Posts Tagged ‘faith’

Are you pretending to be Christ? Preposterous? Not really – He commands us to live like Him, why would He ask us to do the impossible? Why indeed. Listen how C.S. Lewis describes it – even highlighting how the ‘pretend’ games kids play are actually quite important to prepare them for grown-up-life. Insightful. Really. Take a listen.

The images? …yes, they relate to the topic.

The audio is an extract taken from “Mere Christianity”, probably the most famous book by C.S. Lewis.

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Blood libel (also blood accusation) is a false accusation or claim that religious minorities, usually Jews, murder children to use their blood in certain aspects of their religious rituals and holidays. Historically, these claims—alongside those of well poisoning and host desecration—have been a major theme in European persecution of Jews. (Wikipedia)

A note on ‘Palestine’. Consider the continued Jewish presence in Palestine & the quotes below. Who can lay claim to Palestine is its “original inhabitants”? Surely the Jews cannot be excluded, at least.

In 1888, Professor Sir John William Dawson wrote: Immigration took place from Europe, from North Africa (mainly to Jaffa) and from the Yemen.

“Until today (1888), no people has succeeded in establishing national dominion in the Land of Israel. No national unity, in the spirit of nationalism, has acquired any hold there. The mixed multitude of itinerant tribes that managed to settle there did so on lease, as temporary residents. It seems that they await the return of the permanent residents of the land.” (Wikipedia)

Prior to the Ottoman Empire’s dismemberment, the population of the area comprising modern Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Strip was not exclusively Muslim. Under the rule of the Ottoman Empire in the mid-16th century, there were [?no more than?] 10,000 Jews in Palestine, (Wikipedia)

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Traditional / orthodox Jews today believe that God cannot appear in any physical form – obviously this means they have a big problem with Jesus (Yeshua) & the doctrine of the Trinity. How much does the books of Moses (Torah) support the view Maimonides codified in Jewish thought for generations? See the analysis & listen to the audio.

Quote: The codifier of Torah law and Jewish philosophy, Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (“Maimonides” also known as “The Rambam”), compiled what he refers to as the “Thirteen Fundamental Principles” of the Jewish faith, as derived from the Torah. The Thirteen Principles of Jewish faith are as follows:

1. Belief in the existence of the Creator, who is perfect in every manner of existence and is the Primary Cause of all that exists.
2. The belief in G-d’s absolute and unparalleled unity.
3. The belief in G-d’s non-corporeality, nor that He will be affected by any physical occurrences, such as movement, or rest, or dwelling.
4. The belief in G-d’s eternity.
5. The imperative to worship G-d exclusively and no foreign false gods.
6. The belief that G-d communicates with man through prophecy.
7. The belief in the primacy of the prophecy of Moses our teacher.
8. The belief in the divine origin of the Torah.
9. The belief in the immutability of the Torah.
10. The belief in G-d’s omniscience and providence.
11. The belief in divine reward and retribution.
12. The belief in the arrival of the Messiah and the messianic era.
13. The belief in the resurrection of the dead.

Based on text here.

Numbers 12:8
With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?”

Note below, that Strongs 8544 is the word used for “form” when Israel was warned against idolatry.

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Should faith be based on evidence? Yes, but have you considered that people often lose faith in something in everyday life, as soon as emotions enter in, for no good reason? Why does seeming irrational fear grip us from time to time – when all rational reasoning & evidence up to that point should convince us otherwise?

What makes people lose their faith? Most due to reason & argument? Hardly.

The audio is an extract taken from “Mere Christianity”, probably the most famous book by C.S. Lewis.

Does Hitchens have the credentials to fully participate in a scholarly philosophical debate? Conversation with William Lane Craig on the details around this debate.

Note Hitchens’ surprise about the “new evidence for faith effort”, the ‘advances’ in apologetics, when there has been leaders in this field for many many years e.g. C.S. Lewis etc.

Reasonable Faith Podcast. Listen to full audio here.

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