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Who Are You Rooting For?

Posted by Sis_Jodi (Associate Member) at Feb 10 2007, 10:54 PM. 0 comments

It was who knows how cold today in Illinois when Barack had a large crowd cheering him on as he officially announced that he will be a Presidential candidate for the 2008 election.

My question to the Forum is what do you think... Hillary alone?? Barack alone ?? or both running together?? Why??

A Few Posting Guidelines

Posted by mares (Admin) at Dec 14 2006, 07:43 PM. 2 comments

Hello All and welcome to the POS Forums!

Here are a few guidelines to consider while posting.

1) Consider your brother and/or sister. Hebrews 10:24
Consider others, or in layman's terms, just be considerate. Politeness and good manners go a long way and are very nice!

2) Comprehend and condescend to your brother and/or sister. Romans 12;16
Condescend to others. Comprehend others! Be willing to longsuffer with one another, or at the very least, be willing not to be rash with your mouth (or in this case, your fingers! :)). There is even scripture for that: Ecclesiastes 5:22

3a) Self-censure. Matthew 7:3-5
Or I will censure, and you'll find you may have preferred to censure yourself. Judge yourself first. This will be hard, because scripture teaches us that if we judge ourselves, we wouldnt find ourselves guilty. 1 Corinthians 11:31 Just play nice in the sandbox with others - we all have views/opinions and things about ourselves that are not "mainstream" - this is fine, simply in order to exist peaceably with others, you may find that you have to tone back "you" (that dogmatic and stubborn "non-mainstream" portion of our opinions). It hurts, but it allows you to "get along" with others. We all do it, so please do it too!

3b) Do not abuse others.
You're right. You know you are. You are absolutely convinced of it, and when you are done flaming others, they will be too, so help you God. <<<-----If I just described you, it is highly likely your posting privileges are in grave danger. Abusing other members by flaming them, going off topic in their threads, and being generally obnoxious will not be accepted. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and we are not all the same, we do not all think the same, or understand the same. There is scripture for this: Romans 14:5. Please read it.

4) Report Abuses and Infractions to the Administrator or Moderator
Short of devolving into a screaming match (flame war) with another member, you cannot stop abuses & infractions. Please report all abusive and offensive posts via the button on the posts, and/or by private messaging the administrator.

5) Stay On Topic
Gettin off topic is thread hi-jacking: taking a thread away from its original intent and subject matter. To do this is to bore the viewers who actually entered the thread because they cared about the original content. It is unfair, and occasionally offensive to the thread starter. Please do not do it. Just start a new thread!

6) Have FUN!
This is the most important! :grin:

New Secretary Of Defense

Posted by look-a-like (Associate Member) at Dec 5 2006, 08:53 PM. 17 comments

The Nomination of Robert Gates to take Donald Rumsfeld’s old spot as Secretary of Defense.
Good thing Or Bad thing?
Check it out

Christians In Lebanon

Posted by blueheaven (Members) at Jul 27 2006, 08:32 PM. 5 comments

Please pray for those in Lebanon, Christian and non-Christian alike. The fighting has begun again. Isreal is sending bombs into the populated areas. Lebanon is one of the few, if not the only at this point, majority Christian Arabic countries. Please pray that God continue to bless the suffering there.

Atheist Who Sued Priest Over Jesus' Reality Fined

Posted by mares (Admin) at Jul 4 2006, 02:09 PM. 0 comments

Atheist who sued priest over Jesus' reality fined
But author refuses to pay judgment, saying it violates intellectual liberty

Posted: July 3, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Joe Kovacs
© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

Atheist Luigi Cascioli

An atheist who gained worldwide fame when he sued an Italian priest, claiming Jesus Christ never actually existed, has been fined by an appeals court in Rome for bringing a fraudulent suit.

But Luigi Cascioli vows never to pay the $1,900 judgment against him.

The fact he was given the maximum fine is "an abuse of authority against every right of intellectual expression and liberty," the 73-year-old Cascioli said. "I refuse to pay."

In February, Judge Gaetano Mautone threw out a petition by Cascioli who wanted his childhood friend, Rev. Enrico Righi, to stand trial for ***erting Jesus Christ was a real person.

Cascioli, a retired agronomist, contended Righi violated a law that forbids deceiving the public. The atheist said the priest, who had publicly criticized him for casting doubt on the truth of the gospels, had no evidence Jesus ever existed.

"The Rev. Righi is very satisfied and moved," Righi's attorney, Severo Bruno, said. "He is an old, small-town parish priest who never would have thought he'd be in the spotlight for something like this."

Cascioli, who himself once trained for the priesthood, further accused the church of having profited from its deception for 2,000 years, another crime under Italian law.

