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In the Beginning Hijacking of the Religion of God

Author : Sami M. El-Soudani
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Preface It was shortly after I had graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1980, with a PhD Degree specializing in fracture mechanics and failure analysis of materials and structures, that I discovered the dire need for this book. This undertaking began to take shape in the early 1980’s with the Middle East aflame, devastated by what some viewed as a “holy” war, and with “millennialists” prophesying the end of days by the year 2000 C. E. After publishing and co-authoring 87 scientific and industrial reports, and technical papers, many of which were in national and international magazines on the subject of failure analysis of metals and fracture mechanics of aircraft structures, I came to realize that consequences of failures of the human spirit are far more devastating than failures of metals and aircraft structures. But now at the outset of the 21st century the world is still experiencing turmoil and devastation by wars spreading like wildfire, with Jews, Christians and Moslems at each other's throats in seemingly never ending battles and ugly strife. Some call it “war on terror,” others speak of “wars of clashing cultures,” “crusades,” “jihad,” etc., etc., etc. One can’t help but wonder how this saga of 99% misery and 1% heroism will ever come to an end. Only the gullible would attempt to explain the ongoing world conflict among “People of the Book”: Jews, Christians and Moslems, based on the course of events during the past few years, or even the past few decades. This is where this book comes in with a rigorous, rationalized, and hopefully convincing critical assessment of a never-before-explored, most innate aspect of the human nature, and that is its obsession with hijacking of the religion of God. For better understanding of the root cause of the ongoing conflict among “People of the Book,” who are supposed to be worshipping the same God, we need to take a step back, take a deep breath, and reflect rationally, while ignoring all rhetoric and emotional bias in researching the past three thousand years of religious history. And this is exactly what I did in writing this three-volume book. More specifically, this book is addressing the religion of God to whom every human being from among the so-called “People of the Book” today turns in prayer. Whether soldiers or civilians, when they are caught in the midst of the ongoing grisly and devastating wars, some would pray to Yahweh, others call upon Jesus Christ, while Moslem brethren whisper the name of Allah upon taking their last breath. Who is that God? And why is He so shrouded with mystery? Is He truly One and the Same God for all these people? Or are we suffering from some self-delusions and possibly hallucinations that may be the senseless products of our ancient religious fabrications and mythmaking. Going back in time three thousand years brings us to one very special night, when God was said to have come down in person onto Mount Sinai to have “a close encounter” with human beings through direct speech. This three-volume book examines the course of religious events from that magic and apocalyptic moment onwards till this day. It took me twenty years of research to show that men who practiced hijacking long before they had wings have been quite active over the past three thousand years engaging in the lucrative business of hijacking the religion of God. All three religious persuasions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam suffered the dire consequences of miserably failing to heed the words of our Merciful and Patient God. No irony intended here in calling it “a business,” and indeed “a lucrative” one, because it brings the hijackers: power, enormous wealth, and often glory, all of which, in the sight of God translate, respectively into: arrogance, greed, and most certainly infamy. In developing the extensive critical review of religion presented herein, detailing the respective histories of the selected thre

Where Was God Hijacked

Author : Zana Zangana
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Where Was God Hijacked? Violence & Human Rights in Islam, Judaism, & Christianity is a non-fiction account of how monotheistic religions throughout history have appropriated the concept of a perfect God to justify unethical actions. The book explores the religious justification for unethical actions performed by adherents of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and examines unethical instructions within the sacred scriptures of these religions, particularly in the Old Testament, the Quran, and in the actions of Muhammad as recorded in the Hadith.

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Hijacked by Jesus eBook

Author : Stephan Joubert
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After having been the victim of a hijacking Stephan Joubert realized that he had a second chance to truly live for God. From that point on he has allowed Jesus to totally and gracefully transform his life. Stephan explains that a Jesus-hijacking is about people who have been touched by the story of Jesus. People who have been hijacked by the grace of God spread goodness around like wildfire. They constantly infect other people with the right virus – grace. They are highly contagious and beautifully dangerous. They set wildfires of mercy alight that spread from person to person, and to the rest of God’s creation. HIJACKED BY JESUS will inspire readers to walk much closer to the Savior and equip them to be grace distributors in their homes, churches and the world around them.

In the Beginning

Author : Sami El-Soudani
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Umrabulo

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The Hijacking of Christianity

Author : Adeleke Dirisu Ajijola
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Differences in the conception of God in Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.

Pastor Don t Let Satan Hijack Your Church

Author : Olusola Ayodele Areogun
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PASTOR, DON'T LET SATAN HIJACK YOUR CHURCH is a clarion call to everyone in the pulpit ministry. God is sounding an alarm to warn everyone in the fivefold ministry on how to preserve you calling from pollution and how to escape the onslaught of the enemy against the work of God. With a step-by-step exposition of the word, the author exposes the priority assignment of the man of God, the strategies of the devil to corrupt the work of God in your hand and how to avoid them. Even if you are not in the pulpit ministry, this book will prepare you as a vessel unto honour.

