Gordon975 wrote: ↑
July 30th, 2018, 3:48 am
One of the best strategy [which I had used for the Quran 6,236 verses], is to put all the verses of the 4 books [don't think there are many] into one column in Microsoft Excel and analyse sideways into various columns elements and whatever categories one can think of.
From there one will be able to abstract a possible main theme and its various sub- and sub-sub themes via various types of sorting.
I had analysed the Quran's 6,236 verses into 1,300 columns of categories and sub-themes. and was able to abstract a main theme [nb: it is evil-laden] that linked all the verses.
Sounds very complicated basically there is just "love your enemy "and "Do as you would be done Unto" as the central revolutionary precept of the teaching of Jesus in the New Testament.
That would be your personal conclusion but to convince others there need be be more completeness and objectivity. To be more effective one need to account for all [100%] verses to ensure there are no other verses that contra your above points and avoid being accused of cherry-picking.
Take for example Matthew Chapter 1-28 where there are 1071 verses.
In this Wiki article, all the 1071 verses are categories into following main categories;
- 1. Birth Stories
2. Baptism and early ministry
3. Sermon on the Mount (5–7)
4. Healing and miracles
5. Little Commission (10:1–11:1)
6. Responses to Jesus
7. Conflicts, rejections, and conferences with disciples
8. Life in the Christian community
9. Journey to Jerusalem
10. Jerusalem, cleansing of the temple, debates
1.0 Birth Stories is further analyzed as
- 1.1 Genealogy (1:1–17)
1.2 Nativity (1:18–25)
1.3 Biblical Magi (2:1–12)
1.4 Flight into Egypt (2:13–20)
1.5 Jesus in Nazareth (2:21–23)
The rest of the main headings contain other sub-headings.
However note the above headings did not highlight your main "love your enemy " [5:43-44].
Thus to be more effective, there is a need for additional columns of Categories in Microsoft Excel [I presume you know how to use this program?].
I would suggest additional Categories like;
- 1. Morality
2. Violent/evil elements [if any].
From the Category of Morality, one can then pick out Matt 5:43-44 [love thy enemies] and other verses which has elements related to Morality.
Re Morality, I like this verse;
- 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
I can substitute 'Father' for the Ideal Morality.
One can do a detailed analysis for the 4 Gospels which has about 3700 verses.
From the analysis, one can compare the impact of evil/violent elements from Gospels with that of the Quran and extract the difference.
The Gospels do mention non-Christians we should be able to deduce the Gospels do not compel Christians to kill non-Christians like how the Quran does.
Point is for the purpose of communicating with others especially non-Christians one need to more precise. To be more precise one need to account for ALL the verses and demonstrate what is exactly in the Gospels.
Muslims as human beings have done good deeds.
I agree that's Certainly My experience.
You have to note if you have a friend who is a Muslim, s/he is only friendly to you because s/he is being humane like any other human being.
But as a Muslim s/he cannot be your friend, otherwise s/he would have sinned as a Muslim. Note this verse among many other similar verses;
O ye [Muslims] who believe! Take not for intimates [friends biṭānatan بِطَانَةً ب ط ن ] others [infidels] than your own folk, who [these infidels] would spare no pains to ruin you [Muslims]; they [infidels] love to hamper [ʿanittum عَنِتُّمْ ع ن ت ] you [Muslims]. Hatred is revealed by (the utterance of) their [infidels] mouths, but that which their [infidels] breasts hide is greater. We have made plain for you [Muslims] the revelations [AYW; ayah] if ye will understand.
Therefore it is wrong to say, you have know Muslims who are friendly [a Category Error fallacy]. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category_mistake
On this point, you just have to ignore they are Muslims and state "I have human friends [who happened to be Muslims] who are friendly."
"understanding the impulse to believe in God is, the first step to healing its more extreme consequences."
Yes, that first step is most critical but they should continue to seek knowledge beyond that which is not easy for most theists who are in a state of near-drowning [striving to sustain primordial survival instincts] and clinging on to a God or deity.
A belief in a God or deity is in us all and is there to enable our intellect to function successfully. Its not the fault of anyone if they believe in a God we are all made that way.
It is only the potential [likely] that is embedded in all humans but this potential is not activated fully in ALL humans.
Besides, progress wise for humanity, that potential directed at theism [which providing psychological security and comfort] is only temporary and it has tons of negative side effects.
Due to the trend of the cons of theism outweighing its pros, there is a need for humanity to wean off theism in the next future and replace it with fool proof alternatives [generic spiritual approaches] to deal with that inherent unavoidable existential crisis.
Not-a-theist. Religion is a critical necessity for humanity now, but not the FUTURE.