Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
When the Greeks transcribed Hebrew names from the Old Testament, into their own language, they changed the form of those names by adding a silent “S” to end. For example, Judah became Judas. Jonah became Jonas. The names are still pronounced the same, because the “S” is silent. You are probably more familiar with the French language, which utilizes a similar device. The French word LES is pronounced LAY. The “S” on the end is silent, as it also is in the French words rendezvous and debris.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Jesus never once, in all his teachings, uttered the word “Grace”, yet Christians have taken the doctrine of grace to the ends of the earth, in the name of Jesus. Jesus was certainly familiar with this doctrine, found in Torah, yet he didn’t teach it to his disciples. Grace is the doctrine of Moses and Torah and not of Christ. In Allah’s Torah, grace and judgment are the left and right hand of Allah, a decidedly dualistic god who openly confesses that he is both good and evil. He kills and he makes alive. He blesses and he curses. He offers you grace in one hand or judgment in the other, peace or the sword.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
|Answering the call of Athan|
I never met my mother-in-law. She died of cancer long before I met her son, but he tells me she was a woman of faith who searched the scriptures daily. This simple act of religious independence intrigues me, for it identifies her as a seeker of truth. According to my husband, his mother would sometimes interrogate the minister to the point of frustration, asking questions about doctrine and dogma that he could not answer to her satisfaction. She was looking for something she could not find. Although I never knew her, I am certain I know what she was looking for, a kinder, gentler God she could love and not fear.