Methods Muslims Use To Attack Christianity ~ Part 5 of 7


It is no wonder that this next area of interest can be confusing for our Muslim friends, because they may not be aware of thebiblequran differences between the many denominations of Christians. Not all Christians are the same, nor the beliefs they hold dear. Catholics and Protestants have many obvious differences, but more than that, the many different strains of Protestants add to the confusion. According to the Dictionary of Christianity in America [Protestant] (Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 1990): “As of 1980 David B. Barrett identified 20,800 Christian denominations worldwide…” In addition to this, there is an estimated 4,200 other religions in all. Muslims point to the Bible to attack what “Christians” believe, so this post will use the Bible to be able to refute their reasoning. I will be using the Bible, New World Translation Of The Holy Scriptures, because it translates from the original sources, something Muslims say we do not do. Bible scholars agree that God’s personal name, as represented by the Tetragrammaton, appears almost 7,000 times in the original text of Hebrew Scriptures. Therefore, I will be using God’s personal name, Jehovah (in English, Yahweh in Greek), to stay true to the original texts.

The main problem is that Muslims do not fully understand Jesus and the Bible, both of which came 620 years before Muhammad and the Quran, or they would not be Muslim. I will explain the reason I say this at the conclusion of this post. A secondary problem is that not all Christians (Catholic of otherwise), really know what the Bible teaches. They know what their denomination of Christian teaches and why, but not all know what the Bible actually says.

“All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, so that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16

Since the Qur’an states that the Bible is also the True Word of God [29:45-47], then one must accept that truth, too.

What does the Bible really teach?

Let us also remember that the Book of Revelation was given to the apostle John, by Jesus Christ himself.

God created a beautiful paradise earth, the galaxies and the entire cosmos, with Jesus by his side (as the first born of all creation), and created humans with free will. “Then God said: “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness, and let them have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and the domestic animals and all the earth and every creeping animal that is moving on the earth.” Genesis 1:26

This is before Satan and the fallen angels get cast out of Heaven and sent to the Earth. Even Jesus knew that Satan to this day is the current ruler of the world. Luke 4:1-13 has Jesus being tempted in the desert. If there were really no Satan, or no devil, this certainly would have been no temptation.

“Then Jesus, full of holy spirit, turned away from the Jordan, and he was led about by the spirit in the wilderness for 40 days, being tempted by the Devil. And he ate nothing in those days, so when they had ended, he felt hungry. At this the Devil said to him: “If you are a son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.” But Jesus answered him: “It is written, ‘Man must not live on bread alone.’”

“So he brought him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the inhabited earth in an instant of time. Then the Devil said to him: “I will give you all this authority and their glory, because it has been handed over to me and I give it to whomever I wish. If you, therefore, do an act of worship before me, it will all be yours.” In reply Jesus said to him: “It is written, ‘It is Jehovah your God you must worship, and it is to him alone you must render sacred service.’”

“He then led him into Jerusalem and stationed him on the battlement of the temple and said to him: “If you are a son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written, ‘He will give his angels a command concerning you, to preserve you,’ 11 and, ‘They will carry you on their hands, so that you may not strike your foot against a stone.’” In answer Jesus said to him: “It is said, ‘You must not put Jehovah your God to the test.’” So the Devil, having finished all the temptation, departed from him until another convenient time.” Luke 4:1-13

The “us” in Genesis 1:26, is God and Jesus, as foretold in the Old Testament. Proverbs 8:30: “Then I was beside him as a master worker. I was the one he was especially fond of day by day; I rejoiced before him all the time;” and in the New Testament, John 1:3-4: “All things came into existence through him, and apart from him not even one thing came into existence.” and Colossians 1:16: “because by means of him all other things were created in the heavens and on the earth, the things visible and the things invisible, whether they are thrones or lordships or governments or authorities. All other things have been created through him and for him.”

This is not the picture Muslims portray of Jesus.

Why would anyone reading and understanding the Bible not become Muslim? It is a matter of Archangel Gabriel apparently contradicting himself. A deception is present. Which Archangel “Gabriel” should we believe? One of them is Gabriel, the other is posing as Gabriel. Archangel Gabriel told Mary that Jesus would be Lord. Then “Archangel Gabriel” informs Muhammad that Jesus is only a prophet. Why?

