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National Geographic - The Secret Bible

The Secret Bible

American documentary from 2005. The series puts Christianity secrets under the microscope and want to find out what is truth and what is fiction in the case of three substances and phenomena originating in the Bible: Knights Templar, Jesus rivals and the apocalypse.

Defending the Faith: Jerusalem's disputed Temple Mount

Looking out onto the Mount of Olives from the Old City in Jerusalem in April 2011 .. The Dome of the Rock is visible in the foreground on the Temple Mount and, on the horizon, is the tower of the Russian Church of the Ascension.
Looking out onto the Mount of Olives from the Old City in Jerusalem in April 2011 .. The Dome of the Rock is visible in the foreground on the Temple Mount and, on the horizon, is the tower of the Russian Church of the Ascension.

Contention between Israeli Jews and Palestinians Stretches back nearly a century, with little hope of resolution. In the past few months, however, the conflict has increasingly focused on a struggle for control of the Temple Mount.

The site of Solomon's Temple and, later, of Herod's temple at the time of Jesus has been a sacred place for over 3,000 years. The original Jewish Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 70 BC Rebuilt Years Later, the temple endured another six centuries as the center of Jewish spiritual life Until The Romans destroyed it in AD 70 amidst a Jewish rebellion. The surviving Jews were scattered and havebeen left without a temple for Almost 2,000 years.

When the Holy Land was Christianized in the early fourth century by the order of the first Christian Roman emperor, Constantine, monumental churches were built throughout it, including the Holy Sepulcher over the traditional tomb of Jesus. However, the Temple Mount was intentionally left desolate as a sign of the fulfillment of Christ's prophecy That not one stone of the temple would be left standing. And so it remained for three centuries, visited by pilgrims Following in Jesus Christ's footsteps, but unadorned by any Christian shrine.

Thus, When the Arab Muslims conquered Jerusalem in 638 under the Caliph Umar, They were entered into a treaty to protect the Christian and Jewish holy places in the city. Searching for a location in Jerusalem to construct a mosque for the new Muslim community, the Arabs naturally turned to the large space left empty by the Christians on the Old Temple Mount. Soon the Arabs had built not only the Al-Aqsa Mosque for prayer and worship, but Also a new shrine. Known as the Dome of the Rock, The Sanctuary is one of the great architectural achievements of the Islamic world. It commemorated the biblical Temple of Solomon and the place where Jesus taught and Performed miracles - Both of whichwere described in the Quran and accepted by Muslims as authentic sacred history. In addition, Muslims believed That Muhammad had visited the Temple Mount of Jerusalem in vision, ascending from there into heaven.

Apart from a century of Christian rule over the Crusaders, the Temple Mount remained in Muslim hands for the next 13 centuries. Jews were given locations on the fringes of the Temple Mount for prayers, Which Eventually developed into the Western Wall.

The Israeli conquest of Palestine and East Jerusalem in 1967 friendlyness of the Temple Mount in Jewish hands again for the first time in 1,400 years. Although some Israelis at the time agitated for permanent occupation of the Temple Mount and destruction of the Muslim shrines there, the Israeli government Decided to leave Muslim Authorities in charge of the area. Indeed, the rabbinic leaders of Israel forbade Jews from entering the Temple Mount lest They unintentionally profane the sacred precincts where, of according to Jewish law, only priests Could enter.

Throughout the medieval period of Muslim dominance in Jerusalem, the Jewish messianic expectations were of two minds Regarding the rebuilding of the Temple. One maintained That When The Messiah came, he would rebuild the temple as a sign of his divine authority. The other tradition held That the temple must be rebuilt by the Jews in preparation for the coming of the Messiah. These two traditions - Which Could be called the quietist and activist - still exist Among Jews today. Activist Jews thus believe That Israel must expel the Muslims from the Temple Mount, destroy the Dome of the Rock and rebuild the "Third Temple" to prepare the way for the Messiah.

For decades, These Third Temple movements havebeen preparing and agitating for the rebuilding of the temple, going so far as to make utensils, furnishings and priestly robes for use in the coming sanctuary. Every year, on Jewish holy days, These groups have attempted to Force Their Way onto the Temple Mount to pray, and have consistently been turned away by Israeli security forces.

In Recent months, however, Increasing numbers of Jews have Begun Wider agitation for the right to ascend the Temple Mount to pray, in violation of the early 1967 status quo agreement Regarding the site. Palestinian Muslims have reacted with bothering demonstration and violence, and with the threat of a Potentially new "intifada" (uprising). Thus, despite Isaiah's prophecy That the Temple Mount Should be "a house of prayer for all nations" (Isaiah 56: 7; Mark 11: 17), It remains a source of discord and conflict.