The author of "The Fable of Christ" alleged the priest violated local laws against deception when he stated in a 2002 parish gazette "that the historic figure of Jesus was the son of Joseph and Mary (two totally imaginary characters and therefore historically non existing [claims Cascioli]); of having the same Jesus been born in the village of Bethlehem and of having grown up in Nazareth."

Rev. Righi said the existence of Jesus is "unmistakable" due to a wealth of both pagan and Christian evidence pointing to his reality.

"Cascioli maintains that Christ never existed. If he doesn't see the sun at midday, he can't denounce me just because I do. He should denounce all believers!" Righi told the London Times.

Among his examples are the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus, thought by scholars to be the most important non-Christian source on the issue. One of his p***ages of "Jewish Antiquities," a work completed in A.D. 93, mentions the execution in A.D. 62 of "the brother of Jesus the so-called Christ, James by name."

Christian My Be Banned From Holy Land

Posted by mares (Admin) at Jul 4 2006, 02:06 PM. 0 comments


Israeli Press: Army May Ban Tourists From Holy Sites
Freda Guttman - Saturday, 01 July 2006, 15:56

The Israeli army says it will forbid entry foreign visitors access to all of the the occupied territories in the West Bank, according to a June 22nd article in the Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv.

Although the apparent goal for this seemingly impossible task is to keep international visitors from entering the occupied territories in support of Palestinian non-violent resistance, if it is implimented it could also stop tourists and religious pilgrims from visiting Biblical sites.
“The [Israeli] army will issue a decree forbidding the entry of foreign citizens into Judea and Samaria” reads a Hebrew-only print article in Ma’ariv published on June 22nd 2006. “Judea and Samaria” is Biblical terminology for the occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank. Tourists including Christian pilgrims may find themselves banned from many important holy, Biblical and tourist sites, such as the Christian communities in Bethlehem, Aboud and Jericho, and the Samaritan community near Nablus. In Aboud, the shrine of St. Barbara is threatened by Israel’s wall.

According to the article, the purpose of the ban is to “prevent the ‘Summer of Peace’ [Freedom Summer] event which is planned by the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), a pro-Palestinian organization which is active in the territories on behalf of the Palestinian population”. Through Freedom Summer, Palestinians in communities throughout the occupied territories invite internationals and Israelis to participate in non-violent demonstrations and direct actions against the annexation of Palestinian land.

A similar ban has been in effect in the Gaza strip since April 2003. Very few foreign visitors have been allowed to visit Gaza. Certain journalists and workers for select international organisations have been granted time-limited permits by Israel, but even these are not easy to obtain. This ban has remained in effect after Israel’s unilateral "disengagement" from the Gaza strip. Only Palestinians with Israeli-issued ID cards are permitted to access through the Rafah crossing, even though it was supposedly transferred to Palestinian control with European observers. All other entry and exit points to the Gaza strip remain under Israeli control.

The announcement of this ban comes at a time when foreign aid workers and foreign nationals of Palestinian origin and their families are experiencing increased Israeli restrictions on their right to reside in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. A number of individuals residing for long periods in the Occupied Territories for work or family reasons who had been renewing three month Israeli visas by periodically leaving the country and returning, were recently denied entry by Israeli authorities or told they will not be allowed to return.

Korea Intentionally Chooses A Bible School

Posted by mares (Admin) at Jul 4 2006, 02:03 PM. 0 comments

This is an interesting little blurb I read. What do you think??

Christian school angers diplomats in Seoul
Jul. 4, 2006 at 2:03PM

A U.S. Christian organization has been selected to run an international school in South Korea, annoying many diplomats in Seoul.
Minister of Commerce, Industry and Energy Chung Sye-kyun said Monday he sees no reason to change his mind about the selection of the International Christian School organization to run the Yongsan school, the Korea Times reported.
The decision is a controversial one. In a letter to the editor of the newspaper, a German resident of Seoul, Carsten Haerti, called the choice "a clear sign to the foreign community what the current Korean government means by 'international' -- a conservative, American bible organization as the operator of the first, large international school in Korea -- an educational nightmare for European parents!"
A number of emb***ies in Seoul have sent letters of protest to the government, the Korea Times said. The European Union Chamber of Commerce also reportedly resigned from the school's board.

Even Jerusalem Knows Homosexuality Is Wrong!

Posted by mares (Admin) at Jul 4 2006, 02:00 PM. One comment


Religious leaders protest gay parade
The Jerusalem Post
Jul. 4, 2006 15:29

A coalition of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian officials united in protest of the world pride event in Jerusalem during a heated debate at the Knesset's Interior Committee on Tuesday.

"I promise there's going to be bloodshed - not just on that day, but for months afterward," declared New York Rabbi Yehuda Levin, a representative of the Orthodox group Rabbinical Alliance of America. "In America we are outraged and disgusted over this issue. There are millions of people who with their bodies, souls, and money will stand against this. I will be here afterwards to remind you and to say I warned you and you did nothing."

