Category: False Prophet

From The Heart Of The Bible Belt To The California Coast, Satanism Is Experiencing Explosive Growth In America

September 2, 2018 by Michael Snyder

As attendance declines at Christian churches all over America, many Satanic groups are experiencing tremendous growth.  For some, embracing Satanism is the ultimate form of rebellion, for others it is about making an anti-Trump political statement, and yet others claim that they are attracted by the very real power that they discover in Satanism.  Every week, bizarre rituals are conducted in basements, meeting halls and public facilities all over the country, and most Americans have absolutely no idea what is going on.  Of course most mainstream news articles about Satanists attempt to portray them as ordinary people that have simply been “misunderstood”.  And ultimately that is what the Satanists are trying to do for Satan – they are trying to get all the rest of us to view Satan or Lucifer as a “misunderstood” being that only has humanity’s best interests at heart.  And since the values of Satanism line up more accurately with the values of modern society than Christian values do, Satanists are finding increasing success in bringing in new recruits.

Today, there are Satanic churches just about everywhere.  For example, a Satanic high priest named Adam Daniels started “the Church of Ahriman” in the heart of Oklahoma City

Adam Daniels, 35, is the “dastur” – or high priest – of the Church of Ahriman, which is based in Oklahoma City, USA.

The Church of Ahriman has 15 members and worships Ahriman, another name for the original Persian devil figure Angra Mainyu – the God of Hell.

The church’s followers meet in Daniels’ home, where he has converted a storage room into the ritual chamber in which he performs ceremonies including devil worshipping weddings and Satanic exorcisms.

Daniels says that he was attracted to Satanism after a deadly encounter with an armed thief sent him on a quest for answers

Seeking a way to come to terms with ending another person’s life, he began to see a therapist and turned to a variety of religions – all of whom suggested he should have turned the other cheek.

Daniels said: “I tried to find solace and I was told that I had committed the sin of wrath by the Christians and the Buddhists – even by my mom.”

Instead he found comfort in The Satanic Bible by Anton LaVey, whose motto is ‘self preservation is the highest law’.

Daniels is married, and his wife is fully on board, but having a father that is a Satanic high priest has been very rough on their daughter Amber

“When I was six because I was given the Baphomet [an ancient deity, traditionally depicted as a horned goat] necklace in first grade and I wore it to school and was told by a teacher that I wasn’t allowed to wear it so I had to take it off and put it in my backpack.

“In sixth grade my grandma got me to go to my local bookstore and was able to get my full name printed on the Holy Bible – which my parents threw away.”

But before you start feeling tempted to feel sorry for this family, you should keep reading.

The truth is that Daniels is not a pleasant man.  In fact, he openly admits that he purposely commits blasphemy and that his entire goal is to offend God…

He said: “I have ritualistically burned the Holy Bible, the Qu’ran, the Talmed, the Torah, Buddhist Sutra’s, different Hindu Sutra’s you name it, I’ve burned it out of blasphemy.

“I am not responsible for God and no God is responsible for me.

“Through my words and my deeds, I am offending God and that is my whole goal, to make his people miserable, to bring about apostates, to bring about anguish.”

At one time, nuts like Daniels would have been a very rare anomaly, but times have changed.

Today there are Satanic communities that gather from coast to coast, and the following is how the Los Angeles Times described one of these gatherings in the L.A. area…

In November, in the candlelit basement of a house just above the Silver Lake Reservoir, Alexandra James walked over to an altar where her husband, Zachary, waited near a bleached human skull, teeth locked in eternal rictus. From the altar, she lifted a sword and drew points across his chest while a circle of onlookers watched solemnly (well, a few giggled too). An organist played eerie minor key chords and Alexandra turned to face the group.

“On this altar we consecrate swords to direct the fire of our unholy will,” she said. “A human skull, symbol of death. The great mother Lilith created us all, and will destroy us all.”

“Hail Satan! Hail Satan! Hail Satan!” The group chanted back.

So how many people are we actually talking about nationwide?

Well, there is not a single national organization, but all major Satanic groups have claimed large increases in membership since the election of Donald Trump.

In particular, the Satanic Temple reported gaining “thousands” of new members within the first 36 hours of Trump’s victory…

The Satanic Temple attracted “thousands” of new members in just the first 36 hours after the election of Donald Trump, according to co-founder Lucien Greaves. The 4-year-old temple, which had a pre-Trump membership of around 50,000, has never before seen a spike in registration nearly this big.

