Archive for March 21st, 2007

Is Hell Real?

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

The message that Christians should be taking to the world is a message of hope. Jesus says: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17 (New International Version)

In Romans, we read: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (New International Version) and “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 (New International Version)

But if this message of hope is rejected, there is a penalty. The very real and never ending place called “Hell”.

From GotQuestions:

“Is hell real? Studies show that over 90% of people in the world believe in a “heaven” while less than 50% believe in an eternal hell. According to the Bible, hell is most definitely real! The punishment of the wicked in hell is as never-ending as the bliss of the righteous in Heaven. The punishment of the wicked dead in hell is described throughout Scripture as “everlasting fire” (Matthew 25:41), “unquenchable fire” (Matthew 3:12), “shame and everlasting contempt” (Daniel 12:2), a place where “their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:44-49), a place of “torments” and “flame” (Luke 16:23,24), “everlasting destruction” (2 Thessalonians 1:9), a place of torment with “fire and brimstone” where “the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever” (Revelation 14:10,11), and a “lake of fire and brimstone” where the wicked are “tormented day and night forever and ever” (Revelation 20:10). Jesus Himself indicates that the punishment in hell itself is everlasting – not merely the smoke and flames (Matthew 25:46).

The wicked are forever subject to the fury and the wrath of God in hell. They consciously suffer shame and contempt and the assaults of an accusing conscience — along with the fiery wrath of an offended deity — for all of eternity. Even those in hell will acknowledge the perfect justice of God (Psalms 76:10). Those who are in the very real hell will know that their punishment is just and that they alone are to blame (Deuteronomy 32:3-5). Yes, hell is real. Yes, hell is a place of torment and punishment that lasts forever and ever, with no end! Praise God that through Jesus, we can escape this eternal fate (John 3:16,18,36).”

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General: Insurgents Used Kids as Cover, Then Killed Them

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Like women, children are just property, in the Islamic way of thinking. Therefore, they can be used in any way that the parent deems acceptable. If he looses a couple of kids to the jihad against the infidel (all of us who are not muslim), he’ll be rewarded for his loss with extra virgins in heaven. In the mean time, he can always subjugate his wife and have her give him a couple of replacement kids.

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Iraqi insurgents (another example of nothing these terrorist do being bad enough to get the main stream media to actually call them “terrorist” -ed.) used two children as cover to get through a checkpoint in Baghdad and then blew up the car while the kids were still inside, a U.S. general said Tuesday.

The car went through a checkpoint Sunday and parked by a market across the street from a school, said Maj. Gen. Michael Barbero, deputy director for regional operations in the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Two adults jumped from the car, leaving the children in the back. Moments later, the car exploded, witnesses said. (Watch Barbero describe how insurgents are interested only in slaughter Video)

The two children and three bystanders died in the blast, and seven others were hurt, Pentagon officials said.

The attack raises fresh concerns about insurgents using children to throw off troops, Barbero said.

“Children in the back seat lower suspicion. We let it move through,” he said.

A U.N. report released in January 2006 highlighted insurgents’ use of children as suicide bombers in Iraq.

Health officials also say the daily hardships — bomb blasts, gunfire, killings of family members and sectarian violence — are taking an increasing mental and physical toll on Iraq’s children. (Full story)

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Hat tip: Michael at Oleh Musings blog.

Confidence In The Lord

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

“But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.
He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

Jeremiah 17:7-8 (New International Version)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Philippians 4:6 (New International Version)

Psalm 119 – Heth

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Psalm 119:57-64 (New International Version)

ח Heth

57 You are my portion, O LORD;
I have promised to obey your words.

58 I have sought your face with all my heart;
be gracious to me according to your promise.

59 I have considered my ways
and have turned my steps to your statutes.

60 I will hasten and not delay
to obey your commands.

61 Though the wicked bind me with ropes,
I will not forget your law.

62 At midnight I rise to give you thanks
for your righteous laws.

63 I am a friend to all who fear you,
to all who follow your precepts.

64 The earth is filled with your love, O LORD;
teach me your decrees.

Ex-Jewish Cities Now Hamas Terror Training Camps

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

And we said, right here on this blog, that was exactly what was going to happen, back when Israel was discussing “disengagement” and also as they were carrying it out. I can’t believe that the Israeli government thought anything less would happen.

TEL AVIV – Two Jewish communities in the Gaza Strip evacuated by Israel have been turned into advanced Hamas militant training centers, a senior member of Hamas’ so-called military wing told WND today.

Last night, Israelis living near Gaza and Palestinians inside the territory heard loud explosions coming from the northern Gaza Strip area. Israeli security officials at first feared the blasts were terrorist attacks, while some Palestinians immediately reported the explosions as an Israeli raid. Israel has refrained from carrying out military operations in Gaza since a cease-fire was forged last November.

It turned out the blasts were part of Hamas explosives training exercises conducted in the former Jewish communities of Eli Sinai and Dagit in Gaza, according to Abu Abdullah, considered one of the most important operational members of Hamas’ Izzedine al-Qassam Martyrs Brigades, Hamas’ declared “resistance” department.

Israel Defense Forces officials confirmed the explosions were attributed to Palestinian terror groups inside Gaza.

Abu Abdullah told WND Hamas turned Eli Sinai and Dagit into advanced training zones, which he said include areas for “physical shape exercises; use of weapons training; practice lands for ambushes of Israeli forces; courses for the reading of maps and [production and use of] explosives and many other trainings; military techniques, fighting in open fields and in built and populated areas; and rockets shooting.”

The two former Jewish communities were located in Gaza, north of Gush Katif, a slate of former Jewish neighborhoods of the Gaza Strip. The areas were entirely evacuated by Israel in August 2005.

Abu Abdullah called the utilization by Hamas of the former Jewish towns for anti-Israel activity a “big sign from Allah that the settlements that were the strongest symbol and proof of the Zionist injustice are now turned into tools at the service of the Palestinian resistance against the enemy plans and are proof that the resistance works.”

The Hamas terror leader said his group stepped up the pace of its training the past few weeks because of a “coming” confrontation with Israel.

“We think that the confrontation with Israel is not a question of if but a question of when. We have no doubt that the Israelis are not ready for a full withdrawal from the Palestinian territories and that they will try to escape from this withdrawal by trying to invading Gaza and cities in the West Bank,” Abu Abdullah said.

“The Israeli officers say everyday that a big operation in Gaza is being prepared and is waiting for the decision of the enemy government,” he said.

Hamas sources said that until recently, Palestinian training in Gaza was conducted quietly. They said last night’s testing of explosives should be taken by Israel as a “warning” Palestinian groups are “ready” for a confrontation.

In November, Israel agreed to a truce with Gaza militants in which the Jewish state vowed to suspend anti-terror operations in the Gaza Strip in exchange for quiet. Since then, more than 160 rockets have been fired from Gaza, but the IDF has been restrained from operating in the territory. Yesterday, Hamas carried out a shooting attack against an Israeli civilian near Gaza.

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Zimbabwe In Grip of Worst Humanitarian Crisis Since Independence.

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

(sung to tune of “Where Has My Little Sheep Gone)
Oh where oh where has the U.N. gone, oh where oh could it be? To busy condemning Israel, they are nowhere to be seen.

A bit of tongue and cheek here, but in reality, the situation in Zimbabwe may become a humanity disaster of epic proportions. Many people will die as the U.N. follows it usual course of action and does nothing of any significance. This is the type of thing they were created to take care.

Zimbabwe is in the grip of its worst humanitarian crisis since independence.

  • Average life expectancy 36 years
  • 570,000 uprooted
  • World’s highest inflation
  • Twenty years ago the country was hailed as an African success story and dubbed the “breadbasket” of southern Africa. Now it has the lowest life expectancy in the world, according to the World Health Organisation.

    The World Food Programme estimates 1.4 million will need food aid until the 2007 harvest.

    Farming is the backbone of Zimbabwe’s economy, but agriculture has been crippled by the combined effects of controversial government land reforms, severe drought and the HIV/AIDS pandemic sweeping sub-Saharan Africa.

