This blog originally founded by Blogger who holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.
Friday, February 4, 2011
More Comparing Christianity and Islam
Admitting my limited knowledge regarding Islam, of course I am interested in comparison with my own faith.
In the history of Christianity there are a high number of people, beginning with St.Paul and St.John who have visited Heaven and returned. Over the years,an amazing array of Christians have visited Jesus in Heaven. Many have told their stories–numerous books have been written. Even naive children have given their accounts with descriptions almost identical to others. Those of us who are privileged as psychotherapists to be invited into the secret lives of others, hear fascinating revelations of heavenly trips which were shared with no one before. Perhaps you know someone personally yourself.
One of my best friends for example, died on the operating table. He had a spellbinding visit to Heaven, but just as he was reveling in all the glory, he was informed that he had to go back. He still had much work to do, including caring for his wife. I know him to be a credible witness.
The point I am headed to is this. Where does this confidence of a heaven come from in Islam that makes one willing to kill oneself violently?
I posed the following question to a scholar who has been identified as a leading expert on Islam in this country. I asked him if there exists in Muslim literature, this sizable volume of writings of trips to heaven and returning.
To my surprise, he seemed nonplussed by my question. His answer was “Of course, the Prophet.”