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I claim to seek and follow the Truth

Reader comment on item: Pope Benedict Criticizes Islam [in Regensburg]
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Submitted by Michael Kocian (United States), Mar 27, 2007 at 19:43

An insightful understanding of my post to "N" would have been to see that it's pointless to answer the individual questions he/she posed. The fatally flawed belief system must be repaired before any meaningful discussion can take place. Otherwise, the baseless accusations and misleading questions continue without end. There's no dodging of the issue, because it was much more basic than he or she made it out to be. I hit the main issue head on. In addition, many of the questions I see on this board are unfortunately without honest merit and aren't really intended to be real questions at all.

I can see you've studied enough as a freethinker to be confused. If honestly seeking the truth, one will combine with prayerful humility. Secondly, I am brave and honest enough to use my real name, and not hide.

I regard your questions as much the same attempt as one who tried to corner Christ during His time on earth. He was much better at answering than I, but nevertheless….

1. Did you read what you wrote? First, you acknowledge that they're different, then you ask me why I dislike one if they're the same. Even so, here's an answer. If the Koran is not an honest copy of the Bible, then there is room to consider what the differences are. If the differences are substantial in meaning, then the two books are substantially different. With one name change, like Isaac or Ishmael being the one Abraham was to sacrifice, the story takes a completely different turn. One lineage is blessed, while the other is not. A great lie uses a lot of truth, then makes a twist. The Koran is such a document. Your effort to find hypocrisy falls flat.

2a. The Christian faith doesn't claim that all Jewish people were involved in Jesus' crucifixion. It was primarily some Jewish leaders who were threatened, and wanted Jesus out of the way. These unwitting people were used in God's salvation plan. If you read the New Testament, you will recall that Jesus' twelve apostles were Jews. Jesus started His church with the Jewish apostles. The Old Testament is correct, but a common Jewish belief system isn't quite there yet… the non-Messianic Jews have yet to figure out who the Messiah is. I will say, however, that the Old Testament is correct and there are no holes in it. In other words, the Jewish text is correct, but many of them haven't figured out who the Messiah is... a personal issue, not in the written word. Contrast this with the Koran which twisted the correct text into a lie for the convenience of Ishmaelites, and promotes hatred of Jews for being the chosen people instead of the Ishmaelites. The difference is quite stark if one is willing to look at the truth.

2b. I hate the lie that is the Koran. I don't hate the Arab people or any other race or group who comprise the Muslim political belief system. Anyone who really seeks the truth will simply realize that the Koran is false doctrine. Here's the potentially tricky part for you… I believe subscribing to the Muslim belief system creates people who are enemies of the true God, and therefore makes them an enemy of me. Anyone who hates the Jews, because they are Jews is an enemy of God and an enemy of mine.

3. I doubt you honestly ask this question, but anyway… Jesus came to earth as true God and true man. Jesus did have the power to stop His Crucifixion, but went through it willingly in obedience to His Father, for our salvation. The difference here is that Jesus mission was to conquer death, and so it was done as His body was made whole again, and was resurrected. His physical body was crucified and killed. His spirit remained alive the entire time. If you honestly want to discuss this in more detail, I will, or I recommend you honestly research this yourself.

4. Your beef is with God, as you are calling His choice ridiculous. I choose not to, and worship the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is the one who created us,and also created our salvation plan to be as such so we could spend eternity with Him.

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