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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Islam, a religion of Peace?

 

                      Adoration of the Holy Trinity (1511) - Albert Durer

God created the Universe, He created man and woman,  He is the Creator of all life, and He saw that it is good. Tragically man's fall from grace, the sin of Adam and Eve, 'Original Sin' the great sin of pride, opened the door to evil in the world, to the extent that our world is now torn apart by sin, with  God denied and man becoming his own god. God's laws and the natural law inherent in God's Creation, have been largely rejected by the Powers of this world, who are blind to the Divine Kingship of Christ and foolishly and arrogantly place their trust in man's ability to work out his own future for himself. Man's fallen nature, which encompass the seven deadly sins of pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth, are represented daily through the media, in differing forms and guises, but so often made to appear attractive, desirable, and even good. Morality has become a 'bad' word, particularly in western society, creating a spiritual void which encompasses the diminution and destruction of our Christian culture.. Man cannot live happy and fulfilled lives in a spiritual vacuum, although many persuade themselves that riches and comforts, fame, business achievements, social status, relationships, will make us happy. Human experience shows this to be a fallacy, for we are created by God to know Him, love Him, and serve Him, in this world,and to be happy with Him forever in the next; and nothing in this world can replace this deep, spiritual innate longing and need.
    In recent years throughout the world, unsurprisingly coinciding with the decline if not the demise of Christian values, there has been a marked increase in acts of terrorism and violence by Islamic 'extremists'. The perpetrators have openly admitted their intentions in the name of Allah, to kill and destroy those not sharing their ideology, in particular Christians and Jews,  often using women and young children as 'suicide' bombers to achieve their aims. In Europe today, we are now seeing millions of refugees from the Middle-East and Afghanistan, fleeing their homelands to escape the terrors of imposed Islamic law and government. Tens of thousands of Christians, including Bishops, priests and religious, have been murdered, churches and religious houses destroyed, and strict Islamic law imposed.
     The following article appeared recently in 'Les Femmes-the Truth' blogsite, to which I am wholly indebted. I have abbreviated the article very slightly without altering the sense in any way, and have included a few photographs with a few additional comments. 

The original article can be read here...http://lesfemmes-thetruth.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/the-story-of-islamic-world-domination.html                                                                    **************

Is Islam a religion of peace?

'Peace' for Islam means world domination...... Beyond the outward facade of Islam, lies something intrinsically evil and unnatural when its believers display jubilant ecstasy at the killing of their fellow man in the name of Allah, while declaring themselves to be messengers of a peaceful religion, grinning and holding up freshly severed human heads.

In July, 2014, ISIS Sunni Muslims posted pictures on Twitter of themselves holding up decapitated heads, with additional human heads impaled on a fence-post behind them. There were buckets filled with more heads and additional heads of young men lying on the ground. These victims of Islam’s 'peace' were once someone’s beloved son, husband, father, brother, uncle, nephew, and friend just a few moments before the photos were posted. Thousands more victims of the believers of this cheerless religion of anger and rage are gang-raped, stoned to death, kidnapped, tortured, mutilated and beheaded, all in the name of Islam, violently killing its way to 'world peace' leaving carnage, death and destruction in its wake....


                                                 ISIS execution in Palmyra (2015/6)

Islam means submission and is used to denote the savage, strident, brutal, and unforgiving religion of Muhammad, signifying submission to the service and command of Allah. In July, 2014, Christians in Mosul, Iraq, were given an ultimatum by ISIS to submit and convert to Islam, move out of the country or stay and pay dhimmitude tax, or be killed..... A pregnant Catholic mother, shackled in jail, was sentenced to 100 lashes then to be hanged. Buried to their waists in a hole in the ground, women are stoned to death, Islamists display joy when beheading, disemboweling and de-braining entire families, gang raping a six year old girl, and demonically slaughtering entire battalions of captured soldiers....

