October 27 - November 2, 2008 
 Weekly News In Review
 Vol 3, Issue 31
In This Issue
Links Of Further Interest
Quick Links

Join our mailing list!

The Weekly News In Review newsletter is a service provided by Understand The Times that is a compilation of the news articles posted on our site during the previous week.


 October 20 - Bin Laden's plan for 'global fireball' - Intel agents uncover plot for worldwide disaster
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

Comment from UTT:
The world faces a grave situation in light of the potential devastation created by those who believe they are called by "god" to rule the world. Surely this article shows that we are living in the last days and confusion and chaos will soon become the catalyst that calls for world peace and a world religion.
LONDON -- Documents recovered from a remote area along the Pakistan border have revealed that Osama bin Laden wants al-Qaida to launch a "global fireball" by lighting forest fires in Europe, the United States, Australia and South America, according to a report from Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.

The documents, uncovered during an operation led by the British intelligence service MI6, have been described by experts in that agency as "the most worrying [plot] that the world is facing."

The catastrophic wildfires would not only produce an environmental disaster but would stretch emergency services often beyond their limit and leave insurance companies facing multi-billion-dollar claims for damages that could effectively destroy the already shattered economies of a number of countries.

Australia, gripped by years of drought that has left tinderbox conditions as summer now approaches, regards the threat as "terrifying."

The country's attorney general, Robert McClelland, warned there is "a most urgent need for renewed vigilance against a very real and present danger." The FBI has issued a high priority warning that "such a terrorist plan could devastate states like California."

Spain, France and Germany -- all with vast forests -- are "vulnerable," MI6 warned the intelligence services of those countries. "The Amazon Basin, and other forests which supply the world with wood, is another prime target," the warning added.

The instructions for a "global fireball" were among documents recovered in the Pakistan border raid on an al-Qaida safe house.

Read More .... 

 October 19 - Beatles songs as likely to explain Christianity as the Bible, says bishop
 Article: Emerging Church

Comment from UTT:
This following article defines apostasy perfectly.
The Rt Rev Nick Baines, Bishop of Croydon, has urged churches to use hits by b ands such as U2 and the Beatles in their services. In a book backed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, he argues that pop music writers can convey deep theological concepts in a way that is more accessible to the younger generation.
Hundreds of evangelical churches have already turned to guitar-based songs instead of traditional hymns, but the bishop suggests that clergy still need to be more creative in appealing to non- churchgoers.
"For many people the language of the Bible has become inaccessible and yet pop song writers can make a connection with people because their language is fresh," he said. "They are able to open our imagination to a way of thinking about God that we've become deaf to in church language.
"Songs get more into the soul than simply reading an ancient book," he added. "I hope that they would be awoken to God and it would lead them to want to read some of the stories in the Bible."
The bishop said that churches should offer "a menu to people from different backgrounds " and should not be afraid of criticism.
In another passage, the bishop tells how the U2 song, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, helped define his faith.
"The Bible tells a great story, but it is not as accessible as it used to be for a generation that hasn't been brought up with it."

Read More .... 

 October 19 - Rosary Is Anchored in Holy Scripture
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Comment from UTT:
The pope justifies praying the rosary as means of practicing contemplative prayer and finding inner silence. This same unbiblical idea (contemplative prayer) is being promoted by the emerging church as a means of getting closer to Jesus. Such practices, rooted in eastern mysticism, are very effective in getting in contact with the demonic realm. However, participants are being deceived and do not recognize the danger. 

Read More .... 

 October 25 - Leaders urge world finance reform
 Article: One World Government

Comment from UTT:
Global financial problems require global regulation which sets up the world for the two legs of the three legged stool plan that will rule the world in the last days.

Asian and European leaders have called for comprehensive reform of the global financial system. Ending a summit in Beijing, they also urged the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to play a greater role in helping countries hit by the market turmoil.

Leaders attending the 43-nation Asia Europe Meeting (Asem) agreed to "undertake effective and comprehensive reform of the international monetary and financial systems".

They said they were moving towards consensus ahead of next month's summit - which will bring together the 20 largest economies in Washington.

