Saturday, December 23, 2006
EMAIL FROM LEE PENN
I prepared an essay (linked below) as a reply/rebuttal to the December 15 call by the Pope's preacher, Fr. Cantalamessa, for a church-wide day of penance for the clergy abuse scandal.
1. I agree that penance is necessary - but it should start with action by the church leadership. Without deeds by the responsible parties, the suggested words of contrition are empty.
2. Cantalamessa says that we are now "after the emergency" occasioned by the priestly predators. I strongly disagree, and explain why.
3. I propose 13 things that the Vatican and local bishops could do to resolve the scandal and provide justice to the victims and to the scandalized faithful.
4. At the end, I propose 4 things that the faithful should do ... whatever the Hierarchs do (or fail to do).
Here's the essay:
Cantalamessa Preaches Penance
Please feel free to quote my work, and to link to it, and to share the essay with others.
Justice is the foundation for peace ... at Christmas time and at all times.
PRESENTATION OF THE THEOTOKOS TO THE TEMPLE
The story is told in a series of iconographic pictures.
Thanks to Justin for the link.
Friday, December 22, 2006
PRINCE EL HASSAN BIN TALAL MENTIONS NOACHIDE LAWS
in an address to the World Council of Churches 9th Assembly, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 17 February 2005:
The importance of peace for the individual is emphasized in the Torah for example. Psalm 34 advises that the way to a long life and happiness is to “Strive for peace with all your heart.” I would also add that in terms of the Noachide Laws, the importance for society of peace prevailing is implicit. These laws include prohibitions against theft and murder, and the exhortation to “set up courts and bring offenders to justice.”
What is the future for America with a scenerio such as this story presents at LifeSite, linked by NOR? Could Russia cease to exist as a nation?
Look at a globe for a moment to grasp the reality of this kind of shift in demographics.
Has the consecration of Russia been done? It would seem that God is the only hope!
THEFT OF THE COLLECTION MONEY
New Oxford Review provides a link to this story:
Sacred Heart parishioners and residents of Bath, Pa., were shocked last month when Elizabeth Fields, mayor of the tiny borough, was charged with stealing about $10,000 from the church’s Sunday collections. Fields was secretly videotaped in the parish rectory as she allegedly altered the collection tally sheets so the funds she pocketed would not be seen as a shortfall.
The community’s stunned reaction is typical, say experts, but theft at the parish and diocesan level is hardly surprising. In fact, it’s the norm.
A whopping 85 percent of U.S. dioceses have detected embezzlement over the past five years, according to Villanova University researchers. “No question about it, it’s a large number,” said Charles Zech, director of the school’s Center for the Study of Church Management and coauthor of the 15-page paper, “Internal Financial Controls in the U.S. Catholic Church,” that details the findings.
Considering the example set by our bishops, it shouldn't surprise us that others in the parishes are not being honest. I have no corroboration, but the article indicates the bishops are addressing it, which must mean there is a problem.
CARDINAL RATZINGER MENTIONS THE ANTICHRIST
in his study titled "The New Evangelization: Building the Civilization of Love".
This expropriation of one's person, offering it to Christ for the salvation of men, is the fundamental condition of the true commitment for the Gospel. "I have come in my Father's name, and you do not receive me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive," says the Lord (John 5:43). The mark of the Antichrist is the fact that he speaks in his own name.
in his essay titled "Biblical Interpretation in Crisis: On the Question of the Foundations and Approaches to Exegesis Today":
In Wladimir Solowjew's History of the Antichrist, the eschatological enemy of the Redeemer recommended himself to believers, among other things, by the fact that he had earned his doctorate in theology at Tübingen and had written an exegetical work which was recognized as pioneering in the field. The Antichrist, a famous exegete! With this paradox Solowjew sought to shed light on the ambivalence inherent in biblical exegetical methodology for almost a hundred years now. To speak of the crisis of the historical-critical method today is practically a truism. This, despite the fact that it had gotten off to so optimistic a start.
