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, spiritual, and political discovery. within the Eighties, Siljander used to be a newly minted Reagan Republican from Michigan who joined Congress within the similar iteration 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 while a speaker quoted from the Qur'an.
But after wasting reelection, Siljander dove into the Bible to seem for the passage within which the Bible says it truly is our task as Christians to transform others as a way to retailer them from everlasting damnation. He could not locate it; in reality, 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 begun with an in-depth linguistic research of the Bible and resulted in the invention that Christianity and Islam percentage many base phrases and ideas. In his function as ambassador to the United international locations Siljander begun sharing his insights at the connections among Islam and Christianity, with unbelievable results.
A lethal Misunderstanding recounts Siljander's remarkable discoveries as he travels to a few of the main distant and antagonistic areas within the world—deep into Libya, Sudan, Pakistan, and India—forging deep ties with either heads of country and non secular leaders. What he has discovered may perhaps appreciably shift the modern spiritual panorama and support heal the rift among Islam and the West. No Christian or Muslim could be unaffected after studying this e-book.
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Secretary of state, James A. Baker III, who became so involved in the issue that several years later he was appointed the United Nations’ special envoy to the Western Sahara. The wheels of peace negotiations were suddenly turning—in high gear. Years later, when I had the chance to meet with Jim Baker, I asked him, “What made you get involved in the Sahara? ” He thought about it for a moment, shrugged, and said, “To tell you the truth, I really don’t know. ” That fall, President Abdelaziz traveled to the United States and on his visit had the chance to sit down with me in a private meeting in Virginia.
With deep scars on his face, he had the look of a man who had survived more than his share of fights—the serious kind. Muhammad Abdelaziz, soldier, warrior, leader of the Sahrawi people. Frankly, he looked terrifying. Since I was the head of the delegation, he strode directly over to where I was scrambling to my feet, smiled broadly, and reached out to shake my hand. And then we were sitting, talking and nodding as they brought us tea. President Abdelaziz turned out to be extraordinarily friendly and warm, a genuinely charismatic leader.
As he and I conversed about current events, I told him about my conversation with Doug and my search for a viable origin for the doctrine of conversion, and he urged me to secure a copy of the New Testament in Aramaic. 1 The Secret Language of the Bible 29 There is quite a bit of scholarly debate about whether the Aramaic version was derived from the original Greek or the other way around, but for our purposes, it really doesn’t matter. Either way, John explained, the Aramaic version would most accurately let us into the mindset and perspective of a first-century Middle Easterner through its cultural norms, nuances, metaphors, and figures of speech.