Why Some People Believe It Is Okay To Murder Other People

WHY SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE IT IS OKAY TO MURDER OTHER PEOPLE

Hopefully this title can help make a person stop their scanning and do a double take. I can easily see a person saying to themselves “I didn’t see that correctly did I”. One of the problems for the human race is the absolute fact that many millions of people do believe in this idea. I am a 61 yr old white male and I have lived all of my life within the borders of the lower 48 States of the U.S.. Through my life experiences (mostly as a long haul truck driver) I have learned many things, as I hope that all people have been able to do.

I am going to tell you a true story where the center point would be about February of 1978 in a small town in south-west Virginia named Galax. I had shortly before this time gotten out of the military and had decided to live in Galax which is the town where I was born instead of going back to the town where I spent my growing up years at in northern Illinois, in a town named Belvidere. During my growing up years in Belvidere I attended the local Church of Christ, so when I moved to Galax I started attending services there at the South Side Church of Christ.

I only attended services there for three weeks. The Preacher with his wife and young daughter were from the state of Pennsylvania so they were not local folks, in fact they were Yankees, so I was a bit surprised that he had even been hired there in the first place. After services on the third Sunday evening the Preacher turned in a thirty-day notice. It was easy to see that there was something wrong going on at this Church, so as I was filling out of the building that evening I spoke with the Preacher to ask him why he was quitting because I was thinking about becoming a regular there and if there was something bad going on here I would like to know about it so to help me in deciding if I would continue attending there. The answer the Preacher gave me, I will tell you what he said toward the end of this story. But, what he told me opened my eyes to a question that had puzzled me for many years. The inner question within my thoughts was “why in some people’s minds is it okay to murder other people, why does anyone think they have the right to do that to anyone”?

In world history there have always been wars, both big and small, and for many different reasons. It is expected that people kill other people during a war. But it is not expected during a peaceful time. If you kill people during a war battle there will be no repercussions leveled against you. What I want to speak to you about is the killing of people in the civilian world. For an example, look at the violence in the south side of Chicago Illinois. It seems that most of this violence is about drugs and turf wars. Who or what gives a person the right to do all of this killing? Look at world history, it is filled with blood. Just looking at the US history, look at how all non-whites were treated for about 400 years. Didn’t matter whether you were Black, Hispanic, Asian, or Indian they were all disrespected horribly. The question again, what made some people think they had some God-given right to commit these acts of hate?

Now I want to go back to 1978 and my talking with the Preacher who was quitting. My eyes were opened by his answer. He told me that the people there at that congregation believed that the only people who had Souls were whites, to say the least, my shadow never darkened that doorway again. What my eyes were opened to was the fact that if a person looks at another person and in their eyes they are not looking at another human, just an animal, it makes it easy to kill that person if you believe that way. Throughout human history some of the most horrible acts of violence have been committed in the name of God. When you look toward the Middle East you see that most everyone in the region hates Israel and most Israelis have no love loss for Islamist. Almost everyday you hear of Jihad’s against people within and outside of their own faith. Us Christians should not get to uppity, we have had many people killed where both sides did what they did in the name of Jesus Christ. How much blood was spilled in wars between Protestants and Catholics? They both believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died and was raised the third day by the power of the Holy Spirit, so how does either side think that God will approve their actions? Hopefully now you will have a better understanding as to why some people think it is okay to kill someone else. In the name of God, no one has the right to be offensive toward anyone else and if there is no offence then there is no need for a defense. But that is only wishful thinking, humans are simply too egotistical to put others up onto their own plain and to quit thinking of others as being of less worth than themselves. Contrary to some religions beliefs and contrary to some groups beliefs all people are human beings and thus all people do have a Soul. Jesus told us plainly that no murderer has any part in the Kingdom of God. There was a time before the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ that only the Royal Bloodline could have salvation and by Jesus’s own words we (Gentiles) were considered not be a people. In fact Jesus in a parable referred to all of us Gentiles as dogs. Yes God is great, and humans are at times animal-like and, dumb as a stump.

What is the Baha’i Faith?

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What is the Baha’i Faith?

The Baha’i Faith, the world’s newest independent global belief system, teaches the oneness of God, the unity of humanity and the essential harmony of religion.

Baha’is believe in peace, justice, love, altruism and unity. The Baha’i teachings promote the agreement of science and religion, the equality of the sexes and the elimination of all prejudice and racism.

Just about anywhere you go on the planet, you’ll find Baha’is—the Baha’i Faith is the world’s second-most widespread religion after Christianity, spanning the globe and working to unite it. Baha’is have no clergy or churches, gathering together in democratically-led communities and welcoming everyone.

The millions of Baha’is in the world come from every ethnicity, nationality, tribe, age, racial group, religious background and economic and social class. Gentle, peaceful, warm and welcoming, diverse Baha’i communities exist just about everywhere. Baha’is accept the validity of each of the founders and prophets of the major world religions, and believe in progressive revelation, the unique Baha’i principle that views every great Faith as a link in a single spiritual system progressively revealed by God to humanity.

Who is Baha’u’llah?

