Unknown to the vast majority of Christians, the Qur'an addresses itself directly at them. In this the Qur'an is unique in that the Christian is named in the Qur'an and the Qur'an speaks directly to them. No other Scripture,other than their own, does so.
In numerous passagess of the Qur'an we find passages such as:
"From those, too, who call themselves Christians, We did take a covenant, but they forgot a good part of the message that was sent them: so we estranged them, with enmity and hatred between the one and the other, to the day of judgment. And soon will Allah show them what it is they have done." ___Surah 5:14
"O people of the Book! There hath come to you our Messenger, revealing to you much that ye used to hide in the Book, and passing over much (that is now unnecessary): There hath come to you from Allah a (new) light and a perspicuous Book.___Surah 5:15
Those are just a sampling of passages that a Christian will encounter on reading the Qur'an.There are lots and lots more. And yet the average Christian is oblivious to it.
How has this come about? By and large this situation has been managed and controlled by the elders of the church who, by frightening their flock from venturing beyond the confines of the teachings of the church in the discovery of truth and by demonising Islam and the Qur'an, have prevented Christians from knowing the truth about Islam and the Qur'an. For reasons that will be dealt with later, the political leaders of these "Christian" nations with the collaboration of their media have all played a part in this.
Why are the church elders and others so against Islam and the Qur'an? Why is it that of all the other religions that are practised they fear Islam the most? Why is it that the fear is so great that even lies and distortions are resorted to to keep Christians from leatning about Islam or reading the Qur'an?
In truth if we examine the matter they have much to fear.
Of all the Scriptures that there is, the Qur'an is the only one that is addressed directly to Christians.
Of all the Scriptures that there is, the Qur'an is the only one that states that the Jews and Christians have adulterated and corrupted their Scriptures.
Of all the Scriptures that there is, the Qur'an is the only one that tells the Christians in detail exactly where their Scripture is wrong.
And of all the Scriptures that there is, the Qur'an is the only one that challenges and criticises the Western-Christian way of life and proves it to be wrong.
Is it any wonder then that they harbour that fear?
If Christians were to come to know the Qur'an, the institution of the church might crumble and all their clergy may have to seek other pursuits. Their current way of life may have to change and this they fear.
(to be continued)