Old Christian saints and modern messianics agree: Jews suffered terribly for rejecting Jesus

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“When the true Messiah comes it will not be a day of mourning for Jews – it will be a day of great rejoicing for Jews.”

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JewsKilledJesusSign“One Law” messianic was arguing to me that Jews have suffered so much because they made a terrible, huge mistake – they rejected Jesus as their messiah and god:

[When] Messiah returns, Jews will weep as one weeps for an only son (Zech 12). As hard as it may be you to believe, Gene, Jews and Judaism have also committed errors, perhaps the greatest being the rejection of the real messiah and subsequent embracing of a false messiah. Both have had disastrous consequences.

This messianic’s argument is not new at all. In fact, it’s very familiar to the Jewish people, who have heard it all before. It is, of course, found in the New Testament. But it has also been inherited from the so called Christian “saints”, who likewise argued that Jews have suffered so much because they rejected, indeed conspired to murder G-d in the form of Jesus, “G-d’s…

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East Village Church Has ‘Hands Up’

East Village church has ‘hands up’ in solidarity with Ferguson protesters

Congregants at Middle Collegiate Church raised their hands up during Sunday’s worship service, calling for justice after Michael Brown’s shooting. The position is actually an ancient gesture of prayer and supplication.

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We are calling for people of faith to peaceably protest until the officer in question is suspended ~ Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

Darren Wilson Is Cleared of Rights Violations in Ferguson Shooting – MARCH 4, 2015

Offering the most definitive account yet of the shooting of an unarmed black teenager that stirred racially charged protests across the country, the Justice Department has cleared a Ferguson, Mo., police officer of civil rights violations in the death last August of Michael Brown.

In an 86-page report released Wednesday that detailed and evaluated the testimony of more than 40 witnesses, the Justice Department largely corroborated or found little credible evidence to contradict the account of the officer, Darren Wilson, who is white.

“An East Village church has its hands up in solidarity with Michael Brown, the unarmed teen who was shot to death by a Ferguson, Mo., cop.

Members of Middle Collegiate Church assembled at the church’s altar Sunday morning, lifting their hands in the same gesture of surrender that witnesses say Brown assumed before he was hit by six bullets March 9.

“We surrender but we do not give up,” prayed Rev. Adriene Thorne during the church’s demonstration of “faithful disobedience.”

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Thorne also prayed for the safety of the young black men who are members of congregation.

“We pray … that we will not read in the paper one more week of one more brown child being shot,” Thorne said.

Centuries before the gesture became a symbol of racial tensions in Ferguson, the orans position was actually an ancient gesture of prayer. It is still used in the liturgies of some Catholic or Orthodox churches. Charismatic churches also use the gesture as a sign of supplication towards God.

Senior Minister Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis says she believes faith communities have an important role to play in racial reconciliation.

“At the core of almost every major religion is the sense of peace-making,” Lewis told The News. “It is an important part of our faith practice.”

Lewis hopes that demonstrations like this will lead to more investigation and clarity about what exactly caused Brown’s shooting.

“We are calling for people of faith to peaceably protest until the officer in question is suspended, a thorough investigation is conducted, and Michael Brown’s death is explained,” Lewis said.

In the past, Middle Collegiate Church has posed in hoodies to protest Trayvon Martin’s shooting. They have also turned guns into garden tools to speak out against gun violence.”

‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ is a False Narrative

‘HANDS UP DON’T SHOOT’ IS A LIE

‘Jesus Died For Our Sins’ is a False Narrative

Source: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

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Just look at what we are up against

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“Just look at what we are up against”

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‘Hands Up Jesus, Don’t Shoot’

‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ is a False Narrative

‘HANDS UP DON’T SHOOT’ IS A LIE

‘Jesus Died For Our Sins’ is a False Narrative

‘JESUS DIED FOR OUR SINS’ IS A LIE

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The ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ prayer position in support of Ferguson protesters. “We are calling for people of faith to peaceably protest until the officer in question is suspended, a thorough investigation is conducted, and Michael Brown’s death is explained,” Senior Minister Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis said.

In Deuteronomy 24:16 where it explicitly says that no one can die for the sins of another:

The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the father. Every man shall be put to death for his own sin. [Deuteronomy 24:16]

The whole chapter of Ezekiel 18 expands on and clarifies this principle. No one can die for someone else’s sin!

“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” has been the rallying cry of Ferguson protesters since officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown on a Missouri street last August. Brown, the “gentle giant,” was shot while trying to surrender or de-escalate his encounter with Wilson. It was an article of faith on the left, and the three networks used the phrase 140 times in their coverage of Ferguson. Now, the DOJ report and Attorney General Eric Holder have admitted that the catch phrase was based on false witness accounts.

The narrative ‘Jesus Died For Your Sins’ is a False Narrative. One of the gravest injustices perpetrated by the Nicean Roman church was its tampering with evidence, misdirecting investigations and out right fabricating a narrative to appeal to the masses. We are told, there is no need to search the evidence for ourselves because these books and records are no longer valid. I’m speaking of the Old Testament, the Tanach (the Hebrew Bible). The church told us we are under a ‘new covenant’ anything relative found in the OLD Testament Jesus fulfilled. I’m not asking you to take my word for the false narrative ‘Jesus died for your sins’, do your own DOJ investigation, ask what does G-d say about this narrative? What does the word of G-d really say, am I endangering my immortal soul as I reject contact with G-d and turn to idolatry?

The ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ narrative didn’t fit the evidence. Here’s one prime example going around social media during passover 2015.

“For indeed Christ our Passover, was sacrificed for you.The Lamb of G-d who takes away the sin of the world!”

