By Mark D. Siljander
Former Congressman and Deputy Ambassador to the United countries Mark D. Siljander takes us on an eye-opening trip of non-public, non secular, and political discovery. within the Eighties, Siljander used to be a newly minted Reagan Republican from Michigan who joined Congress within the related new release as Newt Gingrich and Tom hold up, able to remake the area. A staunch member of the non secular correct, he as soon as walked out of the nationwide Prayer Breakfast while a speaker quoted from the Qur'an.
But after wasting reelection, Siljander dove into the Bible to appear for the passage during which the Bible says it truly is our task as Christians to transform others on the way to store them from everlasting damnation. He could not locate it; in truth, he could not even discover a passage asserting that Jesus got down to shape a brand new faith. This discovery was once step one on a non secular and political trip that all started with an in-depth linguistic examine of the Bible and resulted in the invention that Christianity and Islam proportion many base phrases and ideas. In his function as ambassador to the United international locations Siljander started sharing his insights at the connections among Islam and Christianity, with astonishing results.
A lethal Misunderstanding recounts Siljander's notable discoveries as he travels to a few of the main distant and antagonistic areas within the world—deep into Libya, Sudan, Pakistan, and India—forging deep ties with either heads of nation and non secular leaders. What he has realized may well noticeably shift the modern non secular panorama and support heal the rift among Islam and the West. No Christian or Muslim should be unaffected after examining this publication.
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Deut. 7:2) And most poignant of all, the telegraphically brief commentary on what Joshua did upon conquering the little kingdom of Hazor: They . . annihilated them, and they did not leave a soul among them. (Josh. 11:14) “But there is a cultural and historical context for those verses,” protest Christian apologists. “Sure, there are some six hundred passages of explicit violence in the Old Testament attributed di- The Other Holy Book 43 rectly to God—but they had their reasons! ” Fair enough.
I told him a bit about my search in the New Testament for a justification of conversion, and he nodded. I described my discoveries about Aramaic, about shalem and punaya and the meaning behind the English word “convert,” and coming to the conclusion that Jesus had never meant to start an exclusive religion but rather to describe a state of one’s personal being in relation to God. After going on for a while, I paused to gather my thoughts, and Charles suddenly spoke up. ” It caught me completely off guard.
This was the devil’s book we were talking about here! Why would any sane person want to spiritually contaminate his home? But if I didn’t go and read it myself, how would I know? Of course, Charles was wrong—but how would I really know? m. The store was about to close. I went inside, picked out a copy, and paid for it. Sitting in my study at home half an hour later, I unwrapped my parcel, placed the book on my desk, and stared at it. Then, a flash of inspiration: maybe there was an index! That would certainly allow me to get the job done quickly.
A Deadly Misunderstanding: A Congressman's Quest to Bridge the Muslim-Christian Divide by Mark D. Siljander