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"A Bangladesh woman has been pulled from the rubble of a factory building in Dhaka 17 days after it collapsed killing more than 1,000 people. Rescuers say they heard sounds from under the concrete and debris and used cutting equipment to reach her. As she was carried away on a stretcher a rescue worker put an oxygen mask over her face and she was then taken away to a military hospital.""A Bangladesh woman has been pulled from the rubble of a factory building in... more
A young girl swept away in the tsunami in Indonesia seven years ago and thought to have died has finally found her way back to her family.
The girl, named Wati, was eight years old when her village of Ujong Baroh in Aceh province was hit by the tsunami, Indonesia's Antara news agency reports on its website.
Her mother, Yusniar, was trying to take her and her two siblings to a safe place, but Wati lost her grip on her and was carried away by the water.
Yusniar was able to save her two other children, but family believed Wati was lost because nobody in the neighbourhood saw her again.
On Wednesday, her grandfather Ibrahim in Meulaboh city in Aceh province was visited by an acquaintance accompanied by a teenage girl.
The man said the girl had come to his coffee shop and told him she had come to Meulaboh by bus and was trying to find her way back home, but did not know how.
She could not remember any of her parents' or relatives' names except Ibrahim.
Ibrahim was soon convinced the girl was his long-lost granddaughter and her parents later confirmed her identity from a mole and a scar over her eyebrow that Wati got when she was six years old.
It's not known what happened to Wati after she was carried away by the tsunami, or where she has been for the past seven years.A young girl swept away in the tsunami in Indonesia seven years ago and thought to... more
Sathya Sai Baba is a spiritual teacher and miracle worker. And also he is a Godman for his devotees.
The miracle work of apparent materializing of vibuthi and rings, necklaces, watches, sugar candy, fruits, herbs, amrita, gems and colored string by Sathya Sai Baba has been an evidence of divinity.Sathya Sai Baba is a spiritual teacher and miracle worker. And also he is a Godman for... more
John Dominic Crossan's 'blasphemous' portrait of Jesus
By John Blake, CNN
February 27, 2011 1:48 a.m. EST
(CNN) -- One of his first fan letters came from someone who declared:
"If Hell were not already created, it should be invented just for you."
Other critics have called him "demonic," "blasphemous" and a "schmuck."
When John Dominic Crossan was a teenager in Ireland, he dreamed of becoming a missionary priest. But the message he's spreading about Jesus today isn't the kind that would endear him to many church leaders.
Crossan says Jesus was an exploited "peasant with an attitude" who didn't perform many miracles, physically rise from the dead or die as punishment for humanity's sins.
Jesus was extraordinary because of how he lived, not died, says Crossan, one of the world's top scholars on the "historical Jesus," a field in which academics use historical evidence to reconstruct Jesus in his first-century setting.
"I cannot imagine a more miraculous life than nonviolent resistance to violence," Crossan says. "I cannot imagine a bigger miracle than a man standing in front of a tank in Tiananmen Square."
In another time, Crossan's views would have been confined to scholarly journals. But he and his best-selling books, including the recent "Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography," have changed how biblical scholars operate.
Crossan believes the public should be exposed to even the most divisive debates that scholars have had about Jesus and the Bible. He co-founded the Jesus Seminar, a controversial group of scholars who hold public forums that cast doubt on the authenticity of many sayings and deeds attributed to Jesus.
John Dominic Crossan says even the writers of the Bible disagreed about Jesus' message.
The 77-year-old Crossan has built on the seminar's mission by writing a series of best-selling books on Jesus and the Apostle Paul. With his silver Prince Valiant haircut and his pronounced Irish accent, he's also appeared on documentaries such as PBS's "From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians" and A&E's "Mysteries of the Bible."
Crossan's overarching message is that you don't have to accept the Jesus of dogma. There's another Jesus hidden in Scripture and history who has been ignored.
"He's changed the way we look and think about Jesus," says Byron McCane, an archaeologist and professor of religion at Wofford College in South Carolina. "He's important in a way that few scholars are."
CONTINUED…John Dominic Crossan's 'blasphemous' portrait of Jesus By John Blake,... more
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An elephant calf that was believed to have died during a nine-day labor is feeding itself and has earned the nickname "Mr. Shuffles" since learning to stand, Taronga Zoo officials said Thursday.
