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I have been away a long time. I think I’m going to be away for far more time honestly.
Stay safe. Hope to see you soon…
Hello dear followers!
I hope you’re well. Let me know how have you been.
I have been away a long time. I think I’m going to be away for far more time honestly.
Stay safe. Hope to see you soon…
Just wanna pop in to say “hello“, I miss you so much but can’t get back yet.
How have you been? Anything new? I’d really love to hear from you.
I’ve been ok but rather busy working here and there.
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I’m sorry to inform you that for personal and work reasons, I’ll be unavailable on WP for a while. I’ll miss you all 😞 But I have to.
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This is a little book of an author called Ahmed Didat which died some 20 years ago. I found it funny and interesting, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. You may read what follows in the next post “who moved the stone”
Since I am commanded by my Prophet, peace be upon him, to seek knowledge I wanted to learn. I said: “I agree with all that you have read to me, but I have a problem with your Bible.” “What problem have you got?” he asked. I said: “Please open the Gospel of St. Luke, chapter 3 verse 23.” This he did. I said: “Please read.” He read:”And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli,” (Luke 3:23) I drew the Reverend’s attention to the words – “(As was supposed).” I said: “Do you see that the words ‘As was supposed’ are written within brackets?” He said that he saw that. I asked him: “Why are the brackets there?” He acknowledged, “I don’t know, but I could find out for you from some Bible scholars.” I admired his humility. Though I knew that all Supervisors of Bible Houses in South Africa are retired reverends, it was possible that this aspect of Bible knowledge was beyond their sphere. I said: “If you do not know, then let me tell you what the brackets are doing there in this verse. You do not have to take the trouble of looking for a Bible scholar.” I explained that in the “most ancient” manuscripts of Luke, the words “As was supposed” are not there. Your translators felt that without this interpolation the, ordinary Christians, not well grounded in faith, might slip and fall into the error of believing that Joseph the Carpenter was the actual physical father of Jesus. So they took the precaution of adding their own comment in brackets to avoid any misunderstanding. I said: “I am not trying to find fault with your system of adding words in brackets to assist the reader, but what intrigues me is that in all translations of the Bible in the African and Eastern languages you have retained the words “as was supposed” but have removed the brackets! Couldn’t the nations of the Earth besides the English understand the meaning and purpose of the brackets? What is wrong with the Afrikaner? Why have you eliminated the brackets from the Afrikaans Bible? The Supervisor protested: “I didn’t do it.” I said: “I know that you personally did not do it but why have the Bible Society that you represent and your Bible scholars been playing with the ‘Word of God?’ If God Almighty did not see fit to preserve Luke from error what right has anybody to add to or delete from words in the ‘Book of God?’ What right have you to manufacture ‘God’s Words?’ Interpolations The translator’s own addition of words in brackets can easily be put into the mouth of St. Luke by merely removing the brackets, and by implication, if Luke was inspired by God to write what he did, then the interpolations automatically become the Word of God, which really is not the case. (More will be said on this subject in the forthcoming publication Is the Bible God’s Word?) I concluded my explanation with the words – ‘Your theologians of the day have succeeded where the alchemists of yore failed – of turning baser metal into shining gold.'” The English Language At this stage the Reverend introduced irrelevancies into the discussion and the subject changed. He made some claims which made me say: “You see, sir, you English people do not know your own language.” (With apologies to my readers whose mother tongue is English). He quickly retorted: “You mean to say that you know my language better than I do?” I said: “It would be presumptuous on my part to tell – an Englishman – that I understand your language better than you do.” “Then what do you mean that we English people do not know our own language?” he demanded. I said again: “You see, sir, you read your Holy Scripture in your mother tongue, like every Christian belonging to a thousand different language groups, and yet each and every Christian language group understands the facts, opposite to what he is reading.” “What are you referring to?” he asked. A Ghost I continued: “Do you remember the occasion when Jesus returned to that upper room after his alleged crucifixion: ‘And saith unto them, (his disciples), ‘Peace be unto you” (Luke 24:36), and his disciples were terrified on recognizing him?” He answered that he remembered that incident. I inquired: “Why should they be terrified?” When one recognizes one’s long-lost friend or one’s beloved, the natural reaction is to feel overjoyed, elated and one wants to embrace and kiss the hands and feet of the