Islam AND Christianity? Damned.

08Mar09

I’m sitting here kicking around the notion of unforgivable sin. I’ve also for some time been interested in the “Islam vs. Christianity: ABRAHAMIC REVELATION DEATHMATCH” that many good ol’ Amurkins seem to have set up for themselves.

There is, as far as I know, one obviously unforgivable sin in Christianity and at least one “compelling arguments for” unforgivable sin in Christianity. (Feel free to inform me if I’ve missed some – except the stupid ones that are nevertheless functionally unforgivable in many churches, like wearing pants or developing cancer. Those were invented by morons, not theology.)

Obviously, it’s an unforgivable sin in Christianity to refuse the salvation of Christ. It’s the ultimate exoteric binary: salvation = saved; rejection = dooooomed. Die with this one on your soul and you go straight to the fire and poking. (I recommend pants.)

I have also run across compelling arguments that despairing of God’s grace is also an unforgivable sin for Christians. I don’t *buy* this, particularly as this is the same Christianity that claims to believe that Bible, which contains Job, Lamentations, and Psalms 137, is the infallible and inerrant word of God. (Unless despair, like tricking your father-in-law into knocking you up or having 700 wives, is one of those things that was okay “back then” but don’t you dare try it today you dirty heathen.)

(Question: if “a man cleaves unto his wife and they become one flesh,” and if Solomon had 700 wives, does that make Solomon some kind of Biblical Voldemort? Because then he had, like, 700 fleshes, which is like splitting your soul into seven different pieces and then hiding the pieces in…oh, never mind.)

So: not accepting Jesus as your Saviour = unforgivable sin. Point the First.

Point the Second: Islam, unlike Christianity, makes it abundantly clear that there is only one unforgivable sin, and that only if you die while still committing it (if you commit it, then repent, you can be forgiven, God being al-Rahmani and al-Rahim and so forth), and that is setting up partners with God.

Which brings me to my very favorite bit: I know of no other two religions on Earth that cancel each other out in such an instant and delightful way. If you are Christian, you are doomed if you don’t proclaim that God He Like Totally Has a Son Who By The Way Is Also God. If you are Muslim, you are doomed if you don’t proclaim that God He Like Totally Is Just The Only God.

The moral, of course, is that the Flying Spaghetti Monster wants to know why you’re not wearing your pirate regalia.

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One Response to “Islam AND Christianity? Damned.”

  1. I don’t know about you but I prefer cell universe. There is just something wonderful about tiny living organisms that can destroy big and complex ones .


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