News Index



Apostle Philip's Tomb Found ---
Arab Pastor Speaks Out on Gaza ---
Baby Skeletons Found In A Nunnery Mass Grave ---
Brazilian Missionaries Arrested In Senegal ---
California Law Bans Gay Teen 'Conversion' Therapy ---
Christians Under Attack In China ---
Christians Under Attack In Egypt ---
Church Is Forbidden To Ring The Bells In Brazil ---
Hollywood Animal Found By God ---
Homosexuality promoted in Italy ---
Hospital Bans Nurse's Crucifix ---
Iran Presses Pastor: Islam Or Death! ---
Joppa and the house of Simon "the tanner" ---
Lech Walesa And The Abortion ---
Los Angeles Episcopalians Elect Lesbian Bishop ---
Noah's Ark Is Found! ---
Paul's Sarcophagus ---
Research Undermines Evolutionary Theory ---
Sex Ring Brought Down Benedict XVI ---
Sexual Orientations In The US ---
Soccer Fans in Turkey Boo Moment of Silence for Paris Attack Victims ---
Sodom found? ---
Sudanese Woman Appels Against Death Sentence ---
Ten Commandments Judge ---
The Manhattan Declaration ---
The Truth About Islam ---
Why So Many Palestinian Children Are Dying In Gaza? ---
Will Apophis Hit Earth in 2036? ---



Apostle Philip's Tomb Found

PAMUKKALE, Turkey. A team of Italian archaeologists has announced the discovery here of what they believe to be the tomb of Philip, one of Jesus' 12 apostles, at the ancient Asia Minor city of Hierapolis in Turkey's Aegean province of Denizli, and are planning to excavate the unopened grave soon.

The discovery of the grave of the New Testament saint, who came to Hierapolis - known today as Pamukkale - nearly 2,000 years ago to spread the Gospel and was crucified upside down by the Romans, will attract immense attention around the world, said excavator Francesco D'Andria, director of the Institute of Archaeological Heritage, Monuments and Sites at Italy's National Research Council in Lecce.

Philip's tomb has traditionally been associated with the martyrium church built at the site, though no evidence of the ancient burial was ever found.
In July, however, D'Andria and his team located a smaller church less than 150 feet away from the martyrium that appears to contain the grave of the apostle:"As we were cleaning out the new church we discovered a month ago, we finally found the grave," said D'Andria. "With close examination, we determined that the grave had been moved from its previous location in the St. Philip Church to this new church in the fifth century, during the Byzantine era."

D'Andria has been leading archeological excavations at the ancient city for 32 years. Hierapolis was founded around 190 BC by Eumenes II, King of Pergamum (197 BC-159 BC), The Hellenistic city was given over to Rome in 133 BC and grew into a flourishing Roman metropolis, with temples, a theatre and popular sacred hot springs, believed to have healing properties:"Until recently, we thought the grave of St. Philip was on Martyrs' Hill, but we discovered no traces of him in the geophysical research conducted in that area. A month ago, we discovered the remnants of an unknown church, 40 meters away from the St. Philip Church on Martyrs' Hill. And in that church we discovered the grave of St. Philip," D'Andria said.
"St. Philip is considered a martyr. In fact, the church built in his name on the Martyrs' Hill is, for this reason, also called Martyrion, despite the fact there were no traces of the grave of St. Philip. As we were cleaning out the new church we discovered a month ago, we finally found the grave. With close examination, we determined that the grave had been moved from its previous location in the St. Philip Church to this new church in the fifth century, during the Byzantine era. We are extremely happy and proud to have discovered the grave of a saint whose name appears in the bible - this surely is an important discovery for religious tourism, archaeology and Christendom."






Arab Pastor Speaks Out on Gaza

The following is an open letter from Shmuel Aweida to all those "peace activists" rising up against Israel. Listen carefully, Awieda is an Israeli Arab Christian pastor who knows of what he speaks!

Dear so-called "peace-seeking people", "pro-ceasefire people" and "peace and reconciliation activists":

Forgive me for not taking your nice dreams and peace demonstrations and wishes so seriously...
People who didn't care about the suffering people in Gaza under the Hamas regime for years can't really be considered morally superior to any IDF soldier that's on the ground there now. You might seem to be better and kinder, but not really... Sorry...

If you really care, then free Gaza from Hamas and other Islamic jihadist organizations! How can you feel sorry for the innocent children hurt accidentally by Israel when you don't care that the same children grow up to learn to hate intentionally? You claim to feel sorry for the hungry children while ignoring the poison they are fed every single day at Hamas and Fatah schools and on TV. How can you feel sorry for the women crying now when you didn't care that they've been humiliated, discriminated and even raped and killed regularly for years?

Here's another thing I don't get:

These kind, sympathetic, peace-loving people who automatically want and pray for a ceasefire in Israel's war(s) against the evil, anti-Semitic, anti-human, blood-thirsty terrorist organizations like Hamas (not against the Palestinians) - they make Israel never finish "the job" and then on the top of it all, their governments and NGOs send billions of dollars of "aid" to this corrupt evil system.
And guess what happens time and again - instead of feeding the hungry with food, they feed themselves with weapons. Instead of teaching the children math, they teach them hate and jihad against the Jews. Instead of building houses and hospitals above the ground, they build terror-tunnels under the ground.
The tunnels found in the past days have cost hundreds of millions of US dollars to build! The IDF blew up millions of your money, dear nice people in the naive West!

I'm not saying that Israel is without any fault here, but sometimes I really wonder if the Palestinians' best friends are in reality the ones that maintain their oppression under this Islamic regime?
I simply don't get it! Someone here needs to get a better grasp of reality!
As much as I hate this war and the price that's being paid by our dear soldiers and the innocent civilians on both sides, I hate the fact that it's necessary! May the needed pain of war bear good fruit of peace for all! May the Lord of Hosts and Armies give us His Shalom!

There has been quite a lot of activity in the social media in the past month. I was disappointed and frustrated of some my Facebook friends and the level of naiveté and blindness with regard to the real situation and the roots of the conflicting the Middle East.
Do they really not see what the Hamas is all about or what Islam really is? Are they all so blind to what's happening around us in Syria, Iraq and all over? Don't they see what Hamas is doing to the poor population that lives under this terror daily? I don't know why I keep being surprised...

To my anti-Arab friends:

But what really surprised me was that, with regard to this operation in Gaza, the hatred, revenge and racism that filled the [Facebook] statuses of those who support Israel.
They expressed such joy over going to war and causing destruction (a joy I'm glad our leadership doesn't have). The fact they quoted Bible verses didn't make it any less stinking. So I threw those people out of my Facebook just like I did with others that posted pornography and other disgusting stuff. Trash is trash is trash.

Praying that God may protect our soldiers who are serving us and giving their lives for us - proud of the moral code of the IDF and the legitimacy of this necessary operation. Praying for those making the tough decisions - but with much more humility.

I guess we need to pray that we'll all guard our hearts from hatred, revenge, racism, pride and other destructive things that do not honor us, nor the God of Israel.






Baby Skeletons Found In A Nunnery Mass Grave

A local historian has found the bodies of 800 babies buried in a mass grave in a septic tank at next to a home for unwed mothers and their children in County Galway, Ireland. The grave was first discovered in 1971, but has not been investigated since. This is yet another example of the Catholic Church’s treatment of what they called “fallen women” in Ireland. These homes were also called Magdalene Laundries. The last of these homes closed in 1996, after an estimated 30,000 women had passed through their doors.

While there are death certificates for some of the bodies, many remain unidentified. A health report of the house in 1944 reveals the deplorable conditions the children were living in. Babies were sick and children were malnourished and neglected.

The mass grave and history of the home are coming to light thanks to a local historian named Catherine Corless. Corless was writing an article for a local historical journal when she came across the death records that were made and went looking for the bodies. She then heard of how two boys were playing near the home and cracked open a slab of concrete, revealing the macabre scene. The home opened in 1930. In its first year, 60 out of 120 babies died.

Corless remembers being threatened with having to sit next to what were called the “Home Babies” if she misbehaved while attending a Catholic school nearby. The Home Babies were often ridiculed and treated as second class citizens. The Catholic Church had a stranglehold on local politics after the war, and would act unchecked in matters of morality.

Though nearly 800 skeletons were found in the mass grave, locals believe there could be more. Children were often sold to families for the US, or fostered without record. This shoddy record keeping could keep the actual number of dead children unknown. Records show that the children died of a number of causes, including starvation and tuberculosis. When the babies died, they were tossed into the unmarked septic tank on unconsecrated ground. The nuns would not even give them a proper Christian burial, and the mothers were often not told.

The home was run by the Bon Secours nuns. Some find it Ironic that bon secours, a French phrase, is translated as good relief. The sisters came to Ireland after the French Revolution, a time of religious revolution in Europe. They stood for moral turpitude in Ireland, believing that the women and children who came to live with them were damned for their sins. The nuns considered the harsh living conditions of the children and the indentured servitude of their mothers as moral penance.

The home was closed and razed to the ground in 1961, but the 800 bodies in a mass grave remained. A memorial service was held on June 1, and was attended by Philomena Lee. Lee’s own story of her time in an Irish unwed mother’s home and the search for her own child was recently turned into the Oscar-nominated motion picture, Philomena. Her story details her search for her own child, given up by nuns in a different home without her permission.







Brazilian Missionaries Arrested In Senegal

Pastor Jose Dilson da Silva, from Bethany Presbyterian Church as well as missionary Zeneide Moreira Novaes were arrested in Mbour, Senegal in November 6, 2012 accused of abusing the boys by forcing them to work there, besides conspiracy, solicitation and trafficking of children.

Silva is part of the body of missionaries sent abroad by the Presbyterian Mission Transcultural Agency, which maintains 130 missionaries in 30 countries - nine in Senegal. He worked for 22 years in mission projects in Africa, having spent mostly in Guinea-Bissau. In 2005, he went to Senegal with his wife and three children.

The accusation came from the father of one of the boys, who had previously signed documents allowing his son to live there, but who has now made this accusation upon learning that his son became a Christian.

The missionaries are currently in a jail cell with no light, water, or even a chair to sit on.

They are part of the Abadiah Project who seek to help street children.According to Pastor Joshua Oliveira, of the Presbyterian Church in Niterói - Estado do Rio de Janeiro - Brazil, the two institutions where missionaries work, one in the city of Dakar and another in Mbour, offer shelter to talibés - children who end up on the streets after fleeing from boarding controlled by marabouts, leaders Muslims and the Koran teachers.

One of the voluntary activities that is available for the boys is planting and maintaining a garden, and they can keep the money they receive from the sale of the vegetables.

Many of the boys come from Muslim families and some of them have chosen to leave Islam and become followers of Jesus.


PS: Please pray that God will intervene in this situation, and that the truth will be revealed and the charges dropped.
Pray that everyone affected will be comforted and encouraged during this difficult time.
Pray also, for God’s protection and guidance for the boy whose father accused the missionaries since he left the compound.








California Law Bans Gay Teen 'Conversion' Therapy

California has become the first state to ban a controversial form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay teenagers straight.

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he had signed SB1172 by Democratic Senator Ted Lieu of Torrance. The law, which prohibits sexual orientation change efforts for anyone under 18.

Effective Jan. 1, the state will ban what is known as reparative or conversion therapy for minors. The therapies "have no basis in science or medicine and they will now be relegated to the dust bin of quackery," Brown said in a statement.

Gay rights groups have called the practice dangerous because it can put youth at higher risk of depression.

Conservative religious groups and some Republicans have argued that banning conversion therapy would hinder parents' right to provide psychological care for children experiencing gender confusion.

The Encino, Calif.-based National Association for Research and Therapy on Homosexuality said in August that the bill was a case of "legislative overreach," and Brown's claims of harm to children were based on politics, not research.






