July 1st, 2009 is the 91st birthday of the Late Ahmed Hussain Deedat the charismatic Islamic activist, Bible student and speaker.
His combative debate style could be attributed to the circumstances that brought him to this line of work in the first place: attempts by young trainee Christian missionaries to convert him during his childhood. He used these Christian missionaries to practice and learn techniques of debating the Bible. He also perfected his skills which were to give him his worldwide debating popularity later on. Continue reading
Isn’t it ironic in America, that religious places of worship in Christianity should be the last resting place of racial segregation? While the places of worship in Islam are the first places of racial desegregation. Continue reading
Author Samuel Huntington predicts that Islam will overtake Christianity early in the 21st century. By the year 2025, Islam will have 5% more adherents than will Christianity.
The U.S. Center for World Mission estimated in 1997 that Christianity’s total number of adherents is growing at about 2.3% annually. This is approximately equal to the growth rate of the world’s population. Islam is growing faster: about 2.9% and is thus increasing its market share. At this rate, Islam would surpass Christianity as the world’s main religion by 2023 CE.
Most Christian sources predict that Christianity will retain its numerical lead over Islam beyond the year 2025. For example, futurist John Gary stated in 1997: “In no probable statistical scenario reaching out to the year 2200, does Islam surpass Christianity in absolute number of adherents.”
“Deliver Us from Evil” is an Academy Award-nominated documentary about clergy sexual abuse of children focuses on one particular case in California. Some facts I learned:
- Over 100,000 victims of clergy sexual abuse have come forward in the United States (alone).
- Experts say more than 80% of sexual abuse victims never report their abuse.
- Most countries are just beginning to report clergy abuse.
Let us first understand what we mean when we refer to “Christianity”.
Please be very clear, “Christianity” is not the teachings of Jesus (p.b.u.h). Instead it’s the traditions and dogmas of the Church which evolved over time. This evolution started very early on and hence we have St. Paul (or Saul, as was his real name) the biggest contributor to this initial derailing. These tenants have deep imprints from the pagan Roman culture that was the world super power at that time. These “Christian” doctrines can broadly be covered under 3 heading (or 3 legs) which are so completely interdependent that the whole building logically falls apart if you take out even a single one (and hence we have in the analogy of the 3 legged stool).
These 3 legs are:
1. Original Sin
3. Atonement Continue reading