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Rape In The Bible
Rape is one of the most heinous crimes imaginable. Yet few people know that the Bible often condones and even approves of rape. How anyone can get their moral guidance from a book that allows rape escapes me. Continue reading
Vandals have attacked 20 Muslim graves at a cemetery in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Headstones were pushed over and ornaments from the graves strewn around the cemetery in Hampden Road. The graves were vandalised between 2100 BST on Wednesday and 0800 BST on Thursday.
Thames Valley Police said it took the incident extremely seriously and was supporting families and the community as well as hunting the vandals. Supt Gilbert Houalla said:
“I am disgusted that these people could be so thoughtless and cowardly and cannot believe that anyone could do something so unbelievably shocking to the graves of loved ones. The community should feel reassured that we take incidents of this nature extremely seriously and will be doing all that we can to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.
“It appears that the vandals have specifically desecrated Muslim graves and I am at a loss as to what was going through the minds of those involved. This is not only an attack on the Muslim community but is an attack on us all. We must now all work together to find whoever has done this.”
Birkby mum Deirdre O’Donoghue tells of abuse in care by nuns
Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Mar 10 2011
My abuse hell by Birkby mum
“I THOUGHT I was going to be drowned.”
Terrifying thoughts for a girl of eight to endure.
But that was the case for young Deirdre O’Donoghue – now Deirdre Harper, a 55-year-old mother and grandmother, living in Birkby, Huddersfield.
Deirdre was living in care in Belfast back in the 1960s.
She had her head held repeatedly under her bathwater by a Catholic nun, whose rosary beads banged against the side of the bath.
Her crime? She had taken a bath at the wrong time – to avoid one in the Jeyes fluid used to clean the water.
She was one of many youngsters who claim they were subjected to systematic, brutal abuse at the hands of the Catholic nuns who ran Nazareth House, which was Deirdre’s home for eight frightening years.
She has told her story in the hope that it will help expose the evil that went on in that home and many other institutions in Northern Ireland.
Her evidence has been handed to police in Northern Ireland, who are helping conduct a Government-led inquiry into the alleged abuse.
The inquiry, sanctioned by the Stormont leaders, comes in the wake of the Catholic abuse scandal in the Republic of Ireland.
Deirdre has been petrified of water ever since those early days. She says the fear stems from the bath incident.
Other memories of those days include the time her face was pushed into urine-soaked sheets to punish her for wetting the bed.
Then there are the countless beatings she endured from a leather strap that hung near a string of rosary beads and the times she was pulled up flights of stairs by her hair.
Deirdre was one of hundreds of disadvantaged children taken into the care of the religious order, the Sisters of Nazareth, and placed into Nazareth House in south Belfast.
The huge red-brick building has long since been demolished, but Deirdre still has vivid, terrible memories.
She said: “I was brought up in Limerick, but we moved to Belfast when my dad got a job there.
“Then my family split up because of rows between my parents and I was taken into care, along with my two sisters and two brothers.
“We girls were sent to Nazareth House, but I was only able to see my sisters through the iron gates that separated the different yards for children of different ages.
“The first few months were okay, but as I moved into the older department, the beatings started. They were regular and often, and for any reason at all.
Jason Ulven, a former Modesto, Calif., youth pastor, was downloading a pornographic video on his computer at work when he had to leave it to go to the weekly pastoral staff prayer meeting.
While he was gone, his administrative assistant went into Ulven’s office to use the computer and was shocked by what he saw.
The assistant, who had been on the job for only a couple of weeks, didn’t confront Ulven, but did tell the Rev. Mark Krieger, Modesto Covenant’s senior pastor.
A day or two later, when he was called into Krieger’s office, Ulven downplayed the incident. After all, even his wife had caught just a glimpse of his secret life over the past 15 years, and the lies went deep.
“I told him I clicked on something, and it was a stupid mistake to make, and it wouldn’t ever happen again. I was trying to cover up the addiction,” Ulven said.
But Krieger had talked to denominational officials with experience in sexual addictions. They advised him to take Ulven’s computer and have an expert look at it. Ulven was temporarily suspended, pending an investigation.
Ulven is among a growing number of pastors – and men in general – who have been ensnared by an addiction to pornography. In a 2001 “Christianity Today” poll, 53 percent of pastors said Internet porn was a temptation and 37 percent called it a current struggle.
