Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Qu'ran...a spiritual book?

So I did some reading about the Quran.  Right off the top of my head...I am thinking that, like the Bible, it is a spiritual book written to the spiritual man.  I've read/heard enough of the teachings of Preston Eby, Ray Prinzing and other kingdom teachers to know that the clear meaning of the text is oftentimes not the clear meaning at all.  An example? 

Well, when the Bible commands that women not teach etc. the deeper meaning is more of a spiritual thing than an actual rule for women to shut up in church.  The soul is female.  The soul must be in subjection to the spirit...which is male.  Thus...all those verses that seem to indicate women cannot teach and must submit to the authority of men may not mean that on a spiritual level at all. 

I've been taught that so much in the Bible is sort of code for the story of the killing off of Adam and the quickening of the Christ within.  I could cite more examples...and may in another post somewhere down the road.  No promises though...which probably does not come as a surprise since you know how flighty I am. 

So...the Bible is a spiritual book...written to the spiritual man.  I have heard Keith say that many, many times.  

Preston Eby says it this way:

The Bible is not written in the style of an ordinary book.  It has a method all its own of conveying spiritual realities through picturesque symbols, which is the language of spirit communicated to the mind of man, wisdom expressed in terms comprehensible by people in all ages and in different parts of the world and of different degrees of spiritual development.

So why can't the Quran also be a spiritual book written to the spirit man?  Was it meant to be taken literally any more than the Bible was meant to be taken literally? Yes, it talks about jihad and the infidel but is the real meaning of those words really what mainstream Christianity believes?  Could there be a deep spiritual meaning buried beneath the surface?  Jesus said, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith!” Are there meanings in the Quran that only the spiritual ear can hear? 

More to come.....


Kansas Bob said...

Ayaan Hirsi Ali puts it this way:

"I say in the book right now we cannot speak of moderate Muslims because they still cling to the absolute idea that everything in the Qur'an is the true word of God and cannot be changed by human beings, and that the prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam, left a moral guidance behind and all we can do is follow it, not question it."

I found her interview with Tavis Smiley pretty enlightening.

Cindi said...

I read her interview. I almost get this sense of something akin to someone who finally escapes a very strict, abusive cultlike Christian denomination Did I read it correctly...almost as if there is not much hope to ever change things with Muslims? I also noted that she claims to be an atheist.

Did you see the link Brian posted on facebook a few weeks ago? Muslims against Sharia...

Their stated goals...

* to educate Muslims about dangers presented by Islamic religious texts and why Islam must be reformed
* to educate non-Muslims about the differences between moderate Muslims and Islamists (a.k.a. Islamic Religious Fanatics, Radical Muslims, Muslim Fundamentalists, Islamic Extremists or Islamofascists)
* to educate both Muslims and non-Muslims alike that Moderate Muslims are also targets of Islamic Terror

Kansas Bob said...

Interesting thought about it being a bit cultlike Cindi. I originally posted the "Muslims against Sharia" stuff on Brian's comment thread but subsequently thought that it looked a bit fishy when I saw where donations went to.