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By Mark D. Siljander

Former Congressman and Deputy Ambassador to the United international locations Mark D. Siljander takes us on an eye-opening trip of non-public, spiritual, and political discovery. within the Eighties, Siljander was once a newly minted Reagan Republican from Michigan who joined Congress within the similar new release as Newt Gingrich and Tom hold up, able to remake the realm. A staunch member of the spiritual 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 seem for the passage during which the Bible says it really is our activity as Christians to transform others for you to retailer them from everlasting damnation. He could not locate it; in truth, he could not even discover a passage announcing that Jesus got down to shape a brand new faith. This discovery used to be step one on a non secular and political trip that begun with an in-depth linguistic examine of the Bible and ended in the invention that Christianity and Islam percentage many base phrases and ideas. In his position as ambassador to the United international locations Siljander all started sharing his insights at the connections among Islam and Christianity, with astonishing results.

A lethal Misunderstanding recounts Siljander's extraordinary 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 spiritual leaders. What he has realized may notably shift the modern non secular panorama and aid heal the rift among Islam and the West. No Christian or Muslim could be unaffected after analyzing this ebook.

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That would certainly allow me to get the job done quickly. A quick look in the back of the book—and so there was. Excellent. I’ll just look through the pages back here, let’s see . . H . . I . . J . . —I stared at the page, incredulous. There was “Jesus,” followed by page numbers for the entries. Dozens of them. 1 I turned to the first entry and (not realizing that my actions transgressed Islam’s injunction against defacing the holy book) began underlining and highlighting. d. 610. Muslims believe the Qur ’an, “the Recitation,” is the final revelation from Allah, given to his last and greatest prophet.

We sat at a great banquet table, cross-legged on the tent floor, and waited. Soon the great man strode into the tent. With deep scars on his face, he had the look of a man who had survived more than his share of fights—the serious kind. Muhammad Abdelaziz, soldier, warrior, leader of the Sahrawi people. Frankly, he looked terrifying. Since I was the head of the delegation, he strode directly over to where I was scrambling to my feet, smiled broadly, and reached out to shake my hand. And then we were sitting, talking and nodding as they brought us tea.

I had a key: the Aramaic language. Aramaic is not only considered the mother tongue of Hebrew, but it is also a very close cousin to Arabic. All three are Semitic languages, and in this simple but long-ignored fact lies tremendous hope for the future of our civilization. The holy books of our modern monotheistic faiths are virtually impossible to compare in their modern versions, because they exist in fundamentally incompatible languages. Start with an English New Testament based on Greek or Latin, and an English Qur’an based on Arabic, and you’re working with apples and oranges.

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