This is one of the most difficult chapters for theologians to reconcile and defend God at the same time. How do you say God is righteous, just, and gracious when He calls some and allows others to “miss out”….
As this article shows, Greece is at a crossroads. The Greek people do not want to pay for their past mistakes, enter Russia.
Greek voters have rebelled against the austerity programme imposed by Brussels and Berlin in return for loans to fund Greece’s massive debt. The radical left Syriza party, which promises better terms for Greece, won a decisive victory in the general election today and is close to winning an absolute majority in parliament.
New Democracy’s Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, was defeated because he failed to end the bailout, get a Greek debt reduction, lift the economy out of deep recession despite some recent improvements and get the IMF removed from the much-hated troika (EU, ECB and IMF) that has exercised a near-colonial control over the Greek economy.
Syriza may seek to form a government on its own or it could look for allies such as Pasok and the Potami party. But it will soon find itself in a confrontation with the EU as it look for relaxation in the austerity that has reduced four million Greeks to poverty.
At the same time, Greece remains saddled with €240bn in debt that it is unable to repay but must continue to service. Continual cuts and tax rises made it impossible for Greece to escape from a deep recession despite marginal improvements last year.
Mr Tsipras says he does not want to leave the EU or the euro and neither option is popular in Greece. The EU will not want a relaxation to austerity in Greece because of the impact this would have on heavily indebted countries such as Italy, Spain and France.
A new Greek government will immediately face problems because the creditor states have frozen $8.8bn (£5.9bn) in loan disbursements.… This means that Greece may only have the money … until the end of February to pay state employees and pensions and service the debt.
The election has once again opened up the deep traditional divisions between left and right in Greece, rooted in the German occupation, the civil war, the rule of the colonels up to 1974 and the unprecedented economic collapse of the last five years.
This could be why the Bible speaks of Greece separately from a united Europe.
Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told CNBC that Russia would consider giving financial help to debt-ridden Greece—just days after the new Greek government questioned further European Union sanctions against Russia.
Siluanov said Greece had not yet requested Russia for assistance, but he did not rule out an agreement between the two countries if Greece came asking.
Siluanov’s comments come two days after Greece’s new left-wing-led government distanced itself from calls to increase sanctions against Russia—indicating that Greece could be looking east to Russia for support.
On Tuesday, EU leaders issued a statement calling for “further restrictive measures” to be considered against Russia with regard to its involvement in the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is enjoying a surge in the latest opinion polls of Israeli voters. The Jerusalem Post reports that its latest poll shows Bibi’s party, the Likud, is leading the race for the first time in weeks.
However, this is also a week in which Netanyahu has been the target of withering criticism from the American and Israeli left over his decision to accept Speaker of the House John Boehner’s invitation to address Congress in March. If that has harmed Netanyahu, it has not prevented him from taking the lead–and it may even have rallied Israeli voters around him.
Though many of the comments that he made were not biblically sound, the necessity for the US to turn to God is. This nation needs to repent of its egregious sins and turn to God just as the Ninevites did in order to avoid the soon-coming wrath of God (Jonah 3:5-10).
Skipping an Iowa event that drew a number of 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls in favor of a controversial Louisiana prayer rally, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) called for a national spiritual revival and urged event attendees to proselytize on behalf of their Christian beliefs.
“Let’s all go plant those seeds of the gospel,” he said, describing how his conversion would not have occurred without the influence of his friends. “Share the good news with all whom we encounter.”
“We can’t just elect a candidate to fix what ails our country. We can’t just pass a law and fix what ails our country,” he said, “We need a spiritual revival to fix what ails our country.”
Their belief in evolution (which takes more faith to believe in than creation) makes one wonder about the validity of their other conclusions.
But they are not the only system wrongly explaining the deeper questions of life.
The American public and U.S. scientists are light-years apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it’s a problem that we don’t know what they’re talking about.
