10 Top Myths About HIV/AIDS

HIV Infection

Aids, a disease without a cure?

Original article published by REAL HEALTH TREATMENTS

Beginning to understand the challenges of HIV/AIDS starts by dealing with some of the common myths people tend to believe about the disease. Following are some of the myths and the actual facts about the disease.

1. HIV/AIDS is mostly a disease of homosexual men.
Primarily spread by heterosexual sex, HIV/AIDS now infects as many women as men worldwide. Although the disease was first recognized in the United States among gay men, it is also significantly spread among IV drug users. Internationally, it is more often a disease of heterosexuals.

2. HIV/AIDS is mostly an African problem.
Found in every country in the world, HIV infections are growing most rapidly in countries outside of Africa, including India and Russia. Many African countries have been decimated by HIV/AIDS, but the impact is also significant in Asia, Eastern Europe, and India.

3. HIV/AIDS spreads mostly because of poor moral choices.
Women are often infected by their husbands. Children most often contract HIV by being born to HIV+ mothers. It isn’t helpful or meaningful to determine who is at fault or who is an innocent victim.

4. Plenty of money is being spent on fighting HIV/AIDS.
While a great deal of money is being spent by governments, private organizations, and individuals to fight HIV/AIDS, much more is needed.

5. HIV/AIDS is no longer a problem in developed countries like Canada,United States e.t.c.
Because medications (Antiretrovirals or ARVs) are widely available in the developed countries, the death rate has decreased. But the number of people living with HIV/AIDS has not decreased and the rate of new infections is not declining.

6. ARVs are widely available.
While antiretrovirals are becoming more available, they are still difficult to find in many rural areas and in some countries. Both drugs and systems to distribute them are needed in many poor countries.

7. A cure exists for HIV/AIDS.
While there are treatments to prolong life, there is no cure. Many scientists are working on a cure but few believe there will ever be one way to effectively cure someone because the virus constantly changes.

8. There is no hope for those with HIV/AIDS.
Great progress is being made in treatments and the rate of infant infection in some countries is dropping rapidly. There is also a dropping rate of new infections in many countries with strong prevention programs.

9. If I’m not HIV+, the disease doesn’t affect me.
The high rate of HIV/AIDS infections is causing instability in many countries and reversing the progress made in development. It is also causing a worldwide tuberculosis pandemic. Every community is affected. A pandemic affects everyone even if not immediately recognized.

10. There’s nothing I can do.
Everyone can do something. First, become educated. Then help teach others in your church, school, and community. Begin to care and pray about how you and your church, school, and community can become involved. Begin to share your knowledge with your peers to help break HIV stigma and discrimination that exists in most communities today and to encourage others to be a part of this fight to end the stigma of those affected or infected with HIV/AIDS.

Link of original article: http://realhealthtreatments.info/the-top-ten-myths-about-hivaids/

I Am Not Afraid: Demon Possession And Spiritual Warfare

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While Africa and Madagascar seem like strange and faraway places, the world in which we now live has become much smaller than many of us could ever have imagined. Moreover, even our neighbors visit the local fortuneteller, read the horoscope page in the newspaper, and attend séances that seek to reach departed friends, lovers, and family members. Consequently, as we begin a journey into faraway places, we may soon find they are not as far away as we may have expected.

From Chapter 3

I Am Not Afraid is Rev. Dr. Robert Bennett s fascinating first-hand account of the spiritual warfare found within the Lutheran Church of Madagascar. Is spiritual warfare something new to the Church? Bennett reviews what the Bible, Church Fathers, and contemporary Lutheran leaders have to say.

Part One includes recent conversations dealing with spiritual warfare, an introduction into the Malagasy Lutheran Church, and the traditional Malagasy worldview. These are the stories of those who have been rescued from the darkness of sin and brought into the light of the Gospel.

Part Two looks to the Bible and the Church for explanation and historical perspective on the spiritual warfare found in the Malagasy Lutheran Church. Is it something only found in the time of Jesus and the apostles? What has the Church said in the past about such activities? Bennett explores the views of Martin Luther and other Lutheran leaders, and finally provides some helpful contemporary material and resources for dealing with spiritual warfare in today s context.