Christians Come Under Attack In China

It was 3 a.m. one Sunday last September.
“People shook me and told me. ‘Get up. Get outside. Hurry up!’ ”
What he witnessed on the grounds of the Gospel Shoes Factory – a rural Christian community where he lived and worked with 60 others near here – was complete chaos: a raging mob of more than 200 men were pushing their way through the darkness with flashlights, wooden clubs, bricks, hoes and pieces of metal, smashing everything and anyone in their path.
A perimeter wall had been toppled. The main gate was smashed. Men were pouring through it.
Behind them came a roaring bulldozer, then an excavator.
As Wang stared in disbelief, he was clubbed over the head and trampled to the ground, his face streaming with blood.
Then someone hurled a brick at him, fracturing his leg.
As he lay there he could hear a man yelling, “Beat them. Beat them as hard as you like. I’ll take responsibility for everything.”
To his amazement, and the amazement of other eyewitnesses, the mob was led by a local Communist Party official backed up by uniformed police.
It was, in fact, one of the more violent flare-ups in China’s ongoing campaign against Christians, a community that – according to researchers – exceeds 100 million and is growing rapidly.
That growth has stoked concern and even alarm among some government officials, who see the spread of Christianity as a threat to their authority.
The Gospel Shoes Factory had all its papers in order. It had a building permit. Its business license was current. But it also had a church. In the process they killed livestock, looted appliances and wounded 30 members of the community, seven seriously.
Most were taken to hospital by tractor and private cars.
Protestant Christianity especially, they say, is experiencing “explosive” and even “exponential” growth in China, both in the countryside as well as in major cities: from Heilongjiang province in the north to Guangdong province in the south – from cities like Shanghai and Chengdu, to Beijing and beyond.
When Mao Zedong first took control of the country in 1949, there were just 1 million Christians in China. Today, while it is difficult to calculate a precise number, many now estimate that number to have grown by a hundred-fold.
By comparison, the Communist Party itself has just 70 million registered members.
Communist theory has long held that religion is nothing more than “superstition and foolishness,” and that as China prospers and becomes more modern, religion will fade away.
But that hasn’t happened. Instead, religious belief is growing.
When a well-known, local preacher, Yang Rongli, dared to mount a day of prayer and protest at the site and threaten to take the church’s grievances all the way to the central government in Beijing, she was arrested with four other church elders.
Yang, a university graduate and fourth generation Christian, was leader of Linfen’s Golden Lamp Church – the mother church of Gospel Shoes – believed to be the biggest house church in all of China, boasting 50,000 followers.
In 2008, Yang and church elders had raised the equivalent of $1.5 million in donations from church followers to build the towering, eight-storey, Golden Lamp Church. In size, it rivaled all local Communist Party buildings.
As Yang was being arrested on her way to Beijing on Sept. 25 last year, hundreds of armed, uniformed and riot police swooped down and surrounded the Golden Lamp.
“I was inside,” says one church elder who has still managed to elude arrest. “There were about 100 of us in there. And we all knelt to pray. No one slept that night,” he adds. “We were just too nervous.” The standoff lasted 24 hours.
At 4 p.m. the next day, armed police moved in, took control of the church and arrested more leaders.
Following a one-day trial, Yang Rongli and four other church officials were sentenced to three to seven years in prison for constructing a church on agricultural land and for mounting a protest that had blocked traffic.
Five other church officials were also sentenced – without trial – to two years of “re-education” in a government-run labour camp. Today the Golden Lamp Church, still under state control, faces a demolition order. Just as they crushed the Gospel Shoes complex, authorities intend to reduce the Golden Lamp to rubble.
“Even if they do destroy the church, it won’t destroy our faith,” says the elder who was trapped inside the church the night of its siege.
“We believe in what we believe,” he says.
And so do others: On a steamy Sunday morning in Beijing’s college district a disproportionate number of pedestrians make their way along Bei Sanhuan Zhong Lu, coalesce into lines and disappear down an alley. At the bottom of the alley they file into a private club.
The lobby is filled with great photographic moments of Chinese Communist Party history. Mao Zedong’s smiling face is everywhere.
But from a back auditorium, comes the ascending sound of a church choir.
This is Beijing’s biggest, unregistered house church, known as Shouwang, in English: The Lookout.
Inside, the auditorium overflows with 400 Christian faithful – people are standing in the aisles—and this is just the first of three services to be held today.
Psalms are recited. Scripture is read. A sermon is preached , and when the hymns are sung – everyone joins in.
The audience looks mainly young to middle-aged, middle-class people dressed in their Sunday best. Very few are old.
Then Pastor Song Jun steps to the lectern and announces that the time has arrived to welcome newcomers: “Ladies and Gentlemen,” he says, “when the microphone is passed to you, please announce your name.” Eighteen people rise.
“Dear brothers and sisters how are you?” says a handsome young man taking the microphone. “My name is Song Yubin. I’ve always gone to Haidian Christian Church, but I heard about Shouwang from friends. Sister Zhao Yi brought me here today and I’m very glad to meet you. God bless you all!”
Another young man is handed the microphone.
“My name is Han Song,” he says. “And it was God who brought me here!”
The audience laughs appreciatively. “This is the very first time I’ve come to Beijing, so it’s my first time to Shouwang.” Then another man nervously takes the microphone and, in doing so, seems to forget his name.
“Dear brothers and sisters,” he says, “this is my first day inside a church.” He pauses then. “God be with you,” he says. “Hallelujah!”
When the introductions are complete the choir and community burst into a rendition of “Jesus Loves You,” before spilling out into the street where hundreds of others are preparing to get in. It’s a spirited scene.
China’s central government has never tried to bulldoze Shouwang. But it has tried everything else.
In Sept. 2004, state police raided the church founder’s home, seized religious materials, detained him for 15 hours and warned him to stop the services. But the services continued.
In May 2008, state police raided Shouwang in the middle of a service, sealed the congregants inside, took down all names, i.d. numbers and work place details – and ordered workplace bosses to “have a chat” with the churchgoers and threaten them with firing if they continued to attend. But the congregants kept coming.
In Nov. 2009 – just weeks before a state visit to China by U.S. President Barack Obama – state police finally succeeded in threatening the church’s landlords to terminate the church’s lease.
Shouwang then held its services outdoors in the snow, attracting wide public attention.
Finally, after two weeks and with President Obama preparing to board Air Force One, Chinese government authorities – fearing a public relations disaster during the president’s visit – relented and allowed the church back indoors.
They are now preparing to move into their own property in downtown Beijing, recently bought with tens of millions of Chinese yuan in church donations.
Many other house churches have sprung up across the capital, with names like, The Cedar, Mt. Zion, Grace Evangelical, The Gospel, The New Tree, The Ark and others.
They too have attracted police attention and some leaders, like prominent Chinese writer and intellectual Yu Jie, have been detained and questioned about their faith.
Down a dirt road in Hebei province about 150 km. south of Beijing, past fields of corn and pear orchards and vineyards, through air thick with the stink of pig manure, beneath the haunting, screaming sound of cicadas perched in trees above the baking earth, lies the Catholic Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Wuqui Village.
It is Monday noon and upon its grounds one can hear the sound of children playing. There is an orphanage here that is home to 80 children, many suffering from severe disabilities.
They are looked after by an impoverished group of nuns and a single cleric, Bishop Jia Zhiguo, without any state support. “People just leave them on our doorstep,” explains Sr. Zhang Ruizhen, a gentle, smiling woman in her 50s. “If we don’t care for them, who will?”
Bishop Jia is 76-years-old, in frail health and has just been released from 15 months of arbitrary detention, but he has endured worse: as a young layman he served 15 years in prison for inviting a Catholic priest to his hometown. Today Bishop Jia is under 24 hr. guard.
Appointed a bishop by the Vatican in 1980, the Chinese Communist government regards him as a renegade. China doesn’t acknowledge the authority of the Vatican.
The Vatican doesn’t officially recognize China and instead maintains diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
But as a concession, Chinese authorities allow Jia to say daily mass and some locals are allowed to attend. But he is officially prevented from carrying out any of his bishop’s duties.
Despise the efforts of the government of China, the faith in China continues to flourish, surprising the state with ever more visibility and greater growth.






Christians Under Attack In Egypt

Stained glass windows generated a luminous glow inside a Coptic Christian church one recent morning as prayers were chanted in steady hums and incense wafted through the nave, soothing worshipers.
But the serenity only masked the unease here. Since the July 3 coup that ousted former president Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, Christians have faced a spike in violent attacks that Egyptian authorities have not prevented, rights groups allege.
"I'm very afraid, and I'm afraid for my daughter," said Mona Roshdy, 55, as she left the church with her family.
She had reason to be. On Wednesday, as the police in Cairo assaulted two protest camps of the Muslim Brotherhood's, Morsi supporters directed their anger at Christians.
Churches, houses, monasteries, orphanages, schools and businesses belonging to Copts were attacked in nine provinces "causing panic, losses and destruction for no reason and no crimes they committed except being Christians.
Christians make up about 8 million of Egypt's population of 80 million and have been victims of Muslim attacks for years. Some Christians were worried when Islamists took over Egypt's government in 2012 and relieved when the military ousted them from power last month.
But the ancient Coptic communities here that predate Islam by centuries say they now see a new wave of violence against them since the ouster.
In Upper Egypt – a swath of arid land from south of Cairo to Sudan that is home to many hard-line Islamist Egyptians – four Christians were killed when a mob of several hundred people in the Luxor governorate attacked with knives, tree limbs and hammers two days days after the overthrow of Morsi, Amnesty International said.
They also vandalized Christian homes and set properties on fire, Amnesty said.
In a village in Upper Egypt's province of Minya, an argument erupted between Muslim and Christians over a pro-military song playing in a coffee shop last week. The next day thousands of people ransacked Christian homes and stores, the Associated Press reported.
And in the north Sinai Peninsula, a hotbed for growing militant activity, an orthodox priest was murdered last month. There were attacks in Port Said and Marsa Matrouh as well.
On Wednesday, Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim said Morsi supporters damaged or torched seven churches nationwide. They also stormed 21 police stations, he said.
Morsi's supporters spray-painted the phrase "Egypt is Islamic" on churches and Christian properties, too, as they marched last week across the city, Roshdy said.
In a 15-minute audio recording posted online earlier this month, al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahri accused Coptic Christians, the military and secular-minded elites of conspiring against Morsi because he is an Islamist.
Ishak Ibrahim, at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, in a report said incendiary speeches indicate Islamist leaders accusing Copts of being involved in Morsi's fall.
Last week, 16 human rights groups condemned rhetoric used by the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies that the organizations said incited violence and religious hatred for political gain. They also denounced state agencies for failing to protect Christians and enforce the law by holding responsible parties or individuals accountable.

A woman touch an image of baby Jesus inside a church in Coptic Cairo that was built on the top of a site where Jesus, Mary and Joseph are believed to have stayed when they fled from King Herod. Coptic Cairo, was a Christian stronghold until the 7th-century rise of Islam.






Church Is Forbidden To Ring The Bells In Brazil

Church bells have a fairly long history of use in such capacities as calling for worship, signaling times of prayer, telling the time, warning of danger, etc.
The most common use for church bells historically was for calling the faithful to worship. For example, bells are rung to mark the times for the Angelus (a mostly Catholic practice) at 6 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m.
In Brazil’s Capital, one Catholic Church was forbidden to ring the bells due to a possible breaking of an environmental law that states that the sound produced by the bells cannot exceed 50 decibels.
The Ibram (Brasília Environment Institute) has taken the action after one neighborhood complained about the San Peter Church.
Officers fined the parish for infringement of the environmental law.
Priest Givanildo Santos still has to justify why was ringing the church bells.
Miss Larissa Gadelha, member of the church, said that the government is in contradiction with the Brazilian Constitution, which provides for freedom of religious expression.
It is hard to understand how the government supports other activities like “Samba Schools”, music festivals and bars that operate thru the night until dawn.
There are place were people cannot sleep and many move to other areas in order to get some rest. People some times are even threatened by bar-goers drunk or drugged and no government agents shows up at all.
What is going on in Brazil?








Hollywood Animal Found By God

Self-described “Hollywood Animal” Joe Eszterhas, the blockbuster screenwriter famous for steamy eroticism and dark thrillers, says God found him and life’s never been better.
Seems the master storyteller is telling a new story.“My life has turned inside-out,” Eszterhas wrote in the Washington Post’s On Faith.
Films from Eszterhas’ screenplays have grossed over one billion box office dollars. Time Magazine once called him “America’s king of sex and violence.” Jack Valenti, the late head of the Motion Picture Association, once labeled him “desperately ill and in need of medical attention.
”Once Hollywood’s highest-paid screenwriter, Eszterhas has said he’s “been a bad boy all my life. I was the king-daddy of sex and violence, the wild hair, the rogue elephant, the drinking, drugging, wild man, the cocaine cowboy.
Eszterhas’ Hungarian childhood included almost five years in refugee camps. Acutely poor, he ate pine-needle soup and suffered from rickets. Smoking and alcohol use begun in youth haunted his adulthood. He had surgery for throat cancer; medical experts warned that continued substance use would kill him. With a family he cherished, Joe was desperate to live. But he couldn’t relinquish his addictions.
Finally, feeling hopeless, sobbing alone on a curb, “I cried and begged God to help me,” Eszterhas writes. “I hadn't prayed since I was a boy. I had made fun of God and those who loved God in my writings. And now, through my sobs, I heard myself asking God to help me … and from the moment I asked, He did.”“I didn't at first understand why He did. I didn't deserve His help, I thought. I was unworthy. I ignore Him for forty years and then suddenly I ask Him to help me and He does? It took me some time to understand that God helped me because He loves me. Because even though we don't deserve God's love, God loves us – all of us.
”Eszterhas replaced his excesses with prayer and long walks. He’s written a memoir, Crossbearer, “as a thank-you to God. Not just for saving my life, but for saving me.
”The front of the book quotes this New Testament statement: “Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Also through Him, we have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” Faith, peace, access, hope; sounds as if it could be Eszterhas’ new personal theme.
His wife, Naomi, says the transformation has been gradual but real. It appears to be lasting. They’re living in Ohio, raising their sons and continuing to give thanks:“I am witness to and the beneficiary of God's love for all of us,” Joe writes. “I am witness, too, to the fact that His love is so strong that it was even able to open my rusty old closed heart.”“I will thank Him forever because He gave me new life and a heart which is truly able to love for the first time in my life. His love is mine.
”A hopeful postscript: Eszterhas says his throat surgeon has pronounced him “cured.” The man who removed about eighty percent of Joe’s larynx says the tissue has regenerated such that evidence of the cancer is gone. The surgeon called it “a miracle.”






