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Submitted by Esmeralda (Slovakia), Sep 17, 2007 at 04:04

Shuja,

as for answers for your questions:

1. Isa Mashiah is in aramaic, Jesus Christ is in Greek...it is not a changde name, it is only translation...

Isa=Jesus- name

Mashiah = Christos = blessed, annointed...

a sort of title or description of character.

I still dont see your problem.

or probably it is the idea that Jesus Christ is a Son of God? Ist that your real problem?

maybe it is.

or it mean, that becoming christian means to give up its cultural identity? Surely no.

Calling himself/herself christian means to show the allegiation to Christ, to be member of His family.

Or someone, who is not speaking aramaic (but living according to the gospel) cannot be christian? really strange idea... or you oppose to the idea of translation? it seems to be so. for us, it is easier to translate gospel in order to keep the cultural identity of new converts.

i do not think, that by every translation is destroyed the meaning of the text. why it should be?

sometimes it look strange, when are different sounds written in other language. I must always laugh, when i see Russian names transcripted in English - they look completely different (the same with French names in Russian)

islam is choosing the completely different way, forcing new converts to give up their identity and to accept arabic one under the pretext that Quran cannot be really translated and understood in other than arabic language (if its meaning is so clear and easy to understand, why do not translated it? there should be no problem, if the message of Quran is really clear and easy).

why? only in islam is necessary to submit to panarabic imperialism and give up own culture in order to be good moslem.

2. why you are so obsessed with speaking aramaic? soul of the text is rather methaphysical quality, but meaning of the text is something other, real and tangible - and that is what counts. of course can be translations of one text to various languages slightly in details different... it does not mean necessarily, that the meaning of the text was substantially changed. according to the premise, ever a dictionnary cannot exist, because it is changing /destroying the soul of the text :)yes, you will maybe miss some word games, but it is not so important.

3. Cruelty of other religions - strange idea, so you think that human sacrifices and ritual cannibalism are mere cultural differencies that have to be protected:) I do not think so.

It seems, that you have clicked on links, and you were not pleased by it.

my nation has accepted christianity willingly, from bottom to top... not under the edge of sword, we even asked for missionaries to send them in our country :) (Funny idea, that you think that I m South American - I m not, and in my lineage is surely not Spaniard :) Personally, I do not care if Shuja is your real name or not, if you are Sunni or Shia.

4. Hating of the Cross - but the salvation cames from the Cross. As says Paul, cross is a foolishnes for the world. What is bad on remembering of way of salvation? as all big things, it is bloody and painful. not a afternoon pastime.

5. strange is, that you did not comment the high percentages of the support of the violence for sake of the islam... or it contradicts your idea of peacefulness of average moslem? maybe it is...

Submitting....

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