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>The Muslim Twelfth Imam Has Nothing To Do With Jesus Christ, Savior of Mankind

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Do The Muslim and Jewish-Christian Savior Concepts Parallel One Another?

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I have heard people talk about the Twelfth Imam. I have listened to only a few of Glen Beck’s radio programs and he has mentioned the Twelfth Imam and the Muslims’ believe that he is to return in the last days.
Many have looked at this to be in parallel to The Bible’s account of the last days. And they seem astonished on how this could be. I have looked this up in Wikipedia and and it describes how Muhammed al-Mahdi is to be believed by many Muslims to be the Twelfth Imam.
So apparently Glenn Beck is not making this stuff up.

Who Is Believed By Some The Twelfth Imam?

Apparently, as Wikipedia describes it, the Shi’a Muslims believe that Muhammad al-Mahdi, who apparently was the son of the eleventh Imam, to be the Twelfth Imam. Al-Mahdi, who was born in 869 as Abu’l Qasim Hujjat ibn Hasan ibn ‘Alī.
During the funeral of his father, the eleventh Imam, al-Mahdi dismissed his uncle and said, “Move aside, uncle; only an Imam can lead the funeral prayer of an Imam”. Thus, this lead many to the belief that he was the twelfth Imam.
Soon after the funeral, he disappeared and is claimed to be into occultation (hidden by Allah.)
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Why Is The Twelve Imam So Important?

Apparently the Sahih Bukhari which is one of the six canonical hadith collections of Sunni Islam books states
“Islam will continue to be strong to twelve Muslim rulers.”
And some where in another hadith, it quotes that Muhammad as saying,
Even if the entire duration of the world’s existence has already been exhausted and only one day is left before the Day of Judgment, Allah will expand that day to such a length of time, as to accommodate the kingdom of a person out of Ahl al-Bayt who will be called by my name and my father’s name. He will then fill the Earth with peace and justice as it will have been filled with injustice and tyranny before then
This is all according to Wikipedia.

So What Does This Mean

Well, from what I can gather, the Muslims look forward to the day that he will return and bring absolute justice to the earth. There are other quotes that this will all come in a time of war and turmoil, and he will return to lead the battle. They also believe that Jesus Christ will come soon after.
You see as one studies the Bible, in Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Zechariah, and Revelations, one see how in there will be a big battle in the very last days before The Savior comes. And The Savior will bring justice and salvation for all. This is in agreement with what the Muslims belief.
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Where Did This Parallelism Come From?

I am not an expert on this, but from what I understand, the Islamic religion was started by Mohammed. Mohammed is said to have had visions and was visited by the angel Gabriel. Mohammed started preaching this around the year 610 AD. He started following a chief god of Western Arabia called Allah.
Apparently.most of what Mohammed said were turned into their scriptures, as well as other religious leaders after him.
Mohammed had The Bible and understood it to a degree and a lot of his teaching paralleled The Bible. He know Jesus Christ would return. And that his return would be during the time of major wars and chaos through out the world. He had the same information we have today.
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>Obama In Tight With Muslims –Christians, Not So Much

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Franklin Graham: World’s Christians in 

Grave Danger

Friday, 18 Mar 2011 05:33 PM
By Chris Gonsalves and Kathleen Walter
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The Muslim Brotherhood, with the complicity of the Obama
administration, has infiltrated the U.S. government at the highest
levels and is influencing American policy that leaves the world’s
Christians in grave danger, warns internationally known evangelist
Franklin Graham

“The Muslim Brotherhood is very strong and active here in our
country,” Graham tells Newsmax. “We have these people
advising our military and State Department. We’ve brought
in Muslims to tell us how to make policy toward Muslim countries.

“It’s like a farmer asking a fox, ‘How do I protect my hen house?’”

That same Muslim Brotherhood is fomenting much of the
rebellion and the deteriorating social order roiling the Middle
East, forcing millions of Christians to flee for their lives, says
Graham, son of beloved evangelist Dr. Billy Graham, and
 founder of The Samaritan’s Purse international charity.

“Under [Egypt’s Hosni] Mubarek and [Jordan’s] King Hussein
and other moderate leaders, Christians had been protected,”
Graham says. 11 million Christians live in Egypt and I ear
for them, because if the Muslim Brotherhood comes to power,
you’re going to see a great exodus of Christians. Same thing
in Tunisia and Lebanon. I fear for the church because the
Muslim Brotherhood is going to be a very terrible thing.”

