SHUNNING THE ANCESTORS' RELIGION

When they are told: "Follow what God has sent down to you," they say: "We are following what we found our fathers doing." What, even though their fathers did not understand a thing and were not guided! (Qur'an, 2:170)

New Testament

You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.

And he [Jesus] said to them: "You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!" (Mark 7:8-9)

Old Testament

"They have returned to the sins of their forefathers, who refused to listen to My words. They have followed other deities to serve them..." (Jeremiah 11:10)


NOT TO BE DIVIDED IN RELIGION

He has laid down the same religion for you as He enjoined on Noah: that which We have revealed to you and which We enjoined on Abraham, Moses, and Jesus: "Establish the religion and do not make divisions in it"... (Qur'an, 42:13)

[Idolaters are] those who split up their religion and form into sects, each faction exulting in what they have. (Qur'an, 30:32)

Those who were given the Book did not divide into sects until after the Clear Sign came to them. (Qur'an, 98:4)

Obey God and His Messenger and do not quarrel among yourselves, lest you lose heart and your momentum disappear. And be steadfast. God is with the steadfast. (Qur'an, 8:46)

New Testament

... All of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. (1 Corinthians 1:10)


MAN'S CREATION

We created man from the purest kind of clay, then made him a drop in a secure receptacle, then formed the drop into a clot, formed the clot into a lump, formed the lump into bones, clothed the bones in flesh, and then brought him into being as another creature. Blessed be God, the Best of Creators! (Qur'an, 23:12-14)

Old Testament

Your hands shaped me and made me... Remember that You molded me like clay... [Did you not] clothe me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews? (Job 10:8-11)

The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life. (Job 33:4)

I am just like you before God; I too have been taken from clay. (Job 33:6)


THE SELFISH SELF WILL ALWAYS COMMAND EVIL

And [I swear by] the self and what proportioned it, with depravity or consciousness of God, he who purifies it has succeeded. (Qur'an, 91:7-9)

But people are prone to selfish greed. If you do good and guard against evil, God is aware of what you do. (Qur'an, 4:128)

[Joseph said,] I do not say my self was free from blame. The self indeed commands to evil acts-except for those my Lord has mercy onů (Qur'an, 12:53)

New Testament

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, so that you obey its evil desires. (Romans 6:12)

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)

He [Jesus] went on: "What comes out of a man is what makes him 'unclean.' For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance, and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man 'unclean.'" (Mark 7:20-23)


BAD CHARACTER TRAITS

But do not obey any vile swearer of oaths, any backbiter, slandermonger, impeder of good, evil aggressor, or gross, coarse and, furthermore, despicable person, simply because he possesses wealth and sons. When Our Signs are recited to him, he says: "Just myths of previous peoples!" (Qur'an, 68:10-15)

An evil generation succeeded them who neglected the prayer and followed their appetites. They will plunge into the Valley of Evil. (Qur'an, 19:59)

New Testament

They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, slanderers ... insolent, arrogant, and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. (Romans 1:29-31)

Old Testament

They would not be like their forefathers-a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to Him. (Psalm 78:8)

Suppose he has a violent son who sheds blood or does any of these other things (though the father has done none of them): He eats at the mountain shrines, defiles his neighbor's wife, oppresses the poor and needy, commits robbery, does not return what he took in pledge, and looks to the idols. He does detestable things. (Ezekiel 18:10-12)

He thwarts the plans of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success. He catches the wise in their craftiness, and the schemes of the wily are swept away. (Job 5:12-13)

 

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