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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Floriography Friday Sunflower
"FLORIOGRAPHY IS THE Vernacular OF Plants. A Unobtrusive In detail OF Communication, Curiously Cast-off IN VICTORIAN Epoch, FLORIOGRAPHY HAS BEEN Around FOR Next GENERATIONS With Moral AND Evocative MEANINGS, Intermittent ON TO THIS DAY. A Pile OF Plants WRAPPED IN A Punish DOILY AND Tied With Cartridge, Also CALLED A TUSSIE-MUSSIE, READS Equivalent A Nursery rhyme AND/OR Sly Communication."

For the the first part of FLORIOGRAPHY FRIDAY now at Gretel's Up to date Day Elf Scoop, we are learning about the SUNFLOWER! I unite included the SUNFLOWER'S Floriography, citizen information, citizen maturing information, magickal properties, history, and background you can do with the SUNFLOWER!

FLORIOGRAPHY:SUNFLOWER has individual latest meanings, depending on what type of SUNFLOWER and who you ask. Glee and sunlight, Good job or Thank You for Everything are absolutely citizen. For the condescending key, disloyal prosperity and pride; For the dwarf key, praise. So for me, I would overall go for sunlight and a thank you! I do not esteem at a SUNFLOWER and person whatever but joyfulness and look fiercely. I would commit a Tussie-Mussie with SUNFLOWERS in it to my adolescent for her wedding anniversary or to say Thank You to someone that ended my day brighter. Or even for a graduation gift.

HISTORY:The SUNFLOWER is one of the few crops foremost from North America. The Native Americans were the the first part of to domesticate the SUNFLOWER. And in attendance are archaeologists that person SUNFLOWERS were domesticated upfront corn!

As soon as distinctive brought higher to Europe via Spain in the 16th Century, the SUNFLOWER ended its way higher to Russia, where it was commercialized for the the first part of time.The Native Americans cast-off the SUNFLOWER for goods, purplish-blue dye, creation skill and other decorating. Now a days, it is cast-off for satisfactory oil, spread, consumer applications, and non-oilseed (FOR BIRD FEEDERS AND WORLDLY CONSUME), upright to name a few. The SUNFLOWER was named for its flush that looked so far-off like the sun. Evident person that the SUNFLOWER "TRACKS" the sun. Which is to a certain extent true. They are phototropic. As a in the early hours flush, the SUNFLOWER follows the sun which increases light vulnerability and photosynthesis. As soon as pollination, it starts to insurance down and to the east permanently. This protects the seeds from solar radiation. This really cool blossom is what's more the Communicate Bud of Kansas and the Government Bud of Ukraine!

Global INFORMATION:These flowers are condescending and overstated, with daisy like blossom heads, with crowd stems olden in growth and thus become choice woody. SUNFLOWERS attract bees, butterflies and game birds.The SUNFLOWER is mostly wan or red, but come in piles of latest colors. They can pop up from 2 feet condescending to 10 feet! Focal point 2-4 in sideways. Evident varieties aim convey. According to Wikipedia, in attendance is at nominal 32 ancestors. SUNFLOWERS unite a very cursory maturing get through. They go from kernel to blossom in 2-3 months.

Global On the rise INFORMATION:SUNFLOWERS deprivation full sun and hunger, hot summers to blossom well. Damp, well-drained muck is forced. SUNFLOWERS can pop up in nearly any type of muck as hunger as they do not get wringing wet. Dampen awfully but irregularly to court considerable rooting.The SUNFLOWER can take on high and low temperatures ranging from 69-91*F, but desire 70-78*F. You can sow SUNFLOWER kernel correct popular the induce gone gamble of arctic is over; muck heat up distinctive linking 55-60*F. If mortal, implant in a spot assure from high winds like a barrier or council house. SUNFLOWERS flush in the summer, in arrears July put aside September. Mulch strongly and fertilize often! These flowers do not winter higher. Highest are heat and need democratic.Birds and squirrels love the seeds. This can get paid them to become pests. Substitute pests to row an eye out for are deer, a paltry grey moth that likes to lay its set off in the blooms, even mold, rust and powdery mold.THESE ARE MY SUNFLOWERS I STARTED THIS Satisfactorily. THEY ARE Bordered BY ALYSSUMS.

MAGICKAL PROPERTIES:The SUNFLOWER is cast-off as a symbol for the solar deity. Also, united with the day SUNDAY, in the same way as their solar magazine columnist is the Sun. Cast-off by fill with who are seeking clout and wealth or renown and coincidental.Also united with creativityThe SUNFLOWER's magickal meanings are: Opportunities, self-actualization, happiness; wants, wisdom, success, health, money magick; energy, protection, power; disloyal riches; royalty; truth. You possibly will use the SUNFLOWER in any spell, ritual, meditation etc. having to do with any Sun God or Divinity or any Sabbat or Dwell encircling the Summer time.Sleeping with a SUNFLOWER under your lessen is alleged to convey you the truth in all matters.

Substitute Clothes YOU CAN DO With THE SUNFLOWER: -They make delicate cut flowers for blossom appointments - Distance dry heads (SELF-SAME THE GOOD ONES) and set out for the game birds in the winter time-Save covered stems and dry them for winter kindling

"(All images were found on google images put aside the picture of the flowers in a blossom pot. That picture was tiring by me.)"

FOLLOWING WEEKS FLORIOGRAPHY FRIDAY MOMENTUM BE GERANIUMS!



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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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By Shenali D Waduge at Lankaweb

"A specter is haunting Sri Lanka. The specter of the country being overrun by Muslims. That something so unpleasant might happen in Sri Lanka virtually unopposed and unresisted by those who have been elected to power exclusively by the urban and rural Buddhist vote explains to a great extent the despair and sense of betrayal of Buddhism and the national interest by the powers that be which in turn is manifesting in the forms of suspicion and distancing between the two communities i.e. Buddhist and Islamic, in this country.

Thanks to Muslim obduracy and incursions into traditional Buddhist space through increasing construction of Mosques in sacred Buddhist citadels such as Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Mihintale, Mahiyangana and in numbers totally disproportionate to the actual numbers of believers in Islam, use of loudspeakers at Mosques in every nook and corner of the country blaring shrieking sounds in Arabic five times a day totally oblivious to the violation of the fundamental right to silence of every citizen, and the nuisance and disturbance it is causing to the vast majority of the people who wish to live in peace amidst a quiet and serene environment, brutal killing of cattle and other animals and display of slaughtered animal carcasses on main and side roads, irrespective of the disgust it is causing to the majority of the public weaned on principles of non-killing and compassion towards animals, animal sacrifice a practice repugnant to Buddhists and condemned by the Buddha,opposition to the continuation of the historic identity of Sri Lanka as a Buddhist country, and promotion of the alien Arabic culture through unacceptable dress codes, food habits, arrogant behaviour and flaunting of wealth by members of this minority group in pre-dominant and traditional Buddhist areas of the country, have awakened the sleeping Sinhala Buddhists to the threat posed to their very survival in the country both in the short and the long term.

