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What is legal plunder?

How collectivism leads to theft

"Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Thus the beneficiaries are spared the shame, danger, and scruple which their acts would otherwise involve. Sometimes the law places the whole apparatus of judges, police, prisons, and gendarmes at the service of the plunderers, and treats the victim — when he defends himself — as a criminal. In short, there is a legal plunder...

Mary—Ark of the New Covenant?

Protestants might be missing out on some interesting parallels related to Mary

Mary - Ark of the New Covenant?

Have you heard this term before? If you are not Catholic, then you may not have. I am a Protestant and the term is not one I have heard in Church before. I do not know if Catholics are typically aware of this or not but Protestants seem to avoid it.

Ramadan, Day 13: Contemplating the Oneness of God

Fasting is a time of contemplation. A time to humble yourself before the One God.

by Steve Schlichter


Fasting is a time of contemplation. A time to humble yourself before God. A time to search yourself and confess attitudes and actions that are contrary to the nature of God. Those we commit that we should not and those we omit that we should do. The more we understand God's nature, the more humbling and meaningful our expressions of love and worship can be. God is one. He is unique and indivisible, as these verses bare witness:

       


Moses: "Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!" (Deuteronomy 6:4)

Jesus: "The foremost is, 'HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD.'" (Mark 12:29)

Paul: "Now a mediator is not for one party only; whereas God is only one." (Galatians 3:20)

James: "You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder." (James 2:19)

      

Ramadan: Day 27—Al Qur'an on Humility

Is God meek? A brief investigation comparing one characteristic of Yahweh and Allah

The major difference between Islam and Christianity is the nature of God that is revealed. One aspect of God that is evident in Christianity is his meekness.  This should not be confused with weakness. 

The Qur'an speaks of humility. In 3:159, Muhammad is praised for his humility by dealing gently with those whom could have been in rebellion to him.

 

فَبِمَا رَحْمَةٍ مِّنَ اللَّهِ لِنتَ لَهُمْ ۖ وَلَوْ كُنتَ فَظًّا غَلِيظَ الْقَلْبِ لَانفَضُّوا مِنْ حَوْلِكَ ۖ فَاعْفُ عَنْهُمْ وَاسْتَغْفِرْ لَهُمْ وَشَاوِرْهُمْ فِي الْأَمْرِ ۖ فَإِذَا عَزَمْتَ فَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُتَوَكِّلِينَ - 3:159


“And by the Mercy of Allah, you dealt with them gently. And had you been severe and harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about you” [Aal ‘Imraan 3:159]

Dealing with Slavery in the Bible

Does the Bible advocate slavery and the objectification of others?

  • 7/26/2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Author: Steve Schlichter
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  Tonight, by Steve Schlichter

Physical location: 149 W Liberty St., Plymouth, 2nd floor

*This talk will be live-streamed in several Facebook locations such as our Tao and Tawheed page. The video will posted in our Youtube channel and blog tomorrow.

Slavery is repugnant to most people, as well it should be. It has been practiced throughout the ages by all peoples, and even today. Why does God allow it, even in the Bible (and the Qur'an)? That's what this talk will be about.

If you are a Christian, have you ever been confronted with a passage from the Old Testament that is difficult to deal with? For example, passages that appear to condone violence or slavery. When discussing issues like morality and history, I find that atheists and Muslims are prepared to offer up certain Old Testament passages to demonstrate that the Bible is a flawed book and Christians are not always equipped to deal with them. 

#3 of our "Deep Dive" lecture series.

 

 

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