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Pastor Roan Faulkner Arrested


Pastor Roan Faulkner Arrested
Behind a woman comes to a high priest for spiritual advice-giving, you would quantity the the ultimate thing on her mind is rape, right? Not so if you help New Subsistence Pentecostal Ministries in Catonsville. Its 62-year-old high priest, Roan Falkner Sr. stands accused of forcing a women to perform a sexual act in vogue a spiritual advice-giving brand. "Faulkner is the high priest of New Subsistence Pentecostal Ministries. Normalize say he's refusing to doctor the opening, which happened in February, and investigators are concerned acquaint with may be other sufferers. He's days alleged on 300,000 bail." Pastors + Rock + Sincere advice-giving = an path for abuse. I disrupt what his excuse chutzpah be? Faulkner calls himself "Bishop" and his wife is called "Ruler". It looks be looking for one of nation pied-?-terre line type churches where the high priest and wife are alleged up as special band. They opinion to fall a lot harder as soon as the charges of sexual leftovers start coming to light. Technorati Tags: Clergy Sexual Maltreat,Pentecostals

Credit: alchemy-and-alchemists.blogspot.com

Gifts Astro Moon Diary 2015 And Seasons Calendar


Gifts Astro Moon Diary 2015 And Seasons Calendar
At Witchfest last month I spent a bit of time chatting to the lovely people who create the Astro Moon Diary and looking at their diary and calendar for 2015.

I've always liked the Astro Moon Diary and it seems to get better and better each year. The new one is really lovely with colour artwork and loads of information about astrology, astronomy and pagan seasonal festivals.

As well as being packed with lunar and astrological information for the year, inspiring images and things like seasonal recipes, the Astro Moon Diary 2015 is slightly smaller in size than previous editions, which makes it much easier to fit in a pocket or bag. I think that's very practical.

Another thing pagans will like is that the diary starts from the Winter Solstice rather than starting on January 1. It runs right through to December 31, 2015, giving you a few useful extra days of diary to write in.

Tina Smale, one of the partners in the small UK-run pagan business Astrocal, told me that they really try to make the diary better and better each year. It is intended to be suitable for those just interested in the Moon and her cycle as well as professional astrologers.

Astrocal also has a brand new wall calendar out for 2015. Called the Seasons and Cycles Calendar, it celebrates nature's seasonal cycle and the eight fire festivals.

The calendar has gorgeous colourful illustrations which I love. Each picture shows seasonal landscape with the plants, flowers and fruit that you might see that month. To the left of each picture is an oak tree portrayed in its natural cycle from bare branches to buds then green leaves, which turn gold in the autumn and return to bare branches over a snowy landscape for winter.

This calendar is designed to take you on a journey through the seasons of the year showing the Moon's daily phase, eclipses, fire festivals and when to look out for meteor showers and planets in the night sky. I've got a copy for my own wall and know it will inspire me throughout the year ahead.

One of the other products that Astrocal sells is a silver moon phase poster. It is intended to help you keep in tune with the Moon's phase at a glance.

It shows all the Moon's phases for 2015 and includes the times for each full and new Moon and highlights the beauty of the Moon's cycle as she waxes and wanes throughout each month. At the bottom of the poster, is a lovely illustration of the Cove at Avebury.

As well as being suitable for anyone interested in the Moon's cycle, it is an ideal thing to give as a low-cost gift for Yule.

For more details about Astrocal and the products, visit http://www.astrocal.co.uk/

Links and previous related posts


http://www.astrocal.co.uk/

Moon Diary 2015


Seasons and Cycles Moon Calendar 2015

http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2014/11/witchfest-2014-short-review-of.html

http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2010/11/starting-new-diary-for-2011.html


Balkan Traditional Witchcraft


Balkan Traditional Witchcraft
* Price: 15.95

* Paperback: 326 pages

* Publisher: Pendraig Publishing (July 21, 2009)

* Language: English

* ISBN-10: 0979616859

* ISBN-13: 978-0979616853

* Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches

* Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION


Published in English for the first time, this groundbreaking book by Radomir Ristic is a compilation of historical data, anthropological studies, and the authors own experiences and interviews with the Witches of the Balkans. Covering both theory and practice, the book gives a complete system of Balkan Traditional Witchcraft.

Balkan Traditional Witchcraft is an ancient system from humanity's dawn that has survived into modern times due to the unique history of the region, and its practice can be applied to any culture, state or region in the world.

Translated into English by Michael C. Carter, Jr., this book - a bestseller in its native Serbia - is an incredible look into the world of the Balkan Witch, covering ritual trance, tools, rites for healing, love, divination, defense and for making charms. It also explores the supernatural beings that Balkan Witches share their world with, deities, fairies and other spirits. There has never been such a deep exploration of the magic of this region available in English before.

Morgue Bastard 20130613 170137


Morgue Bastard 20130613 170137
Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup version 0.13-a0-1590-g33f0eee (webtiles) character file.1418 Bastard the Insei (level 8, 0/60 HPs) Began as a Red Draconian Transmuter on June 13, 2013. Was a Follower of Okawaru. Slain by a giant frog (5 damage)... on Level 6 of the Dungeon. The game lasted 00:30:50 (7295 turns).Bastard the Insei (Red Draconian Transmuter) Turns: 7295, Time: 00:30:50HP 0/60 AC 7 Str 12 XL: 8 Next: 21%MP 20/21 EV 17 Int 16 God: Okawaru [*.....]Gold 210 SH 0 Dex 12 Spells: 3 memorised, 2 levels leftRes.Fire : +.. See Invis. :. - UnarmedRes.Cold :... Warding :. (armour unavailable)Life Prot.:... Conserve :. (no shield)Res.Poison:. Res.Corr. :. (helmet restricted)Res.Elec. :. Clarity :. w - +0 cloakSust.Abil.:.. Spirit.Shd :. (no gloves)Res.Mut. :. Stasis :. (no boots)Res.Rott. :. Flight :. s - amulet of rageSaprovore :... E - ring of magical power F - +4 ring of evasion@: mildly poisoned, slightly resistant to hostile enchantments, unstealthyA: breathe fire, unfitting armour, fire resistance 1, AC +6a: Breathe Fire, Heroism, Renounce Religion, Evoke Berserk RageYou were on level 6 of the Dungeon.You worshipped Okawaru.Okawaru was most pleased with you.You were not hungry.You visited 2 branches of the dungeon, and saw 8 of its levels.You collected 190 gold pieces.Inventory:Missiles b - 91 arrows f - a throwing net (quivered) I - 16 stonesArmour w - a +0 cloak (worn)Magical devices q - a wand of fireball (6) r - a wand of draining (2) K - a wand of slowing (11)Comestibles a - 5 bread rations A - a rotting chunk of worm fleshScrolls c - a scroll of fog {unknown} h - a scroll of fear {unknown} j - 2 scrolls of remove curse {unknown} k - 2 scrolls of enchant weapon I {unknown} l - 2 scrolls of amnesia {unknown} n - 3 scrolls of teleportation {unknown} o - 2 scrolls of enchant armour {unknown} p - a scroll of recharging {unknown} t - 2 scrolls of magic mapping {unknown} y - 2 scrolls of curse jewellery {unknown} z - a scroll of acquirement {unknown} H - 2 scrolls of noise J - 2 scrolls of identify L - a scroll of enchant weapon II {unknown}Jewellery g - an uncursed ring of teleport control s - an amulet of rage (around neck) x - an uncursed ring of wizardry E - a ring of magical power (right hand) F - a +4 ring of evasion (left hand)Potions e - 3 potions of brilliance i - 2 potions of curing m - a potion of restore abilities u - a potion of agility v - a potion of resistance B - a potion of might C - a potion of speed D - 3 potions of heal wounds G - a potion of magicBooks d - a book of Changes Spells Type Level *Beastly Appendage Transmutation 1 Sticks to Snakes Transmutation 2 *Spider Form Transmutation/Poison 3 Ice Form Ice/Transmutation 4 *Blade Hands Transmutation 5 Skills: - Level 1.1 Fighting + Level 3.6 Dodging - Level 6.2 Unarmed Combat - Level 2.0 Spellcasting - Level 6.0 Transmutations - Level 3.3 Poison MagicYou had 2 spell levels left.You knew the following spells: Your Spells Type Power Failure Level Hungera - Beastly Appendage Trmt ###... 1% 1 #......b - Spider Form Trmt/Pois ###....... 12% 3 ####...c - Blade Hands Trmt ###....... 50% 5 ######.Dungeon Overview and Level AnnotationsBranches:Dungeon (7/27) Temple (1/1) D:4 Orc: D:6-11 Altars:AshenzariCheibriadosElyvilonFedhasKikubaaqudghaOkawaruSif MunaVehumetXomYredelemnulZinthe Shining OneShops:D:7: *AnnotationsD:7 DowanInnate Abilities, Weirdness & MutationsYou can breathe blasts of fire.*Your fiery red scales are hard (AC +6).*Your body does not fit into most forms of armour.Your cold-blooded metabolism reacts poorly to cold.Your flesh is heat resistant.*Message HistoryThe killer bee stings you.* * * LOW HITPOINT WARNING * * *The gnoll completely misses you.The killer bee misses you.The giant frog hits you.* * * LOW HITPOINT WARNING * * *You hit the giant frog. The giant frog is poisoned.The giant frog is moderately wounded.The giant frog misses you.You barely miss the giant frog.The giant frog is moderately wounded.The giant frog hits you.* * * LOW HITPOINT WARNING * * *The giant frog barely misses you.You closely miss the giant frog.The giant frog is moderately wounded.Your transformation has ended.You fall off the wall. Your +0 cloak unmelds from your body.The giant frog hits you.You die......# #........#...##### ##'######.#.......# #......##.#.......# #......##.#.......# #......##.#.......# #%...gg##.#.....k...#..(....######.#####..##

Origin: wicca-teachings.blogspot.com

The Reality Of A 33 Ad Resurrection Of Christ A Watcher Original


The Reality Of A 33 Ad Resurrection Of Christ A Watcher Original
POST SUBJECT: THE REALITY OF A 33 AD RESURRECTION OF CHRIST.

Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 8:08 pm by Newton2012 [David Flynn]

It is important to establish the truth about 33 AD as the year of Jesus Christ's resurrection because it is the "key" of the timeline of the second advent with regard to 2012. Through my research on the Temple and its centrality in time and space, anchored to the era of our Lord, the years and dates of importance concerning Israel and Judah are verified. These dates also align with the year 33 AD as the true point of Christ's resurrection. Standing alone this information seems to verify the year 33 AD as the most significant in history. However, I will add to it with the following:

"Handbook of Biblical Chronology" by Jack Finegan (Revised edition, 1998), ISBN 1-56563-143-9.

