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The Baha’i Movement

 WHAT IS THE REAL TRUTH?

Baha’ism advocates a subjectivity, asserting that “truth is continuous and relative, not final and absolute. Yet, no truth is absolutely relative. Think about it for a while.

There is a lot of good in the Baha’i faith. Christians do not come with a spirit of criticism or superiority. We can appreciate in the Baha’i faith: the teaching that children obey their parents, including many aspects of morality, opposing fornication and other forms of immorality.

In 1863, a man named Mirza Husayn ‘Ali announced that he was that Great Teacher. He adopted the name Baha’u’llah (The Glory of God), from which the term Baha’i is derived. 

Still, the Baha’i organization appear anti-biblical with many differences:

  1. Baha’ism denies the uniqueness of Jesus of Nazareth as the Son of God. Baha’u’llah, however, claimed that Christ was but one manifestation of God: Baha’is are taught that God is both one God and many gods
  2. Devotees of the Baha’i philosophy seek to unify all religions upon the basis of doctrinal compromise: an impossible oneness. Allegedly, they revere the teaching of Abraham, Krishna, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Lao-Tze, Jesus Christ, Confucius, Mohammed and Baha’u’llah, and all other great prophets so that all religions are one. baha'i faith
  3. The doctrine of the Baha’i belief contends that the prophecies regarding the second coming of Christ were fulfilled with the arrival of Baha’u’llah. Such a theory, of course, is void of any evidence.

IS BAHA’I A CULT?BAHA'I CULT

Hypocrites believe one thing, but do another. Jefferson opposed slavery, but owned slaves.  Despite claims of gender equality, women are not allowed to be part of its highest religious body, the Universal House of Justice in Haifa, Israel.

But on a daily level, Baha’is go to great lengths to make all members feel comfortable. Baha’i meetings are simple for this reason. There are no priests, no clergy.

God sends faith, people make religions. People put faith in a box and decorate the box. Rituals define what the box looks like when people only see the box. Devotional meetings of 20 to 30 members are held Monday evenings. People gather to hear passages on a given topic taken from many holy writings — the teachings of Baha’u’llah, the Bible, the Koran. Members each take turns preparing the readings and afterwards there’s time for individual prayer: a form of meditative experience.

The Baha’i faith is almost secular in its organization, a religion for the non-religious. It’s a very ‘live and let live’ philosophy.

BAHA'I CULT

How can we recognize a Cult?

  • Is there any compulsion to attend several group meetings each week?
  • Is there guilt if you miss any?
  • Are there “inner” and “outer” circles of members, the inner ones being “more spiritual”?
  • Are members of the outer circle required to agree to “shepherding,” or control/direction by someone in the inner group? (We are not talking of normal discipleship here.)
  • Is there pressure or manipulation to give a minimum of 10% of your income only to that church/fellowship?
  • Are honest questions about doctrines or practices within the group regarded as “criticism” by leaders?

THE MOST HOLY BOOK EXPOSED

 It would seem difficult for Baha’is to expect others to accept their Baha’i Bible, the Most Holy Book (The Al-Kitab-al Aqdas), written by Baha’u’llah, as divine because the community of believers do not treat it as such.

Apart from personal assurance, does the Baha’i religion have objective evidence upon which to rest its beliefs?

BAHA'I HOLY BOOK

IS BAHA’I TRUTHFUL?

The Baha’i writings are not convincingly divine but are simply man-made: rather it is a code of conduct rather than a real religion.

Anyone who reads the Aqdas will recognize how antiquated it is:

  • Regulations for daily worship,
  • Regulations for fasting,
  • Punishments for criminals (the branding of third-offense thieves; payment of $21 for committing adultery; the burning of arsonists; use of capital punishment;
  • Required marriage (to one or two wives; Baha’u’llah had three*).
  • Required Baha’is to wash their hands every day, then their face, then sit facing God and say ninety-five times, “God is most Splendid”

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ACCEPTING HIS GRACE

GRACE CAN SHAKE YOUR LIFE

Take a leap of faith in your journey in going deeper with Christ and drink the ‘heavy water’, stronger grace – that is available to all. 

Don’t be afraid to drink in stronger grace with Christ.  It will bring you to your destination – the intended destination for all of us, union with God – sooner: “For my yoke is easy and my burden light                                                                                                                                   Matthew 11:30

You want to see great power? You want to see miracles around you? Reach out for grace: it changes everything.

