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    by Published on 6th November 2009 08:00
    1. Categories:
    2. Spiritualiteit,
    3. Geloof,
    4. Godsdienstige Dogma

    Banned from the Bible is a 120 minute show produced in 2003 by Film Roos for the History Channel and shown on A&E. It was broadcast in 2006.

    This show provide an excellent history of the early Church, then intensively discusses 8 of the books that were not included in the bible. These are : Life of Adam and Eve, Jubilees, Book of Enoch, Infancy Gospel of Thomas, Protoevalgelion of James, Gospel of Nicodemus, Gospel of Mary, and the Apocalypse of Peter. The discussions are generally accurate and insightful. The editing is very good, moving from pictures to talking heads and back again.


    The Stories That Were Deleted From Biblical History

    When Jesus was a boy, did he kill another child? Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute -- or an apostle? Did Cain commit incest? Will there be an apocalypse or is this God's trick to scare us? The answers to these questions aren't found in the Bible as we know it, but they exist in scriptures banned when powerful leaders deemed them unacceptable for reasons both political and religious. BANNED FROM THE BIBLE reveals some of these alternative tales and examines why they were "too hot for Christianity." The two-hour world premiere BANNED FROM THE BIBLE airs on Christmas, Thursday, December 25 at 9 pm ET/PT.

    The Life of Adam and Eve, The Book of Enoch, The Book of Jubilees, The Infancy Gospel of Thomas, The Gospel of Mary, The Apocalypse of Peter...these are just a few of the books that were left out of the Bible. The reasons why they were excluded provide astonishing insight into the concerns of church leaders and scholars responsible for spreading the faith an illuminating look at early Christian and religious history.

    One hundred and fifty years after the birth of Jesus, a man named Marcion decided that a Christian Bible was needed to replace the Hebrew Bible. Church leaders opposed Marcion's banning of the Hebrew books, but they did agree that Christians should have a Bible to call their own. After Constantine the Great converted to Christianity in the 4th century, a serious effort was made to compile a Christian Bible, one that included both the Hebrew scriptures (the Old Testament) and Christian manuscripts (the New Testament). It took another 40 years before a final list of New Testament books was officially canonized by the church. Many of the most popular were excluded. Upon examination today, many of these writings attempt to resolve inconsistencies and questions raised from reading the Bible.
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    by Published on 10th November 2009 08:00
    1. Categories:
    2. Boere,
    3. Artikel

    Deur: Waldor

    Oor die oorsake van die Boereoorlog is daar nou al wyd geredeneer. Die een skool lê dit aan die voete van Britse Imperialisme en die ander blameer die oorloglustigheid en domastrantheid van die Boere daarvoor. Die Britte antwoord dat hulle opgetree het vir menseregte omdat die Boere die “uitlanders” uiters onmenslik behandel het, en die Boere hou vol dat hulle hul vaderland, hul onafhanklikheid en vryheid beskerm het. Maar die ewigdurende polemiek rondom die oorsake van die Boereoorlog is in ‘n sin, eintlik tiperend van ander groot oorloë wat hierdie wêreld beleef het – Terwyl die betrokke moondhede stry oor wie eintlik die skuld moet dra, word die aandag afgeskram van die werklike skuldiges. Dieselfde mense wat die Tweede Wêreldoorlog en die huidige Midde Oosterse konflik ontketen het, was agter die Boereoorlog. Net soos wat die bloed van die meer as sestig miljoen mense in die Tweede Wêreldoorlog, die rykdom vir ‘n gewetenlose elite finansier het, netso word die direkte verlengstuk van dieselfde elite, versterk deur die bloed van die westerse Christen soldate en die bloed en onderdrukking van die Arabiese wêreld. En netso, kan die permanente skade wat die Boereoorlog vir die Afrikaner gebring het en die bloed en lyding van ons 29,000 vroue en kindertjies, aan die voete gele word van die mense wat valslik beweer dat ses miljoen van hulle eie vergas is...

    Hier was so ‘n rukkie terug ‘n artikel op Woes waar daar geskryf is dat die Boere se oorloglustigheid eintlik die oorsaak van die oorlog was. Die boere se “treklus” is gekoppel aan die “oorloglustigheid” Daar is geskryf dat “...Kruger se belhamels...waarlik lief daarvoor was om oorlog te praat” daar word verder gegaan en impliseer dat die boere se bereidwilligheid om te veg “...die vinnigste manier...” was om jou “...politieke opponente te isoleer...” Ek gebruik hierdie verwysing omdat dit presies in lyn val met die beskouings en argumente wat die Engelse daardie tyd voorgehou het en in die wêreld versprei het. So reg in Engelse kraal, gaan die artikel verder, en word daar geskryf: “Dit was grotendeels met hierdie soort ‘agterlike magsbehepte idiote’ waarmee Kruger oorlog verklaar het teen Engeland
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    by Published on 6th November 2009 08:00
    1. Categories:
    2. Globale

    Nebi Zechariah once housed Christians and Muslims living together, and now it's going to house a logistics center.
    Here’s why Israeli salvage digs almost always end in development.


