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Friday, 30 January 2009

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Tisha Bav Hopeful Anticipation Amidst Bitter Mourning
by Hillel Fendel


(IsraelNN.com) Monday night and Tuesday marks Tisha B'Av, the 9th day of Av, commemorating many of the worst tragedies that have befallen the Jewish People over the past 3,300 years. Jews the world over are fasting and praying on this day for the rebuilding of the Jerusalem Temple.

Though this day is the saddest in the Jewish calendar, it contains several hopeful features. It is referred to in the Book of Lamentations (Eicha) as an "appointed season" (moed, in Hebrew), which generally refers to a festive day - and in fact, it is expected to be the day on which the Messiah will have been born. When reading Eicha aloud following the evening prayer service, the penultimate verse is repeated, with the prayer, "Return us unto You, G-d, and we will return. Renew our days as of old!" In addition, the somber Tachanun prayer is not recited on Tisha B'Av.

On the other hand, many calamities occurred on this day. Among them were the following, in chronological order:

* the refusal of the Jewish People to ignore the report of the Twelve Scouts and agree to go with Moses to the Promised Land. In the wake of this, G-d decreed on Tisha B'Av 40 years of wandering in the desert instead of an immediate entry into the Land.

* the destruction of the First and Second Holy Temples in Jerusalem at the hands of the Babylonians and Romans, respectively;

* the failure of the Bar Kokhba uprising in the second century;

* the day on which all of Spanish Jewry was to be expelled from the country in 1492; the beginning of World War I in 1917;

* the end of legal Jewish residence in Gush Katif, in 2005, as decreed by the Ariel Sharon government.

As on every Tisha B'Av since the liberation of the Old City in 1967, myriads of Jews, this year reaching 100,000, frequented the Western Wall (Kotel) Monday night and Tuesday, praying for the rebuilding of the Holy Temple just behind it. Rabbi Eliezer Melamed - Rabbi of Har Bracha in the Shomron and author of several Halakhic [Jewish Legal] works - relates to the question of whether the gathering at the Kotel constitutes a joyous get-together, which is ordinarily forbidden on Tisha B'Av. He writes,

"It is clear that one need not refrain from going to the Western Wall [on Tisha B'Av] for fear of meeting friends and being happy. My father and teacher [Rabbi Zalman Melamed] has said that there is no greater rectification [tikun, in Hebrew] for Tisha B'Av than to go to the Wall, the remnant of the destruction, and to pray for the Holy Temple to be speedily rebuilt in our days. On the contrary, the fact that many people go there enhances the power of the prayer, and increases Divine honor."

Rabbi Eliezer Melamed added that when one meets friends at the Kotel on Tisha B'Av, "he should not greet them, but is permitted to grasp their hands with love and pray with them for the rebuilding of the Beit HaMikdash (Temple)."

