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Society embracing False interpretation of Hell, Diminishes literal intepretation

In a recent column, I explored some obstacles to the embrace of religious faith among young people today, paying special attention to the gulf between the often simplistic way that traditional churches talk about God and the pluralistic complexity of modern life. Here’s another obstacle: The overly literalistic character of so much of American piety. My favorite example is the way that many American Christians think and talk about hell. Jumping off from a handful of Gospel passages in which Jesus Christ speaks about “eternal punishment” for sinners in the afterlife, these believers conjure visions of a cosmic torture chamber in which those who reject God or commit grave sins without repentance are subjected to endless torment as punishment for their transgressions. It is a ghastly analogue to equally crude and comical visions of heaven as a place where the righteous are rewarded with angels’ wings and an eternity of harp lessons. This is very bad theology — because it takes off from a deeply confused, though very commonly held, view of punishment.More

Forecasters Are Already Predicting a Massive Tornado Outbreak This Weekend

Spring 2014 has been a quiet tornado season thus far, but that’s about to change this weekend, if the predicted forecasts that meteorologists are looking at hold true. Weather experts say conditions are lining up for a series of powerful tornadoes to hit an area ranging between Tennessee and Texas from Saturday through Monday. The National Weather Service predicts a “significant multi-day severe event” in the South plains on Sunday, moving into the Mississippi Valley on Monday. The extreme warnings stem from an interaction between an East-moving low-pressure system over the Rockies mixing with wetness from the Gulf of Mexico. That will cause the creation of supercell thunderstorms, Slate’s Eric Holthaus explains, all kept in place in the South-Southwest by a high-pressure system in Canada. That makes the area ripe for a “big severe threat” this weekend, according to The Weather Channel, an extra level on top of today’s “severe threat.” More

 

Since the invasion of Crimea, President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama have had regular phone calls in an often half-hearted attempt to deescalate the ongoing crisis inside Ukraine. But as the U.S. and EU prepare to unveil new sanctions against Russia, Putin has decided the interactions should stop. The Kremlin has ended high-level contact with the Obama administration, according to diplomatic officials and sources close to the Russian leadership. The move signals an end to the diplomacy, for now. More

WAR DRUMS – Ukraine Warns Of ‘World War 3″

Following the incident there were fears that the situation had taken a sinister new turn when Germany said it feared a group of military observers operating in eastern Ukraine had gone missing. Officials said they could not contact the delegates from the Organisation for Security Cooperation in Europe. The Ukrainian military helicopter exploded at a base near the eastern town of Kramatorsk on Friday after being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, officials in Kiev said. The helicopter was hit in the fuel tank and exploded. ”An army Mi-8 helicopter has exploded at the Kramatorsk aerodrome,” the defence ministry in Kiev said in a statement. The chopper was on the ground when it was targeted and that the pilot managed to escape but sustained injuries. More

 

Ukraine’s deputy foreign minister said Friday he fears an imminent Russian invasion. ”We have the information we are in danger,” Danylo Lubkivsky told reporters at the United Nations. He spoke as an official in Ukraine confirmed that pro-Russian forces had detained a team of military observers with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The official said the team would be released after further investigation. Lubkivsky said 20 members had been taken and called it shocking and unprecedented. “We demand to release hostages,” he said. More

WAR DRUMS – Russian spy ship detected off Florida coast.

A Russian intelligence-gathering ship has been operating off the U.S. East Coast and near the Gulf of Mexico for the past month, the Pentagon said Thursday. “We are aware that the Russian ships Viktor Leonov and Nikolay Chiker are currently operating in waters that are beyond U.S. territorial seas but near Cuba,” said Lt. Col. Tom Crosson, a Pentagon spokesman. “We respect the freedom of all nations, as reflected in international law, to operate military vessels beyond the territorial seas of other nations.” The Leonov is an intelligence gathering ship outfitted with high-tech electronic spying gear. The Chiker is an ocean-going naval tug that has been accompanying the spy ship on its mission. More

Giant Pope John Paul II Crucifix Collapses And Kills Young Man In Italy

A piece of the 30-meter (98-foot) high wooden crucifix fell down during an event near the village of Cevo, in northern Italy, instantly killing the 21-year-old man. The Jesus Christ figure attached to the cross is six meters high and weighs 600 kg, according to AFP. Witnesses reported that the victim was part of a visiting group of young Catholics, and another person was hospitalized for minor injuries after the cross fell. The curved crucifix was designed by sculptor Enrico Job in honor of John Paul II’s visit to Brescia in northern Italy’s Lombardy region in 1998. It was installed in a scenic location near Cevo in 2005. The unusual curve of the crucifix was intended to evoke the scars of WWII, according to AFP. More

Search for missing Malaysia jet may take years

A top US defense official says the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may continue for “years” as an underwater search for the passenger plane debris has failed to produce any results so far. The unnamed official said on Friday that two weeks of combing the Indian Ocean floor with a US Navy submersible drone have not returned any wreckage, Reuters reported. According to the American official, the search operation for the plane, which went missing on March 8 with 239 people aboard, would now enter a more difficult phase of scouring broader areas of the ocean near where the plane is believed to have crashed. More

