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A Christian Explains His Faith to Muslims - Understanding Christianity

A Christian Explains His Faith to Muslims - Understanding Christianity

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An excellent explanation of what is the Christian faith

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An excellent explanation of what is the Christian faith

http://www.arabicbible.com/

http://www.islam-christianity.net/

http://www.fatherzakaria.net/

http://www.islameyat.com/

http://www.aldalil-walborhan.org/english/

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In the New Testament, 13 letters are attributed to Paul. From a chronological point of
view, these letters are the earliest writings of the New Testament. The letters of Paul
were usually written to various local Christian churches (Rome, Corinth, Galatia,
Ephesus, Philippi, Colossae, Thessalonica) with which he had been associated. Some
were written to individuals (Timothy, Titus, Philemon.)

Because of the importance of Paul in the development of early Christianity, some
biographical information might be useful. Paul was born in Tarsus between the years
515 A.D., which makes him slightly younger than Jesus. A Jew by religion and
Roman citizen by nationality, Paul went to Jerusalem about the year 30, that is, about
the time of the death of Jesus, to do studies in the Jewish Law.

As Paul confirms in the autobiographical passages in his letters (cf. especially Gal.
1:112:l4), he was not a follower of Jesus during his lifetime in Palestine. In fact, he
was a great enemy of the Christians. About the year 34, he went to Damascus to see
about getting the Christian community in that city suppressed. On the way, he had a
dramatic religious experience (recounted in the Acts of the Apostles 9:130 and
22:122) and became a follower of Christ.

His acceptance of Christ brought about a great crisis in Paul’s life. He did not return
to Jerusalem but went to Arabia, where he spent three years in solitude and prayer.
He came to the conclusion that the message of Christ was not only for Jews but for
all people, and he set off on the first of his missionary journeys. He became the
greatest missionary of the early Christians and made four long journeys which took
him to many parts of the Roman empire. In each city he visited, he formed a small
community of Christians, after which he moved on to another place.

Once Paul had left one town and moved on, the local communities formed by his
preaching used to write Paul and ask his advice on matters of faith. Sometimes they
would report to him moral abuses which had crept into the community, or else they
would question him about problems related to the internal organization of the local
communities. The letters Paul wrote in response to the various churches are the
earliest writings of the New Testament. When Christians assembled for prayer, they

would read Paul’s letters, which they considered to be authoritative. They often
recopied his letters and sent them on to other local churches.

The first letter of Paul, that to the Christians in Thessalonica, was written about the
year 51. Paul followed this with another 12 letters written to Christian communities
or individuals in regions located in modern Turkey and Greece, and in the city of
Rome. According to Christian tradition, Paul was put to death in Rome about the
year 67.

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