Truth, Lies And Afghanistan: How Military Leaders Have Let Us Down I spent last year in Afghanistan, visiting and talking with U.S. troops and their Afghan partners. My duties with the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force took me into every significant area where our soldiers engage the enemy. Over the course of 12 months, I covered more than 9,000 miles and talked, traveled and patrolled with troops in Kandahar, Kunar, Ghazni, Khost, Paktika, Kunduz, Balkh, Nangarhar and other provinces. What I saw bore no resemblance to rosy official statements by U.S. military leaders about conditions on the ground. Entering this deployment, I was sincerely hoping to learn that the claims were true: that conditions in Afghanistan were improving, that the local government and military were progressing toward self-sufficiency. I did not need to witness dramatic improvements to be reassured, but merely hoped to see evidence of positive trends, to see companies or battalions produce even minimal but sustainable progress. Instead, I witnessed the absence of success on virtually every level.
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After returning home from Iraq Peter Van Buren wrote a book which has provoked the ire of the State Department.(85.5Mb)embed video
A US audit has confirmed that billions of dollars delivered to the Iraqi authorities in 2003 for reconstruction projects have gone missing. It seems Washington has wasted cash earmarked to build democracy in the country.
State Department Foreign Service Officer Peter Van Buren headed an Iraqi reconstruction team a few years ago. After returning home he wrote a book which has, he says, provoked the ire of the State Department, which now wants him fired. In his view, the State Department is a lot like the mafia.
“You don’t talk about the family outside the family, and the State Department was bothered by the fact that I told the true story of what happened in Iraq, which contradicts what they’ve been putting out through the media for almost eight years now,” he explained.
He told RT that in around 2007, a number of State Department officials were sent to Iraq with a large amount of cash to spend on rebuilding the country and hopefully creating a new ally for America. Instead, what was delivered were short-term efforts which had no real direction and which were consequently doomed to fail.
“Some of my teammates tried to talk me into spending $25,000 to buy a few sheep to give away to a few widows, and that was going to be our contribution to democracy. You could buy a Toyota for what we were going to spend on sheep,” he recollected.
According to Van Buren, America entered the Iraqi war on the pretext of hunting down weapons of mass destruction.
“As a result, Americans killed over 100,000 Iraqi citizens; some of them were killed directly by the US, some in sectarian violence that the US set loose. Iraq today is not a place that represents the investment of US $63 billion in reconstruction funds. The US failed in its efforts to bring freedom to Iraq,” he stated.
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Is Jesus God?
Jesus Never Instructed His Disciples to Worship Himself or the Holy Ghost, but God and God Only
Luke 11:2 “When you pray, say Our Father which art in heaven.”
John 16:23 “In that day, you shall ask me nothing. Whatsoever you ask of the Father in my name.”
John 4:23 “The hour cometh and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him.”
If Jesus was God, he would have sought worship for himself. Since he didn’t, instead he sought worship for God in the heavens, therefore, he was not God.
The Bible Says that God is Greater than Jesus
John 14:28 “My Father is greater than I.”
John 10:29 “My father is greater than all.”
Jesus can not be God if God is greater than him. The Christian belief that the Father and son are equal is in direct contrast to the clear words from Jesus.
The Bible Says that Jesus Denied He is God
Luke 18:19 Jesus spoke to a man who had called him “good,” asking him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.”
Matthew 19:17 And he said to him, “Why are you asking me about what is good? There is only One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
Jesus did not teach people that he was God. If Jesus had been telling people that he was God, he would have complimented the man. Instead, Jesus rebuked him, denying he was good, that is, Jesus denied he was God.
The Bible Says that God Is Not a Son of Man
Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man…nor a son of man…”
The Bible often calls Jesus “a son of man” or “the son of man.”
Matthew 12:40 “…so will the son of man be…”
Matthew 16:27 “For the son of man is going to come…”
Matthew 28 “…until they see the son of man coming in His kingdom.”
Mark 2:10 “But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority…”
John 5:27 “…because He is the son of man.”
In the Hebrew Scriptures, the “son of man” is also used many times speaking of people (Job 25:6; Psalm 80:17; 144:3; Ezekiel 2:1; 2:3; 2:6; 2:8; 3:1; 3:3; 3:4; 3:10; 3:17; 3:25).
Since God would not contradict Himself by first saying He is not the son of a man, then becoming a human being who was called “the son of man”, he would not have done so. Remember God is not the author of confusion. Also, human beings, including Jesus, are called “son of man” specifically to distinguish them from God, who is not a “son of man” according to the Bible.
JESUS: A PROPHET OF ALLAH.
