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The Blessed Trinity

The Blessed Trinity The gift of grace renders the Blessed Trinity present to the soul in a new manner: that is, as the object of direct, though inchoative, knowledge and as the object of experimental love. This article is divided as follows: Dogma of the Trinity Proof of the doctrine...

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The Virgin Birth: Birth of Jesus Without A Biological Father

The Virgin Birth: Birth of Jesus Without A Biological Father There is consensus among the great majority of Christians and Muslims that Jesus came to earth by means of a virgin birth. And the virgin birth of Jesus was a miracle. Human development begins at fertilization when a male gamete...

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The Miracles Of Jesus

The Miracles Of Jesus Addressing human intelligence and will, the Quran frequently mentions many miracles performed by prophets. While it would not be possible to mention them all in one article, I would like to relate some of them in order to give an idea about some of these miracles,...

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Pentecost

Pentecost The Christian holiday of Pentecost is celebrated on the 50th day (the seventh Sunday) from Easter Sunday. It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks, as described in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:1–31). The holiday is also called “Whit Sunday”, “Whitsunday” or...

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Mary And Prophet Jesus

Mary And Prophet Jesus This article covers Mary and Prophet Jesus in Islamic sacred texts. ‘O mary! God gives you glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name is the Messiah [Christ] Jesus son of Mary, honoured in this world and in the hereafter, and among those nearest [to...

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Muhammad And Jesus Two Great Prophets Of God

Muhammad And Jesus Two Great Prophets Of God Though Islam is often criticized as being oppressive to women, the fact is that the teaching and example of Prophet Muhammad demonstrate something quite the opposite. Muhammad, like Jesus, was very counter-cultural in championing the rights of women. Yet it has often...

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Jesus And Muhammad: Commonalities of Two Great Religions

Jesus And Muhammad: Commonalities of Two Great Religions A pleasing coincidence of mutual thought has occurred because some years ago your correspondent was asked why he had not embraced Islam. My reply was that had Jesus and Muhammad ever met they would have got along splendidly. Here is the book...

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Isa, Alayhi Al-Salam

Isa, (Alayhi Al-Salam) This article covers Jesus, Isa (Alayhi Al-Salam) in Islam. WHO WAS JESUS? For Muslims, Jesus is one of the five elite prophets, and he will come again at the end of time to bring peace. Although Muslims and Christians have a very similar idea of Jesus as...

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Disciple

Disciple (Christianity) In Christianity, disciple primarily refers to a dedicated follower of Jesus. This term is found in the New Testament only in the Gospels and Acts. In the ancient world, a disciple is a follower or adherent of a teacher. Discipleship is not the same as being a student in the modern sense. A disciple in the ancient...

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Scholarly Interpretation Of Gospel-elements

Scholarly Interpretation Of Gospel-elements Scholars have given various interpretations of the elements of the Gospel-stories. In this article, we examine the Scholarly Interpretation of Gospel-elements. Chronology Main article: Chronology of Jesus The approximate chronology of Jesus can be estimated from non-Christian sources, and confirmed by correlating them with New Testament accounts. The baptism...

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Historicity And Origin Of The Resurrection Of Jesus

Historicity And Origin Of The Resurrection Of Jesus The historicity and origin of the resurrection of Jesus has been the subject of historical research and debate, as well as a topic of discussion among theologians. The accounts of the Gospels, including the empty tomb and the appearances of the risen Jesus to his followers, have been...

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Did Jesus Have Brothers Or Sisters?

Did Jesus Have Brothers Or Sisters? In this article, you will find the answer to your burning question: “Did Jesus Have Brothers or Sisters?“ The pregnancy of Mary, the greatest example of purity, was a miracle of God and a wonder of divine creation, and the birth of Jesus, peace...

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Prayer Wheel

Prayer Wheel A prayer wheel is a cylindrical wheel (འཁོར་ལོ།, ‘khor lo) on a spindle made from metal, wood, stone, leather, or coarse cotton, widely used in Tibet and areas where Tibetan culture is predominant. Traditionally, a mantra is written in Ranjana script or Tibetan script, on the outside of the wheel. The mantra Om mani padme hum is most...

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Prayer Flag

Prayer Flag A Tibetan prayer flag is a colorful rectangular cloth, often found strung along trails and peaks high in the Himalayas. They are used to bless the surrounding countryside and for other purposes. Prayer flags are believed to have originated with Bon. In Bon, shamanistic Bonpo used primary-colored plain flags in Tibet. Traditional prayer flags include woodblock-printed text and images....

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Cremation

Cremation Cremation is a method of final disposition of a dead body through burning. Cremation may serve as a funeral or post-funeral rite and as an alternative to burial. In some countries, including India and Nepal, cremation on an open-air pyre is an ancient tradition. Starting in the 19th century, cremation was introduced or reintroduced into other parts of the world. In modern...

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Liturgical Books

Liturgical Books Under this name we understand all the books, published by the authority of any church, that contain the text and directions for her official (liturgical) services. It is now the book that forms the standard by which one has to judge whether a certain service or prayer or ceremony is official and liturgical or...

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The Character Of Jesus Christ

The Character Of Jesus Christ The surpassing eminence of the character of Jesus Christ has been acknowledged by men of the most varied type: Kant testifies to His ideal perfection; Hegel sees in Him the union of the human and the Divine; the most advanced sceptics do Him homage; Spinoza speaks of Him as the truest...

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Virgin Birth Of Christ

Virgin Birth Of Christ This article covers the Virgin Birth Of Christ. The dogma which teaches that the Blessed Mother of Jesus Christ was a virgin before, during, and after the conception and birth of her Divine Son. The Virgin Birth in Catholic theology Councils and creeds The virginity of our Blessed Lady was defined under anathema in the third canon of the Lateran Council held in...

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Chronology Of The Life Of Jesus Christ

Chronology Of The Life Of Jesus Christ This article covers the Chronology Of The Life Of Jesus Christ according to the Catholic Encyclopedia. In the following paragraphs we shall endeavour to establish the absolute and relative chronology of our Lord’s life, i.e. we shall show first how certain facts connected with the history of Jesus Christ fit...

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Remember Mary In The Book

Remember Mary In The Book The Qur’an informs us of former Prophets and religious figures sent by God to proclaim His Oneness. Islam requires Muslims to acknowledge and respect these people, one of whom is Mary (Maryam), the mother of the Prophet Jesus. She has a unique place in the...