Islamic State's acts of terror in Paris, which killed at least 129 innocent people Friday evening, underline not only the uncertainty of life on earth but also that it is time for the people of France, "and all of us," to heed Jesus' offer of eternal salvation through repentance, writes theologian John Piper.
In his latest blog, posted on the desiringGod website, Piper quotes Marc Coupris, who survived the terror attack at the Le Bataclan theatre in Paris. "It was carnage ... They shot from the balcony. I saw my final hour unfurl before me, I thought this was the end. I thought I am finished, I am finished," Marc told media.
But Marc was not finished, Piper notes, saying, "We are thankful." But we need to "wake up from the stupor of thinking we know when we will be finished," adds Piper, founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. more >>
A cartoonist for French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which suffered a terror attack earlier this year, has responded to the Islamic State's massacre in Paris on Friday by declaring that if God exists, he hates terror.
Cartoonist Joann Sfar posted 12 illustrations on his Instagram page over the weekend reflecting on the tragedy on Friday, where gunmen and suicide bombers killed 129 people. In one image, he addresses directly the "lovers of death," and writes that if God exists, "he hates you."
"And you have already lost, on Earth as in Heaven," he adds. more >>
A new video was released by the Islamic State, explaining why Paris became the target of a series of attacks on Friday, leaving at least 127 dead and many others injured.
In the new video courtesy of CNN, ISIS fighters are seen denouncing Paris and its people. Arabic and English subtitles can be seen flashing on the screen as a group of jihadists toss several passports unto a bonfire.
The video also explains why the ISIS felt it was necessary to attack Paris. Part of the subtitles read, "We have denied you, and there has appeared between us and you animosity and hatred forever until you believe in Allah alone." There seems to be a passion for murdering hundreds of Parisians as the subtitles continue with the strong statement, "You have oppressed us, fought our religion and insulted our Prophet." more >>
Pope Francis has condemned the terror attacks on Paris on Friday that left 129 people dead, and argued that those who use God's name to justify murder are committing blasphemy.
"Pope Francis said such barbarity leaves us stunned as we wonder how human hearts can think up and carry out such atrocities which 'have shocked not only France but the whole world.' The pope stressed again that 'the way of violence and hatred does not resolve the problems of humanity,' adding that whoever uses God's name to justify that path is guilty of blasphemy," the Vatican Radio reported of the pontiff's words on Sunday at St. Peter's Square.
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the mass shootings and bombings at Paris bars, restaurants, a concert hall and a stadium, which also left over 350 injured on Friday. more >>
If a contestant on a music-centered talent program had said they were not going to sing, their chances of wowing the audience would probably be zilch.
"I don't like singing," said 12-year-old Sydney, a ukulele-playing student from Thailand, before the judges of "Got Talent Global."
Sydney explained that she had been playing the ukulele for two years, but when it came to singing, she was "not confident." more >>
French authorities have carried out a series of anti-terror raids across the country following the attack by the Islamic State on Friday, leading to the arrests of 23 people, while over 100 have been placed under house arrest.
BBC News reported that dozens of weapons have also been seized from suspected Islamic militants in France, as the country reels from the mass shootings on Friday on bars, restaurants a concert hall and a stadium in the capital, leaving 129 people dead and 352 injured.
At least one suspect was also arrested in Brussels, Belgium, with security measures being tightened all across Europe. more >>