October 12, 2007

Muslim scholars Reachout to Christian Leaders

More than 130 Muslim scholars have written to Patriarch Abune Paulos, Pope Benedict XVI and other Christian leaders urging greater understanding between the two faiths. The letter says that world peace could depend on improved relations between Muslims and Christians.

It identifies the principles of accepting only one god and living in peace with one's neighbours as common ground between the two religions. It also insists that Christians and Muslims worship the same god.

History tells us that Muhammad himself wrote and dispatched a letter to different christian kings, including the Ethiopian king. The letter urged christians to convert to Islam, otherwise ....

Now after hundreds of years, another letter reached christian offices. I hope no patriarch, pope or bishop would agree with "we worship one god" fallacy and make the greatest mistake of all times.

It is clear we do not worship the same God.

Christian God:.
. One God Three Persons (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)
. Christ is God the Son incarnate Who was born of the Virgin Mary for our salvation.

The central doctrine of the Christian faith is that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for sinners and that by accepting Christ and His Mission, one is "saved" and is guaranteed a home in Heaven. Muslims do not believe God had a Son and, therefore, no atonement for sin is necessary. Muslims believe simply telling God one is sorry and repenting of sin is enough, if one also lives up to the five "pillars" of Islam. Furthermore, according to Muslims, Jesus did not die on a cross (as Christians believe); instead, God allowed Judas to look like Jesus and Judas was crucified.

No Way!! We do not Worship One God.

I have recently read a very moving article about Islam and Christianity in Amharic. I wish all of you could see it.
Cher Were Yaseman.
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