Should Psalms be taken out of the Old Testament?

Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times

The seventy some books of the Bible got into the canon, sacred collection of books to make the Bible, not by divine revelation, but by human vote and the Bibles of different denominations have some what different books.  The book with the title of ‘Revelation,’ was not universally accepted in all canons until the 16th century.

No lesser authority than Martin Luther himself, wanted the book of James, taken out of the canon.  So, it is not out of the realm of possibilities for me to raise the question of getting Psalms out of the Old Testaments of our Christian brothers and sisters, coming from  Trinitarian tradition.

As the Prophet or King David glorifies God and sings His hymns in Psalm after Psalm, according to the Trinitarian Christian understanding, it carries little weight, as he does not know the Triune God of Trinitarian Christianity!

King David was 700 years before Jesus, so naturally he did not know anything about Jesus, may peace be on him.  If God is Triune then David’s scholarship, worship and glorification of God is seriously deficient and the Psalms have no place in the Christian Bible and should be taken out.

This was certainly the view of an earlier Christian, Marcion, as he did not include Old Testament in his canon of sacred books.

It was actually his collection that gave the predecessors of the present day Trinitarian tradition, sometimes referred to as proto-orthodox Christians, to make a canon or a collection of sacred books.

If we examine these issues logically, Marcion’s opinion makes far more sense than the contradictory Trinitarian Christian theology and their collection of the Old Testament or pure Unitarianism along with the letters of Paul and Gospel of John, from which ‘divinity’ of Jesus, may peace be on him, is derived, in the same volume or canon.

I will now quote some of David’s beautiful Psalms, in praise of One True God, who is God the Father in the Trinitarian tradition, in this post.

Here is Psalm 34 from New International Version (NIV):

I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together.

I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Fear the LORD, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD. Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry; but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to blot out their name from the earth.

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.

Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned. The LORD will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

I find this and many other Psalms very sublime, pure and true and one reason being that it rhymes with many a verses of the Holy Quran.

I personally believe that Psalms are wonderful and direct our attention to the True, Unitarian God, who is God the Father in the Trinitarian tradition.

I ask this question of taking the Psalms out, not literally, but, only rhetorically or metaphorically, to show contradictions in the Trinitarian’s beliefs!

To conclude about the beauty of sublime message of the Psalms, I present a collection of 15 references collected by Jedley Manimtim, Yahoo! Contributor Network, about God’s Love:

Psalms 23:5-6    You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Psalms 26:2-3    Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth.

Psalms 31:7    I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul.

Psalms 31:16    Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.

Psalms 33:5    The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.

Psalms 36:5    Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.

Psalms 59:16  But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.

Psalms 63:3    Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.

Psalms 66:20 Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!

Psalms 86:5    You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.

Psalms 86:15  But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

Psalms 89:14  Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.

Psalms 100:5  For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Psalms 103:9-12   He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west,    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Psalms 115:1    Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.

Psalms 147:11    the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.

Additional Readings

The Bible, The Quran and Science: Is the Quran copied from the Bible?

The Holy Quran as the Miracle of the Holy Prophet

Compilation of the Holy Quran into a text

Where is the Injil, is it the Q document or ‘Q?’

 

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