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Thursday, January 23, 2014
"The first photo of the full Shroud of Turin was taken in 1898 by Secondo Pia. It shows the surprising feature that the image on the negative was clearer than the positive image."
The photo of Jesus at the top of the post is the below negative image taken with the Helmut negative film app. set on color negative. The result was then single color filtered via Aviary. If you look at the top image for a minute or two you will note it is actually a positive image. Note particularly the lips and left eye. (Viewer's perspective)
So, how do I know this is the actual face of Jesus when radiocarbon dating puts the age of the Shroud of Turin at the late 1300's? There was a fire in the 1500's that damaged the shroud and altered the true date of the Shroud. The best proof, however, is the Sudarium of Oviedo. this was the face cloth that covered Jesus and it's provenance is not in question:
"The experiments with the model head and the study of the stains also show that when the man died his head was tilted seventy degrees forward and twenty degrees to the right. This position further suggests that the man whose face the sudarium covered died crucified.
There are smaller bloodstains at the side of the main group. It would appear that the sudarium was pinned to the back of the dead man's head, and that these spots of blood were from small sharp objects, which would logically be the thorns that caused this type of injury all over Jesus' head.
The medical studies are not the only ones that have been carried out on the sudarium. Dr. Max Frei analysed pollen samples taken from the cloth, and found species typical of Oviedo, Toledo, North Africa and Jerusalem. This confirms the historical route described earlier. There was nothing relating the cloth to Constantinople, France, Italy or any other country in Europe.
An international congress was held in Oviedo in 1994, where various papers were presented about the sudarium. Dr. Frei's work with pollen was confirmed, and enlarged on. Species of pollen called "quercus caliprimus" were found, both of which are limited to the area of Palestine.
Residues of what is most probably myrrh and aloe have also been discovered, mentioned directly in the gospel of john, 19:39-40, "Nicodemus came as well...and he brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes...They took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, following the Jewish burial custom."
The stains were also studied from the point of view of anthropology. The conclusion was that the face that had been in contact with the sudarium had typically Jewish features, a prominent nose and pronounced cheekbones.
Finally, the very fact that the cloth was kept at all is a sign of its authenticity, as it has no artistic or monetary value at all. All the studies carried out so far point in one direction, with nothing to suggest the contrary the sudarium was used to cover the head of the dead body of Jesus of Nazareth from when he was taken down from the cross until he was buried.
3: Coincidence with the Shroud
The Sudarium alone has revealed sufficient information to suggest that it was in contact with the face of Jesus after the crucifixion. However, the really fascinating evidence comes to light when this cloth is compared to the Shroud of Turin.
The first and most obvious coincidence is that the blood on both cloths belongs to the same group, namely AB.
The length of the nose through which the pleural oedema fluid came onto the sudarium has been calculated at eight centimetres, just over three inches. This is exactly the same length as the nose on the image of the Shroud.
If the face of the image on the Shroud is placed over the stains on the sudarium, perhaps the most obvious coincidence is the exact fit of the stains with the beard on the face. As the sudarium was used to clean the man's face, it appears that it was simply placed on the face to absorb all the blood, but not used in any kind of wiping movement.
A small stain is also visible proceeding from the right hand side of the man's mouth. This stain is hardly visible on the Shroud, but Dr. John Jackson, using the VP-8 and photo enhancements has confirmed its presence.
The thorn wounds on the nape of the neck also coincide perfectly with the bloodstains on the Shroud.Dr. Alan Whanger applied the Polarized Image Overlay Technique to the sudarium, comparing it to the image and bloodstains on the Shroud. The frontal stains on the sudarium show seventy points of coincidence with the Shroud, and the rear side shows fifty. The only possible conclusion is that the Oviedo sudarium covered the same face as the Turin Shroud."
Some interesting things about the picture of Jesus are that his features ARE caucasian, as opposed to the revisionist history view that Jesus was negroid. He almost certainly was olive-skinned, however.
Also, how would one expect God to look if he was to manifest himself as human? The photo of Jesus indicates he was the typical "Joe six pack" of his day. There was nothing unusual about him. Had he manifested as a glowing white lighted atypical human then faith in him would not have been necessary. In short, he HAD to look ordinary.
From Matthew 13:55 and Mark 6:3 we know Jesus was a carpenter. There's an old Amish saying.."Hands to work, hearts to God." It is also logical that God would not only have manifested himself as a "common" human, but that he would have been a blue collar tradesman as well.