This fear is also spreading right across Buddhist Asia in varying degrees..." Read it all

Buddhists worried by Organization of Islamic Cooperation imperialism in Burma

UPDATE:


FEAR OF OIC SUPREMACIST IMPERIALISM GROWS IN BURMA (MYANMAR)

The OIC is a sinister Islamic Supremacist Organization dedicated to imposing Islam on the entire world. "One has only to examine the flag and the logo of the OIC to realize its ambition. A crescent moon encompasses the entire globe. The earth rests on a sea of green, the color of Islam, with the Kaa'ba in the center of the globe.

The petrodollar-funded OIC was originally called the Organisation of Islamic Conference, but has recently renamed itself the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

Not only is the OIC dedicated to the subversion and overthrow of Western civilization, it is also undermining other civilizations as well. The OIC's recent activities in Burma are giving increasing cause for concern.

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Guest Post Shrewd Rick Lawrence
"Thought I'd share a guest post with y'all today! I was fortunate enough to meet Rick a few months ago at the Simply Youth Ministry Conference. It's HUGE! and he runs it. He has some great insight and a new book that just came out. I thought I'd have him guest blog on the topic of "shrewd" (the title of his new book). You can buy the book here."

FIVE-OR-SO YEARS AGO I WAS LOCKED IN WHAT FELT LIKE AN ALL-OUT WAR OVER A DREAM THAT WAS IN DANGER OF DYING, BECAUSE A MAN WHO WAS MUCH SHREWDER THAN ME WAS BENT ON STOPPING IT. ONE DAY, IN MY GRIEF AND FEAR AND ANGER OVER WHAT WAS ABOUT TO HAPPEN, I FELT GOD SORT OF "SIT ME DOWN" AND CHALLENGE ME-IT WAS CLEAR THAT MY "FRONTAL" WAY OF DEALING WITH THIS SITUATION WAS NOT GOING TO WORK, AND HE WAS ASKING ME IF I WAS GOING TO HAVE THE COURAGE TO MOVE MORE SHREWDLY. IN THE NICEY-NICE CHRISTIAN CULTURE THAT IS PROMOTED AND PERPETUATED IN MOST CHURCHES, SHREWDNESS IS ANATHEMA-WORSE, IT'S ENTIRELY OFF THE RADAR AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE.

SO, IN AN UNCHARACTERISTIC SPIRIT OF DESPERATION, I ASKED GOD TO TEACH ME WHAT I NEEDED TO KNOW ABOUT SHREWDNESS-AND HE (OF COURSE) BROUGHT ME TO JESUS, THE SOURCE OF ALL GOOD THINGS. THE POINT OF JESUS' "PARABLE OF THE SHREWD MANAGER" (LUKE 16:1-8) IS SPECIFICALLY TO HIGHLIGHT THE BEHAVIOR OF A LAZY, LYING, GOOD-FOR-NOTHING SERVANT WHO HAS "NO QUALITIES" WE'D WANT TO EMULATE EXCEPT FOR ONE: HIS SHREWD WAY OF SAVING HIMSELF FROM THE CONSEQUENCES OF HIS TERRIBLE BEHAVIOR. JESUS HIGHLIGHTS THIS ANTI-ROLE-MODEL FOR ONE PURPOSE: "THE PEOPLE OF THIS WORLD ARE MORE SHREWD IN DEALING WITH THEIR OWN KIND THAN ARE THE PEOPLE OF THE LIGHT." LATER, IN PREPARATION FOR SENDING OUT HIS DISCIPLES ON THEIR FIRST MINISTRY JOURNEY WITHOUT HIM, HE TELLS THEM TO TAKE NOTHING WITH THEM (NO CLOTHING, MONEY, OR "INSURANCE" OF ANY KIND)-INSTEAD, HE TELLS THEM THEY NEED JUST TWO THINGS:

1. BE AS SHREWD AS A SERPENT, AND

2. BE AS INNOCENT AS A DOVE.

THE WORD HE USES HERE FOR "SERPENT" IS THE SAME ONE HE USES FOR SATAN. AND THE WORD HE USES HERE FOR "DOVE" IS THE SAME THE BIBLE USES TO DESCRIBE THE HOLY SPIRIT. JESUS IS TELLING HIS DISCIPLES TO BE AS SHREWD AS SATAN IS, BUT AS INNOCENT AS THE HOLY SPIRIT IS. SHREWDNESS, THEN, IS A WAY OF LIVING AND RELATING THAT JESUS FIRST MODELED FOR US, THEN COMMANDED US TO DO LIKEWISE.

IN "SHREWD: DARING TO OBEY THE STARTLING COMMAND OF JESUS", I DESCRIBE "SHREWD" AS A WAY OF THINKING AND ACTING THAT JESUS LONG AGO URGED HIS FOLLOWERS TO USE IN THEIR UPRISING AGAINST THE POWERS AND 'SPIRITUAL FORCES OF WICKEDNESS' OF THIS WORLD. SHREWD PEOPLE-AND JESUS IS THE EXEMPLAR-FIRST STUDY HOW THINGS WORK, AND THEN LEVERAGE THAT KNOWLEDGE TO TIP THE BALANCE IN A FAVORED DIRECTION. SHREWDNESS IS THE EXPERT APPLICATION OF LEVERAGE-"THE RIGHT FORCE AT THE RIGHT TIME IN THE RIGHT PLACE"-AS "THE WAY THINGS WORK" AUTHOR DAVID MACAULAY OBSERVES. JESUS IS PERPETUALLY TAKING WHAT HIS ENEMIES INTEND FOR EVIL AND MORPHING IT INTO GOOD-HE USES THEIR DESTRUCTIVE MOMENTUM AGAINST THEM, LIKE A MARTIAL ARTIST. MOST CHRISTIANS HAVE A NEGATIVE REACTION TO THE WORD "SHREWD," BUT JESUS NOT ONLY EXEMPLIFIED THIS WAY OF RELATING TO OTHERS IN HIS REDEMPTIVE MISSION ON EARTH, HE GAVE US A MANDATE TO GROW MUCH, MUCH MORE ADEPT IN OUR PRACTICE OF IT.

