Archive for April 5th, 2006

The Downing of TWA Flight 800

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

I have always thought maybe something was up with this, but I usually don’t subscribe to conspiracy theories. Maybe this has creedence, and maybe it doesn’t. We may never know the answer.

A researcher of the TWA Flight 800 downing says his use of the map program Google Earth to verify the claims of witnesses bolsters his belief that the 747 jetliner was shot down by a missile, contrary to the official explanation.
Robert Donaldson, who has carried on the investigation of his brother, the late Cmdr. William Donaldson, re-interviewed a key witness, Mike Wire, whose testimony was used to create the government’s explanation.
Nearly 10 years ago, after an extensive investigation, the FBI and National Transportation Safety Board declared “mechanical failure” the cause of the July 17, 1996, disaster but failed to adequately explain how it happened.
Donaldson said the investigation created an “environment of suspicion and distrust in the government’s motives and conclusion.”
“Throughout all of this, they have ignored and tried to discredit more than 100 eyewitnesses who saw a streak, or fireworks rise from the surface and impact Flight 800,” he said.
Wire’s case is a perfect example of this bias, contends Donaldson, who went with the Pennsylvania man back to Long Island to take a photograph of the view and analyze it.
Donaldson said what he created is nothing like the CIA described in its now-discredited video that featured a distorted version of Wire’s testimony.
Wire, according to his testimony to the FBI, was looking south-southwest toward the beach. At approximately 8:30 p.m. he saw a white light traveling skyward from the ground at approximately a 40 degree angle. He described it as a white light that sparkled and thought it was some type of fireworks. Wire stated the light “zigzagged” as it traveled upward and at the apex of its travel, it “arched over” and disappeared from view. He estimated the light was in view for about 15 seconds and its speed was consistent with normal fireworks.
The CIA video contended that what the witnesses saw was “a Boeing 747 in various stages of crippled flight.” The video climaxed with an animation purporting to show the nose of the aircraft blew off from an internal explosion. TWA Flight 800 then allegedly “pitched up abruptly and climbed several thousand feet from its last recorded altitude of about 13,800 feet to a maximum altitude of about 17,000 feet.” The CIA video claimed this was what the eyewitnesses had seen – not missiles, but a rocketing, noseless 747 trailing fire.
Donaldson said Wire’s testimony was used extensively by the CIA in developing its theory. But Wire says the agency completely distorted his statement and never interviewed him.
After his recent interview with Donaldson, Wire went to the location and took a digital photo, on which he then drew black lines indicating the route of the smoke trail he saw and the path of the burning debris falling to the ocean.
Donaldson then edited the picture to show more of what Wire described to him.
Using Google Earth, Donaldson then plotted Wire’s position on the bridge, the exact location of Flight 800 according to the Islip radar and then overlaid his drawing on the perspective in Google Earth. “This has resulted in an extraordinary match up between his recollection and where the events took place according to the Islip radar,” Donaldson said.
The pictures show the CIA’s explanation is “complete bunk,” he said. Flight 800 already was at 13,700 feet, well above the rooflines of the building Wire was looking at and high in the sky. A climb of 3,000 additional feet would be imperceptible, Donaldson argued, only 20 percent higher than its original position.
It also would not look like a zigzagging streak with a smoke trail that originated behind one of the beachfront houses.
Furthermore, Donaldson contended, if Flight 800 did manage to climb 3,000 feet, it would take between two to three minutes, yet the Islip radar only shows it in the air for only 37 seconds after the initial transponder was lost. “The only conclusion that can be drawn from this and other similar eyewitness accounts is that they saw something that was supersonic,” he said.
Donaldson said readers can link to his Flight 800 Google Earth Project, after installing Google Earth, by following the instructions below.
1. Open Google Earth.
2. On the top menu bar, click on “ADD”.
3. Then click on “Network Link”.
4. Fill in the name field with “TWA 800” or another name to describe it.
5. Add the following link in the “Location” box: http://twa800.com/google-earth/flight-800.kmz
This should open a network link to the Flight 800 data. Click the triangle beside the link to expand the data. Double Click any link to “fly” to that location. Clicking on and off the check boxes will display or hide that information.

