All About Emanuel Swedenborg (Updated)

All About Emanuel Swedenborg (Updated)

Jul 19

All about Emanuel Swedenborg. “People who have had near-death experiences peek through the door of the after-life, but Swedenborg explored the whole house.” — Kenneth Ring, founder of International Association for Near Death Studies (IANDS)

The Shroud of Turin 2015 Exhibition: April 19 – June 24

The Shroud of Turin 2015 Exhibition: April 19 – June 24

Jun 07

The Shroud in Turin will be publicly exhibited in Turin, Italy April 19 through June 24, 2015, 67 days in all. Pope Francis is planning to visit the Shroud on May 24th…

Movie: ‘Heaven Is For Real’ (Updated)

Movie: ‘Heaven Is For Real’ (Updated)

May 09

Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, “Heaven is for Real” brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. The film stars Academy Award nominee and Emmy award winning actor Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo and co-stars Kelly Reilly as Sonja Burpo, the real-life couple whose son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum) claims to have visited Heaven during a near-death experience. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth … things he couldn’t possibly know. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event. Randall Wallace of “Brave Heart” fame is the writer/director. The movie premiers April 16th, 2014.

Jesus, The Man

Jesus, The Man

May 09

While some elements of this description may not be historically accurate, it captures “the spirit of Jesus” better than any other overview I am aware of…

New Study Shows Man On Shroud Of Turin Had Dislocated Arms

New Study Shows Man On Shroud Of Turin Had Dislocated Arms

May 08

Four university professors have published an article in “Injury” magazine revealing that the crucified man that was wrapped in the Turin Shroud suffered a dislocation of the humerus, the paralysis of one arm and a violent trauma to the neck and chest. There are also traces of a double wrist-nailing…

Akiane Kramarik (Updated)

Akiane Kramarik (Updated)

Apr 20

Akiane Kramarik is a child prodigy who paints and writes poetry. Featured on television programs such as “Oprah”, Kramarik (born July 9, 1994) has gained worldwide attention. According to Kramarik, her art is inspired by her visions of heaven, and her personal connection with the God. Kramarik’s art depicts life, landscape, and people…

China On Course To Become ‘World’s Most Christian Nation’

China On Course To Become ‘World’s Most Christian Nation’

Apr 19

The number of Christians in Communist China is growing so steadily that it by 2030 it could have more churchgoers than America…

Jesus (Updated)

Jesus (Updated)

Apr 19

This page includes Jesus-related links to news articles, special reports, books, movies, videos, modern Jesus scholarship, The Sayings Gospel Q, and more…

NHNE’s NDE ‘Formula’ Newsletter Premiers Monday (Updated)

NHNE’s NDE ‘Formula’ Newsletter Premiers Monday (Updated)

Apr 07

The first issue of NHNE’s NDE Formula Newsletter premiers Monday, April 7th. This cutting-edge newsletter will focus on “The Formula for Creating Heaven on Earth” and how we can use the profound truths presented in near-death experiences to transform our personal and collective lives. If you are interested in receiving this free online publication, click here to sign up…

Vatican Library To Digitise Its Most Valuable Manuscripts

Vatican Library To Digitise Its Most Valuable Manuscripts

Mar 20

The Vatican Apostolic Library, founded in 1451 and considered one of the world’s most important research libraries, is hoping in the next four years to archive its entire collection of 82,000 manuscripts, comprising more than 41 million pages…

Jesus: “Ossuary Of James” Trial Comes To End (Updated)

Jesus: “Ossuary Of James” Trial Comes To End (Updated)

Feb 27

Israeli police seized the burial box and arrested its owner, Tel Aviv collector Oded Golan. In December 2004 he was charged with faking the ossuary and dozens of other items, including an inscribed tablet linked to King Joash, which, if authentic, would be the only physical evidence from the Temple of Solomon. The indictment leveled 44 charges of forgery, fraud and deception against Golan and 13 lesser counts against a codefendant, antiquities dealer Robert Deutsch. The trial of Golan, Deutsch and three others opened in Jerusalem District Court in September 2005.

On Sunday, the defense ended its summing-up with just two men left in the dock, bringing to an end five years of court proceedings that spanned 116 sessions, 133 witnesses, 200 exhibits and nearly 12,000 pages of witness testimony. The prosecution summation alone ran to 653 pages.

