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BELLFEED: Prime Minister BellmanTGM Takes a Break from Messy Government Formation to Guest Preach at Dickson Baptist Church

2023.06.06 08:44 BellmanTGM BELLFEED: Prime Minister BellmanTGM Takes a Break from Messy Government Formation to Guest Preach at Dickson Baptist Church

It has been a rough start to the newly crowned Prime Minister's term in government with multiple scandals and shock incidents having been revealed in the past week, seeing the defeated former PM Griffonomics placed in police custody, the Deputy Prime Minister MediocreCentrist14 pronounced dead, and a whole slew of unexpected defections. Nevertheless, the Prime Minister has remained composed throughout it all, handling the pressure with aplomb. Many citizens and high ranking officials have expressed their sympathies towards the highly respected leader of the government, but he has managed to take it all in stride. Of course, not without difficult and great effort, but his composure has been soothing to the concerns of many as he continues to go about getting done, what needs to be done.
"We're not asking for sympathy or for pity," the PM said in an interview, "these kinds of high pressure situations are exactly what Australians have entrusted us as a government to handle. There have been a few politicians in this Parliament who have betrayed the trust of their constituents already so far, but I have no plans of being one of them. The people of Hotham, and Australia more widely, they know they can trust me and rely on me to do what I said I would do over the election."
In amongst all this chaos, BellmanTGM was grateful to receive a request from Dickson Baptist Church, who invited him to return to the church following a recent guest appearance he made to preach on a section of the book of Colossians. This Sunday, having accepted this request, he returned to contribute another instalment of the church's ongoing sermon series through the same section of the Bible.
"It's not the kind of thing I think many would expect me to do at this point in time, but I saw it as a chance to get back to my roots, talk with the people of this country, of the great city of Canberra I am once again honoured to call a home of mine. And the people at Dicko Baps are great supporters of mine, not all of them supporters of my policies necessarily, but certainly they have shown great love to me personally, and so it's a joy for me to get an invitation back here, and to feel that love and support from them during this crazy time."
A full transcript of his sermon has been included at the bottom of this article, and the accompanying slideshow can be accessed here.

