Should we respond to hate with more hate? I dare say, most people know the answer to this question. It’s generic. It doesn’t specify what kind of hate. So chances are, most people would say “no, we should not respond to hate with more hate”. The problem is, in the back of our minds, there’s an “unless it’s ______”. If we’re talking about the specific kind of hate that pushes our buttons – the answer is quite different. Even if we don’t like to acknowledge it.
Remember the Sabbath. But what is the Sabbath? I mean the capital “S” Sabbath, not the generic lower case “s” sabbath. Where did it come from? What is it for? What should we do? And what should we get out of it?
Remember the Sabbath. What if we don’t know what the Sabbath is about? Is there value in knowing the wrong thing? Can we remember what we don’t really know?
Those question stem from a book I’m reading. This will be of the first of a number of quotes from it. They appear to be from a Judeo-Christian point of view. At least the words sound like it. Some of them. They put out as assumptions. And then they lead the reader someplace. To a conclusion. However, does the conclusion stay within Christian teaching? That’s the question we’ll examine here.
Is Quantum computing the new Tower of Babel? Don’t worry if you’re not sure what a quantum computer is. Even if you know nothing about quantum computers, this is an interesting question. I’ll even give you the answer tight up front. It’s no. And it’s yes. No and yes at the same time. Which, not coincidentally, is a big part of what quantum computers are about. Up until quantum computing, everything about computers was based on something being on or off. True or False. One or zero. Now – with the wonderful world of quantum computing, it can be yes, no, and maybe – all at the same time.
When we live the lie, we expect: follow the rules of the world today and make tons of money and we’ll be happy. And at the end of our lives, nearly all find out the game was stacked against them. They lived the lie. But they don’t have the money. And even for the few that do – you know, the one percent – they aren’t happy either.
I was just reading an article that made me think about the differences in teachings related to orphans and widows in Christianity and Islam. Both books talk about widows and orphans. No real surprise there. But the things they have to say are very different. That should not have been a surprise, but it was. At least, it was more of a surprise than I expected. When we hear about something, like the Qur’an and Islam – and also read the actual Qur’an – it can be hard to remember what the actual book says versus what people claim about the book. The same is true for anything. We really need to pay attention to what’s real and what’s opinion.
I was doing some research on an article on “Orphans and Widows in Christianity and Islam” and found something interesting. I was looking at nine translations of the Qur’an. What I found was two very different translation of the same Qur’an passage. I had started with two, but they were so strikingly different that I went to nine. That first one still stuck out as being so very different.