Every Once In A While

16 Jan

We go to  the Christian News Network to get some news and here are some of the stories from that web page

#1. Thought this was both a little funny and a little out there

A Russian man has been granted allowance to wear a crocheted colander on his head for his driver’s license photo after he asserted that it was a part of his religion—a satirical movement that is meant to mock Christianity and its beliefs.

Muscovite Andrei Filin became the first person in Russia to wear a colander on their head for their driver’s license photo as he asserted that he must do so because of his membership in the so-called “Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.” Officials originally tried to cut the colander out of the photograph, but Filin argued that it needed to stay.

“Then they started cropping the photo to my ears,” Filin said in comments posted on the organization’s website. “I told them that I needed the colander in the image. This is my religious conviction – that I must wear a colander on the photo of documents. They showed me my passport, insisting that there I did not wear any hat. I answered that at the time I had not yet become a Pastafarian.”

#2. When you invite the fox into the henhouse...–

A West Virginia man who identifies as a woman and was welcomed by several Episcopal priests to serve as a youth minister in their assemblies has now been charged with the years-long sexual abuse of a young girl.

James “Jimmy” Lilly, 24, was taken into custody on Tuesday and is facing dozens of sexually-related charges, including one count of incest, one count of second-degree sexual assault and 31 counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

According to reports, Lilly, who was working on obtaining a teaching degree at Bluefield State College, served as a youth leader for an unspecified number of Episcopal congregation in the Bluefield area, including at Christ Episcopal Church.

#3. This is something to fight–

A U.S. Senator from Connecticut has introduced a resolution that would express Congressional support for the designation of Feb. 12 as “Darwin Day.”

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal introduced Senate Resolution 337 on Dec. 17, which was referred to the Congressional Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for consideration.

“Charles Darwin developed the theory of evolution by the mechanism of natural selection, which, together with the monumental amount of scientific evidence Charles Darwin compiled to support the theory, provides humanity with a logical and intellectually compelling explanation for the diversity of life on Earth,” the measure reads in part.

While asserting that teaching biblical creation in public schools “compromises the scientific and academic integrity of the education systems of the United States,” the resolution rather contends that “Charles Darwin is a worthy symbol of scientific advancement on which to focus and around which to build a global celebration of science and humanity intended to promote a common bond among all the people of the Earth.”

#4. Obviously they did not live 500 million years ago

A team of French and Canadian scientists have identified preserved embryos within the eggs of a tiny shrimp-like creature believed to have lived over 500 million years ago, raising questions about both the development of the creatures’ brooding abilities and the likelihood of such delicate materials surviving for thousands of millennia.

Waptia fieldensis is a tiny, shrimp-like arthropod whose fossilized remains were first found 100 years ago in Cambrian layers of fossils in Canada. Now extinct, Waptia was a frail creature that carried the eggs of its young within its own body.

Canadian researchers studying Waptia specimens recently made a startling discovery: despite the fossils’ purported ages, collections of tiny eggs somehow survived within their fossilized bodies. The scientists marveled at the remarkable condition of the creatures, describing them as “exceptionally preserved.”

“New, exceptionally preserved specimens of the weakly sclerotized arthropod Waptia fieldensis from the middle Cambrian (ca. 508 million years ago) Burgess Shale, Canada, provide the oldest example of in situ eggs with preserved embryos in the fossil record,” the researchers wrote in a report published earlier this month in the journal “Current Biology.”

#5. The Bible will always win

Scientists who have long been puzzled by the origins of Earth’s water are beginning to believe it originated deep inside of the planet—just like the Bible describes.

Where did our planet’s water come from? This question remains a hotly-debated issue among geologists and astronomers, who concede that it is still largely a mystery. Evolutionists who believe the Earth was originally a hot molten sphere abounding with toxic gases have struggled to make sense of the abundance of water currently on our planet.

“Water is so vital to our survival, but strangely enough, we don’t know the first thing about it—literally the first,” wrote Brian Greene in a “Smithsonian Magazine” article. “Where does water, a giver and taker of life on planet Earth, come from?”

Some scientists have postulated that Earth’s water must have come from external sources, like asteroids. Perhaps they collided with Earth billions of years ago and thereby brought liquid water to the planet.

#6. Different stories on persecution

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#7. They have the right to invite who they want to speak

The president of Liberty University, which is stated to be the world’s largest Christian educational institution, is defending the school’s decision to invite Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to speak during its Martin Luther King Day convocation.

“We chose that day so that Mr. Trump would have the opportunity to recognize and honor Dr. King on MLK day,” President Jerry Falwell, Jr. told reporters, noting that King had once stated that a person should not be judged by “the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

“Liberty stands for that principle and I believe that Mr. Trump does as well,” Falwell said.

As previously reported, on Jan. 4, Liberty announced Trump’s upcoming appearance, and later provided guidelines for attendance as the university expects record crowds at the Jan. 18 event.

“Since Donald Trump last visited Liberty, our family has stayed in close contact with him and with his top aide, Michael Cohen,” Falwell said in a statement. “We are thrilled that they are taking time out of their extremely busy schedule to return to Liberty.”

But some students have planned a peaceful protest on that day, stating that Trump’s values are antithetical to King’s.

#8. There is only one way to God

In his first-ever video declaring his “prayer intentions,” the Roman Catholic leader Jorge Bergoglio, also known as Pope Francis, called for dialogue and collaboration among those of the various world religions on Tuesday, asserting that they are simply “seeking or meeting God in different ways.”

“Most of the planet’s inhabitants declare themselves believers,” he states in the production released on the Feast of Epiphany. “This should lead to dialogue among religions. We should not stop praying for it and collaborating with those who think differently.”

The video then features clips of those from different world religions declaring belief in their various deities.

“I have confidence in Buddha,” a female lama announces.

“I believe in God,” a rabbi affirms.

“I believe in Jesus Christ,” a priest states.

“I believe in Allah,” an Islamic leader declares.

Francis contends that all the religions of the world simply represent mankind’s diversity in seeking God. He says that despite the differing beliefs, everyone is a child of the same God.

“Many think differently, feel differently, seeking God or meeting God in different ways,” he states. “In this crowd, in this range of religions, there is only one certainty that we have for all: we are all children of God.”



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