St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Scotland, during their Epiphany service, invited a Muslim girl to read from the Quran. This is a glaring example of what is extraordinarily wrong and dangerous with liberal Christianity.
This is absolute insanity. This syncretist, liberal, self-loathing Christianity is a mockery to all of our Christian ancestors, and the countless martyrs who died at the hands of Islam.
What makes this insanity even worse is the verses that were read, Surah 19 and 35; verses that claim deny the divinity of Jesus Christ, the very essence of the Christian faith.
Verse 35 in the Quran chapter is translated as:
35. It befits not (the Majesty of) Allah that He should beget a son [this refers to the slander of Christians against Allah, by saying that ‘Iesa (Jesus) is the son of Allah]. Glorified (and Exalted be He above all that they associate with Him). When He decrees a thing, He only says to it, “Be!” and it is.
I wouldn’t expect a Mosque to allow Christians to read Bible verses refuting their teachings during Eid. I wouldn’t even respect them if they did. That kind of syncretism should have no place in any religion with true believers. Any religion should be confident enough in their beliefs to teach them pure and unadulterated, without regard to them conflicting with the beliefs of others. Any sect, especially one claiming the true faith of Christ, that does otherwise is a toothless tiger; a lukewarm thing that should be “spit out”. (Revelation 3:16)
I believe that clergy who allow these types of things do not do it from a place of ecumenical love, but a self-loathing of their own “professed” faith. Usually, I would venture that the teachings of the Christian faith are at odds with deep-seated attachments to sin.
While the video was taken down from YouTube on Thursday afternoon, a version remained on Twitter:
1) A passage from the Quran that denies one of the central tenets of the Christian faith was sung aloud at a cathedral service in Scotland. pic.twitter.com/0EPePfasE8
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According to the BBC:
The service was held on the feast of the Epiphany when western Christians mark the visit to the infant Jesus by wise men.
The cathedral provost said the reading was aimed at promoting understanding between the two faiths.
St Mary’s invited local Muslims, who also revere Jesus as a prophet, to join the service. A student, Madinah Javed, read from the lectern in Arabic from the chapter of Maryam, or Mary.
The chapter tells the story of the birth of Christ to the virgin Mary, and includes the Islamic teaching that Jesus is not the son of God and should not be worshipped, which has provoked criticism from some Anglicans.
The provost of the Cathedral, Rev. Kelvin Holdsworth, responded on the Cathedral’s website saying “In the course of our celebrations of the birth of the Saviour, we listened with interest to the story that Muslims tell of the annunciation of Jesus in the Qur’an. Such readings have happened a number of times in the past in this and in other churches and have led to deepening friendships locally, to greater awareness of the things we hold in common and to dialogue about the ways in which we differ.
The St. Mary’s website declares the Cathedral to be “open, inclusive [and] welcoming.” In a news video posted to YouTube in 2015, Holdsworth said “as a priest who’s known to be gay himself and has spoken out in favor of gay marriage and been part of the campaign, I’m in touch with quite a few people” in regard to same-sex marriages.”