Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Power of Sport to Unite

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“There is neither east nor west, tribe nor ethnicity, male or female, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist. Christian nor Jew. There is only a God-filled humanity.”

“There is neither east nor west, tribe nor ethnicity, male or female, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist. Christian nor Jew. There is only a God-filled humanity.”

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“Let each one o…

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“Deep within us there is a flame that burns, a divine spark that can become the unconquerable human spirit. And that flame is the spark of God. In some it burns brightly, in others it is barely distinguishable; but always it burns…and with love and acceptance the flame gets higher and brighter. We can help others to kindle this flame by seeing the good in them, even if they don’t see it themselves.”

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BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS

from http://buildbridgesofunderstanding.wordpress.com/

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A Book “Review”: Building Bridges: Christianity and Islam (by Fouad Elias Accad)

Originally posted on Together…Let's Break (Tear) Down Walls (Barriers) and Build Bridges of Understanding:
Article Title: A Book “Review”: Building Bridges: Christianity and Islam (by Fouad Elias Accad) Submitted by: Craig Lock Category/Key words/ Tags: Building Bridges: Christianity and Islam , Fouad…

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What are Some Key Similarities between Christianity and Islam?

INTRODUCTION

The issue of RELIGION throughout history of mankind and today evermore plays a vital part in many conflicts around the world. Religion is (and was) often blamed as the cause of the conflicts; whereas it is/was people misusing religion for their own ends (often taking particular and significant interpretations out of context) that have shaped societies and cultures. I truly believe it’s critically important to emphasize the common values shared by different religions to drastically reduce tensions around the globe. So that religion (and it’s beliefs) can be turned around from being part of the conflict to be part of the SOLUTION. Instead of focusing on the differences between people, in this ‘battle of ideas/ideologies” we should focus far more on what we have in common.

So what are the foundations, what is the frame-work of the respective beliefs?

Most religions of the world espouse (nice word, eh!) good moral values as a code of conduct: the virtues of passion for liberalism, tolerance, compassion, decency and generous ideals. However, there is a fundamental doctrinal incompatibility between the major faiths of Islam and Christianity (though together with the Jews, they worship the God of Abraham). These three major religions share the common truth of the Old Testament, having many prophets in common and consequently have many “shared values” that have shaped societies over the past two millennia.

Whilst there are some major differences between Islam and Christianity, from my research (fascinating and mainly online) some of the fundamental similarities in beliefs between these two main religions (as well as Judaism) are as follows:

ISLAM

The main beliefs:

* There is only One True God: the Sovereign Ruler of the universe…
and has full control over our lives (and will meet all of our needs)

* God (Allah) is the Creator of everything and central to Muslims lives. Allah is simply beyond human thought and understanding.

* True believers are not to worship any other gods

* Allah’s goodness and benevolence is seen everywhere, because He is compassionate and merciful.

* Many Old Testament prophets were from God (ie. were sent by God as messengers to the world)

* Jesus’s strong sense of mission, unity and sense of purpose.
He was sent by God to serve humanity and being divinely inspired was a great moral teacher and prophet.

* God gave the Torah, the prophets, the Koran and the Gospel to guide our lives. ( I don’t know enough about Mohamed and his “divine destiny” to pass comment on his “mission”).

* We are to obey God’s words (as in the first five books of the Old Testament, the ‘Pentitukes’- spelling?)

* We should surrender/sacrifice ourselves fully to God
(in fact, the word ‘Islam” means ‘full submission to God’s will’) Continue reading

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A storm of biblical proportions

Originally posted on WHO IS "THE REAL, THE TRUE, THE LIVING" JESUS?:
A storm of biblical proportions By Stephen Jewell 6:00 AM Saturday Oct 5, 2013 From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11134180✩Save Like on Facebook3 Tweet on Twitter7 Post on LinkedIn0 +1 on…

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“To claim men l…

Originally posted on Tolerance and Respect:
  “To claim men like Osama Bin Laden represent mainstream Islam is a ridiculous as alleging Christianity is represented by the likes of Radovan Karadzic. As congregations, communities and nations, we must join hands…

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