Story continues below.

A new report from the Roman Catholic aid agency Aid to the Church
in Need supports Graham’s contention that the persecution of
Christians world­wide has worsened exponentially in the past few years.

According to the report, Christians face increased suffering in 22
countries around the world, with Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Pakistan,
and Nigeria being among the worst countries to be a Christian in today.

The persecution has gotten markedly worse over the past two
years according to the organization.

“The proportion of countries with a worsening track-record of
anti-Christian violence and intimidation would be higher were it
not for the fact that in many cases the situation could scarc­ly
have been worse in the first place” the report’s authors wrote.

More than 75 percent of religious persecution in the world is
currently being carried out against Christians, the report
concludes.

The Vatican formed a special committee late last year to
address the flight of Christians and the rise of militant Islam
in the Middle East. In his New Year’s message, Pope Benedict
XVI said Christians suffer more than any other religious
group because of their faith

Asked if President Barack Obama was doing enough to protect
Christians at home and abroad, Graham says, “No.
If anything it’s the opposite.”

“Muslims are protected more in this country than Christians,”
he says. “The president has made many statements but he
doesn’t back them up. We have to do more to protect the
Christians in the Muslim world. Their lives are in danger.”

In recent weeks, Obama administration officials have stepped
up the defense of their inclusive stance toward Muslims in
their ranks. Deputy national security advisor, Denis McDonough,
 said last week that President Obama is actually trying to
prevent terrorism by “dispelling the myths that have developed
over the years, including misperceptions about our fellow
Americans who are Muslim.”

“When it comes to preventing violent extremism and
terrorism in the United States, Muslim Americans are
not part of the problem, you’re part of the solution,”
McDonough said at an interfaith forum in Sterling, Va.

Graham, however says what Obama is really doing is
“giving Islam a pass” rather than speaking openly about
 the “horrific” treatment women and minorities receive.

“We certainly love the Muslim people,” Graham said in an
earlier interview with Newsmax. “But that is not the faith of
this country. And that is not the religion that built this nation.
The people of the Christian faith and the Jewish faith are the
ones who built America, and it is not Islam.”

Read more on Newsmax.com: Franklin Graham: World’s 
Christians in Grave Danger
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>Population Tables For The Largest Religions

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The following three tables comes from the NSRI and ARIS data:

Top Twenty Religions in the United States, 2001
(self-identification, ARIS)

Religion 1990 Est.
Adult Pop.
2001 Est.
ADULT Pop.
2004 Est.
Total Pop.
% of U.S. Pop.,
2000
% Change
1990 – 2000
Christianity 151,225,000 159,030,000 224,437,959 76.5% +5%
Nonreligious/Secular 13,116,000 27,539,000 38,865,604 13.2% +110%
Judaism 3,137,000 2,831,000 3,995,371 1.3% -10%
Islam 527,000 1,104,000 1,558,068 0.5% +109%
Buddhism 401,000 1,082,000 1,527,019 0.5% +170%
Agnostic 1,186,000 991,000 1,398,592 0.5% -16%
Atheist 902,000 1,272,986 0.4%
Hinduism 227,000 766,000 1,081,051 0.4% +237%
Unitarian Universalist 502,000 629,000 887,703 0.3% +25%
Wiccan/Pagan/Druid 307,000 433,267 0.1%
Spiritualist 116,000 163,710 0.05%
Native American Religion 47,000 103,000 145,363 0.05% +119%
Baha’i 28,000 84,000 118,549 0.04% +200%
New Age 20,000 68,000 95,968 0.03% +240%
Sikhism 13,000 57,000 80,444 0.03% +338%
Scientology 45,000 55,000 77,621 0.02% +22%
Humanist 29,000 49,000 69,153 0.02% +69%
Deity (Deist) 6,000 49,000 69,153 0.02% +717%
Taoist 23,000 40,000 56,452 0.02% +74%
Eckankar 18,000 26,000 36,694 0.01% +44%

Top Ten ORGANIZED Religions in the United States, 2001
(self-identification, ARIS)

[Nonreligious, Atheist, Agnostic have been dropped from this list.]

