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My name is Supriya Mitchell and I am an Indian woman who was born and raised in Pune, India. I now live in Virginia but still have friends and family back home that I visit as much as I can. Although I was raised in a Christian home, I was taken to Hindu temples by our maid who was and still is a follower of Hinduism when I was a little girl. I love much of my Indian culture but also am burdened for so many of my people who worship false gods. I know the religions of my homeland from seeing them first-hand, and I hope my perspective helps in this matter. I am thankful that the true God preserved and protected me from many of the evils associated with following Hindu gods or the god of Islam.
June 28th, 2010
On Friday night, author and researcher Ray Yungen attended a lecture at ConcordiaÃ‚Â University in Portland, Oregon to hear The Shack author William Paul Young. The name of Young's talk was "Can God Really Be That Good?" During the talk, Young told the audience that "the God of evangelical Christianity is a monster." He was referring to the belief that God is a God of judgment and will judge the unbelieving. Young also rejects the biblical view of atonement (wherein Jesus died as a substitute for us to pay the price of our sins). This view by Young is evidentÃ‚Â in a radio interview he had one year ago where he rejected the biblical view of the atonement. He echoes the sentiments of William Shannon and Brennan Manning, who both say that the God who punishes His own son to pay for the sins of others does not exist:
SORTING FACT FROM FICTION
What does the Word of God Actually Say About Midrash?
"Now the remainder of the deeds of of Abijah, and his ways and words are written in the 'MIDRASH' [ Ã—ÂžÃ–Â´Ã—Â“Ã–Â°Ã—Â¨Ã–Â·Ã–Â–Ã—Â©Ã—Â ] of the Prophet Iddo". (2 Chronicles 13:22)
(Directly from the God-given text of original, divinely inspired Hebrew canon.)
"As to his sons and many oracles [burdens] against him, and the reconstruction of the House of God, behold these are written in the 'MIDRASH' [ Ã—ÂžÃ–Â´Ã—Â“Ã–Â°Ã—Â¨Ã–Â·Ã–Â–Ã—Â©Ã—Â ] of the Book of kings. Then Amaziah his son became King in his place". (2 Chronicles 24:27)
(Directly from the God-given text of original, divinely inspired Hebrew canon.)
Yes friends, it is a fact; it is there in Scripture. "MIDRASH" is plainly taught in the Word of God. It is cited as a valid historical source and as a theological source of a prophetic interpretation of scriptural events and biblical history. GOD PUT IT IN HIS WORD "“ NOT JACOB PRASCH OR ANY MAN.
Note: The following was received in response to Moriel's public posting of an article titled "Presbyterian Church USA Ready to Declare War Against Israel: Take Action Now". This was transmitted to us by Linda Valentine and Rev. Grady Parsons of the Presbyterian Church of the USA. Please continue reading for our response to this message found at the end of this post.
Blending Hinduism, Shamanism and Goddess Spirituality
By Berit Kjos - February 7, 2010
"We...need to reawaken something very old...our understanding of Earth wisdom. We need to accept the invitation to the dance -- the dance of unity of humans, plants, the Earth."Ã‚Â :"(Bill Devall and George Session, Deep Ecology, Salt Lake City- Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1985, p. ix.)":Ã‚Â Deep Ecology
"I propose that Cameron is alluding to that tenth avatar of Vishnu becoming manifest as the US marine in Pandora's universe. The deliberate choice of the blue skin instantly, magically and metaphorically relates our protagonist to two previous avatars namely Rama and Krishna."Ã‚Â :"(The religious backdrop to James Camerons ,Avatar at http://www.cnngo.com/mumbai/play/avatar-hindu-perspective-961455)":Ã‚Â Sita Wadhwani, Mumbai Editor
"When I woke up this morning after watching Avatar for the first time yesterday, the world seemed... gray. It was like my whole life, everything I've done and worked for, lost its meaning.... I live in a dying world."Ã‚Â :"( A comment by Hill at Avatar-forums.com)":Ã‚Â Avatar-forums.com
"...the whole world is under the sway of the evil one." 1 John 5:19
"The Theology of Disillusionment"
by James Jacob Prasch