Speaking for the hosts, Mr Wen said financial innovation needed to be balanced with regulation. He added: "We need to use every means to prevent the financial crisis from having an impact on the growth of the real economy."

On Friday markets fell back amid fears of a sustained global recession. Wall Street tumbled following similar falls across Europe and Asia.

Global money markets have showed renewed signs of stress, despite the billions of dollars that central banks and governments have pumped into the markets in recent weeks.

In a meeting with heads of UN agencies, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, Mr Ban said the crisis could be the last straw for many of the world's poorest people. "It threatens to undermine all our achievements and all our progress," he said

Read More .... 

 October 23 - The Marian Paradigm for Welcoming the Word
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Comment from UTT:
The practice of "lectio divina" is not found in the Bible. True Bible study is accomplished when one studies the Bible verse by verse. In so doing one is able to discern the truth. When someone takes a single verse and repeats the verse over and over, or more specifically, finds a single word in the verse to repeat over and over, a door is opened to a spiritual practice that can be very dangerous in light of the Bible. 
Carl Anderson spoke specifically about the art of "lectio divina" and called for a renewed Marian devotion and piety. The supreme knight of the world''s largest, Catholic, fraternal and charitable organization said: "For many years the Knights of Columbus has promoted a form of "lectio divina" within the context of Marian devotion through the rosary and Marian Hours of Prayer. We consider such communal proclamation and meditation on the Word of God within the setting of traditional Catholic devotions -- especially recitation of the rosary -- to be part of an effective response to the advances of the sects especially in Latin America, where communities are disadvantaged because of a priest shortage."

Scripture scholarship bears fruit for the whole Church when it calls forth serious studies and discoveries, deep reflection, "lectio divina," personal conversions, authentic piety and rich, biblical based devotions for the People of God. We are not a people of the book, but a people of the Living Word of God that introduces us to a person who is Christ.

Perhaps this is why the synod is calling for a new paradigm through which we approach the Word of God, and welcome that word into our own lives. In his opening address to the synod, which set the tone for all discussions and deliberations, the ""relatore generale,"" Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec City, said: "A woman, Mary, perfectly accomplishes the divine vocation of humanity by her 'yes' to the Word of Covenant and her mission. Through her divine motherhood and her spiritual motherhood, Mary appears as the permanent model and form for the Church, like the first Church."

The event of the annunciation and Mary's life illustrate and recapitulate the structure of the Covenant of the Word of God and the responsorial attitude of faith. They emphasize the personal and Trinitarian nature of faith, which consists in a gift of the person to God who gives himself through revealing himself. "This attitude is the attitude of saints. It is the same as the Church's who never ceases converting to her Lord in response to the voice addressed to her". This is why attention to the figure of Mary as model and even archetype of the Church's faith appears to be capital to concretely operate a change of paradigm in the relationship with the Word of God.

When Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, he referred explicitly to the biblical story of the Annunciation in Luke''s Gospel. The angel Gabriel's salutation, "Hail, full of grace," is understood as recognizing that
Mary must always have been free from sin. No other human being collaborated in the work of redemption as Mary did. The Early Church wanted to explain in a plausible manner how God''s Son could be "completely human, yet without sin." Their answer was that the mother of God must have been without sin.

The Church celebrates Mary's final journey into the fullness of God's Kingdom with the dogma of the Assumption promulgated by Pius XII in 1954. As with her beginnings, so too, with the end of her life, God fulfilled in her all of the promises that he has given to us.
We, too, shall be raised up into heaven as she was. In Mary we have an image of humanity and divinity at home. God is indeed comfortable in our presence and we in God's. Through her Assumption, Mary was chosen to have a special place of honor in the Godhead.

Read More .... 

 October 22 - Britain's "Macabre" Embryo and Cloning Bill Passes in the Commons with Massive Majority
 Article: Cloning And Genetic Engineering

Comment from UTT:
Genetic manipulation continues to push the limits beyond the parameters for reproduction that have been created by God. It is only a matter of time before the Creator judges mankind.
WESTMINSTER, October 22, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - U.K. pro-life campaigners were deeply saddened at tonight's vote on the Labour government's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. MPs voted 355 to 129 to pass the bill that allows human/animal embryos to be created by cloning and used in experiments. 

