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Bible in the News

  • Is Pregnancy a Disease?

    by Larry Spargimino

    teen girlsIn a society of sliding moral standards, anything goes—and the government wants to use your tax  dollars to support it.

    The Obamacare contraception mandate was a major issue in the 2012 presidential campaign, and there is a high likelihood that the left may soon be pushing for taxpayer-funded abortifacient drugs for young girls as part of the 2016 campaign strategy.

    WorldNetDaily reports on a pilot test program in Colorado, where a private, charitable organization has paid for long-term birth control for teenage girls, such as implants and IUDs. They are reporting a dramatic reduction in the incidents of pregnancy. As a result, activists in Colorado have decided to take the idea statewide on the taxpayers’ tab.

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  • Drones Spoiling Your Day? You Need This

    by Larry Spargimino
    Boeing's new Compact Laser Weapon System (LWS), in four easily assembled parts. Image source: Boeing. Boeing's new Compact Laser Weapon System (LWS), in four easily assembled parts. Image source: Boeing.

    Drones are becoming increasingly popular with police departments, border patrol agencies, and the Forest Service. They are also becoming a nuisance. People keep flying drones where they shouldn’t—like in airport flight paths and over the White House. Boeing, however, has solved the problem with its new Compact Laser Weapon System.

    The aerospace company’s new weapons system isn’t quite as “cool” as what you see in Star Wars—there’s no slashing beams of light and no “pew! pew!” sound effects. But, nevertheless, it has been effectively tested on drones and can take down a troublesome drone with unstinting regularity.

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  • Rising To the Challenge

    by Larry Spargimino

    Crecopia mothOne of the most fascinating events in nature is the emergence of the Crecopia moth from its cocoon—an event that only occurs with much struggle on the part of the moth to free itself.

    The story can be told of someone watching a moth trying to free itself and feeling  sorry for the poor creature. Not realizing the necessity of struggle, a kind-hearted individual snipped the cocoon. Soon the moth came out with its wings weak and shriveled. The moth, which, under normal conditions, would soon fly away, was doomed to crawl during its brief life.

    What the person in the story did not realize was that in the process of struggle the moth would push body fluids out into the wings to strengthen and expand them. The struggle was necessary for growth.

    Despite the pain, suffering, and atrocities caused by Islamic State militants, some are rising to the challenge. Even women.

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  • The Revenge of the Veil

    by Larry Spargimino

    veiled womanThe Clarion Project reports that ISIS publicly has whipped 20 women in the center of a market in Mosul  for not veiling their eyes. The whipping marks the first time that ISIS militants lashed the local women themselves. Previously ISIS has sent female volunteers to mete out such punishments.

    Reports in the Iraqi newspaper Al-Sabach say that the women were lashed on their backs and legs.

    One woman who was present commented bitterly: “I am not surprised to see this occurrence from the cowards of ISIS. They say they are concerned about women being modest, but they are the first who took our free  women as captives and  raped them in Mosul.”

    One of the victims stated: “This ISIS criminal led me to a group of close to 20 women that were in the square inside the market. We were surrounded by a circle of armed ISIS men. An enormous man held a whip the size of which even a large animal couldn’t withstand. The man who had dragged me from the market pushed me, and I immediately began being whipped. The force of the whip almost made my soul leave my body.”

    This victim also said, “He screamed at me that anyone who doesn’t follow ISIS’ rules is an enemy of Allah. My legs were trembling from fear. I had no idea what I had done wrong to deserve this humiliating treatment.”

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  • “How Badly Are We Losing?”

    by Larry Spargimino

    Killing ChristiansIn his new book, Killing Christians: Living the Faith Where It’s Not Safe to Believe, author Tom Doyle chronicles the lives of eight followers of Jesus in hostile environments, namely in Islamic countries.

    Doyle, who has invested his life in studying the work of God under the shadow of the mosque, has written an earlier best-seller, Dreams and Visions: Is Jesus Awakening The Muslim World?