@ChristianInst – Ancient Christianity: For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us 1 Cor1:5 ” #EuropaAfricaUS Glory2TheSacrificialLamb

Don’t take any man’s word about this narrative being false. Look around today, listen to the false narrative concerning Ferguson Missouri. Though it has been acknowledged as a lie by the US Justice Department, the story fits what people want to believe, need to believe, therefore it’s their truth regardless of the overwhelming facts to the contrary.

Become your own fact-checker on a 2000 year old false narrative, ‘did Jesus died for your sins?’ Don’t take a pastors word, he’s simply teaching what he was taught, be it from a preconceived narrative EXACTLY like the ‘stand up, don’t shoot’, do your own investigation. Ask “what does G-d say about this narrative? What is G-ds opinion…. not a priest’s, not a bible teacher’s, or some monk’s in Rome? Gather all the evidence looking at the case with fresh eyes. Remember, you have at your disposal an ample quantity of evidence, the very words of G-d! Base your findings on hard, concrete evidence and not on feelings and emotions the same way ‘stand up, don’t shoot’ advocates are victims of a lie. Deuteronomy 24:16 is not mans opinion or hearsay evidence, this is the Creator HIMSELF speaking!

I remember being fed the false narrative from the very start, “Now that you’re a new christian read your bible everyday, start in the book of John.” Sound familiar? See for yourself. Here is one of the many examples

‘The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’ verses  ‘Every man shall be put to death for his own sin.’  

The Passover Lamb had nothing to do with atonement or taking away sins of the people.

According to the New Testament Jesus was “The Lamb of God” whose bones may not be broken [a reference to the Paschal Lamb of Exodus 12:46 and Numbers 9:12]:

John 1:29(KJV) – The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith.

Behold The Lamb of G-d which taketh away the sin of the world.

John 19:36(KJV) – For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled,

A bone of him shall not be broken. According to the Torah, the Paschal Lamb was not offered for the removal of sins.

Rather, it was a festive, or commemorative, offering. Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) would have been a more appropriate time for a sin offering:

Numbers 29:11 – One young male goat for a sin offering, beside the sin offering of atonement, and the continual burnt offering, and its meal offering, and their drink offerings. [Yom Kippur – Individual sin offering]

Leviticus 16:15 – He shall then slaughter the he goat of the people’s sin offering and bring its blood inside the dividing curtain, and he shall do with its blood as he did with the blood of the bull and sprinkle it upon the cover of the ark, and before the cover of the ark. [Yom Kippur – Communal sin offering]

Helpful resources for your own evidence investigation: 

Has it occured to you that:

A) Nowhere in the Tanach does it say to believe in mashiach “or else”
B) Nowhere in the Tanach does it say that mashiach will be a hybrid god-man.
C) Nowhere in the Tanach does it say that mashiach will fulfill the law and replace it with a law of messiah.
D) Nowhere in Tanach does it say the mashiach will sacrifice himself for the sins of the world for all time.
E) Nowhere in Tanach does it say that a human sacrifice is permitted.
F) Nowhere in Tanach does it say that human vicarious atonement is permitted.
G) Nowhere in Tanach does it say that it is permissable to crown king mashiach prior to his fulfillment of ALL the messianic duties.
H) No where in Tanach does it ever say that G-d has three personages or “Triune”

Had G-d chose to teach such things, He would have EXPLICTLY and plainly said so. Just as He explictly gave us details on what is a kosher animal, how to sacrifice an animal, matters of family purity etc…When Hashem gave the law at Sinai, he was silent on all matters that Christians claim, such as G-d’s nature, form and the personage of messiah.

Hashem isnt going to then, 1500 years into the future say, I told you could do the law (Deut 30) but you CANT! I told you I was alone….but I’m NOT! I actually have a son….and he is Me! and even though I told you NOT to sacrifice your sons and daughters, like the baal worhsipers….I am going to sacrifice my human son….who is really me.

I will kill him (myself) on a wooden stick by suffocation. He will not be required to be slaughtered per the Torah, his blood not sprinkled on the altar, his fat and ofal not burned and in fact, he will be placed in a tomb, alone and I will raise him (myself)…even though I never taught you any of this…you must accept it or be thrown into the pits of hell.

These are obviously BIG, HUGE concepts that had they been part of Hashems revelation to mankind, would have been given at Sinai. Otherwise, as Christians have done, they have made G-d a liar (G-d forbid) who decieves His people and who changes the paradigm midstream.

This is not the G-d of the Tanach. The Christian paradigm in the god of Rome….everyone of the new aspects of the Gospel can be found in Grecco-Roman paganism but NOT in Jewish doctrine.

Eating a god-man’s flesh and drinking his blood…pagan.
A hybrid god-man….pagan.
A virgin birth….pagan.
A resurrected savior…pagan.
Miracles by the god-man…pagan.”

Sources: [1] http://outreachjudaism.org/jesus-death-atone-for-sin/

                [2]  http://thejewishhome.org/counter/JCSacrifice.pdf

List of  Helpful Resources:

One person’s death cannot atone for the sins of another.

http://www.whatjewsbelieve.org/explanation1.html

1000 Verses

https://yourphariseefriend.wordpress.com/2010/08/31/1000-verses/

Outreach Judaism

https://outreachjudaism.org/

Jews for Judaism

https://jewsforjudaism.org/

Rabbi Michael Skobac

http://www.simpletoremember.com/

Jono Vandor

http://www.truth2u.org/

Jason SpiritualBabies

http://spiritualbabies.net/

Shlomo Phillips

http://www.allfaith.com/

wil’Liam Scott Hall

www.tenaktalk.com

Pathways Radio

http://www.pathwaysradio.com/

Menashe Walsh

https://menashedovid1.wordpress.com/

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Parents Stunned When Middle School Son Taught ‘Allah is the One True God’

by Top Right News

Parents of a boy enrolled in Manhattan Beach Middle School are pulling their son out of class because the school is teaching children the tents of Islam, Los Angeles news station KTLA reports.

