Archive for April 6th, 2006

Poll: Most don’t believe in body’s resurrection

Thursday, April 6th, 2006

This is a sad state of affairs for Christian churches. How is it possible that most people don’t know about a bodily resurrection? Could it be more of the “falling away” of the churches from God’s Word? I’d tend to say “yes”.

Most Americans don’t believe they will experience a resurrection of their bodies when they die, putting them at odds with a core teaching of Christianity.
The findings of a new Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll surprised and dismayed some of the nation’s top theologians since it seems to put Americans in conflict with both the Nicene Creed and the Apostles’ Creed, ancient statements of faith meant to unify Christian belief.
The Nicene Creed, adopted in 325 at the First Council of Nicea under Roman Emperor Constantine, concludes with the famous words: “We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.”
Similarly, the Apostles’ Creed professes a belief in “the resurrection of the body.”
Only 36 percent of the 1,007 adults interviewed a month ago by the Scripps Survey Research Center at Ohio University said “yes” to the question: “Do you believe that, after you die, your physical body will be resurrected someday?” Fifty-four percent said they do not believe and 10 percent were undecided.
“This reflects the very low state of doctrinal preaching in our churches,” said Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and editor of the Southern Baptist Journal of Theology.
“I continually am confronted by Christians, even active members of major churches, who have never heard this taught in their local congregations,” Mohler said. “We have a lowest-common-denominator Christianity being taught in so many denominations that has produced a people who simply do not know some of the most basic Christian truths.”
The survey also surprised a prominent revisionist theologian who discounts a literal belief in a physical resurrection of Jesus.
“I don’t know what to make of this,” said retired Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong, author of “Resurrection: Myth or Reality” and other books that downplay supernatural events in the Bible. “Maybe the old Greek idea of an immortal soul has taken over and the idea of a resurrected body has fallen into disrepute.”
Robert Wuthnow, director of the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, said the poll seems to have broken new ground in understanding America’s popular theology.
“This is definitely interesting. I haven’t seen a similar question asked before,” Wuthnow said. “In a way, though, it doesn’t surprise me. I can think of interpretations of the creeds that would suggest a spiritual resurrection rather than one of the physical body.”
The poll found that most Americans embrace other major elements of traditional Christian dogma. Ninety percent said they believe in a God or a Supreme Being, with 65 percent saying they are “absolutely certain” that God exists. Seventy-two percent said they believe in an afterlife in which they will have “some sort of consciousness,” although slightly less than half (47 percent) said they are “absolutely certain” of this.
Previous Scripps Howard polls have found evidence that Americans embrace other key elements of the creeds. A survey in 2003 found that 63 percent were “absolutely certain” Jesus died and physically rose from the dead. That poll also found 60 percent “absolutely believe” that Jesus was born of a virgin mother.
“Most Americans, when asked survey questions about religion, tend to answer in very theistic ways. They tend to affirm what they believe Christianity teaches,” Mohler said. “Therefore, I have to conclude they simply do not know what orthodox Christianity teaches about the resurrection of the body.”
The poll found that half of all people who have attended church recently said they believe they will experience a physical resurrection someday, while only a quarter of those who have not publicly worshipped recently said the same.
Fifty-nine percent of people who profess a “born again” faith, one of the hallmarks of evangelical Protestantism, said they believe in personal resurrection, the highest level of belief among any group in the poll.
The survey was conducted by telephone from Feb. 19 to March 3 among 1,007 adult residents of the United States. The study was sponsored by a grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation.
The poll has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

Re-Post: A day without illegal aliens

Thursday, April 6th, 2006

The reaction to my idea for “A Day Without Americans” has been overwhelmingly positive and strong.

I have a feeling, based on my own sense of outrage among dedicated, hard-working, loyal, taxpaying, honest U.S. citizens, that most Americans are fed up with illegal aliens – and their new inclination to demonstrate a sense of entitlement is only making matters worse.

It’s one thing to sneak into this country in search of a better way of life.

It’s one thing to take up permanent residency and start dropping anchor babies.

It’s one thing to take advantage of America’s education system, its hospital care, it’s Social Security system and its generous welfare system.

It’s one thing to be part of a wave of unwanted and unwelcome and unauthorized immigration that is changing the very character of our English-speaking country.

It’s one thing to be part of a population shift that has made it easy for drug dealers, criminals and terrorists to hide behind the skirts of ordinary civilians.

It’s another thing, though, to act like you are doing your host country a favor by being here.

It’s another thing to insult those hosts who have been so patient with you, so tolerant, so accommodating.

It’s another thing to fly the American flag upside down and to hoist the Mexican flag above it.

It’s another thing entirely when you start saying that you have more rights in this country than do American citizens.

And those have been the messages American citizens have been getting from these massive rallies in Los Angeles and Chicago.

Suffice it to say the illegals and their supporters are doing more to harm their cause – and alienating themselves from mainstream America – than anything the Minutemen have ever done.

