Archive for February 22nd, 2007

Christian Woman Stands Trial for Insulting Muhammad

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Join me in praying for this woman. A Christian in Pakistan is just one step away from “dead person walking”. As I reviewed this case, I noticed just how little chance this woman has of surviving. Here are some of the facts:

  • Pakistan has a law (Article 295-C) which prescribes death as the penalty for “defiling Muhammad”.
  • This woman is accused by a Muslim woman with whom she had an argument. No one else heard her alleged “defilement” of Muhammad.
  • She was immediately forced into hiding in order to save her life from a mob that took what was said about her at face value, without even waiting to hear her side of the story or contemplate the idea that maybe the Muslim woman made it up in order to get the Christian woman in trouble.
  • Even now, the trail has been moved because the authorities are unable to guarantee that they can protect her from the mob long enough to come to trial.
  • If experience is to be believed, this woman will either be convicted and put to death, based on the testimony of one other person, or if not convicted, she will be murdered after she is freed. Justice is a farce in Pakistan. This is what Islamic law brings with it everywhere it goes.

    CWNews.com –ISTANBUL, February 16 (Compass Direct News) – Pakistani officials have relocated the trial of a Christian woman accused of blaspheming Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, to prevent violent demonstrations tomorrow.

    Judge Rao Abdel Jabar has agreed to preside over tomorrow’s blasphemy hearing against Martha Bibi Masih in the district capital of Kasur, 45 kilometers (28 miles) south of Lahore, defense lawyer Ezra Shujat said.

    He told Compass the trial had been moved from Chunian, near Masih’s home village, because of the sensitive nature of the case.

    Police arrested Masih in the early morning hours of January 23 after a violent mob stormed her house in the village of Kot Nanka Singh, the Center for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS) reported.

    The riot was prompted by claims that Masih made insulting remarks about Islam’s founder, Masih’s husband said in an interview with CLAAS the day of his wife’s arrest. Masih remains behind bars in Kasur’s district jail, while her husband and five children have gone into hiding to avoid a revenge attack, defense lawyer Shujat told Compass.

    “They are afraid and worried now,” said Shujat, an activist with the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance. “They can’t work anywhere.”

    Accusations of blasphemy can be volatile in Pakistan, where Article 295-C of the penal code prescribes death for anyone guilty of defiling Muhammad. Death sentences have always been overturned by higher courts, but at least 23 people suspected of blasphemy have been murdered.

    Implying that tempers had not yet cooled in Masih’s hometown, police requested her case be transferred to Kasur to prevent a “law and order situation,” daily newspaper Dawn reported on February 8.

    In a February 4 article, an officer told Reuters that police had immediately shifted Masih to Kasur because people in her area were “very furious.”

    Masih’s husband said that accusations against his wife were false and stemmed from a quarrel with a Muslim neighbor. In a January 23 interview with CLAAS, Boota Masih explained how his wife had gone to a local mosque construction site on January 22 to retrieve materials that she had rented out to the builders.

    “She requested the people present to go inside [the mosque] and get bamboo [sticks] and logs out for her,” Boota Masih said. “But nobody helped her.”

    As a Christian, she could not enter the mosque, her defense lawyer said.

    When Martha Masih asked a nearby shopkeeper to help her retrieve the materials, the woman refused, and the two exchanged harsh words, Boota Masih told CLAAS.

    The shopkeeper later told her husband, Muhammad Ramzan, that Martha Masih had cursed Islam’s prophet during their argument. Ramzan spread word among his neighbors that the Christian woman had committed blasphemy and gathered a mob to march on Masih’s home at 10 p.m.

    “We requested our neighbor, Muhammad Rashid Mughal, to hide us in his home, which he allowed,” Boota Masih said. The mob searched Masih’s home for two hours but dispersed after failing to find the alleged blasphemer.

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    More Americans Killed by Illegals Than By War in Iraq

    Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

    For all you war protesters out there, here is a new cause to champion. Instead of protesting against our brave men and women who are serving in Iraq so that you can keep your right to free speech, why not start protesting our country’s immigration laws? It makes no sense to be so flippant about illegals coming to America especially since they are killing our people once they get here.

    Illegal aliens are killing more Americans than the Iraq war, says a new report from Family Security Matters that estimates some 2,158 murders are committed every year by illegal aliens in the U.S. The group says that number is more than 15 percent of all the murders reported by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the U.S. and about three times the representation of illegal aliens in the general population.

    Mike Cutler, a former senior special agent with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (the former INS), is a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies and an advisor to Family Security Matters (FSM). He says the high number of Americans being killed by illegal aliens is just part of the collateral damage that comes with tolerating illegal immigration.

    “The military actually called for the BORTAC team, … the elite unit of the Border Patrol, to be detailed to Iraq to help to secure the Iraqi border,” Cutler notes. “Now, if our military can understand that Iraq’s security depends in measure on the ability to protect its border against insurgents and terrorists, then why isn’t our country similarly protecting our own borders?” he asks.

