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200 Demons: The Exorcisms of Latoya Ammons

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on January 30, 2014

እነ ማይክል ጃክሰን የተወለዱበት ከተማ መሆኑ ነው….መስቀላችንን አንርሳ፡ መላው አካላታችንን በቅዱስ ጸበል እና ቅባት አዘውትረን እንቀባ።

Latoya Ammons and her family faced escalating experiences with demons that left evidence of their existence seen by credible witnesses outside her family. Blessings and exorcisms, more than one, finally brought peace

Haunted-House-Indianapolis-Hammond-Polic-2-But, whatever the cause of the creepy occurrences that befell the family — whether they were seized by a systematic delusion or demonic possession — it led to one of the most unusual cases ever handled by the Department of Child Services. Many of the events are detailed in nearly 800 pages of official records obtained by The Indianapolis Star and recounted in more than a dozen interviews with police, DCS personnel, psychologists, family members and a Catholic priest.

Ammons, who swears by her story, has been unusually open. While she spoke on condition her children not be interviewed or named, she signed releases letting The Star review medical, psychological and official records that are not open to the public — and not always flattering.

Furthermore, the family’s story is made only more bizarre because it involves a DCS intervention, a string of psychological evaluations, a police investigation and, ultimately, a series of exorcisms.

It’s a tale, they say, that started with flies.

In November 2011, Ammons’ family moved into a rental house on Carolina Street in Gary, a quiet lane lined with small one-story homes. Big black flies suddenly swarmed their screened-in porch in December, despite the winter chill.

“This is not normal,” Ammons’ mother, Rosa Campbell, remembers thinking. “We killed them and killed them and killed them, but they kept coming back.”

There were other strange happenings, too.

After midnight, Campbell and Ammons both said, they occasionally heard the steady clump of footsteps climbing the basement stairs and the creak of the door opening between the basement and kitchen. No one was there.

Even after they locked the door, the noise continued.

Campbell said she awoke one night and saw a shadowy figure of a man pacing her living room. She leaped out of bed to investigate, and found large, wet bootprints.

On March 10, 2012, Campbell said, the family’s unease turned to fear.

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የአሜሪካ ረጅም ህንፃ በሳዑዲዎች ቁጥጥር ሥር ይሆን?

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on January 27, 2014

NYMecምስሉ ላይ እንደሚታየው፡ በመስከረም ፩  በኒው ዮርክ ከተማ የፈረሱት መንትያህንጻዎች፡ በሳዑዲዋ መካ የሚገኘውን መስጊድ ተመስለው ነበር እንዲሠሩ የተደረጉት። ይገርማል፡ ታዲያ አክራሪ እስላሞቹ አውሮፕላን አብራሪዎች መስጊዳቸውን የሚመስሉትን ህንጻዎች ለምን አፈረሱየኒው ዮርክ ከተማ መንትያህንጻዎች፡ በሌላ ቀን ሳይሆን፡ በአገራችን አዲስ ዓመት፡ መስከረም ፩ ቀን ነው በአውሮፕላን ለመመታት የበቁት። ይህም አጋጣሚ አይደለም። ባለፈው ዓመት ኢትዮጵያውያን ሯጮች በተሳተፉበት የቦስተን ማራቶን የዓለምን ትኩረት እንዲስብ የተደረገው የሽብር ጥቃትም እንደዚሁ በምክኒያት ነበር።

በሁለቱ ጽንፈኛ ድርጊቶች ላይ ከፍተኛ ሚና የተጫወተችው ሳዑዲ አረቢያ መሆኗን የዓለም ማሕበረሰብ አሁን የደረሰበት ይመስላል። ኒው ዮርክን በአውሮፕላን ያጠቁት 15 ግለሰቦች የሳዑዲ ዜግነት ያላቸው ነበሩ። አሁን እንደምንሰማው ደግሞ የሳዑዲ ንጉውያን ቤተሰቦች የፕሬዚደንት ኦባማን ስቲፔንዲ/ስኮላርሺፕ በሃርቫርድ ዩኒቨርሲቲ ከፍለዋል። ምናልባትም ኦባማን ሥልጣን ላይ እንዲወጡ አድርገዋቸዋል የሚባሉት ሳዑዲዎች፡ የመስከረም ፩ን ጥቃት ከጅምሩ እስከ ዒላማው ድረስ አዘጋጅተወታል፡ አቀነባብረውታል። ለዚህም ከ ቅል እና አጥንቶች“/ስካል & ቦንስ/ የ ጆርጅ ቡሽ ቤተሰቦች የቅርብ እርዳታ አግኝተዋል ይባላል። ይህን በተመለከተ፡ አንዳንድ የአሜሪካ ሴነተሮች አሁን ድምጾቻቸውን በማሰማት ላይ ናቸው። በጣም የሚገርመው፡ በቡሽና ኦባማ            መስተዳደር ቁልፍ ሥልጣን የነበራቸው እንደ ዌስሊ ክላርክእና ሮበርት ጌትስየመሳሰሉት ፖለቲከኞች የከዳተኛነትመንፈስ በተሞላበት መልክ ፕሬዚደንቶቻቸውን ሲወቅሱ አሁን መሰማታቸው ነው።

የሳዑዲ ንጉሳውያን እንዲሁም የቢላንድን ቤተሰቦች በአሜሪካ ላይ ጥቃት በተካሄደበት የ መስከረም ፩ ማግስት አሜሪካን ያለምንም ችግር ለቀው እንዲወጡ ፈቃድ ማግኘታቸው (ለሌላው በረራ በተከለከለበት ወቅት) እንዲሁም በቦስተን ማራቶን ላይ ጥቃት እንዳደረሱ የሚጠረጠሩት የሳዑዲ ዜጎች ወዳገራቸው በቀላሉ እንዲመለሱ መደረጋቸው፤ ሳዑዲ የመስከረም ፩ን ጥቃት በሚመለከት የምታውቀው ከባድ ምስጢር መኖሩን ነው የሚያሳየን።

Kaab11ታዲያ ሳዑዲ ይህንን ምስጢር እንደማስፈራሪያ አድርጋ በመጠቀም ሰይጣናዊውን የዋሃቢ እስልምና አጀንዳ በመላው ዓለም በግልጽ በማራመድ ላይ ትገኛለች።

ሳዑዲዎች ከሁለት ዓመታት በፊት ግራውንድ ዜሮተብሎ በተሰየመውና መንትዮቹ የኒው ዮርክ ህንጻዎች በፈራረሱበት ቦታ ላይ የ300 ሚሊየን ዶላር መስጊድ ለመስራት ከ ከንቲባ ብሉምበርግ ፈቃድ አግኝተው ለከፍተኛ ውዝግብ መብቃታቸውና ዕቅዳቸውም እንድተጨናገፈባቸው የሚታወስ ነው።

