King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has been planning for years to find a way to unite the world's major religions in an effort to help foster peace, and believes a new international organization to be housed in Vienna, Austria will help make that dream a reality. As the institution was officially founded Thursday, some Christians are likely to start pointing to interpretations of biblical prophecy about the emergence of a one-world religion many believe precedes the return of Jesus Christ.
According to media reports, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, Austrian Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor Michael Spindelegger and Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez Garcia-Herrera oversaw the signing of a contract between the three nations Thursday, in which they will cooperate in the building and organization of an interfaith center in Vienna. Other high level officials from the three nations were also reportedly in attendance at the treaty signing.
The building, to be called the "King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue," was conceived of by its namesake and mostly financed by the Saudi government. According to media reports the center will be composed of a governing body of 12 representatives, among that number will be representatives from Islam (one each Sunni and Shiite), Christians (one each Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox), a Buddhist, a Hindu and a Jewish representative. more >>
Why does Harold Camping still have a platform at Family Radio and why are his theories about the end of the world, the Rapture and the return of Jesus Christ still popular among some Christians even though the 90-year-old "student of the Bible" has been wrong, repeatedly?
According to Tim Lucas, lead pastor of Liquid Church in Morristown, N.J., natural disasters, global unrest and economic turmoil often prompt believers to question if the end is nigh. Lucas cautions, however, that as such events unfold and prophetic claims are made, Christians need to remember three key things when it comes to evaluating "prophecies" made by people like Camping.
The first of three key questions believers should ask themselves when it comes to evaluating people like Camping who claim to have special knowledge about the end times, Lucas says, is if the individual is "smarter than Jesus." more >>
A Christian scientist and Bible scholar says Harold Camping and his followers need to look into science to read the Bible's message correctly, after the California radio host wrongly predicted the end of the world in 1994 and again on May 21.
Camping, who now claims the world will end on Oct. 21, and his followers need to study the Bible in a more scientific context and in the light of recent discoveries, since the Californian's theory is very "19th century," Jeffrey Goodman told The Christian Post Tuesday.
"In the book of Daniel it says 'Put these things away' – he's talking about the prophecies – 'till the time at the end when knowledge increases.' Well, knowledge has increased, but unfortunately a lot of people – when it comes to the subject of Bible prophecy – have not kept up with the increased knowledge," Goodman said. "The increased knowledge, instead of detracting (from) the Word of God, enhances it and puts it on a stronger footing." more >>
Christians are bound to ignore Harold Camping, the grim author of the end of times prophecy for Oct. 21, Glenn W. Shuck, assistant professor of religion at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., told The Christian Post.
Camping, the founder of Family Radio, has infamously predicted that Judgment Day and the Rapture would be May 21 this year. When the Rapture did not occur, he announced that the May event had only been a "spiritual Rapture," and that the "physical" one would actually occur on Oct. 21.
After a few months of silence, caused by Camping's stroke, the California Bible teacher repeated the prediction recently in an audio message on Family Radio's website. Although Camping sounded less certain, he still said that the Rapture would "probably" occur Oct. 21. more >>
Harold Camping, who said the world would end May 21, has recently reiterated in a new message his belief that the world will come to an end and that believers will actually be raptured on Oct. 21. The California Bible teacher, however, has added a few minor adjustments to his end-of-the-world teachings, now claiming that unbelievers will "probably" not suffer pain in God's judgment.
The president of Family Radio, who captured the attention of many with his insistent prediction earlier this year that Jesus Christ would return on May 21 to signal a worldwide upheaval that would cause the deaths of millions of people, has changed his perspective and vision of the end of times.
On June 9, Camping suffered a stroke and he was hospitalized. On Sept. 20, Family Radio posted a "special announcement" on its website which said, "By God's mercy Mr. Camping has been able to return home, where he is continuing his recuperation in the care of his dear wife." more >>
Pat Robertson, known for making a few curious prophecies and predictions of his own, told viewers during Tuesday's broadcast of "The 700 Club" to be careful of false prophets and that people offer an erroneous "word from the Lord" all the time.
During the "Bring It On" segment on CBN’s "The 700 Club" broadcast Tuesday, the hosts shared a viewer's question on how to discern false prophets who relay an erroneous "word from the Lord."
"One of my mom's friends says she's a prophetess," producer and co-host Kristi Watts said, reading the question sent in by the viewer. "She started giving me a word, but unfortunately she was way off. I was polite, but how could someone who says she's hearing from God be so wrong?" more >>