Saturday, March 06, 2010

"They Need to Be Liberated From Their God"

Mosab Hassan Yousef is the son of the founder of terrorist organization Hamas. He was interviewed by a Wall Street Journal reporter about his life as a double-agent, his conversion to Christianity, and his new book, "Son of Hamas."
"I converted to Christianity because I was convinced by Jesus Christ as a character, as a personality. I loved him, his wisdom, his love, his unconditional love. I didn't leave [the Islamic] religion to put myself in another box of religion. At the same time it's a beautiful thing to see my God exist in my life and see the change in my life. I see that when he does exist in other Middle Easterners there will be a change.

"I'm not trying to convert the entire nation of Israel and the entire nation of Palestine to Christianity. But at least if you can educate them about the ideology of love, the ideology of forgiveness, the ideology of grace. Those principles are great regardless, but we can't deny they came from Christianity as well."
HT my friend Chris Morrissey

Source: WSJ


ignatius said...

"They need to be liberated from their God" is the headline. I like that. It sounds right.

Yet, how should we understand the opening of par. 3 of Nostra Aetate:

The Church regards with esteem also the Moslems. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself; merciful and all- powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth, who has spoken to men; ...?

That sounds like the same God as Catholics worship, and there only seems to be disagreement between the two religions His divine nature.

But if Allah is the same God as the one whom Catholics worship, do Moslems really have to be "liberated" from Him?

Or did the Council Fathers get this part of the Moslem belief system wrong, meaning that the Moslem god is not the God worshipped by Catholics? Or have I and others misunderstood what the Council Fathers intended to say?

ignatius said...


In the last line of the 4th paragraph of my comment above, "concerning" was omitted; it should read "... between the two religions concerning His divine nature."