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Does Christianity follow the Old Testament?

In Blog, Christianity by Alice0 Comments

Does Christianity follow the Old Testament? You might have come across this topic being debated among Christians themselves and even among other religions. But, even before we begin answering that topic, what do you understand by the term Christians? The name Christian was first heard in the town of Antioch to refer to Christ followers and if you are a true Christian, John says that you should keep God’s commandments and teachings, which are not a burden;1 John 5:3.
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In Mathew 5:17-18, Christ told His followers and teachers of law that He had come to fulfill the law and not to destroy it. The coming of Messiah was a promise to Israelites. It is important to understand that the Old Testament was written and addressed to the God chosen nation; Israelites. So, when Christ came, he did everything in fulfillment of what the Old Testament had taught. Thus, being a Christ Follower you have to acknowledge that Christ did not come to render the Law of Moses or the Old Testament irrelevant.
However, when He died, He became the atonement for sins and drew all people not just Israelites to GOD and making them understand the nature of God better. Thus, he put everyone who believes in Him under His law. Paul states that Christians are under the law of Christ according to Galatians 6:22; which is Moral Law of God. Christ’s teachings revolve more around grace, forgiveness, and mercy just like the Old Testament teachings.
In New Testament righteousness does not come through obedience to Mosaic Laws. It is for that reason, the Disciples of Christ were taught not to burden the Gentiles with the law of circumcision as one does not become righteous through the obedience of law rather by faith in Christ Jesus. In support of that, Paul reminded his followers in Romans 6:22 that Abraham was accredited as righteous because of his faith; by faith, he became a father of many nations while he had no child.
It is important to understand that Christ reconciled the Old Testament, law and its decrees with Himself as stated in Ephesians 2: 14-16. That is why He taught the importance of loving God above everything and loving your neighbor as yourself; a summary of the Old Testament Laws. Christ understood that no one was Holy or could adhere to the law and become righteous. He became our righteousness and that is why Christians are righteous through faith in Jesus Christ according to Romans 3:22.

According to Pharisee, Jesus did many things that seem to contradict the Old Testament because they had not understood the word of God clearly. However, Jesus obeyed and adhered to the Old Testament and brought a better understanding of it. Jesus coming was a graceful act and He wanted us to know that we are saved by having faith in Him and not by being obedient to the Mosaic Law as no one could be Holy for all have fallen short of the glory of God.

Conclusion

By failing to acknowledge the Old Testament, we fail to acknowledge all the prophets, their teachings and God’s inspired Word in the Old Testament, which was the basis of New Testament. What Christ did was to reconcile the Old Testament with Him and give us a better understanding of His nature and Law and not contradict it. Therefore, to understand God, His Purpose, and the New Testament, you must understand the Old Testament as the Former is the Fulfilment of the Latter. Nonetheless, in regard to law, you are not under the Law of Moses, but of Christ Jesus.

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Where did Islamic religion begin?

In Blog, Islam by Alice0 Comments

Despite multiple concerns regarding the reliability of the origin of Islamic religion, most historians agree that Islam first originated in Saudi Arabia at the beginning of the 7th century. Although the origin of this religion is usually accredited to prophet Muhammad, according to the Quran Islam began even before Muhammad was born. The Quran testifies of itself that it was first given to angel Gabriel by God. Its angel Gabriel who later gave the Quran to Muhammad who then introduced it to the world in 610 A.D. after he began to experience what he claimed to be angelic visitations. Prophet Muhammad is said to have been born in Mecca around 570 and his family belonged to Quraysh tribe.

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After receiving divine visions and revelations, Muhammad began teaching people around him about a monotheistic God and the impending Judgement Day. Although his teachings angered most businessmen who made their living from worshipping multiple idols, his teachings still gained him disciples as well as enemies in equal measure. The people of Mecca were involved in various polytheistic-cults that had gods who were thought to protect their lucrative businesses.

As more people continued to rally around him, Muhammad started to receive increasing resistance from the opposing elites of Mecca and after the death of influential uncle Abu –Talib in 618 A.D, he decided to move 200 miles north of Mecca to the city of Yathrib (currently known as Medina). His experience in business enabled him to join politics and he went ahead to become the head of an Islamic City/State in Saudi Arabia. Muhammad’s political move is known as the Hijara and it marks the beginning of the Islamic Era. As a political leader, he worked on uniting all the Arabic tribes under one religion, Islam.