Homosexuality Promoted In Italy

Italy's national homosexualist activist group, Arcigay, has announced that the Italian Ministry of Labor, Health and Welfare is co-funding a project to promote homosexuality in Italy's schools, reports Hilary White, LifeSiteNews.com. The project, "Interventions to prevent the origins of homophobic bullying" will include a national report on "homophobic bullying" to be conducted by Arcigay, and a series of training seminars for school staff and lectures to young people and students.
Materials to be disseminated to schools will include a poster depicting three teenage girls dressed in traditional Catholic school uniforms, with the caption, "She's gay, and we're cool with that.
"In Britain, the "homophobic bullying" theme, introduced by the phenomenally successful homosexualist lobby group Stonewall, has been identified by Christian groups as a "key codeword" in the suppression of public opposition to the homosexualist political program.
British schools, including Christian schools, have been instructed by the government to implement programs designed to present homosexuality and the "gay lifestyle" as just one of a variety of forms of normal "sexual expression." In 2007, a British Education Secretary told homosexualist activists that the government is preparing "guidance" to address what was identified as "faith-based homophobic bullying." The government has threatened to "crack down" on religious schools who refuse to implement the programs.
Arcigay's public funding has allowed the group to hire two "facilitators" to work on the project. Dr. Ambra Guarnieri, and Dr. Gabriele Prati, both lesbians, will act as "Training Facilitator" and "Scientific Supervisor" respectively.
Guarnieri said that the goal of the program is to create a situation in which a young homosexual in high school will "hear a talk in his school and his classroom of homosexuality as one of the possibilities of his sexual identity and not as an illness or problem from which he should be freed.
"Gabriele Prati, a psychologist at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Bologna, said that "homophobic bullying" is "a largely underestimated phenomenon" and "it is necessary to combat it vigorously."






Hospital Bans Nurse's Crucifix

An employment tribunal ruled that the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust was right to ban nurse Shirley Chaplin from wearing the necklace during shifts because it compromised health and safety rules.
Shirley Chaplin had gone to court claiming religious discrimination on the grounds that staff of other faiths were allowed to wear religious symbols. The tribunal ruled, however, that the trust’s ban did not amount to discrimination.
The Comres poll for Premier Radio found that 81 per cent of the public thought that people should have the right to wear a cross at work “whatever their job”.
The Bishop of Lichfield the Rt Rev Jonathan Gledhill told the station: “It does seem daft that Muslim scarves are allowed to wear headscarfs, Sikhs are allowed to wear turbans but Christians shouldn’t be allowed to wear a cross and to deny the significance of that and the support it is ... that’s extraordinary.”
Mrs Chaplin claims to have worn the cross necklace every day since her confirmation nearly 40 years ago without experiencing any problems.
She said she was disappointed but not surprised by Tuesday’s decision.
“It is extraordinary that the trust can spend what must be tens of thousands of pounds defending their position, when at the same time they are making cut backs which affect patients every day,” she said.
“What the Trust doesn’t realise, as it seeks to enforce its uniform policy in the way it has, is that it sends out a very clear message to Christians working in the Trust or considering working for the trust in the future that they will have to ‘hide’ their faith.
“The message is clear: Christians whose faith motivates their vocation and care of patients do not appear to be welcome at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust.”
Mrs Chaplin has vowed to challenge the ruling.
She added: “I fight on and I fight to win the right for Christians to live out their faith in Britain today – anything less would be a negation of my Christian duty.”








Iran Presses Pastor: Islam Or Death

Iran’s security officials recently delivered a book on Islam to Nadarkhani, Fox News says; he is in prison Rasht on the Caspian Sea coast. Iran’s government and security apparatus have ratcheted up the pressure on Evangelical pastor Youcef Nadarkhani to convert to Islam or face execution, Fox News reported.
Youcef Nadarkhani, now 34, was arrested in 2009 for questioning the compulsory Islamic education of his children and for seeking to register a home-based church. He was sentenced to death in 2010.
The Iranian officials told him they would be back to discuss the material and hear his opinion, according to the report.
David Parsons, spokesman for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, told The Jerusalem Post the new development is “very troubling.”
There need to be “three attempts to make him convert to Islam before they can kill him,” Parsons said. He cited Shari’a Islamic law as the basis for the three attempts rule.
The case “should be an eye-opener for world leaders,” he said. “They should know what Islam teaches in terms of ‘inferior religions’ like Judaism and Christianity.”
Fox News wrote that it secured “a digital copy of the book given to Nadarkhani, a 300-page compilation entitled Beshaarat-eh Ahdein, meaning ‘Message of the Two Eras,’ referring to the New and Old Testaments. Through various narratives, the book attempts to establish the superiority of Islam and claims Christianity is a fabrication.
Parsons said it “needs to be a priority to hold the Iranian regime accountable.
Dr. Wahied Wahdat-Hagh, an authority on minority groups in the Islamic Republic of Iran, told the Post by phone from Berlin that the book given to Nadarkhani, Beshaarat-eh Ahdein, is “religious indoctrination.”
There is “no freedom of opinion or religion in Iran,” he said. The Iranian regime has been closing newspapers and “there is no freedom of conscience” in the Islamic Republic.
“This case shows that Iran does not seek dialogue with Christians, rather it wants to convince Christians of the correctness of converting to Islam,” he said.








Joppa and the house of Simon "the tanner"

Joppa is part of the present day Israeli city of Tel Aviv.
Located on the Mediterranean, it was a seaport even in ancient times. The earliest known reference to Joppa is found in inscriptions on the wall of Karnak temple in Egypt.
In it, Thutmose III (ruled circa 1483 to 1450 B.C., sometimes written as Tuthmosis III) boasts of capturing a number of cities in Israel, including Joppa.
An early biblical reference is found in regards to Jonah. While he was trying to flee from God, he went to this seaport to book passage:

" 3 But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord. " (Jonah 1).

In the New Testament Joppa is mentioned in regards to Peter a couple of times, firstly in regards to the miracle of a woman who had become ill and died being raised back to life:

"36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which, when translated, is Dorcas), who was always doing good and helping the poor.
37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, "Please come at once!"
39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.
40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, "Tabitha, get up." She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.
41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called the believers and the widows and presented her to them alive.
42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.
43 Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon" (Acts 9).

This passage ends by telling us that Peter was subsequently staying at the home of Simon the Tanner, where he was when the angel told the centurion Cornelius to send for him:

"5 Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter.
6 He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea"(Acts 10).

While many traditional locations are merely later and invented traditions, some are based in ancient memory and long standing knowledge. It appears this could be one of them as excavations under this location show that it was the site of a first century Roman era tannery. The artifacts that were found do not identify Simon, but it is not improbable that it could have been his house.








Lech Walesa And The Abortion

Nobel Peace Prize laureate and ex-president of Poland, Lech Walesa, said in Spain this week he would have resigned as president “twenty times” before signing a law that would allow abortion in his country, reports Catholic News Agency.
Walesa made his statements during the Europe Forum together with Miguel Duran of Spain, who is running for a spot in the European Parliament.
The former Polish president explained he would “never” agree with a law that allows abortion because he cannot accept “the killing of innocents,” although he did recognize that no woman ever wants to “kill her child,” but rather is usually motivated by “other situations.
”For his part, Duran criticized the Spanish Socialist government for its political “opportunism” with regards to these issues, especially in a time of crisis. “It would be more important to devote our energies to resolving the problem of the four million unemployed,” he underscored.
“I am bewildered that a government that calls itself progressive would play around with these issues. The government is unfortunately throwing a curtain of blood over the true problem,” Duran charged.
Finding Peace With God.






Los Angeles Episcopalians Elect Lesbian Bishop

Los Angeles Episcopalians elected an openly lesbian bishop late Saturday, the denomination's news service reported.

The Rev. Mary Douglas Glasspool, 55, will become the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church since Gene Robinson took office in New Hampshire in 2004, if she is formally approved.

Conservative factions in the Anglican Communion -- a 77-million member denomination worldwide, with the Episcopal Church as its U.S. branch -- have opposed the ordination of gay bishops.

The archbishop of Canterbury, the head of the Anglican Communion, issued a statement Saturday saying that Glasspool's election "raises very serious questions not just for the Episcopal Church and its place in the Anglican Communion, but for the Communion as a whole," according to the Episcopal Church's Web site.

Glasspool's election is the first choice of an openly gay bishop since the church ended an agreement designed to keep the worldwide Anglican Communion from tearing itself apart. In the wake of the Robinson controversy, Episcopalians called a temporary halt to appointing any more openly gay bishops, to give the church time to hammer out a compromise. They voted this summer not to renew the ban.

Glasspool, now based in Baltimore at the Diocese of Maryland, is the first openly gay candidate elected bishop since then. The Diocese of Minnesota considered an openly gay candidate for bishop in October, but chose another priest when votes were cast.

Some Episcopal leaders reacted angrily to Glasspool's election. The Rev. Canon Kendall Harmon, canon theologian from the Diocese of South Carolina, said the election "represents an intransigent embrace of a pattern of life Christians throughout history and the world have rejected as against biblical teaching," according to the Episcopal Church site.

Glasspool will assist Bishop Diocesan J. Jon Bruno in ministry to the Los Angeles region's 70,000 parishioners, according to that diocese's Web site.

She will become one of two bishops suffragan -- the second-highest position in the clergy of the diocese -- if she is formally approved. The choice requires consent from a majority of the church's other 108 dioceses.

"If by chance people are going to withhold consents because of Mary's sexuality, it would be a violation of the canons of this church," Bruno said, according to the Episcopal Church site.

Her partner, Becki Sander (19 years old), recently earned a doctorate in social work.








Noah's Ark Is Found!

Hong-Kong Evangelists found the Noah's Ark

While searching for the remains of Noah’s Ark on Mount Ararat in Eastern Turkey, a Chinese-Turkish exploration team successfully excavated and ventured inside a large wooden structure at an elevation of more than 4,000m above sea level.
Wood specimens were dated as 4,800 years old. Officials of Turkish government and Cultural Ministries highly regarded the finds and jointly announced the discovery with the exploration team in Hong Kong.
They planned to submit an application for the wooden structure to be included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. A mutual agreement for further co-operation was signed and the Hong Kong team members were recognized as Honorable Citizens of Agri Province, Turkey.
In the press conference on April 25, Consul General of Turkey, Mr. Mehmet Raif Karaca, was invited to come and support the great achievements of the exploration team in the aspect of the search for Noah’s Ark.

Background information

Historical accounts dating back more than 2,000 years maintain that ‘Noah’s Ark came to rest in the mountains of Ararat after the Great Flood’. The same records can be found in the Bible and the Koran. In the local region, a saying passed down through the generations goes: ‘There is an ancient boat on the mountain’.
The earliest record of Ark search by a Western scientist was German naturalist Dr. Friedrich Parrot, who climbed the Mount Ararat in 1829. Although he failed to find substantial evidence for the proof, he was the forerunner in the field – in the following 200 years, many scientists and explorers have been dedicated to search an ancient boat that matches the historical records.
However, the greatest result of Western research in two centuries was the retrieval of wood fragments in glacier at an elevation of above 4,000m on Mount Ararat. From an objective scientific point of view, the discovery of wood on Mount Ararat is encouraging because scientists maintain that high mountain altitudes are depleted of trees and no human settlement has ever been found above an elevation of 3,000 metres. Wood fragments discovered in the past may have come from the Ark.