After studying the Koran, the 19th century French historian Alexis de Tocqueville was convinced that “by and large there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad.” Warren Carroll, in 'The Founding of Christendom' (1985), says that Islam, the Scourge of God, is Christendom’s deadliest enemy of all time. American born Coptic Christian Raymond Ibrahim, in his book 'Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians'(2013), writes that "a Reuters report in 2012, cited an estimated 100 million Christians persecuted worldwide. A few years earlier the British Secret Service, M16, had estimated the number at 200 million. From one end of the Muslim world to the other, Christians, Jews, other non-Muslims, and even Muslims of different sects than the current rampaging jihadists, are suffering under the return of Sharia”....

Meanwhile, Liberalism, sharing with Islam a hatred of the Judeo-Christian God, exposes its false approach to peace...... The same week that Mosul’s Christians were given the Islamic ultimatum, White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, preposterously said, “President Barack Obama has substantially improved the tranquility of the global community.” Former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, stated, “We have to confer with the Qataris who have told me over and over again that Hamas is a humanitarian organization.” However, in the exercise of these “humanitarian” efforts, the slightest perceived insult to Islam fuels Muslims to explode with irrational uncontrolled rage, 'peacefully' solving their problem with more killing rampages, since one of Islam’s commands from the Muhammad al-Bukhari Hadith (teachings of Islam) is, “Assault and kill, assault and kill, assault and kill the Jews.”


 ISIS:  Mass killing of 400 at Palmyra, mostly women and children.(2015/6)

 As for Islam’s treatment of Christians, Ibrahim states:-   
“Although Muslim persecution of Christians is one of the most dramatic stories of our times, it is also one of the least known to the West. Such ignorance was not always the case. The exact patterns we see today in Islamic persecution of Christians were quite familiar to Christians who lived in contact with the Muslim world in past centuries, especially during the Crusades, for which until our time, Western man did not apologize." The Crusades were a result of Islamic aggression then, just as we see today. From Muhammad’s first successful caravan raids to the 1400 years of jihad that followed, from the 7th century to the 21st, Islam was and remains a religion of rage, militancy, intolerance and conquest embracing violence, destruction and death, all of which is considered normal behavior in Islam. In the first few decades of its existence, Islam had already savagely conquered half of the Christian lands in the Middle East, while Europe was continually besieged. Continual persecution of their fellow man is a tenet of Islam ....

From Islam’s 7th century beginning until 1947 it was always considered a heretical religion. There was no great central thought or myriad Abrahamic Islamic references to Muhammad or the Koran, and no “religion of peace” myth. Suddenly in the 1960s Islam was elevated to an Abrahamic Faith equivalent to Judaism and Christianity, and Muhammad was then mythically referred to as a peaceful prophet who had received revelations from God. The world, having accepted this 'politically correct myth', is suddenly aghast at the wrath of ISIS, the killings, rapes, and executions. However, expecting peace and love from a heretical demonic religion of hate.... is the ultimate textbook example of blind, unrealistic liberal naiveté. A bishop recently said, “People of the West, if they have eyes, should now see what happens when Muslims are the majority.”

Islam’s factual 1400 years of monstrous crimes against humanity are the reflected image of Allah, the hater of life and lover of death. The religion of the false prophet Muhammad has always been called a false religion, a heresy, and remains so. Christ's own words, "He who is not with me is against me" and "by their deeds you shall know them" - illuminate the dark reality of Islam.  There is no Allah except Satan, Muhammad is his prophet and Islam is the Antichrist.

Ack. 'Les Femmes - the Truth"


      'Resurrection of Jesus Christ' (1620) - Gerard Seghers

 'I am the resurrection and the life', saith the Lord, 'he that believeth in me, though he die, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die.' (John 11. v. 25/26)

Amen.