Regarding Jesus born in 4 BC


A monk known as Dennis the Little (Dionysius), recognized that Julian dates of the 28-year week cycle and of the 19-year lunar cycle will repeat in 532 years. So he calculated the birth of Jesus as the span of time to 532 AD. However, we now need to recognize that span to year 532 AD is 532 years but we have changed our concept and now use it to say 532nd year. The date the Magi christened the baby as king is one year earlier on Jan 6 of what we call 1 BC, not 1 AD which is one year as baby king. Our concept was changed when we created BC as years Before Christ. So the astronomic number ZERO year is better to perceive real time for years BEFORE CHRIST. This means if Jesus was born in 2 BC as Africanus and Eusebius imply, it is only 1 year before the year that Dennis calculated as 532 years. Ussher places 30 years of Jesus as 4 BC to 29 AD and never corrects it because culture is insisting on both as fixed dates. But Ussher is not the source of 4 BC, he is just allowing schools to have their say. Nor is the eclipse in Josephus the source for 4 BC since that eclipse is minor compared to those 3 years later. Beatus is clearly the source because his listing figures to add up to 5200 years but add up to 5227 years forces the Church to cover it over by saying a 27 AD Christ is reborn. This means the error developed from 786-1650 AD and taken to Britain.

Regarding Jesus dying in 30 AD


Before the Protesting churches arose, the Catholic doctrine began to teach that Jesus died in 30 AD the Passover after his baptism. This ignored the list of holidays in the gospels. It is based on equating Jesus with 30-year Osiris (the 30-day moon and 30-year Saturn). Accepting that Jesus died at the age of 33 should have restored a 33 AD death, but instead his 3 years encouraged the 27 AD doctrine for his baptism.

Iranaeus, born about a century after Jesus, notes that Jesus was born in the 41st year of the reign of Augustus. Since Augustus began his reign in the autumn of 43 B.C., this appears to substantiate the birth of Jesus as the autumn of 2 B.C. Eusebius (A.D. 264-340), the "Father of Church History," ascribes it to the 42nd year of the reign of Augustus and the 28th from the subjection of Egypt on the death of Anthony and Cleopatra. The 42nd year of Augustus ran from the autumn of 2 B.C. to the autumn of 1 B.C. The subjugation of Egypt into the Roman Empire occurred in the autumn of 30 B.C. The 28th year extended from the autumn of 3 B.C. to the autumn of 2 B.C. The only date that would meet both of these constraints would be the autumn of 2 B.C.

John the Baptist also helps us determine that December 25 is not the birth of Jesus. Elizabeth, John's mother, was a cousin of Mary. John began his ministry in the 15th year of Tiberius Caesar. The minimum age for the ministry was 30. As Augustus died on August 19, A.D. 14, that was the accession year for Tiberius. If John was born on April 19-20, 2 B.C., his 30th birthday would have been April 19-20, A.D. 29, or the 15th year of Tiberius. This seems to confirm the 2 B.C. date, and, since John was 5 months older, this also confirms an autumn birth date for Jesus.

Another interesting fact comes from Elizabeth herself. She hid herself for 5 months and then the Angel Gabriel announced to Mary both Elizabeth's condition and that Mary would also bear a son who would be called Jesus. Mary went "with haste" to visit Elizabeth, who was then in the first week of her 6th month, or the 4th week of Dec., 3 B.C. If Jesus was born 280 days later it would place his birth on Sept. 29, 2 B.C.

For further reading of the chronology of 33 AD please see these links:

http://home.comcast.net/~murrellg/Herod.htm

http://www.ips-planetarium.org/planetarian/articles/yetanothereclipse.html (no longer active)

http://www.ichthys.com/mail-events%20surrounding.htm (no longer active)

September 2014 Message


September 2014 Message
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ -

"May grace and peace be yours in abundance (I Peter 1:2a). -.. -"

In February I began a series of brief articles on the Marks of a Missional Congregation relying heavily on Stephen P. Bouman's, "The Mission Table: Renewing Congregation mentors and trains its leaders; nurtures communal leadership; "faces paralysis with courage; and, risks new things without fear of failure."

Each article includes Scripture, questions for reflection and discussion, and a prayer. Perhaps your church council, adult study, youth group, coffee group will use these monthly writings as a time to engage in learning, discernment and reflection together. Previous month's articles are available on the synod website: www.albertasynod.ca

"A congregation in mission reroots in its community."

Interruptions. We are all cognizant of interruptions: the cell phone ringing, the knock on the door, another email, and so on. Jesus knew interruptions too. In the healing story from Matthew 9:18-26, Jesus was in the middle of teaching his disciples when the synagogue leader (called Jairus in Mark's and Luke's accounts) interrupted Jesus: "While he was still saying these things to them, suddenly a leader of the synagogue came in and knelt before him, saying, 'My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.'"

Interruptions. "And Jesus got up and followed him, with his disciples." But before Jesus could make this home visit with his disciples, there was another interruption: "Suddenly a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him. Out and about with his disciples, Jesus made himself and his companions "touchable" for the life of the community. For twelve long years, this woman had been "untouchable." She was barred from every table including the kitchen table of family. She had to keep her distance from everyone. She lived on the fringe of society, barren, untouched, alone.

Matthew tells us that, "[She] came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak, for she said to herself, 'If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well.' This took much courage. Her going out in public and being near other people was a violation of purity laws. Touching a man, even touching the fringe of his clothing was utterly forbidden. But she did it. She did not put herself in Jesus' path, and she did not call out his name. She simply reached for the fringe, to touch...something. With one courageous step, this woman took a chance on Jesus, but everything depended on his response. "Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, 'Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.'

In these brief words, Jesus made three astonishing moves toward a relationship with this woman. First, Jesus turned and saw her. He saw her because he was there to see her. He was in her neighborhood. He was in her path. The fringe of his garment was within reach so that when she stretched out her hand, she touched Jesus's cloak, not thin air. How can our faith communities locate their life and presence in the pain and hunger and life of their neighborhoods so that their neighbors can touch the fringe of the body of Christ? Jesus turned and saw "her". Not a statistic. Not a stereotype. Not a label. Not a budget item. Not a stranger. Just her.

And he called her, "daughter." There was no wall between them. No separation. "Take heart, daughter," he said, as though she were his own flesh and blood. He recognized her pain as his own. When someone touches the hem of the body of Christ, they become kin, family. In calling the woman "daughter," was Jesus also reflecting the desperate love of the father who asked him to heal his daughter?

Third, Jesus saw her giftedness, her human dignity, and said, "Your faith has made you well. Jesus saw her, called her "daughter," and lifted up her giftedness, and she rose up, a witness to the faith. Rerooting the life of the congregation in its community is an invitation to reset its mission within the great giftedness of its neighbors, within renewed relationships where stranger become kin, within hopeful healing possibilities. It begins with noticing and listening and then fostering a communal leadership committed to grown and training in these arts.

Read and Reflect: Matthew 9:18-26

Discuss and Reflect:

* What in this reading leads you to say, "I wonder about...?", or, "I noticed...?"

* Has there been a time in you r life when you felt you could only "touch the hem" of Jesus' garment - that is, keep to the extreme edges of the church, the body of Christ? Where did you find the courage to seek help? Share your experience.

* Comment on the following: How can our faith communities locate their life and presence in the pain and hunger and life of their neighborhoods so that their neighbors can touch the fringe of the body of Christ?

* In what ways is your congregation involved in the community? Noticing? Listening?

Pray together: Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated to you; and then use us, we pray, as you will, but always to your glory and the welfare of your people, through our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen. (Commitment, "Evangelical Lutheran "Worship, "p. 86)

"The God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13)."

