Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Earth from Michael König on Vimeo.
Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over
Monday, December 05, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
The Brain: Are you pondering what I'm pondering?
Pinky: I think so Brain, but burlap chafes me so.
"How can we begin to understand the way the brain works? The same way we begin to understand a city: by making a map. In this visually stunning talk, Allan Jones shows how his team is mapping which genes are turned on in each tiny region, and how it all connects up."If you dissect a brain will you discover the mind?
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Sunday, November 06, 2011
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
"Muslims love to quote Bart Ehrman, because Ehrman criticizes the New Testament....he holds that it hasn't been perfectly preserved, that it contains contradictions, and that it isn't the inspired Word of God..." - Answering Muslims
But in the video above (via Answering Muslims, with thanks to The Religion of Peace), he offers a very brief and simple explanation of why he doesn't undertake similar study of the Qur'an: he doesn't want to get murdered.
Sunday, October 09, 2011
No human father, but God alone, is properly, truly and primarily Father. No human father is the creator of his child, the controller of its destiny, or its saviour from sin, guilt and death. No human father is by his word the source of its temporal and eternal life. In this proper, true and primary sense God - and He alone - is Father. He is so as the Father of mercy, as the Father of His Son, of the Lord Jesus Christ … God is the Father of whom the whole family, or all fatherhood, in heaven and on earth is named (Isa. 63:16; Matt. 23:9; Isa. 49:15; Psa. 27:10). (III, 4, p. 245. Parents and Children.)
Barth, K., Bromiley, G. W., & Torrance, T. F. (2004). Church dogmatics, Volume V: Index, with Aids for the Preacher (495). Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark.
Thursday, October 06, 2011
"We are concerned that Iran could be attempting to put together a case against him, manipulating his own words, in order to prove false new allegations against him," Jordan Sekulow said in an email to CBN News.
Delivery of the verdict in Nadarkhani's trial has been delayed to Monday, Oct. 10.
For more see: http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2011/October/Iran-Caving-to-Pressure-on-Pastor-Death-Sentence/
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
The simplicity of Barth’s faith is beautifully illustrated in an incident described by J. M. Boice:
“Several years before his death the Swiss theologian Karl Barth came to the United States for a series of lectures. At one of these, after a very impressive lecture, a student asked a typically American question. He said, ‘Dr. Barth, what is the greatest thought that has ever passed through your mind?’ The aging professor paused for a long time as he obviously thought about his answer. Then he said with great simplicity:‘Jesus loves me! This I know. For the Bible tells me so’ ” - Foundations of the Christian Faith.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Sunday, September 04, 2011
In keeping with the presumed folly of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, God has chosen the so-called foolish ones of the world to confound the wisdom of the wise, the weak to confound the strong, the trivial and contemptible, the things that are not to bring to nothing those that are, in order that it may be manifest that no flesh can glory in His presence (1 Corinthians 1.18, 26–29).
Thursday, September 01, 2011
In his excellent book, "Arguing the Just War in Islam", John Kelsay bluntly states, “Those who wish to argue that Islam has nothing to do with the attacks of 9/11 or with the tactics of Iraqi ‘insurgents’ will find no comfort here.” Indeed, the “facts are plain” that the militants in question identify themselves as Muslim and use Sharia reasoning about jihad to justify their actions. Unless one is willing to ignore the statements of the militants themselves, one cannot deny the central role of Sharia reasoning in the acts of violent Muslim extremists.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Light my way with incensed candles
Rug so soft beneath my sandals
I’ve never been in here before
Like to feel the glory
Mercy, mercy on love defenders
Have pity on the love pretenders
A little help for all life’s losers
A little truth for the mind abusers
Ooh I need them playing in the Heavy Church
If you judge the way they’re living
Try to see the truth they’re giving
They only want to touch your hand with understanding
Mercy, mercy on love defenders
Have pity on the love pretenders
A little help for all life’s losers
A little truth for the mind abusers
Ooh I need them playing in the Heavy Church
Hear them, hear them, hear them, hear them
Run and see the truth they’re giving you
Hear them, hear them
Run and see the truth they’re giving you
Friday, August 19, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The Christian life is characterized by faith. For, without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11.6). The emphatic generalization (11.6) that faith is pleasing to God who rewards the seeker, corresponds with the two elements in the description of faith given in Hebrews 11.1. Anyone who comes to (lit. ‘draws near to’, as in Hebrews 4:16; 7:25; 10:22; 12:22) God must believe that he exists (be certain of what is not seen) and believe that he rewards those who earnestly seek him (trust that his promises will be fulfilled).
