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New Marked Reference Bible

10 Apr

1970 Large Holy Bible Fireside Family Edition Vintage Catholic Bible Pope John Paul VI Vatican Preface White Cover with Gold Letters 1970s

10 Apr

1970 Large Holy Bible Fireside Family Edition Vintage Catholic Bible Pope John Paul VI Vatican Preface

It measures approx 12″ x 9″ x 2 1/4″ and the cover is made of simulated material with gold embossed lettering and designs. It is in excellent condition with no marks, super clean and like new inside.


Inside the Bible

10 Apr

“Many Catholics revere the Bible without reading it. They recognize it as the Word of God, but they hesitate to open its pages. They find themselves paralyzed, not knowing where to start reading, confused by ancient modes of writing, unsure of interpretations. Fr. Kenneth Baker comes to the rescue. In brief synopses of the 73 books he guides new readers through the threshold and shows them how they can move foreward on their own. Inside the Bible will transform almost-readers into avid readers of the sacred text.” – Karl Keating Author, What Catholics Really Believe


Rabbi Simon said …

10 Apr

Rabbi Simon said:  When the Holy One, praised be He, was about to create Adam, the angels were divided into two different groups.  Some said, “Let him not be created, ” while others said, “Let him be created.” “Love and Truth met together; Righteousness and Peace kissed each other” [Ps. 85:10].  Love said, “Let him be created for he will do loving deeds’ but Truth said, “Let him not be created, for he will be all lies.” Righteousness said, “Let him be created, for he will do righteous deeds”, but Peace said “Let him not be created, for he will be all argument and discord.”  What did the Holy One praised be He, do?  He seized Truth and cast it to the ground, as it is written, “Truth was cast to the ground” [Daniel 8:12].  Then the angels said to the Holy One: Lord of the Universe! How can You despise Your angel Truth? Let Truth rise from the ground , as it is written,  “Truth will spring up from the ground” [Ps. 85:11]

Genesis Rabbah 8:5.

Ed. Arthur Hertzberg, Judaism; Great Religions of Modern Man (George Braziller New York 1962 ©1961) p.180

The Sword of the Gospel

9 Apr

The Sword of the Gospel
33But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in heaven. 34Do notassume that I have come to bring peace to theearth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35For I have come to turn ‘A man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.

The Spirits (al-Jinn) – And we sought the heavens and found it filled with strong guards and flaming darts

8 Apr

72 The Jinns
Al-Jinn: Makki
In the name of Allah, most benevolent, ever-merciful.
SAY: “I HAVE been informed that a number of jinns had listened; then said:
‘We have heard the wondrous Qur’an,
2. Which guides to the right path; and we have come to believe in it, and will
not associate any one with our Lord.
3. Exalted is the glory of our Lord; He has neither wife nor son.
4. Certainly the foolish among us say preposterous things of God.
5. We had in fact thought that men and jinns would never speak a lie about
6. But some men used to seek refuge with some jinns, and this increased their
7. So they began to think, even as you do, that God would not resurrect any
8. We sought to pry into the secrets of the heavens, but found it full of fierce
guards and shooting flames.
9. We sat in observatories to listen; but any one who listened found a shooting
star in wait for him.
10. We do not know if this means ill for the dwellers of the earth, or their Lord
wishes guidance for them.
11. For some of us are upright and some otherwise: Surely we follow different
12. We realised that we could not weaken the power of God on earth, nor
outpace Him by running away.
13. So when we heard the guidance we believed in it; and he who believes in
his Lord will neither fear loss nor force.
14. Some of us have come to submission, and some of us are iniquitous.'”
Those who have submitted have taken the right course;
15. But those who are iniquitous will be fuel for Hell.
16. (Say): “If they keep to the right path We shall give them water in
abundance to drink
17. In order to try them through it. But whoever turns away from the
remembrance of his Lord, will be given increasing torment by Him.”
18. All places of worship are for God; so do not invoke any one with God.
19. When the devotee of God stood up to invoke Him (the jinns) crowded upon
him (to listen). Say: “I call on my Lord alone and I do not associate any one
with Him.”
21. Say: “Neither is your loss within my power nor bringing you to guidance.”
22. Say: “No one can save me from God, nor can I find a place of refuge apart
from Him,
23. Unless I convey from God and deliver His message.” For those who
disobey God and His Apostle is the fire of Hell, where they will abide for ever;
24. Until they see what they are promised, when they will understand who is
weaker in aid and poorer in numbers.
25. Say: “I do not know if what is promised you is near, or if my Lord prolongs
its term.
26. He is the knower of the Unknown, and He does not divulge His secret to
any one
27. Other than an apostle He has chosen, when He makes a sentinel walk in
front of him and a sentinel behind,
28. So that He may know if they have delivered their Lord’s messages. He
comprehends all that has been given them, and keeps count of everything.


An Introduction To Asian Religions

7 Apr

The tenth avatar is yet to come; he is Kalki, a sort of Messiah.

The Upanishads gave a philosophical teaching for thinkers and ascetics. Their impersonal teaching of the Diety prepared the way for the virtual atheism of Jain and Buddhist doctrine.

