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  1. Salaam Alaikum Sister. 

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  2. Salam Haji 2003, My only advice to the church leaders in Jerusalem is to heed Jesus Christ's commands to love neighbors as oneself and to love enemies. When asked who is one's neighbor, Jesus gave the Good Samaritan parable. Remember, he was talking to his fellow Jewish people about who their neighbors are, and at that time, Samaria was a neighboring nation to the Jewish people in Judea/Israel. The Jewish people did not associate with the Samaritans at that time, yet in Jesus' parable, the Samaritan took care of a beaten man when even a priest and a Levite would not help him: "30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him." - Luke 10:30-33 (NIV) Christians are supposed to obey Jesus Christ, even when it is difficult. Jesus Christ gave the Ultimate Example of loving both his neighbors as oneself and loving enemies. It is very hard to love enemies. However, Christians can indeed obey Jesus Christ's commands with God's help, no matter their nation or circumstances. After all, Corrie ten Boom who was put into a Nazi concentration camp for rescuing Jewish people loved her enemies with God's help, as well as many other Christians since the martyrdom of Stephen, who have loved their enemies even while dying for Jesus Christ. I have to go now. Peace and God bless you
  3. May you have a very blessed Ramadan!!! Peace and God bless you!!!
  4. Salam Ashvazdanghe, Thanks for explaining Shia beliefs. According to Christian beliefs, Jesus Christ has many titles, including "Son of God" and "Son of Man" and "Son of David." I believe Jesus Christ is all his titles. Personally, I don't believe in the concept of a Shia Mahdi, though I understand and respect the right of Shia Muslims to believe so. Peace and God bless you.
  5. Salam Abu Hadi, Aye. I agree completely about that. Thanks so much for explaining the history/context of it! Ok, so basically the Christian Arabs in Arabia decided to pay a religious tax cause they backed out of a Mubahila? Aye, understood, and this has to do with whether that government is Sunni or Shia, cause both believe in Muhammad's leadership. Ahh, that makes sense. However, service in the military actually makes a person feel more a part of one's country. (My Grandfather, a Christian who laughs at the idea of pacifism) was in the Navy and due to this, instilled in his family a strong sense of patriotism.) Article 2 of Chapter 1 of Egypt's Constitution states: "Islam is the religion of the state and Arabic is its official language. The principles of Islamic Sharia are the principle source of legislation." https://www.constituteproject.org/constitution/Egypt_2014.pdf I believe not allowing Christians into a military is discrimination and dangerous for Christians. While I'm pacifist, I know many Christians in the US Army because they themselves feel it is their duty to protect the USA. Since they have free will and can choose whether to be pacifist or not, they have a right to be in the military if they want. It is wrong in my opinion to discriminate by religion. For example, it would be wrong if the USA decided no Muslims in the American military. That is discrimination and sets Muslims up to be in a very vulnerable position. After all, whether citizens like it or not, the military of a nation has power. Ironically, the Muslim Brotherhood disagrees with you, and again, that's a problem with theocracies, since there are so many different religious interpretations in the world, the dominant can easily persecute the minorities. That's why it's so important to have a government that is not controlled by men interpreting their form of religion, because one religion condemns people of other religion to hell, and oftentimes strives to make their lives on earth a hell of sorts. Peace and God bless you
  6. Salam Gaius l. Caesar, The reason the Copts were in larger numbers (their numbers are declining) is because Egypt is their country, until the Muslim Arabs invaded it and made Egypt a Muslim theocracy. Again, that's a problem with theocracies. When Europe was ruled by Christian theocracies, the same thing happened to people of not of the dominant belief. I think in theory is different than in practice. Out of curiosity, does Iran force jizya on the Christians and Jews there? I have an Iranian friend who is a secret Christian. She lives in the USA but when she visits her family in Iran, she doesn't tell anybody she's a Christian. However, I think it's mainly cause she doesn't want to be disowned. I don't think it's cause she fears a jizya... I need to ask her. Egypt has Allah in the constitution, and while it is a republic in some aspects, it is also a theocracy in other aspects. Article 2 of Chapter 1 of Egypt's Constitution states: "Islam is the religion of the state and Arabic is its official language. The principles of Islamic Sharia are the principle source of legislation." https://www.constituteproject.org/constitution/Egypt_2014.pdf Sounds more like a theocracy to me than secular, hmm? Again, another problem with theocracies... cause when one religious group persecutes other religious groups, even though both groups believe in the same Deity, persecutions run rampant. Peace and God bless you
