Can Christians Like Dragons?HEADS UP!!! The Biblical half of this version of the article is relatively outdated as of 02/11/2016, so please follow the below link to read the revised and expanded edition! Thank you!!!http://ambassadorherald.deviantart.com/art/Can-Christians-Like-Dragons-EXPANDED-Part-1-00-590119521In other words, can a Christian morally have a love for dragons? The logic behind the question is that dragons by Biblical standards seem to be evil creatures. Therefore it should be incompatible to follow Jesus Christ and love dragons at the same time, right? This is what I've been accused of many times, being a firm holder to Truth yet having a soft spot for dragons. I would like to answer in detail these accusations, thus the reason for this article.BIBLICAL EVIDENCELet us look at dragons from every angle, starting with what The Sacred Scriptures say. In The Holy Bible the Hebrew word used for dragon(s) is 'tanniyn' and shows up 29 times in The Old Testament. But, do note t
Why I oppose spankingTW: Mild self-harmI was spanked as a child. I was a well-behaved youngster who needed little discipline and was generally obedient and respectful to the best of my ability. I can probably count the number of times I was spanked on my fingers. I was not scarred for life by this ordeal, I am well-adjusted, and I have never reacted by being violent to others. To all appearances, I am a testament to the value of the practice of spanking.And yet, I oppose it. Vehemently.This was not always so. For most of my life, I assumed that spanking was a generally useful practice that taught kids to expect consequences to their actions. It promoted personal responsibility, I was told, and enforced respect. I fully expected that I would spank my own children (hopefully not often). I further expected that children who were not spanked would likely be unruly, disrespectful, and lack a sense of responsibility and self-control.However, as I began to
Brushing Up Against HistoryNovember 1963I'm eight years old and sitting in class (I strangely recall that my seat was in the middle of second row, on the side away from the window), when the principal comes in to tell us that the president has been shot.I do not knowwhat it means, but I knowthat it scares me.May 1968My mother meets Senator Robert F. Kennedy while he is campaigning in San Francisco and gets his autograph. I live with my father in a small town in Michigan, where every year leading up to Memorial Day, I sell paper poppies for the VFW.blood-red poppiesblood of soldiers on the fieldwar has come homeDecember 1971 I watch the news and see the body count, arranged like a scorecard. The numbers say we are winning, but one of those numbers is from our town, the only casualty that week. I don't know him, but I see his picture on the cover of Life Magazine.I turn 17 the next monthand try to join the Marine Corpmy father will not signNovember 1973As a small-town b
Haiku Theory Part 1 -2009-A Lot of Words About A Little PoemAn Introduction to Haiku StructuresPart 1-Introduction-A haiku poem cannot be defined according to the number of syllables and lines it contains (nor by the number of syllables in each line). Although I do not wish to go into the reasons why at this point (I will save that for a later discussion) the form of modern English haiku, as Haruo Shirane writes, is a short poem, usually written in one to three lines. (in Gilbert, 2009) At this point our definition sounds very vague. If the number of syllables and lines do not define a haiku poem, then what does? And if a haiku poem is simply a short one, two or three-line poem then what separates it from other forms of Western short-verse or, in the case of one-line haiku, a sentence?Patricia Donegan writes, in agreement with the Western haiku community at large, that syllable counting... is not the important thing for haiku in English. Haiku is an experience, not an act of co
From The Soul Of A Dog~A drink from a water fountain tastes better when you allow the water to trickle down your chin.~Familiarize your nose with important things, whether it be a comfortable blanket, good food, or a favorite person.~Revel in the thrill of protecting those you love.~Eagerly anticipate meal times and when they happen, be sure to take joy in every mouthful.~Take time to run barefoot on occasion and experience the sting of feet meeting earth with each stride.~Look forward to car rides and when occasion allows, stick your head out the window to feel the wind on your face. Who cares if your hair gets messed up, that's what combs are for.~When uncertain about eating something, smell it first. You'll be surprised just how much the nose really knows.~In most situations, an open show of hostility only makes things worse.~Barking relieves stress. Whether it be at cars, other dogs, or even birds flying overhead, it all works.~Don't consider yourself too high a
The Background Of EvangelionI have spent a fair amount of time trying to understand the use of the "Sephirothic Sytem" and I have finally come to terms of it's use and origins.There isn't a lot of information about it on the internet so this is an exceptional chance for you to know what it is (you never know..... I might come in handy one day)The Sephirothic Sytem is part of the Jewish culture and religion but it has also links into Christianity and some of you might know that, Christianity is a descendant branch from Jewish religion (Jesus himself was Jewish).The Sephirothic Sytrem is part of the "Kabbalah" and is in this case a diagram representing 10 circles, each containing a virtue of God (Kindness, Understanding, Loving, Honesty Bravery etc....) Each circle represents a "Sephiroth" (thus it's name "Sephirotic System"), a Planet and a Colour. I will explain later what a "Sephiroth" is. Each circle or Sephiroth is linked to 2 pathways called "Channels". The Circles are set in such a w
Morals from Doctor WhoFreedomVaporisation without representation is against the constitution!Bad laws were made to be broken.HumanityHomo sapiens. What an inventive, invincible species. It's only a few million years since they crawled up out of the mud and learned to walk. Puny, defenceless bipeds. They've survived flood, famine and plague. They've survived cosmic wars and holocausts. And now, here they are, out among the stars, waiting to begin a new life. Ready to outsit eternity. They're indomitable.Which is the quickest way out of here?[Each of the women at the fountain point in different directions.]Yes. Well. That's democracy for you.I love humans. Always seeing patterns in things that aren't there.Your species has the most amazing capacity for self-deception, matched only by its ingenuity when trying to destroy itself.Oh, you know nothing of any human, and that will be your downfallThere's no such thing as an ordinary human.End of the universe and here you are. Indomitable,
I HATEI hate RACISMI hate HOMOPHOBIAI hate SEGREGATIONI hate WARI hate BULLIESI hate AGEISMI hate DISABLEISMI hate LINGUICISMI hate SEXISMI hate TRANSPHOBIAI hate EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATIONI hate RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATIONI hate RACIAL SEGREGATIONI hate SLAVERYI hate STEREOTYPINGI hate PREJUDICEI hate GENOCIDEI hate ADULTISMI hate CHILD ABUSEI hate WOMAN ABUSEI hate POVERTYI hate ALCOHOLISMI hate UNEMPLOYMENTI hate PEER PRESSUREI hate CONSCRIPTIONI hate DRUG ABUSEI hate IGNORANCEI hate a lot of things... but does that make me a bad person?
Sophie is JewishSophie is six"Why don't you go to Hebrew school with me?""Because Sophie, I'm Christian. My school has a different name.""Oh.. Do you have Shabbat?""In a way, we just call it something else.""Do you get to stay up late on Shabbat?""Erm.. I suppose you could say that.""Do you have to read the Torah?""Yup, it just has a different name.""Do you pray before bed?""Sometimes.""In Hebrew?""No.""But you get Christmas right?""Yup.""But I get Chanukah!""Actually, I get that too.""Oh..." "Do learn about Elohim in your school?""Yeah, we just call him something else.""Because your Chrisitan and I'm Jewish.""Right."*Pauses*"Aly?""Yeah Sophie?""We can still be best friends right?""Always.""Good."