In The News: Dragon Dinosaur Discovered In China

I find it totally amazing that the dragons supposedly roamed China 160 million years ago, when in fact this magnificent reptile is represented today in their holidays and in their parades.  My, they must have a long standing and strong sense of tradition.  The reality of the recent existence of  dinosaurs can be found on every continent, for those who seek the truth.  Beware of scientists who leave true science and enter the arena of mere speculation.  Refer to the category Creation/Evolution on this blog site for further information.  Blessings, Pastor Steve

Paleontologists have discovered a 50-ft “dragon” dinosaur species in China that may have roamed the earth 160 million years ago in the Late Jurassic period.

‘Dragon Dinosaur’ discovered in China

Paleontologists have discovered a 50-ft “dragon” dinosaur species in China that may have roamed the earth 160 million years ago in the Late Jurassic period.

 

Incredible 50-ft ‘dragon’ dinosaur unearthed by Chinese farmers

 

Hong Kong (CNN)Paleontologists have discovered a 50-ft “dragon” dinosaur species in China that may have roamed the earth 160 million years ago in the Late Jurassic period.

The long skeleton was found in 2006 by some local farmers digging for a fishpond in Qijiang city in China’s southwestern Chongqing province.

Lida Xing, a member of the research team from the University of Alberta who made the discovery, told CNN it was named Qijianglong, the “dragon of Qijiang” because farmers thought the bones resembled the shape of Chinese mythical dragons.

The reconstructed skeleton of Qijianglong in Qijiang Museum in China

“We found the dinosaur’s huge vertebrae with the skull and the tail,  but couldn’t find any bones from the hands or the legs. So the locals began to say the long body looked just like a dragon from ancient Chinese stories,” he said Xing.

The findings, published earlier this week in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, show that the new species belongs to a group of dinosaurs called mamenchisaurids, known for their extremely long necks, which would measure up to half their body length.

Most sauropods, or long-necked dinosaurs, such as those depicted in the popular animated series, “The Land Before Time,” have necks that only span one third of their body length.

“Qijianglong is a cool animal. If you imagine a big animal that is half-neck, you can see that evolution can do quite extraordinary things,” Tetsuto Miyashita, a PhD student at the University of Alberta, said in a press release.

The dinosaur is the youngest addition to the mamenchisaurid group, which is only found in Asia. The discovery suggests that there may be other species of long-necks within the genus from different continents.

“Qijianglong shows that long-necked dinosaurs diversified in unique ways in Asia during Jurassic times — something very special was going on in that continent,” said Miyashita.

“Nowhere else we can find dinosaurs with longer necks than those in China. The new dinosaur tells us that these extreme species thrived in isolation from the rest of the world.”

The skeleton is now housed in a local museum in Qijiang, but will be moved to a new dinosaur museum in the city that is currently being built.

Can You Say Radical Islamic Terrorist?

……………..well, if you can, then you have more understanding, fortitude and backbone than our president.  President Obama is famous for going on apology tours as he castigates the country he leads, but like the infamous former prime minister of England, Neville Chamberlain, he appeases our enemies in spineless fashion.  In the latest Whitehouse wordplay, the Taliban are called “armed insurgents,” and not terrorists.  Isis are not called Islamist Extremists.  We cannot defeat an enemy if we will not admit they exist.  In my opinion, President Obama is not naïve in the least, and he is deliberately giving the Islamic Terrorists a free hand to expand their wicked and nefarious ambitions.  The Islamic Terrorist threat will be irreversible after his eight years in office.  Consider the following:

Cannot pinpoint the problem……………………

This sums it up

The Shoe Bomber was a Muslim
The Beltway Snipers were Muslims
The Fort Hood Shooter was a Muslim
The underwear Bomber was a Muslim
The U-S.S. Cole Bombers were Muslims
The Madrid Train Bombers were Muslims
The Bafi Nightclub Bombers were Muslims
The London Subway Bombers were Muslims
The Moscow Theatre Attackers were Muslims
The Boston Marathon Bombers were Muslims
The Pan-Am flight #93 Bombers were Muslims
The Air France Entebbe Hijackers were Muslims
The Iranian Embassy Takeover, was by Muslims
The Beirut U.S. Embassy bombers were Muslims
The Libyan U.S. Embassy Attack was by Muslims
The Buenos Aires Suicide Bombers were Muslims
The Israeli Olympic Team Attackers were Muslims
The Kenyan U.S, Embassy Bombers were Muslims
The Saudi, Khobar Towers Bombers were Muslims
The Beirut Marine Barracks bombers were Muslims
The Besian Russian School Attackers were Muslims
The first World Trade Center Bombers were Muslims
The Bombay & Mumbai India Attackers were Muslims
The Achille Lauro Cruise Ship Hijackers were Muslims
The September 11th 2001 Airline Hijackers were Muslims
(We could add the Jordanian fighter pilot who was burned alive in a cage, the recent butcherings in Paris, the slain uniformed soldier on a London street, a beheaded employee at a Midwest food processing plant, the Canadian uniformed guards at their memorial, and countless others to this ever expanding list)
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‘Think of it:Buddhists living with Hindus = No Problem
Hindus living with Christians = No Problem
Hindus living with Jews = No Problem
Christians living with Shintos = No Problem
Shintos living with Confucians = No Problem
Confucians living with Baha’is = No Problem
Baha’is living with Jews = No Problem
Jews living with Atheists = No Problem
Atheists living with Buddhists = No Problem
Buddhists living with Sikhs = No Problem
Sikhs living with Hindus = No Problem
Hindus living with Baha’is = No Problem
Baha’is living with Christians = No Problem
Christians living with Jews = No Problem
Jews living with Buddhists = No Problem
Buddhists living with Shintos = No Problem
Shintos living with Atheists = No Problem
Atheists living with Confucians = No Problem
Confusians living with Hindus = No ProblemMuslims living with Hindus = Problem
Muslims living with Buddhists = Problem
Muslims living with Christians = Problem
Muslims living with Jews = Problem
Muslims living with Sikhs = Problem
Muslims living with Baha’is = Problem
Muslims living with Shintos = Problem
Muslims living with Atheists = Problem
MUSLIMS LIVING WITH MUSLIMS = BIG PROBLEM
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SO THIS LEADS TO:
They’re not happy in Gaza
They’re not happy in Egypt
They’re not happy in Libya
They’re not happy in Morocco
They’re not happy in Iran
They’re not happy in Iraq
They’re not happy in Yemen
They’re not happy in Afghanistan
They’re not happy in Pakistan
They’re not happy in Syria
They’re not happy in Lebanon
They’re not happy in Nigeria
They’re not happy in Kenya
They’re not happy in Sudan
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So, where are they happy?
They’re happy in Australia
They’re happy in England
They’re happy in Belgium
They’re happy in France
They’re happy in Italy
They’re happy in Germany
They’re happy in Sweden
They’re happy in the USA & Canada
They’re happy in Norway & India
They’re happy in almost every country that is not Islamic! And who do they blame? Not Islam… Not their leadership… Not themselves…
THEY BLAME THE COUNTRIES THEY ARE HAPPY IN!!
And they want to change the countries they’re happy in, to be like the countries they came from where they were unhappy and finally they will get hammered !!!!Islamic Jihad: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
ISIS : AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
Al-Qaeda: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
Taliban: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
Hamas: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
Hezbollah: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
Boko Haram: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
Al-Nusra: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
Abu Sayyaf: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
Al-Badr: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
Muslim Brotherhood: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
Lashkar-e-Taiba: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
Palestine Liberation Front: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
Ansaru: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
Jemaah Islamiyah: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
Abdullah Azzam Brigades: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
AND A LOT MORE !!!!!!!
We just can’t figure out who’s causing the problem.!!!
Very confusing indeed but remember they are a religion of Peace.
…..and please, please, please:  Do not tell me the hogwash that these aforementioned demon possessed murderers have hijacked the religion of Islam.  Without exception, they are ALL following the teachings of Mohammad and the Koran.  What you have just read explains why evangelist Franklin Graham calls Islam an evil religion.
Pray For Revival In America

