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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Apr 16, 2009 at 08:44
Dear Anne ,
You write very unusual letters. I presume it may have something to do with your moralizing and strongly religious parlance and the corresponding mythical worldview behind that sort of language.
You say e.g. correctly " all people need is understanding of what is happening" and then you give some most bewildering elucidations :
"There will also be a series of anti-christs before the real one comes."
"Thessalonians 9-11- The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing."
For someone who believes in this unverfiable and dubious stuff it is self-explanatory, so you don't have to even mention it. For someone who appreciates Cartesian clarity of thought and is very skeptical about the ancient Hebrew mythology and its usefulness to explain anything your line of thought is totally counterproductive and hardly illuminating.
You also add :
> I belong to a lot of organizations who are committed to truth not deceit.<
It's again a tautology. Which organization has ever admitted it was devoted to deceit?
> There are alot of people on this website who would disagree with any opinion. Everyone has an opinion and some are more about attacks on others than really getting the truth out.<
If you mean me , I happen to disagree only with opinions I find illogical, ill-grounded, false and which I feel confident enough to demonstrate to be so. I can make mistakes , of course, but do you wish to rebuke me for this general attitude ?
I admit I have also some hard time with opinions that I find correct in consequences but arrived at by wrong ways and b y mistakes. There are not few opinions of this sort around and - alas- I must include your opinion in this group. I am ready to admit the validity of your point in converting Moslems. It is both correct and praiseworthy. I think though that your way to show them how wrong they are is not free from serious internal problems.
You add :
> There are alot of people on the wrong path who are committing violence, and tyranny against the innocent, but I am not giving up on trying to put the truth out there. I have found alot of muslims find Jesus attractive, the message of the gospel is hope to them, not Jihad, death, and blowing people up for a living. We must not quit trying to reach out.<
> Islam believes it is supposed to rule the world, and some are radical while others don't want any part of violence. Believe me I have no love of these Islamic Radicalls and they thrive on terrorism, lies, and deceit. In the long run they will be the ones perishing because they believe in a false God. We are in end of Days.<
I am very skeptical about your theological optimism. If you happen to remember some sad historical events, this lovingly kind Christian God has neither saved the Western nor the Eastern Empire that had embraced his fanatical worship and persecuted and eradicated their own ancestral religions for His sake. It was to little avail though. Both proud Christian empires perished despite their "true" faith.
When the Moslem murderers and rapists were storming the gates of Hagia Sophia on 29.05.1453 the despairing Christians inside were blindly believing that any moment an angel of the Lord with a sword of fire would descend from Heaven to smite the Moslem beast with and thus to save His beloved and faithful flock. They believed in a 'true' god while the Moslem beast believed in a 'false' god , didn't they? Yet the Christian god didn't care much about such trifles as the fall of Constantinople. The end of days came but not in accordance with the optimistic Christian scenario.
The Greeks thought that the laws of nature and history ("the necessity" as they call it) are stronger than gods. These laws know no mercy for those that prefer to disregard or ignore them and live in comfortable dreamlands and future paradises instead.
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