THE Presbyterian Church, USA, is raising eyebrows after lifting up prayers to Allah at its General Assembly meeting last week. “Allah bless us and bless our families and bless our Lord. Lead us on the straight path—the path of all prophets: Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad.”These were the words that rang out over the congregation at The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, USA meeting in Portland, Oregon. Wajidi Said, co-founder of the Muslim Education Trust, led the attendees in the prayer to the Islamic deity—a move arranged by the Ecumenical and Interfaith ministry staff at the assembly.The prayer was part of the “first order of business” during the meeting’s opening session, a time dedicated to praying for those affected by the Orlando shooting that occurred just weeks before.“In the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful, let us praise the Lord … Peace be upon them and peace be upon Allah,” Said prayed. He also prayed peace on the “bigots” and “Islamaphobes.”Later, at the conclusion of the session, Rev. Gradye Parsons offered an apology to anyone who was offended by the prayer. He assured the congregation that mistakes can be made, but the prayer was not an intentional one.
COLUMBIA, SC Reports of drones over the Savannah River Site nuclear weapons complex are drawing scrutiny from the federal government.Agents with the FBI interviewed a prominent nuclear watchdog this week about drones at the site. Meanwhile, the SRS “protective force” has confirmed several sightings of drones in June over the complex near Aiken, the U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday afternoon.
“SRS takes these reports very seriously and is coordinating with appropriate federal, state, and local authorities,’’ an Energy Department statement said.Agency spokesman Monte Volk said he did not know who was flying the drones over SRS or why they were being brought into the site’s air space. He declined further comment.Drones, remotely controlled flying machines, are used increasingly across the country for business and recreational purposes. But they also are a security concern in the face of the war on terrorism.
The Savannah River Site, a 310-square-mile complex, is filled with nuclear materials and nuclear waste. The site is heavily guarded.The Federal Aviation Administration has issued an advisory warning pilots to avoid airspace above nuclear power plants, military sites and similar areas. The FAA also recently introduced a series of rules for drones addressing how high they can fly. The rules say drones should be flown no more than 400 feet above ground or within 400 feet of a building.
TRUTHBOMBS: Islam is fundamentally flawed, therefore any advise will be flawed and destructive.
Illinois could become the first state in the U.S. with a law giving Muslim-Americans a formal voice in state government.The Chicago Tribune ( http://trib.in/28JwKq2 ) reports that a bill approved by the Legislature would create a 21-member Illinois Muslim-American Advisory Council. It’s awaiting Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s signature.
The governor’s office said he’s reviewing it.Muslim leaders said it would send a welcoming message to Muslims. The governor and legislative leaders would appoint council members.Kareem Irfan, a Chicago lawyer who led an earlier version of the council under Gov. Pat Quinn, said it would be good to have a lasting institutional body so the community is not subject to the whims of each governor.”Given all that is going on with the misinterpretation about Islam and the interests and concerns of the Muslim-American community, it’s almost obligatory on behalf of a governor of this state and all governors to have such a body,” Irfan said.
Democratic Sen. Jacqueline Collins, a co-sponsor of the bill, said she hopes the council will be the first of many efforts to ensure that the governor considers minority perspectives.Republican Rep. Barbara Wheeler voted against the bill last month. She said lawmakers shouldn’t be wasting their time on “feel-good” legislation when Illinois is approaching one year without a state budget.”It’s not an anti-Muslim thing,” Wheeler said. “It’s the duty and responsibility of the Muslim-American community to figure out how to help us understand whom our enemies are. I don’t believe it’s the state of Illinois’ responsibility to do that.”
There are times that I am greatly reassured that these are the last days before the coming of the Lord. Many so called “Christians” are allowing their foundational doctrines to be eroded right out from under them without so much as a reasonable discussion. One of the doctrines is the doctrine of inerrancy. From professors to evangelist everywhere, churches are deciding that this is not a doctrine worth fighting for. All to many Christians are unprepared to logically reprove the unbelievers arguments on this doctrine. One such argument recently came across my email:
“A common saying of Jesus that inerrantists will use to support their position is found in Matthew 5:17-18. We shall see why this is problematic. In Matthew Jesus allegedly says the following:
‘Do not imagine that I have come to do away with the law or the prophets. I have come not to do away with them, but to fulfil them. I meant it when I say that, until heaven and earth disappear, not one letter, not even one stroke of a letter, will disappear from the law, until everything is accomplished.’