More Arabs continued to join Islam and armies from Mecca came to attack Muhammad repeatedly in Medina without any success. Muhammad eventually invaded Mecca with his own army and conquered it. From here, he extended the Muslim-Rule in all of Arabia. By the end of the 8th century, Islamic-Empire had extended to Indus River on the East and Iberia on the West. The spread of Islam led to Islamic Civilization which gave rise to various cultural and scientific centers that produced renowned doctors, astronomers, philosophers and mathematicians in what is regarded as the Golden –Age of Islam.

The death of Muhammad in 632 A.D. led to disagreements from different factions as to who would succeed the leadership. The dispute intensified significantly after the Karbala Battle where Muhammad’s grandson, Hussein-ibn- Ali was killed. There was a big revenge outcry that greatly divided the Islamic Community. All the disputes were solved eventually leading to further conquest that saw the Islamic Empire grow across the Middle-East, North Africa, parts Portugal and Spain, the Indian Continent among other places. The 19th and 20th century saw most parts of the Islamic World falling under new powers especially from the Western Countries. Islam is still a dominant religion in the present world and there are still efforts by its leaders to gain independence and build modern Islamic states.
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Do Sikhs drink alcohol?

In Blog, Sikhism by Alice0 Comments

There is no doubt about the fact that alcohol is a drug. If you are Sikh, you are being prohibited from drinking alcohol.

Alcohol is a depressant which means that once you drink or just consume it in any other way, the normal functioning of the brain will be altered. People were created to function using the right and recommended judgment and once you consume alcohol, you won’t do what’s acceptable. There is a specific part of the brain that controls judgment and whenever you drink alcohol, this is the first part to be affected.

Did you know that your stability and physical coordination is hindered when you drink several alcoholic drinks? Drinking alcohol will lead to liver cirrhosis which is an irreversible disease which kills the cells on the liver. Once they die, they turn into fibrous thus limiting is intended purpose on your body system.

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The Gurus ideally banned the use of any drug that causes intoxication because of the harmful effects it can cause.

What the Sikh booklet of Code of Conduct (The Panthic Sikh Rehat Maryada) States

It states that “”(j) A Sikh must not take hemp (cannabis), opium, liquor, tobacco, in short any intoxicant. His only routine intake should be food.”

(SRM: Chapter X, Article XVI)”

How about the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Stand on Alcohol?

According to this it states that “Do not drink the false alcohol at all, as far as it lies in your power.”

(SGGS – 544)”

“Drinking wine, his intelligence departs, and madness enters his mind;”

“He cannot distinguish between his own and others,”

“He is struck down by his Lord and Master” (SGGS p554)

How about Gurbani Stand on Alcohol

The water of Ganges is considered to be the purest of them all and even if alcohol is made from it, you should not drink it. The line states this:

“Even if wine is made from the water of the Ganges, O Saints, do not drink it.

(SGGS p1293)”

Example of Major Risks Caused by Alcohol

• Liver cirrhosis

• Gastrointestinal complications

• Stomach ulcers

• Risks of various forms of cancer including that of the liver

• High blood pressure

• Cardiac arrest

• Obesity

In general, the Gurus forbid us from drinking alcohol no matter the situation hence you should NOT DRINK IT at all.

5 Things that the Gurus Tells the Sikh about Alcohol

• You will get a lot of misery by drinking it.

• You will not differentiate between your friends and enemies when you take it.

• You will commit lots of sin when intoxicated.

• Drinking it will lead you to do a lot of wicked things.

• Do everything to avoid it and rather get intoxicated by getting drunk with the nectar of how He remembers us.

According to the Persian language, it is referred to as Sharaab. It basically means water that can cause mischief. Your intellect is destroyed once you drink alcohol. Waheguru will be forsaken by a Sikh who takes alcohol because you are wasting your life.

As a Sikh, you should therefore shun alcohol for good.

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Does a Hindu eat Beef?

In Blog, Hinduism by Alice0 Comments

Feeding of beef in Hinduism is a sin in the traditions governing this religion. Majority of Hindus prefer being straight vegans. Lacto-vegetarians exist too among the Hindus. Meat as a dish according to the old and middle-age sacred texts is accepted only if the animals to be partaken are prepared without violence like brutal killings. This is known as ahimsa. Hindus are very considerate and appreciative of nature and its aspects hence its strict dietary norms.

Beef-meat from cows is easily distinguished and highly respected by Hindus. They do not consume it. Does a Hindu eat beef? No. The cow is considered to bring forth life. In the ancient times, bulls and oxen were slaughtered and made sacrifices. Some of its meat was consumed. Cows that were milked were never killed. The onset of Buddhists and Jains brought about strict rules on beef consumption. It was forbidden. These cattle were necessary for butter, dung and milk. Cows should not be mistaken for idols or gods by non-Hindus.

