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PURPOSE (*): The purpose of Points to Ponder About is to stimulate thinking that would draw the disoriented Faithful back to God (**) and away from the hypocritical duplicity  of some religious institutions which are destroying the little faith left on earth .  

 
Points To Ponder: September 2009


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Published on September 29th, 2009 [Feast of Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael Archangels]

Do you ever wonder... when the following passages were added to the Gospel of Luke, ch. 9?

46 And there entered a thought into them, which of them should be greater. 47 But Jesus seeing the thoughts of their heart, took a child and set him by him, 48 And said to them: Whosoever shall receive this child in my name, receiveth me; and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth him that sent me. For he that is the lesser among you all, he is the greater.

and....
 
49 And John, answering, said: Master, we saw a certain man casting out devils in thy name, and we forbade him, because he followeth not with us. 50 And Jesus said to him: Forbid him not; for he that is not against you, is for you.

and...

51 And it came to pass, when the days of his assumption were accomplishing, that he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers before his face; and going, they entered into a city of the Samaritans, to prepare for him. 53 And they received him not, because his face was of one going to Jerusalem. 54 And when his disciples James and John had seen this, they said: Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them? 55 And turning, he rebuked them, saying: You know not of what spirit you are.
Anyone who would objectively study the history of Christianity and Catholicism in particular, would have to assume that they were introduced during the much maligned (2) Second Vatican Council.

Why, we ask in God's Name, such fundamental truths were trampled over for about 1600 years, which, with among others, treated likewise, caused the complete failure of the Evangelization Jesus Christ entrusted the Church which claims to represent Him?

Do not ever forget the above so that you may understand the "Why?" of what He will allow upon it. (2)
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(1) The Official Scapegoat: The Second Vatican Council.
(2) The Gates of Hell will not prevail.... but some conditions do apply


Published on September 25th, 2009  

Do you ever wonder... how cheap talk really is - as to when we refer to the world's leaders "Cheap Talk"?

This should serve as a perfect example of how cheap the talk of our leaders really is:

Over the last decade, the drinking water at thousands of schools across the country has been found to contain unsafe levels of lead, pesticides and dozens of other toxins.

An Associated Press investigation found that contaminants have surfaced at public and private schools in all 50 states — in small towns and inner cities alike.

But the problem has gone largely unmonitored by the federal government, even as the number of water safety violations has multiplied.

"It's an outrage," said Marc Edwards, an engineer at Virginia Tech who has been honored for his work on water quality. "If a landlord doesn't tell a tenant about lead paint in an apartment, he can go to jail. But we have no system to make people follow the rules to keep school children safe?" (1)

Let us see how long it is before they "hang this one" on Al Qaeda.....
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(1)  News Report


Published on September 22nd, 2009  

Do you ever wonder... where, if anywhere, in the Holy Scriptures the children of God are told how to recognize the true Second Coming of Jesus?

In case you did, here is the answer:

D-R Version: 7 But he said to them: It is not for you to know the times or moments, which the Father hath put in his own power: 8 But you shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the uttermost part of the earth. 9 And when he had said these things, while they looked on, he was raised up: and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10 And while they were beholding him going up to heaven, behold two men stood by them in white garments.

11 Who also said: Ye men of Galilee, why stand you looking up to heaven? This Jesus who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come, as you have seen him going into heaven.  [Acts 1]

N-I Version: 
7He said to them: "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."  9After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

 10They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11"Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven."
[Acts 1]

Rest assured - God "has covered all the bases" to prevent His children from deception; now, the proverbial ball is in His children's court.


Published on September 18th, 2009  

Do you ever wonder... what was the defining difference between most of the Christians of the pre-Constantinian Church and those of the post-Constantinian Church?

Pre-Constantinian Christianity was composed of those who truly believed that Jesus Christ was indeed the Son of God, the Messiah and the Savior of Mankind... and they would die for that.... by the thousands.

The post-Constantinian Church (1) was made up of those who just wanted to be part of "the in group". Christianity had been made the Approved Religion of the Empire - everyone wanted to be in the proverbial band-wagon and few would dare to oppose the religion chosen by the Emperor.

The ratio is even smaller today. Precious few will be willing to die for upholding and living the Christian Faith. (2)
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(1) Christianity becomes the Imperial Faith
(2) This IS NOT to be compared with the fanaticism of Islamic terrorists; it IS to be compared with the martyrdom of Stephen [Acts of the Apostles, Ch.7]


Published on September 15th, 2009  [Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows]

Do you wonder... if  it has been proven that those giants spoken of in the Holy Scriptures (1)  ever existed?

Well, we did not know of any physical/historical proof until a week ago when we read (2) [underscoring by The M+G+R Foundation]:

From a very large African lake basin, which is providing information about possible migration routes and hunting practices of early humans in the Middle and Late Stone Age periods, between 150,000 and 10,000 years ago, four giant stone hand axes, measuring over 30 cm long and of uncertain age, were recovered.

Such discovery should give us pause for thought (and more prayer!)
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(1) Genesis 6:4
(2) News Article


Published on September 12th, 2009  [Holy Name of Mary]

Do you wonder... why many Catholic have the tendencies to "chase" Marian Apparitions, the alleged messages, their validity and level of approval or disapproval by the Vatican?

The anthropological - and certainly valid - answer is: Natural human curiosity.

The theological  - and certainly valid - answer: They feel that they have been deceived many times (1) by "the Church", thus feel insecure, because, subconsciously, they believe more in "the Church" than in the Word of God as manifested in Jesus Christ, and would like to know what to do. (2)
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(1)  The Truth About Some Popes  and  The Fatima Debacle
(2)  We have published that information over and over again. Those who believe in God, not "the Church" will recognize it as the truth an will act upon it.



Published on September 8th, 2009  [Feast of Birthday of Mary]

Do you wonder.... exactly was is meant when the term "super volcano" is used and the real consequences should one become active?

Wonder no more. The Main Public Broadcasting Network has published a brief, but informative, article explaining it. (1)

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(1) 
Mystery of the Mega Volcano



Published on September 5th, 2009 [Devotion of First Saturday of the Month]

Do you ever wonder... why there was such an uproar about the Peace Symbol (1) yet not a whimper about the logo of Mercedes Benz (2) which essentially the same?

So do we.....
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(1) Peace Symbol
(2) Mercedes Benz Logo


Published on August 31st, 2009

Do you wonder... about the validity of a video clip being circulated wherein a Pastor explains - using a very complicated and creative linguistic logic - that Jesus gave us the name of the anti-Christ as Barack Obama?

Our off-the-cuff personal response to a family member: The same could be done with just about anything in the Bible and ancient languages and a mind with an agenda.  What those individuals should do instead of wasting time with such derivations  is start praying - there is absolutely nothing else left to do.

A professional (albeit conceptually the same) response from a Linguist graduate from UCSB: Junk science – A complete misuse of the discipline of historical linguistics, comparing modern and old languages, and making insupportable comparisons between Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic. Jesus didn't write Luke, Luke did – a physician that spoke a fairly modern Greek. There is little or no poetic language in the New Testament from the Golden Age of Israel (Isaiah). Most early Christians couldn't read Hebrew and used the Septuagint, a Greek translation of the Old Testament. Jesus probably also used the Septuagint rather than the Hebrew Torah. 

We thank those who alerted us to said video clip.




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(*) PURPOSE:  The Purpose of this Page may be found at the beginning of any of the past issues, such as in Points to Ponder (January 2005)

(**)  "Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given."..... Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.... Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and be converted so that I should heal them."  [Matthew 13:11, 13, 15]

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