የነፃነት ግንብ

OneWorldBአሁን በመንትዮቹ ህንፃዎች ምትክ የአንድ ዓለም ገበያ ማዕከል ህንጻተብሎ የተሰየመው ሰማይ ጠቀስ ፎቅ ተሠርቷል። በዚህም የኒዮርክ አንጋፋ ህንፃ ጫፍ ላይ የ መስጊድ ሚናሬት ቅርጽ ያለው የአንቴና ብረት ተሰክቷል። ፕሬዚደንት ቡሽ ከሥልጣን ወርደው ጣጣቸውን ሁሉ ለአፍሪቃአሜሪካዊው ኦባማ እንዳስረከቡት ሁሉ ከንቲባ ብሉምበርግም የመስጊድ ሚናሬት የተሰካበትን ህንፃ ከአፍሪቃዊ አሜሪካዊት ጋር በትዳር ለሚኖሩት አዲሱ ከንቲባ አስረክበው ሄደዋል። ይህ ሚናሬት በሳዑዲዎች ተጽዕኖ የተሠራ ሊሆን ይችላል። ሰሞኑን ደግሞ ከዚህ አንቴና የሚፈነጥቅ አስገራሚ ድምጽ እየተሰማ ነው። የቪዲዮው መጨረሻ ላይ በጥሞና ካዳመጥን አልላህየሚል ተርገብጋቢ ድምጽ ሲያፏጭ እንሰማለን። በዝቅተኛ ሞገድ እስላማዊ ድምጾችን እንደ ጮራ በማፈንጠቅ አእምሮ ውስጥ ለመትከል የተራቀቀ መንገድ ያገኙ ይመስላል። እኛ አገር እንደሚታየው በአሜሪካና አውሮፓ የሚገኙ መስጊዶች መውዚኖች የሚለፍፉባቸው ሚናሬቶች እንዲኖሯቸው አይፈቀድም። ይህ ሊገርመን/ሊያስደነግጠን ይችላል፡ ሆኖም፡ እነዚህ ሚናሬቶች የሚሠሩት አደንዛዥ የሆነውን የአላህ ወአክበር!” ድምጽ ለማፈንጠቅ ነው። ይህ ልዩ ውዝዋዜ ያለው ድምጽ የታችኛውን የአንጎላችንን ክፍል፡ በተለይ በምንተኛበት ወቅት፡ ለመፈታተን/ለማደንዘዝ ይበቃል። ለዚህ ሕሊናአጣቢ ተግባር በተለይ ህፃናት እና ሴቶች ናቸው በይበልጥ የሚጋለጡት።

ይህን ድብቅ የሆነ አጋንንታዊ የጣልቃገብነት ተግባር (Subliminal message) ቸል ሳንል አስፈላጊ በሆነ የመንፈሳዊ ጋሻ ልንመክት ይገባናል። ለምሳሌ፡ አረብ አገር ጥቂት ዓመታት ቆይተው የሚመጡ ክርስቲያንወገኖች፡ ልክ እንደ አረቡ፡ አላህወይም ምሽ አላህየሚሉትን ክርስቲያናዊ ያልሆኑ ቃላቶች ሲጠቀሙ ይሰማሉ፤ ክርስቲያናዊ ስነምግባራቸውን / አለባበሳቸውን በቀላሉ እንዲተውና እንዲረሱ ሲደረጉ ይታያሉ። በሌላ በኩል ግን ሁልጊዜ ኑሯቸውን በኢትዮጵያ የሚገፉትና ኢትዮጵያኛ ቋንቋዎችን እንደ መጀመሪያ ቋንቋዎቻቸው አድርገው የሚናገሩት ሙስሊም ኢትዮጵያውያን ወገኖች፡ እግዚአብሔር / አምላክ ይስጥልኝ!” “ክርስቶስ / አምላክ ያውቃል!” ብለው በፍጹም አይናገሩም። የአረቡን እንጂ ኢትዮጵያኛውን የአገራችንን አገር ልብስ ሲለብሱም አይታዩም። እነዚህ አስገራሚ ክስተቶች የሚያሳዩን፡ አረብ ሙስሊሞች ከላይ የተጠቀሱትን እስላማዊ ቃላቶች ደግመው ደጋግመው በመናገር የወገኖቻችንን ሕሊና እንደሚያጥቡ፡ እንዲሁም እስልምና፡ የአረብ ኢምፔሪያሊዝም እንደ መሳሪያ የሚገለገልበት አደገኛ ርዕዮት ዓለም መሆኑን ነው። በአሁኗ ኢትዮጵያችን በአንዳንድ ቦታዎች ለተከሰተው አሳዛኝ የስነምግባራዊ ቀውስ፡ ከላሸቀው የምዕራባውያኑ ማሕበረሰባዊና ባህላዊ ኢምፔሪያሊዝም ጎን ኋላ ቀሩ የአረብ ሙስሊም ኢምፔሪያሊዝም ዓይነተኛ ሚና ይጫወታል። ፍቅር፡ ትህትና፡ ተድላአልባነት፣ ቁጡነት፣ ተሳዳቢነት፣ ቅናት፣ ምቀኝነት፡ የበታችነት ስሜት ወዘተ ከእስማኤልና ዔሳው ልጆች የተወረሱ ናቸው። ከአህያ ጋር የዋለ….ይባል የለ!

ህንፃ ግንባታ

ተዋሕዶ ክርስቲያኖች ቤተ መቅደሶቻቸውን ለመሥራት ቦታ ሲመርጡ መለኮታዊ በሆነ የቦታ መሪነትና አስተባባሪነት እንደመሆኑ ሁሉ (ክርስቶስ በቀራንዮ) ፡ ኮራጁ ፀረክርስቶሱም ምክራቦቹን ወይም የአምልኮ ቦታዎቹን የሚሠራው በ መካው ጥቁር ድንጋይ ጠቋሚነት አማካኝነት ነው።

እንደምሳሌ የምነወስደው፡ ኢየሩሳሌምን ነው፦

..አ በ637 .. እስላሞች በዑመር መሪነት ኢየሩሳሌምን ወረሩ፤ ለቀጣይ አራት መቶ ዓመታት ያህል ኢየሩሳሌም የእስላሞች ከተማ ሆነች። በዚህ ጊዜ የንጉሥ ሰሎሞን ቤተመቅደስ ታንጾበት የነበረው የሞሪያ ተራራበእስላሞች ዘንድ ነቢያቸው ከዚህ ቦታ በመነሣት በመላእክት አማካይነት ታዋቂ የሌሊት ግዟቸውን አድርገዋል ተብሎ ስለሚታመንና ቦታውም በኢየሩሳሌም ከተማ የሚገኝ ነው በማለት ኢየሩሳሌምን ቅዱስዋ ከተማ አል ቅዱስብለው ሰየሟት። በቅዱስዋ ከተማ በሚገኘው በሞሪያ ተራራ ላይም በ691 .የዑመር ከሊፋወይም የድንጋዩ ጉልላት” (Dome of the Rock) የተባለውን መስጊድ፣ በ703 .ም ደግሞ አል አቅሳየተባለውን መስጊድ አነጹ

እነዚህ መስጊዶች ፀረክርስቶሱ ያሠራቸው መስጊዶች መሆናቸውን ለማወቅ፡ እስልምና በክርስቲያኖች ላይ ላለፉት 1400 ዓመታት ሲያካሂድ የነበረውን ዘግናኝ የግድያ ታሪክ ጠልቆ ማጥናት አያስፈልግም፤ መካ በሚገኘው ጥቁር ድንጋይ እና በእየሩሳሌም ሞሪያ ተራራ በታነጸው በዚህ የ ድንጋዩ ጉልላትመካከል የ666.6 ማይሎች የአየር ርቀት መኖሩን በማወቅ ብቻ በቂ ማስረጃ ልናገኝ እንችላለን። ይህን አፍ የሚያስከፍት መረጃ ጉጉል ማፕ በማድረግ ማንም ሊያየው ይችላል።

