, and also a God, isnt the God consistent from the OT to the New Testament? Who was in fact inspiring all the laws in the Old Testament, was it Yahwe, Jesus, Holy Spirit, would Jesus have nothing to do with it, etc?
Also how do you deal with the 2 timothy 3:16 where it clearly states that all scripture(including the Old) are from God?
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Triela-sama Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The Old Testament is from God. I never said it wasn't :)
And God inspired it - when we say God, we mean the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit would have been the specific Person to influence the writing on the Bible, I think, but this doesn't mean the others had nothing to do with it. They are an undivided unity.
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missyuna Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you missed my point ^^'. You see, when such laws as death penalty exists in the Old testament,and since you say that the son(meaning Jesus) is divine, as in being God Almighty, The God must be the very same from the Old Testament to the New Testament, God cannot change His mind or repent on things He created and made lawful and things He forbid. So you see, whenever we muslims meet a christain who gets astonished by the death penalty law and such in the Qu'ran, they dont realize that such law do in fact exist in the Old Testament and Jesus even honors the law and the prophets who carried them on. So shouldnt the christains go back to the law since it is the commandemet of God, dont they fear God?(also pay close attention to 2 timothy 3:16) Jesus himself never claimed that religion and the state should be separeted, it was Apostle Paul himself who made that happen, and many things he taught during the Roman dominant society, contradicted to the teachings of Jesus(pbuh).
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