We spend our lives trying to unlock the mystery of the universe, but there was a Turkish prisoner, Baha’u’llah, in Akka, Palestine who had the key. – Leo Tolstoy

The Baha’i Faith is consolation for humanity. – Mahatma Gandhi

The essence of Baha’u’llah’s Teaching is all-embracing love, for love includeth every excellence of humankind. It causeth every soul to go forward. It bestoweth on each one, for a heritage, immortal life. Erelong shalt thou bear witness that His celestial Teachings, the very glory of reality itself, shall light up the skies of the world. – Abdu’l-BahaSelections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 66.

Tehran 1930's

Tehran, the city where Baha’u’llah was born

Baha’is follow the teachings of Baha’u’llah, who proclaimed the Baha’i Faith during the middle of the 19th Century, and who taught world peace, the oneness of all humanity and the essential unity of all religions. Born Mirza Husayn Ali in Tehran, Persia in 1817, Baha’u’llah was known early in his adult life as “the father of the poor” for his selfless work assisting the destitute and homeless. In 1863, Baha’u’llah began openly teaching the Baha’i Faith, with its revolutionary messages of human unity, the oneness of all Faiths, the equality of men and women, the agreement of science and religion and the establishment of a global system of governance.

Baha’is believe that Baha’u’llah, whose title means “The Glory of God,” is the latest prophet to found a major world religion and usher in a new age of human development:

…in the kingdoms of earth and heaven there must needs be manifested a Being, an Essence Who shall act as a Manifestation and Vehicle for the transmission of the grace of the Divinity Itself, the Sovereign Lord of all. Through the Teachings of this Day Star of Truth every man will advance and develop until he attaineth the station at which he can manifest all the potential forces with which his inmost true self hath been endowed. It is for this very purpose that in every age and dispensation the Prophets of God and His chosen Ones have appeared amongst men, and have evinced such power as is born of God and such might as only the Eternal can reveal. – Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, pp. 67-68.

After the proclamation of his Faith, Baha’u’llah suffered forty years of exile, torture and imprisonment—all for announcing that a new revelation had been born. This great divine educator and messenger, despite the persecutions he bore, then wrote a series of epistles to the political and religious rulers of the world from his prison cell. Those letters, called the Tablets to the Kings, openly announced Baha’u’llah’s station and mission, and warned the world’s most prominent leaders that humanity faced disastrous consequences unless they laid down their weapons and convened to unite the world and end warfare.

Baha’u’llah called the entire world to collective action and to unity, and that call, Baha’is believe, has inaugurated a new age of spirituality, harmony and human maturation.

How Did Baha’i History Begin?

In a troubled time and place—Shiraz, Persia in 1844—a young merchant and mystic named Siyyid Ali Muhammad made a startling announcement: that he brought the world a new message from God.

Called The Bab (pronounced bob), which means “The Gate,” this new prophet created a furor in Persian society with his revolutionary teachings—spiritual and moral transformation, women’s emancipation and the raising up of the poor. The Bab also proclaimed that he had come to herald the birth of a new, universal revelation, one greater than his own, and to prepare the way for “He whom God shall make manifest”—the Promised One of all ages. The Babi Faith spread quickly, electrifying the masses and provoking severe reactions from the government and the clergy. Tens of thousands of Babis, including the Bab himself, were tortured, massacred and publicly executed for their beliefs.

The inauguration of the Bab’s message and mission set Baha’i history in motion.

Baha'u'llah's exiles from Persia to the Ottoman Empire

Baha’u’llah’s exiles from Persia to the Ottoman Empire

After the Bab’s execution in 1850, Baha’u’llah gradually assumed the leadership of the Babis. In prison in 1852, Baha’u’llah received the revelation that inspired the Baha’i Faith, and fulfilled the prophecies and promises of the Bab.

The Baha’i Faith now counts millions of followers across every region, continent and nation of the world. Baha’u’llah’s teachings emphasize justice, equality and religious unity, so even today many Baha’is in Iran and other Middle Eastern countries still face persecution for their beliefs.

Baha’u’llah suffered a life of torture and deprivation in order to bring the world a new set of spiritual teachings. Persecuted relentlessly, he still persevered in delivering that message, which has now begun to deeply affect and alter humanity’s future.

Who are the Baha’is?

The millions of Baha’is in the world come from every ethnicity, nationality, tribe, age, racial group, religious background and economic and social class. Gentle, peaceful, warm and welcoming, Baha’i communities exist just about everywhere. Baha’is accept the validity of each of the founders and prophets of the major world religions, and believe in progressive revelation, the unique Baha’i principle that views every great Faith as a link in a single spiritual system progressively revealed by God to humanity.

The Main Baha’i Teachings

Essentially a mystical Faith, the Baha’i teachings focus on the soul’s relationship with the eternal, unknowable essence of God, and recommend daily prayer and meditation to everyone. Baha’is believe that the human spirit lives eternally, and so endeavor to illumine their souls with spiritual attributes—kindness, generosity, integrity, truthfulness, humility and selfless service to others.

Also a practical Faith, the primary Baha’i principles advocate international unity, the complete cessation of all warfare, universal compulsory education for every child, a spiritual solution to the extremes of wealth and poverty, an end to religious fundamentalism and division, and a unified global response to oppression, materialism, and the planet’s mounting environmental crisis.

Baha’is believe in the independent investigation of reality, and encourage everyone to question dogma, tradition and superstition by embarking on a personal search to discover the truth. The Baha’i Faith has no clergy. Instead, a distinctive system of democratically-elected councils at the local, national and international levels administer and guide Baha’i communities. This unprecedented administrative order, fundamentally different from any other system of religious or political authority, has now become the first functioning system of democratic global governance, vesting power and initiative in the entire body of the believers worldwide.