    In the Introduction to Killing Christians, Doyle writes:

    “Oppressors over the centuries have never recognized that the persecution of Christians is always a failed initiative. It just doesn’t work. To the contrary, killing believers routinely accelerates the spread of the Gospel and the growth of the church. … Why? Because Jesus’  Message of love and reconciliation thrives in a climate where hostility, danger, and martyrdom are present” (p. xi).

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  • After the Supreme Court Decision—Is Polygamy Next?

    by Larry Spargimino

    polygamy-340x170Evil has a way of snowballing. The recent Supreme Court decision making same-sex marriage a constitutional right has opened the door to polygamy, and practically every other kind of “marital” arrangement. Chief Justice Roberts’ dissent to the court’s decision called attention to this:

    “Although the majority randomly inserts the adjective ‘two’ in various places, it offers no reason at all why the two-person element of the core definition of marriage may be preserved while the man-woman element may not. Indeed, from the standpoint of history and tradition, a leap from opposite-sex marriage to same-sex marriage is much greater than one from a two-person union to plural unions.”

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  • Changing the Definition of Marriage: More Than Meets the Eye

    by Larry Spargimino

    Melissa and Aaron Klein of Sweet Cakes Melissa and Aaron Klein of Sweet Cakes

    The amazing thing about changing time-tested definitions is that they often backfire on those who are doing the changing. If we change the definition of marriage to include a man and a man, why not expand the definition to include a man, a man, and a man?

    Or, as commentator Michael Brown asks, “If love is love and marriage equality is the goal, why can’t any possible combination of people, and maybe an animal or too, be considered ‘marriage?’”

    Just a few years ago, commentators who saw great peril in the move to legitimize same-sex marriage were considered alarmists. We were told that what we feared might happen, could never possibly happen.

    It was predicted that fines, lawsuits, and crushing penalties would be imposed. We were right. It has happened.

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  • Choosing Death—A New Way to Escape Your Problems

    by Larry Spargimino

    vialsIt is a basic teaching of Christianity that life is a gift of God. Even individuals do not have authority over their own lives—only God does. To take one’s own life, or to participate in a procedure where someone else takes one’s life, even with that individual’s permission, is an affront on God’s authority.

    In our modern age, when God is either ignored, denied, or made party to our worst actions, there are many challenges to these principles. One of the boldest is Belgium’s highly controversial euthanasia law. Even healthy young adults, people without life-threatening afflictions or terminal diseases, can choose to die. Often those who are depressed and don’t feel life is worth living can ask to be put to death. The option offered to patients is not treatment, but death.

    In a recent PBS presentation titled, “The right to die in Belgium: an inside look at the world’ most liberal euthanasia law,” we are informed that Belgium has established a 16-person euthanasia commission. Eight are medical doctors, and eight are attorneys. Medical doctors who have taken a human life must file a report with the commission showing why they did what they did. The commission reviews the reports to be sure conditions set by law were met. In the worst case, a doctor could face homicide charges.

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  • One Bad Boy

    by Larry Spargimino

    Unhappy: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (R) smiles next to his wife Ri Sol Ju as he gives field guidance at the new terminal of Pyongyang International Airport Unhappy: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (R) smiles next to his wife Ri Sol Ju as he gives field guidance at the new terminal of Pyongyang International Airport

    Most people have had some disagreements with their builder. Maybe the lady of the house doesn’t like the kitchen, or dad thinks there’s not enough room for his workbench in the garage. Most likely, none of these disagreements has led to an execution. Not so for North Korea, however.

    Mirror.co.uk reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has executed the new airport’s architect because “Father Kim” didn’t like the design.

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  • Asia Bibi—Update

    by Larry Spargimino

    Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi

    In 2010, Asia Bibi, mother of five, was sentenced to death for apostasy. Her specific “crime”: drinking water out of the same vessel used by her Muslim co-workers.

    Her co-workers claimed she had insulted Prophet Muhammad when she was told she could not drink from the vessel.

    Bibi is now 50 and suffering from numerous health problems, including intestinal bleeding. Her family says she is so weak she has difficulty walking.

    Phelim Kine, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division said: “Asia Bibi is an exemplar of a gross miscarriage of injustice rooted in Pakistan’s extremely unfair blasphemy laws and of how this law can victimize someone who should not be inside the criminal justice system whatsoever.”

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