Characteristics Of The Antichrist

  • He will be a man of lawlessness (2 Thes 2:3)
  • He will proclaim himself to be God (2 Thes 2:4)
  • He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders (2 Thes 2:9)
  • He will have a mouth like a lion (Rev 13:2)
  • He will attract worldwide attention (Rev 13:3)
  • He will have the temperament of a dragon (Rev 13:4)
  • He will control the world’s economy (Rev 13:16-17)
  • He will promise to be Jerusalem’s savior, but that will prove a lie (Dan 9:27)

Patron Saints In Catholicism

St. Adjutor

Patron saint of swimmers and those at danger from drowning.

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St. Bernardino

Patron saint of advertising and public relations.

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St. Columbanus

Patron saint of motorcyclists.

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St. Drogo

Patron saint of unattractive people and coffeehouses.

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St. Erasmus

Patron saint of stomach ailments, colic, and appendicitis.

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St. Giles

Patron saint of breastfeeding.

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St. Gummarus

Patron saint of difficult marriages.

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St. Januarius

Patron saint of blood banks.

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St. Julian

Patron saint of murderers.

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St. Lidwina

Patron saint of ice skaters.

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St. Médard

Patron saint of protection against bad weather.

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St. Rita

Patron saint of the impossible.

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St. Servatius

Patron saint of foot and leg disorders, rheumatism, and protection against rats and mice.

The Meaning Behind Sodom And Gomorrah

This is an excerpt from a TedX Talk recently given by Pastor Jim O’Hanlon. He discusses how the story of Sodom And Gomorrah is used to justify condemning homosexuality.

Once upon a time there was a city called Sodom, and there were two men travelling trying to find a place to stay in the city limits. They were having zero luck. They were about to give up and spend the night in the town square, but a man named Lot took pity on them and let them crash at his house for the night. Good thing he did because, not five minutes later, the town mob came banging on his door demanding that he bring his guests out that they might know them.

Now, when the Bible says “know” in this context, it’s not saying, “Oh hey, nice to meet you. Let me shake your hand.” No. It’s “Let us know them intimately, sexually and (in this case) violently.”

We’re talking in this case about gang rape.

The story continues. Lot begs the mob, “Please, I beg you! Do not act so wickedly!” He then turns and offers his two virgin daughters to the mob in exchange (which is all kinds of twisted). And then the story ends when God gets angry at the whole situation and destroys the whole city for their sins.

But what exactly was the sin of Sodom? Was it men sleeping with men, or was it an angry mob banging on a man’s door and demanding to rape his houseguests? And you can see how quickly we leap to conclusions and how quickly that begins to affect our judgment. So what does the story say, and what does the story not say?

The story describes an entire city that converges upon one house for the purpose of raping these two people. Does that mean that this is a story about two adults who want to have a consenting relationship, who want to publicly affirm a monogamous relationship, and their commitment to each other? How does it really connect at all to that when it’s talking about an entire city that wants to have a mass rape of two people?

So we see Lot who sees this, and he stands against them. One person who stands against the entire city. He sees these two people. He sees they’re vulnerable. They’re traveling. They’re far from home. They’re people who could be preyed upon. They’re foreigners. They don’t belong so they’re weak and they’re susceptible in so many ways.

Lot wants to protect them, and when the city says “Let them come out here because we want to ‘know’ them,” he begs them not to do this. Good thing. And when he stands against the whole city, they then turn on him and say, “You know what, Lot? You haven’t been here all that long. You’re not really one of us. You don’t have the same beliefs like us.”

So this is a man who himself as vulnerable in this situation who is going to put himself out for someone who is even more vulnerable than he is, and as we heard, he says “Take my daughter’s instead” which raises the issue of “Why would someone insist that you have to literally read this and you have to unquestionably apply the morality in a way that you must be obedient to it?”

When the Bible talks about what was the sin of Sodom, you can look throughout the Bible, and over hundreds of centuries it keeps referring back to Sodom and how bad Sodom was and how wicked Sodom was, but what is it specifically?

What the Bible is talking about is violence.