Monday, August 08, 2011
Saturday, August 06, 2011
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Unlike the followers of other religions, Christians are believers who as concerns the “old man,” the “body of sin,” are crucified with Christ. They are dead to sin in Him. They have no future as sinners, because they have no possibility of existence as such (Romans 6.2-10; 2 Cor. 5:17). Thus reduced to nullity, dead with Christ, they may also live with Christ, live to God.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
To believe the unsaved possesses a volitional will to assent to the truth of the Scriptures, is to assume one can believe without any initiative by God. But the Scriptures are clear, in that the unsaved:
- is deceitful and desperately sick (Jer. 17:9).
- is full of evil (Mark 7:21-23).
- loves darkness rather than light (John 3:19).
- is unrighteous, does not understand, does not seek for God (Rom. 3:10-12).
- is helpless and ungodly (Rom. 5:6).
- is dead in his trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1).
- is by nature a child of wrath (Eph. 2:3).
- cannot understand spiritual things (1 Cor. 2:14).
- is a slave of sin (Romans 6:16-20).
We are not “born again” as a result of something we have done, but solely on the basis of God’s sovereign will and power.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Monday, July 25, 2011
Below are some excerpts from Anders Breivik’s Manifesto entitled "2083 - A European Declaration of Independence." (1500 page web document)
"A majority of so called agnostics and atheists in Europe are cultural conservative Christians without even knowing it," he wrote.
"If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God then you are a religious Christian. Myself and many more like me do not necessarily have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God. We do however believe in Christianity as a cultural, social, identity and moral platform. This makes us Christian," he wrote.
What is a Christian? Many think they are Christians because they claim to believe in the cultural Jesus. But, believing in Jesus often means nothing, or anything you want it to mean, particularly here in the case of Anders Breivik. But it doesn't change the true meaning of what it means to be a follower of Christ. So, what does it mean to be a Christian?
First of all, to be a Christian, you must first know who Jesus Christ is. Biblically, He is God in flesh, second person of the Trinity (John 1:1,14; Col. 2:9). He is the great "I AM" (Exodus 3:14; John 8:58). He is the savior who was born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), who died, was buried, and rose from the dead (1 Cor. 15:1-4), physically (John 2:19-21). He alone is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). Only by the name of Jesus may a person be saved (Acts 4:12) and all who do not trust in Him alone for the forgiveness of their sins will be judged (Matt. 25:41) accordingly. Jesus is both God and man (Col. 2:9; 1 Tim. 2:5; Phil. 2:5-8). He is our eternal intercessor (Heb. 7:25) who mediates our salvation to the Father (1 Tim. 2:5). He is the creator of all things (Col. 1:16-17; Isaiah 44:24). He is Lord! To Him be the glory!
Once you know who Jesus is, you must trust Him to forgive you of your sins. Ask Him to forgive you. He will. Then, once you are saved, you are a Christian. It means you have found the true Savior, not a false one of the cults. It means you have been saved by God's grace, through faith (Eph. 2:8) and are now seeking to please Him in your life by following His commands (1 John 2:4). Such obedience does not save you nor contribute to your salvation. This obedience is motivated by love and thankfulness and is a response of being saved.