ACCEPTING HIS GRACE

Grace is unlimited. It releases heaven’s supernatural power on your behalf. “By the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect.”                                               1 Corinthians 15:10

Grace runs counter to the way the world works. God’s pure grace gets polluted from two types of people, namely, one who is too good for the grace of God; the other thinks he is too evil.

But the good news of God’s grace is that no sinner is beyond the reach of God’s grace. God moves heaven and earth to save sinners who could not lift a finger to save themselves.

There is no one who does not need God’s grace, and there is no one beyond the reach of God’s grace, because grace is a gratuitous gift from God.

TO BEAR FRUIT

ACCEPT GRACE

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THE BIBLE & SCIENCE ALIGN

THE SEARCH FOR NOAH’S FLOOD

There is overwhelming geological evidence that a global flood, as depicted in the story of Noah in the biblical book of Genesis, could have happened. 

The story of Noah’s Ark and the Great Flood is one of the most famous from the Bible, and underwater archaeologists think they have found proof that the biblical flood was actually based on real events.

The first book of the Bible, the book of Genesis, chapters 6 to 8, tells about a great world-wide flood. Such a major universal flood would surely leave much evidence.

  1. V-shaped valleys and river deltas suggest a recent (ca. 3000 BC) flood.
  2. All written history begins ca. 3000 BC.
  3. Foundations of cities began then, families of mankind began then and genealogies date back then.
  4. A rock is dated solely by its fossils, not by rough estimates of millions of years.
  5. Carbon dating, with C14, is not useful in dating before 5000 BC according to the discoverer of the method.

It is clear from the biblical account that there was a universal flood about 3000 BC. The biblical account did not derive from other literature. It is eyewitness testimony.

WHY GOD SENT THE FLOOD

The Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” . . . God looked on the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and, behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth” Genesis 6:7–13 

WAS THE FLOOD OF NOAH GLOBAL OR LOCAL IN EXTENT?

 “The waters prevailed, and greatly increased on the earth. . . . And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered. . . . and the mountains were covered.”  Genesis 7:18,19 Continue reading THE BIBLE & SCIENCE ALIGN

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PRAYERS ANSWERED

PRAYER SURVEY

Newsweek’s own nationwide survey discovered:

  1. A stunning 87% of all Americans believe that prayer is answered by God.
  2. 82% asked for heath or success for a child or other family member when praying.
  3. 75% asked for strength to overcome personal weakness
  4. 85% don’t turn away from prayer even after prayers are not answered.

It has also been reported that all but a few medical doctors believe in God and 69% of doctors pray from time to time.

The real message is that prayer is truly of preeminent importance today.

WHY PRAY?

Why would God, who knows everything, ask us to pray when He already knows our needs before we ask?

Actually, prayer comes very naturally to us. There is even a yearning in our most innermost being that leads us to prayer. Where does this deep compulsion originate?

God designed us so that we might wish to know and be more like Him. We are “wired for God”. St. Augustine said,”You have made us for Yourself; and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.” We have been created for a purpose: to know, love and serve our God. So God wills us to develop an intimate fellowship with Him.

So we need to spend time together in silence and in the most intimate kind of discourse. Our prayer should be a deep soul conversation with our Creator, which was designed from the beginning.

Prayer in a community is also part of God’s plan, “where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20 In fact, there is more power in this form of prayer.

PRAYERS ANSWERED

PRAYERS ANSWERED
PRAYERS ANSWERED

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COMMON TO ALL RELIGIONS

COMMON TO ALL FAITHS
COMMON TO ALL FAITHS

MOST OF THE MAJOR FAITHS HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON.

Most of the major faiths include the idea of a higher level of consciousness, which is called a union with God; this is the ultimate goal of most spiritual practices. All major religions with the exception of the strictest form of Buddhism (Theravada Buddhism) teach:

  1. That there is a God who is not a person, but who created the cosmos and who is definitely personal.
  2. That it is possible to know and to experience union with this personal God.
  3. That the entire purpose of life is to seek to do so in order to experience God
COMMON TO ALL FAITHS

CHRISTIANITY IS DIFFERENT.

Christianity is different from other kinds of God-mysticism. We become fellow-heirs” with Christ and “fellow workers” with God until one day we will see God face to face.

  • Not many religions offer a Leader who chose to live with us and show us how to attain the reward of everlasting life.
  • Not many religions offer a God in the form of the Holy Spirit who fills our lives with divine grace in extraordinary ways: what some would think only as coincidence or good fortune.
  • Not many religions offer happiness, forever, as a prize for following a few laws
  • Not many religions throw life jackets to those floundering in a sea of frustration, sin, contradiction and evil.
  • Not many religions offer light in the darkness and a trail out of the wilderness.
  • Not many religions offer peace.

