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Dear Rabbi Tabasky: How can we say that The Torah is the one True Book when the Ishmaelites have their Koran which says that the 12th Imam will come out from within the well he is presently hiding in and lead the Arabic world to victory as their Messiah through near-endless destruction, conquests, and savagery; when the Christians have their "Bible"--The New Testament--which says that when all of the Jews return to Eretz Yisrael, Israel will be destroyed (likely so by nuclear assault), and their Jesus will arise from out under the ashes and lead the Christian world into preeminence as the force that will rule the world; and The Torah says that we will be surrounded and under frightful seige in Jerusalem, the last remnant of Israel, by the forces of Gog and Magog of Russia, the Ishmaelies and all of the other nations of the world dragged along by their very jaws with Melech HaMashiach entering the scene at some point in time along the way?
This is of course a very difficult question, and I don't know if there is a simple answer. I will suggest a few ideas to consider. 1. Both Christianity and Islam a proselytizing religions, both have murdered millions and enslaved millions in the belkief that this is G-d's will. Israel has never gone on a war to spread the word of Judaism, and recognizes the integrity of the religious experience and righteousness of gentiles. You choose. 2. The survival of the Jews, up to this day, is a historical miracle. The basic notions of modern society can all be traced to Jewish sources. 3. Christianity depends totally on the interpretation of Paul, Islam on one profit. Much of the Koran is a clear remaking of events and ideas from the Torah. These are not proofs. Ultimately the only proof is the commitment to G-ds word, I would appreciate your comments.