The Baha’i writings say that religion must be the source of unity and fellowship in the world—but if it produces enmity, hatred and bigotry, the absence of religion would be preferable.

Quotes from the Baha’i Writings

Unlike many religions of the past, Baha’is have the original writings of the Baha’i founder Baha’u’llah, of his son and successor Abdu’l-Baha, and of the Guardian of the Baha’i Faith, Shoghi Effendi. Baha’is rely on and revere those inspiring, powerful works—and of course they’re available to all. The Baha’i teachings have been translated into hundreds of languages, including tribal and indigenous ones, to make them available to all the people of the world. In those Baha’i writings, Baha’u’llah’s new Faith calls on every human being to investigate its claim as the return of the prophets of the past religions, and the fulfillment of their promises of the dawn of a new day:

Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llahThe Revelation which, from time immemorial, hath been acclaimed as the Purpose and Promise of all the Prophets of God, and the most cherished Desire of His Messengers, hath now, by virtue of the pervasive Will of the Almighty and at His irresistible bidding, been revealed unto men. The advent of such a Revelation hath been heralded in all the sacred Scriptures… O ye lovers of the One true God! Strive, that ye may truly recognize and know Him, and observe befittingly His precepts. – Baha’u’llahGleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 5.

O son of spirit! My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart, that thine may be a sovereignty ancient, imperishable and everlasting. – Baha’u’llahThe Hidden Words, p. 3.

That one indeed is a man who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race. The Great Being saith: Blessed and happy is he that ariseth to promote the best interests of the peoples and kindreds of the earth. In another passage He hath proclaimed: It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens. – Baha’u’llahTablets of Baha’u’llah, p. 167.

Baha’is believe in one God, eternal in the past and the future, who loves and progressively educates humanity through successive revealed religions. The Baha’i writings say that the Creator is an “unknowable essence,” far beyond the capacity of creation to comprehend. To aid and enlighten us, God has provided humanity with divinely-inspired prophets and messengers throughout history, who founded the world’s great Faiths and brought ethical, moral and spiritual teachings to everyone.

The Essential Unity of All Religions

Progressive Revelation, All ProphetsThe Baha’i teachings center around unity, and Baha’is believe in the essential unity of all religionsBaha’u’llah emphasized the importance of unity, oneness and harmony in all human interactions, and said that the collective maturation of the human race has now brought us to the stage in our development where we can recognize our interdependence. The successive prophets and messengers founded their Faiths at different times in history, and each of those religions, Baha’is believe, form part of one single meta-religion—a unified, systematic, progressive revelation, one school with many teachers.

Baha’is accept, respect and revere the religions of AbrahamMosesKrishnaZoroasterBuddhaJesus ChristMuhammad, and also the sacred traditions of the prophets and teachers of indigenous peoples whose names written history may never have recorded. The Baha’i Faith encompasses, embraces and advances the past teachings of all those great Faiths, and Baha’is view Baha’u’llah as the most recent of these divine teachers.

Baha’u’llah called each of these divine messengers and teachers “Manifestations of God”—perfect mirrors of the Supreme Being’s love and concern for humanity, each of them destined to inspire entire civilizations based on their spiritual teachings and advance the collective maturation of humanity during their dispensations:

Consider to what extent the love of God makes itself manifest. Among the signs of His love which appear in the world are the dawning-point of His Manifestations. What an infinite degree of love is reflected by the divine Manifestations toward mankind! For the sake of guiding the people they have willingly forfeited their lives to resuscitate human hearts. – Abdu’l-BahaFoundations of World Unity, p. 89.

Baha’is Believe in the Oneness of Humanity

In the latest of the revelations in that great universal chain of being, Baha’u’llah taught the central Baha’i tenet of the oneness of humanity—saying “The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.” Accordingly, Baha’is consider themselves world citizens, working for the establishment of a universal human civilization based on love, spiritual virtues and the desire of all people for peace and prosperity:

O contending peoples and kindreds of the earth! Set your faces towards unity, and let the radiance of its light shine upon you. Gather ye together, and for the sake of God resolve to root out whatever is the source of contention amongst you. Then will the effulgence of the world’s great Luminary envelop the whole earth, and its inhabitants become the citizens of one city, and the occupants of one and the same throne. – Baha’u’llahGleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 217.

Human Nature–Fundamentally Noble and Spiritual

Baha’is believe that human nature is fundamentally spiritual, and that our souls make us noble beings. Although we all temporarily exist in our physical bodies here on Earth, Baha’u’llah taught, our true identities reside in our eternal souls. The primary purpose of each human soul, the Baha’i teachings say, is to know and to love God. Baha’is do not believe in doctrines of original sin or ultimate evil—instead, the Baha’i teachings say, each person can make the choice to characterize his or her life with divine attributes:

Man has two powers; and his development, two aspects. One power is connected with the material world, and by it he is capable of material advancement. The other power is spiritual, and through its development his inner, potential nature is awakened. These powers are like two wings. Both must be developed, for flight is impossible with one wing… We must strive unceasingly and without rest to accomplish the development of the spiritual nature in man, and endeavor with tireless energy to advance humanity toward the nobility of its true and intended station. – Abdu’l-BahaThe Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 59.

