Debate Religion

Go ahead and debate religion. Go ahead and tell Christians why what they believe is wrong. That’s totally fine and, in fact, I encourage it. A little debate and critical thinking are good for everyone. But do it intelligently.

Get to know the Bible, so you actually know what you’re disagreeing with when you form an argument. Brush up on your theology so that you can explain why it’s so wrong.

And have some compassion, be polite and respectful when you enter into a debate, even when the person you’re debating with loses their cool. You want to prove that you’re better, more enlightened than Christians? Great, do it by remaining rational and level-headed in the face of someone who’s willing to stoop to personal attacks. To behave otherwise is to be just as bad as the people you’re debating.

Here’s the thing. Our Western Easter traditions incorporate a lot of elements from a bunch of different religious backgrounds. You can’t really say that it’s just about resurrection, or just about spring, or just about fertility and sex. You can’t pick one thread out of a tapestry and say, “Hey, now this particular strand is what this tapestry’s really about.” It doesn’t work that way; very few things in life do.

The fact is that the Ancient Romans were smart when it came to conquering. In their pagan days, they would absorb gods and goddesses from every religion they encountered into their own pantheon; when the Roman Empire became Christian, the Roman Catholic Church continued to do the same thing, in a manner of speaking.

And do you know why that worked so well? Because adaptability is a really, really good trait to have in terms of survival of the fittest (something I wish the present-day Catholic Church would remember). Scratch the surface of just about any Christian holiday, and you’ll find pagan elements, if not a downright pagan theme, underneath.

Know what else? Most Christians know this. Or, at least, most of the Christians that I’m friends with (which is, admittedly, a fairly small sampling). They know that Jesus wasn’t really born on December 25th, and they know that there were never any actual snakes in Ireland, and they know that rabbits and eggs are fertility symbols. But they don’t care, because they realize that religions evolve and change and that that’s actually a good thing, not a bad thing. The fact that many Christian saints are just re-imagined pagan gods and goddesses doesn’t alter their faith one iota;

because faith isn’t about reason or sense, it’s about belief.

– Belle Jar (blogger)

Hope

Hope is the thing with petals
smiling towards the sun.
A yellow beam of light
streaming across a dark room.
Hope is a rose with no petals
bursting into full bloom.

Hope is what we wish for;
a paintbrush poised over pristine paper,
rainbow palette in hand.
Hope is a rope we cling to
when the ground gives way
beneath our feet.

Hope is waking up to see
morning’s hazy first light;
the new dawn unfolding.
Hope is joy and dreams;
what just could be;
shafts of sun peeking through a cloudy day.

Hope is taking baby steps
to reach the summit,
knowing you can survive
anything and everything.
Hope is embracing life,
believing in the wonder
when there’s nothing left.

Hope is what we are grateful for:
a caring voice on the phone,
a letter from a friend,
a family to love,
a walk hand in hand with your lover.

Hope is a tiny shard of light
escaping a crack beneath the door;
a willingness to cross a threshold to worlds unknown,
open to endless possibilities.

~Unknown

Music can tell a story

I hear the music
Music is love
Music is life
Music can tell a story

Music cheers
But also brings memories
What’s so special about music? When I listen to music it takes me’ to another world.

Music is my passion
Music soothes the soul
Music can take away the pain

Our life is music.
Music inspires me
The music flows through me
Do you hear it?
The beats of music.

Come dance with me tonight.

 

Cancer

Cancer is so limited. It cannot cripple love, It cannot shatter hope, It cannot corrode faith, It cannot destroy peace, It cannot kill friendship, It cannot suppress memories, It cannot silence courage, It cannot invade the soul, It cannot steal eternal life, It cannot conquer the Spirit.
~ Author Unknown

Cancer…the word itself looks innocent enough but its the one word no one wants to hear their dr say. In a matter of seconds it is the one word that turns a life completely upside down and takes a certain future and makes it uncertain.

2 years ago my father heard those life changing words..You have cancer! He faced his diagnosis & treatment with strength and determination. He went through chemo and radiation and 6 months later all traces of the cancer he was diagnosed with was gone. My parents had their future back and everyone was going on with their lives.

We knew there was a chance at some point the cancer would come back but we did not expect it so soon. Because of the type of cancer my dad had he was getting checkups every three months. It was not something he wanted to do because this is the man that eats, sleeps and drinks golf lol and he hates missing a minute of golf but he knew he had to have the checkups. A couple months ago the scan showed a mass in his liver so the drs did a biopsy and we waited. Waiting is always the hardest part! The dr who did the biopsy told us the mass was outside the organs so everyone was breathing a sigh but that sigh of relief was quickly taken away when we saw the dr. The mass is the size of a baseball and it is in the liver. At this point there is not much the drs can do but try to shrink the mass and buy him more time. My dad is going through chemo and not giving up.