NRA SEEKS UNIVERSAL GUN LAW

With concealed weapons now legal in all 50 states, the National Rifle Association’s focus at this week’s annual meeting is less about enacting additional state protections than on making sure the permits already issued still apply when the gun owners travel across the country. The nation’s largest gun-rights group, which officially opens its meeting of about 70,000 people Friday in Indianapolis, wants Congress to require that concealed weapons permits issued in one state be recognized everywhere, even when the local requirements differ. Advocates say the effort would eliminate a patchwork of state-specific regulations that lead to carriers unwittingly violating the law when traveling. “Right now it takes some legal research to find out where you are or are not legal depending on where you are,” said Guy Relford, an attorney who has sued communities for violating an Indiana law that bars local gun regulation. “I don’t think that’s right.” More

U.S. MUSLIMS DEMAND AMERICANS’ PRIVATE EMAILS

A Muslim organization is targeting seven Michigan residents who opposed plans for a major Islamic construction project in their neighborhood, and a legal team defending them alleges that the goal is to intimidate the project opponents and send a message to others.  The case is being discussed by officials with the American Freedom Law Center, which is representing the people, whose names were withheld to protect their privacy. A variety of subpoenas for information, including private emails and other documents, had been delivered by officials representing the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Robert Muise, AFLC senior counsel, said, “There is no doubt that CAIR – a Shariah-adherent Islamist group that notoriously uses the legal system to silence any opposition to its nefarious agenda – is abusing the discovery process to retaliate against and intimidate private citizens who dared to publicly express their opposition to the Islamic center.” More

Marion County, Oregon commissioners approved an order Thursday to stop an incinerator from using aborted babies to generate power. The order states that the incinerator must stop accepting medical waste until procedures are in place to ensure aborted babies are not among the substances burned to produce electricity. As Breitbart News’ Warner Todd Huston reported earlier on Thursday, authorities in Victoria, British Columbia revealed that the remains of aborted babies are disposed of in the United States and sent to a facility that burns waste to provide electric power for Oregon residents. According to the Associated Press, pro-life Marion County commissioners Sam Brentano and Janet Carlson said they were horrified to learn that the Marion County Resource Recovery Facility in Brooks might be burning aborted babies to generate power. “We’re going to get [to] the bottom of it,” Carlson said. “I want to know who knew, when they knew, how long they had known this was going on.” More

52 Year-Old French Banker Jumps To Her Death In Paris (After Questioning Her Superiors)

There have been 13 senior financial services executives deaths around the world this year, but the most notable thing about the sad suicide of the 14th, a 52-year-old banker at France’s Bred-Banque-Populaire, is she is the first female. As Le Parisien reports, Lydia (no surname given) jumped from the bank’s Paris headquarter’s 14th floor shortly before 10am. FranceTV added that sources said “she questioned her superiors before jumping out the window,” but the bank denies it noting that she had been in therpapy for several years. FranceTV and Le Parisien reports: An employee of the Bred-Banque Populaire has committed suicide, Tuesday, April 22 in the morning at the headquarters of the bank. On her arrival at headquarters, quai de la Rapee, in the 12th arrondissement of Paris… The incident occurred shortly before 10 am, 200 meters from the Ministry of Finance. According to our sources, she questioned his superiors before jumping out the window, that formally denies the direction of the Bank. More

Why Thousands of Americans Gave Up Their Citizenship Status Last Year

Americans have always enjoyed the privilege of living abroad without losing citizenship. Think Hemingway and Fitzgerald decamping to write in Europe after World War I, or Gen. MacArthur spending decades in Asia around World War II. Expatriates remain Americans, and have generally been welcomed back to our shores with open arms. But today there are at least 3,000 fewer Americans than there ought to be. That’s how many people live overseas and voluntarily gave up their citizenship in 2013 alone. And they won’t be coming back—at least not as Americans. Their decision to become foreigners is being driven, in many cases, by changes to domestic laws. The United States is one of only two countries that attempt to tax money citizens earn while working overseas (Eritrea is the other). And two laws aimed at bringing tax revenue back into the U.S.—the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR)—are actually driving Americans away. More

 

 

The church needs to “evolve and change as it responds to the world around it” or risk being seen as “homophobic”, the Archbishop of Wales has warned. Dr Barry Morgan also said the Bible should not be used to reinforce viewpoints on gay marriage. Delivering his presidential address to members of the Governing Body of the Church in Wales at a two-day conference in Llandudno, Dr Morgan said gay marriage should be accepted in the same way that divorce and re-marriage has been and added that quoting the Bible is not the way to settle debate on such emotive issues. Dr Morgan said: “We often see what we want to see. “We often use scripture to reinforce viewpoints that we have already arrived at in other ways and for other reasons. “Some people have changed their minds for example on women’s ministry and same-sex relationships when they have experienced the ministry of a woman priest in the one case, or discovered their own son or daughter to be gay in the other. More

