Copyright 3.7.2011-3011 By Biblical Times, All Rights Reserved. Repost Courtesy of E. Conservative Radio Blog By CK Hunter on 3.7.2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Christianity the reason for West’s success, say the Chinese
In the West we are doing our best to destroy our Christian heritage but in China, Chinese intellectuals are coming around to the view that it is precisely this heritage that has made the West so successful.
Former editor of the Sunday Telegraph, Dominic Lawson, in a review in the Sunday Times of Niall Ferguson‘s new book, ‘Civilisation: The West and the Rest’, carries a quote from a member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in which he tries to account for the success of the West, to date.
He said: “One of the things we were asked to look into was what accounted for the success, in fact, the pre-eminence of the West all over the world.
“We studied everything we could from the historical, political, economic, and cultural perspective. At first, we thought it was because you had more powerful guns than we had.
“Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic system.
“But in the past twenty years, we have realised that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity. That is why the West is so powerful.
“The Christian moral foundation of social and cultural life was what made possible the emergence of capitalism and then the successful transition to democratic politics. We don’t have any doubt about this.”
Note the source. It isn’t from a religious leader, or some religious think-tank. The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences is an instrument of the Chinese Communist government which spends a not inconsiderable amount of time and money persecuting Christians and is officially atheistic.
If this is the conclusion it has come to, maybe Europe needs to reconsider whether it mightn’t be an idea to encourage rather than eradicate Christianity.
Incidentally, just to drive home the point, Lawson also refers to this data point in Ferguson’s book: Wenzhou, the Chinese city which is rated as the most entrepreneurial in the country, is also home to 1,400 churches.
Lawson refers to a quote in the book from a prominent Wenzhou business leader, a Mr Hanping Zhang, who argues that “an absence of trust had been one of the main factors holding China back; but he feels he can trust his fellow Christians because he knows that they will be honest in their dealings with him”.
It has long been accepted that Christianity is one of the core elements of Western civilisation; it is too little understood that it is also one of the secrets of the stunning success of that civilisation.
Originally Posted by PG at 7.3.11
Copyright 2011-3011 By Chase Kyla Hunter, All Rights Reserved.
Nihilistic thinking abounds in early 2011. Two opposing belief systems now predict the same “end of the world’ this year.
What’s up with the mass death wish?
Is something approaching that is so dire, that many would rather die than face it?
As two seemingly opposing spiritual forces who don’t know one another, never agree, and fight like cats and dogs, look at what both the new age movement and fundamentalist Christianity are now touting: both belief systems are now predicting the end of the world as we know it in 2011. What’s one to make of such a thing? I just watched the video described below, and need to inform my readers, that the world will not end in 2011, neither will it be burned to a crisp, as displayed in the video.
But the solar super storms which are flying our way sure could play havoc with planetary communications systems. It might be a good idea to have several sets of walkie talkies around with an extra bag of batteries, if you need to stay in touch over short distances of 12 miles or less and live in a flat open valley region. Just an fyi.
As for “end of the world” thinking, I’m not sure what to make of it other than the most recent mass Nihilist dream of an immature species spinning out of control. Seeking escape from the responsibilities of spiritual adulthood through death is a very teenage thing to do, and it seems that these days that’s exactly what humanity is doing, dreaming of escape through death. I find it all quite interesting, but I do not believe for one minute that the world will end in a fiery wave of incineration this year, or next year, or the year after, and so on. The end of the world has been predicted before, many many times, with just as much vigor and conviction. It was predicted right before the century turned in 1999. In 1194 Gordon Michael Scallion predicted more than half of the USA would be under water by the year 2000.
There is not a doubt in anyone’s mind that humanity is convulsing and the earth is shaking, more than usual. But the “end of the world” 2011 madness actually runs afoul of biblical teaching itself, which again and again reminds us that regarding the many prophesied events detailed in scripture, “no man knows the hour” and that trying to predict these events is the height of folly. That folly has been proven out again and again since the early advent of the Christian church.