So, being a Christian means knowing the true Christ and following Him in truth.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Christ rises above the figures of Moses on the right, Elijah on the left, and John, Peter, and James below. Medallions surrounding the scene depict the other nine apostles and major and minor prophets of the OT. The prominence of Moses and Elijah, along with Peter, James, and John, suggests the mosaic takes its theme from Christ’s transfiguration (Matthew 17:1–8). The mosaic is in the apse of the Church of St. Catherine, Sinai, also built by Justinian in the sixth century.
Achtemeier, P. J., Harper & Row, P., & Society of Biblical Literature. (1985). Harper's Bible dictionary (1st ed.) (1168). San Francisco: Harper & Row.
The word philadelphia is translated “brotherly love.” Because Christians belong to the same family, and have the same Father, they should love one another. In fact, we are “taught of God to love one another.” God the Father taught us to love each other when He gave Christ to die for us on the cross. “We love, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19). God the Son taught us to love one another when He said, “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another” (John 13:34). And the Holy Spirit taught us to love one another when God poured out the love of God in our hearts (Romans 5:5) when we trusted Jesus Christ.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Paul says that God "desires [or 'wills, wishes,' Gk. theleo] all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (I Timothy 2:4). Peter says that the Lord "is not slow about his promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance" (2 Peter 3:9). In neither of these verses can God's will be understood to be his secret will, his decree concerning what will certainly occur. This is because the New Testament is clear that there will be a final judgment and not all will be saved. It is best therefore to understand these references as speaking of God's revealed will, his commands for mankind to obey and his declaration to us of what is pleasing in his sight. - Wayne Grudem
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April 27, 2010 - Kimmel Center for the Arts, Philadelphia
Before a sold-out house at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, Krista Tippett, host of public radio's Speaking of Faith, discusses the evolution of faith in our time and the questions and discoveries behind her new book, "Einstein's God," and includes interactive conversation with the audience.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The Holy Spirit is God! He is God at work in our lives. Everything God does is done through His Spirit. Paul therefore encourages us: "Let us keep in step with the Spirit.... Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God.... Do not put out the Spirit’s fire" (Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19). As a Christian, you are to be attentive to what the Holy Spirit says. When he speaks, God is speaking.
"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have" (1 Peter 3.15). A limited readiness is no readiness at all in our dealings with Jesus (Luke 9.57b-62).
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Sura 9:5 says, "Slay the idolaters wherever you find them!"
Friday, June 24, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Grace is eternal (2 Tim. 1:9), immutable (Rom. 11:29), sovereign (Rom. 9:11-24), effectual (Eph. 2:8-9; John 6:37, 39, 44, 63-65), and destroys all room for human boasting (1 Cor. 1:29-31; 4:7). It means that the Triune God gets all the praise, honor, and glory for our salvation: The Father for planning it, the Son for purchasing it, and the Holy Spirit for applying and uniting us to it (Eph. 1:2-14).
Christ is not only efficient, but is alone sufficient for salvation (Hebrews 9:12; 10:10) such that our own merit or works righteousness can do nothing to either attain or maintain our justification. The assistance of grace does not even depend on the humility or obedience of man ... for it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble ...as the Apostle says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). Faith is, therefore, not a product of our un-regenerated human nature (John 1:13, 6:63-65; Rom 9:16) but is exercised as the infallible result of the work of the Holy Spirit opening our eyes and ears to the beauty of the gospel, turning our heart of stone to a heart of flesh and uniting us to Christ. - Monergism.com
Thursday, June 02, 2011
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
This young woman was brutally murdered, shot in the head, by a Muslim man who was simply obeying the dictates and permissions of his so-called religion. In Islam, it's okay to kill your daughter.