Our inborn spiritual nature can create a mystical relationship with the Creator, giving meaning and purpose to our lives. The Baha’i teachings say that process happens through meditation and prayer, the inner growth driven by our spiritual search for truth, the love we give to others, and ultimately as a result of our selfless actions to serve humanity.

Like all great Faiths, the Baha’i teachings have a dual aim—to speak to the inner spirit of each human being, and to propel the process of positive social development forward:

God’s purpose in sending His Prophets unto men is twofold. The first is to liberate the children of men from the darkness of ignorance, and guide them to the light of true understanding. The second is to ensure the peace and tranquility of mankind, and provide all the means by which they can be established. – Baha’u’llahGleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 79.

The Baha’i Faith provides the means for peace and tranquility through a progressive set of social teachings:

These fundamental Baha’i principles call for a complete restructuring of humanity’s priorities—from material to spiritual, from exclusive to inclusive and from divisiveness to unity.

You can find Baha’is just about any place you look—but you will probably need to look.

That’s because Baha’is don’t press their Faith on anyone else. Baha’u’llah wrote that Baha’is could not proselytize or compel the beliefs of others. Baha’is uphold the important principle of the independent investigation of truth:

Discover for yourselves the reality of things, and strive to assimilate the methods by which noble-mindedness and glory are attained among the nations and people of the world. No man should follow blindly his ancestors and forefathers. Nay, each must see with his own eyes, hear with his own ears and investigate independently in order that he may find the truth. – Abdu’l-BahaDivine Philosophy, p. 24.

Baha’is eagerly welcome anyone on a path of spiritual search—or anyone who would like to learn more about the Baha’i Faith. Many Baha’i communities around the world have informal meetings where seekers can examine and explore the teachings of this new Faith. Called “firesides” or study classes, those Baha’i meetings encourage questions and open-minded discussion about life. Everyone is welcome.

The Baha’i Houses of Worship

On each continent in the world, a Baha’i House of Worship welcomes everyone. With nine sides symbolizing the many paths to the one true God, Baha’i Houses of Worship are open to all, no matter what beliefs they hold. Similar to a church, mosque or temple—but with no rituals, rites or sermons—Baha’i Houses of Worship function as the center of a community’s spiritual life, and its humanitarian, educational and altruistic service and outreach. More than a hundred Baha’i Houses of Worship are in the planning stages, and seven now exist, with an eighth one, in Chile, set to open October 2016:

 

The Baha’i teachings ultimately envision these interfaith Houses of Worship in every community, serving as the dawning places of the mention of God and the central focal points of a number of charitable, public benefit institutions. The Baha’i teachings call the House of Worship:

…one of the most vital institutions in the world, and it hath many subsidiary branches. Although it is a House of Worship, it is also connected with a hospital, a drug dispensary, a traveller’s hospice, a school for orphans, and a university for advanced studies. – Abdu’l-BahaSelections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, pp. 99-100.

Many of these temples (like the Baha’i Lotus Temple in India, pictured) have become magnets for those from every Faith and no Faith, as a place to reflect, meditate and pray, and as beautiful monuments to the Baha’i ideals of the oneness of God, religion and humanity.

Understanding the Baha’i Calendar

The Baha'i Calendar

Names of the 19 Baha’i Months

Most new world religions bring a new calendar—and the Baha’i Faith does, too. Year one in the Baha’i calendar began in 1844, when the Baha’i Faith began with the announcement of the Bab’s revelation.

The Baha’i calendar, originally initiated by the Bab, bases its unique structure on the number 19. Called the Badi Calendar, meaning wondrous, it equalizes the length of every month and also accounts for variances in the Earth’s orbit around the sun—unlike any other calendar in use today. Composed of nineteen months of nineteen days each, each Baha’i calendar year begins in spring on the Vernal Equinox, on the day of the ancient Persian New Year known as Naw-Ruz.

With 19 months of 19 days each, the Baha’i calendar adds four (or in leap years, five) Intercalary Days to make up a full solar year of 365¼ days. Baha’is set aside those Intercalary Days for celebrations, hospitality, gift-giving and charitable works. The Intercalary Days immediately precede the final 19-day Baha’i month, when Baha’is fast during daylight hours. Intended as a reflective period of prayer and meditation, the Baha’i Fast symbolizes detachment from the material world, and utilizes the final 19 days of the year for revitalizing the inner spiritual life of each adult Baha’i.

The Baha’i Gardens

Shrine of the Bab located in Haifa, Israel

Baha’i Gardens in Haifa, Israel

The International Baha’i Centre, located in Haifa, Israel, now also attracts people from all over the world, not only as holy places of pilgrimage for Baha’is but as tourist destinations known for their serenity and delightful majesty. The Baha’i shrines and buildings on Mt. Carmel in Haifa, for example, have become known as the Baha’i Gardens, because of their extensive terraces, flowering gardens and the golden dome of the Shrine of the Bab, a landmark in northern Israel and a beacon of peace and hope worldwide.

The International Baha’i Centre also houses the Seat of the Universal House of Justice, the democratically-elected administrative leadership body of the global Baha’i community.

