Christians in Gaza are rapidly disappearing amid the Israeli blockade of the Strip and the lack of employment opportunities.
The worshippers at the ancient Church of St. Porphyrius in Gaza believe that they may be the last Christians in Gaza because many of them have decided to leave the place, some in large groups. A few years ago, there were 3,000 Christians in the region but today there are only about 1,200, according to USA Today.
While Israel usually does not allow anyone to leave the Palestinian area, some Christians are permitted to visit Jerusalem and Bethlehem during Easter and Christmas. Some Christians are taking advantage of the Christmas season to leave Gaza and begin a new life in another place. If the situation in Gaza continues, religious groups in the area could vanish entirely within 20 years, the report details. more >>
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed that Israel is the only Middle East nation protecting Christians from violence at the hands of radical Islam.
Netanyahu pointed out that Christians are being persecuted and killed by radical Islamic groups across the Middle East, most notably by the Islamic State, and are facing violence and discrimination in Muslim majority nations. The Israeli leader apparently made the remarks in a video message to the Israeli Christians Recruitment Forum, Fides News Agency reported.
"You know very well that our region is in flames and Christians in Iraq, Syria and, unfortunately, under the Palestinian Authority, are suffering a lot because of radical Islam. These communities are persecuted, and unfortunately many people have lost their lives for their faith," Netanyahu added, praising the organization which enlists Christian soldiers into the Israeli army. more >>
Israeli archaeologists have found Hebrew inscriptions on a 1,500-year-old slab of marble on the shores of Lake Kinneret, near the ancient village of Kursi where Jesus Christ is believed to have performed the "Miracle of the Swine."
"This is the first indication that there was a Jewish presence, and it reinforces the belief that the town of Kursi was where Jesus performed the 'Miracle of the Swine,'" the team of researchers working at the site said, according to The Jerusalem Post.
Historians have long believed that Kursi was inhabited either by Jews or early Christians, and the discovery, supervised by Prof. Michal Artzi of Haifa University and Dr. Haim Cohen with the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, seems to confirm those ideas. more >>
The Vatican's Commission for Religious Relations with Jews has released a major new document claiming that Jews are saved even without believing in Jesus Christ.
An amazing find in Israel has set the archaeological world on its ear. And once again we see the veracity of biblical history.
Five years ago, a team of archaeologists digging "at the foot of the southern part of the wall that surrounds Jerusalem's Old City" came across a refuse dump dating to the eighth century before Christ.
As the New York Times told its readers, it's "an area rich in relics from the period of the first of two ancient Jewish temples." Among their findings were thirty-three clay imprints or seals, known as bullae. These seals were catalogued and stored. more >>
As Christians around the world prepare during Advent to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, much of the world is at war and preparing for more war—more bombs, more drones, more boots on the ground.
From the drug cartel war in Mexico, to the civil war in South Sudan, to the Islamic State war, armed conflict has spread like an infectious deadly disease — which of course it is.
But nowhere is war more ironic than in the Holy Land; the land on which the feet of the God of peace (1 Thess 5:23) walked. more >>