A German Jew’s View On Islam

 

A German Jew’s View on Islam – well worth reading.
This is one of the best explanations of the Muslim terrorist situation I have ever read. His references to past history are accurate and clear. Not long, easy to understand, and well worth the read. The author of this email is Dr. Emanuel Tanya, a well-known and well-respected psychiatrist. A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.
‘Very few people were true Nazis,’ he said, ‘but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come.’
‘My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.’
‘We are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam is a religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectre of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.’

‘The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honour-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.’
‘The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the ‘silent majority,’ is cowed and extraneous. Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China’s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.’
‘The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. And who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery? Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were ‘peace loving’?
‘History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany , they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.’
‘Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.’
‘Now Islamic prayers have been introduced in Toronto and other public schools in Ontario, and, yes, in Ottawa, too, while the Lord’s Prayer was removed (due to being so offensive?).  The Islamic way may be peaceful for the time being in our country until the fanatics move in.’

‘In Australia , and indeed in many countries around the world, many of the most commonly consumed food items have the halal emblem on them. Just look at the back of some of the most popular chocolate bars, and at other food items in your local supermarket. Food on aircraft have the halal emblem just to appease the privileged minority who are now rapidly expanding within the nation’s shores.’
‘In the U.K, the Muslim communities refuse to integrate and there are now dozens of “no-go” zones within major cities across the country that the police force dare not intrude upon. Sharia law prevails there, because the Muslim community in those areas refuse to acknowledge British law.’
‘As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts – the fanatics who threaten our way of life.’
Lastly, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just deletes this email without sending it on, is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand.
Extend yourself a bit and send this on. Let us hope that thousands world-wide read this, think about it, and send it on before it’s too late, and we are silenced because we were silent!!!
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We have been blessed with the greatest nation on the face of the earth and we are in danger of losing our freedoms.  If we would examine history, we would see that the culture of Islam does not coexist with others- they take over.  Full blown Islamic nations butcher, decapitate, murder, crucify and rape people who refuse to bow to Allah.  After Muslims establish a strong foothold, the local Imam comes and asserts the fanatical teachings of radical Islam.  If we would only examine Europe, we would observe what is coming down the pike.  Islam throws dust in the air and confuses people about their true intensions.  I believe most Americans are naïve and uninformed.  Sharia Law is their ultimate desire wherever they settle.  The ONLY force that would counter, smother and ultimately destroy Islam is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Jesus saith unto him:  “I am the way, the truth, and the life:  no one cometh to the Father, but by me.”  (John 14:6)   Blessings, Pastor Steve

Pray For Revival In America!

 

II Chronicles 7:14

God’s News Behind The News / Islamic Terrorists Are Taking Over Europe

APPEASEMENT HAS COME BACK TO HAUNT FRANCE

It’s time that we finally admit it. The battle for Old Europe is over. The Gates of Vienna have finally been breached. Old Europe has been experiencing a tidal wave of violence and terror in recent years correlating to and in direct proportion with the growing influence of Muslims in the western part of the continent.

The recent massacre in Paris by Muslims screaming “Allahu akbar” represents a culmination of growing Muslim power and even dominance in France. Britain, Sweden, Belgium and the rest are not too far behind. Today’s European Muslims have successfully accomplished what the Nazis could not accomplish in World War II. They have sown an irreversible dread into Europe and implanted a fascist-like Islamist seed that has taken firm root.

It is ironic that France has been the recent target of most of the violence. France of all the countries of Old Europe is one of Islam’s greatest appeasers. For all its official rhetoric, France has done precious little to stem the growing tide of Jew-hatred and anti-Israelism that has gripped that country.

The sign of a sick and diseased country can be measured by its treatment of its Jews and by that paradigm, France’s condition is terminal. Mass emigration of French Jews, prompted primarily by French Islamists, is met with muted response and inaction by French officials who appear either indifferent to their plight or at a loss to devise a coherent strategy to effectively deal with the phenomena.

Since the mid-1960s, the French, motivated partly out of greed, partly out of a need to needle the United States and partly out of genuine dislike for the Mideast’s only democracy, have done everything in their power to appease tyranny rather than fight it, to prop it up rather than obliterate it.

