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Spirituality

Ethics and Religion Talk: What is the "Power of Prayer?", part 1

Submitted 05-17-2021 under OPINION

Mary S. asks, “When we talk about the ‘power of prayer,’ does that really work? Please don't get me wrong. I believe in prayer! I just have questions as to how prayer works. What happens to that person that does not believe in prayer? Does God "work" for them too? Why do we pray?”

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Would God get Mad if I Pass Messages from the "Other Side?"

Submitted 05-10-2021 under OPINION

Trisha asks, “Will God send me to hell for being able to hear spirits of people who have passed on to the other side? Would God be mad if I passed those messages to families that have lost someone?”

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Truth vs. truths

Submitted 05-03-2021 under OPINION

The following short essay comes from the Rev. Sandra Nikkel, head pastor of Conklin Reformed Church:

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Does the Bible Forbid Cremation

Submitted 04-26-2021 under OPINION

Reva asks, “What is the Biblical take on being cremated after one dies?”

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should I get the COVID Vaccination?

Submitted 04-19-2021 under OPINION

RL asks, “Should Christians be vaccinated, or have their children vaccinated, against diseases of the body, or trust solely in the providence of God for life and health?”

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Passing the Mic: Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple's Rev. Yong Su answers, "Has there been any aspect of your faith that you've changed your perspective on over this pandemic?"

Submitted 04-16-2021 under VOICES

Rev. Yong Su, Buddhist practitioner, responds to Muneeba Khan, Islamic practitioner.

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Why is There Evil?

Submitted 04-12-2021 under OPINION

Sandy asks, “Where does evil originate from?”

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Help! My Supervisor is Evil!

Submitted 04-05-2021 under OPINION

Lisa L. asks, “I have just been fired from my job at a small company. my direct supervisor made my life a living hell and I have a stack of emails and other documentation to prove this. Is it unethical to speak the truth about what happened to me?

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Passing the Mic: At-Tawheed Islamic Center's Muneeba Khan answers, "What aspect of your tradition has been the most difficult within the last year?"

Submitted 03-30-2021 under VOICES

Muneeba Khan, Islamic practitioner, responds to Allison Egrin, Jewish practitioner.

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Do You Identify the Messiah?

Submitted 03-29-2021 under OPINION

Joseph P. asks, “I was wondering if any other religions (Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, etc.) are anticipating the appearance of a Messiah and, perhaps even more important, what criteria will they use to verify that the individual claiming to be the Messiah really is the Messiah?”

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