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Linda asks…

What is the software for creating Droid/ Iphone comics?

Playing with my new Droid I discovered comic books which are provided as Apps.
I would like to create these.

My assumption is that there is some frame software which one loads with Jpegs.
Either that – or some code similar to HTML

Anyone know what this software is?
Or the necessary code?

New Niche Finder answers:

Perhaps you can check the apple website..

I found 1 of them it is called comic maker
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/comic-maker/id366745637?mt=8

Michael asks…

What majors would be appropriate for someone who wants to be a modeling agent?

…someone who wants to work behind the scenes in the modeling industry…discovering models, booking jobs, etc.

New Niche Finder answers:

Marketing, advertising, and public relations would be your best bet.
If you have the energy, do all three.

Daniel asks…

What are some good teenage romance books written in alternating point of view?

I first discovered that type of book with 2 way street and I couldn’t find anymore. Could you list me some? They have to be teenage romance and no vampires etc. Also, it would be better if they weren’t younger than me so 16 and up. Thanks!

New Niche Finder answers:

Perfect Chemistry and Rules of Attraction are really good.

Mark asks…

What books are in the Catholic Bible that are not in the normal christian bible?

I am seeing the books in my dictionary but it is a bit small and on two pages. There is also a Hebrew Bible list that adds to my confusion.

What books are in the Catholic Book that are not in the other bible books?

New Niche Finder answers:

1 & 2 Esdras, Tobit, Judith, 1, 2, 3, 4th Maccabees, Prayer of Manasseh, Wisdom, Sirach, Baruch are the books in the Catholic Bible that are not in the normal Christian Bible.

These books are variously counted as 8 or 12 depending on whether one counts Esdras and Maccabees as one book or up to 4, and they are called deuterocanonical by Catholics and apocryphal by Protestants.

In 382 AD, the early church father Jerome translated the New Testament from its original Greek into Latin. This translation became known as the “Latin Vulgate”, (“Vulgate” meaning “vulgar” or “common”). He put a note next to the Apocrypha Books, stating that he did not know whether or not they were inspired scripture, or just Jewish historical writings which accompanied the Old Testament.

These same books were disputed among Catholics until the Council of Trent in 1546 when they were formally canonized by the Catholic church. I own a Catholic New American Bible, which states this inside the front cover in a letter of endorsement signed by Pope Paul VI.

It is entirely possible that this was a political move, coming so close upon the heels of the reformation. Note that Luther’s 95 theses were nailed to the church door in Wittenberg in 1517: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther

It should also be noted that the first CATHOLIC Bible to actually include all of the apocryphal books was the Douay Rheims Bible, which was WRITTEN by Catholics as part of the COUNTER reformation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douay-Rheims_Bible

The apocryphal books are NOT included in the Dead Sea Scrolls; I own this out of print Bible, which does NOT have them: http://www.centuryone.com/0063-2.html (OK, there’s 2 out of 12, this is 84% missing). Nor did the Jews ever accept or refer to the Apocryphal books as canon. Note that the Hebrew Bible today consists of the same books as the Christian Bible, without the New Testament: http://www.jewfaq.org/torah.htm

Neither Jesus nor the Apostle Paul nor any New Testament book refer to any of the apocryphal books, and the REASON that they are not included in Christian Bibles is that they FAIL to meet the definition of canon, canon being finalized at the Council of Carthage in 397: http://www.gotquestions.org/Constantine-Bible.html

The Bible is a compilation of books considered by scholars to be Canon.

Canonicity is determined by God. A book is not inspired because men made it canonical; it is canonical because God inspired it. It is not the antiquity, authenticity or even religious value that makes a book canonical or authoritative. On the contrary, a book is valuable because it is canonical and not canonical because it is or was considered valuable. Inspiration determines canonization, and confusion at this point not only dulls the edge of authority but it mistakes the effect (a canonical book) with the cause (inspiration of God). Canonicity is DETERMINED or established authoritatively by God; it is merely DISCOVERED by man.

HOW did man discover or become aware of what God had done? How did the church fathers know when they had come upon a canonical book? There were 5 basic principles that were used in order to DISCOVER the books which God had DETERMINED to be canonical. It is instructive to look at these principles individually in their actual historical operation.

1) IS IT AUTHORITATIVE? This is perhaps the first and most important question that was asked by the fathers. Does this or that book speak with authority? Can it be said of this book as it was of Jesus, “And they were astonished at his teaching, for the taught them as one that had authority” (Mark 1:22)? Does this book come with a divine “Thus saith the Lord”? Does it have a self-vindicating authority that commands attention as it communicates?

2) IS IT PROPHETIC? The next question to be asked was: Was this book written by a man of God? It seemed reasonable that THE WORD OF GOD INSPIRED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD would not be given through anyone other than a MAN OF GOD (II Peter 1:20; Hebrews 1:1). Thus, a book was judged as to whether or not it was genuinely written by the stated author who was a spokesman in the mainstream of redemptive revelation, either a prophet (whether in the Old or New Testament times) or an apostle.

3) IS IT AUTHENTIC? This question of the Fathers asked, “Does the book tell the TRUTH about God, man, etc., as it is already known by previous revelation?” And is it a record of facts as they actually occurred? Obviously, a book cannot contradict known truth and still be truly God’s.

4) IS IT DYNAMIC? Another question was asked by the fathers, although sometimes only implicitly: Does the book come with the POWER of God? They believed the Word of God was “living and active” (Hebrews 4:12), and consequently ought to have a transforming force for edification (II Timothy 3:16) and evangelization (I Peter 1:23). If the obeyed message of a book did not affect its stated goal, if it did not have the power to change a life, then God was apparently not behind its message. A MESSAGE of God would certainly be backed by the MIGHT of God.

5) WAS IT RECEIVED? The capstone of the questions was: Has this book been ACCEPTED generally by the PEOPLE of God? Compared to modern standards, transportation was slow and communication was poor during the first centuries of the Christian era. Thus, the full canonical lists were not universally agreed upon in any official way for a few centuries. This meant that when final decision was made and, in many cases even long before that, the collection and listing of books was being done by people to whom the book was not originally directed. So they necessarily had to depend upon testimony, circulation, and usage, and the above mentioned four principles in order to make a final decision about the acceptance of the given books.
In a sense, then, the acceptance of a book by the church councils of later centuries is not a strong independent witness to the canonicity of that book. It is rather a confirmation, and does serve the obvious purpose of MAKING FINAL the decision and availability of the books. After all, if the latter Fathers had not collected and DISSEMINATED the books, what good would be accomplished by the fact that the earlier Fathers had ACCEPTED them? The continuation of the canonical books necessitated not only their COLLECTION and RECOGNITION, but also their TRANSMISSION to subsequent generations.
John the Baptist
Source(s):
A General Introduction to the Bible, by Norman L. Geisler and William E. Nix, Moody Bible Institute Press copyright 1968
For the sake of brevity, I have only included the FIRST paragraph after each question. The book goes into MUCH further detail.

Sandy asks…

What book (novel) are you reading at the moment if any?

Might discover some interesting books from the answers.

I’m reading a book called ‘The Lovely Bones’ by Alice Sebold. I saw the movie trailer for it a few days ago and I heard its supposed to be a really good read. Its different to the sort of books I normally read. I’m more into horrors about ghosts and hauntings but thought I’d give it a go.

How about you?

New Niche Finder answers:

“Give War a Chance” by P.J. O’Rourke. Absolutely hilarious. It’s a collection of satirical essays on subjects ranging from communism to drug tests to Dr. Ruth Westheimer to why cars are better than people. Definitely worth reading!

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