In May, 1967, France was the first Western power to unilaterally impose an arms embargo on Israel at a precarious time when Israel was facing existential threats from its Arab neighbors. From Iraq to Algeria, frenzied Arab mobs stoked by their respective venal governments burned effigies of Jews in the streets to chants of Itbach al-Yahud, “slaughter the Jews!” The world watched with feigned concern as hundreds of thousands of Arabs soldiers backed by modern Soviet T-55 tanks and Mig fighter jets converged on Israel’s borders. The French chose to abandon and betray the Jewish State in a transparent effort to curry favor with the Muslim world. The French sold their morality for oil and a few Francs.

France’s duplicitous foreign policies when it came to appeasing two-bit Arab dictators only went from bad to worse.  They helped Saddam Hussein construct an atom bomb plant and supplied the tyrant with massive quantities of Mirage fighter jets, missiles, tanks and artillery. For those who need reminding, this is the same person who paid lavish sums to the families of Palestinian homicide bombers, who threatened to “burn half of Israel” and employed chemical weapons against his own people.

Successive French governments have developed a penchant for coddling up to the most vile Islamic dictators and terror sponsoring states. Close relationships were forged with Hafez Assad of Syria and arch terror chieftain Yasser Arafat, a despicable murderer who was always warmly greeted by adoring and fawning French officials.

Rather than fighting and combating Islamic terrorists, the French have a nasty habit of paying them off. They released frozen Iranian assets in exchange for cessation of Iranian-backed terror attacks against France and paid Palestinian groups protection money in an effort to spare their commercial airliners from the scourge of Palestinian skyjackings.

France’s abominable foreign policy reared its ugly head yet again when on December 30, it backed a Palestinian resolution at the UN Security Council that imposed dictates on Israel, compelling the Jewish State to withdraw to pre-1967 borders – borders which Israel’s former UN ambassador, Abba Ebban, perceptively termed “Auschwitz lines” – without addressing Israel’s security needs and territorial claims. The one-sided resolution also gave implicit recognition to the notion that millions of “Palestinian refugees” would be allowed to flood Israel, effectively ending the Jewish character of the state.

To the leaders of France, adopting the Palestinian narrative and coddling up to the Mideast’s Muslim dictators, is good for business and insulates France against Islamic-inspired terror attacks. However, the current barbaric Muslim massacres of French political satirists, journalists and policemen in Paris proves otherwise and should compel French leaders to reevaluate their foreign and liberal domestic policies. It should also serve as a wakeup call for the rest of Old Europe to do the same, but something says that this will not occur and there will be no course correction.

We will hear from “moderate” French Muslim leaders who will rush to exercise the Muslim principle of Taqiyya and feign concern for the victims while condemning the actions of their coreligionists. This expression of faux sympathy will be enough to placate France’s leadership and their very forgiving multicultural allies. In a few weeks or perhaps months, all will return to “normal.” French Muslim Imams will continue to spew hate directed against the “infidels” from the mosques. Violent anti-Israel, Jew-hating protests will resume in the streets of Paris and Marseilles and French officials will once again move to condemn Israel for committing some imaginary offense because it’s good for business.

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Obviously, this article from “God’s News Behind The News,” reveals how a powerful Islamic caliphate is being built in Europe and in the Middle East.  Just as Bible prophecy tells us, Israel will be surrounded by her enemies and seemingly without hope.  This is exactly the stage that the Lord will set prior to the battle of Gog and Magog, and later on, the battle of Armageddon.  When all seems lost, the Lord will intervene.  As I write this, western friend and ally Saudi Arabian King Abdullah has just died.  Abdullah consulted extensively with President George W. Bush following 9/11.  Abdullah’s brother Salman is now king and promises to follow the same peaceful policies as before.  The Saudis perceive Isis as mortal enemies.  Right on the heels of Abdullah’s death, Iranian Shiite Rebels have ousted the Pro- U.S. President in Yemen.  U.S. Intelligence has long expected this to happen.  These are times of great concern and Christians everywhere need to pray fervently for God’s will to be done, and we need to pray for revival.  Blessings, Pastor Steve

Patterns Of Evidence, Exodus- Part 2

The movie was shown throughout our nation for only one day- 1/19/15.  A book and DVD will soon be released this year.  The movie commences with the assertion that archaeology promoted a skepticism of the Bible in the 1950’s.  Moses, not Herodotus, was noted as the first historian.  Rabi David Wolpe was skeptical of the reality of the Exodus story from the Bible.  Timothy Mahoney is a filmmaker from Minneapolis, a Christian, who is seeking the truth, and searches for the facts for twelve years in both Egypt and Israel.  Ramses II was thought to be the Pharaoh in Egypt during the Exodus, in the thirteenth century B.C., around 1250 B.C.  Evidence is turning up, however, that the Hebrews settled in Avaris, south of Ramses, and at a later date.  There is evidence in Avaris of people from Canaan.  There is evidence of shepherds, but this was 400 years earlier than the reign of Pharaoh Ramses.

1)Arrival Of Hebrews In Egypt-  Evidence reveals that Joseph arrived in Egypt in the early Middle Kingdom.  Avaris is a real place.  Ramses was an anachronism and this Pharaoh does not match up with the dates of the Jewish people in Egypt.  Avaris lies underneath Ramses.  Northern Syrian style homes are noted in Goshen, similar to the homes in Haran where Abraham formerly lived.  In Avaris, 12 tombs are found as well as 12 pillars.  One of the tombs is shaped like a pyramid and is thought to be that of Joseph.  The significance of 12 is obvious since Jacob had 12 sons including Joseph.  There is evidence that these settlers were Semites.  A statue at Joseph’s tomb reveals a man similar to a Pharaoh, except his skin is light, his hair is red, and he has a coat of many colors!  Furthermore, Joseph’s bones are NOT in the tomb, since the Bible says his bones were later taken to Israel.  Amenemhet was Joseph’s Pharaoh.  This Pharaoh became powerful after Joseph consolidated all of the land and crops from the Egyptians during the seven years of famine.  The Nomes were governing men over districts throughout Egypt, and archaeology reveals they lost their authority to Pharaoh Amenemhet.  Statues of the Pharaoh later on during the Exodus revealed a Kingdom in distress as one would expect after the ten plagues.

2)Multiplication Of The Hebrews In Egypt-  The Jewish people multiplied exceedingly.  Only the Middle Kingdom reveals that there was a large Semitic population in Goshen who were shepherds and had donkeys.

