Christian - Muslim Debate in 12th Century � Part 13 of 20
AL-MURSHED: You will watch his defeat today, O Prince. O Monk, do you not
confess that Christ is a God and a man at the same time?
Monk: Yes I do.
Moslem: Whom of them do you worship, the God or the man, or both together?
Monk: Be informed, O Murshed, that the speech requires a listener, a
convincer, and a convinced one.
Moslem: I am one of those who hear, convince, and is able to be convinced .
Monk: If you were as you said, there is need to questions and answers
because your Book, and your Prophet are witnesses on the righteousness of my
religion. But you rose today as adversary. The problem is the fact of being
witness and adversary at the same time.
Moslem: Who is your witness? Who can ascertain the righteousness of your
Monk: You, your Prophet, and your Book.
Monk: Your Prophet says in the chapter of Al-Quran, "Among the people of the
Book, there are righteous people who stand up reciting the words of God, day
and night, and believe in God and in the Day of Judgement. They practice
fairness and forbid bad manners. Those are the just people and their light
is above all lights." He says also, "We inspired the Koran as a light and a
guidance, confirming what they have in hand from the Bible and the Gospel."
He said also, "Our God and yours is the same one." And he said, "You will
find that the people closest to you are those who call themselves
Christians. For there is among them priests and Monks and they are not
disdainful. They are good people who recite the verses of God and are guided
in right and certitude." In Al-Quran�s chapter he says, "Christ is the Word
of God and his Spirit. He gave it to Mary." And, "Jesus, son of Mary, I will
let you die, then I will lift you up to me and make those who believe you
higher than those who denied you and you are the judge of both worlds."
Aren�t your Book and your Prophet who testifies for us and much more that
Christ in heaven is over all prophets and messengers? If you do not believe
your Prophet and your Book, who are you then? Neither Moslem nor Christian.
Moslem: I believe all the contents of the Koran for God inspired it. Believe
also all what you have mentioned about Jesus.