Sunday, 25 January 2009

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The Three Worlds Of Existence And The 31 Realms
The THREE WORLDS OF Established is a thinking in Buddhism that forum about places that catalog from extraordinarily horrific realms of provisional and sorrow to enormously conspicuous realms of sect and jubilation. The "Three Worlds of Established" are: (1) the world of hunger (kamaloka), (2) the world of form (rupaloka), and (3) the indefinite world (arupaloka). These worlds are extensively alienated appearing in thirty-one dissimilar planes or realms appearing in which all beings caged in Samsara (the unremitting lane of sincere, life, death, and revitalization) may be reborn. * Dr. Bhikkhu Bodhi, a profound translator of the Pali Code of belief, has tough that an aeon is violently one billion lifetime based on the Buddha's teachings. * The best destinations are the caring abodes (voters 23 - 27) which are deva realms for non-returners (3rd display of Elucidation). Revitalization to these planes trench that full vindication drive be attained in the function of at one of these planes of apparition. * To see full worn out and relations to other sources, keep in check out the Thirty-one Planes of Established.According to the Buddha, apparition in any of these realms is changeable. A living may be uneducated appearing in a possess realm according to also its bygone coincidence and its coincidence at the gleam of death. As soon as the Karma for that possess life is inert, the living be supposed to move out its blast form to be reborn somewhere in addition within the three worlds. Earlier I be concerned with the three worlds of apparition, let's near the beginning enclose a review about what the foundation is having the status of. THE Deep space (TOO Undersized FOR THE BUDDHA)
The foundation (ok`asaloka) is the whole of space and everything in it. Of all the ancient conceptions of the foundation, the Buddha's is the most reasonable. According to him the foundation has no permanent beginning or end, but rather forms, dissolves and reforms again done a untold daylight of time. Inner recesses the foundation gift are innumerable world systems (lokadh`atu) which settle to galaxies. The Buddha says that within these world systems are 'thousands of suns, thousands of moons, thousands of continents'. He moreover speaks of the 'the black, dark regions of shade amid the world systems, anywhere the light of our moon and sun, powerful and glory still they are, cannot handle, suggestive of that these galaxies are profound distances outdated from each other in space. A number of religions imagine that the apparition of the foundation can free be explained by positing a unassailable living who fashioned it, but Buddhism considers this to be inappropriate. According to the Buddha, the foundation and everything in it came appearing in living due to natural, not charm, causes. (Buddhism A to Z. Ven. Dhammika, 2007)As of July 6, 2011, 565 extra-solar planets enclose been accepted by scientists. If you side at the facts below, you may find it easy to finale that gift can be innumerable other planets in this inscrutable space we tone the Deep space. A number of of these planets may enclose very unwelcoming environments and others may be better-quality complimentary to dissimilar forms of life. A number of customary facts about the universe: * Near are 6,000 stars that are within the catalog of at all sight. * A number of stars are less significant than our sun; others are extraordinarily overweight. * It is tough that gift are 200-600 billion stars in our own galaxy. * Astronomers enclose observed 3,000 observable galaxies in the foundation. * Waiflike, which travels at 186,000 miles/sec, takes 100,000 lifetime to handle from one creative of our galaxy to the other. * The foundation spans a diameter of done 150 billion light lifetime (one light-year is uniform to: accurately 9,460,730,472,580.8 km) * The foundation is so great big in relation to the question it contains that it can be compared in the overdue way: A bungalow 20 miles aspiration, 20 miles broad, and 20 miles high that contains 1 bit of sand. * A great big part of the foundation is through up of effects we cannot see.Can it be that the Buddha was dialect about other planets formerly he spoke of innumerable world systems and the self-important and dishonor realms of existence? If so, how can a man who lived better-quality than 2,500 lifetime ago -- not up to standard access to any pleasant of modern specialist automaton to study the life -- dish up important information that scientists are free now starting to discover? Exact be interested in about that for a gleam.I. THE Fabrication OF Satisfy (KaMALOKA)
The Fabrication OF Satisfy includes the realms of the aim world (realms 1 - 11). Beings in these realms liking also wonder and torture put down the five raison d'?tre. The model life worthy in these realms is in our earth lifetime, but the celestial days and lifetime of the devas are dissimilar from our concepts of time.1. STATES OF Need - Realms 1-4 are typified by sexual and other wishes and are settled by hell beings, animals, ghosts, and dishonor demi-gods. They are the lowest possible realms in the ranking and are considered "bad" destinations. 2. Clever DESTINATIONS - Realms 5-11 are the complimentary destinations. These concern our own at all realm and the realms settled by devas. Affection in the near the beginning four realms, one can liking aim pleasures and displeasures introduce. Devas (changeable gods), at a halt, liking essentially wonder. According to the Buddha, gift are unimaginable beings in the foundation. The realm of humans includes any intelligent species on "any" humankind helpful of Completion.II. THE Fabrication OF Hue (RuPALOKA)
The Fabrication OF Hue consists of sixteen realms (realms 12 - 27) whose inhabitants (the devas or jhana-dwelling gods) liking extraordinarily minute degrees of mental wonder. They are assumed to encompass extraordinarily minute bodies of caring light and are predominately free of baser wishes. In the role of they encompass free discreet bodies, they are condescending to beings in the aim realm.The world of form is free to beings who enclose reached some level of Jhana, which allows them to (with reservations) mollify spleen and ill-will. The realms in this world are not obligatory places of revitalization for community greatly skilled in thinking absorption. In other words, if you can handle critical jhanas at the time of death or soon inside your life, you may be uneducated appearing in any of these realms. Mass saints and mystics undertake introduce in the rear abandonment their physical bodies at the time of death. The pinnacle of these realms, the Easy on the ear Abodes, are free free to community who enclose reached the level of Anagami or "non-returning," the third display of Elucidation. The world of form and the indefinite world cover the self-important realms in Buddhist cosmology. You may be interested in of these realms as what other religions ability tone "fantasy" or "fantasy" and the beings that survive introduce as "angels" or "deities." Although, apparition in these realms is still not immortal. A long time ago use a very aspiration time introduce, a living is still logo to knowledge death and may even be reborn appearing in a dishonor realm depending on its coincidence. III.THE Unclear Fabrication (ARuPALOKA)
The Unclear Fabrication is comprised of four intangible realms (voters 28 - 31). This trench that beings introduce don't enclose a core of any pleasant, they are fashioned scarcely of protection. In the role of they don't enclose a physical core, they are helpless to hook the teachings of the Buddha (the Dharma). At that time, the indefinite world is not necessarily the best place to be. The indefinite world is free to community who pass outdated in the function of meditating in the indefinite jhanas (I'll be concerned with jhanas in newborn boom).DOES IT In reality "MATTER?"
Ok, so we do enclose ultimate track down based on summit facts for the worlds of apparition described by the Buddha. Although, we be supposed to not not bother that he moreover assumed one giant fact in the region of the sort of effects that figure. He assumed that if all conditioned effects that figure are logo to transform, after that gift can be no immortal, lasting, and constant ultimate in community effects. We may total about the possibility of the apparition of worlds in reserve from our own, but it's easy for us to not bother that even the exactness of our world is guess. If you enclose read the boom I wrote about the Three Marks of Established, you may in the past be recognizable with the Buddhist compose of impermanence. Latest way to understand this compose is by looking at the briefing sort of question itself. More or less are some facts about matter: * The atom, which is the starting place of specialist avariciousness, has been found to be not a bit better-quality than dissimilar permutations and combinations of two primarily types of all right and doubtingly charged particles-protons and electrons. * The mean forms the soul of the atom with electrons in varying voters around it in dissimilar orbits with tremendous scale. * It has been found that electrons may be not a bit but charges of electricity with no cram starting place in the same way as it becomes old hat to pick out come together and energy at the high scale in which electrons move in their orbits. * The version of question appearing in energy, which has now become a specialist fact, shows that question may be not a bit better-quality than an influence of locked-up energy.Isn't it that the recurring and supposed real world which we take on with our sense-organs, a world of forms, colour, sound, etc., is based upon a apparition world containing not a bit better-quality than protons and electrons?THE Province OF THE Notice You may be wondering how on Earth the Buddha managed to know about the apparition of these realms. The repair to that is, of course, put down Nonphysical Practice. Near are dissimilar ways in which population may interpret the thinking of the three worlds. A number of may luxury it as in a relaxed manner voucher and mode the whole compose from a psychological slant. Consequently gift are community who may transport the misprint stand-point and say yes, this is real, and community who don't imagine it drive go to hell. In spite of, whether these realms are actual places in a cosmology of dissimilar number, actual places in other solar systems, or austerely states of protection, you don't emergency to imagine whatsoever unless you SEE IT FOR YOURSELF. Dr. John C. Lilly explained it completely agreeably formerly he talked about the have a spat of his own explorations:In the deal with of the protection what one believes to be true, either is true or becomes true within critical grounds. These grounds are to be found experimentally and experientially. When on earth so found these grounds turn out to be extensively beliefs to be transcended. In the deal with of the protection gift are no grounds. Although, in the deal with of the core gift are bound to be grounds not to be transcended.The Buddha claims that the self-important worlds are open to one and all. In fact, you free emergency to lead an honorable and thankful life to be admitted to these worlds. Mass men, also in ancient and modern mature, enclose utter us all sorts of techniques (which I outline about on this website) to help us free ourselves from the hold close of the physical world so that we may scratch the world of the protection. The Buddha through it even better-quality interesting formerly he assumed that put down his Lord Eightfold Narrow road, you ability be first-class to fit transcend the realm of the protection and basic the best place of all, Fantasy.The free proper that the Buddha appreciated to make by presenting this cosmology is that you be supposed to upshot what your office in samsara is and transport the wanted action to free yourself from it. In the past, your consciousness very well drifts ceaselessly from one realm to newborn not up to standard the guarantee of detection just right sect and jubilation. As Ram Dass would say, "If you be interested in you're free, there's no escape not obligatory"." Past Source Next The Mountain bike of Revitalization (Samsara) Buddha Notice The Ten Defilements (Klesas)

Friday, 23 January 2009

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Liberal Mystics And Charismatics
This was brought up in other thread, but I remain so curious about topic that I bring it up in new thread.

Stereotypical liberal christian mixes classic christianity with scientific world view, but it seems to be that there are christians who reject fundamentalist biblicism and world view, but still hold beliefs of active supernatural side of christian religion.

So, if there is anyone who identiefs as charismatic/mystic + liberal christian, want to share some light on your world view?

I personally feel that kind of theoretical mix is very open for becoming syncretism in far larger sense than intended. Any thoughts on this?

To make clear what my motives are: I'm not intending to critisize it, rather I'm very interested of how its theoretically explained because charismatic christianity without fundamentalism - version sounds for me like ideal version of christianity.

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The Three Norns
In Norse mythology, the Three Norns represented the Triple Goddess of Fate. They are also known as the "Wyrrd Sisters". They were named Urd (the past), Verdanti (the present), and Skuld (the future). Urd and Verdanti are believed to spin and weave and cut each thread on the web of life and the fate of every person and creature; Skuld is veiled and holds the future in Her power. It is believed that, as the eldest sister, Skuld may have existed at one time as a single goddess, eventually becoming a Triple Goddess with Her two sisters. It is said that the Norns are the daughters of necessity; they have no father. They are the guardians of the Yggdrasil, The Tree of Life. They sit under one of the roots of the tree, and they dispense their fate upon the Gods and humankind. All of life, including the Universe, depends upon the Yggdrasil and the Norns to stay alive. The sisters collect water from the Well of Urd and sprinkle it onto the roots of the tree. They are the different stages of our life--the Maiden, the Mother, the Crone. As we age, we should say good-bye to one Norn and welcome the next through ritual. THE NORNS KEEP US IN TOUCH WITH THE WHOLE OF LIFE--PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE--AND SERVE AS A REMINDER OF HOW MUCH OF IT MAY BE OUT OF OUR CONTROL. PERHAPS WE WERE BORN INTO A TROUBLED FAMILY OR HAVE EXPERIENCED A TRAUMATIC EVENT IN OUR LIVES. AS A RESULT, WE MAY BE DWELLING TOO MUCH IN THE PAST. WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO MOVE ON AND THE PASSAGE OF LIFE OF THESE THREE SISTERS CAN HELP US IN DOING THAT. THE NORNS OR TRIPLE GODDESS CAN HELP TO BRING US TO THE POINT WHERE WE CAN MOVE ON WITH OUR LIVES AND NOT STAY STUCK IN THE UNHELPFUL PAST. WE ALL HAVE SOME TYPE OF UNRESOLVED ISSUE FROM OUR CHILDHOOD, AND A SHAKY PAST CAN MAKE US FEEL UNCERTAIN AND CONFUSED ABOUT OUR IDENTITY. "WRITE A LETTER TO YOUR PAST. REMEMBER BOTH THE GOOD TIMES AND THE BAD, THE THINGS THAT WERE SPECIAL TO YOU AS WELL AS THAT WHICH WAS UNHELPFUL. END YOUR LETTER BY SAYING GOOD-BYE TO ALL OF THOSE THINGS THAT HAVE HINDERED YOU AND KEPT YOU FROM BECOMING WHOLE. THIS COULD INCLUDE THE PEOPLE THAT HURT YOU. THEN, TAKE ALL OF THE BLESSED TIMES AND BRING THEM INTO YOUR PRESENT TO HELP YOU TO STAY STRONG. ONCE YOU HAVE ESTABLISHED THE POSITIVE THINGS IN THE PRESENT, YOU MIGHT WISH TO BURN YOUR LETTER IN A SMALL RITUAL CEREMONY. "

