***Comments taken from Naked Pastor’s ‘Protestantisimus Reversimus’
“What is the common thread in The Bible,The Qu’ran and the Book of Mormon when their adherents all claim their respective scriptures to be the Word of God?…do we have three authorities or one?” (faithlessinfatima)
There are a few way of looking at this idea.
(a) They are all seperate authorities of their own respective faiths – this is how they are used at current.
(b) They are not all seperate authorities – but weighing that out is going to take study
When you truly look at it – all these religions go back to One – the Judaic faith and the scriptures there (Tanakh). Here is a timeline of some sort:
Judaism (2600+ years old) – Mono/chosen/land/law/judges/kings/prophets/temple
Christianity (1900+ years old) – Mono – with stereo/chosen/messiah/grace/disciples/no land/church
Islam (1400+ years old) – Mono/prophet/chosen/land?/law/temple
Mormonism (100+ years old) – Mono – with stereo/prophet(s)/chosen/no land?/messiah/true church + temple
The fact of the matter is all these faiths make some claim to Judaism – and build upon it – the Tanakh scriptures. Oddly enough – as the trend should continue – as we go further down the chain most build upon one another also in the line (which makes sense – they knew of the others).
Judaism (original Tanakh scriptures)
Christianity (Nt added to the Tanakh scriptures)
Islam (Qu’ran – incorporates aspects of Tanakh and Christianity)
Mormonism (Uses Tanakh, NT, and adds in new Latter Day Saints material)
So in some sense, what does it matter the authority – if we had to pick one constant – it is Tanakh (and the borrowing involved). Doesn’t this go back to Abraham in some way – ‘blessed are all nations through you’? Are they (each religion) not all blessings in some way also?
Thing is we are dealing with religion here – but we are also dealing with what I would consider a type of anthropology of religion (changing face of religion). Each religion does have their unique identifiers and changes to the original – but not so much they break the message of ‘being a blessing’. Does this make Judaism the most true? I don’t know – all I know is Judaism is the one with the promise about Abraham that has seemed to have happened – and each of these religions (as much as we might not like it) have also been ‘blessings’ all over the place.
I have met many good people from each faith – and I find it hard to knock a person for their sincere committment to faith. Yes, I have questions concerning each faith – but that doesn’t change the fact ‘good people’ have emerged from each one.
The authority question concerning scripture is a tough one – it all depends on one’s view or perspective of their own guiding document. I do not read the Qu’ran or the Latter Day Saint bible – I am not inspired by them – but I have read them and own copies. I was inspired by the Jesus story.