The five tenets of the Christian Faith. A song

The five tenets of faith. A song

There are five tenets of faith in Islam.
What would be the corresponding tenets for a Christian?

Let us take a look at what the 5 tenets of faith are in Islam.

1. Shahada (affirmation) The duty to recite the creed:
“There is nothing worthy of worship save Allah, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God”
2. Salat (prayer) The duty to worship the One God in prayer five times each day
3. Zakat (almsgiving) The duty to distribute alms and to help the needy
4. Siyam (fasting) The duty to keep the Fast of Ramadan.
5. Hajj (pilgrimage) The duty to make the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime.

Here is a corresponding list of privileges for a Christian.

1. Proclaim the Word (the Gospel of Good News).
2. Prayer.
3. Redemption.
4. Resurrection.
5. Pilgrimage.

Five is the number of grace.
So I made this song about the five tenets of Christianity.
It is set to the tune “Dark eyes (Ochi Chernye)”.

1 The word incarnate proclaimed by God.

• Once in David’s town
• As the prophet said
• God Himself came down
• In a manger laid
• Wise men saw his star
• They came from afar
• Unto Bethlehem
• Where our Lord was born

2. The prayer of submission to the cross.

• In Gethsemane
• Their in bitter pains
• Sweat like blood did flow
• From His sacred veins
• In deep anguish he
• Prayed more earnestly
• That God’s will be done
• Jesus prayed

3. The redemption.

• Outside city walls
• Up on Calvary
• He hung on a cross
• In deep agony
• The atonement made
• As He loudly said
• It is finished, then
• Breathed his last

4. The Resurrection.

• First day of the week
• The three women went
• They the grave did seek
• Stone was rolled away
• Strips of cloth they found
• As the scripture said
• Jesus had to rise
• From the dead

5. The pilgrimage and final victory.

• Therefore let us rejoice
• Gladly let us go
• Conquered has our Lord
• Vanquished is the foe
• Christ without, our shield
• Christ within, our life
• Unto Him our all we yield
• this is victory!

Verse 5 can be sung: So let us rejoice if sung in the same key as v1-4.
Otherwise modulate one half step with the extra syllable.
©Lennart Bilen 2007.


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