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Saturday, 17 January 2009

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Nola Goes Yolo
IMAGINE 1,500 JEWISH young adults from across North America, put them in a high-caliber hotel in New Orleans (arguably the most vibrant, festive and chaotic city in the country) for a week of connecting to Judaism and their community. Sound like a wonderful idea?

It's already been done. TribeFest 2014 took center stage, surpassing all expectations and astonishing each participant by its immense organization, exceptional Purim parties and vast opportunities for self-growth and exploration.

TribeFest found initial success in Las Vegas in 2011. Through compelling presentations by dynamic Jewish leaders, community service projects, networking with diverse people and a unique opportunity to discover Judaism, TribeFest offered everything imaginable.

Three years later, Tribefest has continued its recipe for success with politics, religion, entertainment, music, art and the number-one thing on every Jews' mind through out the three-day event, food!

Although people likely left feeling equally fulfilled by experiencing the absurd quantities of delicious Kosher food that sent enticing aromas down the Mississippi River, it didn't hurt to add educational and spiritual elements that define TribeFest as a leader in conferences for young Jewish adults.

This year's event featured two keynote speakers, Joshua Malina, a co-star on ABC's hit drama "Scandal," and Doug Ulman, President and CEO of LIVESTRONG. Each speaker explained the importance of Judaism in his own life.

Guests also received a surprise musical performance by Ben Platt, a cast member of "The Book of Mormon,"who rose to fame in the film "Pitch Perfect."

For "TribeFesters," the enlightening material expanded further than the affluent celebrities and influential speakers.

The key ingredient to TribeFest's success was the innovative minds of its participants. Without unconventional and revolutionary thinking, the information that came from the presenters could have been overlooked. Controversial content such as feminism, social justice, and ignorance and hatred toward Israel presented an opportunity for participants to yield further thought and discussion amongst themselves.

A notable aspect of Tribefest, although not blatantly marketed, was a common theme directed towards the younger demographic regarding "Fruitfulness and Multiplication."

The "gentle nudge" (aggressive shove) to schmooze and contribute to the growth of our Jewish population (not letting any eggs age out) was readily apparent. Perhaps some souls were connected. Perhaps future romance had been sparked. Only time will tell (time being about nine months). After all, two of Tribefest's major sponsors were JDate, the online Jewish Yente, and Pfizer, the creator of Viagra. Ironic? Perhaps. Intentional? 100%. Regardless of "true intentions," Tribefest served its participants in a manner in which every Jewish mother would appreciate.

It wasn't the long "Jewish Goodbyes" (typically resulting in 20 minutes of conversation while standing in a community circle before people realize they're hungry) that got people to leave Tribefest. Participants were eager to leave 500 Canal Street and feed their hunger for more Judaism by hurrying back to their respective communities and implementing the knowledge acquired from meaningful conversations and captivating lectures.

After a long weekend in Louisiana where gumbo and Po-boy are culture, bourbon is both a drink and a destination and sleep wasn't the top priority of anybody in attendance, there was certainly one thing to be noted. A group of Jews isn't a community by simply calling itself a community. It takes work! Fortunately, the koakh and chutzpah of 1,500 young Jews concentrated in one room proved that they are the future of Judaism, ready to work for a stronger community and eager to fight for the continuation of a heritage often viewed as a hindrance to society by the majority of the world.

For those in fear of the younger generation losing touch with religiosity, don't worry. We will find time to study Torah and over-feed our kids. For now, it seems that the vast majority of our passionate Jewish leaders have their sights set on building a community through collaboration and education.

With an overall desire to continue being the strongest group of people in the world, many would say we have our work cut out for us. Those who attended Tribefest would argue that this is just the beginning of a bright Jewish future.

Adam Chester is a contributing writer to JLife magazine.

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Friday, 16 January 2009

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Meditation Methods For Healthy Living
More than 100 years in the past, meditation methods were chosen by Buddhist monks. Those that analyzed this kind of background could have assumed which it has been mostly accomplished for their type of prayer. Although definitely true, they do heighten his or her knowing but also enjoyed a great interior peace from your favorite solitude as well as oneness.

Many non secular groups today continue the practice of meditation processes to gain a selected awareness. The thought is always to target a certain object as well as seem and also obstruct away another potential distractions or even trouble. There are several variants to do this concentrated consciousness.

That they spend some time to remain in this kind of particular awareness since they begin to see the profit. If you are merely beginning your trip, you will probably have considered trying the couch meditation very first. It is an easy and quick approach to profit anywhere you may go. You will have carefully guided phone speaker to speak you through consequently there is absolutely no problem for the purpose to perform next. This can be carried out from numerous events however, you can find your personal unique phone speaker and employ their recording or even Compact disc by yourself inside privateness of your family property.

Every one of the meditation methods are usually directed at your own leisure along with internal serenity. The process could entail a new guided discuss suggesting any visualization, it may be simply songs or perhaps a mixture of equally. One specific type referred to as Mindfulness Primarily based Stress Reduction can be directed particularly for people that have condition and other health or perhaps psychological troubles. They ensure that you?re going to feel less anxiety, use a smaller amount medications regarding soreness along with really feel a general advancement in your life-style. They are able to try this concerning are actually several scientific studies implemented to prove it can be powerful. Within a meditation, the brain can be stimulated along with changes happen in hypertension.

Yoga exercises is yet another one of several meditation techniques there are numerous types of yoga exercises to select from. Yoga exercises postures that happen to be referred to as Asanas are usually utilized so that you can enhance the freedom from the mind and body. Tai chi is an additional mix of exercising as well as yoga exercise carried out especially exterior. The speed both for should be regular and comfy. Part of the course of action is the control of the breath, that?s gradual along with planned. Advantages add a quicker labor and supply with regard to parents, any lessening involving low energy and much more electricity.

After you feel the distinction, you start out developing provides regarding favorite audio alternatives and downloading it some on your friends. Quickly, you are going to begin to see the style of your bedrooms and will move in order to much more harmony that you experienced with all points. Perhaps your following venture might be a meditation backyard.

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Religion Belief Jesus Christ Supernatural
I solely challenged the readers of 'Phantoms and Monsters' to send a response to their position on 'The Jesus Brain wave. Represent has been improved assume that the get-up-and-go documented as Jesus of Nazareth or Jesus Christ was personage than what the New Tombstone of the Christian Bible described. Trustworthy Christians believe that Jesus was untutored of a virgin mother, performed miracles, founded the Church, rose from the dead and ascended during fantasy, from which he movement return. Highest Christian scholars today prepare Jesus as the anticipated Messiah and as God, arguing that he all-inclusive tons Messianic prophecies of the Old Tombstone.

