Posts Tagged ‘peace’

Good News According To Mother’s Day

April 1, 2010

Mother’s Day was originally created to be a day of peace in the name of our children.

In 1870, Julia Ward Howe, original advocate for “Mother’s Day” and writer of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” nursed and tended the wounded during the civil war. The devastation she witnessed called her to push to make a Mother’s Day for peace.


Good News According To Mosab Hassan Yousef

March 17, 2010

Former Hamas member who saved Israeli lives and converted to Christianity. Although, in Islamic law one who converts to another religion can be killed for it.

Good News According To Brenda Giles

March 16, 2010

Interesting work giving hugs to victims of terror.

Good News According To Judas Iscariot

February 24, 2010

Betrayed by a kiss. Judas, was a patriot for his people, he believed they needed a military victory. Perhaps he tried to get Jesus to fight. The Roman military executed Jesus. Betrayed by a kiss.

Good News According To Your Enemy

February 22, 2010

adopt a terrorist, brilliant

Also, Pastor Rankin Wilbourne has an excellent sermon on the truest love and on enemies.

Click here to listen – Rankin Wilbourne on Mephibosheth in 2 Samuel 9 Great love and Enemies Sermon05.16.10

Good News According To Marc Gopin

February 22, 2010

Trying to build ties between Israel and its Syrian neighbor.

lonely man of peace

peace through religions center

Good News According To Kumbh Mela Spiritual Festival – India’s Jerusalem

February 22, 2010

The biggest gathering in history, attracting 70 million pilgrims!

Just finished watching SHORT CUT TO NIRVANA – terrific documentary about the Kumbh Mela spiritual festival which takes place in India, every 12 years. Vaguely resembles Burning Man, but 100x more people, spiritually focused, has water, and less pretentious. Recommend highly.

70 MILLION PEOPLE – ONE HISTORIC EVENT! SHORT CUT TO NIRVANA is an award-winning documentary about the Kumbh Mela spiritual festival which takes place near Allahabad, India, every 12 years.
The Kumbh Mela also happens to be the biggest gathering in history, attracting 70 million pilgrims!

Yes, interesting movie about india’s Jerusalem!

Wonder why every 12 years? 12 being a common biblical value….

The movie gives some reason. I don’t specifically recall it.

Nectar of immortality similar to Jewish interest in eternal life.

Death is a central mystery of life; religions try to address it.

Interesting how many speak English, even the yogi’s.

India was a British colony.

So many of us seem to seek peace, like the pilot yogi, yet our world is so violent, some say tthis century the worst so far which must be a dilemma for evolutionists.

Not at all. I think this is simply your misunderstanding of evolution (combined with certain popular uses of “evolved” meaning somehow further along) – nothing in it says the world will become less violent or better in any way. In fact from an evolutionary perspective one can say that the most successful species are those whose adaptations continue to be successful without genetic change – these are old species that emerged long ago, examples would include the hermit crab, cockroachs and the coelacanth, an ancient, still existing fish (sharks too if I remember correctly).

Internet kiosk?? Online marriage ad, lol!

I guess these don’t fit your idea of spiritual.

This is a big circus displaying people’s uniqueness.

The world reflects a great of variation and diversity amond humans.

According to the bible, the ultimate great religious feast will be The Feast of the ingathering/tabernacles

Perhaps it will come to pass; perhaps not.

Some good biblical wisdom at mela, some crazy, just like congregations here! Yep.

Reminds me of that classic movie life of Brian!

Imho Part of this is about people trying to feel life, to feel alive, transcendent and greater than self. A powerful desire I wonder how evoltionists account for..

Good question. Ask them. .

If Indians are so happy what about the slumdogs shown in the movie? Is the poverty over romanticized?

My understanding is that there is massive poverty (as well as a lot of wealth) but that the poor are not necessarily miserable. Rich westerners see poverty and assume that people must be miserable. Not borne out empirically.

Good point on the time starved nature of modern life.

Interesting how both Hindus and orthodox Jews put insignia on their foreheads, same spot, diff reasons.

Is it same gender? Do male Hindus mark their forehead too? Who knows, there may be connections lost in history. I am aware of some related to Jews and Japanese Shintoism.

Or head shaving like the nazarite vow.

I know nothing but my source says the nazarites did not shave heads – did not cut hair at all.

Crazy mix of tech gadgets like old computers. yep

A lot of talk about world peace! yep

And then the Dali lama walks around with heavily armed soldiers. How sad! Also wonder why he didn’t talk to or about any untouchables.

