Christianity

Pope upsets Turks over comments about genocide

Pope Francis has upset the Turks over comments he made of the genocide of Armenians as the hands of Ottoman soldiers.

Pope Francis has sparked a diplomatic row by calling the massacre of up to 1.5 million Armenians 100 years ago “the first genocide of the 20th century,” prompting Turkey to accuse him of inciting hatred.

Muslim Turkey accepts that many Christian Armenians died in clashes with Ottoman soldiers beginning in 1915, when Armenia was part of the empire ruled from Istanbul, but denies hundreds of thousands were killed and that this amounted to genocide.

At an Armenian rite Mass in St Peter’s Basilica to mark the 100th anniversary of the mass killings, Francis became the first head of the Roman Catholic Church to publicly pronounce the word “genocide” to describe them.

Some European and South American countries use the term to describe the killings, but the United States and some others, keen to maintain good relations with an important ally, avoid doing so.

Turkey was swift to protest. “The pope’s statements, which are far from historical and judicial facts, cannot be accepted,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on his Twitter account.

“Religious offices are not places to incite hatred and revenge with baseless accusations,” he said.

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Face of the day

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Todays face of the day Courtney Hoffman reacted in an unexpected way when a business that was happy to serve Gay people in its restaurant refused to cater a Gay wedding. By reacting the way she did she made a much more powerful statement about Gay love than any of the haters who threatened and harassed the business owners.

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Why #ThingsJesusNeverSaid is a good thing

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Theologically illiterate [lefties] have enough problems interpreting the words of Jesus Christ as recorded in the Bible, much less posting to Twitter things Jesus never said in an attempt to provide their own misinformed commentary about Christianity.

Using the trending hashtag #ThingsJesusNeverSaid, angry Twitterers are sharing their opinions in a safe, doctrine-free atmosphere. And they couldn’t be prouder.

One liberal site, Addicting Info, thinks the hashtag is “hilarious” for mocking Christians.

“Conservative Christians brought this on themselves,” one article states. “That’s what happens when you don’t actually read the Bible you hide behind.” Read more »

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Muslims will outnumber Christians in New Zealand in 60 years – Pew Research

Is it already too late?

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Interesting comparison between Jesus and Muhammad

I enjoyed this article because it addresses the fact that throughout history religion has been used as an excuse for war. People have killed in the name of their God. Given this undisputed fact, how can we describe Christianity or Islam as a religion of peace? How do we decide if either or neither are inherently peaceful?

It turns out that the best way to judge a religion or political ideology is to look at both the words and the actions of the person who started the movement in the first place. If I start a religion and I tell my followers to never eat meat and I write my rules down for never eating meat and I myself never eat meat, then any follower who eats meat is therefore not a true follower. They have no right to call themselves a follower of my religion as they do not emulate my actions, my words or my rules.

Islam claims to be a religion of peace. Christianity also claims to be a religion of peace. Are both claims true or is only one of the two religions truly of peace?

 

Prophet Hazrat Muhammad Muhammad PBUH Quotes

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Islam v Christianity – a real life example as it played out at Whaleoil

A few days ago, I ran this Charlie Hebdo cartoon together with one about Muhammad to make the point that, although offensive to some, it wasn’t going to cause “lone wolf” Christians to go on a hostage taking murder rampage.

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I am fully aware that cartoon is extremely offensive to some.   And yet here it is again.  Why?   Read more »

Does the Pope have his priorities right?

The National Review comments about the Pope’s encyclical:

How are we to explain that at the very moment that the oldest Christian communities in the world are being violently destroyed; that while Christians are murdered, raped, and tortured in Africa and the Middle East; and while horrific barbarities are committed daily in the name of God, the pope issues an encyclical and travels around the world to talk about climate change?

And they have a point.

One of the rarest and most important things a pope does is issue encyclicals. In the eight years of Pope Benedict’s papacy, he issued three encyclicals. In the 27 years of Pope John Paul II’s papacy, he issued 14 encyclicals.

Since his ascendancy to the papacy in March 2013, Pope Francis has issued one.

But Pope Francis is about to issue an encyclical to the world’s 5,000 bishops and 400,000 priests that tells us a great deal about him, about Latin America, and, most of all, about the influence of what has been the most dynamic religion in the world for the past 100 years.

Hint: It isn’t Christianity or Islam.

This year, the pope will use an immense amount of papal moral influence to address global warming or, as it is now called, in light of the small amount of warming actually taking place, climate change. In a few weeks, he will visit the Philippine city of Tacloban, which was devastated by the super-typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Then he will present his encyclical; and in September he will address the United Nations General Assembly on the subject. This will all be done in order to influence the December 2015 international Climate Change Conference in Paris.

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Pope: Evolution is real and God is no wizard

Good God.

Delivering an address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Pope Francis continued his habit of making provocative, seemingly progressive statements. The pontiff appeared to endorse the theory of the Big Bang and told the gathering at the Vatican that there was no contradiction between believing in God as well as the prevailing scientific theories regarding the expansion of our universe.

