Jesus and Buddha? Who Should I Follow To My Eternal Destination?

Dear Friends,

Many people often assume that Jesus and Buddha were equally significant “spiritual teachers” who taught roughly the same thing.
The essential religious truth claims of Jesus and Buddha differ radically from one another. To think otherwise is to ignore history, logic, and the well-being of one’s soul, since Jesus and Buddha proposed radically different spiritual paths.
So, what about Jesus’ and Buddha’s essential worldviews, that is, their teachings on ultimate reality, the human condition, and spiritual liberation?
Two Views of Ultimate Reality.
Jesus affirmed the existence and unity of a personal and moral God, who is both sovereign over history and involved with it. He taught His disciples to pray, “Our Father who is in heaven”. Jesus never challenged the monotheism (the doctrine or belief that there is only one God) of His Jewish brethren but affirmed it and intensified its spiritual and moral challenges.
Buddha, however, did not deem theological matters worthy of consideration. He regarded them as metaphysical speculations. He challenged key features of the (Hindu) Brahmanism of his native India but did not embrace belief in a Creator God as fundamental to proper spirituality. Ironically, Buddha’s image is worshiped around the world, but he never considered himself a revelation of God. He rather considered himself an enlightened teacher.
Two Views of the Human Condition.
Human beings, according to Jesus, were created by God and ought to worship and “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” as well as to “love your neighbour as yourself”. Jesus taught that humans possess immaterial souls that persist after death. Jesus, however, also referred to humans as spiritually “lost”  and corrupt at their core.
Buddha did not speculate about human origins but focused on the human condition as (1) suffused with suffering (2) brought about through unfulfilled desires. He taught that people cannot satisfy their souls with anything because they do not have souls. There is no personal essence or soul, and there is no personal afterlife. Buddha did not deny the Hindu doctrines of transmigration and reincarnation, but he denied that there is any individual soul that comes back in another form.
Two Views of Spiritual Liberation.
According to Jesus, salvation is found in Him alone: “The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost”. Jesus viewed Himself as the only way to restore fellowship with the heavenly Father: “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him”.
Jesus claimed to be God incarnate: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am”. In light of this, Jesus welcomes us to follow Him and to believe in Him for the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. These claims, however, were not uttered in a vacuum. Jesus demonstrated Himself to be the divine Messiah through the wisdom of His teaching, His fulfilment of Hebrew prophecy, the unparalleled power of His miracles, His authority over the demonic world, His sacrificial death on the cross, and His own death-shattering resurrection.
Buddha taught that spiritual deliverance was found by letting go of desire and the quest to satisfy the nonexistent soul, and by detaching oneself from impermanent things. He also taught that salvation is achieved through effort, which Buddha called “the eight-fold path.” Those who succeed leave the realm of karma and rebirth and attain Nirvana, which is the blowing out of the human personality in a state that supposedly cannot be described in words. Buddha did not claim to bestow this state upon others, he simply pointed toward it. He never claimed to be God moreover; nor did he raise the dead, heal the sick, or cast out demons. Buddha died at age 80.
According to the New Testament, Jesus came into the world as a manifestation of God Himself, who accepted suffering at the hands of sinful humans that He might vicariously atone for the sins of a rebellious world estranged from its own Source of goodness and life. He embraced suffering on the cross in order to rescue those suffering from sin and its effects. The risen Jesus presented His wounds to doubting Thomas as proof of the efficacy of His mission.
The oldest accounts of the life of Buddha do not depict him as a supernatural figure but as an illuminated sage. Images of Buddha worldwide show a man sitting in tranquil contemplation with his eyes shut to a world he wants to transcend. How different from this posture was the defining act of Jesus, who, though nailed to a cross, bruised and bloodied, gazed in love on the world He came to redeem. Buddha taught the dharma (the way or teaching) to many others, but he never claimed to overcome death through his own death or to offer life through his own life. He only pointed the way to Nirvana, whereas Jesus opened the door to Heaven.
The essential teachings and ministries of Jesus and Buddha cannot be looked at as one and the same. By accurately defining these differences we do justice to both religious leaders while communicating the truth in love to those who would place them on the same plane.