Speaking of his father, Ratzinger is quoted in his bio. at the Ignatius Press website:
His father worked as a rural policeman, which kept his family continually moving from town to town. In his memoirs about his early life (prior to his appointment as Archbishop of Munich), Milestones: Memoirs 1927 – 1977 (Ignatius, 1999), Ratzinger depicts his family life as quite happy. Family and Church were, for him, inseparable – and he clearly saw Hitler and the Third Reich as the enemy to both. He has said of his father, “…He saw that a victory of Hitler would not be a victory for Germany but a victory of the Antichrist…”.
ANTICHRIST SPOKEN OF AT EWTN
At the EWTN website, Colin B. Donovan, STL discusses endtime prophecy:
The Catechism provides us with a general order of events at the End [CCC 673-677]. Chronologically they are,
1. the full number of the Gentiles come into the Church
2. the "full inclusion of the Jews in the Messiah's salvation, in the wake of the full number of the Gentiles" (#2 will follow quickly on, in the wake of, #1)
3. a final trial of the Church "in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth." The supreme deception is that of the Antichrist.
4. Christ's victory over this final unleashing of evil through a cosmic upheaval of this passing world and the Last Judgment.
As Cardinal Ratzinger recently pointed out (in the context of the message of Fátima), we are not at the end of the world. In fact, the Second Coming (understood as the physical return of Christ) cannot occur until the full number of the Gentiles are converted, followed by "all Israel."
Approved Catholic mystics (Venerables, Blessed and Saints, approved apparitions) throw considerable light on this order, by prophesying a minor apostasy and tribulation toward the end of the world, after which will occur the reunion of Christians. Only later will the entire world fall away from Christ (the great apostasy) and the personal Antichrist arise and the Tribulation of the End occur.
Although this is not Catholic doctrine, arising as it does from private revelation, it conforms to what is occurring in our time, especially in light of Our Lady of Fátima's promise of an "Era of Peace." This "Triumph of the Immaculate Heart" (other saints have spoken of a social reign of Jesus Christ when Jesus will reign in the hearts of men) would seem to occur prior to the rise of the Antichrist. The optimism of the Pope for the "New Evangelization" and a "Civilization of Love" in the Third Millennium of Christianity fits here, as well. This would place us, therefore, in the period just before the events spoken of in the Catechism, that is, on the verge of the evangelization of the entire world. Other interpretations are possible, but none seem to fit the facts as well, especially when approved mystics are studied, instead of merely alleged ones.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
ANTICHRIST IN THE WRITINGS OF SAINTS
as quoted by Rev. R. Gerald Culleton in THE PROPHETS AND OUR TIMES:
St. Ceasar of Arles (469-543):
All nations shall recognize the Holy See of Rome, and shall pay homage to the Pope. But after some considerable time fervor shall cool, iniquity shall abound, and moral corruption shall become worse than ever, which shall bring upon mankind the last and worse persecution of Anti-Christ, and the end of the world.
St. Hildegard (d. 1179)
After the birth of Anti-Christ heretics will preach their false doctrines undisturbed, resulting in 'Christians having doubts about their holy Catholic faith.'
St. Britget of Sweden (d. 1373)
The time of Anti-Christ will be near when the measue of injustice will overflow and when wickedness has grown to immense proportions, when the Christians love heresies and the unjust trample underfoot the servants of God.
St. Vincent Ferrer (d. 1418)
In the days of peace that are to come after the desolation of revolutions and wars, before the end of the world, the Christians will become so lax in their religion that they will refuse to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, saying 'it is an unnecessary Sacrament'; and when the false prophet, the precursor of Anti-Christ comes, all who are not confirmed will apostatise, while those who are confirmed will stand firm in the faith, and only a few will renounce Christ.
ALLIANCE OF CIVILIZATIONS
Constance Cumbey believes this group opposes monotheistic religions.