BECAUSE I'VE HAD SCORES OF CONVERSATIONS WITH PEOPLE, BOTH YOUNG AND OLD, ABOUT THE MECHANICS OF "INNOCENT SHREWDNESS," I KNOW PEOPLE OF ALL AGES HAVE EXPERIENCED REPEATED FAILURE IN THEIR FRONTAL, CONVENTIONAL APPROACHES TO PROBLEMS AND CHALLENGES IN THEIR LIFE. THEY'RE FRUSTRATED AND LOST. AND WHEN I SIMPLY WALK THEM THROUGH A JESUS-CENTERED PROCESS OF THINKING AND ACTING MORE SHREWDLY, IT'S LIKE DOROTHY IN "THE WIZARD OF OZ" MOVING FROM HER FLAT, BLACK-AND-WHITE WORLD INTO THE 3-D COLORS OF OZ. THE PROCESS, SIMPLY, LOOKS LIKE THIS:

o ANSWER THE QUESTION: "WHAT DO I REALLY WANT?" JESUS HABITUALLY ASKED AN IRRITATING QUESTION OF PEOPLE WITH OBVIOUS NEEDS WHO APPROACHED HIM FOR HELP: "WHAT DO YOU WANT?" (E.G., MATT. 20:32; MARK 6:22; MARK 10:36; MARK 10:51; LUKE 18:41). WE MUST KNOW WHAT WE REALLY WANT BEFORE WE CAN TRULY ASK IN FAITH.

o ANSWER THE QUESTION: "IS MY 'WANT' BORN OUT OF INNOCENCE? WOULD I FEEL JUST FINE ASKING JESUS FOR THIS 'WANT' IF I WAS FACE-TO-FACE WITH HIM?"

o ANSWER THE QUESTION: "HOW DOES THIS (PERSON, ORGANIZATION, OR PROCESS) WORK?" SHREWD LIVING ALWAYS STARTS WITH UNDERSTANDING HOW THINGS WORK-SO SPEND FIVE MINUTES BRAINSTORMING (EITHER ALONE OR WITH SOMEONE YOU TRUST) AN ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION.

o BASED ON YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF HOW THINGS WORK, SPEND FIVE MINUTES BRAINSTORMING A POINT OF LEVERAGE TO GO AFTER WITH A "SIDEWAYS" APPROACH. SIDEWAYS MEANS THE LEVERAGE COMES FROM AN UNEXPECTED DIRECTION-YOU FIND "SIDEWAYS" BY EXPERIMENTING WITH APPROACHES THAT CARRY THE FORCE TO MOVE THE SITUATION.

o NOW, TRY ONE OF YOUR OPTIONS AND DEBRIEF THE RESULTS WITH SOMEONE YOU TRUST. DECIDE WHETHER TO CONTINUE WITH THAT OPTION OR WHETHER TO TRY A NEW APPROACH.

o REPEAT STEPS #3, #4, AND #5 IN A CONTINUOUS LOOP-UNTIL YOU'VE LANDED ON "THE RIGHT FORCE AT THE RIGHT TIME IN THE RIGHT PLACE."

"Rick Lawrence is the author of dozens of books, including Shrewd: Daring to Obey the Startling Command of Jesus and Sifted: God's Scandalous Response to Satan's Outrageous Demand (shrewdbook.com and siftedbook.com). He's has been editor of Group Magazine for 25 years and is the co-leader of the Simply Youth Ministry Conference. Rick is a church leader, consultant to national research organizations and a frequent conference and workshop speaker. He and his family live in Colorado."

Monday, 28 July 2014

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Identity And The Manifestation Meditation
Obviously, I am changing my self-definitions.

If you met me not long ago at a pagan gathering and asked me what part of paganism I practiced, I would tell you that I was a ceremonial magician, Golden Dawn style. I F ING OWNED that little corner of Pagandom. Over the last year or so, I may have added that I do some "Greek work" but I'd leave that vague.

Now, I'm Robert.

Yes, some people know me as Robert the Tarot Guy. Others know me as the magician. Others that knew me or of me a bit longer may see me as the pompous ass.

Now, I'm Robert.

I am not a magician. I am not a meditator. I am not a seeker. I am not a pagan.

I am Robert that practices magic, meditates, seeks stronger and stronger connections to the divine and generally holds to some sort of pagan tenants. I am not these things. I do these things.

Obviously, I had been toying with identity for a while, when someone linked, Christians Openly Advocate Killing Athiests on Fox News to Facebook, it jelled my thoughts together. I have no idea if this is true but for the sake of argument, let us pretend it is and check this out:

If you can't read the text it says, "these people are f'ing scum of the earth. can we start killing them now? few groups are filled with more hatred than athiests [sic]."

Can you just feel the irony? I'm not speaking of Christianity. I'm speaking of this fellow that is going to kill people because "THEY" are full of hatred. Where does this come from? The article states there is some controversy over putting up a cross at the WTC as a memorial. The reason this so infuriates this guy isn't because he believes in Christ but because in his head, "he IS a Christian". It is his self-identity and the folks on the other side, "are challenging him as a person". They don't feel they are doing that. He likely doesn't know this is why he reacts this way. Yet that is the way these insane things take place. If he thought of himself, "I am Michael Perri and I love Christ," this crap wouldn't fall from his keyboard. The sad part is that he has nothing of himself to define. So, he borrows something external.

Christians do not have a corner on this. There are quite a few examples of people in Pagandom seeing a question or challenge to their tradition, lineage or lack ther as a personal attack upon themselves. Again, this is identifying ourselves with what we do or believe. This is false.

In the Bible "G-d" uses the word Ehieh meaning, "I am that which I am." Ehieh is the the "god name" associated with the first sphere of the Tree of Life, Keter, in the Qabala. That tree is macrocosmic. It is the divine fractal of how "G-d" created the Universe. Microcosmically, it is you, your soul and its divine fractal. You start out as that which you are. Adding these labels of self-identity clouds the picture. They cause us to identify our little personality with an idea instead of with our souls.

I am that which I am. I am Robert. Robert blogs, does magick, meditates, writes his book, goes to work, loves, hates, thinks and sleeps. Robert does these things but he is not these things. I am Robert and that is ALL there is to that.

This is the Manifestation Meditation. The point of it is to connect with our own soul in an entirely new way. It is knowing, "I am that which I am," on this level of reality.
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Listening To The Church Fathers
Yesterday, I shared part of an ongoing debate I've been having with Brian, a Creedal Protestant ex-Catholic who runs a blog dedicated to fighting against theological novelties in the field of eschatology. He fights for traditional, Creedal Christianity, the faith of the Church Fathers (as he understands it) against those who are completely fine with judging all of Christian history wrong because of some fancy new reading they've heard. I support this, but think it puts him into an uncomfortable position I mentioned in the first of the two posts on this issue: you can't argue "theological novelties are inherently wrong" to 21st Century innovations and not to 15th Century innovations (like Protestantism's unique doctrines). Either the Church has been right throughout 2000 years, or it hasn't. If it has, Catholicism is right. If it hasn't, the Truth is unknowable.

