Christian Apologetics Society

Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God."
- Matthew 22:29

Isaiah 55:11
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it
Gen 1:3
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light
Matthew 26:26
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body."
Malachi 1:11
My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations," says the LORD Almighty.
John 20:23
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.
James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
James 2:14
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
Luke 20:38
For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.
Rev 21:27
Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.
1 Cor 3:15
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Psalm 51:5
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.
John 3:5
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Titus 3:5
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
1 Timothy 3:15
but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
Acts 22:16
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

Christianity in Eastern Russia

We download and listen to a variety of Christian podcasts. One of the most fascinating this past week was "The Catholic Church in Eastern Russia". The podcast was a great summary of the revival of the Church in Russia. The program starts with an overview of the demographic collapse of Russia. Then the effects of Communism on the Russian family is discussed. The plight of Russian orphans and "unheld babies" follows. The last half of the podcast is a question and answer period with calls from listeners during the original radio broadcast. Click the arrow below to launch a flash MP3 player with the podcast.

Some of the ear and mind candy includes:

- The Great Russian Far East is one and a half times the size of the continental United States.

- Every year the Russian population is 800,000 fewer than the year before. That's the equivalant of losing an urban city like San Franciso each and every year.

- The primary cause of the decline is the high death rate from alcoholism and traffic accidents. The life expectancy of a Russian is 57 for both males and females.

- Russia was the first country to legalize abortion in 1921.

- Fewer than 10% of Russian orphans have any chance of a normal life. Most orphans end up dead in their 20's from drug abuse and crime.

- If you are older than 50 in Russia, then you know nothing about religion, of any sort.

- Fewer than one half of one percent (.5%) of the population practice any religion whatsoever. The criteria for practicing is attending church or synogogue two or more times each year. Those figures includes the Russian Orthodox Church.

- About 75% of the population has been baptised into the Russian Orthodox Church. That's a dramatic increase from about 10% just 20 years ago. However, most baptised Russians were baptised without even 5 minutes of instruction in the Christian faith. Most of the newly baptised never go back to church ever again, not even for weddings or burials!

The podcast really makes one appreciate the gift of faith that has been passed down from generation to generation in the Western world. We hope you'll take time to listen to the entire podcast.

    Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
    Matthew 28:19

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Demographic Winter
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Source: Mary Mother of God Mission Society, Vladivostok

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