“It’s crazy,” Greaves said after a speech in front of some adoring fans at CU-Boulder. The emails, registrations, donations and social media posts are pouring in faster than the temple can respond. “People have a desperate need for something to rally to right now.”

Right now, membership in the Satanic Temple is somewhere around 100,000, and it has become a hub for the anti-Trump resistance.

Of course most have joined various Satanic groups for spiritual reasons.  Today there is a tremendous spiritual hunger in America, but Americans are also leaving traditional churches at a staggering pace.  People are looking for authenticity, but they aren’t finding it in the traditional places, and so many are seeking out new options.

Unfortunately, an increasing number of Americans are deciding that Satanism is the answer, and that is a very, very troubling sign.

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Burning Man Recreating Mount Sinai for Idolatry

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz July 31, 2018 , 2:53 pm

All this serves man for fuel: He takes some to warm himself, And he builds a fire and bakes bread. He also makes a god of it and worships it, Fashions an idol and bows down to it! Isaiah 44:15 (The Israel Bible™)

Thousands of people wearing bizarre costumes dance around a huge burning effigy that represents Celtic human sacrifice. Scattered around the pentagon-shaped camp are various makeshift temples to pagan gods. Moving through the crowds is a huge seven headed serpent. No, this is not science fiction or even a pagan festival held in some far-off land. This is the annual ten-day Burning Man Festival that will be held in the Nevada desert in three weeks.

Every year, the Burning Man Festival takes place in the late summer in Black Rock City – a temporary city erected in the Black Rock Desert of northwest Nevada. First held 32 years ago in 1986 as an intimate artists’ gathering on Baker Beach in San Francisco, the festival now attracts more than 70,000 attendees every year.

Though the organizers claim the festival is not religious in nature, there are several elements that appear regularly at the festival that are firmly rooted in idolatry. A 70-foot long seven-headed red metal dragon on wheels named for the ancient Egyptian god Abraxas, is clearly intended to reference Satan as described in the Christian Book of Revelations. Festivals have also featured a papier-mache sculpture of “Lord Shiva Natarja,” a Hindu god described as “the cosmic ecstatic dancer.”

The festival culminates in the eponymous ceremony in which a large wooden effigy of a man is burned. This ceremony, referred to among Druids as the “wicker man,” is almost universal among pagan cults and evolved as a replacement for human sacrifice. This symbolic element came closer to its origins last year when a 41-year-old man committed suicide by throwing himself into the flames of the Burning Man effigy.

Rabbi Daniel Asore, a member of the nascent Sanhedrin, noted that the elements of ancient idolatry are clearly present in this modern-day gathering.The camp is carefully designed in a semicircle contained within a pentagon But when viewed from the air, it becomes clear that the angles are connected by lines creating a pentagram, the universal symbol of witchcraft and black magic.

“They are going out to the desert to recreate the giving of the Torah but they have replaced Mount Sinai as the focal point with the symbol of Satan,” Rabbi Asore told Breaking Israel News. “These people are not atheists. They are idolators. The difference between atheism and idolatry is that atheism denies God while idolatry is an attempt to replace God. They are trying to replace God.”

This year, the festival is going to be a strange mix of pagan worship and high-tech with the theme being “I,Robot,” focusing on artificial intelligence (AI). This theme will be reflected in the centerpiece structure, a massive wooden spiral temple dubbed Galaxia dedicated to the Greek goddess, Gaia. Galaxia is a name taken from a science-fiction novel by Isaac Asimov. In New Age mythology, Galaxia is the mother goddess corresponding to the Greek goddess Gaia, but on a higher galactic level. In mythology, Gaia is the personification of the Earth and the source of immortality. The worship of Gaia figures prominently in Neo-paganism.

“Technology is not, by nature, necessarily evil but it is often used as a temptation to distract people from the truth, to tempt them away from God by telling men they are greater than God,” Asore said. “In the case of artificial intelligence, this is clearly true. They will deny that God rules their lives but they welcome artificial intelligence. Even now, we carry around devices which ‘remind’ them of what they must do. It tracks their every movement and even tells them where they should go, when they need to leave, and what roads to take. This is not an aid. This is already bordering on mind-control.”

“The people who create this technology and the people who use it will deny that their intent is mind control. Truly modern people who were atheists would reject pentagrams and idols and believe there is no controlling power. The aspect of mind control comes from the idolatry giving control to dark forces.”