Excerpts (passage or quotation taken or selected from) taken from the following link:
http://www.equip.org/article/jesus-and-buddha/#christian-books-2

Jesus and Buddha? Who Should I Follow To My Eternal Destination?

Jesus and Krishna? Who Should I Follow To My Eternal Destination?

Dear Friends,

There is substantial reading material out there to confuse anyone interested to know what are the similarities and differences between Lord Krishna and Lord Jesus Christ.
There are those who believe that both men were just myths; others insist that the Jesus story was copied from that of Krishna. It is unfortunate to think that two of the world’s largest religions seem to mistrust one another, when the essence of their teaching is driven by the expression of love towards God and one another (His creation)! The irony of it all is that Hindus believe that God was manifested on earth though Lord Krishna, and Christians believe that God was manifested on earth through His son Jesus Christ!
The name Krishna referred to his dark-greyish skin complexion, whereas, the Jesus’ title of Christ referred to his anointment. The word anoint comes from Greek and means: to smear or rub with oil.
The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ was anointed by God with the Holy Spirit to spread the Good News and free those who have been held captive by sin. Therefore, there is no relation between the names of Krishna and Christ.
A few quick notes about their moral teachings:
Krishna commented that: “For even if the greatest sinner worships me with all his soul, he must be considered righteous, because of his righteous will. And he shall soon become pure and reach everlasting peace. For this is my word of promise, that he who loves me shall not perish.”
Jesus is recorded to have had the power to forgive sins, as well as, to heal physical, mental and demonic infirmaries.
Jesus said: “Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralysed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” Then the man got up and went home.
On another occasion, Jesus said: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
And Jesus also said: “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”
Although Jesus came to save sinners, nevertheless, He expects us to: “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” So, once the greatest sinner accepts Jesus and follows His commands, there is no more need for him to remain in sin!
Krishna teaches that we must detach ourselves from the physical world and from loss or gain, victory or defeat.
Jesus, said to the crowd: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” And, when He taught us how to pray, He told us to ask God to: “Give us this day our daily bread”, so Jesus acknowledges the fact that we desire to eat, but we must not indulge in over-abundance!
What about human relationships? Is the Hindu God personal or impersonal? How can it be easy to build a personal relationship with God, when at the back of your mind you must detach yourself from everything! What about the desire to reach God?
On the other hand, when Thomas, (one of the disciples of Jesus), said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.”…
Clearly, Jesus sets us on a personal relationship with God, (whom He tells us to call “Father”), through Him!
Finally, while it is believed that Krishna returned back to God after he died from an accidental shooting in his foot by a poisoned arrow, the death of Jesus by nailing on the cross is believed by Christians to have been ordained by God Himself as a sign of God’s love to all mankind as their redeemer (paying off their sinful debts) in the manifestation of His Son, Jesus.

Jesus and Krishna? Who Should I Follow To My Eternal Destination?

Adoption Of Children (In The Eyes Of God And Allah)

