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7/31/2014

Professor Warns Moviegoers to Be Wary of "Left Behind" Theology

Go ahead and enjoy the Nicolas Cage movie remake of “Left Behind,” but don’t believe Jesus is going to snatch Christians away so they miss the Tribulation, says theologian William Craig.

Go ahead and enjoy the Nicolas Cage movie remake of “Left Behind,” but don’t believe Jesus is going to snatch Christians away so they miss the Tribulation, says theologian William Craig.   Scheduled for an October 3 release in theaters nationwide, “Left Behind” tells the story of those stranded on Earth after millions of Christians suddenly vanish and the world is plunged into chaos.    The film is based on the bestselling series of 16 novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, which were adapted into three action thriller films starring Kirk Cameron, Left Behind (2000), Left Behind II: Tribulation Force (2002), and Left Behind: World at War (2005) – as well as a computer game, Left Behind: Eternal Forces (2006).     Built around biblical prophecies in Revelation, Daniel, Isaiah and Ezekiel, the books tell the story of what happens after true believers in Christ have been "raptured," taken instantly to Heaven, leaving non-believers behind in chaos and conflict.    However, "This doctrine is not really found in the book of Revelation," says Craig, a research professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and professor of philosophy at Houston Baptist University. “If you read the book of Revelation, you won't find any mention of the rapture there.”   Instead, says Craig, “the idea of the rapture comes from a misinterpretation of 1 and 2 Thessalonians where Paul is describing the coming of the Lord and resurrection of the dead, which will occur at His coming," reports Morgan ... read more
7/31/2014

Study Claims 1 in 200 Churchgoers in Homosexual Relationships

A new poll claims that one in 200 churchgoers are involved in a homosexual relationship.

A new poll claims that one in 200 churchgoers are involved in a homosexual relationship.    According to the study, 0.6 percent of respondents indicated that they were involved in a relationship with a person of the same sex. The number of respondents who answered that they were living with their partner was slightly smaller.    In response to this statistic, Ruth Gledhill for Christian Today wrote, “Although statistically small, given the size of the survey, the number is high considering the widespread hostility to homosexual relationships among the leadership of many Christian churches.”   Other findings from the study include the following:  60 percent of respondents indicated that they were married 5.8 percent answered that they were divorced 6.5 percent said they were remarried following a divorce Two-thirds of respondents said that Christians should not cohabitate before marriage About two-thirds said that Christians should marry other people of faith Over two-thirds believed that physical desire did not have to lead to sex About 70 percent believed that their spouse or significant other had been planned by God They survey was conducted by Christian Research for Christian Today. 1,401 practicing Christians over the age of 16 were polled online.      Publication date: July 31, 2014 read more
7/31/2014

For the Aspiring Helicopter Parent an App That Monitors Everything Your Child Does

Goodbye big brother. Hello big mother. A new app provides parents with the capability to track kids' locations, driving habits, and social media interactions.

Goodbye "big brother." Hello "big mother." A new app, "Mamabear" has been created to not only provide parents --- mainly moms, by nature of the job --- with an "all-in-one worry-free parenting" solution, providing the capability to track kids' locations, driving habits, and social media interactions. Will technology wonders never cease? Mamabear searches everything a parent deems pertinent to their child's online life, filters them, and presents them in the app's news feed. It offers updates on who the child is friending and following, and who is following them. The app provides info on photo tags, and mentions, and of restricted words when they appear on the child's social media feeds. It alerts parents to Instagram uploads. Mamabear tracks kids' locations, sending geo-fenced alerts (where a child leaves a geographic area predetermined by the parent), and provides driving alerts that notify parents when a teen driver exceeds a pre-configured speed limit. The app allows kids to check in with their parents using emoticons, as well as "come get me" and "emergency" alerts. "I just love having this app on my phone," said no teen ever. "I feel so safe now that my mom always knows where I am," said no teen ever. "It's comforting to know that my mom is watching everything on my social media feeds 24/7," said no teen ever. The app, co-founded and run by Robyn Spoto admits getting teens on Mambear after they've had a phone for years could be a challenge. Mamabear already has 100,000 active parents using ... read more
7/31/2014

Massachusetts Governor Signs Bill to Reinstate Abortion Clinic "Buffer Zone"

The governor of Massachusetts has signed a bill that would once again prohibit pro-life speech around abortion clinics.

The governor of Massachusetts has signed a bill that would once again prohibit pro-life speech around abortion clinics. The previous “buffer zone” law that forbid pro-life advocates from speaking to women within 35 feet of a clinic was struck down by the Supreme Court in June.   Supreme Court justices decided unanimously that the law prohibiting free speech was unconstitutional. However, the latest bill signed by Governor Deval Patrick will reinstate the previous buffer zone rules.    Anne Fox, spokesperson for Massachusetts Citizens for Life is predicting the pro-choice legislators will push the bill into law.    “As fast as they can get it through the House and signed, Massachusetts will have a law which is worse than the old Buffer Zone.  It effectively creates a 25-foot zone and the penalties are scary – $50,000 and three years in jail. The legislature is in the process of disrespecting the Supreme Court and penalizing law-abiding citizens,” Fox said.      Publication date: July 31, 2014 read more
7/31/2014

Ceasefire Ends with Rocket Fire, No Sign of End to Conflict

Israel’s four-hour humanitarian ceasefire ended yesterday when Hamas militants fired rockets at Israel and Israel fired back, striking a crowded marketplace.

Israel’s four-hour humanitarian ceasefire ended yesterday when Hamas militants fired rockets at Israel and Israel fired back, striking a crowded marketplace.    According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, Israel’s rocket fire killed at least 16 people and wounded about 150.    The marketplace was located in Shijaiyah, one of the towns that was allegedly excluded from the ceasefire. However, Palestinian officials said the area was busy because residents believed the ceasefire included Shijaiyah.   On Wednesday, a UN school shelter was struck, killing 15 civilians who had sought shelter from the violence.    In response to the shelter attack, Abu Hasan, a UN spokesman said, "It's the responsibility of the world to tell us what we shall do with more than 200,000 people who are inside our schools, thinking that the U.N. flag will protect them. This incident today proves that no place is safe in Gaza."    Israeli soldiers dropped warning leaflets in a Gaza City neighborhood to prevent further harm of civilians.    "The Israeli Defense Forces are going into a new phase in the coming operation and does not want to harm civilians. The army is warning residents in the areas where the operation will take place that for your safety, you have to keep away from terrorists and the locations from which they operate,” the warning said.    The conflict shows no sign of ending soon, despite international calls for a permanent ceasefire. Hamas has stated that it will not surrender until all of the group’s ... read more