Posts Tagged ‘Religion’

Time to reload

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

If you are a Christian as I am, then here is your warning that it is time to reload and stock up on ammunition. The devil’s still hangin’ in Hollywood.

The Golden Compass is a fantasy movie with Nicole Kidman that is due out in early December and I’ve just seen the press release for a sequel to The DaVinci Code called Angels and Demons.

Trailers for The Golden Compass have been on the front of a few DVD’s we’ve rented. It looked like a fun family type of movie with the same look as Narnia. Now I’ve found that the feel and look was intentional, as the writer of the book made into the movie has targeted C. S. Lewis’ Christian message with his own Atheism message.

Pullman wrote his fantasy trilogy because he was so upset by the Christian evangelism of C.S. Lewis in his wonderful series of Christian tales entitled “The Chronicles Of Narnia.” Pullman is an avowed atheist who has dedicated his life to undermining Christianity and the Church among young readers. The film’s release is only another example of a culture spiraling away from faith, a culture into which we must step in and declare truth.

Worldnet Daily

The Catholic League has looked into this movie and also the authors work.

A film called “The Golden Compass” opens December 7. It is based on the first book of a trilogy titled His Dark Materials. The author of this children’s fantasy is Philip Pullman, a noted English atheist. It is his objective to bash Christianity and promote atheism. To kids. “The Golden Compass” is a film version of the book by that name, and it is being toned down so that Catholics, as well as Protestants, are not enraged.

The second book of the trilogy, The Subtle Knife, is more overt in its hatred of Christianity than the first book, and the third entry, The Amber Spyglass, is even more blatant. Because “The Golden Compass” is based on the least offensive of the three books, and because it is being further watered down for the big screen, some might wonder why parents should be wary of the film.

And following their investigation of the authors work, they have issued a pretty strong recommendation about taking your family to this movie. (more…)

Ago?nizomai

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

I am pleased that my two of my popular posts, The meek shall inherit the earth and Does a pre-birth baby feel pain? Should you care? are on subjects that are important to me; God and family. Most often people arrive at these posts from searching the web and I find it a hopeful note that people are searching the web for God’s words. While I am glad they arrived here, I pray their search for His words takes them further than my small blog.

Another prayer is for Christians to understand that Jesus was meek before God and strong in his faith and actions before man. In fact when facing Pilate’s questioning He used the word fight to describe a potential, but not required course of action by his followers. (more…)

Profiling Pop Quiz

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

This is not of my making but I like the pop quiz style and think the message is about the most under reported, sweep the dirt under the rug topic in our society today. Far worse than the illegal immigration from Mexico will ever be. As a Christian, I would much rather learn to worship in Spanish, than to learn to worship without my head attached.

Profiling Pop Quiz

1968 Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by

a. Superman
b. Jay Leno
c. Harry Potter
d. Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40

In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by

a. Olga Corbett
b. Sitting Bull
c. Arnold Schwarzenegger
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by: (more…)

Allah for all

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Last week FoxNews reported about a Catholic priest who wanted everyone to refer to God as Allah irregardless of their faith.

Tiny Muskens, an outgoing bishop who is retiring in a few weeks from the southern diocese of Breda, said God doesn’t care what he is called.

“Allah is a very beautiful word for God. Shouldn’t we all say that from now on we will name God Allah? … What does God care what we call him? It is our problem,” Muskens told Dutch television.

Roman Catholic Bishop Wants Everyone to Call God ‘Allah’

In some respects I agree with Mr. Muskens. I don’t think that God cares how you refer to him as long as it is done with respect and reverence. I think that Allah is a perfectly fine and perhaps beautiful term for God. But that’s as far as I will take my agreement.

Mr. Muskens has failed to take into account the differences between the denotative meaning and the connotative meanings for the word “Allah.” If you don’t remember connotative and denotative from school then this quick example may jar you memory. Let’s say I were to refer to a salesman as a snake. The denotative meaning is that I really think the man is a reptile, no legs, cold blooded 2 chambered heart, scales, literally a snake. The connotative meaning that the man was self-serving and difficult to pin down is more likely why I would refer to him as a snake. Denotative is the dictionary definition while connotative is what the word commonly means to those hearing it.

And while the denotative meaning is fairly rigid, the connotative meaning varies from culture to culture and mutates with each passing generation and may in itself become a new denotative definition. “Gay” is a great example of this. A hundred years or so ago, it meant happy and as time passed the word gay took on the new connotative meaning of a homosexual person. Now the word no longer denotes happiness, it has taken on a new denotative meaning. Yesterday’s connotative meaning for gay is today’s denotative meaning. The definition has been hijacked.

So while the denotative meanings for Allah and God may be the same, the connotative meanings are quite different.  When an Arabic Christian refers to Allah, he is referring to a god as defined by the Bible. But, when an Arabic Muslim refers to Allah he is referring to a god as defined by the set of characteristics presented in the Koran. So while the denotative meaning is the same, the connotative meaning is entirely different. In fact in Islamic nations the difference could be enough to have you killed. Christian Allah is not interchangeable with Muslim Allah.

The article points out that Christians and Jews oppose calling God by Allah, while not surprising, the Council on Islamic American Relations likes the idea.

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington, D.C.-based Islamic civil liberties and advocacy group, backs the idea as a way to help interfaith understanding.

“It reinforces the fact that Muslims, Christians and Jews all worship the same God,” Hooper told FOXNews.com. “I don’t think the name is as important as the belief in God and following God’s moral principles. I think that’s true for all faiths.”

I too believe that there is but one God.  All 3 religions believe a different set of characteristics about God, but our beliefs don’t will more than one god into existence, they just mean that at least 2 out of the 3  religions are wrong.  It is the religion, not God that is the problem.

Muslim’s are commanded to subjugate or slay non-Muslims, while Jews and Christians live under no such edict.  In fact, Christians are under an edict to try and save rather than kill the Muslims.

The big problem with the Allah for all is that it puts the Muslim wolf into the Judeo-Christian sheep’s clothing giving the predator free run of the flock.