beloved. Why did they get terrified?” The Reverend replied that they (the disciples) thought that they were seeing a ghost.” I asked: “Did Jesus look like a ghost?” He said: “No.” “Then why did they think that they were seeing a ghost when he did not look like a ghost?” I queried. The Reverend was clearly puzzled. I said: “Please allow me to explain.” Disciples Not Eye Witnesses “You see, sir, the disciples of Jesus were not eye-witnesses or ear-witnesses to the actual happenings of the previous three days, as vouched for by St. Mark who says that at the most critical juncture in the life of Jesus: “they all forsook him and fled.” (Mark 14:50). All the knowledge of the disciples regarding their Master was from hearsay. They had heard that their master was hanged on the Cross; they had heard that he had given up the Ghost; they had heard that he was dead and buried for three days. If one is confronted by a person with such a reputation then the conclusion is inescapable; they must be seeing a ghost. Little wonder these ten brave men were petrified.” “To disabuse their minds from the fear that gripped them, Jesus reasoned with them. He said: ‘Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself’ To put it in colloquial English, this is how he told them: ‘What is wrong with you fellows, can’t you see that I am the same person – who walked and talked with you, broke bread with you – flesh and blood in all respects.’ Why do doubts enter your minds? ‘Handle me and see, for a spirit has no flesh and bones as you see me have.’ (Luke 24:39). In other words he is telling them: ‘If I have flesh and bones, then I am not a ghost, not a spook and not a spirit!'” “Is that right?” I asked. “Yes,” he replied. I continued that, Jesus is telling them, as recorded in this verse, in basic English, that what the disciples were asked to “handle and see” was not a translated body, not a metamorphosed body and not a resurrected body, because a resurrected body is a spiritualised body. He is telling them in the clearest language humanly possible that he is not what they were thinking. They were thinking that he was a spirit, a resurrected body, one having been brought back from the dead. He is most emphatic that he is not!” Spiritualization “But how can you be so sure that the resurrected body cannot materialize physically as Jesus had obviously done?” murmured the Reverend. I replied: “Because Jesus had himself pronounced that the resurrected bodies get spiritualised.” When did he say any such thing?”inquired the Reverend. I answered: “Do you remember the incident as recorded in the Gospel of St. Luke, chapter 20, where the learned men of the Jews- “the chief priests and the scribes with the elders”- had come to him with a number of posers, and among them was one about a Jewess who had seven husbands in turn, one after another according to a Jewish custom, and in time all seven husbands and the woman too died?” The Reverend said that he did remember the occasion. I continued: “The trap that the religious hierarchy was trying to spring on him was; which one of the seven husbands was going to possess the woman on the ‘Other side’- at the resurrection?- since they reasoned with Jesus that the seven brothers had her. There was no problem while they fulfilled their obligation of trying to give her a child, because they had possessed her one by one in turn, and it was after the death of one that the other had taken her to wife. But since at the resurrection all seven will be brought to life simultaneously, there will be strife in heaven because all seven would want to get at her at the same time, specially if they had pleasure with her.” “Jesus debunked their false notion of the resurrection, by saying that at the resurrection: ‘neither shall they die any more’ (Luke 20:36) meaning that the resurrected persons will be Immortalised. They will not be subject to death any more, no more hanger or thirst, no more fatigue. In short, all the instruments of death will be powerless against the resurrected body. Jesus continues to explain: ‘for they (the resurrected bodies) are equal unto the angles,’ that is, that they will be Angelised – spiritualised, that they will become spirit-creatures, i.e. Spirits;’and the children of God, for such are the children of the resurrection.” (Luke 20:36). Jesus Not Spiritualised I was taken off from the theme I was expounding two paragraphs above by the Reverend with the challenge: “But how can you be so sure..?” To continue from where I had deviated above – He is Not what they were thinking, that he was not a Spirit, not a Ghost, not a Spook. To assure them further after having offered his hands and feet for inspection and verification that his was a material, physical body, and that all their bewilderment and disbelief was unjustified, he asked his disciples: “Have you here any meat?” (Meaning something to eat). “And they gave him a piece of broiled fish and of a honeycomb, and he took it, and did eat before them.” (Luke 24:41-43) A Drama? What was Jesus trying to prove by all his demonstrations of wanting his hands and feet to be handled and chewing and masticating broiled fish and honeycomb? Was all this a pretense, make-belief, an act or drama? “No!” Said Schleliermacher in 1819, a hundred years before I was born. Albert Schweizer records him saying: “If Christ had only eaten to show that he could eat, while he really had no need of nourishment, if would have been a pretense, something docetic.”