Orphans and Widows in Christianity and Islam

Orphans and Widows in Christianity and Islam – Part 1   Recently updated !

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Christianity versus Islam

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.


Two very different translations of the same Qur’an passage   Recently updated !

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Christianity versus Islam

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. 

Two very different translation of the same Qur'an passage

Submission in Christianity and Islam   Recently updated !

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Christianity versus Islam

Christianity and Islam both view submission as important.  This begs the question, do both religions have the same definition of submission?  Furthermore, do either, or both, of them use the same definition as the secular use of the word?  It’s important to know.  Otherwise, it’s like talking about fruit – but one person is talking about oranges and the other is talking about Japanese star anise.  The orange is good for our health, flavorful, and can be eaten raw or cooked.  However, the Japanese star anise (image below) fruit is highly toxic and its seeds are even used in animal poison. 


If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying = Sportsmanship?   Recently updated !

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Salvation

You’ve probably heard the saying – If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.  These days, that’s called sportsmanship.  There’s even an extension to that saying.  It’s now If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying – and if you get caught, you’re not trying hard enough.  Sportsmanship Parents are told they should get their kids into sports, because learning sportsmanship is a good thing.  Learning to play as part of a team is a good thing too.  So “they” say.  And the parents buy into it.  So their kids get into sports.  And the kids learn sportsmanship.  In most sports, they also learn to play as part of a team.  But at some point, someone must realize that often means they learn to cheat as a team.  And the lack of willingness to cheat means they either don’t care about the team – or they just aren’t trying hard enough. I know.  It sounds bad.  But it is bad.  And I’m not saying it happens all the time.  But watching the hockey playoffs on TV this year shows just how bad it really is.  Football’s the same way.  So are baseball and basketball.  Same thing with auto and truck racing.  And probably ever […]

If you're not cheating, you're not trying = Sportsmanship?

You can't be found unless you know you're lost

You can’t be found unless you know you’re lost   Recently updated !

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Salvation

You can’t be found unless you know you’re lost.  At first this seems obvious.  Or maybe at first it makes so sense at all.  Either way, if you think about it, it could be either obvious or nonsensical.  Or just plain weird to even think about.  
And yet, it’s true.


Science or Fable: Hills full of horses and chariots of fire   Recently updated !

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series God and science

Hills full of horses, but only one man can see them. Chariots of fire, also seen by only one man.  And they aren’t burning up. Science or fable? Surely this is a fable. There can’t actually be such a thing. Can there? Or maybe it’s a miracle and science can give us a clue as to how that miracle could actually be real.

science or fable?

Separation of church and children in China

Separation of church and children in China   Recently updated !

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series God, government and religion

Separation of church and state is well known – but separation of church and children? I recently heard about how China was targeting children going to Christian schools.  Given that there’s an entire Article in the new religious regulations about schools, thought I missed something in the new law. But I didn’t.  


So that no one could vote unless he had the mark   Recently updated !

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series God, government and religion

The title may sound familiar – so that no one could vote unless he had the mark – and yet also sound not quite right. Rev 13:17 so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. Because it’s real. It’s happening.

so that no one could vote unless he had the mark

such a time as this

The Spirit of God says, ‘I have chosen this man, Donald Trump, for such a time as this.’ ???   Recently updated !

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series God, government and religion

Such a time as this.
A time when “meant for people like her” still means a black person isn’t welcome in any given church she wants to attend. 
A time when someone doesn’t go to church because they don’t feel welcome.  
A time when Satan wins because too many Christians follow his lies instead of God’s truth.