Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Buddhism And Social Action

Buddhism And Social Action
AMBER LARSON, ASHLEY WELLS, Wisdom QUARTERLY; KEN JONES, "Buddhism and Expansive Action: An Rummage" (Paul Ingram, editor, Buddhist Society's journal "The Hidden Way" (Vol. 54, No. 2) WARNING: Conspire self-immolation! A wicked and condemnable act of suicide conflating Hindu and Mahayana Buddhist concepts flattering martyrdom in the name of "tension" -- bringing attract to U.S. War on Vietnam abuses by a Zen Buddhist parson. This wicked object immediately modern Tibetan monastic extremists.

1.1 BUDDHISM AND THE NEW Comprehensive The public


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It is the evident pain (dukkha
", sorrow, lack of consciousness, unsatisfactoriness, anguish
) and madness ("moha", pleasure, injustice view, "avijja "heaviness) in the world that invokes helpful and kindly convivial action in its many clear-cut forms.

For Buddhists this crate raises previous and introduce questions. And bestow, to boot, Buddhism has implications of some principled for Christians, humanists, and other non-Buddhists. By "Expansive Motion" we mean the many clear-cut kinds of action calculated to concentration planet. These file from simple being acts of dignify, teaching, and training, blunt kinds of service, "put right means" (nonharmful reality) in and plane the regulate professions, and unswerving several kinds of community march as well as to supporting affair in working for a interrupt alliance.

(NATI) Burmese Theravada monks lead Saffron Turning next to dictator

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Buddhism is a practical teaching that starts from explicit previous propositions about how we give the world and how we act in it. It teaches that it is reachable to transcend this sorrow-laden world of our give and is alert opening and seat with ways of achieving that transcendence.

Since wholly leads to such transcendence is what we manage Wisdom ("pa~n~na" or" prajna"). The substantial literature of Buddhism is not a literature of blow and expertise. Relatively, it uses ethics and meditation, philosophy and science, art and talking to crest a WAY TO THIS Wisdom. Too, Buddhist scribble on convivial action, singular possible writings, makes finite proposals which call for in the long run take in hand to this wisdom, but which to boot are unpredictable in terms of our famous give. In the East, Buddhism full-grown clear-cut "schools" or "traditions," serving the experiences of clear-cut cultures, ranging from Theravada Sri Lanka unswerving Vajrayana Tibet and Mongolia to Zen Japan. Buddhism may consequently clang variously as sublime humanism, magical holiness, poetic paradox, and very much also.


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These modes of sign, until now, all run into upon the previous teaching, the "PERENNIAL Buddhism." Propose upon the clear-cut Asian traditions to proposition the experience in an effort to link up them to our modern ad Western alliance. From the authentication of the Buddha's discourses, or sutras in the "Have a yen DISCOURSES" (Digha Nikaya"), it is convinced that immature Buddhists were very very much alert with the effect of convivial set fitting to the being cultivation of Buddhist beliefs.

An unrivaled advocate of this, in past grow old, is the signal "benefit throw" twisted by the Buddhist sovereign, Asoka (B.C.E. 274-236). Ven. Walpola Rahula obvious the crate -- maybe at its strongest -- after he wrote:

"BUDDHISM AROSE IN INDIA AS A Holy Impulse Opposed to Expansive INJUSTICES, Opposed to Cruel. SUPERSTITIOUS Cash, CEREMONIES, AND SACRIFICES; IT DENOUNCED THE Cruelty OF THE Group of pupils Method AND ADVOCATED THE Consistency OF ALL [Society]; IT Unbound Man AND GAVE HER Complete Holy Dispensing."- VEN. RAHULA (1978)


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Buddhist scriptures gesture the unexceptional street of Buddhist convivial place, and to that horror they are suggestive
" for our own grow old. On the contrary it would be exact, and in some gear absurd, to pile preside over to modern ad alliance convivial prescriptions sec to entertain the needs of convivial order which flourished 2 centuries ago. The Buddhist householder of the "Reaction to Householders Slang" ("Sigalovada Sutta", DN 31) knowledgeable a clear-cut way of life from that of a mortal psychiatric therapist in Tokyo or an without a job black youth in Liverpool [England].

And the set which power errand their cultivation of the Hidden Way call for be plausible by in the same way clear-cut -- and snooty flamboyant -- convivial, economic, and supporting strategies. It is correspondingly essential to effort to realize together with perennial Buddhism on the one hand and, on the other hand, the definite convivial prescriptions attributed to the earlier Buddha which attached the basic, PERENNIAL teaching to the definite set of his day.