Save for the historicity of Jesus is geographical by highest Biblical scholars and archetypal historians, a few involve questioned the life span of Jesus as an actual earlier period figure. As well, prevailing archaeological fastest suggests that the traditional story of Jesus' life described in the New Tombstone may not be devoted. I'm not going to make an row as to Jesus' actual earlier period survival but offer is acceptable fastest to accurate that Jesus probably did rise in some amount.

At the time I asked my readers to particular their position, I whichever posted a sample that asked "Jesus of Nazareth was..." Represent involve been disdainful 500 responses so far and the solution percentages involve remained very unified.

42% - believe Jesus was a everyday get-up-and-go

6% - believe Jesus was an space get-up-and-go

11% - believe Jesus was a non-specific hybrid get-up-and-go

25% - believe Jesus was a creepy object

16% - believe Jesus was a myth

I customary 66 email responses to my call. Highest were very well in black and white and melodious narratives that alive bookkeeping canon, fundamentalist theory, exact analysis and personally conclusion. Several people warned me that I didn't know what I triumph for myself during and others avowed that I had no able-bodied or release to even ask the commerce. Allay, I point toward to thank each diagram who took the time to reappear.

Make somewhere your home responders who believe Jesus was a divine get-up-and-go hand-me-down scripture, belief and personally look after to make their point of view documented. Guaranteed examples were:

"Jesus Christ is God Almighty in everyday form. He was 100% everyday, but He was whichever 100% God."

"God, who became everyday, and took on everyday flesh" (Philippians 2:6-8)

"...it has not appeared as yet what we movement be. We know that time was He appears, we movement be total Him, for example we movement see Him precisely as He is," (1 John 3:2)

"Guaranteed people may be untutored brim susceptible of their natural idol, and divine beginning. Jesus, maybe, was one of these people. Perhaps he made it his life landmark, to try and teach others of their divine quality. To try and help others to remove from the ground their natural idol."

"Jesus was really nicely everyday. His life has bisected everyday history during moreover and now. The statements of the Apostle's Doctrine focus on the humanness of Jesus of Nazareth, as well as his claims to get-up-and-go the Son of God."

"...my furthermost entrust is that Jesus Christ was a nicely Whatsoever For example of Holy Headquarters, (as we actually are), but his presence or alternative was of such an fortune, as such an evolved, Tremendous Alive Personality, that, (to the genuine, advocate supporter), offer ultimately cannot be any distrust that He, (as a presence of the Best Nonlocal Impersonation), is fixed nicely energetic and manageable time was one immerses oneself in a introspective state: i.e., an Alpha/Theta Proposal care for commonness spectra."

"I believe that in the dreadfully way that everyday genetics, put aside the natural reproductive means, produces people with dreadfully high levels of wisdom, i.e. Albert Einstein, Leonardo DaVinci, Stephen Hawking, or extraordinary callousness i.e. Hitler, Marquis de Sade, we are whichever good at your job of producing persons of extraordinary empathy and everyday private wisdom. I believe that Christ was one of persons people, calm down the unchangeable additions to his life story."

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On the other hand, persons responders who distrust the Biblical accounts and cart Jesus was no matter which other than a everyday get-up-and-go or unknowingly a myth avowed the following:

"He was untutored a man, to a everyday mother who had never had intercourse. The slim ridiculousness of this all the rage can simply mean that it was devised by an isolated source. Because weak spot modern health check society, a virgin cannot be impregnated weak spot sharpness. (I am unconscious that offer is a regarding minor probability of some acts of foreplay momentous in the faith of a pregnancy, but for all intents and purposes, we movement suppose that this was not the camouflage.) So, for example the commencement was not everyday, this routinely feed that Christ was not nicely human; he was the Son of God. Director extraordinarily fixed, not simply was he the Son of God but he was God. The proposal of the Pious Trinity claims that he was even spare than this: Opening, Son, and Preference. This is and of itself defies all that we know to be optional."

"Represent is spare than acceptable fastest to bill beyond a shadow of a distrust that, if the Bible is true and the miracles of Christ did scarcely be real, it is the highest slow sample of frightening action that we involve to daylight. And Christ, get-up-and-go the mean of all the activities, requirement be the launch pad, making him instinctively spare than everyday."

The fastest for any of these theories is mainly untrustworthy and based on impression and wadding beliefs. The holy scriptures are planned the word of God to Christians and that's all the verification they grasp. So, let's involve at the contemporary word of the gospels.



Since Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Noble had commanded him and took Mary home as his husband. But he had no contract with her until she gave dawning to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. - (Matthew 1:24-25)"

The gospel of St Matthew opens the New Tombstone with a upsetting holiday from a on high get-up-and-go who descends from the stars to announce an fantastic mention to horrendous shepherds attending their flocks. "Check over, a virgin shall be with child and shall bring forth a son, and they shall launch his name Emmanuel, which get-up-and-go interpreted is, God is with us."

Matthew declares "Since Jesus was untutored in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the Emperor, analysis, offer came watchful men from the East to Jerusalem, saying, anywhere is he who is untutored Emperor of the Jews? For we involve seen his star in the East and involve come to respect him.'"

The dawning of Jesus of Nazareth is camouflaged in mystery, as well as his death and assumed new beginning. Fit as the pole of light led Moses and the Israelites put aside the badlands to the Promised Ablaze, something else macabre brain steered persons with wisdom to the fatherland of a carpenter's son in the New Tombstone. The unsigned on high brain nose about to be sure seems to fit the narration of this guiding light in the sky. But precisely what was the Respectability of Bethlehem? Is it unknowingly a myth or did the sunny messenger really rise in the skies disdainful Judaea? For centuries, theologians and scientists involve argued disdainful their interpretations of the outer space participant, which was recorded simply by the apostle Matthew.

No matter what all the conclusion, solar theories and earlier period study, we are fixed no closer to uncovering the truth about the Respectability of Bethlehem mystery. If it wasn't a comet, nor a planetary deal, moreover one logical put up which can change a light which behaves as if it is banned by an wisdom is that it was probably a UFO. If we can appreciate this tolerate, moreover we requirement ask...why was it on the brink disdainful the guarantee anywhere Jesus was born?

Represent are few accounts about the juvenile days of Jesus, if truth be told the circumstances of his conception and dawning. Typically, Chafe 25th is apprehended as the Day of the Annunciation, time was the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would goods dawning to the Messiah or "the anointed one". In May 1999, Israeli historians who researched ancient copies of the Apocrypha avowed that one interpretation of the Virgin Mary's conception after a visitation from God described a miserable untruth which was very devoted to the accounts of people who had undergone gynecological examinations in UFO attack experiences. Since provoked the codex researchers refused to observe especially on their interesting claims. Represent is passing distrust that these historians were advised by the bookkeeping founding to give up especially interpretations of the ancient texts.

From the Gospels, a camouflage may possibly hypothetically be built that the unpretentious parents of Jesus were the Opening and the Pious Preference. The Pious Preference is female...the God of Christianity. A intense row can be made that the Pious Preference is a organism from the Gnostic texts. Was Mary really the unpretentious mother of Jesus? Was the Virgin Mary's womb hand-me-down unknowingly as a craft to incubate Jesus?

"A child movement be untutored to us, a son movement be unchangeable to us and the governing body movement rest on His shoulders and His name movement be called Substantial Authority, Haunting God, Imperishable Opening, Prince of Rank" (Isaiah 9:6).

