Monday, 24 October 2016

Believe and speak and act in ways which show we have life in Christ's name

When Jesus said,
 “Because I live, you also will live” (John 14:19)
 it is evident that he was not talking of normal human life. His resurrection will reveal that it will turn their hearts from utter despair – to absolute wonderment! Jesus is saying to all who listen to him through reading his word,
 “Because I live, you also will live”.
“Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
Let us
 “believe” and speak: and act in ways which show this – every day.

Strong-coderingen en Nederlandse Bijbelvertalingen

Wanneer wij de Bijbel in het Nederlands bestuderen zijn wij een beetje meer beperkt dan bijvoorbeeld in de Engelse taal. In die taal kunnen meerdere Engelse  concordanties een ware hulp zijn.
Het probleem van een concordantie is dat de woorden een vertaling zijn van het Grieks en het Hebreeuws en verschillende betekenissen kunnen hebben. Een Nederlands woord behoeft niet altijd de vertaling te zijn van steeds hetzelfde Griekse of Hebreeuwse woord. Zo kan het woord ‘wil’ een onderdeel zijn van het werkwoord uit de vervoeging ‘ik wil’, maar het kan ook een zelfstandig naamwoord zijn van ‘de wil’. Aan de vertaling kan je dus niet altijd zien wat er in het Grieks of Hebreeuws staat. Sterker nog: als er in het Nederlands een werkwoord staat, kan er soms in het Grieks of Hebreeuws iets anders staan.
merkt uitgever bij Importantia Publishing,

Over de publicaties van Importantia Publishing heeft hij in de afgelopen decennia heel wat moeten uitleggen. Frapant was de steeds terugkerende reactie in de beginjaren. Als hij vertelde dat de Online Bijbel voorzien is van Strong-coderingen kreeg hij steevast dezelfde reactie:
"Ik heb geen verstand van computers".
Blijkbaar werd het woord "Strong-codering" meer geassocieerd met de technische kant van computers dan met iets dat met de bijbel te maken heeft.

Gelukkig is in de loop van de jaren deze reactie naar de achtergrond verdwenen. Toch moet hij nog steeds aan mensen uitleggen wat een Strong-codering is en wat je er mee kan doen.

Hij heeft daarom besloten een serie artikelen te schrijven over Strong-coderingen en het gebruik daarvan.
Het eerste artikel heeft hij gepubliceerd op zijn persoonlijke blog "over ... Theologie". Het heeft als titel Wat is een Strong-codering?

Friday, 21 October 2016

Trump has been buffetted by accusations of miscunduct

English: Celebrity Apprentice star Dennis Rodm...
English: Celebrity Apprentice star Dennis Rodman and Donald Trump (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
That Trump is not the ideal ethical man eh showed already on several occasions. That he was considering the woman as an object he showed also already several times. He also was not afraid to tell the general public women are there to please men.

He told the public about Bill Clinton using women but hid for the general public his actions he had undertaken on several occasions. We can imagine at the time he took advantage of his position several young and older women did not want to come out with what happened to them.

The whole hoopla went off public when a video went viral in which Trump was caught on tape in 2005 making crude comments about a married woman he tried to seduce and what he could do to women because he was "a star." By saying so he also would find it normal if stars would permit such shameful acts to women and probably would be against penalising people doing such humiliating acts.

Arianne Zucker, the actress who was subject to Donald Trump and Billy Bush’s crude comments in the leaked tape from 2005, has spoken out against the Republican nominee’s comments.

The actress, best known for her role on “Days of Our Lives,” was thrust into the spotlight last week when footage was leaked of Donald Trump and former Access Hollywood correspondent Billy Bush crudely discussing her.
“Your girl’s hot as s—t. In the purple,” Bush can be overheard saying.
Donald replied,
 “Yeah that’s her with the gold. I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful… I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything.”
Bush has since been suspended indefinitely from his hosting duties at The Today Show. Trump delivered an apology for the comments in a Facebook video.

After the video showing clearly how Trump really thought about women, some did found it high time to raise their voice and to let the world what awful experience they had to go through. Naturally we also do have to be aware that lots of the accusations coming out now, not having any registration in a police office before, could also be dirty political propaganda.

Cathy Heller, 63, like other women, said she was outraged when Trump denied attacking women because he forced himself on her during, like it was for him  an ordinary case, women not having to faint.

Her experience looks very similar to other cases we heard in recent days.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Thursday denied multiple allegations of sexual assault, dismissing the claims of his accusers and railing against the press, accusing his rival Hillary Clinton systematically trying to destroy him.