As for Islam’s treatment of Christians, Ibrahim states, “Although Muslim persecution of Christians is one of the most dramatic stories of our times, it is also one of the least known to the West. Such ignorance was not always the case. The exact patterns we see today in Islamic persecution of Christians were quite familiar to Christians who lived in contact with the Muslim world in past centuries”, especially during the Crusades, for which until our time, Western man did not apologize. The Crusades were a result of Islamic aggression then, just as we see today. From Muhammad’s first successful caravan raids to the 1400 years of jihad that followed, from the 7th century to the 21st, Islam was and remains a religion of rage, militancy, intolerance and conquest embracing violence, destruction and death, all of which is considered normal behavior in Islam. In the first few decades of its existence, Islam had already savagely conquered half of the Christian lands in the Middle East, while Europe was continually besieged. Continual persecution of their fellow man is a tenet of Islam reflecting Ishmael’s persecution of Isaac, and later as a grown man, Ishmael’s profession as an archer living off plunder.
- See more at: http://lesfemmes-thetruth.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/the-story-of-islamic-world-domination.html#more
lands in the Middle East, while Europe was continually besieged. Continual persecution of their fellow man is a tenet of Islam reflecting Ishmael’s persecution of Isaac, and later as a grown man, Ishmael’s profession as an archer living off plunder.

Victim of the religion of peace
From Islam’s 7th century beginning to 1947 it was always considered a heretical religion. There was no great central thought or myriad Abrahamic Islamic references to Muhammad or the Koran, and no “religion of peace” myth. Suddenly in the 1960s Islam was elevated to an Abrahamic Faith equivalent to Judaism and Christianity, and Muhammad was then mythically referred to as a peaceful prophet who had received revelations from God. The world, having accepted this politically correct myth, is suddenly aghast at the wrath of ISIS, the killings, rapes, and executions, however, expecting peace and love from a heretical demonic religion of hate, after having given it the advantage of the benefit of the doubt since 1960, is the ultimate textbook example of blind unrealistic liberal naiveté. A bishop recently said, “People of the West, if they have eyes, should now see what happens when Muslims are the majority.”

Islam’s factual 1400 years of monstrous crimes against humanity are the reflected image of Allah, the hater of life and lover of death. The religion of the false prophet Muhammad has always been called a false religion, a heresy, and remains so, for there is no Allah except Satan, Muhammad is his prophet and Islam is the Antichrist.
- See more at: http://lesfemmes-thetruth.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/the-story-of-islamic-world-domination.html#more
lands in the Middle East, while Europe was continually besieged. Continual persecution of their fellow man is a tenet of Islam reflecting Ishmael’s persecution of Isaac, and later as a grown man, Ishmael’s profession as an archer living off plunder.

Victim of the religion of peace
From Islam’s 7th century beginning to 1947 it was always considered a heretical religion. There was no great central thought or myriad Abrahamic Islamic references to Muhammad or the Koran, and no “religion of peace” myth. Suddenly in the 1960s Islam was elevated to an Abrahamic Faith equivalent to Judaism and Christianity, and Muhammad was then mythically referred to as a peaceful prophet who had received revelations from God. The world, having accepted this politically correct myth, is suddenly aghast at the wrath of ISIS, the killings, rapes, and executions, however, expecting peace and love from a heretical demonic religion of hate, after having given it the advantage of the benefit of the doubt since 1960, is the ultimate textbook example of blind unrealistic liberal naiveté. A bishop recently said, “People of the West, if they have eyes, should now see what happens when Muslims are the majority.”

Islam’s factual 1400 years of monstrous crimes against humanity are the reflected image of Allah, the hater of life and lover of death. The religion of the false prophet Muhammad has always been called a false religion, a heresy, and remains so, for there is no Allah except Satan, Muhammad is his prophet and Islam is the Antichrist.
- See more at: http://lesfemmes-thetruth.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/the-story-of-islamic-world-domination.html#more
lands in the Middle East, while Europe was continually besieged. Continual persecution of their fellow man is a tenet of Islam reflecting Ishmael’s persecution of Isaac, and later as a grown man, Ishmael’s profession as an archer living off plunder.