The High Level Group Members of the Alliance o0f Civilization include Karen Armstrong and Rabbi Arthur Schneier.
Karen Armstrong has worked with the Jesus Seminar/Westar Institute.
Rabbi Schneier participated in an Inter-Religious Peace Conference in Moscow in 2004. Attending that conference was Chief Rabbi Lazar. According to the report at the website of The Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS:
Chief Rabbi Lazar said that cooperation between representatives from different religions towards achieving a common positive goal is of fundamental importance. "We need something more than tolerance - we need each other," said Rabbi Lazar. "Together we can change relations between people, just as relations between nations and religions, to be able to raise children in the spirit of common values." He stressed the need to embrace the seven Noachide laws that provide the basis for a moral and stable society, as well as the need to reach out to influence all members of society, even those who do not practice a religious faith.(bolding mine - ct)
Does Rabbi Schneier concur? If he does, why is he part of an organization that opposes monotheistic religions? Whether he concurs or not, Chief Rabbi of Ukraine Azriel Chalkin
spoke about the campaign of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of righteous memory, which aimed to promote a moment of silence at the outset of a school day...
according to the FJC report.
The Lubavitcher Rebbe promoted the Noachide Laws.
AN ARAB VIEWPOINT ON THE NOAHIDE LAWS
At Net News:
Blair calls for creation of global culture. He's a Zionist NWO shill. This "global culture" is the opposite of diversity. Eventually the financial elite will foist a synthetic One World Order religion on us -the "Seven Noahide Laws" of the evil Chabad Lubavitchers. This is the hidden agenda.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
BORN IN A BARN
What would we think today of someone who had that on his birth certificate? Peasant. Third World. Illegitimate.
Imagine being in labor and not having anywhere to go to get out of public view. Imagine a sterile delivery room with a donkey and a cow in the corner. No, I really can't imagine it either.
If you've ever stood in a barn, you know that they are not the cleanest place. Grain brings chaff and dust. Unwelcome little critters usually follow the grain, leaving calling cards here and there. Freshly cut straw hides the bugs that called it home in the field, and now in the barn. Resident animals don't know the difference between inside and outside when answering the demands of nature. If there are chickens in the barn, they are most likely accompanied by rats. The floor is rarely if ever swept.
A barn can be a fun place for a kid to play in the daylight. Hay is soft to jump in. A rope over a beam makes a swing. Castles and forts can be constructed out of the things that end up in barn corners, or the hay bales if dad isn't looking. An idle tractor can be Cindarella's coach or a Sherman tank depending on the game. There are countless places to hide in and jump from, and plenty of animals around to pet or ride on. A game of "I dare you" takes on new meaning if there is a rafter to walk three stories above the floor.
I've played in a barn with my cousins who were much better at all of the games than this city girl could ever be. I've watched them ride the calves and tried to catch the cats, and let the cow lick my hand. I've walked gingerly around the pig wallow and played follow-the-leader through the hen coop while the rats scampered. All of it in the daytime. I did not step into the barn at night. There were too many dark shapes and too many eyes glowing. Small rustlings loom large when you can't see the source.
When I see a picture of the stable where Christ was born, I think of the barn, and I think of delivering a baby there at night. It looks so romantic on the Christmas cards, but a stable is really a barn, and a barn is not romantic even in the daytime.
Looking at the pictures, I wonder if the animals smelled bad, if it was cold, if His mother had any privacy to deliver her baby, or did she worry that a stranger would see. Did she have a light of some sort? Was she afraid of childbirth? Was she embarrassed to have Joseph present and afraid to ask him to leave?
What was really a grim termination of pregnancy has become the subject of some of the most glorious music. I had "A Tenors Christmas" on the CD player today while I was baking. If a barn is to be a palace, Pavoratti can make it happen. How can something so beautiful be inspired by something so pedestrian? How can this helpless mother and newborn child at their first meeting taking place in a barn be the subject of such sentiment 2,000 years later?