Re-Post: Nearing Midnight for April 3rd (Part 2)

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

Endtime Behavior

An e-mail from a friend of the RR website this week caused the prophecy needle within my spiritual senses-meter to jump into the red zone. The friend prefaced his message with the following:

“I’m writing to you now about an issue which, while not related to Bible prophecy directly, is a case that you may have heard about in the newspapers, the media, etc. It’s the story of Imette St. Guillen.”

The writer of the e-mail reminded me of the case that has received considerable national attention as of late. The young woman’s body was found in New York City in February of this year. She had been tied, her mouth stuffed with a sock, then taped. She had been, it was determined, raped, then murdered.

Even though the writer, named Christopher, didn’t personally know the young lady, he was, and remains, deeply touched by Imette’s death, in part, because she went to school in his old neighborhood near upper Manhattan. He is now joined with a number of other people to protest a bar and its owner, whom they hold responsible, in part at least, for her death. Interestingly, It was the same bar owner whose bar (another one) was at the center of controversy in a high-profile case of rape and murder in the 1980s. That crime involved Jennifer Levin, victim, in the so-called “preppy murder.”

Christopher says the group of protesters is running up against fierce opposition by New York media and current and former politicians with powerful political clout who are friends of the bar’s owner. He claims they have miscast the group in their reason for protest, which is in fact, “to have the bar closed in the awful death of this poor girl.” Christopher says every indication is that Imette was a girl who did not invite danger in her life, and the group of protesters has gone to considerable lengths to learn about her as a person. Like in many cases, accusations are flying that she was a less than worthy person to be concerned about because she was in a place she shouldn’t have been. There seems to be much more concern for the bar, its owner, and the bar’s bouncer than for the victim.

Certainly, I won’t try to justify any person, young or old, male or female, putting himself or herself in positions that could lead to violence. In my view, however, every person in this nation has the right of liberty to go to places, private or public, without danger of being attacked, raped, or even murdered. If not, none of us is safe, anywhere. Thus, the charges by some unthinking people-even some Christians-who claim that Imette got what she asked for, are heartless and out of place.

Bottom line: the perpetrator of Imette’s horrible death is to blame, not the victim. But, we have come into an era of reprobate or upside-down thinking, where the criminal’s rights have begun to usurp the rights of law-abiding citizens.

My friend, Christopher, is wrong. It IS, in fact, a matter of prophetic relevance-this case of the death of Imette St. Guillen. We find the prophecy wrapped up in Paul the apostle’s words of 2 Timothy:

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be…fierce…’ (2 Tim. 3: 1-3)

Most who are reading this and who have cable TV will know I am being accurate when I say that almost every evening, channels such as A&E, Discovery, and the History Channel present graphic documentaries of the most vile crimes committed -for the most part from recent times. True stories of physical abuse, beatings, rapes, murders, and every other kind of man’s inhumanity to man fill our eyes and ears. American viewers must be fascinated; otherwise, the programs would cease being shown.

We are a world of rebellious earth-dwellers by nature. Thank God, He has reached down and moved heaven and hell to bring many to repentance and salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. And, we are observably -demonstrably-in a generation that is deeply into endtime behavior. Christians attuned to God’s prophetic Word will not disagree with the statement that we are in times much like those reported in the Bible about Noah’s antediluvian world, and the times of Lot at Sodom and Gomorrah. Jesus said that it is exactly at such a time that He will break in upon an unsuspecting generation of God-despisers.

Paul said they will “have a form of godliness, but deny the power thereof” (2 Tim. 3:5). They will accept anything religious, so long as it does not include the only righteousness God accepts for redemption.