Now they are threatening to hold “A Day Without Latinos.”

They might be very surprised to find out how many Americans would be delighted to have at least one day without Latinos – especially without the illegal alien variety of Latinos.

In fact, Americans are pretty sick and tired of all groups who label themselves as anything but Americans – all the while insinuating themselves into our lives and our pocketbooks.

I think Americans will be grateful when May 1 comes along and we have a day without illegal aliens. I don’t think the American economy will skip a beat. I don’t think any Americans will lose a wink of sleep. Do you know of anyone – with the possible exception of Archer Daniels Midland Corp. – who is honestly worried about a day without illegal aliens in America?

I don’t know about you, but I could get used to such days. I’d like to sign up for more. I think that will be the attitude of most Americans as May 1 comes along – especially if those illegal aliens are out in the streets calling the rest of us racists, bigots and imperialists, again.

I don’t really have a beef with Mexican peasants who try to make a way for their family by escaping the horrific conditions of exploitation and poverty that exist for them south of the border. But I do have a beef with George Bush, the U.S. Congress, the Ford Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Carnegie Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, George Soros, MALDEF, LULAC, La Raza, MEChA and the rest of the pukes trying to override the rule of law and the will of the people in my country.

So, while the activists are running “A Day Without Latinos” up their Mexican flagpole, I’m running my own idea up the U.S. flagpole.

Consider “A Day Without Americans.”

I don’t know exactly what it means. I don’t know exactly when it is. I don’t know exactly what we do or don’t do. But consider the power.

Maybe it’s July 4.

Maybe it’s Election Day.

Maybe it’s right around the corner on April 15.

All I know is that it’s time for real Americans to stand up for freedom, self-government, the Constitution, independence, self-reliance, sovereignty, God and country.

We had better start planning our own day of reckoning.

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Joseph Farah is founder, editor and CEO of WND and a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate. His latest book is “Taking America Back.” He also edits the weekly online intelligence newsletter Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin, in which he utilizes his sources developed over 30 years in the news business.

Hamas leader: Jews controlling U.S. Christianity

Thursday, April 6th, 2006

Do you think the pali terrorist running pali-land would be quiet if they realized just how stupid they sound? Nawwww…not a chance.

United States churches are secretly run by Jews who converted to Christianity with the intention of controlling religious Americans including President Bush, a top Hamas official claims.
“Even the churches where the Americans pray are led by Jews who were converted to Christianity, but they were converted to keep controlling the Americans,” Mohammad Abu Tir, the number two Hamas terrorist in the newly formed Palestinian Authority government said during an exclusive interview from his home yesterday with top radio host Rusty Humphries and WND Jerusalem bureau chief Aaron Klein.
“I made a study and I know very well that all this radicalism in some parts of the Christianity, [including] the Anglicans who are being led by Bush, is because of the control of Zionists,” said Abu Tir.
The Hamas official, famous for his orange-dyed beard, went on to accuse “Zionists” of controlling Western media organizations and “leading terrorism inside the mass communications media.”
Abu Tir was elected to the number two spot in the PA in January’s legislative ballots in which Hamas won by a large margin. He spent nearly 25 years in Israeli prisons for directing terror activities, including the attempted poisoning in the early 1990s of Israel’s water supplies.
His comments will be broadcast tonight on Humphries national program, “The Rusty Humphries Show,” which is live from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Eastern and featured on more than 230 radio stations nationwide, including WDBO in Orlando, WCBM in Baltimore, KSFO in San Francisco, KOKC in Oklahoma City, WNIS in Norfolk, KHBZ in Honolulu and KVI in Seattle.
Tonight’s show also will focus on Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s plan to withdraw from most of the West Bank and will include clips from Humphries’ tour yesterday of major West Bank Jewish communities. Humphries also will air an exclusive interview he conducted today about the West Bank with former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres.
Humphries and Klein earlier this week conducted an exclusive interview with the gun-toting senior leadership of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Bethlehem. The Brigades has been accused of leading the persecution of Bethlehem’s local Christian population, which drastically declined after the PA took control of the city in 1995.
Humphries this week is scheduled to broadcast from various hotspots in Israel and will conduct exclusive interviews with regional leaders and newsmakers.
Humphries has been named one of America’s 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts six years in a row by Talkers Magazine, was nominated as Talk Radio Personality of the Year by Radio and Records and was inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame as its youngest inductee ever.

Muslims set Bible ablaze

Thursday, April 6th, 2006

Enraged rioting, Pakistani Christians took to the streets yesterday, burning cars and houses, while attacking Muslim believers, after several Muslims burned a Bible…
No wait, that didn’t actually happen. I mean, yes, the muslims burned the Bible, but the Christians didn’t do anything but stage a protest, in which no one was killed, no cars were burned and no houses were destroyed. This in spite of the fact that Pakistani authorities have looked the other way while muslims are bused into an area in order to destroy and harm Christians and their property. Hummm….makes one wonder which religion is peaceful: Christianity or Islam?
Not much thought is required to answer that one.

