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    Myths About Suicide

    Suicide is one of the tragic choices many are opting in our day. It is not only a painful choice to the one who opts for it but also agonizing to those left behind. If the one who attempted or committed suicide is a person close to us, the pain is unbearable. Our mind is often haunted with these thoughts, "Why did he/she take such a drastic decision?; I wish I had done something to save him/her?" As important as it is to discern the symptoms of those attempting or committing suicide in order to save them, it is helpful to have an understanding about some of the myths on suicide.
    Bilquis Sheikh is a Pakistani rich muslim woman who used to live in the region of Wah, Pakistan. God showed her the path to Him, Jesus Christ - Light of the world. She has told written her wonderful journey with Jesus Christ in a book entitled "I  Dared To Call Him Father."

    Will The World End In 2012?

    2012 is produced, directed and written by the same person who made “Independence Day” and “The Day After Tomorrow” that depicts the end of the world. What makes this 2012 movie different is that it illustrates a cataclysmic event on December 21, 2012 as prophesied by the ancient Mayan calendar. Basically, the Mayans believed that the god of war and creation, Bolon Yokte, will descend from the sky and judge the earth. Proponents of this view include the best-selling author of the book The Bible Code, Michael Drosnin, who claims that secret biblical codes when unlocked show the earth pounded by comets in 2012. Another proponent, Lawrence Joseph, author of the book Apocalypse 2012, says that on the day in question the sun will be in exact alignment with the center of our galaxy resulting in some kind of gravitational shift that will throw our planet out of orbit, causing catastrophe.

    Extreme Spirituality

    Solomon gave a piece of advice to people that they should not be excessively righteous (Eccl.7:16). What does this mean except that we should not take righteousness to extremes? Isn’t it true that some well meaning people foolishly extend themselves beyond what God requires and, as a result, end up in an unnatural, unrealistic and impractical approach to righteousness or spirituality?  . . . . But in seeking to be really godly, they went beyond what God wanted, and they got sidetracked with silly little issues (e.g., “not touching”), missing the main point (Matt.23:23-25).Like Paul said, all these types of foolish ways look as though they will make us godly (Col.2:23). But they are deceptive. Generally speaking they make us feel superior to others around us. When we begin to go in these directions it does not look as though we are making a mistake. We think we have found a secret of godliness. But even though the deviation may be small in the beginning, ultimately it leads us far away from the goal.

    Controversy!

    There’s always something to be said about something controversial; people who never usually have opinions will suddenly have something to say; and people who generally do will pull out their soap boxes and start preaching.  So where does the modern day church stand on controversial topics? Sure we like to talk about the ones that are likely to hit CNN’s headlines abortion, gay rights, affirmative action... but what about the real topics that matter? Topics that are at the root of the Church’s problems today, topics that aren’t receiving enough attention, but should be receiving the most.  I’m talking about backbiting, gossip, church split ups, breakups, mess-ups, leadership problems, and all the little things that go on the back-ground that no one likes to talk about because if we do we’ll have to deal with them.  What state does this leave the church in?  A chaotic mess!

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