Victim of the religion of peace
From Islam’s 7th century beginning to 1947 it was always considered a heretical religion. There was no great central thought or myriad Abrahamic Islamic references to Muhammad or the Koran, and no “religion of peace” myth. Suddenly in the 1960s Islam was elevated to an Abrahamic Faith equivalent to Judaism and Christianity, and Muhammad was then mythically referred to as a peaceful prophet who had received revelations from God. The world, having accepted this politically correct myth, is suddenly aghast at the wrath of ISIS, the killings, rapes, and executions, however, expecting peace and love from a heretical demonic religion of hate, after having given it the advantage of the benefit of the doubt since 1960, is the ultimate textbook example of blind unrealistic liberal naiveté. A bishop recently said, “People of the West, if they have eyes, should now see what happens when Muslims are the majority.”

Islam’s factual 1400 years of monstrous crimes against humanity are the reflected image of Allah, the hater of life and lover of death. The religion of the false prophet Muhammad has always been called a false religion, a heresy, and remains so, for there is no Allah except Satan, Muhammad is his prophet and Islam is the Antichrist.
- See more at: http://lesfemmes-thetruth.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/the-story-of-islamic-world-domination.html#more

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Dartmoor in Orkney. / 'The Donkey' by GK Chesterton.

 
You may well be thinking that Dartmoor is surely not in Orkney, it's in south-west England, stretching across Devon from the Somerset border as far as Cornwall. Of course you are right, and speaking as one who lived for many years on the edge of this magnificent National Park, it has a special appeal and charm, combining beauty and unspoilt wilderness, the memory of which will always remain with me.

The Dartmoor that I am writing about, however, is in fact the most recent addition to our family, namely an Old English Sheepdog, named in memory of those happy days years ago, spent walking on Dartmoor with our children and the family dog(s).

Our previous dog Hector, 95% Old English Sheepdog and 5% Collie, died in August last year, aged nearly 14 years.  We had owned him from a puppy, acquired from the Blue Cross Rescue at Tiverton in Devon, and he was truly a lovely dog with a wonderful temperament. After he died, the house seemed very empty, and my wife in particular missed him.

We toyed with the idea of getting another dog, and in fact registered with a dog-rescue home for a suitable dog. We didn't hear anything for two or three months, but then at the end of October, a kind and generous friend delivered a surprise package to our door, namely Dartmoor aged about 3 months! He seemed rather like a big cuddly teddy-bear, weighing about 10 kg ,with a long silky coat and  needle-like teeth and claws.

He is now nearly 7 months old, weighing  between 25 and 30 kgs! He is large and boisterous, and like Hector has a lovely temperament, showing great affection and loyalty. He can be very stubborn, and dare I say it, naughty at times, but the good outweighs the naughty bits - at least that's the theory! He is totally house-trained, which has been a cold 'learning curve' during the winter months, both for him and his owners who have been obliged to venture forth into cold, howling winds and driving rain at all hours of the day and night! In hindsight, this was a job well done!
            
He needs plenty of exercise to expend his latent energy, and here on Stronsay, we have some wonderful beaches and sand dunes which are ideal. My wife takes him in the car daily to the beach, where he can run without causing or coming to any harm. One major problem we have with Dartmoor in the car, is his propensity to bark fiercely at oncoming cars, at the same time hurling himself at the offside rear passenger window. Fortunately he is strapped in, which certainly limits his freedom of movement, but this is a problem which we have not yet succeeded in solving - constructive suggestions most welcome! It is easier to control when we are both in the car, so when Dartmoor goes out we both go.

The photos below were taken a few days ago whilst walking Dartmoor at Rothiesam beach on Stronsay. It was a lovely, sunny Spring day, perfect for a walk on the deserted beach and sand dunes.



          'Why man he doth bestride the narrow world like a colossus' 

'Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world  like a Colossus, and we petty men  walk under his huge legs and peep about  to find ourselves dishonorable graves.' Cassius to Brutus re. Julius Caesar. (W.Shakespeare)
Actually, contrary to the photograph, it's  Dartmoor who, figuratively speaking, bestrides the world like a colossus, while I just hang on in there!