“When we read about creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so,” Francis said. “He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment.”

The pope avoids gesturing at the thorny issue (at least for some Christians) of whether humans descended from apes. Atheists argue, moreover, that understanding the Big Bang and what emerged from that cosmic moment obviates a need to believe in a deity. On that count, Francis obviously disagrees. He repeated the idea of God not being a “magician,” an entity that conjured all into being.

“God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life,” Francis said. “Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”

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Muslim & Christian views on Life & Liberty

A reader emails to highlight an interesting video that discusses the differences between Muslim and Christian views on Life and Liberty.

Hi guys.

I was watching a number of videos by Dr Ravi Zacharias, arguably one of the world’s most influential Christian apologists, and come across this one. I guess I could attempt to explain it, but since it’s only 11 minutes long you may as well just watch it.

Some “all religions are the same” types might be surprised by what he says.

An email from a reader

I get a great deal of hate mail. But every so often I get an email that almost brings me to tears.

This is one of those emails, it is so good I want to share it with you.

Cam and Team,

A few weeks back you posted regarding your Daily Proverbs and your reasons for continuing to post them and the help it has provided you.

I’ve been reading the book that you suggested; The Richest Man Who Ever Lived, and have to say it has been uplifting.

I had been struggling to find motivation at work, struggling with home renovations and suffering from Lupus which causes fatigue, joint inflammation and ‘brain fog’.

Reading this has helped me to focus on the things that are important in my life and appreciate the time that I have.  God didn’t give us an infinite number of breaths right?

I just wanted to pass on my heartfelt thanks for pointing me in this direction.  I’m addicted to your blog, but that singular post has probably had the greatest impact upon my life.

Keep up the great work and stay strong to fight the good fight.

Tony

The post Tony is referring to is this one about why I post the Daily Proverb.

I wrote the post that day for no apparent reason other than I felt compelled to write about it. I don’t know what made me do it, but if it has helped just one person then that makes me incredibly happy.

I will repeat some of that post for new readers.


 

One person, whose advice I respect, who may or may not host a radio show on NewstalkZB suggest I read a book. It was about 3 years ago. I never really took much notice, then I heard him mention it again on his show about two years ago. I bought the book. I read the book.

It is The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: King Solomon’s Secrets to Success, Wealth, and Happiness by Steven K. Scott.

I read this book and started to do the very simple task of reading each chapter of Proverbs each day. The prescription is one chapter a day each day of the month…Chapter one on the 1st, chapter 2 on the 2nd and so on. Pretty simple really. Now here is the catch…you have to do this for 5 years according to the author and as a result you will become wiser, richer, healthier and happier. 

The blurb from Amazon describes the book like this:

After Steven Scott flunked out of six jobs in his first four years after college, his best friend, Gary Smalley, offered one simple suggestion that would transform his life: study a chapter in Proverbs every day. Two years later, using the amazing strategies he gleaned from Solomon, Scott started a small company with a partner. Within six months their business was making over a million dollars a week. In the years since they have built more than a dozen multimillion-dollar companies. In addition, by applying the wisdom of Proverbs to his personal life, Scott restored his relationship with his estranged wife.

In this life-changing book, Scott reveals Solomon’s hidden treasures–often-overlooked wisdom for achieving breakthrough success in one’s work, health, marriage, and relationship with God. Readers will discover how to…
·master life’s most important skill
·achieve extraordinary success in business, finance, and marriage
·resolve and win any conflict
·overcome the most destructive force in relationships
·prevent the single greatest cause of financial loss

The Richest Man Who Ever Lived powerfully and practically equips readers to apply Solomon’s inspired wisdom to accomplish their business, relational, and spiritual purposes.

So, how does this relate to the Daily Proverb?

Well it is a away for me to keep on reading Proverbs each day, and a way of sharing what I am learning at the same time.

So what? I hear you say.

Well, it might surprise you to learn that the day I started doing this is the day that this blogsite started to really gain momentum, it also coincides with me being a whole lot more accurate in my political commentary, to start slowly improving the discourse on the site and enabled me to help get off antidepressants, turn my life around and start making an impact on society.

These are big things…change can’t happen massively overnight, but rather it needs to happen in increments.

My political opponents reckon I post proverbs because it is click bait…they tried to emulate it but they failed…mainly I think because they were mocking of why it is that I post these, and in doing so were mocking the ideals set out in the book and also in Proverbs. The posts aren’t click bait…in fact they are probably the opposite.

I do the posts for me, and hope to share the positives that have come from my posting them.

In the end, I do it for me and no one else, if you gain wisdom from them then all well and good and if you turn away because of it, well, I am ambivalent to that.

I don’t think I have ever explained this before but there it is…the reason for Daily Proverbs.


 

I am glad that Tony has found what I have found from that book, it plus one other book are the secret to my success…and the other book? Not telling just yet.