The discovery of the wood structure

Noah’s Ark Ministries International achieves a breakthrough in the search. The team first located a site on an elevation of above 4,000m, excavated the glacier, found and ventured inside the wood structure.
Man-fai YUEN, a representative of NAMI said in the press conference, “The search team and I personally entered a wooden structure high on the mountain. The structure is partitioned into different spaces. We believe that the wooden structure we entered is the same structure recorded in historical accounts and the same ancient boat indicated by the locals.”
Team members entered the wooden structure and proceeded to conduct field studies, take measurements and collect samples, with the entire process filmed (see link below).
This is the first team in history ever to visually document the interior of the wood structure on the mountain.
Ahmet Ertugrul, the search team leader, was the first to get information on the location and then started the search.
He explained, “I got to know the secret location in June 2008. The source told me that this is Noah’s Ark. I took a team there for the search around the region and found a wooden structure. I took some photographs of the interior structure. Since I have worked closely with NAMI for some years, I informed them of the discovery.”
The search extended for nearly two years. A milestone was marked by one of the team members, Panda Lee, who went for a pioneer climb to witness the existence of a wood structure high above an altitude of 4,000m.
He also surveyed the landscape, preparing for further search. Panda Lee said, “In October 2008, I climbed the mountain with the Turkish team. At an elevation of more than 4,000 metres, I saw a structure built with plank-like timber. Each plank was about 8 inches wide. I could see tenons, proof of ancient construction predating the use of metal nails.
We walked about 100 metres to another site. I could see broken wood fragments embedded in a glacier, and some 20 metres long.
I surveyed the landscape and found that the wooden structure was permanently covered by ice and volcanic rocks. Prior to my expedition, the Turkish team had excavated the site to expose the structure.”
Following Panda’s confirmation, although search activities were interrupted by unmerciful weather and tense situation, the quest was relentlessly conducted for a whole year.
Finally, in October 2009, a film crew accompanied the search team to document the expedition. Six Hong Kong team members entered the wooden structure, with Fiona Leung the sole female member.
She says, “The expedition was difficult. We stayed a few days in base camp at 2,800 metres above sea level in order to acclimatise.
All of us suffered various symptoms of mountain sickness. The weather on Mount Ararat was unpredictable. Fine sunny weather would be overwhelmed by heavy fog in an instant.
The difference in day and night temperatures was as large as 30 degrees Celsius.
At night, temperatures dropped below minus 20 degrees C and one night it even snowed.
The last section of the route leading to the site was very rugged. We negotiated steep terrain of 60 degrees and could see rock basalts rolling towards us: the sunshine caused melting snow to loosen, which rolled down. Some of the rock basalts were as large as a head and could seriously have injured anyone hit”

Seven spaces revealed

The wood structure discovered by the team is broken, so members entered the structure through various openings.
Up to now, the team has discovered seven spaces.
One of the team members, Wing-cheung YEUNG explains during the press conference:
1) One of the spaces discovered is frozen by ice. Under ice is wood with wood beam above. There is tenon construction on the wall and it is obvious artificial structure.
2) The space witnessed by Panda Lee is L-shaped. This is the first discovered space. It’s L-shaped and its features match well with some spaces discovered later, like tenon construction. We concluded that it was originally a box-shaped room and heavily decomposed.
3) This space stands at more than 5 metres high. Team members had to get through a broken opening and abseil down to get inside. All walls are wood and the space is not box-shaped.
Strictly speaking, the walls are not vertical but rather curved and inclined. The small door on one side, of dimensions one meter high and half meter width, presumably leads to another space but our team did not risk going further due to the lack of oxygen.
4) This room is box-shaped, having a dimension of height, width and length of more than two metres. There is a wooden beam with wooden nails on one side of the wall. It is believed that a rope was hooked on these nails to keep animals in place. On another side of the wall, there are racks.
5)A very small tunnel-like space connects two spaces.
6) A few wooden staircases were found inside the structure, which seemingly craved by tree logs. Our team climbed one and found a door in the ceiling and concluded the wood structure has more than one floor. We tried to open it but failed. Since we did not want to destroy the structure, we will try again with appropriate equipment in the future.
7) The team has not entered this space. They viewed and took shots from a small opening above. The height and width are estimated to be 5 metres and 12 metres respectively.

Attending experts and government officials agreed that the discovery is of great significance.
In light of historical records, they believe that the most probable explanation is Noah’s Ark and subsequent scientific studies should be undertaken. Mr. Gerrit Aalten, renowned Dutch Ark researcher said, “The significance of this find is that for the first time in history the discovery of Noah’s Ark is well documented and revealed to the worldwide community.”
With more than 30 years experience in collecting information, Mr. Aalten believes that detailed eyewitness accounts made the Ark puzzle complete because they all together mentioned the same significant details that exactly match this astonishing find on the mountain.
He continued, “Just a few of the many details that are matching this find: …the height it’s found on, which is above “the 4000 meters level”; another detail is, the way the Ark is situated on the mountain which is: “slightly tilted”; …that it has a ” reddish/brown wood appearance”, …the end of the Ark “is decayed and broken and has a hole” through which one can enter; …it is most partly “embedded in the ice and rock debris”;…and that the Ark is “very solid and of high quality”; …and ”very dark, long and rectangular”.
In conclusion, Mr. Aalten said , “there’s a tremendous amount of solid evidence that the structure found on Mount Ararat in Eastern Turkey, is the legendary Ark of Noah.”
An archaeologist, Professor Oktay Belli said, “The search team has made the greatest discovery in history. This finding is very important and the greatest up to now.
On Mount Ararat, human settlement has never reached up to 3,500 m. Mount Ararat is a holy place and has rich historical accounts about Noah’s Ark on the mountain. Many people have searched the mountain for the holy Ark. This time’s discovery is the first serious search that the team found a wood structure under ice.”
Dr. Ahmet Özbek, a Turkish geologist explained how the condition has helped preserve the structure for thousands years without decay or petrifying.
He said that “In present days, the permanent snow line on Mt. Ararat is 3,900 meters. The wood structure was found higher than 4,000 meters.”
The low temperature and environmental condition of glacier deposits and volcanic material helped the preservation. He also explained that the proportion by weight of wood material was able to carry loads up to 5 times its weight. So this structure can bear heavy weight without breaking into pieces.
Turkish government officials, Mr. Murat Güven, Lieutenant Governor of Agri Province, Mr. Muhsin Bulut, Cultural Ministries Director of Agri Province and Mr. Ibrahim Sahin, District Secretary of Dogubayazit City appreciated the effort put forward by the search team and thanked them for the discovery of Noah’s Ark.
It would be shocking news to the world. Mr. Muhsin Bulut, Cultural Ministries Director of Agri Province said, “For more than 2,000 years, historical and eyewitnesses accounts tell us that there is an ancient boat on Mt. Ararat which survived a great flood and landed on the mountain.
People believed that it is Noah’s Ark. I believe the team has finally located this ancient boat and I believe it is Noah’s Ark.”
The Turkish government officials will help further scientific search of NAMI in the future. Attendees will invite the participation of scientists and will be committed to scientific search to reveal the truth of Noah’s Ark. They read and signed a co-operation agreement:
“We, the undersigned, agree to collaborate on scientific search and study related to Noah’s Ark on Mt. Ararat.
The results are of significance to the whole world in that humankind should cherish its common beliefs and origins.
We believe that the discovery of Noah’s Ark will resolve centuries of national ideological conflict.
We are dedicated to working towards a better, peaceful world.”

Hong Kong people are recognized as Honorable Citizens for the first time

In appreciation of the Hong Kong search team’s dedication and contribution to the Ark search on Mount Ararat in Agri Province and its subsequent discovery, Mr. Murat Güven, Lieutenant Governor of Agri Province announced four of the team members as Honourable Citizens. They are the first foreigners to be recognized this status.

Noah's Ark in the Bible

According to the Judaeo-Christian Bible, Noah was a ‘righteous man, blameless in his generation’ (Genesis 6:9) at a time when ‘the Earth was corrupt in God's sight, and the Earth . . . was filled with violence’ (Gen 6:11). God therefore decided to destroy the whole world, yet preserved the life of Noah and his family because of Noah's righteousness.
God instructed Noah to build an Ark of gopher wood 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high, for God was to destroy the world with a Great Flood. God also told Noah to take with him two of every sort of animal on to the Ark (Gen 6:19-20).
Having spent one whole year on the Ark, the floodwaters receded, and the Ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat (Gen 8:2-4). God told Noah and his family and all the animals to leave the Ark and to fill the world once again.
God then made a covenant with Noah that "Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the Flood, and never again shall there be a Flood to destroy the Earth", and the covenant was marked by the sign of a rainbow. (Gen 9:13)

Historical Accounts of Noah’s Ark

- Berossus, a native historian of Babylonia in 275 B.C.

“...grounded in Armenia some part still remains in the mountains of the Gordyaeans in Armenia, and some get pitch from the ship by scraping it off, and use it for amulets.”…Babyloniaca

- Nicolas of Damascus, a Greek historian and philosopher in 30 B.C.

“Above the country of the Minus in Armenia a great mountain called Baris, where, as the story goes, many refugees found safety at the time of the Flood, and one man transported upon the ark grounded upon the summit: and relics of the timber were for long preserved…”

- Flavius Josephus, the official historian of the Jews for the Roman Empire in the 1st Century

“The Armenians call that spot the Landing-Place for it was there that the Ark came safely to land, and they show the relics of it to this day. This Flood and the Ark are mentioned by all who have written histories of the barbarians.”… Antiquities of the Jews

- Eutychius, an Egyptian Arab, Patriarch of Alexandria, a famous historian and physician in the 9th Century A.D.

“The Ark rested on the mountains of Ararat; that is, Jabal Judi near Mosul.”… Nazm al-Gawahir
Although the names of the mountain where the Ark landed vary in different historical records, they actually refer to the same mountain – Mount Ararat.

Click here to watch the movie."
Source "Noah’s Ark Ministries International". NANI is an international organization comprising ark researchers, scientists and Bible scholars; they seek the truth of the Ark from a faith-based yet objective, scientific perspective.
In the future, it will continue to invite academia to participate in historically, culturally, geologically and archeologically informed scientific research of the Ark.





Paul's Sarcophagus

Archaeologists recently unearthed and opened a white marble sarcophagus located under the Basilica of St. Paul’s outside the Walls in Rome. The faithful have believed the sarcophagus to be the tomb of the Apostle Paul.
Speaking at a service to mark the end of the Pauline year, Pope Benedict said that carbon dating tests on bone fragments show them to date from the first or second century.
"This seems to confirm the unanimous and uncontested tradition that they are the mortal remains of the Apostle Paul," he said.
Tradition holds that St. Paul was beheaded in Rome in the 1st century during a persecution of early Christians by Roman emperors. Bone fragments from St. Paul’s head are believed to be in St. John Lateran, another Rome basilica, while his other remains are believed to be in the sarcophagus.
Archaeologists who opened the sarcophagus discovered the bone fragments alongside some grains of incense, a “precious” piece of purple linen with gold sequins and a blue fabric with linen filaments.
In 2002 Vatican archaeologists began excavating the 8-foot-long tomb of St. Paul, which dates from at least the year 390 A.D.
The top of the coffin has small openings which were covered with mortar. In ancient times, Christians would insert offerings or try to touch the remains through the openings.
A related discovery was announced on Saturday in L’Osservatore Romano. Inside the catacombs of St. Tecla in Rome, a fresco which depicts St. Paul was discovered on June 19. The round fresco is edged in gold and features the emaciated face of St. Paul.






Research Undermines Evolutionary Theory

Creation scientists say new genetic findings challenge the evolutionary model and show that humans and chimps did not evolve from a common ancestor.

Scientists from MIT and the University of Massachusetts Medical School recently published a report in the journal Genome Research entitled “Evolutionary dynamics and tissue specificity of human long noncoding RNAs in six mammals.” The article compares human long intergenic noncoding RNAs (lincRNAs) with lincRNAs of several mammals - including chimps and rhesus monkeys.

According to experts, lincRNAs are critically important to cells’ existence and serve many different roles. Not only are lincRNAs found within cells’ nuclei and cytoplasm, but they also assist communication between cells. “LincRNAs play diverse regulatory roles in human development and disease,” the authors of the Genome Research article wrote, “but little is known about their evolutionary history and constraint.”

According to evolutionary theory, the lincRNA patterns of humans and chimps should be similar, since - according to evolutionists - humans and chimps evolved from a common ancestor. However, the journal article reports that a significant portion of human lincRNA is unique to humans - not found in chimps or monkeys.

“We find that at least 35% of human lincRNAs show orthologous transcripts across mammals, and 20% are not conserved beyond chimp and undetectable even in rhesus,” the scientists reported. This unexpected revelation led the scientists to assume that human-specific lincRNAs are “faster-evolving” than lincRNAs from animals. However, Dr. Jeffrey Tomkins, a geneticist with the Institute for Creation Research, says this assertion does not hold water.

