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  1. Monotheistic Dances part 23

    Mohammad began his ministry under what might seem like odd circumstances. He used to go, during the four holy months of the year for Mecca, to a cave on Mt. Hira. There he would pray and meditate. When he ran out of food, he would go home, get some more food, and return to his cave to pray and seek truth. One day, truth answered back. Mohammad had a very intense vision.
    The angel Gabriel appeared to him in that cave, and told him to read, or recite (the hadith vary a little here). Mohammad ...
  2. Monotheistic Dances part 22

    The last part was what some might call 'fairly intense'. But, it was all based on facts, even the conjecture of 'epilepsy' was based on solid hadith. So, why stress the point? It is the fact that Mohammad is the only one who received the visions, and contributed to the making of the Quran. His is the only voice that intoned the 'revelations', and to him alone all Muslims turn for revelation. It is true that allah is god, but Mohammad is the one who made him known, and who led the warriors in allah's ...
  3. Monotheistic Dances part 21

    In looking back over the history of Islam, the life of Mohammad has one indisputable fact, Mohammad seems to have moved around from family to family during the first twelve years of his life. He also experienced the death of several key people in his life while he was quite young. Just before his birth, his father died. His mother gave him to a bedouin tribe to wean and raise. When he was returned to his mother, she died shortly thereafter. He was then sent to live with his grandfather, Mutalib ...
  4. Monotheistic Dances part 20

    1 John 4:14ff: 1Jn 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
    1Jn 4:8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
    1Jn 4:9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
    1Jn 4:10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. ...
  5. Monotheistic Dances part 19

    In 1 John 4:8 John says that God is love. You will find no such statement in the Quran, nor even one that comes close to that whole paragraph of verses eight through twelve. The love of God defines the Biblical story, and moves it along. John had said in his Gospel 'For God so loved the world....' John 3:16 and that, like his opening chapter, takes us from creation right up to the point at which Jesus came to save the world from its sins.
    Paul tells us that three things abide at the basis ...