የባቢሎንን ሰማይ ጠቀስ ግንብ ታሪክ እናስታውሳለን፤ ታዲያ አሁንም ፀረክርስቶሱ እንደቀድሞው ሰማይጠቀስ ፎቆችን መገንባት ይወዳል፤ እነዚህ ፎቆች ከማንም/ከምንም የበለጡ፡ ከፍ ብለው የሚታዩ እና የሰዎችን አትኩሮት የሚስቡ እንዲሆኑ ተደርገው ይሠራሉ። መንትዮቹ የኒው ዮርክ ሕንፃዎች ከመፍረሳቸው በፊት ችቦ ከያዘችው የፈረንሳይ ስጦታ:  ነፃነት ኃውልቀጥሎ የኒውዮርክ ከተማ ዋንኛዎቹ መለያዎች ስለነበሩ የብዙ ጎብኝዎችን አትኩሮት ሲስቡ ነበር። በሚፈርሱበት ወቅት ደግሞ ዓለም እስከምትቀየር ድረስ የመላው ዓለምን አትኩሮት ለመሳብ በቅተዋል። አሁን ደግሞ በአሜሪካ ረጅሙ የሆነው ሰማይ ጠቀስ ፎቅ (104 ፎቆች) “የነፃነት ግንብወይም የአንድ ዓለም የገበያ ማዕከልገና ከመከፈቱ የዓለማችንን ነዋሪ ቀልብ በመግፈፍ ላይ ይገኛል። ይህ ፎቅ ከእነ አንቴናው 1776 ጫማ ከፍታ አለው። የአገረ አሜሪካ ነፃነት የታወጀውም እንዲሁ በ1776 .. ነበር። ቪዲዮውን እንመልከት:-

ክርስቶስ ሲመጣ የአንድ ዓለም መንግሥት ይመሠርታል። ፀረክርስቶሱ ደግሞ ኢአማንያኑና እስላሞቹን በማስተባበር የራሱን የአንድዓለም መስተዳደር ሊመሠረት ይሞክራል። ለዚህም ይመስላል ሳዑዲዎች በምዕራባውያኑ ደጋፊነት ዘመናዊ የቴክኖሎጂ ውጤቶችን በመጠቀም ረጃጅም ሕንጻዎች ላይ አንቴናዎችን በመትከል አጋንንታዊ መልዕክቶቻቸውን በማንቀላፋት ላይ በሚገኘው ነዋሪ አንጐል ውስጥ ለመቅረጽ የሚከጅሉት።

ከጥቂት ዓመታት በፊት በዓለም ረጅም ነው ተብሎ የሚታወቀው ህንጻ በማሌዢያ ዋና ከተማ በኩዋላ ላምፑር የሚገኙት መንትያ ህንጻዎች ነበሩ። አሁን የዓለም ከፍተኛ ሰማይጠቀስ ፎቅ በዱባይ ይገኛል። ይህን ህንፃ መጀመሪያ ላይ ቡርጅ ዱባይአሉት በጥቂት ቀናት ውስጥ ቡርጅ ከሊፋወደሚለው መጠርያው ተቀየረ። ይህም ያለምክኒያት አይደለም። አዲስ አበባም ከሊፋ ህንጻየሚባል ፎቅ አለ፡ ካልተሳሳትኩም፡ የዳቦ ዱቄቱንም በፀረክርስቶሱ ቅመም በመበከል ላይ ያለ የዳቦ ዱቄት አምራች ድርጅት ወደ አገራችን መግባቱን ሰምቻለሁ። ሌላ ጊዜ እመለስበታለሁ

የሚቀጥሉት የዓለም ከፍተኛ ሰማይጠቀስ ፎቆች፡ መጀመሪያ፡ ከኢትዮጵያ ፊት ለፊት በምትገኘዋ በሳዑዲዋ ጂዳ ከተማ (መካ አጠገብ) ቀጥሎም ከአረሜኒያ አጠገብ በምትገኘዋ የ ባኩ ከተማ (አዘርበጃን) እንደሚሠሩ እየተነገረ ነው። አርመኒያ ምናልባት ከኢትዮጵያ ቀጥላ ሁለተኛዋ ክርስቲያናዊ አገር ናት።  በአርሜኒያ የነዳጅ ዘይት የለም፡ አዘርበጃን ግን አለ፤ ኢትዮጵያ ዘይት አላወጣችም፡ ሳዑዲ አረቢያ ግን ትዋኝበታለች። አርሜኒያ እንደ ኢትዮጵያ ተራራማ የሆነች አገር ነች (ቱርክ የወሰደችባቸው የአራራት ተራራ የአርመኖች ነው)። ከተፈጥሯዊ ተራሮች ረዘም ብሎ ለመታየት ፉክክር

በአዲስ አበባችን ዛሬ ከፍተኛ ነው የሚባለው ህንጻ መስቀል አደባባይ እና ቤተመንግሥት አጠገብ የሚገኘው የሸህ አላሙዲን ህንጻ ነው። ህንጻው እዚያ ቦታ ላይ ያለምክኒያት አልተሠራም። ለዚህም ይመስላል፡ ይህ ጎንደሬየሚል ቅጽል ስም የተሰጠው ህንጻ ባዶ እንዲሆን የተደረገው። በስተጀርባው ያሉት የህንጻው መስኮቶች (ወደ ጊዮን ሆቴልና ቤተመንግሥት አቅጣጫ) ከላይ እስከታች በዕብነበረድ ግጥም ተደርገው ተዘግተዋል። አንቴናው ላይ ወይም ግንቡ ውስጥ ምን ዓይነት የኮሙኒኬሽን መሣሪያ እንዳለ እግዚአብሔር ነው የሚያውቀው። በነገራችን ላይ፡ ወደ ሜክሲኮ የሚገኘውም የጸጥታ አማራር (ፖሊስ) ዋናው መሥሪያ ቤት ህንጻም ጎንደሬየሚል ስያሜ ተሰጥቶታል። ይህም ዘመናዊ ህንጻ በሽህ አላሙዲን ተቋም ነው የተሠራው። በሌላ በኩል፡ በሁለቱ ቤተመንግሥታት መካከል፡ ፍልውሃ ጸበልጎን የሚገኘው ሸረተን ሆቴል፡ እዚያ ቦታ ላይ የተሠራው መሬት ውስጥ ሁለት ቅዱስታቦታት እንደሚገኙ (ከግራኝ መሀመድ ወረራ የተደበቁ) ስለሚታወቅ ነው የሚል ከባድ ወቀሳ ከተለያዩ ግለሰቦች ሰምቼ ነበር። ይህን ምናልባት በቅርቡ እናውቅ ይሆናል። በሌላ በኩል፡ ሸሁ በአዲስ አበባ ከፍተኛ በሆኑት ኮረብታዎች ላይ ህንጻዎችን ለመሥራት ይታገላሉ። አሁን የጻድቁ አብርሃም ቤተክርስቲያን በሚገኝበት በጣም ማራኪ ኮረብታ ላይ የመዝናኛ ፓርክ ነገር ለመሥራት ዕቅድ ነበራቸው ግን ሃሳባቸው ከሽፎባቸዋል። ፒያሳ፡ ቅዱስ ጊዮርጊስ ቤተክርስቲያን ፊት ለፊትም እንደዚሁ አንጋፋ የሆነ ፎቅ ለመሥራት ይመኛሉ። በቻይናዎች ይሠራል የተባለውና በአፍሪቃ ከፍተኛ የሚሆነው ሰማይጠቀስ ፎቅንም ለመሥራት ታቅዷል። ይህ ፎቅ እንዲያውም አዲስ አበባ ከምትገኝበት የ2.500 ሜትር ከፍታ ጋር ሲታከል በዓለም ከፍተኛው ሰውሠራሽ ነገር (የሆቴል መኝታ፣ ቢሮ…) ነው የሚሆነው። ሲያልቅ የሳዑዲዎቹ ፀረክርስቶሳዊ አንቴና ይሰካበት ይሆን? ይህ ሁሉ ከፍ ከፍ ማለት ቅዱሶቹን የእንጦጦ ተራራዎች ለመብለጥ ይሆን? የፎቅ ጠላት መሆኔ ሳይሆን፡ ፎቆቹ እንደ ዱባዩ ወይም ኒው ዮርኩ የተሻለ/የበለጠእንሠራለን በሚል ትዕቢታዊ መንፈሥ የሚሠሩ ናቸውን? ዓላማቸውስ ምን ይሆን? ለሚሉት ጥያቄዎች መልሶችን ለመፈለግ ያህል ነው።

