Sure. But not blind faith.
I have reviewed the evidence. People who lived with Jesus attested to the authenticity of his life, teachings and miracles. They attested to what they saw and experienced. They wrote their testimonies in the Bible.
On the other hand, those who wrote the Quran could only attest to what Mohammed said. They did not see any angels, they did not see God, they did not witness any miracles. Therefore, those who believe the Quran are taking it on blind faith.
You are taking it on faith that the gospels report accurately the words and wishes of Jesus, which “gave” the “church” “authority”.
That is true. But I have placed my faith in people who gave their lives for what they believed. I place my faith in people who don’t believe in lying and whose conduct after they converted to the faith is beyond reproach. I placed my faith in people whose religion which they profess has changed my life exactly as they said it would.
On the other hand, Mohammed taught the virtue of lying. Mohammed made up new revelations to suit him, such as the one to permit him to take more wives. Mohammed did not write anything down and in the Quran warned that anyone who wrote down a false prophecy was condemned (Clever of him).
The church takes it upon itself to do a great many things. It is also a matter of faith that these things conform to the wishes of Jesus…
But that is true. It is a matter of faith. That is why it is called the Faith. But it is not blind faith, as s the case with Islam.
That is why the Church has a three prong way of proving the validity of Her Teachings. Magisterium, Tradition and Scripture. In addition, the various Scripture manuscripts from various countries have all been substantiated to within 99% accuracy. A miracle in itself considering the violent circumstances of the times.
You present yourself as a Catholic. Yet your demeanor in these messages is one of a skeptic.
If you want to critique Islam on its fruits, i.e. what behaviors and policies flow from the interpretations of its tradition that is great and even possibly productive as long as the dialogue is friendly and honest. Attacking a faith tradition on an issue as amorphous and subjective as Mary’s or Muhammed’s claim that they conversed with the angel Gabriel is silly. You either belief it or you don’t.
Speak for yourelf. I was formerly atheist. I believe Christianity because it has the verifiable evidence which even atheists can’t produce. No other religion on this earth can produce the volumes of evidence that the Catholic Church provides.
And that is as it should be. I would not believe any organization to be of God if it could not produce verifiable evidence of its truths.