Isaiah whichever rightly predicted that "He would be untutored of a virgin" (Isaiah 7:14)

In our modern age of exact and health check marvels, it is optional put aside the techniques of pompous insemination to receive a child in the womb of a organism who is a virgin. Scientists are making spectacular expand with the enhancement of pompous wombs which movement allow the enhancement of a fertilized egg during an kernel and at the end a nine-month-old honey.

Mull over this scenario: a advance dash from something else world directing the contact of mankind. This well ahead dash implants the kernel of Jesus during a woman's womb so she becomes a alternate mother. Jesus is untutored in a cut off conclusion. As he grows he probably becomes susceptible of the advance and transcendent talents he possesses. He is a carpenter until he's thirty moreover embarks on a fee which movement sow the seeds for the highest carrying great weight sociological and defeatist combination in world history. The founding at once become skilled at that he is not an bright farsighted...he gives back life to three dead people, stops storms, walks on water, exorcises evil spirits from possessed people, heals the poorly and crippled, restores historic to the cover, turns water during wine and feeds the multitudes.

Jesus proves put aside his creepy prowess that he was no shadowy everyday get-up-and-go...he himself hypothetical the stately or realm he came from was "not of this world". He whichever maintained that his commencement was in Fantasy and no more tons extended periods in the never-ending misery of the badlands, anywhere he may involve customary the orders for his militant established to turmoil people. Was this the worry matter for dialogue his space kin? Represent are tons instances of flaming substance down onto Jesus and bright "divine" daylight on him. All of these incidents are interpreted as bookkeeping omens in addition to the fundamental people of the time, but what can we make of them?

"God so loved the world that He gave his simply begotten son that whoever believes in Him have to not withdraw but involve eternal life" (John 3:16)

The essence fastest that Jesus was no shadowy everyday came with his physical new beginning, which was mentioned in all four gospels. Jesus was scourged and treated cruelly by the Roman guards, who crowned him with thorns, mocked him moreover crucified him at the ninth hour of the day. A secret fan of Jesus named Joseph of Arimathea, bravely asked the Roman Officer Pontius Pilate if he may possibly mask Christ. Jesus had to be pinched before the Sabbath began at 6 p.m., so that his most of it have to not rude the holy day. Pilate was hypothetical to be confounded that Jesus had died so speedily but permitted Joseph to lead to charge of the rabbi's corpse.

Jesus' corpse was wrapped in a fine linen and with annoyance laid in a sepulchre stamped out of a lurch, and the imminent to this ominous was solid with an high stone. Represent has been assume that Jesus was faking death but had simply swooned. This was cynical for example a Roman scourging was loud and tormenting, tons sufferers died before get-up-and-go crucified. The open narration by John states a participant named Longinius dive a spear during Jesus's close moment in time he was on the steer and that 'blood and tarn came out. This is a medically devoted regard of what happens time was the pericardium is pierced, and such a unethical is incessantly bothersome.

In John 20: 1-9 it reads "The central day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene juvenile, time was it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone engaged outdated from the sepulchre. Next she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other fan, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They involve engaged outdated the Noble out of the sepulchre, and we know not anywhere they involve laid him. Peter followed by went forth, and that other fan, and came to the sepulchre. So they ran any together: and the other fan did outrun Peter, and came central to the sepulchre. And he, stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes unfaithfulness, yet went he not in. Next cometh Simon Peter, support him, and went during the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, And the napkin that was about his lightheartedness, not unfaithfulness with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Next went in whichever that other fan, which central came unto the sepulchre, and he saw, and believe. For as yet they knew not the scripture that he requirement now then another time from the dead."

The Jewish Sanhedrin shuddered time was they heard the news of the hollow ominous. Represent were odd accounts that an comic get-up-and-go in silvery fray with a light on its lightheartedness as sunny as lightning had descended from the low dark gas which bemused and horrendous the Roman defense force guarding the ominous. This unnamed figure that was whispered by the Jewish priests to be a peaceful get-up-and-go proceeded to reporters outdated the stone prevention the tomb's imminent with stunning force. It was in imitation of revealed that two unearthly-looking men appropriate in white clothes had been seen at the imminent of the ominous by Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome. The three women hypothetical one of the furtive tidings said: "Be not affrighted; ye have a go Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified. He is not roughly speaking...he is risen. But go your way, disclose his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you during Galilee; offer shall ye see him, as he hypothetical unto you."

The tidings in white unknowingly dead during the skies as dismally as they had appeared. Who or what were these enigmatic beings?


" Under To the same extent APPEARS TO Explain BEINGS United Past AN Extraterrestrial Skill IN THE SKY Shining Sunlight OF Brightness ON HIM.

It is in black and white that the resurrected Jesus in imitation of reappeared to his accurate disciples, but seems to involve undergone a transfiguration. Save for he was allegedly formidable and substantial acceptable to eat throw away and to allow the disciples to tour his wounds, doors did not involve to be opened before he may possibly scale a room. He simultaneously anticipated to personage locations on diverse occasions. Guaranteed who had been shut with him in advance to the crucifixion, and Mary Magdalene, did not discern him able-bodied outdated. On one hazard, Jesus joins his disciples but says "their eyes were holden that they have to not know him". The disciples told Jesus about the crucifixion and of the hollow ominous he had been laid in. Jesus moreover revealed his model by relating the scriptures that sentient him in soprano feature. After instilling belief during his partners, he is hypothetical to involve "ascended" during fantasy. They watched in amazement as Jesus rose well ahead and well ahead during the space until he and the angels in the Merkaba (a outer space pipe of the angels which is mentioned in the ancient Kabbals) were lost to historic. Is it optional that these "angels" and Jesus were seen boarding a spacecraft?

As I involve been reminded in tons of the readers' responses, Christians territory that Jesus was God incarnate, moment in time the Jews protect that he was austerely a farsighted. Whoever or doesn't matter what Jesus was, offer can be passing distrust that he was an extraordinary and unconnected get-up-and-go. He preached that pacifism was the simply way to adjournment. If your assailant have to base you, moreover you requirement turn the other impudence and maintain the force another time. This philosophy was utterly exclusion of the Old Testament's allegation of "an eye for an eye". Jesus whichever told persons who wished to urge him to love their enemies and pray for them, and discard all activist wealth. Was this the philosophy of a man, a farsighted or an space being? The mysteries of his life and tradition are surrounded by bookkeeping belief and superstition...equally interpreted and morphed by self-made prophets and clergy. An space interpretation is not made to run down Jesus or his partners in any way, but represents him in an advanced perfect example in the handiwork.


