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Russian police criminals caught on video   Leave a comment

Russian police criminal missconduct caught on camera…

https://www.jw.org/en/publications/videos/#mediaitems/AllVideos/docid-802016753_E_1_VIDEO

 

 

Air Canada flight 831 disaster   Leave a comment

On the news tonight It was the 50th anniversary of Air Canada flight 831 crash after taking off from Montreal in 1963… all 118 were killed.

I was booked to be on that flight, weeks ahead, it was a connecting flight from Halifax to B.C.  But while celebrating (honorable) release from the RCN (Royal Canadian Navy) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, I made a last minute decision in the late afternoon to cancel, and re-book for another flight very early the next morning.

When I arrived at the Air Canada desk the next morning, the staff had just arrived and nervously whispered glancing at me while I waited for ground transportation.  I thought I must have revealed some evidence of late night partying.?  Completely unbeknown to me, apparently, they had just learned of the crash and realized I had been booked on it, many days in advance.

In my case this is just trivia now of course, but as Solomon so well said it “…time and unforeseen events overtake them all.” (Eccl. 9:11)

Our lives are so limited by circumstances we have no control over, I most truly sympathize with those who lost family members on flight 831, but thankfully we all still have hope to see loved ones in the future provided we exercise faith in the loving ransom of Christ Jesus… while that opportunity still exits. (please visit JW.org)

What Christmas is all about (2)   Leave a comment

At this time of year, there are so many (pardon the expression) phony ‘spirit of Christmas’ commentaries that it really necessitates this posting.

If and when there was ever ‘genuine’ good will towards men, as espoused by a minority at this time of year, the world would certainly not be in the dismal condition it truly is in today.

What is even more fictitious is the conception that Christmas is based on the birth of the most significant human to have ever lived.  Far from it, this annual  celebration, touted as being Christian in origin, is forever steeped in the most un-christian, yes even ‘anti-christian’ beliefs… how can this be so?

There is no better explanation than that the principal religions of Christendom have themselves been party to the propaganda that has misled their flocks into this incredible dilution.  Why this was undertaken can be summed up in one word; politics.

That’s right, shortly after the last of the faithful followers of Christ died, there was a major political movement to incorporate pagan religion into the teaching of Christ, and it has been amazingly successful.

Indeed, ask the majority of Church-goers today what Christmas is based on and they would undoubtedly claim it is the birth of Christ.  How absurd that is!

Historical Timeline Involving Christmas:

1513 BCE – 60 CE (1600 years of recorded Bible History)

Period of inspired Biblical writings and prophecies, many concerning Jesus Christ.  No mention of his date of birth; nor its being celebrated by his 12 apostles.

No mention of Christmas. No mention of any holy person celebrating a birthday – only sinners (like Pharoah and Herod). (Gen. 40:20; Matt. 14:6; Mark 6:21-28; John 18:36)

2269-2030 BCE

History of Sun worship. Began in ancient Babylonia  by worshiping the sun god Shamash & Nimrod – parallels exist between Babylonian New Years & Christmas celebrations  (historian Pimlott in ‘The Englishman’s Christmas’).

500 BCE
Celtic Druids used mistletoe winter solstice celebrations due to it being viewed as magical, mysterious, and sacred.

150 BCE
Romans began celebrating Saturnalia (where many Christmas traditions find
their origin)

45 BCE

Julius Caesar introduced the Julian Calendar making December 25 (not today’s 21 or 22) the date of the winter solstice (shortest day of the year).

33 CE
Jesus was  Killed.  The Apostle Paul warned Timothy that “wicked men & impostors” would slip into the congregation and mislead many. (2 Timothy 3:1

Josephus popular 1st Century Jewish Historian reported that Jews did not celebrate birthdays, 1st century Christians (former Jews) continued the tradition of NOT celebrating them.

