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  1. Zia Shah

    References the Christians offer for God’s divinity — Christ claimed that He was God: John 10:30-31; John 8:58-59; John 5:18; John 14:9.Just the fact that none are offered from the synoptic Gospels should make it a no-brainer for any intelligent person to figure out this riddle.Jesus does not become god until the last canonical gospel, the Gospel of John. Almost 60-70 years had passed since Jesus was put on the cross and first two generations of the committed believers had died, there were enough believing Christians in areas other than Palestine, coming from pagan background, the stage was set to elevate him to divine status. But, the earlier gospels, Mathew, Mark and Luke, called the synoptic gospels, are similar to each other and were written earlier, did not exaggerate Jesus’ status. The contrast between these two sets of gospels itself should be an epiphany to any open minded Christian and especially to you sir, the leader of more than a billion strong, Catholic Christians. Several reasons can be outlined for reading the four Gospels separately and independently rather than conflating them. Here, let me present one simple reason before we move on with the rest of the discussion. When the Gospel of Mark was written, the author meant it to be an independent testimony, as for 15-30 years there was no Matthew, Luke or John. It was an independent book and not an addendum or appendix to anything else!

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    Compassion of the Messiah of this age — Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community wrote:I want to make it clear to Muslims, Christians, Hindus, and Aryas, that I have no enemy. I love all men as a merciful mother loves her children. Nay more. I am enemy only of false beliefs, beliefs subversive of truth. To sympathise with all humans is my duty and to preach against falsehood, disloyalty to God, tyranny, evil conduct, injustice, immorality is my mission. My motive for this height of sympathy is that I have discovered a gold mine, have had access to an unlimited supply of precious stones. In the mine I have found a bright and priceless jewel. So priceless that if I divide it between all of my fellow men, every one of them will become richer than the richest among them in gold and silver. What is this jewel? It is the true God. To reach Him is to know Him, to become really aware of Him, to have true faith in Him, to be united with Him in true love. To receive true blessings from Him in return. Having found such a priceless treasure it will be cruel on my part if I let not my fellow-men know about it. Could I let them go hungry while I have plenty. No, it will not be so, while I can help. My heart burns over their want and hunger. My soul becomes depressed over their dark and straitened existence. I want to see their homes filled with riches divine. I want to see them full with faith and truth. Full to capacity. (Arbain No. 1, pg. 2-3)

  3. Zia Shah

    Pope calls for religious freedom in Muslim states — By Philip Pullella Philip Pullella – Thu Nov 11, 2010VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict Thursday said all states must guarantee the freedom for everyone to practice their faith publicly, a clear criticism of some Muslim countries where religious rights are restricted.The pope issued the call in a document of nearly 200 pages called an “apostolic exhortation,” in which he offered his reflections on a synod of bishops that met in the Vatican in 2008 on the theme the “Word of God.”He said the Catholic Church respected all religions and a separate section of the document was dedicated to relations with Muslims.”All the same, dialogue would not prove fruitful unless it included authentic respect for each person and the ability of all freely to practice their religion,” he said.”Respect and dialogue require reciprocity in all spheres,” he said, adding that this had to include the right to profess religion “privately and publicly and (for) freedom of conscience to be effectively guaranteed to all believers.””Reciprocity” is the term the Roman Catholic Church uses in demanding full rights for Christians in Islamic states where laws prohibit them from practicing their faith openly. It has often asked for reciprocity with Saudi Arabia.At least 3.5 million Christians of all denominations live in the Gulf Arab region, the birthplace of Islam and home to some of the most conservative Arab Muslim societies in the world.The freedom to practice Christianity, or any religion other than Islam, is not always permitted in the Gulf and varies from country to country. Saudi Arabia, which observes an austere form of Sunni Islam, has the tightest restrictions.The Vatican says Christians in predominantly Muslim countries should be allowed to practice their faith openly, just as Muslims can in predominantly Christian countries in Europe.http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20101111/wl_nm/us_pope_islamIn this I fully support Pope’s vision. There should be complete religious freedom in every country of the world.

