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الأخ وحيد بخصوص الاخوة الكذبة

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هذا الرد على ادعاءات الأخ وحيد الذي يظهر على شاشة قناة الحياة في برنامج «الدليل» مكون من ثلاثة أجزاء. انقر هنا للحصول على النسخة الإنكليزية لهذا المقال
في الحلقة بعنوان «تزوير موقف القديس بولس الرسول من وثنيي أثينا» الحلقة ٤٦٨، قام الاخ وحيد باقتباس من مراجع التي بحسب فهمه تخالف تعاليم الكتاب المقدس وصلب العقيدة المسيحية التي هي لا خلاص بدون دم المسيح الكفاري.
قبل أن أدخل في صلب الموضوع، أحب أن أوضح لكل قارئي هذا المقال وللاخ وحيد باني معجب بمحبته لخلاص النفوس و بغيرته على كلمة الله. ولكني أيضا أحب أن ادعوه أن يتامل بهذه الحقيقة. حياتنا التبشيرية لها طابعين. الأول هو محبتنا للحق والثانية كراهيتنا للهرطقة. أحيانا حينما كراهيتنا للهرطقة تفوق على محبتنا للحق، تتغلب علينا الشكوك فنرى هرطقات في أشياء خالية من الهرطقة.
لو الكتاب الذي هاجمه الأخ وحيد لم يكن كتاب التعليم المسيحي للكنيسة الكاثوليكية، الكتاب الذي يحتوي على التعليم الرسمي للعقائد الكاثوليكية، لما أنفقت وقتي في كتابة هذا الرد. ويتمادى وحيد بوصفه للذين يعتقدون بهذا الكتاب بأنهم «ذئاب خاطفة» و«اخوة كذبة» (انقر هنا لتتعرف على خلفية هذ…

A Kindly Response to Brother Wahid

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This is the first post in a three-part response to Brother Wahid, whose show Al Dalil appears in Al Hayat Channel. Click here for the Arabic version of these posts.

In his episode, Number 468 titled “Misrepresenting St. Paul’s Position Concerning the Pagans of Athens,” Wahid cites some sources that, according to his interpretation, go against the core teaching of Christianity, which states that without faith in Christ’s Incarnation, death and Resurrection, a person cannot attain heaven.

Before I go on further, I have to make it clear to everyone, and to Wahid as well if he ever reads this, that I admire his work for the salvation of souls and his zeal for the word of God.

Nonetheless, I’d invite him to consider this: our evangelical walk is marked by two characteristics, love of truth and hatred for heresy. When the latter surpasses the former, we become overly suspicious and go on to see heresy where it does not exist.

I would not have taken pains to respond to Brother Wahid if the …

Christ, the Fairest of All Men III: Song of Songs

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Our meditations on Song of Songs ended at the 7th verse of the first chapter, where the “lovely” Bride poses a question to her lover. She asks, “Why should I be like a veiled woman beside the flocks of your friends?”
Song of Songs 1:1-3 Song of Songs 1:4-7


In this post, let’s look at the next four verses.
8 If you do not know, most beautiful of women, follow the tracks of the sheep and graze your young goats by the tents of the shepherds. 9 I liken you, my darling, to a mare harnessed to one of the chariots of Pharaoh. 10 Your cheeks are beautiful with earrings, your neck with strings of jewels. 11 We will make you earrings of gold, studded with silver.
The speaker in these four verses is the Bridegroom, who is responding to the question posed to him earlier regarding the whereabouts of his “flock” (1:7).Earlier, we stated that the Bride’s love for her Bridegroom seems to be secretive and unpublicized. Consequently, she goes about hidden and “veiled” so as not to reveal her identity to the w…

The Power of the Gospel

A few years ago, I used to teach at a high school in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Al Ain is one of the seven emirates that make up the UAE. The country is located in the gulf region, and despite its receptiveness of people from different ethnic and religious backgrounds, Islamic extremism is still rampant, while varying in degrees from the most ultra-orthodox to the more moderate, yet practicing Muslims. In the midst of this setting, I would conduct my affairs, going to school, shopping at the grocery store, and even offering private English lessons to high school students. One of my clients was a Grade 10 student, who was originally from Palestine, and judging by the full hijab and traditional Islamic dress she would wear, she took her faith seriously. She needed help with her novel, Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities.
There is a love triangle in this novel between three characters, Charles Darnay, Lucy Manette and Sydney Carton who has a great physical resemblance to Charles Dar…

To the Sinners, to Make Much of Time

---I hope Robert Herrick will not sue me---
Gather ye sinners while ye may              Old time is still a-flying And this lamb that ye behold today             Tomorrow will be a lion
The great big lie, the worldly riches             Will never be fulfilling Like the chasing of the wind Vain is all your tilling
Come to Christ, the only Way             Faith, hope and love will fill your morrow Earthly wisdom is deceiving And much knowledge brings much sorrow
Tarry not, but know thy Saviour             before ‘tis late for day is spent; Night will come with all its terror             and His knocking forever end

Twenty One Saint Everyone Must Know III - I

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XXI - XIX Saints Gregory the Great, Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp
XVIII - XVI Saints Jerome, John Chrysostom, Elijah
XV - XIII Saints Therese of Lisieux, Teresia Benedicta, Teresa of Avila
XII - X Saints John of the Cross, Benedict of Nursia, Thomas Aquinas
IX - VII Saints Sultana Mahdokht, Dominic, Monica
VI - IV Saints Augustine, John the Apostle, John the Baptist

3-St. Paul (5 AD – 67 AD) [Martyr] The “Apostle to the Gentiles” has seen his share of “trouble,” “hardship,” “persecution,” “famine,” “nakedness,” “danger” and “sword” (Galatians 2:8, Romans 8:35). While others boast in their lineage and all matters that pertain to the “flesh,” St. Paul finds all these “rubbish” for the sake of “knowing” Christ (Philippians 3:8).His sole desire is to “know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his suffering” (Philippians 3:10). Pain is not something that an average person would seek. Rather, only those who have tasted the profound and intense love of Christ ca…

Twenty One Saints Everyone Must Know VI - IV

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XXI - XIX Saints Gregory the Great, Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp
XVIII - XIV Saints Jerome, John Chrysostom, Elijah
XV - XIII Saints Therese of Lisieux, Teresia Benedicta, Teresa of Avila
XII - X Saints John of the Cross, Benedict of Nursia, Thomas Aquinas
IX - VII Saints Sultana Mahdokht, St. Dominic, St. Monica

6-St. Augustine (354 AD – 430 AD) [Doctor of the Church] The few lines I will write here will do a great injustice to a man like St. Augustine because I can never describe the magnitude of the influence he has had on the entire development of human thought. He is a Doctor of the Church, and his contributions to the doctrine of the Catholic faith are too numerous to be counted. St. Augustine is born to a Christian mother, St. Monica, and a non-believing father who is later baptized on his deathbed. Throughout his life, he embraces and repudiates various philosophies. In his late teens, he is drawn to the Manichean heresy, a sect that combines Christian elements with that of Babylon…