Magnificent Morocco – 20. The palaces of Fez

Fez is a really old city, these perimeter walls remind me a bit of Jerusalem and Akko.

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There are more of these Riyads (mansion houses) here

DSCF8296 1024The tiles, coloured glass, geometric shapes, palm trees and ambiance makes these a beautiful characteristic of Morocco.

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This is my Youth Hostel I stayed in 🙂   Its not quite as striking as the one in Tangier.   But it has this large grand feel all the same.    Under this Arabic text you can see various icons of Morocco, notice on the left is a Jewish Candelabra. 🙂

This roof unusually, isn’t glass.

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DSCF8379 1024This is the roof top, this canopy is actually a tent type fabric structure.   There’s a lot of places to hang out for the guests of the youth hostel, so I had the chance to chill and chat with a lot of other people, Americans, Canadians and French mostly.

This on the right is a money changer (or an actual bank)  that’s close to the outdoor markets.

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There are many other beautiful big grand buildings around Fez, mostly part of the Moroccan government with stern looking soldiers outside and they don’t like you taking pictures!

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Although this is a unmistakably Islamic country, these large buildings that are fit for a king made me think of this verse:-

John 14 : 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

This makes me wonder what kind of dwellings we will have when we meet with our Lord.

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Universalism – today’s modern enemy of the Gospel

(I’ll talk more on Morocco shortly)

I was talking to someone the other day who isn’t a churchgoer but has had some Christian upbringing.  He told me he thought it was possible that all religions follow a mostly similar set of rules and framework, and it is ok to mix them together.

Here’s why this idea is a bad one if I look at quotes from three of the most well-known faiths.

Judaism has The Shema;
ְׁשמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יהוה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יהוה אֶחָד
“Shmai Y’Israel Adonai Elohinu Adonai Echad”
Hear oh Israel, the Lord is God, the Lord is one

Islam has the Shahada
لا إله إلا الله محمد رسول الله
“lā ʾilāha ʾillā-llāh, muḥammadun rasūlu-llāh”
There is no god but god, Muhammad is the messenger of god

Christianity has Jesus’ proclamation of no other way;
λέγει αὐτῷ ‹ὁ› Ἰησοῦς Ἐγώ εἰμι ἡ ὁδὸς καὶ ἡ ἀλήθεια καὶ ἡ ζωή• οὐδεὶς ἔρχεται πρὸς τὸν Πατέρα εἰ μὴ δι’ ἐμοῦ.
I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me – John 14:6

These three quotes as you can see are mutually incompatible!   You can’t build a one-fits-all faith any more than you can make a cake out of cement!

Christianity uses the foundation parts of Judaism with many of the laws fulfilled by Jesus, Islam mimics some elements of Judaism and is considered to be an ‘Abrahamic’ faith, but it’s only through Jesus we have salvation.

The message of the gospel requires love but also the courage, to tell the truth.   If we tell people that it’s fine to follow another religious system then the sacrifice on the cross Jesus did means nothing.

Other religions don’t accept the Trinity, and many pseudo-Christian (7th day Adventists, Jehovah’s witnesses, some hyper-Hebrew Roots) groups don’t either, the Trinity isn’t explicitly mentioned in the bible but it is there if you get a closer look.   I’ll blog on this soon. This link actually.