Baha’is love beauty, as you’ll see if you visit the International Baha’i Centre or any of the world’s Baha’i Houses of Worship. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and fragrant flowers, illumined by creative, light-filled architecture and suffused with the peace and serenity of a truly spiritual atmosphere, these places host millions of visitors every year, silently proclaiming the peace and unity Baha’u’llah taught and the Baha’is work to achieve.

Becoming a Baha’i

Anyone can become a Baha’i.

Becoming a Baha’i means accepting Baha’u’llah’s unifying teachings, and deciding to try to follow the path of spiritual development the Baha’i teachings outline. There is no service, baptism or ceremony involved—becoming a Baha’i simply requires an inner, spiritual decision to embrace the teachings of the Faith and join your local Baha’i community. In many countries, Baha’is also sign a declaration card, which enrolls them in the Baha’i community and allows them to receive invitations to community events and gatherings.

When you make the decision to become a Baha’i, you also take part in a planetary movement to change the world. Baha’is work for peace, justice, equality, racial unity and environmental sustainability—all based on addressing the underlying, spiritual causes of such inequities. The new, optimistic model the Baha’i teachings offer the world takes a fresh approach to problem-solving, tapping into the deep well of human concern for others with a thoughtful, integrated and comprehensive spiritual energy.

Earth Illustration

Becoming a Baha’i makes you a world citizen, a part of the world’s newest major Faith and an immediate member of a loving, inclusive global community of truly remarkable souls.

Baha’i events—meetings, elections, parties, devotionals, holy day celebrations, a Baha’i “Feast” at the beginning of every month (the feast is a community gathering that usually includes prayers and readings from the Baha’i writings, a period of community consultation and refreshments)—tend to include lots of social interaction, with laughter, music and a general sense of joy and happiness. Depending on their size, Baha’i communities often meet in homes, local Baha’i centers or meeting rooms. Diverse and inclusive, most Baha’i meetings give participants the opportunity to meet and get to know people from different backgrounds, cultures and nations.

Baha’is never ask others for monetary contributions—in fact, only Baha’is can contribute to the Baha’i funds, and all contributions are completely confidential. No one ever passes a plate or requires anyone to participate, since every donation is considered private and personal.

Baha’is come from every walk of life, every social strata of society and every ethnicity, racial background, nation and age group. To answer the question “What is a Baha’i?” Abdu’l-Baha answered:

To be a Baha’i simply means to love all the world; to love humanity and try to serve it; to work for universal peace and universal brotherhood.” – Baha’u’llah and the New Era, p. 83.

If you’d like to meet Baha’is in your local area, they’re usually listed online, in a local newspaper or phone book, or in directories of places of worship. If you can’t find any local Baha’is, feel free to email us here at [email protected], and we’ll be happy to put you in touch with a nearby Baha’i community.

Additional Baha’i Resources

The Official website of the Baha’i Faith

www.Bahai.org

The Official website of the Universal House of Justice

www.UniversalHouseofJustice.Bahai.org

The Official website of the Baha’is of the United States

www.Bahai.us

The Official website of the Baha’is of Canada

www.ca.Bahai.org

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck southeastern Mexico on Friday night

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A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck southeastern Mexico on Friday night, with the epicenter in the state of Oaxaca, the US Geological Survey reported.

Emergency authorities in the Oaxaca reported “only material damage and no loss of human life” during the earthquake.
In Mexico City, where more than 200 people died in a large earthquake last fall, people streamed out of shaking buildings and into the streets. Video showed ceiling lamps swaying and people embracing after evacuating buildings.
There were no immediate reports of injuries in Mexico City, which is about 348 kilometers (216 miles) away from the epicenter of the earthquake.

A woman embraces a boy after an earthquake shook buildings in Mexico City.

The USGS initially reported a magnitude of 7.5 but revised it downward. Later Friday, a magnitude 5.8 aftershock hit Oaxaca, the USGS tweeted.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported that “based on all available data … there is no tsunami threat from this earthquake.”
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto tweeted that the earthquake was northeast of Pinotepa Nacional, in Oaxaca, and that “protocols have been activated.”

People fled into the streets after the earthquake caused buildings to shake in Mexico City.

Two deadly earthquakes struck Mexico in September.
A magnitude-8.1 earthquake struck off the southern coast on September 8, killing at least 90. On September 19, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Mexico City, killing at least 216 people.

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Israel Is Not The occupier

                                           Israel is not the occupier-First Published On 9-23-2013

 

The Hebrew/Jewish people are not the occupier of the Holy lands, saying they are is an ignorant statement in itself. That statement is about as intelligent as saying the Navajo people are the occupiers of the white man’s lands in New Mexico. The Jewish/Hebrew people had lived in the Holy Lands for about 2,200 years before the creation of the Islamic religion. If people would check the history books you would find that Islam began in/about 632 A.D.. You might also be surprised to find out that Christian and Jewish Peoples dominated the whole Middle-East at the time of Islam’s inception. Israel is today only on a small sliver of the land that actually belongs to Her. If you look at the map of Israel that God Himself gave to the Hebrew people then you would see that it is not the Israelis who are living on Palestinian land.  By God’s orders all the land that the media is saying Israel is the ‘occupier’ of is totally a lie and they know it. In fact every inch of the ground that is currently Israel as well as all of Gaza and the West-Bank belongs totally 100% to Israel not the ‘Palestinians’. The only thing that doesn’t allow all the people of Palestine, Islamic, Jews and Christians to live in peace in the land of Israel is the teachings of the Islamic Faith. All people should be able to live in peace in the Holy Land together with no fear of any violence.