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The Episcopal Church Begins Process Of Reducing God To ‘Gender Neutral’ Status In Their Book Of Common Prayer

At what point does a professing Christian church, even if it’s name only, cross the line from being merely Laodicean over into such red-hot apostasy that you have become utterly meaningless? Well, I think the Episcopal Church has done exactly that. The changes they have already made, compounded with these proposed changes they wish to make, will make their core theology 100% at odds with everything the Bible teaches. For example, the Episcopal Church is performing same-sex marriage, the Bible says same-sex anything is an abomination.

by Geoffrey Grider July 3, 2018

It is the standard cry of Laodiceans everywhere that ‘you can’t put God in a box!’, and ‘you can’t define God’. But I have news for you, yes you can.

The Episcopal Church, or ‘Catholic Lite’ as I call them, are an interesting group of people. They are hyper-focused on things like Climate Change, performing same-sex marriages and creating ceremonies to celebrate when a transgender adopts a new name. But Bible doctrine? They wouldn’t know it if they fell over it. Now they have a new mission – to remove all references to God as a male, and all instances of any masculine pronouns in their Book of Common Prayer.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3,4 (KJV)

FROM CBN NEWS: Now the Episcopal Church is debating about overhauling its Book of Common Prayer, which is used in Episcopal congregations worldwide. The debate centers on making sure that prayers in the book are clear that God is not male, but doesn’t have a gender, The Washington Post reports.  “As long as ‘men’ and ‘God’ are in the same category, our work toward equity will not just be incomplete. I honestly think it won’t matter in some ways,” the Rev. Wil Gafney, a professor of the Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School in Texas told the newspaper. Besides adding gender-neutral language concerning God, some advocates also want other revisions including, a Christian’s duty to the Earth’s conservation, adding same-sex marriage ceremonies to the liturgy, (since the church has been performing homosexual weddings for years) and even adding a ceremony to celebrate a transgender person’s adoption of a new name. READ MORE

The Triune God is absolutely revealed as definitely masculine in the Bible:

  • GOD IS MALE: “And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.” Luke 11:2 (KJV)
  • JESUS IS MALE: “My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.” John 10:29,30 (KJV)
  • THE HOLY SPIRIT IS MALE: “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:” John 16:7,8 (KJV)

When God created Adam, the first male, the Bible says that Adam was in the very image of God Himself. What image is that? A man. When God created Eve, He created her from the male Adam, indeed the very word ‘woman’ means ‘taken out of man’.

“And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Genesis 2:21-23 (KJV)

Hmm, I guess the Bible should add a TRIGGER WARNING to that passage, eh? Kind of hard to remain a feminist when you realize your entire gender is a subcategory of the male gender. But I digress, back to the Episcopal Church.

At what point does a professing Christian church, even if it’s name only, cross the line from being merely Laodicean over into such red-hot apostasy that you have become utterly meaningless? Well, I think the Episcopal Church has done exactly that.

The changes they have already made, compounded with these proposed changes they wish to make, will make their core theology 100% at odds with everything the Bible teaches. For example, the Episcopal Church is performing same-sex marriage, the Bible says same-sex anything is an abomination. The Episcopal Church wants to make God gender neutral, while the Bible reveals every aspect of God to be male at every turn.

It is the standard cry of Laodiceans everywhere that ‘you can’t put God in a box!’, and ‘you can’t define God’. But I have news for you, yes you can. Put God in a box? Absolutely, and that box is the King James Bible. There you will find everything you will ever know or that can be known about God in this life. Can’t define God? The Bible defines Him to a wonderfully granular level of understanding. But you only come to know ‘nuggets’ like these if you actually read the Bible, and then believe what you read, in the context in which it appears.

We refer to this peculiar trait as being a Bible believer. Something the Episcopal Church knows nothing about. God not a male? Let’s let the Bible answer.

“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” Revelation 1:18 (KJV)

I am He, case closed.

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BABYLON RISING: Jesuit Pope Francis Functioning More Like A King As EU Rulers Look To Vatican For Leadership

The tete-a-tete between the Argentine pontiff Pope Francis and Macron in the Vatican’s ornate library lasted 57 minutes — the longest between Francis and a head of state. They also discussed secularism, inter-religious dialogue and climate change, the French presidency said in a statement that described a “very free and very intense exchange”. Macron’s visit with the pope, who has called for “solidarity” with migrants, came as the thorny issue of migration casts deep divisions within the European Union.

 

by Geoffrey Grider June 26, 2018

 

French President Emmanuel Macron held an “intense” meeting with Pope Francis during his first official visit to the Vatican on Tuesday, discussing global issues including the fate of migrants coming to Europe.