Religion 2001 Est.
Adult Pop.
2004 Est.
Total Pop.
% of U.S. Pop.,
2001
Christianity 159,030,000 224,437,959 76.5%
Judaism 2,831,000 3,995,371 1.3%
Islam 1,104,000 1,558,068 0.5%
Buddhism 1,082,000 1,527,019 0.5%
Hinduism 766,000 1,081,051 0.4%
Unitarian Universalist 629,000 887,703 0.3%
Wiccan/Pagan/Druid 307,000 433,267 0.1%
Spiritualist 116,000 163,710 0.05%
Native American Religion 103,000 145,363 0.05%
Baha’i 84,000 118,549 0.04%

Top Ten Largest Religions in the United States, 1990
(self-identification, NSRI)

Religion Estimated
Adult Pop.
Estimated
% of Adult Pop.
Christianity 151,225,000 86.2%
Nonreligious 13,116,000 7.5%
Judaism 3,137,000 1.8%
Agnostic 1,186,000 0.7%
Islam 527,000 * 0.5%
Unitarian Universalist 502,000 0.3%
Buddhism 401,000 * 0.4%
Hinduism 227,000 * 0.2%
Native American Religion 47,000 0.03%
Scientologist 45,000 0.03%

* Islam, Buddhist, Hindu figures in table have been adjusted upwards by Kosmin to account for possible undercount.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

Christianity. Note that in the NSRI and ARIS studies, based on self-identification, Christianity includes: Catholic, Baptist, Protestant, Methodist/Wesleyan, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Pentecostal/Charismatic, Episcopalian/Anglican, Mormon/Latter-day Saints/LDS, Churches of Christ, Jehovah’s Witness, Seventh-Day Adventist, Assemblies of God, Holiness/Holy, Congregational/United Church of Christ, Church of the Nazarine, Church of God, Eastern Orthodox, Evangelical, Mennonite, Christian Science, Church of the Brethren, Born Again, Nondenominational Christians, Disciples of Christ, Reformed/Dutch Reformed, Apostolic/New Apostolic, Quaker, Full Gospel, Christian Reform, Foursquare Gospel, Fundamentalist, Salvation Army, Independent Christian Church, Covenant Church, Jewish Christians, plus 240,000 adults classified as “other” (who did not fall into the preceding groups).

Islam. In recent years Muslim leaders in the United States have optimistically estimated that there were approximately 6.5 million Muslims in the country (Aly Abuzaakouk, American Muslim Council, 1999). In 1998 a Pakistani newspaper even reported that there were 12 million Muslims in the United States (4.2% of the total population)! After the events of September 11, 2001, many newspaper accounts included an estimate of 8 million American Muslims. This would equate to 3% of the U.S. population, or roughly 1 in every 33 people in the country. No comparable figure has ever been confirmed by independent research similar to the Kosmin or Glenmary studies, or the Gallup, Harris, Pew, Barna polls. Currently, surveys consistently report less than 1% of people surveyed identify themselves as Muslims. Muslim community leaders say that many American Muslims are relatively recent immigrants who either do not have telephone service, do not participate in surveys or are afraid to identify themselves as Muslims for fear of anti-Muslim discrimination. Researchers generally agree that the estimate of 300,000 Muslims in the Kosmin study (1990) and Kosmin’s adjusted estimate (to 500,000) are too small to reflect current (year 2005) numbers of American Muslims. In 2004 the National Study of Youth and Religion conducted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (sample size: 3,370 teens nationwide) found that less than one half of one percent (0.5%) of American teens were Muslim, a proportion right in line with the adult Muslim population, based on other studies. Tom W. Smith of the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago is a nationally recognized expert in survey research specializing in the study of social change and survey methodology. Smith published “Estimating the Muslim Population in the United States” in 2001. This is probably the most thorough academic study of this topic in recent years. This study concluded: “The best, adjusted, survey-based estimates put the adult Muslim population in 2000 at 0.67 percent or 1,401,000, and the total Muslim population at 1,886,000. Even if high-side estimates based on local surveys, figures from mosques, and ancestry and immigration statistics are given more weight than the survey-based numbers, it is hard to accept estimates that Muslims are greater than 1 percent of the population (2,090,000 adults or 2,814,000 total).” Additional articles and links are here: Number of Muslims in the United States.

