Summary of the articles and information in the Journal.
Editorial (full version below)
Same-sex attraction - What is Change?
The new 'lows' of social engineering
News & Action
Homosexual 'marriage' ad
Youth Decides - on climate change
Few sun spots: colder climate?
Amy K: Silent Cry
Queensland: Abortion Update
Christians celebrating Ramadan?
Anal sex is dangerous for men and women!
PWR: Many gods, many lords, but only one Lord Jesus Christ
The Jesus Seminar
Abortion Documentary: 'Blood Money'
Full Editorial - October 2009 Journal
The Parliament of the World's Religions (PWR) will descend on Melbourne in just two months (3-9 December).
Unfortunately, there is a great lack of understanding and discernment about the aims and objectives of this 'Parliament'.
Many assume it is just a 'talk fest'. The involvement of some high profile Christians also leads some to think it is OK to engage with other religions in this way. Some even think it is an opportunity to evangelise - how wrong they all are.
It is interesting to look at some of the statements made in conjunction with this event to gain an understanding of its true nature. In the aboriginal 'Welcome' from those who claim to be the "original owners" of this part of Australia, they say, "The Wurundjeri people are known as the Manna-Gum (eucalyptus tree) people and we invite you to share with us from a branch of Gum leaves. Taking a leaf means that you are welcome to everything from the tops of the trees to the roots of the earth on our ancestral country. It also means that you and I, we become linked symbolically and spiritually. By this action you join with us to honour our ancestors who have nurtured our land for thousands and thousands of years."¬† (Emphasis ours)
No doubt, like us, you always assumed it was the Australian government who gave out visas, but that is a minor point compared to the "we become linked symbolically and spiritually". People who claim this is simply a 'talk fest' need to ponder these words because it is clear from this 'welcome' that this is a spiritual gathering.
The first such gathering, in Chicago USA in 1893, claimed that it was the "first formal gathering of representatives of eastern and western spiritual traditions." Many say that the gathering resulted in the first introduction of Hinduism to the USA and the west.
No surprise, then,¬† that 100 years later it was two Hindu Monks from the Vivekananda Monastery, founded following the first gathering, who instigated the revival of the Parliament of the World's Religions.
Two other founders of this gathering were atheists! The two people heading up the Melbourne gathering, Gary Bouma and Des Cahill, were responsible, a few years ago, for three books: one promoted Council- sponsored interfaith networks, one was a very sanitised introduction to Islam and one suggested a rotating roster of 'faith' prayers to open our Federal parliament to replace the daily Christian Prayer and Lord's Prayer.
Bouma also spoke for the Muslims and against the Christians involved in the 'Two Dannys' vilification case in the Tribunal.
One session is titled "Sharing wisdom in the search of inner peace". Whose wisdom?
The Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions says it seeks to "promote interreligious harmony, rather than unity", but then states, "Religious and cultural fears and hatreds are replaced with understanding and respect".
'Respect' is something that denotes acceptance and 'to hold in esteem or honour'. It is one thing to respect the 'people' of other religions and befriend them with a goal of introducing them to the 'One True God'; it is a very different thing to respect a religion that leads people AWAY from that One True God towards a myriad of false gods and eventually to Hell.
We need great wisdom and discernment as we travel in perilous times when the deception of, and by, fellow Christians is so great.
Yours in the service of Jesus the King
Peter and Jenny Stokes