( In Quest of the Historical Jesus, page 64). I had not know of Schleliermacher and other Christian scholars who over a hundred years ago doubted the death of Jesus on the cross as recorded by Albert Schweizer, when I was discussing this subject with the head of the Bible Society. No Resurrection “What is wrong with you (Christian) folk?” Jesus is telling you in the most unambiguous language that he is not a spirit – not spiritualised, not a resurrected person, and yet the whole Christian world believes that he was resurrected, i.e. spiritualised. Who is lying, you or him? How is it possible that you, each and every Christian, are reading your Bible in your own mother tongue and yet each and every groups is made to understand the exact opposite of what they are reading? If you read the Bible, say, in Hebrew, and pleaded that you did not understand what you were reading, I can appreciate this fact. If you read it in Greek and pleaded that you did not really understand the implications of what was written; I can appreciate this fact also. But the anomaly is that you are reading the Book, each and every one, in his own mother tongue, and are trained to understand the opposite of what is written. How have you been brainwashed, or rather, how have you been “Programmed,” as the Americans would put it? “Please tell me as to who is lying? Is it Jesus or a thousand million Christians of the world? Jesus says: “No!” to his being resurrected, and all of you say: “Yes!” Whom are we Muslims to believe, Jesus or his so called disciples? We Muslims would rather believe the Master. Did he not say: “The disciple is not greater than the Master.”? (Matthew 10:24) This was more than the Reverend had bargained for. He politely excused himself by saying that as he had to get ready to close his office, he would look forward to meeting me again. This was sheer evasive politeness! With the Bible Society, I won the debate but lost the discount! No more discount for me from the Bible Society. But let my loss be your gain. If you dear reader, can remove a few cobwebs from your thinking on the subject of the Crucifixion, I will be amply rewarded. Now here are the verses discussed put together : “..Jesus himself stood in their midst, and said unto them, Peace be unto you…But they were terrified, and supposing that they were seeing a spirit… And he said unto them,.. ‘Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me and see; for a spirit has no flesh and bones, as you see me have’… And showed them his hands and feet… And while they yet believed not for joy and wondered, he said unto them, ‘Have ye here any meat?’.. And they gave him a piece of broiled fish, and of a honeycomb… And he took it, and did eat before them.” (Luke 24:36-43)
16. And mention in the Scripture Mary, when she withdrew from her people to an eastern location.
17. She screened herself away from them, and We sent to her Our spirit, and He appeared to her as an immaculate human.
18. She said, “I take refuge from you in the Most Merciful, should you be righteous.”
19. He said, “I am only the messenger of your Lord, to give you the gift of a pure son.”
20. She said, “How can I have a son, when no man has touched me, and I was never unchaste?”
21. He said, “Thus said your Lord, `It is easy for Me, and We will make him a sign for humanity, and a mercy from Us. It is a matter already decided.’“
22. So she carried him, and secluded herself with him in a remote place.
23. The labor-pains came upon her, by the trunk of a palm-tree. She said, “I wish I had died before this, and been completely forgotten.”
24. Whereupon he called her from beneath her: “Do not worry; your Lord has placed a stream beneath you.
25. And shake the trunk of the palm-tree towards you, and it will drop ripe dates by you.”
26. “So eat, and drink, and be consoled. And if you see any human, say, ‘I have vowed a fast to the Most Gracious, so I will not speak to any human today.’“
27. Then she came to her people, carrying him. They said, “O Mary, you have done something terrible.
28. O sister of Aaron, your father was not an evil man, and your mother was not a whore.”
29. So she pointed to him. They said, “How can we speak to an infant in the crib?”
30. He said, “I am the servant of God. He has given me the Scripture, and made me a prophet.
31. And has made me blessed wherever I may be; and has enjoined on me prayer and charity, so long as I live.
32. And kind to my mother, and He did not make me a disobedient rebel.
33. So Peace is upon me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the Day I get resurrected alive.”
34. That is Jesus son of Mary—the Word of truth about which they doubt.
35. It is not for God to have a child—glory be to Him. To have anything done, He says to it, “Be,” and it becomes.
36. “God is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is a straight path.”
37. But the various factions differed among themselves. So woe to those who disbelieve from the scene of a tremendous Day.
38. Listen to them and watch for them the Day they come to Us. But the wrongdoers today are completely lost.
39. And warn them of the Day of Regret, when the matter will be concluded. Yet they are heedless, and they do not believe.