In Christ Jesus -


Shalom,

+Larry

The Rev. Dr. Larry Kochendorfer, Bishop

Synod of Alberta and the Territories

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada


Simbolurile Lunii Noiembrie


Simbolurile Lunii Noiembrie
Numele lunii noiembrie, a unsprezecea luna a anului in calendarul gregorian, provine din latinescul "novem" ("a noua"), intrucat era a noua luna din calendarul iulian.Noiembrie este o luna a toamnei in emisfera nordica, si una a primaverii (corespunzand lunii mai) in emisfera sudica. "Numele lunii noiembrie in diferite limbi ale lumii : "albaneza - n"entor ; anglo-saxona - Blod-monath ; araba - tishreen athani ; armeana - noyembe'r ; bantu - Ivumbi-pati, Izyumbi pati ; basca - azaroa (luna reciltei /semanatului) ; bengaleza - phagun ; bretona - Du ; bulgara - no'emvri ; catalana - novembre ; ceha - listopad ; congoleza - s'anza ya z'omi na m'ok'o (a unsprezecea luna) ; coreeana - sip-il-wol ; croata - studeni ; daneza - November ; egipteana - nufimbir ; engleza - November ; esperanto - Novembro ; estona - november ; etiopiana - hadar ; filipineza - Noby'embre ; finlandeza - marraskuu ; franceza - novembre ; georgiana - noemberi ; germana - November ; germana veche - Wintermond ; greaca - no'emvrios ; hindi - magh, navambar ; iraniana - ^Azar ; irlandeza (galeza) -Samhain ; italiana - novembre ; japoneza - ju]ichigatsu (a unsprezecea luna) ; kurda - nowv^embur, cir^iya evel ; latina - Novembris ; letona - novembris ; lituaniana - lapkricio menuo ; macedoneana - noemvri ; mandarina (chineza) - shiyiyue ; norvegiana - November ; olandeza - November ; poloneza - listopad ; portugheza - novembro ; rusa - noj'abr' ; spaniola - noviembre ; swahili - mwezi wa kumi na moja (a unsprezecea luna) ; suedeza - November ; tailandeza - hpreut-sa-ljih-gah yohn ; tibetana - dawa tchugtchipa ( a unsprezecea luna ) ; ungara - november.SIMBOLURI SI SEMNIFICATII IN LUNA NOIEMBRIE Potrivit traditiei astrologice, simbolurile specifice oamenilor nascuti in noiembrie ( 1-21 noiembrie, zodia Scorpionului ; 22 noiembrie - 30 noiembrie, zodia Sagetatorului) sunt floarea de crizantema, pietrele topaz si citrin, si arborii castan si frasin."Pietrele lunii noiembrie : topazul si citrinul "Citrinul, supranumit "piatra bogatiei", este faimos ca o gema ce poate aduce fericirea si are capacitatea de a apara conflicting depresiei. El simbolizeaza speranta, tineretea, sanatatea, bogatia si fidelitatea. Datorita stralucirii sale, citrinul este adesea confundat cu topazul, safirul galben sau diamantul galben. Numele de "citrin" deriva din cuvantul frantuzesc "citron", avand semnificatia de "lamaie".Un obiect decorativ foarte pretuit inca din perioada elenistica a Greciei antice, aceasta piatra a redevenit populara in anii 1930, gratie miscarii "art deco" dintre cele doua razboaie mondiale. Pe langa calitatile mentionate mai sus se spune ca citrinul ar avea si alte daruri magice si de insanatosire : - stimularea energiilor vindecatoare ale organismului - ajuta in atingerea telurilor si atrage abundenta- transforma si risipeste atitudinea negativa si anxietatea- calmeaza, relaxeaza si clarifica mintea - stimuleaza creativitatea- sprijina conexiunea cu Spiritul si calauzirea interioara existenta in fiecare individualitate - combate tendintele autodistructiveSemnificatia topazului. Origine, simbol si legenda. "Floarea lunii noiembrie : crizantema "In limbajul florilor, crizantema semnifica compasiunea, prietenia si dragostea secreta.Una din cele mai onorate flori din Asia, crizantema este numita "kikus" in Japonia, ea fiind daruita reciproc de catre cei apropiati ca un simbol al virtutii si al incomparabilei valori a prieteniei. Mai multe despre acest subiect in articolul : Legendele crizantemei, floarea de aur"Copacii lunii noiembrie : castanul si frasinul "In simbolismul crestin, fructele castanului, protejate de un invelis acoperit de tepi, semnifica castitatea si sugereaza triumful asupra carnii reprezentate de spini.Simbol divinatoriu al luxului, justitiei, sigurantei sau iubirii, castanul intruchipeaza in zodiacul arborilor onestitatea, o persoana de o frumusete extraordinara action nu doreste sa impresioneze, cu un dezvoltat simt al dreptatii, vivace, un fin spokesperson, action se irita insa repede datorita lipsei de incredere in sine, se simte neinteleasa in dragoste si are dificultati in gasirea unui partener.Semintele de frasin au fost folosite din vremuri stravechi pentru ghicirea norocului in dragoste.Daca semintele nu isi faceau aparitia intr-un copac, proprietarul acestuia era sortit, adapt superstitiei, sa nu aiba sansa in iubire sau noroc in ceea ce priveste un eveniment din viitorul apropiat.Gasirea unei frunze de frasin avea proprietatea de a asigura succesul, cu atat mai mult cu cat era purtata de persoana action o descoperise.Frunzele proaspete de frasin tinute sub perna aveau darul de a atrage vise de premonitie.In nordul Angliei, se spunea ca daca o femeie purta o frunza de frasin in pantoful stang ii era sortit sa isi intalneasca in curand viitorul sot.Intr-o alta credinta englezeasca, lipsa semintelor inaripate ale frasinilor anunta moartea iminenta a unui monarh.EVENIMENTE SI TRADITII DIN LUNA NOIEMBRIE - 1 noiembrie - Ziua tuturor sfintilor in catolicism.- 1 noiembrie este considerata drept cea dintai zi a iernii in Irlanda. - 1 noiembrie este numita "ziua lui noiembrie" in traditia celtica (L'a Samhna) si in calendarul irlandez (M'i na Samhna).- In cadrul rotii anului din credinta pagana (Wicca), luna noiembrie in preajma Samhain-ului in emisfera nordica si a Beltain-ului in emisfera sudica.- 2 noiembrie este "ziua tuturor sufletelor" in calendarul romano-catolic, in Mexic fiind numita "D'ia de los Muertos" (ziua mortilor).- 8 noiembrie - Soborul Sfintilor Arhangheli Mihail si Gavriil, si al tuturor cerestilor si fara-de-trup Puteri.Ziua onomastica pentru toti cei ce poarta numele de Gabriel, Gabriela, Gabi, Gavrila, Mihai, Mihail, Mihaeala, Mihu, Mica.- 11 noiembrie - Ziua independentei in Polonia.- 18 noiembrie - Ziua independentei in Letonia.- 19 noiembrie - Ziua internationala a barbatilor.- In a treia joi a lunii noiembrie se celebreaza "ziua internationala a filozofiei".- 20 noiembrie - "D'ia de la Revoluci'on", "ziua revolutiei" in Mexic.- 22 noiembrie - Ziua independentei in Liban.- 25 noiembrie - Ziua independentei in Surinam.- In a patra zi de joi a luni noiembrie se celebreaza "sarbatoarea recunostiintei" in SUA si Puerto Rico.- 30 noiembrie - Sfantul Apostol Andrei, cel ^int^ai chemat, ocrotitorul Rom^aniei.Ziua onomastica a tuturor celor ce poarta numele de Andrei, Andreea, Andi.- 30 noiembrie - Ziua Sfantului Andrews, zi nationala in Irlanda. Copyright (c) diane.roArticole din acelasi domeniu in blogul Dianei:Simbolurile lunii iunieSimbolurile lunii iulieSimbolurile lunii septembriehttp://www.diane.ro/rss.xmlhttp://www.diane.ro/feeds/posts/default?alt=rsshttp://www.diane.ro/atom.xmlhttp:/diane.ro/feeds/posts/default?orderby=updated

Tampa Bay Times Matter Of Fact Portrayal Of Wiccan Entrepreneur


Tampa Bay Times Matter Of Fact Portrayal Of Wiccan Entrepreneur
Beth N. Gray, Tampa Bay Times Special Correspondent, covered a piece last week about a Florida Pagan who started her own home business. What is striking and refreshing when reading the story of Linda Rhodes was the matter-of-fact tone about her Wiccan religion. Not one tired old stereotype insinuating devil worship with sacrificial goats, nor any tongue-in-cheek sophomoric humor about flying around on broomsticks was to be found!

In the world of Pagan community journalism, its often rare to see Wicca along with other kindred faiths treated with common decency and respect. PNC Florida hat tips Ms. Gray for her fine reporting. Click here to read Beth Gray's full article at Tampa Bay Times Business News. Photo credit: Beth Gray, 2013.

Linda of "Swept Away Gifts" of Brooksville, Florida crafts hand-made besoms, seasonal wreaths and table arrangements for holiday decor. You can visit her Facebook page and contact her for special orders at 352-398-2262.

Solitary Rituals For The Sabbats


Solitary Rituals For The Sabbats
SOLITARY RITUALS

OPENING RITUAL

-THE CIRCLE IS RITUALLY SWEPT WITH BESOM. THE ALTAR CANDLES ARE LIT

-CAST CIRCLE WITH ATHAME, BEGINNING AND ENDING IN THE EAST.

-PLACE ATHAMES TIP IN WATER:

"I CLEANSE THEE, O CREATURE OF WATER,

AND BLESS THEE IN THE NAMES OF THE LORD AND THE LADY."

-PLACE ATHAME TIP IN SALT:

"BLESSINGS BE UPON THIS CREATURE OF SALT,

IN THE NAMES OF THE LORD AND LADY."

-THE SALT IS POURED INTO THE WATER AND STIRRED 9 TIMES.

-TAKE THE CONSECRATED WATER AROUND THE CIRCLE, SPRINKLING THE PERIMETER WITH IT.

THE WATER IS REPLACED ON THE ALTAR.

-TAKE THE INCENSE AND CENSE THE PERIMETER OF THE CIRCLE. THE INCENSE IS

REPLACED ON THE ALTAR.

- ANOINT YOUR FOREHEAD WITH OIL IN THE SIGN OF THE PENTAGRAM.

-THE ELEMENTS ARE NOW INVOKED, BEGINNING IN THE EAST. THE INVOKING PENTAGRAM OF

EARTH IS TRACED IN THE AIR WITH THE ATHAME, SAYING:

"GUARDIANS OF THE EAST,

YE CREATURES OF AIR,

I INVITE YOU TO JOIN ME,

TO WITNESS THESE RITES AND TO GUARD THIS CIRCLE.

HAIL AND WELCOME!"

KISS ATHAME BLADE, THEN PLACE IT OVER THE HEART. PROCEED IN SAME MANNER WITH

EACH QUARTER, REPLACING: SOUTH- FIRE; WEST- WATER; NORTH- EARTH

-IN THE NORTH QUARTER, AFTER THE INVOCATION AND BEFORE KISSING ATHAME, ALL

SALUTE THE GODS, SAYING:

"BLESSED LADY,

POWERFUL LORD,

I INVITE YOU TO WITNESS THESE RITES

WHICH I HOLD IN YOUR HONOR.

ALL HAIL!"

KISS ATHAME BLADE, HOLD OVER HEART. PLACE ATHAME ON THE ALTAR.

ASSUMES GODDESS POSITION. DRAW DOWN THE MOON INTO YOURSELF. (OR RECITE AN

INVOCATION TO THE GODDESS.)

-FEELING THE GODDESS ENERGY DRAWN INTO YOURSELF, LOWER YOU ARMS SLOWLY.

(MESSAGES MAY BE RECEIVED)

WINE AND CAKES

*LOWER YOUR ATHAME INTO THE CHALICE, SAYING:

"LET THE SWORD JOIN THE CUP IN ENDLESS BLESSEDNESS"

*TAKE A SIP FROM THE CHALICE, THEN REPLACE IT ON THE ALTAR

*DRAW THE INVOKING PENTAGRAM OF EARTH ABOVE THE CAKES, SAYING:

"BLESSED IS THIS FOOD

WHICH CARRIES THE ENERGY OF THE LORD AND LADY."

*TAKE A BITE OF CAKE

*YOU MAY FINISH THE REST OF THE WINE AND CAKES, MAKING SURE TO SAVE SOME WINE

FOR A LIBATION

CLOSING RITUAL

*FACE EAST, SAYING:

"GUARDIANS OF THE EAST, YE CREATURES OF AIR;

I DO THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING THESE RITES;

HAIL AND FAREWELL."

DRAW BANISHING PENTAGRAM OF EARTH, THEN KISS ATHAME, THEN HOLD IT OVER HEART.