When Mohammed came back to Mecca from Media he came as a conquering general, not as a Holy man. Soon thousands of uneducated violent men were ridding rampant across all of the Middle-East and then up into France and Spain until they were finally turned back by force, back across the sea into North Africa. Holy man, really? Their MO was the same then as it is now, murder everyone who refuses to bow to their God, then take all of their possessions as spoils of war.

The Quran is not the primary Holy book of Islam; it is the secondary book of their faith. The Quran is the “sayings of the Prophet”. There is a book called the Hadith which is the book of “the works/actions” of the Prophet. All “good” Muslims are required to “do as the prophet did, to imitate his works”. This is the book that Islam tries to hide from the rest of the world because it shows their “action plan for Jihad on the rest of all the nations”.  It is no secret to the 20% or so of their faithful male population that can read, nor to the 50% or so of their preachers who can read, that Islam is at war with the rest of the world, and that war will never stop until Gabriel sounds God’s trumpet.

The Western countries and America are to lazy and to ignorant of religious realities to understand that a billion people are at war with them. There is an old reality, when only one side of something is at war, that is the side that will win. If you know Scripture, you would know these things and you would be able to see this blueprint being followed.

About 98-99% of all of the earth’s people who follow the God of love/kindness/ and caring are going to be murdered for their faith and for their possessions. Those that conform to the evils that are now upon all the earth in the effort to just get along, and to survive for now, will be crushed like the grapes in the wine-press at the sounding of God’s trumpet. All I can do is to feel sorry for those shallow scared people, that and pray for them to wake up before they are also murdered by this “God” of hate. God is love, God is not hate. If you are a person who is following a God of hate, you will forever live in the fire with him.

When you begin to realize that in the Middle-East that with Islam and with Judaism their religion is their politics and their politics is their religion, maybe you will begin to understand reality a little more. Just like Hamas took over Gaza and next they will root out Fatah (because they consider them to be more liberal), in the West Bank. Fundamental Islam will not share any power longer that they feel is necessary to do so. ISIS is a Sunni group, among the things they are trying to eradicate is everyone who is not a faithful follower of Sunni Islam, that does include all Shiite Islamist believing people. Iran is Shiite as is the Government of Syria and Iraq. For now this is where ISIS is concentrating most of it military power, for now. People the Middle-East is a total tender box, when it goes up the world economies are going to have the proverbial cow. This hell will soon be on our shores. Most folks in the world are totally unaware of it but many of the first shots have been fired in WWIII. If President Putin would wake up and realize where his and his country’s real enemies are and stop trying to act like a WWII thug it would be very helpful for world and Russian economies and their safety. We the people must have each others backs or we will all die.

Do you see how much good all the blood and money we poured into Iraq has done? Now we will have civil war there until one sect rules the others, then we get another cancer for their “Supreme” leader. Next, the president of Afghanistan is in talks with the Taliban to work out a government sharing plan “with American guidance”. Why did we “the west and the US” put all the blood and money into this country, to get this result? It will not be long until their president is dead or living in exile, and the Taliban will again rule that country. The only way to put an end to terrorism is to completely eradicate the cancer that is trying/going to kill you. America and the West are of to weak of a stomach for that. This is why one of the three Demons/anti-Christ will be from the Americas’, and all who will not “submit” to them will die. Friends/people/brothers, the world IS at war, everyone, everywhere has a decision to make (doing nothing is in itself a decision), are we going to die like free God-loving human beings, hoping and waiting on Gods’ trumpet, or we will die like animals on our knees before the ultimate tyrant.      

 

The people of Israel are well aware of all of these truths about their neighbors on all sides. The people of Israel know that they are hated by almost all of their neighbors people and their Governments. These people know that everyday they and their families are on the front lines of this war that all of the west seems to turn a blind eye to, as much as they feel they can get away with. If you pretend something isn’t there, it isn’t is it? The American Government doesn’t seem to understand the region. Our Governments Leaders all need to wake up, Israel is the best friend the United States has ever had. 

                                            

Philosophy Of Being A True Biblical Friend

Philosophy Of Being A True Biblical Friend

 

To be true to God’s Commandments, we must be merciful

Do not withdraw your hand from a neighbor who is in need

When we could help but choose not too, this the Lord sees

To be honest with our neighbors is to secure a lifelong friend

If we borrow from our neighbor make sure to repay when due

 

Never be as a Heathen who borrows and counts it as a windfall

Many give flowers and kisses to the face of a lender they hate

Do not pay back he who helped you with lies and empty promises

If we refuse to payback we have created for ourselves an enemy

Many good people refuse to lend for fear of losing friend and gold

 

Be kind when you can but do not give what is beyond your means to do

To ask your roof for collateral is something not even a brother should do

Only a worm takes advantage of the weak the fatherless or the widow

It is better to give your silver to a brother who can’t repay than to lend it

To live poor with ones neighbors is better than being fat with close enemies

 

Please consider their argument for helping the people of France.

via Fixing Unemployment in France

How To Stop The North American Drug War Right Now

How to Stop the North American Drug War Right Now

 

War is horrible, always has been, always will be. Any deaths or injuries from something that is unnecessary is a travesty and a sin upon the human race. Before you start getting your back hairs up please listen to what I believe is a solution to stop almost all of the bloodshed in North America’s illegal drug trade.  Now don’t faint, get the government out of the drug trade, have Congress pass certain laws that I will explain in a moment, with stated consequences and then make all drugs legal for adults. Don’t choke, just listen okay.