3)The Slavery Of The Hebrews In Egypt-  A new Pharaoh who did not know Joseph, enslaved the Hebrews because they had become too numerous.  Houses made of brick and straw are observed from this time period as the Bible tells us.  Also, there are many infant burials noted in Avaris, suggesting the murder of Hebrew babies just as the Bible says.  The following is fascinating–  A Brooklyn papyrus list of Egyptian slaves reveals that 70% of them have Hebrew names, including many from the twelve sons of Israel (Jacob)!  There is evidence of poverty and malnutrition just as one would expect during this time period.

4)Judgment In Egypt and 5)the Exodus-  The Israelites were delivered from bondage.  The ten plagues refuted the gods of Egypt and also revealed that the Pharaoh was not God.  The Jewish Passover is celebrated to this day in commemoration of God sparing them from the death of the firstborn in every household.  The calamities caused by the ten plagues were vividly described by an ancient Egyptian author!  Later on, Pharaoh Ramses recognized Israel as a nation, depicted on the Merneptah Stele.  The Exodus happened around 1450 B.C.  Mass burials were observed in Avaris, strongly alluding to the firstborn dead among the Egyptians!  The Egyptian economy collapsed after the tenth plague just as one would expect.  The time of the Israelites in Egypt is thought by many scholars to be the period when the Hyksos thrived,  The Hyksos and the Hebrews were probably one and the same people.  Another amazing reference on Egyptian hieroglyphics was a reference to “God.”  The Egyptians believed in many gods, but after the plagues they referred to the one God of the Hebrew people.  God smote the Egyptians without the use of arms.  A mass abandonment of the Semitic people is noted as well- representing the Exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt.

6)The Conquest Of Canaan-  Kathleen Kenyon unearthed Jericho during the 1950’s and found that the walls fell outward and the city was burned, just as the Bible says.  The city possessed jars full of grain, indicating the city was taken in the spring and there was not a long siege.  Joshua and the Israelites celebrated the Passover prior to the attack, also indicating the taking of the city was in the spring.  A picture of Jericho taken by a German archaeologist in 1913, revealed that a small portion of Jericho’s wall was left standing.  It was the portion where Rahab the harlot’s home was!  The Bible tells us that this was the only part of the city that was spared.  Joshua placed a curse on Jericho that it would not be rebuilt, and it was indeed abandoned.  Furthermore, in the later conquest of Hazor, this city too was burned by fire just as the Bible tells us.  Finally, the Bible reveals that Joshua killed Jabin, the king of Hazor.  This fact is attested to in both the Bible and in cuneiform.  In summary, the spade of the archaeologist simply helps us to connect the dots in the Word of God time after time after time.  This was truly a magnificent film, solidifying the faith of the believer, and opening the eyes of the skeptic.

Patterns Of Evidence, Exodus – Book Review

Answers In Genesis is an Christian apologetic and creation organization founded by Ken Ham.  The following is their very favorable critique and book review of Patterns Of Evidence, written by Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell:

Movie Review: Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus

by Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell on January 17, 2015

Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus explains how abundant archaeological evidence supports the historical truth of the biblical Exodus. Dramatizations ranging from the recent film Exodus: Gods and Kings to Cecil B. DeMille’s classic The Ten Commandments have offered artistic interpretations of the biblical account. This high quality documentary produced by Tim Mahoney of Thinking Man Films is,1 in this writer’s opinion, every bit as enjoyable and dramatic as the fictionalized adaptations featuring Christian Bale or Charlton Heston. Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus takes us on the producer’s quest to discover the truth about this pivotal event memorialized in everything from the solemn Jewish Passover celebration to thriller novels and decades of cinematic endeavors.

Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus

Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus asks whether evidence affirms that the ancient Hebrews’ flight from slavery really happened, and—spoiler alert!—shows that it does. The documentary examines the patterns of evidence that help place not just their post-plague departure and Red Sea crossing in history but also the surrounding events. After all, if Moses really led the Hebrews out of Egypt to cement their identity as God’s chosen people (Deuteronomy 7:6–7, 9:29) and create for them a nation to preserve His Word (Romans 3:2) and serve the divine messianic plan for the world (John 1:11–14, 3:16–18), then it is reasonable to look for patterns of evidence supporting the chronological episodes that set up this pivotal event as well as evidence for its aftermath. The film therefore focuses on the historical footprints of Abraham’s great-grandson Joseph’s descent into Egypt as a slave, his rise to power as a pharaoh’s vizier, the shift of wealth that occurred in Egypt under Joseph’s administration during a protracted and devastating famine, the emigration and establishment of Joseph’s extended family in Egypt, the enslavement of the Hebrew people, the ten plagues and Red Sea catastrophe that wrecked Egypt’s economy and army making the nation vulnerable to invasion by the Hyksos, as well as the subsequent conquest of Canaan by the nation of Israel under the direction of Joshua.

A Film for All People

Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus is a historical documentary, not a sermon. Although it was produced by a Christian to chronicle his investigation of the historicity of an event theologically very important in the Christian faith, it is not a “Christian film” per se. Three of history’s most relevant religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—memorialize the Exodus of Abraham’s descendants from Egypt under the leadership of Moses and base much of their teachings in the historicity of Abraham and Moses.

The existence of archaeological evidence for the biblical Exodus runs contrary to the claims of both atheists and many Judeo-Christian “experts.” After the 1950s, when many archaeologists began to question the historical accuracy of the Exodus, many religious leaders jumped on the skeptical bandwagon with atheists. They began to consider the Bible a sort of divine fairy tale, albeit a theologically important one teaching “truths” even though it supposedly was not actually “true” or trustworthy.

The historical account recorded by Moses . . . is foundational to the Christian faith.

And since the historical account recorded by Moses thousands of years ago in the world’s first real “history book”—as the film calls the Mosaic writings in the Old Testament—is foundational to the Christian faith, the faith-strengthening answers in this film are a needful addition to our arsenal of answers (1 Peter 3:15), equipping Christians young and old with a shield and sword to confront the claims of those skeptical of biblical history.

An Essential Foundation

The dramatic account of the events that led to the founding of the nation of Israel is recorded in the Old Testament, but its historical accuracy is a vital underpinning of the New Testament. If the biblical account of the Exodus and surrounding events were not historically factual, then Jesus the infallible Son of God as well as the New Testament writers would have erred when they spoke of those events as historically factual.