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Schools in Mansfield, Texas are FORCING students to take FEDERALLY MANDATED Arabic language and Muslim culture classes!

The father said, “The audacity of this school, to think that they can sit these children down and teach ’em whatever religion they please; it’s preposterous. This is illegal, basically. You can’t teach religion in schools any more, but apparently, in this particular school, at least, that’s not the case.”

Parents said they discovered that what their children were learning about Islam was more about the tenets of the faith than the history of the religion, according to KTLA.  One question asked the students to write down teachings from the Koran.

Notice that the students are not taught about the violent history of Islam, the killings of hundreds of thousands who would not convert, the subjugation of other faiths, the persecution of women, who for example are required to produce 5 male witnesses to prove crimes such as rape, and are required to wear burkas. None of this is taught, just the religious “tenets” of Islam.

The father continued, “What I saw written in these bubbles was, ‘The one true God, Allah’ in one of the bubbles. In one of the other bubbles was ‘All people must submit to Allah,’ in another bubble. The I turned the page over and I see the five pillars of Islam.”

Outrageous, and illegal. WATCH:

And such indoctrination seems to be on the rise across America. In just the past few weeks we’ve reported on: a Nation of Islam pamphlet telling 3rd graders America’s Founding Fathers were racists.  A high school girl forced to produce propaganda promoting Islam to younger students.  And a U.S. Marine dad being banned from his daughter’s school for objecting to her school’s “teaching” of Islam.

The parents assert that the students should be taught the history behind the religions, whether it is Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, or others, but not the tenets of the faith.

Father: “Can you imagine the outcry all over this country if children were bringing home paperwork that asked them to write down John 3:16, or asked them to write down the 10 Commandments?

Mother: “And if it ended with the Declaration of the Faith, Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior? That’s what the equivalent, I mean, part of us, for our son? We’d be happy about that.” 

Father: “But some parents may not be.” 

The parents talked to the principal, but the school refused to change the schoolwork, prompting the parents to remove their son from the class. The school would not respond to questions from KTLA.

As soon as KTLA reported this story, the radical Muslim Brotherhood group Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), attacked the family as Muslim-haters for merely objecting to this clearly illegal “lessons”:

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CAIR doesn’t have to worry. They can be sure the other children will not be taught about its radical connections to terrorists, such as CAIR being named an “un-indicted conspirator” in a the largest terrorism trial in U.S. history, after which the FBI cut ties with them.

If you disagree with Manhattan Beach Middle Schools forced indoctrination of students in Islam, you can call them at: 310 545-4878, or email Principal John Jackson HERE

If your child’s school presents an unbalanced view of Islam, let me know at:Tips@TopRightNews.com.

Source: http://toprightnews.com

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Parents Stunned When Middle School Son Taught ‘Allah is the One True God’

by Top Right News

Parents of a boy enrolled in Manhattan Beach Middle School are pulling their son out of class because the school is teaching children the tents of Islam, Los Angeles news station KTLA reports.

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Schools in Mansfield, Texas are FORCING students to take FEDERALLY MANDATED Arabic language and Muslim culture classes!

The father said, “The audacity of this school, to think that they can sit these children down and teach ’em whatever religion they please; it’s preposterous. This is illegal, basically. You can’t teach religion in schools any more, but apparently, in this particular school, at least, that’s not the case.”

Parents said they discovered that what their children were learning about Islam was more about the tenets of the faith than the history of the religion, according to KTLA.  One question asked the students to write down teachings from the Koran.

Notice that the students are not taught about the violent history of Islam, the killings of hundreds of thousands who would not convert, the subjugation of other faiths, the persecution of women, who for example are required to produce 5 male witnesses to prove crimes such as rape, and are required to wear burkas. None of this is taught, just the religious “tenets” of Islam.

The father continued, “What I saw written in these bubbles was, ‘The one true God, Allah’ in one of the bubbles. In one of the other bubbles was ‘All people must submit to Allah,’ in another bubble. The I turned the page over and I see the five pillars of Islam.”

Outrageous, and illegal. WATCH:

And such indoctrination seems to be on the rise across America. In just the past few weeks we’ve reported on: a Nation of Islam pamphlet telling 3rd graders America’s Founding Fathers were racists.  A high school girl forced to produce propaganda promoting Islam to younger students.  And a U.S. Marine dad being banned from his daughter’s school for objecting to her school’s “teaching” of Islam.

The parents assert that the students should be taught the history behind the religions, whether it is Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, or others, but not the tenets of the faith.

Father: “Can you imagine the outcry all over this country if children were bringing home paperwork that asked them to write down John 3:16, or asked them to write down the 10 Commandments?

Mother: “And if it ended with the Declaration of the Faith, Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior? That’s what the equivalent, I mean, part of us, for our son? We’d be happy about that.” 

Father: “But some parents may not be.” 

The parents talked to the principal, but the school refused to change the schoolwork, prompting the parents to remove their son from the class. The school would not respond to questions from KTLA.

As soon as KTLA reported this story, the radical Muslim Brotherhood group Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), attacked the family as Muslim-haters for merely objecting to this clearly illegal “lessons”:

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CAIR doesn’t have to worry. They can be sure the other children will not be taught about its radical connections to terrorists, such as CAIR being named an “un-indicted conspirator” in a the largest terrorism trial in U.S. history, after which the FBI cut ties with them.

If you disagree with Manhattan Beach Middle Schools forced indoctrination of students in Islam, you can call them at: 310 545-4878, or email Principal John Jackson HERE

If your child’s school presents an unbalanced view of Islam, let me know at:Tips@TopRightNews.com.

