So instead of baptizing “in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit” it’ll now be “In the name of Allah, his Messiahand his Holy Spirit” if some Bible translators get their way.
Weasel Zippers has the story about the growing controversy over three North American Christian organizations using a little editorial white out on the words “Father” and “Son” in new Bibles because they fear those terms are offensive to Muslims.
Isn’t everything pretty much offensive to Muslims? Let me tell you something, a little nomenclature shift isn’t going to make Middle East Christians any less beheaded. It ain’t the nomenclature folks. It’s the Jesus. They hate Christians, well a lot of them do anyway. And they’ve got swords and guns and many of the levers of government at their command.
Changing Christianity to make it less offensive to Muslims is never going to appease them. I urge these folks to keep the faith in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
February 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm
Am I right in thinking the Catholic Church would not consider such baptisms valid?
February 1, 2012 at 8:39 pm
Yes, Turin, those baptisms would be invalid; cf. http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20080201_validity-baptism_en.html and http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20080201_validity-baptism-miralles_en.html
February 2, 2012 at 12:28 am
More from the religion of peace.
February 2, 2012 at 12:44 am
People here don't seem to realize that many groups calling themselves "christian" are no more than money-laundering and parasiting organizations operating under the guise of "evangelization". You can go to youtube and see the very elaborate and expensive videos they commissioned to convert Muslims, which are most probably fake (but they do the trick and work, especially on uneducated Muslims). Another tactic these groups use are coming outright and saying they are Messianic Muslims (EXACTLY like Jews for Jesus) which are most likely the ones behind the bible deletions here.
These groups are cults and have no sense of right or wrong; it's all good as long as it leads to converts for their particular church (which results in $$$).