Pandita Ramabai (Marathi: पंिडता रामाबाई) (23 April 1858 – 5 April 1922) was an Indian Christian social reformer and activist, including helping child brides.

I see power lines, loudspeakers and a nearby highway, wonder how long before modernity fully encompasses this event? It seems to be modern.

Ever read the book about Crowds by Canetti? I think it helps to understand this phenomenon. Never read it or know anything much about it.

I like the line about becoming human.

About unity and oneness but I disagree with the statement we are god. I am not god. Thank god.

Do you wonder how or if god feels?

Also the Ganges cannot purify sin.

Really you do not know this; you seem to think baptism does something not just symbolic. Myself, I know very little about sin or it’s purification.

Mela reminds me of Mecca.

Religious vows to live naked – lol!

Only because your religion asserts that nakedness is bad, although I am sure there are Christian nudists somewhere.

Good News According To Mark Twain

February 22, 2010

Buckminster Fuller said that either war is obsolete or men are.

Mark Twain had a very interesting poem about this, check out the War Prayer.

The War Prayer
by Mark Twain

It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism; the drums were beating, the bands playing, the toy pistols popping, the bunched firecrackers hissing and spluttering; on every hand and far down the receding and fading spread of roofs and balconies a fluttering wilderness of flags flashed in the sun; daily the young volunteers marched down the wide avenue gay and fine in their new uniforms, the proud fathers and mothers and sisters and sweethearts cheering them with voices choked with happy emotion as they swung by; nightly the packed mass meetings listened, panting, to patriot oratory which stirred the deepest deeps of their hearts, and which they interrupted at briefest intervals with cyclones of applause, the tears running down their cheeks the while; in the churches the pastors preached devotion to flag and country, and invoked the God of Battles beseeching His aid in our good cause in outpourings of fervid eloquence which moved every listener. It was indeed a glad and gracious time, and the half dozen rash spirits that ventured to disapprove of the war and cast a doubt upon its righteousness straightway got such a stern and angry warning that for their personal safety’s sake they quickly shrank out of sight and offended no more in that way.

Sunday morning came — next day the battalions would leave for the front; the church was filled; the volunteers were there, their young faces alight with martial dreams — visions of the stern advance, the gathering momentum, the rushing charge, the flashing sabers, the flight of the foe, the tumult, the enveloping smoke, the fierce pursuit, the surrender! Then home from the war, bronzed heroes, welcomed, adored, submerged in golden seas of glory! With the volunteers sat their dear ones, proud, happy, and envied by the neighbors and friends who had no sons and brothers to send forth to the field of honor, there to win for the flag, or, failing, die the noblest of noble deaths. The service proceeded; a war chapter from the Old Testament was read; the first prayer was said; it was followed by an organ burst that shook the building, and with one impulse the house rose, with glowing eyes and beating hearts, and poured out that tremendous invocation

*God the all-terrible! Thou who ordainest! Thunder thy clarion and lightning thy sword!*

Then came the “long” prayer. None could remember the like of it for passionate pleading and moving and beautiful language. The burden of its supplication was, that an ever-merciful and benignant Father of us all would watch over our noble young soldiers, and aid, comfort, and encourage them in their patriotic work; bless them, shield them in the day of battle and the hour of peril, bear them in His mighty hand, make them strong and confident, invincible in the bloody onset; help them to crush the foe, grant to them and to their flag and country imperishable honor and glory —

An aged stranger entered and moved with slow and noiseless step up the main aisle, his eyes fixed upon the minister, his long body clothed in a robe that reached to his feet, his head bare, his white hair descending in a frothy cataract to his shoulders, his seamy face unnaturally pale, pale even to ghastliness. With all eyes following him and wondering, he made his silent way; without pausing, he ascended to the preacher’s side and stood there waiting. With shut lids the preacher, unconscious of his presence, continued with his moving prayer, and at last finished it with the words, uttered in fervent appeal, “Bless our arms, grant us the victory, O Lord our God, Father and Protector of our land and flag!”

The stranger touched his arm, motioned him to step aside — which the startled minister did — and took his place. During some moments he surveyed the spellbound audience with solemn eyes, in which burned an uncanny light; then in a deep voice he said:

“I come from the Throne — bearing a message from Almighty God!” The words smote the house with a shock; if the stranger perceived it he gave no attention. “He has heard the prayer of His servant your shepherd, and will grant it if such shall be your desire after I, His messenger, shall have explained to you its import — that is to say, its full import. For it is like unto many of the prayers of men, in that it asks for more than he who utters it is aware of — except he pause and think.

