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The Bible, the Qur’an, and Science: The Holy Scriptures Examined in the Light of Modern Knowledge by Maurice Bucaille

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The Bible, the Qur’an, and Science is an objective study of the Old Testament, the Gospels and the Qur’an. This book seeks to spiritually unite by highlighting similarities in the texts. It sheds new light and dispels many preconceived ideas in separating what belongs to Revelation from what is the product of error or human interpretation.

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I did not even get through with the Introduction, or the Preface, before having the feeling this was not entirely “…an objective study…” or comparative study of the Bible, Qur’an, and Science. But far from me to stop reading a book solely on such an observation. I knew by the end of the introduction where this doctor was going with his assertions; despite the explanations for such by the Christian community and the archaeologists, etc. But I still believe that one can learn more from an adversary based upon his position on certain subjects, especially religion & religious texts. Also, do you remember the old adage?

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Yeah! Remember that! Most of us purchase books based upon their cover. So I read on…because I wanted to understand the mentality.

He out-rightly states, and relies on, sura 2, verse 256, in his portrayal says,

“There shall be no compulsion in religion”; however, if you read the statement in its entirety it says, “There shall be no compulsion in religion; the right way has become distinct from the wrong way. Whoever renounces evil and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handle; which does not break. Allah is Hearing and Knowing.”

So, if you believe rightly, there is no compulsion. For brevity sake I will not subit all, but shortcuts to such references where the Qur’an in essence, if not blatantly, where Islam forces one to submit or die. While these may not be all-inclusive, it is enough to get the message through to those who do not believe concerning Islam’s stance on peacefully coexisting with others.

Dr. Bucaille makes assertions without proof, or negating nor acknowledging, supposed contradiction within the Biblical text. He pushes a belief that the Bible is not science compliant and science denier position. Which is completely foolish. While throughout the history of Christianity there were church father’s who denied such sciences as the earth being round and that the earth was the center of the universe, but those were men who made those decisions and held those beliefs. There was a time that church fathers stated and outright outlawed the possession of bibles by laymen…because we are too stupid to understand what lies within those pages. On the flip-side, there was a time where one of the Calif’s made it unlawful to possess a Qur’an. All the Qur’ans were collected and burned. And the original Qur’an was purportedly taken into heaven with Muhammad and Allah…so, where did our present Qur’an come from or originate?

He spoke of how deceitful the Jews were and all non-believers, but fails to remind us that the Qur’an states:

“And the disbelievers planned, but Allah planned. And Allah is the best of planners.” – Quran 3:54

It is hard to believe a man who says he is being objective in his presentation and study, yet deals in half truths and partial information. Which opens us up to another thing, the doctrin of al-Taqiyya.

Taqiya or taqiyya (Arabic: تقیة‎‎ taqiyyah, literally “prudence, fear”)[1][2] is an Islamic term which refers to precautionary dissimulation or denial of religious belief and practice in the face of persecution. (ref: Wikipedia)

While I was dismayed with the book itself, I was grateful for the opportunity to read something that was outside of my comfort zone and showed me that people do not believe as I believe. Hence, they will take great strides to usurp my purposeful walk with God.

I believe you understand what is going on here. But if you seek to follow Christ, not everyone will believe what you have to say, nor will they sit idly  by as you share the Gospel truths. Be forewarned, my brethren!

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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How to Mind Map: The Thinking Tool That Will Change Your Life by Tony Buzan

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A practical pocket guide that teaches you how to Mind Map with ease from Tony Buzan, the inventor of the Mind Map.

Mind Maps® are the ultimate thinking tool for maximizing your brainpower and radically improving your performance. Mind Mapping is a revolutionary system of planning and note taking that has changed the lives of millions of people all over the world.

How to Mind Map is THE definitive guide to Mind Maps brought to you by their inventor Tony Buzan. This practical pocket guide explains everything you need to know about Mind Maps and shows how they make it easy to:

Get started on and plan a project
• Think up brilliant ideas
• Remember things
• Save time.

An intriguing way of taking notes and simplifying the note-taking process…wish I learned this when I was in high school. I may have been a better student! (Then again, maybe not! lol But I would have been better at note taking.)

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth by Ben Shapiro

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When parents send their children off to college, mom and dad hope they’ll return more cultivated, knowledgeable, and astute–able to see issues from all points of view. But, according to Ben Shapiro, there’s only one view allowed on most college campuses: a rabid brand of liberalism that must be swallowed hook, line, and sinker. In this explosive book, Ben Shapiro, a college student himself, reveals how America’s university system is one of the largest brainwashing machines on the planet. Examining this nationwide problem from firsthand experience, Shapiro shows how the leftists who dominate the universities–from the administration to the student government, from the professors to the student media–use their power to mold impressionable minds. Fresh and bitterly funny, this book proves that the universities, far from being a place for open discussion, are really dungeons of the mind that indoctrinate students to become socialists, atheists, race-baiters, and narcissists.

This is an excellent primer for those intending to go into the university system, either as a student or an academic. While this is not a universal truth by any stretch of the imagination, it is quite telling of the university mindset and academia.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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Anticancer: A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber

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When David Servan-Schreiber, a dedicated scientist and doctor, was diagnosed with brain cancer, his life changed. Confronting what medicine knows about the illness and the little-known workings of his body’s natural cancer ­fighting capacities, and marshaling his own will to live, Servan-Schreiber found himself on a fifteen-­year journey from disease and relapse into scientific exploration and, finally, to health.