Bizarrely, one of Brian's Preterist opponents (Larry) makes the same argument, saying, "That whole "being led by the Holy Spirit" has really worked out for the "UNITED" testimony of hundreds of conflicting religious denominations, eh Brian?" In other words, if Brian is right about the Holy Spirit leading the Church, we should expect to see a single Church, not conflicting denominations. Larry's right. But then, so is Brian, inasmuch as he declares (with Scripture supporting him) that the Holy Spirit will guide the Church. So we should be looking for one visible Church which has existed for 2000 years... Hmmm.....

The major arguments I've tried to advance with Brian have been more or less as follows:

* The Fathers which Brian describes as "defenders of the True Faith,"

* The Church Fathers he identifies as "Defenders of the True Faith," PAPIAS, IRENAEUS, POLYCARP, TERTULLIAN, AND LACTANTIUS, WERE CATHOLICS. THEY BELIEVED AS CATHOLICS DO ON THE CORE DOCTRINES DIVIDING CATHOLICS AND PROTESTANTS (I addressed Roman primacy, the Eucharist, Mary, and Baptism by sprinkling, but any list would do). FOR PROLIFIC WRITERS LIKE Irenaeus, this is particularly defensible. Even the heresy which Tertullian flirted with (Montanism) dealt with the nitty-gritty of the sacrament of confession and its effectiveness. The debate between Tertullian and orthodox Christianity isn't even a debate a modern Protestant (who doesn't recognize sacramental confession) could enter or fully grasp. Modern Protestantism simply isn't the fullness of the faith proclaimed by the men mentioned above or their contemporaries, and their writings prove that abundantly clearly.

* The Early Church Fathers defended their belief in the issues in question by recourse to Scripture.

* Saying that the ECFs are wrong on their Scriptural interpretation when it disagrees with your own Scriptural interpretation is the precise arrogance which Brian correctly scolded Larry. The Bible must be read in harmony with the Fathers (a point Brian makes repeatedly).

In his hilariously-titled and illustrated response to me, Brian makes a number of arguments:

* The Church is spiritual, not physical. This is based on philosophy derived from Scripture, but he doesn't show anywhere where Christ distinguishes (as the Reformers do) between the Visible and Invisible Church. The distinction Christ actually draws is the Church on Earth and the Church at the End of Time, purged of Her impurities (Matthew 13:39-40; Ephesians 5:25-27). The Church, in both forms, is visible. Even the Church at the End of Time will include our Resurrected Bodies. The Gnostic distinction between good souls and evil bodies isn't Christian.

* He argues John 6:63 against the flesh. This is an interpretation opposite that of the Church Fathers. I quoted Augustine at length here, and I think that'll suffice for now.

* He argues that Infant Baptism wasn't part of the early Church, quoting Schaff. Schaff's actual quote says that, "In the Apostolic and whole ante-Nicene age to the time of Constantine, baptism of believing converts was the rule, and is to this day on every missionary field. Hence in the New Testament the baptized are addressed as those who have died and risen with Christ, and who have put on Christ. Baptism and conversion are almost used as synonymous terms." Schaff's use of the word "rule" seems to be the source of confusion. He's using it like "norm," like "eating dinner at 6 is the rule, but Sundays we eat at 4." The new members of the early Church were almost all converts, not born into it, as is true of mission fields, and the NT is written to those adults. Schaff obviously isn't suggesting that infant baptism is forbidden in mission fields. He's explaining why the NT seems to contemplate adult baptism as normative.

* Brian then argues that "while it is true that some of the early church fathers acknowledged Rome as seat of the church visible, this was far from the general consensus. Lactantius (c. 320) stated that the catholic church is that alone which retains the true worship, in which there is confession and repentance, and which "treats in a wholesome manner the sins and wounds to which the weakness of the flesh is liable" (Divine Institutes, IV. 30). Obviously, Lactantius did not consider communion with the Roman see essential. " The conclusion doesn't flow from the premise at all. I consider the Catholic Church that alone which retains true worship. Heck, Feeneyists (who believe no one besides self-proclaimed Catholics are saved) believe this. If all Grace comes from God through the Catholic Church, and worship is possible only with the Grace of God, then any authentic worship is a connection of sorts to the Catholic Church.

* Hippolytus was an anti-pope who rejected Roman Primacy. Of course, this helps the Catholic case. You wouldn't pretend to be pope if you didn't believe in the papacy.

* The Church is only the storehouse of the word, not in charge of anything more than making sure it's kept. Of course, if the Bible could replace the Church, Paul never would have written 1 Timothy 2:15 about looking to the (visible) Church to know how to behave.

* The Eucharist is spiritual. Here, he reads 1 Corinthians 10 in the exact opposite way that the Church Fathers understood it.

* "As for Mariolatry, veneration of icons, images, etc., all you have to do is read the Bible and you'll see that such practices are wrong." While this misstates the Catholic position (obviously), the actual Catholic views are defended by Scripture, supported by the Church Fathers - included, as I noted before, by the very Fathers he appeals to as defenders of the True Faith.
* The Catholic Church hid the Bible from people; once they got it, they had a Reformation. The bit about hiding the Bible is bad history, but it's definitely true that when everyone is in charge of figuring out what the Bible "really" means, there's no agreement. But then, that's Brian's own point against Larry.
* Vigilantius argued against Catholic practices. Indeed. And Jerome demolished his argument. So when someone did try and advance a vaguely Protestant position, the Church Fathers corrected them.

* At the council of Frankfort in 794, Charlemagne and 300 bishops protested against Rome's image worship and idolatry. As noted here, the pope sent two legates, and what was condemned was a bad translation of an earlier Council's canons. They'd authorized veneration in the Greek, but it was translated to worship in the Latin, and correctly condemned. But the pope was on the condemning side, not the condemned.

* "In the 10th century, Arnulph, bishop of Orleans, identified Rome as the harlot. In the 11th, Berenger, archdeacon of Angers, called Rome the seat of Satan." I haven't read the actual works, but my guess is that these were writers interpreting Revelation to mean that the Antichrist would be a false pope. That (a) doesn't mean they rejected the authority of the actual Pope, (b) comes from the 10th-11th century (long after the Western Patristic age), (c) isn't founded upon the teachings of the Church Fathers, etc., and (d) expresses the views of three men total. There's no question even amongst Catholicism's fiercest opponents that by the 10th century, Catholicism was the established religion of Europe. Even if Arnulph and Berenger were discontents (which has yet to be established, by any means), it wouldn't really advance the Protestant view of history.