22746Daniel C. Peterson, Professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic at BYU, is the editor-in-chief of the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative, founder of, Chairman of "Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture" and a Blogger Patheos. His views do not Necessarily represent Those of BYU.

Raiders of the Bible's origin

Jeff Rose

Part of 1 2. The archaeologist and historian Dr. Jeff Rose looks at the "bible hunters" who searched the Bible's historical origins and regularity in the last century. Bible texts were questioned by biblical scholars and archaeologists who sought its historical origins in Egypt. Bible's historical credibility was at stake and the bold "bible hunters" risked their lives for their discoveries, discoveries that threatened to shake the foundations of Christianity.

Part of 2 2. Around the turn 1900 were a committed group of the oldest biblical manuscripts that were hidden in Egypt. There were some discoveries, such as the strange zodiacs, hymns to the Egyptian sun god and heretical Christian texts. These historical texts threatened kristendomes most literal Bible reader.

One can see the programs on SVT Play for a short time only, but for those who want to see the latter as is without Swedish subtitles on YouTube.

Dr. Jeff Rose is an archaeologist and anthropologist specializing in the prehistory, palaeoenvironments, genetics, and religious traditions of the Middle East.
Jeff holds a BA in Classics, MAs in bothering Archaeology and Anthropology, and a PhD in Anthropology and over the past 25 years, he has Conducted archaeological fieldwork across North America, Europe, and the Middle East.

Since 2002, he has directed an Ongoing Research Project in Dhofar, southern Oman and in recognition of his discoveries, he was inducted as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer into 2012.

BBC. Bible Hunters 1 of 2. The Search for Bible Truth
Revealing the remarkable stories of the dedicated men and women who traveled across Egypt in the 19th and early 20th century to uncover the earliest Christian texts. Their discoveries would shed the controversial new light on the Christian origins and the story of the Bible.


BBC. Bible Hunters 1 of 2. The Search for the Lost Gospels
Revealing the remarkable stories of the dedicated men and women who traveled across Egypt in the 19th and early 20th century to uncover the earliest Christian texts. Discoveries included strange zodiacs, hymns to Egypt's solar god, and heretical Christian texts. The finds threatened to shake the foundations of Christianity.


Jesus never said there would not be any more prophets

profSometimes boggles the thought for me that I used pass the snowy streets of Michigan To talk to people on prophets. Var I crazy? Am I still crazy? Day day out ... I knocked of someone door or stopped them on the streets in order to say something like, do you want hear a message of Jesus Christ"? Om against all odds would say "yes... I started tell us about prophets.

Wait!" sa people you said that you would share one message of Christ. " "I would. Would any of us ever know about Christ without to prophets had first told you about him for US? ' I do not want hear something about prophetsthey would say. There are none more prophets A.D. We do not need longer prophets since Christ left Bible and the Holy Spirit to us.

While the door was being slapped again would I ask to get share a scripture ur Bible.

The person who answers before listening, is foolish and shameful.(Proverbs 18:13)

The scripture could get hearts soften and we would gain further one few minutes to share with you that so many of us has traveled Long Range worldwide to share.

The message is; There is living prophets again. These prophets has arrived in these last days to testify of Jesus Christ and to determine each statement about who he is. after nearly 1700 years of confusion and darkness, is de living prophets as exposed and restored true knowledge if the Lord Jesus Christ back to earth. Because of these prophets so we now know who we worship and how vi to worship him. Without prophets so should we referred to our own philosophical speculation God.

Is he a man or a God?

Does he have a body fair nuor he was a Spiritessence?

Is he three beings or something else?

KRav Baptism for salvation or is it subordinate? If it is secondary ... why we do the. Om the required so as it is John 3: 3-5 it is action. Does that mean that other measures are also required for our salvation? Do we need repent for salvation or is an oral Creed enough?

Vi could continue several days ...

But seriously ... God has not always functioned through prophets?

"Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." (Amos 3: 7)

Om that Writing is true, why would anyone in this world not with excitement and curiosity welcome the idea of ​​a to ensure Prophet? Could it be true? Available ever en time in the history of this world where a prophet would better required CHANGE in our days?

Throughout History God has always sent prophets for to "restoreen knowledge of the gospel back to earth. Amos also said that

11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the word of the LORD.
12 They shall wander from sea to sea
and run to and fro, from north to east to search for word of the LORD, but they shall not find it. ". (Amos 8: 11-12)

Du can search the whole earth after The gospel of God and no matter how very searching ... If no prophet on the earth, then du not find it. No one has ever only "figured out " God's will without first was to them through prophets.