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) condemned the vote, saying, "Future generations would regard the bill as devaluing human life." SPUC said they will raise the issue during the next general election.

Besides allowing the creation of cloned human/animal embryos for experimentation, the bill will enshrine in law all the individual permissions given in the last 16 years by the UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. It will allow homosexual partners to have children created for them in IVF labs after it abolishes the requirement that doctors consider the "need for a father" in artificial procreation treatments. It allows the creation of children, called "saviour siblings," to be used as tissue donors for siblings, and permits the genetic manipulation of embryos for eugenic purposes. Earlier this week, it was also revealed that the government plans to use the bill to allow the creation of human clones from tissues taken from mentally incapacitated patients who cannot give consent.

Describing the vote as "tragic" and the bill itself as "macabre," SPUC director John Smeaton said, "Our only consolation is that thousands of people across the country have joined a concerted campaign in solidarity with unborn children."

"Scores" of doctors, lawyers and academics, as well as representatives of other faiths joined in the combined efforts of the various pro-life groups to oppose the bill.

Read More .... 

 October 28 - In its Diwali message Holy See reminds Hindus of the principle of non-violence
 Article: One World Religion

Comment from UTT:
The fact that Hindus and Catholics can unite together for a common cause is a perfect example of ecumenical madness. According to scripture, Hindus, who believe in many gods are destined to hell. Working together for the cause of doing good is also the goal of Tony Blair and Rick Warren. We are quickly moving towards a one world religion.
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - This year's message by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue for Hindus on the occasion of the Diwali festival is centred on the value of "non-violence' as "the only way to build a global society that is more compassionate, more just and more caring." For three days beginning today Hindus will celebrate the victory of truth over lies, lights over darkness, life over death, and good over evil.

Instead it calls for a joint reflection on "how we can live harmoniously in today's society, witnessing to the truth, light and hope that Diwali celebrates. While religions are often blamed for society's ills, we know that it is rather the manipulation of religion, contrary to its fundamental beliefs, that is used to carry out so many forms of violence."

Titled Christians and Hindus: Together in favour of Non-violence, the message cites the teachings of Pope Benedict XVI and Gandhi, to say that "[n] on-violence is not merely a tactical manoeuvre but is the attitude of one who, as the Pope affirmed, 'is so convinced of God's love and power,' [. . .] that he is not afraid to tackle evil with the weapons of love and truth alone."

"In the Hindu tradition," the message goes on to say, "non- violence is one of the more important teachings. Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Indian nation, is respected and held in high regard by people of different generations around the world for his complete dedication to the service of humanity. During the course of his struggle for freedom, he realized that 'an eye for an eye, and soon the whole world is blind'. Throughout his life, he developed among others, the concept of Ahimsa (non-violence). He is a model for non- violence and he led by example to the point of laying down his life because of his refusal to engage in violence."

Finally, the message ended saying that "[n]on-violence is encouraged by many other religions. Non-violence is central to our beliefs as the way to promote truth, light, mutual respect, freedom and harmony. As religious leaders called to uphold the truth found in our respective religions, let us help to foster non-violence among our followers and support it in their actions."

Read More .... 

 October 28 - A Message For Diwali
 Article: One World Religion

Comment from UTT:
Can you imagine Paul sending a congratulatory message to the pagan worshippers of his day? Tony Blair claims to be a Christian. His concept of working together with all religions to make the world a better place is not found in the Bible.
It gives me great pleasure to send my best wishes to all those who are celebrating Diwali.

This festival of great hope is of course of special importance to the Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities. But its message is one which can hold meaning for everyone. It is good to be reminded of the potential for the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge and wisdom over ignorance. But these desirable ends need continually to be worked at by members of all communities if they are to be achieved, if we are to ensure that those suffering from evil and wrong doing can be given justice, that those plunged into the darkness of sorrow or disease are healed and that those mired in ignorance can be given the means to escape it. The festival should be a call to all of us across the faiths to redouble our efforts, to continue to work for these great and noble goals.

I wish all those celebrating this New Year festival a happy and prosperous year to come and may it be one in which the realm of light increasingly prevails.