በጃፓንአሜሪካዊው፡ በ ሚኖሩ ያማሳኪየተሠሩት መንትዮቹ የኒው ዮርክ ግንቦች ንጉሥ ሰሎሞን አሠርቷቸው ከንበረው የ ያቁም እና በለዝ አዕማድጋር በስፋት ተመጣጣኝነት እንደነበራቸው ይነገራል። የእነዚህን የንጉሥ ሰሎሞን ግንቦች ምስል ነፃግንበኞች (ፍሪሜሰንስ) በምልክትነት ይጠቀሙባቸዋል። ይህ ጃፓናዊ ኢንጂነር ብዙ ፕሮጀክቶችን በሳዑዲ አረቢያ ሠርቷል።

መንትያ የሆኑ ህንፃዎች ምናልባት የአንጎላችንን ሁለት ክፍሎች መስለው እንዲሠሩ ተደርገው ሊሆን ይችላል። ግራው የወንድ፣ ቀኙ የሴት። ታዲያ ሥርዓት ይዞ በመካሄድ ላይ ያለው ጥቃት ሴትኛ በሆነው የቀኙ የአንጎላችን ክፍል ላይ መሆኑ ነውን?

አዕማዱንም በመቅደሱ ወለል አጠገብ አቆማቸው፤ የቀኙንም ዓምድ አቁሞ ያቁም ብሎ ጠራው፤ የግራውንም ዓምድ አቁሞ በለዝ ብሎ ጠራው።” [መጽሐፈ ነገሥት ቀዳማዊ 721]

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Washington: Hundreds of Thousands of Pro-Lifers March for Life: Mourn 56 Million Abortions

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on January 23, 2014

  marchforlife14Hundreds of thousands of pro-life people turned out for the annual March for Life in Washington, braving cold temperatures to take a stand for the right to life of unborn children. While marchers mourned 41 years of legalized abortion, many sounded a hopeful theme for a pro-life future and think the decision will eventually be reversed.

The Roe v. Wade decision, handed down on January 22, 1973, overturned pro-life laws offering protection for unborn children in most states across the country, and made abortions legal and virtually unlimited. Almost 57 million unborn children have been killed in abortions since.

President Barack Obama issued a message celebrating abortion but polling data shows Americans are pro-life and few agree with Obama’s unlimited abortion position. Pope Francis sent out a tweet praying for the marchers.

As with other recent marches, the number of young adults and high school and college students impressed organizers and provided another reason to be optimistic.

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Shock: More Black Babies Aborted Than Born Alive in New York

New York has the second highest abortion rate in America and the second highest total number of abortions, exceeding 100,000 annually. There is obviously no lack of access. Yet, liberal legislators in the state want to decriminalize all abortions allowing the violent procedure through the entire 9 months of pregnancy.

Planned Parenthood and a coalition of other pro-abortion groups have joined Governor Cuomo’s quest to enact the “Reproductive Health Act”, part of his “Women’s Equality Act”. This dangerous pro-Gosnell bill will only endanger even more women and their unborn children.

Planned Parenthood continually touts that they gave Martin Luther King their first Margaret Sanger Award in 1966. What they fail to tell the public is that abortion wasn’t legal in ’66. Dr. King wrongly believed birth control would reduce poverty. He also wrongly believed Planned Parenthood was interested in elevating poorer blacks. Their abortion numbers tell a completely different story.

According to the NY State Department of Health, for every 1,000 black babies born alive, 1,223 are aborted. No other racial/ethnic demographic aborts more of their children than are born alive. Yet groups like the NAACP have endorsed this radical bill that will clearly disproportionately impact the black community.

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የጥምቀት በዓል = የቅድስት ሥላሴ በዓል

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on January 18, 2014

የተመረጠች የድኅነት ቀን ዛሬ ናት፡ ብሩክ ጥምቀት!

 

ቃለ እግዚአብሔር ላዕለ ማያት፤ አምላክ ስብሐት እንጎድጉደ፤ ቃለ እግዚአብሔር ላዕለ ማያት ብዙኅ፦ የእግዚአብሔር ቃል በውሃዎች ላይ ነው፤ የክብር መልክ ድምፅ አሰማ፤ የእግዚአብሔር ቃል በብዙ ውሃዎች ላይ ነው” [መዝ. ፳፰፥ ፫}

ያመነ የተጠመቀ ይድናል” [ማር. ፲፮፥ ፲፮]

እውነት እውነት እልሃለሁ፤ ዳግመኛ ከውኃና ከመንፈስ ቅዱስ ያልተወለደ ወደ እግዚአብሔር መንግሥት ሊገባ አይችልም፤ ከሥጋ የተወለደ ሥጋ ነው፤ ከመንፈስ የተወለደ ግን መንፈስ ነው” [ዮሐ. ፫፥፭፡ ፯]

ዝግጅት ለጥምቀት በዓል

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Metropolis of The Youth: Forget Europe, the Future lives in Addis Abeba

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on January 15, 2014

How lucky are South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, or even China to have such a generous neighbor like Japan which helped them transform and develop themselves in a single generation?

During his visit to Ethiopia, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan would focus on Africa’s young people and women in “the continent that carries the hopes of the world” On the other hand, forces of darkness – our long-time enemies – are out there to destroy these pillars of our society the Japanese PM was talking about: Women & children.

AddisHThe following is an in-depth and beautifully-written article by German journalist and writer, Andrea Hanna Hünniger about an emotional, and rather objective aspect of her surprising discovery concerning the coming dynamic generation of Ethiopians. She identifies and compares the lifestyles of Addis Abeba and Berlin city-dwellers.

Her diary got a relatively high readers resonance – for a Africa-relevant story –however, almost all the comments were filled with envy, mockery and ignorance towards Africans and the potential development of their continent – one can note with incredulity that anti-African racism is still a feature of European public discourse. For now, it seems, the only thing, that Europe can still do better than others in Africa is military intervention.


Forget Europe, the Future lives in Addis Abeba” is the title of the article published recently in one of my favorite European dailies, the prestigious „WELT“

Some of the most interesting comparative facts observed by Ms. Hanna Hünniger’s were:

European Decadence

I’m bored with news about the coalition-negotiations, weather reports, the bling bling bishop, blablabla… I said, I’ve to go to Africa. Europe and its population are aging,  in Ethiopia, the average age is 18 years – so, who finds life boring in Germany needs to go to Ethiopia – there, you can feel the future in the air

Ethiopia Runs

In Addis Abeba, I see everyday hundreds of runners during training. Over two thousand meters above sea level, here you’ve ideal training conditions. A nation that is not easy to beat in a continuous endurance running

Walking in Faith

Unlike Berlin, in Addis, many hundreds of people run a spiritual marathon by going to the Orthodox Christian Churches three times a day

The Paradox

In less spiritual Berlin everything is still and quite on a day like Sunday – shops and offices are closed. Yet, in Addis Abeba we experienced the loudest Sunday of our life…crowded street corners, the shops, the music, the traffic. Though we taught a person somehow needs a day of rest like on a Sunday,  it feels like Africa is on the move, that the future looks rosy

Kind Ethiopians – Aggressive Europeans

Ethiopians are so sweet and very friendly. I never heard something unkind from an Ethiopian. Addis city proposes such a loving and an adventurous heart I often felt like a princess from Berlin. In Berlin we are hard, both on ourselves and on the stranger: we defend hard against our way of life. Living in an anxious stagnation, we invented our fake factors of development and growth. W seem to have lost our sense of reality. When something moves it’s most likely at a wrong place and  time. We deny the fact that the way of life we now chose to lead is wrong – as it abuts the natural border, we quite often tend to pretend as if everything is fashionable, modern, and it’s OK – in denial, business as usual! 

