This message is directed to all who post on this subforum, not just the original poster on this thread, although his manner of framing that initial post serves as the example for a point I want to make to both the Christians and Muslims here.
The purpose of this sub-forum is to provide a place for you folks to dialogue, discuss, educate, and be educated, even debate (civilly and charitably) about one another’s faiths.
It is probably unlikely that either will successfully, through this medium, convert the other - albeit, one might cause another to think more about or further explore points that are presented.
This thread began:
This is an affirmative Thread
The question that followed read:
Muslims believe that Mohammed is the final prophet. I would like them to tell me why they believe this.
The application of some basic conversational skills to the typed message might well produce more positive responses and result in non-Muslim members having an opportunity to learn, from Muslims, why the latter believe that Mohammed is the final prophet.
As a convert to Christianity from Islam, hawk presumably already knows the Muslim answer to the question, whether he believes it or not. Most Christians do not already know the answer.
But, hawk doesn’t ask that Muslim forum members explain to their Christian counterparts why they believe as they do. Instead, he tells the Muslim members that he wants them to tell him why they believe it. If you were on the receiving end of that message, from someone who formerly was of your faith, do you think you’d see yourself as being set-up?
Mr. Gonzales has chosen to reply, regardless. My thanks to him for doing so.
Should folks wish to pursue this further, I invite the original poster or another member to rephrase the query in a new thread and see if any other of our Muslim brethren care to expand on what Mr. Gonzales has said.
This particular thread is closed, but I advise reading, understanding, and using the techniques I’ve discussed. They should produce a much more viable environment in which to learn from one another.