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Charles Spurgeon and the Age of the Earth

Forward: Nowhere in the Bible are we given even a hint on the age of the universe or the earth. Most accept the 6,000 year age of the earth based upon the ages of the people given in the Bible. The fact is, when we look at the words on the page, and not preconceived notions, the Bible proves itself to be very scientific, and sciences often proves itself false.

This is from: http://www.oldearth.orgCharles Haddon Spurgeon

Everyone is familiar with the famous preacher from the 1800s, Charles H. Spurgeon.  You may have even noticed that the young earth website Answers in Genesis is posting his old sermons and devotions.  What you may not know is that C.H. Spurgeon had no problem with the earth being millions of years old.

    Answers in Genesis even notes this, in his sermon number 30, titled "The Power of the Holy Ghost."  In this sermon, Spurgeon says

 

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Remembering The Challenger

“I guess the question I'm asked the most often is: "When you were sitting in that capsule listening to the count-down, how did you feel?" Well, the answer to that one is easy. I felt exactly how you would feel if you were getting ready to launch and knew you were sitting on top of two million parts -- all built by the lowest bidder on a government contract.”
John Glenn

ChallengerThe Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred on January 28, 1986.. Most of us alive will never forget that moment.  Many really don't remember much of the cause. Yes, cold weather caused it, but was that the vehicle was never certified to operate in temperatures that low. The O-rings, as well as many other critical components, had no test data to support any expectation of a successful launch in such conditions. Bob Ebeling from Thiokol delivered a biting analysis: "[W]e're only qualified to 40 degrees ...'what business does anyone even have thinking about 18 degrees, we're in no man's land.'

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How old is the Grand Canyon ?

(Just an FYI - When a scientist can go from 70 million to 7 million years - how much more probable to go to 5,000 years or so?)




Some parts of the canyon are believed to be only 6 million years old. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Selbst Gemacht

 
New research has suggested that the iconic geological formation may be a lot younger than thought.

A popular destination for tourists from all over the world, the Grand Canyon in Arizona is the largest canyon on the planet at 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and over 6,000ft deep. How long ago this spectacle formed however remains a point of contention among scientists.

A 2012 study by Rebecca Flowers of the University of Colorado had suggested that the canyon was up to 70 million years old, placing its formation at a time when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth.

A more recent study however conducted by a different team using a technique known as thermochronology, which identifies when hot rocks from deep underground first reach the surface, has suggested that at least some parts of the canyon could be a lot younger at just 6 to 7 million years old.

"It will take a bit more time to understand fully why their interpretations are so different from ours and why they conclude that the erosion history varied so dramatically within this short reach of the canyon," said Flowers.

   
Source: New Scientist

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Why Germany wants its 674 tons of gold back

Is the Gold Really Still in Ft Knox???

 

Germany’s central bank will relocate 54,000 solid gold bars, worth about $36 billion, from deep underneath the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Banque de France in Paris to the safe confines of German soil -- vaults at the Bundesbank’s Frankfurt headquarters.

 

Gold at the New York Fed. (Federal Reserve Bank of New York)

Gold at the New York Fed. (Federal Reserve Bank of New York)

 

The Bundesbank understandably offered few details as to the timing of or methods to be used in the move, which presumably will occur with secret, well-guarded trucks (from Paris) and in numerous small batches by plane from New York. Presumably, it will make sure the villain from "Die Hard: With a Vengeance" is accounted for before the move, along with the "Ocean's 11" gang. And whatever happened to Auric Goldfinger?

 

But while the notion of billions of dollars in gold bars being transported across the Atlantic and the Franco-German countryside triggered a thousand heist jokes on Twitter, the decision reflects a real, and somewhat disturbing, current in German politics.

 

The backstory: Germany built up its gold reserves as the flip side of running trade surpluses in the decades after World War II. In practice, much of the world’s gold is stored in vaults underneath central banks: eighty feet below street level and hard against the bedrock of lower Manhattan at the New York Fed, in the ancient vaults of the Bank of England on Threadneedle Street in the City of London, and so on. This is highly convenient; when one government or central bank sells its gold to another, the precious metal can be rolled from one cage to the next, with none of the risk that comes with transporting it across oceans. (For more about the New York Fed's gold storage operation, click here).

