Middle East – Africa

Kampala, Mar 26, 2008 / 04:30 am (CNA).- President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda spoke about Christianity to Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in response to the latter’s claim that the Bible had been doctored, the Catholic Information Service for Africa reports.

Last week Colonel Gaddafi claimed that the original Bible had mentioned Muhammed, but had been doctored to exclude references to the founder of Islam.  Ugandan Christians condemned his claim.

During Easter prayers at Nshwere Church in the Kiruhura district, President Museveni spoke about his discussion with the Libyan leader.  He said he told Colonel Gaddafi that the resurrection of Jesus is important for humanity, especially Christians, because it gives them hope for life after death.

The president said he also told Gaddafi that the fundamental laws of Christianity are contained in the two laws found in Chapter 12 of the Gospel of St. Mark.  He cited both commandments, which read, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and all your strength,” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

According to President Museveni, Colonel Gaddafi seemed convinced that if one fulfilled both laws, one would have fulfilled most of the laws of God.

The president said it did not matter which religion one belongs to as long as one fulfills both laws.  “I do not believe in competition between religions, after all God has no religion. God is for us all,” the president said, according to the Catholic Information Service for Africa.

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