I am still finishing a book I got at the Western (wailing) Wall in Jerusalem. I want to finish that book before my next of three last Israel posts. In the meantime I came upon this:
An alternative Christmas message from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Here is an excerpt:
The crises in society, the family, morality, politics, security and the economy which have made life hard for humanity and continue to put great pressure on all nations have come about because the Prophets have been forgotten, the Almighty has been forgotten and some leaders are estranged from God.
If Christ were on Earth today, undoubtedly He would stand with the people in opposition to bullying, ill-tempered and expansionist powers.
If Christ were on Earth today, undoubtedly He would hoist the banner of justice and love for humanity to oppose warmongers, occupiers, terrorists and bullies the world over.
If Christ were on Earth today, undoubtedly He would fight against the tyrannical policies of prevailing global economic and political systems, as He did in His lifetime. The solution to today’s problems is a return to the call of the divine Prophets. The solution to these crises is to follow the Prophets – they were sent by the Almighty for the good of humanity.
I this the same Jesus who said to turn the other cheek. Or the One who said that His kingdom is not of this earth. Christ came to die on the cross for all of our sins. The parallels of Muslims waiting for their Mufti and Jews waiting for the Messiah abound. The bible says to the Jews in Zech 12:10
"And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced . Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.
Conclusion: Ahmadinejad, like most of the world has no clue about why Jesus came to earth. Who will tell them why?