An amb***ador from the Vatican said, "As a representative of the Holy See to Israel, I understand well the predicament facing Israel and that of the Catholic Church. Holding this event here would be a contradiction to the sacred nature of Jerusalem."

"This is a hate crime. Your words sting," said Sol Lev, an activist representing the parade's proponents. "You have a responsibility to calm your constituencies, and instead you're doing the opposite and inflaming them. You don't have a monopoly on the streets of Jerusalem."

The international gay festival, Jerusalem WorldPride, is currently scheduled to run through the week of August 6th. It was originally scheduled to take place last year, but was postponed due to last summer's Gaza pullout.

Meretz MK Zehava Gal-On called the group of religious leaders "a dangerous coalition. It is a danger to democracy," she said. "Since when have we put Jerusalem on top of a pedestal?"

United Arab List MK Ibrahim Sarsur said, "In Muslim society we don't have these types of problems. Every man has the right to do what he pleases, but not if it offends others."

A Sufi cleric present at the meeting was quoted as saying, "Go send them to parade somewhere else so that place can turn into Sodom and God can smite them there."

Some, however, concentrated on a more peaceful resolution of the conflict.

MK Moshe Gafni of United Torah Judaism promised that if organizers of the world pride parade agreed to hold the march elsewhere, he would utilize the new coalition of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian officials to promote peace and brotherhood in Israel.

False Religion Blasts False Religion

Posted by mares (Admin) at Jul 4 2006, 01:55 PM. 0 comments

Black Leaders Blast Megachurches, Say They Ignore Social Justice
By The ***ociated Press
Thu, Jun. 29 2006 07:38 AM EST

DALLAS (AP) – Prominent black leaders have denounced increasingly popular megachurches, saying many have abandoned Jesus' emphasis on social justice to preach a gospel of wealth and self-help.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, front, speaks during a panel discussion as the Rev. Al Sharpton stands behind him at The National Conference and Revival for Social Justice in the Black Church at the Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, Tuesday, June 27, 2006.

"The message of many churches has been co-opted by American capitalism," said the Rev. Frederick Haynes III of the Friendship-West Baptist Church in South Dallas. "A megachurch should not just be known for the traffic jam it creates on Sunday, but for doing something more in the community."

The criticism came at a summit of about 100 black ministers – including the Revs. Joseph Lowery, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and scholar Cornel West – held this week at Haynes' church.

Several popular black megachurch leaders and televangelists, such as Bishop T.D. Jakes in Dallas and the Rev. Creflo Dollar of Georgia, openly back President Bush. They preach to stadium-sized congregations that worshippers receive health and prosperity through their faith – a belief system called Word of Faith, said Lawrence Mamiya, professor of religion and Africana studies at V***ar College. Leaders often speak proudly of their own wealth and success, he said.

Jakes, who claims 30,000 churchgoers, said in a written response Wednesday that his church, The Potter's House, and his ministries give people the tools and mind-set to be successful.

"Economic empowerment and family prosperity are crucial to our survival," he wrote. "The economic gulf that exists between people of color ... and European-Caucasians is a breach that remains too wide, a chasm that should and can be closed."

Jakes, who was criticized in the past for appearing at the president's side in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, said the black community needs unity rather than divisive criticism.

But as elections approach, conflict is sharpening between traditional black churches, the crucible of the civil rights movement, and megachurches that tend to be more conservative, Mamiya said.

Sharpton said Monday the leaders at the summit would combat Christian conservatives – megachurches in particular – for focusing on the "bedroom morality" of gay marriage and abortion while ignoring what he called the immorality of the war, attacks on voting rights and the erosion of affirmative action.

Haynes called the megachurches' conservative teachings "prosperity gospel" and said it turns Christianity on its head. Those teachings blame the poor for their circumstances and praise the pursuit of earthly riches, he said.

Haynes, who ministers to about 8,000 people, said his megachurch differs because it focuses on eliminating poverty, making the justice system fairer to young black men and political activism.

While Jakes and many conservative pastors do charity work as well, they do not speak out politically, Haynes said.

Jakes has said he keeps politics out of his preaching in order to reach out to people of all races and political affiliations. Several churches, including Dollar's, did not return calls seeking comment.

Word of Faith emerged among white Pentecostal and evangelical churches and has more recently gained appeal among blacks, Mamiya said.

Black Word of Faith megachurches attract mostly middle-cl*** blacks, who respond to their self-affirming message rather than more traditional churches' messages of guilt or obligation, Mamiya said.

"It is really a question of whether the black middle cl*** will continue to support the black poor," Mamiya said. "If they don't, I would see in that a big influence from Word of Faith or prosperity gospel."

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