*THIS IS REPEATED IN EACH DIRECTION, SUBSTITUTING:

SOUTH- FIRE

WEST- WATER

NORTH- EARTH

*AFTER DISMISSING EARTH IN THE NORTH, HOLD ATHAME IN SALUTE, SAYING: "LOVELY

LADY, POWERFUL LORD,

I THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING THESE RITES.

ALL HAIL!"

IMBOLG

-NEED CORN MAIDEN, PRIAPIC WAND, LIT CANDLE IN CAULDRON IN SOUTH, TWIGS OF

EVERGREEN BESIDE CAULDRON.

-PREPARE BRIGID'S BED. THIS IS DONE BY DRESSING THE CORN DOLL IN A WHITE CLOTH

AND ANY OTHER ORNAMENTATIONS THEN PLACING IT IN A BASKET OR ON A MAT. tHEN LAY

THE PRIAPIC WAND ACROSS THE DOLL AND PLACE TWO (ALTAR) CANDLES, ONE ON EITHER

SIDE, BESIDE THE BASKET.

-SAY:

"BRIDE IS COME, BRIDE IS WELCOME!" (THREE TIMES)

-TAKE THE BESOM AND RITUALLY SWEEP THE CIRCLE DOESIL

-RETURN BESOM BESIDE ALTAR.

-KNEEL BEFORE CAULDRON. PICK UP THE TWIGS AND SETS FIRE TO EACH, IN TURN.

THEN, BLOW OUT EACH AND PLACE EACH IN THE CAULDRON, BESIDE THE CANDLE:

"NOW I BANISH WINTER, NOW I WELCOME SPRING;

SAY FAREWELL TO WHAT IS DEAD, AND GREET EACH LIVING THING,

NOW I BANISH WINTER, NOW I WELCOME SPRING."

SPRING EQUINOX

-NEED PRIAPIC WAND, SUN SYMBOL ABOVE ALTAR,, DECORATE ROOM WITH FLOWERS,

COLORED EGGS, CAULDRON WITH UNLIT CANDLE IN CENTER

-OPENING RITUAL AS USUAL

-HOLD PRIAPIC WAND ALOFT, SAYING:

"I KINDLE THIS FIRE TODAY

IN THE PRESENCE OF THE HOLY ONES,

WITHOUT MALICE, WITHOUT JEALOUSY, WITHOUT ENVY,

WITHOUT FEAR OF AUGHT BENEATH THE SUN

BUT THE HIGH GODS.

THUS I INVOKE, O LIGHT OF LIFE,

BE THOU A BRIGHT FLAME BEFORE ME,

BE THOU A GUIDING STAR ABOVE ME,

BE THOU A SMOOTH PATH BENEATH ME;

REKINDLE THOU WITHIN MY HEART

A FLAME OF LOVE FOR ALL,

TO MY FOES, TO MY FRIENDS, TO MY KINDRED ALL,

TO ALL MEN ON THE BROAD EARTH

O MERCIFUL SON OF CERRIDWEN,

FROM THE LOWLIEST THING THAT LIVETH

TO THE NAME WHICH IS HIGHEST OF ALL."

"O SUN, BE THOU ARMED TO CONQUER THE DARK!"

-HOLD WAND IN SALUTE, THEN REPLACE IT ON THE ALTAR

-LIGHT THE CAULDRON CANDLE WITH AN ALTAR CANDLE (PREFERABLY, THE GOD CANDLE, IF

YOU HAVE ONE)

-CIRCLE DOESIL AROUND THE CAULDRON

-SEED BLESSING (OPTIONAL):

"LET THE WOMB OF THE EARTH BE THE CAULDRON OF REBIRTH."

PLACE SEEDS IN BOWL, ONE BY ONE

TOUCHE BOWL WITH PRIAPIC WAND, SAYING:

"BY THE POWER OF THE RAISED WAND I BLESS THESE SEEDS OF LIFE."

-MAY NOW JUMP THE CAULDRON, WHILE MAKING A WISH

BELTANE

-NEED CAULDRON WITH LIT CANDLE IN CENTER, HAWTHORN AND BLACKTHORN DECORATE THE

ALTAR, TAPER BESIDE THE CAULDRON, "CAKES" SHOULD BE A BOWL OF NUTS

-LIGHT THE TAPER FROM THE BEL-FIRE. DANCE AROUND CAULDRON, CARRYING THE TAPER,

CHANTING:

"OH, DO NOT TELL THE PRIEST OF OUR ART,

OR HE WOULD CALL IT SIN;

BUT WE SHALL BE OUT IN THE WOODS ALL NIGHT,

A-CONJURING SUMMER IN!

AND WE BRING YOU NEWS BY WORD OF MOUTH,

FOR WOMEN CATTLE AND CORN-

NOW IS THE SUN COME UP FROM THE SOUTH

WITH OAK AND ASH AND THORN!"

-BLOW OUT TAPER AND LAY IT BESIDE CAULDRON.

-JUMP THE CAULDRON.

MIDSUMMER

-NEED CAULDRON FILLED WITH WATER IN FRONT OF ALTAR, HEATHER BRANCH BESIDE ALTAR

-INVOKE:

"GREAT ONE OF HEAVEN, POWER OF THE SUN,

I INVOKE THEE IN THINE ANCIENT NAMES-MICHAEL, BALIN, ARTHUR, LUGH;

COME AGAIN AS OF OLD INTO THIS THY LAND.

LIFT UP THY SHINING SPEAR OF LIGHT TO PROTECT ME.

PUT TO FLIGHT THE POWERS OF DARKNESS.

GIVE US FAIR WOODLANDS AND GREEN FIELDS, BLOSSOMING ORCHARDS

AND RIPENING CORN. BRING ME TO STAND UPON THY HILL OF VISION

AND SHOW ME THE PATH TO THE LOVELY REALMS OF THE GODS."

-MAKE INVOKING PENTAGRAM ABOVE ALTAR WITH THE WAND

-RAISE BOTH HANDS UP HIGH, THEN PLUNGE THE WAND INTO THE CAULDRON. HOLD THE

WAND UP AND SAY:

"THE SPEAR TO THE CAULDRON,

THE LANCE TO THE GRAIL,

SPIRIT TO FLESH,

MAN TO WOMAN,

SUN TO EARTH."

-PLACE WAND ON ALTAR AND PICK UP HEATHER BRANCH

-SPRINKLE SELF WITH WATER FROM THE CAULDRON, USING THE BRANCH, SAYING:

"THUS DO I DANCE BEFORE THE CAULDRON OF CERRIDWEN, THE GODDESS,

BEING BLESSED WITH THE TOUCH OF THIS CONSECRATED WATER;

EVEN AS THE SUN, THE LORD OF LIFE, ARISES IN HIS STRENGTH IN THE SIGN

OF THE WATERS OF LIFE!"

-THEN SAY:

"LET THE MIDSUMMER FIRES SHINE FORTH!"

-PLACE THE ALTAR CANDLES IN THE CENTER OF THE CIRCLE, ABOUT FOUR FEET APART,

ALONG THE EAST-WEST LINE

-THEN PASS BETWEEN THE TWO CANDLES. REPLACE THE CANDLES ON THE ALTAR.

LUGHNASADH

-NEED SMALL LOAF OF BREAD ON ALTAR, CAULDRON DECORATED WITH GRAINS BY THE EAST

CANDLE

-DRAWING DOWN THE MOON IS OMITTED FROM THE OPENING RITUAL.

-HOLD UP A DISH OF FRUITS AND BREADS SAYING:

"NOW DO I GIVE THANKS FOR AN ABUNDANT HARVEST

THE SEED WHICH WAS PLANTED IN THE SPRING HAS BROUGHT LIFE."

-PLACE DISH ON OR BEFORE ALTAR

-DANCE AROUND THE CIRCLE IN CELEBRATION, PLAYING INSTRUMENTS AND SINGING.

-HOLD A LOAF OF BREAD ALOFT. DRAW DOWN THE GODDESS ENERGY, INVOKING:

"O MIGHTY MOTHER OF US ALL, BRINGER OF ALL FRUITFULNESS,

GIVE US FRUIT AND GRAIN, FLOCKS AND HERDS, AND CHILDREN TO THE TRIBE,

THAT WE MAY BE MIGHTY. BY THE ROSE OF THY LOVE, DO THOU DESCEND

UPON THE BODY OF THY SERVANT AND PRIESTESS HERE."

-BEGIN THE CORN DANCE, ALL THE WHILE HOLDING THE LOAF AS A SACRED OBJECT

-HOLDING THE LOAF IN BOTH HANDS, SAY:

"THUS DO I STRENGTHEN MY LORD

HIS ENERGY RESIDES IN THIS BREAD

A RECORD OF ALL LIFE THAT EVER WAS

AND ALL THAT IS YET TO COME.

I EAT OF THIS BREAD,

THAT MY LORD MAY LIVE ON,

AND THE WHEEL MAY TURN.

-TAKE SOME OF THE BREAD TO EAT

-SAY:

"THE LIGHT DOES NOT DIE, IT MERELY CHANGES TO ANOTHER FORM."

AUTUMN EQUINOX

-NEED A DISH ON THE ALTAR CONTAINING A SINGLE SHEAF OF WHEAT OR AN EAR OF CORN

OR WHEAT AND COVERED WITH A CLOTH, ALTAR AND CIRCLE DECORATED WITH PINE CONES,

GRAINS, ACORNS, RED POPPIES, AUTUMNAL FLOWERS, FRUITS AND LEAVES

-SAY:

"NOW IS THE TIME OF BALANCE, WHEN NIGHT AND DAY FACE EACH OTHER

AS EQUALS. YET AT THIS SEASON THE NIGHT IS WAXING AND THE DAY

IS WANING; FOR NOTHING EVER REMAINS WITHOUT CHANGE, IN THE TIDES

OF EARTH AND SKY. WHATSOEVER RISES

MUST ALSO SET, AND WHATSOEVER SETS MUST ALSO RISE. IN TOKEN OF WHICH,

I WILL DANCE THE DANCE OF GOING AND RETURNING!"

-DANCE GOING SLOWLY WIDDERSHINS IN AN INWARD SPIRAL UNTIL YOU ARE IN THE CENTER

OF THE CIRCLE.

-SIT IN FRONT OF THE DISH AND REMOVE THE CLOTH:

"BEHOLD THE MYSTERY: IN SILENCE IS THE SEED OF WISDOM GAINED."

MEDITATE SILENTLY.