1.a) Treat marijuana as they do now in Washington and Colorado. Also decriminalize other nature made plants like Peyote and Mandrake. Treat them like booze as far as the tax system and the buzz factor. Just like beer or wine a person should be able to relax at home after a hard day’s work with such a natural relaxer. This is no one else’s business, not yours, not mine, not any governments!

b)  Doing this would wipe out some states red ink completely.

c) These are non violent drugs in almost all people who have ever used them; people do not tend to smoke a joint then go out and do any violent act. Pretty much the only violence involving these drugs is because of them being classified by governments as being illegal; this is what causes unnecessary bloodshed between drug cartels and law enforcement officers. Make these nature made relaxers legal to the public and you take all of it’s profit from the drug cartels. When people can grow it domestically then there would be no need for it to be imported from gangs or covertly distributed by domestic gangs.

d) This part is about our sister countries to our south where many products are grown and transported. In a moment I am going to address other types of drugs that are dangerous to the human body and to any culture. If there were no need for Mexican and South American drugs and the cartels that profit from them, then Mexico for an example could live in peace and use their energies, lands, and their smarts to build up their own countries economies. Doing this would also have a byproduct of giving the people jobs within their own countries which would drastically decrease the human flow to the north. These people are coming to America trying to find work so that they can survive, if they can find income in their own homeland, most will not move away.

e) Before I go onto the harder drugs part of this commentary there is something, a line of thought I just have to broach, something in which I believe people are either hypocritical in or simply ignorant in regard too. Forever it seems I have heard people say that if people are allowed to smoke marijuana they won’t stop there, that people will just go onto harder drugs, I disagree with this assumption. I am in my early sixties, I have known people who have smoked marijuana for over forty years and they never went onto other harder drugs, they never wanted to nor “needed” to. These are people who have worked in many different professions, bought homes, raised families, and retired. Good honest hard-working tax payers who bothered no one and only asked to be left alone. What our hypocritical system has done to American society has totally backfired and has only made the drug problem and the violence problems in our country and other countries much worse, now, please let me explain what I mean by that statement. Marijuana tends to stay in smokers systems about thirty days, people who simply wanted to have a way to relax at home at night or on the weekends know this about the THC in that tobacco. People know that this THC will get them in trouble with their employers or potential employers as well as with law enforcement if for some reason they get checked. So many millions of people who only smoked Pot quit and then went onto other things to help them relax and to unwind, many changed to alcohol which leaves ones system within hours. Alcohol in many, many people brings out their violent inhibitions, this act alone has caused many millions of violent deaths and injuries. Some people who would only be smoking Pot have gone to other drugs like Cocaine, Heroine, Crack Cocaine, and Meth. Part of this reason is because these drugs tend to go through a person’s system in about three days, making it less likely for them that they will get caught than with the thirty days of Marijuana’s THC. America’s desire to control and eliminate other people’s right’s, and I do mean “rights”, to simply relax and unwind from the worlds pressures has caused a modern-day Prohibition situation like America had in the 1930’s with alcohol, except our self –righteousness of today has caused it with drugs.

2.a) I am not saying that the hard, chemical, man-made street drugs should be used by anyone, what I am saying is that our laws/focus should be changed to help in stopping the violence in America, Mexico, and South America over drugs. As an example I am going to use powdered and Crack Cocaine. This is a drug that makes the drug cartels a lot of money and a lot of people in our country and along our southern border, including many of our law enforcement officers have died because of it, just like with  Marijuana shipments.

b) Change the laws here in America! If all employers, if they choose to, did pre-employment drug screens and by law could do on the spot at work drug tests if they though a person was using, and were allowed to fire a person on their second positive, this would stop a lot of people from taking the chance of using. If a person knows that they could that easily lose their ability to pay for a roof over their head and lose their ability to buy food, most people would not use. A so-called responsible person with a family, mortgage, car payments and the such would be a fool to take a chance of losing everything they had worked their whole life for just to get a buzz.

c) If a person is working and they get hurt on the job, when they are taken to the clinic or hospital and it is found out that they were buzzed a couple of things should need to happen. One would be they could get fired if the employer wishes. Also the hospital should not have to treat them unless the person could pay the bill themselves, and the work-comp insurance company should not be required to pay the medical bills nor have to pay any payments to the person who was buzzed that caused the accident. If this “buzzed” person caused harm to any company equipment or caused any company “down time” the buzzed person should have to pay these expenses. If this persons actions caused the injury to another person this person should be able to sue the buzzed person in court for any and all damages. This at fault person should then be allowed to be brought up before the court on criminal charges if the court deems it appropriate. If these laws were put into force it would make most people think more than twice about getting that buzz.

