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Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2004 11:49:09 +1300
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JESUS or Allah? 
-by Rick Mathes. (Jan 9, 2004).

Last month I attended my annual training session that's 
required for maintaining my state prison security clearance.  
During the training session there was a presentation by 
three speakers representing the Roman Catholic, Protestant, 
and Muslim faiths who explained their belief systems. I was
particularly interested in what the Islamic Imam had to say.

The Imam gave a great presentation of the basics of Islam, 
complete with a video.  After the presentations, time was 
provided for questions and answers. When it was my turn, 
I directed my question to the Imam and asked: "Please 
correct me if I'm wrong, but I understand that most Imams
and clerics of Islam have declared a holy jihad [Holy war] 
against the infidels of the world and that by killing an 
infidel, which is a command to all Muslims, they are 
assured of a place in heaven.  If that's the case, can you
give me the definition of an infidel?"

There was no disagreement with my statements and 
without hesitation he replied, "Non-believers!"

I responded, "So, let me make sure I have this straight.  
All followers of Allah have been commanded to kill 
everyone who is not of your faith so they can go to 
Heaven.  Is that correct?"

The expression on his face changed from one of authority 
and command to that of a little boy who had just gotten 
caught with his hand in the cookie jar.  He sheepishly 
replied, "Yes."

I then stated, "Well, sir, I have a real problem trying to 
imagine Pope John Paul commanding all Catholics to kill 
those of your faith or Pat Robertson or Dr. Stanley ordering 
Protestants to do the same in order to go to Heaven!"

The Imam was speechless.

I continued, "I also have problem with being your friend 
when you and your brother clerics are telling your followers 
to kill me.  Let me ask you a question... would you rather 
have your Allah who tells you to kill me in order to go to 
Heaven or my Jesus who tells me to love you because I 
am going to Heaven and He wants you to be with me?"

You could have heard a pin drop as the Imam hung his head.
-Rick Mathes and his wife Trish are the founders of 
Mission Gate Prison Ministries, an outreach to those who 
are incarcerated and their families in Missouri and Illinois, 
headquartered in St. Louis. For more information
regarding Mission Gate call (636) 391-8560 or visit their 
web site at:  www.missiongateministry.org