This baby has brought many miracles down through history. Today the miracle for me was a Christmas carol sung about a long ago baby born in a barn.
MONKS IN "ARMED" COMBAT ON MT. ATHOS
Amy Welborn has blogged an odd little story about two factions of monks with monasteries on Mt. Athos getting into a disagreement that resulted in the use of "weapons" at hand, and which sent some of them to the hospital.
EMAIL FROM LEE PENN
Folks, take a look at the 5-minute music video at this site:
It is a recording of "Silent Night" with some beautiful pictures, but read the text that comes on the screen along with the film. It appears to me to be solidly New Age. Notice, among other things, Who is not named herein. And why is the invocation to "Spirit," and not the "Holy Spirit"?
If I were designing a Christmas message to be sent out to spread the "gospel" of the United Religions Initiative in the post-Christian West, this would be it.
What's oddest of all is that I got this link as part of a Christmas message from an active Anglican evangelical clergyman, whose e-mail said "be sure to view and listen to the tune above." He gave no hint that there could be a question about the content and message of the movie.
If this is the level of theological discernment in some evangelical clergy, then ...
Here is the home page for the moviemaker:
Meditative Movies - by Mary Robinson Reynolds
Again, I suggest discernment ...
Yes, Lee, it's New Age. Mary Robinson Reynolds teaches MasterMinding. Here is what she has to say about herself:
Mary is the expert and author of many resources for dream and goal actualizing through MasterMinding. You can MasterMind for your heart's greatest desires: your dream, your marriage, your children, your business, your health and weight.
When you learn Mary's system of MasterMinding and add it to your daily life, greater and more far-reaching opportunities begin presenting themselves to you. Synergism and connections with people, places and things that hadn't come to you before swiftly start showing up. ...
MasterMinding is spiritually expanding work. People tend to set goals about what they do not want and then wonder why they hit a wall or feel it's just too hard to make what they really want to happen.
Whether you are devoutly religious, deeply spiritual, an atheist, agnostic or simply skeptical, the practical messages woven through what I have to offer will simply connect you to your best self.
For example, Mary's 2 spiritually based goal achievement programs - MasterMinding 101 and MasterMinding: LIGHTNING in a Bottle! - will show you how to say good-bye to authoritarian models of control, force and chasing after success. You will learn exactly how to flex your spiritual muscle for the results you intend. You will tap in and turn on your innate power to actualize what you are really dreaming of.
In other words you create your own reality.
At the inlightimes.com website Reynolds says:
Faith never looks out the window at the blizzard, it simply prepares for the blessing asked for. Whether it’s money, relationships, health, etc: what is the blizzard that keeps getting your focus, attention and belief? Where your attention is, therein lies your intention.
To grow in faith, you must flex your spiritual muscle. It’s really simple: study new ways of thinking, apply what you are learning, and formulate MasterMind Requests about what you really want in your heart of hearts.
If you have failed to attain your heart’s desires even though you have worked long and hard to do so both mentally and physically, dare to learn how to think, and therefore, manifest differently! You do not have to beg, argue or reason with anyone or anything—simply choose what you intend.
"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law." - A. Crowley
Her solution to a problem is simply visualize it and make it happen. Read her solution to the desperate situation in New Orleans after the hurricane:
If you really want to help, stop giving your attention to all that is not going well.
Instead, VISION our government’s abundance arriving miraculously to assist and feed and nourish and heal the people of New Orleans … as well as throughout the World.
ZERO JUDGMENT. What’s not been handled well - or at all - up to this point no longer matters. What matters is seeing solutions generating, and being beautifully created out of the greatest good in people … now, now and now.
