Believing in Jesus is NOT a Religion, and God is NOT a ChristianWritten by Ina Bliss
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Watchitna - Ignorance is ONLY ‘sin’ in our days, for people are still stuck in medieval information. There was not much we could do, when scripts existed in Hebrew, Greek and Latin and their meaning had to be interpreted by spiritually blind, who prostituted free gifts that our Creator handed to them and made their Religion filthy rich (Catholicism). The dogma began with Pharisees, who rehearsed scripts daily and invented man-made laws, instead of believing in Jesus, and our heavenly father.
They built churches from man-made stone, which they care for and adore more than belief in Jesus and our Creator, called idolatry. Jesus’ church is not a building. It consists of those who follow His lead, walk in light as in ‘get His message’, and when they meet, He is there with them.
Now would be time to read up for yourself, and establish an individual relationship with our Maker. Remember, there ‘are no atheists in a turbulent airplane’.
We all know that there were 10 commandments. However, their validity stopped, when our Creator sent Holy Ghost at Pentecost to signalize – “Hello, there is something different about you. You are primarily made of spirit, and your beautiful idolized body is only secondary. Don’t take it so seriously, for reason you have your body (temple) is for your SPIRIT to live in it.”
Are you one of people that stopped reading before high school? Well, here is news. If you don’t like your job and would rather look into your own successful business venture, good book even has wisdom and principles for you that can make you eternally successful, while you enjoy your life. Sounds good? Become a free thinker of type that walks in Jesus’ light. He’ll keep you well. Just ask our Creator to ‘baptize you with Holy Spirit’. You’ll like it, for it makes 1,000 times more ecstasy and bliss possible than will all sex, drugs and alcohol in this world.
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Islam as a Religion of Tolerance and ModerationWritten by David F. Duncan
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Interpretations of Quran that urge violence against innocents, he argues, require poorly informed, out of context readings of a line here/ a line there in my view, not unlike practice of many Christian Fundamentalists. To show that, he cites ambiguous verses by which Muslim extremists justify their acts, and their deceitful disregard of everything Quranic that prohibits their acts. He insists that any valid Quranic interpretation must square with holy book's "general moral imperatives such as mercy, justice, kindness." "If reader is intolerant, hateful, or oppressive," he concludes, "so will be interpretation."
Far from sanctioning "holy war," Abou El Fadl reports, Quran does not even contain phrase. The entire concept of jihad as holy war was a later development rooted more in political and economic conflict than in religious difference. Moreover, far from supporting "get even" (for Israel, for economic imperialism, etc) justification for terrorism, Quran warns Muslims that injustice of others does not permit them to be unjust in return. Furthermore, warriors who attacked innocent civilians were regarded by classic Muslim jurists to be "corrupters of earth and criminals" -- guilty of "especially heinous crimes."
The eleven reactions to Abou El Fadl's essay add further depth to debate. Milton Viorst, Middle East correspondent for The New Yorker, praises it as a "brilliant" explanation of why Muslims are "on brink of becoming a permanent global underclass." Sohail Hashmi, who teaches international relations at Mount Holyoke College, agrees that politically motivated Quranic interpreters, not Quran itself, feed us-against-them mentality of violent Muslims. British culture critic Tariq Ali laments that "there was more dissent and skepticism in Islam during 11th and 12th centuries than there is today." On other hand, Abid Ullah Jan, a political analyst from Pakistan, blames all debates about Islam on "efforts by United States and its allies to achieve economic and cultural hegemony by dominating or destroying all opposition." He denounces essay as "an attempt to please Islam-bashers."
Abou El Fadl's response to commentaries asserts that extremists false fundamentalism threatens to turn Islam into "an idiosyncracy -- a moral and social oddity that is incapable of finding common ground with rest of human society." His motivation for engaging in debate against extremists, he says, is "to deny such groups their Islamic banner." In his view, ultimate issue for all Muslims ought to be extremists degradation of "the moral integrity of Islamic tradition."
Khaled Abou El Fadl, Tariq Ali, Milton Viorst and John Esposito. The Place of Tolerance in Islam. Boston, Beacon Press, 2002.
Dr. David F. Duncan is the President of Duncan & Associates, a research and policy studies consulting firm in the areas of public health, mental health, and drug abuse. http://www.duncan-associates.com His Commonplace Book is a collection of excerpts, book reviews, and commentary on classic movies and favorite authors. http://commonplacebook.tripod.com/home/