A close up of Dartmoor, he has one blue eye and one brown eye, neither of which can be seen in this photograph, mainly because of his long hair. He has a particularly large, black, rubbery nose, which you can see, and a very fine set of new 'adult' shiny 'gnashers'!



                                              Just making sure that you're still there!





                           A handsome boy, but I wonder what he's thinking?





                             Having a breather - to give Mum and Dad a rest!





             Waiting to pounce! You'll do, but I really need a few sheep!




                                                Off at full speed! You'll not catch me!




                                                              An interesting find - rabbits?



                                                              Must we go home already?                                                                                                                                                                                     
                
             

 Dartmoor receiving a treat, a small piece of sliced chicken - his reward for doing as he was told, not always the case!   'Mum' loves him - most of the time. When he misbehaves he's only a 'baby', and for some inexplicable reason, it's often Dad's fault!  C'est la vie!

I hope that you have enjoyed this brief introduction to Dartmoor. I hope to renew our friendship in August on his first birthday!

 NB. If you like dogs and would like to know a little more about Hector, our loyal and well-loved previous dog, please click on link below.

 http://umblepie-northernterritory.blogspot.co.uk/2008/02/i-would-like-to-introduce-you-to-hector.html                                        

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The Donkey, by GK Chesterton

When fishes flew and forests walked,
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood,
Then surely I was born.

With monstrous head and sickening cry,
And ears like errant wings,
The devil’s walking parody
Of all four-footed things.

The tattered outlaw of the earth,
Of ancient, crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
I keep my secret still.

Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.




         'Entry of Christ into Jerusalem' (1320)  by Pietro Lorenzetti
 
'The donkey may be derided as a stupid animal, yet he is used by God for the most triumphal journey in history, highlighting the difference between God’s wisdom and ours.... Nobody is truly worthless, no matter what others may think. Just as the donkey is an unsung, unloved and unattractive creature who becomes the hero in Chesterton’s poem, so too the most humble and unattractive people, even though they are without social connections or the appearance of being important, are seen by Christ as who they truly are, made in God’s image and likeness.'

(Ack. Patrick Comerford)
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   'Christ's Resurrection from the Dead' (1570) by Paolo Veronese


          'Wishing all a blessed and happy Easter'


Saturday, 6 February 2016

'Delight in the Lord' - by Rev Daniel Considine S.J.


I have a small book entitled ’Delight in the Lord’ which comprise the ‘Notes of Spiritual Direction and Exhortations of the Rev Daniel Considine S.J.’ and published by Burns, Oates, & Washbourne  Ltd, of  London, in 1925.  The introduction to this book explains that - 
‘These points of 'spiritual direction' were given for the guidance of a religious engaged in active work.  The 'exhortations' were given to a community employed in various apostolic labours.  Both cover the same period of about six years.  A great deal was written down immediately and is in Father Considine’s actual words; the rest follows his sense as faithfully as possible.  They have been printed in the hope that they may help other souls to attain to something of that loving trust in God and joy in his service which was the aim of all Father Considine’s direction.'

Delight in the Lord an exhortation.