Scientists are far less worried about genetically modified food, pesticide use and nuclear power than is the general public, according to matching polls of both the general public and the country’s largest general science organization. Scientists were more certain that global warming is caused by man, evolution is real, overpopulation is a danger and mandatory vaccination against childhood diseases is needed.
In eight of 13 science-oriented issues, there was a 20-percentage-point or higher gap separating the opinions of the public and members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science….
As our freedoms erode, oppression replaces it.
Obamacare program costs $50,000 in taxpayer money for every American who gets health insurance, says bombshell budget report. Stunning figure comes from Congressional Budget Office report that revised cost estimates for the next 10 years
- Government will spend $1.993 TRILLION over a decade and take in $643 BILLION in new taxes, penalties and fees related to Obamacare
- The $1.35 trillion net cost will result in ‘between 24 million and 27 million’ fewer Americans being uninsured – a $50,000 price tag per person at best
- The law will still leave ‘between 29 million and 31 million’ nonelderly Americans without medical insurance
Marriage is God-ordained between a man and a woman — there is no one that can legitimately change this. What most do not understand, in addition to His pronouncements against homosexuality, is that God is reproducing Himself through mankind, something that Satan would not like to see happen. This is yet another means by which he is futilely trying to accomplish it.
The Supreme Court is getting back in the marriage business.
The justices agreed Friday to decide a major civil rights question: whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution.
The court will take up gay-rights cases that ask it to overturn bans in four states and declare for the entire nation that people can marry the partners of their choice, regardless of gender. The cases will be argued in April, and a decision is expected by late June.
At that time, just 12 states and the District of Columbia permitted gay and lesbian couples to wed. That number has jumped to 36, almost all because of lower court rulings.
Now there are just 14 states in which same-sex couples cannot wed.
Ten other states also prohibit such unions. In Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, South Dakota and Texas, judges have struck down anti-gay marriage laws, but they remain in effect pending appeals. In Missouri, same-sex couples can marry in St. Louis and Kansas City only.
Louisiana is the only other state that has seen its gay marriage ban upheld by a federal judge. There have been no rulings on lawsuits in Alabama, Georgia, Nebraska and North Dakota.
The Bible prophesies that modern day Israel and Judah will be at odds with each other in the end times. This article as well as another one this week shows this gulf between the two beginning to grow.
Senior Israeli says ‘friends don’t act like this’ after Mossad Head denies US claim that he opposed Iran sanctions in talk with senators.
A senior Israeli official delivered an uncommonly harsh attack on US President Barack Obama’s administration Thursday evening, following the American report that alleged that Mossad Head Tamir Pardo had warned US senators against further Iran sanctions, in contradiction of Israel’s official stance.
“The fraudulent claims against the Mossad Head were raised by the Americans yesterday, despite a message that had been transmitted to them on Tuesday by Intelligence Minister [Yuval] Steintz,” the senior Israeli source told Channel 2 news.
He added that Israel had gone over the minutes of the meeting between Pardo and the delegation of senators, and that Pardo had not said what was attributed to him.
“Leaking the Mossad Head’s statements, even if they had not been falsified, is a serious breach of all the rules,” the senior source added. “Friends do not behave like this. Information from a secret meeting must not leak out.”
Also see other companion article from this week.
US officials said Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has effectively ‘spat in Barack Obama’s face’ by bypassing the White House to arrange a speech before Congress in March.
“We thought we’d seen everything,” an unnamed senior US official told Haaretz newspaper. “But Bibi [Netanyahu] managed to surprise even us.
“There are things you simply don’t do. He’s spat in our face publicly and that’s no way to behave,” the official said adding that there will be a retaliation. “Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price.”
The White House initially reacted with a snub, saying Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry will not meet Netanyahu during his stay in Washington.
This latest spat has plunged an already rocky relationship between the two leaders to a new low. The two head of states have never made a secret of their mutual dislike.
It comes three months after a senior Obama administration official referred to Netanyahu as a “chicken****” in an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg on the Atlantic.