“And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” Revelation 17:1,2 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Why so many of the European Union’s political leaders turning to Pope Francis, a religious figure,  for leadership and guidance? Because Revelation 17 and 18 says that the Vatican is Whore of Babylon with whom the ‘kings of the earth’ will enriched themselves by bowing down to her. This is why you see so much political posturing from Pope Francis as he begins to assume the kingly role that Revelation says the end time pope will have. And in a fascinating turn of events worthy of inclusion in a Left Behind novel, Francis awarded French president Macron with something called an honorary canon of the basilica of St. John Lateran. I know you likely have never heard of it, but it’s packed with prophetical intrigue. St. John Lateran is the very first Vatican building built by Rome, as it was in the processing of swallowing whole the Christian Church that Jesus started, in a hostile takeover in the early 300’s. Looks like King Francis in 2018 is planning on expanding the Vatican empire. 

The tete-a-tete between the Argentine pontiff Pope Francis and Macron in the Vatican’s ornate library lasted 57 minutes — the longest between Francis and a head of state. They also discussed secularism, inter-religious dialogue and climate change, the French presidency said in a statement that described a “very free and very intense exchange”.

Macron’s visit with the pope, who has called for “solidarity” with migrants, came as the thorny issue of migration casts deep divisions within the European Union.

After the meeting, Macron said France will be one of six European countries to take in some of the 233 migrants on board the NGO rescue ship Lifeline, which has been stranded for days in the Mediterranean after being turned away by Italy.

The French president earlier had breakfast with Rome’s Community of Sant’Egidio — a charity with ties to the Vatican that plays a role in welcoming migrants, and organising “humanitarian corridors” bringing Syrian refugees to Europe.

The programme, which is open to vulnerable Muslims and Christians alike, is an alternative to dangerous smuggling routes.

After his meeting with Pope Francis, Macron attended a ceremony where he was made an honorary canon of St John Lateran, the cathedral of Rome. The tradition dates back to the 15th century when the French state and church were indistinguishable.

The French president said he was “truly moved” by the honour in a speech.

Several of Macron’s predecessors declined to go to the Vatican to accept the title, including socialists Francois Mitterrand and Francois Hollande, in order to avoid associating themselves with religious imagery.

Macron’s decision to attend the ceremony has drawn criticism in France, which is strictly secular under a landmark 1905 law that separated the state from the church.

“I decided to accept this invitation because it belongs to a tradition of harmony and friendship between France and the Vatican to which I am attached”, Macron said in his speech. Francis and the French president smiled and embraced each other as they left their meeting.

The French president offered the Pope a 1949 edition in Italian of “The Diary of a Country Priest” by French Catholic writer Georges Bernanos. Francis presented Macron with a bronze medal of Saint Martin, a fourth century symbol of generosity, and the main texts from his papacy.

Giving the medal to Macron, the Pope said it was the “vocation of those in government to protect the poorest”. After the meeting, Macron said he had met with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Monday evening, but kept the informal talk discreet out of respect for Vatican protocol.

Past talks between the pope and a president have never exceeded 50 minutes — Francis spoke with former US president Barack Obama for 50 minutes and with his successor Donald Trump for 30 minutes.

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Pope Francis reportedly tells gay man, ‘God made you that way and loves you’

By Edmund DeMarche | Fox News

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, reflects on the charismatic pontiff’s impact on the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis reportedly told a gay man from Chile who was visiting the Vatican that God made him that way and loves him the way he is.

Juan Carlos Cruz, who was reportedly a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of a priest, reportedly spent days at the Vatican to talk about his experiences.

Cruz reportedly told El Pais, a Spanish newspaper, that the two had a conversation about his homosexuality and said he was told, “Juan Carlos, I don’t care about you being gay. God made you that way and loves you as you are and I don’t mind. The pope loves you as you are, you have to be happy with who you are.”

The Los Angeles Times reported that the Vatican did not confirm the pope’s comments given that it was a private conversation.

The pope has upheld Catholic teaching on homosexuality, reiterating the church’s opposition to same-sex relationships.

Francis uttered his “Who am I to judge?” comment during his first airborne press conference in 2013, signaling a new era of acceptance and welcome for gays in the church. Francis followed up by meeting with gay and transgender faithful.

Fr. James Martin, the author of “Building a Bridge,” told The Times that Francis’ reported comments are a “big deal” because it is likely the first time the pope made a comment “about gay people being born that way.”

Martin told the paper that the pope made the reported comment in private and not on the record, which is a big difference.

