Friday, September 15, 2006

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Muslim anger grows at Pope speech

The Pope:

Stressing that they were not his own words, he quoted Emperor Manual II Paleologos of the Byzantine Empire, the Orthodox Christian empire which had its capital in what is now the Turkish city of Istanbul.

The emperor's words were, he said: "Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."

Head of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Mahdi Akef:

The remarks do not express correct understanding of Islam

He also said the Pope's remarks "aroused the anger of the whole Islamic world"

How do you arouse something that never abates? Muslims, it seems, are always furious, angry, insulted, offended, enraged, or stirred up.

"Muslims have the right to be angry and hurt by these comments from the highest cleric in Christianity," Mr Qardawi reportedly said.

Here's a story from the writings of Ray Stedman:

Dr. H. A. Ironside used to tell a story that took place when he was only nine or ten years old. His mother took him to a church business meeting. The meeting erupted into a quarrel between two men. One of them stood and pounded the desk, saying, "All I want is my rights."

Sitting nearby was an old Scotsman, somewhat hard of hearing, who cupped his hand behind his ear and said, "Aye, brother, what's that you say? What do you want?"

The angry gentleman replied, "I just said that all I want is my rights, that's all!"

The old Scot snorted, "Your rights, brother? Is that what you want, your rights? Well, I say if you had your rights, you'd be in hell. The Lord Jesus Christ didn't come to get His rights, He came to get His wrongs. And He got 'em."

The fellow who had been bickering stood transfixed for a moment--then he abruptly sat down and said, "You're right. Settle it any way you like." --From "Adventuring through the Bible" by Ray C. Stedman

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