The following quotations from a Greek Philosopher (Atheist/many gods?), a Middle Ages Theologian (Christian), and from a 20th century Eminent Scientist (Jewish) represent a very good start for opening the mind of the reader/you?: Also, a quote/translation from the Hadeeth Shareef.

“We can forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” – Plato

“Whatever man loves, that is his god. For he carries it in his heart; he goes about with it night and day; he sleeps and wakes with it, be it what it may – wealth or self, pleasure or renown.” – Martin Luther

“The real problem is in the hearts and minds of men. It is not a problem of physics but of ethics. It is easier to denature plutonium than to denature the evil from the spirit of man.” – Albert Einstein

“The Muslim is one whom others are safe from his hand and tongue, and the Believer (in Allah) is one whom others would trust for their women and wealth.” Hadeeth Shareef from the prophet Muhammad-Translated from Arabic.

Regardless of religion, when humanity began to make its imprints on planet earth (as we know it), and to leave such marks that helped develop –and then preserve- the history of human existence; there has always been the evidence of human allegiance to a ‘god or gods’ as the ‘word/expression’ became known and recognized in all human cultures from the primitive to the sophisticated, and throughout time; even before recorded history.


Special Thought

Faith is a gift from God ‘The Creator and Sustainer of all Life‘ and it gathers people from all nations and walks of life under the umbrella of caring for and sharing with fellow humans. Religion (on the other hand) is of human origin and it often make people antagonistic towards others, and usually is abused by the few who want to, control and manipulate the many, for their selfish desires and interests.


Critical Issues Foundation

The Critical Issues Foundation is a non- profit educational foundation established in 1984 by a concerned human being that was born and raised in the Arab Middle East; mainly because of his genuine love for others/every human being, and due to his care – to the extent he can – to encourage every human being, and help impact the lives of others in a positive manner.

In the recent past, the CIF has been, will continue to add, people of like mind -from all cultures and languages- in order for it to be able to more effectively communicate with people all over the world; preferably in their own language, we hope. The Board Of Trustees of the CIF will decide on who will be invited to participate in this outreach effort. We look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you may want answers for (as best we can).


Short Takes On Living

Burst Forth In Song
“He has put a new song in my mouth…” Psalm 40:3

“The sole purpose of all music is to bring praise to God.” said Johann Sebastian Bach.

At the top of all his music he wrote the initials “J.J.,” which are the Latin abbreviations for “Jesus, help me,” and at the bottom of all his music he wrote the initials “S.D.G.,” which stands for “Sola Dei Gloria” (Only to God be the Glory).

Is it any wonder that Satan uses today’s music to corrupt the hearts of people? Whatever God puts great value upon, Satan counterfeits and uses to destroy.

Thought for the Day:
Does the music you listen to glorify God or is it Satan’s counterfeit?

» More Short Takes On Living found here

B.C. Forbes once said, “Life is simply a matter of concentration: you are what you set out to be. You are a composite of things you say, the books you read, the thoughts you think, the company you keep, and things you desire to become.”

Our thoughts can be influenced by our fleshly nature and desires, external influences, and the Holy Spirit. As Christians, we can determine the path our thoughts take by the things we choose to think about. The more we think about the Lord and His Word, the more godly our thoughts will be. However, the more we think about the world’s customs, values and behaviors, the more ungodly our thoughts will be.

Think about it:
How we think determines how we behave. Got it? The choice is yours.


The Question

*The validity of the following story might
be inaccurate. However, the proposed
question and the answer to it is valid.