Epic Fails Regarding Christian Predictions That Never Took Place, Historical List:
Failed prophecies: About 30 CE: The Christian Scriptures (New Testament), when interpreted literally, appear to record many predictions by Yeshua of Nazareth (Jesus Christ) that God’s Kingdom would arrive within a very short period, or was actually in the process of arriving. For example, Jesus is recorded as saying in Matthew 16:28: “…there shall be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” In Matthew 24:34, Yeshua is recorded as saying: “…This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” Since the life expectancy in those days was little over 30 years, Jesus appears to have predicted his second coming sometime during the 1st century CE. It didn’t happen. More details.
About 60 CE: Interpreting the Epistles of Paul of Tarsus literally, his writings seem to imply that Jesus would return and usher in a rapture during the lifetime of persons who were living in the middle of the 1st century. More details.
About 90 CE: Saint Clement 1 predicted that the world end would occur at any moment.
2nd Century CE: Prophets and Prophetesses of the Montanist movement predicted that Jesus would return sometime during their lifetime and establish the New Jerusalem in the city of Pepuza in Asia Minor.
365 CE: A man by the name of Hilary of Poitiers, announced that the end would happen that year. It didn’t.
375 to 400 CE: Saint Martin of Tours, a student of Hilary, was convinced that the end would happen sometime before 400 CE.
500 CE: This was the first year-with-a-nice-round-number-panic. The antipope Hippolytus and an earlier Christian academic Sextus Julius Africanus had predicted Armageddon at about this year.
968 CE: An eclipse was interpreted as a prelude to the end of the world by the army of the German emperor Otto III.
992: Good Friday coincided with the Feast of the Annunciation; this had long been believed to be the event that would bring forth the Antichrist, and thus the end-times events foretold in the book of Revelation. Records from Germany report that a new sun rose in the north and that as many as 3 suns and 3 moons were fighting. There does not appear to be independent verification of this remarkable event.
1000-JAN-1: Many Christians in Europe had predicted the end of the world on this date. As the date approached, Christian armies waged war against some of the Pagan countries in Northern Europe. The motivation was to convert them all to Christianity, by force if necessary, before Christ returned in the year 1000. Meanwhile, some Christians had given their possessions to the Church in anticipation of the end. Fortunately, the level of education was so low that many citizens were unaware of the year. They did not know enough to be afraid. Otherwise, the panic might have been far worse than it was. Unfortunately, when Jesus did not appear, the church did not return the gifts. Serious criticism of the Church followed. The Church reacted by exterminating some heretics. Agitation settled down quickly, as it later did in the year 2000.
1000-MAY: The body of Charlemagne was disinterred on Pentecost. A legend had arisen that an emperor would rise from his sleep to fight the Antichrist.
1005-1006: A terrible famine throughout Europe was seen as a sign of the nearness of the end.
1033: Some believed this to be the 1000th anniversary of the death and resurrection of Jesus. His second coming was anticipated. Jesus’ actual date of execution is unknown, but is believed to be in the range of 27 to 33 CE.
1147: Gerard of Poehlde decided that the millennium had actually started in 306 CE during Constantine’s reign. Thus, the world end was expected in 1306 CE.
1179: John of Toledo predicted the end of the world during 1186. This estimate was based on the alignment of many planets.
1205: Joachim of Fiore predicted in 1190 that the Antichrist was already in the world, and that King Richard of England would defeat him. The Millennium would then begin, sometime before 1205.
1284: Pope Innocent III computed this date by adding 666 years onto the date the Islam was founded.
1346 and later: The black plague spread across Europe, killing one third of the population. This was seen as the prelude to an immediate end of the world. Unfortunately, the Christians had previously killed a many of the cats, fearing that they might be familiars of Witches. The fewer the cats, the more the rats. It was the rat fleas that spread the black plague.
1496: This was approximately 1500 years after the birth of Jesus. Some mystics in the 15th century predicted that the millennium would begin during this year.
1524: Many astrologers predicted the imminent end of the world due to a world wide flood. They obviously had not read the Genesis story of the rainbow.
