Al questioned whether Muslims have to kill someone who doesn’t believe having heard the words of the Quoran must be killed. Not so, Mohammad said you should do the good you say you will do and not just say things. A nice reference to this is provided about what the Quoran says about terrorism: Islam and Terrorism Verse 10 says it is a mystery that some can’t understand so he is telling a story to help some to see what he is trying to tell them. Sometime the story provides a linkage to match the concept. You can’t be a Christian just on Sunday. Al says people of that date knew about the law and the various interpretation at that time. We had a discussion of the resurrection of the body and some believed and some did not. Some felt there is a physical place we are resurrected to at the end. This is all about doubt that people have. We then talked about people who light lights don’t hide them. Verse 18 is a problem. The message says that we should share his message not try to keep it all to myself. For by sharing with others your own faith will be enhanced. If you hold it to yourself, it will be decimated.
Comments about the Psalm where the plagues were unleashed to allow Moses to leave. God is referred to as Israel. We had a discussion about whether Jesus married or not. Mary Magdalen was relieved if her demons and she was the first one to acknowledge Jesus was arisen, whereas Peter only verified the tomb was empty. We should be looking at the why of an event. Do Catholics believe their priests should be devoted to their parishners and therefore be celibate. We talked about where pastors go for a confessor. Can a pastor be a friend to parishners? Maybe friendship is a continuum, so that there is a difference in depth of friendship. Does a pastor lose perspective if he is a good friend to someone. Does familiarity breed contempt in terms of being a friend and a pastor. Pastors are trusted and can be a source of wisdom. We have a lot of relationships with others but only a few are the really trusted and someone who can be totally honest with you. Who do we go to when we need a person in authority to discuss things with. We have a form of automatic respect for pastors that gives us an automatic relationship with a pastor. Would we want Jesus to be in a relationship with a wife and all that comes with it.