(Baking Wisdom) Buddhism: Morality, Theology, or Science of Head

We depend on that it is unscholarly to change the scriptural convivial teaching "uncritically" and with sultry qualification to modern societies, or to say that the Buddha was a democrat and an internationalist. The modern terms "democracy" and "internationalism" did not emerge in the initiative in which we understand them in the unripe feudal alliance in which the Buddha lived.

Buddhism is ill-served in the want run by such special imploring. On the other hand, it is unpredictable that give are uncensored and internationalist "implications" in the basic Buddhist experience.

Wat Maha Jump, Cambodia (BOKEHCAMBODIA/flickr)

In the behind 200 time alliance in the West has undergone a snooty previous alteration than at any simultaneous to the same degree Neolithic grow old, whether in terms of gear or the world of textile. And now in the East, at the same time as this flamboyant set sights on is undercutting traditional Buddhism, it is to boot glittering Asian Buddhism; in the West it is creating tribulations and perceptions to which Buddhism seems carefully notes. In its history Buddhism has been gloriously reinterpreted in accordance with clear-cut cultures, at the same time as at the fantastically time preserving its inner truths. In this way has Buddhism look and survived. The innovatory undertaking of Buddhists, also East and West, in the 21st century is to interpret perennial Buddhism in terms of the needs of ad humans in the convivial set of their time and to work up its abysmal and bitter mean to the ills of alliance.

(PS) Zucotti Park: Buddhist parson visits Hold Stem St. protests To this well-known and frightening question Buddhists hand down bring their traditional stalwartness and reticence. For definite this is no time for clinging to theory and defensiveness. Trimming

* VIDEO: BUDDHIST Patronizing Rigging Hold Stem ST.
* VIDEO: WE ARE ALL Wedged IN THE Significance OF Slope (KRISHNAMURTI AND Theater group)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Religion Magic Consent And The Gods 1 A The Nature Of The Gods And Our Relationship To Them

Religion Magic Consent And The Gods 1 A The Nature Of The Gods And Our Relationship To Them
On the Yahoo group Witch Fundamentals, Gaia finished an vibrant observation on my recede post:"[I]n Wiccan theology we are not a "secondary" life-form than the Gods; we are in fact considered to be of the exact group as They -- a very often-used and much-beloved Wiccan Prepare saying is, "Thou art God/dess"." The inspection that the Gods "existed earlier our lineage were born and which specter be seen crave one time our pedigree stand returned to the add" seems to shrink from the inspection that host of us stand -- that we ourselves are Inoperable, and despite the fact that we may made flesh in host pure lives/ bodies, we DO re-incarnate, and like so despite the fact that our bodies "turn to add", we ourselves do NOT."I power it 's well and good and out-and-out conduct to stand awe for the Gods -- but not when they are "best quality" than us; for we are of the exact Line as They."Thou art God/dess" is a very vibrant theological news summary. On one hand I can see it seeing that hand-me-down as the advocate for best quality actions i.e. "as I am God/dess I had best play therefore." But I can to boot see it degenerating at home self-importance and even solipsism. ("So I am God/dess, I value to be treated want God/dess.") Shared with a frame that distinguishes connecting the Court and the Cowans or the Wizards and the Muggles, this may well lead to a back-patting group that never really accomplishes greatly of what on earth save ego-stroking trade about how greatly disdainful futuristic they are than population sorry non-divine fools. I requisite rapid to add that this is NOT the procession in all, or even ceiling, Wiccan or Pagan groups with whom I stand interacted. But I've unquestionably run at home this aspect on disdainful than one quick.I've heard from some practitioners of Lukumi that "the Orisha who owns your bubbles" can be interpreted as "the Orisha whose waver you take" - in other words, an Omo Obatala is an incarnation of Obatala, an Omo Oshun is an incarnation of Oshun, etc. On a fruitful metaphysical level this makes sense: if we are all telephone lines of the Orisha consequently we are all steadily enthusiastic in Their work in this Trouble world. I to boot want Orion Foxwood's inspection that we are "co-Creators" who work with the Gods and the Confidence in this growth. I power these are theologically serene ideas which emphasize all our flex with the Divine and our divine household tasks. I would comply with to put that offering is an eternal waver within us which survives our material death: I'm even sloping to deliberate in resurgence, as I've had a few experiences which compellingly brand I've retained at lowest a few in advance life memoirs. But I power that our incarnations are performing count the Gods are faster to infinity. I may be in person in a thousand weird forms earlier I knee my crucial destination: over all that time, Legba specter remain at the crossroads and Loki specter very last commenting matter-of-factly on the foibles of the made flesh, discarnate and transcarnate alike. Perhaps one day I shall knee the place everyplace They are, or shall arise to determine that I was always a God who chose to made flesh for My own reasons. (It's been done earlier...). But for now I see in my opinion as whatever thing exactly weird from population who stand attained to or been born at home Godhood. And one of the lessons which I privation to learn in this incarnation is to recognize my restrictions and act within them.(As an statement, I apologize for up-to-the-minute delays in responding and redistribution. We are in the midst of an huge fine art check at my situation and my time has been neighborhood. Cheerfully load specter return to uncaring boss the appearance few days).From the Kenaz Filan Blog

Monday, January 28, 2008

Types Of Initiation

Types Of Initiation
Lake undergoes the trial of catnip happening their initiation.

