The Friday after Thanksgiving is not “black friday” in my book. The title is linked to too many bad events in history. To call a shopping day “black friday” is in poor taste.
I suggested this morning that we go catch a movie and Elizabethe reminded me what it was like the last time we attempted to go somewhere the Friday after Thanksgiving. Okay. Nix that idea.
I came out to my office to catch up on my blogging and then thought… I need to take some pictures.
Wandering in to the house I saw something that reminded me of clay. That reminded me of incense, which reminded me of smoke and THAT gave me a great idea. Take pictures of smoke!
And this one…. tell me what you see?
Do you see a figure wearing a hood with arms extended?
I had fun playing with incense and taking pictures of it. In fact, I’d like to figure out how to control the smoke better. It’s kind of fun.
I’m getting hungry so I think I’ll call it a day. Visit www.FineArtbyDB.com and you can see some of these for sale.
With all the talk about Syrian refugees, I thought I would do some research for myself. First off, being Syrian doesn’t equate to being Muslim. And, practice of Islam varies from country to country and from individual to individual. Thus, to equate a Syrian Muslim to being a terrorist would be like saying all blacks are thugs. It is racist and prejudicial.
I did learn something interesting in all of this, and it is this… Islam is more of an ideology based on the teachings of Muhammad found in the Quran than it is an organized religion. In fact, it is not organized at all. (By that, in comparison to Western religions, you cannot point to any one governing body for Islam, whereas you can point to the First Presidency for Latter-day Saints, the Pope for Catholics, etc. You cannot do that for Islam.)
I found several sources which point to the Quran as the source of governance for Islam. This is much like fundamentalist Christians who point to the Bible for governance with no form or hierarchy to guide them here on earth. Both methodologies deny revelation and claim all that is going to be said, has been said, and contained in a single book.
Islam is not a race, but an ideology based on the teachings Mohammad Ibn Abdallah. He lived during the 7th Century (A.D.) and to many was thought to be the returned Messiah, and by others a prophet. The Jews rejected him as either. What soon followed was Jihad on in that region forcing others to accept Islam as their religion and Mohammed as their prophet.
While history tells us Mohammad died after a short illness in 632 AD, modern Islam preaches a tradition that he ascended to heaven in Jerusalem. They also claim Mt. Moriah in Jerusalem is where Abraham was told to offer Ishmael as a sacrifice. Both have parallels in Christianity — Jesus ascending to heaven after his death and resurrection, and Isaac being offered by Abraham as a sacrifice. Yet, the stories recorded of Mohammad’s ascension are marred by the fact that the Temple of Solomon was destroyed nearly 600 years before Mohammad could have made an ascension from the temple.
My personal conclusion about Islam is this… It is an ideology of confusion with no governance. In countries where it is strong, governments have given way to permit Islam to function under their own shariah law. While in civilized countries, shariah law has taken a backseat to constitutional laws of those countries, in uncivilized regions of the world, it has been allowed to festers by allowing sharia courts that treat men and women unequally, and Muslims and non-Muslims unequally. (Example: A woman’s life is worth 1/2 a man’s life.) Punishments in these countries include stonings, lynchings, floggings, amputations, and beheadings under sharia law. Islam, on the surface, is an all-or-nothing religion (but more of an ideology as they have no structure) for its members. In countries where sharia law is permitted, the “nothing” part of it can be a death sentence.
Now, a little about Israel, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and Islam…
Islam sets Ishmael up as being the chosen son of Abraham to receive the birthright. Christians and Jews believe it was Isaac. In either case, that makes us all Sons of Abraham and born under the Abrahamic covenant.
Orson Hyde in his dedicatory prayer on the Mount of Olives said, “O Thou, Who didst covenant with Abraham, Thy friend, and who didst renew that covenant with Isaac, and confirm the same with Jacob with an oath, that Thou wouldst not only give them this land for an everlasting inheritance, but that Thou wouldst also remember their seed forever. … Let that nation or that people who shall take an active part in behalf of Abraham’s children, and in the raising up of Jerusalem, find favor in Thy sight. Let not their enemies prevail against them, neither let pestilence or famine overcome them, but let the glory of Israel overshadow them, and the power of the Highest protect them; while that nation or kingdom that will not serve Thee in this glorious work must perish, according to Thy word — Yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.”
The 11th Article of Faith states, “We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.”
While there are Islamic practices that trample God-given rights of people living in other countries, I personally see the hysteria in our own nation being a smoke screen for freedom threatening issues we face here. (i.e. Removing the 10 Commandments from court houses, not allowing students to say prayers at school functions, not allowing the Pledge of Allegiance to be said because if its reference to “one nation, under God”, etc.) It is also a smoke screen for graft, sin and corruption all around us. So, as long as Muslims can live peacefully, respectfully among us, without forcing their ideology upon us, I’m okay with that.