Keepers said Tuesday that the calf had died during the difficult labor, which started March 1. But a live calf was born early Wednesday to mother Porntip.
"Despite no vital signs of life for several days, we now have obviously a healthy little calf on the ground," Taronga Zoo director Cameron Kerr told reporters Thursday.
Video on linkAn elephant calf that was believed to have died during a nine-day labor is feeding... more
Sometimes it feels as if 2010 so far can be summed up as an ongoing quest to avoid discussing AVATAR. (Okay, you want my one-word review? Meh.) Fortunately, a number of filmmakers have stepped up to offer heartening proof that the whole of cinema isn’t henceforth going to be consigned to the twin plagues of Polaroid goggles and half-baked storytelling. Jessica Hausner — previously known for LOVELY RITA and HOTEL — has gone a good deal farther, taking her guests into a world as rarefied as Pandora, but quite, quite real, in LOURDES.
In case you didn’t know, Lourdes is a city in France, site of a purported miracle in the nineteenth century and subsequently the locus for pilgrims hoping that the hand of God will relieve them of their various illnesses and disabilities. Amongst LOURDES, the film’s contemporary group of visitors is Christine (Slyvie Testud), a quadriplegic who’s still open to the possibilities of divine intervention, even if she was far more impressed with Rome. Through her eyes, Hausner stages her story as a dry, ironic comedy — she observes the day-to-day process of nuns, priests, and wait staff serving a steady flow of faithful, and tracks what happens when Christine stands from her wheelchair and starts walking. And she provides no easy answers, content just to watch as a maybe/maybe not miracle subtly shifts the interactions of those who observe it.
Let me say it right now: This is the first of my favorite films of this year. I love the ambivalence of the story; Testud’s quiet, exquisitely sculpted performance; and Hausner’s way of using actual locations and extended takes to let us assess events for ourselves.
Hausner and I got into what it’s like observing the human sea that travels through the real Lourdes, and how a filmmaker molds her story to tread the fine line between blind faith and full-on skepticism. Click on the link to hear the interview:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dan-persons/emmighty-movie-podcastem_b_468288.htmlSometimes it feels as if 2010 so far can be summed up as an ongoing quest to avoid... more
A man pulled alive from the rubble of a building in Haiti's capital Monday may have been trapped since the January 12 quake that leveled much of the city, doctors reported.
The 28-year-old man, identified as Evan Muncie, was found in the wreckage of a market where he sold rice, his family told staff at a University of Miami field hospital. He suffered from extreme dehydration and malnutrition, but did not appear to have significant crushing injuries, the doctors said.
"He was emaciated. He hadn't had anything in quite some time. He had open wounds that were festering on both of his feet," said Dr. Mike Connelly, of the university's Project Medishare.
The people who brought him to the hospital said they found the man while digging out the marketplace, Connelly said.
The man told doctors that someone was bringing him water while he was trapped, but doctors told CNN that he sounded confused and at times appeared to believe he was still under the rubble. Connelly said the man must have had some water during the past month to have survived, but Connelly wasn't sure how he would have had access to it.
"Initially, I'm sure he had his senses with him, so maybe he was able to find some kind of resources," Connelly told CNN.
The discovery came nearly a month after the magnitude-7.0 earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince on January 12. More than 200,000 deaths have been blamed on the quake.
Haiti's government declared search-and-rescue efforts over on January 23, but survivors still were being unearthed as late as January 27.A man pulled alive from the rubble of a building in Haiti's capital Monday may... more
Bill shares about the core foundation of all ministry.
"This world is filled, riddled with unbelief, unbelief even as a virtue... it's called critical thinking"
"You and I will always reflect the nature of the world we are most aware of"
"If you engage with the Holy spirit because you want to merely be effective in ministry, then you're developing professional intimacy...and what do we call people who are intimate as a profession?"
Healing School January 12th-15th, 2010
The full version of this message can be found at
http://www.ibethel.tv/watch/533:1:4:245Bill shares about the core foundation of all ministry. "This world is filled,... more
1) Superman has saved the planet for destruction numerous times. Jesus has threatened to return and bring upon the end of the earth with him, but so far is a fucking “no-show”.
2)Jesus performed a few miracles, but Superman can shoot laser beams out of his eyes, he can fly, is indestructible, and can see through everything except lead. In one movie he turned back time. How awesome is that?