No Pain – No Gain

In Ethiopia, I realize for the first time in my life that I have to do something, and recognize that no one in the world comes with a mission to save the world. My stay in Ethiopia gave me an opportunity to discover the feeling that is lost at home to me. I observed that I literally have nothing to do in Berlin, I must not participate in anything – and I do not have to justify the fact that I do not participate. What I learn in Africa, is to get moving again. I am learning to become a citizen again. It sounds very old-fashioned, but I have to get used to it.

Mysterious Ethiopia

There are many things that baffle understanding and cannot be explained about Ethiopia. Like the mystery abut The Ark of The Covenant. I can make a reassuring remark that not even the NSA could be able break into the Ark. When I met  Lucy, the three-million year old woman, I said to myself, I come from Africa and I should probably be going back there – at least, internally.

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New York Times’ Lists Addis Abeba as Travel-Hot Spot in 2014

AddisArtWhat do Addis Adeba, Ethiopia, Frankfurt, Germany and  Christchurch, New Zealand all have in common? They’re among the 52 Places to Go in 2014, according to The New York Times.

The global round-up showcased Addis Abeba as a city with an ambitious art scene that heads toward the international stage.

Here is what the NYT wrote:

Building on a strong historical legacy (Addis boasts one of East Africa’s oldest art schools) are a host of events scheduled for 2014: a photography festival, two film festivals and a jazz and world music festival. Thanks to the city’s diverse art institutions and galleries, including the artist-in-residence village Zoma Contemporary Art Center and the Asni Gallery (really more an art collective than a gallery), there is an art opening at least once a week. Even the local Sheraton puts on “Art of Ethiopia,” an annual show of new talent. But it’s the National Museum that, in May and June, will host this year’s blockbuster exhibit, “Ras Tafari: The Majesty and the Movement,” devoted to Emperor Haile Selassie I and Rastafarianism.

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ዘመነ ስብከት – ሥላሴ

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on January 15, 2014

በስመአብ ወወልድ ወመንፈሥ ቅዱስ፡ አሐዱ አምላክ፡ አሜን

ዘመነ ስብከትበታኅሣሥ ፰ እና በጥር ፲ ቀኖች መካከል ያሉት አራት የእሑድ ሰንበታት ከነሳምንታቶቻቸው፡ እያንዳንዳቸው በቅደም ተከተል

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ተብለው የሚጠሩት ናቸው።

በእነዚህ ሰንበታትና ሳምንታት፦

እግዚአብሔር ወልድ በመንፈስ ቅዱስ ግብር በድንግል ማርያም ማሕፀን ተፀንሶ በፍጹም ሰውነት ከእርሷ ስለመወለዱ፡ የሰውነት አመጣጡም ለዓለሙ በደል ቤዛ ኾኖ የመሥዋዕትነት ዋጋን በመክፈል ፍጥረቱን ለማዳን ስለመኾኑ፡ ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስበተባለበት ስሙም በምድር ላይ እየተመላለሰ፡ ከኃጢዓት በቀር እውነተኛውን ሰውኛ አኗኗር በመኖር ለሰው ልጆች ኹሉ ፍጹም አርአያነትን ስለማበርከቱ በነቢያት የተነገሩትን የእግዚአብሔርን ትንቢታዊ ቃላት በመጥቀስ ትምህርትና ምዕዳን (ምክር) ይሰጥባቸዋል፡ የተስፋ ዝማሬ ይሰማባችዋል፡ ስለሥጋዌ ምሥጢርም ይቅኔያት ማዕበል ይወርድባቸዋል።

እነዚህን አርእስት በመከተል ፈኑ እዲክ እም አምርያም!..ፈኑ ብርሃነከ ወጽድቀከ…” ማለትም፡ እጅህን ከሰማይ ላክ!.. ብርሃንህንና እውነትህን ላክ!” እያሉ የቀደሙት ሰዎች ወደፈጣሪያቸው ያቀርቡት የነበረው ያልተቋረጠ ልመና ተሰምቶላቸው፡ እነ ውእቱ፡ ኖላዌ  ኔር!’” ማለትም ቸር ጠባቂ እኔ ነኝ!” የሚላቸውና የእግዚአብሔር ቀኝ እጅ፡ እውነተኛው የዓለም ብርሃን የተባለው ጌታችን ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ እነሆ ሰው ኾኖ በድንግል ማሕፀን ተፀነሰ ተወለደ እንደሰው በምድር ላይ ተመላለሰ!” በማለት በመንፈስ ወደኋላ ተመልሰን የነቢያትን የተስፋ ጉዞ ከፈጸምን በኋላ ከጥምቀቱ በዓል እንደርሳለን።

የጥር ሥላሴ

ከበዓለ ጥምቀት በፊት ግን ጥቂት ቀደም ብሎ፡ በጥር ፯ ቀን፡ የጥር ሥላሴበዓል ይከበራል። ይህም የኾነው በታኅሣስ ፩ ቀን በሚውለው በየሱስ ክርስቶስ ትስብእት፡ ማለትም አምላክ ሰው ኾኖ በድንግል ማርያም ማሕፀን በመፀነሱ የእግዚአብሔር የአንድነቱና የሦስትነቱ ምሥጢር ስለተገለጸ፡ ስለታወቀና ስለተረዳ የምስጢረ ሥላሴና የምስጢረ ሥጋዌ ነገር በሰፊው እየተነገረ ትምህርቱ እንዲሰጥበት ምሥጢሩም እንዲፍታታበት ታስቦ ነው።

ምንጭ፦ ኢትዮጵያ እና ኢትዮጵያዊነትኹለተኛ መጽሓፍ

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The Real Middle-earth: Ethiopian Origin of Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on January 12, 2014

Rohan = Roha

Gondor = Gondar

Harad = Harar

My Note: this is a re-blogged book review of Michael Muhling’s “The Real Middle-earth – a new book on J. R. R.Tolkien’s inspiration for ‘Middle-earth.’ According to the author striking similarities are to be found between the real historical world of Ethiopia and the major elements that form the backbone of Tolkien’s novel. I’m very curios to find out from the book why we were not able to know about these similarities up until now. Let’s be serious here, we’re not talking about some no-name novel or book, rather about the most popular book of the current era that has changed the world of fantasy, having sold more than 100 million copies and given birth to countless fans over multiple generations. The movie adaptation of “The Lord of the Rings” became a massive fan and critical hit, earning altogether nearly $3 billion, more than 250 film awards (including 17 Oscars) and being hailed as the greatest film trilogy of this generation.

 

Back to the great review:

real-middle-earthI was privileged enough to be approached by author Michael Muhling and asked to do a review of his new book on Tolkien’s inspiration for Middle-earth. I jumped at the opportunity and after having read the work, I can now share my thoughts on it here.

The Real Middle-earth: Discovering the Origin of The Lord of the Rings, by Michael Muhling is an in-depth analysis into the history and central figures of Abyssinia (modern-day Ethiopia); reflecting on these aspects as being a possible source of inspiration for the major locations, cultures (and characters) in The Lord of the Rings.

