Did you know that Muslims believe in an Uncreated ‘Word of God’ — no, not like us Christians who believe in the eternal logos (or Jesus) — they believe that the Qu’ran is eternal, an ingenerate or uncreated reality. But if I was a thinking Muslim (which would be really hard since I’m a Christian 😉 ) this would cause me, at the least, some cognitive dissonance. What I mean is this, the Muslim holds to a doctrine known as Shirk, which is:

Shirk (Arabic: شرك‎) is the Islamic concept of the sin of polytheism specifically, but in a more general way refers to worshipping other than Allah, associating partners with him, giving his characteristics to others beside him, or not believing in his characteristics. Within Islam, Major Shirk is a forgivable sin if one repents from it while one is alive, but according to Islamic texts, anyone who dies upon this sin will never enter paradise. It is the vice that is opposed to the virtue of tawhid, literally “declaring [that which is] one”, often translated into the English term monotheism. (source: wikipedia[1]

Straightaway you’ll notice why it is that Christians are condemned, since we are Trinitarian, and therefore “associate partners” with God. But similarly, the doctrine of Shirk, like a double-edged sword, cuts both ways. You see, given the “uncreated nature of the Qu’ran,” Muslims attribute characteristics to the Qu’ran that Allah alone embodies; in other words, Allah alone is uncreated, yet according to Islam, so is the Qu’ran. Do you see the dilemma? Muslims, if they are going to be consistent with their own standards, engage in Shirk by holding to their view of the eternality of the Qu’ran. Interesting.

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