3) Jesus may have died for your sins, but Superman died to protect us from an intergalactic killing machine called Doomsday.
4) When Jesus died, he was resurrected 3 days later and then abruptly left, telling his disciples he’d be back within their lifetimes (an obvious lie). Superman died, was in stasis for a while, and emerged with long glorious 90’s hair. Unlike Jesus, however, Superman stuck around and has been busy keeping the world safe from evil.
5) Although not a God, Superman still risks his life all the time trying to combat super villains. Jesus, on the other hand, is apparently all powerful, and yet refuses to do something as basic as healing amputees.
6) Superman can move mountains. Jesus claims praying to him will accomplish the same feat, but no noticeable effects from prayer have ever been measured.
7) Superman is an expert in dozens of languages, and is an accomplished journalist. Jesus never left any writings, or evidence of any of his works.
8) Superman hooked up with the insanely hot Lois Lane, while the only women that showed any interest in Jesus were all prostitutes.
9) Jesus said “But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me” (Luke 19:27). Superman, on the other hand, has a strict code of conduct that forbids him to kill anyone.
10) If you fell out of your apartment window and cried for help, Superman would try and save you. Not only will Jesus not even bother to save you; he will send you to hell for all eternity if you don’t believe in him.1) Superman has saved the planet for destruction numerous times. Jesus has threatened... more
How cool is this? He was pronounced dead and already in his coffin when the wife decides she wants the necklace he is wearing. The undertaker feels a faint pulse at his neck when taking off the necklace. The man was taken to intensive care at the hospital and is now back at work.How cool is this? He was pronounced dead and already in his coffin when the wife... more
French rescuers have pulled a teenage girl out of the rubble of the destroyed College St. Gerard in Port-au-Prince, a stunning recovery 15 days after an earthquake devastated the city.
The last previous rescue of someone trapped by the quake occurred Saturday, when a man was extricated from the ruins of a hotel grocery store.
A cousin says Darlene Etienne had just started studying at the school when the disaster struck. The cousin says, "We thought she was dead."
The French rescuers rushed her to a field hospital.
On Tuesday, Haitians pulled a man from the rubble of a downtown store. He later said he had been trapped since one of the quake's early aftershocks.
In the capital, street vendors openly sell U.S.-donated rice by the cupful from bags marked "not for resale." At a homeless camp, a young woman told of thieves who tried to sell her own food back to her.
As she spoke, a gang of youths pushed into a line of people waiting for water Wednesday, shoving an elderly woman, who screamed and swung her bucket at their heads.
Such scenes and worse are common among crowds of Haitians lining up for rice, beans or ready-to-eat meals, forcing U.N. peacekeepers to fire pepper spray and Haitian police to swing sticks to restore control.
Whether locked up in warehouses or stolen by thugs from people's hands, food from the world's aid agencies still isn't getting to enough hungry Haitians, leaving the strongest and fittest with the most.
Deterioration leads to desperation which leads to Darwinism. Yet among the chaos, miracles still happen. How many others still live in the rubble as the search efforts are ended?French rescuers have pulled a teenage girl out of the rubble of the destroyed College... more
Could this be what the blue spiral in Norway was about? This is a secret project by the U.S. military that consists of using high technology to fool the world into believing newly discovered artifacts prove a new religion with Maitreya at the head. Man-made earthquakes are to be told to reveal new archeological discoveries and then they will project images in the sky to perform one final miracle. This sounds crazy but watch the video. Add this to the blue spiral and earthquakes actually bringing new discoveries after this video was made.Could this be what the blue spiral in Norway was about? This is a secret project by... more
For Christmas I found this for you to think about. Benjamin Creme claims that all religions' Messiah are the same and are called the Maitreya. He also claims that this Maitreya is now among us ready to come out in the open. Maitreya is a world leader and is performing miracles around the world for a little while now. His first appearance in 1988 in Kenya was photographed. This photograph resembles a young Barack Obama and we're being told this is the Christ we have been waiting for. Oprah says that Obama is 'The One'. Is this the Maitreya? Is the Maitreya the combination of all religions' Messiah? Is Obama the Maitreya? Is the Maitreya the Anti-Christ? Are all of the choices crazy? Watch the video and you decide.For Christmas I found this for you to think about. Benjamin Creme claims that all... more
Former President Carter, who's work has been used by many Palestine supporters to stigmatize Israel, apologises and begs forgiveness through Jewish prayer.
