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Lying by omission?

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Submitted by Sword of Islam (United Kingdom), Feb 19, 2006 at 20:08

Submitted by Dima, Feb 18, 2006 at 08:38
"FOR GOD'S SAKE your books even said that he is going to be born"

That is a very interesting point and one that is entirely a matter of translation. I have seen various Islamic websites that refer to this point and the one thing that they have in common is that they selectively skew (ie, change a word or two - under the guise of 'translation, or miss vital qualifying statements) the Biblical quotations to suit this theory. One can prove almost anything to be true if you take it out of context.

"John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; "

The above quotation could easily be taken to indicate that Jesus is talking about another prophet who will follow him.

But when this is placed in the appropriate context, ie bits aren't left out, the meaning is rather different...........

John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; "
John 14:17 [Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

P.S. I am neither Christian nor Jew so accusations of bias (the usual response) are misplaced...

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