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    • Hope the instrumental sacred songs will uplift your spirits.     God bless all of you. Alan
    • Seems to be because when Jonah,  a white-washed (from being in the stomach) man,  walked to , or through, or around Ninevah with the message God gave him to speak, and spoke it,  the people from the king down to the lowest,  repented.   When Jesus,  Lord of lords,  King of kings,  walked among His Own people  ,   they rejected Him.     I think it is written somewhere else, later in Scripture,  that those who refuse TODAY to listen,  those who reject Jesus Word TODAY ,  are subject to so much more punishment (or wrath?) ,  than the Israelites who refused to listen when God spoke from the mountain top,  and they perished for their disobedience.
    • All the replies on what is or is not in the Qur'an really have little or nothing to do with the original post.  The Emirates are much more liberal in their Muslim theology than, say Saudi Arabia. This is easily seen from their lack of restrictions on foreigners, especially woman. In my humble opinion the driving force behind much of what they do, just like here, is money. We cannot lump all Muslims under one test, just as we cannot do the same with all Christians.   
    • If the father saw his eldest son's work in the field that he changed his mind from disobedience, it would not mean that the repentance from disobedience is the work.  In fact he repented first before he went to work, and the word repented is past tense.   But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. (Matthew 21:28-29)    
    • Many have misunderstood Jonah 3: 10 they made this verse as the basis for repentance of sin as work.   And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not. (Jonah 3:10)   Here are some similar statements and they do not change the meaning of repentance which is change of mind into repentance of sin as work.     If you saw your child's actions that he changed his mind from playing in the mud.  The change of mind is not the action rather the actions is the result of the change of mind.  The policeman saw the car turning that the driver changed his mind from going to a wrong direction.  This does not mean that the turning of the car is the changed of mind of the driver rather it is the result of the changed of mind.  The instructor saw the student's good driving that he changed his mind from his wrong way of driving. This does not mean that the good driving is the changed of mind from wrong driving.  Rather the good driving is the result of a change of mind from wrong driving.   Thus those who believe that repentance of sin is a work have so misunderstood the passage and twisted it to fit their ideas.    
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