by Ron Kurtus
Readers have sent in a total of 216 comments and questions on Religion issues. They are listed according to date.
You can read them to further your understanding of the subject.
|We have a universal soul||Do Humans Have a Soul||USA|
|Astronomy in the Quran||General||USA|
|Why do some religions believe in punishment?||General||USA|
|Do scientists believe in God?||General||Ghana|
|About religious dialogues||General||Nigeria|
|Should I join a local church?||General||Kenya|
|Explain the nature of the soul||Do Humans Have a Soul||Canada|
|Biblical interpretations of constellations||General||USA|
|What happens at death?||Do Humans Have a Soul||USA|
|6-year-old son died in accident||Do Humans Have a Soul||USA|
|Online Seminary Schools||General||USA|
|Thoughts on the basis of religion||General||Bangladesh|
|Do miracles happen?||General||USA|
|Can we test to see if we have a soul?||Do Humans Have a Soul||England|
We have a universal soul
January 3, 2017
My belief on "Do humans have a soul" is that all humans are born into one shared soul or spirit, and our behavior may be from our genetics and learned behavior combined. You can also teach yourself new behavior with concentration of your brain when and if our brain is mature enough.
Amorita - USA (27781)
There are a number of religions that believe there is a universal soul that everyone is part of. In such a case, that spirit or soul is having many human experiences.
Yes, behavior comes from genetics and learning. That could explain bad behavior independent of the soul.
Astronomy in the Quran
December 10, 2016
Greetings, I immensely thank you for your wonderful physics website, it is very helpful. I want your opinion about scientific and astronomical facts that I have found in a book dating back to more than 1400 years, check some of them:
Creation of the Universe, "Big Bang"
“Do not the Unbelievers see That the heavens and the earth Were joined together (as one Unit of Creation), before We clove them asunder?”
That there was a huge gaseous matter or clouds were present before the formation of the galaxies.
“Moreover, He Comprehended In His design the sky, And it had been (as) smoke: He said to it And to the earth: ‘Come ye together, Willingly or unwillingly.’ They said: ‘We do come (Together), in willing obedience.’”
The Light of the Moon is reflected light.
“Blessed is He Who made Constellations in the skies, And placed therein a Lamp And a Moon giving light.” [Al-Qur’aan 25:61]
The Arabic word for the sun in the Qur’aan, is shams. It is referred to as
siraaj, which means a ‘torch’ or as wahhaaj which means ‘a blazing lamp’ or as diya which means ‘shining glory’. All three descriptions are appropriate to the sun, since it generates intense heat and light by its internal combustion.
The Arabic word for the moon is qamar and it is described in the Qur’aan as muneer, which is a body that gives nur i.e. light. Again, the Qur’aanic description matches perfectly with the true nature of the moon, which does not give off light itself and is an inert body that reflects the light of the sun.
Not once in the Qur’aan, is the moon mentioned as siraaj, wahhaaj or diya or the sun as nur or muneer. This implies that the Qur’aan recognizes the difference between the nature of sunlight and moonlight.
The Sun Rotates
“It is He Who created The Night and the Day, And the sun and the moon: All (the celestial bodies) Swim along, each in its Rounded course.”
The Arabic word used in the above verse is yasbahûn. The word yasbahûn is derived from the word sabaha. It carries with it the idea of motion that comes from any moving body. If you use the word for a man on the ground, it would not mean that he is rolling but would mean he is walking or running. If you use the word for a man in water it would not mean that he is floating but would mean that he is swimming.
Similarly, if you use the word yasbah for a celestial body such as the sun it would not mean that it is only flying through space but would mean that it is also rotating as it goes through space. Most of the school textbooks have
incorporated the fact that the sun rotates about its axis. The rotation of the sun about its own axis can be proved with the help of an equipment that projects the image of the sun on the table top so that one can examine the image of the sun without being blinded. It is noticed that the sun has spots which complete a circular motion once every 25 days i.e. the sun takes approximately 25 days to rotate around its axis.
In fact, the sun travels through space at roughly 150 miles per second, and takes about 200 million years to complete one revolution around the center of our Milky Way Galaxy.
