I still strive to keep an open mind. If I lose on a debate I acknowledge it. If someone here can prove that the quran is the word of God then count on it i'd be a muslim in a twinkling of an eye.
I think you are expecting a little too much from a forum. I don't think anyone here would be brave enough to say that it is possible to convince
someone (let alone yourself) of the fact that the Quran is the word of God. If it were provable then there wouldn't be an issue of faith at all. It's my belief that if one is sincere, and reads the Quran and if God has decided that the person will be guided then nothing will get in the way of that person's guidance. The Quran is only a reminder to sincere believers.
It's true that many muslims can become self righteous at having attained some guidance. But I think this is ultimately a brake on their spiritual guidance. By becoming proud of it they commit the sin of Satan and are prevented from progressing any further.
God will guide you if you are sincere and ask for His guidance. Ask God sincerely for guidance. If you don't even believe in God's existence then you have only your intellect to use to arrive at an answer. And if that fails you then you only have yourself to blame. See it's firstly a struggle with yourself. Define what you believe to yourself.
Agnosticism is your choice but the irony of what you are attempting to do is that you are trying to convince others to change away from Islam to what? To agnosticism? To attempt to change us is as fruitful for you as it is for anyone here to convince you to change.
Actually I do that once in a while. But since christianity has been reformed it is practically harmless and its tolerance allow christians to discover the truth and leave the religion in peace.
You can't fill a spiritual need in humans with emptiness or doubt. These Christians may discover like you that the bible is not the lamp they believe it is but you are an example of someone who has renounced and left Christianity (God and we are your witness for having said this publicly). But where has it brought you? Look at where you are and what you are discussing.
Abandon the divisive religion of Islam. Find God through something else.
I think you must show us what you have gained by abandoning your faith. Have you found God through something else? Tell us your experiences since you have taken that step and share with us your discovery(ies). I think you will find that your life is emptier now than ever.
So empty that you have to fill it with vain debates here. Instead of filling the void with blank debates don't you feel that you might fill it with true spirituality. You see the earnest and sincere debate that goes on amongst the believers here. Does it really irk you that we are all striving for guidance and searching for truth?
I only know my personal experiences, and you know yours. Only you can decide whether you might not be so different from anyone here afterall.
Only an incompetent God would allow that to happen. And if he exists then only he and the corruptors are to be blamed for the millions of people who were misled by the existence of corrupted scriptures.
I think only God who is rejected by those who make a covenant with Him would allow that to happen. The people who believed in Moses and Jesus allowed themselves to be diverted from the truth and bought their own corruption and misguidance. Why blame God for the actions of humans and satans?
You have been sincere enough to see the error of Christians. We have been sincere enough to see the error and fabrication of hadith. Even if you don't accept the Quran as the word of God I suspect you believe in God at heart (or want to). If you are sincere enough to reject corruption then perhaps you will find truth if you sincerely ask for it.
And how can you say that the Quran remain pure? Has it gone through textual criticisms the way the bible did? The you have the original pieces of parchments, wood, cloth and camel hides where the surahs were originally written?
The Quran has passed the test for me as a result of years of reading it. It's true I was born into the Sunni muslim faith but at one stage in my life I found it to be very ritualistic and full of contradictions and superstitions. I remember saying at one point that I wanted to believe in the religion of Abraham. Many years later events led me back to belief in the Quran's Straight Path but together with rejection of hadith.
The Quran has undergone much study by friends and foes. One thing that is remarkable for me is the symmetries in the Quran. The fact that so many little things are present and so many new things emerge with every reading. I could give you many examples of what impresses me but here are some at random from my thoughts now:
1. The word day is mentioned 365 times in the singular form. Why not some other number? Surely if the lunar calendar was extant it should have been 354 if it was a word game planned in the text. Is this a coincidence?
2. The conciseness of the text and yet its important lessons that come through if one contemplates. When describing the story of the Youths in the Cave the story mentions in passing that the youths feel hungry and instruct one of their members to buy food from the 'purest source'. A human story would not include this small but very important detail.
3. When the hoopoe is mentioned in the surah 27 the bird glorifies God by stating: "Who brings to light what is hidden in the heavens and the earth, and knows what ye hide and what ye reveal"
. Now think about how a bird behaves naturally from day to day. It flies in the heaves and therefore sees from a bird's eye view what is not normally seen and it scratches at the earth to reveal what is not normally seen. See how the Quran's description of the birds glorification of God is very specially related to us from the bird's point of view - that God brings to light what is hidden in the heavens and the earth.
Maybe none of this is especially exciting for you but its the small things put together that make complete sense and have beautiful concordance with nature and the way things are created that support my faith.
However, I think the most illuminating thing you have done in this thread is to change the topic from "Who was Zul-Qarnain?" to "Why expose Islam". You started with a question that you said was about sincere curiosity and changed it to one that was your actual chosen agenda in the first place.
Don't you see? Nothing has to be done on my part for the truth to emerge.
Sincerity is the key. Sincerity will set you free.