Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Christian evangelist Billy Graham, recently drew a connection between the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and the Rapture, as described in Thessalonians 4:16-17.
Lotz, founder of AnGeL Ministries, made the connection on her personal blog just after the plane went missing. Lotz suggested that the feeling of unknowingness and helplessness that has affected the world since the flight disappeared on March 8 will be the same feeling experienced by mankind when the Rapture happens and God comes back to Earth to claim His followers for heaven. Nonbelievers will be left to wonder: "Where have all the people gone?"
"… I can't help but wonder … Is this worldwide sense of shock and helplessness, of questions and confusion, of fear and grief, a glimpse of things to come? Is this a small snapshot of what the entire world will experience the day after the rapture of the church?" Lotz posed. more >>
An ex-gay ministry purported to be the largest in Australia has recently announced that it will cease operations.
In a letter sent to supporters last week, Living Waters Australia Director Ron Brookman wrote that "it is time to wind up the ministry."
"There is nobody who has been identified, trained, or who is willing to take up leadership … It seems that the Lord is preparing to do something new in bringing healing to the broken," wrote Brookman. more >>
Questions regarding Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, the pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, continue to arise as the search for the missing plane enters its 14th day on Friday. Journalists scouring through the pilot's social media activity have found he "liked" atheist-themed videos on YouTube.
As investigators searched Shah's home just outside of Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur, they discovered that he "liked" and subscribed to multiple atheist channels on YouTube. According to The New York Times, out of the dozens of videos Shah "liked" on the platform, four consisted of well-known atheists explaining why they didn't believe in religion. The pilot also subscribed to the official YouTube channel of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, and the channel for Eddie Izzard, a British comedian also known to be atheist.
As The Huffington Post points out, although some media outlets have depicted Shah as possibly a Muslim extremist who intentionally crashed MH370 in a suicide mission, the fact that he frequented atheist YouTube channels paints him more as a moderate secularist. more >>
Former pilot Chris Goodfellow appears to have given perhaps the most plausible explanation for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 yet.
Take a look at what he wrote about it a few days ago on Google+ and tell us what you think.
Goodfellow's theory: more >>
A Chinese "baby hatch" in Guangzhou City has suspended work after parents overwhelmed the welfare center by abandoning more than 260 children suffering from various kinds of illnesses.
Xinhua news agency reported that the baby hatch, which is where parents can leave their children instead of abandoning them on the streets, was forced to suspend its services on Sunday after its resources were spread too thin by the 262 babies it received since it began operations in January.
"The number of babies we have received is much higher than in other parts of the country over the same period," said Guangzhou City Welfare Center Director Xu Jiu, who noted that there has been a shortage of rooms, quarantine facilities and other things necessary to care for the babies. more >>
The two pilots of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 have come under greater scrutiny, as the last words they spoke to air traffic controllers, "all right, good night," were uttered after one of the plane's automatic tracking systems had been turned off.
The ACARS system, or a maintenance computer that sends back data on the plane's status, had been deliberately deactivated before the voice sign-off, Malaysia's Acting Transport Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, said at a press conference Sunday. The Malaysia Airlines plane, a Boeing 777-200ER, has been missing since earlier this month with 239 people on board.
The flight took off at 12:40 a.m. on March 8 from Kuala Lumpur International Airport for Beijing, with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board, including the captain, 53-year-old Zaharie Ahmad Shah, and first officer, 27-year-old Fariq Abdul Hamid. The flight lost contact with air traffic controllers 120 nautical miles off the east coast of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu. more >>