The foretold apostasy began after the death of the apostles (Acts 20:29, 30)
A period where Mithraism (syncretic Hellenistic mystery religion) was practiced in the Roman Empire. Mithras was a Roman soldiers god whose legendary birth (as some stories go) resembles the birth of Christ (being born of a virgin in the presence of shepherds). Devotees of Mithra (says the Catholic Encyclopedia) celebrated the birthday of the invincible sun (dies natalis Solis Invicti) on December 25. L.M. Wright, author of “Christianity, Astrology, And Myth” 2002; suggests that the early Christian Church was influenced by much of the myth and symbolism of Mithraism. The cult of Sol Invictius was the Roman Empire’s leading official cult of the fourth century – (Wikipedia)

4th Century
Christmas began being celebrated as Christ’s Birthday. Early Catholic Church Fathers banned the use of Mistletoe in Christmas celebrations due to their pagan origin. Origen & Tertullian Catholic ecclesiastical writers of the 2nd & 3rd centuries spoke against Birthday celebrations. Tertullian made no mention of Christmas in his thorough lists of celebrations.

218 – 222
Roman Emperor Elagabalus introduced the holiday of Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, “birthday of the unconquered sun” was to be celebrated on Dec. 25 (where many Christmas traditions find their origin), and promoted it empire-wide when it reached its height in popularity.

Pope Gregory I wrote to Mellitus, his missionary in England, telling him “not to stop such ancient pagan festivities, but to adapt them to the rites of the Church, only changing the reason of them from a heathen to a Christian impulse.”  Thus reports Arthur Weigall, who once was inspector general of antiquities for the Egyptian government.

313
All religions, even Christianity were legalized in Roman
territory.

325

In the 1st counsel of Nicaea, Roman Emperor Constantine standardized Christian beliefs. According to the Catholic Church, Catholics began adopting pagan customs into Christianity. By the end of the century, Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire.

336 CE
1st historical record of December 25 as the assigned date of Jesus Birth

All Religions (including formerly persecuted Christianity) in Roman territory were legalized. It took nearly the entire 4th century for the Roman empire to transition State Religion from pagan cults to Christianity. The Merging of cultic tradition with Christianity greatly assisted in this transition.

567
The Council of Tours “proclaimed the 12 days from Christmas to Epiphany as
a sacred and festive season.”—The Catholic Encyclopedia for School and
Home.

10th Century

Christmas, along with Christianity, spread to Russia, where it became fused with the winter celebration of the ancient Slavs, honoring the spirits of the ancestors.  (The Great Soviet Encyclopedia)

16th Century

Christmas traditions spread to branches of Protestants during the
Protestant Reformation.

1644
In England, Parliament discouraged Christmas feasting due to its heathen origin

1652
Parliament banned Christmas by law

1659 – 1681
In North America, Massachusetts Bay Colony banned Christmas n which violators were subject to fine.

1772
The Baptist Church of Newport [Rhode Island] observed Christmas for the
first time. This was about 130 years after the founding of the first Baptist
church in New England.

1836
Alabama became 1st U.S. state to legalize Christmas

1843
Commercialism revived Christmas, Charles Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol” and Christmas Cards originated in London.

1907
Oklahoma became the last U.S. state to legalize Christmas.

1927
Jehovah’s Witnesses abandoned Christmas celebrations after learning of its pagan origins.

Summary:

An overwhelming majority of sources agree that Christmas was almost entirely influenced by pre-Christian pagan celebrations.

There was no mention of Christmas nor any celebration of Christ’s birthday for hundreds of years after Jesus & his apostles died. The book Sacred Origins of Profound Things states: “For two centuries after Christ’s birth, no one knew, and few people cared, exactly when he was born.” Thus birthday celebrations, even of gods and leaders, were condemned as far as the late third century by Roman Catholic leaders.

Another Example of the ‘Piltdown Man’ Hoax   Leave a comment

They find a mere fragment of bone and declare it a multi-thousand year tool of some unproven, unsupported, theoretical pre-human existence, and then blatantly exclaim it as proof of ‘evolution’..?  How truly bizarre is this illogical approach to the ‘scientific method’!

