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April 21st, 2011
11:26 AM ET

Freed hiker: Terry Jones endangers us all

Editor's note: Sarah Shourd, a teacher, was freed from prison in Iran last year. Shourd, her fiance, Shane Bauer, and Josh Fattal were hiking in the mountains in northern Iraq in July 2009 and were arrested by Iranian border guards, accused of spying and imprisoned. Her companions remain in prison. To learn more, visit freethehikers.org.

By Sarah Shourd, Special to CNN

(CNN) - During my more than one year in solitary confinement in Iran, I read the Quran from cover to cover several times. While I am not a Muslim, in my most desperate hours I was comforted and uplifted by the wisdom it speaks.

When I came across the words "Truth hath come and falsehood hath vanished away. Verily, falsehood is ever certain to vanish" I was reminded of a line from the Bible, "Then you shall know the truth and truth shall set you free." That certainty helped keep my hopes alive that my suffering, and the suffering of my fiance, Shane Bauer, and our good friend Josh Fattal, would end.

Shortly before my release last September, I was horrified to learn from the English-language Iranian news I was allowed to watch every night that a Florida pastor, Terry Jones, planned to burn 200 copies of the Quran. I had never heard of Terry Jones but it was all too clear from where I was sitting how destructive this misguided act would be. Mr. Jones backed off but he went ahead with a Quran burning last month.

Read the full story here.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Islam • Opinion • Quran

Not just for royal weddings: Thousands buried at Westminster Abbey
A statue at Westminster Abbey pays tribute to composer George Frederic Handel, whose body is buried there.
April 21st, 2011
08:30 AM ET

Not just for royal weddings: Thousands buried at Westminster Abbey

Editor's Note: Tune in to CNN Sunday at 8 p.m. ET for a behind-the-scenes look at the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, on “The Women Who Would Be Queen.” And don’t miss a second of the big day on CNN, CNN.com and CNN Mobile, starting at 4 a.m. ET on April 29.

By Kyle Almond, CNN

(CNN) - Westminster Abbey, the extraordinary church where Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry later this month, is the final resting place for many of Britain’s former kings and queens.

But it’s not just royals who are buried on the church’s grounds.

Some of the nation’s most influential figures, including playwrights, poets, scientists and statesmen, are among the 3,000-plus people interred at the site in central London.

See inside Westminster Abbey with our high-resolution photo gallery

“One does get a real sense of history” when entering the building, said David Carpenter, a professor of medieval history at King’s College London. The location of many famous bodies can be found via inscriptions on the church floor or on raised tombs not far from where William and Kate will tie the knot.

FULL POST

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Church • Death • Houses of worship • United Kingdom

My Take: Is Judas in heaven or hell? God only knows
April 21st, 2011
12:01 AM ET

My Take: Is Judas in heaven or hell? God only knows

Editor's Note: Craig Gross is the pastor and founder of XXXchurch.com. He has written seven books and speaks across the country on a range of topics. He just turned 35 and is no longer a hip 20-something pastor from California.

By Craig Gross, Special to CNN

I heard a news clip promoting my recent speaking engagement at a church, and they mentioned that I deal with some of "the greatest sinners of all time."

I thought to myself: Do I? Would people who are caught up in porn and sexual sin addictions consider themselves some of the greatest sinners of all time? Probably not.

Without a doubt, Judas, the biblical disciple of Jesus, is considered the greatest sinner of all time because of what he did to Jesus.

Here is the passage from Luke 22:21-22.

Do you realize that the hand of the one who is betraying me is at this moment on this table? It's true that the Son of Man is going down a path already marked out.

No surprises there. But for the one who turns him in - who turns traitor to the Son of Man - this is doomsday.

FULL POST

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Church • Opinion

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