The system, of course, is built upon trust - more>>>>>


'Modern-day Nostradamus' warns U.S. of doom

By Troy Anderson

Endtimes

Is America heading towards fiscal and spiritual implosion? Two new national polls find the vast majority of Americans believe the U.S. is on the “wrong track.” What’s more, Americans’ anxiety and pessimism about our nation’s future is rising rapidly.

  • The new WSJ/NBC News poll finds 78% say the U.S. is on the “wrong track,” and only 14% say we’re on the “right track.”
  • The new Rasmussen poll finds 76% of Americans believe the U.S. is on the wrong track, and 17% believe we’re on the right track.

The Rasmussen survey notes that “the number of voters who believe the country is heading in the right direction has fallen 11 points over the past week to its lowest level in nearly two years.” The survey also notes that “76% of voters think the country is heading down the wrong track, up 13 points from last week and the highest level of pessimism since November 2011.”

At a time of skyrocketing federal debt, declining morality and growing spiritual apathy and apostasy, New York Times bestselling author Joel C. Rosenberg – known as a “modern-day Nostradamus” – says America may face cataclysmic collapse in the not-too distant future. Since 1973, Americans have had more than 55 million abortions. Unless we change course, the number will soon be 60 million.  MORE>>>>>>>

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Official List Of Words Feds Monitor On Social Networking Sites

Alexander Higgins, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

The Feds have been forced to release their social network monitoring manual, which contains the list of words the government watches on social media and news sites.

Earlier the Huffington Post reported on the Feds have been forced to give up their list of words they monitor on Facebook, Twitter, and comments being posted on news articles, so I compiled that list below.

Homeland Security Manual Lists Government Key Words For Monitoring Social Media, News
Ever complain on Facebook that you were feeling “sick?” Told your friends to “watch” a certain TV show? Left a comment on a media website about government “pork?”
If you did any of those things, or tweeted about your recent vacation in “Mexico” or a shopping trip to “Target,” the Department of Homeland Security may have noticed.
In the latest revelation of how the federal government is monitoring social media and online news outlets, the Electronic Privacy Information Center has posted online a 2011 Department of Homeland Security manual that includes hundreds of key words (such as those above) and search terms used to detect possible terrorism, unfolding natural disasters and public health threats. The center, a privacy watchdog group, filed a Freedom of Information Act request and then sued to obtain the release of the documents.

Fate of Ark of the Covenant Revealed in Hebrew Text

 

 

 

 

This bas-relief image showing the Ark of the Covenant being carried is from the Auch Cathedral in France. A newly translated Hebrew text claims to reveal the locations of treasures from King Solomon's Temple and discusses the fate of the Ark itself.
Credit: Photo by I. Vassil, released into public domain through Wikimedia

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A newly translated Hebrew text claims to reveal where treasures from King Solomon's temple were hidden and discusses the fate of the Ark of the Covenant itself.

But unlike the Indiana Jones movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark," the text leaves the exact location of the Ark unclear and states that it, and the other treasures, "shall not be revealed until the day of the coming of the Messiah son of David …" putting it out of reach of any would-be treasure seeker.

King Solomon's Temple, also called the First Temple, was plundered and torched by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar II in the sixth century B.C., according to the Hebrew Bible. The Ark of the Covenant is a chest that, when originally built, was said to have held tablets containing the 10 commandments. It was housed in Solomon's Temple, a place that contained many different treasures. [Religious Mysteries: 8 Alleged Relics of Jesus]

 

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This bas-relief image showing the Ark of the Covenant being carried is from the Auch Cathedral in France.
This bas-relief image showing the Ark of the Covenant being carried is from the Auch Cathedral in France. A newly translated Hebrew text claims to reveal the locations of treasures from King Solomon's Temple and discusses the fate of the Ark itself.
Credit: Photo by I. Vassil, released into public domain through Wikimedia

A newly translated Hebrew text claims to reveal where treasures from King Solomon's temple were hidden and discusses the fate of the Ark of the Covenant itself.

But unlike the Indiana Jones movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark," the text leaves the exact location of the Ark unclear and states that it, and the other treasures, "shall not be revealed until the day of the coming of the Messiah son of David …" putting it out of reach of any would-be treasure seeker.

