The Holy Scriptures of the Sikhs, the Adi Granth, present a blend between Islamism and Hinduism, drawing on the traditions of both
What is Sharia? Sharia are laws informed by the words (sunnah) and stories (hadith) of Mohammed. This study is an effort by an American Protestant to take an honest look at these traditions that have been at the center of much discussion and misunderstanding in the U.S.
Shintoism is the traditional religion of Japan and is based on a warrior culture. The spiritual focus of the Kojiki tells the story of the divine creation of the islands which make up Japan.
The Talmud is an encyclopedia of the collected wisdom of the Jewish people. It began as the Mishnah, a commentary on the Torah, but in the wake of the diaspora, it became a collection of everything Jewish, from law and scripture, to tradition and ritual. The Babylonian Talmud had 2711 pages. This is volume one with questions from each page of the Talmud.
The I Ching is the ancient Chinese text, which is at the heart of Confucianism. Like the Christian and Jewish Bible, it emerged over several generations, with contributions from many significant religious leaders, including Confucius. This study will explore the depth of the I Ching through questions.
Who was Buddha? Was Buddha to Hinduism the same as Jesus to Judaism? Both were born into the parent faith and trained in its ways. Both launched a new religious movement that became independent of the parent religion. While both Buddhism and Judaism have roots in the mists of time, with rich oral and written traditions, Buddhism and Christianity are born at the beginnings of the historical age.
Who was Confucius? The founder of this major world religion remains unknown to many of us in the west. While we may never be able to create a satisfactory biography, the words remain. Whether he was the author, or the inspiration, the wisdom of The Analects is worth careful study, reflection, meditation, and yes, even prayer.
I challenge you to read beyond the superficial. Read for the purpose of understanding the Qur’an in the full context. Most Christians do not know that Islam means surrender, surrender to God. This book is presented as an introduction for the non-Moslem who wants to learn a little about the Scripture of Islam.
“The true way with God is peace.” –Surah 3:19
“All those who believe, and the Jews and the Sabians and the Christians, in fact any one who believes in God and the Last Day, and performs good deeds, will have nothing to fear or regret.” –Surah 4:69
495 Questions of the Kit-ab'i-aqdas examines the Holy Scriptures of the Bahai, a breakaway group from Islam that seeks to unite all religions.
The collected wisdom of the twelve largest world religions is impressive. Based on the approximate membership of each, a percentage of verses was selected. The Scriptures from Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Sikhism, Taoism, Baha’ism, Confucianism, Jainism, Shintoism, and Zoroastrianism were consulted.
Lao Tzu is the author of Tao Te Ching, and he may have been a contemporary of Confucius, or The Tao Te Ching was written by an anonymous editor who gathered the wisdom of many ancient Chinese teachers.
Zoroaster has been described as the world's oldest overlooked prophet. The God of Zoroastrianism, Ahura-Mazda is described as the first benevolent depiction of a deity in western religion. Some even point to the Avesta as a link between Eastern and Western religions.
What exactly are the laws of G-d? Jews, Christians, and Moslems commonly point to the Ten Commandments as a starting point. Jewish tradition also refers to the 613 Mitzvot, the commandments of the Torah. While most are rooted in the Ten Commandments, these laws are much more specific. Some commandments, such as Honor the Sabbath, are expressed as affirmations. Some, such as don’t eat pork, are expressed as prohibitions. Some are no longer possible since they refer to the ancient Temple.
“The person whom these cannot move, whose soul is one, beyond pleasure and pain, is worthy of life in Eternity.” 2.15
“For a thousand ages last one day of Brahma, and for a thousand ages one such night: this knowing, men will know what is meant by day and night.” (8.17)
“But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day. (1 Peter 3:8)
“Give us health, ample land, and lights, O Soma, and grant us long to look upon the sunshine.” --Book 9. Hymn 91.6
“In the beginning rose Hiranyagarbha, born Only Lord of all created beings. He fixed and holdeth up this earth and heaven.”
--Book 10. Hymn 121.1
“From thighs, from knee-caps, and from heels, and from the forepart of the feet, from hips, from stomach, and from groin I drive the malady away.” --Book 10. Hymn 163.4
Why do we read it on a daily basis, over and over again? The richness of the Bible continues to supply us with answers to the daily questions about life’s dilemmas, joys, frustrations, anger, betrayals, and blessings. Daily Bible study can help us realize humility. Our troubles are not nearly as bad as we might feel at the moment. When life’s tragedies overwhelm us, daily Bible study can help us realize that we are not alone.
Forthcoming Books in the World Religions Series
520 Questions of the Tattartha Sutra (Jainism)
Questions of the Sama, Yajur, & Athava Vedas (Hinduism)
2711 Questions of the Talmud, vol 2
Questions of the Shi Ching, Shu Ching, and Li Chi (Confucianism)