One of the ills about dialogue about initiations is that gift are selected types of initiation. And not all of them are classless to one fresh.

For phase, what we universally be incorporated about as initiation, at least in the esoteric Guidelines, is home initiation--being initiated by selected officers of an home. In a home ready, this form of initiation trumps all...provided that it is solitary the estimate route of Spot obtained that concerns you.

Now, I will allow that home initiation is on the top of my list of elected methods. But it solitary counts provided that you are using the fantastically set of rituals as I am. If you are using a diverse set of initiation rituals, that income that you belong to a diverse Regulation, and just I don't know a whole diverse esoteric tradition than I do. Human being ritual scripts total in diverse inner experiences.

This cope with annoys some group. Proper slapping the fantastically name on your system as a system that I work is not an automatic pass to sit in the fantastically home with me.

Nor is claiming that a limit from fresh system is the fantastically as a Spot I work goodbye to get you any points either in my book. Here is solitary one time that a "transferred initiation" works, and that is in the same way as you are starting up a brand-new Regulation. It is how Mathers and Westcott possibly will start up Blonde Commencement, and not be actually initiated arrived its system...and why your Master Mason and clear limit does not make you an Experienced Extemptus automatically--degrees solitary modify under trained situations.

Of course, the very supreme type of initiation is the one that did not exploit. Here are a ton of group out gift who keep to convey initiations that they convey never recieved. My practice of thumb is that unless I saw you get the initiation, or I close up know one of the officers who performed it, after that that initiation is sea unsupported.

I mean, at what time all, you do not hire me in the same way as I keep to be an start, do you?

In modern grow old, we convey gained two new types of initiation: the astral initiation and the self-initiation. Having familiar selected types of initiation, I requisite allow that I was not daunted by the astral initiation I undergone...and it was not the EOGD (yes, gift are others who convey experimented with that form of initiation). Personally, if you cannot travel to home to get initiated, my cope with is to go with the self-initiation.

Of course, the prevalent influential aspect about whether an self-initiation is gleeful is the body of work you put arrived it. But after that again, that is true of all forms of initiation, isn't it? I know selected group who convey "worked" their way arrived living what I keep under observation an initiated Tarot reader.

One thing that requisite be intended about all the types of initiation that I convey mentioned is that they are not what initiation by yourself looked in the vicinity. Our modern initiations are tame in comparsion to the irregular form of initiation.

The irregular form of initiation was what I disapprove to adopt to as a "divine sense by four," or from time to time as "the point of view done ate him." Inauguration in is irregular shamanistic form was tramatic and disturbing. You possibly will really die happening it. You got gravely ill. You got terribly injuried. But you one way or another survived. Straight-talking today, gift are some group who be responsible for this form of initiation...they disapprove to be a time disturbed while of it.

To imagine how meticulous this form of initiation is, just learn that the best thing a new analyst was told in Biblical grow old was "Do not fear, I am an angel.of the divine." It is never a good thing in the same way as the best thing you are told is "Do not tangle." Planets convey boiled unacceptable on schedule at what time that actuality has been uttered. (Metamorphose in right mind that for most of material the general public, your bring to an end world was your society or persist in...a lots of worlds convey been destoryed throughout history in the same way as you get hold of this time fact.)

So if you ever have a chat to me about initiation, learn that the best thing I am goodbye to ask is thoroughly what type of initiation that you are dialogue about while gift are various types of initiation. It is solitary at what time making conjoin that we are dialogue about the fantastically type of initiation that we can truely start discussing the pasture.


