UN Nuclear Chief in North Korea →

March 13, 2007

The head of the UN nuclear agency is in North Korea for talks on the eventual dismantling of the country's nuclear program. Under a deal reached last month, North Korea agreed to "shut down and seal" its only nuclear reactor within 60 days, in exchange for aid.

Hamas Facing a Serious Split →

March 13, 2007

The national unity agreement that was reached last month in Mecca has triggered a behind-the-scenes power struggle in Hamas, sources close to the Islamic movement in the Gaza Strip revealed Tuesday. Opposition in Hamas to the Mecca agreement is growing as some of the movement's senior officials are talking about a possible revolt.
- Jerusalem Post

Dig Not Harming Temple Mount →

March 13, 2007

The UNESCO report on the controversial Antiquities Authority excavation near the Temple Mount has concluded that it is not damaging the holy site. Nevertheless, the report calls on Israel to suspend the dig to allow for international observation.
- Jerusalem Post

PA Parliamentarian Calls for More Kidnappings →

March 13, 2007

According to a Palestinian Authority-controlled newspaper, a member of the PA legislative body called on Arabs to carry out more kidnappings of Israeli soldiers.

2nd-Temple Jewish Town Uncovered in Jerusalem →

March 13, 2007

In the course of preparing tracks for the new light-rail system in Jerusalem, remains of an ancient Jewish community just north of the Holy Temple have been uncovered.


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Have You Read Your Bible Today? - (Print)

Biblical illiteracy is one of the biggest problems facing the Church in America today. A recent survey indicates that the average American owns three copies of the Bible, but doesn't read any of them. According to Woodrow Kroll, president of Back to the Bible, the organization that conducted the survey, "The problem is not that people can not read the Bible, it's they don't read the Bible…Bible literacy is not a problem in the church. Bible literacy is THE problem in the church. It impacts everything else we do."

There are more than 450 different versions and translations of the Bible in the English language, and yet most Americans can't identify the first book of the Bible or name even one of the four New Testament gospels. When Boston University did a survey of high school students last week they found that fifty percent of the students incorrectly thought that Sodom and Gomorrah were married.

The vast majority of Americans say they believe in God. In fact, some polls indicate that two-thirds of Americans believe that the Bible holds the answers to all or most of life's basic questions. However it seems that while Americans acknowledge that the Bible is important, most don't take the time to find out what it says.

It seems that more and more Christians today are unable to articulate an intellectual basis for why they believe what they believe is true. Even those who attend church regularly do not take the time to study the Bible on their own. Biblical illiteracy is perhaps the primary reason why many Christians do not share their faith and why most are ill-equipped to defend it. It is no wonder that 50 to 80 percent of Christian youth abandon their faith within the first years of college.

Where did our Bible come from? How do we know that it really is the Word of God? What is truth? Why do you believe what you believe? When someone asks you to explain your faith, will you be able to give them an answer? What will you tell them?

At Koinonia House, our goal is to create, develop, and distribute materials to stimulate, encourage, and facilitate serious study of the Bible as the inerrant Word of God. We believe that the Bible, although composed of 66 books, penned by 40 different authors, over thousands of years, is an integrated message system. Furthermore, the origin of this message system is from outside our time domain. The degree of integration of design among the 66 books is astonishing. Every number, every place name, even the hidden structures behind the text itself, bear evidence of precise, skillful engineering.

Effectively sharing and defending your faith requires more than simply the ability to parrot others. If you want to be able to discern the truth and grow in your spiritual walk with God, you have to be willing to get your hands dirty. In Acts 17:11 we are encouraged to receive the word with all readiness of mind, and search the scriptures daily to find out whether these things are so. If you are at all familiar with our ministry, you probably recognize this verse. In addition to encouraging and facilitating the study of God's Word, we have consistently urged Christians to do their homework. Our prayer for you is that, like the Bereans, you too would be diligent in seeking the truth.

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Will Muslims Inherit the Earth? - (Print)

Muslim populations are growing in Europe, Russia, and elsewhere. High birth rates among Muslims, increased immigration, and new converts to Islam are all factors that some experts believe could eventually radically transform the Western World.

According to new research church attendance has been falling all across Western Europe. In Great Britain, for example, only 6.3 percent of the population attends Christian services on a weekly basis. The group also projects that around 4,000 churches will close over the next 15 years. However while church attendance is on the decline, religious participation among Muslims has increased dramatically. According to the study, even though Muslims only comprise around three percent of the British population, in 35 years there will be twice as many Muslims in mosques on Friday as there are Christians in churches on Sunday. This trend can be seen throughout Europe. In France there are now more than 4,000 mosques, and new mosques and Muslim prayer centers have been popping up at an alarming rate. Meanwhile, it has been projected that Muslims will be the majority population in Germany by 2046.

Islam is quickly becoming a significant part of the cultural and political landscape of Europe. There are between 9 and 15 million Muslims living throughout Europe today, and Islam has become the largest religious minority. Considering current population trends and the need for immigrant labor it is likely that the number of Muslims in Europe will continue to grow exponentially. The Muslim birth rate in Europe is three times higher than the non-Muslim one. If current trends continue, the Muslim population of Europe will nearly double by 2015, while the non-Muslim population will shrink by 3.5 percent. Bernard Lewis, a former history professor at Princeton and the respected author of more than a dozen books on the Middle East, is quoted as saying that "Europe will be Islamic by the end of the century."

Russia has also experienced difficulty integrating its growing Muslim population. Growing ethnic tensions in the former Soviet Union have begun to mirror those of its European neighbors. The Muslim population in Russia is growing by leaps and bounds. Rising immigration and low birthrates among ethnic Russians have contributed to this trend. Russia's Muslim population has increased by 40 percent since 1989, to about 25 million. By 2015, Muslims will make up a majority of Russia's conscript army, and by 2020 they will constitute one-fifth of the population. Fifteen years ago, Russia had about 300 mosques, today there are approximately 8,000. Experts say that if current trends continue, nearly one third of Russia's population will be Muslim by the mid-century.

Recently the Population Research Institute conducted a study on birth rates around the world. It concluded that the Western world is facing a crisis. Virtually every country in the Western World has birth rates well below the replacement rate of 2.1 children per woman. The study also revealed that, for the most part, only Muslims have high birth rates. A spokesman for the organization said that if this trend continues "Muslims are going to inherit the Earth."

Islam is becoming an increasingly volatile catalyst in today's international scene. Islam is one of the world's fastest growing religions, and it is second in size only to Christianity. If you want more information on the origin and nature of Islam, listen to our briefing titled The Sword of Allah. See the links below for more information.

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