IS PLURALITY THE ANSWER?
PROPHETS ARE REFORMISTS
The history of religions is the story of the clash between intellect and traditions. Every prophet has the mission to make radical changes in his community. He conveys the messages he receives from God, and the faithful obey God’s commandments in the light of the dictates of reason. In doing this, he disposes of the customs and traditions that clash with the revealed message. The disbelievers accuse the prophets of treachery and betrayal of ancestral traditions, denying all rational thinking and logic. To refute a novelty they need nothing but discord between what has been revealed and their actual practices. Blindfolded imitation of the ways of the forefathers is the motto among these people. Noah was addressed in the following way:
24 – We never heard of anything like this from our ancestors.
23 The Believers, 24
The Prophet Hud was interrogated as follows:
70 – They said: “Do you come to us that we may worship God alone, and give up the cult of our fathers?”
7 The Purgatory, 70
And the prophet Salih was asked the following question:
62 – Do you forbid us the worship of what our fathers worshipped?
11 Hud, 62
The following was the address to the Prophet Shuaib:
87 – They said: ” “O Shuaib! Does your prayer command you that we leave off the worship which our fathers practiced?”
11 Hud, 87
And they said to Abraham:
74 – They said: “No, but we found our fathers doing thus (what we do).”
26 The Poets, 74
Moses received the following answer:
36 – We have never heard of this since our ancestors.
28 The History, 36
The Prophet Muhammad was ascribed the following qualification:
43 – “This is simply a man who wants to divert you from the way your parents used to worship.”
34 Sheba, 43
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