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An Interfaith Dialogue
If our motivations for loving others are grounded in different belief systems, can we find a common ground from which to serve others? Listen as Eboo Patel, a Muslim, offers some challenging thoughts for the Christian community.
Salam Walakum Br. Eboo,
May God bless you and keep you in His Mercy. I am so proud to be an American Muslim by hearing your commitment to interfaith. I was born Christian and became a Muslim before my third child was born. It is so difficult to raise children in America. I see that you are coming in to Saint Louis University soon. I have a physician that works diligently for the same cause as you. Her name is Ghazala Hayat, a Muslim woman from Pakistan. I would love for you to meet her.
Saint Louis University
I was moved by your words and therefore will not be the same again.
May God Bless you and show you Mercy as you continue to love others the way He intends us to.
As I watch the video I agree with alot of what you are saying. Religious tolerance is something that we NEED to have. At the core of alot of the conflicts is a lack of tolerance. I love that you are talking about not only being tolerant but out going in the faith to work with others from different backgrounds. Truely amazing message. However it does seem like we are skipping an important part. We should not store up our work only on earth. Yet it seems that the video only strikes on religious humanism. Christ did call us to go to all the world and share his name. I agree with the video that we are to do so with a Christ like heart. A gentle, kind and loveing heart. So i do wonder if the video is to be on Religious humanism. Which would in essence if it is the only focus would thrash a core teaching of Christianity.
Josh, I wonder if Eboo's message contains a greater potential for us Christians than just what you call "religious humanism"...
Yes, he is talking about work on earth, but think about what can be accomplished when we work together with people of other faiths: we build relationships, we have conversations about what motivates us to serve others.
I think this is an invitation to share Christ with others in a new way. A new opportunity to communicate the gospel to those who haven't heard the message. Perhaps in this way we are also building up treasures in heaven and responding to the call to tell others the good news that our faith teaches.
Watched this video with a group last night at our contemporary faith exploration group at Lundy's Lane United Church (
) in Niagara Falls, Ontarion, Canada, and had to leave a "thank you" for such a wonderful message. It was very inspiring and uplifting.
Thank you for this wonderful insight.
There were many questions asked in your presentation, that moved me to respond, in this way. I give thanks that we have a world that loves God. A God that only wants us to show the love and respect for each other and to Him.
My faith walk with God has shown me that I am not on this earth to look at others as if they are less than, because of how they worship God. I am here to share in the praise of God.
May God bless you and keep you always,
This is Muslim propaganda; his aim is to make westerners feel ‘happy’ and comfortable about Muslims in the West. The Muslims are coming sharpen your swords is NOT a Christian approach but certainly is a Muslim one. His only aim is to stop conversions of Muslims by making Islam seem benign and similar to us, the reality is Islam is political and based on laws that hold all other religions in contempt and taxable (yes many Christian churches pay a special tax in Muslims countries as a form of protection from violence). A Christian should now Christ is the only way to heaven, speaking in ‘religious’ terms’ in not true faith, it however religion. He keeps making equal comparisons to violence between Christian and Muslims, yet I know of NO Christian violence against Muslims. But I know thousands of acts of violence and deaths of many, many Christians and the destruction of churches; it is a country wide problem in Islamic based nations. Have any Muslims been converted by the ‘evangelicals’ working with Interfaith Youth Core? If not what are they evangelising? Can you imagine a Muslim helping build or repair a church in Egypt or Syria, even Turkey the most western of Islamic nations will not allow churches to be built and the Saudis have NO churches in their lands. Our help should be to lead them to Christ; there is no other connection to the divine but by the Lord Jesus Christ because there is no other God and is name is most certainly not Allah. I wonder how this talk would go in Dearborn with the stories changed to Muslims helping Christians?
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