Dr. Virji spoke as patriotic American

To the editor:

In the second of the two part series (Nov. 25-26) on Dr. Ayaz Virji’s talk about Islam, he is quoted as saying, “Islam — just like Christianity, just like Buddhism just like atheism, just like humanitarianism — promotes love thy neighbor, virtue, honest, dignity, respect, doing good charity . . .”

Christianity, more precisely promotes Jesus Christ as the Son of God and our Savior from sin, death and the devil. Jesus did teach, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” and in the Parable of the Good Samaritan, we learn that everyone is our neighbor. (Luke 10:27-37)

The heart of Christianity, however, is found in Jesus first words to the paralyzed man whose friends had lowered him through the roof, on a mat, in front of Jesus. Jesus said to this man, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”

The Bible tells us Jesus knew some present were thinking, “Who is this fellow? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

Jesus asked them, “Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven or get up and walk’?”

To prove His authority, Jesus spoke to the paralyzed man a second time: “I tell you, get up. Take your mat and go home.” Immediately the man stood up . . . .(Luke 5:17-26) Jesus came to pay the debt we owed.

“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.” (Romans 6:23)

Although there are many translations of the Bible from the original Hebrew and Greek, as

Dr. Virji noted — some more accurate than others — the central message remains: “This is love; not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice for our sins. . . since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” (I John 4:10, 11)

In the past, many people celebrated in lengthening days of sunlight on Dec. 25. Consequently, Christians chose that day to celebrate the birth of God’s SON, who later said, “I am the Light of the world. Whosoever follows me . . . will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

As Dr. Virji shared information on Islam, he spoke as a patriotic American: “We’re all privileged to be in the greatest country in the world,” he told his large audience. “The reason isn’t because you’re white or because we have a big army. The reason is our values (life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness were included) . . . and the second we lose that, that’s when we are not great.”

Thank you, Dr. Virji, for your presentation. Welcome to Minnesota!

Trudy Madetzke