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If meat is to be taken among the Hindu, the mode of preparation is precise-jhatka meaning a quick form of death. Inflicting unnecessary
pain on animals is forbidden. The quick death reduces the duration of suffering and pain to animals during the slaughtering process. This is a sensitive issue as some scriptures and hymns completely forbid beef consumption. The Rigveda scripture has a quote that
demands punishment by the Agni god to anyone that kills humans and animals like cattle.

Straight vegans adhere to the Tirukkural verses that condemn beef eating and view it as devouring hurt and wounded flesh. This scripture adds that non-meat eaters are considered highly sacred than any person who strictly follows the Hindu rules. More to it, veneration can only be done by those that have never killed nor partaken meat from any animal.

Expectant mothers in the Hindu religion are allowed to have soup prepared from wild meat called jangala. Not beef from cows. This is stated in the Sushruta Samhita’s Chapter 10. Individuals with major injuries, pregnant mothers, young children at growth spurt and those who indulge in heavy tasks or exercises are allowed to have other meat dishes on condition that caution is taken during preparation except beef. This is clearly stated in Chapter 20 of the Sutrasthanam. A balanced diet though in moderation is accepted by this book.

In Manusmriti, meat eating is highly forbidden unless in conditions like adversity. Nonetheless the meat has to be prepared in a
non-violent manner that reduces the pain and suffering infliction. This Hindu texts in this book continue to explain the brutality cattle and other animals undergo before it can be a meal. Manusmriti advocates for abstinence from beef and meat consumption. The sacred book lists a number of killers-butchers, slaughter men, beef and meat sellers or buyers, anyone that involves in cooking and serving and those that feed on it.

In Chapter 5 of Manusmriti 5:27 rules are clear that only eat meat if your deteriorated health depends on it to recover. The chapter allows rabbit, fish, deer, antelope, sheep, goat, boar and poultry as sacrifice.

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Do Buddhists have a Bible?

In Blog, Buddhism by Alice0 Comments

Many believers (including Buddhists) have the belief that religion is God-given despite the contradictory and divergent doctrines on the basis of the Bible. If religion is God-given then we ought to select the best and leave the rest. The bible states that God is a God of one harmony; therefore, since Buddhism contradicts the Bible, we can’t claim they have a Bible, regardless of whether they have a certain spiritual religious “Holy” book that they follow and have a supreme being. Those are not reasons enough to warrant the Buddhists having a bible.

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However, this is not inferencing that Buddhist religion is bad, every religion has its won good side, no wonder each religion has many followers. Buddhism contains some doctrines not in convergence with the Bible that can destroy someone’s spirit. The Buddhism scriptures ought to guide people in their ways of living in this world. Buddhism contains idol worship which contradicts the Bible which discourages idol worship (Romans 1, 1 Corinthians, Acts 19, Isaiah 40 and Psalm 115).

Siddhartha Gautama’s teachings formed the basis of Buddhism. He lived between c.500- c.400). However, the Bible has Jesus who lived in the Bc. Period and he forms the basis of the Bible. Jesus did asceticism, that is, avoiding the basic needs of the body e.g. food), on the other hand, Gautama did the same this is one common practice found in Buddhist scriptures and the Bible.

Jesus in the bible believed in the Holy Spirit as a form of soul-searching while Gautama used meditation as a form of deep soul-searching. Buddhists believe in karma, that is, the present life affects the afterlife. Also, the belief in reincarnation (popularly known as Samsara in Hindu), that is, there are many existing states of a person’s soul. These beliefs are not in accordance with the Bible, therefore making it difficult to associate Buddhism with the Bible.

Buddhism believe in many gods, on the other hand, Bible indicates the belief in only one God (1 Corinthians, Isaiah 44 and Deuteronomy 6). Some Buddhists also believe there is no god at all. The bible is clear on the existence of God scriptures while Buddhists scriptures are a bit unclear on that issue. Buddhism deny the idea of Jesus rising from the dead which is found in the Bible (Corinthians 15).

We can’t say they have a Bible as one of the most enshrined aspects in the Bible, they don’t believe. Buddhists believe that a soul goes through persistent rebirth, where it can move from one body to another; it persists till the ‘Nirvana period’, on the other hand, the Bible claims once one dies, the soul leaves this world and goes to a spiritual world. in the Bible, after death, you await judgment from God, while Buddhists don t believe in the judgment ideology. The bible also consists of the Holy spirit aspect which Buddhism doesn’t incorporate into their beliefs. The religion of the bible included many races while Buddhism is only for Hindus since Gautama was born in Nepal.