Let’s look to see what the Bible says in Luke 1:26-35: “In her (Mary’s cousin Elizabeth) sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin promised in marriage to a man named Joseph of David’s house, and the name of the virgin was Mary. And coming in, the angel said to her: “Greetings, you highly favored one, God is with you.” But she was deeply disturbed at his words and tried to understand what kind of greeting this might be. So the angel said to her: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And look! you will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus. This one will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule as King over the house of Jacob forever, and there will be no end to his Kingdom.”

“But Mary said to the angel: “How is this to be, since I am not having sexual relations with a man?” In answer the angel said to her: “Holy spirit will come upon you, and power of the Most High will overshadow you. And for that reason the one who is born will be called holy, God’s Son.”

But don’t forget, 2 Corinthians 11:14, says, “Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.”

The Bible warns us against putting our faith in any other teaching other than that which Jesus taught us. That is why Paul emphatically warns in Galatians 1:8-9: “If we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.”

In other words, if a gnostic text, a Muslim, Mormon, spirit appearing to be Gabriel, Moroni, tries to push some other Jesus on you other than the one found in the Bible, do not listen for this is a false teaching.

John’s words from the Book of Revelation, revealed by Jesus Christ himself, in the Bible, a book which the Qur’an says is the True Word of God, then this information is vitally important. Revelation 20:18-19 says, “I am bearing witness to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone makes an addition to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this scroll; and if anyone takes anything away from the words of the scroll of this prophecy, God will take his portion away from the trees of life and out of the holy city, things that are written about in this scroll.”

Gabrielle then supposedly speaks with Muhammad 620 years after Jesus?

Krishnamurti on Nationalism ~ Repost 2


Nationalism always produces war, and the problem is not to be solved by bringing about further nationalism, which is only an avoidance of the fact

Humans all the same. Picture courtesy of J. Krishnamurti.

Humans all the same. Picture courtesy of J. Krishnamurti.

and an extension of the same poison, but by being free of nationalism, of the sense of belonging to a particular group, to a particular class of society.

The separate spirit of nationalism is spreading like fire all over the world. Patriotism is cultivated and cleverly exploited by those who are seeking further expansion, wider powers, greater enrichment; and each one of us takes part in this process, for we desire these things. Conquering other lands and other people provides new markets for goods as well as for political and religious ideologies.

Nationalism, the patriotic spirit, class and race consciousness, are all ways of the self, and therefore separate. After all, what is a nation but a group of individuals living together for economic and self-protective reasons? Out of fear and acquisitive self-defense arises the idea of “my country”, with its boundaries and tariff walls, rendering brotherhood and the unity of man impossible.

It is because we are nationalists, ready to defend our sovereign States, our beliefs and acquisitions, that we must be perpetually be armed. Property and ideas have become more important to us than human life, so there is constant antagonism and violence between ourselves and others. By maintaining the sovereignty of our country, we are destroying our sons; by worshiping the State, which is but a projection of ourselves, we are sacrificing our children to our own gratification. Nationalism and sovereign governments are the causes and instruments of war.

_______J KRISHNAMURTY

Thank you J KRISHNAMURTY.

Methods Muslims Use To Attack Christianity ~ Part 4 of 7


What are some of the major differences in reasoning with the Bible between Muslims and Christians?divine inspiration

First, Muslims do not believe that Jesus died on the cross as the Bible says in Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, and John 19. There are a couple of different scenarios Muslims consider. They also differ among themselves as to how Jesus escaped from the tomb, alive, as in, never really died.

This is actually a Jewish concept, that Jesus was not really dead on the cross, was revived in and escaped from the tomb. Many New Agers also share stories of how Jesus escaped without really dying at that time. This concept was manufactured and documented in the Bible, Matthew 27:64-66: “Therefore, command that the grave be made secure until the third day, so that his disciples may not come and steal him and say to the people, ‘He was raised up from the dead!’ Then this last deception will be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them: “You may have a guard. Go make it as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the grave secure by sealing the stone and posting a guard.”

This thought is perpetuated in Matthew 28:11-15: “While they were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. And after these had gathered with the elders and had consulted together, they gave a considerable number of silver pieces to the soldiers and said: “Say, ‘His disciples came in the night and stole him while we were sleeping. And if this gets to the governor’s ears, we will explain the matter to him and you will not need to worry.” So they took the silver pieces and did as they were instructed, and this story has been spread abroad among the Jews up to this very day.”