Source: http://toprightnews.com

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The Language of the future? Schools in Mansfield, Texas are FORCING students to take FEDERALLY MANDATED Arabic language and Muslim culture classes!

“Learning Arabic will help your children gain jobs in the oil and gas industry, state department, and many multi-national corporations.”

REMEMBER WHEN ENGLISH WAS THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE OF THE WORLD?

“The new Arabic language-immersion magnet will have two pre-kindergarten and two kindergarten classes “that focus on Modern Standard Arabic,” KPRC-2 Houston reported. The district told the news outlet it intended to add a new grade level each year as students move up to the fifth grade. Arabic is the second most common foreign language spoken at home in the school district, according to KPRC-2.”

The Houston Independent School District (ISD) will be adding its first Arabic Language Immersion Magnet School in Fall 2015. The district’s Board of Education voted unanimously to approve plans for the new specialty public school campus at its November 13 meeting.

In response to the vote, Houston ISD Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier said in a district news release, “Houston is one of the world’s leading energy capitals and it has strong economic ties to the Middle East.”

He added, “Those factors combine to create a significant demand in our city for Arabic language fluency — and we want to meet that demand.”

The new Arabic language-immersion magnet will have two pre-kindergarten and two kindergarten classes “that focus on Modern Standard Arabic,” KPRC-2 Houston reported.

The district told the news outlet it intended to add a new grade level each year as students move up to the fifth grade.

Arabic is the second most common foreign language spoken at home in the school district, according to KPRC-2.

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The Approval of Arabic Immersion Magnet School (E-1) document in the board meeting packet underscored a “significant demand for Arabic language training, both from families with Arabic ethnic cities and from members of other ethnic groups who simply want their children to grow up fully bilingual with valuable and rare language skills in an increasingly competitive global economy.”

It stated, “Houston is home to more than 75,000 Arab-Americans.”

Houston ranked ninth in cities with vibrant Arab-American populations in 2010, according to the Houston Chronicle, although the newspaper recently reported more conservative numbers than what was presented at the board meeting.

“The greater Houston region has seen its Arabic-speaking population grow by more than a third since 2009, to 23,300 people last year,” according to the Houston Chronicle on November 13.

Also, in Top 10 Home Languages of HISD Students, the Houston Chronicle reported Arabic reflected 1.3% or 855 students. Spanish topped the list at 92% or 58,365 students.

KRTK-13 also reported lower statistics in late August when the school district was “working in conjunction with the Arab American Cultural and Community Center to recruit Arabic-speaking volunteers for the district’s 754 students whose first language was Arabic to serve an influx of “refugees from Iraq, Egypt and Syria, whose families fled violence and ongoing conflict.”

The 2014 Social, Economic and Demographic Characteristics of Metro Houston prepared by the Greater Houston Partnership Research Department did not account for Arabic as a language spoken at home in its report (p. 13) nor did it address Arab-American population growth. It did project that by 2044, Hispanic growth would eclipse all other ethnic groups combined.

The report identified Arab as an ancestry for 0.7% or 41,653 people as part of the current Houston-Sugar Land- Baytown, TX Metro area based on the 2013 American Community Survey of a 6,313,158 total population. By comparison, 51,145 people of Czech ancestry were listed as 0.8% of the population.

Their findings were based on statistics from the US Census Bureau, the Texas State Data Center, and the Houston-Galveston Area Council.

Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion Magnet School at full capacity with an even smaller demographic of native language speakers. The Houston Chronicle’s Top 10 Home Languages of HISD Students identified Mandarin Chinese speakers as 0.5% or 319 members of the student population.

Houston ISD also has two Spanish dual language programs at Emersonand Helms elementary schools. The district plans to grow the program.

Similarly, Dallas ISD serves its diverse population with Spanish bilingual learning pre-K to grade 5.

The Houston ISD release said that research showed long-term academic and social benefits from students learning new languages. They claimed that studying a foreign language enhances students’ analytical skills, memory and creativity.

“It also helps students gain a more profound understanding of their own culture and develop a more positive attitude toward other cultures. Speaking more than one language also make students more valuable in the workforce,” the district added.

Preliminary Arabic language immersion magnet partners may include the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Houston, and “other key community groups such as the US/Arab Chamber of Commerce” noted in the board meeting agenda documents.

Houston ISD accounted for 213,000 students . The Examiner reportedthe district’s student population at nearly 211,000.

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Magnet schools are public school programs.  Houston ISD applied for and was awarded Magnet School Assistance Program (MSAP) three-year grants from the US Department of Education including $11.4 million grant in 2010 and $12 million in 2013 for language immersion and STEM-centric learning, all part of the workforce ready, college and career tracks to build “human capital in the classroom” according to theHouston ISD 2012-13 Annual Report.

Houston ISD is the largest school district in Texas and the seventh largest in the United States. The district website lists student demographics as 61.9% Hispanic, 25.2% African American, 3.5% Asian, and 8.2% White; 80.4% are economically disadvantaged and 100 languages are spoken.

In 2013, Houston ISD applied for and won the Fed Led Ed competitionRace To the Top – District (RTTT-D), a backdoor for school districts to participate in states like Texas which did not apply for RTTT funding.

Houston ISD’s five-year, $30 million grant is from the US Department of Education, which promotes workforce readiness through College and Career Readiness Standards & Assessments and the Common Core, the latter which Texas did not adopt, although Breitbart Texas has reported on incidences of Common Core materials coming into Texas classrooms.

The district won RTTT-D for Linked Learning, a college and career driven project and TEKS-based learning program that brings “the career into the classroom” according to the district’s annual report.

Breitbart Texas contacted Houston ISD to inquire further about language immersion magnets. An interim PR spokeswoman was not able to answer our questions before press time. [1]

Schools in Mansfield, Texas are FORCING students to take FEDERALLY MANDATED Arabic Language and Muslim culture classes.