Meanwhile, every active Chilean bishop offered to resign Friday over what Francis said was their “grave negligence” in investigating abuse and protecting children.

The bishops announced at the end of an emergency Vatican summit that all 31 active bishops in Rome had signed a document offering to resign.

Calls for mass resignations had mounted after details emerged of the contents of a 2,300-page Vatican report into the Chilean scandal leaked early Friday. Francis had cited the report in footnotes of a 10-page document that he handed over to each Chilean bishop at the start of the summit.

For years, sex abuse victims have blasted the Chilean hierarchy for discrediting their claims, protecting abusers and moving them around rather than reporting them to police and then handing out light sentences when church sanctions were imposed.

Francis, though, has also been implicated in the scandal and he took responsibility for his role as well.

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Confirming His Role As Antichrist, Pope Francis Spits In Jesus’ Face And Defiantly Declares That ‘There Is No Hell”

Scalfari says to the Pope, “Your Holiness, in our previous meeting you told me that our species will disappear in a certain moment and that God, still out of his creative force, will create new species. You have never spoken to me about the souls who died in sin and will go to hell to suffer it for eternity. You have however spoken to me of good souls, admitted to the contemplation of God. But what about bad souls? Where are they punished?” Pope Francis says,  “They are not punished, those who repent obtain the forgiveness of God and enter the rank of souls who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot therefore be forgiven disappear. There is no hell, there is the disappearance of sinful souls.”

 

by Geoffrey Grider March 29, 2018

In another interview with his longtime atheist friend, Eugenio Scalfari, Pope Francis claims that Hell does not exist and that condemned souls just “disappear.” This is a denial of the 2,000-year-old teaching of the Catholic Church about the reality of Hell and the eternal existence of the soul.

“Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” Matthew 23:33 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: What’s the easiest way to confuse a Catholic? Ask them a question from the Bible. In all my years on this earth, and after 30 years of being a Catholic who endured 12 years of Catholic Jesuit education, I can honestly say the following. I have never met a nun, priest, bishop, monsignor or cardinal who knew anything about the Bible, not one bit not one speck of Bible truth. Catholics devote their entire lives to the Vatican, and live and die without ever knowing the Jesus of the Bible. Pope Francis said today that ‘there is no Hell’, in wanton disregard and violation of the teachings of Jesus Christ who emphatically declares that there is a Hell, burning with flames, and that you should avoid going there at all costs. Pope Francis is a deceiver, an antichrist, and just possibly the actual Antichrist mentioned in the Bible. Ironically, if Francis were to die today, he would find himself in the very Hell he says does not exist. 

The interview between Scalfari and the Pope was published March 28, 2018 in La Repubblica. The relevant section on Hell was translated by the highly respected web log, Rorate Caeli. The interview is headlined, “The Pope: It is an honor to be called revolutionary.” (Il Papa: “È un onore essere chiamato rivoluzionario.”)

Scalfari says to the Pope, “Your Holiness, in our previous meeting you told me that our species will disappear in a certain moment and that God, still out of his creative force, will create new species. You have never spoken to me about the souls who died in sin and will go to hell to suffer it for eternity. You have however spoken to me of good souls, admitted to the contemplation of God. But what about bad souls? Where are they punished?”

ANTICHRIST: POPE FRANCIS TELLS CATHOLICS IN ROME THAT A ‘PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP’ WITH JESUS IS ‘DANGEROUS AND HARMFUL’

Pope Francis says,  “They are not punished, those who repent obtain the forgiveness of God and enter the rank of souls who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot therefore be forgiven disappear. There is no hell, there is the disappearance of sinful souls.”

In a statement released on Mar. 29, after Scalfari’s report garnered worldwide attention, the Vatican said:

“The Holy Father Francis recently received the founder of the newspaper La Repubblica in a private meeting on the occasion of Easter, without however giving him any interviews. What is reported by the author in today’s article [in La Repubblica] is the result of his reconstruction, in which the textual words pronounced by the Pope are not quoted. No quotation of the aforementioned article must therefore be considered as a faithful transcription of the words of the Holy Father.”

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God Shiva Towers Over His Worshippers at 230 Feet and 20 Storeys High

Murudeshwar is a coastal town in India. It is also one of the names of the Hixxxndu god Shiva, and the association of the town with this deity is evident in the temple dedicated to him and the colossal seated statue of Shiva, which is the second tallest statue of this god in the world.