Yet despite the flood of strong scientific testimony, the feeling in the tiny courtroom, where fewer than a dozen people (including only one reporter) have followed the proceedings, was that the prosecution had failed to prove the items were forgeries or that Golan and Deutsch had faked them…

Demonic Possession & Exorcism (Updated)

Demonic Possession & Exorcism (Updated)

Feb 24

Pulse resource page on demonic possession and exorcism…

New NDE Movie: ‘The Perfect Wave’

New NDE Movie: ‘The Perfect Wave’

Feb 06

A new movie that tells the story of Ian McCormack’s near-death experience will premiere February 28th in South Africa. Called “The Perfect Wave”, the movie “tells the story of a rebellious young man’s journey as he searches for the meaning of life.”

“The film is in many ways a love story that interweaves four threads: a mother’s love for her son, a young man’s love for surfing, a young man falling in love for the first time, and God’s love for humankind,” says South African director Bruce Macdonald. “It has Christian appeal, but it’s primarily an adventure.”

NHNE Winter 2014 Fundraising Video (Final Numbers)

NHNE Winter 2014 Fundraising Video (Final Numbers)

Jan 17

Twice a year, NewHeavenNewEarth (NHNE) conducts fundraisers to support our work. This year, in addition to raising money to support our many online projects, we are raising money to support the new Mustard Seed Venture – NewHeavenNewEarth Community Center in Sedona, Arizona. This short video describes our innovative work and offers those of you who are interested a chance to lend a hand…

TEDx: Barrie Schwortz on The Shroud of Turin

TEDx: Barrie Schwortz on The Shroud of Turin

Jan 06

Barrie Schwortz, an Orthodox Jew, spends much of his time educating Christians that the Turin Shroud may well be an artifact of Jesus. An expert on imaging, he was the official documenting photographer for the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP), the 1978 team that conducted the first in-depth scientific examination of the Shroud. In 2009, he founded the Shroud of Turin Education and Research Association, Inc. (STERA, Inc.). Schwortz began as a skeptic of the shroud, but by scientific evidence became absolutely convinced of its authenticity. To be open-minded and brave enough to immerse oneself in the evidence of beliefs that go against your own, and allow yourself to be convinced of their validity, requires a courage and honesty that not many can claim. This is what Barrie Schwortz has been doing for the past 30 years…

Hollywood’s New Best Friend: ‘The Bible’

Hollywood’s New Best Friend: ‘The Bible’

Dec 27

The saint-like image of a hooded woman looms out from the movie poster, her arms outstretched as a divine light bursts from the sky. A message written above is simple and unambiguous: “You Will Believe.” So goes the promotional campaign for the forthcoming Hollywood blockbuster Mary Mother of Christ. Mary Mother of Christ is one of a series of unashamedly Christian biblical epics due to appear next year, marking an unprecedented overture by Hollywood to America’s evangelical heartland…

A Native American Christmas

A Native American Christmas

Dec 26

From Jana Mashonee’s “American Indian Christmas” album…

Documentary: ‘The Redemption of Howard Storm’

Documentary: ‘The Redemption of Howard Storm’

Dec 21

This is a trailer for a new film about near-death experiencer Howard Storm. In this film, Howard tells the story of his near-death experience, with a special focus on his conversations with Jesus…

Christophor Coppes: The Essence of Religions and NDEs

Christophor Coppes: The Essence of Religions and NDEs

Dec 16

Christophor Coppes is the author of “The Essence of Religions: A Glimpse of Heaven in the Near-Death Experience”. This article summarizes his core findings…

Movie: ‘Son of God’

Movie: ‘Son of God’

Nov 30

The first trailer for “Son of God” has debuted online. The film is a big-screen adaptation of the History Channel’s hit 10-hour miniseries The Bible, produced by Mark Burnett and wife Roma Downey. The movie will follow Jesus from his birth through his death and resurrection and is set to feature selections from the miniseries and additional scenes left on the cutting-room floor. Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado is reprising his role as the son of God…

Was Mother Teresa’s Humanitarian Image ‘A Myth’? (Updated)

Was Mother Teresa’s Humanitarian Image ‘A Myth’? (Updated)

Nov 14

A collection of reports that accuse Mother Teresa of failing to be the humanitarian saint she was widely perceived to be. The allegations include accepting money from corrupt sources, keeping secret bank accounts, misusing millions of dollars in donations (money that could have been used to alleviate poverty or improve the conditions of her hospices was used, instead, to open new convents, increase missionary work, and fund other Vatican projects), refusing to help the needy when they approached the sisters at the wrong time according to the prescribed schedule, discouraging sisters from seeking medical training to deal with the illnesses they encountered (with the justification that God empowers the weak and ignorant), the imposition of “unjust” punishments on sisters (such as being transferred away from their friends), and keeping sisters in check by prohibiting the reading of secular books and newspapers, and emphasizing obedience over independent thinking and problem-solving… This post also includes Time Magazine’s August 2007 article on “Mother Teresa’s Crisis of Faith.”

