March 27, 2008
That's cool. It's awesome how it's an approach of love!!
YOU MEAN LEAVE ISLAM FOR THIS, NO THANKS,<br><br><a href="http://www.answering-christianity.com/101_bible_contradictions.htm" rel="nofollow">http://www.answering-christian...</a>
Akhter, when reading about Botros' ministry, I actually wondered something along those lines--if a Muslim were to host a TV show like Botros' and challenge Christians to respond to apparent contradictions or difficult passages in the Bible, would Christians be able to do so?<br><br>I won't attempt to respond to every contradiction on that page, but scanning it, two things jump out at me:<br><br>1) almost (though not all) all of those apparent contradictions are minor story details that do not impact the theology or teachings of Christianity in any way; and<br>2) I'm pretty confident that an educated Bible scholar would be able to address most or all of these.<br><br>Christians have actually written a lot about the difficulties and apparent contradictions in Scripture. Have you ever investigated to see how an educated Christian would respond to issues like the ones listed on that page?
First of all the Arab people are communial in that they share everything they have with family and friends. It's the radical or should I say the power hungry clerics, who believe they have the right to control all of Islam, that is the problem. At a one on one situation they are polite and considerate of you and just as curious of you as you are of them. Never be afraid to talk about whatever you want, just remember who you are doing it for and be kind and respectfull. In God's Grace John
We as American Christians should take this pastors lead and in love and truth confront our leaders here. Local to Federal. I have been to willing (up to now) to allow myself the luxury to become pessimistic and depressed about the system of politics we have degenerated into. I feel that such boldness done in humility and love is exactly what our Lord demands of us. I am jazzed that this can start now and here in our country. It must.
I think Botros has demonstrated that a desire for the salvation of souls can be blessed by God beyond our wildest dreams. I am convinced that those he led to Christ were convicted by the Holy Spirit, not eloquence on Zakaria's part. However, I give him due credit for obedience, in preaching at great risk to his life.
Why disbelief? He's probably saying out loud what most Muslims talk about when they're not at the Mosque or around their hard-core practicing friends and family. Judging by the success of this ministry, that's probably a lot of people. It's surprising to us because we think Muslims are all united in their beliefs in Islam or politics. We have a picture of Al-Sadr or Al-Masri in London when we think of Imams. They can hold intelligent conversations & debates about their faith and many are highly educated. Most Imams today would typically try to answer questions from their congregants. They know that some among them who claim to be Muslims do not follow the Q'ran religiously. At times, the imams themselves, while looking for answers for their congregants, end up being the ones meeting Christ. <br>Lets remember the context before we think that we, as Westerners, can model Zakariah's way to share the Gospel. There's plenty of distrust already and a lot of ignorance on both sides (Christians & Muslims). Im thankful & praise The Lord for Zakariah's boldness, courage and love. Like Donnie says, it would be awesome if we could confront our own leaders in truth & love.
Most of these seem to be (a) Translation errors (b) Misunderstanding of the passage (esp. The geneology of Jesus) (c) Unimportant to theological/ethical issues<br><br>I'm not a bible scholar, but these contradictions are mainly in the trivial details.
Christianity has been discussed and scrutinized to the point of being turned inside out for 2000 years and has survived because it is based on reason, common sense, and love. It has gone through Reformation and it survives. Jesus remains the model of peaceful perfection even though His life and teachings have been scrutinized.<br><br>Islam has not gone through any similar process or scrutiny. Nor has Muhammad or the Qur'an. I don't think Islam could survive under the same scrutiny Christianity has received. There is no comparison between Jesus as a role model and Muhammad, the brutal warrior, as a role model.
I just wonder if Sheik Ahmed Deedat is still alive today. Maybe the Sheik can have his match. Maybe they could have the greatest debate in history. (Well, I just think.) May GOD continue to bless you Father Zakaria!
Its obvious your list is not one generated by yourself, but a feeble attempt by muslims bent on finding something, anything to discredit the Bible.<br>In retrospect, any Priest especially Father Zacharia Boutros can answer your list as these appaent Bible examiners have shown themselves to manipulate, exagerate, invent and mixup words all on purpose.<br>Bottom line there is no contadictions in Dogma in your list, whereas Father Zacaria's questions is all about dogmatic problems with the Koran.
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