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"Be Still, My Soul"

By Mormon Tabernacle Choir Blog

Added to the hymnal of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1985, “Be Still, My Soul” dates back to the 1750’s. The text was originally titled ““Stille, mein Wille, dein Jesus hilft siegen,” and was written by Katharina von Schlegal. Born in Germany, on October 22 1697, much of the background on von Schlegal remains unknown.

Below is an excerpt from The Mormon Channel’s History of Hymns series, which investigates the origins of the hymns of the church:

    One fact though is certain: She (von Schlegal) knew her scriptures well, both the Old and the New Testaments. In her hymn, she wove together in a creative and remarkable way a whole series of scriptural themes and references to biblical events.

    100 years after its first publication in the German language, “Stille, mein Wille” was translated into English by Jane L. Borthwick in Scotland and published in “Hymns from the Land of Luther, Series 2,” which Jane and her sister Sarah Borthwick Findlater jointly prepared, titled in English, “Be Still, My Soul.” This hymn was originally sung to several other tunes, none of which was a lasting combination. Katharina von Schlegel wrote many verses to her hymn but Jane translated only five, three of which are generally sung today.

The composer of the music, Johann Julius Christian Sibelius, was born in Finland in 1865. He later changed his name to reflect the French form of Johann, and was known thereafter as Jean Sibelius. He was also the composer for many orchestral works, including seven symphonies.

In 2009, a younger David Archuleta visited the Mormon Tabernacle Choir during a rehearsal. He serenaded them with “Be Still, My Soul,” accompanied by Kendra Lowe, who arranged this version. The following year, Archuleta joined the Choir for the Christmas concerts at the Conference Center. Here is the video and lyrics for Archuleta’s impromptu performance for the Choir:


Be still, my soul: The Lord is on thy side;
With patience bear thy cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In ev'ry change he faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: Thy best, thy heav'nly Friend
Thru thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: Thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as he has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: The waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.

Be still, my soul: The hour is hast'ning on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love's purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: When change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

-Mormon Tabernacle Choir

5 Stories Everyone Assumes Are In The Bible (But Aren't)

By Tara Marie

Considering the fact that the Christian Bible is the most popular book in human history, it's surprising how little people know about what's actually in it. Or maybe not -- it's a complicated text compiled over thousands of years, and it's as long as the first five Harry Potter novels combined. Even for an expert, there's a lot in there to process ... and a vast ocean of stuff that isn't in there.

You see, as we've discussed, a whole lot of the stories and characters people associate with the Bible were actually cobbled together from centuries of pop culture and garbled readings of the original. Go grab a Bible from your bookshelf or your nearest hotel nightstand, and you won't find …

#5. Sodom And Gomorrah Getting Destroyed For Homosexuality

If you ask someone to point out a part of the Bible where God specifically condemns homosexuality, they're likely to refer you to Genesis 19, the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, the San Franciscos of the ancient world. The popular story is that God destroyed these two cities due to rampant homosexuality (in fact, that's where the word "sodomy" as we know it today comes from) and sent two angels like a heavenly SEAL team to extract Lot, the only non-gay citizen, and his family before the wrath came down.

This is why, for instance, you'll hear preachers today insist that hurricanes target cities that hold Gay Pride parades:





The only problem is that there is absolutely no reference in the Bible to anyone in Sodom being gay, and even if they were, that's never given as one of the reasons God wanted to wipe the place out. If anything, the biggest sin of the people of Sodom was that they really hated foreigners.

In the story, God sends two angels in human form into Sodom to visit Lot's house and inform him that he might want to pack his bags because some serious Old Testament shit was scheduled to happen the next day. This was because the people of Sodom were "wicked" and their sins were "grievous" -- they didn't get more specific than that. But when Lot's neighbors caught wind of the fact that he had out-of-town visitors, they gathered their torches and pitchforks and paid him a visit, demanding to be given a chance to give the foreigners some old-fashioned Sodom hospitality (read: beating and raping them).

