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While writing a biography of Muhammad, historian Lesley Hazleton was struck with the oddity of Muhammad's initial reaction to God. It was that of fear and doubt. These emotions, as she explains, became the fuel and foundation of his faith. Because of this realization, Hazleton calls for a new appreciation of doubt and questioning as the foundation of faith. I found her explanation of fear and doubt interesting and would love to hear your opinions. "...This might be somewhat difficult to grasp now that we use the word "awesome" to describe a new app or a viral video. With the exception perhaps of a massive earthquake, we're protected from real awe. We close the doors, convinced that we're in control. We do our best to ignore the fact that we don't always have it, and that not everything can be explained. Yet whether you're a rationalist or a mystic, what's clear is that Muhammad did experience these visions, and that he did so with a force that would shatter his sense of himself and his world and transform this otherwise modest man into a radical advocate for social and economic justice. Fear was the only sane response, the only human response." You can read the full transcript here: http://www.ted.com/talks/lesley_hazleton_the_doubt_essential_to_faith/transcript?language=en
Christians and Muslims and Hindus and Buddhists of the hour are fine God talkers, however, never fine Son of God Jesus Christ word talkers. The promises and covenant was given to Issac not to Ishmael.Either they forgot that Jesus Christ the Son of God came, went, and is coming back or they just want to talk about God Jesus's daddy. Either way they are calling God a liar as they do not believe the record he gave of his Son Jesus Christ. John 3:[16] For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. [17] For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. [18] He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." 1st John 5:[9] If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. [10] He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. [11] And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. [12] He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. [13] These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. [14] And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: [15] And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him."
this was an amazing speech and she definitely provided insight on the doubt that we all share, which doesn't define our spirituality or piety.
I have never understood religious experiences like this. I could never imagine having enough fear and faith to kill my own son in the name of God? (I'm looking at you, Abraham...) Her view on doubt is actually really interesting. Cool find @ryantadman