d) When it comes to driving put the same type of laws in force. If I am buzzed and I caused an accident no insurance should have to pay for my stupidity, I should have to pay for all damages myself. My car if damaged would be my own loss if I’m high and I wreck it. If I caused damage to other people’s property my insurance should have to pay it if covered under my policy, but then my insurance should be able to retrieve all damage cost from me. If I hurt someone they should be able to sue me directly for all personal damages they incurred. If this means me having to sell my house, cars, boats, ect and hand over all of my life’s savings and investments, so be it. This would even the playing field between rich and poor, if it is mandatory that every individual person will be hit directly in their wallet, it will make even the wealthiest person think before they do the drugs.

e) If the laws were set up so that if I choose to possess heroine in my home or car let me do it legally. Make no law against possession, but put in mandatory prison time if I use any of these drugs and harm anyone in any way, that includes domestic violence. Also, as I said earlier that if I am on a drug like heroin and I get hurt at home and it was due to my chemical state no medical facility or medical person should be obligated or forced to treat me, if I OD and die, that’s my tough luck for acting stupid.

f) That’s it folks, like all things some tweaking would be needed to close all loop holes but I believe a system like this could work. I simply want to stop the violence and at the same time give people their God-given right to relax at home with a glass of wine, beer, or a joint. This program of safety laws would stop the cash flows to drug cartels and in doing so would stop the drug war that is raging in our country, Mexico, and South America.

G) The single biggest reasons that I don’t believe these fixes will ever become law is that when people are allowed to use marijuana, alcohol sales and pharmaceutical sales of narcotics has dropped off, a lot. These are companies that feed a lot of money into political campaigns.

Theology of Race and Hate

RACE AND HATE

 

God doesn’t care what color a person’s skin is, just who the heck do we think we are, do we think we are smarter than God? Racism is stupid and evil, so is hate, so is violence. Humans are so ignorant and so evil, it is sad. Truth will not be tolerated in our country because the tail is waging the dog. The 1% who control the media and the politics in our country are simply evil and they are doing everything they can to promote their views upon the rest of the world. This morning on GMA there was an advertisement of a very young girl, a singer, who is going to be on their program soon. I guess she is popular and she is very pretty but what my wife and I noticed was in the advertisement she was trying to be as sexy as she possibly could be through all of her actions and movements, if you didn’t know she was a singer you might well think she was getting ready to do a strip show. Our society is in sad shape. If we don’t very soon start viewing the world through Jesus’s eyes and not through the eyes of our races this country is going to implode. The problem is we are to stupid as a Nation to change the evil path we are on. It is sad to me because I love this country, I love the land and I love all the people because I just don’t care what your skin color is and I pity those who do put color first in their lives. For people whose hearts are ruled by hate the Devil is waiting on you to come join him in his retirement pad. If your heart is filled with hate you are already walking with him now hand in hand to your eternal home. I only feel sorrow for you, not hatred. I just ask all people to please, consider our ways before it is too late for our Country and for our own Soul.

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Folks: Evolution’s Missing Link Is; I’ll Explain

Folks: Evolution’s Missing Link Is; I’ll Explain

 

Evolution, do you believe in it, no, I do. I am a fundamentalist christian, so how can I believe in such a thing as evolution you might ask. My answer is simple, I believe in what the Bible says, what it shows us, and what so few seem to see’s. Look at the beginning of the first book, Genesis. Have you noticed the two creations, the one where man was created on the sixth day, both men and women created He (God) them? Have you noticed in the next chapter that after the Seventh day and God rested, then God created Adam and then Eve? It wasn’t until then that God made them a “living soul”. He didn’t do that with the people He created on the sixth day. Do you see there were two people’s, the Gentiles and the Royal Bloodline were created? The people that were not of the Royal Bloodline Jesus himself referred to us as “people who before this time were not a people” and Jesus also referred to us Gentiles as “dogs”.

Time, seven days, only a dummy could believe it (Scripture) is referring to man kinds literal days. Within Scripture in many places time is referred to and states that our time and God’s time “day’s” are not our day’s so why do we keep trying to make those seven days of God’s days be our days? I do not know exactly what one of God’s days are, these first six days may well have simply been six visitations from God to the overseeing of His “footstool”. When you are speaking in terms of eternity, what matter does a day possess? This “time” that we don’t grasp could be almost any amount of  time. I do believe in a lot of what science has learned but in some things they are looking for things that don’t or never existed, like the ‘Missing Links’.

There have been huge animals on this planet for millions of years yet only in about the past 150 years have we started to learn from their bones that we humans have been uncovering. Human type people have been on this planet for probably at least a few hundred thousand years, minimum. But, Adam and Eve were a little less than six thousand years ago! We gentiles have evolved, but not from monkey’s and they did not crawl out of the oceans. Science has shown that humans have evolved a lot through time and just as the Neanderthals were bred out of existence through evolution in the breeding with other early humans, “Gentiles”, we have evolved, evolution. What science will never find is their “Missing Link”, because there are several links between the gorillas and the earliest humans. But, evolution just like extension are scientific fact and where science and Scripture seem to disagree is mostly because we humans do not seem to be able to understand what the Scriptures are actually telling us.

If Christian and  Jewish people of faith would quit being blind to what God is so plainly showing us in His word, maybe we would realize that science is not our enemy and maybe the scientist would come to realize that the Word of God is a guide post for them. There are a lot of people who have never taken the Bible seriously because of Christians and Jewish people not understanding what it says themselves. We all need to come together without the hate and with open ears and eyes, we can all learn things from each other. I pray that God will continue to bless us all and cure us of our own blindness and ignorance.