40. It is We who will inherit the earth and everyone on it, and to Us they will be returned.
I’m wondering…. Do you read the customer’s review before booking a room in a hotel?
To tell you the truth, it is not very often that I do. Living on the roads, you get used to what you find. But on some occasions, an instinct comes to tell you “see what the people say about it”.
And that’s what I did yesterday. I was going to book a room in a cheap place (which I won’t be naming here but it is in Belgium) when i found that I had to pay for the towels and sheets. But how much do they ask for it? Time to check the hotel’s comments, who knows, perhaps someone said the fee. 😉 be sure to read all of them and if you had a good laugh as I did, please leave a comment.
We could not enjoy the rented property because it was already rented by another family. Fortunately neighbors were able to accommodate us in a small cottage. We visited the house originally rented and the bathroom is in the room, there is no door to the toilet and the work is not finished (dangerous for children)
The owner was not there and did not welcome us. The room has no door and the only shower in the house was in the room. There are holes on the ceiling and on the floor as well as a cat who does not hesitate to search our things at night (it was not indicated on the ad and I am allergic). None of the features listed on the ad have been verified.
The host was very helpful and gave us good information on how to reach the house. The rooms were big and the bed was comfortable. The bathroom was equipped and soap/towels were provided to the visitors.
· The house address was special and some signs to direct visitors by car would have been helpful. The kitchen could have used lighting as it was dark at night. The bathroom and the main room were combined which was a shame !
Awesome location, you can find everything you need in this big house. Kind owner, always trying to pleased guests need.
Shared house with no privacy, missing door and ceilings, still a work in progress I guess. The only toilet and shower are in the main room with nothing to separate them from bed side, 2nd toilet out of order most of the time.
A bumpy unimproved road to the cottage in a forest area. A lot of garbage outside the cottage. Nobody there. Phone call. Key outside somewhere. Dark inside, hardly any bulbs. Three sleeping rooms, each having blankets as doors. Blankets also before the windows. All cupboards filled with personal belongings; apparently somehow someone lives here and leaves it then for rental purposes. Just one closet upstairs, also in the open air. Floors of the sleeping rooms are being renovated, with missing boards: mind your steps. Someone arrived during the night, heard him / her snore. I am used to sleep everywhere; but this time I had a creepy feeling.
This establishment is almost impossible to reach. The address is very complicated and the city name is wrong. In addition, the owner was not helpful. When we reached the place at 10:30 PM everything was closed and after a phone call we got an answering machine although we specified an arrival time in between 10 and 11 PM. Therefore we had no access to the room. The following day we called again the owner. She lied telling us that she was waiting for us very lately and that she sent SMS. Of course we got nothing. We are asking for a full refund and we noticed similar bad experiences within the comments of the website. Altogether this is everything but serious.
1) The property was difficult to find. The road leading to it was narrow, muddy (especially after a rainy day) and not well signposted. The front of the property was a tip.
2) The living room looks really nice but I think the owner was more concerned about collecting trinkets than actually making the place safe and fit for purpose.
3) There are no doors to the rooms for privacy. Just curtains hanging by the door frames.
4) There is a gap on the floor as you enter one of the rooms and my wife’s foot got caught. Obviously you tend to look into the room as you enter, and a gap on the floor is the last thing you expect.
5) The floor boards outside the property have not really been brushed for a long time and has accumulated gunk which made it very slippery on a rainy day. My 10 yr old son slipped and hurt his back. He was already aware it was slippery, but still slipped because it was just too slippery.
6) The door to the side of the property was not locked and the owner did not leave the key to lock that door. We felt very vulnerable.
7) There is no separate toilet/shower. However, one room had an open plan toilet/ shower. Remember that there are no doors. It means somebody can just go into your room, do his business and leave a stinking smell in your room all the time while you’re in bed. You can even play pass-the-tissue if you want.
8) The worst part of all was when we had a power cut. Yes, an electricity power cut. I can see that other houses have electricity so it’s just the house we are in that has no power. I texted the owner and told her about the power cut. She did not even address that problem. No lights and no heating. It was very cold. The house was not properly insulated.
9) The owner phoned that there were other people coming to stay for the night. We are in the middle of nowhere. Side door unlocked. No doors to the rooms. No lights. And strangers will arrive in the middle of the night! It was a nightmare.
Come on! What’s this place? Be sure to read the reviews before booking somewhere you’ve never been.