Muslims also differ among themselves as to exactly how Jesus escaped from death. A key Quran verse says: “That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Apostle of Allah”;- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:-Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise.” (Surah 4:157-158) (Surah – sometimes referred to as Surat or Sura is one of the 114 chapters in the Qur’an)

Some Muslims believe that someone was made to appear like Jesus and was crucified in his place. For example, Ibn Abbas, who was a paternal cousin to Muhammad, was revered by Muslims for his knowledge and was an expert in Tafsir (exegesis of the Qur’an), as well as an authority on the Islamic Sunnah. He said, “Just before Allah raised Jesus to the Heavens, Jesus went to his disciples, who were twelve inside the house. When he arrived, his hair was dripping with water (as if he had just had a bath) and he said, ‘There are those among you who will disbelieve in me twelve times after you had believed in me.’ He then asked, ‘Who among you will volunteer for his appearance to be transformed into mine, and be killed in my place. Whoever volunteers for that, he will be with me (in Paradise).’ One of the youngest ones among them volunteered, but Jesus asked him to sit down. Jesus asked again for a volunteer, and the same young man volunteered and Jesus asked him to sit down again. Then the young man volunteered a third time and Jesus said, ‘You will be that man,’ and the resemblance of Jesus was cast over that man while Jesus ascended to Heaven from a hole in the roof of the house. When the Jews came looking for Jesus, they found that young man and crucified him.”
– Al-Nasa’i, Al-Kubra, 6:489

These Muslims would usually believe that Jesus was taken to heaven and will one day return, while other Muslims believe that Jesus did not actually die on the cross but merely “swooned“. Muslims are not in agreement with themselves on this important matter.

Meanwhile some verses in the Qur’an support the idea that at some point Jesus did die. Interestingly Surah 19:33 states that Jesus said to his mother: “So peace is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life (again)” which taken out of context could even be seen as a support for the Christian view of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Many Muslims question the Christian concept that Jesus could justly die as a substitute for us so that we did not have to die. In an odd twist, many of them do believe that God provided a substitute for Jesus so that he should not have to die.

John’s gospel, chapter 14 Jesus promises “another comforter.” Some Muslims believe this is a prophecy that refers to Mohammed, Christians believe it refers to the Holy Spirit.

For further information on this subject, one of the best explanations that encapsulates this broad topic, comes from Adrian Warnock, with “Patheos, Hosting the Conversation on Faith.”

Methods Muslims Use To Attack Christianity ~ Part 3 of 7


If Gabriel told Mary that Jesus was Lord and later Gabriel told Muhammad that Jesus was just a prophet, isn’t someone lying?biblequran

One of them is Gabriel, the other is posing as Gabriel. Please read carefully. The differences between the Bible and the Qur’an are in bold black.

Muslims do agree that the Bible is the Word of God. The Qur’an certainly says Jesus was a Messiah [3.45][4.171] (but not The Messiah). The Qur’an speaks of Jesus (Isa) in much the same light as the Bible — the main difference being that the Qur’an does not accept Him as God [3.62] or the Son of God [4.171][5.116]. The Qur’an says that Jesus is the son of Mary (Marium) [3.45][4.171], Born of a Virgin [3.47], a Good Man [6.85], a Man of Truth [2.87], a Man of Justice [4.159], a Wise Man [43.63], an Apostle of God [4.171][61.6], filled with the Holy Spirit [2.87][5.110], a Prophet of God [2.136][3.84], a True Miracle Worker [2.253], a True Healer [5.110], Created by God [3.59], Sent by God [5.46], Favored by God [5.110], and Ascended to God [3.55].

However, since the Qur’an states that the Bible is also the True Word of God [29:45-47], then one must accept that truth, too — that Jesus is the Son of God according to the Bible (John 1:1-3,14).

Let’s look to see what the Bible says in Luke 1:26-35: “In her (Mary’s cousin Elizabeth) sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin promised in marriage to a man named Joseph of David’s house, and the name of the virgin was Mary. And coming in, the angel said to her: “Greetings, you highly favored one, God is with you.” But she was deeply disturbed at his words and tried to understand what kind of greeting this might be. So the angel said to her: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And look! you will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus. This one will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule as King over the house of Jacob forever, and there will be no end to his Kingdom.”

“But Mary said to the angel: “How is this to be, since I am not having sexual relations with a man?” In answer the angel said to her: “Holy spirit will come upon you, and power of the Most High will overshadow you. And for that reason the one who is born will be called holy, God’s Son.”