Fox & Friends: To Heaven & Back

Fox & Friends: To Heaven & Back

Jun 28

This week, Fox and Friends reported on five people who say that they went to heaven during a near-death experience…

New NDE Book: ‘I Knew Their Hearts’ by Jeff Olsen

New NDE Book: ‘I Knew Their Hearts’ by Jeff Olsen

Jun 12

After reading Jeff Olsen’s new book “I Knew Their Hearts,” I wholeheartedly agree with Raymond Moody’s assessment, “Jeff Olsen’s story is one of the most amazing I have ever heard.” Everyone who has an interest in near-death experiences (and related issues) needs to read this book…

Near-Death Experiences: Heavenly Stories Are Popular, Except In Church

Near-Death Experiences: Heavenly Stories Are Popular, Except In Church

Jun 12

This article examines many of today’s most well-known near-death experiencers, authors, and researchers, including Dr. Eben Alexander, Raymond Moody, Dr. George Ritchie, Reverend John Price, and Colton Burpo. One of the core points it makes is this: Many pastors don’t want to touch the subject because it’s too dangerous. Rob Bell, one of the nation’s most popular evangelical pastors, ignited a firestorm two years ago when he challenged the teaching that only Christians go to heaven. The book angered many members of Bell’s church as well as many in the evangelical establishment. He subsequently resigned…

Joseph Smith, Mormons, and Mormonism (Updated)

Joseph Smith, Mormons, and Mormonism (Updated)

Jun 06

NHNE Pulse on Joseph Smith, Mormons, and Mormonism…

Richard Packham: ‘Why I Left the Mormon Church’

Richard Packham: ‘Why I Left the Mormon Church’

Jun 06

In the years since leaving the church I have never regretted my decision for a moment (other than the fact that it caused me to lose my wife and children). Subsequent study has given me a hundred times as much damning information about the church and its history as I had at the time of my original decision to leave it. Many Mormon friends and family members have tried to convince me that I made a mistake, but when I insist that they also listen to what I have to say about my reasons for believing the church to be false, they soon abandon the attempt, even though I assure them that my mind is open to any evidence or reasoning I may have overlooked. They are convinced that I apostatized because of sin, lack of faith, stubbornness, pride, hurt feelings, lack of knowledge or understanding, depravity, desire to do evil or live a life of debauchery. None of those reasons is correct. I left for one reason, and one reason only: the Mormon church is not led by God, and it never has been. It is a religion of 100% human origin…

Notes from Sedona’s 06/04/13 NDE Class

Notes from Sedona’s 06/04/13 NDE Class

Jun 05

This update includes information about the 2013 IANDS and ACISTE conferences, a new book by J. Steve Miller called “Near-Death Experiences as Evidence for the Existence of God and Heaven: A Brief Introduction in Plain Language,” a quick list of NHNE’s diverse and growing NDE resources, a video of Reverend Peter Panagore sharing his near-death experience, and, finally, tons of information about NDEr Jeff C. Olsen and his new book, “I Knew Their Hearts”…

05/07/13 NDE Class Notes (Includes The History of “The Formula”)

05/07/13 NDE Class Notes (Includes The History of “The Formula”)

Jun 05

The NDE classes in Sedona are continuing to produce lots of great content. Here are the class notes from our May 7th meeting. Among other things, this update includes provocative information from Dr. Jeffrey Long, author of “Evidence for the Afterlife,” that offers increasing evidence for the existence of a personal God. This update also includes an important overview concerning how “The Formula for Creating Heaven on Earth” came to be…

Belief In Biblical End-Times Stifling Climate Change Action In U.S.

Belief In Biblical End-Times Stifling Climate Change Action In U.S.

