Answering Islam - A Christian-Muslim dialog

  • The Path of Righteousness

    Can you think of a wiser, more noble new years resolution than choosing to follow the path of righteousness? It is interesting to consider how similar or different this might be, depending whether one is a Christian or a Muslim. Both can agree with proverbial sayings penned by Solomon (Sulaiman hakim) as found in Proverbs 4:18 and 12:28, “the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day ... In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.” When God's Messiah (Al Masihu Isa) arrived he shed further light on this righteous path to immortality by promising that “if anyone keeps my word he will never see death”, i.e. attain immortality. (John 8:51) Jesus reaffirmed this in John 17:3 using slightly different words, “This is eternal life that they might know you, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”
  • Following the Star

    Have you ever wondered what was so special about the star that inspired the wise men (magi) to set out on a long journey in search of a newborn King? Several clues help us understand what motivated them. Muslims will be fascinated to discover that two of these clues involve Gentiles from regions east of Israel, which today are Islamic countries (Torah, Numbers 24:15-17; & Injil, Matthew 2:1-11) Also, Nabi Danyal (Daniel) grew up in Babylon, modern day Iraq/Iran where he presided over the council of wise men and astrologers under King Nebuchadnezzar. As a devote Jew, he would have known Balaam's prophecy about a star/scepter arising out of Israel and probably informed those under his leadership. Balaam's intriguing oracle of a royal star-sign became much clearer many years later when magi/astrologers from the east took the long journey following the special star to Bethlehem as recorded in the Injil (Luke 2:1-11).
  • Islam Hates You

    Since 9/11 Westerners have wondered, “why do they hate us?” Even casual observers see that there exists a hatred, a rage, against non-Muslim countries, particularly Western ones. Is it true that Islam hates us? If so, why? Or does Islam love non-Muslims? Or is the answer somewhere in between? This article explores Islamic doctrine, and the life of Muhammad, to identify real Islam’s position towards non-Muslims.

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