In 2 Corinthians 11:14, it says, “Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.”

That is why Paul emphatically warns in Galatians 1:8-9: “If we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.”

In other words, if a gnostic text, a Muslim, Mormon, spirit appearing to be Gabriel, Moroni, tries to push some other Jesus on you other than the one found in the Bible, do not listen for this is a false teaching.

John’s words from the Book of Revelation, revealed by Jesus Christ himself, in the Bible, a book which the Qur’an says is the True Word of God, then this information is vitally important. Revelation 20:18-19 says, “I am bearing witness to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone makes an addition to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this scroll; and if anyone takes anything away from the words of the scroll of this prophecy, God will take his portion away from the trees of life and out of the holy city, things that are written about in this scroll.”

Gabrielle then supposedly speaks with Muhammad 620 years after Jesus?

Methods Muslims Use To Attack Christianity ~ Part 2 of 7


Hold on to your halos my Christian and Muslim friends. Today’s post will most likely surprise the both of you. After an in-depth study of bible sun scenethe Bible for 43 years, first beginning as a Catholic, as I continue studying what the Bible really says, I am seeing that Saul met Jesus on the road to Damascus, then changed his name to Paul, something that Muslims denounce. In a separate matter, Muslims say that Jesus never claimed to be God, a statement which the Bible actually agrees with. Let’s take a closer look.

Point Number 2: Attempt to set Paul against Jesus.

“Muslims often make the claim that Paul never met Jesus and was not a disciple or apostle of Jesus. Of course, this is not true. Paul encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus in Acts 9–after Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus spoke to him and commissioned him. So, Paul met Jesus. Furthermore, Paul visited the Jerusalem apostles Peter, James, and John who affirmed Paul’s mission and message (See Gal. 2:9. Also, see the context of Galatians 1:18–2:10.) Peter, who was a disciple of Jesus, personally authenticated Paul’s writings by calling them scripture in 2 Pet. 3:15-16. If they are inspired, then they cannot contradict Jesus’ words,” said Matt Slick in an article written for Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry.

Now there are not as many contentious belief points as this next one. Muslims claim that Jesus never claimed to be God. If you are using the Bible as the basis for your faith, they have a point. Let us not close our minds and ears simply because what I am about to say conflicts with a doctrine of faith taught to us when we were children. Many hold church doctrine close to our hearts. But where do church doctrines come from? They come from people just like you and me, trying to make sense of the Scriptures. There are numerous inferences that allude to the closeness and fullness between Jesus and his Father, but Jesus own words always have Jesus saying that God is his Father, that he comes from the Father, and that he is the first-born of all creation. Jesus always deferred all authority back to God, “not something to be grasped at.”

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; because by means of him all other things were created in the heavens and on the earth, the things visible and the things invisible, whether they are thrones or lordships or governments or authorities. All other things have been created through him and for him. Also, he is before all other things, and by means of him all other things were made to exist, and he is the head of the body, the congregation. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might become the one who is first in all things; because God was pleased to have all fullness to dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all other things by making peace through the blood he shed on the (cross) torture stake, whether the things on the earth or the things in the heavens.” Colossians 1:15-20

Do we fully understand what it means to say that Jesus is the first-born of all creation? Jesus is created by God, before all else. Jesus is created before all of the angels, the cosmos, galaxies and universes. No where in the Bible, in any translation of the Bible, will anyone find it directly stated that Jesus is God, or that God is Jesus. Not only that, but Jesus is with God, at the creation of everything else.

That means that Jesus is with God at the creation of all “things visible and invisible (angels and archangels), whether they are thrones or lordships or governments or authorities (all powers in heaven and earth).” God created Jesus before all of it, and shares his power with his first-born son.

Jesus gets to spend countless, perhaps billions of years, with God, the author of LOVE, prior to the creation of the Earth, and us. Who better to help humankind when we get off course, than the first-born of all creation, who has seen first hand, his loving and just Father in action.

There are many Bible passages that refer to the closeness between Jesus and God, Jesus being the “fullness” of God, because he was full of God. Sometimes Christians point to the following scriptures to make the point that Jesus is God, but take a look yourself, and see what you think: 2 Peter 3:15-16; Galatians 2:9; Colossians 2:9; and Romans 9:5. Christians will even use John 8:56-59 to say that Jesus is God, but it does not say that. This verse states that Jesus says he was around prior to Abraham, which he was, since he is the first-born of all creation.