Now, it is true that the Sodom lynch mob issues a clear rape threat against Lot's (male) visitors. The quote from the King James Bible is, "Bring them out unto us, that we may know them." In Bible talk, "knowing" someone doesn't exactly mean meeting them over coffee. Many interpret this as evidence of how crazy they all were about gay sex, that the very fact that there were dudes in their city who they hadn't sexed up yet drove them to violent insanity.

But one rape threat against anyone doesn't make someone gay so much as an asshole (see: any prison) and that one line is the only reference to any kind of sexual activity in the whole story. When the Bible clarifies later what Sodom had done to piss off God, it says it was the fact that people of Sodom were lazy, arrogant, and uncharitable. Here's the quote from the King James version:

Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: Therefore I took them away as I saw good.

Whether or not he thought too many people were doing it in the butt isn't given so much as a footnote in the list of God's grievances. But the only thing anyone remembers about the sins of Sodom is that one guy who shouted out that he wanted to pork some angels -- to the point that this is how "sodomy" wound up in modern language. So here's a fun exercise: The next time your Christian friend refuses to give money to a poor person, say, "Hey, you just sodomized that guy!"

#4. The Seven Deadly Sins

You probably learned the "seven deadly sins" from the movie Se7en, even if you've never set foot in a church. These are supposedly the seven worst sins that you can commit: gluttony, pride, lust, greed, wrath, sloth, and envy. If you're flipping through your Bible looking for them, you'd maybe expect to find them right after the Ten Commandments (the part where the Bible has all the rules listed, right?). But flip all you want; they're not in there. If somebody had just told that to Kevin Spacey's character at the start, it would have saved him months of work.

If you really think about it, these seven sins seem awfully broad, almost like pretty much any kind of wrongdoing that you can think of falls into one category or another. And, in fact, that's exactly the point -- the seven sins, officially known as the cardinal sins, aren't a list of rules taken from the Bible, like the Ten Commandments. They were actually formulated by the medieval Church as an easy way to categorize all sins.

Rather than a simple how-to guide dictated by God, they were intended more as a kind of Cliff's Notes for the Bible to make its 10-billion-strong list of rules a little more digestible for the general public, almost none of whom owned an actual copy. Remember, the idea of everyone actually having a copy of the Bible only goes back a few hundred years -- before that, books were painstakingly inked out by hand, one at a time. They had to have a way to boil things down, verbally.

So, the cardinal sins were first dictated in the sixth century by Pope Gregory I, whose intention was to come up with a short list of basic sin elements, kind of like the Periodic Table Of Pissing Off God. Then, as with a whole bunch of stuff you wrongly assumed came straight out of God's holy ink well, the seven deadly sins made the transition from obscure mythology to Bible canon when Dante wrote his epic poem The Divine Comedy, best known for its most popular and most metal chapter, "Inferno." It divides Hell into seven circles based on which of the seven deadly sins the damned fell afoul of. Those seven circles, of course, are also nowhere to be found in the Bible.

#3. Purgatory

Purgatory is supposed to be the place that you go to if you're not wicked enough to deserve Hell, but also not quite holy enough to ascend to Heaven. It's kind of like an airport boarding lounge on your way toward salvation -- if God's not quite confident that you're not packing a shoe-bomb full of sin, then you need to get a full pat-down by the TSA of righteousness before you board that flight to eternal happiness.

In reality, purgatory isn't something that the Bible literally describes; it's more something that Catholic doctrine suggests must exist in order to solve the problem of where people go after they die if they haven't fulfilled the entry requirements of either Heaven or Hell. According to official Catholic doctrine, the existence of purgatory was decided upon during the Council Of Florence in 1431, because the Bible didn't specify its terms clearly enough.

But theologians soon discovered another problem with scripture: Where do babies go when they die before they have a chance to be baptized? And what happened to the righteous who lived and died before Jesus was born?

Regular Catholic lore suggested that they went straight to Hell without collecting $200, but those who figured that God wouldn't be so cruel conceived of the concept of limbo, which, as distinct from purgatory, was the temporary holding cell of souls for those who deserved to go to Heaven but either died before Jesus' crucifixion or were too dumb (e.g. babies) to realize that they were born into sin.