by Manbell Tii'jiem Editor in Chief, BellFeed
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SERMON:
Thanks to ___________ for reading that passage for us, yes today we are continuing through the book of Colossians.
Before we start going through the passage today, I wanted to start this week’s message with a question:
What is something you or your family refused to replace for a long time, even though you really needed to?
Maybe something like a really old phone with a cracked screen or maybe a favourite shirt that had holes in it you never wanted to throw away… I don’t know, something like that. Take a few moments to think about it.
[blank SLIDE] Now, hopefully that was something fun for you to think about, I think we’ve all probably had something like this in the past, right? Particularly if you’re trying to save money or if it’s something you’re really nostalgic about. But- ok- what was point of this question, you might be wondering. Well, let’s take a look at these two cars… [SLIDE]
We’ve seen these two cars a few times now if you’ve been coming along to some of the other sermons in this series. I actually used them as an illustration in my previous message a few weeks ago, and I’m told they even popped up again during last week’s sermon. So, hopefully if you were at either or both of those Talks you remember what the illustration was about, but in case you don’t, what they represent is essentially the life of a person before and after they discover Jesus. Life before was like being the driver of an old wrecked and ruined car, and their new life is like being gifted a brand new, flawless luxury car- a comparison between their old life, and their new life as a follower of Jesus.
Now this idea was a smaller point in the previous talks, but in this section we’re looking at today, it’s pretty much the main idea. But what we’re getting now has a bit more detail to it than just what we see in this simplified image with the two cars, because what is actually being talked about is life and death [SLIDE] and it affects and addresses our entire way of living, not just our morning drive to uni. And funnily enough, life isn’t always as easy and obvious as choosing between a wrecked car and a Porsche. Because we as humans have a funny way of wanting to hold onto things from our past, even if we know it would be wiser to move on to something better. And so that’s what we’re exploring today. [blank SLIDE] What does it actually look like to move away from our old lives and live a new life for Jesus?
So, what’s talked about in this passage is important for anyone who might want to believe in Jesus, because it’s teaching us how we should be living our lives as Christians. And if you’re here as someone who is investigating Christianity and Jesus, then it’s a great passage that reveals why Christians live the way they do, what we’re trying to achieve by living this way and how it’s a really good thing.
But before we get into any details, the first thing we have to look at is what Paul makes sure to emphasise as the starting point in verses 1 to 4. And verse 1 starts with the word ‘therefore,’ – or you might have, ‘since, then,’ or something similar to that depending on your translation– but the point is that everything in this passage we’re looking at today comes only after understanding the passage that comes before this. So let’s do a quick recap of that, and if you were here for the service last week then hopefully this will be familiar for you: [SLIDE]
Christ PLUS anything equals… nothing
Christ alone is- sufficient, is- everything that we need.
[SLIDE] Exclusivity, legalism and smorgasbord spirituality is empty, illogical, merely human, insufficient and ends in living life like you don’t have a head! In other words, if you think that living life as a Christian requires anything more than believing in and following Jesus, then not only are you missing out, it’s just plain wrong, and has real negative consequences. [SLIDE]
And this is extremely important to understand before we look at this passage today in chapter 3: faith in Jesus Christ is sufficient- it is everything that is needed to reach salvation. And from this point, keeping that idea in mind, we can now move onto what Paul has for us next. For someone who has believed in Christ and received forgiveness for their sins, well, what happens next? That’s what we’re looking at today, and so let’s move now to the first point on your sermon outlines, dying into life with Jesus. [SLIDE]
So let me read again for us verses 1 to 4:
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Now, what this passage is saying is that commitment to Jesus doesn't just lead to a better life, but it leads to a whole new way of living. It’s not just a miracle cure that immediately improves your life without any effort, but it does offer us a brand new, better mindset- we set our minds on things above, and not on earthly things- but even more than just a new way of thinking, it leads us to a whole new life which we see in verses 3 and 4. But how does that work? What does that actually mean?
Well, this piece of the passage offers us a comparison between the death and resurrection of Christ and then uses that image to communicate what it is like to be a follower of Jesus. “Since you have been raised with Christ”- well, in order to be raised like Christ was, we must also die like Christ did. And verse 3 says this a bit more directly: for you died. Ok, kind of extreme! But, obviously, becoming a Christian doesn’t mean you literally die, or else I think this room would be much emptier.
But what this image does is communicate the permanence of the changed life, the finality with which we are supposed to view the decision to commit to living with Christ. We have died to our old way of life, and it doesn’t get much more final than that.
To go back to our car analogy, you’re not supposed to accept the new car and then keep the old one at home in the garage to take out for a spin whenever it takes your fancy- no, you’ve abandoned it, [SLIDE] launched it off a cliff, so to speak… When you have a new car you don’t go back to driving your old broken car, it just wouldn’t make sense.
But to use the terminology of the passage rather than talk about cars all the time [SLIDE], verse 2 sets it up as setting our minds on the things above, and not on earthly things. Things of God versus things of this world. Putting to death the things of the world and instead living out our lives in the way that Jesus did. But what does Paul mean by this? What are the things of the world and what does it mean for Christ to be our lives in a practical sense? It might all sound pretty good in theory, but it’s just fancy words at this point- what does either side of this dichotomy actually look like?
First of all, in verses 5-11 we learn about what is earthly, let’s look at how verse five opens this next point for us: [SLIDE]
5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
Put to death what is earthly! Let me keep reading- from verse 6 as Paul explains more about why we should do this:
6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.[b] 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
Let’s look a bit more at verses five and six- [SLIDE] verse six declares that because of these five sins from verse five, the wrath of God is coming. Just five things, can that really be right? Surely there are more than just five things? There are even some notable omissions from this list, like murder for example. So how can Paul say so definitively that these five things, sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed are what is bringing the wrath of God?
Well let’s think about what connects these five things together- they are all focused on worldly things and therefore they are idolatry and disloyalty to God. Sexual immorality, the breaching of God’s perfect design of sexually exclusive marriage which was to represent the spiritually exclusive relationship between God and his people. Impurity, the more general expression of immorality and disobedience of God. Lust, chasing after bodily passions– desires of the flesh that are not a part of the desires of God. Evil desires, searching after things that are apart from God. Greed, wanting something that’s not yours, something that you haven’t earned, and chasing after worldly possessions because you value them more than you value God.
And so all of these are expressing what it is Paul is talking about, they are all things that the world is concerned about, they are earthly- they’re not the things above. They’re worldly things that won’t matter when this life is done and dusted and when we stand before God at judgment, and so because of that- the wrath of God is coming. [SLIDE]
And Paul says that these are things that the Colossians once lived in, before they believed in Christ. These are the ways of their old lives, their old earthly lives. And because they have now committed themselves to following Jesus, they have put them to death.
But that’s not all Paul says. He has another list of instructions for them starting from verse 8 [SLIDE]: rid yourselves of anger, rage, malice, slander, filthy language and lies.
