Iosif Ton – Dumnezeu are un plan special cu Romania pentru toata Europa Septembrie 5, 2013

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Iosif Ton despre noul lui curs: Trairea in Imparatia lui Dumnezeu Aici si Acum-

De multi ani, Dumnezeu m-a intors total catre invatatura Domnului Isus. Si cand ajungi la invatatura Domnului Isus, ajungi la invatatura despre imparatia lui Dumnezeu. Domnul Isus avea un singur subiect si m-am indragostit de invatatura Lui, despre imparatia lui Dumnezeu. Vreau sa va spun ca am predat cursuri despre Imparatia lui Dumnezeu si in alte tari, deci nu e ceva nou pentru mine. Oricum, cu cativa ani in urma, am venit aici si am predat cursul intitulat: Doua imparatii in conflict: Imparatia celui rau si Imparatia lui Dumnezeu. Si am explorat toata aceasta imagine a imparatiei lui Dumnezeu in conflict cu a celui rau.

Anul trecut am venit cu un nou ciclu de prelegeri: Trairea in Imparatia lui Dumnezeu aici si acum. Imparatia lui Dumnezeu a fost adusa de Domnul Isus si noi trebuie sa traim in ea, ca cetateni ai imparatiei lui Dumnezeu. Cum se traieste aici? Acum, treptat, treptat, Domnul m-a dus mai departe, sa vad ca Domnul Isus nu numai ca predica Evanghelia Imparatiei. El vindeca bolnavii si elibera oamenii de duhuri rele. Si am vazut ca astea 3, la Domnul Isus erau unite organic. Domnul Isus a venit sa nimiceasca lucrarile celui rau. Si lucrarile celui rau sunt in primul rand pacatul si stapanirea demonica, apoi boala si demonizarea. Lucrurile acestea nu le-a facut numai El, ci le-a transmis apostolilorsi apostolii urmatoarelor generatii, lucru pe care eu nu l-am inteles, pana acum vreo 3 ani. Ca, de fapt. lucrurile acestea trebuie sa le facem si noi. Cum a facut El, asa trebuie sa facem si noi. Noi nu L-am crezut, ca lucrurile s-au crezut prea mari. N-am indraznit si la un moment dat, El ne-a impins de la spate, „Indrazneste”. (5:00)

Subiectul acesta este fierbinte in toata lumea, mai clar, mai exact, el a inceput printr-un profesor la Fuller Seminary, pe la 1960, cand el a publicat cartea „Prezenta viitorului”, in care nu vorbeste decat despre invatatura Domnului Isus, despre imparatia lui Dumnezeu. De la el a preluat un om pe nume John Wimber, care a zis, „Atunci eu predic evanghelia imparatiei, dar trebuie sa fac si minuni si vindecari. Si a inceput a chema lumea sa se vindece, dar nu s-a vindecat nimeni timp de 9 luni. Dar, el a staruit si a zis, „Cred ca ma pune Dumnezeu la incercare, sa vada cat sunt de serios, cat de mult Il cred si daca nu se intampla. Si in cele din urma, dupa 9 luni a fost puhoi. Vreau sa spun ca mai multi, care apoi au urmat, au experimentat lucrul asta. La inceput nu s-a intamplat nimic, pentru ca daca s-ar intampla ar veni toti. Dar, Dumnezeu vrea sa vada cat esti de serios. Vrea sa vada cat de mult Il asculti in toate domeniile si apoi El insoteste cu semne si minuni. Practic, este 30 de ani de cand este aceasta intoarcere catre invataturile Domnului Isus, despre Imparatia lui Dumnezeu si imparatia lui Dumnezeu se vesteste insotita de putere.

Ce s-a intamplat in Europa, de Europa nu mai crede in minuni?