The addiction may seem solitary, but in fact is messy, inflicting distress on the spouse, children, ministry and others.
Ulven and his wife found help and a renewed faith, but it wasn’t easy.
“I was in torment,” Ulven said. “I had this major problem, and I knew it was a major problem, but I didn’t want to admit it. But I had to admit it.
“I remember taking my boys down to the park. They wanted to try riding a bike without training wheels for the first time. And they did it. As I ran alongside them, I remember thinking this should be my proudest moment at the time, but it wasn’t because I was a hypocritical pastor, and I was living a lie.”
A few nights later, Ulven couldn’t sleep. One fleeting thought was that he still had a key to the church, so he could go and retrieve his computer from the senior pastor’s office.
“But I was not a criminal, and I knew it was just time to come clean,” he said.
He wrote one letter to the senior pastor, admitting everything, and one to his wife, Jill. Up until that time, he said, “I was still deceiving her.”
Grace and discipline:
The Covenant denomination put Ulven under “discipline” and took away his pastoral license. They said the family should attend a different church to protect those hurt by his addiction, a consequence that deeply affected Ulven’s wife and children.
Local church leaders agreed on a plan: They would pay for an intensive four-day workshop in Tennessee on sexual addictions for the Ulvens and for counseling beyond that. They agreed to continue to pay Ulven’s salary for three months.
Ulven said it was an offer full of grace, one he knew he didn’t deserve.
His first step in his road to recovery was joining a newly formed support group in Modesto that worked with men addicted to pornography. Three pastors, including one with a story similar to Ulven’s, and four other men met weekly and agreed to be accountable to each other.
“For the first time, I felt like this was a God thing, that getting caught was something God had initiated,” Ulven said.
He and his wife and their two young sons – Riley and Zachary, then 8 and 5 – stayed in Modesto for a year. He took a job as a charter bus driver to pay the bills.
After the year, his church-sanctioned discipline was removed. He moved with his family to the Chicago area to enroll in North Park Seminary to complete his divinity degree.
The denomination allowed him to regain his pastoral license, Ulven said, because he never crossed the line into sexual abuse. “I never had touched anyone inappropriately or treated anyone inappropriately. If so, they would have still had me under discipline.”
Like many pornography addicts, Ulven got his first taste of graphic sexual photos when he was in fifth grade and a friend showed him a “dirty” magazine. The images, he said, “really left an imprint.”
The enticement grew in his teenage years.
“I was a real shy kid who didn’t have any confidence in speaking to girls, so when I could get access to pornography, there was some kind of comfort to that,” Ulven said. “I could look at that stuff and feel better. In your fantasy mind, these women accept you.”
His cycle of addiction began when he joined the Navy after high school. It coincided with his decision to become a Christian.
“I would feel just a low self-worth and then turn to pornography to medicate that. Then, as a Christian, I would feel that I screwed it up and would try not to see it,” Ulven said. “A few weeks would go by, and then I would just cave. There was a real repetition to that pattern.”
When he left the Navy in 1993, he met Jill in a Bible study. They were married the next year in Oregon.
“There were some of these milestone moments when I thought, ‘If only this thing happens, I’d be cured,'” Ulven said. “One of them was marriage. I thought all of my sexual needs would be met, and I could leave all this (pornography) behind.”
But the Internet had arrived and was like an adrenaline shot to his addiction.
“I felt powerless to the computer,” he said. “My addiction escalated, even when I felt spiritually close to God.”
Like other sexual addictions, Ulven’s pornography use proved costly.
“It probably damaged every relationship that I had,” he said. “Pornography is this illusion that you start to believe. It affected the way I saw Jill. I was always attracted to Jill. The damage wasn’t reflected (in comparing her to ‘perfect’ women). It had to do with the guilt. When we were intimate, I felt guilty. I wasn’t able to enjoy what God said was a good thing.”
Addiction to pornography created a barrier between Ulven and God. “I felt much shame,” he said. “It’s this weird irony that what we all want on our deepest level is to be loved and accepted just as we are. God offers that. But I didn’t get that, and I turned to pornography to feel better about myself by the acceptance of these fantasy women. It was driving a wedge between God and myself. It’s strange that we take something good from God, sex, and twist it to make it something bad.”