Indian religious history has sometimes been divided into an older period of Brahmanism, and a later period of Hinduism proper with its many sects. In another way, the division has been made between Aryan and non-Aryan (Dasa or Dravidian). But these divisions assume that Hinduism itself is not very old,and also that Vedism did not influence the later religion. This is not so. Hinduism is the expression of an ancient and living great civilization, and the famous Bhagavadgita develops Brahmin thought.

What is evident in later Hinduism is an opposite movement from the impersonal teaching of the Upanishads, and a stress on a belief in a personal God. There are already traces of this in later Upanishads with a personal Lord (Isivara replacing the impersonal Brahman.

Theistic Hinduism is expresses first in two great epic poems, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. They were probably completed by the second century A.D., but it is considered that their origin goes back to the pre-Buddhist period.

The Ramayana, Career of Rama, is a very long work of over 24,000 couplets. It was written in Sanskrit by Valmiki, but there are other popular versions at later dates, notably by the mystic Tulsidas. It has been translated into most Indian languages and it is still widely used. By its story of marital devotion it exerts a healthy influence on family life.

The Ramaya is a tale of northern India where lived an ideal king Rama and his wife Sita. It tells of their adventure; whose Sita was carried off by a demon Ravana, helped by Hanuman the monkey god, and finally rescued by Rama. This simple story gradually comes in later editions to be an account of the descent (avatar) of the god Vishnu in the form of Rama to slay the demon Ravana. The incarnation of Vishnu in Rama is said to have been the seventh descent of the god, Krishna is the eighth avatar and Buddha the ninth. The tenth avatar is yet to come; he is Kalki, a sort of Messiah.

Thus we have the belief expressed in recurrent incarnations or descents of Vishnu, but as unreal or visionary appearances, rather than like the Christians teaching of the Word once made “flesh” in history. There is also the deification of Rama and Krishna, in so far a they were historical or traditional human figures. Rama and Krishna, indeed as personal gods overshadow Vishnu, especially in northern India.

The Mahabharata is much longer than the Ramayana and has 90,000 couplets. The title means the “great Bharata” story, and it tells of the war of the house of Bharata and a neighboring north Indian tribe. It resembles the Iliad in its stories of divine chiefs, especially of two of them, Arjuna and Karna.

The most important part of the Mahabharata is an inserted section in the sixth book. This is the Bhagavad-Gita, the Song of the Lord, or the Song of the Blessed One. The Gita (as this title is abridged) has often been called the most important single work ever produced in India, the “New Testament of India. ” the “Gospel of Krishna”. It is read and loved as no other book in India to-day. It is also misunderstood and idealized. There are many translations. It is a short poem, about as long as St John’s Gospel. Its date is debated, but it was probably written somewhere about the beginning of the Christian era.

The Gita is in the form of a dialogue between the warrior Arjuna and Krishna who is his charioteer, and who is gradually revealed in his true godlike nature to Arjuna. Arjuna is paralysed by indecision before battle, and asks himself whether it it is right to kill his kinsfolk. To this important question Krishna replies, first that Arjuna must do his duty as a member of the warrior caste, and further that killing is unreal since the soul never dies. Slayer and slain are Brahman who himself is never slain.

“The unborn, the permanent, the eternal, the ancient, it is not slain when the body is slain…. Therefore for no creature shouldst thou sorrow.”

This teaching is of course Brahmanic. Action is dictated by caste obligations. If a man kills it has been determined by God. In any case the soul is deathless. The world itself is only a play (maya) which God acts within himself. Yet with this harsh teaching there are also mingled other elements that have endeared the Gita to millions.

Krishna teaches Arjuna that not only fighting but all actions should be undertaken without thought of reward. To free oneself from desire, and from the fruit of actions(karma), the method of Yoga is taught. Yoga mental training (from the same root as the English word yoke), appears as a technique of meditation, This was not new, but is made available in the Gita for everyone.

“A Yogi should constantly train his self, staying in a secret place, alone, controlling his mind, free from hope and possessions.

In a pure place, setting up for himself a firm seat, not too high, not too low, with cloth, antelope skin, and kusa grass upon it,

There bringing his mind to one point, restraining the action of the mind and senses, and sitting on the seat, he should practice Yoga for the purifying of the self.”

The Gita combines both the Brahmanic non-ethical teaching, and a moral teaching of kindness and compassion.

“He who is without hatred to any being, who is friendly and compassionate, not thinking of mine or myself,balanced in pleasure and pain, patient,

Who is ever content, practicing Yoga, with his self restrained, his convictions firm. his mind and intellect dedicated to me, devoted to me, that man is dear to me.”*

E.J. Thomas, The Song of the Lord, pp. 58-9

The moral teaching is one of indifference, of restrained self-seeking to avoid defilement.

The last phrase of this quotation brings out a further great teaching of the Gita “devotion to me; Devotion to Krishna the god is made the motive of action. Love to God is an end in itself.

So the Gita ends;

“Have thy mind on me, be devoted to me, sacrifice to me do reverence to me. To me shalt thous come; what is true I promise; dear art thou to me.

Abandoning all duties come to me, the one refuge; I will free thee from all sins; sorrow not.

E.G. Parrinder, D.D. An Introduction To Asian Religions (London S.P.C.K.) Fist published in 1957 Reprinted 1958 S,P.C.K. Holy Trinity Church, Marylebone Road, London, N.W.1


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