We must ask the question, then: What is the one name that seems to elicit scorn in America today? Is it Mohammed? Is it Allah? No, it is the name of Jesus. Even after the attacks of 9/11 and the ongoing barbarism in the name of Allah, it is the name Jesus that the civil libertarians and federal court judges seem determined to choose for castigation. Any religious thought must be tolerated, except evangelical Christianity -the truth that the one God and Creator of all things requires that all sin be dealt with in order that any person come to Him for eternal life.

The only form of godliness the Creator accepts is His only begotten Son, Jesus the Christ, the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world. Jesus is the only permanent remedy for the end-time behavior Planet Earth continues to experience.

–Terry

Re-Post: Nearing Midnight for April 3rd (Part 1)

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

Are You Doing Something Productive?

It never ceases to amaze me how the information age has blessed us with such a wealth of knowledge. We have libraries that contain millions of books, and we have the internet that puts billions of web pages at our fingertips.

As good as we are at generating information, there is no guarantee that the resources we are creating will have a productive purpose. While some information is vital for historic and practical purposes, most of this knowledge is purely frivolous. It simply has no lasting importance.

I recently did a random search of the bookseller Amazon.com the internet to get a measure of the type of information being presented to the public. In my random search, I ran into a novel about the Russian mafia and I found a page that answers the burning question on everyone’s mind, “How is synthetic urine manufactured?” I wouldn’t say the world would be a better place without these two resources, but it certainly wouldn’t be in any worse shape without them.

What led me to start this web venture was asking myself, “What can I do that would be the most productive?” Because prophecy and the Kingdom of God are the ultimate forces driving our future, I decided to write articles about these two interrelated subjects.

When I sit down to plan out a new article, I look for an information void that needs to be filled. The search engines have been helpful in verifying whether we are achieving this goal.

When I conducted a Google search for the phase “lazy people,” my recent new article on the subject of laziness ranked in the top five. Even though there were 45 million other web pages with some connection to those two words, the article on RR was judged to be the most relevant. A search of “European Union” and “Prophecy” brought up another RR article – European Union in prophecy – as a top-ranked destination.

There is no special relationship between Google and Rapture Ready. You could find several articles ranked in the top 10 on other search engines.

I’m now working on an article called “Downward Spiral.” After its completion, I fully expect it will dominate the search results. I’ve already checked, and there is really nothing to prevent it from rising to the top. If someone were using the internet now to find answers explaining why his or her life is in a downward spiral, he or she would get directed to articles about the band Nine Inch Nails, or to some commentary written by people who share the same predicament.

There is no great secret about having a sucessful web ministry. The key ingredient is determination and the willingness to be a public servant. You simply can’t help bring lost souls into the Kingdom of God if your primary goal is building up your own earthly province.

I once worked with a gentleman who had a site similar to Rapture Ready. We exchanged articles for each other’s sites-I’ve done this with many sites over the years. He had very extravagant plans. He was going to host conferences around the nation, build a radio broadcast, host tour groups to Israel and publish his own books.

His high-minded vision of himself eventually led to his undoing. He made a series of decisions that ended in complete disaster. When it became obvious to him that the gravy train of recognition and reward was nowhere on the immediate horizon, he closed his operation.

I am very grateful that Rapture Ready is supported by a number of people who understand the importance of having a long-term vision of the future. It has taken nearly 20 years get to this point, but the most important thing is that we are here. As one reporter recently told me, the site has become the “leading depositor of end-time information.”

When we leave this world behind, the sole indication that we led productive lives will be what we did to help bring the lost to faith in Jesus Christ.

–Todd

Re-Post: The giant killers by David Kupelian

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

“JERUSALEM – The biblical tale of David slaying Goliath is the grand archetype of giant-killer imagery, but new research suggests that those who believe David was the underdog might be wrong.”

This recent Reuters report is just one more example of the smug contempt with which 21st century “experts” artfully spit on the heroes of Western civilization.

