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  • The Scriptorium

    8/9/2005

    Biblical Pool of Siloam uncovered in Jerusalem

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 11:03 am

    This is another example of the amazing historical accuracy of the Bible. I love to see critics and “scholars” hit with irrefutable evidence, especially when they’re forced to change one of the many revisionist theories that have corrupted our Seminaries.

    Workers repairing a sewage pipe in the old city of Jerusalem have discovered the biblical Pool of Siloam, a freshwater reservoir that was a major gathering place for ancient Jews making religious pilgrimages to the city and the reputed site where Jesus cured a man blind from birth, according to the Gospel of John.

    The pool was fed by the now-famous Hezekiah’s Tunnel and is “a much grander affair” than archaeologists previously believed, with three tiers of stone stairs allowing easy access to the water, according to Hershel Shanks, editor of Biblical Archeology Review, which reported the find yesterday.

    “Scholars have said that there wasn’t a Pool of Siloam and that John was using a religious conceit” to illustrate a point, said New Testament scholar James H. Charlesworth of the Princeton Theological Seminary. “Now, we have found the Pool of Siloam … exactly where John said it was.” A Gospel that was thought to be “pure theology is now shown to be grounded in history,” he said.

    The discovery puts a new spotlight on what is called the pilgrimage to Jerusalem, a trip that religious law required ancient Jews to make at least once a year, said archaeologist Ronny Reich of the University of Haifa, who excavated the pool.

    “Jesus was just another pilgrim coming to Jerusalem,” he said. “It would be natural to find him there.”. . . .

    There’s a lot of really good information in the rest of the article, so be sure to read it all.

    Los Angeles Times

    Court Rules School Board Members May Open Meetings With Prayer

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:39 am

    Praise God!! Another victory against the terrorists at the ACLU.

    A judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging prayers at school board meetings in Delaware. The lawsuit was filed against members of the Indian River School District Board of Education, a group that regularly opens its business meetings with prayer.

    Judge Joseph Farnan ruled that the school board meeting prayers are not a violation of the constitutional provision often referred to as the separation of church and state or the “Establishment Clause,” as the ACLU had argued. He also determined that the school board members are immune from the ACLU’s liability claims.

    In dismissing the case against the individual board members, the judge stated that opening a session of the legislature or other deliberative public body with a prayer does not violate the Establishment Clause. He also declared that absolute immunity extends to legislators at all levels of government, including school board members in Delaware.

    Unfortunately, the ACLU had launched a three pronged attack on the school. They will still be going forward with suits filed against the school to stop prayers at graduation ceremonies and school events. So, the ACLU lawyers still have a couple of chances to get the District’s money and take revenge on the evil religious people at the Indian River School District. How it must eat at them, though, to know that school board members will still be praying before meetings. :)

    American Christians roughed up in China

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:24 am

    While the U.N. is holding conferences and writing resolutions on the dangerous societal problem of “Islamophobia” (a fear of angry Muslims exploding and killing you), they’ll ignore the daily persecution of Christians in China. Things like this happen with regularity in China, but you’ll never see a resolution, a condemnation, or even a sign that the rest of the world noticed. The fact that American Christians were the victims this time certainly won’t change that. Christians in the U.S. and Britain are just as good at ignoring it as their governments.

    Two Americans were roughed up by plain-clothes Chinese police during a raid of a house church in the Communist state, reports Christian-persecution monitor China Aid Association.

    According to the group, the raid came during a crackdown on house churches that has seen 210 Chinese house pastors and members arrested since last month.

    On Aug. 2, the two Americans, students believed to be from Westminster Theological Seminary campuses in Texas and California, were in their host family’s home in Lutou Town, Zaoyang City, Hubei Province with 41 pastors and other Christians when approximately 30 Chinese plain-clothed police officers rushed in.

    According to several eyewitness reports, the two Americans were handled “very unprofessionally,” China Aid Association stated. One sustained injuries to his wrists after being handcuffed because he wanted to put his shoes on before he was forced into an unmarked police car.

    The two Americans were neither permitted to contact the U.S. Embassy nor permitted to show their U.S. passports and other identification cards. Both were taken to a government “hotel” for interrogation and were released after a seven-hour interrogation. Some of the Americans’ belongings, including their personal bibles, notebooks and books on the Westminster Confession of Faith, reportedly were confiscated. . . . .

    Read the whole thing
    WND

    If you feel like letting someone know what you think about this, CAA recommends writing to the Chinese Embacy in D.C.

    Abortion, breast cancer linked in UK

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:03 am

    This information has been out there for a while. How many studies and deaths from breast cancer do secularists need before governments and organizations like Planned Parenthood stop killing babies and their mothers?

    A British researcher tomorrow will present data from the UK that shows a connection between abortion and breast cancer in British women.

    According to the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, British researcher Patrick Carroll, director of the Pensions and Population Research Institute in London, will present his findings at the Joint Statistical Meetings at the Minneapolis Convention Center – the largest gathering of statisticians in North America.

    Carroll’s research adds to a body of evidence showing women who have had one or more abortions – especially one prior to birthing their first child – are more susceptible to breast cancer.

    The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer reports Carroll’s research cites three British breast cancer trends.

    The first trend is that upper-class women are the most likely to develop breast cancer and die of the disease. For other cancers, lower social classes experience higher incidence and mortality rates. Abortion before a first birth and delayed first birth among upper class women provide the best explanations for this trend, Carroll says. . . . .

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    WND