SRSR's to do list...
Ground Zero, New York, New York March 2002.
Reincarnation - Are there any Biblical references? Some people believe that Jesus identified John the Baptist as the reincarnation of Elijah in Matt. 11:13-14 and Matt. 17:10-13.
Reincarnation is believed to occur when the soul or spirit, after the death of the body, comes back to life in a new form, such as another animal or anything that is living. However, once born sometime things from a person's previous life are forgotten. This doctrine is a central tenet within the majority of Indian religious traditions, such as Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism; the Buddhist concept of rebirth is also often referred to as reincarnation. The idea was also fundamental to some Greek philosophers and religions as well as other religions, such as Druidism, and later on, Spiritism, and Eckankar. It is also found in many small-scale societies around the world, in places such as Siberia, West Africa, North America, and Australia.
Although the majority of sects within Judaism, Christianity and Islam do not believe that individuals reincarnate, particular groups within these religions do refer to reincarnation; these groups include the mainstream historical and contemporary followers of Kabbalah, the Cathars, the Alawi, the Druze and the Rosicrucians.
Reincarnation in Hindu art
Near Death Experiences - These often seem
similar regardless of what religion people are or where they're from. People
who've had them often say they no longer fear death, but appreciate life more
too. To me this is an interesting and hopeful finding... but still
inconclusive. These may offer evidence about the soul, in the form of out
of body experiences that have been reported.Journal
of Near-Death Studies ... Dr. Peter Fenwick and Dr. Sam Parnia, of
Southampton General Hospital, in England "Parnia and his colleague, Dr Peter
Fenwick, a consultant
neurophysiologist at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, reason that if
the patient really is having an out-of-body experience, this should be
testable. First, a person floating above their body should be able to
describe events that they can see while they are clinically dead that
can be corroborated later. Secondly, the patient has a unique view of
the hospital bed and could see objects that other people cannot.
Parnia has placed cards on the top of wardrobes, or hanging from the
ceiling, in cardiac wards - a pink dog, for instance. 'These are not
things the patient or the staff would associate with a hospital; they
cannot see them and they do not know they are there,' he says... If we
have someone who leaves their body, is able to identify the card we
have left and report about events that happened in the resuscitation
theatre which they could not have known about, then we would have to
ask some serious questions about the science of consciousness,'
Fenwick says." http://answers.google.com/answers/main?cmd=threadview&id=111029
Christmas - its origins and is December 25th really the birthday of Jesus and does it matter?
"Gen 6:4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown." Increasingly the word "giants" in this scripture is being translated as "Nephilim", so who or what were the Nephilim? That word is sometimes interpreted as fallen ones which some construe to mean a fallen race of people such as Neanderthals, while others think it means people who fell to earth such as aliens... hmmm, does this mean the plot thickens or not - you decide?
Some "reported" information about Neanderthals:
Neanderthals evolved to survive in the ice age climate of Europe.
Neanderthal brains were generally at least as large as modern human brains.
Neanderthals larynxes were situated higher in the throat than modern humans' perhaps
making it difficult for them to speak well.
Neanderthals DNA was almost 99% the same as ours.
Neanderthals and humans probably split from each other on the evolutionary tree about 350,000 years ago.
Our common ancestors may have been Heidelberg man and Rhodesia Man, which may have been a single species. Heidelberg man may have left Africa hundreds of thousands of years ago for the middle east and Europe eventually evolving into Neanderthals, while Rhodesia man stayed in Africa and may have been the descendent of the Cro Magnons.
90,000 years ago, Cro Magnons and Neanderthals may have met in Palestine and Neanderthals are believed to have prevailed. Tens of thousands of years later they met again in the middle east and Europe and this time Cro Magnon's prevailed.
Göbekli Tepe is the oldest human-made place of worship yet discovered, its in Turkey and has been dated back 12,000 years (by some scientists.) The monoliths are decorated with carved reliefs of animals and of abstract pictograms. The pictograms may represent commonly understood sacred symbols, as known from Neolithic cave paintings elsewhere.
This very ancient place is evidence once again that we are a species with amnesia.
The houses or temples are round megalithic buildings. The walls are made of unworked dry stone and include numerous T-shaped monolithic pillars of limestone.