“An Israeli neurologist said Thursday that after years of studying the biblical account, he has determined that Goliath suffered from a hormonal disease that put him at a disadvantage against the slingshot-wielding David.”

“‘It was a miracle that such a small and young shepherd could defeat Goliath in battle,’ said Vladimir Berginer, a professor of neurology at Ben-Gurion University here. ‘But now I have found an explanation for it.'”

You see, folks, it wasn’t David’s faith in God that won the day. It was the fact, as Professor Berginer points out, that Goliath was actually suffering from a disease of the pituitary gland called acromegaly, which caused a tumor to swell against poor Goliath’s optic nerve.

Goliath, it turns out, was vision-impaired!

“I am sure that from time to time, Goliath did not see David because in the Bible it was written a few times that Goliath was very slow, but David ran,” Mr. Berginer said.

“The shepherd boy was darting and feinting so much,” concluded this illuminating Reuters report, “that the visually challenged giant ‘did not see David and was unprepared for the fatal stone.'”

So, I guess it was no big deal that David was able to slay Golilath. No need for God here.

This of course is right in line with other recent revelations. Some of our more “enlightened” Old Testament experts over the years have explained that when Moses crossed the Red Sea with the fleeing Israelites, the water may have been only a couple of feet deep, explaining how they were able to cross so easily. No need for God here.

Of course, this introduces the possibility of an even greater miracle – that the entire Egyptian army, in hot pursuit of the fleeing Israelites, could have drowned in two feet of water. But hey, let’s not quibble.

Look at our current stock of heroes. What about Ronald Reagan, who, according to C-SPAN, historians and the public alike have found to be one of the greatest presidents of this or any century?

The American public loved Reagan – the antithesis of Clinton, who for lack of moral leadership was ranked at the very bottom of both C-SPAN’s public survey and of the network’s poll of 58 historians, while Reagan ranked up top with Jefferson, Washington and Lincoln.

For the first six years of Reagan’s presidency, the news media – profoundly opposed to his more conservative agenda – were unable to turn the American public against Reagan, nor could they even say much against him, for fear of losing credibility with the public, so popular was the 40th president.

But when the Iran-Contra scandal broke, the orgiastic feeding frenzy began. The big media pummeled Reagan without mercy for the last two years of his presidency. And then, throughout the ’90s, it endeavored to finish the job, painting the 1980s – one of the best decades in the last half of the 20th century – as “Reagan’s decade of greed.”

In 1990, Time magazine snubbed Reagan – the man credited by historians with having broken the back of the Soviet Empire – in its search for “Man of the ’90s” and named, instead, Mikhail Gorbachev, the communist dictator who, just a few years before, had dropped planeloads of bombs in the shape of toys into Afghanistan so little Afghani boys and girls could pick them up and maim or kill themselves.

Yes, there was a spiritual hatred of Ronald Reagan.

During the height of the Monica Lewinsky-Bill Clinton scandal, when all the tabloids on every supermarket checkout were screaming, “BILL AND MONICA!” here came U.S. News & World Report with its 200-year-old scoop, “JEFFERSON AND SALLY!”

The allegation was that the third president and author of the Declaration of Independence had fathered a girl by slave Sally Heming. Whether or not the allegation is true, the obvious intent betrayed by the story’s timing was to create a moral equivalence between “Bill and Monica” and “Tom and Sally.”

“Hey, everyone does it. What’s the big deal?”

Speaking of the Declaration of Independence, here’s a story of another giant-killer at work. NBC’s “Today” show a few years back featured a handwriting expert who, after analyzing the Declaration of Independence, had determined that all of the signatures – all of them – had been forged by Benjamin Franklin. As proof of this brilliant detective work, he illustrated some technical discrepancy, such as the way the loop of one of the purported signer’s “h” differed from the loop on another “h” in a known sample of his handwriting. Well, you get the idea.

