Oh come on you pesky agnostic...how about you answer the questions....when one studies world religions one should get some insight from the world irreligious, nonreligious, postreligious whate ver... And don't mind ACOT... he tries to soothe my cantankerous side... I am not quite a bull in the china shop...but more like a happy dog with stiff tail knocking the tea cups over....or some would say more like his counterpart...a naive kid with a stick just swinging his way thru life...
But you sir(or mam) have passed! By far the best student researcher we've seen come thru here....now we just need to rally our Buddhists, Muslms, Hindus et al to stand up and give you a hand!
And are you in Jordan? What is the life of a Christian like in the middle east?
Thank you for that kind compliment!
As for Jordan, I am unfortunately not over there. I am in the U.S. (Good eye A Cup of Tea!) I had the incredible opportunity to first go there on a trip for a month this past summer and see firsthand how to walk by and help peoples of other faith. It captivated my heart and I wish to return. I was with workers who had been there for decades, so I will not attempt to say what it is like to actually live there long term because I only had a few weeks. However, I can give my impression of them. It is hard, but those that take that call are the toughest and most inspiring people that I know and definitely belong in my answer to question 2. Some have been kicked out of countries, had loved ones killed, or worked with people groups for 12 years with no conversions to show for it. Others are just working the best they can or trying to raise a family. In the midst of that, they are so sure of their faith. They great every day with love and enthusiasm.
Out of all the troubles that come from being a believer in a closed country, one thing was personally easier for me: talking about faith. In the States, it is almost a taboo topic. To ask what someone believes is like asking how much they weigh or how much they earn. Over there, it is such a free and constant topic. People were happy to talk about it and eager too.