There are three things to say in response to the inerrantist’s use of this text. First, the reasoning behind the inerrantist’s use of it is circular. In other words, the only reason they are able to claim that these verses represent “Jesus’ teaching” on scripture’s inerrancy is because they already presuppose that the Gospel of Matthew is giving an inerrant record of Jesus’ words. In other words, inerrancy is supported by the assumption of inerrancy.”
The claim is that the inerrant believer is using circular reasoning for the authority of the Bible. In other words, the Bible says it will exist perfectly forever, so it must exist forever. Or rather the Bible is the Word of God because it says it is the word of God. Church, please wake up! This is not circular reasoning! Just because a “bible agnostic” says something is circular reasoning does not mean it is. Circular reasoning (or begging the question) only applies to an arbitrary foundational principle.
What this means is this:
It does not matter who you are or where you live, 1+1=2 everywhere to everyone. This is an absolute and non-arbitrary principle. It is not circular reasoning to say “1+1=2 because if you take 1 and add another 1 you get 2.” This is a self-attesting standard. You must use the equation to prove the equation but that is not circular reasoning. If God were to speak down from heaven and say “The Bible is my word!”, that is still using God’s Word to prove God’s Word. Anything that you can use to prove God’s Word, other than God’s word is an arbitrary standard. It must come from God for the claim to be self-attesting.
The non believing errorist already believes that the Bible is not a self-attesting standard. They make a presupposition about the nature of God before even reviewing God’s Word.
They presume that God would not preserve His infallible Word and they presuppose that God would not keep his promise to preserve it. Well if God can’t do that, then how can he be God?
Just think on this:
Is the Bible the inerrant Word of God? If you say yes, then you can trust what the Bible says. If you answered no, you cannot trust any part of the Bible for any teaching at all and you make God a liar because He promised to preserve His Word.
Now, if you believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, show it to me. Not all “bibles” are created equal!
TRUTHBOMBS: Christians, keep your eyes on the times!
Article: As we noted today, the rumors of an Italian bank bailout, which started on Monday morning, and were promptly shot down by Merkel the next day, got louder after a Reuters report that the Italian government is considering more creative ways to inject liquidity into Italy’s banks. However that was just an appetizer to a main course, which came later today when as the WSJ reported citing a spokeswoman for the European Union’s executive arm that the “European Commission has authorized Italy to use government guarantees to create a precautionary liquidity support program for their banks.” How did this happen so quietly under the table and without Merkel’s blessing? WSJ says that the program was approved under the bloc’s “extraordinary crisis rules for state aid.”And here we thought that Italy’s banks are actually doing so very well. Oh wait, no we didn’t.As the WSJ notes, the proposed “crisis” plan is the “other leg of an intervention plan considered by the government” namely, the direct capital injection into Italian banks that would add up to €40 billion in capital to the banking sector”, the one we profiled previously. It is also the plan that Merkel supposedly shut down before it got off the ground. However, Europe had a Plan B up its sleeve.What are the details of this latest “crisis” program?
TRUTHBOMBS: A Good video for people who do not believe in an inerrant bible.
TRUTHBOMBS: Dr. Gallagher is a uniquely qualified individual on this topic. I highly recommend his research material. It will blow your mind!
How a scientist learned to work with exorcists.
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships.These are the days of two incomes, but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill.
Members of traditional religions became moral outlaws in the United States once equal rights for sexual preference and gender choice were enshrined in regulation and law. To believe that homosexual relations are sinful, as does biblical religion, defines the believer as a bigot in the view of liberal opinion, which is backed by the federal regulatory apparatus and the regulators of most American states, as well as by most of the judicial system.As Mary Eberstadt reports, expressions of religious belief that society considered innocuous and normal until quite recently are now grounds for dismissal from jobs, denial of employment, and boycotts by the media. Devout Christians believe they must choose between their faith and job security, and they commonly conceal their faith in the workplace to avert discrimination. (Muslims are exempt because liberals consider them a threatened minority and make allowances for their misogyny and gay-bashing.)Actions or speech (quoting a Bible verse or leaving a religious symbol in plain view) elicit persecution. In some cases, evidence of past incorrect opinion is sufficient: The CEO of the software firm Mozilla, Brendan Eich, was hounded from his post in 2014 for a $1,000 contribution to a 2008 California referendum campaign against gay marriage, evidence of a position he shared at the time with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.