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Odd and unusual sites I've come across while roving around the web

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Apr
22nd
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Countdown to the End Times

The introduction to this site says that “humanity now totters on the brink of unprecedented disaster and chaos” It also says that this disaster and chaos is a “sign” that the world is rapidly approaching the long-prophesied End Times. The final result will be “an event so cataclysmic that it will change the World as we now know it!”

The operators of the site suggest that this final cataclysm is predicted by various infallible prophesies found in the bible. The only question to be answered is whether this ultimate catastrophe will occur in the distant future, or whether it is almost upon us now. According to the site, the signs are very clear that it is nearly upon us.

Jan
11th
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Tooth Picks from the True Cross

This is a spoof story about tooth picks made from the wood of the purported true cross of Jesus. The story says that the tooth picks are being sold on the Christian Ebay, Ebayjesus. According to Christian legend, pieces of wood from the original true cross have supernatural healing powers, in one case even resurrecting a dead boy. Many churches and monasteries claim to have a small piece of the original wood, but in fact most of these pieces, if not all, are fakes. Some people will say that the idea of making tooth picks from the wood is sacreligious, but I found it rather amusing.

To read this story, go to The Spoof.

Dec
3rd
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The Shroud of Turin Website

This entire website is devoted to the so-called Shroud of Turin. This is the mysterious shroud (cloth) which may have been wrapped around the body of Jesus before he was placed in the tomb after his death on the cross at Golgotha. There are faint markings on the cloth which could be stains created by contact with his body. But the authenticity of this shroud is much disputed, and many believe that it is a fake.

This website contains reports about all the latest news and research about the Shroud. It also has an extensive collection of articles on its history, physical properties, and other aspects. To visit this site, go to Holy Shroud.

Apr
21st
Wed
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The Lost Gospels

Here is another interesting article about missing and lost gospels. It says that early Christians probably wrote at least twenty gospels in addition to the four in the bible. Many of these other gospels were later lost, although their names still survive, and in some cases small fragments of their text have been preserved.

To see this article, go to lost gospels of the bible. It contains brief descriptions of seven of the most important lost or re-discovered gospels, including the “Gospel of Mary”, the “Gospel of Judas”, and the “Lost Q Source”. There is also a photo of a fragment of an ancient scroll.

Apr
8th
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Other Gospels

This article discusses early Christian gospels that weren’t included in the bible. Many of these gospels have disappeared and might be lost forever. But some have survived or been rediscovered, although in some cases only fragments have been found.

To read this article, go to Other Gospels. It focuses particular attention on the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Peter, and the Gospel of Matthias.

Jan
17th
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Lost Years of Jesus

The bible doesn’t say anything about what Jesus did between the age of twelve and the time he began his public ministry at about the age of thirty. These are called the lost years of Jesus. Many books have been published with speculations about what happened to him during this period. For example, in 1894 Nicolas Notovitch published a book called The Unknown Life of Christ. One of the most common theories is that Jesus traveled to India and Tibet, either before or after he was crucified and resurrected, where he was known as Saint Issa. This Lost Years Article gives a detailed account of this theory.

Oct
31st
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Golgotha

This intriguing article discusses the mystery of the location of Golgotha, which is the gospels’ name for the place where Jesus was crucified. The article says that the site was probably located just outside the walls of ancient Jerusalem, and that it may have been on a small hill or knoll next to a road leading out from the city. To read the complete article, go to Golgotha. There is a map of ancient Jerusalem which indicates the most likely location of the site.

Sep
5th
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The Rapture Index

The people behind this website have created a mathematical indicator that shows how close we are to the rapture and the End of the World. Called the Rapture Index, it is based on various “signs” such as natural disasters, the price of oil, debt, inflation, drug abuse, moral decline, crime, and the arrival of false prophets.

According to the creators of the site, this indicator has been gradually rising because conditions in society keep getting worse. But they are happy that it is rising because they believe that they will be raptured to safety, whereas all the wicked people will be left behind to face the terrors of the tribulation.

Jul
14th
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The Dark Side of Religion

This interesting article discusses research which shows that states with a high proportion of conservative Christians have unusually high rates of murder and other crimes. The article attributes this to the excessive fanaticism of this group of Christians.

To read more about this subject, go to Dark Side of Religion

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The Secret Life of Jesus

This website explores lost gospels and alleged suppressed information about the life and teachings of Jesus. It also contains information about his supposed secret marriage to Mary Magdalene and the royal bloodline that still survives. There is also a discussion of the relationship between the early Christians and the Essenes.

To read more, go to Secret Life of Jesus.

Jun
2nd
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Christian Goth

This website is a resource for people who embrace both Christianity and the Gothic culture. One amusing section discusses how a gothic Christian should dress when going out for the night. It says that the use of black makeup and black clothing is not evidence of an obsession with death, and quotes biblical passages which show that dressing in black is consistent with basic Christian beliefs.

To visit this site, go to Christian Goth

May
31st
Sat
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