Speaking in West Palm Beach, Florida, Trump argued that stories in the New York Times and People magazine were “pure fiction” and “outright lies”
“These vicious claims about me of inappropriate conduct with women are totally and absolutely false. And the Clintons know it, and they know it very well,”
he said.
 “These claims are all fabricated. They’re pure fiction, and they’re outright lies. These events never, ever happened.”
Trump said, around the same time that the New York Times sent a letter declining to retract its story.

Talking about those allegation Trump did not mind to debase those women as being not only liars but to ugly for a man to kiss them. Of People writer Natasha Stoynoff, who said Trump pushed her up against a wall and kissed her without her consent while she was writing a profile, Trump seemed to imply that her looks prove he would not have wanted to kiss her.
Look at her, look at her words, you tell me what you think,”
he said.
 “I don’t think so.”


Read what happened at a party at his Florida mansion in the 1990s:
And read also: Donald Trump Blasts the Press Over Sexual Assault Stories: ‘They Will Lie, Lie, Lie’


Preceding articles:
Jews the next scapegoat for Donald Trump
The American clouds of Anti-Semitism
Jewish Soap Opera Star Arianne Zucker Hits Back at Donald Trump’s Infamous Lewd Taped Remarks
Read Donald Trump’s Speech Addressing Sexual Assault Accusations


The American clouds of Anti-Semitism

Image of New Statesman Cover from wikipedia co...
Image of New Statesman Cover from wikipedia commons (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
69 years old Larry Jacob who was born and raised in New York had not his ears and eyes closed the last months. He is aware of the danger that lures around the corner.

In his article "Modern anti-Semitism" for the Times of Israel he notices that
Many modern-day American Jews are unaware of the current depth and pervasiveness of anti-Semitism (“AS”) in the U.S..
Therefore he warns them they are feeling too much at ease, thinking that their rights are protected by anti-discrimination laws, such as Title VI. A problem may be that
 they are too busy earning a living and raising a family to focus on AS.
Jacob understands that but
that does not diminish the clear and present danger it represents.
In the previous moths we have seen many documentaries on the American white evangelist lobbies who promote weapon bearing and could hear how they think about "the Jews who killed Jesus". I myself had some correspondence with such 'devout' American evangelicals who are convinced that Jews are the evil of the world and who are convinced the world better could be cleansed from that race.

Anti-Semitism (AS) and other forms of discrimination may officially be prohibited by various federal and state laws in the United States of America, but it looked lie this was only on paper and not something for the reality or to be taken serious by a big group of American citizens.

Jacob writes
 it is also true that attitudes and beliefs cannot be completely controlled by laws.  AS has not yet risen to the level of the 19th Century Russian pogroms or the organized terror of 1930s Nazi Germany, but, ...  AS is still present in the 21st Century, even in the US.  Often, it is more subtle, but, nevertheless, it permeates many areas of our culture.
Also Adele M. Stan the same as we could not do without the idea where Trump could have got the mustard from. Looking at Trump his speech she wrote on AlterNet
The speech was hinged to the original purpose of his campaign: to trade on the resentments of a restive remnant of white America — angry white men and the women who love them — and set the stage for mayhem in the wake of his likely electoral defeat.
This was not your standard, off-the-cuff Trump rant. This was a scripted speech, delivered with a teleprompter. It was crafted. It featured the key words of right-wing complaints: “sovereign,” “global bankers” and “slander.” Really, it came right out of a Nazi propaganda playbook. And when one considers the themes common between Nazi propaganda films and the films made by top Trump campaign staffers Stephen K. Bannon and David Bossie (as analyzed by AlterNet), we should hardly be surprised.
Our thought that Trump sees everywhere a conspiracy against him was confirmed in the debate, him beginning with an attack on the New York Times (whose majority owners are a Jewish family), which he said was engaged in a conspiracy of global proportions with the Clintons, international bankers and major corporations, all to stop him from winning the presidency.


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Preceding article: Jews the next scapegoat for Donald Trump


Jews the next scapegoat for Donald Trump

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on Februar...
speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In the United States of America Ashkenazi American Jews have had white privilege since at least after World War II. Most Jews could build up a nice life in the States and managed to get in some high positions.

Until the preparation for the election of the new president this year they never experienced some examples of it that other ethnicities have and had not to worry about showing to others which religion they belonged to. But when Donald trump came into the picture as a candidate for the presidency this changed in the negative sense.

Suddenly it became clear that Jews are still more “ethnic” than other white Americans, leaving them more vulnerable to prejudice. And that prejudice grew by the many remarks which were made at the sideline as well on several speakers platforms of the Republicans.

During his campaign Trump showed his right-wing tendencies and welcomed many of his volatile anti-Semites supporters. Being a right-wing, populist, authoritarian demagogue with no political credentials and not with enough political knowledge. all the time he never came up with some serious political propositions for the future, but did everything to attack his opponents and telling lots of things which were far from the truth.