Burden falls on wife
Jill said her husband became adept at hiding the depth of his addiction.
“He came to me pretty early on in our marriage and told me that he had a problem with it,” she said. “I was just trying to do everything I could to get rid of all the places that it would be a temptation. I would call the video store and say, ‘No adult movies can be rented on our account.’ I’d check the history on the computer. I checked the mail. But I didn’t really know the extent of it. It turned out he had his own account somewhere else, so it was pointless.”
Unlike other women who often feel unworthy or physically unattractive when their husbands turn to pornography, Jill said, “I didn’t feel like it was something wrong with me, but it upset me. I felt betrayed and lied to and deceived. But I never understood the addiction part.”
After the Ulvens moved to Modesto in 2003, Jill said she didn’t see evidence for three years that her husband was still looking at pornography. Then, on Valentine’s Day weekend in 2006, she found and erased images on his home computer.
“We set up all kinds of rules,” she said. “I told him he couldn’t erase the (computer) memory. Then he came home a couple of months later and said they’d found it on his church laptop.
“He said it was because all of the rules at home had pushed him over. He said the (youth group) kids used his laptop, and who knew where all this stuff came from? It was just denial, denial. Finally, on the following Sunday, he said this had been going on forever.”
The workshop in Tennessee proved “extremely helpful and insightful” to Jill. “That’s when I found that all the checking I was doing was co-dependent stuff, and it wasn’t my job,” she said.
“He had his recovery, and my job was to stick to my recovery. I was really grieving, and I didn’t know I was. I was grieving the loss of our church, the loss of support, the loss of financial security, all of that. That’s when I started learning how strong I was and had enough strength to get through it.”
It doesn’t mean her journey was easy. “We’d moved to Modesto to be at that church,” she said. “I worked at the church. I did Pioneer girls (a children’s program) at the church. I was in a Bible study at the church. My whole life was at the church, and we could no longer go to the church.
“I remember being in my body and moving around and not existing, not wanting to look at anybody. But by the grace of God, I was moving and doing what I needed to do.”
A couple of years ago, Ulven was asked to tell his story to a group of about 1,000 pastors and their wives.
Jill had mixed feelings about it, sorrow that their “dirty laundry” was being aired again, but pride in her husband for recovering from the addiction and hope that their story could help others.
“I feel God has been using me to pay it forward, to be there for others who are going through the same thing,” she said. “The most important thing that I pass on to wives is it has nothing to do with them. All the addiction stuff starts a long time before they meet you.
“The other thing I pass on to people is that I didn’t come from a perfect background, either. I was able to give Jason grace because I needed it, too.”
Confession to sons
Ulven’s addiction affected not only his spouse, but also his children.
“We talk to our boys all the time,” he said. “Even before we left Modesto, we called it what it is: Dad looked at pictures of naked people and that was the wrong thing to do. We’ve been very upfront with them. They’re innocent – only 5 and 8 years old – and you don’t want to damage that, but they’re going to come into it.
“Our boys are now 13 and 10. On TV, we block out certain channels. We put passwords on Riley’s iPhone. We know there are people out there who are targeting him with their ads. There is an agenda to hook these boys early on.”
Along with the confession of wrongdoing, Jill added, came a powerful message.
“We told our kids, ‘Daddy’s made a big mistake, but we’re going to be here as a family, and if you ever make a mistake, we’ll be here as a family for you.'”
Walking in the light
Ulven finished his seminary education in 2009 and signed on again with the Navy, this time as a chaplain. He’s living in Maryland and stationed at a Coast Guard facility.
His experiences have helped him advise others who have come to him, troubled with sexual addictions. Ulven urges them to join an accountability group, which he called “the key to my recovery. You have to talk to other males about it.”
He likes a Bible verse from I John: “It talks about walking in the light. It doesn’t mean walking perfectly without ever stumbling. It means shining the light on the darkest part of our hearts.
“To me, that means if we are going to be pure as Christian men, we have to be able to admit everything. For the first 15 years of my addiction, I tried to overcome it without shining a light in that darkness. I prayed for years for God to instantly deliver me. He does that sometimes, but he didn’t do it with me. He did it when I was willing to admit everything and walk in the light.”