At first glance, the topic may strike an unaware reader as odd or out of context. Indeed, after so many years of research and analyses on one of the most famous and important works of the 20th Century, a completely new insight might seem daunting to tackle at first – or even to accept.

We’ve already been exposed to a wealth of other works, going over in detail every nut and bolt of Tolkien’s massive narrative – but finally, something fresh and new emerges from the rest.

Once you delve into the book and begin to see striking connections and similarities, Mr.Muhling’s “Abyssinia Theory” will make its way to being amongst the other Tolkien-centric reflective works.

Mr. Muhling introduces his book by laying out all the known sources (confirmed or speculated) that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien to create his Secondary World.

You may all have read or heard about Tolkien’s encounter with a tarantula as being a possible influence for creating Shelob; or the strong impact of Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxon world in bringing to life the culture of Rohan …

The Real Middle-earth explores all these sources of inspiration in its introduction, paving the way towards the primary goal of the book: how Abyissinia may have inspired Tolkien in writing The Lord of the Rings.

Readers are also introduced to some of the issues concerning news-reporting of the African Continent to Europe – during the first half of the 20th Century. Mr.Muhling cleverly places the central events surrounding Abyssinia during the 1930s, and how Tolkien (at that time already a professor at Oxford University), would easily have had access to the evolving situations of this country.

As it progresses, the main bulk of the book concentrates on some of the most important Middle-earth habitats: Númenor/Gondor, Rohan, Mordor, Isengard, Harad & Rhûn. Carefully dissecting each of these locations – their histories, way of life, conflicts – and examining the historical events (and major figures) of Abyssinia, Michael Muhling provides us with a fascinating journey into the striking similarities to be found between the real historical world of Ethiopia and the major elements that form the backbone of Tolkien’s novel.

TsadeqeMariyamBut the author is quick to note, before embarking on his analyses, that nothing has been (or can be) confirmed as fact when it comes to Tolkien’s sources of inspiration.

Rather, he suggests that these influences may have been part of the author’s own unconscious – his recollections of the events happening at that time in Ethiopia, which may have “seeped through” and provided the basis for many important aspects in The Lord of the Rings.

That said, it would be good for a reader to give this book a broad-minded approach – not expecting to find every possible intricacy from Middle-earth to be an exact copy of Abyssinia’s past. Indeed, as much as Mr. Muhling’s arguments are remarkable in their close connection to Tolkien’s writings, certain aspects of these comparisons naturally pass as a ‘possible speculation’ – rather than a definitive argument.

Nevertheless, the contents of the book are as worthy as any other researched book – on par with other, more famous works written by renowned Tolkien scholars. The Real Middle-earth promises to become another piece of the puzzle in unlocking one of the primary mysteries for the author’s inspirations. The book taps into a source of knowledge yet to be fully embraced by the Tolkien fandom and accepted as another piece of accompanying literature to the novel itself.

Mr. Muhling also delves into the striking linguistic similarities between place names: Rohan/Roha, Gondor/Gondar, Harad/Harar – among others. Furthermore, readers are informed of the complex and detailed history of Abyssinia and its major historical figures which may have been an inspiration for primary characters in The Lord of the Rings, such as a possible figure for Gandalf or the Nine Saints of Abyssinia as the Five Istari Wizards.

The book goes so far in fleshing out the remarkable connections of the Númenórean/Gondorian lineage and its close associations to those of Abyssinia itself.

Suffice to say, many of the connections and similarities are astonishing – making us wonder why no one has ever brought these ideas to light before (to which the author also dedicates the last chapter of his book in an attempt to answer this question: “Why Didn’t We Know About It?”).

The book is very easily accessible, flowing cohesively from one subject to the next; at the same time, Mr. Muhling provides, when required, the necessary background information on Abyssinia before tackling another comparison.

If, like me, you’re deeply interested in anything by and about Tolkien, I strongly recommend you read this book. Apart from exposing yourself to a new, fascinating theory on Middle-earth’s source of inspiration, you will also gain access to a country’s rich history – which has, as of yet, remained undiscovered by many people around the world.

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The Destabilization of Africa. A Machiavellian Intrigue of Colossal Proportions

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on January 12, 2014

AfricanWarsOn December 24th 2013, the United Nations Security Council voted to increase peacekeeping forces in South Sudan, whose independence from the North US-NATO powers celebrated only recently.  Democratic elections in South Sudan did not, however, lead to peace and stability.  Now, two ethnic groups, in South Sudan, the Dinka and Nuer are slaughtering each other.  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated:

We have reports of horrific attacks.  Innocent civilians are being targeted because of their ethnicity.  This is a grave violation of human rights, which could fuel a spiral of civil unrest across the country.”

South Sudan, which contains vast oil reserves, borders Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Spread of its crisis would further destabilize a significant part of Africa.  Clearly, Western-style “democratic elections,” the panacea touted by Western agencies such as National Endowment for Democracy, and related Western NGOs, have not only failed to provide stability and enhanced standards of living for many countries where they have been implemented  (or imposed, militarily by US-NATO intervention, such as in Iraq and Libya and Afghanistan), but are beginning to appear to be the precursor of ethnic and social violence and disintegration in many notable instances in Africa, and not only in Africa.

On September 20, 2013, at the opulent Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya endured a deadly terrorist attack that slaughtered more than 40 people, including several Europeans.  The Al Qaeda affiliated Shabab, the Islamic jihadist group based in Somalia took responsibility for the attack, ostensibly in reprisal for Kenya’s participation in the African Union’s mission to combat Shabab’s domination of large areas of Somalia.

Less than two months later, in Security Council action – or more accurately described – inaction) on November 15, the Security Council failed to support a resolution submitted by the African Union, in accordance with Article 16 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, to defer, for 12 months, prosecution of Kenyan President Kenyatta and Deputy-President William Ruto.  The deferral would enable President Kenyatta to concentrate his efforts on combating the terrorism that is destabilizing Kenya, terrorism by the jihadist group who imposition of barbaric Sharia law includes the burial of young girls up to their necks in sand, and then stoning these innocent children to death.

The African Union pleaded for this deferral to prevent the serious distraction of the Kenyan President’s attention from his efforts to combat this recent upsurge of terrorism in Kenya.  The Security Council failed to adopt this resolution, thereby abdicating its primary responsibility to protect peace and security.  The Security Council’s failure to adopt this African Union resolution could also be perceived as a “double message” in the effort to eliminate terrorism.  Following the vote, in explanation, each country spoke.

Not only have democratic elections failed to enhance the quality of life and standard of living in numerous African countries – and elsewhere;  Kenya is a country in which democratic elections in December 2007 unleashed horrendous inter-ethnic slaughter and violent destabilization in a country that had hitherto been a model of stability and economic and social development for Africa and the developing world.  How can the sudden eruption of such clan and tribal warfare be explained in a country that had, for decades, not undergone such violent inter-ethnic conflict and destabilization?

Recently a highly placed diplomatic source accredited to the United Nations observed a pattern emerging in African countries where western NGOs with links to U.S. intelligence were based and operating:  previously non-existent inter-ethnic violence suddenly erupted, and this phenomenon was occurring in even the most stable countries.  One of these western NGOs, in particular, was based and operating in Kenya since 2003, a full four years before the sudden eruption of inter-ethnic warfare and violent destabilization that followed the December, 2007 democratic elections.

One can only question the “coincidental” nature of these violent inter-ethnic occurrences in many previously stable African countries. Recalling that Russian President Putin prohibited USAID and particular Western NGO’s  from operating in Russia, one can only conclude that he was trying to spare Russia from the fate observed in too many African countries, and elsewhere.

