Christianity: Outside Looking In In the Western part of the world, Christianity is familiar with almost everyone. Many people, at the very least, claim to believe in God in the Western world. But what exactly is Christianity? The obvious answer is, of course, that Christianity is the religion that believes in God and Jesus Christ's sacrifice to save humanity from their sins. There's more to Christianity than this, and shall be discussed in more detail. Specifically, the origins of Christianity and how it became a world religion, what makes Christianity unique, and the differences in the denominations of Christianity shall be discussed.
Let's start with Christianity's origins, and how it came to be a major world religion. Christianity started off as a sect of Judaism in Palestine and Israel in the 1st Century AD, so the first Christians were Hebrew. Christianity then spread to other nations across the Middle East, into Egypt, and the Roman Empire (so
Agnostic Atheist How do you go about proving God's existence or nonexistence? I would like to discuss it because it's usually avoided in polite conversation for good reason. But this essay or rant or whatever is not polite conversation and will probably offend some people.
First of all, how do we prove God's existence? Well, from what I know, there is no hard, empirical evidence that proves God's existence. There isn't any, none, and the Bible obviously doesn't count because it only assumes God exists; it never factually proves that God exists. Miracles don't count either, common sense can even dictate they aren't real. And people that say they know God helped them out can't actually prove it, they just believe that a coincidence was simply an act of God. It's not just limited to beneficial coincidences, some people even believe God punished them for being sinful. Is there any proof that God seems to randomly help or hinder his creations? No, there isn't, only assumptions are made as t
Keeps gnawing at my gut
Won't let me sleep
Can't satisfy it
Nothing to eat
Hurts like hell
Leave me be
BlossomJust move on
Old wounds should be healed
Spring is here
The sun sets
Look out to the east
Your new life
The Mercy of God to Our Enemies
There is little doubt that the majority of us have looked upon the violence of the Middle East with sadness, disgust, or anger. Our brothers are being slaughtered and the poor and oppressed, which includes everyone and not just Christians, suffer doubly from the violence coming from both sides.
It has been a subject of intense prayer for me. I oscillate between desiring the destruction of our enemies for the sake of our brethren (cf., for example, Ps 18) and between praying for mercy upon our enemies.
I find it simple to see Christ on the cross saying "Forgive them for they know not what they do" (Lk 23:34) and say, "Of course, Christ did that because he's the Lord." Yet the very same prayer we pray every day commands us to "forgive those who have trespassed against us." I asked myself, in my heart, "Do I forgive them?" For indeed we are forgiven in the measure we forgive.
I became troubled that I could not formulate a concrete answer. I prayed as to whether I was so lacking in mercy a
An Essay on Republican Capitalist Philosophy
I wrote this essay because Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan is the most ill-conceived and potentially counterproductive economical plan I have heard in recent history. Not only that, it seems to embody everything that is wrong with the republican way of thinking. I'm going to explain my objections to this plan, and also touch on the broader issues of republican capitalist ideals.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, Cain's 9-9-9 plan is to limit income tax 9%, but introducing a 9% business transactions tax and a 9% federal sales tax. There's one crucial problem I immediately noticed, and to make it easier to see, I'll illustrate it with extreme examples from opposite ends of the spectrum.
Consider a poor person who barely makes enough to get by. He has to spend nearly 100% of his income because of his living expenses alone. Now consider a very wealthy person making $10,000,000 per year. He could be very frivolous and still
We're here, we're queer! We are Sonadow!
Did you read my title correctly? I bet you did. Now, as you may have realized by now, I am not a supporter of gays/lesbians but at the same time, I do not hate anybody who are. Why? That is idiotic, and over time, I've learned not to impose my opinions on others but simply let themunderstand mine. With that being said, I want to explain exactly why I do not support Sonadow, or any other such Yaoi and Yuri pairings.
Before you proceed, please understand that everything stated here are opinions. Some people "flamed" me for my reasons without remembering that they are just OPINIONS.
First of all, it is due to the fact, Sonic isn't gay, and I have liked it that way. He has not hinted any signs of love towards Shadow (or any other male character, or even female). Now, what most fans say is: "SEGA HATES GAYS, THAT'S WHY." Actually, SEGA has no problem with gays/lesbians and my biggest proof is Rotor the Walr
Do We Need a New Language about Homosexuality?One of the more popular, misunderstood, and challenging problems Catholics face today is the topic of homosexuality. I think of the many great strides we as a Church and as a culture have taken in speaking about it. In the same way, neither side whether secular or religious, has spoken more clearly on the subject. Catholics, at the very least, have always been very good at making distinctions. The process of making distinctions is not just good philosophy and theology, but it also aids in our practical and charitable responses to what we experience.