1533: Melchior Hoffman predicted that Jesus’ return would happen a millennium and a half after the nominal date of his execution, in 1533. The New Jerusalem was expected to be established in Strasbourg, Germany. He was arrested and died in a Strasbourg jail.
1669: The Old Believers in Russia believed that the end of the world would occur in this year. 20 thousand burned themselves to death between 1669 and 1690 to protect themselves from the Antichrist.
1689: Benjamin Keach, a 17th century Baptist, predicted the end of the world for this year.
1736: British theologian and mathematician William Whitson predicted a great flood similar to Noah’s for OCT-13 of this year.
1792: This was the date of the end of the world calculated by some believers in the Shaker movement.
1794: Charles Wesley, one of the founders of Methodism, thought Doomsday would be in this year.
1830: Margaret McDonald, a Christian prophetess, predicted that Robert Owen would be the Antichrist. Owen helped found New Harmony, IN.
1832?: Joseph Smith (1805-1844) was the founder of the Church of Christ, which became the Restorationist movement after many schisms. It now includes The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — a.k.a. the Mormons, and about a hundred other denominations and sects. He heard a voice while praying. He wrote, in Doctrines and Covenants section 130:
14: “I was once praying very earnestly to know the time of the coming of the Son of Man, when I heard a voice repeat the following:”
15: “Joseph, my son, if thou livest until thou art eighty-five years old, thou shalt see the face of the Son of Man; therefore let this suffice, and trouble me no more on this matter.”
16: “I was left thus, without being able to decide whether this coming referred to the beginning of the millennium or to some previous appearing, or whether I should die and thus see his face.”
17: “I believe the coming of the Son of Man will not be any sooner than that time.” 14
The year in which this event occurred is not recorded. However, one commentator suggested 1832 or earlier. 16 Smith is later recorded as having said:
“I prophesy in the name of the Lord God, and let it be written–the Son of Man will not come in the clouds of heaven till I am eighty-five years old.” 17
Smith would have reached the age of 85 during 1890. Unfortunately, by that year, Smith had been dead for almost a half century, having been assassinated by a mob. Note that his prophecy is ambiguous. It can be interpreted that: Jesus would return during 1890 (which did not materialize) or that
1890 would pass without Jesus’ return (which did come to pass).
Some anti-Mormon sources quote only verses 14 and 15, and draw the former conclusion — that Smith’s prophecy failed.
So just like any other teenager you have ever known, are they inclined to listen to wisdom? Of course not. Humankind is currently obsessed with predicting the year, month and day of it’s own final demise, even though the Holy Spirit has warned us, biblically, and repeatedly, not to do so.
I am well aware of a doom and gloom American Christian sect which is now predicting the “end of the world” on May 21st 2011 of this year, and I have listened to a radio interview by one of their representing believers. What I have found unusual this morning is a contemporary “new age channeled” video which, it appears, is saying something quite similar. Below is the video, along with several others along the same theme.
What breaks my heart the most about these dire predictions is the certain inevitable buffeting and further discrediting which will fly at Christianity once the day comes and goes on 5.21.2011, as any other day in God’s universe does, and absolutely nothing happens. There may be a terror attack, or another riot in the Mideast, there may be a rash of earthquakes, but the world will NOT end on that day. Christianity will become a deeper laughing stock as the day ends, and the rise of the Antichrist will have been helped along a little bit more by the folly and foolishness of groups of Christians who believe they are right, and instead are dead wrong. That’s what bothers me about this the most.
Posting these collected videos below is neither an endorsement or a denial. I am simply posting the current “end of the world” mass death wish religious phenomenon for readers to examine. This “death wish” of humankind’s is getting worse, and I am wondering why. Right now I am not ready to write about my own conclusions on this topic, so I will post examples of the phenomenon for others to consider.
