||"Let us make man in our
image." Such a Scripture does not support the trinity,
but it does support the plain truth that the Word was
God and the Word was with God, two Beings
with the one sacred name of God/Elohim (John 1:1-2).
|Faith and Culture
||Stroll into the small farming community of Shipshewana,
Indiana and be surrounded by a culture rarely found anywhere.
The town of around 536 people hosts about 500,000 visitors
each year. What is the big attraction? This area of Northern
Indiana is home to many of the Amish faith. Tourism has
been encouraged by residents of Shipshewana, attracting
people come from far and wide to experience the simple,
beautiful life led by the Amish.
||You are no doubt familiar with the harmonizing symbol
of yin and yang: the mystical circle encasing rolling
waves of black and white. Within the black wave rides
a white dot, and conversely, a black dot is seen in the
white wave. This ancient Chinese symbol has become popular
as East opens up to West, and can be seen on billboards,
signs, T-shirts, and jewelry around the world. Most know
its connection to the idea of yin and yang, but few know
the origin of yin and yang, or anything more of Taoist
||To look at the statistical data today, one
would assume the Chinese are not vastly a religious people.
Starting in 1966 with the Cultural Revolution, organized
religion has been frowned upon by the communist government
as superstitious and tainted by foreigners. There are
five religions officially recognized by the state today
(Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, Catholicism, and Protestant
Christianity); and although freedom of religion (with
limitations) has been declared since the Cultural Revolution
ended in 1977, the Communist party has said religious
belief and party membership are incompatible.