“For evolution to appear plausible in the 2 to 6 million years of estimated time between the divergence of humans and chimps from a common ancestor (a mere blip on the scale of alleged evolutionary time), scientists need to have a human chimp DNA similarity of about 98%,” Dr. Tomkins told Christian News Network. “This is based on known mutation rates in human DNA sequence - assuming that mutation can actually accomplish something good.”

However, the Genome Research article revealed that chimps and humans are more genetically dissimilar than evolutionists expected. “Of the several thousand lincRNA genes studied by this research group, only 80% had similar counterparts in chimps,” Dr. Tomkins stated. “This is way outside the 98% paradigm.” Dr. Tomkins further explained that lincRNA genes are especially important, because they “provide the meta-information regulating how protein coding genes are utilized.”

“This is why the human genome contains over twice as many noncoding RNA genes as it does protein coding genes,” Dr. Tomkins noted. “It is these types of metadata genes that are the key players in the genome that explain what makes different types of creatures genetically unique. Like humans and chimps.”

Dr. Tomkins told Christian News Network that he has personally studied over 50,000 lincRNA gene regions and found that the genes of humans and chimps are distinctly dissimilar. “Overall, there is only about a 67 to 79% similarity in DNA sequence,” he said. “It is the shorter lincRNA genes that tend to be the most similar, such as the ones analyzed in this recent study - but even these are only about 80%.”

“The biblical bottom line that fully matches up with the genetic data is that humans are uniquely created in the image of God and did not evolve from apes,” Dr. Tomkins concluded. “Humans and chimps were created uniquely and separately - their distinctly different genomes corroborate this.”






Sex Ring Brought Down Benedict XVI

Of all the rumours just why Pope Benedict XVI was hanging up his camauro, one has taken on a life of its own.

According to several Vatican experts in Rome, Benedict resigned after being handed a secret red-covered dossier that included details about a network of gay priests who work inside the Vatican, but who play in secular Rome.

The priests, it seems, are allegedly being blackmailed by a network of male prostitutes who worked at a sauna in Rome’s Quarto Miglio district, a health spa in the city center, and a private residence once entrusted to a prominent archbishop.
The evidence reportedly includes compromising photos and videos of the prelates - sometimes caught on film in drag, and, in some cases, caught “in the act.”

Revelations about the alleged network are the basis of a 300-page report supposedly delivered to Benedict on December 17, 2012 by Cardinals Julian Herranz, Joseph Tomko, and Salvatore De Giorgi.

According to the press reports, it was on that day that Benedict XVI decided once and for all to retire, after toying with the idea for months. He reportedly closed the dossier and locked it away in the pontifical apartment safe to be handed to his successor to deal with. According to reports originally printed by La Repubblica newspaper and the newsweekly Panorama, the sins the cardinals uncovered involved homosexual relations.

The trio of cardinals who authored the report, known in the Italian press as the “007 Priests,” were commissioned by Benedict to dig into the Vatileaks scandal that rocked the Holy See last fall when the pope’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, was convicted of stealing secret papal documents and leaking them to the press.

The sleuthing cardinals ran a parallel investigation to the Vatican tribunal’s criminal case against the butler, but theirs was far more covert and focused not on the mechanics of the leaks, but on who within the Roman Curia might be the brains behind them. And, according to the leaked reports, what the “007 Priests” found went far beyond the pope’s private desk: “What’s coming out is very detailed X-ray of the Roman Curia that does not spare even the closest collaborators of the Pope,” wrote respected Vatican expert Ignazio Ingrao in Panorama.

“The Pope was no stranger to the intrigues, but he probably did not know that under his pontificate there was such a complex network and such intricate chains of personal interests and unmentionable relationships.”

The existence of a gay-priest network outside the fortified walls of Vatican City is hardly news, and many are wondering if it is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg of sex scandals. In 2010, investigative journalist Carmello Abbate went undercover with a hidden camera to write a shocking exposé called “Good Nights Out for Gay Priests”.

Abbate caught the priests on hidden camera dirty dancing at private parties and engaging in sex acts with male escorts on church property. He also caught them emerging from dark bedrooms just in time to celebrate mass. In one postcoital scene, a priest parades around semi-naked, wearing only his clerical vestments.

“This is not about homosexuality,” Abbate told The Daily Beast when he published the exposé: “This is about private vices and public virtues.”

Because so much of the secret lives of gay priests is actually not so secret thanks to Abbate’s exposé and subsequent book “Sex and the Vatican”, many are wondering what else could be hidden in the alleged red-covered dossier.

Vatican elite have also been loosely tied to a number of other secular scandals during Benedict’s tenure, including the ultra-tawdry affair between former Lazio governor Piero Marrazzo and several transvestite prostitutes, including one named “Brenda” who was found burned to death in 2009.

At the time that Marrazzo’s relationships with the transvestites were discovered, his driver reportedly told investigators that several high-ranking priests and even cardinals were customers of Rome’s elite transsexual circuit, though no proof was ever provided and no one has ever been arrested tied to the transsexual prostitution circuit. Nor has anyone mentioned whether reference to these crimes might also be in the dossier. But Marrazzo was whisked off to the Vatican-owned Monte Cassino abbey south of Rome to do his penance, and he even wrote a letter to Vatican Secretary of State Tarciso Bertone asking for Pope Benedict XVI’s forgiveness.

Whatever is the content of the red binders supposedly hold, it remains unknown.

“Many new skeletons from the closets of the cardinals could come out anytime,” says Ingrao. At that time, Ingrao said “Many voters know or claim to know the secrets of their brothers, but it is already clear that the new pope who leaves the Sistine Chapel will have to be scandal-free in order to proceed with cleaning up what Ratzinger has left for his successor.”

Let's wait and see what Pope Francis is going to do about that.






Sexual Orientations In The US

H.R. 1913, which has been dubbed the federal hate crimes legislation, passed 249 to 175 in the U.S. Congress, paving the way to conspicuously curtail religious freedom in a country that espouses freedom, reports MNN.
The International human rights watchdog International Christian Concern is more than concerned. ICC's President Jeff King says with the House passage, "It now goes to the Senate Judiciary Committee. They're going to look at it. If they release it, it'll go to the Senate. If the Senate passes it (which we assume they will), if they pass the same version as the house, then it'll go to the President who will sign it. He won't veto it.
"One of the most insidious and almost hidden dangers of the bill is that it could be used to halt the free speech of Catholic and protestant ministers alike as it pertains to the biblical teachings of homosexuality.
King says the pro-homosexual lobby or anyone else could cripple a church. "The bill can be used as a bludgeon against the church," he says. "You can bankrupt a church pretty easily when a lawsuit comes from the government. There [are] unlimited resources, and this thing is dangerous.
"The Hate Crime law, HR-1913, will make 30 sexual orientations federally-protected, reports AFA. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has published 30 such sexual orientations that, because of Congress's refusal to define "sexual orientation," will be protected under this legislation. These 30 orientations are listed in the APA's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), which is used by physicians, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and psychiatrists throughout the U.S. It is considered the dictionary of mental disorders. Those 30 sexual orientations include behaviors that are felonies or misdemeanors in most states.






Soccer Fans in Turkey Boo Moment of Silence for Paris Attack Victims

Soccer fans in Istanbul interrupted the moment of silence for victims of the Paris terrorist attacks at a soccer match between Greece and Turkey on Tuesday.

Reuters reports the silence at the stadium was broken by chants and a chorus of boos from spectators before the game began at Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium.
An AFP photographer and a Reuters correspondent said fans chanted “Allahu Akbar” or “God is great,” although it is difficult to make out what is being chanted in videos that have surfaced on social media (see bellow).

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and the Greek leader Alexis Tsipras attended the match together as part of on-going efforts to ease the deep-seated tensions between the neighbouring countries.
The Turkish team’s manager, Fatih Terim, told the Independent, “Our fans should have behaved during the national anthems and during the one minute silence.”

The match ended in a 0-0 score. This was the first time the two rivals had met in the last eight years.
Some soccer teams in Europe have paid tribute to the 129 people who died in the November 13 terror attack in Paris. The Football Association in England suggested supporters learn the words to the French national anthem for their game against France on November 17. As a further sign of respect, Wembley Stadium’s arch was lit up in the blue, white and red of the French flag.

Soccer fans in Turkey have disrupted similar tributes. In October, a game between Iceland and Turkey in Konya started with a minute of silence for the victims of the Ankara bombing. The deadliest terrorist attack in Turkey’s history killed more than 100 people, many of them attending a rally held by left-leaning groups.

The Washington Post wrote the jeers at the stadium demonstrated the deep divisions within the country where “not everyone in the country is sympathetic to those who perished.”










Sodom Found?

Tall el-Hammam sits in the northeast quadrant of the Dead Sea, in an area known as the Kikkar, or the “disc of Jordan.” It is an area lush with farmland, water, and natural beauty.
Geographically, it is east of Jericho, at about the same level above the sea. To this day, it is one of the most important agricultural areas of Jordan, providing many fruit and vegetable crops for Jordan and for export.As amazing as it may sound, Tall el-Hammam may also be the location of the ancient city of Sodom.
According to archeologist, Dr. Steven Collins, this site fits perfectly with the geographical profile outlined in Genesis 13-19.
How Dr. Collins arrived at this conclusion involves years of research, digs, and textual research with many colleagues, including Dr. Peter Briggs. Drs. Collins and Briggs developed a means to determine if an ancient text is a "true narrative" through a scientific methodology called "criterial screening."
With the current dig well under way, the findings have been staggering.
“Not only do we have the right place geographically speaking, but it falls within the right time frame (the Bronze Age), and it was destroyed during the time of Abraham (the Middle Bronze Age). When you add in the pottery, architecture (it was a fortified city), and the chronological consistency of the region to the biblical text, it is a match made in heaven, so to speak,” Collins beams as he shares this with me.
“To make it even more intriguing,” he continues, “there is great mystery concerning this site, and all of its associated sites. For some reason there is what I call a “historical hole or LB Gap” regarding the site. Meaning, after this cluster of towns was destroyed during Abraham's time, the area was not re-occupied until much, much later; later than the sites in the regions surrounding this particular cluster.”
“It must have been seen as a taboo site of some kind. Something terrible must have happened there that caused people to stay away for so many centuries.”
When I asked Dr. Collins for some evidence, he said: “Well, to start with, the Tall el-Hammam site has 25 geographical indicators that align it with the description in Genesis. Compare this with something well known—like Jerusalem—that has only 16. Other sites have only 5 or 6. So, this site has many times more indicators than any other Old Testament site. That is truly amazing.”
“Second, our findings—pottery, architecture, and destruction layers—fit the timeframe profile. Meaning, we should expect to find items, like what we are finding, from the Middle Bronze period. This is exactly what we are uncovering.”






Sudanese Woman Appels Against Death Sentence

A Sudanese woman sentenced to death for refusing to recant her Christian faith.
The appeal demands the release of Meriam Ibrahim, saying the court that tried her committed "procedural errors," her lawyer, Eman Abdul-Rahim, told The Associated Press late Wednesday.

Ibrahim was sentenced to death for "apostasy" last month by a Khartoum court for allegedly converting to Christianity from Islam. She maintains that her Muslim father left when she was young and that she was raised a Christian by her Ethiopian mother, who is an Orthodox Christian, contrary to what the authorities say, that she was Muslim and then had converted to Christianity.

Ibrahim married a Christian man from southern Sudan in a church ceremony in 2011. As in many Muslim nations, Muslim women in Sudan are prohibited from marrying non-Muslims, though Muslim men can marry outside their faith.
Ibrahim has a son, 18-month-old Martin, who is living with her in jail, where she gave birth to a second child last week. By law, children must follow their father's religion.

A video obtained by the AP shows Ibrahim with her newborn and her son Martin at the prison's hospital where she gave birth. Looking happy and relaxed, the video shows Ibrahim breastfeeding the baby while seated on a bed with Martin sitting close by.

Amnesty International condemned the sentence against Ibrahim, calling it "abhorrent," and the U.S. State Department said it was "deeply disturbed" by the sentence.
Sudan introduced Islamic Shariah law in the early 1980s under the rule of autocrat Jaafar Nimeiri, a move that contributed to the resumption of an insurgency in the mostly animist and Christian south of Sudan.

The south seceded in 2011 to become the world's newest nation, South Sudan.
Sudanese President Omar Bashir, an Islamist who seized power in a 1989 military coup, has said his country will implement Islam more strictly now that the non-Muslim south is gone.
A number of Sudanese have been convicted of apostasy in recent years, but they all escaped execution by recanting their new faith.