"And while he (Obama) abandons Israel, leaving her alone and isolated in a hostile world, it is worth listening to one of Gaza’s freely-elected leaders, with whom the President is so eager to do business. This is Yunis al Astal, a member of the Palestinian Authority parliament, spelling out his vision for the genocidal annihilation of the Jewish people. As you will hear, he is deeply concerned with establishing a set of universal rights: he is passionate about free speech, wholly committed to freedom of peaceful assembly, enthusiastic about freedom of religion, and utterly dedicated to equality for men and women under the rule of law." - Arbishop Cranmer
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
The endless cycle of idea and action,
Endless invention, endless experiment,
Brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness;
Knowledge of speech, but not of silence;
Knowledge of words, and ignorance of the Word.
All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance,
All our ignorance brings us nearer to death,
But nearness to death no nearer to God.
Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
The cycles of Heaven in twenty centuries
Bring us farther from God and nearer to the Dust.
Friday, May 06, 2011
Thursday, May 05, 2011
Sunday, May 01, 2011
It was not the Law that brought death into life. Rather sin used what is good (the Law) to carry out evil's terrible design. Even so. the outcome was that sin’s true nature was revealed. The Apostle is saying that one cannot see how evil sin is until one realizes that sin takes what is good, that is, a divine command, and uses this to bring death to humankind.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Tomorrow, the Church of England, the Monarchy and the pluralized nation of England will be bound together by an act of union. It represents moral and religious coherence at the level of that nation’s public persona, which remains Christian and Anglican.
Follow the below link to the Order of Service for the Royal Wedding: http://ph2.cerosmedia.com/1X4db9331cd725f012.cde
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Now that Easter is over, resurrection remains. In general, what strikes me about resurrection is that it happens at all and that, in some form or other, it is happening all the time. So the use of the present continuous or present progressive tense when He who was seated on the throne says in Revelation 21.5, “I am making all things new.” It's a new day full of new opportunities to arise anew! Arise anew from the pain, heartache and drudgery of this life. Rise again! Rise again! Rise again!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
With reference to Judas' betrayal kiss of Jesus both Matthew 26:47-50 and Mark 14:43-45 use the Greek verb kataphilein, which means to kiss firmly, intensely, passionately, tenderly or warmly.
Holy Wednesday: Matthew 24.14-25 & Matthew 26.14-16
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Many religious teachers have claimed to present God’s way. But Jesus declared not only that He was initiating God’s path of salvation (Mk 1:15–20) but also that what His hearers did specifically with Him determined their eternal destiny (Mt 10:37–40; 19:23–30). Further, of these religious founders, only Jesus taught that His death would serve as a payment for human sin, achieving what we could not (Mk 10:45; 14:22–25).
Additionally, only Jesus has miracles reported of Him by early sources. Most importantly, according to the Gospels, Jesus taught that His resurrection from the dead would be the sign that evidenced the truth of His message (Mt 12:38–42; 16:1–4; Mk 14:28). For NT writers, Jesus’ resurrection proved His claims were true (Romans 1:3–4; 1 Peter 1:3–6). After all, dead men do not do much! So if Jesus was raised, God must have performed the event in order to approve Jesus’ message (Ac 2:22–24; 17:30–31).
Cabal, T., Brand, C. O., Clendenen, E. R., Copan, P., Moreland, J., & Powell, D. (2007). The Apologetics Study Bible: Real Questions, Straight Answers, Stronger Faith (1583). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
Thursday, April 07, 2011
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
"Little children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour" (1 John 2.18).
In 1 John 2.18 the Apostle John enters into direct confrontation with false teachers, a confrontation that indirectly had already determined the preceding exposition. And it is not a final confrontation. The theme is taken up again in 1 John 4.1 and in 1 John 5.4.
While the false teachers are identified as πλανῶντες ὑμᾶς (“those deceiving you”) in 1 John 2.26, in our verse they are recognized as ἀντίχριστοι (“antichrists”). With this designation John refers to the time-honored apocalyptic expectation (καθὼς ἠκούσατε, “as you have heard”) that the Antichrist will appear at the end of time. When John says: καὶ νῦν ἀντίχριστοι πολλοὶ γεγόνασιν (“and now many antichrists have come”), he historicizes the single anticipated Antichrist.