“It is not permitted To the Sun to catch up The Moon, nor can The Night outstrip the Day: Each (just) swims along In (its own) orbit (According to Law).”
This verse mentions an essential fact discovered by modern astronomy, i.e. the existence of the individual orbits of the Sun and the Moon, and their journey through space with their own motion. The ‘fixed place’ towards, which the sun travels, carrying with it the solar system, has been located exactly by modern astronomy. It has been given a name, the Solar Apex. The
solar system is indeed moving in space towards a point situated in the constellation of Hercules (alpha Layer) whose exact location is firmly established.
The moon rotates around its axis in the same duration that it takes to revolve around the earth. It takes approximately 29½ days to complete one rotation.
The Sun will extinguish after a certain period
“And the Sun Runs its course For a period determined For it; that is The decree of (Him) The exalted in Might, The All-Knowing.”
The Arabic word used here is mustaqarr, which means a place or time that is determined. Thus the Qur’aan says that the sun runs towards a determined place, and will do so only up to a pre-determined period of time – meaning
that it will end or extinguish.
The Book's name is "Quran", as mentioned it was revealed to Prophet Muhammad.
Muhammad, the prophet of Islam was an unlettered man, he could not write nor read his own name. Islam in Arabic means: Total submission to God's will (not a follower of Muhammad).
It is a monotheistic religion, and it obligates it followers to believe in all the previous prophets such as Jesus, Moses, Noah, Abraham etc, and not worship any of them, rather, worship their Creator.
There are chapters entitled by the names of some of them, in addition to a chapter name called "Maryam" translated "Marry" in the honor of the mother of Jesus.
Regardless of these scientific facts, there are still many that I did not mention (such as the Universe expanding and many others!),
please care to read them if your interested, there are books that lists the scientific miracles in the Quran, one of the best:
"The Quran and Modern Science Compatible or Incompatible ?"
Please if you have any questions ask me, thank you. Again.
Mozhar - USA (27556)
Thank you for your insight on scientific and astronomy references in the Quran. These were written in the "glory days of Islam" in about 800, where Islam was the world leader in scientific studies.
I do have a article on Big Bang Theory and Religion that references mention in the Quran.
Best wishes for success in your studies.
Why do some religions believe in punishment?
December 6, 2015
I'm having trouble believing that God will punish us for not believing that Jesus Christ is God. I believe that God is Goodness, period. Whey the emphasis on punishment in Christian religion?
I believe that we are a soul, not that we HAVE a soul. I believe that when we die, that's it.
I appreciate your comments.
Marge - USA (26594)
Just as some parents believe they should be strict with their children and punish them if they do wrong, other parents believe that giving love is the best way to correct wrongs. Likewise, do some people believe that God punishes, while others believe that God is Goodness.
Some Christian denominations are very strict, while there are others that are more liberal in their beliefs. This is also true of other non-Christian religions, where the fundamentalists believe in harsh punishment. I'd prefer to believe in a loving God.
As far as believing that we are a soul, I think of the saying that "we are spirits having a human experience." Thus, when the human body dies, the spirit lives on.
Do scientists believe in God?
July 20, 2015
Do scientists believe in God or not?
Abubakar - Ghana (26182)
Many scientists from all religions believe in God or some form of Supreme Being.
However, there are scientists that only accept facts that can be proven through experiments. Those people usually do not believe in God or things spiritual, since they cannot be directly proven and simply require faith.
About religious dialogues
March 3, 2015
Kindly answer these questions for me:
i.what are the theories on religious dialogue?
ii. what are the scholarly objections to religious dialogue?
Adewale - Nigeria (25806)
Most religions are based on faith in what is written in their own holy books, as well as what is taught by their religious leaders. A religious or inter-religious dialogue is usually a discussion between people of different faiths. At the very least, you can learn what others believe in.
Scholars look at the philosophical and historical basis of various religious. Unfortunately, since religions are very personal and many aspects cannot be proven with hard facts, scholarly discussions may not lead to any conclusions.
Should I join a local church?