Now this list is a little different to the other one in verse 5- in verse 5 are all things to do with your own personal desires, things that begin within our own minds. But now from verse 8 we’re looking at things to do with how we relate to other people. The Christian faith is not lived in isolation- we’ll see that more a bit later on in the passage. But what I mean here is, Christians aren’t supposed to just lock themselves away like hermits on top of a mountain somewhere away from society. That might be an effective way to avoid some of those sins, but that’s not thinking about the things above. We as believers are dying to the things of the world so that we can live as Christ did, as someone who loved others with gentleness and sincerity. And so Paul is saying that we shouldn’t be getting angry with each other or deceiving each other- especially not to fellow believers, but also not to anyone else.
And that there is to be nothing that distinguishes believers from one another, there is no hierarchy, which is what he’s saying in verse 11- remember what we have been hearing about what’s been going on for the Colossians in the previous chapters. They’re being told over and over again how certain practices DON’T make us better off spiritually: Jewish law, angel worship, or whatever else it might be that they could compare themselves to- none of that is helpful at all. No, Paul says that even that stuff is a part of your old self, it’s part of the Christ PLUS mentality he talked about in chapter 2. Thinking that you're better than others because you do certain things is also a worldly way of thinking, it’s not the new way of thinking Jesus has for us.
So, now, in verse 11, we see that in life in the image of our Creator “there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free– but Christ is all, and is in all.” And so if we have all put on the life of Christ then we all must treat each other accordingly. No matter your background, your race, whatever it is that may be used to distinguish you from one another, in becoming a follower of Christ, in your new life you take on His image. And so we are all equal under Him.
And that’s where Paul now leads into his next lists which show us exactly what this new life is all about, what it looks like practically to live as a community of believers whose focus is wholly on the things above.
And so let’s look now at point 3 on your outlines, as we look at the new life in Jesus. [SLIDE]
Let me read from verse 12:
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
So to live life as a Christian, we need to clothe ourselves in a new outfit. [SLIDE] So far we’ve been using the idea of new and old cars to help us understand this idea but in verse 12 Paul introduces the idea of the new life in Christ as being like putting on new clothes.
Now, when I was a student in NCS a few years ago a friend of mine was doing a ministry apprentice at the time with NCS, just like I’m doing now. And I remember coming along to an NCS Bible Talk one week while he was giving the Bible Talk and I don’t remember for sure what the passage he was giving the Talk on was, but it was one like this one, could even have been this same passage. But it was on a topic that was very similar to this one about putting off our old lives and clothing ourselves in the new life. And he explained that becoming a follower of Christ and still hanging on to your old life would be just like if you had just had a shower after a long hard day’s of work, taken off your sweaty clothes and cleaned yourself up and then right afterwards you put the same dirty clothes you wore all day back on. And to illustrate his point it was then that he revealed that- he had actually literally done this the past few days- so he could be a living example of why that was a bad idea. He had worn the same, dirty clothes for multiple days in a row. Of course, we all thought that was totally gross, but I have to say that it was a very memorable illustration that even years later I still remember.
And so for my talk this week, I too have decided to wear the same clothes… No I’m just kidding! I’m wearing fresh clothes, I promise, my wife would never let me do something like that.
The point is! [SLIDE] Because you’ve put off the old life, you’ve gotten rid of the old clothes, and so instead we put on new clothes that represent Jesus. So what are these clothes? Well that’s our next list- let’s look at the verse again: [SLIDE] “clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” And in verse 13 we have forgiveness and finally in verse 14 is love.
Notice that all of these things have to do with relationships. What we see here are instructions about building a loving community that represents the love that Jesus showed us. Just like Jesus was compassionate, kind, humble, gentle, patient, forgiving and loving- so should we be to those around us. Because that is what living in the image of Christ is like, what it means to be living for the things above.
And doesn’t it sound like a great community to be a part of? This is why community is one of the core values and aims we have here at Dickson Baptist church. This is the kind of community we are trying to be and this is the type of environment we are trying to create. A community that embodies all of these virtues, and especially, from verse 14, a community built on love. [SLIDE] Paul uses the clothing analogy here again– love is the most important piece of the outfit, the overcoat that goes on top of everything else. It’s the first thing that people should be able to see when they look at Christians and Christian gatherings– their love for each other and for those around them.
Can you think of a time you’ve been welcomed into a place or a group? How did they make you feel loved? Take a few seconds again to think about it.
[blank SLIDE] Ok, well, hopefully you were all able to think of a time like that. I imagine that probably a lot of the things you were sharing could fit into this list that Paul gives us- compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness- making sure that you’re looked after above their own needs. That’s the kind of community and lifestyle that Christians are trying to base their lives on.
But of course Christians are not always like this. We don’t always succeed at living our lives perfectly in this way. And Paul knows that– it’s why forgiveness and bearing with one another gets a special mention in this passage, because he knows we are going to need to, at least every now and then, because we are still human. Which is why it’s so good that we have Jesus to rely on. But even despite this, we should be doing all we can, relying on God’s Spirit, knowing that we are still fallible humans, to help us live up to Jesus’ example of a life lived perfectly in love.
But be encouraged that, even when we fail, at the end of the day it is not our deeds that count for our salvation, remember Christianity is not Christ PLUS good works- it is Christ alone. And that’s why the final item on Paul’s instruction list is to be thankful, our final point for tonight. [SLIDE] Let’s read from verse 15:
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
We were called to peace, peace with each other but also peace with God by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. And for that, Christians are to be forever thankful. And remembering this is, ultimately, the key to actually achieving everything else Paul has talked about so far in this chapter. He concludes by saying just as much, “whatever you do, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
If we remember what Jesus did for us and what he did for others in His ministry on Earth, then we will know how to live for each other now. And that’s why we have Christian communities like churches and groups like NCS, because here we can gather together to be taught, to admonish and encourage each other, with songs and by studying the Bible. So that we can remind each other of our new identity in Christ, and of what it is He did for us on the cross. And to encourage each other to do everything that we do as though we were doing it for Christ, in thankfulness as a response to everything He did for us. And that, ultimately, is the only instruction we have. To believe, and to remember, so that we can live it out. [blank SLIDE]
So to wrap up now, let’s go back over our points- becoming a Christian offers us a new and better life. Jesus calls us into a new life that doesn’t focus on the temporary things of this world. We need to let go of our old life and instead, we look to lead a better life, focused on the things above, and seek to create a community built on Godly virtues and, most of all, love. And so we remember that it’s only because of Jesus’ sacrifice and example that we can fulfill this, and so we live it out in thankfulness to Him. And that’s the real way that we can let go of our old life, truly putting it to death so that we can live our new life in Him.
If you’re someone who’s here today and is still not sure where you stand with who Jesus is, then focus on getting to know Him first. What we’ve talked about here today is a journey that starts with knowing Him. And my prayer is that, after today’s talk, you will be able to see the goodness of a life lived for Jesus. And if you ever have any questions or something you’d like to know more about, please don’t hesitate to reach out to anyone here at church I’m sure they’d love to help you get to know Jesus more.
And so my encouragement to those who do believe in Him, then, is much the same as Paul’s was to the Colossians- be thankful to Christ, and let that be what motivates you to live your life out for Him, so that everyone around you might be able to look at you and see the goodness of the new life that He offers us.
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2023.06.06 07:18 Chlodio Reign of Nild the Wolf

