As for the charge of pedophilia, it is new. The reason is modern-day ignorance of the norms of semitic societies for what qualifies as marriageable age and matches. Ignorance by a "pastor" no less. ("Who will protect the flock when the pastors will be the wolves?")
Jesus, also, was early accused of being a whoremonger and Mary was accused of worse. But, says another Baptist apologist, "Christians... understand the salacious slanders are rooted in someone's demented imagination and not in fact."
It is interesting to note that Christians from a very early time criticized (in blissful disregard of the Patriarchs' precedent) the Prophet's practice of polygamy, but not the marriage to `A'isha. Certainly, those from a Middle Eastern Semitic background would not have found anything to criticize, since nothing abnormal or immoral took place. It is latter-day Westernized Christians who began to criticize on this point.
As for "Islam teach[ing] the destruction of non-Muslims," have you heard, faithful pastor, of Andalusia? Seven centuries of religious coexistence between the three faiths under Islam. Match this.
The second sentence contradicts the first. If it were "simply a matter of quoting sources" then how can one be "wrong in our understanding"? This shows that they are aware of their own spin and ultimate dishonesty.
Ah, but the bigotry comes from you, Ergun, and all the glitter and pomp of your world will not unburden you of that responsibility.
And Jesus at Calvary believed himself forsaken by God in the Gospels. But it would be dishonest to characterize Christians as following one self-described as God-forsaken because there is more to their faith than this.
These are not variances but complementary views which are literally the same as in the Gospel. Jesus said, I did not come to bring peace but a sword, and he said I came to set son against father, daughter against mother, and he said whoever has no sword let him sell everything he owns and buy one, and he said to the disciples, Be cunning as serpents.
So, the doctrine of righteous self-defense belongs only to Christians?
Surah 9 is entirely devoted to treaty-breakers. As for the pious lie about Christians loving their enemies, the greatest atrocities the world has ever known were committed by Christian armies and governments, the last to date being the razing of civilian cities in Germany and Japan.
A fabricated distinction stemming from ignorance. God is so personal in Islam that His 99 beautiful Names are recited by millions of Muslims, among them: Merciful, Kind, Gracious, Clement, Loving, Relenting, Beautiful, Giving, Tender, Cherishing, and they actually pray to Him five times a day and practice almsgiving as a categorical obligation. Christians for the most part talk about love while bombing four fifths of the world, do not exactly know if the Father and Creator is Jesus or the Holy Spirit, and worship on whim.
The jugular vein represents life, not fear, and life comes before faith. The Qur'an says God is present between a person and his own heart in the same sense. One can hardly get a more personal relationship with God.
Grace was a foreign word to him not as a Muslim but as an ignoramus.
Otherwise he would have known that Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim, the
first words of the Qur'an, then repeated 100 times, are about grace!
["In the Name of God all-Gracious, most Merciful"].
Nor is it mainstream Muslim doctrine that works save, but God's grace alone. However, good works are the mark of the faithful.
People are leaving Christianity in droves. Muslims follow Jesus who predicted Muhammad and called him the Spirit of Truth and Holiness. By God's grace, the scales are falling off the eyes of millions of Christians everywhere. This is why Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world.
Definitely. As a Muslim.
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