DENIAL OF JESUS REQUIRED FOR PEACE WITH ISLAM
"Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division; for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two, and two against three..."
"But he that shall deny me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven."
The liberal media gushed at the so called "unprecedented letter of peace" from Islam to Christians. But to those who actually read it and understand the critical differences between Islam and Christianity-- the letter was at best a sham and more likely a threat to Christians. The letter began with the following damming preface which defined the terms of negotiation at the outset:
"In the Holy Qur’an, God Most High enjoins Muslims to issue the following call to Christians (and Jews—the People of the Scripture):
Say: O People of the Scripture! Come to a common word between us and you: that we shall worship none but God, and that we shall ascribe no partner unto Him, and that none of us shall take others for lords beside God. And if they turn away, then say: Bear witness that we are they who have surrendered (unto Him). (Aal ‘Imran 3:64)"
Rather than an offer of peace it amounts to a threat--the only way peace can be obtained is to bow down and worship Allah. All negotiations naturally cease when Christ's divinity is denied, and a demand is made to worship the god of Mohammed.
A recent article in the New York Sun by Daniel Johnson said it quite well:
"In the case of the letter, what appears to be a peace offering turns out, under scrutiny, to be an implied threat. The letter demands that Christians accept the identity of the teaching of the Koran and the Bible on the oneness of God and the love of neighbour. Leaving aside the profound problem of the Trinitarian conception of the Christian God, there is a theological gulf between Muslim and Christian doctrines on the relationship of faith and reason — as Pope Benedict made clear in his Regensburg lecture last year. But the ulema — the Islamic religious authorities — have always been the main barrier to any attempt to reconcile rationality with the literal interpretation of the Koran.
"...Now these same scholars make no mention of the many passages in the Koran that denounce Jews and Christians — or, indeed, the entire doctrine of jihad. Their olive branch comes with the proviso that Christians, not Muslims, are the aggressors: "As Muslims, we say to Christians that we are not against them and that Islam is not against them — so long as they do not wage war against Muslims on account of their religion, oppress them and drive them out of their homes."
"For Christians to accept this document as the basis for negotiation would be tantamount to accepting the monstrous lie that Muslims are everywhere under attack from the West.
"Fortunately Benedict XVI is too good a theologian to be bamboozled by such rhetoric. He has consistently said that relations with Islam must be based on reciprocity. Without an honest acknowledgement that Islam is not suffering persecution, that on the contrary its adherents are everywhere persecuting other faiths with the full support of their religious leaders, there can be no serious dialogue.
"So the ulema's offer of reconciliation proves to be an ultimatum — the same one that Mohammed himself uttered in 632: "I was ordered to fight all men until they say: 'There is no god but Allah.'" The clerics who claim leadership over Islam behave as if their faith had stood still since the 7th century. Those who defy history are doomed to become history."