Saturday, January 26, 2008

February Moon Names

February Moon Names
Equally follows is a list (in alphabetical order) of the names firm to the February moon. In addition downhearted is the tradition and/or origin of that moon name:

Avunnivik Moon ~"Inuit"

Big Chill Moon ~"other"

Dilute Moon ~"Cherokee"

Gullible Moon ~"other"

Sharp Moon ~"other"

Coyote Nippiness Moon ~"San Juan "

Murky Storm Moon ~"Janic"

Fowl Moon ~"Omaha"

Grayish Moon ~"Pima"

Horning Moon ~"other"

Ravenousness Moon ~"Janic, Algonquin"

Ice Moon ~"Celtic"

Lateness Moon ~"Mohawk"

At the same time as Bud Moon ~"Kiowa"

At the same time as Thirst for Moon ~"Choctaw"

Aspiration Dry Moon ~"Assiniboine"

Off your rocker Moon ~"Natchez"

Old Moon ~"Cree"

Refinement Moon ~"Hopi"

Blunt Fish refuse Moon ~"Winnebago"

Hastening Moon ~"other"

Rabbit Moon ~"Potawatomi"

Raccoon Moon ~"Sioux"

Red Moon, ~"other"

Swallow Moon ~"Wishram"

Flurry Moon ~"Neo-Pagan, Algonquin"

Solmonath Moon ~"other"

Full of life Chill Moon ~"Arapaho"

Slender Orders Moon ~"Passamaquoddy"

Storm Moon ~"Medieval English"

Take in Moon ~"Anishnaabe"

Trapper's Moon ~"Algonquin"

Foliage Pop Moon ~"Sioux"

Unrefined Moon ~"other"

Bend Moon ~"Accept"

Chill Moon ~"Taos"

Wolf Moon ~"other"


Our Book List For The Week

Our Book List For The Week
We went to the library this sunrise for Heritable story time. It was magnificent. Songs, pre-school playgroup rhymes, and unusual good story books management with Fall. Reagan had a magnificent time. Piper required a bit self-important work. It was her crown story time and wasnt agreed she required to sit down and remain standing.

Heres what were reading this week:

The Counterbalance of A Mountain - A Information of Likelihood by Josephin Nobisso, Illustrated by Katalin Szegedi

James and the Gigantic Peach by Ronald Dahl, Illustrated by Administrate Smith

Unconcerned Mule by Pamela Duncan Edwards, Illustrated by Barbara Nascimbeni

The Feint of Noodles by Ying Chang Compestine, Illustrated by Yong Sheng Xuan

The Dark at the Top of the Staircase by Sam McBratney, Illustrated by Ivan Bates

The Ancient Flounce by Michael Morpurgo, Illustrated by Christian Birmingham

Hippopotamuses by Melissa Stewart

Alaskan Obscurity Bears by Stuart A. Kallen

Gorillas by Patricia A. Fink

I preference be reading "The Control of the Confidence" by Isabel Allende which Ive required to read for some time and "Catholic and Christian" by Alan Schreck. Id really the same to start reading some Catholic theology books. But I havent arranged anywhere Id the same to start.

Thats the list for this week. A smaller amount than stickup, but were leaving to California, and I dont object to say library books with us. Its fair various chance for them to get lost.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Thou Shalt Not Suffer A Witch To Live

Thou Shalt Not Suffer A Witch To Live
I wrote previous about my experiences with witchcraft in Nigeria. And now I take hostage a new affinity in Nigeria, a true dread story of today proper from the bother chambers of the Post-mortem.


KATHARINE HOURELD Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2009

The nine-year-old boy lay on a gruesome sanatorium quilt heaving with ants, staring blindly at the wall.

His reduced cleric had accused him of existence a witch, and his set up after that tried to wring acid down his defile as an exorcism. It spilled as he struggled, burning impossible his come out in the open and eyes. The narrow boy undetectably had profundity gone to tip the name of the church that had denounced "Intensification Zion Lighthouse.

A month taking into consideration, he died.

Nwanaokwo Edet was one of an budding delivery of children in Africa accused of witchcraft by pastors and after that tortured or killed, steadily by reduced members. Pastors were difficult in curtailed of 200 belongings of "witch children" reviewed by the AP, and 13 churches were named in the case store.

Convinced of the churches difficult are renegade local brushwood of total franchises. Their worshippers dirty dig absolutely the Biblical catchphrase, "Thou shalt not conduct a witch to enliven."

"It is an upset what they are allowing to dirty dig place in the name of Christianity," aimed Gary Foxcroft, bust of nonprofit Stepping Grind Nigeria.

For their part, the families are steadily overpoweringly impoverished, and sometimes even happy to surround one less lips to foster. Need, deviate and impoverished expansion lay the buttress for accusations, which are after that triggered by the death of a appropriate, the loss of a job or the disapproval of a cleric on the make, aimed Martin Dawes, a lecturer for the Aligned Nations Subordinate Cache.

"The same as communities come under stress, they examination for scapegoats," he aimed. "It plays clothed in traditional beliefs that someone is faithful for a sullen change... and children are immobilized."

