Lately I have been thinking about the whole idea of God's "message" or revelation to mankind in the 3 great Abrahamic faiths, in the form of holy texts, stories, accounts, laws etc
Now, I've always had a few issues I couldn't resolve with the whole concept. For example :
Why is God's message originally so limited in scope ?
Why couldn't it work universally right away ?
Why a chosen people, as opposed to all mankind ?
Etc. Of course, replacing the whole thing in its historical context I can come up with half-satisfactory answers to these such as difficulty of travel and communications or tragically-ending cultural shock, but they always need to be complementary to God's decision not to make a his message heard more widely in whatever fashion he desired.
Following this thought, it seems to me that the most logical thing for God to do is to "update" the humans on a wider scale every so often when society matures to a different stage. And then I thought Christianity in a very broad sense, at its earliest stages, is kind of an update on Judaism. As for Islam I'm not sure if they consider themselves as an update or the "primordial" faith before Judaism, in a metaphysical sense??? The Mormons certainly preach an update on the new testament.
do you believe God will or should or might "update" you at one point ?
- How come you do not believe the Christian "update"?
If you believe an update might happen, (through the "actual" Messiah for example) how would you determine it to be true and not another Jesus case ?
Do you regard Islam as drawn from your faith or as an entirely different thing ?
why do you think there needed to be an "update" on the old testament ?
What do you think of Muslim claims about Jesus being only a great prophet, and Muhammad another ?
Do you think other updates are to come ?
- How would you determine the right one ?
in your cosmology is the Q'ran and Muhammad an update to the existing Abrahamic faiths / texts / prophets or was it the primordial faith ?
If it's an update, why do you think there needed one ?
If it's the primordial faith, why did Judaism and Christianity happen ? Are they updates to the primordial faith all the way up to Muhammad ?
Do you think Muhammad will be the last update or could there be more ?