At any rate, faith is faith and you have it or you don't. If you have been given the gift of sight then you will know, and be very humbled, to be looking at the face of Jesus.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Well, it's no secret that the Catholic church is in the tank. Their idolatry and general scumbaggery are well known, as is the fact that their demise was accelerated by Soviet infiltration of the Catholic church by pedophiles, though child molesters in the Catholic church predate Soviet efforts.
The United Methodist church has been losing members for some time now. Since I was confirmed in the Methodist church and attended a Methodist church for over 20 years, I feel I can comment on their issues. Forty years ago, the Methodist church was not a bad church, but then the push toward diversity set in, as did the desire to be a business rather than a church. The pastor of the last Methodist church I attended made the comment that if he did not get a 20% pay raise he would go back to the private sector. What your average pastor does not realize is that assigning an earthly reward to spiritual knowledge means that one favors money over God, which is incompatible with Christianity.
Interestingly, it was the Methodists who developed the circuit rider system which made Methodist pastors some of the poorest, in earthly terms, out there.
The Methodist church's desire for inclusivity as well as a total lack of accountability is what is destroying the church. People want discipline and accountability. The bible teaches that children should be reared with these principles. While having a bunch of wealthy fag congregants means a good paycheck for the church pastor, the end result of going against scripture will be the destruction of the church.
Pastors who do not teach true biblical doctrine can expect the harshest of punishment on judgment day. The latest fiasco the Methodist church is dealing with comes from the land of fruits and nuts:
John Zachary, the artist, told me the acquittal in July of George Zimmerman, who fatally shot the 17-year-old African-American in 2012, struck him as a worthy subject for Christmas comment.
For one thing, the backdrop to the Christmas story is the slaughter by King Herod of all infants in Bethlehem, a barbarous attempt to kill the Messiah.
Zachary described that when looking for pictures of Trayvon "one of the teenager lying dead on the pavement particularly tore at him. 'What if Jesus was lying there bleeding to death? I was kind of thinking of that,' Zachary said."
The title of the nativity "art" is called " 'A Child is Born, a Son is Given,' the wording outlined in red formed from a pool of blood at Trayvon’s feet."
The Church's pastor, Sharon Rhodes-Wickett, said the scene was hard to to look at. "
From Matthew 7:6, “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you."
Featuring a nativity scene with a known criminal is definitely casting pearls before swine. Also, I note this church has a female pastor. What does the bible say about women in church leadership?
1 Corinthians 14: 33-35,
33" For God is not a God of xconfusion but of peace.
As in yall the churches of the saints, 34 zthe women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but ashould be in submission, as bthe Law also says. 35 If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church. "
1 Timothy 2:11-12, 11" Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet."
Despite any belief/BS arguments to the contrary, these statements are unequivocal.(Also, all of the twelve disciples were men---with some women functioning in a support role.)
Then we have the Methodist church's divisiveness concerning homosexuality and the church:
"But far from intimidating others, the trial and defrocking of Mr. Schaefer have galvanized a wave of Methodist ministers to step forward to disobey church prohibitions against marrying and ordaining openly gay people.
Members of the United Methodist Church, the nation’s third-largest Christian denomination, have been battling bitterly over homosexuality for four decades. The church now faces an increasingly determined uprising by clergy members and laypeople who have refused to cede, even after losing the most recent votes, at the Methodist convention last year, on proposals to change church teaching.
“After .... years of playing nice and attempting a legislative solution, we will not wait any longer,” said Matt Berryman, a former Methodist pastor who said he turned in his credentials because he is gay. He now serves as the executive director of the Reconciling Ministries Network, a Methodist gay rights group.
In Philadelphia last month, 36 Methodist ministers recited the Declaration of Marriage on the steps of a Methodist church for two gay men in a 25-year relationship. In New York, Methodist clergy members have been triumphantly posting accounts on a blog of the same-sex marriages they have been performing."
The long and short of this is that the Methodist church is heading down the path of self destruction because it simply cannot follow actual scripture. It interprets the bible in terms of the political correctness of the day. This is wrong. Period.
Revelation 22:18 18" I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book;"
Deuteronomy 4:2 2 "You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you."
32 “[a]Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it."
Monday, December 16, 2013
The above photo is of 14 year old Regina Kay Walters. The picture was taken by her killer, truck driver Robert Ben Rhoades. Rhoades was a serial killer who photographed his victims. This photo isn't staged. You are looking into the terrified eyes of a 14 year old runaway that knows she is about to die.
