Historians note that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were the primary centers of Christianity in Japan.
And history also demonstrates that the Jew -- primarily through usury-based banking -- long has wielded great influence within America.
It is no accident or coincidence that these two cities were targeted by the US with atomic weapons.
Though the unregenerate Jew portrays himself as the eternal victim, the truth of the matter is that the unregenerate Jew ever has been and ever shall be the great persecutor of Christians and the Christian Faith.
The Hebrew Masoretic Text is a counterfeit which was unknown until its publication in the 15th Century A.D.
The Ancient Hebrew Canon of the patriarchs disappeared with the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. But a century or more prior to the Incarnation, the Jews embraced the Septuagint, which is a Greek translation of the Ancient Hebrew Canon.
Jesus and the apostles authenticated the Septuagint by quoting from it. Thus, the Septuagint is a faithful representation of the Ancient Hebrew, whereas the Masoretic Text is not.
Regarding the lion and the lamb: it is (1) the wolf and the lamb, and (2) the lion and the calf and the ox, and (3) the leopard and the kid which feed together.
(1) The news article has to do with kidnapping, which is nothing other than "stealing" a person.
(2) The only passage in the Scripture which has directly to do with kidnapping is Exodus 21:16.
(3) Exodus 21:16 has in view specifically stealing for the purpose of selling -- that is, selling into slavery, even as Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers.
(4) You asked regarding the mention in Exodus 21:16 of "the children of Israel", and I explained that the Scripture does not prohibit the Israelite from buying and selling slaves, so long as the slaves are not Israelites.
While, in the long run, slaves almost invariably turn out to be a curse rather than an asset, the Scripture nonetheless does not condemn the variety of slavery which was practiced in the United States just prior to the War Between the States.
Slavery is a false issue which, a century and a half ago, was used to motivate gullible Christians to take up arms against their brethren. The same is true of abortion in the present day.
The reading of the passage reflects the fact that the Scripture does not prohibit slavery in general.
Israelites were permitted to take captives in warfare and to make slaves of them. Israelites also were permitted to purchase foreigners as slaves, and to pass them on to their children as property. Leviticus 25:45-46.
However, Israelites were not permitted to enslave fellow Israelites or to hold them as slaves.
Of course, the teaching of the Scripture regarding slavery is contrary to the teaching which almost universally is heard from the contemporary Christian Pulpit.
A century and a half ago, deceivers in the pulpits of the land persuaded many Americans to take up arms against their kinsmen over the matter of slavery. Ignorance of the Scripture can be deadly.
tim - You lie; I do not deny the bodily resurrection of Christ Jesus. You have no understanding of the Resurrection. Paul here speaks to such as you:
1 Corinthians 15:36-44 - 36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: 37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: 38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. 39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. 40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
Christians today emulate their forefathers, who demanded of Samuel a visible, earthly king, sitting upon a visible, earthly throne -- a king like the kings of other nations, II Samuel 8:1-22.
But, then as now, the King of Israel is the invisible Lord God of Israel, who reigns from Heaven. And in demanding an earthly king, these rebels reject their heavenly king and refuse to bow the knee to him.
Like the wicked Jews who, two millennia ago, disavowed their sovereign and demanded that he be put to death, John 19:15, Christians of this day cry, "We have no king but Caesar!" And they do so to their own shame, their own hurt, and their own destruction.
Were Jesus to stand today in bodily form in our midst and teach as he taught during the Incarnation, most "Christians" of this day would cry out, "Crucify him!", for the Christ they worship is a false Christ, and not the Christ of the Scripture.
The book of Revelation, together with the scheme of Dispensationalism, is a clever stratagem of Satan (that is, human government) to neutralize the Christian, by causing him to believe that implementation of the Kingdom of God lies yet in the future. But the apostolic Church understood that the reign of Christ Jesus began with his ascension and session.
The events of the Olivet Discourse took place -- all of them -- in A.D. 70. There never again shall be a physical, earthly nation Israel.
