On Morgan Spurlock’s TV series – “30 Days” tonight, a staunch Christian lived as a Muslim for 30 days in Dearborn, Michigan. I hope those of you in Australia managed to catch it tonight because it goes a long way, albeit at a shallow level, towards dispelling myths and highlighting the similarities between Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
I guess the easiest way to illustrate this is to explain it the way the show did:
- Jews believe in God and are still waiting for the Messiah, ie. they do not believe Jesus to be the Messiah
- The first Christians were Jews who believe Jesus to be the Son of God, eg. the Messiah
- The Muslims like the Jews do not believe Jesus to be the Messiah but unlike the Jews, believe the Messiah had arrived and his name was Mohammed
Also, an interesting point of view was posed: the person who perpetrated the Oklahamo bombing was an Anglo-Saxon American by the name of Timothy McVeigh but neither Christians nor Anglo-Saxons had to apologise for that atrocity. On the other hand, Muslims and indeed Arab ppl are expected to apologise for 9/11 and subsequent terrorist attacks. Food for thought, no?
Following “30 Days” was the news, and the headlines of the day was of course the Jordan bombings and the death of the bombmaker for JI. Then followed the news of the dissapearance of a 19-month old baby girl by the name of Rahma el-Dennaoui – neither race nor religion was mentioned as part of the story.
What is so remarkable about that? It’s one small step towards illustrating the fact that we are all one people sharing one planet. Good and bad exists in all corners of this earth and no one is immune to either so we should not get clouded by stereotypes of race or religion.