In an interview for Newsweek (3/12/01), Tony Blair says, Christians would be fascinated to know how much of the Quran deals with Jesus, Joseph and Mary and the virgin birth and how revered Christ is within the Muslim religion. True Islam is immensely tolerant and open. Fundamentalism in Islam is no different from the Protestants who will go on the streets of Belfast and shoot a Catholic, any Catholic. Weve all had our fundamentalists.

 

In these four sentences Mr Blair makes four enormous mistakes.

  1. True Christians are appalled that the Quran rips the very heart of the Christian Gospel out the passages, which deal with Jesus, by denying his status as the Son of God and denying that he died on the cross and rose again as a sacrifice for our sins. Something, which takes part of the message of the Lord Jesus and falsifies the rest, is far more dangerous to true Christianity than something, which denies it outright.
  2. If Islam is tolerant and open where on earth do we find this tolerant Islam? Saudi Arabia, Libya, Iran, Afghanistan? Egypt where Christians are second-class citizens constantly discriminated against by the Muslim majority? Somalia where anyone converting to Christianity is beheaded? Pakistan where blasphemy laws forbid any investigation of the truth of Mohammeds claims? Indonesia, Malaysia, Algeria, the Philippines and countries all over the world where Islamic radicals terrorise those who do not agree with them? Iraq and Syria, both despotic police states? As stated above there are Arab states moving towards greater democracy but this has nothing to do with Islam. The more Islamic a society becomes, even in Bradford and the East End of London, the more tolerance and openness begin to disappear. Christian minorities are persecuted throughout the Muslim world. While Blair is deeply concerned for the rights of Muslims in the West, he does not seem to show the same concern for Christians persecuted by Islam.
  3. Fundamentalism in Islam is radically different from anything you will find within the Christian world. I have visited Northern Ireland many times and met many people there. I have never met or heard of a Protestant Church leader who encourages his flock to go out and shoot Roman Catholics on the streets of Belfast. When outrages against Catholics have taken place they have always been condemned by Protestant leaders, including those like Ian Paisley, who are strongly opposed to Roman Catholic doctrine and practice. The idea that terrorists could kill others and themselves and then have the reward of a guaranteed place in heaven is completely unknown in either Protestant or Catholic theology. Yet Muslim leaders routinely give sermons in mosques throughout the Middle East calling for Muslims to kill Israeli Jews. They also justify from Islamic teaching the economic and social oppression of Christian minorities in their midst. Terrorist groups like Hamas and Al Qaida recruit deluded young men to carry out suicidal acts of murder with the wicked lie that they will go to Paradise and be waited on by 70 beautiful women. They base this horrible teaching on the Islamic faith.
  4. Christian fundamentalism means that we believe the whole Bible to be the inspired word of God. The Bible teaches that we should love God and love our neighbour and that we should even love our enemies. Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father except by me. On the basis of this statement we should take the Gospel to the whole world by preaching the message that Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose again from the dead as a sacrifice for our sins and that we must all repent and believe in him if we want to be saved from hell and go to heaven. Jesus also said, He who conquers by the sword shall perish by the sword, so we have to abandon any use of violence in making this truth known. Mohammed permitted the use of the sword in order to spread Islam and therefore to be a fundamentalist in Islam one can appeal to the founder as a justification for using violence and terrorism in order to spread the Muslim faith. For further information on this subject send for the article Islam and Terrorism.  

  

Tony Blair is a politician and not a theologian. Since he clearly does not understand the issues of theology it would be better if he said nothing on this subject. But at least it can be said of him that it is not his job to be telling us what to believe about God and Jesus Christ.

  

Far worse than Mr Blair are those who betray the Christian cause while claiming to speak for the Church of Jesus Christ. The Church of England put a prayer on its official website for All Saints Day. The prayer begins by remembering the saints in the security of our hearts . . . these great women and men of God who are the ancient foundation of our faith and our inspiration.

  

It continues: The saints were not those who were perfect. They were parts of Gods creation who struggled and often failed and yet managed to raise up our faith in God and in one another. Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, Sarah, Hannah, Joshua, David, Moses, Mary the Mother of Jesus, Buddha and Mohammed and all the prophets of old. They led Gods people to Gods light.

  

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Carey, complained about this prayer, which equates Buddha and Mohammed, both of whom taught things which radically conflict with the Bible, with heroes of the faith in the Bible. But still it remained on the Churchs website. The pathetic politically correct church is so much in rebellion against God that it cannot receive correction even from its supposed leader.

  

The opposite of Jesus words You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free is also true. If we reject Jesus word and embrace the teachings of false religions we will be deceived and enslaved. Sadly our leaders, political and religious, are leading us into deception and tyranny.

 

The first order of business for “freedom loving Egyptians” appears to be ethic cleansing. I’m sure the second will be attacking Israel

  

This is NOT a Democracy movement! This is a take over by the radical islamists. origionaly from http://www.wps6.co.uk/~dev_lfld/view_page.asp?page_id=263&menu_id=228

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