LET THE PEACE OF CHRIST RULE YOUR HEARTS, SINCE AS
MEMBERS OF ONE BODY YOU WERE CALLED TO PEACE.
AND BE THANKFUL.
( COLOSSIANS 3:15 *NIV )
In this World today it is hard for many to find any
peace at all! Perhaps it was that way for you before you
accepted Jesus Christ. BUT NOW IN CHRIST JESUS YOU
WHO ONCE WERE FAR AWAY HAVE BEEN BROUGHT
NEAR THROUGH THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. ( EPHESIANS 2:13 )
And through our relationship with Jesus Christ we have peace
because; HE HIMSELF IS OUR PEACE. ( EPHESIANS 2:14 )
Therefore always have faith in God knowing that He is in
control of everything, and will help His Children through any
difficulty. After all it is written; DO NOT BE ANXIOUS ABOUT
ANYTHING, BUT IN EVERYTHING, BY PRAYER AND PETITION,
WITH THANKSGIVING, PRESENT YOUR REQUESTS TO GOD
AND THE PEACE OF GOD, WHICH TRANSCENDS ALL
UNDERSTANDING, WILL GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR
MINDS IN CHRIST JESUS. ( PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7 )
So Charles, if you aren't enjoying the Peace of God that
transcends all understanding right now, do as our Savior
Jesus Christ taught us, for He said; "DO NOT LET YOUR
HEARTS BE TROUBLED. TRUST IN GOD; TRUST ALSO
IN ME." For when you do, you will find true peace indeed!
Amen. ( JOHN 14:1 )
With My Love & Prayers,
your servant Allen
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Wednesday, February 15, 2006
This is a female in her mid-20s. I met her last year and I found her a very intelligent individual.
I sent her these questions and maybe she can educate the readers and myself on the Muslim issue.
These are questions that we are always afraid to ask someone so we won’t offend them.
Here’s the questions and answers.
Q- Where were you born?
A- I was born in Alberta.
Q- How long have you been with the Muslim faith?
I grew up and was raised as a Muslim.
Q- What exactly defines the Muslim Religion? To the best of your knowledge what would be the definition of the Muslim faith?
A-There is no one single definition of Islam.The main book of authority in Islam is the Qur'an. Islam is practiced by over 1.5 billion people across the globe and as such there are varying and diverse interpretations of the Qur'an.
Q-What do you make of the happenings these days about the political cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad? Do you believe the situation is
blown out of proportion from both side?
A-The Supreme Court of Canada indicated that freedom of expression in Canada is not absolute, there are limits. People are not just permitted to say any and everything. Personally, I was offended by the Anti-Islamic cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad. At the same time I do not believe that violence is an appropriate response to the cartoon.
Q - They fought in Ireland for years over religion? Do you believe this is the same action?
A-There are two reasons why depictions of any Prophets (including Jesus and Moses) are prohibited in Islam. (1) out of respect for the Prophets, Muslims do not attempt to create images of them. (2) Images of the different Prophets may cause some followers to ignore the religious message (God's message) and instead put undue focus on the individual Prophets.
Q-Do you believe the Muslim faith took a huge step backward because of 9-11???
A- Extremists from many different faiths have, at one time or another, used religion to justify acts of violence or terrorism. This however does not mean that the religion itself promotes terrorism. For example, the Klu Klux Klan often cite the Bible during their rallies, however, any person
with a grain of competency will know that the Klu Klux Klan does not represent Christianity just like the 9-11 bombers do not represent Islam. Islam, like Christianity and Judaism, defends peace and goodwill.
Q-Why do the extremists used the Muslim religion as their
weapon to fight?
A- There are many ridiculous myths out there about Islam. When trying to decipher myth from reality, use common sense and keep in mind that there are a significant number of similarities between all three monotheistic religions (Islam, Christianity and Judaism).
Q-I know this is not a good question? Talk show hosts and
many in the western world have heard that these suicide bombers are promise many virgins if they die on the word of God!
Where did this story come to light?
A- Be wary of media depictions of Muslims. Most often these depictions Are not accurate. The media in North America has gone to great lengths to demonize, marginalize and stereotype all Muslims.
She didn't answer the other questions so maybe someone else can?
9- After the political cartoon episode? Have you been approach
by a lot of people for your opinion on this issue?
10 - Do you believe that it could be a good thing to debate the
issue of the Prophet Muhammad. You know, educated the non-ecuated like >myself?
11- Can you explain the reason it’s taboo to paint the Prophet
12- Do you see a day that everyone on this world will be
educated on every different religious belief?
13 - Has these episodes test your faith in the religion of
muslim? Just like it did the same to many of us with the sandals in the Catholic Church?
14- Any final comments?
If somone reads this and have a picture? Please send it to me and I'll post it. Dominick was a great activist in Saint John. He tried to make the South End in Saint John a better place to live. He was known as the Mayor of Horsefield Street. May God Bless his soul. He was in his 40s and died of Cancer. Stay tune for more on this issue.