A response to Mr.Palazzi
Submitted by Farid (United States), Jan 24, 2006 at 01:26I am glad you agree with Mr.Pipes. Be that as it may, I see two points in your letter.
We know where Catholic doctrine, and Theological interpretations come from, the Vatican.
We know that Judaic laws are interpreted pretty much uniformely. The problem with islam is that everybody is in charge of islam, and at the same time nobody is charge of islam. We don't know what muslums stand for, or who stands for what, and we do not know what islam really stands for ? islam and its followers are constantly changing depending on where they are and who you talk to. Muslums need to appoint one institution whether it be al-azhar or some place else to define and interpret what the koran REALLY stands for, none of that everybody has their opinions on it. One day it is this, the other day it is that. Then, all the world's muslums need to know only this one interpretation, and abide by it, in order for us to know who is the true muslum and who is the heretic, who is the radical and who is the fundamental, and, what the koran really stands for. I guess our question is : will the true koran and the true muslum please stand up ?
Interesting question though: will the true muslems following one interpretation of the koran be strong enough to protest and subdue the radicals and the heretics? and make them SUBMIT ?
What the Pope was saying was so simple yet deep in its meaning. To understand his point one must have an open mind, an open heart and an open spirit, which brings me to my second point.
My second point is that you missed the Pope's point. The Pope's point was that God loves humanity and humans so much that in order to save us from our misery , He had to become one of us. It was the only way He could have been our redeemer, by example, by living amongst us, by having a relationship with us, by being involved with our mundane life and He continues to be involved with us, to show us the true way to repair this world and ourselves in order to gain our place back in Heaven with Him. Our God was not going to give up on us even if it meant that He had to suffer like the poorest of the poor, and humble Himself and sacrifice Himself, and come down on earth to start from the ground up, from a poor family, as an example that greatness does not necessarily mean being born in a strong, or powerful or rich family, but that greatness can be achieved from a humble begining such as a defensless, and meek "baby" totally dependent on his parents, a pious mother and a dedicated father, a Holy Family, who loved Him and protected Him as all babies should be loved and protected.
Can you read between the lines what I am trying to say?
More to come if you are interested.
Thanks and God bless you,
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