While Christians gather up packages of food and clothing to help victims, New Agers meditate abundance. It's a small step from here to claiming all of your problems are your own fault and so there is no need for anyone to help you overcome them. Just meditate your own solution. Couple that with zero judgment and theft, murder, immorality all become acceptable. What a world they want to create while they lull their followers with claims of love all around.
And it's getting more popular all the time.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
ANTI-CHRIST - WILL HE BE A PERSON ?
Four passages in Scripture specifically mention Anti-Christ: 1 John 2:18, 2:22, 4:3, and 2 John 1:7.
As the Catholic Encyclopedia entry explains, passages in the writings of St. Paul allude to such a person but do not use the specific term "antichrist".
The following passage comes from the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CATHOLIC HISTORY, by Matthew Bunson, with a Foreword by Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb, published by Our Sunday Visitor:
Antichrist Term derived from the Greekantichristos (against Christ), used to describe the foremost enemy of Christ. The Antichrist is mentioned in the NT (1 Jn 2:18, 2:22, 4:3; 2 Jn 7) and traditional interpretations include the powerful imagery of the Book of Revelation as referring to the Antichrist. Catholic teaching points to a real poerson and not a movement; throughout history, he has been identified with Nero and Gaius Caligula. The Antichrist stands as the anticipated enemy of Christ with the final cosmological struggle to occur before the Second Coming of Christ. (p. 964)
Pope Pius X - E Supremi (4/10/1903):
5. When all this is considered there is good reason to fear lest this great perversity may be as it were a foretaste, and perhaps the beginning of those evils which are reserved for the last days; and that there may be already in the world the "Son of Perdition" of whom the Apostle speaks (II. Thess. ii., 3). Such, in truth, is the audacity and the wrath employed everywhere in persecuting religion, in combating the dogmas of the faith, in brazen effort to uproot and destroy all relations between man and the Divinity! While, on the other hand, and this according to the same apostle is the distinguishing mark of Antichrist, man has with infinite temerity put himself in the place of God, raising himself above all that is called God; in such wise that although he cannot utterly extinguish in himself all knowledge of God, he has contemned God's majesty and, as it were, made of the universe a temple wherein he himself is to be adored. "He sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself as if he were God" (II. Thess. ii., 2).
From "Training for priestly celibacy" by Jose Saraiva Martins, Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education:
He who loves Christ «loves all that comes from him», as Vladimir Solovyev so beautifully puts it in The Legend of Antichrist.6
From "Address of John Paul II at the End of the Lenten Spiritual Exercises"
I cordially thank you for your efforts in preparing and directing these spiritual exercises. Through them we were immersed as it were in the mystery of the eternal Trinity, "man's viaticum on the way to the third millenium". You prepared an authentic biblical journey for us, enriched with the voices of saints and spiritual masters. You also let Soloviev speak to us, quoting the texts with the words of the "Antichrist": a powerful moment.
From the Catholic Cultural Document Library:
Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, the 72-year-old archbishop of Bologna (central Italy), made his comments in a lecture he gave in March on Vladimir Soloviev (1853-1900), a brilliant Russian Orthodox theologian and mystic who has also been cited approvingly by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.
Soloviev said the Antichrist would appear after the 20th century. He said the 20th century would be marked by horrific wars and the demise of sovereign nations. Then the Antichrist would appear. He would call for a world religion via ecumenism, replacing traditional Christianity with an amorphous "New Age" type of spirituality...
Soloviev's story of the Antichrist is part of his larger work WAR, PROGRESS AND THE END OF HISTORY.
John Henry Newman on Antichrist:
Having been led, at this season of the year, to speak of that dreadful visitation which will precede the return of CHRIST to judge the world, I mean the coming of Antichrist, I will end the subject now with a few brief remarks on the persecution which will attend it. In saying that a persecution will attend it, I do but speak the opinion of the early Church, as I have tried to do all along, and shall do in what follows.