So not only is Thomas Jefferson an adulterer, but a liar as well. Hey, just like Clinton! Although we have always thought Jefferson authored the Declaration, this “new research” aptly demonstrated that he, and all the other purported “signers” of the Declaration, allowed Franklin to forge their signatures. In other words, the entire team of founding fathers, who pledged – and in many cases actually sacrificed – their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor for the sake of our liberty, were liars in allowing their names to be forged.

Why, you may well wonder, would NBC’s “Today” give national coverage to such a vile huckster? What is this kick, this thrill obtained by knocking down heroes, killing giants, discrediting great people that stand for great things, destroying people’s most cherished beliefs?

Why does the establishment media consider such drivel to be news? Why does someone with an absurd thesis like our friend the handwriting expert, or Goliath’s personal physician, get a free ride in the establishment news media?

Let’s skip ahead to the last chapter. Sometimes that’s the easiest way to solve a mystery.

Why did they put Jesus to death? If he was a perfect person – I mean, he healed the lame, raised the dead, and preached love and forgiveness – why did people hate him? Would he be hated if he was in our midst today? Who would hate him? Would you? Are you sure?

The experts, leaders and intelligentsia of His day hated Jesus so much they couldn’t wait to kill him. Why? Because he was good – the ultimate hero.

When faithless, proud egomaniacs are in the presence of people of faith and virtue, it literally makes them feel ill. It’s like the noonday sun for Dracula. He, quite literally, cannot stand the pain.

Who knows, maybe that is what hell is like. For a person who has hated God and goodness all his life, and lived in his own little dark, velvety counter-universe, to suddenly find himself in the presence of the light of God – unwillingly, with no physical body in which to hide through various pleasure and distractions – that light would feel like a burning fire.

But back to earth. This type of person experiences a joy, a buoyancy, an inner excitement, a feeling of actual growth, of becoming more important, a sense of fulfilling his destiny by confusing and misleading other people spiritually and mentally. How? By destroying their heroes – for most of us, a vital connection with reality.

Indeed, for most people, a single person who is a good example – whether it be father, mother, minister, teacher, friend, or the great men and women in history who have exemplified virtue, courage and perseverance – serves to cement our connection with sanity. If you were the devil and succeeded in knocking over every single hero, you would destroy the culture of God, cutting off the connection for the next generation with the great people and ideas of the past.

The truth is, a 7-year-old with his or her innocence, common sense and native wisdom still intact is more intelligent and has more wisdom and is a more reliable barometer of truth than all the experts this world has to offer – combined.

So do your kids’ souls a big favor. Read them stories from books like “The Children’s Book of Heroes,” edited by William Bennett. Tell them the stories of George Washington’s fervent prayers in the frozen woods of Valley Forge; about Jackie Robinson’s courage and self-control in overcoming racial prejudice and not only being the first black major league baseball player, but being named Rookie of the Year; Abraham Lincoln, who as a young store clerk walked six miles to return six cents to a woman he had accidentally overcharged; Mother Teresa, who devoted her life to helping the needy all over the world; Helen Keller, who exemplified the triumph of spirit over the most severe physical limitations; and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, who proved the magic of perseverance.

Oh yes, I almost forgot.

And David, the giant killer. His story of courage and faith has re-lit a million dimming lamps, given strength in battle, faith in trial, and hope that despite enormous odds the forces of darkness cannot stand up to those who put their faith in the one true God.

David Kupelian is vice president and managing editor of WorldNetDaily.com and Whistleblower magazine, and author of the best-selling book, “The Marketing of Evil: How Radicals, Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell Us Corruption Disguised as Freedom.

Premature babies can feel pain, scans show

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

No really? Who would have guessed? So maybe it’s not a very far logical jump to say that late term aborted babies feel pain as they have a hole punched in their heads and have their brains sucked out? Sucking out brains. This is the subject matter of “B” grade horror movies, not something that I should have to be talking about on a Christian based blog. But this type of thing goes on in abortion clinics around the world every day.
Now they say premature babies feel pain. What kind of person is so into themselves that they could intentionally cause pain in a baby? It is beyond me to understanding what makes this type of monster, mascarading as healthcare professional, tick. Someone, please explain it to me.