-WHEN READY, RISE AND GOE TO THE EAST CANDLE, FACING THE WEST, SAY:

"FAREWELL, O SUN, EVER-RETURNING LIGHT,

THE HIDDEN GOD, WHO EVER YET REMAINS.

HE NOW DEPARTS TO THE LAND OF YOUTH

THROUGH THE GATES OF DEATH

TO DWELL ENTHRONED, THE JUDGE OF GODS AND MEN,

THE HORNED LEADER OF THE HOSTS OF AIR.

YET, AS HE STANDS UNSEEN WITHOUT THE CIRCLE,

SO DWELLETH HE WITHIN THE SECRET SEED-

THE SEED OF NEW-REAPED GRAIN, THE SEED OF FLESH;

HIDDEN IN THE EARTH, THE MARVELOUS SEED OF THE STARS.

IN HIM IS LIFE, AND LIFE IS THE LIGHT OF MAN,

THAT WHICH WAS NEVER BORN, AND NEVER DIES.

THEREFORE THE WISE ONES WEEP NOT, BUT REJOICE."

-RAISE HANDS HIGH IN BLESSING.

-RETURN TO THE CENTER OF THE CIRCLE AND DANCE SLOWLY DOESIL IN AN OUTWARD SPIRAL

-REPLACE DISH ON THE ALTAR

SAMHAIN

PREPARATION

CAULDRON IS PLACED IN CENTER OF CIRCLE WITH LIT INCENSE CHARCOAL INSIDE IT

, AND INCENSE NEARBY, ALSO HAVE A WHITE VEIL OR SCARF

CIRCLE, ALTAR AND CAULDRON DECORATED WITH SEASONAL FOLIAGE AND FRUIT (ESP.

APPLES
), NUTS ON A TWIG

*SCATTER INCENSE ON THE CHARCOAL IN THE CAULDRON. WHEN SATISFIED THAT IT IS

BURNING, STAND FACING WEST AND DECLAIM:

"DREAD LORD OF SHADOWS, GOD OF LIFE, AND THE GIVER OF LIFE-

YET IS THE KNOWLEDGE OF THEE, THE KNOWLEDGE OF DEATH.

OPEN WIDE, I PRAY THEE, THE GATES THROUGH WHICH ALL MUST PASS.

LET MY DEAR ONES WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE

RETURN THIS NIGHT TO MAKE MERRY WITH ME.

AND WHEN MY TIME COMES, AS IT MUST,

O THOU THE COMFORTER, THE CONSOLER, THE GIVER OF PEACE AND REST,

I WILL ENTER THY REALMS GLADLY AND UNAFRAID;

FOR I KNOW THAT WHEN RESTED AND REFRESHED AMONG MY DEAR ONES,

I WILL BE REBORN AGAIN BY THY GRACE, AND THE GRACE OF THE GREAT

MOTHER.

LET IT BE IN THE SAME PLACE AND AT THE SAME TIME AS MY BELOVED ONES,

AND MAY I MEET, AND KNOW, AND REMEMBER,

AND LOVE THEM AGAIN."

*DRAW THE VEIL OVER YOUR FACE AND STAND BEFORE THE WEST CANDLE, SAYING:

"THE WEST IS THE LAND OF THE DEAD,

TO WHICH MANY OF MY LOVED ONES

HAVE GONE FOR REST AND RENEWAL.

ON THIS NIGHT, I HOLD COMMUNION WITH THEM;

AS I HOLD THE IMAGE OF THESE LOVED ONES IN MY HEART

AND MIND, I SEND WELCOME TO THOSE WHO HAVE CROSSED OVER."

*WALK SLOWLY AND WITH DIGNITY IN A WIDDERSHINS (COUNTER-CLOCKWISE) DIRECTION

AROUND THE CIRCLE, SPIRALING SLOWLY INWARDS, TAKING THREE OR FOUR CIRCUITS TO

REACH THE CENTER.

*WHEN YOU REACH THE CENTER, HOLD OUT YOUR HANDS OVER THE CENTER OF THE CAULDRON,

WITH THE PALMS OUT, SAYING:

"BELOVED ONES, TRULY YOU ARE WELCOME IN THIS CIRCLE.

REMAIN IN PEACE."

*SIT BEFORE THE CAULDRON. RENEW THE INCENSE, IF NECESSARY.

*NOW IS THE TIME FOR COMMUNION WITH DEAD FRIENDS, FOR WHICH THERE IS NO SET

RITUAL. YOU MAY PREFER TO SIT QUIETLY BEFORE THE CAULDRON, GAZING INTO THE

INCENSE SMOKE, RECEIVING MESSAGES OR YOU MAY PREFER TO USE A SCRYING MIRROR OR

CRYSTAL BALL.

*WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED, REMOVES YOUR VEIL AND CARRY THE CAULDRON IN A DOESIL

SPIRAL OUTWARDS AND PLACE IT BESIDE THE EAST CANDLE, THE QUARTER OF REBIRTH.

YULE

(FOR WOMEN)

*THE CAULDRON IS PLACED BY THE SOUTH CANDLE WITH AN UNLIT CANDLE IN IT AND

WREATHED WITH HOLLY, IVY AND MISTLETOE. NEED A VEIL.

SAY:

"I GROW DESIROUS OF MY LORD,

HIS SEED STIRS WITHIN ME.

THE TIME OF LIGHT IS UPON US."

*DRAWS A VEIL OVER YOUR HEAD AND CIRCLE DOESIL SEVEN TIMES, SAYING:

"RETURN, OH RETURN!

GOD OF THE SUN, GOD OF THE LIGHT RETURN!

WHEN I SEE THEE NOT,

MY HEART GRIEVES FOR THEE,

RETURN! RETURN! RETURN!"

*STAND BEFORE THE ALTAR WITH ARMS UPRAISED, SAYING:

"QUEEN OF THE MOON, QUEEN OF THE SUN,

QUEEN OF THE HEAVENS, QUEEN OF THE STARS,

QUEEN OF THE WATERS, QUEEN OF THE EARTH,

BRING TO US THE CHILD OF PROMISE!

IT IS THE GREAT MOTHER WHO GIVES BIRTH TO HIM;

IT IS THE LORD OF LIFE WHO IS BORN AGAIN;

DARKNESS AND TEARS ARE SET ASIDE WHEN THE SUN SHALL COME UP EARLY!"

*TAKE A CANDLE FROM THE ALTAR AND LIGHT THE CANDLE IN THE CAULDRON, SAYING:

"GOLDEN SUN OF HILL AND MOUNTAIN,

ILLUMINE THE LAND, ILLUMINE THE WORLD,

ILLUMINE THE SEAS, ILLUMINE THE RIVERS,

SORROWS BE LAID, JOY TO THE WORLD!

BLESSED BE THE GREAT GODDESS,

WITHOUT BEGINNING, WITHOUT ENDING,

EVERLASTING TO ETERNITY, IO EVO! HE! BLESSED BE!

IO EVO! HE! BLESSED BE!...."

YULE

(FOR MEN)

*THE CAULDRON IS PLACED BY THE SOUTH CANDLE WITH AN UNLIT CANDLE IN IT AND

WREATHED WITH HOLLY, IVY AND MISTLETOE.

*STAND BEFORE THE ALTAR WITH ARMS UPRAISED, SAYING:

"QUEEN OF THE MOON, QUEEN OF THE SUN,

QUEEN OF THE HEAVENS, QUEEN OF THE STARS,

QUEEN OF THE WATERS, QUEEN OF THE EARTH,

BRING TO US THE CHILD OF PROMISE!

IT IS THE GREAT MOTHER WHO GIVES BIRTH TO HIM;

IT IS THE LORD OF LIFE WHO IS BORN AGAIN;

DARKNESS AND TEARS ARE SET ASIDE WHEN THE SUN SHALL COME UP EARLY!"

*TAKE A CANDLE FROM THE ALTAR AND LIGHT THE CANDLE IN THE CAULDRON, SAYING:

"GOLDEN SUN OF HILL AND MOUNTAIN,

ILLUMINE THE LAND, ILLUMINE THE WORLD,

ILLUMINE THE SEAS, ILLUMINE THE RIVERS,

SORROWS BE LAID, JOY TO THE WORLD!

BLESSED BE THE GREAT GODDESS,

WITHOUT BEGINNING, WITHOUT ENDING,

EVERLASTING TO ETERNITY, IO EVO! HE! BLESSED BE!

IO EVO! HE! BLESSED BE!...."

Credit: mysteryvoodoo.blogspot.com

Religious Fundamentalism May Be Categorised As Mental Illness And Cured By Science


Religious Fundamentalism May Be Categorised As Mental Illness And Cured By Science
Prediction SIGN: MARTYRDOM OF MILLIONS Fashionable THE Court case

So now fervent fundamentalism is exclusive talked about as a mental condition which can be cured by science. So in other words someone who believes the bible and the basics of the Christian aspiration is ordeal from fervent fundamentalism and be required to be treated and the condition eradicated.

Can someone besides see everywhere this is heading? By regulate of the Antichrist, all fervent fundamentalists that rubbish to surrender the hint of the beast guts be forthwith idealistic to indoctrination centers, (FEMA camps), everywhere they guts carry a company of cure to pay the bill the burden. If the lenient can not or guts not be cured of their infliction, as a result for the protection of bang, they guts be enduringly idealistic from bang, (executed).

