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Submitted by Debanjan Banerjee (India), Jun 15, 2010 at 01:01

Hi Mr. M Tovey ,

Now from your current post I can understand your points regarding infallibility of the concept of resurrection.

The only point I want to make here is that the Gospels are not the first ones to make the point regarding the resurrection. Even ancient Egyptian Pagan texts on Isis and Osiris also talks about a kind of re-birth and resurrection. As per as the trinity of GOD, the son of GOD and the holy spirit is concerned , there is a similar kind of belief even among the paganistic Hindu religion in India called "trimurti" or "three in one".

Now I am not trying to say that New Testament beleif was inspired from the paganistic Egyptian and Hindu religions what I am trying to say is that one needs to analyze why there are so much similarities between the Paganistic concepts and the Christian concepts which the Gospels claim to be a culmination from Abrahamic monotheism.

I hope you will kindly answer the question.

Regarding the presence of Christians and Jews in Iran one needs to understand that Christians existed in Iran as well as throughout the Muslim world and particularly in the middle east , throughout the history of Islam , since Muslims never tried to forcefully convert the Jews and Christians whom they respected as People of the Book. In fact the total number of Christians in the whole of Middle east always outnumbered the total number of the Muslims until the 20-th Century.Christians and Jews were free to practice and preach their faith and they were never put down with force by the Muslims though the Muslims had the pollitical upperhand.

Remember St. John of Damascus lived under a benevolent Muslim ruler in Syria well before the establishment of the modern Islamic Republic in Iran and no one harmed him even though he wrote some preity bad polemical writings on the very chracter of the Prophet Mohammad.

Kindly contrast this to the post-Reconquesta Spain where the Muslims (and Jews) were threatened to either convert to Christianity or die. When many of them converted they were put to inquisition and later told to leave Spain to preserve the purity of Christian Spanish race. I wonder why you Christian evangelicals support that kind of rule ?

As per as your view about the power of Gospel to inspire people in the Islamic republic of iran , I would like to point to you that Muslims are also present in the strong Islamophobe , Christian evangelist bible-believing bastions like Lousiana , Virginia , Georgia and the two Carolinas. In fact the number of Muslims present in USA far outnumber the presence of Christians in Iran.

Now answer me kindly if faith in resurrection of Jesus Christ is enough for people for eternal life after death then why there are Muslims present even in the most Islamophobe Bible-belt areas in your own Country which according to you were created on the name of true Judeo-Christian beliefs ?

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