Melbourne’s Migrant Visa Online

Today, in the free MX newspaper (May 12, 2005) was a short article titled “Working on online visa” where it was stated that the State Government of Victoria (where Melbourne is located) is now “offering Australia’s first online visa applications in a push to attract more skilled migrants to live and work in the state.”

Unfortunately, MX doesn’t have an online version of their articles so I couldn’t point you to the article I was referring to. Fortunately, the newspaper The Age‘s website also picked up on the same news. You can read the full article here if you like. Note though that you have to register (it’s free so don’t worry) before you can read the article.

So, if you are thinking of migrating to another country, why don’t you give Australia (Melbourne in particular) a go. Visit the Sponsorship Applications page in the Live in Victoria website where you can determine online if you are eligible for the State/Territory Nominated Independent (STNI) Visa Sponsorship.

Skills currently in demand include electricians, mechanics, engineers, builders, nurses, pharmacists, cooks, lawyers (solicitors), teachers and even hairdressers. There is a full list of Skills in Demand in the website for more details.

If you’re planning to migrate abroad, forget the US and forget Canada. Come on over to Melbourne, Australia instead.

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Published in: on May 12, 2005 at 8:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

In Response to “Was Jesus Truthful?”

I didn’t want to react to a blog entry I’ve read titled “Was Jesus Truthful?” but I fear that there may be fellow Christians who aren’t strong in their faith and who lack sufficient knowledge regarding their faith that may be led to think that Jesus does indeed suffer from a credibility problem. And as is expected from somebody who believes in Christ, I feel it is my duty to respond to this post so that others may know that Jesus is indeed still true to His Word.

Just to be clear, I seek no emnity with the original poster of the blog post (whom I didn’t name here) nor any atheist for that matter. I see myself as fairly tolerant of other people’s beliefs (or lack thereof) but I just couldn’t remain silent on the accusation made on the said post.

The post stated that there are quotes from the Bible that will “confirm that Jesus deliberately lead his followers into false expectations.” The author quoted the following verses:

Matt. 10:23 – When giving instructions to his disciples as to just how they are to go about spreading his message Jesus says, “for truly I say unto you, you shall not finish going through the cities of Israel until the Son of man comes.”

I do not see the problem here. The way I see it, it merely puts emphasis to the difficulty of the task of spreading the Word of God by saying that the Second Coming would happen first before the followers of Christ could preach to everybody.

Matt. 26:28 – Jesus says, “There are some of those standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.”

Actually, the verse quoted above is from Matthew 16:28. The New American Bible explains the passage in a footnote thusly: “Coming in his kingdom: since the kingdom of the Son of Man has been described as “the world” and Jesus’ sovereignty precedes his final coming in glory (Matthew 13:38, 41), the coming in this verse is not the parousia as in the preceding but the manifestation of Jesus’ rule after his resurrection; see the notes on Matthew 13:38, 41.”

Matt. 24:33-34 – After prophesying a wide assortment of events including the second coming, Jesus said, ” . . . when you shall see all these things, know that it ( the 2nd coming ) is near, even at the door. This generation shall not pass till these things be fulfilled.” Jesus was obviously referring to the contemporary generation.

Contemporary generation? In the original Greek text, the word generation was genea which can also be translated as “race” as in human race or Caucasian race or group of people of common descent and Jesus could actually be referring to the Jewish people as group or race. So, this passage could be read to mean that the Second Coming will come first before all Jews disappear from this Earth. For a more elaborate explanation, read Marshall Entrekin’s article “Did Jesus Wrongly Predict a First Century Return in Matthew 24:34?”

Matt. 26:74 – When brought before Caiaphas, the chief priest, Jesus said to him, ” I will tell you, hereafter you shall see the Son of man . . . coming on the clouds of heaven.” According to this the second coming was to happen during Caiaphas’ lifetime.

The verse quoted above is actually from Matthew 26:64 and is completely quoted as:

Matt. 26:64 – Jesus said to him in reply, “You have said so. But I tell you: From now on you will see ‘the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power’ and ‘coming on the clouds of heaven.'”

Jesus was asked by Caiaphas if He was the Messiah. In response, he essentially quoted Daniel Chapter 7 that describes the Son of Man coming from the clouds of Heaven. He is obviously speaking in a symbolic manner for how can He be sitting at right hand of the Power and coming with the clouds of heaven at the same time? And with this, Caiaphas said that Jesus has blasphemed for claiming to be the Messiah.

Mark 9:1 – And he said unto them, “verily, I say unto you, that there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.

This doesn’t refer to the Second Coming. It refers to the establishment of the church of the followers of Christ that will be the instrument of God’s kingdom and power.

Luke 21: 27-28 – “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”

Well, I don’t see anything wrong here. When we see Jesus coming out of the clouds in the Second Coming, I can pretty much assume that the redemption does draweth nigh.

Luke 21:32 – “verily I say unto you, “This generation shall not pass way, till all be fulfilled.”

Same explanation as that with Matthew 24:34 above.

1 Thess 4: 15-17 – In his first epistle to the Thessalonians Paul assures the congregation that the second coming is very near,” . . . “we who are alive,” . . . shall not proceed those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven . . . and the dead Christ shall rise first . . . Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together. . .”

I do not see how Christ could be accused of not being truthful in this passage as it was Paul who made the claim that the Second Coming will be happening in his lifetime and not Jesus. Indeed, Jesus said that nobody knows when the day of judgement will be so how could Paul?

Revelation 22:12 – Behold, I come quickly.”
Revelation 22: 20 – “Yes, I am coming quickly.”

I’ll just bundle these two passages together. The author of the post used the two passages to prove that Jesus said that He would come REAL soon but two millennia later and He still hadn’t come. Well, the problem was that the author assumed that the word “quickly” (tachu in the original Greek) meant REAL SOON when it actually meant “fast” or “swiftly” in the context of the two passages. For a more elaborate explanation, read the article “Surely I Come Quickly, Why “Quickly” Describes How Jesus is Coming, Not When He Will Come.”

So, was Jesus being untruthful based on the “proofs” provided in the original post? You decide.

Published in: on May 12, 2005 at 6:53 pm  Comments Off on In Response to “Was Jesus Truthful?”