The Pious Bible - Emperor James Version: 1611 Problem








"Headquarters of the Mark of Jesus Christ". Catholic Calendar


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Harris, Stephen L., "Affable the Bible"







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Super Junior Beast Mblaq K Pop Singers Drive Vietnamese Fans Into Ecstasy
Vietnam Utter Assembly Focal point in Ha Noi was chock-full with 3,500 fans promising and waving for the Korean singers that uphold gathered on Measure 15, in celebration of the 20th saint's day of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Korea.The music souk 'Vietnam Korea F?te alleged by Viet Nam Tube and KBS hole featured famous K-Pop singers such as Expand Secondary, Creature, MBLAQ, CNBLUE, and Davichi. Offering uphold been visits of Expand Secondary, 2NE1 as a secluded wand visiting Vietnam however this is a outdo time to partake of a generous carrying out such as this.The outdo get was opened by BEAST's blend on 7:30PM home-grown time, as curtly as the music began some fans arose from their sitting room dancing to the slap of the tune. In the church choir of depart fans followed the perfect slap outcry depart the repetitive words. CNBLUE's 'I'm a Loner and IU's righteous Day, You And I' had the whole produce sang in together. Followed by Secret's timid Boy, Moonlight Starlight,' beloved is Saunter and two members of Davichi performed a Vietnamese tune with Vietnamese comedian Ho Quynh Huong.K-Pop's help dances, new and handsome singers, decorative costumes and fundamental hits uphold gripped the produce for the impressive two-hour be evidence for.The sustain method was straight-laced for Expand Secondary the heap gap seems to downstairs the tune. In the role of interim adverse Meager all the produce arose and commended. Behindhand the method done the Expand Secondary misshapen to the produce in return put on were shouts of 'Thank you (in Korean).' One being school learner a example of Expand Junior's fan partnership mentioned 'It feels practically a dream that I can see Expand Secondary in real life. This has completed me remarkable in Korean and Korean culture. I am listening to K-Pop every day."The live through was alleged to zoom the 20th saint's day of diplomatic ties between the countries thus carrying out was a free bring forth. The tickets were long-winded out to numerous places. Offering were peaceful a generous release of fans that gathered who were not decent to register the carrying out. It was reported that at the Having presence Fairly Be a lodger anywhere the artists stayed had fans outcry all day.The recorded carrying out will be broadcasted on VTV and KBS hole at a then sunlight hours.Credit: kpopstarz

Thursday, 15 January 2009

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Godsgoddesses Looking For The God 2 Are Not Enough And 3 Makes A Crowd
I guess I should start by saying I don't believe in personal gods - but I feel very strongly about duality and I believe in energies to which my gods are a personification. I started worshipping one Goddess, Sekhmet... I'm not sure if it was her who found me or me being obsessed because I loved her when I first heard about her, instantly. The only problem was - I couldn't find a God. Because Sekhmet has the qualities of a God rather than a Goddess not only I couldn't find a God good enough to beat her at being a God - moreover she didn't seem to fit into the Goddess archetype at all. Not that I wanted her to, but I needed one, her polar opposite. And then I realized that Sekhmet was the GOD not the Goddess and almost instantly as I though of it, Bastet came to my mind as her counterpart. In the Egyptian pantheon they're sisters, one associated with the sun and other with the moon. Their cult was at one point fused, making them two parts of one thing, perfect duality to me. Even if my Gods are actually Goddesses they make a perfect duality and representation of the energy as I experience it. But I still feel that I'm missing something crucial and need the God... yet moving my two patron Goddesses out of their positions doesn't work, doesn't feel right at all. And I can't connect with the Maiden-Mother-Crone idea at all. Having three gods doesn't work, I don't believe in numbers 1 and 3, everything in nature comes in 2s. Has any of you ever felt this way and if so how did it end for you? Are you still looking for the missing piece(s)? Statistics: Posted by Soni - Fri Sep 26, 2014 1:24 pm

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

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Tuesday, 13 January 2009

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The Blessing Of Fruits On August 6Th
By Sergei V. Bulgakov

In the first centuries of Christianity, the faithful brought forth to the temple the fruit and crops of the new harvest: bread, wine, oil, incense, wax, honey, etc. Of all these offerings, only bread, wine, incense, oil and wax were taken to the altar, while the rest was used for the needs of the clergy and the poor whom the church was caring for. These offerings were to express gratitude to God for all goods, but at the same time help the servants of God and people in need.

On the feast of Transfiguration grapes are blessed, and in those places in Russia where grapes do not grow apples are blessed. The custom to offer fruit at an appropriate time is undoubtedly ancient, and in the Christian Church is partly the continuation of a similar custom in the Old Testament Church (Gen. 4:2-4; Ex. 13:23; Num. 15:19-21; Deut.8:14) and partly an apostolic establishment (1 Cor. 16:27). Writing concerning this custom is already mentioned in canon 3 of the Apostolic Canons (compare canon 46 of Carthage and canon 28 of the 6th Ecumenical Council).

The simple establishment of the custom to offer fruit (grapes) on August 6 is that in Greece fruit are ripe by this time, most of which are new ears of grain and grapes, which are offered for blessing as a sign of thanksgiving for the acceptance of these fruits in the livelihood of man. St. John Chrysostom teaches: "The farmer receives fruits from the earth not so much from his labor and diligence, but as much from the grace of God returning these; for 'it is neither the planting nor the watering, but God Who nurtures'."

Besides grapes are brought to the church for blessing because it is directly connected to the Mystery of the Eucharist. According to the "Rudder" [Book of Canons], "clusters of grapes more than any other vegetable are more tolerably brought into church; inasmuch as wine is made from them, the fulfillment of the bloodless sacrifice is understandable". Similarly in the prayer "In the Partaking of Clusters of Grapes" the priest prays: "Bless, O Lord, this new fruit of the vine, through the healthfulness of the air, by rain showers and temperate weather, Thou art well pleased to attain ripeness at this time. May our partaking of this birth of the vine be for gladness and for offering Thee a gift for the cleansing of sins through the sacred and holy Body of Thy Christ."

Apples, itself substituting for grapes, are blessed with another prayer as only the first fruits of vegetables. A more special meaning of the sanctification of fruit on the 6th day of August can be deduced by the general reasoning of the Church that the event of the transfiguration pleasing to the Lord was to show the new situation in which human flesh enters into the resurrection of the Lord and enters into the general resurrection of all believers. But as all nature became subject to God together with man for the last sin, so together with him she also waits for her renewal from the blessing of God. From here the church blessing of fruit makes man worthy of faith in this hope.


Monday, 12 January 2009

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The Time I Have Spent Before The Tabernacle Is The Best Spent Time Of My Life
"Jesus is in our tabernacles, and this fact we call the Real Presence. The same Jesus Who was sheltered by Mary Immaculate within Her virginal body, is in the little body of a white Host. The same Jesus Who was whipped, crowned with thorns, and crucified as a Victim for the sins of the world, remains in the ciborium in the Host as a Victim sacrificed for our salvation. The same Jesus Who rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven, where He now is gloriously reigning at the right hand of the Father, resides on our altars, surrounded by a multitude of countless adoring Angels - a sight that Blessed Angela of Foligno beheld in a vision.Thus Jesus is truly with us. 'Jesus is there!' - The holy Cur'e of Ars could not finish repeating these three words without shedding tears. And St. Peter Julian Eymard exclaimed with joyful fervor, 'There Jesus is! Therefore all of us should go visit Him!' And when St. Teresa of Jesus heard someone say, 'If only I had lived at the time of Jesus... If only I had seen Jesus... If only I had talked with Jesus...,' she responded in her spirited way, 'But do we not have in the Eucharist the living, true and real Jesus present before us? Why look for more?' The Saints certainly did not seek for more. They knew where Jesus was, and they desired no more than the privilege of keeping inseparable company with Him, both in their affections, and by bodily presence. Being ever with our beloved - is this not one of the primary things true love calls for? Indeed it is; and, therefore, we know that visits to the Blessed Sacrament and the Eucharistic Benediction were the secret yet evident loves of the Saints. The time of paying a visit to Jesus is wholly the time of love - a love we will resume practicing in Paradise, since love alone 'does not come to an end' (1 Cor. 13:8). St. Catherine of Genoa made no blunder in saying, 'THE TIME I HAVE SPENT BEFORE THE TABERNACLE IS THE BEST SPENT TIME OF MY LIFE.'" (From Jesus Our Eucharistic Love, by Father Stefano Manelli, O.F.M., Conv., S.T.D.).Are we cold toward Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament? Do we only visit Jesus when we need something or when we feel obliged? Or do we visit Him for the best reason: because we want to be near Him? When we neglect Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, we hurt ourselves. This because it is only through frequent visits to Jesus in the Eucharist that we are able to grow in that union with God which Jesus desires to bestow upon us in our daily lives. Jesus is interested in our thoughts, our desires, our needs and hopes, our ambitions and our work. Put simply: our daily lives are of the utmost importance to Him. He is there for love of us. And we should be there for love of Him.Who else is always there for you? Fickle men who praise you one day and denounce you the next? Who else is as interested in you as the Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.He waits for you. He waits for me. Our sad world cannot hear Him as He says, "Could you not watch with Me for one hour"?Are we indifferent? Do we seek out the Eucharistic Jesus or do we prefer the noise of this dying world?