I cannot understand ho this man of 'big words', showing no respect for others, got such a following even from women whom he considers a lower species, having no right to decide for themselves. We can see that by his daring to attack the system and doubting the integrity of the state, enjoying fear-mongering and open bigotry he could build up an unbelievable group of followers who seem to take everything he says, though quite often he came to say the opposite of what he said before. He managed to have those who do not think for themselves behind him.

Trump in his debate yesterday clearly expressed when he would be president he would people on the major posts  who follow his ideas. And that would make it very dangerously for the freedom of the American citizen. All the previous months he showed his contempt for the American system and called for a ban on Muslim, Mexican and other immigration of noon-white folks as well as on the deportation of American citizens born to undocumented immigrants and the loosening of libel laws, proposals which blatantly violate the First, Fifth and 14th Amendments.

That Trump is loved by Putin may be not a surprise both being cut of the same wood. But this also meaning that when Trump would come into power he also could start taking care to get rid of all who oppose him and to make a dictatorial state.
Americans better would look to some other lunatics in Europe who managed to promise the people a lot, but who once in power created a horrible place for many living in the country of their demagogy.

We can only hope the majority of Americans shall use their brains and shall prefer to chose for their country more than for their party. Because Americans should be aware of the danger this man could bring not only to their own country but also to the whole world. That is the reason why this election has also become so important for us Europeans and for other nations who can see this man who would not mind creating one or another war or being the cause of it.

Americans should also be aware that once in power this man who showed his disgust for non-whites and non-christians (though I wonder to which denomination he belongs and if he is an active Christian) As a dictator, one can only imagine what Trump would be willing and able to do to the various ethnic, racial, and religious minorities toward whom he has promoted animosity throughout his campaign. Once he has his way with African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Muslim-Americans, Trump will need to find a new scapegoat to preserve the paranoia his supporters experience which drives them to rally behind him, and he clearly gave already enough signs that it will be those Jews of which he would be happy that they clear out of his country with the Zionists as soon as possible to Israel where they can fight with the Arabs on their own.



Collapse of the proposed compromise over the Kotel

Women of the Wall and liberal Orthodox circles have not let up in their battle to hold prayers at the wall as they wish in the main Western Wall plaza, which is under the auspices of the chief rabbi of the Western Wall, and which a government plan defines as following Orthodox custom.

On Thursday morning a group of women held a prayer service in the women’s section of the main Kotel area. Their attempts to smuggle in a Torah scroll into the area were stopped, and police detained a man who attempted to remove a Torah scroll from the men’s section and hand it to the women on their side of the gender divider.

Read more:

As the government ignores the question of opening the Western Wall to non-Orthodox denominations dozens of Orthodox Jewish worshippers are establishing facts on the ground by holding festive holiday prayer services everyday in the section of the Western Wall, or Kotel, that had been intended for non-Orthodox prayer.
Demonstrative Orthodox services are being held at the Robinson’s Arch compound a few times daily, as a result of a public relations campaign by religious Zionist bodies.
These prayer sessions are perfectly legal and violate no rules, as long as no “local custom” has been established for the new compound.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Bad experience as young teenager with the YPA book and those leaving the religion

Since 1989, the Young People Ask series of books has been failing multiple generations of Witness adolescentsJeni Lundblom looks at her bad experience as a young teenager going through her teenage years having all that literature which did not seem to help really, perhaps it was also presented with a collection of often foolish advice that offered her no real support. For her some of the topics she encountered were embarrassing, though at that time she really believed the book Questions Young People Ask Answers That Work, or the “YPA” book, would be able to help her answer any questions I had. Today she finds the book being nothing but a propaganda piece with contents that did nothing but attempt to bolster her paranoia of the outside world.

When according to a 2008 study from Pew Research, only 37% of people raised as Jehovah’s Witnesses continue with the religion as adults we may wonder how it comes so many leave the religious group their family is part of.

she now also questions:
When you consider the many (a number of whom I’ve privately corresponded with) who stay just to keep the community and familial ties intact, one has to wonder how many stay true believers from childhood on?
Normally we would expect it much easier for children just to continue in the religion they were brougth up. In most countries this is what most regularly happens. For people it is more difficult to come to an other religion. Though today we notice also that lots of children just leave religion at the site and concentrate on worldly matters.

Though for a religious organisation which builds its instructions and its life on the Word of God, we would expect the turn over would be much better. Lundblom notices
It turns out, Watchtower isn’t so good at “inculcating” children as Deuteronomy 6:6-8 instructs. Instead, the organization seem to be setting kids up for failure and their often-inevitable exit from the religion.

Read more about it:
The Friday Column: Questions Young People Ask – Answers That Don’t Work