Dear Friends,

To many of us, children are a blessing from God. Yet, unfortunately, not all religions look at the matter from the same lens.
It was a surprise for me to discover that in Islam, or at least, in many Islamic countries, adoption of children as we know it in the West is not tolerated.
In an earlier letter, I wrote about Jesus and children, and when you read the following, taken from a longer article, you cannot but wonder with gladness and joy the legacy of the treatment of children that Jesus left us with!
The following excerpts are taken from: http://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/timeline/1-300/jesus-loved-children-11629553.html
The familiar New Testament picture of Jesus taking a child in his arms and receiving him with love portrays an attitude of care and concern for children found nowhere else in the ancient world. Children, along with women, old men, and slave, were viewed as physically weak burdens on society who had little value to the wider life of the community. In Greece and Rome, it was an accepted practice to abandon unwanted children along the roadsides to die.
Jesus’ teachings concerning children were faithfully followed by the early church, (a legacy which is carried to this day), which believed that to receive a child in the name of Christ was to receive Christ Himself.
Christians began collecting infants abandoned by their parents and raised them as their own. If pagans took in such abandoned children, it was most often for immoral purposes.
Why was the early Christian attitude toward children so unusual? Simply because it recognized the child as a person. Both children and adults were equal in the Kingdom of God.
Adoption of children was also practiced in Arabia before Islam, but the following link gives you, (though, incomplete), a suggestion as to why, suddenly, some time during Mohammed’s revelations, there was an abrupt end to formal adoption of children!
http://www.al-islam.org/articles/adoption-islam-sayyid-muhammad-rizvi :referring to (Qur’an, Sura 33:4-5).
In fact, many verses in Sura 33 of the Qur’an shed more light on the Muslim adoption dilemma!
The implications set down by Islam in relation to adopting children is more akin to fostering or simply helping orphans! What is the point of taking in a child as your own, but that child cannot take your family name, has limited or no rights to inheritance, and the wearing of the hijab is applied within the house as if living with strangers!?
This, of course, was not always the case. It is well documented that Mohammed had adopted a son named Zayd, but what we are not told with equal conviction is that it was Mohammed’s desire and determination to marry his ‘adopted’ son’s wife Zaynab that, by the help of another revelation from Allah, was conveniently told that his adopted son is not his biological son anyway, so marrying Zaynab, (wife number six), after the couple divorced was to be permitted! (http://www.muslimhope.com/WhyDidMohammedGetSoManyWives.htm)
When Allah was trying to help Muhammad, Aisha, the youngest and most intelligent wife of Muhammad said her famous words, ‘O prophet, I feel that your Lord hastens in fulfilling your wishes and desires.’
Muslim scholars categorically deny this.
However, this article in the following link may help you understand better what the world would be like to millions of orphaned children, if only the Muslim world could revert back to the family laws of Arabia, when adopted children could freely become a complete and total part of the family!
http://freethoughtblogs.com/taslima/2012/08/13/islams-most-terrible-law-it-prohibits-adoption-of-children/

Adoption Of Children (In The Eyes Of God And Allah)

The True Language Of God

Dear Friends,

Today, Sunday the 24th of May, many Christian Churches around the world celebrate what is known as ‘Pentecost’.
This is a commemoration of an event that is recorded in the New Testament book known as The Acts of the Apostles: “And when the day of Pentecost had come, (the first followers of Jesus) were all together in one place. All of a sudden, a sound came from heaven, like a strong wind, filling the house where the people had gathered. Something like tongues of fire rested on their heads. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak”.
At that time in Jerusalem there were thousands of Jewish pilgrims who had come to celebrate Shavuot. (Shavuot commemorates the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah, the Jewish written Law, to the entire nation of Israel assembled at Mount Sinai).
Many of those who heard these messages in their own languages were amazed, though others thought the Followers of Jesus were just drunk. At some point, Peter, one of the leading followers of Jesus, stood up and preached his first sermon. He interpreted the events of that morning in light of a prophecy of the Hebrew prophet Joel (about an estimated 835 years before Jesus was born). His prophecy reads: “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I (God) will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh”. In that text, God promised to pour out his Spirit on all flesh, empowering diverse people to have the ability to spread God’s message of Love, Hope and Compassion to all the people of the world, in their own native language.

Now, unfortunately, this clashes quite roughly against the teaching of Mohammed’s Islam, which insists that the only way Muslims ought to pray and worship Allah is exclusively in Arabic. So, why pray in Arabic? Well, according to one Muslim website there are at least five valid ‘logical’ reasons why Muslims should only pray and read the Qur’an in Arabic:
1. Arabic is a deep and vast language:
Their reasoning is that it is a fact recognized by the linguists that the Arabic language has the best ability to express wide and deep thoughts and to explain important subjects in short and precise words.
2. A common language for the Islamic prayer:
All Muslims perform their religious rites and worship of Allah, including the daily five time prayers, in Arabic. This is done in the same wordings by all Muslims, Arabs and non-Arabs alike, even by those who do not understand Arabic. (no problem here with not knowing exactly what you are saying!)
3. Cementing the Islamic brotherhood:
To them there could be no doubt the stranger would not understand that it is a call for Muslim prayer and would miss the opportunity of praying in congregation with the people of that locality.
4. The Qur’an is the work of Allah:
Arabic, in which the Holy Qur’an and traditions of the Prophet have been revealed has a special status and honour, and praying in Arabic gives you extra rewards. Muslims believe that the Holy Qur’an is the Word of Allah. As such, it is only befitting that the recitation of the word of Allah is done in the same form and language in which it was originally pronounced.
5. Translation of the word of Allah is almost impossible:
Any translation of the original will not be the word of Allah but the work of human beings. Therefore, you will have to admit that no translation of the Qur’an would be perfect enough to carry the true meanings and to fulfill the spiritual purposes. (no such thing here that good remains good and bad remains bad, regardless of whichever translation is applied!) That is why, millions upon millions around the world, are in fact Muslims in blind faith – no understanding is required and no questions are permitted, just believe!

