July 28-29, 2007, weekend
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July 30, 2007

TALKING THE TALK

Afghanistan's government is using religious language to appeal to the Taliban to do the right thing.Well, to communicate, you have to know the right language.

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THE FATE OF CHRISTIANITY IN THE HOLY LAND

I recall with considerable clarity my visit to the Holy Land when I was about to turn age 13. It was Christmas 1957.

JerusalemBecause my family was next headed to Egypt, we couldn't go into Israel because Egypt wouldn't let us in if we were coming from Israel. Rather, we had to stay in Jordan, but a good part of Jerusalem then was in Jordan, as was all of Bethlehem, where we went to the Church of the Nativity for Christmas Eve services.

It seemed to me that along with many Jews and Muslims, there were lots of Christians, both visitors and local residents.

But things have been changing, especially in recent years.

And now, as this report indicates, life for Christians in the land where Christianity has its roots, is tenuous and difficult. In fact, Christian numbers in the area are dwindling quickly, and it's hard to imagine what the future holds for Christians there in the near future.

The writer of the piece to which I've linked you reports that the proportion of the Jerusalem population that's Christian has dropped from 18 percent in 1910 to 2 percent in 2000. And it's probably below that today. Similarly, Bethlehem was 80 percent Christian in 1948 but only about 20 percent today.

In some ways, I suppose it doesn't matter much to the global health of Christianity that these numbers suggest trouble in the religion's place of origin. After all, Christianity is booming in the Southern Hemisphere, and especially across Africa. But to me, as a Christian, it seems sad that the Christian population of the Holy Land is struggling so much to maintain itself.

And yet it's also true that the faith historically does best when it finds itself persecuted or under other kinds of duress. So maybe there's a comeback in the making. Stay tuned.

To read my latest Kansas City Star work, click here.

P.S.: I was in Cooperstown, N.Y., yesterday to see my good friend Denny Matthews, the radio voice of the Kansas City Royals, get inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Great ceremony. Beautiful day. And I hope to do a blog entry about it this coming week, but it won't be for today because as I write this Sunday night I'm back in Rochester, N.Y., with family and it's late and I need to get ready to fly back home tomorrow. So stay tuned -- because there's something I want to say about the connection to religion of what I witnessed today.

Comments

Dolores Learg

The Northern Hemisphere has been exposed to the Christian Bible, and a lot of the Southerm Hemisphere has, along with the English language.
The whole planet has benn exposed to the High Tech Spaceships that fly out into Space, and with out Communications around the Earth in the English language.

So, the whole planet should be ready to understand Genesis, and the New Testament, with a High Tech translation that will set the Earth up for the return of Jesus, and the Father of Life on Earth.
Our High Tech Assexual Human Ancestors did Colonized Earth with High Tech Pure-bred Equal Caretaker male and female Asexual Clones, that 'did' Fall to Inbred/Misbred Body Birth Heterosexuals, who reproduced CBGLT, and Death and destruction of our Eco System began on Earth.

Now, with a High Tech Translation of the Christian Bible, all Fallen Humans can look forward to the Return of Jesus and the Father, in Physical Human Bodies.
The Father in a High Tech Pure-bred Asexual Physical Body for over 13,000 years and Jesus in a High Tech Asexual 'regenerated' Pure-bred Asexual Physical Body for 2,000 years, should prove that Humans can have High Tech Eternal Pure-bred Physical Life After Birth.
Is there Life as we know it After Death?
We have the proof in our Lifestyle today, that Humans can Colonize a Planet and that Humans can Reproduce without the sex act, and that Humans can go out into Space without 'God', the Human Father of Human Life on Earth.

Human Life is for the Living, not the Dead.

Dolores Lear

Above should say:

The whole planet has 'been' exposed to our high Tech spaceships that fly out into Space, and with 'our' communications around the Earth in the English Language.

Dolores Lear

What are the teachings that Christians accept about Life In Heaven? Is this Life In Heaven Visible Humans After Birth, like it is on Earth, or Invisible Spirits After Death?
Is Life After Death Physical?
We need to correcdt the religious teachings of "Life In Heaven After Death", with a High Tech Knowledge translation of the Christian Bible, expecially Genesis and the New Testament. We need to find out, what is the correct and incorrect literal 'facts' in Holy Scriptures and Myth teachings.

