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Dave follower of The Way

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  1. Hi There I find this statement intriguing. And also the verses you quote from the Qur'an about certainty. I have often heard from my Muslim firneds that they can not be certain about their final destiny. It is important, they say, to live between "fear and hope". I have even heard that certainty about our final destination is a sin as it is presumptuous against God's final choice on the day of judgment. Could you help me understand this? I would also be interested to know what you mean by "enjoying heaven in this moment". For me, as a follower of Jesus, this is a re
  2. I too find interfaith dialogue an interesting experience. The fact I'm even allowed to be here on ShiaChat and contribute is a honour and privilege - thank you! I would like to think that when Muslims and Christians get together and talk about their faith and spirituality there is a genuineness and a real desire to understand and have warm friendships. Celebrating religious diversity can go two ways. One it says let's leave everyone as they are and enjoy the cultural and religious expressions of art and social activity. The other is to acknowledge we are diverse and different then
  3. Can you do this? Of course not! But then what is religion? Anyone can coble together a bunch of practices and words from different religions and invent a new set of practices. But the important thing is not practices, words and what we call ourselves is it? The important thing is knowing God and living our lives transformed by that on going encounter. Whether people are from a Christian or a Muslim background or heritage (even pagan for that matter) we all need to have be transformed by our relationship with God and join his family. Jesus the Messiah invites us to be born again int
  4. I get the impression from what you write here that you have invented your own religion or at least understanding of something - I'm not sure what it is? The teachings of Jesus and Paul are interwoven and complimentary. Both are very clear that God is looking for heart change not empty religious practice. Why should we remove the teachings and perspectives of people who knew eyewitneses to the life and teachings of Jesus the Messiah? It is impossible to do what you are suggesting and remove certain things from the picture we have of Jesus. You are choosing to remove things so what is l
  5. Is it really small? The size of our burden is proprtional to the person we hurt. If I hit my school friend I will not recieve the same punishment as if I hit the teacher. If I attack a police officer I will recieve a different punishemt to what I would get if I attack the president or the King. What is the consiquence of rebelion against the almighty creator of the universe? Can anyone stand before him however small we think our 'sins' are? The prophet David meditated on this and wrote a Zebur inspired by God see Psalm chapter 130 3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
  6. Thanks for this comment it does seem logical at first but what order did these faith practices come in? Judaism then Christianity then Islam. I could suggest, very politly, that Islam has gone backwards to religious practice that God had fulfilled and now deems unnecessary. However there are some guidlines for religious practice in Christianity. One is to rememebr the life, death and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah on a regular basis. There is also the practice of baptism which proclaims the transfomation of spiritual new birth provided by God to those who enter his family. The
  7. Hi There! What do you mean by your faith? Are you talking about your belief in God, or are you questioning the principles of Islam? I'm a follower of Jesus the Messiah so don't have the right to give an answer in relation to Islam practice. However, the one God the creator of the universe is living and active today and reaches out and reveals himself to people who are seeking him. Carrying out religious actions are helpful in bringing us into a community of like minded people who will support us and with whom we can journey together. But is religious practice a good foundatio
  8. It is interesting how a question about religion always existing has turned into a debate about evolution! Is religion an evolved thing or is it something people have always engaged in. I like the comment that all creation worships God. The universal expresion of a desire to worship something right the way accross the globe for me is one of the evidences of the existance of God. Someone once said "There is a God shaped hole in all of us" This is a reflection of a verse from Soloman's writings in the book of Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament chapetr 3 11 He [God] has made every
  9. I read David's Zebur recorded in Psalm 27 recently and responded with a painting. Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe …. and set me high upon a rock.
  10. Hi There I read this thread and it made me want to weep! What is our prayer and fasting for? Are we just clocking up numbers? Does God sit there and count our actions? What is God looking for is there a purpose behind fasting and prayer? Of course! God wants us to spend time with him and enjoy his presence. He is looking for intimacy and relationship. Prayer and fasting help those things. Coming to God and opening your heart to him asking for a fresh start and that your shame is covered is all that he is looking for. Through Jesus the Messiah your heart can be ma
  11. I pray for you that you will find full recovery. I am not a Muslim but follow Jesus the Messiah. So I can not comment about bending or moving in prayer but would echo @notme God looks at our hearts. He is more concerned with where our heart is before him than our bodily actions. The prophet Joel many years ago challened God's people. They were doing religious acts but their heart was far from God. They pretened to be sorry for their actions by tearing their clothes but God said Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious an
  12. HI There! You have asked an interesting question. I'm not an Arabic speaker so don't know what the Arabic is saying. The last verse you mention in other translations indicates that people will go through a test to show their spirtual state. It seems that God wants these people to know themselves - as you mentioned. Yusuf Ali: Did ye think that ye would enter Heaven without Allah testing those of you who fought hard (In His Cause) and remained steadfast? I like your idea of the word "to know" meaning an intimate relationship of closeness. Is this something common in Islam? It
  13. Thank you for your response. The great thing about Truth is that it is a person not a cold impersonal attack on another individual. Jesus the Messiah said I am the Truth. He also said that the truth will set you free. The points in your post are based on out dated and discredited arguments. They are interpretations of the teachings of the New Testament taken out of context and without any understanding of the metanarrative of the teachings of the Bible as a whole. Your focus on the Law is interesting. I am grateful that Jesus did fulfill the law and that his Spirit in me helps
  14. We define the word God/Allah/Theos/Deus/Khodaa/Yahwh etc etc as the divine being. When a person uses the word they are familiar with in their own language, a concept or idea forms in their mind. This concept derives from the teaching they have recieved and their experience of life and engagenment with the divine being. The taught Christian understanding of the divine being derives from the revilation of God to the Jewish people in the Old Testament. It is not an objection to Jewish teaching. It is expanded through engagement with the life and teaching of Jesus the Messiah and his death
  15. As a Follower of Jesus the Messiah, I see the sign of the cross is a very strong declaration, through symbol, of our belief in One God revealed in the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit. To see someone of another faith or understanding of God using the symbol would, to me, apear hypocritcal or indicate that the person doesn't understand what they are doing.
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