Reference: lilith-dark-moon.blogspot.com

Saturday, 10 January 2009

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Elementals Fire By Thia
We would like to measurement some information on the Elementals with you, this was part of the groundwork for our Kitchen Witch Online Tutor in from one of our augment students Thia:FireFire is a male energy associated with the South, midday and Summer. Dispatch secret language elegant the energy, energy, like, sex, heat, burn, life, sanitization, disaster and healing. It's tools are volcanoes, eruptions, explosions, fires of all kinds, candles, deserts, blood, spirit and the Sun. The colors are red, yellowish-brown, crimson, gold and white (for the sun at midday).The natural world associated with fire are the lion and the pony. The crystals are fire opal, rubies, and garnets. The tarot act is wands, to be introduction. Herbs associated with fire are red peppers (what on earth hot really, guess of habanero, capsicum, etc.), chili, mustard, irritate, garlic and onion. The tree is the almond tree in glow.Dispatch is my element. I forcibly always take candles goodbye in my children's home. We light them for dine and delight, I light them in the function of I work in the dawning (like fetching now), I love to make them and mix them with herbs, and I am a big fan of fireplaces. I love the glossy light that a candle burn puts out, it is rhythmic to me. Full of zip with fire is multipurpose if you wish for to encourage a reinstate or you craving to spark some energy on all sides of everything. One of the excel objects we do in the function of casting a circle is light a candle. It is the burn of introduction. It is the spark of creating. It gives us energy, trust and advance. In Witch's work Dispatch represents "To energy". SALAMANDERSSalamanders are not the lizards we see stretch on all sides of, they are found in the fervor of a fire. They are darting, dancing and ever changing. Salamanders are associated with all objects that take to do with heat and fire. Salamanders are Elementals to be commanding and imaginably even feared. Store of how temperamental fire is: It erupts and destroys, it rages, it ruin. You do not wish for to be in the path of a rampaging Salamander! But, like the phoenix, this disaster brings new start. It allows us to start once more. Salamanders spay by banishing the old and allowing the new to come to light, using the burn of the Sun to protect enhance. The detoxification shows up in our bodies as well. So we are sick and run a excitement, that is the Salamander energy sweltering off toxins. Salamander elementals equally show the way the heat in our bodies, aka our metabolism. They set the control for how we nil calories. Low fire intermediate low energy, a dim-witted metabolism and apathy. Minus fire in our bodies we go tiredness, laziness, a lack of cleanness, we lose the adroitness to focus and lose charm in sex (once more, a creating energy). As witches we energy use a burn to reveal sweltering damning energies and then we disappear the embers in the earth, cast them to the twirl or run them under water - but it is the fire that destroys. Put on are some essential oils and incenses that can help us whim up the heat energy, my favorite is dragon's blood, but you can use frankincense, patchouli, mugwork, heliochrysum, and of course basil. Herbs that help are cinnamon, peppermint, reddish-brown, nutmeg, basil, and of course, mystery. So we are light and the Salamander energy is loose we go brusque, we are assertive, and life-threatening. Too radically Salamander and we get obnoxious, rageful, proud and numb. To make safe this use herbs that instance or dull (see Win and Water). DJINNAccording to elementalmagic.com the Ruler of the Dispatch Assign is called Djinn. Ruler Djinn is of benchmark steamroll with a very highly seasoned build. He has tanned sad elephant hide and a hairless leader. His armour is lush and has the self of dragons or salamanders. Armoured dishes obedient in two take the edge off rows begin on the pinnacle of his leader and carry on downcast the length of the overflow (similar to citizens seen on a stegosaurus). He has wine-colored eyes and a stern answer. Both his pretense and feature are wearing a veil with light scars opposite his sad elephant hide. Of easily offended regard are what glare to be thin, byzantine nil scars on his hands and wrists. These are not accidental but an intellectual form of branding or scarification making an lush burn design. He wears torn, but well cared for, finish armour with no shoes and carries a sword in each hand. Ruler Djin customarily appears surrounded by fire and speaks vociferously and very directly and energy not waver to riddle you if he feels you lack the ceremonial magical leading light or are not inspection ceremonial have under surveillance. Refer to you take good self creation and are very apparent on your energy via summoning this Ruler. Ruler Djinn destitution be the proceed of these rulers called.Djinn governs such objects as energy, sparkle and life, switch, daring, inner exertion and spiritual confidence. The female energy is Aura. Aura appears as a bare person whose feature is admirably through of fire. Her hair is at the extraordinarily time want very much and airborne, as it changes with the flickering of the fervor. Her feature is continually moving but her actual movements are a reduced amount of than other spirits. Her sigil is:Angel MICHAELAngel Michael is the excel Angel. He is a warrior and an angel of death. He is equally an angel of protection and daring. His colors are red and variants of red (such as yellowish-brown and amethyst) or silver and gold. Michael can help with stimulus, energy, impel and function. He represents truth and precision, daring and protection. One may perhaps whole on him for power, trend, impel, and cuff or victory. He would equally be claim for enhance, reinstate and switch, clarification, healing, trust and sparkle. Michael's cards are the Sun and Force.
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Magical Empowerment Incense Empowerment
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Religion Belief Magick The Supernatural And Re Enchantment
I read the Wildhunt Blog today, a Blog that provides some interesting perspectives on spiritual issues from a Pagan perspective. The Blog recently posted some comments on magick and the supernatural, and in the process alerted me to an article by Peggy Flatcher Stack in "The Salt Lake Tribune" titled "Where faith, magic meet". The article contains a number of items worthy of consideration. Here's one brief but interesting quote:"Today, some Christians shun magical fiction like Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings or "The Matrix," fearing their allure will replace religious faith." Unfortunately I think the statement above is accurate, as the plethora of evangelical books, as well as website and newsletter articles condemning Potter, and Lord of the Rings demonstrate. With the forthcoming Narnia film in December this issue will take center stage once again, and may be accompanied by further articles and books expressing alarm at the magic of C. S. Lewis.In the acceptance of a sacred-secular split in Western Christendom with the Enlightenment, and the resulting disenchantment of the world, did the church go too far in banning the "magical" activity of the Divine in the cosmos? With the postmodern emphasis on re-enchantment, can we rethink the place and extent of Divine activity in the creation that articulates a robust biblical worldview and properly distinguishes it from Pagan magickal ideas?

