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I am a Roman Catholic living in NY. I am seeking to learn about the Islamic religion. Can someone recommend an english Translation of the Quran? An inexpensive version would be preferred because I am a man of limited means.
Blind faith doesn't work.
So, is faith, understanding?
Or, is understanding, faith?
Hi. I am new to this group and to Beliefnet. Any suggestions as to new friends I can make will be much appreciated!
In the meantime, please feel free to become friends with me. Drop by my first blog and read it and let me know what you think: Are American Christians The Victims Of An Anti-Christian Conspiracy?
I am looking forward to being in this new group and hope you will all stop by!
Hello RevCindy. I just joined the group and noticed you posted the request for people to take a survey on December 2 so I maybe too late but if it is still available I am more than happy to participate!
I had just heard about this book from my cousin and am intending to read it. Good to know there is a group discussing these topics. I look forward to having honest and open dialog for real true understanding.
Hi there, my name is Rev. Cindy, and I am writing my metaphysical masters thesis on the historical Jesus. Would anyone associated with this community be interested in completing a 25 question comparison survey to help me with the Methods chapter of the thesis? Thanks so much for letting me know.
ALL beliefs and understandings are most welcome!
Streams of Joy, Rev. Cindy
hi everybody i am the newest member of this group i write on the paranormal the spiritual religion prophecy and well being from my site www.prophet666.com
A prayer: Father I thank you for all the tests, trials, and burdens put on our hearts and spirits that help us grow stronger in our faith each day. We are not whole and complete without those, without your love, or without the chance to serve our purpose in your glory. I ask that you touch many more hearts through us all this next week, and through our stories shared. Give me the strength to get this started with my story of your love in my life. Let us all, your children that we are, emerge from this renewed and refreshed. In your son Jesus name I pray. Amen!
HERE IS that story my friends, my testimony of the Lord: I've spent 10 years of my life from 98-08 married and taking care of a sick wife (Jennifer) who was fighting cancer the whole time. First was a benign Giant Cell tumor through 14 surgeries in that time, and ending with a malignant sarcoma that took her life. She even had a moment of weakness during remission about 3 years ago, in which she cheated on me with my best friend. She was hurting, she was angry, she called me a deaf butt (I'm hearing impaired), said it was no wonder I had no friends because of how weak I was. The last 2 years were the hardest. She lost one of her disability checks for the first 6 months of 2008, we lost our car, I lost my job, and we lost our apt. Meanwhile I almost lost my life in the middle of all of this in June08. During this time I also lived with a friend of ours, and my mom briefly.
Then there came the last 6 months of 2008, and the first 6 of 2009. Jennifer left me last Sept. to go through chemo and fight her cancer alone in South Carolina at her moms. The last time I ever saw her. I continued to struggle here alone myself. Living with a friend and losing my second apt., living with another friend (this was a female. The devil broke me at this point and I slept with her), and I'm now living with my mom again. Still married to Jennifer through all of this, we worked things out over the phone in her last few months). We gave our forgiveness to each other, said our love you’s one last time, and 3 days later she passed away on May 1, 2009. I heard 4 days after that, though I had felt it and called constantly all 4 days. Her family had her cremated, she didn't get a funeral, she didn't get a head stone at her grave, and they got rid of her memory just as quick. They also left me and my family out of the obituary.
This summer has been my rebuilding though. I had a job for a couple months and lost it in June, but it provided the money to quickly get things in order in my life, enough. I was approved for financial aid for college and started back. An Aunt then graciously paid off a few of my bills. Currently I’m also ready to start a new job on campus. Yes, the devil hasn’t given up. I’m in danger of losing my financial aid, which I am appealing, among other things I’m dealing with. I sleep on an air mattress that’s now up to 5 holes that I have patched. I do this in a house with no carpet, mold that threatens to take the bathroom through the floor, and major appliances on their last leg. Yes, all of this and many more obstacles that I must cross over.
Finally, I have been given so much. I found the church (CLC) that I have been attending since the beginning of summer, and I found God 100% for the first time in my life. I was baptized for the second time, now as an adult. I am refreshed and renewed in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am filled with the Holy Spirit. I have surrendered my all to God, to do everything from now on, for His glory and His glory alone. Because despite all I’ve been through…I love Him, I thank Him for the life He has given me, and I am blessed that He has brought all of you into my life my friends. I ask for nothing but His love and yours in return. That is all that matters in this life, love, a bit more love, and love some more. God bless you all.
I am Sir. Paul Bryant the Accountant of Fidelity bank of Nigeria Lagos Branch.I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you.On March 8, 2006, a America man Oil consultant/contractor with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr TONI CHOATE made numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$6,500,000.00 ( Six million five hundred thousand Dollars) in my branch.Upon my maturity, I sent a routine notification to her forwarding address but got no reply.After a month,we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from her contract employers, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation that Mr TONI CHOATE died from a ghastly automobile accident.On further investigation, I found out that he died without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace her next of kin was fruitless.I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr TONI CHOATE did not declare any next of kin or relations in all her official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank.
This sum of US$105,000 is still sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year.No one will ever come forward to claim it.According to Nigerian Law, at the expiration of 5 (five) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the Nigerian Government if nobody applies to claim this fund.Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to Mr TONI CHOATE so that this man's labor will not get into the hands of some government officials.This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full names and address,phone number , occupation so that i can insert your information in the bank central computer as the next of kin to Mr TONI CHOATE fund. so that when contacting the bank , the bank will know that you are the next of kin because your information is in the bank network as the next of kin to this fund.
I would need you as a Foreigner acting as the next of kin and sole benefactor to the inheritance of this fund.There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be done by the Bank as soon you are the confirmed Next Of kin, and my position as the ACCOUNTANT,guarantees the successful execution of this transaction.Please observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country you will be having 40% out of this money
Awaiting your urgent reply via my email:email@example.com or you can call me with my mobile number.;+2347026123968
YOUR FULL NAME?
YOUR FULL ADDRESS?
YOUR DATE OF BIRTH?
YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
Thanks and regards.
Sir. Paul Bryant
I read about 3/4 of this book (and had to return it to the library) but never finished it. However, what I did read me feel kind of middle - of - the - roadish. I don't feel like all Christians were really represented in that book by the one woman. I'm not saying she's any less a Christian for doing what she does, but perhaps the book should've included some kind of resource guide into different denominations of Christianity (as well as Islam and Judaism).