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    The dual nature of Jesus Christ and the sixth Ecumenical Council — The best way to demystify Trinity and other dogma of Christianity where they differ from Judaism and Islam is to study their history. Trinity should be studied in the history of the first six Ecumenical Councils and even beyond.The Third Council of Constantinople is believed to have been the Sixth Ecumenical Council by the Eastern Orthodox, the Roman Catholics, the Old Catholics, and a number of other Western Christian groups. According to Encyclopedia Britannica:”The Third Council of Constantinople was held in (680–681), the sixth ecumenical council of the Christian church, summoned by the emperor Constantine IV and meeting at Constantinople.Some eastern Christians, forbidden to talk of the concept of one nature of Christ, thought to enforce the unity of the person of Christ by talking of one will (thelema) and one operation (energeia) from the two natures. Persons holding this view were called Monothelites. Sergius, patriarch of Constantinople, and Honorius I, pope of Rome, appear to have embraced the Monothelite doctrine. The council of 680–681 condemned the Monothelites, among them Honorius, and asserted two wills and two operations.” “Council of Constantinople.” Encyclopædia Britannica. 2010. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 31 Mar. 2010 .So, 600 years after Jesus was put on the cross, the social and religious elites assert that Jesus is perfect man and perfect God, this some sort of hybrid has two wills and two operations, the Council did not opine on how he switches between the two operating systems to function as a whole and how do the two operating systems interact with each other.Not to talk of political and secular matters, the above quote also says volumes about the infallibility of popes on even theological issues.

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    Confucius: A Witness against Pauline Dogma — As all humans are God’s creation, it stands to reason that God not only guided people in the Middle East through Abraham, Isaac, David, Solomon, Jeremiah, John the Baptist and Jesus, but, He also guided other people through prophets like Confucius, Buddha and Zoroaster. If this be true there should be some common theme between their teachings, a common thread, a clue that these teachings are all emanating from a common source, the same glacier feeds all these rivers of wisdom. The gulf between Pauline Christianity and all the other world religions is an illuminating testimony to the fact that St. Paul changed Christianity from the religion of Jesus to a religion about his death and imagined resurrection.http://knol.google.com/k/zia-shah/confucius-a-witness-against-pauline/1qhnnhcumbuyp/314#

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    Buddha: A Witness against Pauline Dogma — As all humans are God’s creation, it stands to reason that God not only guided people in the Middle East through Abraham, Isaac, David, Solomon, Jeremiah, John the Baptist and Jesus, but, He also guided other people through prophets like Confucius, Buddha and Zoroaster. If this be true there should be some common theme between their teachings, a common thread, a clue that these teachings are all emanating from a common source, the same glacier feeds all these rivers of wisdom. The gulf between Pauline Christianity and all the other world religions is an illuminating testimony to the fact that St. Paul changed Christianity from the religion of Jesus to a religion about his death and imagined resurrection.http://knol.google.com/k/zia-shah/buddha-a-witness-against-pauline-dogma/1qhnnhcumbuyp/315#

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    Zoroaster: A Witness against Pauline Dogma — As all humans are God’s creation, it stands to reason that God not only guided people in the Middle East through Abraham, Isaac, David, Solomon, Jeremiah, John the Baptist and Jesus, but, He also guided other people through prophets like Confucius, Buddha and Zoroaster. If this be true there should be some common theme between their teachings, a common thread, a clue that these teachings are all emanating from a common source, the same glacier feeds all these rivers of wisdom. The gulf between Pauline Christianity and all the other world religions is an illuminating testimony to the fact that St. Paul changed Christianity from the religion of Jesus to a religion about his death and imagined resurrection.http://knol.google.com/k/zia-shah/zoroaster-a-witness-against-pauline/1qhnnhcumbuyp/316#

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    Pope Benedict Urges Pakistan to Repeal Blasphemy Law — On this issue I completely and whole heartedly agree with the Pope.MILAN. Jan 2011 — In a forceful appeal for religious freedom, Pope Benedict XVI urged Pakistan on Monday to repeal contentious blasphemy laws as he called on governments worldwide to do more to enable Christians to practice their faith without violence, intolerance or restriction. The pope was speaking in an annual address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican, a long-scheduled event. But this year his words came after bomb attacks in Iraq and Egypt — the most recent in the Egyptian city of Alexandria less than two weeks ago — and the assassination last week of a leading Pakistani politician who had opposed his country’s law that makes blasphemy against Islam punishable by death. The politician, Salman Taseer, had campaigned against the law and had petitioned the government to re-examine the case of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who was sentenced to death last November under the legislation. Mr. Taseer’s “tragic murder,” the pope said, “shows the urgent need to make progress in this direction: the worship of God furthers fraternity and love, not hatred and division.” http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/11/world/europe/11pope.html?scp=5&sq=salman%20taseer%20and%20editorial&st=cse

  9. Zia Shah

    King David glorifying God the Creator, without knowing an iota about Jesus — In the Psalms we can read time and again, how the King or the Prophet David glorifies, God the Creator or God the Father, without knowing anything about Jesus, as he preceeded him by seven centuries. David prays:LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?(Psalm 8:1-4, New International Version)To know God, we do not need to necessarily know about Jesus Christ and he forms no part of Divinity, as we can see His Majesty in the prayers of David, without any reference to Jesus!

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