Located in Uttara Kannada, a district in the southwestern Indian state of Karnataka, Murudeshwar (also spelled as Murdeshwar) is considered a holy place, and the reason for this may be found in the Indian epic, the Ramayana. According to this ancient epic poem, Ravana, the Rakshasa king of Lanka, is said to have been a great devotee of Shiva.

A Play for Immortality and More Power

In order to gain immortality and to increase his own power, Ravana began to perform penance to Shiva. Ravana was granted a boon, though he was tricked into asking for Parvati, instead of the Atma Linga (Soul of Shiva).

Realizing his mistake, Ravana began to perform penance again. This time, he received the Atma Linga from Shiva, on the condition that it should not be placed on the ground. To save the world, Narada (the sage who tricked Ravana the first time) intervened once more.

An illusion was created, which turned midday into evening. Seeing that the sun was about to set, Ravana wanted to offer Sandhya prayers. Yet, he was unable to do so, as he could not put the Atma Linga down. Suddenly, a young Brahmachari appeared before the king, and offered to hold the Atma Linga for him whilst he offered his prayers. Ravana agreed to this, and handed the Atma Linga over to the young man, who was actually Ganesha in disguise. Instead of holding the Atma Linga, however, Ganesha placed it on the ground.

Enraged by what had just happened, Ravana proceeded to destroy the Atma Linga. The king smashed the object into pieces and threw it away. One of these pieces is said to have fallen in Murudeshwar, thus turning it into a sacred site. On the spot where the fragment of the Atma Linga is believed to have fallen, a shrine to Shiva was erected.

Murudeshwar Temple. (Vedamurthy J/CC BY SA 3.0)

Murudeshwar Temple Complex

As for the present temple complex, this was constructed in more recent times. Located on a peninsula, the temple is surrounded on three sides by the waters of the Arabian Sea.

Within this modern temple complex is the ancient shrine that was built to house the relic believed to be the fragment of the Atma Linga. Apart from this sacred object, the temple complex is also notable for its gopura, a typical architectural feature of South Indian temples.

An HDR image of the 22-storied Raja Gopura at Murudeshwar temple. Two life-size elephants in concrete stand guard at the steps leading to it. (CC BY SA 3.0)

These monumental gatehouse towers, which are normally sumptuously decorated with sculptures of Hindu deities and mythological figures, can be found at the entrance of such temples. The gopura is known as the Raja Gopura, and soars to a dizzying height of over 70 meters (229.66 ft.) Inaugurated in 2008, this gopura has 22 floors, and is fitted with lifts (the only gopura to have such a facility) to carry devotees up and down this monumental structure.

A Colossal Shiva

Another famous landmark in Murudeshwar is its colossal statue of Shiva. This statue, which is about 40 meters (131.23 ft.) in height, is located on the top of Kanduka Giri, a small hill close to the temple complex. This statue, which depicts Shiva in a seated posture, is often said to be the second largest statue of this deity in the world.

Like the temple complex, this statue is also a modern creation, and was commissioned by a businessman and philanthropist by the name of R. N. Shetty. The statue is placed in such a position that it would receive direct sunlight.

Lord Shiva statue at Murudeshwara. (Vivek Shrivastava/CC BY SA 3.0)

Top Image: HDR of the giant statue of Lord Shiva at Murudeshwar, Karnataka, India. Source: varun suresh

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With Red Sea mega-city, Saudis eye economic unity with Egypt, Jordan

“If they are really going to develop this in desert areas of all three countries, you’d expect Israeli technology perhaps to have a role to play.”

By Ben Lynfield

March 13, 2018 09:16

Building Red Sea mega-city, Saudis eye economic integration with Egypt, Jordan, March 13, 2018

To observers, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud’s flagship idea may seem overly ambitious – to build a mega-city known as Neom along the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea that extends across the borders to Jordan and Egypt.

Indeed, its proponents are describing the planned 26,500 square kilometer city in almost messianic terms. “Neom is positioned to become an aspirational society that heralds the future of human civilization by offering its inhabitants an idyllic lifestyle set against a backdrop of a community founded on modern architecture, lush green spaces, quality of life, safety and technology in the service of humanity paired with excellent economic opportunities,” says Neom’s website.

That may be overstating Neom’s significance, but the project, which is yet to get underway, promises to be extremely important – not only for Saudi Arabia but for the region as a whole. For Riyadh, it is a central component of plans by bin Salman to ween the kingdom off of its dependence on oil exports and diversify the economy by emphasizing, for example, knowledge-based industries. Egypt and Jordan are reacting with enthusiasm to the plan, hoping it can give a boost to their depressed economies.

