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I am therewith the destroyer par excellence. The unmasking of Christian morality is an event which unequalled in history, it is a real catastrophe.
The man who throws light upon it is a force majeure, a fatality; he breaks the history of man into two. Time is reckoned up before him and after him. The lightning flash of truth struck precisely that which theretofore had stood highest: he who understands what was destroyed by that flash should look to see whether he still holds anything in his hands. Morality conceived as Vampirism…. The man who unmasks morality has also unmasked the worthlessness of the values in which men either believe or have believed; he no longer sees anything to be revered in the most venerable man—even in the types of men that have been pronounced holy; all he can see in them is the most fatal kind of abortions.
When we today look at the state of modernity, we find few women or men intelligent or learned enough to be Marxists, Darwinians, or Freudians. Yet, everywhere we look, we see the destruction wrought by Nietzsche. Families collapsing, the liberal arts perverted, and sexual mores so extreme as to be non-existent. Whether Nietzsche was somehow the cause or merely the prophet of such horror is beyond the scope of this essay to explore.
Yet, it is clear that of the greatest as in most important, not morally best nineteenth-century thinkers, Nietzsche stands as the most relevant to our current crisis of culture.
Will you help us remain a refreshing oasis in the increasingly contentious arena of modern discourse? The weak man who championed Strength. The sick man who extolled Health and Vigor. The boy who went about quoting Scripture and giving sermons to caterpillars. The misogynist who advocated carrying a whip when going to see a woman — and who was photographed along with his friend Paul Rees pulling a dogcart that carried their friend Lou Salome who was holding the whip.
The grown man who rejected religion because it distorted the teachings of Christ and turned humans from beings on the cusp of theosis into groveling worms. Now, that is debatable, but possible. No matter, it is only an interpretation and the man has been dead, his legacy and teaching fiercely distorted even before he died, thanks to his Aryan supremacist sister, Elizabeth. Until his last years, the diseases which consumed him did not prevent his ability to see, only colored his vision with the pain that never left him.
From beginning to end, as Nietzsche developed and as he declined, his core notions remained remarkably consistent.
THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST
Demon or daemon? Hmm, I think mortal consumed by hubris, catalyzing his bodily descent into madness. Nietzsche was a modern man totally discontented with contemporary society, secular or religious. His weary soul is raised up to God from the cross. Few Muslim accounts indeed go so far or accord so intimately with aspects of New Testament texts. Paraclete and Parousia The New Testament writers, and most Christians ever since, did not think the drama of Jesus ended with the ascension to his Father.
He was expected to return. The return Gr. There is a sense, he argues, in which the advent of each subsequent Manifestation of God Muhammad and the Bab represents a "return" of Christ. In this sense, neither the person of Jesus nor His writings hath differed from that of Muhammad and of His holy Book, inasmuch as both have championed the Cause of God, uttered His praise, and revealed His commandments.
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Consider the sun. Buck; Lawson Lambden forthcoming. These verses were very popular among Muslim apologists, who saw in them a prediction of Muhammad's coming. This figure becomes another way of referring to the spiritual return of Christ Ishraq-Khavari , ; Lambden ; Buck. Many Muslims expected that after the advent of the Mahdi a descendant of the Prophet who was expected to arise at the end of time to fill the world with justice after it had been filled with tyranny , Jesus would return shortly before the Resurrection Day.
Muslim lore even contains numerous miraculous acts and adventures that the returned Christ will undertake Parrinder; Robinson Both Jews and Christians will believe in it [that is, Islam]. Through him Jesus God will renew the age of prophethood for the community umma. He shall be served by the Mahdi and the men of the cave.
He shall marry and beget children. He shall be one of the community of Muhammad as the seal of his awliya' [saints]. For the Spirit of Jesus is the manifestation of the Greatest Name, and an effulgence of divine power. In a gloss on Qur'an , the Bab says the "clear signs" God bestowed on Jesus are a reference to his future co-advent with the Islamic promised one. The land of Syria hath been honoured by the footsteps of its Lord. Beware that thou dispute not with Him even as the Pharisees disputed with Him Jesus without a clear token or proof" ; Lambden He is a form of the Eternal Prophet, returning again and again through the upward gyre of sacred history.
Among the latter is the way in which references to Jesus and the Gospel helped to relativize the Islamic heritage. For a new religion to emerge from Islam, with its dense, millennium-old traditions and highly elaborated religious scholarship was as difficult as for a moon to escape the gravity of its planet. Taking the New Testament seriously helped put Islam in perspective, as one religious civilization among many.
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Although the Qur'an itself depicted Muhammad as only one among the messengers of God, subsequent Muslim tradition tended to contain a fully fleshed-out image of the Prophet while reducing the previous envoys to thin stereotypes. The French linguist Saussure suggested the metaphor of the chessboard for some kinds of linguistic change, arguing that when one piece changes position, it completely reconfigures the board, affecting all the other pieces.
I would argue that the insertion of the New Testament into Arabic and Persian discourse functions in a similar manner, causing other texts, including the Qur'an, suddenly to look very different. He especially emphasizes his assertion that he is the spiritual return of Christ in his letters to Christians Buck unpublished; cf. Buck ; Momen Caiaphas and Annas are gradually focused on as the chief source of opposition to Jesus, and are depicted as analogous to the Muslim learned men and judges of Qajar Iran.
But these outrages were after all no more damning than the scandal of the cross, the notoriety of which had not prevented the emergence of Christianity as the world's most successful religion. Wilmette, IL. Bombay, n. Bombay: n. Shoghi Effendi Rabbani.
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Title search. Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda h , the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.
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Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.
Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand.