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Newsweek On The Bible

newsweekcover2015-225x300Newsweek will begin the New Year with an article on the Bible that is little more than a screech.  An Albert Mohler article stated, “So, when Newsweek, now back in print under new ownership, let loose its first issue of the New Year on the Bible, I held out the hope that the article would be fair, journalistically credible, and interesting, even if written from a more liberal perspective.”

“But Newsweek‘s cover story is nothing of the sort. It is an irresponsible screed of post-Christian invective leveled against the Bible and, even more to the point, against evangelical Christianity. It is one of the most irresponsible articles ever to appear in a journalistic guise.”

A closer look at the Newsweek cover story by Michael A.H. Back.
I’m going to give a few details to show why this is, as the comment above claims, “an irresponsible screed of post-Christian invective leveled against the Bible and, even more to the point, against evangelical Christianity. It is one of the most irresponsible articles ever to appear in a journalistic guise.”

This part of this article is completely wrong:

“No television preacher has ever read the Bible. Neither has any evangelical politician. Neither has the pope. Neither have I. And neither have you. At best, we’ve all read a bad translation—a translation of translations of translations of hand-copied copies of copies of copies of copies, and on and on, hundreds of times.

About 400 years passed between the writing of the first Christian manuscripts and their compilation into the New Testament. (That’s the same amount of time between the arrival of the Pilgrims on the Mayflower and today.)”

First error: “Translations of translations of translations of hand copied copies of copies of copies, and on and on, hundreds of times…”

Actually, the oldest manuscripts of the NT are from the second century, and are likely only a few dozen copies out from the originals; maybe even closer than that. And no modern bibles are translations of translation of translations. All of them go back to the Greek, which is NOT a translation, as there is no evidence any of the New Testament was written in Aramaic originally. Greek is the original language of the NT.

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Who Owns Newsweek Magazine?

8431849810_87844d1666_q_question-mark-thinkingWho owns Newsweek Magazine?  In 2013,  International Business Times (IBTimes) acquired Newsweek, the acquisition included the Newsweek brand and its online publication.  IBT CEO Etienne Uzac, a Californian electrical engineering graduate owns 55 percent of the company and chief content officer Johnathan Davis, a French-South African economist owns 45 percent of the company.

The acquisition of Newsweek by IBTimes was made without taking on outside investors by two men who have no background in news, media or publishing but are the subject of reports linking them to David Jang, a controversial Korean pastor who is also the founder of Olivet University.  Davis’ wife, Tracy, is the university’s president, reports the Guardian.

Forbes reports, “Doubt that IBT could be paying for all of its hiring and real estate with nothing more than the ads it serves to 13 million readers has been fueled by reports of the founders’ close ties to Korean religious leader David Jang, Olivet University and the World Evangelical Alliance. The fact that neither Uzac nor Etienne had any background in news, media or publishing before starting the site also seemed odd.” Continue reading “Who Owns Newsweek Magazine?”

Christians Outnumber Communist in China

china_christiansThere is a religious revival in China, 100 million Christians live in China and by 2030 China could have the largest population of Christians.

China’s reaction to the growing number of Christians is divided with some local officials supportive of Christians. China’s repressive regime persecutes Christians and is trying to establish a state religion “Chinese Christian theology” suitable for the country. China has engaged in a campaign to eradicate unregistered Protestant churches, demolished a mega church in Wenzhou-China’s largest Christian city, and removed the Cross from churches in cities where Christians are concentrated, in a campaign to ‘de-Christianize’ the skyline.

Though the Chinese Communist Party is the largest explicitly atheist organization in the world, with 85 million official members, it is now overshadowed by an estimated 100 million Christians in China. It is no wonder Beijing is nervous and authorities are cracking down on Christian groups.

Christianity is growing so fast in China that some predict that it will be the most Christian nation in the world in only another 15 years. By far, the greatest growth is coming outside the official state-sanctioned churches, which are rightly considered subservient to the Communist Party. Numbers are increasing, rather, in unofficial Protestant “house churches” and in the underground Catholic church. Continue reading “Christians Outnumber Communist in China”

Pew: Just 46% Of Children Live In A ‘Traditional’ Family

familysilhouetteAs the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.  Pope John Paul II

The American family has altered.

 

The Pew Research Center study found, “Less than half (46%) of U.S. children younger than 18 years of age are living in a home with two married heterosexual parents in their first marriage. This is a marked change from 1960, when 73% of children fit this description, and 1980, when 61% did, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of recently-released American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census data.”

  • 4 percent are living with two cohabiting parents.
  • 5 percent of children are not living with either parent. In most of these cases, they are living with a grandparent.
  • 6 percent of all children are living with a stepparent.
  • 15 percent of children are living with two parents who are in a remarriage.
  • 34 percent of children today are living with an unmarried parent — up from just 9 percent in 1960.

Children born outside of marriage now stands at 41%, up from just 5% in 1960.

Study after study has confirmed that children from nuclear families fare better in education, emotional development, and spiritual areas. Family structure and parent involvement, especially fathers, has a massive impact on children.

The damage done and being done to the nuclear family is immense.  A nation can survive wars, disasters, a host of cataclysms, but the decline of the traditional family is a disaster that has a massive impact on a nation.

Online:  Pew: Less than half of U.S. kids today live in a ‘traditional’ family

 

One Of Eric Garner’s Daughters Tweets Address Of Officer At The Scene Of His Death

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At 1.45 a.m. on Christmas Day, Erica Garner tweeted police officer Justin D’Amico  was ‘another officer that helped killed my dad’,  and directed her 5000-plus followers to a web page that listed addresses for the police officer and five possible relatives, the New York Post reported.  The website allows users to anonymously share text documents.  She did not include the black police sergeant who was in charge of the arrest.  She also did not post the other black officer involved in the arrest.  That disgusting tweet was viewed about 500 times before it was deleted following inquires by the NY Post.

The move came less than a week after a gunman fatally shot cops Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, following the shooter’s online post that said he planned to avenge the police killings of Eric Garner on Staten Island and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

It also came as cops were on high alert over dozens of copy-cat threats this week that have led to more than a half-dozen arrests.
An NYPD source said Erica Garner’s “disgusting” tweet “poses grave danger” to ­D’Amico.

“She clearly wants someone to go to the officer’s house and assassinate him in cold blood just like Ramos and Liu,” the source said.

The head of the NYPD sergeants union, Ed Mullins, called the tweet “terrible behavior that continues to cause divisive actions throughout the city.” “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” Mullins added.

The Garner family lawyer did not deny that Erica Garner posted the tweet, but maintained that she “did not have any knowledge of what was in those links.” He continued, “Nobody in the Garner family, including Erica, would consciously send information out about the personal address or phone number or any identifying information about the police officers, particularly after what happened to those two officers.”

Online:  Eric Garner’s daughter posts address of cop at his death

 

 

Merry Christmas!

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And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  Luke 2:10-11

From our family to yours, we wish you lots of  love and joy. Merry Christmas!

The story of Christmas as told by the children of St Paul’s Church, Auckland, New Zealand.  Cute!

 

Alleged Israeli Mossad Spy Was Nasrallah Bodyguard

spyIn the Hezbollah terrorist group, Mohammad Chawraba was a senior official responsible for the personal security  of Nasrallah (the head of the terror group). Chawraba has been arrested and accused of being recruited by Mossad. He was an Israeli spy and he infiltrated the upper echelons of Hezbollah.  It is alleged that Chawraba was instrumental in thwarting some of Hezbollah’s operations.

An agent of Israel’s Mossad spy agency infiltrated the upper echelons of Hezbollah’s security apparatus and leaked information about the Lebanese Shiite group for several years before being discovered and arrested recently, according to security officials and people in Lebanon who are familiar with the incident.

The espionage activities of the alleged agent, identified as Mohammed Shawraba, would represent one of the most significant security breaches of the highly secretive organization, which is a mortal enemy of Israel and classified as a terrorist organization by the United States. WaPo

Online:  Washington Post: Alleged Israeli agent said to have thwarted Hezbollah operations
Times of Israel: Alleged Hezbollah Mossad spy ‘was Nasrallah bodyguard’

France Discreetly Waves Goodbye To 75 percent Super-Tax

france75percenttaxFrance’s 75 percent super tax expires at the end of this month and unsurprisingly it will not be renewed.  In 2012, President Francois Hollande imposed a 75 percent “super tax” on earnings over 1 million euros ($1.2 million) in France.  It was not a popular move.

The tax  actually raised little extra money and did little to offset France’s 84.7 billion euro budget deficit.

The Finance Ministry estimates the proceeds from the tax amounted to 260 million euros in its first year and 160 million in the second. That’s broadly in line with expectations, but tiny compared with a budget deficit which had reached 84.7 billion euros by the end of October.

This calculation does not include lost revenue from individuals and companies that left France for the U.K. Belgium, and Russia (actor Gerard Depardieu moved to Russia). It also does not include the lost revenue from those that did not locate businesses in France due to the high tax rate.

Under high taxes France has an unemployment rate of over 10 percent and an economy that has been described as ‘sickly.’

Hollande and his government have since sought to relieve business of around 40 billion euros of taxes and other charges, as unemployment at over 10 percent drives home the urgent need to attract investment to the sickly French economy.

Rich individuals and companies have alternatives for their capital. Capital goes where it is wanted and stays where it is treated well. A lesson France’s President Hollande has learned.
Online:   France waves discreet goodbye to 75 percent super-tax

Lawlessness

Update:  Riot police stand outside St. Louis Cathedral Basilica after agitators planned to disrupt midnight mass.

 

This is lawlessness.

A Berkeley, Missouri police officer was responding to a 911 call about a possible theft at the Mobile gas station.  18 year-old repeat felon Antonio Martin pulled a handgun (the serial number was filed off) and pointed it at a Berkeley, MO police officer. Fearing for his life, the Berkeley Officer fired several shots, striking the subject, fatally wounding him. The second subject fled the scene.  A lawless mob looted and torched the Quik Trip gas station. The lawless mob hurled bricks and explosives at police officers.

The police officer’s lawyer is suggesting that the police were lured to the gas station and the officer may have been
walking into a deadly trap, an ambush.

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Jacksonville, Florida firefighters targeted in drive-by shooting, one grazed by a bullet.  The firefighter’s injuries were not life-threatening.

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