May 10

The United States has failed to take action to mitigate climate change thanks in part to the large number of religious Americans who believe in biblical end-times…

Derren Brown Documentary: ‘Miracles For Sale’ (Updated)

Derren Brown Documentary: ‘Miracles For Sale’ (Updated)

Apr 06

Derren Brown teaches an ordinary British citizen how to adopt the guise of a pastor and miracle worker. After six months of learning the trade, “Pastor James Collins” sets sail for America. With a camera crew documenting all aspects of the adventure, Paster James performs faith healing miracles live in Texas…

1972 Best Documentary: ‘Marjoe’ (Updated)

1972 Best Documentary: ‘Marjoe’ (Updated)

Apr 06

This post includes the 1972 Oscar winning film, Marjoe. Marjoe Gortner was the first Evangelical preacher to blow the whistle on his profession. In this award-winning documentary Marjoe reveals age-old tricks of the trade and exposed some of the entertainment aspects of the popular movement that have made it big business… From the beginning, his preaching skills were meticulously cultivated. Before he learned to say “Mamma” or “Poppa,” he was taught to sing “Hallelujah!” When he was nine months old his mother taught him the right way to shout “Glory!” into the microphone. At three, he could preach the gospel from memory, and he received drama coaching and instruction in every performing art from saxophone playing to baton twirling. On Halloween, 1948, at the age of four, Marjoe was officially ordained and thrust into a wildly successful career as the Shirley Temple of America’s Bible Belt, the sprawling non-geographic community of strict adherents to the Christian scriptures. In the following decade he preached to packed tents and houses coast to coast, as enthusiastic audiences flocked to see the Miracle Child who allegedly received sermons from the Lord in his sleep…

Dr. Eben Alexander: The Easter Question

Dr. Eben Alexander: The Easter Question

Mar 31

Dr. Eben Alexander writes:

“More than ever since my near death experience, I consider myself a Christian — though one who knows that God loves all of His children, including those whose faith is expressed in traditions different from my own… Any pastor will tell you that the single concept that separates the wheat (that is, the real believers) from the chaff (those who are Christians only in name), is whether a person accepts that what Christian tradition says happened on Easter Morning really happened. The entire force of the Christian message can be pushed into that moment when the rock of the cave rolled aside and Jesus — the same and yet not the same Jesus whom his mother had watched die on the cross just two days before — stepped out once more into common daylight. That he had, in fact, overcome death.

“Now, I can tell you that if someone had asked me, in the days before my NDE, what I thought of this story, I would have said that it was lovely. But it remained just that — a story. To say that the physical body of a man who had been brutally tortured and killed could simply get up and return to the world a few days later is to contradict every fact we know about the universe. It wasn’t simply an unscientific idea. It was a downright anti-scientific one.

“But it is an idea that I now believe. Not in a lip-service way. Not in a dress-up-it’s-Easter kind of way. I believe it with all my heart, and all my soul…”

Germany’s Great Church Sell-Off

Germany’s Great Church Sell-Off

Feb 15

Dwindling church attendance and dire financial straits are forcing the Catholic and Protestant Churches in Germany to sell off church buildings en masse. Some are demolished, while others are turned into restaurants or indoor rock climbing centers…

David Sunfellow: ‘How Near-Death Experiences Are Changing The World’ (Updated)

David Sunfellow: ‘How Near-Death Experiences Are Changing The World’ (Updated)

Jan 04

On January 27th and March 16th of 2012, David Sunfellow gave two talks in Sedona entitled “How Near-Death Experiences Are Changing The World”. The following two-hour, two-part video is a summary of the information that David shared during these presentations…

Mary Breastfeeding Jesus: Christmas’ Missing Icon

Mary Breastfeeding Jesus: Christmas’ Missing Icon

Dec 12

With all the familiar scenes associated with the holy family today — creches and church pageants, postage stamps and holiday cards — we are missing an obvious element of the mother-child connection that modern Christians are apparently happy to do without: a breast-feeding infant. Jesus certainly wasn’t a bottle baby. So what happened to Mary’s breasts? It’s a centuries-old story, but one that has a relatively brief answer: namely, the rise of the printing press in 15th-century Europe…

Quick List of Prominent Near-Death Experiencers (Updated)

Quick List of Prominent Near-Death Experiencers (Updated)

Nov 06

A quick list of prominent near-death experiencers, including links to their websites, Facebook & Google+ pages, Twitter feeds, and related resources…

