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RockyG666 62M
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6/15/2016 9:42 am

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6/19/2016 7:02 pm

world religions

I took a class at seminary called World Religions, it was part of the mandatory curriculum. The idea behind this class was to look at other religions of other cultures and find how God may have used them for the good of others. To maybe find God in places where you did not expect him to be. One of the requirements of the class was to visit other places of worship in other religions and write reports on them, and to report where we were able (or not able to) find God.

As a result, I visited several places I would never have gone and never have learned about otherwise. I went to a Shiekh place of worship in the far suburbs, I went to a nearby Bahai temple, to a Vietnamese Bhudist service, and finally (as a whole class) we visited an Islamic mosque service. I was able to find God in every place except the Bahai, that was the point of the class and I had to find God to make the grade. I did not find the Bahai to be very Godly, they had excerpts from every religious book on every wall, which were made of a plastic web-like dome which enclosed the temple. There were birdsongs piped in throughout the service and everything felt very fake and pre-concieved to me. I called it a Disneyland of religion in my report, and I got a “D” on that report.

Surprisingly enough, I found God the most in the Islamic service. If I had not known that I was in a mosque I may not have recognized the service as being non-Christian. It seem much like many of the other Christian churches I have attended. The sermon even was very Christian themed. If it were not for the fact that most of the ‘congregation’ were sprawled out on the floor kneelling on rugs during the service, it would not have seemed so different. Additionally, they were all male; the women and most of the young were separated by themselves.

We learned a bit about Islam before we went to the mosque. There are 5 pillars that Islam believes in and they are very much attune to the biblical principles found in Christianity. They are 1) testimony to faith, 2) Prayer, 3) Charity (giving to the needy), 4) Fasting (the month of Ramadan) and 5) Pilgrimage. Aside from the Pilgrimage, it is not very unlike what we teach in our churches. There was NO hatred or death to infidels type rhetoric in the service at all. It was a very nice service, the nicest of the other world religions I visited and I left with a warm fuzzy feeling.

I personally know many muslim people that do NOT have animosity towards Christians or any other faith. As far as I can tell, it is the extremists that are preaching such things and that it is contrary to the beliefs of Islam in general. Again, I am not pushing Islam, I am just explaining what I know about it and I think that to hate muslims is against my faith in Christ. We are more alike than not and hatred is not the answer.


Sojourner06 58M
1767 posts
6/17/2016 1:59 am

Islam and Christianity have more in common than we want to know.

Except from Jesus as son of God and our Savior.

It's strange to see them described as cavemen belonging in a cave since their science; medical field and building & construction once were WAY ahead of the so called Christian World.
Our numbersystem origin from the Arabs.

There ARE some fanatic, radical Muslims who belongs to live their lives in a cave and the entrance should be permanently closed. For the sake of human kind.
Beside that cave there should be another cave containing the fanatic, radical Christians who just as well ruin the lives of others.
Both have lost their first love, and forgotten their God and what this life is really about.
Only self-promotion is left for them. Their number of followers are the ultimate proof of their "success" in life and their religious disaster.
They still think they are the ONLY way to God. And they are not. Nobody will see God by them until they step aside and/or fall down on their knees.

God can be found everywhere but He ain't part of any religion. He ain't no djinn in a bottle or oil lamp that can be released and granting wishes.
God revealed Himself to human beings.
He brought Israel out of Egypt by His strong hand and paid the ransomed due for all of us on that Cross. For anyone to believe and grab.
Or to deny and chose to spend all eternity without Him. THAT'S Hell.

Hatred towards others due to their belief and/or religious (bad) behaviour is only wrong. It's suicidal. It kills the good inside us that God gave us for behaving like HE wants us to behave towards others.
We are to stand up against evil; not to stand up against the vessel containing the evil. Our fight isn't against flesh and blood, but against against the spirits of the dark realms.

If people of other religions only meet the "Love of the Christians" being hatred and rejection;how will they ever get to know the Love of the only living God?

We have thousands of refugees from Syria here in Europe. Muslim refugees.
And thousands of Muslim refugees have received Christian teaching and after that chosen to be baptised to Jesus. On their own demands.

The Quaran says if the mountain won't come to Muhammad then Muhammad must come to the mountain.
Muslims flee to the areas of the Christians, so now finally we have the chance to let them meet Jesus. Let's do so.

Blessings



Mogens

I Can Explain It To You, But I Can’t Understand It For You

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"REVELATION"


RockyG666 62M
1357 posts
6/17/2016 8:02 am

speaking of cavemen....try to evolve a little.

i am not pushing islam, neither am i condoning hatred.

i am a man of christ and i believe in peace


RockyG666 62M
1357 posts
6/17/2016 8:02 am

thank you sojo. i did not expect to be on your side


Urban_Hermit 68M
317 posts
6/17/2016 11:12 pm

I know the god of the Koran and the God of the Bible are opposite in many ways. The God of the BIble loves Jews and Christians, the prophet of the Koran calls them dogs and pigs. The god of the Koran is glorified as a deceiver and tricks his enemies, the God of the Bible hates deception. So it puzzles me how you can find the true God in a mosque? I know you can pray to God anywhere, but .....

Jesus said. "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." So hang in there with Jesus my friend. God bless.

Judgement Day will be interesting.


Sojourner06 58M
1767 posts
6/18/2016 1:27 am

    Quoting RockyG666:
    thank you sojo. i did not expect to be on your side

Neither did I expect you to be on my side. Mainly because I didn't know there were sides. Not here nor elsewhere.

But those "sides" explains a lot of the past and how things evolved. Maybe it's time to evaluate and reconsider.?

"Me and my house we will serve the Lord".

Blessings



Mogens

I Can Explain It To You, But I Can’t Understand It For You

Good News For Christian Man ABP

"REVELATION"


RockyG666 62M
1357 posts
6/18/2016 8:36 am

I do NOT suppose to support ISLAM in any way. I love the god of the bible and Christ jesus and the holy spirit. I am SURE that they do not support hatred of others, we can be different, we can even be opposed, but we should NEVER hate each other. even if some of them do hate us.


Sojourner06 58M
1767 posts
6/19/2016 3:59 am

    Quoting RockyG666:
    I do NOT suppose to support ISLAM in any way. I love the god of the bible and Christ jesus and the holy spirit. I am SURE that they do not support hatred of others, we can be different, we can even be opposed, but we should NEVER hate each other. even if some of them do hate us.

I didn't and I don't consider that you in any way suppose to support Islam in any way.

My comment was and is to your surprise of "being on your side".
And my suggestion of "to evaluate and reconsider" goes for who you think I am.

But that's all up to you. I don't want or need followers or disciples...

Blessings



Mogens

I Can Explain It To You, But I Can’t Understand It For You

Good News For Christian Man ABP

"REVELATION"


RockyG666 62M
1357 posts
6/19/2016 12:01 pm

sojo, that was to others more than to you directly. we have had our disagreements on this blog in the past, as I have had with others, but I am trying to lay down my old grudges because of Christ's grace to me.