“Environmental Sins” and Orwellian Overtones

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For many people reading this, air travel is their most serious environmental sin.

Modern media manipulates language to avoid dealing with God.  The results go beyond mere semantics.  People are encouraged to live without any constraint whatsoever of sexual pleasure and “sin” is something that is done – not to God – but to “the environment.”

What an Orwellian world we have on our hands!

See the full article here:  The Biggest Carbon Sin – Air Travel – NYTimes.com.

More importantly, see We Must Repent to Righteousness!

Number of Catholics and Orthodox in the United States and the World

IN THE UNITED STATES

According to Wikipedia (“Catholic Church in the United States“):

There are 68,503,456 registered Catholics in the United States (22% of the US population) according to the American Bishops’ count in their Official Catholic Directory 2010.

As for the Orthodox, the Orthodox Church in America says:

It would be safe to say that there are somewhere between 2 and 3 million Orthodox Christians in North America in roughly 2,000 parishes.

IN THE WORLD

Worldwide, Wikipedia (“List of Christian denominations by number of members“) reports about 1.2 billion Catholics, 600-800 million Protestants, 230 million Eastern Orthodox, 82 million Oriental Orthodox, and some other minor divisions.  (Eastern Orthodoxy and Oriental Orthodoxy are distinguished in this Wikipedia article: “Orthodox Christianity.”)

As for the Orthodox in the world, Wikipedia (“Eastern Orthodox Church“), says:

Based on the numbers of adherents, Orthodoxy is the second largest Christian communion in the world after the Roman Catholic Church. The most common estimates of the number of Orthodox Christians worldwide is approximately 225–300 million. The numerous Protestant groups in the world, if taken all together, outnumber the Orthodox, but they differ theologically and do not form a single communion.

Nonetheless, Church Is Not the Answer; Christ Is.

There are currently about 41,000 Christian denominations in the world

About.com (“Christianity Today – General Statistics and Facts of Christianity“) reports the following:

According to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, there are approximately 41,000 Christian denominations and organizations in the world. This statistic takes into consideration cultural distinctions of denominations in different countries, so there is overlapping of many denominations.
Center for the Study of Global Christianity (2011)

Yet Church Is Not the Answer; Christ Is.

Sitting at the right hand of an ancient king meant sharing the throne with him

Daniel B. Wallace is here quoting Martin Hengel on the meaning of “sitting at the right hand of,” referring to Psalm 110.  The verse Wallace has in immediate focus is John 17:5:

Now what’s key here is he says ‘Glorify me at your side.’ That’s referring to Jesus sitting at the right hand of God. In fact, Psalm 110, which is used more than any verse in the entire NT, is speaking about sitting at the right hand of God…Martin Hengel…wrote a book called Early Issues in Christology…and what he demonstrated in that book is that to sit at the right hand of someone is to sit on the same throne as that person; and therefore that person shares the same attributes and the same authority. He showed archeologically some images of people sitting at the right hand of another king on inscriptions and things like this, and they’re actually sitting on the same throne…so when Jesus says, ‘glorify me at your side,’ he’s saying, ‘reinstate me on your throne at your right side so that my glory is going to be unveiled again so that everyone will see that I have the same attributes and the same authority as you’…

Here’s the original source, which gives context for this quote.

The author who gave the Wallace quote went on to say:

I agree that ‘sitting-at-God’s-right-hand’ implies that Jesus sits on God’s throne. However, we don’t need Hengel’s studies in archeology to demonstrate this, for the Scriptures themselves reveal this to be true on their own. Notice, however, that in the book of Revelation, Jesus speaks about sitting on his throne and on God’s throne in the following way:

“The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, just as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne” (Rev. 3:21).

Is Tolerance a Godly Virtue?

Is tolerance a godly virtue?

‘But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.  –  Revelation 2:20

Apparently, not.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.