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Do Sikhs Believe in Reincarnation?

In Blog, Sikhism by Alice0 Comments

The line separating the living and the dead is too thick that we, the living, often find ourselves guessing what the other side of the line is like. In an attempt to find answers for their faithful, different religions teach different theories that explain what happens after death. Sikhs, in particular, believe that humans and other animals continue to live even after they die as they are reincarnated into new forms of life. According to Guru Granth Sahib Ji, birth indicates that a soul has entered into a new body while death signifies the exit of a soul from a body so that it is born in another young body.

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Souls are a part of Waheguru (God) and they, under the guidance of Sikh Gurus, always reunite with him after surviving in about 8.4 million different body forms. Just like God, a soul lives eternally. Put differently, Sikhs believe that a body dies and leaves its soul behind to be taken up by another body, a body that will then die and leave the soul behind, and the cycle continues. The cycle can only be terminated by Waheguru who assumes full custody of the soul as from that moment. In some exceptions, Waheguru can decide to mukti (release) a soul from the reincarnation cycle before it completes all the 8.4 million rounds, mainly if it is pure and lives in line with his Shabad (word). Sikh Gurus teach that God reincarnates people as a way of giving them another chance to change their bad habits for the better in their new form of life. It is, therefore, the role of every human being to seek salvation from God and love him at all times to increase his/her chances of reuniting with God without having to go through many reborn cycles.

What Can Make Waheguru Deny Mukti to a Soul?

Any wrongdoing will distance a soul from Waheguru and force him to take it through many death and rebirth processes. Here are some of the critical factors that contribute to this:

• Worshipping other gods and not Waheguru,
• Living an extravagant life at the expense of others; being greedy; lobh,
• Being led and controlled by anger(Karodh),
• Taking glory away from God and using it in one’s favor; manmukh,
• Holding onto material things thus ignoring the word of God; moh,
• Being lustful; kam.

Prove of Soul Reincarnation

Sikh Gurus argue that if every living creature ends up in heaven or hell after death, then there is a likelihood that either heaven or hell could have been filled up to capacity a long time ago. In that case, people and animals couldn’t be dying today because, apparently, there could be no space left for them to go to. Since deaths still occur, therefore, it is logical to say that people are reincarnated over and over again to keep the population in heaven and hell under control.

Conclusion

Humans have no control over what will become of them after death- Mukti and reincarnation are in the hands of Waheguru. In that realization, it is imperative that every living creature alive as per the guidelines of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji: do good to all at all times and get rid of any bad qualities- that’s the best anyone can do.

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When Sikhism was Founded

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At the northwestern tip of India is found The Golden Temple, or Harimandir Sahib, the most huge recorded fixate on earth to the 20 million Sikhs around the world. Here individuals from all kinds of different backgrounds are welcome to participate in tuning in to the songs of the Guru Granth Sahib and to participate in solidarity for a common feast (Langar).

More than five hundred years prior in Punjab, India, a child was destined to a Hindi couple. The kid, who was named Nanak, was relied upon to emulate his dealer father’s example. Be that as it may, this tyke was diverse from numerous points of view. He was pensive and attentive. He would as often as possible lose all sense of direction in contemplation. He appeared to be unengaged with the things of this world. He examined religion with his Muslim and Hindi partners.

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At last, one morning he went to the waterway to bathe. As indicated by legend, he entered the stream, however, did not surface. For three days and evenings his companions looked for him. However, he was not to be found. At that point came the extraordinary occasion Nanak rose up out of the waterway. Amid the time he’d been missing, Nanak had an unfathomable otherworldly ordeal. He’d been in fellowship with God and had been illuminated and given a calling to tell the universe of his True Name. The principal thing Nanak said upon his arrival was “There is no Hindu, no Muslim.” Nanak’s message was that lone through an evident commitment to the one True Name could people break the cycle of birth and passings and converse with God. Nanak turned into the primary Guru, and Sikhism appeared.