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    “Science and Scripture” by Jack Kinsella

    Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

    “Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?” (Job 41:1)

    The Book of Job is generally the first place Christians turn when they want to see how best to stand up to the trials and tribulations of life. I once knew a pastor who counseled his congregation about patience.

    He told them, “Before you pray for patience, read the Book of Job and find out how you get it, first.” Good advice. Patience is learning to trust God to see you safely through the rapids of life.

    Being sinful, fallen creatures, it takes a couple of trips through the rapids to convince us, first. (In that sense, praying for patience is like praying for a slicker and a paddle.)

    But the Book of Job is much more than a narrative about patience and reward. The Book of Job is rich with evidences of God’s Truth. In Job, God reveals much about science, nature, physics, astronomy and geography. Details that no single person living in the ancient times of Job could possibly know. Especially not someone living in the Middle Eastern desert.

    For centuries, man believed that the earth was flat. Christopher Columbus was criticized for setting sail to the other side of the earth, they expected Columbus to sail off the edge of the earth.

    But Job noted that “He walks above the circle of heaven”. (Job 22:14) The original Hebrew, using Roman characters, is, “Choq- chag `al- pney- mayim `ad-takliyt ‘owr `im- choshek.”

    The word translated as circle comes from the Hebrew word “chuwg” which transliterates into English as ‘circuit’ or ‘sphere’ in addition to ‘circle’.

    Early man thought Atlas, a huge turtle or elephants held up the earth. In the North sky within the millions of stars is a vast expanse of blackness.

    Job 26:7 says the earth is suspended on nothing. The Bible was before the telescope so only God could describe it. Today we know it is gravity that holds the planets and stars in their orbits making them appears to be hung on nothing.

    Job 28:25 says air has weight. Science confirms air is about 50 miles thick, exactly the right composition to support life. It’s perfect for our lungs. The air filters deadly rays. If the earth was 10% larger or smaller all would die. We are in a fragile balance before the sun between frying and freezing.

    Job 26:10 says; “He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.” (KJV) The RSV translates it; “He has described a circle upon the face of the waters at the boundary between light and darkness.”

    In any case, it is clear Job knew the earth was round millennia before Columbus. Who told him?

    Job 36:27:28 explains the hydrological cycle, the condensation and hydrology maintain life, provide evaporation, transportation, precipitation and run-off .

    He describes the repeated cycle of precipitation, its evaporation, and condensation in the clouds.

    In addition, Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 1:6; “The wind blows to the south and goes round to the north; round and round goes the wind, and on its circuits with wind returns.”

    It took modern science to document the direction of wind currents and wind paths. Who told Job and Solomon?

    About 4,000 years ago, Job says; “Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;” adding, “It is TURNED as clay to the seal.” (v14)

    Job paints a word picture here using a clay pot on a potter’s wheel as an analogy.

    Job 38:16 tells us there are springs in the sea (this was not known until 1913 when they found underground rivers). So who told Job?

    Job 38:22 mentions the treasures of the snow. Each flake is of perfect dimensions and all are different. The snow is beneficial for nitrogen for fertilizer. How often do you think it snowed in southern Iraq where Job most likely lived?

    Water is heavier than air, and is transported in clouds. “Dost thou know the balancing of the clouds, the wondrous works of Him who is perfect in knowledge?” (Job 37:16)

    Job lived in the Middle East some four thousand years ago. The Book of Job, chronologically speaking, is the oldest Book of the Bible.

    “Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it? The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.” (Job 38:29-30)

    Who told Job about ice and snow? How did a guy living 4000 years ago in the Middle East know about the permanent polar ice caps, ‘hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen’? An Eskimo with wanderlust? What would a desert-bound nomad know about ‘the deep’ in the first place?

    Job 38:31 explains the solar system. The Hebrew speaks of a pivot or hinge. In the South-Southwest is the Pleiades, 7 stars making up the center of the solar system.

    Amos 5:8 says the Pleiades consists of 7 stars. The seventh star was only discovered in the last century because with the naked eye one can see only 6.

    Some time back, a series of 14 human footprints with at least 134 dinosaur tracks were discovered in the bed of the Paluxy River, near Glen Rose, Texas. Bible-haters have come up with thousands of explanations, but one explanation is no more reasonable than another.

    According to Job, there lived in his day, a beast he termed ‘behemoth’. It is described in Job 40:15-24 as “eating grass like an ox” that “moves his tail like a cedar” — the Hebrew literally says; “he lets hang his tail like a cedar.” “Its “bones are like beams of bronze . . . His ribs like bars of iron. . . “He is the first of the ways of God. . .” “He lies under the lotus trees,In a covert of reeds and marsh. . . ”

    Some translations translate ‘behemoth’ as ‘elephant’ or ‘hippopotamus’. A key phrase is, “He is the first of the ways of God.” This phrase in the original Hebrew implied that behemoth was the biggest animal created.