MULTAN, Pakistan – The burning of a Bible and other religious texts by four Muslim men in the Tibba Shomali area of Multan district in Pakistan has prompted more than 1,500 Christians to stage a protest.
Four men were caught Tuesday evening while burning the Bible, calendars depicting Jesus Christ and other Christian booklets, reports the Pakistan-based Daily Times.
“We caught four people – Hafiz Islam, Hafiz Abid, Rana Abdul Ghaffar and Rana Abdul Jabbar – burning our sacred books and literature on a heap of garbage on Tuesday evening,” Pakistan Christian Writers Guild President AD Sahil said, according to the Pakistan paper.
Local council member Nazim Ch Shamoon Kaiser told the Daily Times: “Two chapters of the Bible, calendars carrying portraits of Jesus Christ and booklets containing religious literature were reduced to ashes.”
The councilor said a group of enraged Christian tried to attack the accused but town elders intervened to save their lives.
A former district councilor, the Daily Times said, condemned the incident but asked local Christians not to take the law into their hands.
A local Christian minister, Nathaniel Barkat, whose Protestant church was attacked by a group of unidentified people March 30, appealed to police Sunday to provide security to Christian residents of the area. The are still at large.
Along with the burning incident, five churches have been attacked in Pakistan within two months, challenging the recent claim by government official Raja Basharat, who contends there is complete harmony between Muslims and Christians in Punjab province.

“Falling Away” of the Church

Thursday, April 6th, 2006

As one reads news articles from around the Christian community, it is hard not to notice that many churches and denominations seem to be stepping away from “controversial” biblical teachings in favor of a world view version of the bible. This means that tough topics such as homosexuality, abortion, adultery, and going to hell for not acknowledging Jesus as Lord and Savior, are not being discussed, let alone preached about in churches. Moral relativism and congregational entertainment seem to be all the rage. So are we in the period prophesied in the Bible as the “great falling away” of the church; the age of the church apostasy?

Read the rest here.

Attorney Hails Dismissal of Eighth Suit Challenging Florida Marriage Laws

Thursday, April 6th, 2006

Just so everyone knows, the homosexuals do not want the issue of what constitutes marriage to go before voters. They know that every time it does, they will loose. Their only hope of forcing their agenda on the rest of the country is through the courts and the education system. People are starting to wake up to this fact.

(AgapePress) – The final lawsuit challenging marriage laws in Florida has been withdrawn following a move last week by the Florida Supreme Court, which cleared the way for a state constitutional amendment protecting traditional marriage to go before the voters.
Attorneys representing the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) withdrew the suit, the last of eight filed in Florida in an attempt to challenge the state’s established marriage laws. One of the NCLR’s legal representatives is the same attorney that argued against allowing Florida voters a chance to vote on amending the state constitution to protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
The Florida Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the amendment on February 8, 2006. Mat Staver, president and general counsel of the pro-family legal group Liberty Counsel, argued in favor of the constitutional amendment, and the NCLR attorney was also present. Those proceedings did not go well for the lesbian group and for the American Civil Liberties Union: in a unanimous opinion, the state high court upheld the language of the marriage protection amendment.
The NCLR’s legal counsel in the case of Higgs v. Kolhage filed papers on February 13, 2006, requesting dismissal of the lesbian group’s lawsuit. Staver suspects NCLR and its attorneys recognized that the Higgs case, which challenged state marriage laws, would fare no better before the court than their opposition to the Florida marriage amendment had done.
“They now realize that with the amendment going to the Floridians for vote, it’s a futile process to challenge the Florida laws that protect marriage as one man and one woman,” the Liberty Counsel spokesman says.
Five other cases involving same-sex marriage were filed in state court but dismissed last year. Their dismissal followed on the heels of a federal court decision in the Florida case of Wilson v. Ake, which upheld Florida’s marriage laws in January 2005 and rejected an attempt to extend Massachusetts same-sex “marriage” to Florida.
And now that the Florida Supreme Court has issued its 7-0 decision on the Florida constitutional amendment, thereby allowing the amendment to go to the polls and let the people decide marriage, Staver feels it is clear why the National Center for Lesbian Rights decided to dismiss their case. “This is good news,” he says, “and I think it shows that when people stand up, they can make a difference.”
When the voters are given a choice, the pro-family attorney contends, “they always choose marriage as the union of only one man and one woman.” Nevertheless, he cautions, “Although all eight court challenges against Florida’s marriage laws are over, voters can only be certain of protecting marriage through the passage of a state constitutional amendment.”
Meanwhile, Staver points out, to successfully defend marriage “we must win all of the time. One loss can create a ripple effect around the country.” Courts did not create marriage and must not be allowed to destroy it, Liberty Counsel’s president asserts; therefore, efforts to pass state and federal constitutional marriage amendments must continue to move forward.