”And behold, one came and said unto him, ‘Good master, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?’ And he said unto him, ‘Why callest thou me good? (There is) none good but one, (i.e) God, but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.’ ”
The above verses note this acknowledgment of his submissiveness (to Allaah’s Will).
”And when the chief priests and pharisees had heard his parable, they perceived that he spoke oe them. But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude because they took him for a Prophet.”
Here it is proved that all those who believed in Jesus during his life-time did not believe in him being God or the Son of God or one in the doctrine of Trinity; but they believed in him as being a Prophet only. This is indeed one of the strongest points of evidence against those who believe in the Divinity of Jesus (Incarnation of God) if only they pondered.
Bible Says that God is not Man
The Bible says:
Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man…”
Hosea 11:9 “…For I am God, and not man…”
Jesus is called a man many times in the Bible:
John 8:40 “…a man who has told you the truth…”
Acts 2:22 “Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know.”
Acts 17:31 “He will judge the world in righteousness through a man whom He has appointed”
1. Tim. 2:5 “…the man Christ Jesus.”
God is not a man, but Jesus, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, was a man, therefore, Jesus was not God.
Question asked by Christians?
What is the position of Jesus Christ in islam?Why muslims believe that He is not god or son of God but only a prophet?
Muslims believe in Jesus Christ.He is mentioned as Isa al maseeh in quran
Islam is the only non-Christian faith, which makes it an article of faith to believe in Jesus (peace be upon him). No Muslim is a Muslim if he does not believe in Jesus (peace be upon him)
We believe that he was one of the mightiest Messengers of God
We believe that he was born miraculously, without any male intervention, which many modern day Christians do not believe.
We believe he was the Messiah translated Christ (peace be upon him)
We believe that he gave life to the dead with God’s permission.
We believe that he healed those born blind, and the lepers with God’s permission.
God is *not a man*, that he should lie, nor a son of man,…” Numbers [23:19]
"The Messiah [‘Iesa (Jesus)], son of Maryam (Mary), was no more than a Messenger.." (5:75)
Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, *a man* approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: (Acts 2: 22)
”..when Jesus, the son of Mary, said, “O children of Israel, indeed I am the messenger of Allah to you confirming what came before me of the Torah..” (61:6)
After the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, “Surely this is the **prophet** who is to come into the world.” (John, 6:14)
"Think not that I am come to destroy the Law of the prophets: I am come not to destroy, but to fulfill (the Law)." (Matthew 5:17).
Jesus said “No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only..” John 1:18
(But people had seen jesus so jesus is not god according to his own saying)
Jesus fell on his face and prayed to his GOD? Matthew 26:39
“And Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.”? Mark 10:18
"It is not (possible) for any human (prophet) to whom Allah has given the Book Wisdom, and the prophethood to say to the people: "Be my worshippers rather than Allah’s." On the contrary (he would say) "Be you worshippers of Him Who is truly the Cherisher of all: For you have taught the Book and you have studied it earnestly." [Qur’an 3:79]
“There is good evidence to suggest that Jesus never saw himself as a suitable object of worship,”
[David Brown in his book titled, ‘The Divine Trinity’]
“Jesus did not claim deity for himself”.
[Michael Ramsey writes in his book, ‘Jesus and the Living Past’- (1980) pages 39 to 43]
What about the term son of god used by christians?
"They say, ‘God taken to Him a son.’ Glory be to Him. He is all-sufficient; to Him belongs all that is in the heavens and in the earth; you have no authority for this. Do you say concerning God what you do not know?" (Qur’an10:68)
“It is doubtful whether Jesus used the expression ‘son of God’ to refer to himself.”
[Adrian Thatcher writes in his book- ‘Truly a Person, Truly God’ (London: SPCK, 1990) P.77.
Then why people say that it is written in bible that jesus is son of god?
Lets analyse by few examples
On one occasion, Jesus asked his disciples who they think he is. Peter’s reply is recorded as
"You are the Christ" Mark (8:29) [1st gospel] written in 65 A.D
"You are the Christ of God" Luke (9:20) [2nd gospel] written in around 80 A.D
"You are the Christ, son of the living God." Matthew (16:6) [3rd gospel] Written in around 80 A.D
How the story is improved here any 1 can see
Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother (Mark 3:35) [1st gospel]
For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12:50) [3rd gospel]
Jesus went outmiraculously walking on the sea to meet his disciples. Eventually he got into the boat with them. How did the disciples react to all this?”
And they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened” (Mark 6:51-52). [1st gospel]
"And those in the boat worshipped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God…. (Matthew 14:33) [3rd gospel]
One can easily see how the story of jesus is improved through out the gospels
So finally God revealed His last scripture Qur’an which contains the true and authentic knowledge about jesus’ life and his teachings