Premature babies experience real pain rather than just displaying reflex reactions, scientists said yesterday.
Brain scans carried out on premature babies during blood tests showed surges of blood and oxygen in the sensory areas of their brains – demonstrating that pain was being processed.
Previous research had shown that even the youngest newborns are capable of showing the behavioural signs of pain but it had been unclear whether these were simply bodily reflexes.
Prof Maria Fitzgerald, from the department of anatomy and developmental biology at University College London, who led the team, said: “We have shown for the first time that the information about pain reaches the brain in premature babies.
“While previous research shows that even the youngest newborn infants are capable of displaying behavioural, physiological and metabolic signs of pain and distress, the measures are all indirect and could be dismissed as bodily reflex reactions rather than measures of true pain.
“These babies’ brains are so immature it was difficult to genuinely know that the pain was going to their brain.”
Prof Fitzgerald said that there was a “lack of basic information” about dealing with pain in premature babies and she hoped the research would lead to better control of pain in premature baby units.
“Nursing staff are not callous in dealing with these babies, but now we know for sure that pain information goes to the brain.
“As a result, while considerable effort is made to provide clinical pain control in babies undergoing invasive procedures, this remains suboptimal in many units.”
The study, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, involved scans on 18 babies born at between 24 weeks and 37 weeks in the neonatal unit at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Obstetric Hospital in west London.
The scientists registered the brain activity in the premature babies before, during and after nurses performed blood tests using a heel lance.
This showed surges of blood and oxygen in the somatosensory cortex, the part of the brain that processes sensations from the body’s surface and is known to be linked to feelings of pain in adults.
Britain has the highest rate of low birth-weight babies in Western Europe, with about 12 per cent of all babies needing some special care at birth and about 2.5 per cent needing neonatal intensive care – some 17,000 babies per year.
Babies in intensive care undergo an average of 14 procedures per day, many of which are considered by clinical staff to be painful, such as inserting chest tubes.
The research also suggested that babies “remember” the painful experience and this could lead to an increased sensitivity to other, non-painful, procedures.
Prof Fitzgerald added: “Since pain information is transmitted to the pre-term infant cortex from 25 weeks, there is the potential for pain experience to influence brain development from a very early age as the brain is highly malleable at this stage.”
A spokesman for Bliss, a premature baby charity, said the findings confirmed the need for a pain protocol for premature babies. “Only 20 per cent of neonatal units in the UK regularly use a pain tool to assess chronic pain,” said the spokesman.
“We strongly believe there is no justification for babies to be in pain and that more attention should be paid to providing comfort and relief when painful procedures are undertaken whilst they are in neonatal care.”

Tornado, Sand-Storms and Oversized Hail Strike Israel

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

I’m not going to speak for God (He did a good enough job with the Bible) but does it seem odd to anyone else that every time the Israelis talk about giving up land to the pali’s, something really strange happens?
I have to believe that God takes exception to His people (Israel) giving up the land He gave them.