  7. Salam Haji 2003, According to Jesus Christ, the leader of Christians, it is God's plan for "those who are in Judea" to "flee to the mountains" which is interesting: Jesus talks about the end times on the Mount of Olives after leaving the Temple (that was destroyed by the pagan Romans) in Jerusalem around 2,000 years ago: "So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’[a] spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again." - Matthew 24:15-21 (NIV) It is interesting because before Jesus Christ came, the pagan Greeks hellenized Jerusalem and God used the Maccabees to clean out the desecration in the Temple. (Jesus Christ possibly celebrated the Festival of Dedication/Hanukkah, by the way.) However, it seems that eventually, the holy place will have another abomination. Christian scholars debate as to what this means. Regardless, definitely Jesus Christ encourages "those in Judea" to flee. Christians are supposed to obey Jesus Christ, so any of his followers in Judea should flee to the mountains (Jesus doesn't say which mountains, so I suppose it's open as to anyplace where there are mountains) when they see this "abomination". Anyways, please note that Jesus Christ did not command his followers to fight their enemies, but rather to flee. While many Christians don't heed this (many times putting their nation first before Jesus Christ's commands), it is to be noted that Jesus Christ commanded his followers to love their enemies, not physically fight them. Also, Jesus Christ knew that the Romans were going to destroy Jerusalem, and it is interesting that while many of his followers stayed in Jerusalem until heavy persecution broke out against them, many of his followers also fled to places around the world. Jesus said the following in another place, advocating his followers to flee persecution: " You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 23 When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes." - Matthew 10:22-23 (NIV) Jesus says "you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes" which means Israel will exist as a nation again when Jesus Christ (the Son of Man) returns. And, while Israel has millions of haters around the world, God is keeping Israel afloat, which is a miracle. If it weren't for God protecting Israel, Israel would have been wiped out already. Peace and God bless you
  8. Salam Gaius l. Caesar, I didn't assume. I was asking in order to learn. After all, Jizya is in the Qur'an and both Sunnis and Shias agree to the concept. This is horrible. :( This is a danger of a theocracy. Many theocracies try to stifle other religions, even different groups in the same religion. It's one of the problems with a theocracy. The Coptic Church sadly suffers persecution in Egypt even though it's one of the official religions. I am sorry you thought I was lecturing. My questions are to learn what people think. Thank you for answering my questions. Lol that is true. I cannot argue with that! :) Ok, I forgive you (which Christ commands). :) Peace and may God greatly bless you Brother (in humanity) Gaius Caesar :)
  9. Wasalaam Abu Nur :) Thanks for using the Muslim greeting. I like it. :) Personally, I cannot in good conscience hate any group of people because of Jesus Christ's commands to love enemies. While it is human nature to hate people who hurt you, Jesus' command supersedes human nature. Humans can repent of evil, since God allows that and even encourages people to repent of wickedness. I think that's one reason why Jesus commanded his followers to love enemies, because enemies can repent of their sins and become brothers or at least no longer enemies. Definitely I agree with you about loving God, which yes strives for the good and justice for all people. Awesome point. Loving God with all our heart, soul, and mind helps people love each other and strive for the good of all people, as can be seen in Jesus' answer to a Pharisee. Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” - Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV) Peace and God bless you
  10. Salam Ibn Maymun, Regardless of whoever/whatever policy, God's will is done, no matter what. He uses whoever and whatever to accomplish His purpose. After all, God used a sweet donkey to warn Balaam not to curse Israel (Numbers 22) and used a sea creature to swallow Jonah when he refused to warn the people of Nineveh to repent. God definitely uses both the USA and Israel, as well as other nations, to fulfill prophecies. As King Jehoshaphat prayed in Jerusalem ? years ago: "and he said: 'O LORD, the God of our fathers, art not Thou alone God in heaven? and art not Thou ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? and in Thy hand is power and might, so that none is able to withstand Thee. " - 2 Chronicles 2:6 http://www.mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt25b20.htm Since God is the ruler over all the nations, man's policy is only done if God allows it. Peace and God bless you
  11. Shalom Ibn Maymun, Zechariah is indeed one of the most fascinating books in the Tanakh. One of my favorite passages is this one: "Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion; for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD. And many nations shall join themselves to the LORD in that day, and shall be My people, and I will dwell in the midst of thee'; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee. And the LORD shall inherit Judah as His portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again. Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD; for He is aroused out of His holy habitation." - Zechariah 2:14-17 http://www.mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt2302.htm isn't that so powerful? It blows me away how powerful that prophecy is. My Grandfather is blown away by the existence of Israel as a nation again, and that Jerusalem is being recognized by the USA as the capital of Israel. While my family is not Jewish, we have many Jewish friends. However, my Grandfather didn't put much stock in Jewish prophesies until he saw them starting to be fulfilled before his very eyes. He's just so amazed. His dream is to someday go visit Israel. Personally, I think it's horrible that the Palestinians and Israelis are hurting each other. I wish both groups would love each other, but obviously that's not happening. It would be a miracle if both sides put down their weapons and embraced each other as brothers in the human race. Hatred destroys Love heals. May God help both sides to learn to love each other, because if not, suffering will continue. Anyways, thanks for explaining that prophesy. I personally believe the Tanakh is true and while I'm not thrilled about some of the prophecies in the Tanakh, I believe they will be fulfilled. Peace and God bless you
