Church in Society ( 2017-Oct )

Background

Again, this is an area, I will rather not go.

Yet, it is one that stirs our conscience and thoughts.

And, that is reason enough to see what people are saying and why they are saying it.

Predication

Introduction

We all have our own bias and depositions.

And, it is best to lay them bare ahead of time.

Most of my comments will be based on what I have heard from others prior to anything that I will cover in this post.

It is often useful to have some foundational predisposition as that lessens the opportunity to be swayed within each decision point.

Even better when commentators are not even speaking specifically on the new material.

Earlier Words

  1. Damon Thompson
    • Sometimes God places something in our heart, but unfortunately so much  of what has gone out in the Prophetic World was not undergirded in scripture
    • And, so I, Damon Thompson, need the foundation of Scripture
  2. Neil Ellis
    • This is a Church of matured faith
    • You have been preaching, but you were fearful of how the preaching will be accepted
    • Sometimes the Devil magnifies things and makes them appear more than they really are
    • Sometimes as a pastor what makes us press even though there is “Hell on the Outside” is that we are satisfied that we have the confidence of the people inside
    • Can the Lord trust you, and can the Bishop/Leadership depend on you?
    • Free your Spirit, but challenge your people
    • A faith that has not been tested, is a faith that can not be trusted
  3. Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
    • Sotomayor was asked to explain her remarks from a 2001 speech in which she said she agreed that “there is no objective stance but only a series of perspectives — no neutrality, no escape from choice in judging.”  She told the committee that, in every case, the two opposing parties view the facts from vastly different perspectives. “You can’t just throw up your hands and say I’m not going to rule,” she said. There is a choice in judging, which means “you have to rule.”

Videos

Here are some of the videos that I will later comment on.

  1. Paula White
    • Trump’s spiritual adviser: More devout than you…
      Donald Trump’s spiritual adviser, televangelist Paula White, spoke to CNN’s Erin Burnett in August about the Republican presidential nominee’s faith and the phone call that kicked off their friendship.
      Channel :- CNN
      Published On :- 2016-Oct-20th
      Link
    • Inauguration
      • Meet The Woman Who Many Call President Elect Donald Trump’s Spiritual Adviser | NBC Nightly News
        Critics have slammed her as a charlatan, but in a rare interview with NBC’s Anne Thompson, Paula White defends her message and gives insight into the president-elect’s beliefs.
        Channel :- NBC News
        Published On :- 2017-Jan-19th
        Link
    • Jim Baker
      • Two Corinthians’ Gaffe Was ‘A Setup
        • RWW News: Paula White Says That Trump’s ‘Two Corinthians’ Gaffe Was ‘A Setup’
          Published On :- 2017-August-23th
          Link
      • Opposition to God
        • RWW News: Paula White Says Opposition To President Trump Is Opposition To God
          Published On :- 2017-August-21st
          Link
  2. Pastor Jamal Bryant
    • Pastor Jamal Bryant – The problem with Paula White…
      Published On :- 2017-August-25th
      Link
  3. Roland Martin
    • Roland Martin To Paula White: Be A Prophetic Voice And Don’t Just Be A Profitable Voice
      Roland Martin rips Pastor Paula White for her partisan comments about Donald Trump: Be a prophetic voice and don’t just be a profitable voice.
      Published On :- 2017-August-23th
      Link

 

Leadership

Seated Under

Those in leadership do not always get to take a day off.

Not only does what they think matter, but also how they got there.

I have grown from listening in person or via youtube to the people listed above.

And, that makes me forever grateful.

Influencing Capital

The further we grow, the more influencing capital we personally have and have access to.

After long and hard battles our role will be examined; especially if our role is seen to have moved the needle towards an unexpected end.

Unfortunately it is not just our choice that is examined, but the totality of our live.

Circumference of Relationships

Relationships often covers so much space.

And, some of those spaces overlap and are not necessarily disjointed.

And, so even within a body, for instance Faith community, uniformity does not necessarily translate to conformity.

People sometimes reach different conclusions and they should be free to do so.

This is more so where there are personal relationships with those that are being discussed.

 

In Essentials Unity, In Nonessentials Liberty, In All Things Charity

Link
Philip Schaff, the distinguished nineteenth-century church historian, calls the saying in our title “the watchword of Christian peacemakers” (History of the Christian Church, vol. 7, p. 650). Often attributed to great theologians such as Augustine, it comes from an otherwise undistinguished German Lutheran theologian of the early seventeenth century, Rupertus Meldenius. The phrase occurs in a tract on Christian unity written (circa 1627) during the Thirty Years War (1618–1648), a bloody time in European history in which religious tensions played a significant role.

 

Sola Scriptura

  1. Laws of Social Responsibility
    If ever you take your neighbor’s cloak in pledge, you shall return it to him before the sun goes down, for that is his only covering, and it is his cloak for his body; in what else shall he sleep? And if he cries to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate.
    You shall not curse God, nor curse a ruler of your people. ( Exodus 22:27-28 )
  2. Paul Before the Sanhedrin
    • But those standing nearby said, “How dare you insult the high priest of God!”
      “Brothers, Paul replied, “I was not aware that he was the high priest, for it is written: ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.’”
      ( Acts 23:4-5 )
  3. David, Saul, Jonathan, & Mephibosheth
    • And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king. He had neither taken care of his feet nor trimmed his beard nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came back in safety. ( 2nd Samuel 19:24 )
    • He answered, “My lord, O king, my servant deceived me, for your servant said to him, ‘I will saddle a donkey for myself, that I may ride on it and go with the king.’ For your servant is lame. ( 2nd Samuel 19:26 )
    • He has slandered your servant to my lord the king. But my lord the king is like the angel of God; do therefore what seems good to you. ( 2nd Samuel 19:27 )
    • For all my father’s house were but men doomed to death before my lord the king, but you set your servant among those who eat at your table. What further right have I, then, to cry to the king?” ( 2nd Samuel 19:28 )
    • And the king said to him, “Why speak any more of your affairs? I have decided: you and Ziba shall divide the land.” ( 2nd Samuel 19:29 )
    • Mephibosheth said to the king, “Let him even take it all, since my lord the king has come safely to his own house.” ( 2nd Samuel 19:30 )