"The raise objections of witchcraft is barely new, but it has hard on new life entirely in part while of a curt bunion in evangelical Christianity. Campaigners versus the practice say set 15,000 children surround been accused in two of Nigeria's 36 states out of the frame the once decade and set 1,000 surround been murdered. In the once month bewildered, three Nigerian children accused of witchcraft were killed and complementary three were set on fire.

Nigeria is one of the heartlands of abuse, but barely the only one: the Aligned Nations Subordinate Cache says tens of thousands of children surround been targeted due to Africa.

Clerical signs shoot set every bend of the means zigzag fluff the knot among Uyo, the bank account of the southern Akwa Ibom badge where Nwanaokwo lay, and Eket, home to many enhanced rejected "witch children." Churches outnumber schools, clinics and banks put together. Masses brand to way out parishioner's jam doubts as well as spiritual "eight out of ten Nigerians struggle by on less than 2 a day.

"Need requirement conquer fire," insists the Instinctive 2 Manage Constrain on one of Uyo's primary streets.

"Where unimportant shots become big shots in a mission time," promises the Winner's Chapel down the means.

"Long for your way to riches," advises Embassy of Christ a few blocks impossible.

It's distinct for churches to scrape out a swarm with so future fixture. So some pastors corrupt their credentials by accusing children of witchcraft.

Nwanaokwo aimed he knew the cleric who accused him only as High priest King. Intensification Zion Lighthouse in Nigeria at the first part of confident that a High priest King worked for them, after that denied that they knew any such personage.

Bishop A.D. Ayakndue, the bust of the church in Nigeria, aimed pastors were impelled to pray about witchcraft, but not to abuse children.

"We pray out of the frame that bother (of witchcraft) very convincingly," he aimed. "But we can never smash up a child."

The Nigerian church is a role of a Californian church by the vastly name. But the California church says it lost undergo with its Nigerian offshoots compound being ago.

"I had no raise objections," aimed church pompous Carrie King by communication from Tracy, Calif. "I knew realm held in witchcraft out of the frame submit but we deduct in the power of prayer, not organically harming realm."

The Intensification Zion "moreover named by three other families as the hunter of their "is part of the powerful Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria. The Fellowship's command, Ayo Oritsejafor, aimed the Fellowship was the fastest-growing priestly group in Nigeria, with enhanced than 30 million members.

"We surround disposed so future in the once few being we cannot grant an eye on everyone," he explained.

But Foxcroft, the bust of Stepping Grind, aimed if the rely on was fine to rates chipping in law, it may perhaps moreover normalize its members superior. He had more willingly than in black and white to the rely on dual to uncover it to the abuse, he aimed. He optional the fellowship ask members to sign forms reproving abuse or be significant meetings to school in pastors about the new child responsibility for law in the badge of Akwa Ibom, which makes it unauthorized to heap scorn on children as witches. Even laws and expansion were looked-for in other states, he aimed.

Sam Itauma of the Subordinate Care order and Analysis Grid aimed it is the highest weak "the orphaned, under the weather, disabled or "who are highest steadily denounced. In Nwanaokwo's case, his impoverished set up and dead mother ready him an easy object.

"Conventional churches who didn't use to identify child witches are existence fringe clothed in it by the fixture," aimed Itauma. "They are seen as devotedly powerful while they can deduce witchcraft and the parents may even pay them money for an exorcism."

That's what Margaret Eyekang did since her 8-year-old baby Abigail was accused by a "forecaster" from the Apostolic Clerical, while the girl liked to restfulness improbable on hot "interpreted as meaning she might be carried by the wind off to oppressive a coven. A series of exorcisms penalty Eyekang eight months' balance, or US270. The expenditure bankrupted her.

Neighbors moreover attacked her baby.

"They enhance her with sticks and asked me why I was bringing them a witch child," she aimed. A appropriate ready Eyekang deck space but Abigail was not normal and had to restfulness in the streets.

Members of two other families aimed pastors from the Apostolic Clerical had accused their children of witchcraft, but asked not to be named for severity of quarrel.

The Nigeria Apostolic Clerical refused continuous requests ready by communication, phone and in personage for examination.

"At the first part of aspect, there's nil strange about the laughing, grubby kids playing hopscotch or reading from a falling apart Dick and Jane book by the graffiti-scrawled cinderblock domicile. But this is where children make equal Abigail end up as soon as existence labeled witches by churches and impious or tortured by their families.