Cardinal Newman’s motto found on his gravestone, “ex umbris et imaginibus in veritatem” — here below we dwell amid only the shadows and images of eternal truth. Continue reading COMMON TO ALL RELIGIONS

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MARIJUANA: RISK OF PSYCHOSIS

High-potency cannabis, or frequent use, raises the risk of psychosis

Regular use of cannabis with a high potency (HIGHER THAN 10%) increases the risk of developing psychosis five-fold, according to a study published this week by the Lancet. It also found that using less potent strains daily increased the risk three-fold. This study looked at cannabis use among 901 European patients newly diagnosed with psychosis including schizophrenia. In London, 30% of new cases of psychosis in the study were estimated to be tied to strong cannabis.

In addition, the risk of developing psychosis or schizophrenia increases when cannabis use is initiated before the age of 16. Also, persons with a family history of psychosis or schizophrenia who use cannabis are at greater risk of developing psychosis and schizophrenia. Cannabis users with a family history of psychosis are 2.5 to 10 times more likely to develop psychotic disorders, compared to non-users with a family history.

IS IT GOOD FOR OUR HEALTH?

Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug worldwide, with 5 million daily users worldwide. Continue reading MARIJUANA: RISK OF PSYCHOSIS

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THE METH SCOURGE

THE METH SCOURGE
THE METH SCOURGE

The scourge of crystal meth, with its exploding labs and ruinous effect on teeth and skin, has been all but forgotten amid national concern over the opioid crisisMeth has returned with a vengeance. In Oregon, meth-related deaths vastly outnumber those from heroin.

Mexican drug cartels stepped in and have inundated the market with so much pure, low-cost meth that dealers have more of it than they know what to do with. Under pressure from traffickers to unload large quantities, dealers are even offering meth to customers on credit. 

Heroin is a depressant. It shuts you down and you’re not capable of doing a whole lot. In contrast, meth is a stimulant: addicts have lowered inhibitions and are awake 24/7, running around at night, so night burglaries abound. Eighty or 90 percent of heroin users are also using meth to temper the effects.

Like opioids, meth is highly addictive and difficult to quit. Meth has been overshadowed by opiates. Unfortunately, there are fewer tools to combat meth than to combat opioids: There is nothing like Naloxone, which can reverse opioid overdoses, or methadone, which can stem opioid cravings.

Meth or methamphetamine use is plausibly responsible for as many if not more drug-related crimes, episodes of violence, and trips to the emergency room than any other substance (discounting all of our daily opiate overdoses)

Meth first overloads and then eventually disables the dopamine system in the brain, which is not good. Meth exacerbates any pre-existing psychosis or induces psychosis altogether. Frequent users often report they hear voices, see “shadow figures,” experience severe paranoia, and endorse full-blown psychotic delusions. When you couple these sorts of psychotic symptoms with frequently hyper-aggressive and/or hyper-sexual behavior while intoxicated, you have a real public health problem. Addicts become semi-aware fragments of themselves, arousing and satisfying their darker impulses.

Meth kills by overloading blood vessels, eventually resulting in aneurysms, heart failure and strokes. As a result, long time older users are likeliest to die—in San Francisco, the average age of those who die of a meth overdose is 49.

METH SCOURGE
THE METH SCOURGE

The White House Council of Economic Advisers estimates the total social cost of the opioid crisis to the country in 2015 was as high as $504 billion, or 2.8% of GDP. Continue reading THE METH SCOURGE

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ISRAEL ARAB SOLUTION

CONSTANT CONFLICT

ISRAEL ARAB SOLUTION

From 1948 until today several wars took place between the State of Israel and the neighboring Arab Countries, and in each war the Israelis were successful, and the Arab countries were the losers, and in each of these wars the fighting power of the Palestinians was diminished bit by bit. Even now the Arab Countries were and are still afraid to fight Israel with its 200 atomic devices ready to be launched by air or by missiles.

Any nation other than the Palestinians would have ceased the hostilities and accepted the fait accompli, but not the Palestinians, because they have faith in the righteousness of their struggle.

In order to finish with the problem of Palestine the Israeli State reverted to methods of harassment and suppression with an eventual transfer of the Palestinians to the Neighboring Arab Countries.

ISRAEL ARAB SOLUTION

THE LEBANESE CIVIL WAR

The Lebanese Civil war that lasted 18 years brought Hezbollah to the forefront of the Lebanese political and military power. In the year 2000 the last Israeli soldier left Lebanon, and Hezbollah entered the Lebanese Parliament and became a Political Party.

