Thursday, November 11, 2010

Christianity older than Iraq and Islam

"Christians have been living in Iraq since long before it was called Iraq and centuries before Mohammed was born. Ancient Assyrians converted to Christianity during the first century A.D.

Back then, Iraq was part of what was known as Mesopotamia and it would not be until the eighth century A.D. that Islam arrived. Even today, tombs of Old Testament Jewish prophets such as Ezekiel and Daniel dot Iraq."


Bruno said...

'Christianity' practised in those early days was somewhat different from that practised today.

Dolly said...

Well in theory → the first muslim was Aadam, the father of all humanity.
But okay, you are saying that Iraqi Christians existed 1750 years ago.

But see the issue arises in 2003 AD when Christians attacked Iraq. That created trouble for the indigenous ones. Maybe we should take a page from the U.S. and set up internment camps

Don Cox said...

Adam is a mythical character in Jewish legends, probably derived from earlier Babylonian legends.

The new religion of Islam incorporated some (often inaccurate) versions of these Jewish legends. That doesn't make Adam a Muslim, any more than he could be a Communist, a Rock Star, or any other type that didn't exist when the legends arose.

Don Cox said...

"'Christianity' practised in those early days was somewhat different from that practised today."

It would have to change a bit because of the pressure of Muslim domination, but I doubt if Christianity as practiced in Iraq has changed much over the centuries. Do you have any different information?

European Christianity is clearly very different from early or medieval Christianity. For example, the Catholics accept the reality of the solar system (with the Sun at its centre) and evolution of life.

David All said...

Israel's veteran Foreign Minister use to remind those of his fellow European Jews whose atittude towards the Jews from Arab countries & Iran tended to be negative that Abraham was an Iraqi Jew and Moses an Egyptian Jew! In more historical terms Jews were part of Iraq since the time of the Babylonian conquest of ancient Israel in 586 BC. The subsequent captivity of the Jews in Babylon was the start of the Jewish community in Iraq that lasted more than 2,500 years until the Jews were driven out in the 1950s and 60s.

Dolly said...

Well, Allah says:

O humankind, Fear your Lord who created you from a single person

created from him his wife

and then from them → scattered countless different dudes and dudettes.

↑ What that Quranic verse means, is Adam.

Also in a hadeeth:

When Allah created Adam, Adam sneezed. Allah said: "Say Praise be to Allah."

So Adam said "Alhamdulillah."

Allah said: "Rahimaka Rabbak."
(Mercy of your lord upon you.)