Is the story of creation the same in the Bible and Qur’an?

The story of creation in the Bible and the Qur’an are the same, right?

Creation in the Bible and the Qur'anThey ought to be.  We’re told so often that Christians and Muslims believe in the same God.  If that’s true, how could they possibly be different from each other?  I mean – creation is creation.  So “Christian creation” has to line up with “Muslim creation”.

So, how come they don’t?  Why are they different?

For a discussion of this,  see the full article at Creation in the Bible and the Qur’an.

 

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New law in Nepal on religious conversions has devastating penalties

We looked at the issue of conversion from one religion to another.  We also saw that while it’s now illegal to begin a discussion of one’s own religion, it’s very likely that someone could also be in violation simply by answering a question.  In the U.S. we have protection from entrapment – for instance of an undercover law enforcement official would ask a known Christian about their religion, and then arrest them for answering the question.  No such protection appears to exist in Nepal.

While this article only covers Nepal, the same thing is happening in other countries as well.  For sure, we’ll be looking at China.  In the process of researching this article, I found the same / similar situations in other southeast Asian countries like Myanmar.  Of course, this begs the question for everyone – if we don’t have it already, when will this kind of thing be coming to our neighborhood?

If it’s not cause for concern yet, it should be.  Before it’s too late.

The whole story is at Nepal criminalizes religious conversion.

Are there assault weapons in Heaven? – God versus religion

Do you really think the God you claim to believe in and follow would be pleased about the part you play in this whole assault weapon industry?  Maybe you make them for sale to individuals.  Maybe you sell them.  Maybe you protect the right for people to have them – at the same time protecting our “right” to be killed by them?  Would God be pleased with you?

Read the full article to look at this question regarding people involved, in any way, with this assault weapon issue – not from a political or even personal point of view – but from how God may respond to it.

Source: Are there assault weapons in Heaven? – God versus religion

Yet another sad day. – God versus religion

It feels like too many sad days.

And yet …

As Christians, we believe that every good gift comes from God.

As Christians, we believe that everything happens for a reason.

As Christians we believe that even the worst things that Satan does can be turned into something good by God.

Yesterday, we had to put down Hachiko – that’s him on the right.

However, there’s another choice – remember the sadness, acknowledging the hole left in our lives – but also remember all the happy times, the things they brought to our lives, and…

 

Read the rest at: Yet another sad day. – God versus religion

The problem of – With all your mind. Or not? – God versus religion

With all your mind.  Or not?

And what is it that we’re supposed to do with all of our mind?  Or not?

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

Jesus added “with all your mind”.
That wasn’t in the Old Testament.
Was that an error?
A mistake?
Or did Jesus add the mind for a reason?

For my take on why no Christian should consider that an error, please see The problem of inerrancy (in the Bible).  If you read that, you’ll know why my answer has to be no – it wasn’t an error.  Or a mistake.

What did the Old Testament say?   Is this where Jesus got His statement from?

Read the rest at: The problem of – With all your mind. Or not? – God versus religion

The problem of sacrifices and burnt offerings – God versus religion

Mt 9:12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

We (Christians) tend to focus on the part about the healthy not needing a doctor – but only the sick. The part about mercy and sacrifice – I feel like we (Christians) tend to think this message was meant for the Jewish leaders – but not for us. Which is unfortunate.

Source: The problem of sacrifices and burnt offerings – God versus religion

Why God is a curvy, black woman in ‘The Shack’ – God versus religion

I just saw the movie and couldn’t help but wonder, for those who complain about it –

The Shack – heresy? Or Christians missing the point that God can choose to present Himself to any one of us in any way He chooses?

I really liked the movie, but obviously not everyone shares this view:

“Young’s pretentious caricature of God as a heavy set, cushy, nonjudgmental, African American woman called ‘Papa’ (who resembles the New Agey Oprah Winfrey far more than the one true God revealed through the Lord Jesus Christ —Hebrews 1:1-3), and his depiction of the Holy Spirit as a frail Asian woman with the Hindu name, Sarayu, lends itself to a dangerous and false image of God and idolatry,” Joe Schimmel, a California pastor and host of the documentary “Hollywood’s War on God,” told Christian News Network this week.

The Shack – heresy? Or Christians missing the point that God can choose to present Himself to any one of us in any way He chooses?

The rest is at: Why God is a curvy, black woman in ‘The Shack’ – God versus religion

The Screwtape Letters Study Guide

I’screwtape-300-301ve finally finished moving my Screwtape Letters Study Guide to WordPress!

If you want to skip this and go straight to the beginning of the study guide – it’s here – an introduction, with links to each “letter” / chapter — (a) questions and (b) possible discussion topics.

It was written original for a group environment, but could certainly be used by one person.

I’ve put a lot of work into reformatting this version.  I first wrote this series back in 2013.  It was for a small group.  Quite small.  But it was still the proverbial labor of love.  Since putting it up on my previous site, there’s been about 600 people (or groups – I can’t tell which) going through it at any given point in time.  It was worth while even for that first small group.  That so many others have found it useful may mean that I actually listened to that ‘still small voice’ in the process.  I pray it is helpful to you.  It has been for me – even in the process of moving it from one site to another and reformatting everything.  It’s been a reminder about the truth behind some of what’s been happening in my life these last three years.  It’s also been a reminder of something I already ‘knew in my head’ – but sometimes ‘forget in my heart’.  Like how to respond when stuff happens.

Anyway —

There is now (possibly for some people) an option to not have to use the “questions” pages.  For those who have been printing it – then printing the “discussion guide” pages with the questions repeated – the guide points are now collapsed, with a hint at what they’re about the only thing visible by default.  This way, you can get some clue where to begin looking – without giving away everything.  Each of the hints can be independently expanded.  When you print from your browser, it should print exactly what’s visible.

The divisions made between groups of letters are to indicate where there are common themes that run through the letters.  If you’re in a group environment and need to schedule a break – doing so at one of the division markers would be ideal, if possible.

Again – to get to the first page, with the into and chapter links click here.
For each chapter, there’s a link to the questions page – and a separate link to a page with possible discussion topics.

Hope you find it useful in your journey through this life.

If you quit … – God versus religion

Sometimes we feel like quitting something. But do we consider why we want to quit and the real outcomes from quitting?

It’s been a while, but I’m back.  After Dewey (one of my “kids” / dogs) succumbed to brain cancer, I felt like quitting.  This is my response to myself, and others, in the same place.

Please read the rest at: If you quit … – God versus religion

Sometimes you’re the Louisville Slugger … | Forgiven

As we approach The World Series, a timely question –

Is it better to be the bat or the ball?

How about the windshield or the bug? Are you sure?

You can read the rest at: Sometimes you’re the Louisville Slugger … | Forgiven