Jesus repeatedly refers to Mosaic history and law. For example, in Matthew 8:4 he commands the leprous man he healed to “offer the gift that Moses commanded you, as a testimony to them.” In Matthew 19:7–8 He asks, “Why then did Moses command . . . ?” and answers, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you . . .” as He reconciled God’s hatred of divorce (Malachi 2:16–17) with the existence of laws making it possible. To illustrate how the Jewish leaders had twisted God’s Word and made it ineffectual (Mark 7:13), Jesus began with “For Moses said . . .” (Mark 7:10). Explaining His identity and mission to Nicodemus, Jesus said, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness even so must the Son of Man be lifted up” (John 3:14). Jesus referred in John 7:19 to the presentation of God’s Ten Commandments through Moses: “Did not Moses give you the law, yet none of you keeps the law?” Jesus recalled the historical giving of manna in the wilderness: “Then Jesus said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven” (John 6:32). Jesus recalled the re-establishment of the rite of circumcision under Moses: “Moses therefore gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers)” (John 7:22). The writer of the Gospel of John explained, “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). Jesus told the Pharisees that if they really believed what Moses wrote they would believe in Him: “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words” (John 5:46–47).

The Place of Evidence and Presuppositions

While the historical reality of the Exodus as recorded by Moses in God’s Word is important, the fact of its reality does not rest on the existence of evidence outside the Bible. While external evidence in support of the historicity of this important event should bolster the faith of Bible-believers and remove stumbling blocks to faith for many, absence of archaeological evidence should not be a deal-killer for faith in the facts as presented in the Bible.

Absence of evidence should not be a deal-killer for faith in the facts as presented in the Bible.

We should here interject the question: What if there were no evidence of the Exodus? The film takes a “devils’ advocate” approach, introducing the prevailing skepticism among scholars. Both the film and the book of the same name give ear to many scholars, archaeologists, politicians, and theologians who deny the biblical Exodus ever happened or at least that any evidence exists.2 The movie approaches the topic of evidence from the skeptic’s point of view for the benefit of a secular audience lacking biblical presuppositions—a baseline faith in the truth of God’s Word. This approach is also suitable for those who, as the website for the film mentions, are suffering a “crisis of faith.”3

Unfortunately, the resulting narrative could leave some viewers wondering whether the filmmaker’s Christian faith would be overturned if the evidence were not found. Filmmaker Timothy Mahoney states that he believed the stories of the Old Testament as a child but as an adult was challenged and now “just wanted to know the truth.” He said, “I know some people say you don’t need any evidence; just take it by faith. But if there’s no hard evidence for any of it, had I been believing in a lie?” Much of the film is even narrated by skeptic Michael Medved. Despite the soul-searching concerns expressed in the movie—concerns that Mahoney says led him to keep digging for the evidence and to make the film—Mahoney, a Christian, states repeatedly in his book about the project, “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”4

The biblical Exodus is not the first biblical event decried for lack of evidence by popular scholars before corroborating evidence emerged from the sands of time. For example, many scholars have denied the existence of the biblical King David because no written archaeological record had been found attesting to his existence. Then in 1993 an Aramean inscription, probably written about a century and a half after David’s death by Israel’s enemy Hazael, was found to contain a reference to his victory over a member of “the house of David.”5

Another excellent example of how trust in God’s Word can guide archaeological endeavors is the case of the Hittites. In fact, it is the discovery of the Hittites that eventually toppled trust in the secular dates traditionally assigned to Egyptian chronology! The Old Testament refers to the Hittites. According to 2 Kings 7:6, during Elisha’s lifetime the Hittites were as formidable as Egypt. Yet there was a time when, having no physical evidence of the Hittites’ existence, skeptical scholars claimed the Hittites were mythical creations of those who penned the Old Testament. Then Irish missionary William Wright decided to take God at His Word and search them out. Wright believed that the inscriptions he found “would show that a great people, called the Hittites in the Bible, but never referred to in classic history, had once formed a mighty empire in that region.”6 Eventually discrepancies that surfaced through comparison of the dates assigned to Assyrian and Egyptian historical records concerning the Hittites led even secular Egyptologists to conclude the traditional timeline assigned to Egyptian history was wrong.7

We are blessed to live in a time when archaeologists have uncovered an abundance of archaeological evidence affirming the historicity of the Bible. Patient faith in the inerrancy of God’s Word is often rewarded by such discoveries. Yet in an age when archaeology has uncovered so much evidence corroborating biblical history, skepticism has increased.

In matters of ancient history we must depend on the eyewitness accounts of others, be they God or man, and look for supporting evidence.

This is largely due, we believe, to the increasingly pervasive tendency of many in our scientifically minded modern age to treat matters of biblical faith and biblical history as if they were—like raw scientific observations—derived from evidence rather than affirmed by evidence. Yet in matters of ancient history we must depend on the eyewitness accounts of others, be they God or man, and look for supporting evidence. For instance, we know that God created the earth and all kinds of life on it to reproduce after their kinds in six days, not because we can go back and scientifically observe our origins, but because God’s Word describes those events as history. Observational science affirms the biblical creation account that we, as Bible-believing Christians, already know is true. Likewise, this film chronicles a logical search for patterns of evidence supporting the biblical account of the Exodus.

Nevertheless, even if thousands of years had erased the physical evidence for a particular event, even an important one, a Bible-believer should not discard his or her faith. Continue asking questions and searching for evidence, yes. Let a deeper study of the biblical text guide that search—as Mahoney dramatizes in Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus. But abandon faith in God’s Word and the God of the Word? No!

Much of the evidence presented in Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus has actually been discussed in articles on this website. But this compelling and memorable cinematic presentation is a great way to review the facts, learn some new ones, prepare to give an answer (1 Peter 3:15), and share the truth with others.

