Saturday, March 7, 2020

'Is This Your King?' - Mentality of the Dominant Group

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CITATION
Rasheed, Muhammad. "'Is This Your King?' - Mentality of the Dominant Group." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 08 Mar 2020. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

Q: Contrary to what you were told as a child, what are some things you were surprised to find out the Bible actually doesn't contain?

Muhammad Rasheed - The idea that God and the devil are equally powerful and battle for the earth in a cosmic tug-of-war. This has always been the message shown in cartoons, stand-up comedy and in other simplified media programming. It didn’t take long to discover this version of religion wasn’t taught by the Abrahamic religions once I started paying attention to my spiritual walk in my mid- to late teens, and I became actively suspicious of the message when I started to deep dive into religion in my early 20s. Thanks to the detailed research of Robert Bauval and Graham Hancock, I believe I see where the media’s influence with this concept is actually coming from.
Dick Harfield - As a child, I was told how Abraham, as a young boy, destroyed all but one of his father’s idols and claimed that the surviving idol had done this. When his father said this was impossible because the idols were simply lifeless statues, Abraham said this proves the gods are not real. So I was quite surprised in later life to discover this is not in the Bible but is just a midrash of less than two thousand years ago. A lot of people misled me.

Muhammad Rasheed - This actually happened, but was left out of the canon of sacred scripture by the discretion of the Judao-Christian priesthood for reasons of their own. The tale is confirmed as true in the Qur’an.

Dick Harfield - Hi Muhammad

With respect, a claim that this actually happened has to be backed up by independent evidence.

Again, with respect, the Quran is not that independent evidence, being either based on Judeo-Christian or at least susceptible to influence by the prior traditions.

Muhammad Rasheed - Dick wrote: “Hi Muhammad”

Hi, Dick. :)

Dick wrote: “With respect, a claim that this actually happened has to be backed up by independent evidence.”

In this case, the claims of the One God in sacred scripture function as their own evidence and lay outside of the rules of the scientific method as superior Matters of Faith. Here, the duel between philosophers is one using the blades of contextual analysis accuracy instead of material proofs.

Dick wrote: “Again, with respect, the Quran is not that independent evidence, being either based on Judeo-Christian or at least susceptible to influence by the prior traditions.”

The Qur’an is the final testament in the enduring scripture of the ages, revealed to confirm & fulfill the messages preached by the prophets of olde, and to correct those areas the people of the book allowed their precious charges to stray by way of their slipshod guardianship. The Qur’an is exactly what it claims to be per the Supreme Creator who revealed it in His mercy.

Dick Harfield - Hi again, Muhammad

I don’t know any of that to be true. I am sure it is strongly believed by many, but faith is not evidence. Sorry.

Muhammad Rasheed - Dick wrote: “I don’t know any of that to be true.”

Then you should believe, accept it as true and save your soul.

Dick wrote: “I am sure it is strongly believed by many…”

And well it should be as the One God does not lie. Take heed.

Dick wrote: “…but faith is not evidence.”

It’s not supposed to be; faith is faith. “Evidence” is not the activating principle in a belief system — faith is, hence the term. Insisting that material world tools be forced into matters of faith is no more an intelligent approach to the topic than insisting one uses a fishing rod to hammer in a nail. We use the proper tools for their proper applications. This is the correct approach.


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MEDIUM: Scanned pen & ink cartoon drawing w/Adobe Photoshop color.

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