So the antichrists are the false teachers and everyone who denies that Jesus is the Christ (1 John 2.22). Anyone who does not “confess” Christ alone (1 John 4.3) and/or who does not acknowledge that Jesus has come in the flesh (2 John 7) is an antichrist.
Further, the fact that these antichrists have arisen is the sign ὅτι ἐσχάτη ὥρα ἐστίν (“that it is the last hour”). For it is without a doubt that Jesus’ coming is the last hour for the κόσμος (“world”). Now, it is specifically Jesus’ coming to which the deniers of Christ indirectly testify. And to this extent this assertion has the same meaning as 1 John 2.8: “the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.” This ever present “shining” is precisely what can and should be confirmed for believers by the very appearance of the false teachers.
"And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil" (John 3:19).
Friday, March 18, 2011
Mathew 21:28–32; Hebrews 11:1f., 6, 8–10, 17–19
Faith is not, therefore, a standing, but a being suspended and hanging without ground under our feet. Or conversely, in faith we abandon whatever we might otherwise regard as our standing, namely, our standing upon ourselves (including all moral and religious, even Christian standing), because in faith we see that it is a false and unreal standing, a hanging without support, a wavering and falling. We abandon it for the real standing in which we no longer stand on ourselves (on our moral and religious, or even our Christian state), and in which we obviously do not stand on our faith as such but - now at least firmly and securely - on the ground of the truth of God and therefore on the ground of the reconciliation which has taken place in Jesus Christ and is confirmed by Him to all eternity.
Barth, K., Bromiley, G. W., & Torrance, T. F. (2004). Church dogmatics, Volume V: Index, with Aids for the Preacher (353). Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark.
Saturday, March 05, 2011
Afghan youth are regularly recruited to join both the army and the Taliban. Children arrested by police also suffer torture and abuse in detention. The UN Security Council has urged Afghanistan's government to do more to protect the young victims of the country's conflict. Al Jazeera's Sue Turton reports from Kabul.
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
My son, do not forget my teaching: As in Proverbs 2 the teacher of wisdom is speaking to the learner. For My son see Proverbs 1.8. Do not forget is a negative way of saying “Remember!” What is to be remembered is the content of the instruction: “Do not forget all that I have taught you.” Teaching renders the Hebrew word torah, as used in Proverbs 1:8 where the learner was advised not to forsake his mother’s “teaching.” The term should not be translated as “law” in these contexts, even though the law lies behind and supports the teaching given by the wise ones.
But let your heart keep my commandments: Heart, as in Proverbs 2:2, 10, refers to the mind. My commandments was used in Proverbs 2:1 to refer to the instruction given by the teacher of wisdom. The two lines of this verse are parallel, with the same meaning expressed in a negative way in the first line and then in a positive way in the second line. Keep is equivalent to do not forget, that is, it means “remember.” The Hebrew term basically means “guard” or “preserve.” Other translations have “remember,” or "treasure." In other parts of the Old Testament to keep … commandments (in mind) often has the sense of “practice,” “obey,” “put [them] to use,” and some take that to be the meaning here also (“and obey them”).
Reyburn, W. D., & Fry, E. M. (2000). A handbook on Proverbs. UBS handbook series; Helps for translators (70). New York: United Bible Societies.
Friday, February 11, 2011
The name Sinai is probably related to Sin (wilderness of) and may even be an alternate spelling (cf. Exodus 16.1; 17.1; Numbers 33.11–12). Sin is one name of the ancient moon god that desert dwellers worshiped. The mountain is also called Horeb, mostly in Deuteronomy (see also 1 Kings 8.9; 19.8; 2 Chronicles 5.10; Psalm 106.19; Malachi 4.4).
Elwell, W. A., & Comfort, P. W. (2001). Tyndale Bible dictionary.