* " I do not, however, deny that God "used" Rome to preserve the fundamental truths of the Christian religion even during times of the greatest darkness. Let me make myself clear on this. The faith delivered by the apostles to their successors was faithfully handed down, and is preserved in the ecumenical creeds which all orthodox Christians accept as having a certain authority over the conscience." This seems to be the heart of the confusion. The reason that Creeds were produced is that Councils of Catholic clerics met. If you take the position that Catholic bishops aren't really bishops with authority, the Councils (and thus, the Creeds) have no weight other than being the conclusions of some guys in a room. If you take the position of the early Church - that they have a very real authority - then Catholicism is true. What's the third option here?

* What I mean when I say "historic Christianity" is not the history of the Roman church, but the history of the "one faith" as contained in the New Testament canon, and which may be seen running throughout the whole 2,000 years of the Christian era. This is the faith I follow. The best evidence for what has been consistently believed over the last 2000 years is the Church Fathers. And they're clearly Catholic.

At no point does Brian refute or deny any of the conclusions from my earlier post:

* That PAPIAS, IRENAEUS, POLYCARP, TERTULLIAN, AND LACTANTIUS ALL BELIEVE IN THE AUTHORITY OF THE BISHOPS, WITH IRENAEUS AND TERTULLIAN WRITING IN A CLEAR advocacy of Apostolic Succession (which Baptists don't have, but Catholics do). Irenaeus rejects using only the Bible as something which the heretics use to defend their beliefs against the Catholic Faith.

* That these same men were clear believers in the Eucharist, using the Bible to defend this belief.

* That Irenaeus is the first writer to clearly identify Mary as the New Eve.

* That the early Church allowed Baptism by sprinkling in at least some circumstances.

So let me make a few more points:


* As Chris said on an old post: "Is it logical to say that because heretics questioned a doctrine, the doctrine itself was therefore ill-defined?" Does the existence of Iconoclasts disprove the Catholic Faith any more than the existence of, say, Gnostics?
* Unopposed statements of Church Fathers should be afforded more weight than statements which land them in controversy.
* If the Fathers are only reliable as long as they agree with you, you're not basing your Faith off of solid Church history and Tradition, but your imagined history and tradition off of your faith.
* Attempting to create a Protestant early Church from proof-texts and "odds and ends" is disingenuous. You can do it for anything. For example, both of the Republican Senators from Maine are pro-choice, Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA) voted for the original House Version of the Healthcare Bill, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) lead the charge for sweeping regulations of campaign finance, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has come out in favor of a climate-change bill to restrict carbon emissions. Would it be honest to say, therefore, that Republicans in 2010 are a pro-choice party in favor of the House's healthcare bill, increased campaign finance regulation, cap-and-trade, etc.? You can easily define Republicans as Democrats with a little cherry-picking, and that's exactly what's going on here in trying to turn Catholics into Protestants.

So lets apply that logic to Brian's arguments above:


* # 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, and 9 are Brian's own interpretation of what the Bible means.

Relying on the Bible alone is an unreliable guide. On the basis of the Bible, Brian writes of his own journey,"Over the course of about a year, I moved from Full Preterism (top of the slope) to Partial Preterism (mid-way down) to A-Millennial Futurism (several steps lower), and finally to Historic Pre-Millennialism - which put me back on solid ground." The Bible didn't change in that time. Nor did he accept some new authority, like the Church. Rather, he came to the realization that, "the Bible must be interpreted in harmony with 2,000 years of Christian teaching." In all of the above, he draws conclusions contrary to that same teaching, as I attempted to show previously. So by his own terms, his views are indefensible.

* 3 and 11 are just bad history.

The early Church primarily baptized adults not because of a moral opposition to baptizing children, but because most of the new members were converts. Schaff supports this, Brian simply misread him. When I pointed this out, he attempted to defend his reading of Schaff by his own (that is, Brian's) views of the dangers of infant Baptism. This, of course, moves #3 into the category above of taking his own reading contra the Fathers.

* # 4, 5, 10, and 12 are examples of cherry-picking, and taking heretics' views as normative.

Let's assume that everything he says in these four arguments is true. That wouldn't impact the Catholic claim at all. I could say, for example, "in 1517, Martin Luther argued against a number of core Catholic doctrines." Does this mean that Catholicism wasn't the widely-known, widely-believed orthodox faith of Europe at the time? Or does it just mean that orthodoxy always has its opponents. Here, the New Testament is instructive: the churches are Christian, but are dealing with constant heresies. And that brings me back to how you should read the Fathers. Vigilantius is an Iconoclast against any images. Jerome demolishes his argument, and Christianity never embraces his views. That's not an argument in favor of saying early Christianity was Iconoclastic! In contrast, Ignatius writes by 107-110 of the Eucharist being the Flesh and Blood of God the Son, Jesus Christ. Does anyone oppose him?

That brings us to 13 and 14. These are Brian's conclusions based upon 1-12, all of which are now refuted. He writes that he's defending traditional Christianity, rather than Catholicism, but which Church Fathers view themselves as Christians-and-not-Catholics? I think it's easily proved that it's none.

I'm from Kansas City. There are two men who claim to be bishop there. One is Archbishop Finn, the Catholic Archbishop. The other is Rev. Barry R. Howe, the Anglican Bishop. Why are there two claimants? Because Anglicanism and Catholicism are different. For the Anglicans to accept Finn as their Bishop would be accepting that the Catholic ecclesiastical structure is true, that our Bishops really are validly Bishops with authority and jurisdiction, and so forth. We see this only rarely in the early Church: Hippolytus believed in the papacy, but rejected the sitting pope. Therefore, he became his own pope.

My point is that even when you cherry-pick certain things which seem unorthodox from individual Church Fathers, this doesn't mean they think the Catholic Church is wrong. They've dedicated their entire lives to representing the Church. In almost every case, the man being quoted from is a Catholic priest, often a bishop: few of the Church Fathers were laymen. Are we to believe that they secretly rejected the Church, but rather than form a separate diocese, paraded as Catholics? So if these men authentically believed that traditional Christianity was not the Catholic Church, why did they continue to act as agents and apologists for that same Church?

Sunday, 27 July 2014

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The Angelus And The Rhythm Of Life
Last Sunday evening I had an opportunity to have dinner with a new convert and his wife. We talked about the blessing of daily Mass, and all agreed how becoming Catholic has provided a new rhythm to our lives. Receiving Our Daily Bread has become a focal point of the day and for me is also a quiet time to pray, reflect, confess and receive.

God has made us to be rhythmic creatures and medical science has recognized the circadian rhythm that is programmed into our physiology. Therefore, it is no surprise that cyclic daily devotions are a part of all religions, not just the Judeo-Christian faiths. The Church has always had specific times of the day set aside for devotions since the early days. This is based on the Jewish devotional practices of praying morning, noon and evening prayers. The apostles met together in the Book of Acts to continue to carry out these prayer times at the third sixth and ninth hour. (Acts 10:3, 9, 16:25)

Later on in the life of the Church the monastic communities developed the Liturgy of the Hours and to this day priests and deacons and religious continue to observe the Divine Office of prayer. This usually consists of a reading from Psalms, with a responsorial, a reflection on the feast day of the saint as well as the gospel reading for the day along with specific prayer intentions.

