ANGLIA GOOD NEWS! from the Ipswich Christadelphians

January 2019

 

 

The Birth of Christ

A unique predicament...

A young woman, living in a country under occupation, found herself pregnant. In her society this was a disgraceful thing, even though she was engaged to the man who was to become her husband. This was a real crisis for that young woman, and for her fiancé, a decent man who, once he knew the circumstances of her pregnancy, resolved not to abandon her.

To make matters worse, when she was close to giving birth, the ruling powers decreed that everybody must return to the region they were born in for a census. nativityThis was a journey of about 100 miles, mostly on foot – a real crisis, especially with the girl heavily pregnant.

When they got to the husband's home town, all accommodation was taken, and they dossed down in a stable – for yes, this was Mary, the mother of Jesus, the true Son of God, born of the Holy Spirit and her fiancé was Joseph of Bethlehem, where Jesus was born and laid in a manger in Roman-occupied Palestine.

Slaughter of_the_innocentsSlaughter of the innocents

So often Christmas focuses on the angelic choir, the shepherds and the wise men, the guiding star, on the baby Jesus, the gold, frankincense and myrrh, forgetting the crisis-ridden early childhood of Jesus.

Herod, fearing competition from this so called "King of the Jews" sought to kill him, and thousands of young children died – the "slaughter of the innocents" – and Mary, Joseph and the child were on the road again, fleeing to Egypt, another 100-mile journey. They stayed as refugees in Egypt until Herod died, and they were able to travel back to their home in Nazareth.

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A living faith for a dying world! Frog-in-Boiling-Water

How long does it take to react to mortal danger? Certainly a car speeding towards you on the wrong side of the road would make you get out of the way quickly!   But not all danger is quite so obvious. Many years ago scientists came up with the parable of a boiling frog. The premise is that if a frog is put suddenly into boiling water, it will jump out, but if the frog is put in tepid water which is then brought to the boil slowly, it won’t realise the danger until it’s too late and will be cooked to death. The story is a metaphor for our inability or unwillingness to react to, or be aware of, threats that arise gradually.

1-26-doomsday-clockThe Doomsday Clock

Scientists say that planet earth is almost at boiling point.   Back in 1947 a group of researchers, the Chicago Atomic Scientists, came up with the Doomsday Clock, a symbol which represents the likelihood of a man-made global catastrophe.  Originally, it addressed the threat of global nuclear war, but since 2007 it has also reflected climate change and new developments in life sciences and technology that could inflict irrevocable harm to humanity.

When the Doomsday Clock gets to midnight global catastrophe will strike. The original setting in 1947 was seven minutes to midnight. But as of January 2017, the Clock is set at just two and a half minutes to midnight. This dramatic change is due to the rise in nationalism worldwide together with President Trump’s aggressive comments over North Korea, and his opposition to measures to address climate change. It’s frightening to reflect that the 120 kiloton hydrogen bomb tested by Kim Jong-un’s North Korea early in September is eight times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. It’s frightening too that President Trump has retaliated by threatening “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

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