Reign of Nild the Wolf


Portrait of Nild the Wolf, 5th king of the Waorins. His crown has the purple inscription of the god-serpent, Rirad, worshipped as the only god by the Waorins
Nild was merely thirteen when he succeeded his unpopular father. Nild became the 5th king of the Waorins, the chivalric people locked in an endless struggle against the Soffirish nomads.

Nild's kingdom of Waoricia during his first year
The ancient Kingdom of the Waorins had been destroyed by the nomads, it was his great-great-grandfather who some fifty years ago liberated the kingdom.

Nild's family tree
Despite, the Soffirish weakening, they still posed a great threat to Waoricia. Nild was determined to eliminate the two nomad hordes. Controversially, he allied himself with the north infidels, the Notryn Confederation. Though the alliance brought fruits and by the 18th year of his reign, Nild had driven the Vybcin nomads beyond the river and subjugated the weaker Bucush Horde.


By his 18th year of reign, Nild had led three major campaigns against the nomads

Despite the kingdom being stronger than ever, hubris drove Nild to continue his wars against the Vybcin Horde.
In his 4th campaign, he was determined to destroy the Horde once and for all, he would assemble three great armies and penetrate deep into the nomadic pasture.
Nild would head the main army which contained many Notryns from the north, while his cousin would head a lesser army. The third army would belong to subjugated Bucush Horde.
Three armies would approach from different directions in order to trap the Vybcins who refused to give in to pitch battle.


Nild's plan for 4th campaign
However, the politics of the operation were heated. The Church and many lords disapprove of Nild's alliance with the Notryn infidels. Furthermore, Nild had nearly bankrupted his kingdom in order to raise the armies. Contributing to a lack of morale, all historic campaigns beyond the river had ended in disaster.
When Nild crossed the river and penetrated deep into the territory, he found his cousin's army was nowhere to be seen. The final shock came when he realized the Bucush Horde betrayed him and joined with the Vybcins.
Nild was trapped and soon witnessed the destruction of his force, barely escaping alive.
Nild later found out his cousin's army had been goaded by the Supreme Seer into invading the Notryn border and founding the holy state, the Archduchy of Riwca.


The final year of Nild's reign
He narrowly avoided getting deposed, but Nild never recovered from the disaster and died a broken man. Soon after his death kingdom would succumb to civil war, and fragmentation, and be partially overrun by the nomads.
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2023.06.06 06:55 fallingwhale06 Observations from my first 24 hours living in Pittsburgh

From Western PA and just moved here, so I spent a good portion of the past day exploring the city and neighboring areas. I tried my best to hit some places I hadn’t been to before in my previous times here.
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2023.06.06 06:25 Dukester619 Picanha Smoked, Sous Vide and then Pan Seared

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2023.06.06 06:01 QuestionsAboutSCJ SCJ and the Essential Doctrines of Christianity, Part 1