WHY ENGLISH HAS BECOME THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE OF THE WORLD

The English language is considered as a universal language, mainly because it is the most spoken language worldwide.

Through out history, people have had to communicate to each other, whether it be for business, for hunting, or for fighting… From the very beginning of human civilization it has always been the main international language used, originally established for the dominant civilization; the Latin language was expanded by the Roman Empire, the French language became popular for the Napoleon conquests, and finally the English language from the UK expansion and the incursion of USA as the first world power, and it’s basically through all the conquests, the commerce, the religion, the education and the technology that English has became the first language worldwide.

One of the reasons why it’s the universal language is because it’s the ‘business language’. For example if a company is dealing with a foreign company with a different mother tongue, they will use the English, the universal language to communicate to each other.

English is the main language of these countries where there is lots of languages spoken, like in India where more than 700 languages are spoken by their local people.

English is also one of the most studied language all across the world, most of the countries teach it as a second language from primary school.

As per the statistics, it said that the English language is one of the easiest languages to learn, if we compare it with languages like Chinese, German, French and even Spanish.

Worldwide we see that most of the communication sources, information and material sold or given to us are in English, for example: films, TV shows, music, documentaries, popular brands, etc….

It is such an important language worldwide, that 80% of the information that we find in the internet is in English, take this into consideration because the internet is one the most used and effective sources of communication across the world. [2]

Debate is loud, long in Irving on state’s foreign-law bill

Aminah Hamed (middle) and Sami Hamed stand while a resident speaks against Texas House Bill 562, and while Sherry Mecom waves a U.S. flag from her seat during a city council meeting at Irving City Hall on April 2, 2015. Two rival community groups spoke out on the statehouse bill widely believed to target Islamic influence in America. Since City Council voted to endorse the bill, disputes about religious freedom, bigotry, crimes and the Constitution have spread from Irving all the way to the Capitol.

IRVING —  [Published: 02 April 2015] — American flags and headscarves sprouted from a packed crowd Thursday at City Hall as dozens of people spoke out on last month’s City Council vote to back a state bill that many think targets Muslims.

But uproars, outbursts and police quickly interrupted the long stream of public speeches alternately about religious bigotry or defense of the U.S. Constitution.

“Islam’s goal is to immigrate, assimilate and annihilate,” Paris Bahcall told the council — one of several residents to echo conspiracy theories that Muslims plan to take over U.S. courts and culture.

“That is offensive!” Laith Albataineh cried from his seat.

Bahcall finished her speech to widespread applause as police escorted Albataineh outside for his outburst.

“We’re engineers. We’re in the FBI. We’re in the armed forces,” Albataineh pleaded to the officers. “We’re not some freaking aliens.”

Muslim groups and other opponents of the bill had planned the night to protest the council vote, which endorses a bill by state Rep. Jeff Leach, R-Plano, that would forbid judges to use foreign law in their rulings, a practice that is already illegal.

Although the bill does not mention religion, Leach has singled out a Dallas-based Islamic mediation panel — often misrepresented as a Muslim court — as a problem the bill will solve.

Local mosque leaders say the controversy has prompted numerous threats in the last two weeks.

But the protesters at City Hall were overwhelmed by supporters of Mayor Beth Van Duyne, who has accused Muslim leaders of using the mediation panel to bypass U.S. laws.

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Reports of threats

Throughout the night, speeches alternated between attacks and defenses of Leach’s bill.

“You can say House Bill 562 is not targeting a particular religion until you’re blue in the face,” said Alia Salem, who directs the North Texas chapter of the Council for American-Islamic Relations. “Our community has had to endure death threats, ethnic and religious slurs at the hands of your resolution.”

The Islamic Center of Irving has passed on to police and the FBI about a half-dozen threatening emails, letters and phone calls since last month’s council vote, mosque leaders said.

“We have lots of kids in the school, so we’re worried,” said Abderraoof Alkhawaldeh, the center’s director.

In an interview, mosque leaders said they were trying to step back from the firestorm.

“I don’t want to turn this into the center vs. the mayor or the Muslim community vs. the mayor,” Alkhawaldeh said.

Irving police have opened a harassment investigation. But when Van Duyne asked the police chief about the allegations of threats at Thursday’s meeting, he said none appeared to be criminal.

Mayor on Facebook

Van Duyne has portrayed herself on Facebook as a victim of the dispute.

“Recent events have put me under attack and I need your help now!” the mayor posted last week, with a link to her political fundraising site.

Asked who was attacking her, Van Duyne pointed to the media — including a Dallas Morning News report that labeled her “a hero among a fringe movement that believes Muslims … are plotting to take over American culture and courts.”

“Some in the news media say sticking up for our Constitution means we are part of a ‘fringe movement,’” she posted on Facebook this week. “As an elected official, when you swear an Oath to protect and defend the Constitution, you better back your words with action.”

Van Duyne’s support for the House bill emerged from her public criticism in February of the mediation panel, which offers to settle disputes according to the Islamic Shariah code, in compliance with U.S. laws.

The voluntary, nonbinding panel appears no different from those that Christian and Jewish groups have operated in the United States. But in a February interview, Van Duyne called it a “separate court” with “separate laws” that threatened constitutional rights.

Her Facebook page overflows with praise from across the country, lauding the mayor and linking to headlines like: “Texas Mayor Shuts Down ‘Shariah Court’ in Heroic Way.”

When a resident read anti-Muslim comments Thursday that had been posted to Van Duyne’s Facebook page, the mayor interrupted him to make sure the audience knew they weren’t her words.

Will debate die down?

