The Vatican is trying to get its hands on a 1500 year old Bible that is currently being held in Turkey according to media reports today. The Vatican has issued an official request to examine the 1500 year old Bible that Turkey has had in its custody for the past 12 years. This ancient Bible contains, reportedly, the early teachings of Jesus Christ written on animal hide in gold lettering. It is written in a language called “Syriac” which is a dialect of Aramaic. Aramaic was the native tongue spoke by Christ. The Bible was seized by Turkish officials from a gang of smugglers in an operation in the Mediterranean Sea 12 years ago. Turkish authorities charged the gang with smuggling antiquities, illegal excavations, and possession of explosives then.
Reports out of Turkey say that the 1500 year old Bible is under tight security and it is being claimed that the Bible could be a copy of the Gospel of Barnabas. This Gospel is a controversial gospel. Muslims claim that it is an additional original gospel along with Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. It has sometimes be called the “fourth gospel” and has been suppressed by the Church. Muslims claim that this gospel foretold of the coming of their Prophet, Mohammad. The 1500 year old Bible being held in Turkey is estimated to be worth $1.7 dollars.
The Gospel of Barnabas asserts that a man named Barnabas was a disciple of Christ and, in fact, that he was one of the 12 Apostles. Within it in some key respects it conforms to the Islamic interpretation of Christian origins and sometimes contradicts New Testament teachings. Some critics have claimed that it is a gospel that was edited to fit Islamic interpretation and to conform to Islamic teachings. Several Muslim scholars believe it to support the Islamic view of Jesus, in which, Jesus is not the son of God but is a prophet. There are also two other books using the same name. They are the Epistle of Barnabas and the Acts of Barnabas.
Arizona Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has been a rather outspoken law enforcement officer when it comes to illegal immigration and drug running. He’s received several decorations and honors during his career in law enforcement including Sheriff of the Year. His county is one that is most plagued by human-drug smuggling by the Mexican drug cartels so much so that in Pinal County, Arizona there are men who work for the cartels sitting atop hills watching armed with guns and communication devices. Some areas of the county have become very dangerous and people have been advised to avoid them. Babeu recently announce a bid for Congress and he’s also been workiing as co-chair of the Romney campaingn in Arizona. But this past weekend the sheriff’s reputaiton and image were tarnished when he admitted publically that he’s gay and he has a love relationship with a Mexican national who is in the US legally named Jose. Continue reading
There is something I’ve been hearing more and more about lately in the religious community that refers to Isaiah 9:10. In Isaiah 9 of the Bible Israel is warned to repent and turn back towards God but they don’t and as it ends up Israel is then taken into captivity for 70 years by the Babylonians. What I hear more and more people saying is that history is repeating itself and Isaiah 9:10 is now applicable to the US. What this means is we are repeating the history of ancient Israel when God began to bring judgement against Israel for their having turned away from him.
In the days of Isaiah, Israel was given nine warnings and some now claim that the US is being given the same nine warnings. The Israelites were full of arrogance and pride and when they began to suffer destruction their attitude was that they would rebuild but stronger. The refused to repent and turn back to God and this brought about their end. God brought judgement on them because of their apostasy and the nine warnings were meant to awaken them but it was of no use. Instead of turning back to God the Israelites became even more deviant. Each warning was bigger than the first and Israel began to suffer until they were carried off into captivity by the Babylonians for 70 years. Israel was the northern kingdom and Judah was the southern kingdom at that time. Continue reading
One thing I have always wondered about is why the Mexican people do not rise up and install a government that is not full of corruption. It seems like almost every government Mexico has had has been riddled with corruption including the current one. Mexico is a beautiful land with a beautiful and noble people. It’s history is rich going back to the times of the Aztecs and Toltecs. It is a history that should be celebrated and every Mexican citizens along with everyone of Mexican heritage should know and be proud of their Mexican heritage. It surprises me just how many Mexican people do not know the history of their own people! I’ll be presenting some of that history on this blog because I think it important for the Mexican people to know their history and heritage.
As I said, Mexico is a beautiful land with a noble people and it is rich in culture and history. It is a land of many resources including oil. Yet, the Mexican people have never really benefited from any of this because Mexico has been ruled by corrupt politicians who take the wealth for themselves and leave the people in poverty. Truthfully, Mexico is a third world country in many ways and that is very sad. That also needs to change! I believe that the wealth of a nation should be shared with its people. The people should benefit from the wealth of their nation and there’s no reason why the people of Mexico should not benefit from the wealth of their nation. To see much of Mexico sitting in a third world cesspool is unacceptable to me! It breaks my heart and saddens me greatly to see so many people suffering and living in poverty in Mexico. This should not be especially in this 21st Century! The Mexican people deserve better than what they have! Continue reading