Like a recovering alcoholic, Ulven said, “I will always be a recovering sex addict.
“There are boundaries that I now need to set to keep myself sober (such as) accountability with other men. Another key tool for my recovery is on every computer I use, is a program called Covenant Eyes, accountability software that keeps track of all the sites you go to. Anything it flags, it sends to my accountability partner.”
Don’t quit working for God just because you’ve had problems, he said.
“When everything fell apart back in Modesto, and I was questioning whether I should even be in ministry, I was reminded that God had used me despite everything. I became very excited to see how God could use me without all those shackles.
“For years, I was withholding a part of me from God. Now I say, ‘God, you can have all of me.'”
POSTED: Wednesday, March 9, 2011
SAN ANTONIO — Four sisters are suing the Archdiocese of San Antonio, claiming a priest sexually abused them for years. The lawsuit claims that the Rev. Theo Clerx abused the girls for a unspecified period of time, that began when the sisters were 10, 11 and 12 years old.Clerx has since passed away.
“I can’t answer for any of my sisters,” said Rocio Castro, one of the victims, “but I know what happened to me was not correct.”The lawsuit claims some of the abuse happened at St. John Berchmans Church, and Castro said some of it also took place at her childhood home, while her mother was away at work.”The mother was a janitor at the church, and he talked the mom into giving him a key,” said Bob Hillard, attorney for the sisters. “It just factually goes graphically downhill from there, as you can imagine.”Although the Archdiocese of San Antonio would not comment on the lawsuit, in a statement posted on their website, Archbishop Gustavo García Siller said, “We continue to pray for the healing of anyone who is the victim of abuse and remain committed to work toward making all catholic institutions in the archdiocese a place of safety, love, and peace for all our people.”To read the full statement from the Archdiocese of San Antonio, click here (PDF).
Worlds Biggest Christian Polygamist
The massive clan from Mizoram, India, is the world’s largest family — and they got together recently to pose for a picture that shows how they give new meaning to the term “Big Love.”
The family is headed by patriarch Ziona, a Christian polygamist with 39 wives, 94 children, 14 daughters-in-law and more than 40 grandkids. That’s 181 family members.
“Today I feel like God’s special child,” said, Ziona, 67. “He’s given me so many people to look after. I consider myself a lucky man to be the husband of 39 women and head of the largest family.”
Another SON OF GOD ???????????
The clan lives in a massive, purple-painted 100-room, four-story compound they call “Chhuanthar Run,” or “The House of the New Generation.”
The wives have to keep cooking fires going all day to feed their battalion. Each day, the clan goes through 220 pounds of rice, 132 pounds of potatoes, and 154 pounds of meat.
The younger wives all live in a large dormitory that is connected to Ziona’s 600-square- foot private bedroom. The older wives, who are considered “out of use,” stay in another area of the home on the first floor.
Ziona likes to have seven or eight wives by his side at all times.
“We stay around him most of the time, as he is the most important person in the house,” said Rinkimi, 35, who has been married to the clan leader for 11 years. “Serving him is like serving God. He’s the most handsome person in this whole village. I feel blessed to have him as my husband.”
Man Like GOD….Well Why not If Jesus can be,Why he can;t be ? they will make anyone GOD ?
Ziona runs his own Christian religious sect that believes they will soon be ruling the world with Christ.
Ziona — whose name is local lingo for “Zionism” — also leads some 400 other families that believe in his brand of Christianity, which has been rejected by mainstream Christians in the northeast part of India.
His Brand of Christianity ?
He picks his wives from penniless peasant girls from the area. His eldest son, Parliana, 50, thinks his dad is doing the women a service.
“Most of the women whom my father married were poor and orphan women of this village,” the son said. “By marrying them, he has set an example in the history of mankind.”
The women are led by Ziona’s eldest wife, Zathiangi, 69, who he met at age 17. All the women and daughters have jobs in the house, from cooking for the wives to cleaning and washing for the girls. The males go out to work during the day.
“I have been married to Ziona the longest, and everyone in the family respects me. I take pride in looking after my husband and the family,” Zathiangi boasts.
I DONT KNOW WHO IS BEING PUNISHED GIRL OR RAPIST ?