On Wednesday, state Reps. Kenneth Sheets and Matt Rinaldi argued late into the night with the Islamic Center of Irving’s imam over whether he once demanded that the mayor apologize for her public statements.

Van Duyne interjected to accuse the imam, Zia Sheikh, of falsely claiming to be a lawyer on an early website for the mediation panel.

“That’s against the law,” the mayor posted on Twitter.

“I’m waiting to be arrested for apparently breaking the law,” Sheikh shot back.

He raised doubts that the debate over the House bill will die down soon.

He said groups were already organizing to turn out Muslims in May’s elections, when City Council members Brad LaMorgese and Tom Spink — who voted with Van Duyne to support the the state bill — will face re-election.

“They’ll advise the community to vote in a certain direction,” Sheikh said. “I’m sure they’ll have their say.”

After an hour and a half Thursday, everyone who signed up to speak on the dispute had had their say.

The mayor — who had urged respect during the night’s occasional outbursts — thanked them for speaking up and turned to other matters on the agenda.

“We’re going to go ahead and continue with the work of the city,” she said. [3]

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Mohammad Bari prays outside Irving City Hall during a council meeting where many residents gathered to speak out on Texas House Bill 562.

Source: 1. http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2014/11/16/arabic-immersion-school-coming-to-texas/

2. https://marketingworldchoice.wordpress.com/2013/08/08/why-english-has-become-the-universal-language-of-the-world/

3. http://www.dallasnews.com/news/

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“St. Gennaro’s Blood Relic Miraculously Liquefies In The Presence Of Pope Francis In Naples”

The blood relic of St. Gennaro, patron saint of Naples, today miraculously liquefied in the presence of Pope Francis, the first time the miracle has occured in the presence of a pontiff since 1848.

“His blood has half-liquefied,” the Archbishop of Naples, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, said at the conclusion of Pope Francis’ address to diocesan priests and religious in the city’s cathedral. “It’s a sign that St. Gennaro loves the Pope, who is Neapolitan like us.”

Pope Francis immediately and lightheartedly replied: “The archbishop said the blood is half-liquefied. It means the saint loves us halfway. We all have to convert a little more so that he loves us more.”

Today’s wondrous occurance knows just one precedent. It is the first time St. Gennaro’s blood relic has liquefied in the presence of a pontiff since the miracle occurred in the presence of Pope Pius IX in 1848.

Pius IX was the longest-reigning elected pope in the history of the Catholic Church (31 years). He convened the First Vatican Council, which decreed papal infallibility; defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, meaning that Mary was conceived without original sin; and he was the last Pope to rule as the sovereign of the papal states which fell to the Italian army in 1870.

Fleeing the Mazzini riots in 1848, Pope Pius IX was rescued by a ship sent by Francis II of Bourbon, who took him to the Royal Palace of Portici. The Pope expressed his desire to go to the Cathedral of Naples. There the miracle of St. Gennaro occurred in his presence.

As a token of his gratitude, the pontiff donated a golden chalice to the cathedral in the saint’s honor. The chalice is today numbered among the “Ten Wonders of the Treasure of St. Gennaro.”

As Cardinal Sepe today announced the miracle, in the adjacent streets people could be heard shouting with neapolitan passion: “It’s a miracle, it’s a miracle!”

In fact, the mysterious liquefying of the blood relic has rarely occurred outside the “canonical” date. The dried blood of St. Gennaro, which is preserved in two glass phials in the Naples Cathedral, traditionally liquefies three times a year: on the saint’s September 19 feast, which commemorates his martyrdom in the Catholic liturgical calendar; December 16, the date of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 1631, which was believed to have been halted through the saint’s intervention; and the Saturday before the first Sunday in May.

St. Gennaro was bishop of Naples and is a saint and martyr of the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches. Historical sources claim he was martyred in the year 305 during the Diocletian persecution.

According to legend, St. Gennaro’s blood was saved by a woman called Eusebia just after his death. The practice of gathering blood for relics was a common practice beginning in the days of persecution when the early Christians soaked cloths in the blood shed by martyrs or, if possible, actually collected the liquid in flasks to keep as devotional items. In the catacombs these flasks were buried with the dead. Their discovery indicated that the person had died a martyr.

After his meeting with priests and consecrated religious in the Naples cathedral, Pope Francis will greet the sick in the Basilica of Gesù, followed by a meeting with young people on the Caracciolo sea-front.

Diane Montagna is Rome correspondent for Aleteia’s English edition.

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“It is in place to note that according to the Jewish Bible, no miracle, not even a resurrection, can justify Jesus’ claims for divinity – Deuteronomy 13:2-6

“Rome, Italy, Mar 21, 2015 / 01:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While Pope Francis was giving some advice to the religious, priests and seminarians of Naples on Saturday, a miracle occurred: a vial of dried blood from a fourth century saint liquefied.
This stunning but locally known and accepted phenomenon is said to happen three times a year: May 1, Sept. 19, which is the saint’s feast day, and Dec. 16.
The last time this occured with a Pope was in 1848 with Pius IX. It didn’t happen when St. John Paul II visited the city in October of 1979, or when Benedict XVI went in October of 2007.
The blood belongs to St. Januarius, Patron of Naples and former bishop and martyr of the city, whose bones are also preserved in the cathedral. He’s believed to have been martyred during the infamous persecution of Christians during the rule of the Roman emperor Diocletian, who retired in 305.
On March 21, at the end of the meeting with priests, religious and seminarians in the cathedral of Naples, the Pope gave a blessing with the relic. When received by the cardinal of the diocese, Crescenzio Sepe, the blood was still solid on one side of the vial.
When Pope Francis returned the reliquary, the cardinal told him: “It seems that St. Januarius loves the Pope, because the blood is already half liquefied.”
For the miracle to occur, it’s necessary to wait several minutes before the dried, red-colored mass confined to one side of the reliquary becomes blood that covers the entire glass.
Francis quipped in response: “you can see that the saint only loves us a little. We have to convert more,” drawing laughter from those within earshot.”