In case you never heard of the ‘Piltdown Man’ Hoax – please read about it here:    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piltdown_Man 

basically science is  ‘truth based on facts’, yet evolution is based on nothing more than, theory, speculation, and myth. 

There is no better example of this than the one carried by news media today….  findings of a few bones proves evolution..!?

Please do not suspend your disbelief when reading such misleading, fallacious news items.

Another Day, Another Imminent Extinction   Leave a comment

Yesterday’s news item;

‘a great many birds are facing extinction in Canada.’

So what else is new?  The very fabric of this planet, its ecological system’s, and the natural habitat of animals and birds has been progressively undermined, ignored, or even fatally abused… for centuries by who else but us humans!

Arguably the so-called ‘industrial revolution’ which was supposed to deliver a life of ease to mankind; has instead been more responsible for bringing destruction to this beautiful planet, even threatening all life upon it.

Of course for the wealthy few and powerful it has indeed meant apparent ‘life of ease’, but definitely not true satisfaction, happiness, or contentment.  And for most of the remaining 99% or so of the world’s population what has it brought?

‘The answer my friends is written on the wind’, as the song well says.  Who can honestly say that industry and technology have truly improved the quality of life for the majority of earth’s populations today.?  In fact the very opposite is true!

How ironic and sad that what was generously provided for mankind’s benefit and enjoyment by his loving Benefactor has been contaminated, misused, and all but destroyed by the recipients!

Isn’t it time to honestly take stock of our true condition and make amends with our Creator?!

Posted June 24, 2013 by New2view in destruction, earth, Environment, fault, harm, humanity, life

Stanley Cup Hockey Playoff’s; is it a game or what?   Leave a comment

As a life-long Canadian and frequent hockey game watcher, I would like to pose a simple question:

Why are the Stanley Cup Playoff’s seriously different from the regular NHL (National Hockey League) games in terms of rules and regulations?!

Since when and why are the playoffs a so-called ‘game-changer’?  This doesn’t appear to be the case in any other professional sport, football, soccer, basket ball etc., sports that are every bit as competitive as hockey, so why is it ‘normal’ in the NHL?

If those teams who have managed to achieve the level of efficiency, skill, and/or team-success playing under the supervision of referees and according to rules and regulations, why oh why, do so much of that control simply disappear simply because its now time for those self-same teams to finalize the season?!

Its much like saying to football or soccer players; ‘it was necessary for you to obey the rules during the season, but now that you are playing for the top spot you can kick, bully, thump, and otherwise abuse your opponent with impunity!’

  How outrageous is that approach to all  legitimate professional sports?!

And yet that is what seems to occur in the NHL, year after year.  The commentators happily declare; the referees ‘have put away their whistle!’, simply because it’s the final games of the season.  Therefore the players, with little or no guidelines, proceed to advance from bad to worse in their onslaught of fellow players,a and skill becomes secondary to physical abuse.

IMHO this obfuscation of legitimate rules and regulations shamefully reduces this ‘sport’ to little more than back-alley gang warfare, or ‘survival of the fittest’ mentality, and frankly, if I was involved as a player, I would walk-off in protest… ah but that action would surely bring upon them the same sort of criticism that ‘whistle-blowers’ receive today.

Such moral action would take far more intestinal fortitude than cooperating with the brutal suppression of rules and regulations at playoff time.  Without any doubt the priority for league owners is to appeal to the lowest common denominator akin to mob-rule, contributing in no small way to greedy profits.

The ‘Scientific News Cycle’   Leave a comment

Please go to this… cartoon link;

i.e. a=b ‘under certain conditions’ Smile

Here is a prime example of such reasoning, or the lack of it, in today’s NY Times article:

Junk’ DNA Mystery Solved: It’s Not Needed