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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Beliefs of The Church of God, of the Prophet Muhammed

Whilst not organised as a church, these are the beliefs of the Church of God, of the Prophet Muhammed which may be amended as further truth comes to light.

1. There is only one God, which we call Allah, who is the God of Israel who gave mankind scriptures.

2. Allah gave mankind scriptures but these later fell into corruption. So He later sent down a Messenger, Muhammed who brought the Holy Quran through Archangel Gabriel.

3. We accept the Old and New Testament, Gospel of Barnabas, Book of Enoch, The Infancy of Jesus, and any other revelation which agree with the Holy Quran.

4. The Holy Quran, is God's final revelation sent down by archangel Gabriel to correct the corruptions which happened in the Old and New Testament.

5. Jesus Christ is not the Son of God. He is the Messiah to the nation of Israel and was their prophet foreshadowing the work of the Prophet Muhammed. Jesus was human and not divine and lived as a righteous Jew whom observed the Torah faithfully.

6. We accept the covenant of Israel which enjoins the observance of the laws of God, the 613 mitvahs of the Old Testament as binding on the people of Israel, and all those who wish to come under the covenant. This does include the wearing of tassels and placing a mezuzah on the door.

7. The observance of the seventh day Sabbath (Saturday) is a commandment of the Torah which is observed in addition to the seven annual holy days in the Bible. These include: Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread, Shavout, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement and Feast of Tabernacles. Chanukah is also kept to remind us of the miracle of the Maccabees (Jesus also kept this). Additional Jewish fast days can be kept, entirely optional.

8. Ramadan is a 30 day fast enjoined upon the people of Israel through the Holy Quran. This falls within the month of Elul on the Hebrew calendar with the "Night of Power" (the night the Holy Quran came down from heaven) falling on the Feast of Trumpets ending the fast of Ramadan.

9. Jesus did not die on the cross. We believe Judas took the place of Jesus whilst Jesus escaped on the night of the Passover and ascended into the heavens. Judas was crucified with people believing it to be Jesus. Since Jesus did not die, the claim his death is an atonement for sins is not correct. Therefore we do not take part in the Eucharist or the bread and wine ceremony. The Passover is observed as a Jewish seder with a meal.

10. Mankind have immortal souls. There is no need for a bloody sacrifice for sin. Every person has two guardian angels who record their life in a book called The Record. On judgement day their deeds are weighed on the scales. As long as the good deeds outweigh the evil, people will enter Paradise. Eternal hell is the home of people who do not make paradise where they suffer for eternity living alongside demons and elemental spirits. There is a possibility of redemption from hell but this is by the grace of God.

11. There are Seven Heavens in the universe with God, Allah, sitting in the Seventh, in a divine chariot, inside of a house, similar to the Kaba in Mecca. The earth contains angels, elemental spirits and demons of all varieties. They will be judged alongside mankind and will either be in paradise or hell. Angels are both male and female and can marry and repent from sin.

12. At death the soul of the person is carried out by the Angel of Death and his assistant who take it up to the Seven heavens. Before reaching the state of purgatory, which each soul goes through, the soul is allowed to view their own body and accompany the body during the funeral procession. Purgatory according to Judaism lasts for 12 months. The soul enters the intermediate state (what happens here is subject to much debate), before returning to the earth in a physical body on the day of resurrection.

13. Atonements for sin include repentance, prayer, fasting, giving to charity and possibly offering (animal sacrifices when a Temple stands, for unintentional sins). Sufferings in this life can also atone for sin. The more suffering endured in this lifetime, the lesser the punishment in purgatory.

14. The nation of Judah called Israel today is a legitimate homeland of the Jewish people. While we do not acknowledge Zionism which is a political movement, we recognise the right for the Jews to live in peace and safety in the land of Israel. There are two world capitals which are accepted by us: Mecca (the place of God's Throne) and Jerusalem (the place of His Temple). British Israelism is also accepted.

15. There is no second chance for people during the Great White Throne Judgement. During the day of Resurrection all people who have lived will be judged by their Record. This record will contain all of their deeds committed in their human lifetime. They will either enter into Paradise or Hell depending on the balance of the scales of their deeds contained in their record. Paradise and hell will be full of people which followed many different religions and creeds. God will judge between them in what they differed on the day of resurrection.

16. The kosher laws were written into the Quran with the exception of camel meat which is allowed to be eaten, since the tribes had access to no other meat. In the case of starvation pork and other unclean foods may be eaten, God does not impute sin on this, according to the Holy Quran. Nevertheless, halal and kosher should ideally be observed, if not, biblical kosher or simply abstaining from the list of unclean foods.

17. A congregational prayer called the Jummah on Friday afternoons, was written in the Holy Quran. Where possible, though it is unlikely in the absence of churches or buildings, to attend a prayer on Fridays. This is not the Biblical Sabbath but prepares the soul for the Sabbath the following day. A ritual bath, ritual washings or rubbing hands on dirt, has to be undertaken before prayer. In Judaism this is known as the mikvah.

18. Purity laws and times for set prayer apply in Judaism and Islam. Prayer in the Bible was always done by prostration until Judaism later changed the practice. Prostration is required for prayer in Islam and is encouraged where it is physically possible. Purity laws involve ritual washings before prayer, and ritual baths after menstruation and male and female emissions. These issues are complex and must be worked on in an individual matter due to one's own personal circumstances. The level of observance will always depend on individual circumstances.

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