“Every chapter of the Quran starts with ‘Mercy‘” read one of the signs at the recent anti-ISIS march in London. Great Britain’s Independent headline read, “Hundreds of Muslims flooded the streets of London to condemn terrorism. Media’s response: Silence.” (Dec. 8, 2015)
When people band together in the name of peace, there is only silence? Is that because of the fear of Islamic terrorists?
Acts of terrorism know no religious or ethical boundaries. Consider the pro-lifer who kills a doctor at a planned parenthood center in the name of his Christian God, or the bigots who torch a Negro church. Charles Manson, hoping to instigate a white/black war, or the bombings of the IRA where innocents died. Perhaps an ultimate (but not last) act of terrorism against all of humanity was the anti-Jewish (and many other things) Holocaust.
“There is only one true way,” some people contend. The second endnote in Quantum God contains illuminating information from a book by Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz, world-renowned scholar in religious studies.
In his book, The Hidden Gospel, Neil Douglas-Klotz has pointed out some of the hazards of mistranslation and probable alternate interpretations of key phrases of organized Christianity, such as “I am the way, the truth and the life: No man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6 KJV) “The Aramaic word urha, usually translated ‘way’ . . . is the light that uncovers a path. The word sherara, usually translated as ‘truth’ . . . a solution or liberation . . . in harmony with the universe. The word hayye, usually translated as ‘life,’ indicates in both Aramaic and Hebrew the sacred life force, the primal energy that pervades all of nature and the universe.” He translates John 14:6 as: “No one comes into rhythm with the breathing life of all, the sound and atmosphere that created the cosmos, except through the breathing, sound, and atmosphere, of another embodied ‘I’ connected to the ultimate ‘I Am.’”
Today I read aloud to Pam. I chose an article from The Kansas City Star about our city’s Secret Santa. Although my Alzheimer’s client has trouble expressing herself, Santa’s acts of kindness (which some recipients immediately “paid forward”) brought tears to Pam’s eyes. There are many more kind people in our world than not.
As if I could ever forget all the shining people in my life, including you, dear heart, this week I shall remember only the kindnesses. I shall start with mercy.