A Bridge of Hope

A Bridge of Hope
Posted by Don Merritt on January 29, 2017

Christian Life.

So many people these days are feeling like there is little or no hope for the future.  Some are feeling desperate for financial reasons; it’s been a rough economy for the past many.  Others f…<continued>

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The Nativity Through Abrahamic Literature: Part 7: The first Infancy Narrative of Jesus

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 The Nativity Through Abrahamic Literature: Part 7: The Birth of Jesus: Luke 2:1-29

The following is post number 7 in my series, “The Nativity Through Abrahamic Literature”. This post centers around the the birth of Jesus and comes from the Gospel of Luke 2:1-20, from the New Revised Standard Version with annotations from The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version 4th ed. Edition by Michael D. Coogan

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The First Gospel of the Infancy of Christ

CHAPTER 1

The following accounts we found in the book of Joseph the high-priest, called by some Caiaphas:

2 He relates, that Jesus spake even when he was in the cradle, and said to his mother:

“3 Mary, I am Jesus the Son of God, that word which thou didst bring forth according to the declaration of the angel Gabriel to thee, and my father hath sent me for the salvation of the world.”

4 In the three hundred and ninth year of the era of Alexander, Augustus published a decree that all persons should go to be taxed in their own country. 5 Joseph therefore arose, and with Mary his spouse he went to Jerusalem, and then came to Bethlehem, that he and his family might be taxed in the city of his fathers. 6 And when they came by the cave, Mary confessed to Joseph that her time of bringing forth was come, and she could not go on to the city, and said, Let us go into this cave. 7 At that time the sun was very near going down. 8 But Joseph hastened away, that he might fetch her a mid-wife; and when he saw an old Hebrew woman who was of Jerusalem, he said to her, Pray come hither, good woman, and go into that cave, and you will there see a woman just ready to bring forth. 9 It was after sunset, when the old woman and Joseph with her reached the cave, and they both went into it. 10 And behold, it was all filled with lights, greater than the light of lamps and candles, an, greater than the light of the sun itself. 11 The infant was then wrapped up in swaddling clothes, an sucking the breasts of his mother St. Mary. 12 When they both saw this light, they were surprised; the old woman asked St. Mary, Art thou the mother of this child ? 13 St. Mary replied, She was. 14 On which the old woman said, Thou art very different from all other women. 15 St. Mary answered, As there is not any child like to my son, so neither is there any woman like to his mother. 16 The old woman answered and said, O my Lady, I am come hither that I may obtain an everlasting reward. 17 Then our Lady, St. Mary said to her, Lay thine hand upon the infant; which, when she had done, she became whole 18 And as she was going forth, she said, From henceforth, all the days of my life, I will attend upon and be a servant of this infant. 19 After this, when the shepherds came, and had made a fire and they were exceedingly rejoicing, the heavenly host appeared to them, praising and adoring the supreme God. 20 And as the shepherds we engaged in the same employment, the cave at that time seemed like a glorious temple, because both the tongues of angels and men united to adore and magnify God, on account of the birth of the Lord Christ. 21 But when the old Hebrew woman saw all these evident miracles, she gave praises to God, and said, I thank thee, O God, thou God of Israel, for that mine eyes have seen the birth of the Saviour of the world.


Exegeses: THE FIRST GOSPEL OF THE INFANCY OF JESUS CHRIST

CHAPTER 1
1. Caiaphas relates that Jesus, when in his cradle, informed his mother that he was the Son of God. 5. Joseph and Mary going to Bethlehem to be taxed, Mary’s time of bringing forth arrives, and she goes into a cave. 8. Joseph fetches in a Hebrew woman, the cave filled with great lights. 11. The infant born, 17. cures the woman, 19. arrival of the shepherds.

1. The following accounts we found in the book of Joseph the high-priest, called by some Caiaphas:

That Caiaphas was high-priest at the time of Christ’s public ministry is confirmed by Matthew 26:3, Luke 3:2, John 11:49, 18:14, and Acts 4:6.