My Christian friends, please take a breath. I am not saying Jesus is not the savior, or diminishing Jesus power in any way. I am simply pointing out that the Trinity, as taught by many religions, is not based on the Bible. It is simply not in there. But since these points are not in the Bible, our Muslims friends who try to use this as a reasoning point against the Bible, will find not all Christians are against them on this point. More to the point, the Bible is not in error on this point either, something Muslims point to as an error.

Also not in the Bible is any reference to the Holy Spirit being the same thing as God. Re-reading the Bible finds that the holy spirit is God’s active force, not a person. Just because we change our understanding to more accurate Bible truth, does not diminish God’s holy spirit, nor the person of Jesus. In fact, these truths only shine a light on the magnificence and omnipotence of God. God is all powerful, all knowing, and ever present, as Jesus taught. Jesus also taught that God would send his Spirit, his Holy Spirit, to be with believers until the end of time, until Jesus comes back again.

In today’s world, we can scarcely figure out matter, energy, time, space. Yet God is the author of all these things. The scientific method simply has not caught up to God at this point in time. This is my faith and understanding talking.

Whenever Muslims say that Jesus and Paul do not agree, ask for specific examples. Just like Christians do not have full understanding of the Koran, Muslims often do not have clear understanding of the Bible, especially with context. The Bible does not contradict itself. It is very amazing composite. It begins with a paradise garden and ends with a paradise garden.

Methods Muslims Use To Attack Christianity ~ Part 1 of 7


Christians do not always know everything about everyone else’s religion. Christians will spend time reading the Bible, going to services

We are all God's children. There is only One Creator of this world, and you and me.

We are all God’s children. There is only One Creator of this world, and you and me. There are not different worlds for the different belief systems.

or Christian meetings and studies, and in some case expand their studies to include a variety of other spiritual practices. But as a rule, Christians do not know everything there is to know about the religion of Islam. On the other hand, Muslims do not fully understand Christianity, and will often use any or all of seven methods to try to proselytize those willing to listen to them. These methods include: 1) Casting doubt on the validity and power of the Bible, 2) Attempting to set Paul against Jesus, 3) Misrepresenting Christian doctrine, 4) Misrepresenting various Scripture passages, 5) Failing to differentiate between the Protestant and Catholic doctrines, 6) Claiming their thinking is correct and Christian thinking is incorrect, 7) Changing topics when they are challenged. Today’s post is the first in a seven part series on this topic. There are many faiths that attack Christianity. I am pointing out tactics used by Muslims because that is the most concentrated group which is attacking Christianity at this time, except for perhaps the atheists. But on any attacks against Christians to either discredit them, or the Christian Bible, the philosophy is the same.

1. Attacking the validity of the Bible.
At the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, it was God’s sovereignty, God’s Word, that was challenged. This is the same challenge today, when the Bible’s credibility, is challenged by Muslims, or anyone else. The tactics and deception about God’s Word are the same. In particular, Muslims will state that the Bible has numerous contradictions. To the Christian who is not fully mature in his own faith, it is easier for Muslims to win arguments and confound Christians. Usually, the lack of understanding occurs when Muslims lack understanding of biblical theology and context, in an effort to undermine the strength and integrity of God’s Word. Muslims attempt to refute the Bible saying it is full of contradictions, but cannot quite put their finger on the contradiction. Do not be afraid to do the research. It is better to get back to him with a real Christian answer rather than allow him to make unsubstantiated statements. Muslims have also been known to criticize the lack of original manuscripts, while they say they have all original manuscripts. However, they use their own material to confirm their statements, and do not confirm by outside sources.

Just so Christians know, the New World Translation Of The Holy Scriptures, is translated from original scriptures and codices that they were first written in, not from translations of translations. There are people who have learned the original Sanskrit, Hebrew and Aramaic languages. It is possible to understand the original intent. Even so, the slightest variations of intent in God’s Word, does not render completely different meanings. So do your homework, and in turn, help your Muslim friend to understand the full and alive Word of God in the Bible.

“The word of our God endures forever.” Isaiah 40:8

A. Criticizing the lack of original manuscripts.

Muslims compare the Bible to the Koran and state that the Koran is the guaranteed, preserved, direct word of Allah given by the angel Gabriel to Muhammad. Of course, what they fail to mention is:

– The Bible documents are well attested as being reliable and accurate. In fact, we have around 24,000 ancient manuscripts of the New Testament. So much so, that no major area of Christian doctrine is affected by possible variations among manuscripts.