Summary

In summary I find myself always returning to a couple of words :-

  1. Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad
    • Allah’s hand of protection is with the maintenance of unity, you should beware of division.
    • The one isolated from the group is a prey to Satan, just as the one isolated from the flock is a prey to the wolves
    • You can not base a spiritual life on suspiciousness, cursing and allocating blame.
  2. Abraham Lincoln
    • I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.”

Closing

Love never fails … for we know in part and we prophesy in part.

The Loving Decision

Background

June 13th, 2017

50 years ago [ today ], the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Loving — Mildred and Richard Loving, who successfully sued the state of Virginia, forcing it to recognize their interracial marriage. That landmark case overturned laws against interracial marriages all across the country.

 

Videos

  1. The { } And
    • Chamika and Khalil Cumberbatch
      • Formerly Incarcerated Father Opens Up to Daughter | {THE AND} Mia & Khalil
        Mia & Khalil, a father and daughter separated for years by the federal prison system, discuss the hardship that has defined their relationship. 9 year old Mia bravely opens up about what it meant that her father was incarcerated, and Khalil, now a criminal justice reform activist at JustLeadershipUSA, can only admire how strong his daughter has become.

        • Videos
          • Smaller Clip
            Published On :- 2017-Oct-4th
            Link
          • Full
            Published On :- 2016-Oct-10th
            Link
      • The Window | Khalil – Life in Immigration Detention
        • Video
          • The Window | Khalil – Life in Immigration Detention (Part 1)
            A Guyanese transplant to New York, Khalil came of age as an inmate in maximum security facilities during his twenties. After his release, he dedicated his life to education, social justice and his family, only to be taken away by immigration detention, and possibly deported after 25 years in the United States.
            Link
          • The Window | Khalil – Life in Immigration Detention (Part 2)
            Following his session of The Window, Khalil, was at a loss of words processing the amount of love and support his family and friends showed him during their reflections of his struggle in Immigration Detention. Here is what he finally said about the eye-opening experience.
            Link
    • How Will We Raise A Biracial Kid? | {THE AND} Keisha & Andrew
      Keisha & Andrew are back with {THE AND} after a year, still laughing with and at each other. But things get real as they confront their fears of the future, like having a biracial child in the #BlackLivesMatter era (Part 1 of 2) | Watch Part 2: http://bit.ly/KeishaAndrew2
      Publisher :- The Skin Deep
      Link
    • Wrongly Arrested At 16 | {THE AND} David & Adama
      David & Adama, friends through the hardest of times, look how far they’ve taken their unlikely pairing since they first met. Adama, wrongfully imprisoned by the US government at age 16, wonders if American society will ever truly be comfortable with her religion, and David admits that his proudest moment in life wouldn’t have come to pass without her.
      Published On :- 2017-May-17th
      Link
    • {THE AND} Francesca & Azzah
      • {THE AND} Francesca & Azzah | Being Muslim in America is Hard Sometimes
        Francesca & Azzah, close friends and recent graduates, discuss the shifting social climate in the United States and its impact on their friendship. Azzah shares growing concerns about her identity as an immigrant and Muslim woman to Francesca, who relied deeply on Azzah during the rough patches in her life. Filmed in July 2016, this dialogue between two young women of color is more relevant now than ever.
        Publisher :- The Skin Deep
        Published On :- 2017-Feb-8th
        Link
  2. The Loving Decision
    • We Talk to Interracial Couples 50 Years After Loving v. Virginia (HBO)
      Published On :- 2013-Oct-26th
      Link
    • Features
      • Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen & Janey Langhart Cohen
      • Vaughn J. Buffalo and Gail Russell Buffalo
      • Enroll McDonald and Klara Glowczewska
      • Rev. John Janka and Rev. Jacqui Lewis
      • Chris Connolly and Joy Connolly
  3. Amanda Roman Leak, Ryan Leak
    • The Surprise Wedding ( Shorter Version )
      Station :- Amanda Roman Leak
      Published On :- 2013-Oct-26th
      Link
    • The Surprise Wedding
      On June 7, 2013, Ryan Leak proposed to his girlfriend. Her dream was to get engaged and married on the same day, and so later on that night… He had planned her surprise dream wedding. We have always talked about what we want our special day to be about. And for us, we want it to be about something bigger than ourselves. Recently, we were moved by an organization called A21 who fights sex trafficking all over the world. And so the idea for this day was: There’s 27 million girls caught in sex slavery, and every single one of them deserves their own dream wedding. And so we asked all of our guest at the wedding to give to A21 instead of getting us traditional wedding presents. If you’d like to learn more about A21 and join our guest in giving, go to: http://bit.ly/1g7zrye
      Link
    • Viral Video Newlyweds Credit as Inspiration
      Link
    • Chasing Failure
      Link
  4. Adanna & David
    • OUR WEDDING VIDEO | AdannaDavid
      Hi guys, the video from our wedding is finally up. We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed the day! Love, Adanna & David Check out our ‘Bei-de’ Jewellery collection: https://stilnest.com/adanna-david
      Published On :- 2014-Nov-29th
      Link
    • Adanna & David dancing to Afrobeats
      Published On :- 2017-Jan-17th
      Link
    • Adanna & Adamma
      • MEET MY TWIN SISTER – TWIN TAG | AdannaDavid
        A lot of you have requested for me to do a ‘Twin Tag’ while my twin sister was visiting.
        Published On :- 2016-March-13th
        Link
  5. Ruffine & Nicolas Delfosse
    • Opening Wedding Dance – Ruffine & Nicolas (Etta James – covered by Beyoncé, Bracket, P-Square)
      Published On :- 2015-Sept-5th
      Link
  6. Thirty Minutes After Watching this Proposal Video and We’re Still Sobbing.
    • Thirty Minutes After Watching this Proposal Video and We’re Still Sobbing.
      Publisher :- How he asked.com
      Published On :- 2016-Nov-7th
  7. Cedric Thompson Jr and Charlotte Paguyo
    • An NFL Players Heartwarming Proposal: A Love Story
      Thank you Ced and Charlotte for letting me be apart of this beautiful moment. “An NFL Players Heartwarming Proposal: A Love Story”
      Link
  8. Love Without Borders
    • Love Without Borders – Season 1 – Episode 1
      In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia decision, we gathered eight multicultural couples to talk about their experiences in America.
      Published On :- 2017-April-27th
      Link
    • Love Without Borders – Season 1 – Episode 4
      Multiethnic Couples Talk About Their Weddings | Love Without Borders S1 EP4 | BRIDES
      Link
    • Love Without Borders – Season 1 – Episode 5
      The One Thing You Should Never Say to Multicultural Couples | Love Without Borders S1 EP5 | BRIDES
      Published On :- 2017-April-27th
      Link
  9. Christopher M. Harris & Britt Harris
    • Stories
      • After US Army Specialist Christopher M. Harris was killed in Afghanistan, his wife Britt asked his fellow soldiers to reveal the gender of their unborn child
    • Participants
      • Christopher M. Harris
      • Britt Harris
    • Videos
      • Troops reveal gender of fallen soldier’s baby
        Link
    • Dates
      • Deceased :- August 2nd, 2017
  10. Crystal and Joseph
    • Crystal and Joseph were married at Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel in Columbia, Maryland.
    • Wedding Blog ( Link )
    • Stories
      • Groom cries as Bride walks down the Aisle {Crystal and Joseph}
    • Participants
      • Crystal
      • Joseph
    • Videos
      • Groom cries as Bride walks down the Aisle {Crystal and Joseph}
        Dates Published :- 2017-June-24th
        Link

