By Mark D. Siljander
Former Congressman and Deputy Ambassador to the United international locations Mark D. Siljander takes us on an eye-opening trip of non-public, non secular, and political discovery. within the Nineteen Eighties, Siljander was once a newly minted Reagan Republican from Michigan who joined Congress within the similar new release as Newt Gingrich and Tom hold up, able to remake the area. A staunch member of the non secular correct, he as soon as walked out of the nationwide Prayer Breakfast whilst a speaker quoted from the Qur'an.
But after wasting reelection, Siljander dove into the Bible to appear for the passage during which the Bible says it's our activity as Christians to transform others so one can shop them from everlasting damnation. He could not locate it; actually, he could not even discover a passage asserting that Jesus got down to shape a brand new faith. This discovery was once step one on a non secular and political trip that all started with an in-depth linguistic learn of the Bible and ended in the invention that Christianity and Islam percentage many base phrases and ideas. In his function as ambassador to the United countries Siljander begun sharing his insights at the connections among Islam and Christianity, with fabulous results.
A lethal Misunderstanding recounts Siljander's outstanding discoveries as he travels to a few of the main distant and antagonistic locations within the world—deep into Libya, Sudan, Pakistan, and India—forging deep ties with either heads of kingdom and non secular leaders. What he has realized may well notably shift the modern non secular panorama and support heal the rift among Islam and the West. No Christian or Muslim may be unaffected after analyzing this ebook.
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We can pray together, whether it’s through the Isa of the Qur’an or the Jesus of the Injil, or to God or Allah. ” 54 a de adly misu n der sta n di ng He stared at me. I had no idea what he would do. Had I just put both feet in my mouth? I thought about my Aramaic teacher and mentor John Booko praying with Begin and Mubarak, and hoped I hadn’t completely screwed up our visit. Then he nodded thoughtfully and smiled. “All right,” he said. ” The next day, Muhammad Abdelaziz stopped fighting and called for a cessation of all hostilities.
Why was I here? What was I doing in the middle of the Sahara desert, sitting on a tent floor in 116-degree heat having tea with this man? C. suburb. Nobody was paying me to be here. What was I doing? Was I nuts? All conversation had stopped; all eyes were on me, as everyone waited for my reply. I looked back at Abdelaziz. He knew that we had endured days of connecting flights and tiresome journeys through oceans of sand to be with him. Was there a reason, beyond the usual well-meaning but bland gestures of citizen diplomacy?
He then went to Madrid, where he proposed an international conference of the parties most likely to form a joint monitoring commission for the Western Sahara, including Spain, France, Algeria, and Mauritania. On April 30 he wrote to the secretary-general of the United Nations, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, and suggested that the United Nations pursue this idea. In May, a meeting of experts convened at the Norwegian embassy in Washington to assess the feasibility of the plan. S. secretary of state, James A.