By now I know they've called me just about every name there is, but the only thing You have found really wrong with me is my exercising 'too much self- restraint', as if that's a bad thing.
When I write these things, I convince myself that I am sending them into the great Unknown, and judging by the trivial amount of traffic this site gets, the Void is more like it; but once in a while someone leaves a comment or pulls up the page with a search phrase that makes me think these peregrinations are reaching a much wider audience than is within my ken.
Having responded to a recent comment yesterday addressing what I thought was the main point Anonymous was getting at, I came to realize there was a secondary issue Anonymous brought up that needed more than a 1 or 2 sentence response. Along with major points Anonymous was trying to make about their take on Angels and Demons, or How to Resurrect the Gospel, he? mentioned praying.
Specifically, Anonymous said,
'...Everyone prays but few believe that they are being heard and
that their prayers have the slightest chance of being answered. What if they
were? How many times have you prayed for someone to go to Hell.
Which one cannot do on his own. But it is a form of prayer on (sic)
some soften it with I wish rather than I pray....'
By 'you', I didn't know whether they meant 'you' in general, or whether the question was directed at me in particular; so I can't just let this one go thinking this is any way to pray.
When praying, it is important to guard one's prayers. Mine must be very tightly guarded since Anonymous doesn't even come close to guessing what's in them. But since Anonymous teaches the Bible and, as a natural outcome, is probably teaching his students prayer, it is important to have the right formula for prayer.
Some things to exclude, or guard one's prayers against are:
I found it appalling that someone would pray that someone else goes to Hell or that Anonymous might think that's what I pray for. That's not what prayers are for.
Prayers are meant to reinforce such parts of your experience that shape your Reality. Take for example, The Lord's Prayer which contains these key elements:
Our Father, Who Art in Heaven....Give Us This Day...Deliver Us....Thy
Since Jonah was mentioned in earlier posts, here is an example of how he prayed (paraphrasing):
'Forgive me Lord, I know I have been among the Lost
And I hope Anonymous is not disappointed to find out that the following is one of my most often repeated prayers:
'I hope my children are always (all ways) a Pleasure to Your Eyes.'
Chapter 72 deals with that alternative life form, we call Jinn, and it relates that they are made up of communities and have diverging beliefs and follow different creeds just like the Human counterpart. It is a discourse on how some were/are receptive to the Message, which they find Reasonable. But what is really intriguing is their allusion to having the ability to 'listen in' or 'sense lightly (remotely)' the things that go on in Heaven (the Sky above them). And how these Heavenly goings-on are guarded and those trying to become privvy to (spy on) them do so at some cost to themselves, if they are not among those invited to listen.
72:26 عَالِمُ الْغَيْبِ فَلَا يُظْهِرُ عَلَى غَيْبِهِ أَحَدًا
72:27 إِلَّا مَنِ ارْتَضَى مِن رَّسُولٍ فَإِنَّهُ يَسْلُكُ مِن بَيْنِ يَدَيْهِ وَمِنْ خَلْفِهِ رَصَدًا
72:28 لِيَعْلَمَ أَن قَدْ أَبْلَغُوا رِسَالَاتِ رَبِّهِمْ وَأَحَاطَ بِمَا لَدَيْهِمْ وَأَحْصَى كُلَّ شَيْءٍ عَدَدًا
72:26 Only He Knows the Unseen and does not Reveal His Secrets to anyone
72:27 Except whom He embraces for a messenger and only then Exhibits what is in His Hand and he is guarded/monitored at the back (supported)
72:28 To know (So they may know) he has recounted (reported what was consigned to him) the Messages of his Lord and He Encompasses (takes into Account) what is given them; everything numbered (enumerated).
As for the rest of it, and on a lighter note, you thought I didn't get it (understand)--just because you know I have over-extended the single brain cell I have left and I act the part doesn't mean I really am an idiot-- "You See? I tricked you!" (say that with Mariam's accent and it's really funny).