Yesterday evening, as promised, I took a copy of the Quran in English round to Matt’s house and handed it over to him. He received it politely.
“Come in and have a cup of coffee,” he said.
“Sorry,” I said. “I’m afraid I can’t stop. I’ve still got some revision to finish off.”
He nodded. “Have you had a chance to look at the Bible I gave you?”
“Not much more than a casual glance, really. It seems to be all about people. People and their stories.”
“Yes, I suppose it is,” said Matt.
“There was one thing I noticed. Someone somewhere in the Bible says: There is no God but One!”
“That’s right,” said Matt. “It’s Paul, if I remember rightly. He says it. And it’s true, isn’t it?”
I was surprised by his casual attitude. “But that just proves what Muslims have been saying all along!”
“And Christians,” he said.
“No, Matt! Christians think there are three gods!”
He shook his head.
“Both Christians and Muslims believe that there is only one God, the Creator who made everything we can see – and all the things we can’t see, too.”
“Well,” I said, somewhat taken aback, “I’ll carry one reading and see what other shocks I can find. – if you will do the same.”
“I will,” he said.