In 2005, the Maronite Patriarch urged President Chirac and George Bush (the son) to help Lebanon in getting the Syrians out of Lebanon. The Syrian Forces were invited by the Lebanese Government as well as by the Arab League to help “pacify the situation” in Lebanon resulting in the civil war 1975-1993.

As a consequence Resolution 1559 of the UN calling for Syria to withdraw its forces as well as its intelligent services and to disarm Hezbollah as well as the Palestinian Refugee camps in Lebanon. Syria complied with Resolution 1559.

ISRAEL ARAB SOLUTION

THE ALTERNATIVES

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UNITY & GREAT SCHISM

WHAT DIVIDES ORTHODOX AND CATHOLICS?

  1. Church unity was expressed through being in communion with the Bishop of Rome, as the successor of St. Peter. Jesus emphasized Peter’s special mission to his apostles and not simply his place of honor among them. 

 The Orthodox do believe in the primacy (a certain leadership position) of our patriarchs, etc., but not their supremacy: the Bishop of Rome is the “first among equals.” Orthodoxy believes that all Orthodox bishops are the successors of Peter. 

  1. Orthodox have always insisted that celibacy had traditionally been optional for clergy since the first century, citing scriptural and other evidence for married priests and bishops                                                                                                            Mark 1:30, I Timothy 3:1-5

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ADHD HEALED

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, ADHD is a chronic condition marked by persistent inattention, hyperactivity, and sometimes impulsivity. ADHD begins in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. As many as two out of every three children with ADHD continue to have symptoms as adults. The number of children getting diagnosed and treated for ADHD has risen over time. The most common type involves both a mix of inattentive symptoms and hyperactive-impulsive symptoms.

Children with ADHD also may struggle with low self-esteem, troubled relationships and poor performance in school. 

INATTENTION

A child who shows a pattern of inattention may often:

  • Fail to pay close attention to details or make careless mistakes in schoolwork
  • Have trouble staying focused in tasks or play
  • Appear not to listen, even when spoken to directly
  • Have difficulty following through on instructions and fail to finish schoolwork or chores
  • Have trouble organizing tasks and activities
  • Avoid or dislike tasks that require focused mental effort, such as homework
  • Lose items needed for tasks or activities, for example, toys, school assignments, pencils
  • Be easily distracted
  • Forget to do some daily activities, such as forgetting to do chores

HYPERACTIVITY AND IMPULSIVITY

A child who shows a pattern of hyperactive and impulsive symptoms may often:

  • Fidget with or tap his or her hands or feet, or squirm in the seat
  • Have difficulty staying seated in the classroom or in other situations
  • Be on the go, in constant motion
  • Run around or climb in situations when it’s not appropriate
  • Have trouble playing or doing an activity quietly
  • Talk too much
  • Blurt out answers, interrupting the questioner
  • Have difficulty waiting for his or her turn
  • Interrupt or intrude on others’ conversations, games or activities

 Children with ADHD are more likely than others to also have conditions such as:

  • Learning disabilities,including problems with understanding and communicating
  • Anxiety disorders,which may cause overwhelming worry, nervousness
  • Depression,which frequently occurs in children with ADHD
  • Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder,characterized by irritability and problems tolerating frustration
  • Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD),generally defined as a pattern of negative, defiant and hostile behavior toward authority figures
  • Conduct disorder,marked by antisocial behavior such as stealing, fighting, destroying property, and harming people or animals
  • Bipolar disorder,which includes depression as well as manic behavior
  • Tourette syndrome,a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive muscle or vocal tics

It is possible that the chronic use of sugar could cause changes in brain chemistry that may eventually lead to ADHD. Children with high-sugar diets were more likely to have disrupted sleep, most commonly breathing problems and night sweats.  Unfortunately, ADHD  can’t be corrected simply by removing sugar from the diet in short-term studies.

Children with ADHD are about twice as likely to be overweight or obese and vice versa. Many foods are very high in sugars, which are strongly associated with high insulin levels and inflammation, which is not obvious, but is present throughout the body.  This inflammation can only be detected by special blood tests in research labs. 

Researchers noted “improved behavior and focus” among children with epilepsy who tried the keto diet.  A decrease in carbohydrates may lessen the symptoms of ADHD.

ADHD HEALED AND KETOGENIC DIET
ADHD HEALED AND KETOGENIC DIET

Clinical research has found improvements in cognition in adults and children on the ketogenic diet as observed below:

KETO DIET ADHD SUCCESS STORIES

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