Deadly Misunderstanding: A Congressman's Quest to Bridge the Muslim-Christian Divideby Mark D. Siljander
Pub. Date: 10/07/2008
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Former Congressman and Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations, Mark D. Siljander takes us on an eye-opening journey of personal, religious, and political discovery. In the 1980s, Siljander was a newly minted Reagan Republican from Michigan who joined Congress in the same generation as Newt Gingrich and Tom DeLay, ready to remake the world. A staunch member of the… See more details below
Former Congressman and Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations, Mark D. Siljander takes us on an eye-opening journey of personal, religious, and political discovery. In the 1980s, Siljander was a newly minted Reagan Republican from Michigan who joined Congress in the same generation as Newt Gingrich and Tom DeLay, ready to remake the world. A staunch member of the Religious Right, he once walked out of the National Prayer Breakfast when a speaker quoted from the Qur'an.
But after losing reelection, Siljander dove into the Bible to look for the passage in which the Bible says it is our job as Christians to convert others in order to save them from eternal damnation. He couldn't find it; in fact, he couldn't even find a passage saying that Jesus set out to form a new religion. This discovery was the first step on a spiritual and political journey that started with an in-depth linguistic study of the Bible and led to the discovery that Christianity and Islam share many base words and concepts. In his role as ambassador to the United Nations, Siljander began sharing his insights on the connections between Islam and Christianity, with surprising results.
A Deadly Misunderstanding recounts Siljander's amazing discoveries as he travels to some of the most remote and hostile places in the world—deep into Libya, Sudan, Pakistan, and India—forging deep ties with both heads of state and religious leaders. What he has learned could radically shift the contemporary religious landscape and help heal the rift between Islam and the West. No Christian or Muslim will be unaffected after reading this book.
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Table of Contents
Foreword Ban Ki-moon Ban, Ki-moon
Introduction On the Green Line
1 Hostage 1
2 Paradigm Crash 13
3 The Secret Language of the Bible 25
4 The Other Holy Book 37
5 Miracle in the Sahara 49
6 To Love Thine Enemies 59
7 The Path of Ananias 71
8 My Apology 83
9 Full Circle 99
10 Pillars and Bridges 111
11 A Hug from His Holiness 125
12 Jesus, the Ruhallah 135
13 To Walk in Another Man's Sandals 155
14 Jihad 169
15 Scrutiny 183
16 On the Green Line Again 197
17 Path of Peace in a Time of War 209
Appendix 1 Jesus in the Qur'an: A Complete List of Qur'anic References to Isa (Jesus) 223
Appendix 2 Linguistic Similarities: Key Terms in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Arabic 227
Appendix 3 Examples of Aramaic Terms That Clarify Long-standing Biblical Misinterpretations 229
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By going to Muslim leaders, Mark utilizes his ex-Congressman's "edge" while actually doing what Jesus (Isa) taught. There is a way to relate to our "enemies" with love, forgiveness, blessing or "doing good", as well as prayer for and with them. Westerners, especially we Evangelicals, need to learn "bridge-building" instead of war and enmity. Mark Siljander shows us how, and it works! With a few Arab partners, I provide a bridge-building Arabic language web site which has attracted more than 300,000 visitors. 85% of them are Muslims who want to dialogue with Christians to build bridges of relationship. Don't make war; make bridges of relationship. Mark Siljander will inspire you and require you to rethink your view of the Muslim world. I live in that world, and I plead with you - do it now! They need to hear from a friend!
A Deadly Misunderstanding is a COMPELLING read. From the time I first picked it up, nearly everything around me became a distraction to avoid.
Over a year ago, I met Mark Siljander when he was the Keynote Speaker at our industry convention Prayer Breakfast. As he told this riveting story, I was captured by his sincerity and studied approach to this fascinating conclusion...Christians and Muslims have much in common and overlapping beliefs.It has been a long year awaiting this publication; but well worth the wait.
Suddenly, all the stereotypes that have been imbedded into my belief system came unravelled.I should reveal that I am a middle aged, Born Again Believer in Christ from the very conservative Southern Baptist tradition.
I feel A DEADLY MISUNDERSTANDING is the most significant read I have EVER had outside The BIBLE itself.
I have already purchased and given away copies, including one for my own Pastor.
I met Mark D. Siljander many years ago. His work as a congressman and later in the United Nations has given him a unique grasp of the cultures in the world.
Siljander's study of multiple languages including Arabic,
Hebrew, and Aramaic has given him keys to unlocking the deadly divide of Muslims and Christians. I loved the content of this book-both personal experiences and the larger reaching conclusions combine to change a paradigm of the reader for the best appreciation of those serving as peacemakers in our world.
Mark's book has brought me such clarity in a very confusing region of the world. His life study of the lingustic similarities is presented in a easy to understand format that anyone can learn from no matter their previous experiences. Mark's stories of meeting with leaders around the world and simply presenting Jesus is very inspiring and motivating.
I truly feel sorry for Christians who endorse this book. Anyone who believes that Jesus of the Christian Bible and Isa of the Quran are the same is deceived. Before accepting this, I recommend the reader research the life of Muhammad before reading this book. It will become clear that the life and words of Muhammad compared to Jesus are POLAR OPPOSITES. It may surprise Christians that Muslims do believe in a second coming of Jesus - but that is where the similarity ends. Muslims do not believe that Jesus died on the cross. Nor do they believe that His death on the cross is the payment of our sins. Muslims believe that when Jesus returns, he will declare himself to be a Muslim and will oversee the implementation of Sharia Law throughout the world. This Islamic version of Jesus will then tell all Christians that they need to convert to Islam, and that they were wrong to believe that he (Jesus) is the messiah. If they do not convert to Islam immediately, they will be slaughtered. Christianity and all other world religions will be eliminated and there will be only one world religion, Islam. To those who know their bibles, especially the book of Revelation, does this sound familiar?