The notion of Jesus as the literal son of God is not necessary in Christianity; there are devout Christians who do not believe Jesus was the son of God. I recommend you take a close look at the Texts of your own heritage, and see how these Christians interpret them.
Originally Posted by mr p
In my opinion, the best place to start preparing to study Islam would be the Torah, which is the Five Books of Moses. Not the whole Bible; just start with the Torah.
Originally Posted by mr p
Why the Torah? According to Islam, the Jews made drastic changes throughout the Torah, from beginning to end. Not just a word here and there, but a thorough revision of the Text. The alleged Textual changes to the Torah include, but are not limited to the following.
The Jews conspired to expunge all prophecies from the Torah regarding the coming of Mohamed; regarding Mohamed as the "seal" or last prophet forever; and regarding Mohamed as a prophet that should be accepted by the Children of Israel.So, before you make up your mind - before you reject the Torah as a massive collection of falsifications - I recommend you study the Torah under the tutelage of a respected Rabbi.
The Jews conspired to alter descriptions of the biblical patriarchs and prophets who, according to Islam, are completely sin-free and flawless. Thus, any Torah stories about human flaws, poor behavior, or sinful incidents involving the patriarchs and prophets (such as Lot getting drunk and having sexual intercourse with his daughters) are Jewish lies.
The Jews conspired to corrupt all Textual references to Ishmael, in order to rob Ishmael (and his descendants) of birthright ahead of Isaac. For example, the Jews falsified the Torah so that it records Abraham about to sacrifice Isaac instead of Ishmael.
The Jews conspired to falsify Abraham's own birth order, as yet another ploy to rob Ishmael (and his descendants) of birthright. Specifically, the Torah teaches that Abraham was not the firstborn son. As one forum member here complained about the Torah, it's all too "convenient" that Abraham wasn't the firstborn son, that Isaac wasn't the firstborn son, that Jacob wasn't the firstborn son, that Judah wasn't the firstborn son, etc. In other words, the Torah has been falsified to hide the true laws of birthright and inheritance; it's part of the Jewish conspiracy to deny Ishmael's rightful inheritance.
The Jews conspired to even change many of the day-to-day laws. As just one example, the Koran claims that all food legally permitted to Muslims are also legally permitted to Jews. Except, the Torah legally prohibits lots of food that the Koran does not prohibit. This means that either (1) the Koran's claim is false or (2) the Jews conspired to falsify the Torah laws. The answer, according to Islam, is that the Jews falsified the Torah.
A Rabbi will give you an insightful, detailed, indepth view of the Torah that is likely more educational than what you received in Catholic school - and certainly different than the view presented by many Muslims.
The Rabbi can open up the wisdom of the Torah for you, and you will have the opportunity to properly judge whether or not the ancient words "speak true" to you. Moreover, the Rabbi will explain to you that conversion to a new religion is completely unnecessary for you to partake in any universal wisdom and truth that you may find there.
So perhaps this is my most important recommendation; find a traditional Jewish Rabbi to learn and understand the Torah from the traditional Jewish perspective. I think this is part of making an informed decision about Islam.