Picture: St. Catherine's Monastery @ the base of Mt.Sinai
Note: The worship of the Moon god " Sin" was widespread and common during the time of Abraham. Contrary to Muslim claims, Abraham was asked to leave Ur of the Chaldees where the moon god Sin was worshipped and migrate to Canaan and worship Jehovah. The Ur of Chaldees is in the region of Babylon. The names of the moon god in Arabia were Wadd, `Amm, Sin, Il Mukah, Hubal and Allah.
The most important name for God in the OT is the tetragrammaton YHWH (occurs about 6,800 times), usually pronounced ‘Yahweh,’ though the known pronunciation was lost in the postexilic period. Due to the increasing sanctity attached to the name and the consequent desire to avoid misuse, the title Adonai (Heb., ‘My Great Lord’) was pronounced in place of the tetragrammaton. In written texts the vowels of Adonai were combined with the consonants YHWH to remind readers to pronounce Adonai instead of Yahweh. The incorrect hybrid, ‘Jehovah,’ arose from Christian misunderstanding in the late Middle Ages. The respect for the sanctity of the personal name of God is reflected in modern Judaism.
Achtemeier, P. J., Harper & Row, P., & Society of Biblical Literature. (1985). Harper's Bible dictionary (1st ed.) (p 685). San Francisco.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
I was alerted to this youtube by a professed infidel (atheist).
"I believe that Jesus died on a cross for my sins," Bieber told Billboard last November. "He's the reason that I'm here."
On his November single Pray, a departure from his typical pop oeuvre, Bieber sings, "I close my eyes and pray / I close my eyes and I can see a better day." The music video, seen more than 21 million times on YouTube, ends with the written message, "God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer."
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
"Bolshevism combines the characteristics of the French Revolution with those of the rise of Islam .... Marx has taught that Communism is fatally predestined to come about; this produces a state of mind not unlike that of the early successors of Mahommet .... Among religions, Bolshevism is to be reckoned with Mohammedanism rather than with Christianity and Buddhism. Christianity and Buddhism are primarily personal religions, with mystical doctrines and a love of contemplation. Mohammedanism and Bolshevism are practical, social, unspiritual, concerned to win the empire of this world". (Bertrand Russell, The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism: London: George Allen and Unwin, 1920 pp. 5, 29, 114).
Sunday, February 06, 2011
Saturday, February 05, 2011
Thursday, February 03, 2011
"...regarding ‘God’ as the proper name of the Deity, rather than as essentially a common noun, implies that all users of the word are monotheists and, within that, that all monotheists believe in the same god. Both these propositions seem to me self-evidently untrue. It may or may not be true that any worship of any god is translated by some mysterious grace into worship of one god who actually exists, and who happens to be the only god. That is believed by some students of religion. It is not, however, believed by very many practitioners of the mainline monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) or of the non-monotheistic ones (Hinduism, Buddhism and their cognates). Certainly the Jews and Christians of the first century did not believe it." - Volume One
The New Testament: And The People Of God. N.T. Wright (p. XV).
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Here are 12 of the parallels that have been noted (this list is by no means exhaustive):
1. Both claimed that the original meaning of the teachings of Jesus and those who preceded him had either been forgotten or corrupted.
2. Both prophets are reported to have come from humble beginnings with no formal education and were barely literate.
3. Holy Books: Both prophets wrote a new holy book that was apparently inspired by God, and both claimed that their holy book was the most correct and perfect book on earth. Also, they both claimed that their holy books were based upon a record stored in heaven. Both religions claim that their Holy Books have been preserved and are accurate to what was originally recorded by their prophets.
4. Both prophets claimed to have had visions and to have been visited by angels. For Muhammad it was the angel Gabriel, and for Smith it was the angel Moroni. Both visions revealed many new teachings that contradict the Bible.
5. Both believed that no true religion existed on Earth and they were there to restore God’s truth. Islam claims that Adam and Abraham were truly Muslim and that it is restoring 'the true faith of Abraham'. Mormons claim to have restored 'the true faith/church' that was on the earth during and after the time of Jesus, before the supposed "Great Apostasy".
