Mr Rahn, thank you for your thoughts. My interest in this arises from having grown up in an Islamic culture. While my parents were Christian missionaries, it was astounding to me to see how much they also believe that we are clouded in our understanding because of prejudice. They believe that we were all born Muslim, with innate belief in God’s Oneness, etc, but have gone astray.
Thus, they start with the prejudice against all of us that if we reject their view, we are prejudiced. More, the Qur’an is perhaps even more reverenced than we do our Bible. They consider it God’s representation on earth. They handle it with care. Some believe that drinking the ink that they write Qur’anic verses will give them spiritual strength. Each word was written in Arabic before time, they say.
Thus, everything we do is tainted by sin–all Christians (anasara), Jews, even though we are people of the Book (we have willingly tainted the Holy Scriptures by switching the Injil (Gospel) and Paul’s writings to guide people away from God.
They believe that by accepting the Bible as we do, we are sinning. Only they have the correct interpretation. They believe that Mohamed, for example, predicted what an embryo looked like miraculously (nutfa, drop), etc.
What I’m trying to say is that we all have the tendency to believe that our sacred writings are infallible. However, how can we come to an agreement if we disregard the other’s interpretation of the earth and nature as sinful?
I know of Christians who counter Muslim ideas with “science,” and Muslims who claim the Qur’an is more correct. Can we only rely on the feeling in our breasts as to which is correct?
In Hinduism, Brahmins reportedly are the only ones who can interpret the Vedas correctly (they even have names saying how many they can read, I think, like Chaturvedi–four Vedas).