  12. Salam Abu Nur, I think that's one reason why Jesus Christ commanded his followers to love neighbors as oneself (and gave the parable of the Good Samaritan) and to love enemies. Hating other people gives way to injustice and wickedness, but loving people strives for the good of all people. Since God is the Creator of all people, He wants the good of all people. As God says when rebuking the people of Israel for her sins: "Say unto them: As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?" - Ezekiel 33:11 http://www.mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt1233.htm While God directed this rebuke at Israel, God wants all people to repent of wickedness and live for Him, but it is the choice of every person whether to do so or not. Peace and God bless you
  13. Salam Jaffar_is_in_use, I got married to my husband in September 2011 because I love him!!! Before meeting him, I had been praying, asking God to bring me together with a wonderful man who loves God and who will love me with God's love. And, God answered my prayers!!! My husband is my best friend and we do enjoy life together. While sadly I cannot have kids, maybe someday He will allow me to, and I will call the baby Hannah if a girl or Isaac if a boy. God closed the wombs of Sarah (Genesis 18) and Rachel (Genesis 30) for a time but then gave Sarah Isaac and gave Rachel Joseph and Benjamin in His time according to His will. Anyways, I always knew my role in life included being a wife to a wonderful man, and by God's amazing grace, He brought my hubby and me together. I'm so thankful to God for him!!! :) May God bring you a wonderful lady to be your best mate in His time! Peace and God bless you
  14. Salam Gaius l. Caesar, It is thanks to the focus on religion freedom (which does not force a jizya or religion tax on Muslims) that allow both Shia and Sunni Muslims (as well as the other groups of Muslims) to freely enjoy religious freedom here in the USA - without harming each other or Non-Muslims, of course. That is an important legal requirement for any religious group however, including Christians, to do no harm. Good point. Immorality is indeed everywhere, including in Muslim-dominated countries, both Shia and Sunni. I disagree with that because many Iranians who immigrated to the USA do not appreciate a theocracy taking over their country, hence why they fled to the USA and other Western nations. A theocracy no matter the religion has the same basic guidelines, mainly men saying God commanded this or that and forcing this on the people. The Spanish fought very hard against the Muslims. Personally, I wish that the Christian Spaniards had not fought since I believe Jesus Christ taught pacifisim, but Christians who believe the end justified the means think it was good for the Christian Spaniards to fight against and eventually recover their land from the Muslim invadors. Definitely Christians are guilty of disobeying Jesus Christ's commands to love neighbors (Luke 10:27-37) and love enemies (Luke 6:27-37). However about your point, while there is a tiny percentage of Jewish people living in Iran, the vast majority of Jewish people fled to Non-Muslim lands once they saw that Non-Muslim lands are more beneficial to them than Muslim lands, if they were not being persecuted by Christians disobedient to Jesus Christ. The Iranian Revolution was thus not wanted by all Iranians. It's sad that they had to flee their homes. However, I am glad that many Iranians who do not support theocracy felt the USA is a safe home for them, thanks to freedom of religion here. My Coptic friends told me how the jizya has hurt the Coptic community in Egypt, and how the Muslim Brotherhood wants to bring it back. I tend to learn from kind and friendly people, not from mean people who dislike me for whatever reason. Several kind Shia Muslims have told me that they strive to unite with Sunni Muslims, since Muslims are Muslims no matter their disagreements. They hope someday that the Muslim Brotherhood and Shias will be brothers, no longer hating each other but rather being one in the Ummah. After all, the common ground they both share is Allah, Muhammad, and the Qur'an. It is a shame how Muslim groups hate each other. Peace and God bless you
  15. Salam Waseem162, Women should not be forced to wear hijab. It should be their choice. Men can learn how to control their brains and lusts. There are many good men, including some wonderful Muslim men I know, who understand the importance of controlling their brains in order not to lust after women, no matter what women are/aren't wearing. They, like Job, have made a covenant with themselves to not lust after women who are not married to them: “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman. For what is our lot from God above, our heritage from the Almighty on high?" - Job 31:1-2 (NIV) The brain is an amazing organ which can do great things. To simply force women to cover up does not help deal with the real issue: the ability of controlling one's own thoughts. Concerning women in sports, men who can support women in sports and not lust after them show that they see women as equals who are not sex objects, but are humans who enjoy sport competition too. Peace and God bless you
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