Hornbill Unleashed

February 18, 2013

The Trinity in the Quran

Anna Lee, via e-mail

This letter is written as a partial response to ‘Allah’ is for the whole of Mankind” by Zulaika. Zulaika wrote, “Now, the controversy arises as a result of the doctrine of Trinity held by the Christians, whereby God is referred to as The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost, which will not be accepted by the Believers of the Quran as the truth.”

Contrary to what Zulaika wrote, the trinity that the Quran finds unacceptable is not the Christian Trinity of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. (Christians today prefer to use the word “Holy Spirit” in place of the word “Holy Ghost” as the latter is an old English usage.) (more…)

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December 27, 2012

Jesus wept

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Dean Johns

And the weather seems to be of similar mind and mood. Outside the rain is pouring down like the tears of heaven, as if in sympathy with those of us spending this day reflecting on how far the human race has – and hasn’t – come since the birth of Christianity.Christmas Day, Sydney, AD 2012. And just for once, with my wife and daughter away on well-earned holidays in Malaysia and the rest of my family elsewhere around the world, I’ve decided to turn down kind invitations from friends to include me in their celebrations in favour of some solitary cerebrations.

Not that the Nativity, as the birth of Jesus Christ has become known, was free of mixed messages. The allegedly “immaculate” conception and apparent celibacy of the self-professed “son of God” have proven endlessly problematic in relation to the sexuality of the faithful. (more…)

December 25, 2012

Putting Christ back into the Christmas

Stanley Koh

Is it not imperative to emphasise the significance of the spirit of Christ in our hearts during the Christmas celebration?

Christmas is just around the corner and it may come as a surprise that many people never reflect on why they believe or do what they do during Christmas.

They basically do what the majority of the Christian faith does or what everybody else does because it is easy and the most natural way to follow.

To put it simply, Christmas is just another occasion and time to be together with families and friends for a feisty and food celebration. (more…)

August 8, 2012

GE 13: What would Jesus do?

RK Anand

With the GE drawing close and the Christian electorate said to be seething, a public forum will address the winds of political change.

The relationship between the Churches and the federal government has been nothing short of tensed as numerous contentious issues have placed both at loggerheads.

Though unspoken, it is an open secret that the faithfuls of the various Christian denominations and their leaders are seething in silent anger.

The grapevine claims that while these shepherds appear to be apolitical in public for obvious reasons, they however whisperotherwise in the ears of their respective flocks behind closed doors. (more…)

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