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Point of Clarification

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Submitted by David W. Lincoln (Canada), Nov 12, 2006 at 17:20

Actually Islam means submission. Where the Christian faith tradition and Islam depart is telling.

Let me illustrate: during the Paschal service where the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated, there is a time in the church (or cathedral) where it is pitch dark. Then either the bishop or priest comes out with a lit taper. The light then spreads because each person has a candle, and a very basic teaching is manifested: turning from darkness to light.

What does Islam have to counter that? turmoil within the soul, and it leaves the soul to compel submission. This is why the scene of Diogenes in Athens carrying a lit lantern during the day, and he is looking for an honest man, has such evocative symbolism to the Sermon on the Mount - why examples of the exercising of virtue where Moses was not heard is something to give thanks for. Its been said that different faiths are fulfilled in the Christian faith tradition - why not see if this premise is correct. For, when the Christian faith tradition is lived the way it ought to be lived, the fulfillment of the "i-Thou" relationship is attainable.

Submitting....

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