My question, for those of you reading this, is at that moment, do you think Regina is thinking back to all the things that happened to her that caused her to run away and is realizing that whatever those things were they weren't nearly as bad as what is about to happen to her.
Teenagers, most of them anyway, rebel against their parents. As I approach old fartdom, I look back on a 14 year old and still consider them children rather than budding adults. From her perspective, she was probably thinking of how stupid her parents were because they could not play the latest video game and were always thinking they knew better than she did about what was best for her, but that was preposterous because she was14, fourteen whole, long years she had been on this Earth so what could her parents possibly tell her? Young boys think the same way. John Gacy had no shortage of young male victims.
Did her parents want her to be home at a certain time each night? Did they want to meet her friends/boyfriend? Did they make her go to church on Sundays? Did they maker her do her homework/clean her room and do other chores?
Did Regina know the fifth commandment? How many kids her age do?
If I was her father, I would certainly be questioning everything I ever said to her or did to her and wondering if some different actions or advice could have changed he outcome.
The bottom line is, however, that God is God. Regardless of the way she died, it was God's will that she not live past fourteen. God created Regina with specific lessons to learn and it sucks as a parent to think that God gives you a family to care for and lets you watch your children grow as you continue to care for them and then, out of nowhere, BAM, he calls one home.
We, as Christians, are obligated to take these tests and learn from them. Let these hard lessons grow our faith. We MUST do this, we cannot hate God, as I have at times for some of the tribulations that have come my way. Having stated the previous comment though, sometimes sh*t just sucks. Get pissed, punch the wall, then calm down and consider the lesson that is being taught.
Also, take a listen to R.C Sproul's excellent sermon that I previously posted about.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
If anyone would care to transcribe this sermon and email it to me so I can post the text, I'd appreciate it.
Today, December 8, 2013, at Christ the Word church, located at the corner of Central Avenue and Murd road in Sylvania, OH, I had the opportunity to hear a guest pastor give one of the best sermons that has ever been given. For a minute, I thought I was listening to a sermon given by the reincarnation of Charles Spurgeon.
The guest pastor was R. C. Sproul Jr. Before I get into the meat of my comments, I want to give a bit of background on R.C. Jr., but I can't do that without mentioning a bit about R. C. Sproul Sr.:
Ligonier Ministries hosts several theological conferences each year, including the main conference held each year in Orlando, FL, at which Sproul is one of the primary speakers.
Sproul was passenger on the Amtrak train that derailed in the 1993 Big Bayou Canot train wreck and often gives firsthand accounts of the story."
Now for a bit about R. C. Sproul, Jr.:
"Robert Craig Sproul, better known as R.C. Sproul, Jr. (born 1965), is a Calvinist Christian minister and theologian and is the son of Robert Charles Sproul, a noted Reformed theologian and founder of Ligonier Ministries."
"Sproul holds degrees from Grove City College (Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Literature, 1986) and Reformed Theological Seminary (Master of Arts in Theological Studies, 1991) and received his D.Min. in theology from Whitefield Theological Seminary (2001).
After working with Ligonier Ministries for some years, Sproul founded Highlands Ministries (formerly Highlands Study Center) in Bristol, Virginia, in 1996, which he still heads. In the same year, he planted Saint Peter Presbyterian Church in Bristol and until 2001 served as its senior pastor and then until 2010 as its Associate Pastor of Education. He is also a teaching elder of Heritage Presbyterian Church (Centerville, TN). Sproul serves as executive editor of Every Thought Captive, a bimonthly magazine published by Highlands Ministries. 2009-2010, he worked as a teacher for Veritas Press, which specializes in Christian educational texts.
In 2010, Sproul was appointed a Teaching Fellow and Assistant Professor of theology, philosophy, and apologetics at Ligonier Academy in both the Bible college and D.Min. programs. He has spoken at a number of conferences and is a vocal supporter of homeschooling, traditional family roles, Biblical patriarchy and limited government.
Sproul was married to Denise Elizabeth Sproul (née Rocklein), who died December 18, 2011 at the age of 46 after a long battle with cancer. Sproul and his late wife have eight children aged from 18 to 2. Their disabled daughter Shannon died October 3, 2012."
The germ of the sermon was Isaiah 45:1-8:
Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped,
to subdue nations before him and to loose the belts of kings,
to open doors before him that gates may not be closed:
2 “I will go before you and level the exalted places,[a]
I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron,
3 I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hoards in secret places,
that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by your name.