    Archaeologists digging in central Israel have uncovered the remains of a prosperous rural town from the early Islamic period. They unearthed luxurious homes decorated with mosaics and arches, plastered water cisterns, and once-bustling oil presses and glass workshops from about a thousand years ago.

    All of which most people will never get to see, as the area has already been handed over to developers, and the ruins will soon be covered or destroyed by the construction of a new logistics center for the nearby city of Modi’in.


    Fragment of a Greek inscription on marble found in the ...
    by Published on 2nd November 2009 08:00
    1. Categories:
    2. Boere Teologie

    And it came to pass that the Hyksos were expelled from Egypt. Archeologists posit that traumatic event as a possible source of the Exodus legend.

    The Exodus is arguably the most famous of all of the Biblical tales, yet there is no real evidence that it ever actually happened. At least, not the way that the Bible says it did.
    This is not to say that archaeologists have not looked. Many have tried to find some evidence, any evidence to grab onto. Nothing tangible has ever been found. At the very least, one would expect that a large group of people wandering around the desert for 40 years would have left some kind of material evidence. If they did, we haven't found it.

    In contrast, archaeologists have discovered ephemeral hunter-gatherer sites in the Sinai from the Neolithic period. One could expect that signs of the wandering Israelites would be found as well, if there were any.

    So if the Exodus that Jews tell every year on Passover didn't happen, at least as told, where did this story come from?
    One possibility is that it's a fable made up by ancient scribes and priests to give hope to a conquered and exiled people, scattered and thrown to the winds by the Assyrian and Babylonian empires. Another is that there really are kernels of truths hidden deep in the tale.
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    by Published on 30th October 2009 07:00
    1. Categories:
    2. Geloof,
    3. Godsdienstige Dogma

    The bible is rife with references to deities other than Yahweh:
    The prophets didn't deny these gods existed,
    they just didn't think Jews should worship them.



    There is but one God, according to Jewish religious dogma. No other exists. We tend to assume that our forefathers devoutly believed the same. But the truth is that the Bible also shows, time and again, that wasn't the prevailing system of belief among the ancient Israelites.

    The different scribes who wrote most of the biblical canon believed the incorporeal world was populated by a multitude of gods, but that the Hebrews should not worship any of these other deities, only Yahweh (which is what scholars call henotheism or monolatry). This is explicitly stated in the Second Commandment: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3).

    The verse "Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods?" (Exodus 15:11) is even more explicit about other gods existing alongside Yahweh.

    Among the books of the Bible we find reference to a great many other gods, sometimes with explicit references to miracles performed by them. These gods are generally members of the West Semitic pantheon of gods, those worshipped by people speaking languages closely related to Hebrew.

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    by Published on 6th November 2009 08:00
    1. Categories:
    2. Godsdienstige Dogma,
    3. Geskiedenis

    The cult of YHWH as god of metallurgy originated among semi-nomadic copper smelters between the Bronze and Iron Age, suggests ...
    by Published on 2nd October 2009 07:00
    1. Categories:
    2. Stamlande

    Inleiding


    Die Germane van 2000 jaar gelede kon rofweg in drie kultuurstamme verdeel word volgens Plinius die Oude (23-79nC) in sy boek ‘Naturalis historia’, naamlik: Ingväone, Herminone (of Irminone) en Istväone. Hierdie name kan herlei word na die (Opper)gode wat hierdie kultuurgroepe respektiewelik vereer het, naamlik Ing, Irmin en Istvas. Die tweede gedeelte van die naam kan moontlik verband hou met die Germaanse woord –väone (wet of reg). Hierdie Germaanse stamme het geleef volgens die wet van hul (Opper)god. Alhoewel die Germane uit een stam ontwikkel het met een Germaanse taal (sien ook Oergermaans), was dit 2000 jaar gelede nie meer die geval nie.


    Tydens die eerste eeue van ons jaartelling kom die Romeine en die Germane met mekaar in aanraking as gevolg van die Germaanse volksverhuising en die uitbreiding van die Romeinse ryk. Germane was in die tyd meestal boere of jagters. Stede het hulle nie geken nie. Waar die Romeine groot kerke/katedrale/tempels gebou het, was die tempels van die Germane die natuur self (met die uitsondering van ‘n paar houttempels). Die Germaanse volkere was boeregemeenskappe wat geleef het van die land, van hulle landerye en in harmonie met die natuur. Hulle was selfversorgend en het nie meer geploeg as wat nodig was vir voedsel vir die komende jaar nie. Die jaarwiel was gebaseer op die boerekalender en hulle tradisies en feeste was gewone boerefeeste. Hulle het hulle boereverstand gebruik wat beteken het dat hulle logiese of nugtere denkers was. Verder was die Germane baie gesteld op hulle vryheid en onafhanklikheid. Dit het dan ook dikwels gelei tot konflikte tussen die stamme onderling.
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