Doubting Thomas Research Foundation claim the peak on which Moses convened with God in the Exodus story – Mount Sinai – is in Saudi Arabia.
The scholars allege the mountain of Jabal al-Lawz in the north west of the Kingdom near the border with Jordan is actually the fire spitting summit mentioned in the Bible.
It was where in the Biblical story Moses carves the 10 Commandments on to stone tablets after the Israelites fled across the Red Sea from Pharoah.
Researchers – fronted by security analyst Ryan Mauro – have claimed the Saudi regime actually knows the peak is original Mount Sinai.
And they allege in bid to stop the mountain becoming a site for idolatry by either keeping it hidden or destroying any evidence.
Doubting Thomas Research Foundation – who have set the the Sinai In Arabia project campaigning for the site to preserved – allege the Saudi authorities are actively blocking access to Sinai.
They lay out their claims in the documentary Finding the Mountain of Moses: The Real Mount Sinai in Saudi Arabia.
The team alleged the site is being hidden from the world using “fences and police and the threat of force”.
And it is claimed if the it becomes widely known the Sinai is in Saudi Arabia, they regime may take steps to destroy the site.
The proposed Mount Sinai site is already known to be included in the footprint of the Saudi megacity Neom – which is planned to be 33 time bigger than New York.
Doubting Thomas Research Foundation also claim to interviewed senior sources in the “jihad world” who attest the belief that Jabal al-Lawz is Mount Sinai.
It is suggested the site includes evidence of the Biblical great fire atop the summit, of the Israelite encampment, and cave paintings of cows which line with the Bible tale of the golden calf idol.
Mauro interviews the jihadi source in the film, who claims to been a senior member of unnamed terrorist group who had meetings with close associates with Osama bin Laden.
Speaking through a voice changer, he said: “When I was in the jihad world we all knew that the Mount Sinai was in Saudi Arabia.
“The people on the outside had no idea that it was there.
“We fighters didn’t want anyone to know about it, and we knew the Saudi government hid it and protected it with security and we all agreed with it.”
Mauro claims that when the researchers visited the site they were chased away by locals, and even heard gunfire as they fled the area.
Saudi authorities have carried out their own archaeological surveys of the area, and dismissed claims it is Mount Sinai.
The study was carried out in the early noughties, and findings were linked to other early civilisations – not Moses and the Israelites.
Jabal al Lawz has previously been suggested as a candidate for the original Mount Sinai, and this claim been criticised by other historians and Christians.
Professor James Karl Hoffmeier described “monumental blunders” as leading to the conclusion of the mountain being the one mentioned in the Bible.
Creationist researcher Gordon Franz also dismissed the claim that Mount Sinai is in Saudi Arabia.
He said: ”There is no credible historical, geographical, archaeological or Biblical evidence for the thesis that Mt. Sinai is at Jebel al-Lawz in Saudi Arabia.”
Doubting Thomas Research Foundations also claim to have found the Red Sea Crossing site leading into Saudi Arabia not far from their proposed candidate for Mount Sinai.
Irish Bishop Against Practicing Yoga in Christian Schools
An Irish bishop has written to Catholic schools urging them to ban yoga as it is ‘not of Christian origin’ and the children should spend their time ‘in adoration of Jesus’ instead.
Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, wrote to principals, teachers and school staff members in Waterford City and County, Ireland, on October 10.
In his letter, he said: ‘Yoga is not of Christian origin and is not suitable for our parish school setting and especially not during religious education time.
‘I have been asked by several people to say a word on yoga and mindfulness. My question is, ‘Will they bring us closer to God or replace him?’
The bishop claimed that Christian Mindfulness is ‘meditation on Christ’ which empties the mind of ‘everything unnecessary’ in order to become ‘aware of the presence and love of Christ’.
While he also quoted Pope Francis that practices like yoga are ‘not capable of opening our hearts up to God’.
