The modern spread of Islam
The future of all European women under Islam
For most people in this world, one of the most common dreams is for peace, happiness and prosperity. This applies to atheists, pagans and peoples of all religions and beliefs. Unfortunately a large percentage of our global population believes that peace, happiness and prosperity will only occur when everyone else conforms to their beliefs.
Beliefs regarding democracy and aspects of socialism have in fact created a reasonably stable order and conditions for people to live out their dreams and fantasies, but unfortunately many of these dreams and fantasies have come at other people’s expense.
For the Christians to be happy, everyone in the world must
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The Father of Judaism or a fictional character?
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The histories continue to put Moses from about 1300 – 1800BC, however there is no archaeological evidence to support his existence. It is possible that a man with a similar name took a small group of followers into Sinai and those beliefs may have eventually made their way to Canaan. However modern archaeology and genetics clearly defines the modern Israeli and Palestinian population as being descendants of the original Canaanite’s.
The principal story is that Moses took exception to the the fact that the Jewish slaves were being mistreated by the Egyptian masters and convinced them that they could have a better life and led them out of
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Eastern ideas reshaped in the West
To truly believe as a Christian, surely one must fully examine the scriptures and their meaning lest some error result in going to hell?
The belief in one Creator God and the Divinity of Jesus.
Christianity evolved from Judaism some 300 years after the birth of Jesus Christ and the religion is based on the interpretations of scholars, politicians and religious figures as well as having its roots in Judaism and the Old Testament which is a series of stories, histories, myths and legends, some of which may have some truth and others which are pure fantasy.
In the 300 years before the advent of Christianity, Alexander the Great had conquered all lands
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An exciting month in West Africa
Out hiking 8 months later
Hi, my name is Sarah, my family are Baptists although what they believe never made much sense. When I was 14 and to curb my drive to simply be myself, they persuaded me to participate in a VSA program. It was mostly because I found my own family so irritating that I agreed to go, though I had no idea what I was getting in to.
So a couple of months later I spent a week in Paris brushing up on my French and then flew to Senagal where I was met by John and Mary Taylor. They were like my parents but even worse in that sickly
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Celibacy; a modern problem
Paul was intelligent and he did well at school. During his early teens he took an interest in sports, his athleticism was good and when it came time to choose, he chose basketball instead of football.
He was developing into a nice looking young man and like most boys his age, he developed a natural curiosity about girls and sex. Although not religious, his parents were typical Presbyterian, they worked hard and rationed their pleasure.
His elder sister was his best friend until she began dating. Although he didn’t like to admit it, he was jealous and the thought of her being touched by those boys she went out with revolted him. His younger sister was
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The actual words of Jesus
Courtesy of The Sacred Texts Archive with Translations by: Thomas O. Lambdin (Coptic version) B.P Grenfell & A.S. Hunt (Greek Fragments) Bentley Layton (Greek Fragments) Commentary by: Craig Schenk.
The Gospel of Thomas is a collection of traditional Sayings (logoi) of Jesus. It is attributed to Didymos Judas Thomas, the “Doubting Thomas” of the canonical Gospels, and according to many early traditions, the twin brother of Jesus (“didymos” means “twin” in Greek).
We have two versions of the Gospel of Thomas today. The first was discovered in the late 1800’s among the Oxyrhynchus Papyri, and consists of fragments of a Greek version, which has been dated to c. 200. The second
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At a time when people did not have surnames
Like the other old manuscripts, this has lines missing and words indecipherable due to the documents age and damage signified as […].
Translated by Wesley W. Isenberg
A Hebrew makes another Hebrew, and such a person is called “proselyte”. But a proselyte does not make another proselyte. […] just as they […] and make others like themselves, while others simply exist.
The slave seeks only to be free, but he does not hope to acquire the estate of his master. But the son is not only a son but lays claim to the inheritance of the father. Those who are heirs to the dead are themselves dead, and they inherit the
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One of the most comon femal names of the period
The Gospel of Mary is found in the Berlin Gnostic Codex (or Papyrus Berolinensis 8502, as this ancient collection of Gnostic texts is labelled for archival reasons). This very important and well-preserved codex was apparently discovered in the late-nineteenth century somewhere near Akhmim in upper Egypt. It was purchased in 1896 by a German scholar, Dr. Carl Reinhardt, in Cairo and then taken to Berlin.
(Pages 1 to 6 of the manuscript, containing chapters 1 – 3, are lost. The extant text starts on page 7…)
. . . Will matter then be destroyed or not?
22) The Saviour said, All nature, all formations, all creatures exist in
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It seems unlikely he was a carpenter..
From the history so far, Jesus with his family may have been to Egypt and returned to Nazareth by the time he was aged 10 to 15. Nothing is known of him other than that Luke tells that Jesus was found teaching in the temple by his parents after being lost at age 12.
It seems unlikely that an intelligent boy would get lost in a small town, it’s more likely hewas developing strong ideas about life, existence and religion; namely Judaism and so he began testing his ideas on those who would listen and likely challenged the knowledge of the priests.
After this isolated comment by Luke, Christian scholars speculate that
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Marriage was normal for all men of the time
A Harvard researcher Karen L. King says an ancient papyrus fragment from the fourth century when translated indicates that Jesus was married.
Translated the text says, “Jesus said to them, ‘my wife’ with another reference to ‘her being my disciple’ as part of a conversation between Jesus and his disciples. In the conversation, Jesus talks about his mother twice and speaks once about his wife. One of them is identified as “Mary.” His disciples discuss whether Mary is worthy of being part of their community, to which Jesus replies, “she will able to be my disciple.”
The Coptic text printed on papyrus is only the size of a business card and
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