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Cancer in our society VI: Europe’s moral and spiritual vacuum invites acts of terrorism

Iben Thranholm
Danish journalist Iben Thranholm

This article is reposted from RT.com. It is a November 23rd, 2015, article titled Europe’s moral and spiritual vacuum invites acts of terrorism by Iben Thranholm a Danish journalist who examines political and social events with focus on their religious aspects, significance and moral implications. She is one of Denmark’s most widely read columnists on such matters.


Europe’s moral and spiritual vacuum invites acts of terrorism

by Iben Thranholm

These days the media are overflowing with comments and analyses of last Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris. One particular angle is consistently ignored – or banished: religion.

This is a curious omission since the terrorists themselves issue statements that indicate that religion is their motivation.

The statement in which IS accepts responsibility for the attacks in Paris is made in the name of Allah and the killings are referred to as “a blessed battle whose causes of success were enabled by Allah”. It states that Paris was targeted because it is “a capital of prostitution and vice” and “the lead carrier of the cross in Europe.”ISIS claim responsibility

IS is consistently referring to the Parisians as “crusaders” – the audience at the Bataclan, however, are called “pagans gathered for a concert of prostitution and vice.” The statement closes with a terror threat to strike those who “dare to curse the Prophet and boasts about their war against Islam”.

A further look at the character of the attacks reveals with ever-increasing clarity their symbolic significance. They were carried out on a Friday, the Muslim holiday. The victims at the Bataclan were listening to music, which is banned in fundamentalistic Islam, and the first targets to be shot were guests at the bar drinking alcohol. The symbolism assumed a new dimension when the perpetrators started firing on the audience of a performance by the band ‘Eagles of Death Metal’ of its popular tune “Kiss the Devil”.

A series of images taken moments before the massacre started, members of the audience are seen making the hand sign used for devil worship, their index and little finger lifted in preparation for singing along with the lurid lyrics:

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Religion in science

Four hundred years ago most physical scientists held strong faith in God as Creator. In the United Kingdom, Germany and several other European nations their religion was largely biblical Christianity, and because of the result of the very successful Reformation (c. 1550 -1650) of the Church from the teachings of the corrupt Church of Rome, many in the post-Reformation period were protestant Bible believers.  Nevertheless, during the Renaissance period (14th to 17th centuries), under the auspices of the pope and the Church of Rome, science was nurtured and innovative advances made by some, for example, Nicolas Copernicus (1473 – 1543), who developed the idea of a heliocentric universe. That hypothesis was supported by Galileo (1564 – 1642) who inferred from his observations of the moons of Jupiter that Earth also must orbit the sun.

Role of belief in God in science

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Galileo Galilei Credit: Wikipedia

The Bible never taught the notion of a stationary Earth and an absolute geocentric universe. Galileo had the pope’s approval to explore the idea of heliocentrism and showed that it was compatible with the Bible.  It was in fact the belief in the trustworthiness of the Scriptures and stationarity of natural law because it was the product of a divine Creator that inspired great scientists like Newton, Kepler, Copernicus and Galileo to seek elegant yet simple answers to great questions about our universe.

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The Lawgiver is the biblical Creator God

Michael Faraday  Credit: Wikipedia
Michael Faraday      Credit: Wikipedia

Where does knowledge1,2 come from? From research and inquiry? It seems an obvious question, but is it really? It is only obvious if we realize what the unstated assumptions are that go with it. Why do men study science anyway? Why do they believe it a fruitful activity at all? The answer must be founded on the belief that the laws of nature, which they are attempting to discover, are the same today as they were yesterday, and will be the same again tomorrow. What is the justification for this?

If we look back 500 years we see a list of names of well-known philosophers and scientists: Tycho Brahe, Nicolas Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Gottfried Leibnitz, Isaac Newton, Leonardo da Vinci, Johannes Kepler, Carolus Linnaeus, John Dalton, Christian Huygens, Robert Hooke, Michael Faraday, Joseph Henry, James Joule, Louis Pasteur, William Thomson (aka Lord Kelvin), James Clerk Maxwell, John Strutt (aka Lord Rayleigh), John Ambrose Fleming, to only name a few. These men all believed in the truth of the Bible, so much so they believed that the laws governing nature that we study in the laboratory can be extrapolated to the Universe and apply both in the past and the future. We know this by the very nature of the scientific endeavours they were involved in.

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Cancer in our society V: What would Muhammad do?

The question is often asked of Christians: What would Jesus do? This is often in hypothetical situations. It is often used frivolously, even in advertising. For example, this image (right) was used in a discussion on health insurance in the USA.

What would Jesus do for the uninsured?
What would Jesus do for the uninsured?

But often times this question is posed to trip up the believer with some difficult, or apparently difficult situation. Jesus himself was presented with many difficult problems by those who tried to trap him during His earthly ministry.

The adulterous woman
The adulterous woman

One such situation is the case of the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11).   The scribes and Pharisees brought a woman to him who was caught in the very act of adultery. (I don’t know why they didn’t bring the man also.) They challenged Jesus with:

Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?  This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. (John 8:5,6)

Jesus knowing their hearts, he could see their sin, said:

… He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. (John 8:7)

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Cancer in our society IV: ISIS is practicing Islam

What’s in a name?

A lot really. Currently people like President Barak Hussein Obama is telling the world that ISIS, which stand for Islamic State in Syria, or as he prefers to call them ISIL, the Islamic State in Levant,  is neither a state nor Islamic. He only ever refers to it by its name ISIL not ISIS. Here David Wood explains why. He also explains the method by which those who become radicalized do so. They are just following the tenets of their religion.

But ironically Isis was the Egyptian queen (female deity), the moon-god, sister to and wife to Osiris, the sun-god. Who are they really serving? It is not the Lord Jehovah.

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. (1 John 4:8)

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:16)

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The Lord will overcome

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The rise of Islam in the West

I see this as the Lord’s doing, the same way He sent the Babylonians to carry away Israel into captivity (Jeremiah 29:1-14) or the way He used the Assyrians (Isaiah 10:5)  to chastise Israel for her sins. This time the chastisement is to the Christian Church (spiritually Israel) and again to the chosen people, the Jews, wherever they may be. I believe the Lord  Jesus will come again and restore His assembly of believers, whether they be Jews or Gentiles. And the Lord will Himself judge those who disobey His laws and murder innocent people.

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Cancer in our society III: Lebanonisation of France

15% of the nation of France is now Muslim.  Currently we read of and see reports of racism against white French nationals, and for the first time since World War II an anti-Semitic pogrom. July 20th was also the anniversary of the “Vel d’Hiv Round-up”. This was the mass arrest of Jews in Paris in 1942 by the French police under the supervision of the Nazis. Kristallnacht “Crystal Night” was the night of November 9–10, 1938, when German Nazis attacked Jewish persons and property. Is this happening again?

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Cancer in our society II: Sex in Islam

Ann Barnhardt speaking before the Colorado Patriots. VIEWER DISCRETION: Subject not for children.

Pedophilia, incest, bestiality, temporary marriages (prostitution) are accepted ‘legal’ practices in Islam. She speaks of the genetic damage done in the Islamic community because they marry such close relatives–cousins, even first cousins marrying first cousins. This then leads to a very high probability of passing of genetic defects (mutations) that have come from the grandparents, since both cousins would share the same grandparents.