A small tornado ripped across the western Galilee Tuesday evening. Hail the size of golf balls also fell in the region. Scores were hospitalized. Freak stormy weather across Israel continues.
The tornado touched down during a hailstorm in the Acco region, striking the Arab villages of Julis, Fassouta and Jedaideh. Hail as big as ping-pong balls was reported as far away as Nahariya. In southern Israel, sandstorms reduced visibility to less than three feet.
Nine foot waves were reported on the Red Sea in Eilat, with telephone and cellular service knocked out for the entire city. The highways through the Negev were also covered completely by several inches of sand.
On Sunday, four Israeli Arabs were killed in northern Israel due to flooding. Sahar Mehamid, 23, from Umm al-Fahm was killed in Wadi Ara and three women from the lower Galilee village of Touran were killed in a car accident after driving through floodwater covering the road. PA resident Iyad Taha, from a village near Ramallah, also drowned in the floodwaters.
Tuesday’s hail and tornado broke electric poles, overturned cars, uprooted trees, damaged crops and injured more than 75 people – most lightly. Most of those injured were struck by objects whipped up by the strong winds, including two children, who suffered deep lacerations. The villages lost electricity for many hours.
Farmers report that avocado, lychee and banana crops were severely damaged by the winds and hail.
Vadim Amar, Mayor of Julis, said that the tornado damaged dozens of homes and asked that the region be declared a natural disaster site.
Tornados are rare in Israel. The occasional ones that have occurred have mostly taken place over the ocean and along the coast.
Hail was also experienced in elevated areas such as Gush Etzion on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
Elsewhere in Gush Etzion, an earthquake simulation exercise is being held Wednesday in Beitar Illit, in conjunction with the Defense Ministry, MDA, Israel Police, Israel Fire Department and others. The three-hour training event began at 11 AM.

University research: Jesus walked on ice

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

People will do anything to try to explain away Jesus as the son of God. This latest theory, which speaks about the account of Jesus walking on water (Matthew 14:22-33) , is one of the more far fetched ones I’ve heard lately.
So let me get this straight.
Jesus stood on ice (which is slippery) as it bobbed around in a turbulent sea, and somehow successfully navigated it to a boat that was also being moved about in the wind and waves. Then He called one of His disciples out of the boat, knowing good and well that he would sink.
What a bunch of nonsense.
Let me tell you how it really happened.
Jesus, the son of God, walked across the water, which was in a liquid state. He came to the boat and called for His desciple to come out too Him. Knowing that the faith of man is weak, He saved the disciple from sinking. No ice involved here.

A Florida State University researcher believes he has a natural explanation for the biblical account of Jesus’ miraculous walk on the surface of the Sea of Galilee – ice.
Professor of Oceanography Doron Nof and the co-authors of his study theorize that a rare combination of optimal water and atmospheric conditions resulted in a unique, localized freezing phenomenon called “springs ice,” according to Physorg.com, which specializes in news about science, technology, physics and space.
A frozen patch of ice floating on the surface of the lake would be difficult to distinguish from the surrounding unfrozen water, making it appear as if Jesus were walking on water, according to the theory.
Nof’s study – with Prof. Ian McKeague of Columbia University’s biostatistics department and Prof. Nathan Paldor of Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s department of atmospheric science – is titled “Is There A Paleolimnological Explanation for ‘Walking on Water’ in the Sea of Galilee?” The study appears in the April 2006 Journal of Paleolimnology, a scientific publication that addresses the reconstruction of lake history.
“As natural scientists, we simply explain that unique freezing processes probably happened in that region only a handful of times during the last 12,000 years,” Nof said, according to Physorg.com “We leave to others the question of whether or not our research explains the biblical account.”

Matthew 14:22-33 says in the New International Version:
During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

The Sea of Galilee, in northern Israel, is known today as Lake Kinneret.
Nof’s study used paleoceanographic records of the Mediterranean Sea’s surface temperatures, combined with analytical ice and statistical models to arrive at his conclusions. He and his colleagues believe their analysis of a small section of Lake Kinneret, near salty springs, supports the likelihood a brief blast of frigid air, combined with generally cooler weather during that time period, produced the conditions in which an ice patch could develop.
“In today’s climate, the chance of springs ice forming in northern Israel is effectively zero, or about once in more than 10,000 years,” Nof said.
“If you ask me if I believe someone walked on water, no, I don’t,” he told Reuters. “Maybe somebody walked on the ice, I don’t know. I believe that something natural was there that explains it.”
“We leave to others the question of whether or not our research explains the biblical account.”
Nof also is known for his theory about the parting of the Red Sea in the book of Exodus. He suggests a combination of strong winds and a land ridge in the Red Sea could explain how Moses was able to lead the Israelites to safety from the pursuing Egyptian army.
Physorg.com notes Nof has received numerous honors throughout his career, including the prestigious Nansen Medal from the European Geosciences Union last year.