Europa, cumva a fost afectata, Heidi Baker din Africa spune ca creierul nostru a fost deteriorat de invataturile moderniste. Si acuma noi nu mai suntem in modernism, ci postmodernism. Oricum, in Europa ne este foarte greu sa credem in minuni. In restul lumii nu li greu sa creada in minuni. Si acuma, vreau sa stii ceva interesant. Nu-i de azi, de ieri, „Cand Domnul Isus mergea la Capernaum sau in celelalte cetati de langa Marea Galileii, toata lumea Il astepta cu sufletul la gura si credeau ca El va face si la ei minuni. Numai cand a venit in Nazaret, „Cine-i asta?” Si spune Marcu 6, „n-a putut sa faca multe minuni acolo, din pricina necredintei oamenilor.  Si se mira de necredinta lor. Cineva a spus asa, „Se creeaza un mediu de asteptare si de credinta. Exemplificare: cu felul cum facem evanghelizari si asteptam ca la urma, la apel, oamenii sa raspunda. Si toti ne bucuram, „S-au intors la Domnul atatia oameni!” Am asteptat lucrul asta. Am creeat atmosfera pentru asteptare. Daca am fi facut la fel si cu vindecarile, am fi creat atmosfera de asteptare ca la Capernaum. Dar noi suntem ca la Nazaret. Si pentru ca lumea zice, „No ia sa vad, se intampla? Pai, a-ti vazut ca nu s-a intamplat?”

E o atmosfera de necredinta ca in Nazaret. Si Domnul Isus se mira ca acolo nu poate patrunde. Deci, acuma, eu sper ca se va creea si in Romania atmosfera aceasta de incredere in Cuvantul Domnului Isus si apoi de demonstrare a puterii Domnului Isus. (Daca) mergem prin tot Noul Testament putem sa vedem ce ne invata Domnul Isus despre puterea Imparatiei. Cand aducem evanghelia imparatiei, Dumnezeu o insoteste cu puterea imparatiei. Si asa se creeaza o noua asteptare si o noua demonstrare a puterii lui Dumnezeu.

Cursul se adreseaza tuturor Romanilor, pentru ca Dumnezeu vrea sa vorbeasca tuturor Romanilor. El vrea ca in Romania sa se faca voia lui Dumnezeu, cum se face in ceruri. Asta-i imparatia lui Dumnezeu. El vrea sa aduca imparatia lui in Romania. Eu am scris o noua carte intitulata ‘O Tara Ideala’.  Acolo unde se face voia lui Dumnezeu, cum se face in cer, e o tara ideala. Mai e ceva- Imparatia lui Dumnezeu aici si acum inseamna o noua cultura.  Adica, un nou fel de a gandi, un nou fel de a vorbi, un nou fel de a ne trata unii pe altii si acolo unde se instaleaza cultura imparatiei lui Dumnezeu, acolo Dumnezeu schimba natiunea intreaga. Lucrurile acestea nu-s basme, lucrurile acestea nu-s povesti, lucrurile acestea sunt realitati reale, obiective, concrete. (13:00)

Prima data cand am avut experienta unei viziuni profetice a fost candva in iunie 1977, cand Domnul mi-a aratat ca comunismul se va prabusi dintr-o data. Si am spus-o intai in soapta la prietenii mei. Dupa aceea, am inceput sa o spun in America. Sa o spun la Europa Libera. Toti expertii ziceau: Comunismul va birui pe toata planeta. Numai Iosif Ton spunea: Se va prabusi brusc. Dumnezeu mi-a dat apoi viziunea, cum Uniunea Sovietica se va prabusi. Mi-a dat, dupa aceea, o viziune cu lumea Islamica. La ceea ce trebuie sa facem noi in lumea Islamica si nu va spun totul pentru ca acolo trebuie sa lucrezi secret si sa nu spui multe lucruri.

Planul lui Dumnezeu pentru Romania

Dar, cand am vazut ca Romania se duce spre Uniunea Europeana, am inceput sa fac cursuri pentru studenti, despre lume si viata, ca pregatirea intelectualilor nostri pentru intalnirea cu Europa. M-am dus in Europa sa fac cursuri pentru Romanii din diaspora. Daca Dumnezeu ne da o viziune, noi trebuie sa ne si implicam apoi  viziunea aceasta.