Jews and Judaism. The American Jewish Identity Survey of 2000, conducted by Barry Kosmin, Egon Mayer, and Ariela Keysar at the Center for Jewish Studies at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, concluded that there were 5.5 million Jews in the United States. Of these, 1.4 million were aligned with a religion other than Judaism, 1.4 million were secular or non-religious, leaving 51% of American Jews (just over 3 million people) whose religion was Judaism. The study surveyed 50,000 randomly selected adult Americans. More.

Baha’i. Some representatives of the Baha’i Faith have questioned their omission from the 1990 NSRI “Top 10” list. The NSRI study indicated there were 28,000 self-identified Baha’is in the United States in 1990, making them the 11th largest religion in the country. If one excludes the “nonreligious” and “agnostic” categories from this list, then the Kosmin study would place Baha’is as the 9th largest religion in the U.S.

Although the Kosmin study is well-respected, it should be noted that even with a random sample of such unprecedented size (113,000 respondents), the practical margin of error for this study was high for relatively smaller groups — those with less than 300,000 individuals. In this study, there were a few more respondents who said they were Scientologists or Native American religionists than said they were Baha’is. But given the margin of error, it is possible that in 1990 there were actually more Baha’is. This would be the case especially if, as some Baha’is suggested in response to these findings, there were a high proportion of Baha’is who lived communally and did not have phones for each family, or were recent Iranian immigrants reluctant to identify their Baha’i affiliation over the phone because of past persecution. In 1990 the Baha’i world faith itself claimed 110,000 adherents in the United States. If there were 110,000 self-identified Baha’is in 1990 they would have ranked as the 9th largest U.S. religion (assuming that the other Kosmin figures are accurate).

It is quite possible that growth within this group during this last 9 years has outpaced growth of some other groups, and that Baha’is are now among America’s ten largest religions. But this proposition has not been verified empirically and similar claims of recent growth have also been made by the other groups. Current official estimates from the Baha’i National Spiritual Assembly for the U.S. Baha’i population are about 113,000, or about 0.05% of the U.S. population. On 31 March 2000 received information from the U.S. National Spiritual Assembly listing the number of U.S. Baha’is at 133,709. A non-Baha’i historian from the University of Michigan who has scrutinized American Baha’i statistical practices has estimated a current (1999) figure of about 60,000 self-identified Baha’is in the U.S. But, with the ARIS survey now estimating 84,000 adult self-identified Baha’is in the U.S. in the year 2001, it appears that that historian’s estimate is too low. If children are included and a slight undercount assumed, it is quite possible that there were closer to 100,000 (perhaps more) Baha’is in the U.S. in 2001.

It may also be noted that Baha’is are ranked as one of the world’s ten largest international religious bodies and are among the top ten largest organized religions in the world, based on their current reported estimated membership.

Neo-pagan/Wiccan: There were 768,400 Neo-pagans (largest subset were Wiccans) in the U.S. in the year 2000, according to the Wiccan/Pagan Poll, conducted by the Covenant of the Goddess (CoG) beginning in late July, 1999. [Online source: http://www.cog.org/cogpoll_final.html] The Covenant of the Goddess (CoG) poll methodology is not comparable to methodology used in the Kosmin NSRI/ARIS studies, Harris Poll, Gallup polls, or Glenmary study. In 2004 the National Study of Youth and Religion conducted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (sample size: 3,370 teens nationwide) found that fewer than one-third of 1 percent of U.S. teens identified themselves as adherents of paganism (including Wicca). This indicates that the Wiccan/pagan population in the U.S. skews young; the proportion of teens identifying themselves as adherents is up to 3 times the proportion of the total population (0.3%, according to ARIS, 2001).

Another source, published before ARIS data was available:
According to the 2001 edition of David Barrett’s World Christian Encyclopedia, the largest non-Christian organized religions in the U.S. are:

  • Jews: 5.6 million
  • Muslims: 4.1 million
  • Buddhists: 2.4 million
  • Hindus: 1 million

Largest Branches of Christianity in the U.S.
(self-identification, Pew Research Council)

In February and March 2002 the Pew Research Council conducted a survey of 2,002 adults. Questions about religious preference were included. People who identified their religious preference as Christian were asked about which branch of Christianity they belonged to.