Shincheonji:
SCJ does not believe that Jesus is God, but instead only a created being, born of the seed Holy Spirit. They believe that Christ is a perfect man, and the perfect sacrifice that atones mankind’s sin.
They believe that he is the “Son of God” who speaks on behalf of the Father as his Spirit works through him after his baptism by John the Baptist in Matthew 3:16, John 1:29-34.
While Shincheonji will willingly lie to a Christian about this belief, it is important to keep note that they only make Jesus out to be a “Promised Pastor”, or essentially a prophet and Messiah of the Old Testament, but not God who took on Human form to die for our sins.
They share many of the same arguments as one would see with both the Muslims and the Jehovah’s Witnesses when it comes to dealing with the Deity of Christ. In essence, Shincheonji is a rebranded version of Arianism, an early church heresy that made Christ an “elevated created being”; however, it is dangerous to try to fit Shincheonji into a “mold”. Every Arian group out there, whether Unitarian, Jehovah’s Witness, or Muslim, may make similar arguments against the Deity of Christ, each group would have their own unique “taste”. When confronting Shincheonji, it is important to keep this in mind.
Arguments for the Divinity and Deity of Christ.
  1. Acceptance of worship:
What is worship?
What is idolatry?
The Bible makes it clear that God alone can accept worship, otherwise it is idolatry.
Yet despite this, Jesus accepts worship on multiple occasions throughout the New Testament:
These are just some of the verses that clearly show Jesus accepting praise and worship, something that is exclusive only to God.
Shincheonji argument as to why Jesus can accept worship:
Shincheonji believes that since Jesus is the perfect embodiment of God, but is not God himself, then therefore it is okay to worship Jesus. Shincheonji would proceed to cite John 5:23, saying that if you were to honor the Son (Jesus) then you would honor the Father (God), or Hebrews 1:3 where it states that Jesus is the radiance of God, but then they would argue that just because he is the radiance of God, it does not mean that he is God. SCJ would also cite 1 Corinthians 1:15, stating that Jesus is the image of God similar to how we are also the image of God citing Genesis 1:27 as reference.
Since Jesus is born of God’s seed through the Holy Spirit, he is an elevated being worthy of worship.
Biblical issues with the above claim:
If we were to assume that Jesus isn’t God, and yet accepts worship, even if Jesus is the “image of God” in a sense of a created being, but not God himself in terms of divine being, then by definition that is idolatry.
Throughout the Bible, we can clearly see that God does not share his glory, worship, and radiance:
We can also see that in every instance in the New Testament, whenever a created being is given worship, they immediately turn it away.
A few examples include:
When we look at Hebrews 1:3: The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
We can see that Jesus is the exact representation and being of God’s glory; something that God does not share (Isaiah 48:11).
In fact, if we read just a few verses further, we can see that Jesus is also referred to as God by the Father:
And there are even more verses where Jesus is directly referenced as God (please refer to point number 2).
As for Colossians 1:15, there are two parts of the verse:
  1. Jesus is the perfect image of God
  2. Jesus is the first born of all creation
If we read the entire context of Colossians 1:15-17, we can see that even more titles are thrown upon Jesus that point to his Deity instead.
We can see that Jesus created all things, including the Spiritual Realm and the Physical realm, and that He is before all things. A Shincheonji member would attempt to re-interpret that verse that instead Jesus only created the “Spiritual Israel” and Christianity; however, letting the text speak for itself, we can see that the statement is not true in the context of Colossians 1:15-17.
If we do not let the text speak for itself, but instead need another new “Hidden Secret”, then not only is that a direct contradiction of Revelation 22:18-19, it also further proves the point that Shincheonji has a different doctrine and a different Jesus from Orthodox Christianity, something that Paul warned us about in Galatians 1:8.
Since we know that God is the creator of all things (Isaiah 44:24), we can see that Paul was clearly inferring the Deity of Christ.
As for the title “First born of all creation”, David as "Firstborn": In Psalm 89:27, King David is referred to as God's "firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth." This does not mean that David was literally the first person born or the first king in history. Rather, it signifies his exalted position and chosen status as the anointed king of Israel.
By the definition of Idolatry, any created being that accepts worship on behalf of God is blasphemy, and directly contradicts God’s very nature and scripture.
Although Shincheonji may not make this argument now, I will also address the other common argument I have seen other groups use:
There are others who accept worship throughout the BIble, especially the Old Testament
Often, critics would point to 1 Chron. 29:20:
Then David said to the whole assembly, “Give praise to the Lord your God!” And the entire assembly praised the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and they bowed low and knelt before the Lord and the king.
Biblical Issues with the above argument:
It is important to note that the worship and homage given to David in this passage was not the same as the worship given to God. The people acknowledged God's blessings on David and his dynasty, and expressed gratitude to David for his leadership and generosity. However, there is no indication that they considered David to be divine or deserving of the same level of worship as God.
Furthermore, throughout the Bible, there is a clear distinction made between the worship due to God and the respect and honor given to human leaders. While figures like David and other prophets were respected and honored for their role in God's plan of salvation, they were never seen as divine or deserving of the same level of worship as God. The worship given to Jesus in the New Testament was of a different nature, as it involved expressions of divine adoration and submission that were reserved for God alone.
To be more specific:
John 20:28: “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.”
This is one of the clearest examples of not only Jesus accepting worship (as in the same chapter he does not rebuke Thomas, but instead praises him for understanding the reality), but the same title was never directly applied to David.
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2023.06.06 05:36 Dukester619 Picanha Smoked, Sous Vide and then Pan Seared



