Thursday, 22 January 2015

Let the stones be turned to sand

I think one of the best ideas in the Bible is John 8v7," But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept questioning him, Jesus said,"If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away, one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left. Jesus asked the woman,"Has no one condemned you?".
She replied,"No one, sir"
"Then neither do I condemn you" Jesus declared"
If Jesus is considered by Islam to have been a prophet then maybe verses like these should be spoken of more often in the Mosques ?
Maybe by writing in the sand Jesus was illustrating how scriptural texts can be blown away in the wind, the winds of change can move the shifting micro sand dunes but love and truth remain. Maybe on the basis of John 16v12 Jesus thought truth could be progressive," I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth."
Romans 13v9 says,""Love your neighbour as yourself". Love does no harm to its neighbour. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law"
How is that during the Medieval Roman Catholic inquisitions to combat heresy there was so much violence done in the name of Christianity? Did priests bring people to focus too much on the tales of Kings, Chronicles & Judges about the Israelites conquest of Canaan and severe laws of Leviticus ? Maybe history would have gone differently if priests had focussed on the verses about forgiveness and love. 1 John 3v14 "We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him"
1 John 4v8 " Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love"
Here is a tolerant verse from the Koran about how to treat those who do not believe its message:
Surah 15:3" Let them eat and enjoy life, and let (false) hope beguile them. They will come to know!"
I think this is similar to that attitude," We have told you what we think and it is up to you to decide, it is at your risk to reject what we say."
Could present day Muslims learn something from studying the history of Christianity and by trying to avoid its mistakes ?
Ally said he has heard the Jehovah Witness story but he failed to mention the important point that Jehovah Witnesses think that there is no hell, instead they think unbelievers cease to exist. In my opinion this is a more compassionate, humane view, if is formally called "Annhilationism"
John 3v17 "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him."
1Timothy 4v10 we have put our hope in the Living God, who is the saviour of all men, and especially of those who believe.

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