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Sorry about not writing as consistently the last few months. Things got pretty hectic at work. Since summer is on and Im off, you will see more posts from me! stay tuned!

Does it matter if the Bible or the Qur’an are originals? That they are inerrant? In short, to me, no. In fact, I think we limit ourselves in understanding God when we need them to be original and inerrant.

Scholars have identified inconsistencies with both texts in one form or another. For the bible, we don’t have the original texts at all. We have later copies from different centuries. For the bible, we have copies that differ from each other. We have copies that show misspellings, things left out, things “corrected” and things added in that scribes thought needed to…

This blog is to my friends and family who are confused about my seemingly contradictory religious practices. I have attempted to write this blog several times, but I always get reference and quote heavy, so this is just a non-citation explanation for an easy read.

It confuses people when they find out that I am a Muslim who not only goes to a Baptist church, but is on its Governing board. It also confuses people to know that I also observe the practices of the Catholic Lent (or pieces of it at least), take communion in any church, fast during…

I remember my first prayer taught to me as a kid was

Now I lay me down to sleep

I pray the Lord my soul to Keep

And if I die before I wake

I pray the Lord my Soul to take

I don’t know where this prayer is from, but my mom taught it to me from a very young age. My family is a mix of religious observances; one parent was spiritual but highly resistant to organized religion. The other came from a history of Catholicism but broke away to search within the protestnat and non denominational churches…

Is it God who visited me, or the Devil? Did I receive divine revelation, or a trick from evil?

During the Life of Muhammad (Peace be upon him PBUH) he began to receive revelations in his latter years (40+years old). This was a grown man. He had a tendency to go up to Mount Hira to be away on spiritual retreat. One day, out of the blue, he went through something beyond his experience. He was squeezed by something he couldn’t see and he heard a voice. This marked the start of his prophethood. But he was frightened, and rightly…

“The Fifth chapter of Matthew talks about the law not being dismissed ‘until its purpose is achieved’ (5:18). The Point is not to obey the law as much as to find the purpose of the law…When Jesus Teaches the law, it’s for the sake of its purpose being achieved. It is never an end in itself, as he makes very clear when he defends his disciples who were picking grain on the sabbath (Luke 6:1–5)” (Everything Belongs: The gift of Contemplative Prayer by Richard Rohr pg 40).

While reading Richard Rohr for a very different reason than what my purpose…

When I first read the Prodigal son story (Luke 15:11–32), it made me mad. What’s the point of this story? How does it even connect with the rest of what Jesus has been teaching? How is it fair and just that a man who squandered his inheritance from his father, was a dead-beat, suffered from poverty as a result of his unwise actions, and came back to a full celebration from his father? He was welcomed back into his father’s good graces, no accountability whatsoever. When I read this story, I identified with the son who stayed with his father…

Calculation. Trade-offs. These are not only math and economic concepts or terms. They’re also actions we do when calculating or weighing the value of things we put our time and effort into, or the people we focus on. Is it more valuable to obtain more properties and riches? Or is it better to seek a fulfilling, but low paying, job? Is it better to have more in depth relationships with a small group, or to spread the good news over wide audiences and to have less facetime with one’s people? Is it better to spend one’s time saving one person…

The title is a very controversial and diverse topic. The Separation of Church and State. This blog is going to specifically deal with my perspective and I fully acknowledge that I may not be able to cover other nuances of this subject so please bear with me patiently and kindly.

Overall, I think there should be a separation between the state and any religious institution. I don’t think that our culture, civilization and or country is falling to pieces because there’s not enough church in our government. The first reason is that using your religious affiliation at all to signal…

I've been meaning to talk about why I converted to Islam. But I felt that it doesn't really fully appreciate my experience with Islam. So, why did I convert to Islam and why do I continue to call myself a Muslim? Many reasons. But it all revolves around one thing, God. The second reason is that it embodied a truly universal way of looking at God. Having this religion be universal was important to me on several different levels, and it continues to inform my continued practice in this religion to this day. But many would ask, is Islam really…

Isaac S

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