"To the same degree HE OPENED THE FIFTH Secretive, I SAW Asleep THE ALTAR THE SOULS OF Populace WHO HAD BEEN SLAIN To the same extent OF THE Article OF GOD AND THE Past performance THEY HAD MAINTAINED. Disrupt 6:9 NV "

Serious FUNDAMENTALISM 'MAY BE CATEGORISED AS Mental Condition ">RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISM AND Unkindness TO Descendants MAY ONE DAY BE TREATED IN THE Precise WAY AS Mental Condition, A NEUROSCIENTIST HAS SPECULATED. KATHLEEN TAYLOR, A Groundwork SCIENTIST AT OXFORD UNIVERSITY'S Category OF PHYSIOLOGY, ANATOMY AND Genetics, SAYS Realistic Sneering Schooling Possibly will BE ERADICATED By means of TECHNIQUES Sooner than IN THE Machinery". Dr Taylor was native tongue at the Hay Knowledgeable Fair in "Wales" each time she was asked what she foresaw as hum developments in neuroscience in the coming existence, The Time information. She replied: "One man's hum can be separate man's sullen. One of the surprises may be to see family connections with unambiguous beliefs as family connections who can be treated. "An important person who has for example become radicalized to a cult border - WE Might Bring to a halt SEEING THAT AS A Usual Breadth THAT THEY Develop Vote for AS A Keep to OF Neat Not taken Heart AND MAY Precede TREATING IT AS Individual Form OF Mental Pandemonium."http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/05/30/religious-fundamentalism-categorised-mental-illness-cured- n 3359267.html

Of Skeptics Skepticism And Anti Semitism


Of Skeptics Skepticism And Anti Semitism
Many opponents of anti-Semitism; over the last 150 years, have; rightly or wrongly, labelled themselves as skeptics and have argued that anti-Semitism is ipso facto irrational because it can allegedly offer no categorical proof of its assertions regarding the jews. This trend has been particularly relevant in recent years with the rise of a new; more sophisticated, breed of philo-Semite who labels themselves as a "'skeptic'", while professing the most credulous beliefs. As someone who has been an avowed adherent of the skeptical method; in the actual as opposed to the rhetorical sense of the term, and came to anti-Semitism as the result of a detailed study of jewry I think it wise to offer some comment on the myth and reality of skeptics as a group as it is they who have often opposed; and continue to oppose, anti-Semitism.

Skepticism is based on the scientific methodology in that one does not simply believe because of what seems to be but rather one rigorously tests a given position with all the material and intellectual tools that one has available and continues to do ad infinitum. Now many so-called skeptics often interpret this to mean that their subjective viewpoint is wholly objective and will deride; regardless of evidence and often their own stated logic, a position that their own ideological position is opposed to asserting that it "'lacks evidence'" or utilize logical fiddlesticks to attack it. This is possible because those who claim to adhere to skepticism are; as a rule of thumb, far better educated than many of their opponents and thus are able to appear to make proverbial mincemeat out of their opponents by claiming anything from something being "'off topic'" (after bringing the topic up themselves) to using a negative case (and essentially absurd/nihilistic logic) to claim that if no evidence; set on an upwards moving goalpost, is forthcoming immediately they will consider themselves victorious.

Skeptics themselves have a tendency to see themselves as "'enlightened'" with the rest of the world as being "'in darkness'"; much as many religious and political groups do, and this results in a ironic attachment on the part of many skeptics to myths that prevent them; in the truest form of the methodology, considering alternative positions particularly those that they pejoratively associate with "'Woo'". "'Woo'" for those unacquainted with the term derives from the notion that the non-skeptic looks at events and does not question them, but rather thinks something is or has been proven because they have heard reports, read a single tome on it and/or have seem it themselves. Skeptics as a rule tend to throw just about everything they dislike; rationally or irrationally, into this box, which includes such disparate items as revealed religion, conspiracy theories, paranormal research, non-mainstream science, mentally-ill people who think they have special powers and academic theories they personally disagree with.

Skeptics have a tendency; although to be equitable not all of them do so, to simply dismiss an idea just because it seems to them at first glance to be utterly absurd and then having made up their mind before hand that it is false they go out of their way to prove it is. A classic example is with revealed religion: skeptics have a nasty habit of making fun of religious people/believers in revealed religion and at various Skeptic conferences you will see not a little "'religion bashing'" and if you pay attention to skeptic boards such as the "'James Randi Educational Forum'" (or JREF as it is better know in the skeptic community) you will see it in about a quarter to half the threads (at a guestimate) that provoke long discussions.

One could point out that if Godwin's law in reverse applies to "'White Nationalist'" boards such as Stormfront (i.e. that as a discussion grows longer the probability of a comparison involving jews approaches one) it also applies to skeptic boards such as JREF in modified form i.e. that as a discussion grows longer the probability of a comparison involving "'Woo'" approaches one. Of course Godwin's law actually has nothing to do with the used comparison per se, but rather is about losing a sense of proportion in an argument (as much as that can reasonably apply) and using an emotive and nonsensical comparison as an intellectual get out of jail free card. One can use Nazis, jews or Woo: as all three are the ultimate evil in all three different viewpoints while each viewpoint; and specifically each believer in that viewpoint, view what they believe as ultimately good (and if only the world writ large would listen to them).

Skeptics might not like being called on their own perceived law and having it applied to their beliefs, but it is quite valid to do so given that the group and forum dynamics are essentially the same but with different targets and socio-linguistic structures dependent on the group's dynamics, experiences and underlying assumptions.

In essence then skeptics as a rule are those who believe in general orthodoxy; although they might be somewhat heterodox on some points they will as a rule claim that everyone else is being quite irrational and not them, and see those opposed to fundamental and/or commonly-believed myths, scientific positions and/or purport beliefs generally perceived as contrary to their own as dangerous to society. Skeptics will; as a rule, usually try to dress up their criticism of other groups up in a "'scientific'" guise and attack them on just about any point they can possibly find; often quite rabidly, although what separates skeptics from other groups who do this; for example Zionists, is the high prevalence of postgraduate and specialist education, which means they are often; as a rule, better educated and prepared for a debate than their erstwhile opponents.

This is in many ways the strength and weakness of skepticism in that it provides them with the ability and the expertise to criticise the 9/11" 'Truth Movement'" in detail and also to take on the oddballs who believe in UFOs, crop circles, the Illuminati, satanic baby snatching and so on. However that said these same individuals and groups criticise the more prevalent and at least somewhat scientific ideas regarding the paranormal that don't match their own complete disbelief. Then you go into the far more reasonable ideas of racialism, anti-Semitism, historical revisionism and so forth and the skeptics go bananas dismissing these positions as everything from "'quackery'" and "'lunacy'" to a "'Nazi attempt to whitewash the past'" (which is incidentally a conspiracy theory that its proponents seem to have conveniently forgotten is such when they spend a good deal of their time attacking things both as such and waxing lyrical about their own "'rationality'").

In essence my point is that skeptics tend towards selective interpretation and intellectual myopia when it comes to reasonable ideas that they don't want to be true so they just assert they aren't and will accept any and all proof to help in that assertion. One thread that was supposedly a scientific critique of revisionist chemist and historian Germar Rudolf's on one forum for example didn't contain anything of the kind, but spent approximately two years calling Rudolf names for daring to satirize the German legal system's approach to "'holocaust'" evidence and declaring that was enough to discredit anything and everything Rudolf has ever written because he was supposedly "'dishonest'". One wonders where such "'skeptics'" get off intellectually... well other than intellectual never-never-land of course.

The example does however demonstrate that in spite of their rhetorical declamations to the skeptical method most self-proclaimed skeptics are anything but: rather they are what the skeptic community in general calls "'pseudo-skeptics'" i.e. those professing to follow the skeptic method, but in fact using it as a propagandistic cover for their own preconceived ideas. One could even point out that many screaming about "'pseudo-skepticism'" on skeptic boards are actually "'pseudo-skeptics'" as if one looks at those who scream the loudest about it the more one forms the general opinion that these individuals and groups are hardly courageous, trepid and objective investigators but rather highly partisan individuals with a preconceived agenda who parade it under the mask of the skeptical method in the same vein as do the "'pseudo-skeptics'".

This poisonous intellectual myopia ironically leaves skeptics open to gradual manipulation by those with similar intellectual equipment with the ability and means to manipulate; as well as suppress, data and information as well as general opinion. In fact if I was a conspirator I would see in the skeptics the obvious antidote to my opponents as with a relatively small investment both of resources one could turn this superficially intellectual formidable community into a critical "'amen corner'" protecting the conspiracy of which I was a part by the simple virtue that skeptics once inculcated into believing something that is apparently orthodox and with superficial intellectual support would form a formidable and eloquent intellectual defensive screen.

Skeptics don't seem to realise this, but you could; per an evolutionary view of society, see them as the intellectual defenders of orthodoxy against the unorthodox until such time as orthodoxy shifts and with it most of the skeptic community leaving those "'pseudo-skeptics'" who have a deep-seated interest in the former intellectual position behind decrying the changed line in the same was the Third International's member parties left behind numerous individuals when their line periodically shifted in accordance to the ECCI's (the Comintern) dictates from Moscow.

Of course skeptics as a rule rarely apply their own logic to themselves and fail to see that they too play an evolutionary role in society of which they are necessarily part. That said skeptics should take a long review of what they believe and why they believe it for without challenging the most fundamental ideas that you hold you can never even begin to realise the intellectual ideal that is the skeptical methodology.

I sincerely believe that if skeptics as a rule did this then they would come to a position akin to anti-Semitism and racialism; of whatever variety, and find that their comfort zone that had been unchallenged for so long was rather more simply an excuse for them to be intellectually lazy rather than intellectually skeptical.

Wicca Self Init


Wicca Self Init
Being Introduction We see a lot of turmoil about what a self initiated solitary practicer of Wicca is and/or does. Compiled from changed sources, the fan five postsnecessity help reply countless questions and help others make certain where a solitarypotency be coming from in a context that all donate find reasonable. The main two posts are in the form of a unconventional think over and reply session, aunconventional inventory, to make certain if the celebration feels publicized and is or is notpublicized to surprise the main accepted. This whole sense requires a massive conformity of unconventional outspokenness, the Gods cannot befooled. The bordering three posts are the ritual itself, discontinuous popular three parts. Probably it is not as a good deal fun as some of the kinky stuff we pull together about in somecovens(?) but deeply it is adequately effective.