And given that the concepts of purgatory and limbo were invented after the Bible was written, they never entered into the popular discourse until ... Dante wrote about them. Shit, at this point we're willing to suggest that Dante invented more of Christianity than Jesus did.

#2. The Prostitute Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene is one of the most famous female characters in the Bible, yet only the second-most famous Mary. She was Jesus' only female disciple, overshadowed by 12 much more famous dudes. She was a prostitute whom Jesus forgave, and she proceeded to follow him around, washing his feet and redeeming herself from a life of sinful whoring. Some have speculated that she was secretly Christ's favorite, leading to conspiracy theories about the church covering up the fact that they got married and had kids (which obviously is what The Da Vinci Code is about).

But, according to the Bible, basically none of the above paragraph is true.

Sure, Mary Magdalene does appear in the gospels as a disciple of Jesus, but that's about it. She wasn't a prostitute and wasn't even the only female in his entourage -- Luke Chapter 8 lists his disciples, which include Magdalene; Joanna, wife of Chuza; and somebody named Susanna. Jesus was actually pretty popular with the ladies.

Basically, the myths surrounding Magdalene's life came about when people started confusing her with other people, on account of the fact that there are just too damn many women in the Bible named Mary. In fact, there are two other characters who have been lumped in with Magdalene just for sharing what was probably the most popular woman's name of the era -- Mary of Bethany, the sister of Lazarus, who cooked Jesus dinner because it seemed the polite thing to do after he resurrected her brother, and a woman "who lived a sinful life" who may or may not also have been named Mary, and whom Jesus forgives to the confusion of his apostles who are aghast that he let her filthy mitts touch him.

Both of the other Marys greet Jesus by dumping perfume on his feet and wiping it off with their hair, which was apparently just a thing people did back then (nobody in the story seems to think it's odd). But the medieval Catholic Church, presumably deciding that there were just way too many characters in the Bible and that people were likely to get confused by all these Marys, made an official decree that all three women were the same person. Just like future generations might simplify history by conflating Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Aniston.

The church retracted the claim in 1969, but because most people don't keep themselves up to date on the minutiae of Catholic dogma, the myth remains that Mary Magdalene is the "sinful woman" who scrubbed Jesus' feet with her hair. And even then, the Bible doesn't specify that "sinful" means she was a prostitute -- that much comes down to pure gossip. Though it's telling that people immediately made that leap.

And speaking of figures that are in reality mash-ups of unrelated characters …

#1. Satan, The Lone Enemy Of God

This is where we hit maximum controversy -- according to traditional Christian lore, Satan was one of the first angels and originally one of God's favorites, until he rebelled and was cast down to Earth, where he became not only the Prince Of Darkness and mankind's primary antagonist but the yin to God's yang and the guy everyone blames when things go wrong. Everyone who has attended even a single Sunday school session knows about Satan's war against everything that's good and his ultimate war against God and Heaven, so you assume he has a significant role in the Bible.

Well ... yes and no. Like your Facebook status with your on-again-off-again friend-with-benefits, God's relationship with Satan is complicated.

We've already talked about how Satan's popular appearance as a goat-horned, trident-wielding dude with red skin is just a product of pop culture, but that only scratches the surface. First of all, most of the Bible's references to the critter we think of as Satan are actually, probably, referring to completely different entities.

For example, the snake in the Garden Of Eden who convinced Eve to eat the forbidden fruit was probably referring to an actual talking snake rather than a shape-shifting devil, as evidenced by God cursing it to crawl on its belly for eternity. That wasn't Satan; it was just a snake who happened to be an asshole.

Then later in the Old Testament, the word "Satan" is just used to mean "adversary" -- the way "antichrist" was used to refer to anyone who hated Christians.

Strangest of all, in one of the very few times that Satan actually appears with a speaking role in the Bible, he's kind of God's adviser on human relations. In the story of Job, Satan is one of many angels who attend when God holds court in his heavenly kingdom. Job is God's favorite human due to his righteousness, but Satan suggests that maybe Job wouldn't be so righteous if God took away his wealth and family, so God decides he has a point and proceeds to do so. That's right -- God gets advice from Satan, decides it's a good idea, and follows through with it.

