The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 5, 1997 · Page 16
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 16

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, October 5, 1997
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64 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5. 1997 LIFE THE SALINA JOURNAL Heaven / Outsiders can go there, Jews say FROM PAGE B1 For some, that position is as controversial as the old one. Like many Christians, Lovelace believes that goodness alone can't get you through the portals of heaven. "You cannot get to heaven through good works," Lovelace said. "We don't earn salvation. Salvation is a gift from God." Good works, Lovelace said, are a natural result of faith. Like Lovelace, the Rev. Michael Thompson, a Baptist preacher, also believes that salvation comes through the grace of God and is accessed only through Jesus Christ. "Baptists teach that if you are truly a Christian, if you are truly saved, then you will have the desire in your heart to genuinely show that faith through your good works," said Thompson, pastor of Washington Avenue Baptist Church. "That's the true word of God found in Scripture." The question of faith vs. works is also dealt with in both Jewish and Islamic theology and folklore. ' While both faiths have varying yiews about exactly what comes after death, they have concepts that resemble the Christian idea of heaven and hell. • f But for Jews, the afterlife is not so clear-cut, said Rabbi David Feder. "It really depends on who you ask," Feder said. While Jewish theology in gen- ¥ral believes in the immortality of the soul, it offers different versions of what happens to those souls after death. ' Jewish folklore is replete with references to "Paradise" and the "Garden of Eden" as the desired V CANDY destination after death. One story deals with heaven as a place where all-knowing souls are sent down to earth as babies. "The angel bops the soul right into the world. That's how you get that little indentation under your nose and why you forget everything," Feder said. Twentieth-century Jewish philosopher Maimonides rejected the idea of earning your way into a good afterlife. "He says the reward for a good deed is the good deed," said Feder. "And the punishment for sin is the sin.... Jews don't really believe in earning their way into Paradise." Everyone born a Muslim Unlike some of their Christian brethren, Jews and Muslims believe that outsiders can get in. Both the Jewish Torah and the Islamic Koran set out provisions for those outside the faith. Non-Jews, for example, may get to Paradise by following rules set down by Noah, which resemble the Ten Commandments brought down from Mt. Sinai by Moses. According to the Koran, everyone is born a Muslim, whether they acknowledge it or not, said Marwan Wafa, president of the Evansville Islamic Society. "Jannah," then, is open to all who submit to the "will of the Creator," said Wafa. But what about that other possible destination, hell? Richstatter prefers to see it as a handy threat: a place where no one really goes, but scary enough to keep us on the straight and narrow. Yet other Christians see hell as the appropriate punishment for Evander Holey Ears: a biting trend in chocolate By The Los Angeles Times . LOS ANGELES — "Do you have an ear mold?" Frank Sheftel, owner of the Candy Factory, 12530 Riverside Drive, North Hollywood, was asked by an attendee at a Tyson-Holyfield fight party. • Sheftel did, and quickly made chocolate ears with the famous bite out of them, not for just this one person, but for the world. His Earvander-Tyson Bites have been selling well, "We've sold hundreds of boxes," says Sheftel, who offers two ears per box for $5. "We've been shipping them all over the country," he said, noting that others had also jumped on the ear-wagon including a Glendale entrepreneur who is hawking them as Evander Holey Ears. Incidentally, Sheftel, who never misses an opportunity to duplicate something in chocolate, including an Oscar statuette-that resulted in a lawsuit, also sells chocolate Elvis heads and chocolate teeth, two of the latter. He calls his chocolate choppers "Marvelous Marv" named for sports broadcaster Marv Albert, whose alleged chomping activities, have been in the news lately. As a result of his chocolate Oscar caper, Sheftel is probably the only person in town who will never say, "I'd like to thank the academy." He's more likely to say, "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears. Or your teeth." Call (818) 766-8220 for chocolate- purchasing details. REPEAT OF A BUY ONE GET ONE Action/Lane 8 Recliners On Sale- Mow Starting ' at 2 for $399 • A."MALIBU" This plush Handle Rocker features plump seat cushion, deeply tufted back and son rolled arms for total relaxation. FURNITURE BY Buy One For *499 Get One FREE B. "FIREBALL" No one could resist a snooze In this Conventional Padover Chaise Rocker with padded rolled arms, softly cushioned seat and a button-tufted back that offers gentle yet firm support for your back. "The Most Comfortable B J?L°" e I° r Seats $ 599 in the House" Get One FREE G. 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