First time doing Picanha this way. Got a killer deal on Picanha at my local Vons for $4.99LB. They will cut these for you on request when they have Top Sirloin on sale. Perfectly trimmed with a nice fat cap. Cross hatched the fat cap through the membrane and then smoked at 185°F for about 2 hours with Traeger Special Blend in the hopper and a Mesquite filled smoke tube until it reached 110 internal temp. I seasoned one with straight sea salt and one with Meat Church Holy Cow, rubbed all around and into the fat slices.
Into the Sous Vide bags
Sous Vide for 2 hours at 130°F
Out of the bath, I also did a Ribeye for about half of the time I did on the Picanha. I have done Ribeye using this method before and it was delicious.
Patted it dry and then let it air dry for about 2 more hours.
I basically sliced them with the grain on the same line as the cross hatch, and then seared them in smoking hot avocado w/ butter and garlic.
After the sear I was actually a little worried that I had over done them. Especially the steak on the bottom middle left, it looked pretty dark after the sear.
The end result was fantastic. All of them were perfectly medium rare and the fat caps were like smoked candy to any meat lover. So good, and got rave reviews from the family.
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2023.06.06 04:28 Lafuente_Astro Yup it's official. Ace is Fox Jesus

And it's not just because he attained his final form and beat the crap out of Sueru. His character has lots of tropes and characteristics that are similar to those that Jesus Christ himself has:
-Both were born of a virgin mother: Jesus is the son of the Virgin Mary, and Ace is the son of Mitsume, whose own physiology as a future person meant that she does not have a female reproductive system in the first place (Note that even their first names start with "M").
-Both also had a Foster Father, or at least a father that isn't their biological father: Joseph for Jesus, and The unnamed Deza Shin for Ace.
And a characteristic that they both share is that we know very little of either of them (Joseph himself has no words or sayings in the Bible, and disappears after the Pre-Ministry narratives, whereas the Deza Shin's only action was giving Ace the Roman Coin that he has to this day through his latest incarnation).
-The birth itself was also miraculous: For Jesus, according to an older tradition, because Mary had the grace of being free from all sin via the Immaculate Conception, she gave birth to Jesus without suffering any birth pangs, as the birth pangs are considered a punishment to Eve and all women for her Original Sin, and as per the Immaculate Conception, Mary is devoid of that Original Sin. Not to mention, the entire events of the Birth of Jesus, or the Nativity as we call it, is filled with supernatural signs and occurrences, like the Angels, and the Star.
And for Ace, he was born after Mitsume prayed for 3 days and 3 nights, which meant that his conception, gestation and birth could be instant or near-instant. (Take note that "3" is a very significant number in Christianity, as it points to the Holy Trinity, of which Jesus as GOD THE SON, is one of the Three Divine Persons that makes up this Trinity).
-Both were born towards the end of the BC or BCE era, with Ace being born around 21 BC while Jesus being born around 4 BC.
-Both are perfect in what they do, even if they do not know at first, they eventually excel at it better than anyone: Jesus was of course taught about the Jewish Faith at a young age but when he started his ministry, he taught better than the best of the teachers (Not to mention, also teaching the teachers at the temple when he was 12), and even applied some points that they never did, due to him being GOD THE SON and all.
Meanwhile, Ace himself has been fighting in several DGPs for 2000 years, and so can fight better than anyone else, even if he is at an disadvantage. Not to mention his own guile and cunning far surpasses even the most cunning of opponents.
-Both make hand signs with their right hands: Jesus makes the Sign of Blessing, as seen in many of his icons, specifically the Christ Pantocrator or Christ in Majesty icons, but whether he did that in his life or not is still up to debate. He may have made some signs of blessings in the Jewish manner when he prayed, whereas Ace of course, does the Fox hand sign whether affirming his deception or that he is determined.
Hand symbols as whole, can define a person, or denote what kind of authority and power they have.
-Both walked on something that is not the ground: Jesus walked on water when he went to rescue Peter and 2 of the other disciples during a storm while Ace walked on the air menacingly when facing Sueru before giving his beatdown. And he was able to do so thanks to his powers as Geats IX.
(Take note that in the scene that Geats walks down from the sky, the blue fiery steps he was stepping on seemingly made water sloshing and splashing sounds, and the effects kinda look like both fire embers and water splashes as well, so it seems to be a reference to Jesus walking on water, possibly).
-And finally, both of them have of course, powers (Particularly, the Power of Creation): While Ace's power is simply denoted as "Creation Powers", Jesus himself has Omnipotence.
Though for a good comparison, Jesus (Or rather, GOD THE SON) himself is considered as the Creator of all things, as GOD THE FATHER created all things THROUGH him, and with GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT. So in short, yes both have creation powers, and even so, both can destroy all creation, and then remake it anew (It was a done deed for Ace, as seen after the battle, while it is yet to come in Jesus' case, as it will happen after his Second Coming).
-Both Jesus and Ace also love their mothers very very much: Ace missed his mom terribly so much, plus he didn't know why she told him to run away, that his desire to see her led to him unknowingly using his power and reincarnate for 2000 years, simply because he wanted to see her again and get his answers from her.
And in Jesus' case, it seemed that he didn't care about her in the gospels, as he called her "Woman", but in the original Greek, "Woman" was actually an title that is full of honor, so in essence, he respected her to the utmost, and it was proven in later mystical visions and sayings that he said to saints that were recorded and confirmed by the Church that he does indeed love his mother.
-Both their names almost sound similar: Ace and Jesus' name in Japanese almost sound similar despite having a different arrangement of 2 of the same characters in Katakana, with Ace being "Esu" (エース) and Jesus being "Iesu" (イエス). While I'm aware that Ace's name is in Kanji and not Katakana, the pronunciation alone is what makes it similar.
There may be more comparisons either those that I missed or might happen in future episodes, but the simple answer is: Yep, Ace is Fox or Kitsune Jesus.
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2023.06.06 01:53 DepartureHonest7948 The Uncompromising Blissful Extravagance of His Presence!