In light of this, I am thankful to say that:-
My God is a Compassionate God! Anyone can come to Him as they presently are, in whichever way they know and understand best.
My God is an Understanding God! Anyone can Speak to Him from the secret of their hearts, in whatever language and dialect they know best.
My God is a Universal God! Jesus said: “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go therefore, and teach all nations to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”

The True Language Of God

The Sign Of The Cross

Dear Friends,

The cross reminds Christians that God became incarnate in the flesh. Jesus was truly God’s manifestation on earth, who accepted the will to be crucified to redeem, (take away), the world of the evil of sin.
The sign of the cross, even without the figure of Jesus on it, is a source of much pain and grief to billions of people around the world.
It is a sign of deliverance from pain to those that love the cross and believe in its healing powers, even to the point of persecution and death.
To those that hate the cross, it is a sign of denial and grief to the point of wanting to kill those who find comfort in the cross.
The cross threatens those who have something to hide. The cross is a painful burden to those that throw stones at others, because they think they are perfect in the eyes of their God.
Jesus said: “The time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God.”
How true is that comment in our time, and it is not just ISIS in Syria and Iraq that is fulfilling the prophecy of Jesus, but in many other countries with other religious beliefs, that are persecuting Christian believers and followers of Jesus Christ like never before in the story of man on earth!
Perhaps, this proves that it is easier to be bad than to be good, for to want to destroy what may prove to be good is to be on the path of evil and sin. To be good is to constantly watch what you do and say, which takes a lot of determination, self-examination and courage. Whereas, to be bad comes more naturally, as it carelessly involves only one main principal consideration – ‘What is in it for me – no one else matters!?’ This is basically the definition of SIN!
Below is a link to a three-part video series which, I pray, would lead any one of you who believes in, or is curious to know more about Jesus and the meaning of the Cross. (Each video is approximately 30 minutes)

http://au.ltw.org/web/guest/watch?p_auth=VlUt28oY&p_p_id=currentMedia_WAR_LTWWeb_INSTANCE_UkzEJgungYr1&p_p_lifecycle=1&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=column-3&p_p_col_count=4&_currentMedia_WAR_LTWWeb_INSTANCE_UkzEJgungYr1_episodeId=2039&_currentMedia_WAR_LTWWeb_INSTANCE_UkzEJgungYr1_javax.portlet.action=playEpisode