Altceva, Dumnezeu m-a facut sa fiu Roman. Si Dumnezeu mi-a spus: Tu trebuie sa traiesti pentru Romani. Si daca astazi, pensionar, aproape la 80 de ani, traiesc in cealalta parte a Americii, eu traiesc pentru Romani. Si inca intreb: Doamne, ce plan ai cu Romania. Una stiu si-s convins. Dumnezeu are un plan special cu Romania pentru toata Europa, pentru ca la ora actuala suntem cei mai dispretuiti, datorita coruptiei celei mai mari din Europa. Ne place noua, nu ne place, asta-i adevarul. Si Dumnezeu alege pe cele slabe ca sa faca de rusine pe cele tari. Si Dumnezeu va face bresa in Europa, prin Romania. Asta e ceea ce vad eu. Si la aceasta lucrez eu. Domnul imi zice, „Aprinde focul in Romania, pentru ca dupa aceea, Romanii, care’s 2-3 milioane in Europa de apus, vor duce focul si acolo. Noi trebuie sa dam foc Europei- foc spiritual, focul luminii si puterii lui Dumnezeu.

Deci, cred in lucrarea lui Dumnezeu in Romania pentru ca cred in puterea lui Dumnezeu. Si vreau sa va spun ceva. A venit un Roman in America sa zica, „Frate Ton, nu se va prabusi comunismul niciodata, e prea puternic.” Si eu am spus, „Problema voastra e ca voi vedeti numai cat e de tare dusmanul. Eu Il vad pe Tata deasupra dusmanului. Si intr-o zi Tata va face un semn (asa) si comunismul se va prabusi. In toamna din ’89, Tata a facut semn asa si tara dupa tara a aruncat comunismul afara. Simplu. Astazi, eu vad cum Dumnezeu vrea sa aprinda focul trezirii spirituale. „Frate Ton, nu se poate ca is prea bagati toti in coruptie.” Voi vedeti numai puterea raului. Eu vad doar puterea Duhului Sfant. Eu vad puterea Domnului Isus. Nu raul va birui in Romania. Domnul Isus si Duhul Sfant vor birui in Romania. Si eu lucrez pentru a facilita biruinta Domnului Isus si a Duhului Sfant in Romania. Si ce care credeti ca nu raul va birui, ci Domnul Isus si Duhul Sfant, uniti-va cu mine. Sprijiniti-ma in rugaciune. Haideti sa creem climatul pentru trezire spirituala, ca s ademonstram ca nu raul e mai tare, ci Domnul Isus si Duhul Sfant. Ei castiga biruinta.

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De ce e Biblia impotriva consumului de alcool – Pentru ca e daunator corpului tau. Un studiu arata relatia dintre consumul de alcool si cancerul la san

CITESTE ARTICOLUL in LIMBA ENGLEZA aici – Click to Read this article in English here.

Sunt cel putin 75 de versete despre vin in Biblie la acest site. Desi e in Engleza, e foarte simplu sa descifrati versetele dupa pasajele/cartile din Biblie mentionate. – http://www.scionofzion.com/drinking.htm Biblia ne invata sa fim treji si sa nu ne imbatam. Dar acest studiu ne arata ca chiar si un pahar de vin e daunator fetelor/femeilor si riscul de a face cancer la san se ridica cu 34% prin consumul a mediei de 1 pahar de vin la zi (7 pe saptamana si daca bea lichior sau bere, o cantitate si mai mica rezulta in acelasi risc)

Stiu, cine bea si spune ca e liber in Hristos sa o faca v-a contesta ca Biblia te invata sa nu bei, desi sunt exemple, de ex. cand Pavel ii spune lui Timotei sa bea apa cu putin vin pentru desele lui imbolnaviri si il dezleaga sa consume putin vin. Oare de ce il desleaga sa bea? Nu pentru ca nu se facea asa ceva intre primii crestini? si apoi altele… Dar nu acesta e subiectul articolului, ci subiectul este fetele tinere, alcoolul si cancerul de san (cel mai inspaimantator cancer pentru o fata/femeie).