Religious Liberty in America

Author : Bruce T. Murray
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In recent years a series of highly publicized controversies has focused attention on what are arguably the sixteen most important words in the U.S. Constitution: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." The ongoing court battles over the inclusion of the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, the now annual cultural quarrel over "Merry Christmas" vs. "Happy Holidays," and the political promotion of "faith-based initiatives" to address social problems--all reflect competing views of the meaning of the religious liberty clauses of the First Amendment. Such disputes, as Bruce T. Murray shows, are nothing new. For more than two hundred years Americans have disagreed about the proper role of religion in public life and where to draw the line between church and state. In this book, he reexamines these debates and distills the volumes of commentary and case law they have generated. He analyzes not only the changing contours of religious freedom but also the phenomenon of American civil religion, grounded in the notion that the nation's purpose is sanctified by a higher authority--an idea that can be traced back to the earliest New England colonists and remains deeply ingrained in the American psyche. Throughout the book, Murray connects past and present, tracing the historical roots of contemporary controversies. He considers why it is that a country founded on the separation of church and state remains singularly religious among nations, and concludes by showing how the Supreme Court's thinking about the religious liberty clauses has evolved since the late eighteenth century.--From publisher description.

A Fury for God

Author : Malise Ruthven
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A powerful and provocative examination of the world of Islam.

The End Times Hoax and the Hijacking of Our Liberty

Author : Steven Wallace
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The Biblical END TIMES prophecy is one of the most influential and pervasive beliefs of human history. It has been with us for thousands of years, is delicately woven into society's fabric, and is the foundational basis for the belief in the divine right of kings and other civil authority. Religious institutions promote the divine right of kings concept, and the ruling elite are seldom shy about playing their expected roles, even if they may resent the inherent implication of being second best. Many of the ruling elite, whether operating in the public domain or behind the curtain, appear to be working diligently at dethroning God and elevating themselves to the position of being the all-wise and omnipotent benefactors of all things good and the honored recipients of our undivided loyalty. This book entices the reader to explore a nearly universal but rarely challenged belief and the implications it has had and continues to have on our liberty. The Wallaces are your average Joe and Jane, but they were blessed with an insatiable curiosity, a passion for the subject matter, and a skeptical view of secular and religious authority. They were both raised in very similar, conservative, church-going families during the '50s and '60s and embarked on their own lives in the '70s, taking their inherited core values and belief systems with them as they entered adulthood and assumed their places in the world. The authors don't have a portfolio of educational degrees or extensive writing credentials, but they are, nonetheless, eager to let their book speak for itself. The Wallaces live in southwestern Colorado.

God Is Not One

Author : Stephen Prothero
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In God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World, New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and religion scholar Stephen Prothero argues that persistent attempts to portray all religions as different paths to the same God overlook the distinct problem that each tradition seeks to solve. Delving into the different problems and solutions that Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Confucianism, Yoruba Religion, Daoism and Atheism strive to combat, God is Not One is an indispensable guide to the questions human beings have asked for millennia—and to the disparate paths we are taking to answer them today. Readers of Huston Smith and Karen Armstrong will find much to ponder in God is Not One.

God Is Not One Enhanced Edition

Author : Stephen Prothero
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In God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World, New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and religion scholar Stephen Prothero argues that persistent attempts to portray all religions as different paths to the same God overlook the distinct problem that each tradition seeks to solve. Delving into the different problems and solutions that Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Confucianism, Yoruba Religion, Daoism and Atheism strive to combat, God is Not One is an indispensable guide to the questions human beings have asked for millennia—and to the disparate paths we are taking to answer them today. Readers of Huston Smith and Karen Armstrong will find much to ponder in God is Not One.