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Judge Not

Christianity claims to be the only path to salvation before God. Many individual Christian denominations take this claim one step further with the assertion that this path leads exclusively through membership in their particular church.

This claim is not unique to Christianity. Many religions lay claim to exclusive possession of the way to eternal reward. What is different about Christianity is that its claim is refuted through its own accusation against Judaism. Christianity’s claim to exclusivity is internally inconsistent and self-contradictory – in a word: hypocritical.

You see, Christianity acknowledges that before the advent of Jesus, the Jewish people enjoyed a unique relationship with God. Judaism does not claim that the path to God is limited to membership in the Jewish community. According to Judaism, any human being who acknowledges his or her debt to the Creator, and lives a life in line with the conscience that God planted into our hearts, will be rewarded by God. But Judaism does claim that the Jewish people stand in a special relationship with God as a chosen nation.

Christianity contends that the Jewish people forfeited this singular standing before God. I will allow Matthew’s Jesus to present the position of the Church.

“Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:
And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.
Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.

But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.
But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.
And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.
When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?
They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.
Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.” (Matthew 21:33-43)

The meaning of the parable is obvious. The owner of the vineyard is God, the husbandman is the Jewish people, the son is Jesus, and the “nation bringing fruits thereof” is the Christian Church. According to Matthew’s Jesus, killing the “son” warranted that the kingdom of God be taken from the Jews.

Let us now see how Christianity fares according to the judgment it pronounced against Judaism.

We will note that there are many extenuating factors that mitigate the alleged guilt of the Jews in the death of Jesus;

Even according to the biased narrative of the Christian Scriptures, it was not the Jews who killed Jesus, it was the Romans.

The number of Jews that could have been involved in his death had to be minuscule. The majority of Jews that were alive then could not all have been in that place at that one point in time.

Even those Jews who might have been involved in his death could not be considered representatives of Judaism as a belief system. The core texts of Judaism do not preach hatred against Jesus. On the contrary, the Jewish Scriptures that were venerated by the Jewish people of the time, devote more space to the castigation of the Jewish nation than they do in criticism of her enemies.

The hateful and sinister motivations attributed by Matthew’s Jesus to the Jewish people (-“This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.”) is contradicted by John. According to Matthew, the Jews recognize that Jesus is “the heir” and their motivation for killing him was to “seize on his inheritance”. According to John the Jews were motivated to move against Jesus because they considered him a blasphemer (John 10:33), and feared that his activities will provoke the Romans to take action against the larger community (John 11:48).

Even the Christians, who accept Jesus’ claims, must acknowledge there was no way that the Jews could have known, before the alleged resurrection, that Jesus was who he claimed to be. Matthew’s Jesus declares that the generation will be given no sign except for his pending resurrection (Matthew 16:4). Thus before his alleged resurrection, the people had no way of clearly and conclusively verifying his claims. (It is in place to note that according to the Jewish Bible, no miracle, not even a resurrection, can justify Jesus’ claims for divinity – Deuteronomy 13:2-6.)

Still and all, despite all of these mitigating factors, Christianity asserts that the Jewish people have had “the kingdom of God” taken from them because they killed someone who claimed to be God’s son.

Let us now see how Christianity has dealt with the one who is explicitly identified by the Jewish Bible as God’s firstborn son. The Jewish Scriptures repeatedly and openly declare that the Jewish people are God’s children, His firstborn son (Exodus 4:22, Deuteronomy 14:1, Jeremiah 31:8).

How did the Church treat God’s firstborn son?

A cursory glance at Church history reveals that the Church poisoned the minds of mankind against the Jewish people. They oppressed, tortured and killed millions of Jews from the days of Constantine until the holocaust.

None of the extenuating factors that mitigate the guilt of the Jews in the death of Jesus apply to the guilt of Christendom in the persecution of the Jew.

It was the Christians and the Church themselves who persecuted and killed countless Jews.

The number of Christians involved in these crimes reach the millions over the centuries.

The core texts of Christianity preach this very hatred of God’s firstborn son, and the greatest scholars in Church history understood the texts to mean precisely what they say – that the Jews are no less than the children of the devil.

The motive that the Church had to persecute the Jews is obvious to every student of history. The Church was attempting to seize the inheritance of the Jewish people. They wanted the blessings that God had promised to the Jewish people, and the fact that the Jews were still claiming those blessings, and the fact that their claim is more credible than the claim of the Church, was a thorn in their side.

The Church was in possession of all of the evidence that is necessary to prove that the Jewish people are truly God’s son; namely the Jewish Bible.

So, if the Jewish people had “the kingdom of God taken from them” because of the death of Jesus, what happens to the Church for the death of millions of Jews?

Oh, I forgot the excuses. “Those weren’t real Christians, those murderers cannot be considered true representatives of the Church, “real Christians” helped and saved Jews etc.”

All of these excuses, and more are applicable to the Jewish people in relation to the death of Jesus. But Matthew’s Jesus brushes all of these excuses aside and passes his harsh judgment against the Jewish people of all generations. If these excuses are not accepted by Matthew’s Jesus, they cannot work for the Church.

According to the Church’s own judgment, they cannot be the exclusive masters of the “kingdom of God”. If a one time act took the kingdom away from the entirety of the Jewish people, then 2000 years of widespread persecution should have done the same for the Church.

The judgment that Matthew’s Jesus pronounces against the Jewish people condemns the Christian Church and effectively nullifies her theological claims.

Source: https://yourphariseefriend.wordpress.com

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THE ONE WHO BELIEVES Mi Shemaamin | מי שמאמין

“No other army praises Hashem in the middle of a battle like this!”