Studiul acesta a fost publicat în Journal of the National Cancer Institute si în Oxford Journals.

Un studiu, la care au participat peste 90.000 de mame fără cazuri de cancer în istoricul familiei, care au participat la al II-lea Studiu de Sănătate al Asistentelor realizat în perioada 1989-2009 s-a descoperit ca:

În urma rezultatelor, cercetătorii au descoperit că alcoolul consumat în perioada adolescenţei, până la prima sarcină, a crescut riscul dezvoltării cancerului mamar, dar şi a afecţiunilor benigne proliferative ale sânilor, unul din factorii de risc în apariţia tumorilor sânilor. Chiar şi după prima sarcină, riscul de dezvoltare a cancerului la sân a rămas la fel de ridicat, dar şi şansele de dezvoltare a tumorilor benigne mamare a sânilor.

Redau aici detaliile:

Tinerele care consumă alcool în perioada adolescenţei, până la prima sarcină, ar putea avea un risc mai mare de dezvoltare a cancerului de sân, susţin cercetătorii americani într-un studiu apărut în Oxford Journals.

La studiu au participat peste 90.000 de mame fără cazuri de cancer în istoricul familiei, care au participat la al II-lea Studiu de Sănătate al Asistentelor realizat în perioada 1989-2009. Pe baza chestionarelor completate la începutul experimentului, oamenii de ştiinţă au putut evalua nivelul consumului de alcool şi modul în care acesta ar putea influenţa dezvoltarea cancerului de sân. Dintre acestea, circa 3,8 procente au declarat că beau cantităţi moderate sau ridicate de alcool, în timp ce 20,4% au declarat că nu au consumat astfel de băuturi în perioada dintre adolescenţă şi prima sarcină. Până la sfârşitul studiului, 1.609 de participante au dezvoltat cancer la sân, punctează cercetătorii.

În urma rezultatelor, cercetătorii au descoperit că alcoolul consumat în perioada adolescenţei, până la prima sarcină, a crescut riscul dezvoltării cancerului mamar, dar şi a afecţiunilor benigne proliferative ale sânilor, unul din factorii de risc în apariţia tumorilor sânilor. Chiar şi după prima sarcină, riscul de dezvoltare a cancerului la sân a rămas la fel de ridicat, dar şi şansele de dezvoltare a tumorilor benigne mamare a sânilor.

„Conform cercetărilor noastre, lucrurile sunt clare: dacă o femeie consumă, în medie, o băutură alcoolică pe zi în perioada de la primul ciclu menstrual şi prima ei sarcină adusă la termen, riscul de a dezvolta cancer la sân în cazul acesteia creşte cu 13 procente”, a declarat coautorul studiului, dr, Graham Colditz, director asociat în prevenirea şi controlarea cancerului la Centrul pentru Cancer Siteman de la Spitalul Barnes-Jewish, pentru Eurek Alert.

De asemenea, consumate zilnic, fiecare sticlă de bere, pahar de vin sau shot de alcool creşte riscul de dezvoltare a afecţiunilor benigne proliferative ale sânilor cu 15%. Aceste tumori benigne pot creşte riscul de dezvoltare a tumorilor maligne chiar şi cu 500%, susţine coordonatorul studului, dr. Ying Liu, instructor în Divizia de Ştiinţe pentru Sănătatea Publică de la Şcoala de Medicină.

Studiul a fost publicat în Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Sursa http://www.semneletimpului.ro

Si inca un articol de la inceputul anului, care dovedeste ca alcoolul distruge fete/femei:

Alcoolul si fetele

10 Jan 2013

Avem tendinta sa stam de vorba cu baietii nostri despre pericolul alcoolului, dar iata o statistica trista care ne spune ca trebuie sa ne invatam si fetele sa se fereasca de acest pericol:
In SUA, aproximativ 23.000 de femei mor anual ca urmare a abuzului de alcool. În afară de bolile asociate consumului de alcool, fetele şi femeile au şi un risc crescut de a rămâne însărcinate, de a contracta boli cu transmitere sexuală şi de a face cancer la sân. Problema este gravă nu doar peste ocean, ci şi în Europa.

