Archive for the ‘World Religions’ Category

Make me one with everything

May 19, 2014

What did the Buddhist say to the hot dog vendor?
“Make me one with everything.”

What did the hot dog vendor say to the Buddhist when he asked for his change?
“All change comes from within.”

 

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Watchtower functions as sole, infallible interpreter of Scripture

September 6, 2013

1951 But if each of us were left to himself just because he has a copy of the Bible and were to direct his movements dependently as he thought he understood the Word, what? It is likely, or possible, that there would be a great deal of confusion or working in competition among us. Hence, besides individually possessing God’s Word, we need a theocratic organization. Yes, besides having God’s spirit of illumination, a Christian needs Jehovah’s theocratic organization in order to understand the Bible. (Watchtower; June 15, 1951; p. 375)

1957 “The world is full of Bibles, which Book contains the commandments of God. Why, then, do the people not know which way to go? … “God has not arranged for [His] Word to speak independently or to shine life-giving truths by itself. It is through his organization God provides this light.” (Watchtower, May 1, 1957, pg. 274)

1967 “The Bible cannot be properly understood without Jehovah’s visible organization in mind.” (Watchtower, Oct 1, 1967, pg. 587)

1965 “He does not impart his holy spirit and understanding and appreciation of his Word apart from his visible organization.” (Watchtower, July 1, 1965, pg. 391)

1981 “We all need help to understand the Bible, and we cannot find the scriptural guidance we need outside the ‘faithful and discreet slave’ organization.'” (Watchtower, February 15, 1981, p.19)

1981 They say that it is sufficient to read the Bible exclusively, either alone or in small groups at home. But, strangely, through such ‘Bible reading,’ they have reverted right back to the apostate doctrines that commentaries by Christendom’s clergy were teaching 100 years ago,… (Watchtower; Aug. 15, 1981; p. 29)

1994 Channel to understanding the Bible… All who want to understand the Bible should appreciate that the “greatly diversified wisdom of God” can become known only through Jehovah’s channel of communication, the faithful and discreet slave. (Watchtower; Oct. 1, 1994; p. 8)

The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society claims it is not infallible in its publications and through its adherents. but how can the above quotes be read without them functioning as if they are the sole, infallible interpreters of Scripture?

Claim the Bible is unclear and make way for your Infallible organisation

September 6, 2013
  • “For the Scripture is not like other books, dictated by the Holy Ghost, it contains things of deepest importance, which in many instances are very difficult and obscure. To understand and explain such things there is always required the coming of the same Holy Ghost.” (The Great encyclical Letters of Leo XII, p. 227).
  • “We must, therefore, conclude that the Scriptures alone cannot be a sufficient guide and rule of faith…because they are not of themselves clear and intelligible even in matters of the highest importance…” (The Faith of Our Fathers, James Gibbons p. 73).
  • “Is it possible to misunderstand the Bible? Yes, even the Bible itself says so. ‘In these epistles there are certain things difficult to understand, which the unlearned and the unstable distort, just as they do the rest of the Scriptures also, to their own destruction’ (2nd Peter 3:16).” (A Catechism for Adults, p. 10).

Time and again various groups have either claimed the Bible is incomplete, error-ridden or obscure. All these claims make way for them to be the infallible interpreter. In the quotes above, it’s the Roman Catholic Church and its claims to interpret the Bible. But the Mormons and the JWs have the same general approach. All in all they detract from the clarity of Scripture.

Wherever one looks along the perimeter of Islam, Muslims have problems living peaceably with their neighbors

May 10, 2013

…the relations between Muslims and peoples of other civilizations – Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Hindu, Chinese, Buddhist, Jewish – have been generally antagonistic; most of these relations have been violent at some point in the past; many have been violent in the 1990s. Wherever one looks along the perimeter of Islam, Muslims have problems living peaceably with their neighbors. …Muslims make up about one-fifth of the world’s population but in the 1990s they have been far more involved in intergroup violence than the people of any other civilizations.

The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. Samuel P. Huntington. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996, p.256

The underlying problem for the West is not Islamic fundamentalism. It is Islam

May 10, 2013

The underlying problem for the West is not Islamic fundamentalism. It is Islam, a different civilization whose people are convinced of the superiority of their culture and are obsessed with the inferiority of their power.

The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. Samuel P. Huntington. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996, p.217

.In Islam, God is Caesar; in China and Japan, Caesar is God; in Orthodoxy, God is Caesar’s junior partner

May 10, 2013

Throughout Western history, first the Church and then many churches existed separate from the state. God and Caesar, church and state, spiritual authority and temporal authority had been a prevailing dualism in Western culture…In Islam, God is Caesar; in China and Japan, Caesar is God; in Orthodoxy, God is Caesar’s junior partner.

The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. Samuel P. Huntington. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996, p.70

If Islam is the true religion, how come it doesn’t work anywhere?

April 11, 2013

As I learned Dutch, I began to formulate an almost impossibly ambitious goal: I would study political science to find out why this society (Netherlands), although it appeared to me as godless, worked when every society I had lived in, no matter how Muslim it claimed to be, was rotten with corruption, violence, and self-centered guile.

Aayan Hirsi Ali, Nomad, Simon & Schuster, 2010, p.xiv

There is a reason why Somalia, Pakistan and Sudan do not need to police their borders to stop unwanted immigration from the UK and the US. Migration flows in certain directions. People leave failed or dysfunctional states for more successful ones.

Later in her book Aayan admits Holland is not as godless as she might present her. In fact, the best case she gives for integration was from the Christians of the little town of Ede (pp.253-254).

 

 

 

Most inhabitants of hell are women according to Muhammad

April 11, 2013

The Prophet said, “I looked at Paradise and found poor people forming the majority of its inhabitants; and I looked at Hell and saw that the majority of its inhabitants were women.”

Hadith – Sahih Bukhari 4:464, Narrated ‘Imran bin Husain , see also Bukhari 7:124, 7:125

Why Islam appeals to prisoners

April 7, 2013

As for Muslim proselytism in the prison—and Muslim literature has been insinuated into nooks and crannies there far more thoroughly than any Christian literature—it is directed mainly at the Jamaican prisoners. It answers their need for an excuse to go straight, while not at the same time surrendering to the morality of a society they believe has wronged them deeply. Indeed, conversion to Islam is their revenge upon that society, for they sense that their newfound religion is fundamentally opposed to it. By conversion, therefore, they kill two birds with one stone.

Theodore Dalrymple

There are more reasons than this why Islam appeals to young men in trouble with the law. Amongst others it gives a sense of belonging and perhaps of a wider family or community, a sense of something to belong to bigger than the rootless self. But the resentments with wider Western/Christian society are not hard to find if one scratches the surface of many a convert to Islam.

Most scholars agree that Jesus was executed by crucifixion on the authority of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem

February 26, 2012

Most scholars agree that Jesus was executed by crucifixion on the authority of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem.

Robert Funk, Honest to Jesus (San Fransisco, HarperCollins, 1996), p. 221

The importance of this quote is that Funk is very sceptical about the reliability of the gospels and thwe New Testament as history. However, even he admits that Jesus existed and died by crucifixion. To deny this would be to employ a scepticism to all history that would make almost nothing knowable.