Thoughts for today, #293 .… “Need to Know the Difference”!!


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~~November 24, 2015~~ 

THIS IS IMPORTANT 

~MUSLIM~

A Muslim, sometimes spelled Moslem, relates to a person who follows the religion of Islam, a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion based on the Quran. Muslims consider the Quran to be the verbatim word of God as revealed to the Islamic prophet Muhammad. They also follow the teachings and practices of Muhammad as recorded in traditional accounts called hadith. “Muslim” is an Arabic word meaning “one who submits (to God)”.

~BUDDHIST~

A person who followed Buddhism. This is a nontheistic religion or philosophy that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices largely based on teachings attributed to Gautama Buddha, commonly known as the Buddha (“the awakened one“). According to Buddhist tradition, the Buddha lived and taught in the northeastern part of the Indian subcontinent sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BC.

~SIKH~

A Sikh is a follower of Sikhism, a monotheistic dharma which originated during the 15th century in the Punjab region of South Asia. The term “Sikh” has its origin in the Sanskrit words for disciple, student or instruction. A Sikh, according to Article I of the Sikh Rehat Maryada (the Sikh code of conduct), is “any human being who faithfully believes in One Immortal Being; ten Gurus, from Guru Nanak to Guru Gobind Singh; Guru Granth Sahib; the teachings of the ten Gurus and the baptism bequeathed by the tenth Guru”.

~HINDU~

Hindu has historically been used as a geographical, cultural or religious identifier for people indigenous to the Indian subcontinent. In contemporary use, Hindu refers to anyone who regards himself or herself as culturally, ethnically or religiously adhering with aspects of Hinduism.

The historical meaning of the term Hindu has evolved with time. Starting with the Persian and Greek references to India in the 1st millennium BC through the texts of the medieval era, the term Hindu implied a geographic, ethnic or cultural identifier for people living in Indian subcontinent around or beyond Sindhu river.

~CHRISTIAN~

A Christian is a person who adheres to Christianity, an Abrahamic, monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. “Christian” derives from the Koine Greek word Christós, a translation of the Biblical Hebrew term mashiach.

There are diverse interpretations of Christianity which sometimes conflict. However, “Whatever else they might disagree about, Christians are at least united in believing that Jesus has a unique significance”.

~TERRORIST~

A terrorist is a person who engages in terrorism. In its broadest sense, terrorism is any act designed to cause terror. In a narrower sense, terrorism can be understood to feature a political objective. The word terrorism is politically loaded and emotionally charged.

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At the end of the day …. “We Three Kings of Orient Are”!!


~~January 5, 2015~~ 

We Three Kings“, also known as “We Three Kings of Orient Are” or “The Quest of the Magi“, is a Christmas carol that was written by John Henry Hopkins, Jr., in 1857. At the time of composing the carol, Hopkins served as the rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and he wrote the carol for a Christmas pageant in New York City.

It remains one of the most popular and most frequently sung Christmas carols today.

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December 25?

“For some Puerto Ricans, that’s merely a prelude to what they feel is really the important day of the marathon Christmas Season in Puerto Rico. I should point out that the Three Kings, or Los Reyes Magos, are not only venerated in Puerto Rico but throughout the Latin World.

The Kings, or Wise Men, certainly present a more spiritual and faithful representation of the birth of Christ than an once-obscure saint who came to be known as Santa Claus and who was squeezed into his signature red suit by the Coca-Cola Company.

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But why are they such an important part of Puerto Rican culture and customs?

Regardless of faith, most Americans know the story, or at least, know of the story, of the Three Kings. As my venerable colleague and About Christianity Guide, Mary Fairchild, explains, we don’t know a whole lot about the Magi (which doesn’t mean magic-trick magicians but rather a general term for astrologers, seers, and fortunetellers). In their sole appearance in the Gospel of Matthew, they are never named, and hail from “the east.” (The names we have come to know them by — Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar — were handed to them much later on.) The most well-known thing about them, of course, is that they came bearing gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

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On the night Christ was born, the were drawn by a “mysterious light” which became a star that hung in the western sky. The followed this sign to Bethlehem, where they arrived (a little late) to honor Christ’s birth. In fact, the “12 Days of Christmas,” which is so often believed to end on December 25, actually begins on the 25th and runs through January 6, culminating with the Feast of Epiphany, or “The Adoration of the Magi.”

Three Kings Day, or Epiphany, is one of the most important holidays on the Puerto Rican calendar. Traditionally, the island, and most of the Latin world, marked the eve of January 6 as the day to exchange presents rather than December 25. Kids would also gather grass, hay or straw in shoe-boxes for the Magi’s horses or camels — a charming alternative to cookies and milk for Santa.

Traditionally, you’ll find carvings and artwork of the three kings on horses instead of camels; that’s because the country folk in years past didn’t know what a camel was.”

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http://gopuertorico.about.com/od/eventsandholidays/tp/The-History-And-Meaning-Of-Three-Kings-Day-In-Puerto-Rico.htm

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~~GALLERY~~ 

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~We Three Kings of Orient Are~

The Robert Shaw Chorale

Published on Dec 22, 2013

Classic Christmas Carol with Lyrics

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To start the day …. The day before Three Kings Day!!


~~January 5, 2015~~

Newborn – Wise Men Still Seek Him – Alex Boye’s Christmas Original Music

A guy walks into a busy mall …. with a camel! 

Africanize Original Christmas Music “Newborn – Wise Men Still Seek Him” – True meaning of Christmas is not about consumerism, its about the first gift — Jesus Christ.

Wise Men and Women Still Seek Jesus #ShareTheGift

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~~NEWBORN~~

~~Published on Dec 15, 2014~~

Inspiration for Newborn … from the YouTube description

“With all the hustle and bustle and consumerism that can often overshadow the real meaning of Christmas, I wanted to show the depiction of the wiseman in a modern setting who travels in time to the 21st century looking for Christ in all the chaos and media mayhem. The wiseman in the video is symbolic of all of us seeking to find joy this season, finding the balance between the craziness of black Friday/cyber Monday and the at times overwhelming task of not only shopping for the right gifts, but getting it all done in time for Christmas morning.

I am reminded of the story where the grinch who crept into the town of Whoville and stole all the presents with the goal of making them miserable when they all woke up Christmas morning to find all the presents and the food gone, but to his surprise, found them still celebrating, because it was not about the food and presents, it was about something way more important.

In closing, I share the words of a spiritual leader that I look up to greatly, president Thomas S. Monson.

“May we, as did the wise men, seek a bright particular star to guide us in our celebration of the Savior’s birth.”

Thanks to Valley Fair Mall and the West Valley City, Utah for permission to shoot on their location and property.

Heartfelt thanks to ALL the incredible extras who stuck around for hours to participate in the shopping scene, to hang out with the camel and I! You are the BEST.

Oh, and for Cosmo the camel.”

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Lyrics & Music written by: Alex Boye’

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