U.S. Exports A Record Amount Of Gold To Hong Kong In January

The figures are out and it looks like the United States exported a record amount of gold to Hong Kong in January.  Not only was this a one month record… it was a WHOPPER indeed. Last year, the U.S. exported a total of 215 metric tons of gold bullion to Hong Kong.  This was not the total amount of gold exported to Hong Kong as some smaller quantities of Dore’ and precipitates made their way into the country as well. However, Hong Kong received more gold than any other country… Switzerland came in second at 150 metric tons.  The table below shows the breakdown in U.S. Gold Bullion exports in 2013 More

South Texas Student Allegedly Told Not To Read Bible In Class

A teacher in south Texas has been accused of telling a student she’s not allowed to read the Bible at school. During reading time at Hamilton Elementary School in Cypress, a young girl claims she was told that she wasn’t allowed to read the Bible and isn’t even allowed to bring one to school. Michael Berry, an attorney with the Liberty Institute who is representing the family, says the family would like to remain anonymous. “Those are serious allegations when it comes to our students’ constitutional rights,” said Berry. “That would clearly be a violation of the constitution, federal law and Texas state law.” More

Anti-Christian actions are occurring in America and much of it is “coming out of the entertainment industry” and some segments of the “news media,” said Rev. Franklin Graham, who added that “Christians are being attacked” and this is on the rise globally, along with increasing incidents of anti-Semitism. Franklin Graham, who heads theBilly Graham Evangelistic Association and the international Christian aid group Samaritan’s Purse, is the son of the world-renowned Christian preacher Billy Graham. In an interview on Newsmax TV’s “America’s Forum” on Good Friday, April 18, Franklin Graham was asked, “Are we at a point now, that maybe is unparalleled in history, about the amount of anti-Christian behavior and activity and anti-Semitism rising around the globe?” More

Army recognizes ‘Humanism’ as a religious preference

The Army has taken a step toward officially acknowledging “humanists” among other faiths and belief systems, ending years of resistance to the idea, advocates say. The faith code for Humanism — a secular belief system — was officially approved by the service alongside Muslim, Hindu, Wiccan, Jewish, Buddhist and various Christian denominations. The religious “preference code,” which troops can select to denote their preference, became effective for humanists on April 12. Army Maj. Ray Bradley, in a blog post, said for years he and others had to choose between “atheist” or “no religious preference,” which inaccurately described his beliefs. “The ability to accurately identify myself in my official Army records as a humanist is not only a matter of personal integrity and dignity, but it also has important implications for my military service,” said Bradley, who is stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. More

President Vladimir Putin warned Ukraine against continuing its anti-separatist offensive after government troops killed five rebels and prompted Russia’s military to begin new drills on the two nations’ border. “If it’s true that the current regime in Kiev sent the army against citizens inside its country, then it is a very serious crime against its own nation,” Putin said today in St. Petersburg. “It will have consequences for the people who make such decisions, including relations between our countries. We’ll see how the situation develops and we’ll make conclusions based on the reality on the ground.” More

WAR DRUMS – Kerry threatens Russia with ‘expensive’ new sanctions…

Secretary of State John Kerry is accusing Russia of failing to live up to commitments it made to ease the crisis in Ukraine. In unusually blunt language, Kerry said Thursday that unless Moscow takes immediate steps to de-escalate the situation, Washington will have no choice but to impose additional sanctions. He said It would be a “grave” and “expensive mistake.” His comments come amid an increasingly bitter war of words over who is to blame for the crisis in Ukraine that is becoming steadily more violent. The U.S. says Russia is fomenting unrest and separatist sentiment in eastern Ukraine following its annexation of the strategic Crimean Peninsula. Russia accuses the U.S. of encouraging a pro-Western government in Kiev to adopt anti-Russian policies. Yahoo News

 

WAR DRUMS – Third NATO ship expected in the Black Sea

A third NATO ship is expected in the Black Sea late this week, after two US ships arrived last week and this week. The French frigate Dupleix, now stationed in Cyprus, should arrive in the Black Sea on Saturday or Sunday. However, USS Donald Cook will return to the Mediterranean Sea, according to diplomatic sources quoted by the Russia agency Itar-Tass. The French ship should have already arrived in the Black Sea on April 14. The US ship USS Donald Cook, currently stationed in the Western part of the Black Sea, would leave today, and the French ship Dupuy de Lome, which patrols the center of the Black Sea, would leave next Thursday, on April 30. More

Banker Death ‘Epidemic’ Spreads To China

Until now, the terrible trail of dead bankers has been only among US and European financial executives. However, as Caixin reports, the increasing pressures on the Chinese banking system appear to have take their first toll. Li Jianhua, director of China’s Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), died this morning due to a “sudden heart attack” – he was less than 49 years old. Li was among the main drafters on new “caveat emptor” market-based rules on China’s shadowy banking system and recently said in an interview that “now is not only a time to control risk, but to transform the trust industry.. if it’s too loose, it’s a big problem.” Li was found by his wife. More

 

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