The "Israel of God" exists today and forevermore as a synonym of the Kingdom of God. Israel already has been regathered and reunited -- in the Church, the figurative body of Christ Jesus.
Sadly, Christians of this day, blinded by the false teaching which is prevalent, are sitting around, waiting for Jesus to come and set up his kingdom.
When did Satan fall? Allegorical language is used in Luke 10:17-18, as well as in prophecy. In this passage, the term Heaven represents the lofty status of government, and the term Satan (meaning adversary) depicts the adversarial nature of human government.
For all practical purposes, Satan fell from Heaven when the disciples went forth proclaiming that implementation of the Kingdom of God was imminent.
However, the actual victory of Christ over Satan did not take place until the death of Jesus as covenant sacrifice (KJV "testator") implemented the New Covenant.
The declaration, "Another is King -- Jesus" (KJV "there is another king -- Jesus"), Acts 17:5-8, is an essential element of the Gospel message; this is the understanding which is able to turn the world upside down.
tim - A man such as you who for years has lived in darkness finds painful and repugnant the glorious and wholesome light of day.
Do you not realize that truth remains truth, irrespective of those by whom it is embraced? And do you not realize that your ability to read, and your vocabulary, by which you are able to think, have been imparted to you by "the World"?
Find an old edition (the 11th is best) of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and read what it has to say regarding the book of Revelation. The articles are objective, reporting the findings of competent and devout Christian scholars.
You can go to numerous other sources to educate yourself regarding this matter, but the Britannica is scholarly and readily available, and thus likely is the best place to begin your investigation. Prove all things, I Thessalonians 5:21.
The simple fact of the matter is that the author "John" of the book of Revelation is not John the apostle. Consequently, the book of Revelation is a forgery which has no rightful place in the Canon of Scripture.
Do what the Bereans did, Acts 17:11; search the Scriptures (Old Covenant) to see whether there is agreement or conflict.
You demand "proof beyond what the world says"? You perhaps wish a sign from Heaven?
With respect to the book of Revelation, the linguistic style (in the Greek, which is not apparent in the KJV) is not a sufficient proof? or conflict with the Gospel accounts regarding the time of the reign of Christ? or the setting aside of the New Covenant? or the setting aside of the prophecies of the Olivet Discourse for a fantastic tale in which Israel continues to exist as a physical, earthly nation?
You strain out the gnat while swallowing the camel.
hranek - On what basis do you equate the Serpent with Satan?
"Satan" or "the Devil" is not an angelic creature. Satan is the personification of human government.
Angels do not sin; angels do not rebel. The entire concept of angelic rebellion is nothing other than Jewish myth, and the books that teach it -- Revelation, II Peter, and Jude -- are forgeries which have no rightful place in the Canon of Scripture.
Christians have been deluded into viewing their archenemy as a fallen angel in order to keep them from the realization that the great issue of life is government: Christ versus Caesar.
The basis for that which you are seeing in the article is explained in Romans 1:18-32.
You must understand that the hand of the Lord is behind the destruction of the traditional American way of life. This is because the Lord God is not mocked. America is experiencing the judgment of God, in every realm of life.
In the area of law and justice, the judgment is in accordance with the principle of Ezekiel 20:25: "So I gave them commandments that were not good, and ordinances in which they should not live." Read at least the whole of the 20th chapter in order to understand why God would do such a thing to his people.
The article claims that "most of Australia's 500,000 indigenous people follow the Christian faith".
But how can it be possible for someone with only a primitive vocabulary (and thus, only a primitive capacity for thought) to "follow" a Faith in which it is crucial to understand and distinguish between matters such as imputation, atonement, justification, redemption, justice, mercy, propitiation, forgiveness, etc.?
To boast that the Bible with its essential nuances of meaning has been translated accurately into the language of the Aborigines is like claiming that a dollar bill with its detailed engraving can be replicated in crayola. But perhaps there is no claim of ACCURATE translation.
A translation may have been made, but it hardly seems possible that the translation in any sense is a valid representation of the original.