 

Indepth

The { } And

Wrongly Arrested At 16 | {THE AND} David & Adama

  1. Adama
    • Koran
      • After every hardship there is ease
      • Black, Woman, and Muslim
      • I have to go pass those strikes
  2. David
    • Adama granted Asylum

Khalil, Chamika, Mia Cumberbatch

The Window | Khalil – Life in Immigration Detention (Part 2)

  1. Did not want to call him father
    • I was fearful that if I gave him that title, he wouldn’t live up to it
    • But, the reality is that he has done that and so much more
  2. Brother
    • Met each other in a very dark, a very dark place
    • We did not have anything to offer each other, but friendship
    • But, he took that
    • And, we have both survived it, because of the camaraderie that we have
  3. Fatherhood
    • Change my legacy
    • Change my legacy about Prisonhood
    • Coming closer to that goal
  4. Friendship
    • Dickson
      • Believe in me, even when I did not believe in myself
  5. Friendship
    • Seeds
      • Support
      • Criticism
      • Inspiration
    • Becoming
      • Husband
      • Father
      • Advocate
    • Mirroring
      • Joy
      • Inspiration
      • Gratitude

Formerly Incarcerated Father Opens Up to Daughter | {THE AND} Mia & Khalil

  1. Mia
    • What scares you the most
  2. Khalil
    • I will look back on my life and wish I was a great parent
  3. Mia
    • There is no change to make you a great parent, you are actually a great parent

 

 

Pledges

There are many pledges we make in our lives.

One of the wives featured in the HBO documentary, “We Talk to Interracial Couples 50 Years After Loving v. Virginia (HBO)”, said “Being married to John keeps me accountable. I cannot do they…They are.  I wake up to this guy.  My husband.

Here is hoping you have set some traps in your life that forbade you from Saying They, and even more Lividly Living against “They”.

 

Nabeel Qureshi – These things remain – “Faith, Hope, & Love”

Background

It has been a tough couple of days for me.
On Tuesday I realized the parting of Brother Nabeel Qureshi and I have been down ever since.
Took a mental, psychological Day Off from work yesterday.
Was able to ride the Coastline and I am just so thankful.

Comforting Words

As Ravi Zacharias said on one of his lectures, irrespective of the gifts and words of an Apologist what often wins out is Love.