Grand Theft Jesus

Author : Robert S. McElvaine
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“Jesus never wrote a book, but I recognize his handwriting in Grand Theft Jesus. Like Jesus, McElvaine uses lively illustrations and a serious sense of humor to cleanse the temple of exclusive and exploitative religion.” –The Reverend Alan Storey,Calvary Methodist Church, South Africa “We’re mad as Heaven, and we’re not going to take it anymore!” declares historian Robert McElvaine in this passionate and often hilarious rallying cry for sincere Jesus Followers. He lets the rest of society know that the extreme right wing won’t be allowed to speak for all Christians any longer. His whip-smart, take-no-prisoners polemic lays bare the Christian Right’s “Easy Jesus” creed, in which people who claim to accept Jesus get a free pass to lie in his name. Grand Theft Jesus exposes the televangelists and the leaders of megachurches as the people Jesus warned us about–the wolves in sheep’s clothing of our day. The religion that McElvaine calls ChristianityLite resembles schemes that promise “Lose weight without diet or exercise!” Its leaders say, “Be saved without sacrifice or good works!” Run by a crew of politicians, megachurch preachers, televangelists, hypocrites, and snake-oil salesmen, it has hijacked true Christianity and distorted it into something Jesus wouldn’t recognize. Its leaders have taken the generous and loving ideals of Christ and twisted them into a religion that advocates war and intolerance, values money above charity, preaches hatred instead of brotherhood, and promises “true” believers the keys to the gates of the kingdom of God–and to the bank vault. Jesus’ radical message of love and peace has been drowned out by the bluster, the hate, and the selfishness that often passes for Christianity in America. McElvaine names names in his list of “Leading Lites” who have earned spots on Jesus’ Ten Most Unwanted List and exposes the hypocritical (Ted Haggard), the disgraceful (Pat Robertson), and the shocking (Ann Coulter). Grand Theft Jesus blends outrage and humor in a compelling argument that will help to resurrect the real Jesus, who has been crucified and interred by the “Right Reverends” who recite the Apostles’ Greed, are pro-choice on wars of choice, and preach the Greater Gory of Christ.

Aircraft Hijacking May 1961 January 1974

Author : Adolf Alex Zwirner
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Faith Lies

Author : Darrell Smith
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Faith Lies: 7 Incomplete Ideas That Hijack Faith and How to See Beyond Them is for people noticing the cracks in the foundation of their faith as well as those who feel they have been hurt or discarded by a God or a faith that just does not make sense. Faith lies are those seemingly required religious ideas or spiritual beliefs that are often confusing and rarely helpful. LIE 1 -- The Bible is the Literal Word of God -- The Bible is not the written record of God’s dictation. God was most certainly the inspiration for the Bible, but not the medium. People were the medium—they did the storytelling, the writing, the selecting, and the interpretation that resulted in the Bible. The Bible is not God’s Bill of Rights and Constitution. Rather, it is a divinely inspired story of progression that should open things up rather than constrict and regulate. LIE 2 -- God is Angry and Doesn’t Like Me--Especially When I Sin -- Instead of perceiving God as a loving parent, many of us understand God as a cosmic scorekeeper, intent on our purification. Understanding God as a loving parent not only requires a reframing of our perception of God but also invites us to see each other and ourselves as beloved children. LIE 3 -- The Devil is God’s Counterpart -- This is the bad idea that the Bible presents a continuous, consistent narrative about the devil. It simply does not. Moreover, when we string together what we actually have--disparate statements about satan made by different people, from different places, languages, cultures, and times--we arrive at the strange notion that there is a “good” god who is responsible for the “good” things in our lives and a “bad” god (satan) who handles the “bad” stuff. LIE 4 -- I Am Supposed to Protect and Defend God and My Faith -- There are real tensions and conflicts around the globe today that are built on the notion that as people of faith, one of our jobs is to defend our faith or our God. Rather than settling for a god who needs our protection, we can follow the powerfully divine thread of moving “beyond the tribe” that is found throughout the Bible. LIE 5 -- There is One Right Way to Believe and One Right Way to Behave -- One of the root lies of fundamentalism--in all faiths--is the notion that true faith is defined by believing the right things and acting the right way. Isn’t it more likely that we are all part of a diverse creation that flows from a God that cannot be contained by any one belief or behavior? LIE 6 -- Faith is a Private Matter -- Much like whom we voted for in the last election or how much money we make, people have wrongfully accepted the idea that faith is a private matter and not to be shared with others. The spiritual life has always been a communal life. We require others to undertake our journey, and others need us, too. LIE 7 -- Real Faith is Blind Belief -- The idea that true faith has no doubts or questions creates a powerless and impotent faith that discourages critical thinking and fosters the ridiculous assumption that science and faith are unrelated. Real faith actually requires doubt, criticism, and exploration in order to change us—let alone change the world. While the loud voices at the margins adamantly declare faith either completely irrelevant or capable of being contained in one narrow ideology, most people get lost in the mix, feeling no certainty or comfort in either direction. Faith Lies deconstructs the terrible notion that faithlessness and fundamentalism are our only options.

The Hijacking of the Humane Movement

Author : Rod Strand
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A graphic portrayal of the tactics and terror of the various front organizations involved in the Animal Rights movement. For those not daily involved with animals through professional, scientific, sporting, livestock, or other pursuits, the tactics used by these radicals to push their views and raise money are no longer dismissed lightly. These tactics include fire-bombing, burglary and attempted murder. They include the covert infiltration of organizations with differing views-redirecting their agendas and treasuries, corporate raider style, in the process. Written by two of the most concerned people, the authors are noted authorities in the ranks of the nation's dog fanciers.

The Lutheran Standard

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Liberating Christianity and the Ideal Social Order

Author : Uba John Ofei
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Selections from Regional Press

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