1. Christian Universalist and World Religions site….

     

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    A novel interpretation that seems entirely reasonable….
     

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  7. I suppose if that’s what you’re into, might even be fun. But I would hesitate to call it church. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with drinking beer and singing, but it’s not church. 

    I think the church just has to face it that some people are not interested in church; rather than trying to morph into something that has little or no resemblance to church….

     

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  9. "In [the] early days, Muslims did not see Islam as a new, exclusive religion but as a continuation of the primordial faith of the ‘People of the Book’, the Jews and Christians. In one remarkable passage, God insists that Muslims must accept indiscriminately the revelations of every single one of God’s messengers: Abraham, Isaac, Ishamel, Jacob, Moses, Jesus and all the other prophets. The Qur’an is simply a ‘confirmation’ of the previous scriptures. Nobody must be forced to accept Islam, because each of the revealed traditions had its own din; it was not God’s will that all human beings should belong to the same faith community. God was not the exclusive property of any one tradition; the divine light could not be confined to a single lamp, belonged neither to the East or to the West, but enlightened all human beings. Muslims must speak courteously to the People of the Book, debate with them only in ‘the most kindly manner’, remember that they worshipped the same God, and not engage in pointless, aggressive disputes."
    — Karen Armstrong, The Case for God.  (via thelittlephilosopher)

    (Source: verkur, via thelittlephilosopher)

     

  10. The orthodox Christian answer — and one with which I concur — is that the Bible is not actually God’s word. Jesus the Christ is God’s Word, and the Bible is the unique testimony to Jesus. Insofar as the Bible witnesses to God’s revelation of Godself in Jesus of Nazareth, then the Bible is the testimony to the Word of God — but the Bible in and of itself is not God’s word.

     

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  12. Really busy at work all day but I made it to church this evening. Today is Maundy Thursday…..

     

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  14. Today is Epiphany. The day the Christ was revealed…..

     

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