By Amy E.
13 August 2015
I recently found you and subscribed. I am in the US and have been studying
religions for a time now. Politics also,
but I find your site engaging and interesting.
I am a preacher's kid, well, woman, who was raised in the Christian
Faith. Though under that umbrella are many quadrants that vastly differ from
one another. I was raised to know God as
Love and Grace, but an earthly father who was in his own right, a bit of a
bohemian, but loved God dearly.
series of events that were much about social injustice, spurned on a quest, for
the definition of God. I know my NIV
Study Bible well, the one done by Biblica, because the new version by
Zondervan, has changed it. Though in studying,
all the Bibles have been altered, much for political reasons.
I was taking to a Muslim brother one day,
telling him about the stories in that Bible I knew. He was born in Bethlehem, Mohammed was his
name. When I commented about his name,
he said it was like Smith. You named a
child that when you didn't know what else to name him. He was a Godly man with a good sense of
humour. In our conversation, he told me
he knew of the stories, but the names were different. So, I obtained a Qur'an, it was navy blue
with gold embossing. The study portion was interpreted by a Greek. It was fascinating. Loved it because it addressed evolution.
Then it was on to the Tao, Gita...it goes
on, too numerous to list.
One thing that became fairly evident if I
could remove the word religion and just concentrate on the themes is that I
found a common denominator.
God, Love, Positive Energy, hates it when
man commits social injustice and pollutes the earth.
God, Love, Positive Energy, loves wisdom
God, Love, Positive Energy, says Love Me
with all your heart, soul and mind and love your brother as yourself. Who is my brother? Anything that is created of atoms, and last I
read, the plants talk to one another.
So, thank you for the site. It is interesting to hear the dialogues. It occurs to me in reading much, that the
KISS principle, Keep It Simple Stupid has been lost, as God is fairly easy to
understand; has been replaced with the discourse of who's rule and regulations
are from God. This creates a bit of
humour for me, though also much sadness.
As the God that I now know, is so incredibly layered and multi-cultural,
that God is to Big to be confined to any one velum book.
If I have transgressed in anyway, it was
not intended. I just wanted to express
Thank you again,
In The Light
you a peace-filled day!
I appreciate your keen interest in learning
more about different religions, including Islam, and your appreciation of the
considerable similarities in many of their teachings.
you know, each religion can be interpreted in diverse, indeed contradictory
ways, and the same is true of Islam. We need, therefore, to be particular about
whose interpretation we take to be normative. I would suggest that you read the
writings of the well-known 90 year-old Islamic scholar from India, Maulana
Wahiduddin Khan [many of whose writings are hosted on the New Age Islam
website.]. He is the founder of the New Delhi-based Centre for Peace and
Spirituality. He has arranged for a very beautiful translation of the Quran in
English, a copy of which is available free of cost [If you would like a copy,
please click here:
Wahiduddin Khan is the author of numerous books on different aspects of Islam,
including on Islam and peace, several of which have been translated into English
and are available for free download here:
would recommend a beautiful booklet written by him to begin with that can be
downloaded from the Centre for Peace and Spirituality website:
Reality of Life:
of all religious faiths [and none] may find it to be very inspiring, as also
Maulana Khan’s other writings.
God guide and bless us!