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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.