Then, someone refers to Lucifer in another book, commonly believed to be the Devil's real name. That turned out to be a simple misunderstanding -- the author of Isaiah 14 was taking the mickey out of a Babylonian king by comparing him to the descent of the planet Venus (it translates roughly to "bright morning star"). Later translators got mixed up and decided that this, too, was a reference to a single demonic being behind everything.

Finally, the character of Satan as the general in a great battle against God comes together in the Book Of Revelation, which says this:

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: He was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

That's right: "The great dragon." After going the whole book with no physical description of Satan (no horns, no red pajamas, no pitchfork), suddenly at the very end they just mention in passing that, oh yeah, he's a giant dragon. Holy shit, guys. It seems like you kind of buried the lede there. –Cracked

Pearls Of Wisdom

Author Unknown

1] Prayer should not be just the spare wheel that you use when you are in trouble, but should be the steering wheel that keeps you in the right track and safe in the right path throughout your journey.

2] A car's windshield is much larger and a car's rear view mirror is much smaller because the past is not as important as the present and future. So enjoy the present scenery, look ahead, and move on, but don't completely ignore what is behind you!

3] Friendship is like a book: it takes years to write one but only a few minutes [or seconds] to destroy it.

4] All things in life are temporary. If things are going well, enjoy them because they will not last forever. If things are going wrong, don't worry, they won't last either.

5] An old friend is like gold and a new friend is like a diamond! If you get a diamond, don't discard the gold because you'll need a base of gold on which to set and hold a diamond.

6] Often when we lose hope and think it is the end, God smiles and says, "Relax, it's just a bend .... not the end!"

7] If God solves your problem, you have faith in His ability; if God doesn't solve your problem, He has faith in your ability.

8] A blind person once asked St. Anthony: "Can there be anything worse than losing one's eyesight?" St. Anthony's reply: "Yes, losing one's vision!"

9] When you pray for others' happiness and safety, God answers your prayer; when you are happy and safe, remember that God answered someone's prayer for you.

10] Worry does not take away tomorrow's trouble, it merely takes away today's peace.

-Contributed by Mary

Jesus Outside Scripture

By Andy Nash

Is the Christian claim that Jesus of Nazareth lived and died credible? Consider the following statement: “Christus . . . suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of . . . Pontius Pilatus.”

These words were penned by the Roman historian Tacitus. Was Tacitus a Christian? No. Why would he refer to the death of Christus under the Roman procurator Pontius Pilatus? Because it happened.

Another Roman historian, Suetonius, records: “As the Jews were making constant disturbances at the instigation of Chrestus, he [the emperor Claudius] expelled them from Rome.” This report perfectly parallels Acts 18:2: “There he [Paul] met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome.” It appears that the author of Acts had his facts right.

There’s more secular evidence for the life and death of Jesus than for most figures from His era, some of whom just have a single reference.

Consider this description from Josephus: “Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it is appropriate to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was the Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the leading men among us, had condemned him to the cross, those that had first loved him did not give up. For he appeared to them alive again the third day. . . . And to this day the tribe of Christians, so named from him, has not vanished.”1

Some have criticized this account, saying a Christian interpolator expanded portions of it. This is possible. But consider another Josephus reference to Jesus: “Festus was now dead, and Albinus was but upon the road; so [the high priest] assembled the Sanhedrin of judges, and brought before them the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ, whose name was James, and some others; and when he had formed an accusation against them as breakers of the law, he delivered them to be stoned.”2 Notice how this casual reference to Jesus assumes the reader’s familiarity with Him.

The argument that Jesus of Nazareth never existed has almost no support today. By all accounts, Jesus lived in first-century Galilee and was crucified in a Jerusalem rock quarry.

The only question remaining when it comes to the historical figure of Jesus is: What are we to do with Him? Are we to believe He was merely one of thousands of Jews who were crucified, one of hundreds claiming to be the Jewish Messiah? Or was there something different about this Man, who became not only the most well-known Jew in history, but the most well-known person in history?

Years ago a veteran news anchor was asked, “If you could interview anyone in history, who would it be?”

