By: Maged Taman
Shakespeare was wrong when he said in one of his novel: "To be or not to be" that is the question. The right question is: Quran from God or Not?. It is the question about our existence and destiny after death. To be or not to be? only answer half of our question, what we will be here in earth.
I could be born Muslim or non-Muslim. The question always comes: why you start by the Quran in understanding all religions. The answer is simple:
1- It is the last book alleged to be from God.
2- It is believed in a large scale from God.
3- The evidences are facts that no single letter had changed in The Quran over 1428 years.
5- Thus reading the Quran with the right to be suspicious is the main door for discovering God, religions or debating them. God invites you to dispute Islam and argues against religion.
4- You can hate some Muslims this is not against Islam. However the most important question for your life now and the afterlife is: Quran from God or not.
As I regularly watch the Catholic channel I enjoy watching devout Christians with enlightened faces and good hearts. They have been reading and teaching the gospels and the pillars of their faith for long time. It is not easy but I would ask them to read the Quran as well go through my blog.
If God is the one who is really talking to us in the Quran we are to listen to him and open our minds and hearts. Comparing Jesus and Muhammad should not be our task. Two great prophets with two different approaches to conduct the message of God. Muhammad is more like Moses. The question is simple though needs thorough examination: Is Quran From God Or Not?
The answer is more important than ever been in the history of religion for several reasons:
1- The world is falling apart. Politicians have failed to to fix it. The best they can do is to put band aids here and their so the rich and connected in the world continue to enjoy their possessions. If global warming fail to be contained we all will suffer. Similarly a lot of world problems need a a restructure approach., many of them are chronic and many are in crisis like immigration.
2- We are creating a world of haters and resentful young people around the world we succeeded to oppress and suppress them in the past through dictatorships and they are blowing up in our face now.
3- If to understand the politics of Jesus we will find it is the politics of Islam. It is the same justice and equality of Islam. One of the best books written about Jesus is The Politics Of Jesus by Obery M. Hendricks, JR.
4- The understanding of the rupture has to be reconsidered. We are delaying solving the world problems since some Christians believe they will rupture soon. Suppose the understanding of prophecies are wrong since the interpretation was not by God or Jesus himself we wait for the world to fall apart before we fix it.
5- The thing the Muslims and Christians believe in and most Jews in the near future is the second coming of Jesus. So we best be ready to receive him and the best way to do that is to follow his teachings. Many Muslims would not ask you to believe in a Muslim Messiah and I personally do not care. What we need to do is create a better life for all of us and to abide by the good of our religions.