Thursday, November 26, 2015

"Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight" - Why Christianity Not for the Arabs

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Why Christianity Not for the Arabs

One of the largest mysteries in the history is the establishment of Islam.

Or how could not Christianity prevail in the Arabic world before the emergence of the founder of Islam? Or why did Christianity develop only in the territories of the Roman Empire after the Crucifixion of Christ Jesus?

It is well known that the original Gospels were written in Greeks but not in Arabic. As the Greek civilization had a strong influence on Romans, most of educated Roman citizens spoke Greek. And, the Gospels were written and edited on the assumption that Romans would read the newly issued holy books. They were not intended for the Arabs. Therefore, we may think that as the New Testament was written for Romans, Christianity did not prevail among the Arabs.

But, why did not any early believers of Christianity write a Gospel in Arabic or in languages that were prevailing in the Middle East in the first century?

(The Nag Hammadi Codices, old Christian documents discovered in Egypt after WWII, showed presence of Christians in Egypt in the 1st century, but they were mostly translated into Coptic from Greek.)

Judaists or Israelites must have been a special tribe in the Middle East 2000 years ago. And, Christ Jesus from Isrealites was killed by the Roman authority. These facts might not have aroused interest among the Arabs from the 1st century to the 7th century or from the emergence of Christianity to the establishment of Islam. It looked like that the good news that the Son of God appeared in Palestine 2000 years ago did not appeal to the Arabs at the time.  For the founder of Islam and other Arabs, it must be reasonable to think that another prophet named Jesus appeared among Israelites, a kind of relatives to them. 

So, the establishment and development of Christianity is conditioned by the fact that Israelites were under occupation by Romans who respected the Greek civilization around the 1st century. Christianity itself contains some factors closely related to the Greek and Roman civilizations from its beginning. It is as if this religion had not been intended for the Arabs.

However, it took 600 years that Islam was established after the establishment of Christianity in the first century. It must mean that God wanted Christians in the Roman Empire to make full efforts to propagandize Christianity to the Arabic world beyond the border of the Empire. Probably as they failed to diffuse Christianity among the Arabs for 600 years, God finally decided to endow the Arabs with Islam.

If so, Christianity already failed 1300 yeas ago when Islam was established in the Middle East. And, this is the deepest origin of today's Islamic problems, including terror by those who uphold the so-called extreme Islam.

If it had been Arabs or Persians, instead of Romans, that occupied Palestine 2000 years ago when Christ Jesus emerged, Christianity should have prevailed in the Middle East. Then, there should have been no need for the advent of Islam in the 7th century.

The history is indeed embodiment of the will of God. But, it is still thought that God originally expected that Christianity to prevail among the Arabs like among Romans, but as early Christians failed to contribute to this holy plan, God allowed the establishment of Islam. And still today, the world is under this historical condition.

Anyway, it is time to review the history and wonder why Christianity did not prevail in the Middle East like in Europe to set the basic ground for peace of even today.

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Mat 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
Mat 11:26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.