“Jesus of Nazareth,” he replied. “For obvious reasons.” -Adventist Review

Footnotes:

1. Josephus Antiquities 18. 63, 64
2. Ibid., 20. 9.

What Do You Think Hell Is Like?

By Tamara Laroux

This is a terrifying testimony of the hell fires that await those who turn their backs on God. Tamara Laroux shot herself in the chest and was plunged into the pits of hell only to be plucked to heaven by the hand of God. She was given a second chance by the Creator. According to Tamara, “Either you are going to be transformed into a being of sin and torment or you are going to be transformed into a being of light and love and joy. And it is a personal responsibility who and what you are going to be transformed into.” Watch her story and remember, Hell is REAL! -Faith Hub


Critics Of Bible Silenced Once Again

Archaeological Discoveries Prove Old Testament To Be Accurate
By Madeeha Shakeel

For many years, the critics of the Old Testament continued to argue that Moses invented the stories found in Genesis. The critics contended that the ancient people of the Old Testament times were too primitive to record documents with precise details.

In doing so, these critics basically claimed that there was no verification that the people and cities mentioned in the oldest of Biblical accounts ever really existed.

The discovery of the Ebla archive in northern Syria in the 1970′s confirmed that the Biblical records concerning the Patriarchs are spot on. It was during the excavations in northern Syria that the excavating found a large library inside a royal archive room. This library had tablets dating from 2400 -2300 BC.

The excavating team discovered almost 15,000 ancient tablets and fragments which when joined together accounted for about 2,500 tablets. Amazingly, these tablets confirmed that personal and location titles in the Biblical Patriarchal accounts are authentic. These tablets are known as the Ebla Tablets.

For a long period of time, the critics of the Old Testament used to argue that the name ‘Canaan’ was used wrongly in the early chapters of the Bible. They claimed the name Canaan was never used at that specific time in history. They further accused that the name was inserted in the Old Testament afterwards, while the earliest books of The Holy Bible were not written in the times that are described.

However, with the discovery of the tablets from the northern Syria, the word the word “Canaan” does appear, contrary to the claims of the critics. The tablets proved that the term was actually used in ancient Syria during the time in which the Old Testament was written.

Additionally, the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were also thought to be pure fiction by Bible critics. These cities are also identified in the Ebla tablets, in addition to the city of Haran. Haran is described in Genesis as the city of Abram’s father, Terah. Previous to this discovery, ‘scholars’ suspected the actual presence of the ancient city.

In addition to this, countless other archaeological findings confirm the Biblical records to be real and accurate. Some of these findings are listed below:
  • The campaign into Israel by Pharaoh Shishak (1 Kings 14:25-26) is recorded on the walls of the Temple of Amun in Thebes, Egypt.
  • The revolt of Moab against Israel (2 Kings 1:1; 3:4-27) is recorded on the Mesha Inscription.
  • The fall of Samaria (2 Kings 17:3-6, 24; 18:9-11) to Sargon II, king of Assyria, is recorded on his palace walls.
  • The defeat of Ashdod by Sargon II (Isaiah 20:1) is recorded on his palace walls.
  • The campaign of the Assyrian king Sennacherib against Judah (2 Kings 18:13-16) is recorded on the Taylor Prism.
  • The siege of Lachish by Sennacherib (2 Kings 18:14, 17) is recorded on the Lachish reliefs.
  • The assassination of Sennacherib by his own sons (2 Kings 19:37) is recorded in the annals of his son Esarhaddon.
  • The fall of Nineveh as predicted by the prophets Nahum and Zephaniah (2 Kings 2:13-15) is recorded on the Tablet of Nabopolasar.
  • The fall of Jerusalem to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon (2 Kings 24:10-14) is recorded in the Babylonian Chronicles.
  • The captivity of Jehoiachin, king of Judah, in Babylon (2 Kings 24:15-16) is recorded on the Babylonian Ration Records.
  • The fall of Babylon to the Medes and Persians (Daniel 5:30-31) is recorded on the Cyrus Cylinder.
  • The freeing of captives in Babylon by Cyrus the Great (Ezra 1:1-4; 6:3-4) is recorded on the Cyrus Cylinder.