King Solomon's Temple, also called the First Temple, was plundered and torched by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar II in the sixth century B.C., according to the Hebrew Bible. The Ark of the Covenant is a chest that, when originally built, was said to have held tablets containing the 10 commandments. It was housed in Solomon's Temple, a place that contained many different treasures. [Religious Mysteries: 8 Alleged Relics of Jesus]

- See more at: http://www.livescience.com/42398-ark-of-covenant-fate-revealed-in-hebrew-text.html#sthash.MKlKedTZ.dpuf
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We want a United States of Europe says top EU official

Forward: The Bible predicts that the end time world beast in Daniel and Revelation is a United States of Europe, a term that Herbert and Garner Ted Armstrong used back in the 1950's to ridicule. Today we are seeing the formation of this European Beast that someday will cause the world to plunge into a dark period right before the coming of Christ.

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A campaign for the European Union to become a "United States of Europe" will be the "best weapon against the Eurosceptics", one of Brussels' most senior officials has said.

Viviane Reding, vice president of the European Commission and the longest serving Brussels commissioner, has called for "a true political union" to be put on the agenda for EU elections this spring.

"We need to build a United States of Europe with the Commission as government and two chambers – the European Parliament and a "Senate" of Member States," she said.

Mrs Reding's vision, which is shared by many in the European institutions, would transform the EU into superstate relegating national governments and parliaments to a minor political role equivalent to that played by local councils in Britain.

Under her plan, the commission would have supremacy over governments and MEPs in the European Parliament would supersede the sovereignty of MPs in the House of Commons.

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Who Was Mary Magdalene?

English: Jesus resurrected and Mary MagdaleneEnglish: Jesus resurrected and Mary Magdalene (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • By James Carroll
  • Smithsonian magazine, June 2006, Subscribe
 
 

The whole history of western civilization is epitomized in the cult of Mary Magdalene. For many centuries the most obsessively revered of saints, this woman became the embodiment of Christian devotion, which was defined as repentance. Yet she was only elusively identified in Scripture, and has thus served as a scrim onto which a succession of fantasies has been projected. In one age after another her image was reinvented, from prostitute to sibyl to mystic to celibate nun to passive helpmeet to feminist icon to the matriarch of divinity’s secret dynasty. How the past is remembered, how sexual desire is domesticated, how men and women negotiate their separate impulses; how power inevitably seeks sanctification, how tradition becomes authoritative, how revolutions are co-opted; how fallibility is reckoned with, and how sweet devotion can be made to serve violent domination—all these cultural questions helped shape the story of the woman who befriended Jesus of Nazareth.

Who was she? From the New Testament, one can conclude that Mary of Magdala (her hometown, a village on the shore of the Sea of Galilee) was a leading figure among those attracted to Jesus. When the men in that company abandoned him at the hour of mortal danger, Mary of Magdala was one of the women who stayed with him, even to the Crucifixion. She was present at the tomb, the first person to whom Jesus appeared after his resurrection and the first to preach the “Good News” of that miracle. These are among the few specific assertions made about Mary Magdalene in the Gospels. From other texts of the early Christian era, it seems that her status as an “apostle,” in the years after Jesus’ death, rivaled even that of Peter. This prominence derived from the intimacy of her relationship with Jesus, which, according to some accounts, had a physical aspect that included kissing. Beginning with the threads of these few statements in the earliest Christian records, dating to the first through third centuries, an elaborate tapestry was woven, leading to a portrait of St. Mary Magdalene in which the most consequential note—that she was a repentant prostitute—is almost certainly untrue. On that false note hangs the dual use to which her legend has been put ever since: discrediting sexuality in general and disempowering women in particular.

Confusions attached to Mary Magdalene’s character were compounded across time as her image was conscripted into one power struggle after another, and twisted accordingly. In conflicts that defined the Christian Church—over attitudes toward the material world, focused on sexuality; the authority of an all-male clergy; the coming of celibacy; the branding of theological diversity as heresy; the sublimations of courtly love; the unleashing of “chivalrous” violence; the marketing of sainthood, whether in the time of Constantine, the Counter-Reformation, the Romantic era, or the Industrial Age—through all of these, reinventions of Mary Magdalene played their role. Her recent reemergence in a novel and film as the secret wife of Jesus and the mother of his fate-burdened daughter shows that the conscripting and twisting are still going on.

But, in truth, the confusion starts with the Gospels themselves.


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Ford Just Unveiled It’s New F-150 Truck and It’s Being Called ‘Radical’

“Radical.”

That’s how Ford’s new F-150 truck is being described after the redesigned 2015 model was unveiled at the Detroit auto show on Monday. And besides calling it “radical,” the Associated Press is also saying it’s the talk of the show.