K.C. Star, 7.30/07.
"Life In Heaven Will Be Perfect" By Billy Graham.
Q. A friend of mine says that when Jesus told his followers there are mansions in heaven, he was only talking about the places God has reserved for the angels. If this is true, what kind of home will we have in heaven?
A. No doubt your friend is sincere, but his information about heaven is not correct at this point. The Bible does not teach that heaven contains special places that have been reserved only the angels but not for us.
In fact, the Bible clearly promises that someday every believer will share in heaven's glory and that heaven's "mansions" (an old English word that is usually translated today as 'rooms' or 'dewelling places") are set apart for God's people. Jesus told his disciples, "In my Father's house are many rooms (or "mansions"); if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you: (John 14:2).
This is a great truth, and one that should encourage us every day. This life is temporary; heaven will be forever. This life is imperfect; heaven will be perfect. This life is full of heartache; in heaven we will know only peace and joy.
The real question, however, is this: Do you know you will go there when you die? You can, by committing your life to Jesus Christ and trusting him alone for your salvation. Jesus said, "I am the door: By me if any man enter in, he shall be saved" (John 10:9, KJV). Open your heart to him today."

The High Tech translation of mansions/rooms is planets. The Angels/Humans have their High Tech Pure-bred Clone Helpmeet Human planet, and there is not room for us there. The ones saved on Earth and 'regenerated' to perfect Human Bodies at Judgement Day, will go Alive to a new Heaven Planet, Colonized by our Human High Tech Ancestors, like they did for the Adam and Eve Pure-bred Clone Humans on our Earth 'in the beginning. They will be the new High Tech Human Cloned Helpmeets on a new planet like Earth was at it's Colonization. The Doors of Heaven, that the ones save will enter will by our High Tech Ancestors Spaceships that will take the new Colony to their new Planet, with Jesus the leader like Adam was on our Planet.

Once the whole Planet knows this High Tech translation of Genesis and the New Testament, it should cause all Humans to start Equal Sharing of whatever resources are left, and lay down their bombs, and have Peace, until Jesus and our High Tech Ancestors come back to rescue us from the Judgement Day Fire we have set up on land and sea. GOD nor God nor Satan ruined our Home Earth, Fallen Mis-bred Humans did.

I do not thin we can crank up our High Tech to 'regenerate' all to Pure-bred people, and make High Tech Spaceships, in time to evacuate Earth to another Planet. But we could get a start on Equality in All Things necessary for Life as we know it.
It takes 6000 years Earth time to Colonize a Planet, and we do not have that much time before the Judgement Day Fire, and the breaking of our Ozone Canopy.

It is Time for All Fallen Humans on Earth to come to the Truth of the Christian Bible's Eternal Pure-bred Physical Life
After Birth on Planets and in Spaceships.
So Be it.

Just Thinking

When a person's conscience has been so seared that they can justify holding 23 innocent women hostage and killing one if they don't get their way, then they are very, very sick. The Taliban is training and producing reprobates.

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FROM THE ARTICLE: But the Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, instead invoked the religious tenet of “an eye for an eye,” contending that Western forces were holding Afghan women at bases in Bagram and Kandahar and that the Taliban could do the same. He said the Taliban could detain and kill “women, men or children.”

That's the problem when we focus in on words alone in any religion. You can justify almost anything. Sure, the Old Testament law talks about "eye for an eye." Jesus was confronted by religious leaders who caught a woman in the act of adultery; they wanted to know if she should be put to death, as the law said.

The problem is that the Old Testament law of Jews, Christians, Muslims talk about harsh penalties for immorality, even death. God's justice deals with "eye for an eye," and God's justice says that you deserve death if you are caught in various immoral acts. And those who seek to be the executioners, those who seek to be the ones in control are guilty of not wanting to follow God, but to be God. They put their relationship with God behind the license that they feel they are granted by God's law.

The person who focuses on following God remains constantly mindful that they do not have the moral authority to mete out justice, especially death. The person focused on following God recognizes that they themselves deserve death. Jesus refocused those wanting to stone the adulteress by getting them to understand the problem with his elegantly simple statement that whoever was without sin should be the first to cast a stone. He did not deny the law, but He moved the focus from playing God, to a place of putting their own relationship with God first.

God's law points to the need for a Savior, for grace and mercy through Jesus Christ, and not for vigilant justice.

Just Thinking

The person focused on their own relationship with God says, "I need grace and mercy; I need a Savior." The person focused on themselves says, "They deserve to be punished." The person focused on God first and then on others says, "You need grace and mercy, too; you need a Savior, too."

Dolores Lear

Jesus knew that the Original Sin was Mis-bred Body Birth, and took up for all the people that 'fell' to do things of flesh lust, and killing.
Jesus was in touch with our High Tech Ancestors and was 'regenerated' into a Pure-bred Physical Body and did go with them in a spaceship.
We are all born in sin, and no one should throw a stone or a bomb at anyone else. All should Share until we can over come the Sin of Mis-bred reproduction, now that we have the High Tech to change our Killing Nature inherited by Body Birth. We should wait for the same miracle that Jesus had, and stop the killing, starvation and homelessness of our Brothers/Sisterss of LIFE.
This promise is to us in the Christian Bible, in our future of Perfect Life on Earths and in spaceships After Birth, not to us for Life After Death.