– Regarding the Koran, Muhammad couldn’t read or write; so he recited the Koran to people who then wrote it down. There is no evidence at all that the Koran was written down in its entirety in Muhammad’s lifetime and compiled as a unit. So how could he have verified its truth?

– Shortly after Muhammad’s death, the Muslim Uthman ordered all sets of the Koran manuscripts to be destroyed except the codex of Zaid. Why? Is it because Zaid’s copy was better? If so, how do we know? Did differences in the copies arise so quickly that discrepancies were evident, and Uthman recognized the need for a standardized copy lest Islam suffer division? It raises doubt on the Koran’s supposed incorruptibility.

B.Claiming that the Bible is false because it contradicts the Koran (Qur’an)

Muslims claim that Allah said the Koran would be preserved. But, the mere claim is not enough. It is using the Koran to substantiate the Koran which is circular reasoning.

Muslims also claim that the Bible is false because it contradicts the Koran (Qur’an). This is simply begging the question. That means that one assumes the validity of the thing that he is trying to prove. The Muslim assumes the validity of the Qur’an; and because it contradicts the Bible, the Bible is wrong in their mistaken reasoning. The Christian can just as easily state that the Koran is wrong because it contradicts the Bible. But the Muslims would not accept that. Using their same argument, we cannot accept their argument either.

This information is courtesy of Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry, CARM, and is helpful in shining a light on this subject, in an article written by Matt Slick. Tomorrow I will continue this series.

Setting Noble and Ideal Goals ~ Personal and Global ~ Social Character Development ~ Help For Palestine And Egypt


The last few posts have dealt with social character development, and in some cases the lack of it. Whether we are deciding to set some goals forArab and Israeli ourselves, or you find ourselves in a group needing to find a new direction for something that is not working, breaking out of the suffocating mold of expectations, dysfunctional habits, and going against the tide of “the reality” is the only way to make it happen. This works for personal goals from bad habits, to countries at war with each other, like Israel and Palestine. Breaking out of dysfunctional norms, is the only way to make progress.

How often do we find ourselves doing things out of habit?

Do we do things only looking at one side of the issue?

Do we do what we think is expected of us?

Do we try to please other people as the reason we do the things we do?

Does the group we are in demand we only consider one side of the issue?

Does the group make the decision rather than us making our own decisions?

Are there negative consequences to be paid if we do not go along?

Is social blackmail motivating us?

Are we a victim of emotional blackmail?

Are we a victim of physical blackmail?

Are we victim of spiritual blackmail?

Are we stuck thinking that the “reality” has been the “reality” for such a long time, that no change is possible?

Do we understanding that all change starts with a concept of possibility?

Are we aware that at first, changing old habits of dysfunction, takes at least 21 days before the “old reality” even has a glimmer of hope to transform into a “new reality?’

Do we understand that we can change ANYTHING we put our mind to?

Do we know that even if we cannot at first change the temporary physical reality of the situation, that all physical realities start by thinking a new thought?

Do we know that within ourselves, we first have to address our will to make a situation better, before a better situation has any hope of reality?

Do we know that as long as we make, “the other guy” the problem, we cannot fix what is broken in us?

Are we aware that if we keep making the same decisions, we will keep getting the same outcome?

Do we know it is more painful to stay in a dysfunctional situation, than going through the pain to change it?

Do we know that carrying grudges hurts us, not the “other guy?”

Do we know that not forgiving someone, cripples us?

Are we aware that, to do his will, God does not need us to fight his battles, or kill the creation he created, especially is crowning creation, human beings?

Do we know that God loves and forgives each and every one of us on the planet, no matter what we have done, if we are truly sorry?

Do we know that God is Love?

Do you know we, everyone on the planet, in every country, are created by the author of Love?

Do we know we can have a full spiritual life, without killing any person?

Hopefully these points to ponder can help us get unstuck, and help us on the road to recovery. I have been writing about the ideal of peace in recent blogs. War torn countries, who keep doing the same things they have done for centuries, will continue to get the same result they have had for centuries. Countries who have spent generations drenched in propaganda and war cannot be at war one day, then immediately experience a lasting peace the next. That is the “reality” they say. But if we never allow the ideal of peace as even a consideration, we will never know what peace, in this particular situation, might have been possible.