Tony Blair

Read More .... 

 October 27 - Schullers' rift centers on 'Hour of Power'
 Article: Emerging Church

Comment from UTT:
It is interesting to see that Robert Schuller Jr. was removed from the pulpit by his father because his sermons have been full of direct references to the Bible.  Pray for Robert Schuller Jr.  Pray that God would use him to be a bold messenger for the gospel according to the scriptures.

The elder Schuller announced Saturday that he was removing his son, the Rev. Robert A. Schuller, as the show's only preacher three years after turning the program over to him. The show will now be hosted by different pastors, and even businessmen, from around the country and Latin America.

Schuller built his worldwide ministry over a half century
on the psychology of positive thinking and appealing to people turned off by the formality of traditional faiths. In contrast, his son's sermons have been full of direct references to the Bible.

"We kept talking to board members and said we ought to have a broader audience," said Mysse, who was involved in discussions leading to the change. "This one message from one person is just not broad enough right now."

Mysse said the change, discussed in the last year and made during the last few weeks, has strained the relationship of a father and son who once seemed to be a solid team. "We're trying to do the best we can and bring about a deeper reconciliation," Mysse said. Their relationship "is not irreparable, but it's gone through some difficult days."

Zenobia Coe of Lake Forest said she preferred the young Schuller's Scripture-laden sermons. "But because God called me to this church, I intend to keep coming . . .
whatever the church decides."

Read More .... 

 October 31 - Pope: No Faith-Science Opposition in Evolution
 Article: Creation / Evoluton - Creation / Evoluton Debate

Comment from UTT:
The fact that the pope sees no contradiction between the theory of evolution and the scriptures with regard to creation means he does not understand the fundamentals of biblical creation or evolution which he prefers to call science. The Bible teaches that God created all things by design, not by chance. The Bible teaches that when the creation was completed, all the creation was perfect. Evolution claims that millions of years of random processes and life and death encounters moulded and shaped life as we see it today. The Bible teaches that death was the result of sin and caused the fall of man and the curse upon creation which has brought about a degeneration of life.
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 31, 2008 (Zenit.org).- There is no opposition between faith's and science's views of creation, Benedict XVI says.

The Pope affirmed this today when he addressed members of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences who were beginning their plenary assembly on "Scientific Insight Into the Evolution of the Universe and of Life." The assembly, scheduled to run through Tuesday, has brought together a group of scientists and scholars to discuss facets of evolution ranging from the origin of the human species to what the insect world reveals about the evolutionary process.

The Holy Father recalled how his predecessors, Popes Pius XII and John Paul II noted "that there is no opposition between faith's understanding of creation and the evidence of the empirical sciences."

He then noted how early philosophy "proposed images to explain the origin of the cosmos on the basis of one or more elements of the material world," understanding this "genesis" not so much as a creation, but rather a "mutation or transformation."

"A decisive advance in understanding the origin of the cosmos was the consideration of being qua being and the concern of metaphysics with the most basic question of the first or transcendent origin of participated being," the Pontiff added.

And he explained: "In order to develop and evolve, the world must first be, and thus have come from nothing into being. It must be created, in other words, by the first Being who is such by essence."

"Experimental and philosophical inquiry gradually discovers these orders; it perceives them working to maintain themselves in being, defending themselves against imbalances, and overcoming obstacles. And thanks to the natural sciences we have greatly increased our understanding of the uniqueness of humanity's place in the cosmos."

He concluded by thanking the scholars and scientists, recalling words from John Paul II: "Scientific truth, which is itself a participation in divine truth, can help philosophy and theology to understand ever more fully the human person and God's revelation about man, a revelation that is completed and perfected in Jesus Christ.
For this important mutual enrichment in the search for the truth and the benefit of mankind, I am, with the whole Church, profoundly grateful."

Read More .... 

We hope the Weekly News In Review has been a blessing to you.

Roger Oakland

Forward email

Safe Unsubscribe
This email was sent to ronpierotti@volcano.net by roakland@aol.com.

Understand The Times, International | P.O. Box 27239 | Santa Ana | CA | 92799