So what’s so radical? The auto-maker shaved 700 pounds off the truck by making it the first to be made mostly out of aluminum:

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Mainstream Media Blackout: Maine Second State to Pass GMO Labeling Law

 
Melissa Melton
Activist Post

Maine joined Connecticut this week as the second state in the nation to sign a genetically modified food labeling law, but you may not have heard much about it because the mainstream media hasn’t really said anything about it.

Do a basic news engine search and you’ll see that no mainstream media outlets have reported anything on this story. In fact, at the time of writing this, the most I could find was Washington Post Blog and Grist (with a ridiculously biased title).

No MSNBC. No CNN. No ABC.

No other major news outlets are touching this story. Why?

Ariel Sharon Dies after 8 Year Coma

Former Israeli Prime Minister dies at 85

image from global.fncstatic.comModern Day Jewish Hero Ariel Sharon finally died after a long 8 year coma. He suffered a massive stroke in 2006 and has been in a coma ever since. He was 85. Sharon died at Tel Hashomer hospital just outside Tel Aviv, where his family had gathered at his bedside over the past several days as his vital organs reportedly deteriorated. Sharon was a man of great courage and strength, and godly people everywhere should mourn the death of this heroic patriot. Sharon devoted his life to serving the State of Israel (Judea), and defended the country during many of the nation’s most difficult battles.  He was determined to do whatever he felt was best for the security of Israel, and the Jewish people, often at odds with the United States's liberal State Department led pro Palestinian faction, as well as many liberal Jews in America, the West and the nation of Israel.

Sharon, a long-serving Israeli political and military leader, was a founding member and former head of the Likud party, previously served for over thirty years in the Israeli Defense Forces, rising to the rank of Major General, and achieving fame within Israel for his actions in the 1967 Six Day War and the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

His actions in the Yom Kippur War of 1973  confirmed his military greatness, and won him national acclaim as a savior of his people on the Holiest Day of God's year.  On 6 October 1973, the  Egyptian army attacked across the Suez Canal.  Israeli reserves,  struggled to contain the Egyptian advance.  It was the classic military nightmare – a two-front war without enough men or materiel for both.  For Israel to survive, the Egyptians had to be beaten quickly in the south so the IDF could redeploy against the Syrians in the north, who seemed on the point of breaking into Galilee.  Just stopping the Egyptian advance wasn’t going to be enough – it had to be decisive.

Sharon bided his time but as soon as he had located a gap between two Egyptian formations he attacked into it (Napoleon’s favourite tactic), crossed the Suez Canal and proceeded to wreak havoc on Egyptian lines of communication.  The Egyptians had thought they were winning only to discover Sharon’s tanks behind them threatening Cairo.  Like many of history’s best commanders, Sharon had ignored his orders coming from above, and won the day. To many, this move made him the man who saved Israel.

Some recent reports indicate that Sharon’s doctors have detected brain activity. There is speculation that he can hear. If so, we can only wonder-- what occupied his thoughts? Is it his boyhood days,  or the Suez Crossing? His two wives, both of whom preceded him in death? His son, Gur, whose tragic death at a young age diminished the Six Day War victory for his father?

No one knows... Except of  course --- God.  I think God will someday welcome Mr. Sharon into His Kingdom that is coming to this Earth.

Ariel Sharon near dead - Been in Coma 8 Years

Searching for Ariel Sharon's Political Legacy

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Sacred 'Biblical Blue' Dye Found In Ancient Scrap Of Cloth?

English: Hexaplex trunculus (Murex trunculus) ...English: Hexaplex trunculus (Murex trunculus) and the Phoenician Purple Dye extract (Phoenician Purple is NOT the same as Tyrian purple). Русский: Экстракт античного пурпура из Туниса, где его когда-то выделывали карфагеняне. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Does this piece of fabric contain the sacred "Biblical blue" dye?

A researcher in Israel says she has discovered evidence of a sacred blue dye called tekhelet that was used in ancient times to color the tzitzit, or tassles, of a Jewish man's traditional garment.

The elusive tekhelet dye, used in accordance with a sacred Torah commandment, could only be made through an extremely expensive and time-intensive process using excretions from a sea snail called the Murex trunculus, Discovery Magazine reports. The dye has been lost throughout the years but remains a prize for some biblical archaeologists.