If a man meets a virgin who is not engaged, and seizes her and lies with her, and they are caught in the act, 29the man who lay with her shall give fifty shekels of silver to the young woman’s father, and she shall become his wife. Because he violated …her he shall not be permitted to divorce her as long as he lives. (NRSV)
Jesus may not have died on the cross, Christian scholar claims
Jesus may not have died nailed to the cross because there is no evidence that the Romans crucified prisoners two thousand years ago, a scholar has claimed.
The legend of his execution is based on the traditions of the Christian church and artistic illustrations rather than antique texts, according to theologian Gunnar Samuelsson.
He claims the Bible has been misinterpreted as there are no explicit references the use of nails or to crucifixion – only that Jesus bore a ‘staurus’ towards Calvary which is not necessarily a cross but can also mean a ‘pole’.
Mr Samuelsson, who has written a 400-page thesis after studying the original texts, said: ‘The problem is descriptions of crucifixions are remarkably absent in the antique literature.
‘The sources where you would expect to find support for the established understanding of the event really don’t say anything.’
The ancient Greek, Latin and Hebrew literature from Homer to the first century AD describe an arsenal of suspension punishments but none mention ‘crosses’ or ‘crucifixion’.
Mr Samuelsson, of Gothenburg University, said: ‘Consequently, the contemporary understanding of crucifixion as a punishment is severely challenged.
‘And what’s even more challenging is the same can be concluded about the accounts of the crucifixion of Jesus. The New Testament doesn’t say as much as we’d like to believe.’
Any evidence that Jesus was left to die after being nailed to a cross is strikingly sparse – both in the ancient pre-Christian and extra-Biblical literature as well as The Bible.
He said: ‘The overwhelming number of texts only offer a noun “stauros” or a verb “anastauroun” or “anaskolopizein”. In almost every dictionary these terms are said to mean “cross” or “to crucify”.
‘But as I show in my thesis they are used in a much wider sense than that. The verbs refer to some kind of suspension of a human being – living or dead – while the noun refer to the suspension device used in such suspension.’
Mr Samuelsson, a committed Christian himself, admitted his claims are so close to the heart of his faith that it is easy to react emotionally instead of logically.
He said: ‘My question deals with the traditional understanding of the death of Jesus – that He carried a cross-beam toward Calvary, but since he could not stand the burden of the cross a passer-by was forced to carry it for him.
‘On Calvary the rest of the cross was awaiting, that the two parts were conjoined and Jesus was then nailed to the crucifix-like cross.
‘As a matter of fact these text are strikingly silent when it comes to depict the actual event. The texts say that Jesus carried a stauros, which has a much wider usage in antiquity than just referring to a “cross”, towards Calvary, to be “stauroun” – which is used in a much wider sense that just “to crucify”.
‘The text is silent about why Jesus carried a stauros, what that looked like – was it the whole execution tool or just a part such as the cross-beam – and why a passer-by was forced to carry it for Jesus.’
Mr Samuelsson said the actual execution texts do not describe how Christ was attached to the execution device.
He said: ‘This is the heart of the problem. The text of the passion narratives is not that exact and information loaded, as we Christians sometimes want it to be. If you are looking for texts that depict the act of nailing persons to a cross you will not find any beside the Gospels.’
Mr Samuelsson said: ‘That a man named Jesus existed in that part of the world and in that time is well-documented. He left a rather good foot-print in the literature of the time.
‘I do believe that the mentioned man is the son of God. My suggestion is not that Christians should reject or doubt the biblical text.
‘My suggestion is that we should read the text as it is, not as we think it is. We should read on the lines, not between the lines. The text of the Bible is sufficient. We do not need to add anything.’
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1289136/Jesus-died-cross-Christian-scholar-claims.html#ixzz1CcZbvQle
What is the Duty of Brother in Law for brother wife ?
Then Judah said to Onan, “Go in to your brother’s wife and perform the duty of a brother-in-law to her; raise up offspring for your brother.” But since Onan knew that the offspring would not be his, he spilled his semen on the ground whenever he went in to his brother’s wife, so that he would not give offspring to his brother. What he did was displeasing in the sight of the LORD, and he put him to death also. (NRSV)
Does Holy Books contain these instructions…. ?
Do you really think God will give such Orders?
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