September 20, 2014
Mr.Ron Kurtus, I am Glad That Your Advice About Trusting In God Really Helped Me. However ,a Very Intriguing Question Is Boiling My Head Off Me "will Joining An Established Religion Really Help Me In My Spiritual Journey?? Because I Really Want To Join A Local Church??
Please Respond As Soon As Possible
Peter - Kenya (25369)
Joining an established religion can help in your spiritual journey. Another benefit is that you can meet other like-minded people and feel like you belong to a community.
It is a good idea to visit several churches in your area to see if their beliefs are close to yours, as well as how friendly the people seem.
God bless you in your journey and in finding the right church to join.
Explain the nature of the soul
September 14, 2014
I have read your article on the soul, very interesting but it does not explain the nature of the soul and its connection, (if any) with spirit.
What is the nature of the soul and what is it made of? It seems likely to me that he soul and spirit are the same. Anyway thank you for your consideration.
Chris - Canada (25351)
Ancient Greeks, such as Aristotle, separated the soul and spirit (or life-spirit). Many did not believe humans ever had a soul.
However, most modern people who believe in some religion also believe that humans have souls that exist beyond death.
The biggest problem concerning describing a soul or spirit is that it is purely theory or speculation. No one knows for sure, except through belief in a holy book, such as the Bible.
Biblical interpretations of constellations
September 10, 2014
I was born and raised up in west Texas where you can see the stars very clearly due to the reduction of big city lights. The Bible has several scriptures telling us to look to the stars.
Gen.1:14, says "the stars shall be for signs..."! What does any sign we look at beside our roads give us? They give us information that we can understand. So, God put the stars in special patterns that we could easily recognize.
One important pattern is the Northern Cross which is close to the North Star. If you google, the Northern Cross in color, you should be able to make out the shadowy figure of a man nailed to this cross. This shape of the cross in the same shape of the ancient Hebrew hieroglyphic letter, "tav", which means, "sign".
If you write the most ancient shape in Chinese for a tree, you first draw the shape of a cross. The Bible says, "cursed is he that hangeth upon a tree". Jesus took our curse of sins upon himself being nailed to the cross or tree that formed the cross.
The ancient Karahunj stones were seen by many ancient cultures as an entry into the heavens after their death. Many of these stones have holes in them that point to Cygnus which is actually meant by God to be seen by us as the cross of Christ. This was all planned from the beginning.
Psalms 19;1-4, says, "the heavens declare the glory of God". So, the Bible has many scriptures about the importance of constellations as a proof sent to us by God as signs. Check out Isa. Chapter 40. If you want to see more on this subject then google, Aquilla Fleetwood, Night Signs. These patterns of constellations have only moved slightly since creation. Thanks
Aquilla - USA (25349)
Thank you for sharing your information on the religious interpretation of the constellations of stars in the sky.
Although many constellations were names by ancient Greeks, from your information, there are Biblical interpretations too.
June 16, 2014
what is your view on issues pertainning to demon possession is it something you allow or you can be sold unknowingly???
Peter - Kenya (25059)
Some religions believe that you can be possessed by a demon. However, most religions do not accept that viewpoint.
A person who believes in demons will often imagine them around him and even make poor decisions, resulting in harm. If you refuse to believe it or you confront any frightening situation with bravery, such things as a demon taking control of you cannot exist.
If others are talking about demons, simply say, "Nonsense. I believe in reality."
I hope this answers your question.
What happens at death?
May 28, 2014
If a soul did exist, what happens at death?
Harris - USA (24999)
After a person dies, the soul could go to heaven (or hell), it could be reincarnated and come back as another person, or it could go into some other existence. Unfortunately, we can only speculate.
See: What Happens After You Die? for more information.
At the moments near death, the soul could be making some sort of transition. See: Do Near-Death Experiences Happen?
6-year-old son died in accident
October 17, 2013
I lost my 6 year old son in 2002 to a vehicle accident. I cannot begin to describe this experience to you in words. In some beliefs systems there is something called "Dark Night of the Soul". It is when something so bad happens in your life that, when you lose the sense of everything, you are only left with yourself. The Dark Night of the Soul becomes and entire cycle of life and re entry into the world as a survivor of an incredible tragedy.