Numărul de decese ca urmare a abuzului de alcool crește de la an la an, potrivit unui raport realizat de Centrele pentru prevenirea şi controlul îmbolnăvirilor din SUA. Aceeaşi problemă o au şi autorităţile scoţiene, care se confruntă cu o dublare a deceselor cauzate de alcoolism, în rândul femeilor.

Raportul a arătat că una din opt femei din SUA consumă regulat alcool în exces şi, potrivit ABC News, situaţia este şi mai gravă în rândul adolescentelor. Una din cinci liceene consumă alcool în exces. sursa http://www.semneletimpului.ro

Young women are now paying the price for drinking through breast cancer

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Teach your daughters not to drink alcohol

Some alarming results, recently reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute and in the Oxford Journals.

Women who drink the equivalent of one glass of wine a night through their teens and early twenties increase their chance of breast cancer by one third, according to new research.

Here are some points from the report:

Background Adult alcohol consumption during the previous year is related to breast cancer risk. Breast tissue is particularly susceptible to carcinogens between menarche (first period) and first full-term pregnancy. No study has characterized the contribution of alcohol consumption during this interval to risks of proliferative benign breast disease (BBD) and breast cancer.

Methods We used data from 91005 parous women in the Nurses’ Health Study II who had no cancer history, completed questions on early alcohol consumption in 1989, and were followed through June 30, 2009, to analyze breast cancer risk. A subset of 60093 women who had no history of BBD or cancer in 1991 and were followed through June 30, 2001, were included in the analysis of proliferative BBD. Relative risks (RRs) were estimated using Cox proportional hazard regression.

Results We identified 1609 breast cancer cases and 970 proliferative BBD cases confirmed by central histology review. Alcohol consumption between menarche and first pregnancy, adjusted for drinking after first pregnancy, was associated with risks of breast cancer (RR = 1.11 per 10g/day intake; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.00 to 1.23) and proliferative BBD (RR = 1.16 per 10g/day intake; 95% CI = 1.02 to 1.32). Drinking after first pregnancy had a similar risk for breast cancer (RR = 1.09 per 10g/day intake; 95% CI = 0.96 to 1.23) but not for BBD. The association between drinking before first pregnancy and breast neoplasia appeared to be stronger with longer menarche to first pregnancy intervals.

Conclusions Alcohol consumption before first pregnancy was consistently associated with increased risks of proliferative BBD and breast cancer.

Alcohol is considered by the International Agency for Research on Cancer to be causally related to invasive breast cancer (hereafter called “breast cancer”) (1), with a 7% to 10% increase in risk for each 10g alcohol consumed daily by adult women. One mechanism may be alcohol-induced increases in circulating estrogens and subsequently epithelial cell proliferation. However, the risk attributable to alcohol intake during adolescence and early adulthood remains inconclusive. (photo below www.sodahead.com)

And here is the story in plain speak from the Telegraph.Uk:

The study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that mothers who had drunk around two units of alcohol a day (1 glass of wine) in the decade after their periods began were 34 per cent more likely to develop the disease than those who did not drink during the same period.

The association was strongest among mothers who started their family later in life.

Research has previously found that alcohol is a key factor in breast cancer, with women who drink around two units a day having about a 24 per cent increased risk of the disease.

The new study found that the risk was even more marked if women started drinking younger, with an even stronger association depending on how long they were fertile for before becoming pregnant.

Women who never have children, or delay becoming pregnant, were already known to be more susceptible to breast cancer.

Researchers led by Dr Ying Liu from Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, US, examined the history of 91,000 women aged 15 to 40,

The evidence suggested that alcohol consumed before first pregnancy may play an important role in the development of breast cancer, said the researchers.

“Reducing alcohol consumption during this period may be an effective prevention strategy,” they concluded.

The findings indicated a dose-dependent relationship, which means the more alcohol a woman drinks during that time, the higher her risk of developing breast cancer.