The bishop added how people can ‘take a million courses in spirituality’ but this activity ‘will never be able to give you freedom’, echoing Pope Francis’s speech in 2015.
He said Pope Francis’s philosophy was in keeping with Ireland’s Grow In Love programme. This touches on Christian doctrine, Scripture, morality and prayer.
Teacher’s were reminded that October is the ‘month of the Rosary’ and they should each pray in a bid to get closer to Jesus, in the letter.
But the primary school curriculum allows a degree of flexibility about how its implemented, according to the Irish National Teachers Organisation, who hit-back at his view.
John Stokes, a yoga instructor in Waterford, said the practice of yoga, meditation and mindfulness should be ’embraced’ in ‘an age where children are really suffering from anxiety and stress’.
‘There is no dogma taught in our classes and Yoga in it’s truest sense is a movement and breath awareness practice for health and wellbeing.
They said ‘here’s to tolerance, love and unity’ and invited him to a one-to-one yoga session or class of his choice’ at their Wellness Centre in Youghal, Ireland.
The Irish National Teachers Organisation said the primary school curriculum allows schools a certain amount of flexibility and autonomy with regard to its implementation.
They said the schools ‘are best placed’ to make the decisions about how the subjects are taught, taking into consideration the ‘school culture, ethos and needs of the pupils’.
This is not the first time Bishop Cullinan has received backlash for his views as he said he was to establish a ‘delivery ministry’ group to rid people of the devil through exorcism, last year.
He also claimed the cervical cancer vaccine could lead to promiscuity in 2017.
The bishop said the vaccine ‘lulls girls into false sense of security’ and encourages sexual activity, adding: ‘Prevention, the number one and most effective protection, is abstinence. A good old traditional value.’
He later apologised and admitted he was not fully informed about the vaccination programme. Cullinan’s ‘intention was solely motivated to protect people from HPV’.
China Demolishes 3,000-Seat Megachurch during Worship Service
The People’s Republic of China destroyed a church that reportedly could seat 3,000 people and detained its pastors, according to a human rights organization.
An international nonprofit Christian human rights group based in Texas, reported the incident in a statement released Saturday. According to the group, Chinese authorities provided no legal papers to justify the demolition.
The church was located in Funan, Anhui province. Its pastors, Geng Yimin and Sun Yongyao, were detained under suspicion of “gathering a crowd to disturb social order.”
China Aid President Bob Fu said in a statement that the incident was “yet another clear example showing the escalation of religious persecution today by the Chinese Communist regime.”
“The total disregard of religious freedom’s protection as enshrined in the Communist Party’s own Constitution tells the whole world President Xi is determined to continue his war against the peaceful Christian faithful. This campaign will surely fail in the end.”
While China’s persecution of religious groups has existed for many years, recently under President Xi Jinping a wave of crackdowns on religious practices in China has taken place.
The Communist government has destroyed or damaged several churches, reflecting concerns about the increasing Christian population of the country.
In the summer, True Jesus Church in Henan province was razed to the ground, according to persecution watchdog Bitter Winter. Police officers reportedly dragged out all believers from the church before they demolished the property.
Bitter Winter also reported last month that the Ten Commandments have been removed from nearly every Three-Self church and meeting venue in a county of Luoyang city and replaced with the President Xi Jinping’s quotes as part of the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to “sinicize” Christianity.
In addition to cracking down on its Christian minority, China has engaged in violent persecution of its Uighur Muslim and Falun Gong communities.
The China Tribunal, a human rights group, told the United Nations Human Rights Council last month that the Chinese government is harvesting organs from religious minorities, with possibly hundreds of thousands of victims.
“Forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience, including the religious minorities of Falun Gong and Uighurs, has been committed for years throughout China on a significant scale, and that it continues today. This involves hundreds of thousands of victims.”
“Victim for victim and death for death, cutting out the hearts and other organs from living, blameless, harmless, peaceable people constitutes one of the worst mass atrocities of this century.”
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