The Early Church Fathers on the Timing and the Rise of Antichrist.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
TIME TO START BAKING CHRISTMAS COOKIES
Here's an interesting recipe that someone sent me in email:
Jose Cuervo Cookies
My favorite Christmas cookie recipe
1 cup of water
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 cup of brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup nuts
2 cups of dried fruit
1 bottle Jose Cuervo Tequila
Sample the Cuervo to check quality. Take a large bowl and check the Cuervo again. Pour one level cup and drink. Turn on the electric mixer. Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon of sugar. Beat again. At this point, it's best to make sure the Cuervo is still OK. Try another cup...just in case. Turn off the mixerer thingy. Break 2 leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit. Pick the frigging fruit off floor. Mix on the turner. If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers, just pry it loose with a drewscriver. Sample the Cuervo to check for tonsisticity. Next, sift two cups of salt, or something. Who giveshz a sheet. Check the Jose Cuervo. Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts. Add one table. Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink. Whatever you can find. Greash the oven. Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over. Don't forget to beat off the turner. Finally, throw the bowl through the window, finish the Cose Juervo and Make sure to put the stove in the dishwasher.
Now if I just had some dried fruit I could check out this recipe. If I had some tequila.
In a post below Zukkie linked a website that explains the birth of Rosicrucianism. The folllowing quote appears at the link:
Ellerbe demonstrates the Roman Catholic Church was the main force that kept the human mind chained in darkness over the centuries, consistently and systematically opposing all stirrings of enlightenment, and advancement of learning. One aspect of this tyranny over the human mind manifested itself in the policy of the Church of refusing to allow the Bible to be translated into the language of the people, ensuring that control remained in the hands of their priesthood. They wanted the people kept in ignorance and darkness so they could more easily be controlled.
Interesting piece of historical revisionism. I really must object. Actually it was the Roman Catholic Church that preserved European learning through the Dark Ages and the Barbarian invasions. The only center of learning in Europe was the Church. See Edward J. Eberle's paper "Religion and State in the Classroom: Germany and the United States", Roger Williams University School of Law Faculty Papers. From the website:
Most notable is the long-standing influence of the Catholic church. The Catholic church preserved learning during the early Middle Ages before the rediscovery of Roman law. Reading, writing, mathematics, accounting, and the study of science and philosophy were some of the bodies of knowledge that found refuge and nurture within the Church. The deep association of the Catholic church with learning is a major factor in the cooperative relationship that has developed between church and state over education. Europeans became accustomed to looking to the Church for support and contribution to society.
Latin was the language of the people. Wikipedia explains:
The expansion of the Roman Empire spread Latin throughout Europe, and, eventually, Vulgar Latin began to dialectize, based on the location of its various speakers. Vulgar Latin gradually evolved into a number of distinct Romance languages; a process well underway by the 9th century. These were for many centuries only oral languages, Latin still being used for writing. For example, Latin was still the official language of Portugal in 1296, after which time it was replaced by Portuguese. Many of these "daughter" languages, including Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, and Romanian, flourished, the differences between them growing greater and more formal over time.
Scripture was written in Latin not because the Church was trying to keep the peasantry in ignorance. It was written in Latin because that was the written language of Europe. The peasantry spoke in dialects but were illiterate, and thus had no real use for the written texts. When the various languages developed, Latin was preserved for Scripture in order to preserve a body of doctrine without compromises. It still serves this purpose today. All one has to do is look at the translation squabbles within Roman Catholicism to know that this was a wise decision.
Prior to Gutenberg (movable type invented 1450), copies of Scripture were generated by hand, taking many long hours in the scriptorium. These copies were priceless and prized. Peasants could not afford to own them. There were so few that a church was fortunate to own a copy, and that copy was carefully guarded.
While reading Scripture was not an option for the populace in general, the Church developed a rich symbolism that conveyed in pictures and images what the peasantry could not read. Reading did not make life in a feudal society either better or worse. It was not until the rise of the middle class, based on commerce, that literacy became a useful avenue to advancement and thus a desirable skill.
