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Ways of prayer within different religions?

Praying is a worldwide phenomenon that is seen in all religions. Even people who claim to be non-religious, pray every now and then. A little prayer meant for a higher power or yourself. Ways of prayer can differ quite a bit within religions!  To whom do they pray? Within one religion, ways of prayer can differ a lot. Some christians use their own words to pray, while others pray a prayer that has been formulated in the past by someone else. Between all the different religions, these differences are much bigger.  Buddhists, for example, do not pray to a god but to ‘enlightened beings’. The three enlightened beings that they speak to in their prayer are Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. They also turn prayer wheels while praying. Inside these wheels are rolls of paper with prayers in the...

Harlots in the Kingdom of God (Matthew 21:31)

How can tax collectors and prostitutes be closer to the kingdom of God than religious leaders? We discuss this question in today’s study of Matthew 21:31. Before that, however, we look briefly at a current event and a letter from a reader. Election Fraud Cases Before the Supreme Court Joe Biden is in the Whitehouse, but tomorrow, February 19, 2021, the Supreme Court of the United States is scheduled to consider five pending election fraud cases. This doesn’t mean they are going to hear the cases. It means they are going to decide tomorrow whether or not to hear the cases. My hunch is that they will decline to hear the cases based on some technicality as they have done before, such as a lack of standing or the fact that the election is already over. However, this would be a mistake. Even th...

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