In the aftermath of the Hasmonean Period in the century before the birth of Jesus, Israel quickly degenerated from the spiritual revival of the Maccabees and the national resurgence that followed to causing itself to being sucked in to a bad deal that had tremendous religious and political ramifications. Her own leaders entered into a treaty, trusting people who should never have been trusted because they looked to man instead of to God. Part of their motives were economic and strategic in terms of their national security. There were also elements of cultural leanings towards Rome as their had been towards Greece before the Maccabees. At the time of the Roman triumvirate, the Roman general Pompei arrived from Rome offering Israel the protection of the Roman Empire and economic advantage. The spiritual corruption of the Levitical priesthood, and what emerged as the Sanhedrin, predisposed the national leadership to enter into a concordant not ordained of God. At one point the High Priest, John Huricanus, had himself proclaimed king, violating the Scriptural prohibition that a king must be a descendant of David from the tribe of Judah while the High Priest had to be a descendant of Aaron from the tribe of Levi. The Levitical priesthood became a political monarchy in a union of what in modern terms we would call "church and state", that God's Word prohibited even in the Old Testament. As Rome's sphere of power blossomed and new potential threats bloomed, Israel's leaders, both religious and political, with popular backing of much of the public, pressed for the protection of Rome. Plainly, Israel had forgotten the lessons of Isaiah 30-31 during the reign of Hezekiah when God castigated those pressing Judah to seek protection against Assyria from Egypt.
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him." When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the prophet
"˜AND YOU, BETHLEHEM, LAND OF JUDAH,
ARE BY NO MEANS LEAST AMONG THE LEADERS OF JUDAH;
FOR OUT OF YOU SHALL COME FORTH A RULER
WHO WILL SHEPHERD MY PEOPLE ISRAEL.' "
Then Herod secretly called the magi and determined from them the exact time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search carefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him.
"” Matthew 2:1-8 (NASB)
One of the repeated teachings at Moriel is that prophecy is not so much about the fulfillment of specific events at a specific pre-set date and time as much as it is really patterns which repeat themselves, growing ever stronger until their last, ultimate fulfillment. That is why a lot of what we understand about Christ's Second Coming is foreshadowed "“ a pattern "“ revealed during His First Coming. Learning as much as we can about His First Coming teaches a great deal about how things will ultimately take place at His Second Coming. And I have a very strong suspicion that we are seeing some of these things taking place right now. The religious authorities of the day knew Scripture so well that without hesitation they answered the Magis' question about the Messiah, but like many today, they were completely blind to actually seeing it take place.
A follow-up report by Jackie Alnor
The 2nd annual Women on the Watch conference held last week-end in Ontario, California, turned out to be a wonderful time for like-minded believers to focus on the theme: "Behold the Bridegroom Cometh." Although the conference featured women speakers, the men who attended were also blessed to look toward the soon return of the Lord Jesus Christ from a unique perspective. The line-up of the armies opposing the state of Israel and the nature of the terrorists who threaten the entire world were not the focus. Themes like spiritual deception and the moral landslide of the world were examined in detail and the excitement of the soon return of Jesus was contagious.
(Click to read the entire report at Apostasy Alert.)
Why is it that revivals began in the Bible with the prayers of righteous men who were innocent of the sins for which they interceded? Neither Daniel, Ezra, nor Nehemiah were guilty of committing the sins which they detailed in their prayers to God, yet they included themselves by their use of the pronouns "we" and "our". They always included themselves, never pointing the finger at "them" or "their" or "those culprits". When it comes to sin amongst God's people, the heart of the righteous includes themselves in their pleas to God on the group's behalf. I would suggest that this is the approach which is needed in order to effect a revival in the western church today. The righteous need to pray for our sin, the sins of the church, as if they're their own.
The following piece, written by CAMERA analyst Dexter Van Zile, appeared in The Jewish World Review on July 27.
Anglican Priest Naim Ateek is making the rounds in support of his most recent book, A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation (Orbis, 2008), in which he falsely accuses Israel of perpetrating a "slow and creeping genocide" against Palestinians "” who have one of the fastest growing populations in the world.