On Dec. 15, on the Religion page of the Saturday edition of the News-Sentinel, you printed a guest column in which Ibrahim Hooper, a CAIR spokesperson, blasphemed all of Christianity and Jesus Himself.
Mr. Hooper took the "can't we all just get along" position so familiar in today's public interaction and tried to show that Muhammad and Jesus are brothers.
Nonsense. Jesus is God Almighty and came to Earth in human form to provide a restoration link between fallen mankind and The Creator of all. He is not a prophet, teacher, good man, rabbi, priest or any of those nice titles, even though He was addressed using these.
Only He is that way back to God for people who have fallen away from their relationship with YHWH, as set out in the Bible. Mr. Hooper starts throwing out subtle suggestions that the originator of Islam and the cornerstone of the Christian faith are equal. He quotes several verses from the Quran to show this equality. I would like to set out a few from the Bible to remind us of just who Jesus really is.
"I am the way — and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6)."
This is an exclusionary statement. There is no other that can claim this position. His statement took that away from any coming after Him. It is also said of Him: "At the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 4:5-11)."
Mr. Hooper ends his blasphemous piece with his "duh" moment when he states, "Obviously, Muslims and Christians have differing interpretations of the details of the life and message of Jesus."
In Christianity, claiming to be equal to Jesus is one of those non-negotiable points of belief. The Deity of Jesus is not up for discussion, Mr. Hooper. Not now, never will be. So, I just guess we will have to disagree on that point.
Blasphemy goes both ways, Mr. Hooper. If you call us "blasphemers," when we speak in a way that you don't like about your "prophet," you need to acknowledge when you have crossed the line for Christians — and you did in your guest column.