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  • American Miracles [ religious ]

    Concerted efforts to eliminate any reference to God in American schools and media, and the supposed “debunking” of the Bible by academics, have resulted in widespread biblical illiteracy and a tragic ignorance of the true facts involved in the birth of the United States—especially the incredible role that God’s intervention played in the American Revolution. Though secular scholars dismiss it or find other explanations, miracles came to George Washington and the American cause—and came often during the founding of the land of freedom. Even from the beginning of the war, Washington said, “God in his great goodness will direct [the outcome]” and, after his surprising victory at Princeton, he noted, “Providence has heretofore saved us in remarkable manner, and on this we must principally rely.” Continue reading
  • Christmas [ religious ]

    A Christian feast celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Although there is no historical account to prove the exact day of his birth, the Christian church began celebrating the “Feast of Nativity” on December 25th from the 4th century on by the Western Church, and from the 5th century on by the Eastern Church. Many historians dated its first celebration in Rome in the year 336 AD, when Roman emperor Constantine I made Christianity the new official religion of the empire. Despite its Christian origin, its celebration, from the beginning, was always associated with pagan rituals that celebrated the end of the year. Thus, when the North American continent was colonized by English Christians, they brought with them customs, rituals and religious feasts interspersed with religious and pagan traditions (Karnal, Pundy, Fernandes, & Morais, 2007). Continue reading
  • Crusades [ common-terms, religious ]

    Generally portrayed as a series of holy wars against Islam led by power-mad popes and fought by religious fanatics. They are supposed to have been the epitome of self-righteousness and intolerance, a black stain on the history of the Catholic Church in particular and Western civilization in general. Christians in the eleventh century were not paranoid fanatics. Muslims really were gunning for them. While Muslims can be peaceful, Islam was born in war and grew the same way. The Crusades were not the brainchild of an ambitious pope or rapacious knights but a response to more than four centuries of conquests in which Muslims had already captured two-thirds of the old Christian world. At some point, Christianity as a faith and a culture had to defend itself or be subsumed by Islam. The Crusades were that defense. Continue reading
  • Fasting [ health, religious ]

    Fasting is defined as voluntarily going without food in order to focus on prayer and fellowship with God. The Hebrew verb sum conveys the explicit meaning "to abstain from food." Fasting is not a way of manipulating God into doing what you desire, rather, it is simply forcing yourself to focus and rely on God for the strength, provision, and wisdom you need. Fasting is found throughout the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, over fifty times as well as throughout the founding of the United States by its founding fathers! Fasting and prayer is one of the most powerful spiritual combinations on earth. True fasting brings humility and alignment with God and breaks the power of flesh and demons. It kills unbelief and brings answers to prayer when nothing else works. Of all the things we can do to enhance the power and focus of prayer, fasting is doubtless the most potent. This is where the power is at, because fasting puts us in harmony with an All Powerful God who demands humility from those who wish to be close to Him. Continue reading
  • Jesus Christ [ people, religious ]

    There are varying opinions of who and what Jesus of Nazareth was. With nearly half of the world’s population declaring him as the divine son of God, many others suggest he is merely a prophet or great teacher. It is impossible to deny Jesus Christ’s place in history as a leader and a unique personage of tremendous influence. Jesus Christ is translated in Greek to mean 'The anointed' or in Hebrew to mean 'the Messiah'. Jesus, who is called Christ, is the firstborn of our Heavenly Father in the spirit and the Only Begotten of the Father in the flesh. He was born of Mary at Bethlehem, lived a sinless life, and wrought out a perfect sacrifice for all mankind by the shedding of His blood and His death on the cross. He rose from the grave and brought to pass the bodily resurrection of every living thing and the salvation and exaltation of the faithful. He is the greatest Being to be born on this earth—the perfect example—and all religious things should be done in His name. He is Lord of lords, King of kings, the Creator, the Savior, the God of the whole earth, the Captain of our salvation, the Bright and Morning Star. Continue reading
  • Jihad [ common-terms, religious ]

    translates as “struggle.” Strictly speaking, jihad does not mean “holy war” as Muslim apologists often point out. However, the question remains as to what sort of “struggle” is meant: an inner, spiritual struggle against the passions, or an outward, physical struggle. As in any case of trying to determine Islamic teaching on a particular matter, one must look to the Quran and the Sunnah. From those sources it is evident that a Muslim is required to struggle against a variety of things: laziness in prayer, neglecting to give zakat (alms), etc. But it is also plain that a Muslim is commanded to struggle in physical combat against the infidel as well. Muhammad’s impressive military career attests to the central role that military action plays in Islam. Continue reading
  • Koran [ religious ]

  • Muhammad [ people, religious ]

    The Qur’an and Islamic tradition are clear: Muhammad is the supreme example of behavior for Muslims to follow, the medium, and a source of the 'divine' draconian law. His importance to hundreds of millions of Muslims worldwide is rooted in the Qur’an, the Muslim holy book. According to ahadith reported by Bukhari, the Prophet of Islam “married Aisha when she was a girl of six years of age, and he consumed [i.e., consummated] that marriage when she was nine years old.” Muhammad had many wives; lists vary but usually include eleven to thirteen women. bn Ishaq reports that Muhammad participated in twenty-seven battles, thus it is difficult to maintain that Islam is a religion of peace when warfare and booty were among the chief preoccupations of the Prophet of Islam. Muhammad weaves charges against Jews and Christians together by condemning Christians for believing that Jesus was crucified, and Jews for believing that they crucified him, while rejecting Allah and him, Allah's messenger. Continue reading
  • National Council of Churches [ businesses-organizations, ideology, religious ]