The Sign Of The Cross

How They Died And Their Legacy To The World

Dear Friends,

Lord Krishna, who lived around 5000 years ago, is said to have been 125 years old before he was killed. A hunter mistook Krishna for a deer when he shot him in his ankle with a poison arrow. After Krishna died, his spirit ascended to the heavenly paradise, as his sacred city Dvaraka sank deep below the surface of the ocean. According to one tradition, His death fulfills a curse by a Queen, who was a compassionate devotee of Krishna himself, but also the mother of another prince, who was killed in the battle narrated in the Bhagavad Gita. Hindu belief suggests that this story brings out the very important fact that, even for the Ruler of the Universe, the law of Karma remains the same. Hinduism originated and remains primarily a localized religion in India. There is a lot of deep spiritual truth in Hinduism, but if the law of Karma could not save Krishna, the Creator of the universe, how am I supposed to be sure that on my own I am ever going to reach perfect union with God? The Laws of Karma will never eliminate the misery of millions of Lower Cast citizens; a helpless situation that is well established and accepted in India to this day! Realistically, no one needs to feel the compassion to help them, because they are suffering their own wrongdoings!
The death of Siddhartha Gautama, who is better known as the Enlightened Buddha, is somewhat unclear. He lived around 2500 years ago. It is interesting to know that no written records about Buddha have been found from his lifetime or of centuries thereafter. The sources of information for the life of Buddha are a variety of different, and sometimes conflicting, traditional ancient biographies. One tradition has it that the Buddha died of old age, when he was eighty years old. It was suspected that his death was triggered by his old body’s reaction to accidental food poisoning. He died peacefully and mindfully. When he died, it is said that he told his disciples that they should follow no leader. The goal of Buddhism is to come to the end of suffering. Although, this may sound like the right path, to me it leaves two main obstacles: one is that the focus is mainly on myself, and secondly, the thought of reincarnation of the body may tempt me to enjoy what good I presently have, even though I may have gained my riches at the expense of or to the disadvantage to others, since I know I can make up for any shortfalls in my next life!
The death of the Prophet Mohammed, who lived around 1400 years ago, is recorded to have followed a two-year battle with purposely poisoned lamb that he ate. The story goes, that a Jewish woman gave the Prophet grilled lamb for a gift. Mohammed suspected that the lamb was poisoned, but he had already consumed a small piece. When the he asked the woman, “Why did you try to poison me?” She replied, “You have done to my (Jewish) people what you have done (systematic beheadings of the older boys and men, and slavery to the children and women – nothing new today!). You have killed my father, my uncle and my husband, so I said to myself, “If you are a true prophet, the lamb will inform you.” Mohammed died on the 8th of June, 632 AD at age 62 in the arms of his 18 year old youngest wife. According to one Muslim source, some of the last words that the Prophet spoke were to “Expel the Jews from the Arabia,” while another tradition says that he cursed the Jews and Christians. Although, Muslims worship Allah with extreme devotion and strict rituals, their faith lacks the spiritual understanding of God’s righteousness. The focus is mainly on the (Sharia) law, and the elimination of those that do not submit to Allah or his Prophet, which has resulted in millions upon millions of innocent deaths since the time of its establishment in the Arabian desert.
According to the Christian Gospel, Jesus Christ died at the probable age of 33 around 2000 years ago, from crucifixion, (hands and feet nailed to a wooden cross). His execution followed His last meal with His disciples – a spiritually sustaining meal that Christians celebrate to this day in remembrance of Him. His last words were: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”, (referring to all those – then and now – that betray and kill Him out of our hearts). In the midst of his excruciating suffering, the heart of Jesus was focused on others rather than himself. At the moment of His death we see the true nature of his love – unconditional and divine. Jesus’ legacy is one that focuses on humanity. By striving to live the same way Jesus lived, through His presence in me, the world can see clearly that I am not a threat to anyone. When, as true Christians, we dedicate our lives to helping those in need, regardless of race, culture or belief, and pray for those that we cannot reach, we automatically enter into the glory of God and thus reach our spiritual liberation.
Jesus said: “The glory you (God) gave to me (Jesus) I have given to them (us), that they (us) may be one just as we (God and Jesus) are one – I in them and you in me – that they may be completely one, so that the world will know that you sent me, and you have loved them just as you have loved me.”
With all due respect to all of you, I must say that in this time of trials and tribulations, of killing and carnage, of lies and deceptions, there is only one way – It is a glorious day when you can look inwards and identify who the real you is – you, who are made in the image of God!