Dr. Na‘ama Sukenik, a researcher with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), announced her results..... MORE>>>>>>>>

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The Day the Niagara Falls Froze Over

Photo: Image: Photographer unknown via Niagara Falls Public Library

It's an amazing snapshot – so amazing that many have been quick to cry fake: North America's most iconic falls, apparently frozen mid-flow – but what moment in time is frozen in sepia within this frame? One might think the answer would be simple, but with the origins of this photo veiled in a mist of uncertainty like the spray produced by the falls themselves, nothing is guaranteed.

It seems claims of Photoshop frolics are misguided in this case; yet while the shot looks authentic, because its photographer is unknown, we can't be sure precisely when it was taken. 1911 has been the date aired most on the web, but it could just as easily be 1912, when much of the surrounding Niagara River was frozen. The other point here is that in the photo the falls are not entirely frozen over, with several small spouts of water visible gushing out from beneath the crust of ice crystals.

American Falls frozen over, probably 1936
Photo:
Image: Photographer unknown via Niagara Falls Public Library

According to historical records, during only one year, 1848, has freezing weather caused the thousands of cubic feet of water per second flowing over the Niagara Falls to run dry, an event thought to have been caused by ice jamming and damming upriver. Ice bridges spanning the Niagara River from bank to bank have formed as a result of various other colder winters, and in 1936, when the photo above was probably taken, the American Falls are said to have frozen over completely.


Read more at
http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/featured/day-niagara-falls-froze-over/12738#zh8QGmLVVIBiLvYD.99

 

 

American_Falls_Frozen_Over_With_People_on_the_Ice_Niagara_FallsPhoto: Image: Photographer unknown via Niagara Falls Public Library

It's an amazing snapshot – so amazing that many have been quick to cry fake: North America's most iconic falls, apparently frozen mid-flow – but what moment in time is frozen in sepia within this frame? One might think the answer would be simple, but with the origins of this photo veiled in a mist of uncertainty like the spray produced by the falls themselves, nothing is guaranteed.

It seems claims of Photoshop frolics are misguided in this case; yet while the shot looks authentic, because its photographer is unknown, we can't be sure precisely when it was taken. 1911 has been the date aired most on the web, but it could just as easily be 1912, when much of the surrounding Niagara River was frozen. The other point here is that in the photo the falls are not entirely frozen over, with several small spouts of water visible gushing out from beneath the crust of ice crystals.

American Falls frozen over, probably 1936
American_Falls_frozen_over_Niagara_FallsPhoto: Image: Photographer unknown via Niagara Falls Public Library

According to historical records, during only one year, 1848, has freezing weather caused the thousands of cubic feet of water per second flowing over the Niagara Falls to run dry, an event thought to have been caused by ice jamming and damming upriver. Ice bridges spanning the Niagara River from bank to bank have formed as a result of various other colder winters, and in 1936, when the photo above was probably taken, the American Falls are said to have frozen over completely.

 


Read more at http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/featured/day-niagara-falls-froze-over/12738#zh8QGmLVVIBiLvYD.99
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Smoking and You - The Benefits of Smoking that you never heard

Smoking and You

 
Benefits of Smoking

Facts on Smoking You are Not Told, or Why George Burns Lived to 100!

 

by Robert R. Barney

We are running a series of articles in our YOUR HEALTH TODAY section which I think will absolutely blow most of our readers today! Over the past 40 years, we have been overwhelmed with the evils of smoking. The message has basically been, SMOKE ONE CIGARETTE and YOU WILL DIE A DAY YOUNGER! Have you ever thought of any benefits of smoking? Honestly, could there be any benefits? Well I did my own investigation and guess what? Smoking in moderation may actually be GOOD for you! I know that smacks in the face of everything science and government has been telling us, but sometimes governments LIE! Here are just a few examples of FACTS I bet you don't know:


--  Q10 is made from Tobacco
-- Smoking Reduces both Parkinson Disease AND Alzheimers!
-- Smoking increases certain hormones and can act similar to Viagra!
-- A Reduced risk in women who smoke to Colon Cancer
-- Moderate Cigar or Non-Filtered Cigarettes may actually help you live Longer

I realize that this sounds like I have gone bonkers, but friends, every statement I have made has proven science behind it and I document it below! Drinking wine can kill you. If you drink two to thee bottles of wine a day, you will probably be at a much greater risk of developing a host of diseases related to alcoholism, yet we know that those who drink a glass a day statistically live longer than tea-tottlers. The same seems to apply to smoking. Very low doses of smoking (a Cigar or two once a week or two or three NON-FILTERED cigarettes a day) actually helps our bodies. It has been documented for years that Japanese men out smoke American men yet have lower incidences of lung cancer! ( http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/cgi/content/full/10/11/1193 )

One looks at people like George Burns who lived to be 100, smoking a cigar his entire life. Would he have lived to 150 if he didn't smoke? Well, the evidence I am presenting suggests that he lived that long BECAUSE he smoked.