Dr Liu said: “The general consistency in the patterns of association between alcohol and risk of proliferative benign breast cancer disease and of breast cancer lends support to the hypothesis that alcohol intake, particularly before first pregnancy when breast tissue is likely at its most vulnerable stage, may play an important role in the etiology of breast cancer.”

Four myths of the Crusades

Religious divisions of Europe cca 1096 A.D. Photo credit wps.ablongman.com

This is a very helpful article, answering/ responding to the following 4 myths of the crusades, which he quotes from an article written by Paul F. Crawford at First Principles Spring 2011 edition of the Intercollegiate Review.:

In 2001, former president Bill Clinton delivered a speech at Georgetown University in which he discussed the West’s response to the recent terrorist attacks of September 11. The speech contained a short but significant reference to the crusades. Mr. Clinton observed that “when the Christian soldiers took Jerusalem [in 1099], they . . . proceeded to kill every woman and child who was Muslim on the Temple Mount.” He cited the “contemporaneous descriptions of the event” as describing “soldiers walking on the Temple Mount . . . with blood running up to their knees.” This story, Mr. Clinton said emphatically, was “still being told today in the Middle East and we are still paying for it.”

This view of the crusades is not unusual. It pervades textbooks as well as popular literature. One otherwise generally reliable Western civilization textbook claims that “the Crusades fused three characteristic medieval impulses: piety, pugnacity, and greed. All three were essential.” The film Kingdom of Heaven (2005) depicts crusaders as boorish bigots, the best of whom were torn between remorse for their excesses and lust to continue them. Even the historical supplements for role-playing games—drawing on supposedly more reliable sources—contain statements such as “The soldiers of the First Crusade appeared basically without warning, storming into the Holy Land with the avowed—literally—task of slaughtering unbelievers”; “The Crusades were an early sort of imperialism”; and “Confrontation with Islam gave birth to a period of religious fanaticism that spawned the terrible Inquisition and the religious wars that ravaged Europe during the Elizabethan era.” The most famous semipopular historian of the crusades, Sir Steven Runciman, ended his three volumes of magnificent prose with the judgment that the crusades were “nothing more than a long act of intolerance in the name of God, which is the sin against the Holy Ghost.”

The verdict seems unanimous. From presidential speeches to role-playing games, the crusades are depicted as a deplorably violent episode in which thuggish Westerners trundled off, unprovoked, to murder and pillage peace-loving, sophisticated Muslims, laying down patterns of outrageous oppression that would be repeated throughout subsequent history. In many corners of the Western world today, this view is too commonplace and apparently obvious even to be challenged.

But unanimity is not a guarantee of accuracy. What everyone “knows” about the crusades may not, in fact, be true. From the many popular notions about the crusades, let us pick four and see if they bear close examination.