Amir Yunas

A Tribute to Nabeel Qureshi

Nabeels Life summarized by his true childhood friend. I Don’t promote the teachings of Nabeel whatsoever, however, this is childhood friend, and I feel sad, so I shared my heart.
Link

 

Hear, O Israel : the Lord, our God is one Lord

Reunite me with my children and my family once again
For a guy in a strange place ( earth ) tends to get lonely
And, I have a lot of distress and anxiety over my little children
It feels almost like when I remember them, I melt and dissolve away
However, I have thrown away the reins and leashes controlling my affair
To the One who handle the affairs of our lives in strange and mysterious ways
He is one Compassionately forgiven, Always around me, and my source of Shelter and Refuge
With his will and support, to Him do I humbly supplicate, bessege, and turn in repentance
My God, you know how my situation is
So my master, is there relieve Close By
Oh Rewarder of the Day of Judgement, Relieve!
( Relieve)  My Concerns that keep creeping into my heart.
And, tie my rope to the rope of your pleasure, and look to me, and turn to me, so that I can turn back to you

And, overlook ( shepard) my protection take control of my support
And, strengthen my vulnerabilities when I am exposed to problems
And, inspire me to praise you throughout my life

For indeed, with your remembrance, this worldly life becomes pleasant
And, say to the servant of the most merciful and whoever comes after him
For them, is a share from the valleys of our kindness

Therefore my thoughts regarding you are beautiful
My support and lifeline ( God )

And, the pastures of my sweet tasting hopes and wishes are fertile
And, send blessings upon the prophet and his people for as love as the Nightingale sings on the Arak Tree

 

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

Mortal Choice

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Basis for True Spirituality

  1. Natural Balava
    • In regards to me two groups of people should be destroyed.  He who loves me too much that love takes him from what is correct; and he who hates me too much that hate takes him from what is correct.
    • In regards to me, it is he who follows the middle course.
      And, so be with him, and be with the great majority of muslims, because Allah’s hand of protection is with the maintenance of unity, you should  beware of division
    • The one isolated from the group is a prey to Satan, just as the one isolated from the flock is a prey to the wolves
  2. Mercy
    • When they found Allah they found him to of great mercy
  3. Benevolence
    • Allah is forgiven. All of them were following a “nair?” which we suppose to be good.
      You can not base a spiritual life on suspiciousness, cursing and allocating blame.
    • If you want uprightness in the world, make sure you do it in yourself.
  4. Community
    • You can not go your own
    • Benefit Inclusiveness

Scriptures

  1. Holy, yet Merciful
    • The LORD said to Moses: “Tell your brother Aaron that he shall not enter at any time into the holy place inside the veil, before the mercy seat which is on the ark, or he will die; for I will appear in the cloud over the mercy seat. ( Leviticus 16:2 )
  2. God Entreaty
    • Then Satan stood up against Israel and moved David to number Israel.
      The LORD spoke to Gad, David’s seer…
      Now, therefore, consider what answer I shall return to Him who sent me.”
      David said to Gad, “I am in great distress; please let me fall into the hand of the LORD ( 1st Chronicles 21 )
  3. God Knows
    • But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The LORD knows those who are his” ( 2nd Timothy 2:19 )
  4. Motives
    • but the Lord weighs the spirit  ( Proverbs 16:2 )
    • For the word of God is living and active … and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. ( Hebrews 4:12 )
  5. Moderation
    • He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city. ( Proverbs 16:32 )
  6.  Mourning
    • David Mourns for Abner
      …So all the people and all Israel understood that day that it had not been the will of the king to put Abner the son of Ner to death.
      Then the king said to his servants, “Do you not know that a prince and a great man has fallen this day in Israel? I am weak today, though anointed king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah are too difficult for me. May the LORD repay the evildoer according to his evil.”… ( 2nd Samuel 3:37-38 )
  7. Cursing
    • Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter. ( Ecclesiastes 10:10 )
  8. Laying Down Our Departed
    • The Death and Burial of Sarah
      …And Abraham bowed before the people of the land.
      He spoke to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, saying, “If you will only please listen to me; I will give the price of the field, accept it from me that I may bury my dead there. ( Genesis 23:13 )
  9.  Offering
    • Cost Nothing
      David Builds an Altar
      …”Everything, O king, Araunah gives to the king.” And Araunah said to the king, “May the LORD your God accept you.”
      However, the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price, for I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God which cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.
      David built there an altar to the LORD and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. Thus the LORD was moved by prayer for the land, and the plague was held back from Israel.
      ( 2 Samuel 24:23-25 )
    • “But cursed be the swindler who has a male in his flock and vows it, but sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord, for I am a great King,” says the LORD of hosts ( Malachi 1:14 )

In personal expressions

Brother Nabeel, you encouraged and emboldened so many.

Great Lord of Hosts, you have given us and always give us your best.  Ever so often  you do ask for our best, as a qualifier of a great pledge on your part.

Though young, yet weaned, as Hannah did centuries before “we turn Nabeel over to you Lord”.

We are accepting that “No one knows the things of God, except God’s Spirit.” 

