Sunday, April 12, 2015

Saturday, March 7, 2015

The times they are a-changing

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Trouble in China

Story highlights

  • A Chinese religious movement is in the spotlight after its members were charged with murder
  • Eastern Lightning, said to believe in a female, Chinese Christ figure, is banned in China
  • Analysts estimate it may have up to a million members, and is seen by Beijing as a threat

Sunday, December 7, 2014

I finally got Job 19:20

Job 19:20 I'm a pile of skin and bones; I have barely escaped by the skin of my teeth." 

The Literal version has this:

(YLT)  To my skin and to my flesh Cleaved hath my bone, And I deliver myself with the skin of my teeth. 

Job was the lab rat in a dispute between Yehovah and the SATAN and the variable introduced was a horrific case of boils:

Job 2:3  And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause. 
Job 2:4  And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. 
Job 2:5  But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. 
Job 2:6  And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life. 
Job 2:7  So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. 
Job 2:8  And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes. 

In the context Job describes how revolting his disease has made him to others:

Job 19:13 "My brothers are alienated from me; my acquaintances are estranged; 

Job 19:14 my relatives have failed me; and my friends have abandoned me. 
Job 19:15 Those who live in my house—and my maidservants, too!—treat me like a stranger; they think I'm a foreigner. 
Job 19:16 "I call to my servant, but he doesn't respond, even though I beg to him earnestly. 
Job 19:17 My wife says my breath stinks; even my children say I smell bad! 
Job 19:18 Even little children hate me; when I get up, they mock me. 
Job 19:19 My closest friends detest me; even the ones I love have turned against me. 
Job 19:20 I'm a pile of skin and bones; I have barely escaped by the skin of my teeth." 
Job 19:21 "Be gracious to me, be gracious to me, my friends, because God's hand has struck me. 
Job 19:22 Why are you chasing me, as God has been doing? Aren't you satisfied that I'm sick?

If I'm not mistaken, in verse 19:20 Job is saying "all of my other skin is wrecked. The only skin I have left is this nasty film on my teeth!"

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Confucious say:


“The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat.” 

― Confucius

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Christians before Christ?

This excellent speech discusses the imposition of a European pharaoh upon Egypt (in Africa) and how a man in that dynasty came to be referred to as "the Christ" and his servants "the bishops of Christ" and how the Africans and Jews were made to worship him on pain of death, long before Jesus!

Here is the text of the historical reference from Hadrian's letter to Servianus:

"...8 1 Legamen ad paginam Latinam From Hadrian Augustus to Servianus22 the consul, greeting. The land of Egypt, the praises of which you have been recounting to me, my dear Servianus, I have found to be wholly light-minded, unstable, and blown about by every breath of rumour.2 There those who worship Serapis are, in fact, Christians, and those who call themselves bishops of Christ are, in fact, devotees of Serapis. 3 There is no chief of the Jewish synagogue, no Samaritan, no Christian presbyter, who is not an astrologer, a soothsayer, or an anointer. 4 Even the Patriarch himself, when he comes to Egypt, is forced by some to worship Serapis, 
p401by others to worship Christ. 5 They are a folk most seditious, most deceitful, most given to injury; but their city is prosperous, rich, and fruitful, and in it no one is idle. 6 Some are blowers of glass, others makers of paper, all are at least weavers of linen23 or seem to belong to one craft or another; the lame have their occupations, the eunuchs have theirs, the blind have theirs, and not even those whose hands are crippled are idle. 7 Their only god is money, and this the Christians, the Jews, and, in fact, all nations adore. And would that this city had a better character, for indeed it is worthy by reason of its richness and by reason of its size to hold the chief place in the whole of Egypt...."*.html#8

This is an amazing piece of history that throws light on the creation of the Catholic/Protestant debacle.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Can we agree that Jesus was a pacifist?

I think a casual reading of the gospels ought to persuade everyone that Jesus was a pacifist. Can we agree on that?

And this man finds a corollary: Glorifying war is a sin.

Interesting timing, today on NPR Mr. Takei/Zulu said that while he acted in a John Wayne movie glorifying and promoting war he didn't feel any responsibility because it was just a John Wayne movie.

So, ethicists?