Ten Commandments Judge

Judge Roy Moore, who was ousted as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court after refusing to remove a granite monument of the Ten Commandments from the state judicial building, announced Monday that he plans to run for governor of Alabama in 2010, reports Charisma News Online.
The bid marks the second time Moore has run for governor. During his kickoff speech the Republican candidate criticized the government's refusal to acknowledge God, a theme that some say may have cost him the 2006 gubernatorial race, the Associated Press (AP) reported. "Out of Washington comes a dangerous new message that we are not a Christian nation. Indeed, I refute that," Moore said.
Moore also called for economic and social reform, including criticizing federal power that "intrudes into private business, undermining our free enterprise system upon which we've always been based."
He also called for the creation of a commission to recommend changes in public education and opposition to gay marriage. "We cannot and will not allow activist judges from California and Massachusetts to push their own immoral opinions on the people of this state," he said.
Known as Alabama's "Ten Commandments judge," Moore became a hero for social conservatives when he was sued for displaying a handmade copy of the Ten Commandments in his courtroom in 1995 when he served on the civil court in Gadsden, Ala.
The case ended largely unresolved due to legal technicalities, but the Ten Commandments stayed on Moore's courtroom wall.






The Manhattan Declaration

Citing conscience issues with the trend of several social issues 145 religious leaders hav signed what they call the Manhattan Declaration saying they will not cooperate with laws that could be used to compel their groups to participate in abortions, same-sex relationships or stem cell research.

“We pledge to each other, and to our fellow believers, that no power on earth, be it cultural or political, will intimidate us into silence or acquiescence,” it says.

A mixture of evangelicals, Catholics and Orthodox leaders signed the document which is aimed at stirring support for what they call the three most important social issues facing American society today. It appears to be an effort to rally Christian support at a time when the historic religious foundation of American religious culture appears to be cracking. The so called Moral Majority of the past has been disbanded, shattered by the very political system it sought to enter. The culture wars have made significant inroads into the moral and ethical behavior of Americans. Is this the last redoubt of conservatism against the post-modern culture?

The document says, “We will not comply with any edict that purports to compel our institutions to participate in abortions, embryo-destructive research, assisted suicide and euthanasia, or any other antilife act; nor will we bend to any rule purporting to force us to bless immoral sexual partnerships, treat them as marriages or the equivalent.”

The document will be released at the National Press Club in Washington this Friday.








The Truth About Islam

1) Purpose of this document

Due a lack of knowledge and poor understanding of Islam by Westerners and considering the influence of this religion today, we found important to bring light to this matter.
Usually Christians are unaware of the content of the Qur'an and hadith, and sometimes the media omits or distorts facts about Islam, what causes many Christians to get confused and be misled by the teachings of this religion.
We have searched information in different sources, and the result of this work is now being published here.
The total or partial reproduction of the contents of this work, is free, provided it is not used for profit (Copyright © 2012 Finding Peace With God).
A glossary at the end of this document will help you to understand the meaning of some terms.

Today Islam is the second religion in number of followers in the world:

2) The Religion

It is a monotheistic religion, which calls for complete acceptance of and submission to the teachings of Islamic doctrine. Anyone may become a Muslim, regardless of gender, race, or nationality, simply by reciting a declaration of faith and embracing a lifestyle in accord with Islamic principles.

Its main objective is to establish a single religion in the world.

There are an estimated 1.5 billion Muslims in the world. They live in every world region and belong to many different cultures and ethnic groups. The 10 countries with the largest Muslim populations, in descending order, are Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Turkey, Egypt, Iran, Nigeria, China, and Ethiopia.
The internal consolidation of Islam in Arabia was, strange to say, brought about by its diffusion abroad.
The holy war against the border countries which Muhammad had already inaugurated, was the best means for making the new religion popular among the Arabs, for opportunity was at the same time afforded for gaining rich booty.
The movement was organized by Islam, but the masses were induced to join it by quite other than religious motives. Nor was this by any means the first occasion on which the Arabian cauldron had overflowed; once and again in former times emigrant swarms of Bedouins had settled on the borders of the wilderness.

The duties of Muslims form the five pillars of Islam, which set forth the acts necessary to demonstrate and reinforce the faith. These are: the recitation of the shahada ("There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet"), daily prayer (salat), almsgiving (zakat), fasting (sawm), and pilgrimage (hajj).

The ninth month of the Muslim calendar is Ramadan, a period of obligatory fasting in commemoration of "Muhammad's receipt of his god's (Allah) revelation".
All Muslims, at least once in their lifetime, should make the hajj to Mecca to participate in special rites held there during the twelfth month of the lunar calendar. Muhammad instituted this requirement, modifying pre-Islamic custom, to emphasize sites associated with God and Abraham (Ibrahim), founder of monotheism and father of the Arabs through his son Ismail.
Other pillar of the faith, which all Muslims share, is jihad, or the war to protect Islamic lands, beliefs, and institutions as well as to conquer and disseminate their faith.

The main source for the precepts and statements that guide Islam, are the Qur'an and the Hadith.

2.1) The Qur'an

Literally meaning "the recitation", also transliterated Koran, Qur'an, Al-Coram, Coram, Kuran, and Al-Qur'an, is the central religious text of Islam, which Muslims consider the verbatim word of their god Allah.
The Qur'an is composed of verses (Ayat) that make up 114 chapters (Surahs) of unequal length, which are classified either as Meccan or Medinan depending upon the place and time of their claimed revelation.
Shortly after Muhammad's death the Qur'an was compiled into a single book by order of the first Caliph Abu Bakr and at the suggestion of his future successor Omar.
Khadija, Muhammad's widow and Caliph Umar's daughter, was entrusted with that Qur'anic. It was compiled in the year 632 AD and makes reference to pieces of the Torah (Old Testament) and also the Gospel (New Testament).
Many facts are completely mixed up and the result is something distorted; if it was really revealed by Gabriel as they believe, certainly it would not make assertions like those we find in the Qur’an.
It is like someone talking about something he heard about but is not sure about times and people involved.

2.2) Hadith

In Islamic terminology, the term hadith refers to reports of statements or actions of Muhammad, or of his tacit approval or criticism of something said or done in his presence.
Classical hadith specialist Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani says that the intended meaning of hadith in religious tradition is something attributed to Muhammad but that is not found in the Qur'an.
Hadith are regarded by traditional Islamic schools of jurisprudence as important tools for understanding the Qur'an and in matters of jurisprudence. Hadith were evaluated and gathered into large collections during the 8th and 9th centuries. These works are referred to in matters of Islamic law and history to this day. The two largest denominations of Islam, Shi'a and Sunni, have different sets of hadith collections.

3) Who was Muhammad?

Muslims believe he was a prophet to whom the Qur'an was verbally revealed through angel Gabriel (Jibril) from God gradually over a period of approximately 23 years beginning on 22 December 609 CE, when Muhammad was 40, and concluding in 632 CE, the year of his death.
Muhammad was born in the year 570 AD in the city of Mecca in southwestern Saudi Arabia. According to legend, a host of angels joyously attended his birth. As soon as he was born he fell to the ground, took a handful of dust and declared, "Allah is great."
He was allegedly born clean, circumcised, and his navel cord already cut.

A quick summary of his life might include these points:

  1. He married Khadija, a wealthy widow fifteen years his senior.
  2. Around the age of forty, he began experiencing visions from Gabriel in the cave of Hirah. These visions would later be codified into the Qur'an.
  3. He preached monotheism (belief in one god) in Mecca, resulting in notoriety and persecution.
  4. He escaped to Medina in 622 A.D. (the Hijrah). This marks the beginning of the Islamic calendar. There he established the community of Islam and built the first mosque.
  5. From Medina he set out to conquer the Arabian Peninsula. In doing so he and his followers killed thousands and collected their goods and concubines. As one historian pens: "This period was marked by many assassinations instigated or sanctioned by Muhammad and by wholesale slaughter of those opposed to him or whose wealth he coveted for himself, including that of the Jews.
    In retaliation for the “treachery” of the Jews he had the men of a whole tribe, 800 in number, slaughtered in cold blood and their women and children sold into slavery."
    According to the esteemed historian Ibn Kathir, Muhammad established the jizya as a means of compensating the "converted" Meccans for their loss of revenue following the total ban of other religions from the Kaaba: "Allah, most high, ordered the believers to prohibit the disbelievers from entering or coming near the sacred mosque.
    On that, Muhammad's home tribe of Quraysh thought that this would reduce their profits from trade. Therefore, Allah, most high, compensated them and ordered them to fight the people of the Book (Christians) until embrace Islam or pay the jizya (Ibn Katheir, The Battles of the Prophet, p. 183-184)".
    This practice enabled Muhammad and his successors to fund Islamic military expansion and the lifestyle of the religious class through extortion from non-believers. In 630, the prophet of Islam first marched an army into Christian lands in what came to be known as the "Battle of Tabuk."
    Many were killed, and the survivors were forced to pay protection money to Muhammad.
    Only eleven years after Muhammad's death, his companions swept through North Africa, putting to the sword those who would not submit to Islamic rule.
    In 643, Tripoli was conquered and the native Christian Berbers were forced to give their wives and children to the Muslims as slaves to satisfy the jizya.
    This lucrative extortion racket was practiced down through the centuries and was a part of the brutal Ottoman rule over Christians and all non-Muslims.

4) Who is Jesus according to Qur’an?

Muslims consider Jesus a prophet, lesser than Muhammad, as we see in their Qur’an:

Surah 2:

136 - Say, [O believers], "We have believed in Allah and what has been revealed to us and what has been revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the Descendants and what was given to Moses and Jesus and what was given to the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we are Muslims [in submission] to Him."

Surah 3:

52 - But when Jesus felt [persistence in] disbelief from them, he said, "Who are my supporters for [the cause of] Allah ?" The disciples said," We are supporters for Allah . We have believed in Allah and testify that we are Muslims [submitting to Him].

55 - [Mention] when Allah said, "O Jesus, indeed I will take you and raise you to Myself and purify you from those who disbelieve and make those who follow you [in submission to Allah alone] superior to those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection. Then to Me is your return, and I will judge between you concerning that in which you used to differ.

59 - Indeed, the example of Jesus to Allah is like that of Adam. He created Him from dust; then He said to him, "Be," and he was.

Surah 4:

157 - And [for] their saying, "Indeed, we have killed the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, the messenger of Allah ." And they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him; but [another] was made to resemble him to them. And indeed, those who differ over it are in doubt about it. They have no knowledge of it except the following of assumption. And they did not kill him, for certain.

163 - Indeed, We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], as We revealed to Noah and the prophets after him. And we revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, the Descendants, Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron, and Solomon, and to David We gave the book [of Psalms].

171 - O People of the Scripture, do not commit excess in your religion or say about Allah except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was but a messenger of Allah and His word which He directed to Mary and a soul [created at a command] from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers. And do not say, "Three"; desist - it is better for you. Indeed, Allah is but one God. Exalted is He above having a son. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And sufficient is Allah as Disposer of affairs.

Surah 5:

17 - They have certainly disbelieved who say that Allah is Christ, the son of Mary. Say, "Then who could prevent Allah at all if He had intended to destroy Christ, the son of Mary, or his mother or everyone on the earth?" And to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and whatever is between them. He creates what He wills, and Allah is over all things competent.

110 - [The Day] when Allah will say, "O Jesus, Son of Mary, remember My favor upon you and upon your mother when I supported you with the Pure Spirit and you spoke to the people in the cradle and in maturity; and [remember] when I taught you writing and wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel; and when you designed from clay [what was] like the form of a bird with My permission, then you breathed into it, and it became a bird with My permission; and you healed the blind and the leper with My permission; and when you brought forth the dead with My permission; and when I restrained the Children of Israel from [killing] you when you came to them with clear proofs and those who disbelieved among them said, "This is not but obvious magic."

Surah 9:

30 - The Jews say, "Ezra is the son of Allah "; and the Christians say, "The Messiah is the son of Allah ." That is their statement from their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved [before them]. May Allah destroy them; how are they deluded?

Surah 19:

30 - Ele (Jesus) lhes disse: Sou o servo de Deus, o qual me concedeu o Livro e me designou como profeta.

Surah 42:

13 - He has ordained for you of religion what He enjoined upon Noah and that which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], and what We enjoined upon Abraham and Moses and Jesus - to establish the religion and not be divided therein. Difficult for those who associate others with Allah is that to which you invite them. Allah chooses for Himself whom He wills and guides to Himself whoever turns back [to Him].

Surah 43:

59 - Jesus was not but a servant upon whom We bestowed favor, and We made him an example for the Children of Israel.

81 - Say, [O Muhammad], "If the Most Merciful had a son, then I would be the first of [his] worshippers."

5) Who is Jesus according to The Bible?

Jesus tell us in the Bible that He is the Son of God:

Matthew 11:25-27:

25 At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.
26 Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure”.
27 "All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him”.

