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Good article Jennifer. When you ponder or feel guilty about being so physically nonchelant during you're prayer time, remember the difference between Christianity and religions like Islam, Hindu, ect.. Christianity is a "done" religion and most others are a "do" religion. If you are a born again Christian, God sees us as righteous because we have believed or trusted what Jesus' death has done for us to remove our sin. These other religions are trying their very best to "do" things (works, prayer, fasting, etc) to receive God's favor and get to spend eternity with Him. I agree most all Christians fall short in our prayer time.
Christianity is also an exclusive faith in how to receive eternal life with God as He said, "Jesus said to him (Thomas), I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." Notice that Jesus said this. We all have to make that personal decision whether or not we that are Christians believe what the God of this universe said, or not.
Really enjoyed reading this article.
"...with equality for all who are heterosexual. Homosexuals are slightly different, but can be readjusted to Gods image by choice and asking for help from God. Many such worse maladys have been corrected by a spiritual path and medicine working together."
Oh, fer cryin' out loud.
"Homosexuals are slightly different, but can be readjusted to Gods image by choice and asking for help from God."
God needs to stop outsourcing quality control for his products to China it seems...
Toughness and defending our rights are a necessary evil when you are being attacked. But to do phisycal harm to someone when there is no initial physical harm is unwarranted by all of Gods tenets that Love their children(humans). And we all are the children of God created by one Universal-God. Otherwise we'd all look diferent with a body unlike the the one body another-God gave us all. We all look alike in his one worldwide God's image, therfore one God imaged-into-man, and women, with equality for all who are heterosexual. Homosexuals are slightly different, but can be readjusted to Gods image by choice and asking for help from God. Many such worse maladys have been corrected by a spiritual path and medicine working together. We all know people who fight are sissys tring to be macho, unless they fight in defense.
fasting allows you to drop lbs, which then allows you to carry more 'stuff' in your coat
Did you ask about the honor killings, womens rights, how about the treatment of homosexuals,severing of limbs for petty theft, Hamas,PLO,Fort Hood shooter,repeated suicide bombings, attacks against Christian churches in Sudan,Egypt, etc. Those are some of the things I would like to know about.
what an enlightining article. Thank you Jennifer for your time in this matter. Did your visit change your mind about the faith?
Good point, thewaywardwind and I would also ask Jennifer, upon her next visit to an evangelical congregation, that she would very kindly ask the Pastor for his thoughts about Uganda's Anti-Homosexual Bill where, among other penalties, homosexuals can be sentenced to death.
Is it a barbaric and twisted interpretation of scripture or simply justice under God's law?
Jennifer...Now that you've established a raport with the local imam, how about asking HIM what he thinks about the muslims stoning the woman in iran for adultery? It would have been a very rude question at the dinner table, but it IS a legitimate question since he is the leader of the local muslim population. Does he see it as justice under muslim law, or does he, as an American, see it as the act of barbarians?
I remember Hakeem Olajuwon of the Houston Rockets,continuing with his fast during a grueling playoff run. He had to be a dedicated Muslim to compete at that level while fasting.
"Kindness, generosity and friendship, therefore, are universal, and we should take every possible opportunity to purposefully discover one another with the same measure of kindness and hospitality the Victoria Muslims showed me."
Talking with my Hindu and Muslim friends has made me realize that as Christians, a lot of us don't really make a effort. They fast and pray - how many Christians do you know who would give up a meal a day and use that time to pray? They believe there is meaning in what they do - they don't just go to church on sunday, then forget about God for the rest of the week. They are the ones who have been a good influence on me as a Christian.