When we respond to homosexuality we should know what it is. Moreover, when someone is homosexual it does us little good to categorize that person according to preconceived notions about their sexual activity, sexual purity, or moral state. In fact I've usually seen these reactions as one's own personal, moral blindness than as a useful discussion geared towards understanding something so as to respond to it more effectively.
That being said
Random thoughtsSo much to do and so little time. I keep trying and trying to do everything right, but life is a path full of bumps. The ghosts of my past still haunt me and I can't get over it. I can't enjoy the present because there's always something to do. I can't even think about the future because I see myself invisible, alone and miserable. What happened to my hopes and dreams? Where are happiness and love? Am I doing something wrong? Is this all life has to offer? And why do I still even care about anything at all?...
Ponysalities - Twilight Sparkle - ISTJ (NOT INTP)Being a fan of the Jungian definition of the MBTI, I'm going to take my hand at doing the most accurate typing possible of the Mane 6.
But first a brief introduction to the Jungian cognitive functions. There are 8 of them:
Ti - Introverted Thinking - This is the stereotypical form associated with thinking. It is the inward sense of pondering. It is an internally organized function. It deals with logic, theories, concepts, and other abstract ideas.
Te - Extroverted Thinking - This function is the one most associated with planning. While Ti likes to organize theories and concepts, Te likes to organize and categorize things. It is more focused with practicality, and by it's nature is organized.
Ni - Introverted Intuition - This is the function that deals with finding patterns. It creates order from chaos. People with strong Ni tend to be spiritual for this reason (NOT to be confused with religious. Spiritual in that they have rituals that they hold to, they believe in strange c
Just and DivineGod is FAIRE; the laws are set and every action leads to a certain reaction. "Evil guys" have simply applied these physical laws and related the results to their causes. They walked on the read of logic, used their minds and worked hard to achieve their dreams. Consequently, it is fair enough that they get what they have worked for "But at least I believe that in absents of faith, they straggle more in their quest.
In the other hand, sometimes people fail even though applying these laws. In many cases we find honest people, who work hard, live by logic and relay on God yet they do not get what they deserve! Well, if life was that easy it will lose its beauty. Even- more, failure may be part of God testing and wise judgment; what seem cruel today, might appear to be appropriate tomorrow or after.. or may never appear to us yet to others; however, what is important is to never give up of Gods mercy. Because no one can know for sure!.
Sometimes such mercy may occur in form of what we call
Welcome to the soldier sideBIENVENIDO AL BANDO DE LOS SOLDADOS
Estoy herido. ¿Por qué? La sangre nace a borbotones de la herida en el pecho que acaba de producirme esa vieja espada. ¿Por qué vuelvo a estar en un campo de batalla? Pensaba que esto había terminado para siempre… Ah, ya lo recuerdo. "Sólo una última misión," me dijo el general de brigada, "sólo ésta, coronel. Prepare sus tropas y lance un ataque sobre la ciudad de Draconia en menos de doce horas. Extermínela."
Exterminar, ¡qué término más conveniente para ocultar una matanza indiscriminada! Por eso mismo necesito alejarme del ejército. No puedo seguir matando gente sin razón alguna, acabaré volviéndome loco, si no lo estoy ya. Pero sin protestar y tal vez por puro respeto, obedecí la orden de mi superior y envié mis tropas. Y aquí estoy ahora, a los pies de la muerte.
Escucho a cientos de hombres gritando y batiendo sus armas a mi alrededor. Mis tropas, luchando por un solo hombre, por mí. Los draconianos, luchando por su libertad. Dios mío, ¿qué es
Explarationgolden shine awaits beneath a great heap
simmering the coat that covers it
shifting once and twice
cutting across and seen so partially
gaining ground and knowledge of the uncovered light it was borne of
making hold of coherent fields
now crafting lobes of Being in the heap of Dark
yet so far across, and so little between, keeps sight of each triumph
contacted by no less than a hint of radiation
lest it become a stitch of the deep unknown
discouraged no less by the extent of discovery
whirling smaller anchors, an abundance of reach
an image cast out to look at itself