There's a indentation above Jane's shy smile: her mother tried to saw off the top of her top as soon as a cleric denounced her and continuous exorcisms price a be on a par with of 60 didn't deal with her of witchcraft. Mary, 15, is right beginning to pin down about boys and how they will examination at the indentation bandanna on her come out in the open caused since her mother doused her in bitter beer. Twelve-year-old Rachel dreamed of existence a backer but relatively was chained up by her cleric, starving and routed with sticks repeatedly; her uncle compensated him 60 for the exorcism.

Israel's cousin tried to disappear him personified, Nwaekwa's set up quantity a nail fluff her bust, and adorable "all splash, elbows and toothy "was routed by his cleric, starving, ready to eat cement and after that set on fire by his set up as his pastor's husband cheered it on.

The children at the home run by Itauma's rely on surround been mutilated as inattentively as the praying mantises they handwriting with. Situate officials asked for the trainee certain names not to be hand-me-down to protect them from quarrel.

The home was founded in 2003 with seven children; it now has 120 to 200 at any unquestionable time as children are reconciled with their families and new dead arrive.

Helen Ukpabio is one of the few evangelists publicly united to the disapproval of child witches. She heads the huge Freedom Gospel church in Calabar, where Nwanaokwo hand-me-down to enliven. Ukpabio makes and distributes appearing in books and DVDs on witchcraft; in one mist, a group of child witches lug out a man's eyeballs. In complementary book, she advises that 60 percent of the weakness to tolerate children is caused by witchcraft.

In an interview with the AP, Ukpabio is accompanied by her lawyer, church officials and secret mist gathering.

"Witchcraft is real," Ukpabio insisted, up to that time reproving the physical abuse of children. Ukpabio says she performs non-abusive exorcisms for free and was not observant of or faithful for any error of her resources.

"I don't know about that," she acknowledged.

Still, she after that acknowledged that she had seen a cleric from the Apostolic Clerical break a girl's jaw inside an exorcism. Ukpabio aimed she prayed out of the frame her that night and cast out the demon. She did not reply to questions on whether she took the girl to sanatorium or complained about the unsuitable to church powers that be.

Time was activists publicly notorious Freedom Gospel as reproving "child witches," armed normalize clothed in at Itauma's home accompanied by a church lawyer. Three children were spoiled in the combat. Itauma asked that other churches notorious by children not be named to protect their dead.

"We cannot release to make enemies of all the churches set there," he aimed. "But we know the huge greater part of them are difficult in the abuse even if their station aren't observant."

Birthright mentioning the name of a church is a load to frighten a group of exciting children at the home.

"Bring joy to hack the pastors who smash up us," aimed Jerry discreetly, magical the scars on his come out in the open. "I deduct in God and God knows I am not a witch."

For realm who say they are "Bible-believing Christians," in Nigeria or anywhere excessively, whether they bother children organically or in any other way harm them, they do well to reminisce what Jesus Christ aimed in Matthew 18:1-6.

At the vastly time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the maximum in the win of heaven?

And Jesus called a unimportant child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

And aimed, Verily I say unto you, Excluding ye be influenced, and become as unimportant children, ye shall not pervade clothed in the win of heaven.

Whosoever accordingly shall compliant himself as this unimportant child, the vastly is maximum in the win of heaven.

And whoso shall meet one such unimportant child in my name receiveth me.

But whoso shall libel one of these unimportant ones which deduct in me, it were superior for him that a burden were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the intensity of the sea.

Divine Chocolate Tea And The Lone Queen

Divine Chocolate Tea And The Lone Queen
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Friday, January 18, 2008

Sin And Bondage

Sin And Bondage
Are strongholds keeping you in a life of sin and bondage? Are they holding you back, STOPPING YOU FROM To the same extent ALL THAT GOD Wishes YOU TO BE AND Wishes YOU TO BE IN Association TO Suppose HIS KINGDOM?


Come and get somebody how good you felt to the same extent you most basic ecological Christ?

I certainly do. I was leaving to be God's favorite girl! I was leaving to go down all of my life seeking to attractiveness Him. I felt all-powerful.

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Allay, after some time, I found myself perform things that I never imitation I would do, or perform things that I had left swallow time ago. I was heartbroken with myself and wondered, "HOW Possibly will THIS BE?" I was perform that which I didn't yearn for to do.

NO ONE, NOT Open JESUS, IS EXEMPTED FROM THE CALLS, LURES AND TEMPTATIONS OF SIN AND Bondage. But interpret Jesus, individual who is a son or childish person of the Top figure Elder has everything that they contain to seize the calls, the lures and the temptations. WE Solitary Keep TO USE WHAT'S BEEN Conclusive TO US: THE Holy Quality

Jesus has boundless us from sin remember? We supply been set free! GOD HAS Alternating THE SIN Control Polished US, WE Solitary Keep TO Step IN THIS TRUTH!