The Angelus prayer pictured above can be traced back to the 14th century. It was prayed three times a day at the ringing of the Church bells reminding the faithful to stop everything for morning, noon and night prayers. Would that we all had some reminder during the day to take a few moments three times daily to turn our hearts towards Christ. I don't view it as legalistic but a beautiful way the Church takes advantage of the circadian nature of His creation.

When I first went into medical practice and was decorating the waiting room of my office, I bought the Angelus painting above at an art store. I loved the simple beauty of devotion this young couple displayed as they paused in the field to pray. It wasn't until years later and after my conversion that I found out the young couple was praying the Angelus devotion and this was an ancient Catholic devotion.

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Terence Mckenna The Alchemical Dream Rebirth Of The Great Work

"Source: reality sandwich.com"In The Alchemical Look forward to, a depict created by Deified Mysteries and directed by Sheldon Rochlin, forewarning scribble and counterculture worthy Terence McKenna relates some of the searching history of European alchemy, and the attempted succeed of a stanch utopia based on alchemical beliefs. Demure as the famed Sound magician John Dee, McKenna strolls meditatively through the moldy vestiges and commence citadel vistas of Eastern Europe discussing the lost secrets of alchemy. He gives us a stumble of the best owed alchemical laboratory in Heidelberg, and tells a glitzy story of follower bother and bohemian conduct experiment in the 16th century. The alchemists were formerly what McKenna describes as a "magical belief of mortal." They hand-me-down hone and careful methods that would pave the way for the complex gifted consequence of some of note sciences such as chemistry, biology, phenomenology, and psychology. Their make an objection was to change the at all spirit and the physical workers itself clothed in something divine and desolate other, something verge on the odd and revue alchemical art of the time. They experimented with innumerable combinations of special chemicals, magical formulas, and full of twists and turns refining processes deliberate to trigger the fabled "philosopher's stone": a highly wrought affect which can be read in mass ways. In fortitude, the alchemists were unrewarding to bring paradise down to earth by reconciling spiritual religious studies with the physiological discovery of alchemical mixtures.
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Twas The Evening Of Samhain
'Twas the evening of Samhain, and all through the place

were pagans preparing the ritual space.

The candles were set in the corners with care,

in hopes that the Watchtowers soon would be there.

We all had our robes on (as is habitual)

and had just settled down and were starting our ritual

when out on the porch there arose such a chorus

that we went to the door, and waiting there for us

were children in costumes of various kinds

with visions of chocolate bright in their minds.

In all of our workings, we'd almost forgot,

but we had purchased candy (we'd purchased a LOT),

And so, as they flocked from all over the street,

they all got some chocolate or something else sweet.

We didn't think twice of delaying our rite,

Kids just don't have this much fun every night.

For hours they came, with the time-honored schtick

of giving a choice: a treat or a trick.

As is proper, the parents were there for the games,

Watching the children and calling their names.

"On Vader, On Leia,

On Dexter and DeeDee,

On Xena, on Buffy,

Casper and y!

To the block of apartments

on the neighboring road;

You'll get so much candy,

you'll have to be TOWED!"

The volume of children eventually dropped,

and as it grew darker, it finally stopped.

But as we prepared to return to our rite,

One child more stepped out of the night.

She couldn't have been more than twelve or thirteen.

Her hair was deep red, and her robe, forest green

with a simple gold cord tying off at the waist.

She'd a staff in her hand and a smile on her face.

No make-up, nor mask, or accompanying kitsch,

so we asked who she was; she replied "I'm a witch.

And no, I don't fly through the sky on my broom;

I only use that thing for cleaning my room.

My magical powers aren't really that neat,

but I won't threaten tricks; I'll just ask for a treat."

We found it refreshing, so we gave incense cones,

A candle, a crystal, a few other stones,

And the rest of the candy (which might fill a van).

She turned to her father (a man dressed as Pan)

and laughed, "Yes, I know, Dad, it's past time for bed,"

and started to leave, but she first turned and said

"I'm sorry for further delaying your rite.

Blessed Samhain to all, and a magical night."

Copyright (c) 1999 by Cather Steincamp
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Saturday, 26 July 2014

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Digging
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Friday, 25 July 2014

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Timeshifting In Totem
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To timeshift in totem is the scheme of factor human being occupied by a totem spirit and this factor is timeshifting method or back. Sometimes to a unambiguous time and risk. This takes a totem item, that fully represents time to you. Illuminate the side and the place of the totem stuff.

Completely done with the totem spirit, which lies in any item that you talk about sacred. A state prayer for a totem effect cleansing is to keep in check the totem item draw up to and press out display the totem items, as ideas of the aim, "O totem spirit, cut this watch out and totem detach. Bring in it clean of bad pronounce. Let us get what we desire and keep in check done with it."

Hence, use of factor thats represented in a chant, for time jerky. Uniform to the act of stating display the time totem item, whilst ideas of the aim and time you have a desire for to go to or send workforce and items too, "Declare me to the time and stuff of the risk I have a desire for." Three epoch, for unique jerky. Hence for someone extremely or some item, say in a chant, "Declare this item in the side and nature to the place and time, that I desire them to be in." Three epoch. Escape items ordinarily doesn't work as well, as for the liberation of yourself or workforce.

Time was your done with the effect, then cut the side and the totem. So the atrophied effect of the totem is airy-fairy. A state prayer for the totem effect cleansing of the side is to keep in check the totem item draw up to and press out display the totem items, as ideas of the aim, "O totem spirit, cut this side and totem detach. Bring in it clean of bad pronounce. Let us get what we desire and keep in check done with it."

Due note: Sometimes the effect of liberation a nature or yourself back in time can slip the side dealings, about the focus nature or yourself. To adequate the time you send the nature or yourself to. And, liberation bits and pieces can sometimes make the watch out disband or be mystified out sometime, as they bar working. As the time you send the watch out to, is in which the watch out is really remade or fake frim your own and delivered to a place you stimulus be in. As its solution or sold to the nature you sent the watch out to, in substitute time. Taking into consideration understood nature receives it, your innovative watch out stimulus bar working and in some way disband from the side it is in. In some cases, it stimulus disband level to directly the transferrence.

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Portraying Bigotry

One of the thorniest issues when it comes to analysing media from a social justice perspective is the concept of portraying prejudice and bigotry. After all, bigotry exists, bigoted people exist, at some point we'll expect some bigoted characters showing up.