This “indirect exercise of influence on dependent foreign elites” could be the hidden trigger provoking and inciting the violent ethnic and political conflict that appears to be rapidly spreading, undermining previously functioning economies and national structures and institutions.

Who benefits?  A substantial part of China’s oil supply comes from Africa.  Chinese contracts with African nations are more equitable than those of US-NATO countries, and therefore have preferential status in many African countries, with China contributing to the construction of infrastructure, and offering considerably higher payment for oil extracted.  It is, however, very much in China’s interest that internal stability prevail in these African countries, in order to perpetuate this arrangement.  Chaos, spreading terrorism, civil conflict disrupt the functioning of these arrangements, and may ultimately serve the purpose of driving China out of Africa.

In the corridors of power at the United Nations, and elsewhere, is whispered that it is part of large-scale geopolitical engineering to to disrupt and deprive China of its oil supply in Africa, thereby implementing the first part of “hegemony of a new type.”  What follows this “new type of hegemony” is a Machiavellian intrigue of colossal proportion.

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Christian Persecution: From Ancient Rome to Modern-Day Riyadh

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on January 10, 2014

 

If one part [of the body] suffers, every part suffers with it“[1 Corinthians 12:26]

My Note: I think, it’s wrong and attention-deflecting (appeasing) to place North Korea above Somalia, Syria and Saudi Arabia (SS). Christianity is relatively new to North Korea, besides, the degree of Christian persecution in Countries like Somalia, Saudi Arabia and Syria – where Christians always lived prior to the Islamic conquest – is incomparably high. We don’t hear Denis Rodman’s Koreans beheading Christians like we do hear and see in the Middle East every other day. Persecutors are demonic by nature and often insecure of whatever they believe in. History teaches us that the two anti-Christ religions; Atheism (Extreme Secularism) and Islam prevalently persecute Christians. The two work together to fight against everything Christian. No wonder atheist temples (skyscrapers & shopping malls) are allowed across the Muslim world but not Christian churches & Crosses.

  • North Korea again named the most dangerous state for Christians

  • Christianity faces restrictions and hostility in 111 countries

  • Nine of the 10 countries listed as dangerous for Christians are Muslim-majority states

  • Violence against Christians rising in Africa

  • The world was silent when horrific violence was directed at Christians in the Central African Republic

  • There’s a strong drive to purge Christianity from Somalia

Reported cases of Christians killed for their faith around the world doubled in 2013 from the year before, with Syria accounting for more than the whole global total in 2012, according to an annual survey.

Open Doors, a non-denominational group supporting persecuted Christians worldwide, said on Wednesday it had documented 2,123 “martyr” killings, compared with 1,201 in 2012. There were 1,213 such deaths in Syria alone last year, it said.

“This is a very minimal count based on what has been reported in the media and we can confirm,” said Frans Veerman, head of research for Open Doors. Estimates by other Christian groups put the annual figure as high as 8,000.

The Open Doors report placed North Korea at the top of its list of 50 most dangerous countries for Christians, a position it has held since the annual survey began 12 years ago. Somalia, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan were the next four in line.

The United States-based group reported increasing violence against Christians in Africa and said radical Muslims were the main source of persecution in 36 countries on its list.

“Islamist extremism is the worst persecutor of the worldwide church,” it said.

WAR AGAINST THE CHURCH

Christianity is the largest and most widely spread faith in the world, with 2.2 billion followers, or 32 percent of the world population, according to a survey by the U.S.-based Pew Forum on religion and Public Life.

Michel Varton, head of Open Doors France, told journalists in Strasbourg that failing states with civil wars or persistent internal tensions were often the most dangerous for Christians.

“In Syria, another war is thriving in the shadow of the civil war — the war against the church,” he said while presenting the Open Doors report there.

About 10 percent of Syrians are Christians. Many have become targets for Islamist rebels who see them as supporters of President Bashar al-Assad.

Nine of the 10 countries listed as dangerous for Christians are Muslim-majority states, many of them torn by conflicts with radical Islamists. Saudi Arabia is an exception but ranked sixth because of its total ban on practicing faiths other than Islam.

In the list of killings, Syria was followed by Nigeria with 612 cases last year after 791 in 2012. Pakistan was third with 88, up from 15 in 2012. Egypt ranked fourth with 83 deaths after 19 the previous year.

The report spoke of “horrific violence often directed at Christians” in the Central African Republic but said only nine deaths were confirmed last year because “most analysts still fail to recognize the religious dimension of the conflict.”

There was now “a strong drive to purge Christianity from Somalia,” the report added, and Islamist attacks on Iraqi Christians have been increasing in the semi-autonomous Kurdish north, formerly a relatively safe area for them.

Veerman, based near Utrecht in the Netherlands, said that killings were only the most extreme examples of persecutions. Christians also face attacks on churches and schools, discrimination, threats, sexual assaults and expulsion from countries.

Open Doors, which began in the 1950s smuggling Bibles into communist states and now works in more than 60 countries, estimated last year that about 100 million Christians around the world suffered persecution for their faith.

Source: Reuters

Persecution Is The Price We Pay For Truth

The Christians are to blame for every public disaster and every misfortune that befalls the people. If the Tiber rises to the walls, if the Nile fails to rise and flood the fields, if the sky withholds its rain, if there is earthquake or famine or plague, straightway the cry arises: ‘The Christians to the lions!’.”  Tertullian (born about the year 155)

TheCrossPersecution is suffering. It can be inflicted by authorities, groups or individuals, usually for the silencing or subjugation of unacceptable opinions or beliefs. It has been endured by the Church since its inception within the Roman Empire, where Christianity was initially identified with Judaism, a religio licita, but in which a tiny and relatively insignificant ‘sect’ gradually established its own religious, social and political identity which was viewed as a threat to the political order. Early Christians therefore had to contend with persecution from three sources: the Jews, the Romans, and, as various groups grappled with ever-increasing theological differences, each other.

The worship of pagan gods and of the emperor was commonplace throughout the empire, and the Christians’ non-participation in pagan rituals and general separateness brought accusations of anti-social behaviour. Talk of eating the body and blood of Jesus, and the customary greeting with a kiss, brought charges of cannibalism and incest. Tacitus spoke of Christians as being a “notoriously depraved” people who held to a “deadly superstition”, and they consequently became associated with the collegia – clubs or secret societies. Such groups were considered a threat to political stability because of the threat of sedition. To refuse to participate in the pagan emperor-cult was a political as well as a religious act, and could easily be construed as dangerous disaffection. In the opinion of the general populace, such a crowd of wretches were plainly worthy of extermination, and any repressive measures that were taken against them by authority could be sure of popular approval. Successive emperors were therefore able to inflict persecutions with varying degrees of vehemence.

Nero arrested multitudes of Christians, and had them put to death in the most shocking manner. Their crime was not so much incendiarism as their anti-social tendencies. Dressed in wild animal skins, they were torn apart by dogs, or crucified, or made into torches to be ignited after dark as substitutes for daylight. Persecution became so great that it became the hope of many Christians to die a quick death by beheading (the usual punishment for Roman citizens). However, their citizenship did not always save them from the tortures. It was during this period that both Peter and Paul were martyred, probably within a year of each other.

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ብሩክ ገና – Merry Christmas

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on January 6, 2014

እንኳን ለብርኃነ ልደቱ በሰላም አደረሰን!

የጌታችን መድኃኒታችን ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ በዓለ ልደት (ልደተ እግዚእነ) በማስመልከት ብፁዕ ወቅዱስ አቡነ ማትያስ ያስተላለፉት መልዕክት፦

በስመአብ ወወልድ ወመንፈስ ቅዱስ አሐዱ አምላክ፡ አሜን!