Prophecies of Fatimah
Herbert W. Armstrong's Worldwide Church of God
UFOs, USOs and ancient Aliens... "We are a species with Amnesia"... Graham Hancock
Did they come? If so, who were they, what did they want, what did they do and will the return? When the Bible refers to conflicts between powers and principalities is there a connection to aliens? Could aliens have anything to do with miracles described in the Bible ranging from Shadrach et al surviving the burning furnace, manna from heaven and Jesus' reported; virgin birth, miracles, resurrection and ascension into heaven?
At Balbek in the Bekka Valley of Lebanon, there is a temple mount with stones estimated to weigh 1,000 tons that have been set on top of other stones... ancient astronaut believers say this may have been a landing pad for alien space craft. They point to Sumerians inscriptions in the Epic of Gilgamesh that say he visited such a landing or launch site...
How were 185,000 Assyrian's killed when they were preparing to attack Jerusalem when Hezekiah was king? Did aliens smite them, was it rats, disease, did it actually happen as told in the Bible, is the number 185,000 correct? Were the Hebrews chosen by God or ancient aliens to be the dominant people on earth, and/or could it be by natural selection they have achieved so much? Check out the book of Enoch and the apocryphal book of Enoch where he may have said he met aliens?
The Holy Grail... what is or was it? What are the legends, what if any are the facts, what about the "White Castle" legend, the Da Vinci code etc.
The two creation accounts
The Flood... Epic of Gilgamesh... Planet ice - some scientists believe that 700 million years ago Earth was completely covered with ice, including the oceans being under a mile of it. If they're right, then why couldn't there have also been a world wide flood? Neither claim is taken very seriously by most scientists.
Canaanites...were some of the Israelites Canaanites, were others refugees from Egyptian bondage, were they all descended from Abraham who came from Ur of the Chaldeans? (aka the ancient city of Sumer, in Southern Mesopotamia)
Pagan Religions and Wicca
Anunnaki, were Sumerian, Akkadian, Assyrian and Babylonian deities and the word is translated by some as; "those of royal blood, "royal offspring" or by ancient astronaut proponents as "those who came from above."
Universal or cosmic consciousness... The Institute of Noetic Sciences™, (Petaluma, CA) founded in 1973 by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research, education, and membership organization whose mission is supporting individual and collective transformation through consciousness research, educational outreach, and engaging a global learning community in the realization of our human potential. “Noetic” comes from the Greek word nous, which means “intuitive mind” or “inner knowing.” IONS™ conducts, sponsors, and collaborates on leading-edge research into the potentials and powers of consciousness, exploring phenomena that do not necessarily fit conventional scientific models while maintaining a commitment to scientific rigor.www.noetic.org
Historicity of Jesus How much of what is written about Jesus of Nazareth is historically reliable. (This link leads to an article in Wikipedia on the subject and is obviously a controversial starting point.)
Tongues Christian and non-Christian... Other religious groups been observed to practice some form of theopneustic glossolalia. It is perhaps most commonly in Paganism, Shamanism, and other mediumistic religious practices. In Japan, the God Light Association used to practice glossolalia to cause adherents to recall past lives.
Glossolalia has even been postulated as an explanation for the Voynich manuscript.
There are some[who?] who consider the following in Judaism to be some form of glossolalia:
Various rituals and references exist about prayer of people not familiar with the holy language, and the importance of prayers said by people who only know how to mumble the words without understanding them. In the 17th century it was said in the name of the Baal Shem Tov upon hearing the prayer of someone who instead of praising God who blesses the years (HaShanim) praised God who blesses the women (HaNashim). He said that this person's prayers are the highest and holiest. The texts to be recited during the Shavuot celebrations (original ceremony of Pentecost) must be read in the original Hebrew directly from the Bible, even if the person reading it does not understand the meaning.
Certain Gnostic magical texts from the Roman period have written on them unintelligible syllables such as "t t t t n n n n d d d d d..." etc. It is conjectured that these may be transliterations of the sorts of sounds made during glossolalia. The Coptic Gospel of the Egyptians also features a hymn of (mostly) unintelligible syllables which is thought to be an early example of Christian glossolalia.
In the 19th century, Spiritism was developed by the work of Allan Kardec, and the phenomenon was seen as one of the self-evident manifestations of spirits. Spiritists argued that some cases were actually cases of xenoglossia (from Greek,xenos, stranger; and glossa, language. When one speaks in a language unknown to him).
Glossolalia has also been observed in the Voodoo religion of Haiti, as well as in the Hindu Gurus and Fakirs of India. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tongues#Non-Christian_practice
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