Why Is This So Difficult

JT - nice post. I agree with almost everything you said, except for:

"The person who focuses on following God remains constantly mindful that they do not have the moral authority to mete out justice, especially death."

There are persons in authority who are also able to focus on following God. And Scripture makes it clear that they have been given authority to rule by God Himself (and part of ruling is to provide justice):

John 19:8-11
"8When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, 9and he went back inside the palace. "Where do you come from?" he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10"Do you refuse to speak to me?" Pilate said. "Don't you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?"

11Jesus answered, "You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above."

and Romans 13:1-4
"1Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. 4For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer."

Don't get me wrong - I totally agree that people can misuse this authority. But authority has been given by God to provide justice. Scripture also makes it clear that the consequences will be great for those who abuse this position of authority.

Just Thinking

As you probably guessed, I was not talking about people who are authorized agents of God's wrath, but the average Christian. So I agree with your correction, WITSD.

Dolores Lear

Most of the Bible passages have been translated by people and they could put their own interpretation on it as to what was believed at that time.

I also say I am being guided by our High Tech Ancestors, the God of the Christian Bible, and do not want anyone to think this is my translation, but hope the Scriptures will prove, what I am saying about the Scriptures, with a High Tech Knowledge translation, just as others translated scriptures in the past.
Most of the writings I cannot translate, only the ones with supernatural events, and I do not mean to re-write them, only explain the High Tech Knowledge in them. The High Tech we have today is the same type of supernatural action, as is in the Bible.

The scriptures above do not sound too much like Jesus, except to follow the laws of the land, for rulers hold no terror for those that do right. Whoever translated these sayings, probably was giving advice for their religion at the time, to make people follow their rules.

But what is 'right', is the question. I do not think Jesus meant to follow rulers into war and killing, and to take advantage of your Brothers/Sisters for greed for extra 'things', while some are starving and homeless. GOD does not bless some Children of LIFE with much, and some with nothing, and neither does God, our Ancestors. This Unsharing Lifestyle is the result of Unequal Body Birth.

Look at our past history all over the planet of people that follow their rulers into all kinds of terrorism and killing, because we think they are God appointed, and take more than their Share of the resources on Spaceship Earth.
I do not think that is what God or Jesus meant.
Was Bush God appointed? That is what I also believed of our presidents, when I was a member of organized religion, because religion said so, even though I had trouble with that, when it was the other party.

Dolores Lear

Using the words Organized Religion, makes me wonder where this saying came from. Is anything Organized, a product of Fallen Humans to keep us separated, instead of United?
Is it the same as organized unions, sports, governments, etc., with rules where only some can join if they go by the rules?

What can we do to Unite all Fallen Humans into One Organized Group, with equality, liberty and justice for all?

Ruth from Tucson

As usual you find such interesting subjects Bill.

I just read another version of the election in Palestine in the Christian Century.

I have found it amazing (?) how the Bush et al versions of political events like that differ from the well-focused articles in the Christian Century.

My very Christian doctor today said it was not at all amazing to him - Too many government people already knew what they would find when they went to "investigate".

Dolores Lear

Talking about rules to go by for religion, government, unions, marriage, computers, driving cars, games etc., most people follow these or suffer the consequences.

But all the Flesh Lust that is a result of Mis-bred Genetics, foul up people the most.
It is hard to say no to our Mis-bred body urges, and follow the rules of safe sex, food, drink, drugs, etc.
The Lust of the Flesh is the easiest of all rules on a Fallen Planet to break.
Look at the population explosion, obese people, full jails and prisons, and all the health problems the result of Mis-bred Body Birth.
The Only Cure for Flesh Lust and Genetic diesase, is 'regeneration' of our Mis-bred Genetic makeup by High Tech Correction.

Dolores Lear

I used to wonder what kind of Life Christians and me, looked forward to After Death, when we taught Jesus was Alive in a Flesh Body. Was there a Flesh Body After Death?

Now I know there is an Eternal Physical Flesh Life After Birth, and Jesus proved it when he went out into space in a Physical Body and is still Alive.
One of my faviorite Easter hymns was "I know My Redeemer Lives", and now with High Tech Knowledge of Pure-bred Human Birth, I 'know' Jesus is Alive in a Physical Body.

What type of Body is it After Death, that we get?

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