There is a basic fact. You can not receive Christ without accept prophets. It is a logic impossibility. Vi would have no idea Who Christ is without teachings of the prophets. It would be crazy to tell we accept and believe in Christ and simultaneously reject Witness John Baptist. Christ get games of the scribes and Pharisees as accept dead prophets and rejects the living prophets. He says these important words about future prophets;

"For I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall not see me again until you say, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord." (Matt 23:39)

Translation from old English reads: You can not see Me or feel until acceptance Prophets as I sent to you. " I imagine that of the things that Frustrate Jesus manure is When he sends of His servants to teach his people and these then Rejects them. I can imagine Jesus placing his hand on the servant's head and then say something similar to what he said when he showed state i Israel at that time;

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stones those who are sent to you. How often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and ye would not. 38 Behold, your house will be deserted. 39 For I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall not see me again until you say, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. "(Matt 23:37)

This pattern in that God sends prophets to their children has lasted for thousands of years. It began with Adam. He rejected. He sent Noah and Abraham and Moses. De rejected. Prophets sent to People on the American continent. Although the avvisas. People says in all time ... "We have prophets. Vi do not need more prophets.

However, it is Clearly, we need prophets.

Roger Williams ... founder of Baptist Church in America expressed this Best Qualityt. Cotton Mather said,, "Mr. Williams told for their supporters to when he himself was misled, he had, in turn, misled themAnd he noted that there was no one on earth as could administering baptism or any of the gospel ordinances. DHY as he advised them refraining all and wait upcoming new Apostles. "

"Mr. Williams [finally] told [his followers] 'that being himself misled, he had [misled them,' and] he was now satisfied williams that there was none upon earth that could administer baptism [or any of the ordinances of the gospel] ... [so] he advised them therefore to forego all ... and wait for the coming of new apostles. "

Will you Remember when Jesus told us "watch out for False Prophetsthat would come after his time? Remember The Invisible bThe words of this statement The Savior. Jesus said, Never the not would be some more prophets. If the not would come prophets so he would Having said "now comes not longer prophets". In its warning so are an implicit promise that prophets actually coming after he's gone. He just wants to that we should beware of false Prophets.

And so he leaves us with perhaps of the important advice He can give; "By their fruits ye shall know them."

Does this sound crazy?

It is Biblical.

So when someone says there is no need prophets our time ... introduce them to one few whose fruits are worth careful consideration.

Social Trinitarianism - Mormons way to interpret the Trinity


The latest 50 years, innovative theologians tried to describe the Catholic doctrine of the Trinity from 325 of Nicaea in a more modern way. The world picture has changed, and in doing so we need a new way to describe the Godhead, that God the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ) and Holy Spirit.

What not many theologians think of is that Joseph Smith was truly a pioneer in this, and he described it during his lifetime. But at the time was that his revelation little too magstark for contemporary theologians. The result for JS was that he was painted black in the media and the vernacular, he was persecuted and eventually he was murdered. Even some of his followers had to suffer a lot, and some of them were murdered too.

Would the same thing happen today? Probably not, because nowadays it is quite common to hear of people have encountered angels, and both the one and the other says he met Jesus.

Time has caught up with JS now, and now so do you call the entire social Trinitarianism. There are some different interpretations (classes) of the Social Trinitarianism, and the Mormon Church would think that God the Father can manifest themselves physically if he wants and have the desire with it.

Below are some videos from someone who believes in social trinitarism. It is Steve Thomason, who is a modern Lutheran theologian who holds his PhD. In his interpretation of social trinitarism, God the Father can not manifest itself physically (Mormons believe God the Father can do that). It seems like at least when I look at his nice videos that are well worth watching. He explains theology through animation.

When he talks about God is infinite and that we humans are finite, so are the consequences of the fall as he speaks. The wages of sin is death, but Jesus Christ, we are lost people. Jesus' atoning work was that all people will be resurrected and receive an immortal body and with this be able to exist forever, but to get some of God's life required that we have Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. There is a big difference between having an immortal body and exist forever and to take part of Jesus Christ's eternal life.

I hope that you understand the difference, for it is immense. If you live a life without Jesus, it is one's own power, strength and knowledge to rely on, but if you live a life where Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, it is his power, strength and knowledge that you can get to portion of. We choose people ourselves, we have the freedom to choose how we want it.

I have previously written about the social Trinitarianism, and it is always relevant to us Mormons as we are so often misunderstood by other Christians just completely unnecessarily.