Looking for History Out of Time

Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus builds its case for the existence of evidence supporting the historicity of the Exodus by demonstrating that even some secular experts like agnostic Egyptologist David Rohl see that traditional Egyptian chronology is a shambles. Chronologies for all the ancient nations of the Middle East were built through their connections with Egypt, and eventually it became apparent to many secular and biblical scholars that that there were problems—beyond the biblical inconsistencies—stemming from the traditional Egyptian chronology yardstick.8

Suggesting to us that dogmatic adherence to the traditional Egyptian timeline may be misplaced, the famous 20th century Egyptologist Sir Alan Gardiner, late in life, wrote this in his notebook:

It must never be forgotten that we are dealing with a civilization thousands of years old and one of which only tiny remnants have survived. What is proudly advertised as Egyptian history is merely a collection of rags and tatters.9

Yet Egypt’s dry climate has preserved many artifacts and monuments, and Egyptologists have worked for many years to understand the story they tell. As with any historical endeavor, certain assumptions have been made, and the whole edifice of chronology now so well established is built upon them. The timelines in the stories of other ancient cultures have been calibrated according to Egyptian chronology, for it was Egypt that produced the first ancient archaeological timeline. Traditional Egyptian chronology is the yardstick commonly available to all, even if it is wrong.

To tear down the whole timeline of the Near East and rebuild it from the ground up is favored by many scholars but not the majority, for it would be quite an undertaking requiring reevaluation of everything. Furthermore, those scholars who agree the chronology should be reconstructed are not necessarily in agreement with how to do so, and most would agree that more research is needed.10 On this faulty but sadly still-popular traditional Egyptian chronology rests the archaeological skepticism about a historical Exodus.

Archaeologists have for decades been looking for evidence of a Hebrew presence and escape from Egypt in the New Kingdom city of Ramses on the Nile delta. After all, Joseph’s family settled in the “land of Rameses” (Genesis 47:11), the slaves built the cities Pithom and Rameses (Exodus 1:11), and the children of Israel departed from Rameses” (Numbers 33:3). But the film points out, quite correctly, that this region was referred to as the “land of Rameses” in biblical texts like Genesis 47:11 that refer to events such as the arrival of Joseph’s family in Egypt long before the time of Ramses the Great no matter how the dates are calculated.11

The film suggests the biblical text included these geographical references so that readers would know the land of Goshen where the Hebrews lived was at the city of Avaris, which is near the city of Ramses. Because Ramses—meaning “the Egyptian god Ra gave birth to him”—was a very common name to honor pharaohs, it may have become associated with property in this region long before any of eleven pharaohs known as Ramses or the Ramses the Great became specifically associated with the land. In any case, when archaeologists look in the region of the New Kingdom city of Ramses in deeper layers associated with the older “Middle Kingdom,” they find a wealth of archaeological and textual support for the historicity of the Exodus just as the Bible records it.

Timeline

This illustration from the book Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus is similar to those in the film. Here the upper wall of time shows the traditional view of Egyptian chronology and the “late Exodus” view, which places the Exodus at about 1250 BC, during the reign of Ramses the Great. (The reign of Ramses the Great, who built many monuments, is indicated in the 1200s BC by a graphic “monument city” on the wall.) The colored blocks indicate events such as the arrival of Joseph’s family in Egypt, their multiplication and enslavement, the events directly related to the Exodus and the conquest of Canaan. Archaeological evidence for these events is not found when the search is made for it in material related to that timeframe of history, but if the timeframe is shifted backward (white arrow) about two centuries toward Egypt’s Middle Kingdom, and the Exodus is placed around 1450 BC, archaeology tells another story. This is shown in the lower illustration. Image courtesy of Timothy Mahoney, Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus.

Timely Note

Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus uses an appropriately monumental display to visualize the timeline of Egyptian and biblical history—a wall stretching back through antiquity with pillars dividing it into thousand-year segments. The various positions—biblical and otherwise—on the timing of the Exodus are superimposed on this wall of time to illustrate the debate over whether it occurred in Egypt’s “New Kingdom” or “Middle Kingdom.”

The narrator describes this timeline as “a wall of time stretching back to the earliest moments of civilization.” We should note here that the visual timeline does appear to stretch back to an antiquity too old to be compatible with the chronology calculated from the Bible. From the Bible, we know Earth is only around 6,000 years old, and the global Flood of Noah would be dated in the 2300s BC.12 Therefore, the suggestion of dates prior to this time, such as the beginning of Egypt’s Old Kingdom in the mid-2600s BC, reflect secular assumptions and even some incorrect assumptions related to biblical history. You can read more about these assumptions and the jumbled mess of Egyptian chronology in “Doesn’t Egyptian Chronology Prove That the Bible Is Unreliable?” and Unwrapping the Pharaohs.

Finding Saving Faith in the Fullness of Time

Faith in God’s Word is not ultimately rooted in evidence, but because God’s Word is true the archaeological evidence affirms its truth.

When we dig through material from the right archaeological “time,” the evidence is consistent with history as recorded in the Bible. While “we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7), faith in in the truth of God’s Word and in the God of the Word makes it possible to correctly interpret and understand the secrets hidden for millennia beneath the sands of Egypt. Rather than recounting here all that evidence—which is presented chronologically and dramatically in the film—I will avoid further spoilers and encourage you—whether you already believe the Bible or not—to see the film yourself. Faith in God’s Word is not ultimately rooted in evidence, but because God’s Word is true the archaeological evidence affirms its truth.

Even if you don’t think you need evidence, you should see Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus—which will air in theaters only one night (January 19th)13—so you will understand why people with limited understanding of the supposed “lack of evidence” for the Exodus (during the New Kingdom of Ramses the Great!) are skeptical of God’s Word. The film will help equip you to explain the evidence for a Middle Kingdom Exodus well enough to give an answer to those who ask you for a reasoned apologetic (1 Peter 3:15). It will help you remove the stumbling blocks to faith that may shadow your own life or the lives of those you love.

And if you count yourself among the skeptics, I challenge you to view the film with an open mind and find out the truth about history. You can even follow up your search with more details in the book of the same title! Then you can decide for yourself what you believe about the rest of the Bible and its claim that Jesus Christ “our Passover” (1 Corinthians 5:7) was sacrificed so that the guilt and penalty for sin can pass over each of us and make salvation available to all who repent and receive His gift of grace.