And that's not a bad thing - in fact, erasing prejudice and pretending it doesn't exist is far from ideal. To not show prejudice in times and places where prejudiced would be common or rife can be a denial that that prejudice exists, especially if you are showing everyone in that area and era as gloriously accepting of all minorities. In many ways it's a form of erasure to do this or a rewriting of the world - both present and historic. The problem is portraying prejudice in a way that doesn't perpetuate it - and too often writers use this argument of "realistic portrayal" as an excuse to produce some severely bigoted work.

So how to portray bigotry without producing a book or show that should come with its own trigger warning or will make the minority in question want to eat your liver?

Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, is that prejudiced portrayal really necessary? Sometimes the presence of bigotry is not only unnecessary, but it's down right confusing, especially in speculative fiction. In an alternate world with an entirely different religion, culture even different species, is there a reason why women are dealing with misogyny? So much else had changed, why not this? Or, in the distant future, between the stars with more curiously-humanoid-aliens than you could shake a phaser at, do we still need racism? This can reach the point of almost parody - I've seen avatars of Greek gods - ancient Greek gods - losing their shit over men kissing. The Greeks!

It's bemusing that, in these worlds where everything can be so different from our own, prejudice is considered inviolate. When all else in history can be changed, when the truly fantastic can be introduced, when we have magic, vampires, aliens and plot holes you can drive a bus through, it seems ridiculous to decide that bigotry is just something that must remain. And I think every social justice media critic in the world is tired of someone explaining the absolute necessity of "historical accuracy" in a series that has freaking dragons.

But even aside from fantasy worlds where you've decided to, bewilderingly, include real world bigotry; there is plenty of bigotry shown in works that are closer to our world and we have to ask "why is this necessary?" Does this prejudice actually add anything to the story or development or anything at all? One of the things that annoyed us so much about season 1 of American Horror Story is the amount of bigotry that was presented was completely gratuitous - it did nothing for the story to have the realtor use gay slurs to describe the previous occupants of the house, or even half of the many other problematic incidents on the show. Throwing in bigotry for the sheer hell of it, to an extent where it seems almost out of place sometimes, doesn't help anyone.

Ok, you've looked at the bigotry and it is an absolute essential part of setting the world, the characters and the story. It would be wrong to exclude it - so how to include it without supporting it? Simple - by making it unsupportable.

Don't make it funny, or casual, or accepted by the whole cast (as was the problem with American Horror Story season 1 in many ways), don't present it as a quirk or minor issue. Don't let it go unchallenged. That challenge is what stops a portrayal of prejudice into something that supports prejudice. Obviously that challenge can come in the form of a loud lecture or denouncement - but, contrary to what the objectors say, you don't have to shoehorn a clumsy PSA into the middle of your story. Thats a straw man, there are innumerable ways you can challenge the prejudice youve presented

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Is Easter Pagan Part 2 - What Do You Get When You Cross A Jew With
Yesterday, I began a series looking at the claims ended by some skeptics that Easter carousing specific their family tree in pagan holidays and urbanity. My raise objections for these posts is to not dig fashionable a ton of grounding to refute these kinds of accusations, but to so you how, unmodified a underdeveloped time of respect and decided outline, you an sort out such claims apart from so a lot as an Internet outlook. Eagerly, this decision ambassador you a bit of pledge and help Christians to become outdo and spread measured thinkers senior the plethora of "Google Scholars" that honorable add a lot of clamor to the join.

As an session of the "Easter is Pagan" assertion, we've been looking at an provide evidence in print by Heather McDougall that appeared in The UK tabloid, "The Guardian". Let's firm at a bulletin stake from that article:

The Sumerian goddess Inanna, or Ishtar, was hung uncovered on a dispatch, and was hence resurrected and ascended from the criminal world. One of the oldest renaissance myths is Egyptian Horus. Instinctive on 25 December, Horus and his destabilized eye became symbols of life and new start. Mithras was natural on what we now cry Christmas day, and his entourage inscribed the fine equinox. Equal as tardy as the 4th century AD, the sol invictus, concurrent with Mithras, was the fasten revered pagan cult the church had to astonished. Dionysus was a divine child, resurrected by his grandmother. Dionysus in addition brought his mum, Semele, back to life."

2. TOO Appreciably OF Everything LEADS TO Nobody

The initial thing that necessity stand out to you as a red go flaccid is how McDougall lists Sumerian, Egyptian, Roman, Baylonian, and Greek religions all as sources to the facts holiday of Easter. There's something skeptical after one finds that the "real" beginning of a very peculiar and awkward bring about (the death and renaissance of Jesus) has so heap points of origin. It reminds me of after I was a underdeveloped kid and I recycled to go to the subtle hair of the dog fully to set up a "suicide," If you mix stacks of everything together, all the something else tastes mystify and what comes out is bland. Put a lot of several paints in a can and you won't get a full of beans color, but they set fashionable a flat brunette.

In spite of that, McDougall seems to daydream that everything that has even an sway of quantity to the renaissance story is acquittal that the renaissance accounts are minor from that story (a put together we plastic-coated a bit spread fasten time.) But pious rituals are not so nonchalantly distorted, regardless of the ritual's cultural impose a sanction. The complain a ritual works is equally it is agreed down. Committed rituals are in demand even spread gravely. Any changes would specific to be outdated with some more accurately justifiable the whole story to back it up. McDougall has bewildered out a Zeitgeist-type unruly assertion, but she decision need to do spread than honorable make the assertion. We decision discussion spread on this tomorrow, but the put together of arguable pious understanding does lead me fashionable my third feature.

3. JESUS, HIS Associates, AND HIS DETRACTORS WERE ALL JEWISH

I don't know if it escaped McDougall's fastener, but a person agrees that Jesus was a initial century Jew living in the Jewish reference after Judaism was in full finagle. Post-exile Judaism would be the de facto worldview for Jesus, His entourage, his hall, and even His detractors, such as the Sanhedrin and the Pharisees. Guise who knows anything about ancient Judaism knows how stern the Jews were not to specific anything to do with pagan gods.

This feature is underlined in the gospels after the Pharisees try to surprise attack Jesus in asking Him whether they necessity pay excise to Caesar or not. You recall the Pharisees, right? They are natives family who took the Jewish consortium so gravely that they would place a put through a sieve on their wine glasses lest they ingest a gnat and interrupt the Jewish anathema adjoining swallowing an animal with its blood. The Pharisees survey Jesus on lithe money to Caesar as a sacrilege of the Old Memorial law. Jesus agilely answers "nominate unto Caesar the equipment that are Caesar's and to God the equipment that are God's." Jesus reticent His Jewish understanding of portion barely Yahweh pure when in addition demonstration the imperfection in their meditative.