Michael Ramsden – 2017

 

Videos

  1. MICHAEL RAMSDEN – Apologetics and Discipleship
    • MICHAEL RAMSDEN – Apologetics and Discipleship
      Filmed on 2 March 2017, at the open church leaders’ meeting at Nations Church, Dunedin during the Ravi Zacharias Dunedin Visit in 2017
      Published on :- 2017-May-14th

      Link
  2. The Peace Process
    • The Peace Process – Michael Ramsden
      We often lose our internal sense of peace not necessary because of things people have done against us but because of the things we have done to our selves
      Published on :- 2017-Jan-29th
      Link
  3.  Jonah
    • Michael Ramsden on Jonah 1: 1-16, “God speaks”
      “Do you really want to hear the word of the Lord? What if the word of the Lord tells you what you do not want to hear?” Hear Michael Ramsden’s Bible exposition on the first chapter of Jonah, given on day 1 of Presence 17, the IFES European Student Evangelism Conference.
      Published on :- 2017-May-25th
      Link
    • Michael Ramsden on Jonah 2: 1-11, “God does not give up”
      “God can turn around any situation.” Hear Michael Ramsden’s Bible exposition on the second chapter of Jonah, given on day 2 of Presence 17, the IFES European Student Evangelism Conference.
      Published on :- 2017-May-2nd
      Link
    • Michael Ramsden on Jonah 3:1-10 “A merciful God”
      “When we place the little we have into the hands of God; he can change the world.” Hear Michael Ramsden’s Bible exposition on the third chapter of Jonah, given on day 3 of Presence 17, the IFES European Student Evangelism Conference.
      Published on :- 2017-May-2nd
      Link
    • Michael Ramsden on Jonah 3:1-10 “A merciful God”
      “When we place the little we have into the hands of God; he can change the world.” Hear Michael Ramsden’s Bible exposition on the third chapter of Jonah, given on day 3 of Presence 17, the IFES European Student Evangelism Conference.
      Published on :- 2017-May-2nd
      Link

 

Indepth

MICHAEL RAMSDEN – Apologetics and Discipleship

  1. We can not serve two masters
    • If you try to have it both ways, you will find you have too much of God to enjoy the pleasures of the world. And, too much of the pleasures of the world in you to enjoy the pleasures of God
    • You gonna lose in both spectrums
  2. Apologetics
    • Appears 26 times in the scripture
    • Paul’s calling is to give a defense of the scripture
    • Philosophical arms of Theology, or the theology arm of philosophy
      • Neither can be scripturally sustained
  3. Festus Interrupts Paul’s Defense
    …King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.”
    Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Can you persuade me in such a short time to become a Christian?”
    Short time or long,” Paul replied, “I wish to God that not only you but all who hear me this day may become what I am, except for these chains.”… ( Acts 26:28 )

    • Long discussion and what is the aim?
      • Agrippa
        • You want me to become a Christian
        • Do you really think you can convince me that quick?
      • Michael Ramsden
        • I do not want to get involved in that textual debate
  4. We need Christians in all the fields
    • Archaeology
  5. Difficult Questions
    • And, here are some of them
      • God allow suffering
      • Loving God Judge people
      • Why is he not more obvious
      • Wars and genocide in the Old Testament
      • Why are so many Christians Hypocrites
    • What joins all these questions together
      • They are all moral complaints against God’s character
  6. If those moral questions persists, it is difficult to give oneself over to a God whom we hold moral complaints
  7. To believe in Christ, you have to place your faith in him, but if you have doubt inclusive…
    • He is morally wrong
    • Fundamentally unjust
    • God has an inner conflict within himself
  8. Moral complaints about the Church
    • Hate people
    • Judge people
  9. Technical and Scientifical Complaints
    • Even those who hold technical complaints about God, dovetail into moral complaints
      • God is
        • A tyrant
        • Scientific critique

Syria

Intro

Syria has been in the news a lot lately.

Wanted to see what youtube has on it.

 

Video

  1. The Reason Why America Is Bombing Syria – Coast To Coast AM Alternative APR 2017
    There has been a secret war between Syria & America since before Ronald Reagan took up office in the white house. Watch this video so you can better understand what is going on in Syria.
    Published On :- 2017-April-17th
    Added On :- 2017-April-17th
    Link

 