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Dear Mighty One,
I see the Lord's eye upon us we discover by revelation the 'new thing' He is doing in our lives and of those of us who, beyond the present darkness, gaze into His eyes. The 'tuning fork' of Yahweh is orchestrating the sons and daughters of our living God in growing holy remnant unity to withstand as we stand with Him fearlessly in the boldness of the faith of God in this hour. Egypt is behind us, and the covenantal promises and prophetic words we have received (1 Tim. 1:18) empower us by His Holy Spirit to advance in warfare, humbly growing in the spirit of wisdom and revelation.

Yesterday as I encouraged some friends, I said, 'stay in the blissful extravagance of His presence.' Today I saw in Psalm 34 His eyes are upon us in vs. 8 & 9 and v:15 about the 'uncompromisingly righteous.' We are to be holy as He is holy. That leaves no room for any more compromise or seeking to please man or the traditions of men, being free of the fear of man, the religious spirit, and any demonic activity. We are seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus. Lord, help us understand by revelation to walk in all the authority we have been given by Jesus Christ.
Psalm 34:8-9 'O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good! Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts and takes refuge in Him. O fear the Lord, you His saints [revere and worship Him]! For there is no want to those who truly revere and worship Him with godly fear.'
v. 15 'The eyes of the Lord are toward the [uncompromisingly] righteous and His ears are open to their cry.'
Chuck Pierce shared this amazing word from Penny Jackson that is right on for this season: https://christsmandate.blogspot.com/2022/11/chuck-pierce-shares-powerful-word-from.html
May YOUR November be full of Thanksgiving and Praise for you and yours as YOU enjoy The Uncompromising Blissful Extravagance of His Presence!
Thank you for praying for CMM and all your fellow CMM Global Family worldwide. Pray for all the missionaries, schools, and students in CMM College of Theology in the US, Ecuador, Canada, Cuba, Myanmar, Nigeria, and Thailand.
Pray for the new wells and the living water and safe water recently drilled or soon to be drilled in Tanzania, India, Malawi, and Pakistan.
Pray for our upcoming Christmas gift campaigns to bless children and youth in many nations. Many of them are precious, beautiful children (orphans). As the Lord leads, pray about giving any amount to bless dear CMM children this Christmas. https://cmmworld.kindful.com/
Pray for each other, dear friends. We all know we each need prayers going up to Heaven for all those on the front lines. We each are on the front lines!
Please pray for me as I speak tomorrow online to a crusade with 8,000 expected to attend in Pakistan. In December, I will speak at conferences in Liberia and Kenya with fellow CMM Ordained ministers Robert Bimba (Liberia), Tom Omukhobero, and Daniel and Christine Oyoko (Kenya).
We are working on plans and trips for 2023. If you would like to have some of our awesome CMM family speakers for a conference in your area or would like to join or lead a missions trip, we would love to hook you up with dear friends in many nations.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Louis Blom of Judea Harvest as Associate Director of Missions at CMM. This strategic alliance multiplies the efforts and impact in building the Kingdom of our God, for His glory. https://youtu.be/HXfP8tCySRc

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2023.06.06 01:31 Frostdraken Preserver -Part 1-