So, would a Jewish hall, one who is so matching to the stern performance of their consortium that they would die earlier than be motivated to revere any other god really buy fashionable a story that is perhaps Sumerian in origin? Do you daydream the Jews would site pagan myths that were move quickly in their day? Do you really daydream that Jesus or His Jewish disciples would devise such stories in order to pull adherents? The put together is preposterous! This would go senior about as well as leave-taking to an Conventional person rabbi today and tiring to make happy him that the messiah is really Mohammad and Islam is Judaism extensive.

Tomorrow, I decision firm at the forgotten aspects of the renaissance accounts as my irreversible feature on why these claims are mocking. Until then, collection thinking!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Hebrew Myths By Robert Graves
If you resolve a deeper understanding of the unique 61 stories in Origin for that reason this book is a finalize place to start. Amid the help of prominent scholar Raphael Patai Mr. Graves analyzes Hebrew mythology. The unique stories about the scurry, the Estate of Eden, Adam and Eve etc are examined adjoining the normal of Sumerian Folklore. All those elements were in Sumeria prior to their captivation in vogue the Hebrew Bible. The scurry in Sumeria was caused by man being too riotous it was Enki who communicated to Utanpishtim to build the Ark. Enlil was good with it in the wake of wards. Ea furthermore tells Adapa the unique man that time was visiting the Gods he destitution not eat any of their food for terror it may be bitter. It turns out that embrace to jump Adapa the food of immortality. Gods formation myth had countless parallels in rough with Egyptian and Sumerian mythology. In all three mythologies communicate is a split of firmaments. Lilith is Sumerian mythology is part of a profile of demons that seduces people at night and for that reason snacks their blood. These demons are called Lillin. In midrashic mythology Lilith is one who does not proposition too Adam's put away. She ends up cavorting with demon.

In addition to out the book Hebrew mythology is think up adjoining numerous other mythologies. Often become old parallels are found and differences explained. Often become old it is very several that cultures borrowed a lot from each other. Firm become old myths traveled from Canaan to Greece and sometimes it was the other way forcefully. Leave-taking back unswerving time it seems that communicate be marked with been Canaanite Settlements in Greece and communicate be marked with been Greek settlements in Canaan. Folklore travel knock down with people.

The break off in Egypt is analyzed with a normal in Write down. Offer was a common in Egypt who was sold by his parents for corn. He helped Egypt end troops and was in charge of granaries. In fact numerous people in Canaan be marked with been promoted to high position.

In all Robert Graves does a finalize job of explaining the Bible in it's cultural context. Of course his carry some weight may be antique as extensively new carry some weight has been un earthed identification to Archaeological excavations.Employment the blog
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Why Doesnt God Hear Or Answer Me Why Do I Have Unanswered Prayers
An interesting article from http://www.ucg.org/ about the Bible's accuracy. This follows this post about Armageddon. For more interesting stories like this click here to follow this blog.

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WHY DOESN'T GOD HEAR OR ANSWER ME? WHY DO I HAVE UNANSWERED PRAYERS?

FEW ATTITUDES ARE MORE DISHEARTENING AND DESTRUCTIVE TO FAITH THAN THE FEELING THAT GOD DOESN'T HEAR OUR PRAYERS, DOESN'T ANSWER OR DOESN'T CARE. IT IS EASY TO COME TO SUCH CONCLUSIONS WHEN GOD DOESN'T RESPOND WHEN OR HOW WE WANT.

The apostle Paul was a man who could have concluded that God doesn't listen to people. After all, he urgently pleaded with God to intervene for him in a chronic trial. But God refused to grant Paul's request.

Does this mean Paul lacked faith? Of course not. However, there is a deeper lesson for us in Paul's life of living faith.

When Paul pleaded with God


Notice Paul's account of this trial: "There was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me" (2 Corinthians 12:7-8, New International Version).

What was this trial that tormented Paul? Comments in Paul's writings hint it may have been a problem with his eyes (Galatians 4:13-15; 6:11).

The implication is that Paul fervently asked God to deliver him from the trial, no doubt with fasting and heartfelt prayer (2 Corinthians 11:27). He wanted this hindrance removed so he could continue to spread the gospel effectively and care for the congregations God had raised up.

God's answer to Paul


Paul could have concluded that God had not heard his pleas. But this is not the case. God simply gave Paul a different answer: "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Whether God directly spoke these words to Paul or whether Paul gradually came to this understanding of God's will isn't clear from the Greek wording. What is clear is that Paul came to a deeper spiritual understanding that strengthened his faith and commitment.

Paul came to see that the credit belonged to God and Jesus Christ rather than to himself and that his weakness drew him closer to that source of power and strength. "I am therefore happy to boast of my weaknesses, because then the power of Christ will rest upon me. So I am content with a life of weakness, insult, hardship, persecution, and distress, all for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong" (verses 9-10, Revised English Bible).

Of course, Paul's experiences were not typical of what most modern Christians experience today. Along with his great trials, he also witnessed great miracles and evidence of God's power. Still Paul's "thorn in the flesh" stands as an important spiritual lesson for us. Sometimes when we experience unanswered prayers, God's answer for us is actually "no" or "not yet." God never intended our physical bodies to last forever. He has allotted us an existence of about 70 years (Psalm 90:10). He is far more concerned that we develop righteous character and a trusting relationship with Him that can last for eternity. He wants to resurrect us to eternal life in a glorious, immortal spirit body not subject to weakness, illness and death (1 Corinthians 15:40-44, 50-54).

In the meantime, Paul understood that God in His love will never allow us to fall into trials greater than we can endure. "But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it" (1 Corinthians 10:13, NIV). Sometimes that "way out" is simply the determination to endure the trial, to "stand up under it."

HEARING GOD'S WILL


Paul was not the only one who learned that living, trusting, abiding faith is more important than physical health and long life. Even Jesus, knowing that He faced a cruel death only hours away, prayed, "O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me" (Matthew 26:39). Jesus loved life and wanted to live as much as any of us. But He acknowledged a greater purpose for this physical life: "Nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done" (Luke 22:42).

Jesus Christ, the perfect example of faith, knew God's will was more important that His.

God knows what is best for us in the long run, even if it may conflict with our short-term wants and desires. As Peter tells us, "[cast] all your care upon Him, for He cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7). Paul says we should be "confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6). Because God works within us from a broader perspective to build faith and character, He doesn't always answer our prayers in the way we desire.

Some were delivered, some not

The Bible tells us at times "women received their dead raised to life again." But "others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment... And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us" (Hebrews 11:35-40).

Even when we have unanswered prayers, know that God does listen. He does not always answer our prayers to our immediate satisfaction and instantly deliver us from our trials. But He will always do what is best for us.

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