Indepth

The Reason Why America Is Bombing Syria – Coast To Coast AM Alternative APR 2017

  1. Constructive Ambiguity
    • Wikipedia
      • Link
      • Constructive ambiguity is a term generally credited to Henry Kissinger, said to be the foremost exponent of the negotiating tactic it designates.  It refers to the deliberate use of ambiguous language on a sensitive issue in order to advance some political purpose. Constructive ambiguity is often disparaged as fudging. It might be employed in a negotiation, both to disguise an inability to resolve a contentious issue on which the parties remain far apart and to do so in a manner that enables each to claim obtaining some concession on it.
  2. Assad Response
    • Said to Kissinger “Release demons hidden under the surface of the Arab World
    • British Journalist
      • Assad Optimism has gone
      • His trust in the future has gone
      • What emerges instead is brutal and vengeful Assad who sought nothing but revenge
  3. Ronald Reagan
    • Sunny Optimism
    • But, inherited damage wrought by Henry Kissinger & Assad’s botched diplomacy
  4. Palestine Massacre
    • Christian Lebanese Faction
    • Israel stood by
  5. Ronald Reagan
    • Sent in troops
    • Promised they are neutral
  6. Assad did not believe
    • He believed they were sent to fraction the Arabs
    • He leaned on Khomeini
  7. Khomeini
    • Ruled over Iran for 2 years
    • Developed poor man’s bomb
    • Bomb
      • Suicide specifically prohibited in the Koran
    • In the past you become a martyr because God chose the place and time of your death
    • Khomeini changed the thinking
    • He went back to fundamental Shi’ite thinking
      • Destroy yourself to further the revolution
      • Hussein ( Founder of Shi’ite Muslim )
      • Rituals
      • March in procession
  8. Iran
    • Iran & Iraq War
      • School kids loaded into Buses
      • Walked right into enemy territory to open up gaps
  9. Assad took from Khomeini
    • Take explosives with you
    • Become known as suicide bombing
    • Two Suicide bombers
    • 241 America Marines were killed
  10. Hezbollah was thought to be responsible
    • Many of them were Iranians, but under the command of Assad
    • Links
      • Hezbollah Is Winning the War in Syria
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  11. Dec 1985, Rome and Vienna Airport
    • 19 people killed
    • 5 Americans
  12. Reality became less and less important in American Politics
    • It wasn’t what was real that was driving the facts
    • It was how you can twist the facts
    • How you can twist the facts to make your opponent look bad
    • It became how can you manipulate the American people
  13. Lockerbie Bombing, 1998 Scotland
    • For 18 Months Syria was blamed
    • Security changed story to Libya
    • Local Investigators thought it was Syria
    • Libya
      • Libya evidence circumstantial, but strong
      • One can be charged based on circumstantial evidence alone
    • Assad needed for coming Gulf War
  14. 10 years later
    • Assad was no longer in control
      • Fundamentalism jumped from to Shi’ite to Sunni
  15. Hamas kidnapped an Israeli Border Guard
    • Israel Response
      • 450 Hamas were kidnapped and taken to Israel
      • Hamas & Hezbollah were placed in same holding space
      • Hezbollah taught Hamas how to do Suicide attack
  16. Hamas
    • Hamas started making inroads into Israel itself
    • Suicide Bombing became part of Hamas resistance
    • Tactic shocked the Sunni World
    • Most senior religious leaders in Saudi Arabia said it was wrong
    • Granted OK by Cleric in Egypt
      • Issued Fatwa
      • Said it was OK to kill civilians
      • Said that as all Israelis are required to serve in the Military, there is no difference between soldiers and regular citizens
      • Israeli women are not women as in our religion, because women can serve in the military
      • Further he said Allah has given the weak an ability to protect themselves by turning themselves into bombs
  17. 20 Years Later after President Ronald Reagan
    • 20 years after Pres. Reagan experienced first suicide attack
    • Suicide Bombing – Report Card – 01
      • Destroyed fragile peace and placed political solution a bit more out of reach
      • Destroyed first thing, Political Settlement,  Assad said he wanted
      • Gaddafi
        • American had retracted and allowed suicide bombing to fester and mutate
        • America went after Gaddafi
          • Evil Tyrant of head of a rogue state
          • Arch criminal who wanted to terrorize the world
      • Them and their evil personality
  18. After 9-11
    • If only you could remove the leadership, the grateful people of their country will transform into Democracy
    • George Bush Jnr, Tony Blair
      • Saddam Hussein & Iraq
      • Possessed by Saddam Hussein
      • Line between truth and fiction become more blurred
      • Sept 2002, head of MI6 went to Blair
        • We have found the source that confirm that everything
        • Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons
        • Scene from movie
          • The Rock
          • Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage
  19. Iraq War
    • Bashar Assad replicated his father
      • Profile
        • Hobbie :- Computer, Syria Computer Society
        • Favorite Movie :- Electric Light Orchestra
      • Set up a pipeline to allow militants to go from Syria to get to Iraq
        • Militants
          • Sunnis started killing Shiite
          • Wanted Civil War, Sectarian Conflict,  in Iraq
          • Beheading of Daniel Pearl
            • Daniel Pearl, Son of Judea Pearl
              • Judea Pearl is an Israeli-American computer scientist and philosopher, best known for championing the probabilistic approach to artificial intelligence and the development of Bayesian networks
              • Journalist for Wall Street Journal
  20. Upon returning from Iraq
    • The Sunni warriors turned against Bashar Assad
    • Assad responded in fury
    • His response turned the country into an Inferno
  21. Western Leaders
    • Bashar Assad is evil
    • But, his detractors might be more evil
    • Then it got more complicated, the Russians came in
      • Non-Linear Warfare
        • Approach called Non-Linear Warfare
        • Developed by Vladislav Surkov
        • Tested in Ukraine
        • A world of multi-contradictions that makes it difficult for opposition to response as they can not counteract a shifting narrative
        • The ultimate aim is not win the war, but to manage and control it

 

Hadith 34: Whoever Sees An Evil

Background

You realize that the pastor is really in the Spirit and has a spirit of boldness about him, when he is preaching the word and you bring out your iPhone and start drifting in and out.

He was in Isaiah 46 and landed in Matthews.

I went along and landed in John and Hadith 34, as well.

 

Whoever Sees An Evil

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Another one of my favourite hadiths because it teaches us to get up and do something:

On the authority of Abu Sa’eed al-Khudree (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say, “Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart — and that is the weakest of faith.” [Muslim]

This is an important hadith because it shows that Muslims should not be innocent bystanders – we are obliged to do something to stop wrongdoing. It also outlines to us the order in which we must do something.

If you see something wrong, the first point of call is to physically stop it (“…change it with his hand…”). For example, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The parable of myself and the people is that of a man who lit a fire. When it illuminated its surroundings, the moths and other creatures which are attracted to light began to fall into it. He began to pull them out of the fire, but they overwhelmed him and continued to fall into it. I am the one pulling you away from the fire, but you keep going headlong into it.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (6002)].