The world is utterly mistaken when it thinks of the service of God as dull and gloomy.  It is a service most full of joy.  God tells us we are to “delight in the Lord”, and he never tells us to do what is impossible.  When our Lord was on earth, he was not morose or hard to please;  he was the most delightful of companions.  We can see this from the Gospels.  He could not get the crowds to leave him alone.  They thronged him on every side so that he had not so much as time to eat.  His disciples were perfectly happy in his society and wanted nothing else.  Look at the way he treated them.  When our Lord came to them walking on the water, St Peter said, “Lord, if it be thou,  bid me come to thee upon the water”,  and our Lord said “Come.”  St Peter could have given no good reason why he should  be allowed to walk on the sea. He was simply wanting to show off.  Grave men would say perhaps that our Lord should have rebuked him for his inconsiderate demand.  But our Lord loves to give pleasure,  and he loves simplicity.  He was pleased with that spontaneous, boyish request.  St Peter was full of faults and very often came in for rebukes from his Master.  But our Lord so easily forgets our little peccadilloes, and is so pleased to grant our desires.
    Later, as we know, St Peter committed a terrible sin.  He forsook and denied our Lord in the hour of his greatest need.  The very next time the Gospel shows them together,  St Peter is jumping into the sea to get to our Lord before anyone else.  He knew his Master so well that he was certain of his forgiveness.  And we in our foolishness hang back, and will not go to our Lord when we have committed some fault, and imagine he will not forgive us.  It is such a complete misunderstanding of his character.
    After our Lord’s resurrection St Peter and St John went to his tomb and found it empty. They couldn’t see any use in remaining beside an empty tomb, so they went away.  That was good logic,  but it was not good enough for Mary Magdalene.  Her heart told her to stay there, and in dealing with God, the logic of the heart is the best.  So our Lord sent two angels to comfort her. But angels were no comfort to Mary.  She wanted our Lord and no one else.  She turned her back on the angels and wept.  Then Jesus could resist her no longer.  He came himself, but he did not allow her to recognise him at first.  Pious books tell us that this was because her faith was not perfect.  I think we may rather take it that our Lord disguised himself because he felt just as we ourselves feel, when we play a little trick upon someone we love.  He wanted to hear what she would say.  He wanted the joy of hearing her speak about him, and the happiness of giving her that glorious surprise. 





                        'Noli Me Tangere' by Lambert Sustris (1515-1591)

 So he asked her, “Woman, why weepest thou?”  She, thinking it was the gardener, said, “Sir, if thou hast taken him away, tell me where thou hast laid him.”  She did not even name him.  There was only one person in the world for her that day.  Then Jesus was conquered.  He could not leave her in sorrow a moment longer.  With sweet playfulness, entirely loving and human, he said to her “Mary!” “Rabboni! My dear, dear Master!”.  She seizes his feet and covers them with kisses.  Our Lord smiles upon her.  How wrongly his next words are translated “Do not touch me”.  He had allowed her to kiss his feet and wash them with her tears when she was a sinner; is it likely that he would repel her now?  Take the passage in its beautiful simplicity,  as the Greek text allows,  “Do not keep hold of my feet for ever.  You need not be afraid; I am not going up to heaven this moment.  You shall see me again.  But let our friends share in our joy.  Go and tell the Apostles and Peter.”  How human our Lord is – how just like ourselves.  He cannot resist love, and he takes such delight in giving happy surprises to his friends.  We can see the playful smile on his face as he watches Mary before she recognises him.  Is it difficult for us to love such a Master?

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 'Be as a little child' - spiritual direction.

‘The character of our blessed Lord is entirely simple, straight, transparent, and he wants us to be the same.  The more childlike and direct we are with him, the better pleased he is and the more he can do in our souls.  So take your heart to him quite simply, with its weakness, fears and difficulties, as the Apostles did.  If your dispositions are very imperfect, tell them to him without fear, and ask him to put them right, and he will certainly do so.  Ask him for the strength you need and he will certainly give it to you.  Take as your model the one he gives you – a little child; for our Lord meant exactly what he said, as he always does.
   


                   'Christ with the children'  by Carl Bloch (1834 - 1890)
                  (courtesy of Carlbloch.org - Creative Commons licence)

You cannot have too much confidence in him.  You cannot abandon yourself too completely to his love.  If you do so he is bound in honour to take great care of you, and you may be sure he will do so.
    There is no narrowness, pettiness, rigidity, hardness, or formality in God.  All that is in ourselves – in our foolish imagination of him.  Domine noverim te Domine voca me.  Quis sicut Dominus Deus noster?
    Don’t be guided by spiritual books in your intercourse with our Lord, if in any way they cramp your loving, reverent freedom of intercourse with him, or tend to sow the least distrust of him in your soul.  Ask him to teach you himself what he is like, and go to the Gospels in which he has left us the inspired description of his character and methods.’

               Ack. ‘Delight in the Lord’  by Rev Daniel Considine. S.J.
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