John 3:16-18:

16 "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.
17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.

John 14:5-14:

5 Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?"
6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
7 If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him."
8 Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us."
9 Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'?
10 Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.
11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.
12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.
14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

6) What Qur’an and Hadith say about salvation?

The Qur’an says:

Surah 5:

72 - They have certainly disbelieved who say, " Allah is the Messiah, the son of Mary" while the Messiah has said, "O Children of Israel, worship Allah , my Lord and your Lord." Indeed, he who associates others with Allah - Allah has forbidden him Paradise, and his refuge is the Fire. And there are not for the wrongdoers any helpers.

73 - They have certainly disbelieved who say, " Allah is the third of three." And there is no god except one God. And if they do not desist from what they are saying, there will surely afflict the disbelievers among them a painful punishment.

Surah 40:

40 – Whoever does an evil deed will not be recompensed except by the like thereof; but whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer - those will enter Paradise, being given provision therein without account.

The Hadith says:

According to the Hadith of al-Miqdaam ibn Ma’di Karb the Prophet said: “The martyr (shaheed) has seven blessings from Allaah: he is forgiven from the moment his blood is first shed; he will be shown his place in Paradise; he will be spared the trial of the grave; and he will be secure on the Day of the Greatest Terror (the Day of Judgement); there will be placed on his head a crown of dignity, one ruby of which is better than this world and all that is in it; he will be married to seventy-two of al-hoor al-‘iyn (virgins); and he will be permitted to intercede for seventy of his relatives.”
This is the “guaranteed” way to go to heaven: through the jihad (holy war, to give their life in obedience to Allah).

7) What the Bible says about salvation?

The Bible says:

Luke 2:

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required,
28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
29 "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."

Acts 4:

8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: "Rulers and elders of the people!
9 If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed,
10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.
11 He is 'the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.'
12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."

Acts 13:

26 "Brothers, children of Abraham, and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation has been sent.
27 The people of Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize Jesus, yet in condemning him they fulfilled the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath.
28 Though they found no proper ground for a death sentence, they asked Pilate to have him executed.

1 Thessalonians 5:

9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 3:

14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.
15 Bear in mind that our Lord's patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.
16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.

Revelation 12:

10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.

8) What is the Islamic concept of heaven (paradise)?

Although we have suppressed some hadith due to the sensual and disgusting terms, we have transcript some of them literaly just for the purposed of showing its real contents.
We also apologise for the terms used but they are the ones used by the contemporary mainstream Islamic scholars.

According to Islam, heaven is a place where there is a huge garden, a river flowing by the side, and there are fruits and shades from the trees.

There are different levels of heaven in Islam, the highest being Jannat and the lowest is Khuldi.

According to the Qur’an, Jannat is a sensual Paradise where Muslims are rewarded by being wed to 72 virgins with "full grown", "swelling" or "pears-shaped" breasts.

Contemporary mainstream Islamic scholars, for example; Gibril Haddad, have commented on the erotic nature of the Qur'anic Paradise, by saying some men may need full washing just for hearing certain verses.

Orthodox Muslim theologians such as al-Ghazali (died 1111 CE) and al-Ash'ari (died 935 CE) have all discussed the sensual pleasures found in paradise.
The sensual pleasures between believers and nymphs in paradise are also confirmed by the two Sahih collections of hadith, namely Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim, where we read that there will be virgins who "will not urinate, relieve nature, spit, or have any nasal secretions", and whose "sweat will smell like musk":
Their combs will be of gold, and their sweat will smell like musk. The aloes-wood will be used in their centres. Their wives will be houris. All of them will look alike and will resemble their father Adam (in statute), sixty cubits tall." - Sahih Bukhari 4:55:544

Sahih Bukhari

Sahih Bukhari “Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, created Adam in His own image with His length of sixty cubits, he who would get into Paradise would get in the form of Adam, his length being sixty cubits, then the people who followed him continued to diminish in size up to this day. (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 74, Number 246).

Note: each cubit corresponds to 45.72 centimeters.

"In Paradise there is a pavilion made of a single hollow pearl sixty miles wide, in each corner of which there are wives who will not see those in the other corners; and the believers will visit and enjoy them." - Sahih Bukhari 6:60:402

From Zayd ibn Arqam:

“When an incredulous Jew or Christian asked the Prophet, upon him blessings and peace, “Are you claiming that a man will eat and drink in Paradise?” He replied: “Yes, by the One in Whose hand is my soul, and each of them will be given the strength of a hundred men in his eating, drinking, coitus, and pleasure.”" - Sifat al-Janna, al-`Uqayli in the Du`afa’, and Musnad of Abu Bakr al-Bazzar.

9) How is haven portrayed in the Bible?

The Word of God teaches us that heaven is a Holy place, where God himself abides, with Jesus Christ at His right side.

Revelation 21:

22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.
24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.
25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.
26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.
27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.

Revelation 22:

1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb
2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.
4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.
5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign forever and ever.

Revelation 22:

14 "Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.
15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

Sex was created allow man and woman to have children, to fill the earth with their offspring.

Genesis 1:

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

In Heaven there is no procreation because there is no death and the bodies are glorified; there will be nor male neither female.
There is no sense the marriage or sex in heaven.

Still worse, is to imagine that someone who reach heavens will whoring (committing adultery, having sex with more than one woman) with 72 pseudo-virgins (once there is no more virginity after the first sexual relation), in the presence of celestial beings, specially God Himself and Jesus Christ: this is an abhorrence, an absurd, a folly, an abomination, a doctrine of demons.

1 Corinthians 15:

50 I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed
52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.
54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory".

Matthew 22:

23 That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question.
24 "Teacher," they said, "Moses told us that if a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and have children for him.
25 Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother.
26 The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh.
27 Finally, the woman died.
28 Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?"
29 Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.
30 At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven”.

10) What Qur’an And Hadith say about non-Muslims?

Although Muslims strongly deny their belligerent behavior towards other religions, the truth is that we find in many places of Qur'an and Hadith, exhortations and commands that contradicts them, as you will see bellow:

10.1) Hadith:

Muhammad said, “Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him.” (Hadith Al Buhkari vol. 9:57);

Muhammad said, “I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, none has the right to be worshipped but Allah” (Al Bukhari vol. 4:196);

No doubt I heard Allah's messenger saying, “During the last days there will appear some young foolish people, who will say the best words, but their faith will not go beyond their throats (i.e. they will leave the faith) and will go out from their religion as an arrow goes out of the game. So, wherever you find them, kill them, for whoever kills them shall have reward on the Day of Resurrection.” (Bukhari volume 9, no.64);

The statement of Allah’s Apostle (Muhammad), “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.” (Hadith 9:45; 84.2.57.);

Muhammad said: “No Muslim should be killed for killing a Kafir (infidel).”(Hadith vol. 9:50).

10.2) Qur'an (Sahih International):

Surah 2:

190 - Fight in the way of Allah those who fight you but do not transgress. Indeed. Allah does not like transgressors.
191 - And kill them wherever you overtake them and expel them from wherever they have expelled you, and fitnah is worse than killing. And do not fight them at al-Masjid al- Haram until they fight you there. But if they fight you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers.

193 - Fight them until there is no [more] fitnah and [until] worship is [acknowledged to be] for Allah . But if they cease, then there is to be no aggression except against the oppressors.

217 - They ask you about the sacred month - about fighting therein. Say, "Fighting therein is great [sin], but averting [people] from the way of Allah and disbelief in Him and [preventing access to] al-Masjid al-Haram and the expulsion of its people therefrom are greater [evil] in the sight of Allah . And fitnah is greater than killing." And they will continue to fight you until they turn you back from your religion if they are able. And whoever of you reverts from his religion [to disbelief] and dies while he is a disbeliever - for those, their deeds have become worthless in this world and the Hereafter, and those are the companions of the Fire, they will abide therein eternally.

244 - And fight in the cause of Allah and know that Allah is Hearing and Knowing.

Surah 4:

74 - So let those fight in the cause of Allah who sell the life of this world for the Hereafter. And he who fights in the cause of Allah and is killed or achieves victory - We will bestow upon him a great reward.

77 - Have you not seen those who were told, "Restrain your hands [from fighting] and establish prayer and give zakah"? But then when fighting was ordained for them, at once a party of them feared men as they fear Allah or with [even] greater fear. They said, "Our Lord, why have You decreed upon us fighting? If only You had postponed [it for] us for a short time." Say, The enjoyment of this world is little, and the Hereafter is better for he who fears Allah . And injustice will not be done to you, [even] as much as a thread [inside a date seed]."

89 - They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah . But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.

95 - Not equal are those believers remaining (at home) - other than the disabled - and the mujahideen, (who strive and fight) in the cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives. Allah has preferred the mujahideen through their wealth and their lives over those who remain (behind), by degrees. And to both Allah has promised the best (reward). But Allah has preferred the mujahideen over those who remain (behind) with a great reward

Surah 5:

51 - O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are (in fact) allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you - then indeed, he is (one) of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.

Surah 6:

157 - Or lest you say, "If only the Scripture had been revealed to us, we would have been better guided than they." So there has (now) come to you a clear evidence from your Lord and a guidance and mercy. Then who is more unjust than one who denies the verses of Allah and turns away from them? We will recompense those who turn away from Our verses with the worst of punishment for their having turned away.

Surah 8:

12 - (Remember) when your Lord inspired to the angels, "I am with you, so strengthen those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieved, so strike (them) upon the necks and strike from them every fingertip."

17 - And you did not kill them, but it was Allah who killed them. And you threw not, (O Muhammad), when you threw, but it was Allah who threw that He might test the believers with a good test. Indeed, Allah is Hearing and Knowing.

41 - And know that anything you obtain of war booty - then indeed, for Allah is one fifth of it and for the Messenger and for (his) near relatives and the orphans, the needy, and the (stranded) traveler, if you have believed in Allah and in that which We sent down to Our Servant on the day of criterion - the day when the two armies met. And Allah , over all things, is competent.

Surah 9:

5 - And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them (go) on their way. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.

14 - Fight them; Allah will punish them by your hands and will disgrace them and give you victory over them and satisfy the breasts of a believing people;

29 - Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture - (fight) until they give the jizyah willingly while they are humbled.
30 - The Jews say, "Ezra is the son of Allah "; and the Christians say, "The Messiah is the son of Allah ." That is their statement from their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved (before them). May Allah destroy them; how are they deluded?
31 - They have taken their scholars and monks as lords besides Allah , and (also) the Messiah, the son of Mary. And they were not commanded except to worship one God; there is no deity except Him. Exalted is He above whatever they associate with Him.

34 - O you who have believed, indeed many of the scholars and the monks devour the wealth of people unjustly and avert (them) from the way of Allah . And those who hoard gold and silver and spend it not in the way of Allah - give them tidings of a painful punishment.
35 - The Day when it will be heated in the fire of Hell and seared therewith will be their foreheads, their flanks, and their backs, (it will be said), "This is what you hoarded for yourselves, so taste what you used to hoard.
36 - Indeed, the number of months with Allah is twelve (lunar) months in the register of Allah (from) the day He created the heavens and the earth; of these, four are sacred. That is the correct religion, so do not wrong yourselves during them. And fight against the disbelievers collectively as they fight against you collectively. And know that Allah is with the righteous (who fear Him).

73 - O Prophet, fight against the disbelievers and the hypocrites and be harsh upon them. And their refuge is Hell, and wretched is the destination.

123 - O you who have believed, fight those adjacent to you of the disbelievers and let them find in you harshness. And know that Allah is with the righteous.

Surah 15:

66 - And We conveyed to him (the decree) of that matter: that those (sinners) would be eliminated by early morning.

Surah 22:

19 - These are two adversaries who have disputed over their Lord. But those who disbelieved will have cut out for them garments of fire. Poured upon their heads will be scalding water.
20 - By which is melted that within their bellies and (their) skins.
21 - And for (striking) them are maces of iron.
22 - Every time they want to get out of Hellfire from anguish, they will be returned to it, and (it will be said), "Taste the punishment of the Burning Fire!"

Surah 47:

4 - So when you meet those who disbelieve (in battle), strike (their) necks until, when you have inflicted slaughter upon them, then secure their bonds, and either (confer) favor afterwards or ransom (them) until the war lays down its burdens. That (is the command). And if Allah had willed, He could have taken vengeance upon them (Himself), but (He ordered armed struggle) to test some of you by means of others. And those who are killed in the cause of Allah - never will He waste their deeds.

Surah 59:

2 - It is He Who got out the Unbelievers among the People of the Book [Jews] from their homes at the first gathering of the forces. Little did you think that they would get out: and they thought that their fortresses would defend them from Allah! But the wrath of Allah came to them from quarters from which they had little expected it, and cast terror into their hearts, so that they destroyed their own dwellings by their own hands and the hands of the Believers.