I believe this happened to me after my son's death. The only path I could perceive was that my son still existed out there in the other realms; or what is sometimes referred to as the Higher Self; or the existence of our being in another dimensional level. I cannot prove this of course but it was an empowering experience that allowed to move forward here on earth and keep moving through this life; it was hope, strength, power, fortitude, perseverance, love, passion and a desire to keep living.
I am a musician and created a CD about this experience. I will leave you my web site address
mick - USA (24103)
It is truly sad to lose a young child. I am sure many with the same experience also suffered "dark days". Your re-entry into the world certainly is a positive move. You can also think of it as your son looking down on you from above and wanting you to be happy and live a good life and not be mournful.
I updated your link to your "Songs for Diego" page.
Best wishes with your music and for a good life.
Online Seminary Schools
June 13, 2013
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Thoughts on the basis of religion
September 10, 2012
As per formula of evolution; going to the last border/boundary of everything of creation, it would be felt nothing except touch of nature power. In the finalization of matter there is nothing but energy or ray, so we can take the decision that “Everything of the present universe is the result of evolution of single energy of Power”. In this way- again we can take the decision that “Beginning of the creation a part of the power of the nature became divisible as a result of the big bang”. Nature means many instances such as; Allah, God, Dark energy, Single dimension, Super power, Black body, Big or minimal black hole, A black hole, Primordial black hole, Borders on the spiritual, Ultimate reality, Huge reserve of the natural force, Primordial whole and eternity present, Absolute zero space-time and physics. & so on.
Shahidur Rahman - Bangladesh (22893)
Thank you for your insights on the nature of the Universe and relationship to a higher power. It can be a difficult subject to comprehend.
Do miracles happen?
May 24, 2012
Is it possible chemistry is a fake of some kind? ...that the laws of gravity, physics, chemistry, logic, etc., are able to be overcome by faith?
I never witnessed a miracle until 34, now I've seen so many. Dead on my wedding day for 3 hours, etc. Husband & I had 1/3 of our store stolen in months. By a faith action, no one could steal from us without being caught for the next 11 years in business.
When my chosen doctrine of "no Satan" was proven wrong, It was allowed that he should appear to me while working at the State Department. If anthrax was in a Petrie dish, AFTER applying faith, and the anthrax died, would the power of faith spread to all other stored germs?
I am supposed to do faith experiments, but if science laws were set up by Satan, I fear being involved with chemistry, gravity, physics, or logic.
Carolyn - USA (22677)
Chemistry, physics and other such sciences are based on observable and repeatable experiments and results.
Some miracles are debatable. If God set some laws the way that matter was supposed to behave, would He break those laws to make a miracle? On the other had, there are views that both God and Satan can influence the way people act.
Also, some things--such as an accident--happen by chance. Did it happen because God intervened, or was it because someone prayed or didn't pray?
Some people feel that their faith and prayers can affect the way things happen. If that is what happens in their experience, then they certainly will believe it.
Religion, faith, and spiritual issues can go hand-in-hand with science.
Can we test to see if we have a soul?
May 7, 2012
If we have a spirit, then it must be doing something whilst in our body. Do you think it's possible that someone smart enough will come along and explain how the spirit works?
If the mind is the spirit, then they would have to know how the mind works also, they would have to be a genius.Nobody knows how the mind works.
I read about someone who lives with Aspergers (Autism)he claims to have had many out-body-experiences throughout his life, through these experiences and autism, he has learnt how the mind and spirit works. He's going to write a book about it called "Autism and the spirit". Is this possible, somebody who can explain the two greatest mysteries known to mankind. I understand that a number of people who live with Aspergers are geniuses.
Rudy - England (22637)
Since your spirit or soul is part of you, it may be possible to sense it or have a feeling of its existence.
There are people who have almost died who claim to have had near-death experiences, where they saw "the other side" and could tell others about it.
Also, some people have had out-of-body experiences. There is a study in a hospital where they are testing whether people having out-of-body experiences during an operation can actually see some hidden objects, as opposed to imagining they had the experience.
Still, the connection between the physical body and the spiritual is difficult to understand.
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