Saturday, December 20, 2014

No reason for conflict

There are possibilities for reconciliation between Islam and Christianity.  Christians and Muslims should read the Bible and Koran.  In Chapter 5 of St. Matthew Jesus speaks about loving even our enemies. In the Koran too it speaks about Mary: “O Mary!  Allah hath chosen thee and purified thee—chosen thee above the women of all nations” (Surah [chapter] 3:42).  In Surah 3:45: “Behold!  The angels said: O Mary! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus: the son of Mary, held in honor in this world and the Hereafter and of [the company of] those nearest to Allah.” 

In Surah 3:55: “Behold Allah said: O Jesus!  ... I will make those who follow thee superior to those who reject faith.”  In Surah 43:63: “When Jesus came with clear signs, he said, ‘Now have I come to you with Wisdom, and in order to clear to you some of the (points) on which ye dispute: therefore fear Allah and obey me’”.   If we follow Jesus, would there be conflict?  He only came to prove his love for us by his humility and forgiveness, and by his curing of the blind, the lepers, and raising the dead to life (see Surah 3:44 and Mt. 11:5).

There is possibility for an encounter of minds between Muslims and Christians, after all religion is a source of tolerant understanding between peoples because God is a “God of peace, not of dissension” (1 Cor. 14:33).

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