THE ONE WHO BELIEVES

Every place, all the time
The old and young has
Beautiful and less beautiful days
Among them answers to all the questions

There is one mighty God
He gives us everything in this world
Between darkness to a sun beam
We only need to choose the path

It is known life is a gift
All is expected and is allowed

The one who believes is not afraid
To lose faith
We all have the King of the universe
Who guards us from it all

This nation is a family
One and one more is the secret of success
The nation of Israel will never give up
We will always stay on the map

It is known life is a gift
All is expected and is allowed

The one who believes is not afraid
To lose faith
We all have the King of the universe
Who guards us from it all

Bechol makom kol hazmna
Yesh lechulanu migadol ve’ad katan
Yamim yafim vegam pachot
Uvenehem tshuva lechol hashe’elot

Yesh Elohim echad gadol
Hu ba’olam haze noten lanu hakol
Ben afela lekeren or
Et hanativ anachnu rak tzrichim livchor

Veze yadu’a hachayim hem matana
Hakol tzafuy veharashut netuna

Mi shema’amin lo mefached
Et ha’emuna le’abed
Velanu yesh et melech ha’olam
Vehu shomer otanu mikulam

Ha’am haze hu mishpacha
Echad ve’od echad ze sod ha’atzlacha
Am Israel lo yevater
Tamid al hamapa anachnu nisha’er

Veze yadu’a hachayim hem matana
Hakol tzafuy veharashut netuna

Mi shema’amin lo mefached
Et ha’emuna le’abed
Velanu yesh et melech ha’olam
Vehu shomer otanu mikulam

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“Changed Lives” – A Letter from Jim

Dear …

I understand that your life may have changed in remarkable ways since you came to believe in Jesus. But I am not sure why you think this amounts to proof of anything. Many people put their faith in untrue systems and have big changes in their life. Many Mormons, for example, find that their lives are much improved by their newfound religious faith. Also, like Christians, they believe that a personal experience has verified for them the verity of their faith—they appeal to burning in the bosom.

And of course this is not limited to Mormons. Muslims have big life changes. So do Hindus and Buddhists. Even New Agers can have significant life improvements through their faith in the power of crystals, body energies, and other forces of the imagination.

I hardly think you hold them all to be true, because of the improvements in their lives.

So how does this happen? How do all of these people change their lives through the power of belief? I argue that what happens is a placebo effect, which is one reason the same faith will “work” for one and not for another. It is not that they are equally credible; they cannot all be true with their conflicting claims. Rather, like a sugar pill which alleviates pain because of a person’s certitude that he is taking a pain reliever, one, who previously felt himself helpless before his appetites, when he believes he has found spiritual help, is often able to overcome his appetites and change his life for the better.

An interesting documentary, called Kumare’, illustrates this point. The filmmaker wanted to show that religion is a sham, and that people are able to improve their own lives. He posed as a guru, growing his hair and beard, adopting an accent, and teaching yoga. People believed that he was a “holy man” and began to come to him for spiritual enlightenment. They hoped he could help them improve their lives. He taught them a meditation techniques where they passed a blue energy from one to the other, an object of the imagination that he invented. And, they believed that they actually were passing along this blue energy. And he told them they had the power to change.

As time went on, he got a core following. They really believed in him. They believed his spiritual teachings brought them enlightenment and changed their lives. But it was all made up. The point was that they had the power to change themselves the entire time. When he finally revealed the truth to them, a few were angry and left. Most were fascinated. But the point is, he invented a “spirituality” that seemed to improve one’s life. However, it was not true. The blue light was a fiction. They only imagined this spiritual energy.

But it appeared to be real to them. They were searching for something and they found it. Unfortunately, they were not searching for truth; so they did not find that. And the enlightenment they found turned out to be a product of their fruitful imaginations. They had attached themselves to fantasy.

Torah does not bring one to fantasy. It empowers the person through expectation, not through imagination. HaShem tells Cain that he can overcome sin. He does not need special intervention to live a good life. The Torah also commands the Jewish people to circumcise their hearts. I believe this means that one should bring his desires in line with the correct path. He should not fantasize about things that are inappropriate and degrading to the human being. He should not wish that he could violate the Torah. He must constantly bring his desires in line with the Torah, with the teachings of His Creator and Master.

Unfortunately, people sometimes feel powerless before their own desires. They desire a shortcut to happiness and personal improvement. They desire to be rescued from themselves. And when this happens, they are more easily influenced to embrace false religions. And, when they feel that the religion has given them the easy answer they desire, they become convinced of its verity. However, they are mistaken. They have not submitted themselves to Truth.

Christianity, in its many guises, has relieved man of personal responsibility. It has denied the value of man, that he can choose the good and refuse the evil. Torah tells us that the Law is not too hard to keep. And if we falter, it beckons us to return to God and His Torah.

Christianity offers an excuse to the sinner. It lies to him, convincing him that he could never have kept the Torah. It enforces his feeling of powerlessness, and tells him that it is all right. Someone has taken care of things for him. To this individual, he feels indebted and devotes himself to him. But this error is tremendous. The Torah was never beyond his reach, and the excuse offered to him by the followers of Jesus only convinces him of the futility of following God.

It is no proof of religious truth that it has changed your life. Many lives have been changed by religions you hold to be false. You do not hold them all equally true. The Truth will not be found by abandoning oneself to a sense of hopelessness or the search for easy answers. The Truth requires investigation and thought. Your life may very well be better, and I am glad for you that it is. But that does not make Christianity true, any more than Mormonism is true.

Jim

Source: https://yourphariseefriend.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/changed-lives-a-letter-from-jim/

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“It is no proof of religious truth that it has changed your life. “

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