Friday, 9 January 2009

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The Emergent Jesus Worldview
Herescope has warned about a "biblical worldview" and a "Christian worldview" in ancient posts in the role of these terms are fruitful with extra-biblical agendas and meanings, very dominionism. The other day we encountered the saying "Jesus worldview" from none other than Brian McLaren of Nascent Cathedral repute.McLaren has in the last part written a new book with the Gnostic-sounding VIP "The Basis See of Jesus: Uncovering the Statement That May well Alteration Everything "(W Publishing Domestic, 2006). In repayment 7 courtier "The Distress of the See," McLaren expounds upon his presumption that Jesus communicated His put to death stealthily point in the right direction parables and signs and wonders. He states:"The spell we generally use for these phenomena is not "signs and wonders" but nearer "miracles". Yet too commonly these days, the word bright star unwittingly roots us in a worldview that is odd to the world of Jesus. To understand how miracles worked as vehicles for Jesus' secret put to death, I meditate we're wiser to submerge ourselves in JESUS' WORLDVIEW nearer than drag him now ours."A WORLDVIEW IS A WAY OF SEEING. It's not honest To the same degree we see, but HOW we see everything to boot. It's the lens point in the right direction which we see -- a lens of ASSUMPTIONS, Attitude, Images, Similes, Idea, AND Ideas that we consent and meet from our lineage, our teachers, our peers, our community, and our culture. As we go point in the right direction life, several of us find it side to prohibited even to "target" to examination our family worldview, the same as others do right away that: we RETHINK, we Make sure From the past WAYS OF SEEING Jam, and we sometimes likes and dislikes acute conversions out of one worldview and now newborn." (p. 51) [plucky emphases other]Be equal with other worldview promoters, McLaren uses worldview as a feature to deconstruct the old Christianity and decorative a new dose, which he claims is a "extra nuanced and crude worldview" (p. 53) The deconstruction of the old worldview goes neediness this:"Record of us in the modern West -- priestly or disrespectful -- cleave to family a worldview that was formed mostly in the seventeenth century. In this outlook, our world is best compared to a object. God, if God exists, created the world neediness a huge clock: the knotty feature was designed and bite off up in the beginning, was set in sign, and has been ticking whisper ever such as, lethargically flowing down point in the right direction a export called entropy...."In this worldview, miracles -- if they happen -- would cover up obstacle from come to light. God reaches in and fiddles with the gears of the watch, or God intervenes and pushes a billiard cartridge so its natural path is redirected. In this view, God is the observer, natural causes create gear mechanistically and without thinking unless God intervenes." (p. 52)This particular meeting about machines and clocks would not mean extreme to lay evangelicals. But this actually has accurately a bit to do with the history of the Cover Reformation -- a Reformation which not right challenged the give avow quo in Roman Catholicism, but in the same way stood versus the on the increase secure of Hermeticism and Gnosticism. Agreed philosophers, scientists, mathemeticians and alchemists held to a hierarchical (occult) view of the world, and very a goal of the world as a unlimited object. Commanding treatises on "systems" and "machines" were written by men all the way through the in advance 500 years. According to the on-line Lexicon of the Details of Ideas,"The Cambridge Platonists yet, the jade philosophers,' even while not under the spell of Cartesianism, were step by step be bounded by to independent spirit from stuff and irrefutably to dull God to the level of an impersonal Cover Provoke.... Scientists neediness Newton did not ostracize God accurately to the self-same atrocity. They hoped that one way or another the study of the 'the Feature of the Construction would lead them to 'the very crucial Provoke which -- Newton nearer apprehensively remarked -- without a doubt is not mechanized.... In fact, up till now, not right did Newton dull the Wealth of Person to a hierarchical outward appearance of particles within stuff... but argued that the Cover Provoke intervenes right while enforced to set-up the clock-like object of the world. The implications of this basis did not escape Leibniz:"Sir Isaac Newton, and his partners, cleave to in the same way a very odd powdered in vogue the work of God. According to their view, God Almighty wishes to wrap around up his outlook from time to time: otherwise it would peter out to move. He had not, it seems, select imagination to make it a perpetual sign. Nay, the object of God's making is so shocking, according to these gentlemen, that he is be bounded by to clean it now and then by an extraordinary concourse, and even to set-up it, as a clockmaker mends his work (The Leibniz-Clark Note, ed., H.G. Alexander [1956], pp. 11-12)."It is enthralling that McLaren refers to this clock-like object world without attributing it at once to its sources. The Western worldview that he is perky debunking is not inescapably some old, dysfunctional Christian worldview. Why would McLaren do this? The product may lie in what McLaren says side. In unfolding this new "Jesus worldview," McLaren says:"But Jesus lived desire in advance clocks, billiard tables, or knotty machines of any enthusiastic. His worldview, his see in your mind's eye of the world, was very entity -- extra crude, less mechanistic. In several ways it was simpler, but in several ways it was grander, extra effervescent, freer, subtler, and extra excited. God was neither prevented and come to light the world nor trapped inside it. Equally, God was coupled to the world, serve with it, and thoroughly phobia in it. So the world was less neediness a object and extra neediness a lineage, less neediness a feature and extra neediness a community. The very word "realm" suggests as much: Kings are relationally phobia in their kingdoms. They are serve, energetic, participatory, and busy. They aren't sparsely part of the realm -- one part in addition to several -- but neither are they to the side from it." (pp. 52-53) OOPS! We honest ran now a jam of gobbledygook! God isn't a object. And His world isn't a object. In good spirits, effectively.... (But what about Creator?) And then we qualification dig a great bound to the lineage, the community and then "voila"! -- the KINGDOM! An "crude, relational, community of the world" type realm while we all qualification "open up to signs and wonders." McLaren states:"... I cleave to become important that Jesus' worldview is best than ours.... the world isn't a object at all, it's extra neediness a lineage, a community, or a "realm"...."... God, the good Ruler, is serve -- working from the inside. The Ruler is in the realm, and the realm is in addition to us hip and now... The clobber of the realm of God has begun... (p. 60)It seems endurably perceived that this absolute repayment of McLaren's book is calculated to set the survive for a new "worldview" of the "realm" -- which is genuine what other worldview proponents are in the same way working on from their many vantage points. Theology is a literal way to do this.THE TRUTH:"Worldview" advocates love to selectively quote from Dr. Francis Schaeffer. In fact, he is commonly official by dominionists and leftist writers as the jerk of "worldview," i.e., "dominionism." Quieten, a methodical reading of his look after works, tells a extreme entity story. Dr. Schaeffer, in "Dodge From Meeting" (Inter-Varsity, 1968), described the glue of science in our postmodern era (what Schaeffer termed "modern modern"):"Childish science was natural science in that it dealt with natural jam, but it was not naturalistic, for, period it held to the regularity of natural causes, it did not found of God and man as without an answer in the facility. The forward modern scientists held the certainty, crucial that God gave knowledge to men in the Bible -- knowledge in vogue Himself and in the same way in vogue the world and history -- and, twinkle, that God and man were not part of the facility and may well pursue the working of the object of obtain and effect. Introduce was obtain and effect, but in an open outward appearance. God may well work now the obtain and effect outward appearance, and pursuit are not special prisoners in the object. So submit was not an self-governing moment in the low-grade story.' "Science in this manner suitable, a science which dealt with the real, natural world but which had not yet become naturalistic.... "The forward scientists thought in the regularity of natural causes. To the same degree they did not form in was the regularity of natural causes "in a congested outward appearance". That trivial saying makes all the chasm in the world. It makes the chasm amongst natural science and a science that is surrounded in naturalistic philosophy. It makes all the chasm amongst what I positive modern science and what I would positive modern modern science. It is vital to study that this is not a closing of science as science, but nearer that the regularity of natural causes in a congested outward appearance has become "the celebratory philosophy" in addition to scientists." The rest of Schaeffer's meeting on this exclusive is important and enthralling, but too arduous to element in this blog post. Dr. Schaeffer predicted the good of no matter which neediness the emergent church -- a postmodern, difficult to deal with, impossible, unhealthy, irreverant and existential neo-orthodoxy that uses spiritual words that representation an mysterious of religion."And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these member of the audience versus thee? But he held his organize, and answered not an iota. Another time the high priest asked him, and believed unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? And Jesus believed, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man now on the honest hand of power and coming in the fumes of heaven." (Goal 14:60-62)