Combining memoir, concise explanation of what makes cancer cells thrive and what inhibits them, and drawing on both conventional and alternative ways to slow and prevent cancer, Anticancer is revolutionary. It is a moving story of a doctor’s inner and outer search for balance; radical in its discussion of the environment, lifestyle, and trauma; and compelling and cautionary in its proposal that cancer cells lie dormant in all of us and that we all must care for the “terrain” in which they exist.

Advocating a sea change in the way we understand and confront cancer, Anticancer is a radical synthesis of science and personal experience, an inspiring personal journey, and certainly a guide to “a new way of life.” Anticancer tells us:

Why the traditional Western diet creates the conditions for disease and how to develop a science-based anticancer diet
How and why sugar and stress feed cancer and ways to achieve life balance and good nutrition to combat it
 ◊ Why the effects of helplessness and unhealed wounds affect our ability to restore health
 ◊ How to reap the benefits of exercise, yoga, and meditation
 ◊ How to minimize environmental toxins
 ◊ How to find the right blend of traditional and alternative health care

I found this book to be awesome in it’s candor and it’s presentation of much information we do not know about cancer. The author breaks cancer down to it’s most simple issue…a war waged against your body and with the enemy infiltrating your very brain center enticing it to stop the fight. In essence, you body allows for the cancer to take advantage of a weakness your body has permitted. But we can change that, to a degree and we can be ever vigilant in our fight to remain alive!

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

 

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An Alternative View of the Distant Past by Charles Giuliani

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This book is a multidisciplinary study that brings together a variety of ancient physical and legendary evidences that are often brushed aside, which collectively present an entirely different, and far more sensible, picture of early Earth and human history from what mainstream academic presents. Break yourself free from their chains and discover a fascinating story of the ancient past that will blow your mind!

While I do not agree with everything presented by Mr. Giuliani, it does give rise to some interesting questions. And while some theories presented are speculative, at best; this view does open one’s mind to other possibilities concerning the distant past of our planet. For instance, the carbon dating process is based upon assumptions and speculation. That being said, how then can we truly trust science as a proof of anything? In so far as, the facts of any given matter; for these so called facts with respect to dating are, in fact, based upon assumption and speculative opinions.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible: The Oldest Known Bible Translated for the First Time into English by Martin G., Jr. Abegg, Peter Flint, Eugene Ulrich

From the dramatic find in the caves of Qumran, the world’s most ancient version of the Bible allows us to read the scriptures as they were in the time of Jesus.

The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible: The Oldest Known Bible Translated for the First Time into English is the first full English translation of the Hebrew scriptures used by the Essene sect at Qumran. (The Essenes, along with the Pharisees and Saducees, were among the three most influential Jewish groups of their time [150 B.C. to 68 A.D.]). Between 1947 and 1956, in 11 caves overlooking the Dead Sea, more than 800 manuscripts of two types were found. The first are called “biblical”–because they contain material that was later canonized in the Hebrew Bible; the second are called “non-Biblical”–because they contain poetry, rules for holy living, and imaginative, midrashic interpretations that are unique to the community that produced them.

The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible comprises the biblical manuscripts, including many new Psalms, Apocryphal books, and previously unknown readings of Deuteronomy and Isaiah (which appear to have been among the most important books of the Bible to this group of Essenes). The translation of each book is preceded by an introduction that describes the text’s importance to the Essenes, their distinctive interpretations of the text, and suggestions of how historical and political events may have shaped these interpretations. Translators Martin Abegg Jr., Peter Flint, and Eugene Ulrich have loaded this volume with scholarly notes and commentary, but their interpretations are formatted in a way that does not impede the general reader’s enjoyment of the book. The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible breathes new life into scripture by delving into the earliest source material yet discovered. It is a crucial work to reckon with for anyone interested in Jewish life around the time of Jesus. –Michael Joseph Gross

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An intriguing read, to say the least. Mostly biblical and upholding the contents of the bible as we know it, some things contrary to the writings we have learned from books not canonized into the bible as we know it, and others not seen before, which need to be studied. Some of what I read upheld much of the existing scripture and some other things were but commentary on what was written. Majority of what was captured was fragmentary at best. Oh, but what a discovery it was! Unless you are a great student of the bible and archaeological finds…this may, or may not, be a good book for you. You need to be a die-hard student. The writing is quite fragmentary and requires much in the way of assumptions.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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Angels: Ringing Assurance That We Are Not Alone by Billy Graham

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Yes, angels are real.They are not the product of your imagination.

If we had open spiritual eyes we would see not only a world filled with evil spirits and powers but also powerful angels with drawn swords, set for our defense.

Dr. Graham lifts the veil between the visible and the invisible world to give us an eye-opening account of these behind-the-scenes agents. This best-selling classic records the experiences of Dr. Graham and others who are convinced that at moments of special need they have been attended by angels. With keen insight and conviction, Dr. Graham affirms that:

God’s invisible hosts are better organized than any of the armies of man or Satan.Angels “think, feel, will, and display emotions.”Angels guide, comfort, and provide for people in the midst of suffering and persecution.At death, the faithful will be ushered by angels into the presence of God.

A great book which specifically details the use and applications of Angels, both in the bible and in our lives. Those special and strange things that occur within our lives are happening due to some initial cause. Angels are all around us to aid, guide, and protect us…God’s children.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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