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Submitted by Supercrusader (United Kingdom), Oct 2, 2006 at 15:26

Hi Averro,

Thanks for the comments. Twelve individuals went out from Jerusalem claiming that a man they knew, who claimed to be God, who conducted miracles witnessed by multitudes, had been raised from the dead. They preached this to the death, from Paul in Rome to Thomas in India. If it was a fraud or a fake then bringing out the body would have proved the claims false, as would numerous contemporaries' writings.

Compare this with the Koran: a series of 'revelations' over 20 years through one man. And thats it. If I went into a cave and came out with another series of 'revelations', rewrote the scriptures and proclaimed I was in fact the true last prophet and that ALL works beforehand were false and contaminated, how would that differ from Islam? Like old Mo, thats all I have to do, no miracles or other proof needed.

Christianity is a continuation of the Jewish texts. They are not bastardised, it is basically the same as the Jewish Torah. Unlike Islam it does not say the Jews muddled the text but takes it as the foundational document for God's promises throughout the Bible. The promises in the Jewish scripture are fulfilled in Jesus - God incarnate - and this was recognised by the Jew Saul - more widely known as Paul. Paul spent several years after the Damascus incident critically analysing the life of Jesus to see how He fulfilled the promises made in the Jewish scriptures. And he started off evangelising the Jews before moving onto the gentiles.

As you probably know, Jesus is claimed by Christians to be God. If not, and he is just a prophet, then Christianity must be false. There is no forgiveness of sin and all remain condemned in God's sight.

Its also important to analyse the various historical events above. The crusades were a defense to muslim aggression - why does the west continuously apologise for defending themselves from the barbaric conduct of muslims in anatolia and throughout north africa and the middle east? If it wasnt for the crusades you'd be wearing a veil or prostrating yourself five times a day as well.

Why dont the Muslims apologise for invading Christian lands?

Christianity was the 'official' religion of the Roman Empire, and as such at the time politics and religion were intertwined. But the new testament does not incite followers to "kill and be killed for God".

As for the Inquisition, it has been pointed out that the most savage abuses have tended to be in countries where islam has prevailed for a short time, and the Balkans and 15h century Spain certainly seem to give this observation credence.

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