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Muslims Worship Same God?

  /   Friday, November 29, 2002   /   Comments(0)

This came up in a conversation today. I didn’t have the chance to make a full answer then, so I’ll post it here.

No, I’d have to say that Muslims don’t worship the same God that Christians worship. They are monotheists; we do have that in common. However, there are differences:

1. They worship “Allah” (Master); we worship “Abba” (Father, Daddy).

2. They reject the dogma of the Trinity. God for the Muslims is not one God in three divine persons.

3. They reject the divinity of Jesus Christ.

Of course, I do believe the Jews worship the same God simply because Christianity is the fulfillment of Judiasm. The Jewish faith pre-existed the revelation of Jesus Christ. Those who cling to the Jewish faith just haven’t claimed the fulness yet.

LATER NOTE: See the Trackback. This statement is retracted.

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Small Thing to Be Thankful For

  /   Friday, November 29, 2002   /   Comments(0)

Looking back on last year’s Thanksgiving, I found a small thing to be thankful for that I’d like to share:

No one pulled the fire alarm on the night before Thanksgiving at my apartment complex.

This happened last year. Not only that, but when I called the after-hours number at the apartment complex, the answering service told me that they didn’t service that complex any more. I had to call 911, and my neighbor called another number.

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Amy Welborn on Religious Busybodies

  /   Thursday, November 28, 2002   /   Comments(0)

I’ve managed to capture the computer for a while here. Once again I’ve found insight from Amy Welborn. The post caught my eye because she mentioned the SUV issue that I’ve been ranting about.

Really, she has a good point. Either we bring faith into the public sphere and into daily life when it isn’t popular, or we sell out to secular culture. However, there are some issues that truly are morally neutral. Others are really not that big of a priority.

For example, some commentators have said that abortion is “not the only issue.” It’s true that one does not go to Heaven merely by not having an abortion. However, there may be people burning in Hell for no other reason than that they had an abortion. While there is much more to the Christian life than not having an abortion, the fact is that abortion is the most serious moral issue of our time. It concerns innocent human life. Therefore, if a Christian is spending what may seem to be a disproportionate amount of time on abortion, it’s because of the grave importance of the issue.

What’s my point? Although our faith should entail every aspect of our lives, there are things that are most important to God for us to concern ourselves with. This is one reason why prayer and discernment are most important. I have my doubts SUVs being an overriding concern when our society is presently filled with violence. In fact, I doubt that it is a moral issue at all.

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USCCB Resource

  /   Thursday, November 28, 2002   /   Comments(0)

This looks interesting . . . .

THe USCCB Committee on Pastoral Practices has released a resource keying themes from the Sunday readings to the Cathechism of the Catholic Church. I haven’t been able to look through it thoroughly, but if it is well-done, it will be a great resource for brining more of the Church’s teachings into homilies.

With that being said, I hope that more will be incorporated from often unpreached topics such as sexual morality (especially the immorality of contraception), the existence of Hell and the real possibility of going there, the horror of sin, the necessity of believing every teaching of the Church, and the need for more frequent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. I don’t want these to be the topic of every homily, but at least some homilies need to be.

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Outside the Box

  /   Thursday, November 28, 2002   /   Comments(0)

Here’s a great article in the National Catholic Register by Leon Supernaut on the now-famous ossuary. He gives us many reasons why the ossuray doesn’t disprove Mary’s Perpetual Virginity.

I like the ending of the article. As Supernaut says, truth is one. If a “scientific discovery” ever contradicts the truth of the Gospel, you can bet that the “discovery” is incorrect. Science has done wonders for our modern age, but it is mere human observation. It can never refute what has been revealed by God.

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Evil Billboards

  /   Thursday, November 28, 2002   /   Comments(0)

There has long been a billboard for Planned Parenthood on a commuter road that says “We know where to go for answers.” Well, they’ll get answers all right. The only problem is that they will get the wrong answers.

On my way out of town across I-40, I saw an even more disgusting billboard. It has a picture of a woman making a muscle with her arm. It says “Back up your birth control with EC.” EC, of course, stands for “emergency contraception.” You might know it better as the “morning-after pill.”

Every time I pass one of those billboards, I pray for the people involved. I do the same every time I pass an adult bookstore (There are two of them along the highway from Memphis to Nashville.). I hope that one-day we can have a world free of such evil.

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Happy Thanksgiving

  /   Wednesday, November 27, 2002   /   Comments(0)

I’m going to see my parents for the first time since the 4th of July. I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!

Oh, but I may be able to blog from my parents’ house, if I can pry my family away from my dad’s computer.

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No, you will not

  /   Tuesday, November 26, 2002   /   Comments(0)

I see the comment here reportedly by Greg Popcak. I don’t know if it is he or an impostor, but Popcak and co will never bury me. In fact, the moment their database goes on the fritz, not only will they not be able to post, but their page will not load either. I don’t have that problem. I think I’ll send him an e-mail.

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Moldy Schools

  /   Tuesday, November 26, 2002   /   Comments(0)

Not sure why I want to post this, but I read an article stating that mold is a growing problem in schools. Memphis even made the article. No surprise to me.

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The PC Police Strike Again

  /   Tuesday, November 26, 2002   /   Comments(0)

The Society to Neutralize the World has struck again in deciding to have a “holiday tree” instead of a Christmas tree. Ironically, even the non-Christians quoted in the article find this to be ridiculous. Funny, my company had a “Holiday Party” last weekend (but the DJ played songs like “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”

There must be people in this world who make their living as Professional Offendees. I figure the Society to Neutralize the world pays them to find something to be offended by. The Society, of course, consists of people fighting for diversity while at the same time insisting that there are no real differences between any people or groups of people.

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