The table below was published on page 49 of the Pew report at http://pewforum.org/publications/reports/poll2002.pdf:

Survey Response %, June 1996 %, March 2001 %, March 2002
Protestant 53 53 52
Catholic 23 23 24
Mormon
(Latter-day Saints)
2 2 2
Orthodox 1 1 *
Non-denominational 1 0 0
Something else (Specify) 1 * 2
Not practicing any religion 1 0 0
Don’t know/Refused 2 3 2
TOTAL CHRISTIAN 84% 82% 82%

The percentages shown in this table reflect the number of members of each branch as a proportion of the total U.S. population, not just the Christian population. So the Catholic percentage of 24% for 2002 means that 24% of Americans identified themselves as Catholic in 2002.

This table matches data from Gallup, Barna, and other polling organizations.
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>Church News From England

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From ChurchLink.Com

If you are a Christian, then church is a great way of strengthening your faith and your growth in Christ, by getting good stuff out of the Word preached, and also a place to praise and worship God with music and to pray and do some thinking!

Church in its basic form is a meeting of christians, whenever whatever day so this can also be Christian UNion! and we build each other up before we go off in our week to do God’s work.

It is usually on a Sunday morning, and sometimes pretty early, but it is always worth it, to start your Sunday off with Church, honestly, you will feel so refreshed! You never know, someone might invite you back for lunch at their house! Then you can start your week with something good inplanted on your mind. Sometimes it might be in the evening though, or you could even do both!

It is also about the people in the church, and it is an opportunity to meet other students and people of all ages.

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There are LOADS of different types of churches in Newport!!

It is hard to choose, and find the right one for you, and no church will be perfect.
But if you do a bit of ‘church shopping’ and visit a few this term ( i recommend going to more than one meeting just in case you get a bad first impression) and then deciding.

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Here are just a few churches that you might want to look at, a few students go to some of these as well, so if you want to know about one or want someone to go with, then email me and i will find out who you need! :

Newport City Church
At the moment not sure where they meet as they had to move building! but.. Starts at 10.30am. Quite a few students go here now and there are great biblical based and challenging talks by Pastor Robbie and Donna who also now and then invite people to lunch! 😀 also with lively worship. It is quite small church at the moment.
Bethel Community Church
A largish church up the road from the main banks in the centre of town, with quite a large youth as well as whole mix of ages, it hosts an event at the end of each month on a sunday evening called EXPLOSION… more about that later it includes a free BAND, nonalco cocktails, lots of fun, and some envangelism through videos and short talks so great to bring friends along to. you are welcome even if you dont go to this church!
Lodge Farm Evangelical Church
At the top of Lodge Road, a little bit of a climb to get to, but does you good on a Sunday morning. St Julian’s Baptist Church
Beaufort Road
About 2 miles from campus – a decent enough walking distance. Duckpool Road Baptist Church
Further towards town, you’d probably need to bike or drive to get there from campus without tiring yourself out for the service. Newport Gateway Church 7 Rockfield St,
Newport
NP19 7DG Roughly about the same distance away (maybe not quite as far) as Duckpool Road.

Christchurch, Newport

Need a lift to get here probably, but one is arranged for two other students so you can probably join in if you want!

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Also this website has all the churches on ! : www.newportchurches.com posted by Cat @ 5:01 PM 3 comments [Photo] 11.2.06 Links Churches Together in Newport – Website contains information about pretty much all of the churches in the Newport areaUCCF – Universities and Colleges Christian FellowshipLife – Website of the Life projectAnswers in Genesis – Load of stuff about the creation/evolution debateChristianAnswers.net – Loads of questions and answers about ChristianityFindersUk.Net – Free service helping people find churches/Christian Unions/accomodation etc.
UWIC Christian Union – Our mates from Cardiff posted by Cat @ 9:00 PM 0 comments [Photo] Church is Cool There is a thing also on Sunday evenings at 5:30 –> about 7ish .
It is called “The Lab” – because it is an experiment!

Basically a few people have set up an informal worship and short talk on Sunday evenings, in the future they want it to be attracting non-Christians as well, for now most of the goers are Christians, but from all different churches, so it is also an opportunity to meet more people!

If you want further info, contact me – cat.baa@gmail.com
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