Faithnot Faith


Faithnot Faith
"It's a matter of faith. According to my faith,.... My faith is wavering. I've lost my faith." The word of the day is "faith." It's not a word that is used consistently. We might talk about losing faith in the government, having faith in humanity, or to identify one's religious faith. It's a good word. But it is also grossly misunderstood, especially when in reference to religion and spirituality.So far, it seems that the evangelical community has dictated how this word is to be used. Most common usage equates "faith" with "belief." The degree to which one has faith is revealed in the extent to which one buys into the party line. Was Mary really a virgin? Well, it's a matter of faith. Is the Bible truthful? Well, it's a matter of faith. Did Jesus really raise from the dead? Well, it's a matter of faith. If one wants to have a "Christian" faith, then one's Christian-ness is wed to the extent to which that person believes the supposed "tenets of the faith." A significant amount of the reaction against Christianity flows from a rejection of these tenets as unthinking and meaningless in today's society. What I find interesting in this rejection is the complete assent to the evangelical community to define the terms of the debate. When I talk with people who reject Christianity and I ask what faith is, the dominant answer still equates faith with belief. They cannot be Christian because they don't buy the intellectual crap that the church is selling. As a religion that equates faith with belief, Christianity becomes charged as being an arrogant form of ignorance. Not only that, we now see a movement emerging that indicts such religion by atheists such as Sam Harris ("The End of Faith"), who argues that certain unreasoned beliefs are not just silly, but "intrinsically dangerous." (44) "Throughout this book, I am criticizing faith in its ordinary, scriptural sense-as belief in, and life-orientation toward, certain historical and metaphysical propositions. (64-65) Ideologies drive people. And some ideologies clearly drive people to destroy others and the world we live in. When dangerous ideologies are wed to the absolute justification of a divine mission and embraced by power, the potential for evil becomes more imminent. Equating faith and belief is not the only way that faith can be understood. Paul Tillich ("The Dynamics of Faith") takes an existentialist approach. Personally, I don't see myself as an existentialist, but I think this approach articulates best what "faith" really is. According to Tillich, faith is the bond of trust that ties us to our Ultimate Concern. This Ultimate Concern doesn't have to be "God." It can be regional (nationalism/patriotism), ideological (democracy), material (money), relational (family), or something else. One's Ultimate Concern is really the orienting power over one's life. Inasmuch as we promote and pursue our Ultimate Concern, we are acting faithfully, or to put it another way we are living out our faith. Significantly, Harris doesn't seem to have a beef with those who take this existentialist approach, as "My argument, after all, is aimed at the majority of the faithful in every religious tradition, not at Tillich's blameless parish of one." (65)Since I'm focusing on religious faith, the Ultimate Concern I now refer to is commonly known as "God." In religious faith, God (or the Divine, or whatever other religious language one might use) is the orienting power over the lives of the faithful. For the spiritual, there is depth to this world beyond the limits of our mundane experience that bears Ultimate Significance for existence. The spiritual quest is to connect more fully with that divine Depth (which Tillich likes to refer to as our Ground of Being). As we become more in touch with the Power of Being, we become more than we already are. We are transformed. As we grow, the false barriers that we have erected to separate and protect ourselves from others and the world we live in begin to fall, and we find that we have become more concerned with not only our own wellbeing, but also the wellbeing of others. In short, as we are more and more apprehended by the Power of Being, we find we naturally participate more positively in the being of all existence. This positive, life-giving transformation is the fruit of our connection to the Divine, or the mark of faith. Note that the way that I just described faith does not equate faith with belief. This is not to say that there is no connection. Our beliefs reflect our understanding of our faith experience. It is the way that we talk about the relationship between the Ultimate and ourselves. But we must be careful not to confuse the language we use to express our faith with faith itself. Indeed, sometimes there is a disconnect between the language that is passed on to people and the faith that they manifest in day to day life. Let's look for a moment at the importance of distinguishing belief and faith with an example: the story of the virgin birth. According to the basic storyline, God impregnated the Virgin Mary, who gave birth to Jesus. Simple enough. And the "faith=belief" (or what I will now call the "dogmatic") approach takes us in a completely different direction than the "faith=trust" (or what I will now call the "spiritual") approach. The dogmatic approach looks at the story and turns it into an important belief, without which one is seen as less faithful. The approach to faith here is one of "comprehension." The authoritative text of Christianity is the Bible. The faithful comprehend the teachings of the text. When the authoritative texts are at odds with other sources of information, it is a test of faith. In this case, basic biology points out the physical impossibility of a "virgin birth," and the response is to say that one should just accept the dogma as a matter of faith. As long as one continues to give assent to the dogma of the "miracle," one can still remain a Christian. And as long as one wants to remain a Christian, one must be willing to give authoritative assent to the "tenets of the faith," despite evidence to the contrary.The spiritual approach is vastly different. Because faith is understood as our relational bond of trust with our Ground of Being, spirituality takes a holistic angle. As a result, it moves beyond asking what the story says to what the story means. Intellectually, it asks about the makeup of the original story. This story is a narrative written by a first-century community to articulate the significance of Jesus for their context. The spiritual approach listens to the biblical scholars who point out that the narrative of Jesus virgin birth rivaled the imperialistic narrative that lauded the virgin birth of Augustus as a sign of divine favor upon Rome. In short, the story of the virgin birth is a myth, not an historical event. Jesus was not born of a virgin (a biological impossibility), but through human conception like every other human who ever lived. Yet, the rejection of the historicity of the event does not vitiate the story. Its significance (social, political, and religious protest against injustice) remains. This significance speaks, and draws the attentive into the divine reality known as the Kingdom of God. Those who hearken are transformed into heralds, agents of a new way of being in the world that bears an indictment against oppression and dehumanization by the powerful. Because it is a way of being rather than simple acceptance of a belief system, it carries a very real risk. Inasmuch as we embark upon the path of other-centered, justice-oriented, and self-giving love, we find we are compelled to sacrifice our own wellbeing for the wellbeing of others. But in doing so, we find more fully the joy of being human.When we talk about "religion," we're talking about the structure (beliefs and practices) a particular religious community gives to its orientation around primary symbols (for Christians, it's Jesus). When we're talking about "spirituality," we're talking about the personal, transformative participation of a seeker who is orienting his or her life toward God. Just like belief and faith, religion and spirituality are not the same. It is possible to be religious but not spiritual (one who buys in to a belief system but does not manifest transformation into a more healthy human being). And it is possible to be spiritual but not religious (one who manifests transformation into a more healthy human being, but does not buy into a belief system). The former illustrates the active danger of equating belief with faith.Let's look once again at the dogmatic approach to the virgin birth. "Faith" says it must be accepted as a miracle. A rational approach says that it is impossible. In order to accept the virgin birth as "a matter of faith," one must first be willing to turn off one's own brain. One must be willing to stop thinking critically. One must accept without serious questioning "just because." Humans have brains. Humans are meant to use their brains. To require or even expect people to turn off their brains does active damage to them and their human development. It takes minimal brainpower to recognize that human biology (like evolution) is a fact. First-century people did not make babies without doing the humpty. Indeed, once a person even begins to turn on his or her brain, the assertion that the virgin birth could even be possible becomes a ridiculous belief, perhaps even worthy of laughter when the belief is spouted off by a supposedly healthy adult. It is important to note that healthy spirituality leads to healthy human development. Whenever religion does damage to human development, it cannot be considered authentically spiritual. Moreover, inasmuch as it claims divine approval for itself, it deserves the label "demonic." This is why i stand with those like atheist Sam Harris who decry certain types of religion as a dangerous force in this world. and I stand with him not in spite of my Christian faith, but because of it.

Hell To Pay Believing That Something Is A Figment Of The Imagination Doesnt Change Its Hereafter Reality