New Movie: ‘Hellbound?’ (Updated)

New Movie: ‘Hellbound?’ (Updated)

Sep 26

Horrific depictions of hell have gripped humanity for centuries. And rightly so. Throughout history, people of all faiths have agonized over why God allows so much evil in the world. Their only comfort has been the hope that somehow, someday, God will make things right. Evildoers may get away with murder in this life. But in the life to come, there’ll be hell to pay. But the traditional view of hell also presents us with a dilemma: Of course we all want to see the scales of justice balanced. But if God is our pure, all-loving Creator, can he really allow (presumably) billions of people to suffer in hell for eternity? Evil is evil, but doesn’t the traditional view of hell tip the scales too far the other way? To many people, it seems like we can have a good God or we can have the traditional view of hell, but we can’t have both… Hellbound? is a feature-length documentary that asks why we are so bound to the idea of hell and what our view of hell reveals about how we perceive God, the Bible and, ultimately, ourselves…

Ancient Papyrus Fragment Suggests Jesus Was Married

Ancient Papyrus Fragment Suggests Jesus Was Married

Sep 20

A historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School has identified a scrap of papyrus that she says was written in Coptic in the fourth century and contains a phrase never seen in any piece of Scripture: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife …’ ” The faded papyrus fragment is smaller than a business card, with eight lines on one side, in black ink legible under a magnifying glass. Just below the line about Jesus having a wife, the papyrus includes a second provocative clause that purportedly says, “she will be able to be my disciple.”

Living in the Kingdom: Our Visit with Mother Antonia

Living in the Kingdom: Our Visit with Mother Antonia

Sep 16

Greg Mackie writes: “On August 21, Patricia and I had the great honor of visiting Mother Antonia, the ‘prison angel of Tijuana.’ It was a beautiful experience. As we saw how totally devoted Mother Antonia and the sisters who serve with her were to their mission of serving ‘the least of these,’ we felt like we were in the presence of people who, to a much greater degree than most, were really living in the Kingdom…”

What If Jesus Had Been A Republican?

What If Jesus Had Been A Republican?

Aug 28

1. When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at his home. 2. So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them. 3. Then some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4. And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. 5. When Jesus saw this he grew angry, “Why did you wreck my roof? Do you have any idea how much that cost to install? Do you know how many tables and chairs I had to make in my carpentry shop to pay for that roof? The reeds alone cost five talents. I had them carted in from Bethany.” 6. The disciples had never seen Jesus so angry about his possessions…

Amy C’s Near-Death Experience

Amy C’s Near-Death Experience

Aug 17

EXCERPT: “I came to understand that most of us have lived much, MUCH longer than we could even fathom. That our lives that feel so very long are infinitesimal when placed in the Whole picture… which for that matter, cannot even be framed. I was shown how every single individual through their own free will chooses paths that MATHEMATICALLY take them to the circumstances of their next existence or life. That NOTHING at all sits in accident or chaos. That every single aspect of our lives are ruled by NATURAL Laws that we placed ourSELVES in! That in a sense, we create our own worlds. I was shown how one can never assume either, that if someone lives a life of suffering that this is because of “evil” deeds. Many may CHOOSE a life of suffering because of what it Awakens in them.. or to help another, etc.. We can NEVER EVER assume that we can be accurate in guessing why each Being lives the life they live. I cannot describe the relief… the refreshing, peaceful balm this Knowledge was for me. To finally gather this Truth that I’d yearned for all of my life… That all IS Good! That there IS sense and beauty all around. That no one is just “free-falling” as it had seemed before! That God doesn’t just get to toy with us as He pleases with random ideas of tests, including rewards and punishments that just depend upon His current mood or mindset. While in this experience, out in the vast expanse of stars and planets, moons, and Knowledge, I Knew complete Trust for what felt like the first time. This was bliss for me. I had lived in fear and distrust and panic for 30 consecutive years…”

Is Jesus Reaching Out To Muslims Through Their Dreams? (Updated)

Is Jesus Reaching Out To Muslims Through Their Dreams? (Updated)

Jul 09

Is Jesus Christ reaching out to Muslims through their dreams and encouraging them to embrace his teachings? This is exactly the phenomenon that some former Islamic adherents claim they have personally experienced. Numerous stories about Muslims, among others, who see the Christian savior in their dreams and convert as a result are streaming out of the Middle East…