Includes a glossary of key terms, transcripts of personal interviews, bibliography, Scripture index, and subject index.

The Author

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Dr. Robert H Bennett is the Executive Director of Luther Academy. Before accepting the position to Luther Academy, Bennett served as the Administrative Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church and School of Reese, Michigan (2009-2014) and Senior Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church of Benzonia, Michigan (2001-2009).

He enjoys teaching in the areas of The Lutheran Confessions, and Pastoral Theology. Bennett also serves as an International Mission Specialist and Guest Professor of Missions at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Dr. Bennett holds the degrees of B.A. from Concordia University, Ann Arbor (Human Resource Management), M.Div. (Exegetical Studies), S.T.M (Exegetical Studies) and PhD (Missiology) from Concordia

Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne Indiana. His PhD research focused on the growth of the Lutheran Church of Madagascar (F.L.M.). Dr. Bennett’s research led to the publishing of his first book on the subject Malagasy Lutheranism, titled, I Am Not Afraid: Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare. Bennett is also the author of Afraid: Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare in America and numerous journal articles and book reviews.

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Jesus Christ The Superstar: Questions To Ask If I Meet Him

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One of the greatest Biblical men ever to step on this planet 2000 years ago was Jesus Christ. From the town of Nazareth in what is now called Israel, Jesus traveled about the region and gained a large followers.

His powers and claims to be the son of God didn’t only give him love, but hatred from an empire of deceitful enemies. After a few years, the religious leaders in Jerusalem falsely accused him of crimes and handed him over to the Roman authorities and he was executed.

His execution didn’t bring to the end of his doctrine. A short time later, his followers preached in the name of Jesus Christ, whom they said rose from the dead. More and more followers were added to this movement which has become the Christian church of today.

Jesus healed the sick, lame, the blind and cast away demons tormenting mankind. He thought about how to love, to give and to forgive, but like many of his followers, I don’t understand some of his teachings.

Jesus said “Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either.” Luke 6: 28-29.

I understand Jesus wants peace and love among people. It’s, therefore, necessary to pray for our enemies and those that mistreat us. But how can the great teacher tell us to do these things when people continue to abuse and mistreat other people, taking their humbleness and submissiveness as weaknesses to dominate mankind?

Above all, the great teacher said: “Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also.” What about if I collapse and never regain consciousness after giving him the other cheek? I love Jesus with all my heart. He knows it, but I am not going to give the other cheek to anyone who slaps me. I need to slap back in return before he kills me.

Christians all over the world believe in the second coming of Christ. Nobody knows when he is coming. He said, “For you, yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.” Whether dead or alive when he comes, I believe I will meet him to explain these teachings I find them hard to follow or obey.

The Paris Attacks: The Leader Behind The Atrocity Is A Belgian

PoliceFrench officials have named Abdelhamid Abaaoud, as the alleged mastermind of the Paris attacks. The 27 year old Belgian  linked to a Brussel-based terror cell. He remains at large and is believed to be in Syria.

He became known to security forces after, appearijng in an Islamic State Video. He was also linked to two twarted attacks in France this year, one on a high speed train to Paris and another on a church in the capital.

Omar Ismail Mostefai has been indentified as one of the Islamic attackers at the Bataclan. His body was found at the scene. He was born in France and grew up in Le Canal Estate in Courcourronnes, 16 miles, South of Paris.

For updates and more information follow Yahoo News: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/video/abdelhamid-abaaoud-islamic-state-jihadi-105741833.html

Why Many Fear The Dead When They Can’t Harm Us?

Image 2Death is inevitable. It happens to everyone, without taking race, gender, age, religion, or status into consideration. Death is an enemy which has conquered and keeps on conquering, taking away the happiness of everyone when it strikes. “For the living knows that they will die; but the dead know nothing, their love, their hatred, and their envy have now perished,” says the Bible at (Ecclesiastes 9:5)

Paranormal stories reveal the existence of restless spirits or ghosts, haunting places of abode and people, but I haven’t heard of a dead body harming anyone. Why then most people fear a dead body? The only way to determine if the dead can harm someone is to sleep at a graveyard till morning or stay with a dead body in a room alone. Believe me; you will have a peaceful union with the dead body than taking the risk to pass through a violent community.