  1. Myth #1: The crusades represented an unprovoked attack by Western Christians on the Muslim world. Nothing could be further from the truth, and even a cursory chronological review makes that clear. In a.d. 632, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Asia Minor, North Africa, Spain, France, Italy, and the islands of Sicily, Sardinia, and Corsica were all Christian territories. Inside the boundaries of the Roman Empire, which was still fully functional in the eastern Mediterranean, orthodox Christianity was the official, and overwhelmingly majority, religion. Outside those boundaries were other large Christian communities—not necessarily orthodox and Catholic, but still Christian. Most of the Christian population of Persia, for example, was Nestorian. Certainly there were many Christian communities in Arabia.
  2. Myth #2: Western Christians went on crusade because their greed led them to plunder Muslims in order to get rich. Again, not true. One version of Pope Urban II’s speech at Clermont in 1095 urging French warriors to embark on what would become known as the First Crusade does note that they might “make spoil of [the enemy’s] treasures,” but this was no more than an observation on the usual way of financing war in ancient and medieval society. And Fulcher of Chartres did write in the early twelfth century that those who had been poor in the West had become rich in the East as a result of their efforts on the First Crusade, obviously suggesting that others might do likewise. But Fulcher’s statement has to be read in its context, which was a chronic and eventually fatal shortage of manpower for the defense of the crusader states. Fulcher was not being entirely deceitful when he pointed out that one might become rich as a result of crusading. But he was not being entirely straightforward either, because for most participants, crusading was ruinously expensive.
  3. Myth #3: Crusaders were a cynical lot who did not really believe their own religious propaganda; rather, they had ulterior, materialistic motives.
  4. Myth #4: The crusades taught Muslims to hate and attack Christians. Part of the answer to this myth may be found above, under Myth #1. Muslims had been attacking Christians for more than 450 years before Pope Urban declared the First Crusade. They needed no incentive to continue doing so. But there is a more complicated answer here, as well. Up until quite recently, Muslims remembered the crusades as an instance in which they had beaten back a puny western Christian attack. An illuminating vignette is found in one of Lawrence of Arabia’s letters, describing a confrontation during post–World War I negotiations between the Frenchman Stéphen Pichon and Faisal al-Hashemi (later Faisal I of Iraq). Pichon presented a case for French interest in Syria going back to the crusades, which Faisal dismissed with a cutting remark: “But, pardon me, which of us won the crusades?”This was generally representative of the Muslim attitude toward the crusades before about World War I—that is, when Muslims bothered to remember them at all, which was not often. Most of the Arabic-language historical writing on the crusades before the mid-nineteenth century was produced by Arab Christians, not Muslims, and most of that was positive. There was no Arabic word for “crusades” until that period, either, and even then the coiners of the term were, again, Arab Christians. It had not seemed important to Muslims to distinguish the crusades from other conflicts between Christianity and Islam.

Back to the Present

Let us return to President Clinton’s Georgetown speech. How much of his reference to the First Crusade was accurate?

It is true that many Muslims who had surrendered and taken refuge under the banners of several of the crusader lords—an act which should have granted them quarter—were massacred by out-of-control troops. This was apparently an act of indiscipline, and the crusader lords in question are generally reported as having been extremely angry about it, since they knew it reflected badly on them. To imply—or plainly state—that this was an act desired by the entire crusader force, or that it was integral to crusading, is misleading at best. In any case, John France has put it well: “This notorious event should not be exaggerated. . . . However horrible the massacre . . . it was not far beyond what common practice of the day meted out to any place which resisted.” And given space, one could append a long and bloody list, stretching back to the seventh century, of similar actions where Muslims were the aggressors and Christians the victims. Such a list would not, however, have served Mr. Clinton’s purposes.

Mr. Clinton was probably using Raymond of Aguilers when he referred to “blood running up to [the] knees” of crusaders. But the physics of such a claim are impossible, as should be apparent. Raymond was plainly both bragging and also invoking the imagery of the Old Testament and the Book of Revelation. He was not offering a factual account, and probably did not intend the statement to be taken as such.

As for whether or not we are “still paying for it,” see Myth #4, above. This is the most serious misstatement of the whole passage. What we are paying for is not the First Crusade, but western distortions of the crusades in the nineteenth century which were taught to, and taken up by, an insufficiently critical Muslim world.

The problems with Mr. Clinton’s remarks indicate the pitfalls that await those who would attempt to explicate ancient or medieval texts without adequate historical awareness, and they illustrate very well what happens when one sets out to pick through the historical record for bits—distorted or merely selectively presented—which support one’s current political agenda. This sort of abuse of history has been distressingly familiar where the crusades are concerned.

But nothing is served by distorting the past for our own purposes. Or rather: a great many things may be served . . . but not the truth. Distortions and misrepresentations of the crusades will not help us understand the challenge posed to the West by a militant and resurgent Islam, and failure to understand that challenge could prove deadly. Indeed, it already has. It may take a very long time to set the record straight about the crusades. It is long past time to begin the task.

Read the entire article here: http://www.firstprinciplesjournal.com/articles, which I got from http://timothyjhammons.com/ via http://theaquilareport.com/

Also, Hammons adds 2 books recommended by  wintery knightwho added the following comment: “I think the Thomas F. Madden book and the Rodney Stark book are the two best books on the Crusades.

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