For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:17)

For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. (1 Corinthians 5:7)

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Footnotes

  1. With 25 years experience in the filmmaking industry, Timothy Mahoney started Thinking Man Films, which he describes as “a production/distribution company that explores the world we live in and encourages people to question what they have been told about culture, science, history and religion.” For more about those involved in the film, visit http://www.patternsofevidence.com/en/cast/.See all footnotes
  2. This review concerns the movie and refers to the opinions expressed by those interviewed as part of the film; it does not address the opinions expressed by those showcased during pre- and post-film interviews and panel discussions.See all footnotes
  3. The Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus website banner states, “You never know where a crisis of faith will lead you.”See all footnotes
  4. Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus by Timothy P. Mahoney (forthcoming).See all footnotes
  5. You may read more about this in “King David: Mythical Figure or Famous Monarch?” in The Stones Cry Out, Randall Price (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 1997).See all footnotes
  6. Anatolia: Cauldron of Cultures (Alexandria, VA: Time-Life Books, 1995), 41.See all footnotes
  7. Read more in Dr. Mitchell’s article, “Doesn’t Egyptian Chronology Prove That the Bible Is Unreliable?,” Answers in Genesis, July 22, 2010, https://answersingenesis.org/archaeology/ancient-egypt/doesnt-egyptian-chronology-prove-bible-unreliable/ (excerpted from The New Answers Book 2).See all footnotes
  8. A simple example should suffice to illustrate that something is seriously wrong with the traditional system of dating. Egypt’s Ramses the Great, who ruled for more than 60 years during the New Kingdom, fought one major battle during his reign, the Battle of Kadesh. (This battle was featured in the recent movie starring Christian Bale as Moses—Exodus: Gods and Kings, in which Ramses the Great was erroneously presented as the pharaoh of the Exodus.) Both the Egyptians and their opponents the Hittites claimed victory in this clash of titans, and clearly both nations were powerful at the time of the important battle. Later, Egyptian chroniclers from the reign of Ramses III wrote that the Hittite nation had finally become extinct, around 1200 BC by traditional Egyptian dating. Yet comparison with Assyria’s timeline—which was developed from more recent archaeological discoveries—shows that Assyria had major wars with the Hittite nation in the eighth and ninth centuries BC, hundreds of years after the Hittites, by the traditional Egyptian timeline, had ceased to exist. Either someone’s dates have been interpreted incorrectly, or the Hittite nation rose from the ashes and became as powerful as it ever was. You may read more about this on this website in “Doesn’t Egyptian Chronology Prove That the Bible Is Unreliable?See all footnotes
  9. Quoted from the late Sir Alan Gardiner’s personal notebooks stored in the library of the Griffith Institute, Oxford University, in Timothy Mahoney’s forthcoming book, Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus, chapter 11. This book was graciously made available to us for preview by the author and publisher.See all footnotes
  10. It is difficult to assign dates for a revised chronology in the context of this movie review, and Mahoney does not try to do so in the film. Indeed to do so would have been a complex and unnecessary distraction. Even in his book, he points out that many believe the problem exists and is significant but does not try to present all the various points of view. Scholars who favor revising the timeline are not at this point in agreement, for more research is still needed. Egyptologists Peter James, David Rohl, D.A. Courville, and David Down have all produced work in this area.See all footnotes
  11. Depending on how the dates of overlapping reigns of various kings and associated genealogies are reckoned in the calculations, Joseph’s family would have arrived in Egypt around 1700 BC. Floyd Nolen Jones (Chronology of the Old Testament), for instance, places their arrival in 1706 BC, and David Down (Unwrapping the Pharaohs) places their arrival in 1660 BC. See all footnotes
  12. Calculating from the information in Scripture, the global Flood occurred about 1,656 years after Creation—also calculated from Scripture—would have occurred about 4004 BC. Thus, the Flood would have been about 2348 BC. Read more about it in David Wright’s “Timeline for the Flood,” Answers in Genesis, March 9, 2012, https://answersingenesis.org/bible-timeline/timeline-for-the-flood/, and Bodie Hodge’s “How Old Is the Earth?” Answers in Genesis, May 30, 2007, https://answersingenesis.org/age-of-the-earth/how-old-is-the-earth/.See all footnotes
  13. The film will be subsequently released as a DVD.See all footnotes

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Patterns Of Evidence: Exodus / Introduction

I saw the documentary movie this evening and it was excellent.  Timothy Mahoney, a filmmaker from Minneapolis, studied the Israelite Exodus in Egypt and their eventual migration to the Promised Land.  The movie offered six separate segments of chronological proof that the Exodus really occurred.  The evidence was offered in the areas of:

1)The Hebrews arrival in Egypt.

2)Their multiplication in Egypt.

3)The period of slavery in Egypt.

4)The Judgment upon the Egyptians (ten plagues).

5)The Exodus from Egypt into the wilderness.

6)The conquest of Canaan.

***   I will touch on some of the evidence mentioned in each category in future entries.  Let me share the most incredible piece of information that I saw:  During the alleged time that the Hebrews settled in Goshen, Egypt, an area in Goshen that featured twelve separate Syrian styled homes was observed, along with twelve tombs and twelve columns.  [Remember, Abraham initially settled in Haran which is in Syria].   They surely refer to the twelve sons of Israel (Jacob).  Incredibly, one of the tombs is shaped like a pyramid, and inside there is a statue of a Semitic man (NOT Egyptian) wearing a “coat of many colors!”  His skin is yellowish and olive colored, and his hair is red like many of the Hebrew people.  Furthermore, there are no bones in the tomb which again lines up with the Bible, since the Word tells us that Joseph’s bones were taken back to Israel.  This was truly mind boggling.   ***

The documentary closed with a thirty five minute panel, discussing the movie and hosted by Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson.  Among the panelists was Anne Graham Lotz (Billy Graham’s daughter).  Further additions on this blog site will expound on the aforementioned six categories of the Exodus.

15 of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Most Inspiring Motivational Quotes

More than 45 years after his death and 50 years after his historic “I Have a Dream” speech, Martin Luther King Jr.‘s stirring words and writings remain as relevant and inspiring today as they were when he lived.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Monday with fifteen of his most poignant quotes—some you may have heard already and some you probably haven’t—but all of them worth repeating and contemplating on this holiday of remembrance, service, and equality.

1. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

2. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

3. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.” On Aug. 28, 1963, in front of a crowd of 250,000, King departed from his prepared words to share a dream that would mesmerize the nation.

4. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

5. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

6. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

7. “Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.”

8. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

9. “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

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King at age 24. (Getty Images)

10. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

11. “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”

12. “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”

13. “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”

14. “Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”

March on Washington

15. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

Amen and amen…

Martin Luther King Jr., Great Quotations

Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes: MLK Day 2015 inspirations, motivations

Barnett Wright | bwright@al.com By Barnett Wright | bwright@al.com The Birmingham News
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on January 18, 2015 at 4:15 PM, updated January 19, 2015 at 8:34 AM

The reason I can’t follow the old eye-for-an-eye philosophy is that it ends up leaving everyone blind. ‘

In honor of MLK Day 2015, here are some of the most inspirational quotes from the civil rights icon which are timely given the role race has played recently in the national discourse.

The movie “Selma” which which chronicles Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s role in the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights march; and protests in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City have given King’s words and legacy more significance than in previous years.

King’s actual birthday is January 15 but the federal holiday is Monday.

Here are excerpts of some of Dr. King’s speeches, writings and interviews:

—  “I have a dream today.

“I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”

“I Have a Dream” speech to civil rights marchers in Washington on Aug. 28, 1963.

— “Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.”

From “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

— “Let us march on segregated housing. Let us march on segregated schools, until … Let us march on poverty, until … Let us march on ballot boxes, until we send men … who will not fear to ‘do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God.'”

Delivered on March 25, 1965, in Montgomery

—  “True peace is not merely the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice.”

From book “Stride Toward Freedom”

— “When evil men plot, good men must plan. When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind. When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of love. Where evil men would seek to perpetuate an unjust status quo, good men must seek to bring into being a real order of justice.”

Speech

— “The promises of the Great Society have been shot down on the battlefields of Vietnam, making the poor white and Negro bear the heaviest burden both at the front and at the home.”

April 1967 speech at U.N. Plaza in New York

— “We only assemble here because of our desire to see right exist. My friends, I want it to be known that we’re going to work with grim and bold determination to gain justice on the buses in this city.

“And we are not wrong; we are not wrong in what we are doing. If we are wrong, the Supreme Court of this nation is wrong. If we are wrong, the Constitution of the United States is wrong. If we are wrong, God Almighty is wrong. If we are wrong, Jesus of Nazareth was merely a utopian dreamer that never came down to Earth. If we are wrong, justice is a lie, love has no meaning. And we are determined here in Montgomery to work and fight until justice runs down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream . . .

A few days after Rosa Parks was arrested, King addressed the First Montgomery Improvement Association at Holt Street Baptist Church.

— “I could not in all good conscience pay a fine for an act that I did not commit and above all for brutal treatment that I did not deserve. With all due respect to you and your court, I am inwardly compelled to take this stand.

After being arrested Sept. 3, 1958 and found guilty of loitering and fined him. King responded to a judge that he would rather be jailed than pay a fine for “an act that I did not commit.”

— “And I’ll tell you, I’ve seen the lightning flash. I’ve heard the thunder roll. I felt sin-breakers dashing, trying to conquer my soul. But I heard the voice of Jesus saying still to fight on. He promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone. No, never alone. He promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone.”

Delivered at Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago on Aug. 27, 1967.

— “I often feel like saying, when I hear the question ‘People aren’t ready,’ that it’s like telling a person who is trying to swim, ‘Don’t jump in that water until you learn how to swim.’ When actually you will never learn how to swim until you get in the water.  And I think people have to have an opportunity to develop themselves and govern themselves.

Interview on March 6, 1957

— Somewhere somebody must have some sense. Men must see that force begets force, hate begets hate, toughness begets toughness. And it is all a descending spiral, ultimately ending in destruction for all and everybody. Somebody must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate and the chain of evil in the universe. And you do that by love.

“Loving Your Enemies Speech”, Nov. 7, 1957

— “The reason I can’t follow the old eye-for-an-eye philosophy is that it ends up leaving everyone blind. ‘

Address at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, May 5, 1963

— “The ultimate test of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and moments of controversy.”

The Struggle for Racial Justice address delivered at Nobel Peace Prize Recognition Dinner, January 27, 1965

— “World peace through nonviolent means is neither absurd nor unattainable. All other methods have failed. Thus we must begin anew. Nonviolence is a good starting point.

“Those of us who believe in this method can be voices of reason, sanity, and understanding amid the voices of violence, hatred, and emotion. We can very well set a mood of peace out of which a system of peace can be built.

“Dreams of Brighter Tomorrows,” Ebony Magazine, March 1965

— “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.”

“Loving Your Enemies.”

Can you publish these quotes legally?

From the National Review.  

Selma still works because filmmaker Ava DuVernay was able to construct phrases that conveyed King’s oratory without using his actual words. King, Inc., is controlled by King’s surviving children and holds the copyright to King’s speeches. It has so aggressively enforced its legal rights as to make it almost impossible to use those speeches without paying a hefty fee. Film rights to King’s speeches have been licensed to Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks. DuVernay told the Washington Post, “We knew those rights are already gone, they’re with Spielberg.”

She also noted that she knew there were strings attached to the rights: “With those rights came a certain collaboration.” In other words, the King estate uses its control over the copyright to control how King is depicted. It’s perhaps no surprise that no major feature film about King has been produced before now.

Recent court cases suggest that DuVernay would have had a strong “fair use” defense for using some excerpts of King speeches. But she apparently decided it wasn’t worth the risk of litigation. As recently as 2013, that risk prevented many media outlets from using anything more than the briefest of snippets in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the “I have a dream” speech.

 

I have a dream that one day a man will not be judged by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character.  Did you think of that when you voted for Obama?  I will vote for Dr. Carson if he runs.

 

The guy could “rock” a crowd with the rhythm and eloquence of his delivery – what a speaker!

 

New Covenant Baptist Church, Chicago, Illinois, 9 April 1967

“What I’m saying to you this morning, my friends, even if it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, go on out and sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures; sweep streets like Handel and Beethoven composed music; sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry; Sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will have to pause and say, “Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.”

 

Dr. King left so many quotes that it would take forever to gather them all. He so eloquently and articulately quoted electrifying words of love, hope, motivation, inspiration, optimism, etc.

Dr. King was truly one of a kind. There will NEVER be another Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. …