6. Both prophets were practicing polygamists and advocated polygamy (and condemn polyandry) by supposed revelation from God. Additionally, both men married very young girls.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
“Terrorism is not a contemporary form of revolution against oppression and capitalism. No ideology, no struggle for an objective, not even Islamic fundamentalism, can explain it”. - Jean Baudrillard
French theorist Jean Baudrillard (1929–2007) was one of the foremost intellectual figures of the present age whose work combines philosophy, social theory, and an idiosyncratic cultural metaphysics that reflects on key events of phenomena of the epoch. (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
In The Spirit of Terrorism: And Requiem for the Twin Towers (2002a), Baudrillard argued that the 9/11 attacks represent a new kind of terrorism, exhibiting a
“form of action which plays the game, and lays hold of the rules of the game, solely with the aim of disrupting it… they have taken over all the weapons of the dominant power”.
In other words, the terrorists used airplanes, computer networks, and the media associated with Western societies to produce a spectacle of terror. Essentially, the attacks evoked a global specter of terror. The very life of Western civilization was under assault by “the spirit of terrorism” and from now on, potential terrorist attacks can occur anytime and anywhere.
Before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Baudrillard complained that the contemporary era was one of “weak events”. As he saw it, no really major historical occurrences had happened in recent history, and that therefore life and thought were becoming increasingly boring.
Shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks, Baudrillard wrote a paper “L'esprit du terrorisme” published November 2,2001, in Le Monde. He argued that the assaults on the World Trade Center and Pentagon constituted a what should be seen as a “strong event”. In fact, the attacks were
“the ultimate event, the mother of all events, the pure event uniting within itself all the events that have never taken place.”
“the speeches and commentaries made since September 11 betray a gigantic post-traumatic abreaction both to the event itself and to the fascination that it exerts. The moral condemnation and the sacred union against terrorism are directly proportional to the prodigious jubilation felt at having seen this global superpower destroyed.”
Baudrillard perceived that the terrorists hope that the system will overreact in response to the multiple challenges of terrorism:
“It is the terrorist model to bring about an excess of reality, and have the system collapse beneath that excess”.
In Baudrillard's view, the 9/11 attacks represented “the clash of triumphant globalization at war with itself” and unfolded a “fourth world war”:
“The first put an end to European supremacy and to the era of colonialism; the second put an end to Nazism; and the third to Communism. Each one brought us progressively closer to the single world order of today, which is now nearing its end, everywhere opposed, everywhere grappling with hostile forces. This is a war of fractal complexity, waged worldwide against rebellious singularities that, in the manner of antibodies, mount a resistance in every cell.”
It seems that within every individual there resides a stealthy opposition to monolithic, single world orders and such resistance currently manifests in the terrible formlessness of senseless terror.
Note: the above entry was abstracted mainly from the online publication at the following link: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Islamic terrorism is the fruit of Islam
Omar Ahmad, Co-Founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, who said “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth…”
“Fighting for freedom, fighting for Islam, that is not suicide, …They kill themselves for Islam.”
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Romans 12:9 begins with the admonition "Love must be sincere..." “Sincere” here translates the Greek 'anypokritos' (lit., “without hypocrisy”), also used of love (2 Corinthians 6:6; 1 Peter 1:22), of faith (1 Timothy 1:5; 2 Timothy 1:5), and of wisdom (James 3:17). Surely,it is the sincere love of God that is shed abroad in the believers heart by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5) and, in turn, this love is ministered by them to others in the Holy Spirit’s power (see, 1 Corinthians 13). Jesus says, "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you" (John 15:12). Enjoy
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Webster's Dictionary defines a cult as:
1. A formal religious veneration
2. A system of religious beliefs and rituals also its body of adherents
3. A religion regarded as 'unorthodox or spurious'
4. A system for the cure of disease based on dogma set forth by its promulgator
5. a: A great devotion to a person, idea, thing; esp.: such devotion regarded as a literary or intellectual fad, b: A usually small circle of persons united by devotion or allegiance to an artistic or intellectual movement or figure.