This Gospel had been received by the Gnostics, a sect of Christians in the second century. Ocobius de Castro mentions a Gospel of Thomas (there are several books with that title) which he says he saw and had translated to him by an Armenian Archbishop at Amsterdam, that was read in very many churches of Asia and Africa, as the only rule of their faith. Fabricius takes it to be this Gospel. However, it may be the Second Gospel of the Infancy, which is directly attributed to Thomas.

Ahmed Ibu Idris, a Mohammedan divine, says it was used by some Christians in common with the other four Gospels, and it has been supposed that Mohammed and his coadjutors used its fanciful accounts of Christ’s childhood in compiling the Koran. The only “Christian” sources known to Mohammed were the Nestorians, who denied the real union between the divine and the human natures in Christ, thus virtually holding to two natures and two persons. Their founder, Nestorius, was removed in A.D. 431 from the Patriarchate of Constantinople as a heretic. He particularly disliked the expression “Mary, mother of God.” The Church council at Chalcedon asserted the truth of the phrase with the significant addition “as to his humanity.” The Church believes Christ had two natures in one person, and has decided over the ages that its belief in the Trinity and the two natures in Christ could never be explained, but only defined in such a way as to exclude heresies.

La Crosse cites a synod at Angamala, in the mountains of Malabar, A.D. 1599, which condemned this Gospel as still commonly read by the Nestorians in that country. This Gospel was first translated into English and published in 1697 by Henry Sike, Professor of Oriental Languages at Cambridge.[continued]


The Night When God was Naked Before Man | The Life Project

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Posted by Don Merritt on December 7, 2016

I like nativity scenes; they are the one thing we see around us this time of year that actually have something to do with what we are supposed to be celebrating. Yet sadly, even most nativity scenes, whether sculpted or painted… and certainly those that are reenacted… don’t portray reality.

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The Nativity Through Abrahamic Literature: Part 1 The Annunciation of Mary: The Gospel of the Birth of Mary 2:1-9

This post will initiate a series of posts that will go on until Christmas. The focus of this series is the birth and early life of Jesus (as well as his family, other people, and events associated …

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The Note On The Dumpster « discoveringandsharinggrace

Last night, I saw a  posting which included a note taped to a dumpster behind a restaurant. The note began: Dear person who is digging through this dumpster for food. The note then went on to include an invitation for the person to please come inside the restaurant for a free meal. The note included a comment about personal value.

We have all seen people looking for food. “Dumpster Diving” became a descriptive term. Sad, but descriptive.[…]

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A Muslim Convert Once More: When You are Low on Hope…

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Terence Nunis

A Muslim Convert Once More

This is a record of my journey as a Muslim. I used to be Catholic and belonged to a missionary organisation. After my conversion, I sat on the board of a Muslim converts’ organisation and specialised in da’wah programmes, convert management, interfaith issues and apostasy cases. I am an initiate of a Sufi order. As such, the articles and writings tend to cover these areas. All the Arabic and graphics could not have been done without the help of my wife, Zafirah.

Friday, 9 April 2010

When You are Low on Hope…

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Consider this.  When you are low on hope, just like Noah (a.s.) on the ark.  It has been almost forty days.  And there is no land in sight.  There is water, water everywhere.  Water all around and below.  Nothing but sky above.  And this was no normal flood.  These are the Waters of Wrath.  They did not merely drown everyone; they burned them as if they were the fires of damnation even though the water was not hot.

According to the sirah, a raven was sent forth first.  It never came back.  And then, Noah (a.s.) sent a dove.  It came back, cold and miserable and shivering.  It had flown all night and found no place to roost.  All it saw was water and more water.  In the morning, he tried again.  He said a du’a and let the bird go.  He watched it until it was a mere speck on the horizon.  And then that speck was gone.  And with it, seemed to go his hope.  But he was a Prophet of Allah (s.w.t.). Link

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