Abstinence Ed Group to ACLU: Produce Proof or Retract False Allegations

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

Looks like some groups are not afraid of the terrorist tactics of the ACLU. I’m willing to say that if the ACLU doesn’t retract this, they will probably be sued.
Also, can anyone tell me a LOGICAL reason why abstinence, the only method that is 100% effective against STD’s and pregnancy, should not be taught?

(AgapePress) – An abstinence education group in Rhode Island is accusing the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of spreading half-truths and distortions.
The ACLU has alleged that Heritage of Rhode Island, producer of an abstinence education curriculum called “Right Time, Right Place,” employs in its curriculum a videotape that makes specific references to “a relationship with Jesus” and other faith-based issues. However, Heritage executive director Chris Plante maintains that his group has never owned or used such a video.
The ACLU complainants “have misinformation,” Plante contends, and “they have not accepted any of our invitations to set the record straight.” He says Heritage has called on ACLU of Rhode Island officials to retract their claims, but the civil liberties organization has not complied.
The abstinence education group has therefore “gone out a little bit broader now” in demanding evidence and asking for some pressure to be on the ACLU officials, Plante says. The group hopes to compel ACLU officials simply to “sit down and meet with us,” he explains, to “review the videos that we do use, and then come back out and say they were mistaken — that the claims that they’ve made pertaining to the video were false.”
The Rhode Island Department of Education recently ordered the state’s public schools to stop using abstinence curricula from Heritage after the ACLU complained that the program contained religious content and thus violated the First Amendment’s so-called “separation of church and state” or establishment clause (see related story). But according to Heritage’s executive director, the charge is based on a misunderstanding that resulted when the ACLU leaped to the wrong conclusion.
The video the ACLU is apparently complaining about “would be a Christian school version of a video that we use,” Plante explains. “We use a video called ‘No Apologies,’ which is published by Focus on the Family. When they originally did the video, they did two versions — one for public schools and one for Christian schools. We use the public school version.”

The ACLU’s War Against Abstinence Education
The abstinence education advocate says it is unfortunate that the ACLU would allow “prejudice based on misinformation direct their attack on the abstinence message.” He points out that, since September 2005, the civil liberties group has been engaged in a national anti-abstinence campaign. As part of this effort, he asserts, the ACLU has leveled allegations against federally funded abstinence programs, accusing them of being “based on ideology and religion.”
The Rhode Island Chapter of the civil liberties organization participated in this attack, Plante contends. “It is becoming clear that the ACLU is more interested in promoting their agenda than ensuring that teenagers receive a balanced message that includes abstinence,” he says. “When the ACLU couldn’t find any religious teaching in our programming,” he adds, “they bent the truth to fit their national platform.”
Plant believes the Rhode Island ACLU saw a reference to the “No Apologies” video in Heritage’s lesson plans and then, rather than checking the facts, simply made the assumption that Heritage uses the Christian version of the video. However, he insists that is not true.
“The video that the ACLU claims proves our religious bent is not part of our program,” the Heritage spokesman says, “and we have never owned a video which contains the language the ACLU claims.” In fact, he points out, the curriculum producer has several safeguards in place to prevent religious perspectives from entering its instruction, including having all of its employees sign an “Assurance of Compliance” with federal standards prohibiting the integration of faith-based content in its educational materials. Also, whenever working with a faith-based institution, Heritage requires that a “Memorandum of Agreement” be signed.
“We strive to work with integrity,” Plante says. “By law our programming and materials must not include sectarian instruction, prayer, worship or proselytizing. Any institution we work with must understand that neither party can address abstinence from a faith perspective during our presentation.”
Heritage is calling on the ACLU to “retract its false claims in the same manner they were initially proliferated,” Plante adds. The time has come to put ideology aside, he says, and to begin a dialogue between all concerned with protecting children from the consequences of risky sexual activity.