by Ted Rudow III,MA ( Tedr77 [at] aol.com )
Saturday Sep 11th, 2010
It's amazing how little we know about this and how little of that sort of thing is impressed on us. I think probably because the Western world wants to kind of help forget it. I'm ashamed of my own ignorance of Islam and the Koran.
I just know a few little high spots of history and I've read a little bit more lately, particularly about Mohammed and the history of Islam.
Everything always has to have a leader, has to have someone who has the vision and the faith and the courage and inspires the people. And so it was with Mohammed, a very remarkable man. It has reminded me a number of times lately how much the Arabs today are speaking almost like the prophets of old against the iniquities of the world and pointing the finger at the wicked West and its corruption and ungodliness and selfishness, pointing a real righteous finger against them, that the West are the guilty ones, and the Arabs are right! Mohammed himself did not claim to be perfect at all. He was very humble about that. He said that he was only a man, he made mistakes and he was not perfect--he was only the prophet of God, a mouthpiece of God. .
There's nothing more conversional, nothing that arouses heat and argument more than religion. Let's love God together, let's love each other, let's help each other. Let's forget the past and work for the future. We can't undo the past, we can't undo the mistakes of both sides in the past and the horrors that were committed in the name of God on both sides. We must live for the present and the future.
Ted Rudow III,MA