Given this obvious historical distortion, I question the accuracy of the rest of Walker's presentation.
Monday, December 18, 2006
CRUSH A CRECHE! CAMPAIGN
Crush a Creche & Keep Christmas Free from Christianity: War on Christmas Means Destroying Christmas Symbols
Nice. I can think of a thing or two I'd like to crush myself. Wouldn't be a Christmas symbol. Wouldn't be Christian, either. We'll leave it off there.
DISCUSSION OF NOAHIDE LAWS ON AUBURN UNIVERSITY WEBSITE
This website has far more hits than those I linked this morning, which may reflect nothing more than a website that has been active a lot longer than the ones I linked this morning.
From the website:
Bridging the Judeo-Christian Gap. IF YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN and would like to join a discussion group with other Christians, Howard M. Rollin has established a new list specifically designed for you. At this time, the most important aspect of this discussion group will be your understanding and hopefully your support and promotion of the "NOACHIDE" (the Sons of Noah, B'nai Noach) movement. Throughout history, Orthodox Judaism has controlled this movement, as if it were a part of Judaism. However, on March 26, 1991, U.S. President George Bush signed into law a congressional resolution on the Seven Laws of the Noachide Movement (House Joint Resolution 104, Public Law 102-14). Since Rabbinic Judaism has determined that Christianity is idolatry because of the Christian deification of Jesus, Christians are not allowed to become Noachides. Is this appropriate and/or fair? Christians certainly don't view themselves as idolators. Since there are a growing number of Christian Zionists who do not proselytize Jews because they respect all of the valid covenants of the Hebrew Scriptures, should there be a separate Christian Noachide sect for them? That will be the main thrust of information communicated through this "Yahoo" discussion group. If you would like to join, please click on the following link: Click to subscribe to Christian Noachides(bolding mine - ct)
At the "Bridging" link you will find credit given to Vendyl Jones.
It appears to be the website of Rev. Ken Allen of True Grace Ministries, a retired Applications Support Specialist at Auburn.
THE SANHEDRIN WEBSITE
One of the Justices is originally from Cleveland.
A link there to the High Council of B'nei Noah website where a notice is posted of the 2007 Global Noachide Conference.
Another link there takes you to the United Noachide Council, Inc. website.
THE UNITED NOACHIDE COUNCIL
Check out the UNC Global Noachide Directory.
Member websites include the following:
The U.S.A. Connectors are listed here and clearly make up the largest body of connectors:
North Miami Beach
East Point Georgia
Good Hope Georgia
Poplar Bluff Missouri
Fayetteville North Carolina
The United Noachide Council is a United Nations Non-Governmental Organization.
BECOME A UNITED NOACHIDE COURT FACILITATOR
Sign up at the United Noachide Council website.
What will you have to do? From the website:
What does a UNC, Inc. Noachide Court Facilitator do? Just simply be there and be dependable to let people know you are in your area should a fellow UNC member be in need of legal assistance. Any non-Members will be welcome to receive our assistance and have access to our legal process systems across the world; however these individuals will not receive the UNC, Inc. benefits. As a Facilitator, like a court clerk you need to be is available like a pillar of the community to aid and assist others in submitting cases to the UNC, Inc. data processing network, and to file cases within your local jurisdiction. Although UNC, Inc. is a non-Profit org., you will receive funds for covering expenses incurred. Expenses such as court filing fees, mileage etc...
NOAHIDE LAWS COME FROM THE TALMUD
The Seven Noahide Laws (Hebrew: ??? ????? ??? ??, Sheva mitzvot b'nei Noach), also called the Brit Noah ("Covenant of Noah") are mitzvot (commandments) and halakhot (laws) that are morally binding on non-Jews according to Judaism.
They are listed in the Talmud and elaborated on by post-Talmudic authorities.