–በሀገራችን በኢትዮጵያ በገጠርና በከተማ የምትኖሩ

–ከሀገር ውጭ በተለያዩ አህጉር የምትኖሩ

–የሀገራችንን ዳር ድንበር ለመጠበቅና ለማስከበር በየጠረኡ የቆማችሁ

–በሕመም ምክንያት በየሆስፒታሉ ያላችሁ

–እንዲሁም የሕግ ታራሚዎች ሆናችሁ በየማረሚያ ቤቱ የምትገኙ ኢትዮጵያውያንና ኢትዮጵያውያት በሙሉ፣

ወልድ ተብሎ ውሉድ እንድንባል ላበቃን ለጌታችን ለአምካችንና ለመድኃኒታችን ለኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ በዓለ ልደት እንኳን በሰላም አደረሳችሁ!

ወናሁ ትፀንሲ ወትወልዲ ወልደ ወትሰም ስሞ ኢየሱስ ዘውእቱ ያድኀኖሙ ለሕዝቡ እምኃጢአቶሙ፤ እነሆ ትፀንሻለሽ፣ ወንድ ልጅንም ትወልጃለሽ፣ ሕዝቡን ከኃጢአታቸው ያድናቸዋልና፣ ስሙንም ኢየሱስ ትይዋለሽ” {ሉቃ1 31 ፤ ማቴ 1 21]

ሁላችንም እንደምናውቀው፤ ዘላለማዊና ቀዳማዊ የሆነ የእግዚአብሔር ልጅ ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ፣ ሰው ሆኖ እንዲወለድ ምክንያት የሆነው፣ የሰው ኃጢአት ነው።

ሰው በኃጢአት ምክንያት ከእግዚአብሔር ተለይቶ ክብሩን ካጣ በኋላ፣ በነፍሱም ሆነ በሥጋው፣ ለአጠቃላይ ውድቀት ተዳረገ፤ ንጹሕ የነበረ ባህርዩ እንደ ሰኔና እንደ ሐምሌ ጎርፍ ደፈረሰ፤ የኃጢአት ድፍርሱም እየባሰና እየከፋ ከመሄድ በቀር፣ መሻሻል አላሳየም፤ ይሁንና የክብር አምላክ የሆነ እግዚአብሔር አምላካችን፣ ለክብር በክብር የፈጠረውን የሰው ልጅ፣ እንደ ወደቀ ሊቀር አልፈለገምና፣ የመዳኛ ዘዴ አበጀለት።

አምላካችን እግዚአብሔር ሰውን የማዳን ሥራው፦

  • መቼ?
  • በማን?
  • የት?
  • እንዴት?

እንደሚከናወን፣ አምስት ሺሕ አምስት መቶ ዘመን ሙሉ በትንቢት፣ በምሳሌ፣ በራእይና በቀመረ ሲባኤ፣ በቅዱሳን ነቢያቱ አማካኝነት፣ ለዓለም ሲገልጽ ቆየ።

በእርሱ የተያዘው ቀጠሮ ሲደርስ፣ በፊቱ የሚቆመውን መልአኩ ቅዱስ ገብርኤልን፤ ወደ ድንግል ማርያም ላከ። ቅዱስ ገብርኤልም፣ ከእግዚአብሔር ንገር ተብሎ የተላከበትን መልእክት ይዞ፣ ወደ ድንግል ማርያም መጣ፤ እንዲህም አላት፡ እነሆ ትፀንሻለሽ፤ ወንድ ልጅንም ትወልጃለሽ፤ ሕዝቡን ከኃጢአታቸው ያድናቸዋልና፣ ስሙንም ኢየሱስ ትይዋለሽ፤ እርሱ የልዑል እግዚአብሔር ልጅ ይባላል፤ አላት።

ከዚህ አገላለጽ በመነሣት፣ ፍሬ ነገሩን ስናስተውል፣ ከቅድስት ድንግል ማርያም የሚወለደው ሕጻን፦

  • ዕሩቅ ብእሲ (ተራ ሰው) ሳይሆን፣ የእግዚአብሔር ልጅ እግዚአብሔር መሆኑን
  • የስሙ ትርጓሜም መድኃኒት ማለት መሆኑን
  • መድኃኒትነቱም ለሕዝቡ ሁሉ መሆኑን
  • ሕዝቡን የሚያድናቸውም ከኃጢአታቸው መሆኑን

በማያሻማ ሁኔታ ማወቅ ይቻላል።

የተወደዳችሁ የመንፈስ ቅዱስ ልጆቼ፣ ምእመናንና ምእመናት

ethiopian_mary_jesus_sallaway_8603የጌታችን መድኃኒትነት ድንበር የለሽና፣ በሁሉም በሽታዎች ላይ የሚሠራ ቢሆንም፣ በዋናነ ግን፣ በትልቁ የኃጢአት በሽታ ላይ ያነጣጠረ መድኃኒት መሆኑን፣ በተጠቀሰው ኃይለ ቃል መረዳት ይቻላል። ምክንያቱም በዓለም ላይ የሚታየውን ክፉ በሽታ ሁሉ፣ ሰበብ በመሆን ጎትቶ ያመጣብን ይህ ኃጢአት ነውና፣ ጌታችን በዋናነት እርሱን ለመደምሰስ መምጣቱን ለማሳየት፣ ከኃጢአታቸው ያድናቸዋል ተብሎ በግልጽ ተለይቶ ተነገረ፤ በሽታው ትልቅ መሆኑን የምንረዳው፣ ትልቅ ዋጋ ያለው መድኃኒት፤ ያውም የእግዚአብሔር ልጅን ያህል፣ ለመሥዋዕትነት ያስፈለገው በመሆኑ ነው።

ለመሆኑ የኃጢአት በሽታ የሚያስከትለው ጉዳት ምንድን ነው? ያልን እንደሆነ፤ ሰውን ከእግዚአብሔር በማራቅና እግዚአብሔርን በማሳጣት፣ ሰውን ማዋረድ፣ ማጎሳቆልና መግደል ነው፤

ሰው እግዚአብሔርን ካጣ፣ ሁሉንም ያጣል፣ አዳም አባታችንና ሔዋን እናታችን ያጡም ይህንን ታላቅ ሀብት ነበር፤ እግዚአብሔርን ሲያጡ፤ ሁሉንም አጡ፤ ኃጢአተኞችም ሆኑ፤ ኃጢአተኛ ማለት ያጣ፣ የነጣ ማለት ነው፤ ምንን ያጣ? እግዚአብሔርንና የእግዚአብሔር የሆነውን ሁሉ ያጣ ማለት ነው፤

ሰው ከእግዚአብሔር ከተለየ፦

  • ሕይወት የለም
  • ሰላምም የለም
  • ክብርም የለም

በአጠቃላይ መልካም የሆነ ነገር ሁሉ የለም፤ ሊኖር የሚችለው ተቃራኒው ነው፤ እርሱም፦

  • ሞት
  • በሽታ
  • ድህነት
  • ጠብ
  • መለያየት
  • ውርደት

የመሳሰለው ክፉ ነገር ሁሉ ነው ሊኖር የሚችለው፤

ከዚህ አንጻር ጌታችን እየሱስ ክርስቶስ፣ ሕዝቡን ከኃጢአታቸው ያድናቸዋል ሲባል፣ በዋነኛነት እግዚአብሔርንና የእግዚአብሔር የሆነውን ሁሉ ከማጣት ያድናቸዋል ማለት ነው።

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