    Zimbabwe is struggling to cope with a large number of internally displaced people (IDPs). The government’s widely condemned demolition of swathes of urban settlements in a mid-2005 crackdown on illegal shantytowns left up to 700,000 without a home or income, aid agencies say.

    Farm workers moving around the country in search of work have also boosted the number of displaced. According to Refugees International, about 150,000 labourers were uprooted in 2004 alone.

    And with the economy in shreds, unemployment is running at an estimated 70 percent. Inflation is rampant – standing at more than 1,700 percent in February 2007 – pushing up the price of food, fuel, health and school fees.

    Original Link.

    Missing: A Huge Chunk of the Earth’s Crust

    Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

    I love it when God hands us puny “know it all” humans a big piece of “Nothing is Impossible with God”.

    LONDON (Reuters) – A team of British scientists has set sail on a voyage to examine why a huge chunk of the earth’s crust is missing, deep under the Atlantic Ocean — a phenomenon that challenges conventional ideas about how the earth works.

    The 20-strong team aims to survey an area some 3,000 to 4,000 metres deep where the mantle — the deep interior of the earth normally covered by a crust kilometres thick — is exposed on the sea floor.

    Experts describe the hole along the mid-Atlantic ridge as an “open wound” on the ocean floor that has puzzled scientists for the five or so years that its existence has been known because it defies existing tectonic plate theories of evolution. (there’s that “evolution” word again. when are scientist going to get it through their thick skulls that “evolution” just doesn’t work? -ed)

    “We know so little about it,” said Bramley Murton, a senior research scientist at Southampton’s National Oceanography Center.

    “It’s a real challenge to our established understanding of what the earth’s surface looks like underneath the waves,” he told Reuters by telephone from the brand new, hi-tech British research ship RRS James Cook.

    Mid ocean ridges are places where new oceanic crust is born, with red-hot lava spewing out along the seafloor.

    What scientists are keen to know is whether the crust was ripped away by huge geological faults, or whether it never even developed in the first place.

    The primary motivation for the project was to understand how the earth continues to evolve.

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    Oregon Biology Teacher Fired Over Bible References

    Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

    The worshipers of the quasi-deity Darwin and his religion of evolution, once again have attacked a Christian for stating that Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is indeed still just a theory. Check out the language some of the parents used to protest his views.

    SISTERS, Ore. — During his eight days as a part-time high school biology teacher, Kris Helphinstine included Biblical references in material he provided to students and gave a PowerPoint presentation that made links between evolution, Nazi Germany and Planned Parenthood.

    That was enough for the Sisters School Board, which fired the teacher Monday night for deviating from the curriculum on the theory of evolution.

    “I think his performance was not just a little bit over the line,” board member Jeff Smith said. “It was a severe contradiction of what we trust teachers to do in our classrooms.”

    Helphinstine, 27, said in a phone interview with The Bulletin newspaper of Bend that he included the supplemental material to teach students about bias in sources, and his only agenda was to teach critical thinking.

    “Critical thinking is vital to scientific inquiry,” said Helphinstine, who has a master’s degree in science from Oregon State. “My whole purpose was to give accurate information and to get them thinking.”

    Helphinstine said he did not teach the idea that God created the world. “I never taught creationism,” he said. “I know what it is, and I went out of my way not to teach it.”

    Parent John Rahm told the newspaper that he became concerned when his freshman daughter said she was confused by the supplemental material provided by Helphinstine.

    “He took passages that had all kinds of Biblical references,” Rahm said. “It prevented her from learning what she needed to learn.”

    Board members met with Helphinstine privately for about 90 minutes before the meeting. The teacher did not stay for the public portion.

    “How many minds did he pollute?” Dan Harrison, the father of a student in Helphinstine’s class, said at the meeting. “It’s a thinly veiled attempt to hide his own agenda.”

    Original Link.