    Then there is leviathan. The Bible describes ‘leviathan’ in Job 41 this way:

    “Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?” (41:1) “Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants? Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?) (v6-7)

    “None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before Me?” (v10)

    Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about” (v14).

    Sound like an elephant? Or a hippopotamus? Job describes the physical appearance of leviathan:

    “His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal. One is so near to another, that no air can come between them. They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.” (v15-16)

    “Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out. Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.” (v19-21)

    “When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves.” (v25)

    THIS is a pretty convincing description. The ‘mighty’ ‘purify’ themselves by reasons of ‘breakings’ at the sight of leviathan. (We have a phrase for that in English, too. And a product. It’s called “Depends”).

    Every culture is filled with stories of fire-breathing dragons. The first dinosaur bones were discovered in 1822 by Mary Ann Mantell. (The word ‘dinosaur’ was coined in 1841)

    If the ancients had never seen a dinosaur, where did the fire-breathing dragons of old come from? And if Job had never seen one, who told him about them 4000 years before the first bones were discovered? (Even if dinosaur bones were common in Job’s day, paleontologists were not.)

    The Book of Job teaches a lot more than merely how to be patient and trust in the Lord. It teaches that an itinerant nomad in the middle of the Arabian desert knew more about science four thousand years ago than science knew at the dawn of the 20th century.

    Although Job told us that light was in motion, (Job 38:19) it took Einstein before anybody believed it.

    As noted, Job is the oldest Book in the Bible, penned before Moses wrote Genesis and set historically almost a thousand years earlier than the Exodus from Egypt.

    Job didn’t have access to large collections of books about natural science, geography, climatology or physics.

    Neither did he have access to the writings of the prophets or the promises of the New Testament. Job had never been taught of the Rapture, the Resurrection or of a coming Redeemer in the last days. But he knew.

    Job confidently wrote, “For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the LATTER DAY UPON THE EARTH: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet IN MY FLESH shall I see God: Whom I shall see FOR MYSELF, and mine eyes shall behold, and NOT ANOTHER; though my reins be consumed within me.” (Job 19:25-27)

    Who told Job all these things? The same One Who told you.

    “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.” (2 Peter 1:16)

    “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

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    “The New and Improved Mark of the Beast” by Todd Strandberg

    Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

    The advancement of microchip technology has truly been amazing. In 1976, there were 6,500 transistors on a CPU microchip. Today, there are 233 million transistors on the latest Intel dual processor.

    The same technological explosion that has made the internet possible has cleared the way for the mark of the beast to be deployed. Someday, the Antichrist will be able to control all financial transactions, right down to the point of sale. Everyone on earth will be required to receive a mark that will allow him or her to conduct business in the beast’s financial system.

    In the late 1990s, a company call Applied Digital Solutions came along and generated a great deal of excitement in the prophetic community. The firm had developed VeriChip, a Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID,) designed to be injected into animals and humans. The rice-sized chip containes a 16-digit number that could be read with a hand-held scanning gun.

    Despite all the fanfare, VeriChip never caught on with humans. Only about 200 people were ever implanted with the device. One of VeriChip’s main selling points–tagging children for their safety–is not workable because only a few police districts have the chip reader.

    I often wondered how many Christians bought stock in Applied Digital Solutions thinking it would be a guaranteed way to get rich. It’s unlikely I’ll ever find out. People generally don’t like to talk about their investments that turned out to be big losers. If you take into consideration a 10-for-1 reserve split, the stock has gone from $100, to the current price of $1.75. Ouch!

    I knew from the outset that VeriChip would never work in a voluntary environment. Most people are turned off by the idea of having an electronic device operating inside their body. Some folks probably fear it could read their thoughts or record their conversations.

    The biggest problem was the needle that injected the chip under the skin. It was the size of a ten penny nail, which made insertion a lot more painful than the average flue shot. Revelation says that people will be required to have the mark in their right hand or forehead. I just can’t envision people getting jabbed in the head with a giant needle.

    “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name ” (Rev. 13:16-17).

    A start-up company called Somark Innovations has announced that it has developed a method of tagging that does not involve a chip implant. The product is a RFID ink, which acts like a type of electronic tattoo.

    The process involves a geometric array of micro-needles, and a reusable applicator, with a one-time-use ink capsule. It takes 5 to 10 seconds to ID an animal, and there is no need to remove the fur. The ink remains in the dermal layer, and a reader can detect it from four feet away.

    Unless some unforeseen problem pops-up with the marking chemicals, from here on out, I think RFID ink will have to regarded as the front runner for the mark of the Beast. Most people will except the concept of a tattoo. Unlike the VeriChip, there is now a practical way to ID someone’s forehead, and the permanent nature of this technology matches the Bible’s prediction that once a person receives the mark, there is no going back.

    Before we get to the final form of the mark of the Beast, there might be a few more technology improvements. With computers doubling in speed every couple of years, we are already beyond the requirements needed to establish a global, cashless community. At this stage, the only thing really missing is the political will to set the mark into motion.

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