The Other Millennials

By Sky Dylan-Robbins


They’re recognizable by their overstuffed backpacks, dogs, and cardboard panhandling signs. They’ve been given many labels: gutter punks, crusties, street kids. In New York, their base is the East Village, that longtime hub for young people on the fringes; when the weather grows cold, many will hitchhike or “hop freight” to warmer cities in the South or out West.

According to some metrics, New York City has more homeless people today than at any time since the Great Depression. The number of people sleeping in shelters has risen eighty-two per cent in the past decade. The cohort of nomadic youth is hard to count, but the ones we spoke to agreed that their numbers are growing. Homelessness, for many of them, represents a deliberate rejection of the values of mainstream society. As one twenty-nine-year-old said, “Honestly, I know the processes and procedures for dealing with life outside on the street way more than I could navigate a corporate office setting…or have any desire to.” -New Yorker

At Last, The Blonde Man Has Finally Arrived

 Author(s) Unknown

A blonde man is in the bathroom and his wife shouts: "Did you find the shampoo?"
He answers, "Yes, but I'm not sure what to do... it's for dry hair, and I've just wet mine."

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A blonde man goes to the vet with his goldfish.
"I think it's got epilepsy," he tells the vet.
The vet takes a look and says, "It seems calm enough to me."
The blonde man says, "Wait, I haven't taken it out of the bowl yet."

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A blonde man spies a letter lying on his doormat.
It says on the envelope "DO NOT BEND ".
He spends the next 2 hours trying to figure out how to pick it up.

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A blonde man shouts frantically into the phone, "My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart!"
"Is this her first child?" asks the Doctor.
"No!" he shouts, "this is her husband!"

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A blonde man was driving home, drunk as a skunk. Suddenly he has to swerve to avoid a tree, then another, then another.
A cop car pulls him over, so he tells the cop about all the trees in the road.
The cop says, "That's your air freshener swinging about!"

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A blonde man's dog goes missing and he is frantic. His wife says "Why don't you put an ad in the paper?"
He does, but two weeks later the dog is still missing.
"What did you put in the paper?" his wife asks.
"Here boy!" he replies.

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(This one actually makes sense.)

An Italian tourist asks a blonde man: "Why do scuba divers always fall backwards off their boats?" To which the blonde man replies: "If they fell forward, they'd still be in the boat."

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A friend told the blonde man: "Christmas is on a Friday this year."
The blonde man then said, "Let's hope it's not the 13th."

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Two blonde men find three grenades, and they decide to take them to a police station.
One asked: "What if one explodes before we get there?"
The other says: "We'll lie and say we only found two."

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A woman phoned her blonde neighbor man and said: "Close your curtains the next time you & your wife are having sex. The whole street was watching and laughing at you yesterday."
To which the blonde man replied: "Well the joke's on all of you because I wasn't even at home yesterday.

-Contributed by Mary

Zen Meditation


“Muslims Have The Right To Kill Anyone Who Does Not Respect Islam”

By Onan Coca

Well, so much for that whole “Religion of Peace” stuff.

A video recently surfaced of an interview with a so-called “moderate” Muslim cleric on a Norwegian TV show. The video has gone viral because it shows an Islamic leader in the West being honest about what Islam teaches when it comes to non-Muslims.

In response to questions about Muslim violence against non-Muslims, Mullah Krekar tells Norwegian TV that not only is it okay for Muslims to kill non-Muslims, it’s actually required by Qu’ranic law. Further the imam says that “Muslims have the right to Kill anyone who does not respect Islam.”
Muslim religious leader: 'Muslims have the right to kill anyone who does not respect Islam' Click to Tweet

Host: For someone who burns the Koran, the punishment, according to Islam, is death, is that correct?

Mullah Krekar: If you burn the Koran, which is an insult, then the answer is clearly yes.

Host: But the man who has burned the Koran, would it be right that he loses his life even though he lives in Norway?

Mullah KrekarMullah Krekar: I know absolutely that he has committed a criminal offense where the punishment is death. The responsibility for carrying out the punishment is on the Ummah, our Muslim brotherhood.

Regardless if he lives in Norway, or if he is Barack Obama, I am not myself threatening the person.

