David, Jesus, Mohammad....a Comparison
It has been conventional, when comparing Christianity with Islam, to compare Jesus and Mohammad. This is apt, since they are both the 'founders' of a 'new' religion, or so it is said. However, this misses one aspect of the two, Mohammad was also a warrior and a founder of a unified nation. Jesus founded a kingdom not of this world, and made an eternal kingdom. This is an echo of a promise that God made to David around a millenia before Jesus was born.
"Learning the First Steps"
When we consider the interactions of Monotheism, we understand that it appeared in many forms from an apparently early time, in Greek philosophy (called philosophical Monotheism) in Persia among the Zoroatrians, and in India among some early strains of the Vedas. The point here is simply to back Paul's assertion that one can see God's might and majesty in the natural world, as well as a morality that parallels the Law. It was not that
If we consider what Paul has to say in Rom. 1:18-32, he argues that all can come to a Monotheistic understanding by considering what is around them in the created order. If we consider what Paul further has to say in Romans 2, then we can see that all can also come to a moral understanding of behavior, also. This monotheism is echoed in the three major Faiths that emerged from that general area. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all
Let's put 2 and 2 together on this; in this passage below from Paul the Apostle:
1 Thess. 4
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them (the dead saints) in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
it is important to see that a timing is implied--as in "when" it will happen. And we know exactly "when" it will happen: it "will" happen at the
From time to time, a consideration of whether some of the martyred saints have been vindicated already comes into the thoughts of many. However, it does not seem that they all have been vindicated as of yet, because (for one thing) we do not have the complete number of martyred saints as of yet. Of course, the appropriate VISION passage from Revelation has the martyred saints making a request to be avenged--as taught below:
9When the Lamb broke the