While bin Salman was in Egypt last week, the two countries set up a ten-billion-dollar joint fund to help develop the Egyptian side of Neom. Egypt has reportedly earmarked more than a thousand square kilometers in southern Sinai for the project. As part of economic integration the two countries are planning to build King Salman Bridge, linking them across the Gulf of Aqaba.

Mohab Mamish, chief of the Suez Canal Development Authority, is touting the north-east Egyptian city of Ismailia as the gateway for the Neom project, Emirati daily newspaper The National reported last week.

MEANWHILE, Jordanian officials are in the midst of discussions with their Saudi counterparts to identify projects to be implemented in Aqaba as part of Neom, The Jordan Times reported on Saturday.

In a related development, Reuters reported on Saturday that Saudi Arabia will work with Egypt and Jordan to attract European cruise companies to operate in the Red Sea during winter season. The report said that Riyadh is negotiating with seven such companies and plans to build yacht marinas.

In the view of Yoram Meital, an Egypt specialist at Ben Gurion University, Neom “is seen by [President Abdul-Fatah] al-Sisi as a new space for more cooperation, for creating more Egyptian employment.”

“The idea of building a bridge, and around the bridge a modern commercial industrial zone, is seen by Egypt as a potential major boost,” he said.

For the Saudis – and for the Arab world – the economic integration would be a new departure. “The scale is unprecedented; and if it happens in the way that’s being discussed it would create a more integrated relationship among Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia than in the past, and that’s new,” said Brandon Friedman, a Middle East specialist at the Dayan Center in Tel Aviv University.

But, Friedman added, leveraging its economic wealth to cement its influence has been a long standing component of Saudi policy. In the past it took the form of aid or loans; now bin Salman “is trying to directly link the economies of Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.”

“The Saudis see increased economic health for Egypt and Jordan as being in their own security interest,” Friedman said. “The more vulnerable Egypt and Jordan are, the more difficult it potentially [becomes] for the Saudis to stabilize the region. They are trying to create more dynamic economies in Jordan and Egypt as a means to creating a stronger, more stable moderate Sunni bloc in the region.”

Neom’s progress should be followed closely by Israel, especially since some of the sectors planned for the mega-project coincide with areas of Israeli expertise: energy and water, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, and technological and digital sciences.

“Depending on how the project evolves and how Saudi relations with Israel evolve, given Israel’s relations with Egypt and Jordan, there is potentially a role for Israeli economic integration,” said Friedman. “If the Israeli-Saudi relationship revolves around its current trajectory, it would be natural to assume that at some stage there would be Israeli integration.

“If they are really going to develop this in desert areas of all three countries, you’d expect Israeli technology perhaps to have a role to play,” Friedman said.

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Pope Francis In Chile Placed Crown On Statue Of The ‘Virgin Mary’ And Declared Her Queen Of The Universe

The virgin who wanted to be called Your handmaid was chosen mother of the Redeemer, and true mother of all the living, and now exalted above the choirs of the angels, reigns gloriously with Your Son interceding for all men as an advocate of grace and queen of mercy,” he prayed during mass, moments before crowning the statue.

 

by Geoffrey Grider March 5, 2018

 

The coronation took place during mass at O’Higgins Park in Santiago, where the tens of thousands in attendance watched Pope Francis place a crown on the head of the Christ child, and then also on the head of Mary.

“The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.” Jeremiah 7:18 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Section 966 of the official Catechism Of The Catholic Church states “the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix”. But the Bible says that Jesus alone is our Advocate with the Father. It furthermore goes on to say that Mary is a co-redeemer in that the “union of the mother with the Son in the work of salvation is made manifest”. The Bible says that Jesus alone paid for our sins, with no earthly help from anyone. So when Pope Francis was in Chile earlier this year, placing a crown on a statue of Mary and declaring her to be queen, he was simply reaffirming that Catholics worship this fictional Mary who exists nowhere within the pages of the Bible. This is nothing more than pagan idol worship of another human being, making a statue and bowing down before it. This is not Christianity, and this is not biblical. No one in the Bible ever asked Mary for her advice, not one time is recorded of anyone asking for her prayers, and on the day of Pentecost she is a silent observer, saying and doing nothing at the birth of the Church. And yet somehow, the Catholic harlot has promoted her to the 4th part of the Trinity and a co-redeemer  with God in our salvation. Anything to get and keep your eyes off of Jesus, anything at all. 

In Chile, the statue is known as “Our Lady of Mount Carmel,” who is also known by Roman Catholics in the country as the patron saint and “queen” of Chile.