I am telling you what is stated in the law.

I have told you what is in the Koran and in the Hadith.

I have not pointed at one specific person and said “You, we must kill.”

Host: One of those who burned a Koran is afraid because somebody who listens to you might want to kill him, because you have said that is the punishment according to the Koran. Isn’t there the risk that somebody would listen to you?

Mullah Krekar: He must fear… anybody who follows the Koran… will have to fear the crime he has committed and fear that his punishment will be executed…

Anybody who knows of this punishment can kill him. Anybody. We will defend out religion with our own blood. Our only limits are limits of blood, limits made of explosives.

Those who insult our religion must know that one of us will die. Those who insult our religion and our honor must understand – that this is a matter of life and death.

Host: Would you be satisfied if this man gets killed?

Mullah Krekar: Yes. I would send a gift to the person who kills him. Why wouldn’t I be happy about that?

Host: How would you describe those who attacked Charlie Hebdo?

Mullah Krekar: They were defending their honor, they were defending their holiness… Yes, of course {they were heroes}. They were Jihadists.



Make sure to watch the entire eye-opening interview. Our leaders, especially the liberals, live in a fantasyland where Islam is as moral and upright as any other religion. It’s just not so.

If you don’t believe me, listen to Mullah Krekar as he gives us some very clear insight into the mind of Islam… it ain’t pretty. –Eagle Rising

Jan 3, 2016

‘Let The Children First Be Killed’: The 10 Worst Typos In The Bible

The most popular book in the history of mankind — if one discounts the opinions of fans of Ayn Rand —  is believed to be the Bible.

Theologians have speculated that the most holy of Christian books was written by 40 authors over a period of 1,500 years with many true believers feeling that it is the actual word of God — technically making the authors “transcribers.”

With many versions of the Bible re-translated over so many years into multiple languages and idioms, it is understandable that “mistakes will be made,” although none quite as bad as Adam and Eve taking a bite out of the apple.

According to David Shariatmadari at The Guardian, a 1631 version that came to be known as the “Sinner’s Bible” was so egregiously bad that most copies were destroyed and the printer — Robert Barker — was stripped of his printing license, fined and imprisoned where he died 15 years later.

Typos in the Bible did not die out with Barker and are bound to continue with new versions and interpretations always on the horizon.

With that in mind, Shariatmadari has complied 10 of the worst typos in the Bible to date:
  • “Sin on more” — This obvious one comes from a 1716 edition of the King James version and 8,000 copies were released before the error was noticed.
  • “Let the children first be killed” — Wrong. From Mark 7:27, “Let the children first be filled” seems more in line with Christian charity.
  • “If the latter husband ate her” — From the so-called “Cannibal’s Bible” dated 1682,  it was supposed to read, “If the latter husband hate her.”  The less said about this, the better.
  • “To remain” — In an 1805 Bible, instructions to the printer on the placement of a comma — it was supposed to stay — became part of Galatians 4:29. “But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit to remain, even so it is now.”
  • “Owl husband” — It is well known from Leviticus that interspecies relations were frowned upon in the Bible, and the 1944 King James version that read “in the same way submit yourselves to your owl husbands” was meant to read “own husbands.”
  • “Holy ghost” — A mistranslation from Greek of the word “pneuma” — meaning breath or spirit — had believers expelling ghosts when they exhaled.
  • “Peace on Earth and good will toward men” — That is what the King James version says an angel told shepherds on a hill near Bethlehem. According to the earlier Greek version, God was a bit more choosy about his friends and the angel reportedly said, “peace on Earth to people he favors.”
  • “Out of thy lions” — An 1804 edition substituted “lions” for “loins” and even if they had spell check back then, it wouldn’t have caught it. It happens to the best of us.
  • “Jesus” — According to the earlier Greek version, His name was more likely “Joshua” or the Hebrew
  • “Yeshua,” and it would take a miracle of Biblical proportions to recall all the “Jesus” merchandise.
  • “Printers have persecuted me” — One would believe this was God complaining about all the typos, but a 1612 Bible was meant to read: “Princes have persecuted me.” -Raw Story