    And since we’re on the subject, I found this interesting. The images below show what is hailed as the so called “missing link”. I knew that the fossil record was slim, but it never occurred to me just how little was actual fossils and how much is artist conjecture. These images show just how little they have to work from.
    Of the pieces scientist have, there is so little difference between these skeletons and the skeletons of modern day chimpanzees, but a lot of difference between them and modern humans. Yet educators are teaching our kids that this is, in fact, the “missing link”.
    The question scientist still cannot answer is “why are there still apes?” If we evolved from apes, and evolution is defined as the “going away” of one form as it evolves into another, then why are apes still in existence if we evolved from them?
    These images are from the November 2006 National Geographic magazine, pages 150 and 151.

    Lucy Bones

    Al Bones

    “Teaching Our Kids To Lie” by Hal Lindsey

    Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

    I read a very disturbing report this week in WorldNetDaily regarding a Michigan high school district’s decision to subject their 14-year-old freshman classes to a “gay indoctrination seminar.”

    According to the report, the school’s officials required the 14-year-olds to attend a “Gay Straight Alliance Network” panel discussion led by “gay” and “lesbian” upperclassmen during a “freshman advisory” class which “secretively featured inappropriate discussions of a sexual nature in promotion of high-risk homosexual behaviors.”

    I’m not kidding. I wish I were. But that isn’t the half of it.

    The school district, knowing full well that disclosure of the program to the student’s parents would cause a problem, ordered the children to sign a “confidentiality agreement” that bound them not to tell their parents!

    According to the school district’s superintendent, the situation was a “mistake.” But George Fornero didn’t believe that subjecting 14-year-olds to homosexual indoctrination was a “mistake.”

    Instead, as I understand the story, the “mistake” was in trying to conceal the program from parents. Evidently, the school district couldn’t care less if the parents found out. After all, there is nothing they can do about it, as the parents discovered from a similar case in Massachusetts.

    In that case, the presiding judge ruled that the “the rights of religious freedom and parental control over the upbringing of children … would undermine teaching and learning. …”

    Can you believe it? If I am following this line of reasoning correctly, parents interfere with teaching and learning.

    My parents taught me to how to talk. They taught me not to lie. They taught me not to steal. They taught me to treat other people with the same respect I would want them to extend to me. And they taught me about “the birds and the bees.”

    Thus has it been in the human experience for as long as there have been humans. And, despite the prevailing attitude among educators, children are human beings, unique and original individuals. Who would be in the best position to know each individual human child and what is best for that unique individual? A school district? Or a child’s parents?

    If you answered “a child’s parents,” then you failed the pop quiz. The correct answer, according to the government, is the school district.

    US District Judge Mark Wolf ruled, “Under the Constitution, public schools are entitled to teach anything that is reasonably related to the goals of preparing students to become engaged and productive citizens in our democracy.”

    That part of the Constitution must have been added since I last read it. The Constitution enshrines individual rights and liberties. The government doesn’t have any rights – it has privileges afforded them by the governed.

    Further, noted Judge Wolf, “Diversity is a hallmark of our nation. It is increasingly evident that our diversity includes differences in sexual orientation.”

    So, some people are sexually oriented toward members of the same sex. It just so happens that other people are sexually oriented toward children. Is pedophilia the next “hallmark of diversity” that it will become necessary for the government to protect?

    Wolf also ruled that, since history “includes instances of … official discrimination against gays and lesbians … it is reasonable for public educators to teach elementary school students … different sexual orientations.”

    That is the same circular argument. U.S. history includes official discrimination against pedophiles, as well. But, you say, pedophilia is illegal! So was homosexual conduct – prior to this generation. Does that mean that pedophilia is just a generation away from legitimacy?

    For the answer to that question, let’s return to the Illinois case. The Deerfield school district’s confidentiality agreement would require 14-year-old students to lie to their parents. That is what they were taught by their schoolteachers – “Lie to your parents.”

    What were they to lie about? About sex!

    Not only is that exactly what the average pedophile tells his victim, i.e., “This will be our little secret,” it is also clear and undeniable evidence the school district knew that what it was doing was wrong and objectionable to the parents. But, of course, “right and wrong” are among those things that parents are unfit to teach their children, according to the school board and amoral judges.

    They believe students are better off learning such principles, like how and when to lie, from the government.

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