Obviously, this definition could include everything from stamp collectors to diehard Dylan fans. However, the most important concern today is not simply who might be somewhat "cultic" in their devotion, but what groups might represent potential problems regarding personal or public safety. That is, groups that are potentially unsafe and/or destructive.
Note: Recently, someone posted on my site that I encourage the killing of "Moslems". Never (Mathew 5.44)! Rather, I encourage the conversion of Muslims to Jesus Christ alone (John 1.1, 14; 3.16; 14.6). The accuser continued in his post to issue a veiled threat to my safety. I would hasten to say that such a threat falls under the category of cultish behavior. May the Prince of Peace forgive this perpetrator and deliver him from the bondage of sin and death (Romans 6.23; 10.9).
Sunday, January 09, 2011
- Charles Hodge
Saturday, January 08, 2011
Islam makes the absurd claim that the Koran is the absolute literal word of god (the language god speaks, thinks and writes in), which was dictated to, but not written by, Mohammed. Unlike the Holy Bible, there is no human mediation possible in the words of the Koran. Nevertheless, once the book called the Koran is opened to historical verifiability and higher critical interrogation among true scholars and Muslim, non cult members, it cannot be substantiated as god's pure word.
Like most cults, Islam is an all-or-nothing proposition. Any fault in the Koran that was entrusted to humankind, or doubts as to the truthfulness and reliability of Mohammed (not to mention uprightness), should cause the whole system to disintegrate for all but the severely manic. Muslims already subconsciously realize this, because they fly into tantrums whenever either Mohammed or the Koran is 'disrespected'. Under Sharia law any criticism of either Mohammed or the Koran is blasphemy which is punished by death (even the NYT reports this information).
This paranoid, hypersensitive defensiveness and outrage at candid criticism are not the reactions of a confident belief system, but that of an insidious information-control cult. Reactions of this nature give clear evidences of Islam's core deficiencies. In short, they are disingenuous efforts at shielding a terminal vulnerability, an attempt to cover an Achilles heel.
The location of that Achilles heel was amply demonstrated by the Satanic Verses affair, the Motoons rage, and by the Organization of the Islamic Conference's insidious attempts to introduce global laws against 'blasphemy' of Mohammed (not to mention the recent slaughter of vulnerable Christians, Human rights advocates and defenseless office workers worldwide). In fact, the Muslims themselves have put on public display their most vulnerable and dreadful pustule, which is the questionable (though unquestioned) character of the 'Prophet' himself.
Note: The above words are highly edited annotations of an anonymous and mostly veiled human source. As I recall, the editor himself was terribly offended and deeply hurt by the recent abduction of his insubordinate, eldest son by a subversive, Islamic conspiracy cult whose goal was to kill (again, see Hebrews 6.6) the Jesus of Holy Scripture.
Friday, January 07, 2011
"In the original version of the Koran, Allah had three daughters. But as Islam grew more macho and misogynistic, the verses which referred to Allah's daughters were condemned as Satanic and removed. And Muslims would really rather they had never existed in the first place, because they seriously undermine Islam's claim to be monotheistic and the Koran's claim to be the infallible word of God.
So when Salman Rushdie brought the whole embarrassing episode into the light of day with his novel, he received a five-star fatwa from Muslim leaders and had to move from one hiding place to another in disguise. Needless to say the Muslims also rioted.
The Satanic verses affair was all the more enraging for Muslims in that for years their favorite taunt at Christians was 'God has no son', but here was the Muslim God with no fewer than three offspring!
And if one set of verses were recognized as Satanic, might there not be other diabolical passages in the Koran remaining undetected? In fact, who's to say that the entire tirade of venomous ranting and ravings hadn't originated from the Devil?" - Bamiyan
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