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Ethiopian Christians to be deported from Saudi Arabia

Young Ethiopian Orthodox Christians are pictured during the annual festival of Timkat in Lalibela, Ethiopia which celebrates Epiphany, the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, on 20 January 2012. Ethiopia was one of the first Christian countries in the world.


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Some 35 Ethiopian Christians face deportation from Saudi Arabia for “illicit mingling”, the global rights body Human Rights Watch (HRW) says.

Police arrested the group – including 29 women – after raiding a prayer meeting in the second city of Jeddah.

The women were subjected to strip searches and the men beaten and called “unbelievers”, according to HRW.

In 2006, the Saudi government promised to stop interfering with private worship by non-Muslims.

The group was arrested in a private home as they gathered to pray during the run-up to Christmas, celebrated by Ethiopian Orthodox Christians on 7 January.

HRW spoke to a man and two women by telephone from the prisons where they are being held.

They say they have been charged with mixing with unmarried persons of the opposite sex – even though HRW says Saudi Arabia has no law defining “illicit mingling”.

Mixing of the sexes is not allowed in public – but normally permitted in private unless for “the purpose of corruption”, according to the religious police.

The ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom bans the practice of any religion except Islam – but in recent years pledged to leave people of other faiths alone if they worshipped in private homes.

Ethiopia was one of the first Christian countries in the world, having officially adopted Christianity as the state religion in the 4th Century.

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In the book of Job, God poses the questions, “Where does darkness reside?…Do you know the paths to their dwellings?”1 For centuries, science students were taught that darkness was not some kind of stuff but rather simply the absence of light. Thanks to recent astronomical discoveries, we now know that the oldest book of the Bible is correct in stating that darkness is a real substance residing in specific locations in the universe. These same recent discoveries also strengthen the establishment of the biblically predicted big bang creation model.2

Much to the chagrin of the opposition, astronomers’ observations of the universe3 continue to provide ample support for a cosmic creation event such as what the Bible has taught for millennia.4 This observational evidence shows that the universe is predominantly comprised of dark energy (energy embedded in the space surface of the universe that causes the cosmic surface to expand faster and faster as the universe ages) and cold exotic dark matter (slow moving particles that weakly interact with photons). However, this cosmic model predicts that thousands of cold exotic dark matter haloes should accompany large galaxies. The gravitational pull of these haloes ought to attract enough ordinary matter (protons, neutrons, and electrons) to produce populations of stars or dwarf galaxies that astronomers should be able to detect through their largest telescopes.

Astronomers do see lots of dwarf galaxies but not nearly enough to satisfy the prediction arising from the dark energy-dominated cold exotic dark matter (ΛCDM) model. The model predicts more than ten times as many exotic dark matter haloes than the number of dwarf galaxies astronomers have actually detected. This shortfall is known as the missing galaxies problem.

Now a team of American and South African astronomers, led by Stacy McGaugh of the University of Maryland, has conducted a detailed inventory of the universe’s ordinary matter.5 Their inventory simultaneously solves the missing galaxies problem and provides stronger evidence for the biblically predicted big bang creation model.

First, McGaugh’s team referred to the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) research team’s determination that the early universe was an extremely uniform and homogeneous mixture of exotic and ordinary dark matter.6 The WMAP team also established that the ratio of matter in the universe, then and now, was and is 83 percent exotic matter and 17 percent ordinary matter.

Second, McGaugh’s team examined the full range of cosmic structure sizes to determine in each size range the percentage of ordinary matter that is fully detected, either in the form of stars or as gaseous nebulae. They found that for the largest galaxies in the richest clusters of galaxies almost all of the ordinary matter has been converted into stars. On the other hand, for the smallest dwarf galaxies less than one percent of the ordinary matter known to be located there exists in the form of stars and gaseous nebulae.

That so very little of the ordinary matter in small dwarf galaxies is present in the form of stars and gaseous nebulae explains the missing galaxies problem. The galaxies are not missing. They simply emit far too little light for present generation telescopes to detect them. Consequently, the ΛCDM hot big bang creation model is consistent with the entirety of the astronomical database. The inventory produced by McGaugh’s team is yet one more example demonstrating that the more astronomers learn about the universe, the more evidence they uncover in support of the biblical cosmic creation model, even if unintentionally. New observations continually and consistently provide increasingly stronger proofs for a big bang creation event and the big bang Creator.

via Locating the Ordinary Dark Matter | Reasons To Believe.

John 3:16

John 3:16 (NIV)
16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

3:16 Muslims claim that God could not have a Son because they think Christians are talking about a literal biological offspring of the Father and Mary. However, throughout the NT, and especially in John, sonship refers to the intimate spiritual relationship between God and JesusThe Apologetics Study Bible: Understanding Why You Believe.

The most insanely daring thing that any man can do, the most exceedingly foolish thing any man can do, the most desperately wicked thing that any man can do, is to reply against God, to enter into controversy with God, to criticize God, to condemn God. Yet that is what many people are doing

When you hear a little child replying against his father or mother, getting into controversy, criticizing, condemning, you are filled with disgust and indignation. It is something not to be tolerated for one moment. But what is it for any mere human being, any mere creature of the dust such as all of us are, to reply against, to criticize, to enter into controversy with, to try to prove wrong the Infinite and Eternal God? It is the most exceedingly foolish and desperately wicked thing a human being can do.

R. A. Torrey

You may be a hypocrite if

  • Giving to the poor to be recognized by others3
  • Praying in public to be recognized as “God’s man”4
  • Letting everybody know you are fasting to get recognition by others5
  • Complaining about other’s behavior when yours is even worse.6
  • Pretending to honor God through lip service only7
  • Testing other people to try to make yourself look superior8
  • Deceiving people from knowing God9
  • Repressing the poor and widows10
  • Teaching proselytes to be hypocrites11
  • Tithing (giving to the church), but neglecting justice and mercy12
  • Doing everything for show, while really being self-indulgent and unrighteous13
  • Treating stock animals better than fellow human beings14
  • Being able to analyze the weather, but unable to distinguish between right and wrong15

I think I will read this list every morning.  Some days I start out real bad