Surah 66:

9 - O Prophet! Make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal sternly with them. Hell shall be their home, evil their fate.

Surah 69:

43 - [It is] a revelation from the Lord of the worlds.
44 - And if Muhammad had made up about Us some [false] sayings,
45 - We would have seized him by the right hand;
46 - Then We would have cut from him the aorta.
47 - And there is no one of you who could prevent [Us] from him.
48 - And indeed, the Qur'an is a reminder for the righteous.

Surah 72:

15 - The disbelievers are the firewood of hell.11) The Muslim behavior:

Considering all the above, it is impossible to accept the existence of two groups of Muslims: one fundamentalist (extremist, radical) and another “light”, simply because they cannot deny what is written and commanded them to do or to be in their sacred books.
They practice what they are taught since childhood.

Also we should ask ourselves why so many Muslims give their own lives on behalf of their religion..

Well, according to their faith, there are two ways for a Muslim to be saved: first through good deeds and follow the so called pillars of their faith (see item 2).
Allah put on a scale the good deeds and the bad deeds during their lifetime. If the number of good deeds surpasses the bad deeds, then they go to heaven otherwise they go to hell.

The second and guaranteed way to go to heaven is through the jihad (holy war, to give their life in obedience to Allah).
According to the Hadith of al-Miqdaam ibn Ma’di Karb the Prophet said: “The martyr (shaheed) has seven blessings from Allaah: he is forgiven from the moment his blood is first shed; he will be shown his place in Paradise; he will be spared the trial of the grave; and he will be secure on the Day of the Greatest Terror (the Day of Judgement); there will be placed on his head a crown of dignity, one ruby of which is better than this world and all that is in it; he will be married to seventy-two of al-hoor al-‘iyn (virgins); and he will be permitted to intercede for seventy of his relatives.”

12) The Credibility of Qur’an:

When Muhammad and his community came under severe persecution, eighty-three of his followers who had no protection emigrated from Mecca to Ethiopia, taking refuge in the ancient Christian country, Abyssinia.

Under increasing boycotts and pressure, Muhammad went through a time of weakness and compromised with the Meccan pagans by acknowledging the existence of three pagan goddesses alongside Allah: Lat, Uzza, and Manat.
The Arabian goddesses are mentioned in Qur’an:

Surah an-Najm (Star) 53:

1 - By the star when it descends,
2 - Your companion [Muhammad] has not strayed, nor has he erred,
3 - Nor does he speak from [his own] inclination.
4 - It is not but a revelation revealed,
5 - Taught to him by one intense in strength -
6 - One of soundness. And he rose to [his] true form
7 - While he was in the higher [part of the] horizon.
8 - Then he approached and descended
9 - And was at a distance of two bow lengths or nearer.
10 - And he revealed to His Servant what he revealed.
11 - The heart did not lie [about] what it saw.
12 - So will you dispute with him over what he saw?
13 - And he certainly saw him in another descent
14 - At the Lote Tree of the Utmost Boundary -
15 - Near it is the Garden of Refuge -
16 - When there covered the Lote Tree that which covered [it].
17 - The sight [of the Prophet] did not swerve, nor did it transgress [its limit]
18 - He certainly saw of the greatest signs of his Lord.
19 - So have you considered al-Lat and al-'Uzza?
20 - And Manat, the third - the other one?
21 - Is the male for you and for Him the female?
22 - That, then, is an unjust division.
23 - They are not but [mere] names you have named them - you and your forefathers - for which Allah has sent down no authority. They follow not except assumption and what [their] souls desire, and there has already come to them from their Lord guidance.

When the inhabitants of Mecca heard Muhammad's confess the importance of the ancient goddesses inside the Ka'aba, they immediately revoked their ban on him.
Those who had immigrated to Abyssinia (Ethiopia) started to return home after hearing Muhammad's confession and his acceptance in Mecca.
But when they arrived, they were shocked to hear that Muhammad had retracted his confession and admitted that he had fallen prey to the whispering of Satan.
Thus, today Islam considers Sura an-Najm (Star) 53:19-23 are related to the time when Muhammad spoke the satanic verses.
In Sura Hajj (Pilgrimage) 22:52-53, Muhammad confessed his mistake, alleging that all prophets were tempted by Satan who inspire them with demonic verses, as if they were actually revealed by God. But later on Allah abrogated those Satanic Verses with new revelations and instructs his prophets with new verses:

Sura Hajj (Pilgrimage) 22

52 - And We did not send before you any messenger or prophet except that when he spoke [or recited], Satan threw into it [some misunderstanding]. But Allah abolishes that which Satan throws in; then Allah makes precise His verses. And Allah is Knowing and Wise.
53 - [That is] so He may make what Satan throws in a trial for those within whose hearts is disease and those hard of heart. And indeed, the wrongdoers are in extreme dissension.

The Qur'an clearly states that Muhammad spoke in the name of God and that he said things that God had not commanded him! Next, he charges that all the prophets of God voiced Satanic statements! Muhammad spoke in the name of Allah and then admitted that he had really spoken the words of Satan.

The true, vital issue about the satanic verses is:

If Muhammad were unable to distinguish Satan's voice from God's voice, then could there be verses in the Qur'an that Muhammad assumed were from God but were really from Satan?

After a hard work of translating and compiling data, we believe we have managed to gather enough information to help the readers of this article draw their conclusions about Islam.
We would like to ask you to pray for those who have been persecuted worldwide by the followers of this Satanic religion.
And don't forget those who ignoring the truth, the gospel of Jesus Christ, and are therefore in great numbers, being converted to Islam.

May God bless you,

Finding Peace With God.







Glossary

Ayat = verse;

Fitnah = persecution, testing and trial.

Hajj = pilgrimage;

Hégira = fuga de Maomé parágrafo Medina;

His Messenger = Muhammad;

Jihad = holy war (which includes terrorist attacks, kidnapping and murders);

Jizya = is a tax established by Muhammad which is to be paid by people of other religions to Muslims, as a reminder of their inferior status;

Kaaba ou Caaba = is a cube form building that is revered by Muslims in the holy mosque of al-Masjid al Haram in Mecca, and is considered by devotees of Islam as the holiest place in the world.

It is 15.24 meters high, and is surrounded by walls of 10.67 meters and 12.19 meters high. It is permanently covered with a dark cloth with gold embroidery that is regularly replaced. On its exterior, nestled in a silver frame, is the Hajar el Aswad ("Black Stone"), a dark stone, about 50 centimeters in diameter, which is one of the most sacred relics of Islam. She is probably the remnant of a meteorite.
In her book, “Islam: A Short History”, Karen Armstrong asserts that the Kaaba was dedicated to Hubal, a Nabatean deity, and contained 360 idols that either represented the days of the year or were effigies of the Arabian pantheon. Once a year, tribes from all around the Arabian peninsula, would converge on Mecca.
According to a saying attributed to Muhammad, the Black Stone had "descended from Paradise whiter than milk but the sins of the sons of Adam had made it black".

Read Revelation 12 and Isaiah 14 (some correlation, some symbolism or simple coincidence?)

Revelation 12:

7 And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.
8 But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven.
9 The great dragon was hurled down - that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.
10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.
11 They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
12 Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short."

Isaiah 14:

12 How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!
13 You said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain.
14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High."

Mujahideen = Muslims who fight in the path of Allah (warriors of Allah);

Non-Muslims = kafir = infidel, idolater, Jews, Christians, disbelievers, unbelievers, people of the book (Bible);

Qur'an = a manual where the Muslims are instructed how to proceed in many situations of life, specially in relation to the infidels;

Salat = daily prayer;

Sawn = fasting;

Shahada = Muslim declaration of faith ("There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet");

Shaheed = martyr;

Surah = chapter of the Qur'an;

Zakah = is a tax expected to be paid by all practicing Muslims who have the financial means. The amount of Zakat to be paid by an individual depends on the amount of wealth.





Soccer fans in Turkey boo moment of silence for Paris attack victims, and chant ‘Allahu Akbar’ Soccer fans in Istanbul interrupted the moment of silence for victims of the Paris terrorist attacks at a soccer match between Greece and Turkey on Tuesday. Reuters reports the silence at the stadium was broken by chants and a chorus of boos from spectators before the game began at Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium. An AFP photographer and a Reuters correspondent said fans chanted “Allahu Akbar” or “God is great,” although it is difficult to make out what is being chanted in videos that have surfaced on social media. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and the Greek leader Alexis Tsipras attended the match together as part of on-going efforts to ease the deep-seated tensions between the neighbouring countries. The Turkish team’s manager, Fatih Terim, told the Independent, “Our fans should have behaved during the national anthems and during the one minute silence.” The match ended in a 0-0 score. This was the first time the two rivals had met in the last eight years. Some soccer teams in Europe have paid tribute to the 129 people who died in the November 13 terror attack in Paris. The Football Association in England suggested supporters learn the words to the French national anthem for their game against France on November 17. As a further sign of respect, Wembley Stadium’s arch was lit up in the blue, white and red of the French flag. Soccer fans in Turkey have disrupted similar tributes. In October, a game between Iceland and Turkey in Konya started with a minute of silence for the victims of the Ankara bombing. The deadliest terrorist attack in Turkey’s history killed more than 100 people, many of them attending a rally held by left-leaning groups. The Washington Post wrote the jeers at the stadium demonstrated the deep divisions within the country where “not everyone in the country is sympathetic to those who perished.”


Why So Many Palestinian Children Are Dying In Gaza? >


The conflict in Gaza has occupied the newspapers headlines and TV these days around the world.
Unfortunately, the facts reported do not always express the truth, omitting facts and causing people to come to wrong conclusions.

The number of casualties among the Palestinians, is informed by the Palestinian sources, all subject to the authority of Hamas and its accuracy can not be verified.
The alarming number of children injured or killed, reported in the press, revolt and scares everyone.

For this reason, we are placing on the website, videos that show Palestinians parents teaching their children how to handle weapons of high power of destruction; how they are taught from an early age to hate Israel and to give their lives if necessary, by a god they worship (Allah), a false prophet (Muhammad) and the leaders of terrorist organizations, which live like kings on board of executive jets, reveling in pleasures.

In a recent interview, professor Ahmed karima of Al-Azhar University in Egypt, said he Hamas grew and became a group of millionaires, no less than 1200 among its leaders and middle level officers. This statement corroborates the information from the head of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas, who said in 2012 that estimated in 800, the number of millionaires in Hamas. Their leader Khaled Mashal has a fortune estimated at two billion, six hundred million dollars.

Milionários Líderes do Hamas, a bordo de hum jato executivo:"

Palestinian youths throw stones at Israeli soldiers:












Will Apophis Hit Earth in 2036?


In 2004, NASA scientists announced that there was a chance that Apophis, an asteroid larger than two football fields, could smash into Earth in 2029. A few additional observations and some number-crunching later, astronomers noted that the chance of the planet-killer hitting Earth in 2029 was nearly zilch.
Now, reports out of Russia say that scientists there estimate Apophis will collide with Earth on April 13, 2036. These reports conflict on the probability of such a doomsday event, but the question remains: How scared should we be?
“Technically, they’re correct, there is a chance in 2036 [that Apophis will hit Earth]," said Donald Yeomans, head of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office. However, that chance is just 1-in-250,000, Yeomans said.
The Russian scientists are basing their predictions of a collision on the chance that the 900-foot-long (270 meters) Apophis will travel through what’s called a gravitational keyhole as it passes by Earth in 2029. The gravitational keyhole they mention is a precise region in space, only slightly larger than the asteroid itself, in which the effect of Earth's gravity is such that it could tweak Apophis' path.
“The situation is that in 2029, April 13, [Apophis] flies very close to the Earth, within five Earth radii, so that will be quite an event, but we’ve already ruled out the possibility of it hitting at that time,” Yeomans told Life’s Little Mysteries. “On the other hand, if it goes through what we call a keyhole during that close Earth approach … then it will indeed be perturbed just right so that it will come back and smack Earth on April 13, 2036,” Yeomans said.
The chances of the asteroid going through the keyhole, which is tiny compared to the asteroid, are “minuscule,” Yeomans added.
The more likely scenario is this: Apophis will make a fairly close approach to Earth in late 2012 and early 2013, and will be extensively observed with ground-based optical telescopes and radar systems. If it seems to be heading on a destructive path, NASA will devise the scheme and machinery necessary to change the asteroid’s orbit, decreasing the probability of a collision in 2036 to zero, Yeomans said.
There are several ways to change an asteroid’s orbit, the simplest of which is to run a spacecraft into the hurtling rock. This technology was used on July 4, 2005, when Deep Impact smashed into the comet Tempel 1.



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