“God’s servant and yours has prayed his prayer. Has he paused and taken thought? Is it one prayer? No, it is two — one uttered, the other not. Both have reached the ear of Him Who heareth all supplications, the spoken and the unspoken. Ponder this — keep it in mind. If you would beseech a blessing upon yourself, beware! lest without intent you invoke a curse upon a neighbor at the same time. If you pray for the blessing of rain upon your crop which needs it, by that act you are possibly praying for a curse upon some neighbor’s crop which may not need rain and can be injured by it.

“You have heard your servant’s prayer — the uttered part of it. I am commissioned of God to put into words the other part of it — that part which the pastor — and also you in your hearts — fervently prayed silently. And ignorantly and unthinkingly? God grant that it was so! You heard these words: ‘Grant us the victory, O Lord our God!’ That is sufficient. the *whole* of the uttered prayer is compact into those pregnant words. Elaborations were not necessary. When you have prayed for victory you have prayed for many unmentioned results which follow victory–*must* follow it, cannot help but follow it. Upon the listening spirit of God fell also the unspoken part of the prayer. He commandeth me to put it into words. Listen!

“O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle — be Thou near them! With them — in spirit — we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe. O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it — for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen.

(*After a pause.*) “Ye have prayed it; if ye still desire it, speak! The messenger of the Most High waits!”

It was believed afterward that the man was a lunatic, because there was no sense in what he said.

Twain apparently dictated it around 1904-05; it was rejected by his publisher, and was found after his death among his unpublished manuscripts. It was first published in 1923 in Albert Bigelow Paine’s anthology, Europe and Elsewhere.

The story is in response to a particular war, namely the Philippine-American War of 1899-1902, which Twain opposed.

Good News According To Anna Baltzer

September 7, 2009

Anna is a peace activist concerned with Palestinian rights in Israel and the Holy Land.


Peace is possible.

This guy is interesting, refused to give an oath to Hitler, helped co-found Neve Shalom and gave a tour to Jimmy Carter, according to Wiki.

God Angrily Clarifies ‘Don’t Kill’ Rule –

J’accuse (1919) is a French silent film directed by Abel Gance. It juxtaposes a romantic drama with the background of the horrors of World War I, and it is sometimes described as a pacifist or anti-war film.[1] Work on the film began in 1918 and some scenes were filmed on real battlefields. The film’s powerful depiction of wartime suffering, and particularly its climactic sequence of the “return of the dead”, made it an international success, and confirmed Gance as one of the most important directors in Europe.[2]

Humor –
Wise Jewish Man

A female CNN journalist heard about a very old Jewish man who had been going to the Western Wallto pray, twice a day, every day, for a long, long time.

So she went to check it out.

She went to the Western Wall and there he was, walking slowly up to the holy site.

She watched him pray and after about 45 minutes, when he turned to leave, using a cane and moving very slowly, she approached him for an interview.

“Pardon me, sir, I’m Rebecca Smith from CNN. What’s you name?”

“Morris Greenberg,” he replied

“Sir, how long have you been coming to the Western Wall and praying?”

“For about 60 years.”

“60 years! That’s amazing!

What do you pray for?”

“I pray for peace between the Christians, Jews and the Muslims.

I pray for all the wars and all the hatred to stop.

I pray for all our children to grow up safely as responsible adults, and to love their fellow man.”

“How do you feel after doing this for 60 years?”

“I feel like I’m talking to a f*****g brick wall.”

PALESTINE PEACE MUSIC – Ensemble Ambitions in a World Divided

Jerusalem Peace Makers

Good News According To Marine Chaplain Eli Takesian

August 10, 2009

You Shall Not Murder: Marine chaplain Eli Takesian—like Lyn Brown, the chaplain interviewed in this episode—was attached to a unit that saw the brutality of combat up-close, but in a different war. He served two tours as a chaplain during Vietnam. Takesian talked with TAL producer Alex Blumberg.

Any thoughts on the web bonus talking about war chaplains and peacemakers?

TAMERLANE – He was responsible for the effective destruction of the Christian Church in much of Asia. Thus, while Timur still retains a positive image in Central Asia, he is vilified by many in Arab, Persian and Indian societies.


Dr. David P. Gushee, Hugh Pope, Leon Shahabian