It is not enough for us to keep ourselves away from wrongdoing, we must help others as well, and stop them from falling into wrongdoing, and sins which could lead to the Hellfire. This part of the hadith also refers to stopping people from doing wrong to others or to yourself. Nowadays, there are many people who will not raise a finger to stop anti-social behaviour – this is not the characteristic of the righteous Muslim. If we have the ability to stop a crime or offence, then we must, no matter how small the action.

If you are not physically able to change things or stop wrongdoings, then you must speak out against it, or advise against it, or advise a better way, or even call for help (“…[let him change it] with his tongue…”). We shouldn’t remain silent when we have the ability to speak up. You can warn someone against doing wrong, advise them to change their ways. Communication is not a pointless action – it can lead to bigger things. Campaigning can help but people do need to be focused on campaigns that actual achieve something, rather than those that hit brick walls.

Finally, if you are powerless to act on any of the two methods above, then you must oppose it in your heart. As Muslims, we do not accept wrongdoings nor resign ourselves to living out lives where there is no opposition to wrongdoings. We do not lie and let the wrongdoers roll over us, step over us and spread their mischief to others. Wrong is wrong and the moment you let go of this in your heart, then you lose sight of what is good and what is wrong. You stop seeing wrong as wrong and good as good – the lines become blurred and what is wrong becomes allowable. If you hate the wrongdoing in your heart, then perhaps an opportunity will come in the future, where you can speak out or physically stop the wrong. As Allah Says in the Qur’an:

“Verily, with hardship there is relief” (Qur’an 94:6)

TheAtlantic – How Brain Scientists Forgot That Brains Have Owners ( By Ed Yong )

Introduction

Ed Yong has an interesting article in the Feb 2017 Edition of the Atlantic.

I especially like it as it shows that we can disagree without being disagreeable.

 

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It’s a good time to be interested in the brain. Neuroscientists can now turn neurons on or off with just a flash of light, allowing them to manipulate the behavior of animals with exceptional precision. They can turn brains transparent and seed them with glowing molecules to divine their structure. They can record the activity of huge numbers of neurons at once. And those are just the tools that currently exist. In 2013, Barack Obama launched the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative—a $115 million plan to develop even better technologies for understanding the enigmatic gray blobs that sit inside our skulls.

John Krakaeur, a neuroscientist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, has been asked to BRAIN Initiative meetings before, and describes it like “Maleficent being invited to Sleeping Beauty’s birthday.” That’s because he and four like-minded friends have become increasingly disenchanted by their colleagues’ obsession with their toys. And in a new paper that’s part philosophical treatise and part shot across the bow, they argue that this technological fetish is leading the field astray. “People think technology + big data + machine learning = science,” says Krakauer. “And it’s not.”

He and his fellow curmudgeons argue that brains are special because of the behavior they create—everything from a predator’s pounce to a baby’s cry. But the study of such behavior is being de-prioritized, or studied “almost as an afterthought.” Instead, neuroscientists have been focusing on using their new tools to study individual neurons, or networks of neurons. According to Krakauer, the unspoken assumption is that if we collect enough data about the parts, the workings of the whole will become clear. If we fully understand the molecules that dance across a synapse, or the electrical pulses that zoom along a neuron, or the web of connections formed by many neurons, we will eventually solve the mysteries of learning, memory, emotion, and more. “The fallacy is that more of the same kind of work in the infinitely postponed future will transform into knowing why that mother’s crying or why I’m feeling this way,” says Krakauer. And, as he and his colleagues argue, it will not.

That’s because behavior is an emergent property—it arises from large groups of neurons working together, and isn’t apparent from studying any single one. You can draw parallels with the flocking of birds. Biologists have long wondered how they manage to wheel about the skies in perfect coordination, as if they were a single entity. In the 1980s, computer scientists showed that this can happen if each bird obeys a few simple rules, which dictate their distance and alignment relative to their peers. From these simple individual rules, collective complexity emerges.

But you would never have been able to predict the latter from the former. No matter how thoroughly you understood the physics of feathers, you could never have predicted a murmuration of starlings without first seeing it happen. So it is with the brain. As British neuroscientist David Marr wrote in 1982, “trying to understand perception by understanding neurons is like trying to understand a bird’s flight by studying only feathers. It just cannot be done.”

A landmark study, published last year, beautifully illustrated his point using, of all things, retro video games. Eric Jonas and Konrad Kording examined the MOS 6502 microchip, which ran classics like Donkey Kong and Space Invaders, in the style of neuroscientists. Using the approaches that are common to brain science, they wondered if they could rediscover what they already knew about the chip—how its transistors and logic gates process information, and how they run simple games. And they utterly failed.

“What we extracted was so incredibly superficial,” Jonas told me last year. And “in the real world, this would be a millions-of-dollars data set.” If the kind of neuroscience that
has come to dominate the field couldn’t explain the workings of a simple, dated microchip, how could it hope to explain the brain—reputedly the most complex object in the universe?

This criticism misses the mark, says Rafael Yuste from Columbia University, who works on developing new tools for studying the brain. We still don’t understand how the brain works, he says, “because we’re still ignorant about the middle ground between single neurons and behavior, which is the function of groups of neurons—of neural circuits.” And that’s because of “the methodological shackles that have prevented investigators from examining the activity of entire nervous system. This is probably futile, like watching TV by examining a single pixel at a time.” By developing better tools that can watch entire neural circuits in action, programs like the BRAIN Initiative are working against reductionism and will take us closer to capturing the emergent properties of the brain.