On ‘Youtube’ are hundreds of pranks involving dead bodies. Some are very hilarious that one never stops laughing after watching them. I wonder why people risk their lives fleeing across the road, because a man stops a vehicle and tries to deposit the body of someone pretending to be dead. If the dead has no power at all to hurt someone, why the need to fear the dead instead of the living?

Some people were born naturally cruel. They kill for pleasure. Your friends can hurt you and make feel miserable like a church mouse. People invade your property, steal your belongings. Injustice, corruption, discrimination, racism, terrorism, child abuse, crime and violence everywhere, are caused by the living. The dead has got nothing to do with this. In fact the dead sometimes becomes victim of crime and injustice.

Ghouls get to graveyards to steal jewels, ornaments and expensive items buried with the dead, especially those who follow traditions of the royal family. Many enjoy making fortune out of people’s misery and tragedy. Aftermath of the Malaysia Airlines MH17, which was shot down recently in eastern Ukraine, some looters were at the site to steal money and credit cards, living at the expense of the dead.

Would you continue living in fear because of the dead when they have no power to harm you? The source of all our fear comes from our own uncontrolled minds. The mind is obsessed with fear to the extent that sometimes one flees when no one is after him and mostly flees from safety to danger. Life is beautiful; while we are part of this generation we mustn’t hurt our psychological emotions with unnecessary fears.

Tammy’s Story: A Young Slave Girl’s Escape To Freedom

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Nine-year old Rachel Thurlow was assigned to write a story as part of her homeschool study of the institution of slavery that preceded the American Civil War. As Rachel’s writing grew longer, she developed this short story narrative of a young slave girl, Tammy, who escaped from her master and rescued her mother to become fugitive slaves on the run for freedom.

Tammy met another escaped slave, Gabe, and together they had several adventures, while also learning about the Fugitive Slave Law, which forbade people to help escaped slaves, and the Underground Railroad, in which abolitionists specifically broke the law to assist escaped slaves in their quest for freedom.

The end result is this suspense-filled and at times charming tale of escaped slaves on the run, brought to you from the mind of a nine-year old American girl.

The Author

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Rachel Thurlow was adopted from India when she was three years old, and since then she has learned English and become a full-fledged and happy American girl. She loves America, her friends, family and church, and her writing shows it. Tammy’s Story is Rachel’s first book.

In this book is the result of a homeschool assignment she had on slavery and the US Civil War. Also, the book has some beautiful illustrations in it.

http://www.amazon.com/Tammys-Story-Young-Escape-Freedom/dp/1511406968

Internet Frauds: An Attempt To Steal In The Name Of God.

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Internet fraudsters will do everything for people they target to believe them. It’s unfortunate that some of the letters with the intention to defraud, are written in the name of God, hoping people would be moved or touched with compassion to respond. Below is example of a scam letter with intention to defraud or enter into your financial account. 

Dear Child of God

Calvary Greetings in the name of the LORD

I am Mrs Caroline Dominic from switzerland I am married to Late Mr.Joseph Dominic who is a wealthy business man here in Ivory Coast we were married for many years with out a child before he died after a brief illness

Before his sudden death we where devoted christian When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of Three Million US Dollars ($3.000.000.00) in one of the prime bank here in Ivory Coast Presently this money is still with the Bank,

I am very sick from Kidney cancer that i may not last till the next two months according to my doctor so now i decided to donate this money to a honest individual who will use it to work for God, orphans, widow and maintenance of church to fulfill the vow I and my late husband made to God, and I have chosen you after praying.

I want this money to be use as  have said since I do not have any child to inherit it and our relatives are all unbelievers and i don’t want our hard earn money to be used in ungodly way so you will take 15% of the fund for your effort and use the remaining as i stated,
as soon as i read from you i will give you more details on how to achieve it,

I need your urgent reply as I don’t know what tomorrow will result,

Your Sister In The Lord
Mrs Caroline Dominic