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7 April 2010
at 10:02 p.m.
Don and Judy,
I spent 13 years in the MIddle East as a missionary. I have also done extensive studies in Islam, including PhD studies. While I respect your desire to uphold the singularity of Christianity, I challenge some of the simplistic, misleading information you have written to achieve this purpose. I'm not sure who this converted Muslim was. But what he said is not true. There are not two Qur'ans. There is only one Qur'an held to be so holy by Muslims that no one would dare to even suggest that there is more than one. I have a feeling this was Walid Shoebat who has gotten rich peddling what is essentially a phony story about being a “former terrorist.” His agenda is not to help people understand the truth about our Muslim neighbors. It is to spew out poison hoping that Christians will hate Muslims as much as he does.
I'm also sad to hear this missionary doctor from Pakistan speaking ill of people Christ has asked him to serve with compassion. Actually I have a feeling you are quoting him selectively, as any missionary worth his salt will also let you know what many of us who have been privileged to live and work in the Muslim world know, that there are qualities of life that many Muslims exhibit that put many Christians to shame. Hospitality is the highest virtue in many Muslim countries. To experience this hospitality is to know something that very few Americans know - true friendship.
Yes, there are differences between Islam and Christianity. Major differences. But there is no need to use slander and half truths and misinformation to make this point. To do so is to break one of the ten commandments: “thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.”
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