But Krakauer says that this viewpoint just swaps “neuron” for “neural circuit” and then makes the same conceptual mistake. “It’ll be interesting to see emergent properties at the level of the circuit, but it’s a fallacy to think that you get closer to the whole organism and understanding will automatically ensue,” he says.

He and his colleagues aren’t dismissing new technologies, either. They’re not neuro-Luddites. “These new tools are amazing; I’m using them right now in my lab,” says Asif Ghazanfar from Princeton University, who studies communication between pairs of marmoset monkeys. “But I spent seven years trying to understand their vocal behavior first. Now, I have some specific ideas about what the neural circuitry behind that might look like, and I’ll design careful experiments to test them. Often it seems that people do the reverse: They look at the cool tech and say, ‘What questions can I ask with that?’ And then you get these results that you can interpret in vague ways.”

This point is crucial. Unlike others who have levied charges of reductionism against neuroscience, Ghazanfar and his peers aren’t dualists—they aren’t saying there’s a mind that sits separate from the brain and resists explanation. They’re saying that explanations exist. It’s just that we’re looking for them in the wrong way. Worse, we’re arriving at the wrong explanations.

Consider mirror neurons. These cells, first discovered in monkeys, fire in the same way when an animal performs an action and when it sees another individual doing the same. To some scientists, these shared firing patterns imply understanding: Since the monkey knows its intentions when it moves its own body, based on the firing of the mirror neurons, it should be able to infer similar intentions upon whomever it watches. And so, these neurons have been mooted as the basis of empathy, language, autism, jazz, and even human civilization—not for nothing have they been called the “most hyped concept in neuroscience.”

Here’s the problem: In the monkey experiments, scientists almost never check the animals’ behavior to confirm that they genuinely actually understand what they’re seeing in their peers. As Krakauer and colleagues write, “An interpretation is being mistaken for a result; namely, that the mirror neurons understand the other individual.” As others have written, there’s little strong evidence for this—or even for the existence of mirror neurons in humans. This is the kind of logical trap that you fall into when you ignore behavior.

By contrast, Krakauer points to his own work on Parkinson’s disease. People with the disease tend to move slowly—a symptom that’s been linked to a lack of dopamine. Increase the levels of that chemical, and you can hasten a person’s movements. That’s could lead to new treatments, which is no small victory. But it doesn’t tell a neuroscientist why or how the loss of dopamine leads to the behavior.

Krakauer found a clue in 2007 by asking Parkinson’s patients to reach for objects at varying speeds. These experiments revealed that they’re just as capable of moving quickly as healthy people; they’re just unconsciously reluctant to do so. They suggested that dopamine-producing neurons that connect two parts of the brain—the substantia nigra and the striatum—determine our motivation to move. Deplete that dopamine, and we opt for less energetic movements for a given task. Hence the slowness. Later experiments in mice, in which modern techniques were used to raise or lower dopamine levels, confirmed this idea.

There are many other examples where behavior led the way. By studying how owls listen out for scurrying prey, neuroscientists discovered how their brains—and later, those of mammals—localize sound. By studying how marmosets call to each other, Ghazanfar has learned more about the rules that govern turn-taking in human conversation. Critically, these cases began with studying behaviors that the animals naturally do, not those that they had been trained to perform. Likewise, bats, sea slugs, and electric fish have all told us a lot about how brains work, because each has its own specialized skills. “If you pick a species that does one or two behaviors super-well, you can identify the underlying circuits more clearly,” Ghazanfar says. “Instead, mice are treated as if they’re this generic mammal that have smaller versions of human brains—and that’s preposterous.”

“I am thrilled to see this paper emphasize the importance of carefully studied behavior,” says Anne Churchland, who studies decision-making at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. “I’ve seen in neuroscience that behavior is often an afterthought, studied with insufficient understanding of the animal’s strategy.” But she adds that such studies are hard. It’s difficult to get animals to behave naturally in a lab, because you might need to recreate aspects of their world that aren’t obvious to us.

Ghazanfar agrees. “If your goal is to understand the brain, you have to understand behavior, and that’s not trivial. I think a lot of neuroscientists think it is,” he says. “Perhaps one way forward would be to develop tools to help address the complexity of behavior” suggests Ed Boyden from MIT, who pioneered the breakthrough technique called optogenetics. “Behavioral investigation has a strong tradition in neuroscience and I hope it grows even stronger.”

For the moment, the problem is that it’s getting harder to publish such studies in flagship neuroscience journals. Behavioral studies get rejected for “not having enough neuro”, says Ghazanfar, and “it’s as if every paper needs to be a methodological decathlon in order to be considered important.”

Marina Picciotto from Yale University, who is editor in chief of the Journal of Neuroscience, says it boils down to how studies are framed. If they’re just describing behavior, they’re probably more appropriate for a journal that, say, focuses on psychology. But if behavioral experiments explicitly lead to hypotheses about circuits in the brain, or something of that kind, they’re more relevant for the neuroscience field. But “the line between ‘pure’ behavior and neuroscience is fluid,” she admits, and she’s both appreciative of the new paper and open to discussions about the issues it raises.

To Krakauer, the current line demeans behavioral work, deeming it valuable “as long as it tells us where to stick the electrodes.” But it’s important in itself. “My fear is that people will say: Yes, of course, we should continue to do everything we’ve been doing, but also do better behavior studies. I’m trying to say: You’ve got to do the behavior first. You can’t fly the plane while building it.”

Listening

Wretch 32 ft Jacob Banks – ‘Doing OK’ (Official Video)
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