“The virgin who wanted to be called Your handmaid was chosen mother of the Redeemer, and true mother of all the living, and now exalted above the choirs of the angels, reigns gloriously with Your Son interceding for all men as an advocate of grace and queen of mercy,” he prayed during mass, moments before crowning the statue.

“Lord, look kindly upon these your servants, who by adorning with a visible crown the image of the mother of Your Son, recognize Your Son as King of the universe and invoke the virgin as queen,” Pope Francis said.

He “blessed” the crowns and was escorted to place them on the heads of the images. Francis then stood before the statue, swinging a smoking censer of incense.

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“I pray that Our Lady of Mount Carmel, mother and queen of Chile, will continue to accompany and bring to birth the dreams of this blessed nation,” Bergoglio said in a speech to Chilean authorities on the same day.

The Roman Catholic leader also spoke to Chilean youth on Wednesday at the Basilica of Our Lady of Carmel in Maipú, where he told those gathered that the “Our Lady of Carmel waits for you and welcomes you with an open heart.”

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Vatican embraces China, Turkey, ‘Palestine,’ disses U.S.

Exclusive: Joseph Farah asks, ‘What’s up with this pope?’

Published: 15 hours ago

Joseph Farah

In an astonishing embrace of pure evil, the Vatican under Pope Francis, recently dumped two loyal Catholic bishops of the underground church in China, replacing them with state-approved picks, had cordial talks in Rome with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a man who seeks to restore the Islamic caliphate with himself in charge, and denounced the notion of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

If all that is not bad enough, Francis’ long-time Argentinian friend Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, just labeled China the best example of the church’s social doctrine and a moral leader in defense of human dignity.

After a recent trip, Sorondo said: “I found an extraordinary China; what people do not know is that the central Chinese principle is ‘work, work, work.’ … As Paul said: ‘He who does not work does not eat.’ You do not have shantytowns; you do not have drugs; young people do not have drugs. There is a positive national consciousness – they want to show that they have changed; they already accept private property.”

Continuing in his lavish praise of Chinese-style Communism, Sorondo said, “[The Chinese] seek the common good, subordinate things to the general good.” China, he added, has “defended the dignity of the human person” and, in the area of climate change, is “assuming a moral leadership that others have abandoned.”

Contrasting China with the U.S. under President Trump, the bishop asked, “How is it possible that oil multinationals manage Trump?”

This shocker comes after Pope Francis denounced the U.S. move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He recently met in Rome with Erdogan, an Islamic extremist who covertly supported ISIS before turning his back on the terrorist group. Top on their agenda, according to news reports, was the future status of Jerusalem.

What’s up with this pope?

Cardinal Joseph Zen, the 86-year-old retired bishop of Hong Kong, wrote an open letter posted on Facebook, saying the Vatican is “selling out” struggling Catholics. The Vatican, he said, has deferred to a “fake” Chinese structure.

Steve Mosher, a Catholic with decades of experience in China, including being tossed in jail, asked: “Why should the Catholic Church participate in its own dissolution and destruction? Why would we do this?” He told EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo that the Vatican’s negotiating strategy is “simply negotiating the surrender of the underground church” to a false church created by China’s atheists.

As to the recent comments by Sorondo, Catholic author Paul Kengor wrote: “That, of course, is a jaw-dropper. You couldn’t find a radical leftie at the Huffington Post or even The Nation who would dare drop that whopper.”

Kengor points out that China accounts for half the world’s female suicides and still practices population control and forced abortion.

“Let’s be candid about this, as this is a dire moment that demands frank talk,” writes Kengor. “These are the thoughts of a person who is ideologically unhinged. Pope Francis has warned of the corrupting force of ideology; our always-candid pope condemns ideological ‘fanatics.’ Well, here’s a bishop close to Francis whose ability to comprehend reality has been corrupted by ideology.”

Kengor quotes George Neumayr, former editor of Catholic World Report, as telling him: “I wrote about the pope’s capitulation to the Chinese Communists in my book, ‘The Political Pope.’ The most recent developments were telegraphed by the pope years ago. I also wrote about the bishop. … He has been a Vatican gateway for the (George) Soros crowd and very much reflects the pope’s thinking. He is the one who set up the Bernie Sanders invite to the Vatican and made a point of telling everyone that Sanders was the only presidential candidate invited. … His academy is overflowing with socialists and communists.”

Is the Vatican becoming part of a new axis of anti-U.S., anti-Israel and anti-liberty evil in the world?

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