Chase Kyla Hunter
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Copyright 12.23.2010 By Chase Kyla Hunter
‘Glorious day! To know His face, to see His countenance, to behold the radiance of God’s truth pouring out of His eyes. This has been my dream, forevermore.” – CK Hunter
This item I located this morning may turn out to be the sweetest Christmas present anyone could have given me. It’s a priceless piece of treasured Christian history, the recorded comments and observations about Jesus of Nazareth made by a public official who lived during His time and who was following the remarkable events of Jesus’s short yet stunning life on earth.
This official described Jesus’s physique, his face and hair, his countenance, his eyes, his build and stature is breathtaking detail, so much so that artists like me now have fresh references to work from. Likenesses of Jesus are disappearing, and I would make so bold to say that before I die and leave this earth I would Like to endeavor to create a portrait of Jesus, based on the description you will hear in the video below, that might possibly do Him justice. What a Christmas treasure I have found today! I hope you enjoy hearing the public officials’ description of Jesus of Nazareth as much as I have. Merry Christmas and God‘s Blessings to all!
Chase Kyla Hunter
Tags: Jesus of Nazareth, Lord Savior Jesus Christ, Jesus of Galilee, What did Jesus look like, physical descriptions of jesus, jesus in historical record, the face of Jesus, public official described Jesus
Copyright 12.11.2010 By Chase Kyla Hunter
Just about this time last year I was involved in a flurry of Holy Spirit inspired online publishing, informing the world that the Norway Spiral was a HAARP manifestation. The Godfather of Lies, Benjamin Creme, was at that time desperately trying to affiliate his Share International One World Government movement with the event, going so far as to breathlessly explain to brainwashed devotees that the spiral was a modern “star of Bethlehem” meant to mark the soon-to-be world appearance of “Maitreya” the so-called world teacher. Informed Christians all know that Maitreya is a false messiah. Whether he turns out to be THE final false messiah, aka the Christian “Son of Perdition” we all wait, watch, and pray about.
Many will also recall that one year ago on December the 9th Barack Obama was in Oslo Norway, receiving the 2009 Nobel peace prize, endowed on him for his good suits, svelt figure, and exceedingly white teeth. He had only been president one year and had none NOTHING to advance world peace, other than carry forward the Bush era “fake” war-on-terror mideast wars.
Here’s the link, courtesy of http://disclose.tv, which proves my 2009 writing and research once again to be correct. I have not been wrong yet on the subject of false messiah and new age guru “Maitreya”. I began following him after the 1982 NYT full page ad was published claiming that the “Christ had returned and was living in London.” This has been a long journey, and I am not weary in well doing.
Make sure you note the date of this post, [ 12.11.2010 ] as within 3 or 4 days there will be a small mountain of other Christian researchers all online, all crowing that they reported it first. I’m used to it. I operate under the clairvoyant direction of the worldwide Spirit of Truth, and the Holy Spirit, so I well know that what I publish is true, and the facts have proven so again and again. There will always be copycat truth publishers, claiming their borrowed news from my blogs is their own. It comes with the territory.
Let’s do some time travel and return to December 9th 2009 to view the official explanation for the Norway Spiral just minutes after it was filmed by locals:
See the “official” news explanation for the Norway Spiral in 2009:
This should give the viewer pause, now that you have seen the video from disclose.tv linked above which clearly shows the cable identifying the Norway Spiral as a HAARP activity. It would appear as the Wikileaks revelations continue to pour onto the web, that newscasts which pass off unusual aerial or other events as some sort of government or military activity certainly won’t hold water with the world public much longer. It would appear the cat is coming out of the bag, ever so slowly, about the many bizarre secret doings of our own government and others.
Keeping a watchful eye on world spiritual apostasy, I continue to call all Christians of all denominations to follow and monitor the peculiar movements and activities of Mr. Raj Patel, who I do NOT consider to be just an innocent academic who was suddenly “called out” as Maitreya by bedazzled devotees. There is a deeper story to uncover there as well. I will be publishing more on Patel in the weeks to come.
Chase Kyla Hunter
11.27.2010 Re-post By CK Hunter
Videos re-posted courtesy of Youtube.com 11.23.2010 By Chase Kyla Hunter