I am not sure if it is better knowing or not knowing. One thing I know for certain is I now know who I get my strength from. My dad. He just amazes me with his strength and how he is dealing with everything. It can’t be easy but he is still playing as much golf as he can, working in the pro shop and arguing politics with me.

No matter what happens the cancer can never take away what an incredible father I have!

 

Second Life

What exactly is sl?

Second Life is a free online virtual world imagined and created by its Residents. From the moment you enter Second Life, you’ll discover a fast-growing digital world filled with people, entertainment, experiences and opportunity.

Second Life..its alot more than that to me. yea most have seen stuff on the news that portrays only the seedy side as it were but that is so far from what it is for me and most of the people I know!

#1 I get to do something I never thought I would ever do and that’s DJ.

#2 I have met alot of amazing people who have become family in my heart from all over the world.

#3 I get to see things in a virtual world I never have a chance to see in the real world. If only I was a millionaire could I. lol Parachuted off the Eiffel tower, been to the Kremlin, seen the works of Da Vinca, Yankee Stadium and alot more.

#4 Another thing I have no chance in hell in doing in the real world is owning a club. Yep did that too and loved it!!

One of the favorite parts for me is of course the music. I have always loved music and this lets me explore it even more. I have been introduced to so many different types of music through SL. Before Second Life if someone would have said EBM I would have said huh? What the hell is that? lol Now I am a huge fan!!

SL has also been a life saver for me. I went into it as a joke and no plans on staying. Actually got dragged into it kicking and screaming lol Found my first club within the first week and never looked back. lol  There are people who understand some of the things I am going through. They have offered me friendship, a shoulder to lean on, advice and understanding. Some have been better friends and family to me than those I have in my real life.

Not you know a little bit about Second Life. If you want to try it for your self go here.

til next time

~L

Anonymous

Anonymous is a group of people – people from all countries, all races, all religions, and all morals. Anonymous does not have a leader, does not have an infrastructure, and does not have a method of communication.  All Anonymous members are self-appointed. The only rules of Anonymous is that you have to do what you think is right. This is one of the biggest reasons why people think they are so dangerous. Once thousands of people who don’t even know each other rise up against a cause unified under the same name, people flip out. As you may have learned by watching the news, some members of Anonymous are hackers. But remember, MOST OF ANONYMOUS IS NOT COMPRISED OF HACKERS. However,  the hacker members of Anonymous have been doing a good job of “tidying” up the Internet by not allowing governments and organizations to assume control of it. It seems as though most anons (Anonymous members) nowadays are supporting freedom of information on the Internet. I’m 100% for them. Are you?


Original post can be found on TheBTH.org website.

Whether you agree or disagree with Anonymous’ methods, I think we can all agree with what they stand for and why they do what they do.

~L

Change is coming

I have been thinking about what to do with my blog for a while. I was debating whether to delete it because I am no writer but if I want to get better at writing deleting this blog won’t help that. Then I thought well lets just stick to Second Life stuff but we see how well that has worked. My RL has just affected my SL so much that its hard to stick to just SL talk. Sorry but all those that say SL is SL and RL is RL are wrong. SL will always be affected by RL and I am not ashamed of either life.

So your reading this and wondering what’s the point of this post? Well the answer is I am going to be changing my blog to include all lives. I have been finding I have alot to say about so many different things lately and tbh Facebook is not the place for that.

I will be working on changing the look of my blog and the purpose. Its going to be about anything I feel like writing about because hey it’s my blog and it should be ok to do that.

Another purpose of the change is because there is so many things in our world that I am just sick of. I hate the way people treat each other, pass judgements on other people, prejudices, the way the world today is just makes me shake my head alot and ask what is wrong with people.

This blog won’t be all stuff I think is wrong. It will also be about what is right and I won’t be ignoring SL or my health. As much as I would like to keep my health issues off the net I can’t for me. This blog will be my 100% outlet.

If you choose to read it cool if not that’s fine too because I am going to write for me. If you don’t agree with something I post please don’t take it personal. We all have our own take and opinions on things. Just be gentle lol

oh I will still be posting music. Music is my medicine 🙂

til next time which won’t be too long this time lol

pssttt Guen if you read this I know my punctuation SUCKS lol ❤