4 For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen,
I call you by your name, I name you, though you do not know me.
5 I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides me there is no God;
I equip you, though you do not know me,6 that people may know, from the rising of the sun
and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other.
7 I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity,
I am the Lord, who does all these things.8 “Shower, O heavens, from above,
and let the clouds rain down righteousness;let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit; let the earth cause them both to sprout;
I the Lord have created it.
However, the main point was a bit different. Now, a brief aside. Pastors, Rabbis, Priests etc. are all teachers and what separates a great teacher from a good teacher is the ability to relate material in an understandable manner and present it such a way that it is retained by the students. R.C. Sproul, Jr. has mastered this ability.
The truly noteworthy part of the sermon was Sproul's teaching about how to deal with tribulations.
From Romans 5:3-5 "Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us."
Now, this is an easy passage to read but a difficult one to follow. Sproul Jr's tribulations have been far more significant than my own, which have consisted of catastrophic financial hardship, however, I must say that I do get irritated when I am counseled on areas I need spiritual improvement in by someone who may live in a half million dollar house and whose worst tribulation consists of getting a stubbed toe. It's easy to be a faithful Christian when everything is going your way. It's a bit different when you have tribulations of the magnitude that R.C. Jr. has to deal with---i.e. the loss of his wife and a special needs daughter in a fairly short span.
The beauty of Sproul's sermon was in the way he explained that serious trials and tribulations are actually encouragements to maintaining and improving faith. I cannot think of another example of a sermon which delivers this message in such a concise and clearly understandable way---and I say that having a current church pastor who is among but a handful nationwide who can belt out a sermon of great depth, but deliver it with clarity and brevity.
Kick back and give a good listen to this great sermon.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
First, I never purposely capitalize satan so the post title is correct. Now, most brainwashed Americans have come to know Nelson Mandela as an anti-Apartheid champion. Well, there is a bit more to Mandela than that:
"In 1993, Mandela and South African President F.W. de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to dismantle the country's apartheid system. In 1994, Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa's first black president. In 2009, Mandela's birthday (July 18) was declared Mandela Day to promote global peace and celebrate the South African leader's legacy. Mandela died at his home in Johannesburg on December 5, 2013, at age 95.
Nelson Mandela was born Rolihlahla Mandela on July 18, 1918, in the tiny village of Mvezo, on the banks of the Mbashe River in Transkei, South Africa. "Rolihlahla" in the Xhosa language literally means "pulling the branch of a tree," but more commonly translates as "troublemaker.""
Mandela the peacemaker? Nah:
"For decades, it was one of the enduring disputes of South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle. Was Nelson Mandela, the leader of the African National Congress, really a secret Communist, as the White-only government of the time alleged? Or, as he claimed during the infamous 1963 trial that saw him jailed for life, was it simply a smear to discredit him in a world riven by Cold War tensions?
Now, nearly half a century after the court case that made him the world's best-known prisoner, a new book claims that whatever the wider injustice perpetrated, the apartheid-era prosecutors were indeed right on one question: Mandela was a Communist party member after all.
The former South African president, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, has always denied being a member of the South African branch of the movement, which mounted an armed campaign along with the ANC.
But research by a British historian, Professor Stephen Ellis, has unearthed fresh evidence that during his early years as an activist, Mandela did hold senior rank in the South African Communist Party, or SACP. He says Mandela joined the SACP to enlist the help of the Communist superpowers for the ANC's campaign of armed resistance to White rule.
His book also provides fresh detail on how the ANC's military wing had bomb-making lessons from the IRA, and intelligence training from the East German Stasi, which it used to carry out brutal interrogations of suspected "spies" at secret prison camps.
As evidence of Mandela's Communist party membership, Prof Ellis cites minutes from a secret 1982 SACP meeting, discovered in a collection of private papers at the University of Cape Town, in which a veteran former party member, the late John Pule Motshabi, talks about how Mandela was a party member some two decades before.
In the minutes, Motshabi, is quoted as saying: "There was an accusation that we opposed allowing Nelson [Mandela] and Walter (Sisulu, a fellow activist) into the Family (a code word for the party) ... we were not informed because this was arising after the 1950 campaigns (a series of street protests). The recruitment of the two came after."
While other SACP members have previously confirmed Mandela's party membership, many of their testimonies were given under duress in police interviews, where they might have sought to implicate him. However, the minutes from the 1982 SACP meeting, said Prof Ellis, offered more reliable proof.