By then, Guru Nanak left his home on the first of four unique adventures to spread his message. Between the years 1499 and 1521 he headed out to such places as Sri Lanka, Tibet, Baghdad, Mecca, and Medina. Supernatural occasions went with him wherever he went, and he picked up a substantial after. At last at the end of his life, he settled in Kartapur with his significant other and two children. His numerous devotees came here to tune in to his lessons. Before he kicked the bucket, he selected one to proceed with his work. Since Nanak, there have been nine other living masters. The tenth, Guru Gobind Singh showed that there was never again a requirement professionally master. Instead, he found a profound successor in the Guru Granth Sahib (consecrated writings), and a physical successor in the Khalsa.

Honestly interpreted, Khalsa signifies “the unadulterated,” and it is the objective of all Sikhs to wind up Khalsa. Authoritatively, one moves toward becoming Khalsa when he or she has experienced Sikh sanctification, and have consented to take after the Sikh Code of Conduct and Conventions, alongside wearing the endorsed physical articles of the faith. This service happens when a develop singular presents him or herself within sight of the Guru Granth Sahib and five other Khalsa Sikhs. The applicant is instructed what will be anticipated from him or her and after that beverages Amrit (sugar water mixed with a knife).

Khalsa individuals can without much of a stretch be recognized by specific pieces of attire which they wear as images of their faith. These are alluded to as the Five K’s;

· Kesh, or long, unshorn hair, is an image of a deep sense of being. It reminds the person to carry on like masters. (Male individuals wear a turban over the hair.)

· Kirpan, or the formal sword, is an image of nobility. This isn’t viewed as a weapon, much as Christians wear the cross as an image of faith and not an instrument of torment.

· Kangha, or brush, is an image of cleanliness and teach.

· Kara, or a steel bracelet, is an image of limitation in activities and a steady indication of one’s commitment to God.

· Kachha, or drawers, which symbolize poise and virtuousness.

Sikhism is the fifth biggest religion on the planet. It started as a dynamic religion which dismissed all qualifications of position, doctrine, race, or sex. It perceived the dull uniformity of women when women were viewed as property or entertainment of men when female child murder and dowager consuming was healthy and even energized. The inheritance of Sikhism is its accentuation on one’s dedication to God and honest living.

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Are Islam and Muslim the Same?

In Blog, Islam by Alice0 Comments

Islam believes that Muhammad and Jesus are prophets of the Lord who are tasked with the responsibility of bringing the word of God to everyone. Muslims on the other hand, follow the religion of Islam.

Now, Islam, as well as the Muslims, follow the Prophet Mohammed’s religion and the Qur’an. There’re so many faithful followers who have now settled across the entire world, however, a lot of the non-Muslims do not have a clear understanding of what the religion is all about. Now, first of all, they have a completely different language, however, beyond linguistic difference, there are some few differences between Muslim and Islam.

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Islam simply implies submission. It originated from a word that means peace. It is the second-largest religion as well as one of the world’s fastest-growing religions. It’s only succeeded by Christianity. The religion of Islam is a monotheistic as well as the Abrahamic religion which is guided by the Holy Qur’an. The Holy Qur’an consists of the word of God and also the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, who was the last Prophet. A follower of Islam is said to be a Muslim. A lot of Muslims do believe that their main purpose is to serve and worship God, for which they’ve established the five (5) pillars of Islam which guide a Muslim on nearly every part of life and society in general.

Muslims are the follower of the religion of Islam. Normally, Muslim is used in conversation to differentiate a person. Muslims also believe in incomparable God; through a chain of Prophets which start with Adam and also include Moses, Aaron, David, Job, Jesus and a lot more; peace is upon them, and so on. There’s a very simple method that somebody can be a Muslim. One only has to say �there’s no god aside from God, and Muhammad is God’s Messenger, by this kind of declaration such believer announces his/her faith in all the messengers of God.

Muslims are divided into two main sects: The Sunnis as well as the Shias. These sects have a lot of similarities and they both consider themselves to be Muslims, who are following the will of God. But, there is variation from each other in some parts. Both of them agree on the basics of Islam and also share the same Holy Book. But, based on experts this division stems from some of their different political, historical experiences and social developments, and ethnic composition too.

In our modern times, it has really been noticed that the entire Muslim histories are known or identified as the histories of Islam’. Koran, or Q’uran, is the holy book of Muslims and Islam. It has the religious laws and texts of Islam and is said to be the compilation of the verbatim words of Allah which was dictated to Muhammad. Currently, Islam has long been criticized for some of its strict traditional believes as well as its treatment of women. Though this has been transforming to some aspect because of modernization, there’re certain sects who force their members to follow the traditional rules and law.

In summary, you can use the terms, Muslim and Islam wisely to prevent standardization of the whole thing. Islam describes the religion and Muslim mainly describe the followers of the religion.