Happy Channuka Chevre'
The Macabees win again.Former President Carter, who's work has been used by many Palestine supporters to... more
Nicholas Coke was born one year ago with a rare and horrific birth defect that left him without most of his brain. Infants suffering from the condition, known as anencephaly, are often born without the tops of their heads, the skin and skull missing, and they usually die within hours or days at the most.Nicholas Coke was born one year ago with a rare and horrific birth defect that left... more
I don't believe in religion, I don't believe in God, and I most certainly don't believe in miracles. That being said, despite my disbelief in deity, it is not uncommon for people to be perplexed as to why I still don't believe in their personal "miracles". Here are five reasons to best explain why I don't believe in the miraculous (being defined as "a marvelous event manifesting a supernatural act of a divine agent").
Reason 1: Lack of proof
Theists often say that they have proof of miracles in the bible. What they do not realize is that their holy books prove nothing. The miracles of Moses, Jonah, and Jesus have no more physical proof behind them than the fairy tale "jack and the beanstalk". If you believe that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, you can only do so by faith, there is no way to prove that that event ever occurred. Some people respond to this with the notion that we need to take the writers word for it. Although it is true that we rely on the method of "taking their word for it" when recording historic texts, it's important to note that I hold those other texts up to the same level of scrutiny. I take peoples word on the documentation of napoleons journey, but if I read that napoleon raised someone from the dead, or turned water into wine, I would be very skeptical.
Full article... http://www.helium.com/items/1632914-there-are-no-miraclesI don't believe in religion, I don't believe in God, and I most certainly... more
A serious dialogue with a Christian
Hello , my name is XXXX and I was taking a look at your web page . I am interested in it because I am in a Religious Studies class and I am interested in learning more. I just wanted to know your response to this,
if I am correct in saying this...
In Islam heaven is thought of as paradise of wine, women and song. It is achieved by living a life in which, ironically, one abstains from the things with which he or she will be rewarded in paradise. In addition to this abstentiion, one must follow the five Pillars of Islam.
It seems to me that the Islamic faith is a do-it-yourself proposition.
Follow this "way of life", they say, and you will gain favor with God and eventually achieve salvation. There is NO assurance. I would hate to live like that. I realize that Muslims do not believe in "original sin", but regardless of wether or not a man is born sinful or not, would you not agree that every man/woman is sinful? How does one pay for his/her sin?
I understand repentance. I agree with that...but it seems as though one can NEVER do enough to win favor with God. That is why He sent his Son to die for us. All of our sins past present and future.
There is no possibility of assurance in the Islamic faith. I think that would be an awful way to live knowing that I was never gonna make it...not knowing of my salvation until the "day of judgement" whether or not I have done enough "goodworks" or prayed enough...etc.
I have asked a couple of Muslims in my class whether or not they were for sure if they were going to "paradise" or "heaven" when they died. I have not yet had one reply in the affirmative. Rather, they referred to the imperfection of their lives as being a barrier to this realization. THERE IS NO ASSURANCE IN ISLAM, BECAUSE THERE IS NO ATONEMENT, AND SALVATION DEPENDS WHOLLY ON THE INDIVIDUAL'S GAINING ENOUGH "MERIT"
Aslo, if I wanted to become a Muslim, I couldn't. If Muslims think that they are the "chosen people" then why aren't they spreading their faith.
Do you just have to be lucky enough to be born Muslim? If a person wants to become a Christian they can. ANYONE can become a Christian in a matter of seconds. All they have to do is confess that Jesus Christ is who He said He was and repent and believe...that is all a lot easier said than done. But basically that is it. I wasn't born Christian...or raised Christians assert that Jesus Chrit is the only way to God because
Scritpture says, "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 4:12) Jesus Christ said himself
"I am the way the truth and the life, NO ONE comes to the Father except through me..."
He didn't say, I am one way or a way or one truth etc....THE WAY!!!
I and the Father are ONE! Jn 5:18
I just don't understand how anyone could be blind to these facts. Unless they are never told. Which was me.
I would just like a little feed back
More questions and answers here
http://www.scribd.com/group/74942-islam-question-and-answer-q-aA serious dialogue with a Christian Hello , my name is XXXX and I was taking a look... more