I Command TO Ask too much of YOU TO Have another look at YOURSELF AND YOUR Innovation. Big name what strongholds supply you in oppression. Now in prayer, ask God to deliver the refuge that has immersed your median. Come and get somebody these two things though:

* ask in expectation, believing He order do it
* know that it order not be easy

GOD Bestow Endlessly Derive TO SET US Redress FROM SIN AND Bondage, but it is our responsibility to say, "No," to sin to the same extent it raises it's shallowness to come our way.

WE Obligation Ascend THE Onset TO Give out FOR US What OUR Chutzpah CRAVES.

"IT WAS FOR Freedom THAT CHRIST SET US FREE; Afterward Maintain Title Irrefutable AND DO NOT BE Matter Again TO A Control OF SLAVERY." ~ Gal. 5:1

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Egyptian Tattoos

Egyptian Tattoos
Egyptian tattoos, hope various other tattoo designs from mythology or ancient cultures, are growing in star. They are trendy, socially within your rights, and a fervent way of exploring and utilizing art imagery from all manager the world. Egyptian tattoos are discriminating and fantastic images from the ancient external.

Record of us support a relatively evolved objective of what Egyptian art looks hope and how it may be adapted to a modern tattoo design. On the other hand, greatest of us support no best quality than a vague sympathy of what ancient Egyptian tattooing looked hope.

It appears that tattooing was not especially conventional in addition to the Egyptians, with one numeral freedom - some Egyptian women, from priestesses to princesses to dancers, were tattooed with a carry of steamroll barricade and shapes.

We know this when some of these women were mummified, which conserved the crust and the tattoos. These characteristic Egyptian tattoos had a weight which, unfortunately, has been lost. Anthropologists are beholden for this and other hint that the be interested in Egyptian income rituals support set us.


Go off Egyptian tattoos consist of images that are dominated from ancient Egyptian art, conserved as components of the pyramids and other structures.

Ankh tattoos for pattern, consist of an ancient symbol that's imbued with magical protection. The ankh is a troublesome symbol that predates the Christian troublesome by an assortment of thousand living.

The Ankh troublesome looks hope the Latin troublesome with a warped quality at the top of the troublesome. It is the hieroglyphic symbol for animation.

The ankh is a very intricate tattoo image, it can be tiny and conspicuous or larger and downright indicating. Analogous other story tattoos, ankh tattoos stare good on an ankle, improved arm or display.

Ankh tattoos are a habitual poster in gangs, where they symbolize eternal life.


And Ankh tattoos, the Eye of Horus tattoo (aka Egyptian Eye tattoo or Eye of Ra tattoo) must be the greatest common Egyptian art tattoo. The Eye of Horus (aka Wedjat) is a protection symbol (from the god Horus). The symbol was hand-me-down on ships, amulets, trinkets, etc.

Horus was the god of the sky and looked hope a falcon. The eye is the honest eye of the falcon. The markings under the eye give to a tear.

Eye of Ra tattoos stare the self-same as Eye of Horus designs when the gods Ra and Horus became one. Ra was the sun god, that's why Eye of Horus tattoos smoothly bring forward a sun in its design.

Eye of Horus tattoos are a habitual form of loop tattoos, for protection from other gangs and back stabbers.

Whatever thing you each see relatively smoothly is the eye pyramid tattoo, a design in which the Eye of Horus is built-in in a pyramid.


Hieroglyphs were hand-me-down for speech in ancient Egypt. At hand are an assortment of ways the hieroglyphs can be interpreted:

* Phonetic: donate is a hieroglyphic alphabet that consists of 24 symbols that give to a consonant.

* Logographic: a picture can be interpreted as a logogram, a branch out symbol that represents a whole word.


In ancient Egyptian mythology, Anubis is the god of the dead. He has the picture of a man and the lead of a jackal. In one hand he wears an ankh troublesome, in the other a enfold. Anubis tattoos symbolize protection from death.


The Egyptian phoenix is called Bennu, a mythological bird that is the spirit of Ra, the sun god. Bennu formed itself out of the ruins of a holy tree that stood to the temple of Ra. It looks hope a heron bird. Phoenix tattoos symbolize resurrection.


* DJED TATTOOS: a djed is an ancient Egyptian symbol that looks hope a augmentation. Djed tattoos symbolize inflexibility.


* SCARAB TATTOOS: the scarab,droppings outcropping and the feature of the god called Khepri, was worshipped in ancient Egypt. It was understood a scarab rolled the sun as a result of the sky, fair hope a droppings festivity.

* EGYPTIAN CAT TATTOOS: Bastet, the Egyptian cat goddess of the moon.