"This is written in a closed party meeting so nobody is trying to impress or mislead the public," he said. "
"Mandela joined the ANC in 1944(2?), when its leadership still opposed armed struggle against the apartheid state. However, by the early 1950s he become personally convinced that a guerrilla war was inevitable, a view confirmed by the Sharpeville massacre in March 1960, when police in a Transvaal township opened fire on black demonstrators, killing 69 people.
But while other ANC leaders also came round to his way of thinking after Sharpeville, the group still had no access to weaponry or financial support. Instead, says Prof Ellis, Mandela looked for help from the Communists, with whom he already had close contacts due to their shared opposition to apartheid.
"He knew and trusted many Communist activists anyway, so it appears he was co-opted straight to the central committee with no probation required," said Prof Ellis. "But it's fair to say he wasn't a real convert, it was just an opportunist thing."
In the months after Sharpeville, Communist party members secretly visited Beijing [Peking] and Moscow, where they got assurances of support for their own guerrilla campaign. In conjunction with a number of leading ANC members, they set up a new, nominally independent military organisation, known as Umkhonto we Sizwe or Spear of the Nation. With Mandela as its commander, Umkhonto we Sizwe launched its first attacks on 16 December 1961.
Its campaign of "sabotage" and bombings over the subsequent three decades claimed the lives of dozens of civilians, and led to the organisation being classed as a terrorist group by the US.
In his book, Professor Ellis, who also authored a publication on the Liberian civil war, elaborates on other murky aspects of the ANC's past. One is that bomb-making experts from the IRA trained the ANC at a secret base in Angola in the late 1970s, a link disclosed last year in the posthumous memoirs of Kader Asmal, a South African politician of Indian extraction who was exiled in Ireland. He was a member of the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement, which, Prof Mr Ellis says, in turn had close links to the British and South African Communist parties.
The IRA tutoring, which was allegedly brokered partly through Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, led to the ANC fighters improving their bombing skills considerably, thanks to the expertise of what Mr Ellis describes as "the world's most sophisticated urban guerrilla force".
Angola was also the base for "Quatro", a notorious ANC detention centre, where dozens of the movement's own supporters were tortured and sometimes killed as suspected spies by agents from their internal security service, some of whom were "barely teenagers". East German trainers taught the internal security agents that anyone who challenged official ANC dogma should be viewed as a potential spy or traitor. - Sunday Telegraph, December 9, 2012"
"The crimes committed by the ANC in the name of liberation are legion. First, there was the practice of "necklacing," in which a petrol-filled tyre is placed around the neck of a victim and set ablaze - an action carried out by Winnie Mandela and her minions. Another horror was the "Church Street Massacre," in which Nelson Mandela approved of a bomb set to explode at rush hour to maximize casualties of Afrikaner women, children and babies. The same Mandela who told the Black youth of
Through the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the gulags of northern
abuse was widespread and far-reaching. Torture and murder occurred not only in
This report was a major embarrassment to the ANC, which had been lionized in the West for its war to end apartheid and install a supposedly democratic government in
The report reads in part:: "The worst conditions were at the Quatro camp in
Ironically, the ANC accused the White-led South African police of conducting torture of Black cadres in a similar manner. The report continues: "We were left with an overall impression that for the better part of the '80s, there existed a situation of extraordinary abuse of power and lack of accountability at the prisons. Order in the exile camps began to break down after the 1976 Black student uprising in
guerrilla training centres. Many of the new recruits were poorly educated, impatient to fight, given to drinking and drugs. Some were secret agents sent by the South African police. Thus the ANC gave its security department, called "Mbokodo" [the Xhosa word for "grinding stone"] unchecked power to investigate, judge and punish recruits."
The panel that compiled the report also learned the names of accused torturers, some of whom still hold posts in the ANC's security apparatus. The actual names were withheld from the published report, but are known to the ANC hierarchy. Two ANC leaders were directly named, however: Joe Modise, the former head of the ANC's military wing, and Jacob Zuma, the former ANC secretary general. Neither was accused of torture, however, Modise was cited as being part of a tribunal that in 1981 improperly arrested Dumisani Khosa, a producer for the ANC's underground radio station. Khosa was arrested for "complaining about nepotism and sexual harassment" within the ANC. The report states that Khosa was "beaten until he urinated blood, then shipped to the Quatro camp in
- WorldNetDaily report, 2000""
Once Mandela became President of South Africa, the country began its descent into violent third world crap hole.
Today over 68,000 whites have been murdered in South Africa by Mandela and his cronies.