    Successor to the Federal Council of Churches (est. 1901) which was investigated by the US Naval Intelligence Department for subversive activities and was reported to the Committee on un-American activities of the Congress. The Congressional investigation revealed that there were thousands of communists who had infiltrated American churches with the goal of destroying Christianity and the Christian culture in order to more easily radicalize them to socialism. Whereupon, the Federal Council of Churches dissolved its organization, abandoned its name and re-organized (November 29, 1950) under the designation: National Council of the Churches of Christ. They are the same people with the same goals--the destruction of the text of the Bible, its verbal Inspiration, the Deity of Jesus, and the Virgin birth of Jesus. The Revised Standard Version and the New English Bible are the textbooks for this organization. The objectives of the National Council of Churches happen to be the same at the American Communist party. Continue reading
  • One World Religion [ common-terms, religious ]

    The mechanism being used by the global elite to unite all religions of the world. The ecumenical / interfaith movement is a movement interconnected with the Vatican, the UN, and various New Age organizations. Robert Muller has led the movement. Mr. Robert Muller was an assistant secretary general to three secretary-generals at the United Nations. He worked at the UN for 38 years and was an open advocate of a one-world government. In an interview with Irvin Baxter on the Politics and Religion radio program, Muller made the following statement, “We have brought the world together as far as we can politically.” He claimed that “to bring about a true world government, the world must be brought together spiritually.” Then he said, “What we need is a United Nations of Religions. The political leaders meet every day at the United Nations, and they talk together. This has produced a consensus of opinion so that we actually have a world community, which for the most part speaks with a common voice.” Then he added, “The religious leaders won’t even speak to one another most of the time. We need a United Nations of Religions.”Continue reading
  • Protestant Reformation [ rebellions, religious ]

    A period in European history, covering the span between the 14th and 17th centuries with religious reformers such as Tyndale, Hus, Zwingli, Knox, Martin Luther and others (see HERE for full history). The pinnacle was perhaps when Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis to the to the door at All Saint’s Church in Wittenberg. This effort to reform the corrupt Roman Catholic Church failed, and resulted instead in the creation of many Protestant Churches, first in Western Europe and then around the world. (But the name “Reformation” stuck.) The reformation was a catalyst for change throughout the world.  The Roman Catholic Church itself, ultimately launched the “Counter-Reformation” and made many changes in its practices and doctrine. A Reformation implies a prior Formation. Loconte implies that the Sermon on the Mount by Jesus was that Formation. The Reformation was not so much a new thing as a return back to the principles of individual liberty, conscience and personal responsibility. Continue reading
  • Quran [ religious ]

    According to Islamic teaching, the Quran came down as a series of revelations from Allah through the Archangel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad, who then dictated it to his followers. Muhammad’s companions memorized fragments of the Quran and wrote them down on whatever was at hand, which were later compiled into book form under the rule of the third Caliph, Uthman, some years after Muhammad’s death. It is about as long as the Christian New Testament. The Quran’s commandments to Muslims to wage war in the name of Allah against non-Muslims are unmistakable. They are, furthermore, absolutely authoritative as they were revealed late in the Prophet’s career and so cancel and replace earlier instructions to act peaceably. Without knowledge of the principle of abrogation, Westerners will continue to misread the Quran and misdiagnose Islam as a “religion of peace.” Continue reading
  • Spiritual Warfare [ common-terms, religious ]

    An ongoing war exists on the earth right now that many are unaware. We don't read about it in the newspaper or hear about it on the news. There are no firearms, missiles, tanks, or nuclear weapons but this war involves us all. Everyone on the earth is involved and something more important than our mortal lives is at stake - our eternal salvation. This war is an extension of the War in Heaven and we are living in the final battle for the hearts and minds of those who wanted to be here on the earth at this time and for this very purpose. Many who promised to be valiant to the Savior of all mankind are now deceived and lured away into vain and foolish distractions, or caught up in selfish aspirations. Those who have eyes to see, ears to hear and courage to do are the valiant warriors in this earthly war of good vs. evil. It is the day of reckoning and the wheat and tares are being seperated. "Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve... But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15) Continue reading
  • Vidal v. Girard [ landmark-legal-cases, religious ]

    Stephen Girard, a French immigrant, died in Philadelphia. His estate of over $7 million dollars was left with the stipulation that it be used to start an orphanage and school that did not allow the Bible. The city rejected this plan to separate the Bible from the education of our youth. In a case that went before the U.S. Supreme Court (Vidal v. Girard’s Executors, 1844), the court ruled unanimously (9-0) that the Bible could not be extracted from the education of our youth. Daniel Webster, who argued the case on the behalf of the government said this: Continue reading
  • War in Heaven [ religious ]

    The contest that John the Revelator calls the “war in heaven” concerns Satan’s attempts to usurp the power of God and to destroy the free agency of his children, and lays the foundation for Satan’s battle against God. One-third of the hosts of heaven exercised their agency to follow Satan in that great war. The Bible references Lucifer’s attempt to exalt himself and the great premortal war in which the dragon and his angels were cast out of heaven. (See Isaiah 14:12–15, Revelation 12:7–9) Our Heavenly Father proposed free agency in that premortal state and Lucifer opposed the plan of agency. The war in Heaven (Rev. 12:7) ensued over the conflict and resulted in Satan being cast out with the third part of the host of Heaven that chose to follow him (Isa. 14:12–20; Rev. 12:4-13). Satan and his minions were denied a mortal body and the opportunity for an earth-life experience. Continue reading