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The Bible and the Qur'an

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Rebecca Pearce The Bible and the Qur'an Scripture Passage - 1 James 1:19-20
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

This passage tells us that we should listen to others, become more tolerant and only say kind things. We need to accept others and listen to what they have to say, rather than judge them hastily or losing our temper. This passage also warns us that, when we do become angry at others, we are not following God's will. Scripture Passage - 2 Isaiah 58:10-11
If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

This passage tells us that to live a good Christian life we have to serve others, especially those in need. If we do this, God will look after us and help us stay strong so that we can continue to serve others. Scripture Passage - 3 Matthew 6:24
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money."

This passage tells us that we have to put God before everything else so that we can truly be devoted to Him. We need to focus less on material things, and more on God. Scripture Passage - 4 John 15:12
"My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you."

This is one of the most important verses in the Bible and it teaches us how to live a good Christian life. Jesus had unconditional love for us and He even gave His life for us. He asks us to love others how He loved us so we must love everyone equally. Jesus even loved the sinners and spent most of His time with them, so we need to follow His example and demonstrate our love for those people who have made grave mistakes, in the same unconditional way that we love all of His people. Scripture Passage - 5 Matthew 6:14-15
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

If we forgive others, then God will forgive us, but if we chose not to forgive others, even when they are remorseful, we cannot hope to be forgiven ourselves. We need to understand that everyone makes mistakes, and our Christian values call us to forgive others when this happens. If we make a mistake, but we are forgiving, then God will forgive us. We have to treat other people the way we would like to be treated. Qur'an Passage - 1 Qur'an Passage - 2 (Quran 16:97)
Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer - We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do.

This passage says that if you live a good life, you will be rewarded. A good life is not about having a good job or lots of money; it is about focusing and devoting yourself to God and placing God in the center of their life. Qur'an Passage - 3 (Quran 42:20)
If anyone desires a harvest in the life to come, We shall increase it for him; if anyone desires a harvest in this world, We shall give him a share of it, but in the Hereafter he will have no share.
This tells us not to focus on material things, because if we get what we want in this life on earth, we have already received our reward. If we focus on what is really important, devotion to God, we will receive our reward in our afterlife. Allah - there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His Kursi (throne) extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Most Great.
This tells how Allah is the greatest, most high, most powerful and only God. He knows and sees everything and no secrets can be kept from Him. This helps Muslims to devote themselves to the will of God and feel closer to Him. Service Service is a Christian value which Jesus tells us about in the parable, in 'The Good Samaritan', where a man came and helped another man he did not know out of service. The Christian value of service is similar to the Australian Schooling value of care and compassion because both are concerned with treating others with care and looking after others. However, the Australian Schooling value suggests that it is only Australians that we need to treat this way. The poster advertising the "values" shows two Australian soldiers under an Australian flag. The Christian value of service, in comparison, asks us to serve all people. As we heard in the Palm Sunday telling of the Passion, Jesus tells us that we must serve and become the "least". Charity St Paul tells us that, without charity, we are nothing, and we gain nothing (1 Cor 13:1-13). Charity is the Christian value that helps us to love God above all others. When we are loving God, we are unable to see His creation in trouble without helping. This is why we love our neighbour as we love ourselves. The Australian schools value of Respect, which requires us to treat others with consideration and respect, and Integrity, which asks students to act ethically, try to explain why it is important to care for our neighbour. However, without an understanding of Christian love, students cannot understand why those values might be ‘ethical’ or ‘right’.

As Christians, we are called to always act in a spirit of charity, sharing all that we have with others, in order to fulfill our roles as faithful servants of God. The comparative values within the "Values for Australian Schooling" can be considered to be care and compassion, respect and integrity. These values try to encourage students to consider others in their actions and deeds, and they mimic the Christian value of charity. However, the "Values" make no mention of love, the reason behind our charity, and the most important element of Christ's teaching. Values for Australian Schooling The Australian Government's "Values for Australian Schooling" is a set of stated values that are intended to assist young people to make good choices. The list of 9 key values includes many values that are similar to Christian values. Others, such as Freedom, which includes a narrow definition that relates only to Australians, are clearly designed by humans, and this is shown by the way they limit who receives the benefits. As these values have been created without reference to God, they are limited in what they can achieve. The government 'values' are not inclusive, as they are limited to only the citizens of Australia. As Christians, Jesus calls us to love everyone. Christian Values When we display the Christian values of:
service
charity
faith and hope
we are using the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we are able to put these values into practice. Unlike the Australian Schooling values, the Christian values are not limited by nations or politics - they are inclusive, global values. Faith and Hope
St Paul asks us to follow a life filled with faith, hope and charity (1 Cor 13:1-13). These Christian virtues can be understood as ways that we show our love for one another. None of the “Values for Australian Schooling” can replicate the virtues of faith and hope. Whilst other “Values” might resemble Christian values, they are not based upon faith in the love of our heavenly father, and the hope for redemption that the resurrection of Christ promises us. Faith and hope are intertwined with love and, sadly, love is not one of the "Values" that the government included in its list.
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