"Many human souls have misconceptions about hell.""Part and parcel of those misconceptions are that""people refuse to think of an eternal place (when""they die), that can be filled with so much suffering""and anguish. Their false rose colored eye glass""conception of life after death is not what Christ"" taught in the Gospel of Luke 16:19-31"I'm sure that you've heard somebody jokingly say that they would not wish to go to heaven because they would miss their friends. But nothing could be farther from reality, as the destination Scripture calls, "Hell," is not a final meeting place of friends. Neither is it an environment that has anything to do with friendliness. WHAT IS, "HELL?" To some people in our culture, it is only a word. You've heard the casual language and even casually utilized the word, "Hell," yourself. It can be spoken in other forms such as someone describing a personal predicament - someone who has gotten himself into a "helluva" situation. Or, a popular usage is that something has "Gone to hell in a handbag."Our culture's use of the word, Hell, is often spoken to describe an extreme miserable situation; a most intolerable circumstance. And, to a certain extent, the word, hell, and another forms of it, are utilized most appropriately.CHRIST MENTIONED MORE ABOUT HELL THAN HE DID OF HEAVENIf you would but scour the Christian New Testament Scriptures, you will find that Jesus Christ, referred to Hell, more than He did, of Heaven. Doesn't that give us a clear clue? Why would Christ make reference to hell, more than heaven? Here is one instance where Christ spoke of hell:And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. [Matthew 10:28] -- NOTE: The "Him" is, God, Himself.Christ not only spoke of hell, but he warned of hell. He warned and continues to warn people of hell through his written revelation, the Scriptures, and his Christian disciples of every age. To God, hell was never meant to be. But when a contingent of heaven rebelled, that portion of rebellious angels and their leader, Lucifer, were cosigned to that dreadful destination, the Bible calls, "Hell." Isaiah 14:12-15 ; Luke 10:18 ; Matthew 25:41-46HELL IS THE DESTINATION OF THE DAMNEDOne of the clearest and most alarming descriptions of hell is found in the Gospel of Luke. Christ tells the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. Luke 16:19-31 This parable along with a host of other Scriptures, give us a clear description of hell -- not only the genuine existence of hell, but its environment, as well. And, its environment is not a very delightful place, to say the least. Rather, hell is a destination and place of frightening proportions; an abode that is umpteen times worse than any person's personal nightmares coming true. "The Holy Scriptures describe hell""as a real place; a certain destination""in the hereafter. The suffering of a""person's soul's body in a hell will be"" on various levels: physical, mental,""emotional; and, of course, spiritual.""Christ's Parable of the Rich Man and""Lazarus gives us a glimpse of this""immense suffering. Luke 16:19-31.""Hell is a certain reality experienced""by all who go there."SCRIPTURE DESCRIBES HELL, IN VARIOUS WAYS. IT DESCRIBES A HORRIBLE PLACE AND WRETCHED ENVIRONMENT:Hell is readily accessible. It is a place, easy to enter. Matthew 7:13-14Hell has its "Depths" - which leads us to believe, that it has various levels. Proverbs 9:13-18Hell is also described as being a "Bottomless pit" with thick smoke. Revelation 9:1-2 Hell is where there is for the forever destruction of both soul and body. Matthew 10:28Hell is the final destination of the wicked and nations that forget God. Psalm 9:17 Hell is a place of "Damnation." Matthew 23:33 Hell is a destination of "Corruption." Acts 2:27 Hell is a place of "Everlasting punishment." Mark 9:42-48 ; Matthew 25:41-46 Hell is an environment which possesses an "Unquenchable fire." Mark 9:42-48 Hell's unquenchable fire brings with it a continual everlasting [day and night] tormenting death. Mark 9:42-48 Hell is described as "The furnace of fire." Luke 3:17Hell's fire is described as being an "Everlasting" fire. Matthew 25:28-30Hell is described as an environment of "Outer darkness," which leads us to believe that it is the loneliest environment with which one can ever find himself or herself. Matthew 22:13Hell is described as a place of utter regret, sorrow and anger - "Weeping and gnashing of teeth." Matthew 8:11-12 Hell is described as a final destination where a person will never die and be no more - but will continue on, being continually [forever] damned with the punishments of fire, corruption, loneliness, regret, sorrow, anger and unimaginable bodily pain. Luke 16:19-31Hell is described in the Gospel of Luke 16:19-31 as eternal death and continuous torment. Not only is hell an actual place in the continuance of the forever; it is a certain reality. It's an ever eternal reality of anguish and torment experienced by those who are now cut off from the very source of life, Himself - Creator / Savior God. Hence, hell is often referred to as "eternal death" as there is no life granted from the Lord and Giver of Life, to damned souls. WE LIVE IN A CULTURE WHERE PEOPLE THINK THAT THEY CAN CREATE THEIR OWN REALITYIt is common place for people to discard traditional morality. It is also common place for individuals and society to trash the traditional understanding of tolerance. Traditional tolerance is replaced with political correctness and multi-cultural thought. Hence, it is deemed wrong to insist on any one standard of truth or reality because all beliefs [supposedly] deserve equal status. The current anti Biblical understanding is that as long as a person is sincere - that's all that counts and matters. Since the traditional understanding of truth and reality has been replaced with godless evolutionary thought, people actually think that certain Scriptural realities are purely imaginary. I find this to be so, as I participate on a local online public forum. One participant recently, basically dismissed the whole Bible as a fairy tale. To that, I responded that he was denying history and the historical person of Christ. I continued, by saying, that according to his illogic, a person would have to discount the existence of George Washington - implying that one would also then have to dismiss historical documents that evidence Washington's existence.Ignoring the reality of "hell" does not make it go away. Nor does ignoring hell, make its existence a non contributor in a particular soul's forever suffering, anguish and permanent judgment and punishment. You've heard people say: "I believe that hell is on earth and I'm living it, already." Again, nothing can be farther from the truth as related by the Hebrew and Christian Scriptural testimony.This last week on the local online forum an individual posted a comment designed to denigrate certain [other] forum personalities. He listed his opinion with descriptive words and / or, phrases. This emeritus pastor was also one of his targets. He went on to state, his dislike for me by stating there might be a unique hot place in hell for Rev. Bickel, "if there was, indeed such a thing as hell."Perhaps, more tormenting than the physically felttorments of hell, is the forever regret of havingrejected Christ the Savior who came to rescuehuman souls from their sin and soul's eternaldestruction. Christ's Parable of the Rich Man andLazarus underscores this eternal regret in theGospel of Luke 16:19-31The forum personality was not unique in his denial (perception) of hell. Countless people like him delude themselves with denial as they exercise their God-given free will. But, they will have no one but themselves to blame for their willful unbelief. Their rejection of Christ the Savior who came to rescue them from their sin bondage and future punishment will someday be wholly recognized, but only too late.People will glibly, say: "How could God allow people to go to hell?" To this, I reply, "God gave his gift of free will. God did not create robots without hearts and minds." God, lovingly, will not force his sinful creation to worship Him, against their own wills. The New Testament book of Romans, chapter 1 tells us why people deny the very Creator which made and sustains their human presence. Romans 1:18-32SCARING A PERSON ABOUT THE EXISTENCE OF HELL, AND ALL ITS ANGUISHING FOREVER IMPLICATIONS, WILL NOT MOTIVATE A PERSON TO ESCAPE SIN'S ULTIMATE PUNISHMENTChrist's Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus illustrates that people will not be convinced of hellish realities even though they should witness someone coming back from the dead to convince them. [Luke 16:19-31] Has Christ's own Resurrection from the dead and his holy life's testimony convinced a majority of this earth's past and present populations? Not so. Matthew 7:13-29SIN DAMNS A PERSON TO HELL. BUT THE GOD OF HUMAN HISTORY COMES WITH FORGIVENESS OF SINS:People continually attempt to deal with their sin and sin nature in a variety of ways. This past week we witnessed an individual who apparently dealt with his frustrations and anger by killing himself and others when he crash landed an airplane into a Texas IRS office building. Golfing great, Tiger Woods, (at the very least) insinuated that his departure from the practice of Buddhism contributed to his lecherous and adulterous lifestyle. "Even though Christ died for your sins of thought,""word and deed; sins of commission and omission;""that does not translate into you being one of His""children, headed for heaven; no more than a""cookie jar being guaranteed of possessing""cookies in that jar. It is by God's grace through""faith that a human soul is saved from sin and its""eternal judgment and punishment in hell.""Ephesians 2:1-9 ; especially Ephesians 2:8-9 -""In short, you must be "born from above." As the""sinful Israelites looked to the Brazen image to""escape their poisonous snake bites; you are to""look to Savior Christ to be saved from your sin""and all its eternal consequences. John 3:1-21"But no matter how people attempt to deal with their sinful human natures - all of us will fall, short. It is a common mistake thinking that we humans can forgive ourselves for our human shortcomings, whether it is first degree murder or telling a "white lie." The reality is, that we cannot cleanse or forgive ourselves. And it is for that reason that the sinless Jesus Christ came to live the human experience in our world to bear the world's sin. [John 1:29] It was His holy life, suffering, death and resurrection from the dead which makes His sacrifice for human sin to be the single most distinguishing and legitimate factor, which separates religions world-wide, for their ultimate truthfulness and reality.Tiger Woods may choose to worship before a graven image, but it is Jesus Christ, who came to reveal the true God to all of humanity. It is only through Christ, his life and sacrifice -- and resurrection, that we humans can find peace with the Triune God and avoid the just punishment and judgment of our Ten Commandment breaking sins before that same holy and just God. FRIEND, don't dare be tempted to follow an example of doing yourself in, to avenge what is (or, what you think is) right and wrong. Don't follow Tiger Wood's example thinking that you can control your impulses by worshipping a false (graven image) god. COME TO SEE YOURSELF AS A HELPLESS SINNER in desperate need of the true God's help and deliverance. COME TO KNOW THAT HISTORICAL CHRIST, in the divine revelation of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. That is where faith to believe in Him is found! Romans 1:16 ; Romans 10:17 ; Acts 8:26-39 ; 1 Peter 1:23.Those same loving God gifted Scriptures are the power and influence to bring you to faith and understanding, in Him. By God's grace you will come to truly know Him, and believe in Him. Then, you will not have to go it alone when your life's journey is at its end. You will have then avoided the horrors and punishments of hell by receiving the forgiveness and peace of the sin forgiving, and risen Christ. Amen.PLEASE NOTE THIS WEBSITE'S: Near Death Experiences of hell - thechristianmessage.org/2013/01/ALSO NOTE: * The 2 Most Important Realities that a Person Can Realize this Side of the Hereafter - thechristianmessage.org/2011/04/ * God is not your heavenly father unless you are one of His children - thechristianmessage.org/2010/10/ * You are either righteous or ungodly - thechristianmessage.org/2012/10/ * The Righteous - A Summer Snippet Of The Christian Message - thechristianmessage.org/2012/07/THIS WEEK'S RELATED SCRIPTURES -- INTENDED TO BE UTILIZED IN A SIMPLE WORSHIP FORMAT:ALSO: FOR A COUPLE OF OTHER (MORE FORMAL) WORSHIP FORMATS:THE ORDER OF MORNING SERVICE THE ORDER OF MATINS OLD TESTAMENT:Isaiah 53:1f - The divine prophesied Christ, hundreds of years before his birth. Christ's purpose, mission, life, suffering and death, all, outlinedNEW TESTAMENT:John 3:14-21 - God's love for a sinful world and his remedyJohn 3:36 - There is no other Savior from sin and its future damning destination [hell]John 14:6 - No one can know God, except through Christ Jesus - NOTE: See also - 1 Timothy 2:5-6Matthew 7:13-29 - The Narrow Way versus the Wide Way versus the Wide Way1 John 5:11-12 - True and eternal life can only be found in ChristActs 4:12 - Only through Christ can the sinner find deliverance from the chains of sin and sin's eternal punishments -- See also: Acts 10:42-43Matthew 22:1-14 - Christ's Parable of the Man without a Wedding Garment, speaks of the utter necessity of Christ's sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins. Only being clothed with the "Garments of Christ's" holiness will anybody be admitted to God's holy heavenPhilippians 3:7-14 - Our own [sinful] human intentions and attainments mean nothing before a holy and just God who must punish us sinners to the fullest measure in hell. However, having the righteousness [holiness] of Christ, which He attained for us, by His birth, life, suffering, death and resurrection - that divine [sin] covering will stand a sinner in (favor) stead, before divine justice. The sinner who receives this righteousness of Christ will not be condemned on account of his sin. PLEASE SEE, AGAIN: Matthew 22:1-"NEWS REPORTS TO CAUSE A RATIONAL PERSON NOT TO DOUBT THE LITERAL PUNISHMENT OF THE PLACE WE CALL, "HELL"EVIDENCE OF FUTURE DIVINE JUDGMENT AND PUNISHMENT -- Why it is na"ive and illogical not to believe in a literal hell - "Troops claim 'supernatural powers' after pygmy sodomy" (5/17/09) MICHIGAN -- "BURNED HOUGHTON LAKE INFANT DIES" -- And people still doubt the existence of a literal hell for judgment and punishment for atrocities done to their fellowman (4/15/09)EVIDENCE OF A LITERAL HELL. RESERVATIONS ARE ALWAYS BEING BOOKED - "Khmer Rouge horrors detailed at opening trial" (3/31/09)"SUICIDE BOMB BLAST kills 23 at funeral in Iraq""ROBERT MUGABE'S MILITIA burn opponent's wife alive""BOOK: 23 MINUTES IN HELL by Bill WieseTHE OFFICIAL SITE OF BILL WIESE -- 23 Minutes in Hell -- New York Times Best Seller "OF WHOM DOES THE PROPHET SPEAK" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. Note for further reference and understanding:PLEASE NOTE: Topical Messages, by subjectPastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickelhttp://www.thechristianmessage.org/PLEASE ALSO NOTE: The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages, related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource. THE CHRISTIAN FAITH -- PARTS 1-3:1 -- What is meant by "Believing" and / or, being, "Saved?" 2 -- How the saving (believing) process of the Christian Faith takes place 3 -- What are the tell-tale signs that a person has been "Saved" [is a Christian believer]?