The unclean things of the OT did not cause uncleanness by a mystical direct pagan force acting upon those who came in to contact with them but rather because they were symbols of sin. Islam has a pagan understanding of unclean things directly causing defilement by physical contact

Unclean foods, such as pork, represented sin for example. The sin which the people should avoid to maintain holiness before God. To believe that such a thing as pork meat is unclean in itself is a pagan superstition which it is useful for Islam to maintain as all superstitions are useful to hold power over men. Islam has always held that it is better for Muslims to live separately. Mohammed showed this by leaving Mecca and forming an isolated community of Muslims. This is politically astute for a community that devotes itself to jihadic conquest.

The temple was holy and off bounds to all but the priests and levites to show that God was holy and the people were sinful and thus unclean to come near to the holy God Jehovah.

Bodily discharges made the people unclean to approach the holy God Jehovah in his temple. They symbolized the sinful nature of man from which uncleanness flows irrevocably and continuously from his sinful nature.

Jesus healed people by touching and coming close to people who were unclean according to the law. Lepers for example. He thus showed that sickness is one aspect of the curse which is over all men alike and that all men are unclean before God because of their sinful deeds.

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3 Responses to The unclean things of the OT did not cause uncleanness by a mystical direct pagan force acting upon those who came in to contact with them but rather because they were symbols of sin. Islam has a pagan understanding of unclean things directly causing defilement by physical contact

  1. θ says:

    It is the Non Moslems who actually don’t accept Moslems, and don’t want them to integrate. For instance, the Turks always get barred from joining the EU. If the West wants the moderate Moslems to integrate, the Westerners ought to show example by accepting a Moslem nation, notably Turkey, into their hemisphere.
    The West’s alienation of minorities is one of the main root-causes of radicalisation and terrorism. How could the West demand integration if it even doesn’t want a notable Moslem nation to join the EU?

    By not counting superiority of “warfare Jihad”, in Qur’an Q.3, v.110 Allah appreciates superiority of Moslems as the “best people” who reach out the heathens for preaching Monotheism, and forbidding them from doing the sins.

    Concerning the unclean things, the ruling is too simple: the believer has to follow the holiness of God, not otherwise. If God hates an unclean thing, such as pork, why would we love it?
    Loving what God hates doesn’t make a man more holier than God. Why is an unclean thing counted as a “superstition” for the believers but not to God?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Category of unclean thing is made highly subjective, depending on one’s belief.
    Rom 14
    14 But to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

  3. Anonymous says:

    If the EU follows the Paul’s instruction in Rom 15:17, it is unlikely for the EU to accept Turkey.
    Paul beseeches his followers to run a “Non-integration” policy with the outsiders, along with the putting of a “mark” on the outsiders – Nazis used to impose a yellow badge on the Jews and paint a swastika over their doors – yet with his beguiling speeches to avoid division.
    That’s a dirty tactic of making a division itself while condemning the others of being a divider.
    Rom 16:17
    Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

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