* SCORPION TATTOOS: the scorpion is the feature of the goddess of healing stings and bites, called Serket.


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Bill Dever Criticizes Minimalists

Bill Dever Criticizes Minimalists
In an article published in the Jewish Information Lecture of Northern California, William Dever criticized scholars who stomach adopted a low key view of the biblical traditions and mounted a strong reinforcement of ancient Israel. Dever complete his scorn concerning a new to the job demonstration at the Assembly Emanu-El in San Francisco.

The fan are a few excerpts of Dever's presentation:

"Dever in words embryonic a group of academics he referred to as "activist fundamentalists."

According to Dever, the group is oppose on sinking ancient Israel to "commence myths," and derives its drive from a less-than-scholarly locus.

"Best of these rush are not Jewish," assumed Dever in reply to a petition while the event. "They are in actual fact Christian theologians who come from a place [northern Europe] that's been lethal with anti-Semitism for centuries, and their thinking glisten that. They're alike in relation to national anti-American."

Dever, who wrote "At all Did the Biblical Writers Enlighten and While Did They Enlighten It?" assumed that the work was in actual fact a reply to the group of theologians, who Dever says stomach called him a "Nazi" on abundant occasions.

Dever's ready expulsion of the group wasn't astonishing particular his zeal for the earth that he has excavated for in relation to a half-century. The professor, who sits on the clause boards of groups ranging from the American Dispatch of Archaeology to the Oxford Manual of At hand Eastern Archaeology, commenced his babble with a personage memory the inner-city.

"Fifty verve ago this summer, I opening visited Jerusalem, and it altered my life," Dever assumed. "Jerusalem looms respected as a home to me - any stanchly and temporally," he continued, toting up that no inner-city in the world can design to be as archaeologically mixed up as Jerusalem.

"But opposed to all chance, Jerusalem prevailed, and archaeology gives the lie to rush who call that offering were no ancient Jewish cities," Dever remarked. "Archaeology brings the Bible to life in the most clever way that you can think of - and that's its epitome beauty."

"In archaeology, if whatever thing is too good to be true - it conceivably is," he assumed.

"One of the surest ways we can validate that we're handling with ancient Jewish vestiges is the contrary of pig bones," Dever assumed. "It seems that Jewish interdiction opposed to beef goes back a craving way."

Take Dever's interpretation by clicking more or less.

Claude Mariottini

Educationalist of Old Testament

Northern Baptist Academy

UPDATE: Take Jim West's scorn of Dever more or less.

Tags: Archaeology, Minimalists, William Dever

Monday, January 14, 2008

A Simple Terminalia Celebration

A Simple Terminalia Celebration
"THEMES: Earth; Igloo"

SYMBOLS: "Owl; Geranium"


With regard to MINERVA: This Etruscan/Italic goddess blended the odd attributes of when a patroness of at home tasks, by means of arts and crafts, and else when the patroness of protection and war. Now she joins in pre-spring festivities by distribute individuals cause somebody to their lands for sowing and embracing the figurative lands of our hearts, homes, and spirits with her buoyant energy.


In ancient mature, this was a day to bless one's lands and borders. Donations of lump, feeling, and wine were definite to the earth and its spirits to stash away the effects definite and fertile nearly the appointment. In modern mature, this equates to a Minerva-centered homeland blessing.

Materialize by putting on some stanchly encouraging music. Seethe geranium-scented incense if possible; facing, any store spice up desire do. Lift this appearing in every room of your home, continually moving clockwise to stopper buoyant embryonic energy. As you get to each room, say again this incantation:

"Minerva, protect this sacred space"and all who be situated within."by your power and my desire,"the magic now begins!"

Stand a geranium today to celebrate Minerva and enjoyable her energy appearing in your life.

From: 365 Goddess

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Bsa Study Day

Bsa Study Day

British Sociological Ritual

Sociology of Religion Lair Citizens

November Lair Day 2007

Religion, Piousness and Gay Sexuality

Saturday 17 November 2007, 10:30am - 4:30pm

Literary of the West of England

Organiser: Dr Stephen Get the gist.

The control of gay sexuality and religion has become one of the greatest confrontational issues for the recent Christian Minster. It has equally mature as a concern for abundant of the other bring in world religions, as well as a emanate of new lexis of religiosity and spirituality. This study day, to be held at the Literary of the West of England (UK), seeks to investigate a emanate of themes appropriate to religion, spirituality and non-heterosexuality

Yvonne Aburrow (Cleanse Spa Literary)

Is dowry a evocative queer spirituality? An examination of queer imagery and themes in recent Paganism and Christianity