Andy Paquette: 20 Year History of Precognitive Dreams

Andy Paquette: 20 Year History of Precognitive Dreams

Jul 02

Andy Paquette, author of, “Dreamer: 20 Years of Psychic Dreams and How They Changed My Life”, discusses his psychic and precognitive experiences…

New Evidence Supports John The Baptist Bones Theory

New Evidence Supports John The Baptist Bones Theory

Jun 17

Scientists have uncovered new evidence that mysterious remains found in an ancient reliquary in a 5th century monastery in Bulgaria belong to St John the Baptist. While these findings do not offer conclusive evidence, they also don’t refute the theory first proffered by the Bulgarian archaeologists who found the remains while excavating under an ancient church on the island…

Ossuary of James: Shanks Believes ‘Brother of Jesus’ Inscription Is Authentic

Ossuary of James: Shanks Believes ‘Brother of Jesus’ Inscription Is Authentic

Jun 17

In all the hubbub and flurry of the verdict last March in the “forgery case of the century,” one question — the central question — seems to have gotten lost: Is the ossuary inscription “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus” genuine or not? There is no reason to doubt the authenticity of the inscription on the James Ossuary. Whether it refers to Jesus of Nazareth remains a question…

The Three Faces Of God

The Three Faces Of God

Jun 07

The following post comes from an online discussion that took place on NHNE’s Near-Death Experience Network. It was part of a lively discussion that was triggered by Robert Perry’s essay “Loving Personhood Or Liberation From Personhood?” EXCERPT: “The evidence is overwhelming that while non-dual perspectives are vital, essential, and foundational — and that they need to be incorporated into our spiritual path and philosophy if we are going to be truly healthy — they are also limited — and primitive. Moreover, there is a very real danger of people having 1st-person God experiences and getting into serious trouble. The trouble they can get into is that after experiencing themselves to be God, they dismiss all need to develop their personalities, work on shadow issues, or cultivate healthy relationships in the world. They do this because they focus on only one aspect of their nature and misunderstand the purpose of life. They see clearly that the created universe is a dream, but mistakenly believe there is no reason for them to stay engaged here. What’s actually happening is that we’ve dreamed the world into existence for a purpose. That purpose, which is described in different ways by different sources, usually revolves around God becoming incarnate in the created universe through us. Or, said another way, you and I being called to manifest heaven on earth. What I find really interesting about all of this, is that ALL THREE FACES of God are abundantly represented in near-death experiences, while classic Advaita Vedanta experiences focus primarily on the 1st-person face of God. That’s the rub. In order to be healthy (living lives that are aligned with the intentions of life and the universe), we need all three. This is one reason why I believe that near-death experiences are more current, inspired, full-blown representatives of where humankind is headed than older, more foundational, and less evolved classic enlightenment experiences…”

The Purpose of Life, Jesus & NDEs (Updated)

The Purpose of Life, Jesus & NDEs (Updated)

Jun 07

I would like to list a few things that I believe are true that, as far as I can tell, are not only NOT common knowledge, but also have the potential to upend some deeply engrained ways of viewing the spiritual path, spiritual experiences, and, ultimately, the purpose of life…

Jesus of Siberia (Sergey Anatolyevitch Torop)

Jesus of Siberia (Sergey Anatolyevitch Torop)

May 29

Sergey Anatolyevitch Torop, born January 14, 1961 in Krasnodar, Russian, is known by his followers as Vissarion, or Jesus of Siberia. He founded and heads a religious movement known as the Church of the Last Testament with its head church in the Siberian Taiga in the Minusinsk Depression east of Abakan, in the southern Siberia Kuraginsk district of Krasnoyarsk territory. He has around 4,000 followers (called Vissarionites) in around thirty villages in the immediate vicinity of his base at Sun City and approximately 10,000 followers around the world. Vissarion claims to be a reincarnation of Jesus. He teaches reincarnation, veganism, and the impending end of the world, or at least of civilization as we know it…

Underground Gay Group Emerges At Evangelical Christian College

Underground Gay Group Emerges At Evangelical Christian College

May 25

On the same day President Obama became the first U.S. president to come out in support of same-sex marriage, a group of students announced the presence of the “Biola Queer Underground” at this small evangelical university, touching off a highly-charged debate about Christianity and homosexuality…