How They Died And Their Legacy To The World

Yahweh (God of Israel), Jonah (Yunus), The Big Fish and Faith in Allah

Dear Friends,

In my last letter to you, I mentioned Jesus referring to “The sign of the prophet Jonah”. Here is a brief encounter with that story according to the Holy Bible:
The Lord spoke to Jonah and told him to go to Nineveh, which was a great, but sinful city, to warn them that if they do not repent (spot being sinful), God was going to destroy them and their city. But Jonah did not wish to preach to the people of Nineveh; for they were the enemies of his land, the land of Israel. He wished Nineveh to die in its sins, and not to turn to God and live.
So Jonah tried to go away from the city where God had sent him. He took a ship to go to the other side, away from Nineveh, so God sent a great storm upon the sea, so that the ship seemed as though it would break into pieces. The sailors threw overboard everything on the ship; and when they could do no more, every man prayed to his god to save the ship and themselves, while Jonah was now lying fast asleep. The ship’s captain came to him, and said:
“What do you mean by sleeping in such a time as this? Awake, rise up, and call upon your God. Perhaps He will hear you and save our lives.”
Then Jonah told them the whole story, how he came from the land of Israel, and that he had fled away from the presence of his Lord.
Then said Jonah: “Take me up and throw me into the sea; then the storm will cease and the waters will be calm; for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.”
But the men were not willing to throw Jonah into the sea. They rowed hard to bring the ship to the land, but they could not. Then they cried unto his (Jonah’s) Lord, and said:
“We pray to you, O Lord, let us not die for this man’s life.”
At last, when they could do nothing else to save themselves, they threw Jonah into the sea.
At once the storm ceased, and the waves became still. Then the men on the ship feared his Lord greatly. They offered a sacrifice to the Lord (Yahweh), and made promises to serve Him.
And the Lord caused a great fish to swallow up Jonah; and Jonah was alive within the fish for three days and three nights. In the fish Jonah cried and prayed to the Lord; and the Lord caused the great fish to throw up Jonah upon the dry land.
Then, the Lord came to Jonah a second time and said:
“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it what I command you.” So Jonah went to the city of Nineveh; and as he entered into it, he called out to the people:
“Within forty days shall Nineveh be destroyed.”
And the people of Nineveh believed the word of the Lord as spoken by Jonah. They turned away from their sins and fasted and sought the Lord.
And God saw that the people of Nineveh were sorry for their wickedness, and He forgave them, and did not destroy their city.

Two days ago, on the 18th of this month, there was a horrific incident in the Mediterranean sea. The Daily Mail, Australia, reported that: When a rubber dinghy carrying around 100 African refugees across the Mediterranean began to sink, a Nigerian Christian prayed to God for his life in an innocent act that would end in the deaths of 12 fellow Christian migrants. One of the Muslims on board the rickety craft ordered him to stop, saying: ‘Here, we only pray to Allah.’ When he refused, a violent fight ensued and 12 Christians drowned when they were thrown overboard by the Muslim refugees.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3044584/Pray-Allah-ll-throw-overboard-Muslims-ordered-Christians-punctured-dinghy-African-migrants-sank-Mediterranean.html#ixzz3XnlbGiE6
You may not really care to know, since you were not in that same boat, as the English expression goes, but the irony of this tragic event is that it was an Italian ‘Christian boat’ that eventually saved the remaining refugees, including the murderous refugees, and it will be a ‘Christian country’ that will take them up as refugees to help them escape from the hellish and morally evil ways their countries of origin go about living their daily lives, (because, they will so surely not end up in Pakistan or Saudi Arabia for refuge! Who said the West is evil!?).
When God Yahweh saved the city, Jonah got very angry, because he did not wish to have Nineveh spared, because it was the enemy of his own land; and also he feared that men would call him a false prophet when his (Jonah’s) word did not come to pass. This anger came after Jonah went outside the city walls to wait and see whether God would keep the word that he had spoken, (the destruction of the city itself).
While Jonah was waiting for the city to be destroyed, the Lord caused a plant with thick leaves to grow up, and to shade Jonah from the sun; and Jonah was glad, and sat under its shadow. But a worm destroyed the plant; and the next day a hot wind blew, and Jonah suffered from the heat; and again Jonah wished that he might die. And the Lord said to Jonah:
“You were sorry to see the plant die, though you did not make it grow, and though it came up in a night and died in a night. And should I not have pity on Nineveh, that great city, where more than a hundred thousand people, all helpless and knowing nothing (spiritual truth), live?”
And Jonah learned that all humanity is precious in the sight of Yahweh the Lord, even the ones that do not know (the true) God.

Yahweh (God of Israel), Jonah (Yunus), The Big Fish and Faith in Allah