THE ALWAYS INTERESTING DAVID WOOLFSON
Canadian lawyer; President of Club of Budapest, Canada; former Canadian Director of Jubilennium Millennium Project 1999-2000 that featured a website picture of John Paul II lighting a pyramid candle at the Monastery at Mt. Sinai on his visit there; Director of Planetary Vision Festival 2001; Woolfson has started a new venture called World Wisdom Alliance launched in Canada last July. This is intended to be an online community dedicated to something described in such vague terms at this website that it could be just about anything Woolfson wants to make it.
NOACHIDE LAWS, CARDINAL MEJIA, AND ROME'S CHIEF RABBI
UPDATES ON THE NOAHIDE LAWS
"The Noachides & Rome's Chief Rabbi, Riccardo Di Segni"
"In Rome, on January 17, 2002, in the Lecture hall of the Major Roman Pontifical Seminary, a meeting was organized by the Diocese of Rome, part of the Day of Jewish-Christian dialogue. Present on the Catholic side were Cardinal Jorge Maria Mejia and Msgr. Rino Fisichella, and on the Jewish side, Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni, who replaced Rabbi Elio Toaff as Chief Rabbi of Rome...
"Rabbi Di Segni...explains [the seven precepts that all noachides must respect]:
"These rules are: interdiction of all worship except monotheism, interdiction on blasphemy, the obligation to form tribunals, the interdiction on homicide, theft, adultery, and incest, and the interdiction on eating food torn from living animals.
"...The Rabbi's attention is completely fixed on the first precept, that of monotheism: 'As to the monotheist cult, apparently, it poses no doubt for the major religions.' Aren't Judaism, Christianity and Islam defined, in post-conciliar language that has become colloquial today, as 'the three major monotheist religions? In fact, Di Segni sees no difficulty in defining Muslims as strict and even circumcised monotheists. But, as to Christians, he has some doubts....
christians: monotheists or idolators?
"This is where Di Segni---who is the author of the re-publication of the Toledoths Jehsu, under the new title, Il Vangelo del Ghetto [The Gospel of the Ghetto], with the Toledoths Jehsu being the most inflammatory Jewish legends against Jesus (1)---'speaks clearly' to the prelates who heard him:
"At the point we have now reached, it is necessary to make a clarification on Jewish theology, which, on the subject of monotheism and how it is lived by Christianity, gives rise to a debate that is essentially a dilemma. The point in question is in view of establishing whether Jesus' divinity can be compatible, for a non-Jew (because for a Jew it is absolutely not) with the monotheistic concept.
"In other words: The Jew who would become a Christian, thus then believing in the divinity of Jesus, would cease to be a monotheist in order to become an idolater. Must one say the same thing of a non-Jew? Is believing in Jesus' divinity a sin of idolatry, a violation of the first precept of the Noachide law? Rabbi Di Segni advises:
"'As to be expected, in Jewish theology, the answer to this question is not unanimous: some firmly deny it, others place certain conditions on it. The consequence is that, according to the literal opinion, the Christian would not be on the path of salvation' since he is guilty of idolatry...
"Di Segni concludes: 'If one must literally apply the Noachide system of laws, it [the punishment of death] would be applied to all, so that the Noachides might observe it. Likewise, the punishment of death would apply to what treats forbidding the worship of strange gods,' in view of monotheism."
There is also an explanation at the website of the relationship between Noahides and Freemasonry. In that explanation is a reference to the "eight persons saved in [the Ark], as the Ogdoad or sacred number..." Just recently I reported on a Mill Valley Mason who has formed his own Commandery of the Green Lion practicing the magic of the Ogdoadic Tradition. What is the relationship between the Ogdoadic Tradition and the Noahide Laws?
Sunday, December 17, 2006
VIDEO - "WORLD PEACE, SEVEN LAWS OF NOAH"
Promotion of the Noahide Laws advances to video...
YouTube video titled "World Peace, Seven Laws of Noah", produced by David Jesse, can be viewed here.