If you notice,whenever I mentioned cigarette smoking, I always wrote of NON-FILTERED cigarettes. Again, big businees like the tobacco companies and our government know that the filters on these cigarettes are much more harmful than the tobacco smoke! More than 90% of the cigarettes sold worldwide have a filter. Nearly all filters consist of a rod of numerous ( > 12 000) plastic-like cellulose acetate fibres. During high speed cigarette manufacturing procedures, fragments of cellulose acetate that form the mouthpiece of a filter rod become separated from the filter at the end face. The cut surface of the filter of nearly all cigarettes has these fragments. In smoking a cigarette in the usual manner, some of these fragments are released during puffing. In addition to the cellulose acetate fragments, carbon particles are released also from some cigarette brands that have a charcoal filter. Cigarettes with filters that release cellulose acetate or carbon particles during normal smoking conditions are defective.  Philip Morris, Inc has known of this filter defect for more than 40 years.
results of investigations substantiating defective filters have been concealed from the smoker and the health community. The tobacco industry has been negligent in not performing toxicological examinations and other studies to assess the human health risks associated with regularly ingesting and inhaling non-degradable, toxin coated cellulose acetate fragments and carbon microparticles and possibly other components that are released from conventional cigarette filters during normal smoking. The rationale for harm assessment is supported by the results of consumer surveys that have shown that the ingestion or inhalation of cigarette filter fibres are a health concern to nearly all smokers. (From “Cigarettes with defective filters marketed for 40 years: what Philip Morris never told smokers” (Tobacco Control 2002;11:i51-i61):)

 

Check out a host of stories we have on this subject on http://journals.aol.com/plaintruthtoday/your-health-today

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Ariel Sharon near dead - Been in Coma 8 Years

State of Israel Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, ...State of Israel Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, pictured during a defense meeting held at the Pentagon in Washington, District of Columbia (DC). (Released to Public) DoD photo by HELENE C. STIKKEL, CIV (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

85-year-old former prime minister and defense minister, comatose since 2006, suffers renal failure in hospital

Doctors said Sharon, 85, who has been in a vegetative state since 2006, was suffering from renal failure that could lead to multiple organ system failure and death.

Hebrew media reports late Wednesday said doctors had told the family that Sharon had, at most, no more than four days to live. More>>>>>>>>>

 

OTHER STORIES on The Plain Truth:

Ariel Sharon in coma for five years

Searching for Ariel Sharon's Political Legacy

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Why Did Judas Identify Jesus with a Kiss?

Hershel Shanks’s First Person in the January/February 2014 issue of BAR

Hershel Shanks   •  12/24/2013

I’ve been reading a new book titled Pseudo-Cyril of Jerusalem “On the Life and the Passion of Christ”: A Coptic Apocryphon by the Dutch scholar Roelof van den Broek.1 In case it has escaped your attention, it provides a new translation of an eighth-century Gnostic gospel in Coptic from Egypt that has been in the Morgan Library in New York since 1908, a gift of J.P. Morgan.

This text explains why Judas Iscariot identified Jesus with a kiss so that the Roman soldiers could arrest him, as related in three canonical gospels (Matthew 26:48; Mark 14:44; Luke 22:47). According to this late Gnostic gospel, that was the only way the Roman soldiers could be sure they had the right man. The reason was that Jesus could change his features:

“How shall we arrest him,” the Jews ask, “for he does not have a single shape, but his appearance changes. Sometimes he is ruddy, sometimes he is white, sometimes he is red, sometimes he is wheat-colored, sometimes he is pallid like ascetics, sometimes he is a youth, sometimes an old man, sometimes his hair is straight and black, sometimes it is curled, sometimes he is tall, sometimes he is short.” They “have never seen him in one and the same appearance.”

Jesus could also become completely incorporeal. Jesus explains that, if he wished, he could escape crucifixion in this way.

The idea of a shape-changing Jesus is not new. It goes back as far as Origen in the third century. According to Origen, Jesus would appear differently to people who saw him at the same time.
 

Read the rest HERE>>>>>>>>

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