Amid a galaxy of brutal chaos there are stories to be told, tales of valor and justice, of fear and despair. But amid these stories are the guttering flames of adventures untold, the potential for a universe of entertainment and savage joyous fun. The Oblivion Cycle embodies just this kind of crafted chaos, creating the potential for creative exploits and raucous tales. If you are new to the TOC setting feel free to join the community at TheOblivionCycle to check out some of the background lore or to discuss themes with other readers. I thank you all for your support and continued willingness to read, as always, Please Enjoy!
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A dark planet turned slowly in the void bathed in the light of an old yellow star far past its prime. The planet was old, unlike the countless beings that scurried across its blasted surface. From the vantage point of space far above, the gigantic craters that covered its surface were painfully apparent. Some terrible bombardment had nearly torn the planet in two sometime in its ancient history.
These were the thoughts foremost on the mind of the vast entity that observed the world from the depths of a large misshapen ship of truly gargantuan proportions. The ship orbited the planet far enough away to be unseen, a truly difficult task due to its almost moon-like size.
Deep in the ship’s core, a consciousness woke fully. This being had slumbered for millennia as they waited for the ship’s more automated systems to bring them to something interesting. As they awoke this entity checked the ships logs, two thousand years of reports were absorbed and compiled in mere millincrements such was the being’s incredible processing power.
They stretched mentally, running their consciousness throughout every lesser ten of the ship's millions of greater tens of circuits and wires. It had been centuries since they had last woken for more than a few increments, it was a good feeling.
The ship’s computer communicated with them. “Master Neel, It is good to have you with us.” the computer said nonverbally. The communication happening instead as a base impression across his many connections to the system all at once.
Neel observed the planet remotely using some of the vast worldship's many external sensors. After a few moments of observation Neel inquired the computer. “Have we traveled to this planet before?”
The computer replied quickly “I do not believe so, it bears passing resemblance to a planet we visited in the far past. But it can't be the same planet.” the computer concluded.
Neel frowned and then decided to exit his stasis chamber. The heavily shielded inner sanctum of the ship was a mess of electrical conduits and databanks that held his vast intellect when the ship was underway. Using faster than light means of propulsion could damage many of the curiosities in his vast collection and so for many tens of millions of greater increments he had traveled the cosmos slower than the speed of light.
While slow it was a deliberate action to protect him from the watchful eyes of the obliterators. The destroyers commonly kept watch over the cosmos and were known to eliminate those they could not contain or control. Neel had no wish to be destroyed and so took their time getting around for the sake of stealth. Even the destroyers would be unlikely to detect a single ship not breaking the natural laws in a vast and ever expanding universe.
Disengaging their mental locks, Neel disconnected from the artificial sanctuary and into their physical vessel. Their vessel was an artificial body of sorts, fashioned in a form that Neel found pleasing.
Their vessel was very tall with six manipulating tentacle-like metal arms and a multitude of pointed insect-like legs. Their face was a mess of tubes and wires with no discernible features other than the five bright green glowing eyes that stared out at the world around them intensely.
Neel’s consciousness settled down into the large body like it was a comfortable bed, an electronic sigh passing through them as they disconnected from the ship.
Neel started their vessel’s internal vacuum generators. Devices of their own design that drew electrical power directly from the quantum fluctuations of the universe. Quite a simple thing really, they must seem remarkable to those not nearly as versed as them in the nature of the universe. But Neel was well versed indeed, they knew the purpose of it all, and the dark knowledge often made them wish they had never discovered it.
Turning their attention back to their muted surroundings Neel activated the bridge’s lights with a thought. The ship was a part of them, though simultaneously separate. Together they made a complete entity, though Neel admitted that it was sometimes less distracting to be on their own instead of bonded to the Preserver. That was the name he had chosen for his worldship upon its completion. He had no memories of the event, or of how it had been built. Neither did the Preserver, instead Neel’s earliest coherent memory was that of light. Blinding light.
A star exploding and the ship jumping into emergency compression drive to escape the blast. They had arrived many light years away damaged and broken from the violent energies that had lashed the ship. But they had survived.
Neel scuttled across the deck and to one of the automated steering consoles. They double checked the ship’s course for accuracy and were satisfied to see no inherent issues.
Next they walked though the ship for a time to get to the records hall. They could have zipped there almost instantly with a thought, but they had always enjoyed the action of taking their time. They had a nearly infinite amount of it after all.
The Preserver chimed at them as they walked. “If you are going to the records hall to check the data I can give you access here and save you the trouble Master Neel.” The disembodied voice said in a modulated tone and frequency.
Neel waved a series of arms towards one of the many wall mounted sensors that the ship used to see and replied “Why? What would be the purpose of walking if not to enjoy the walk. I know you could have forwarded the data to me directly on the bridge, but there is a simplistic pleasure to taking one’s time. How many times have I told you that old friend.”
The ship was silent for a few increments as Neel scuttled down dimly lit metal passageways and through dusty hatches. They shook their head in a strange yet familiar motion as they took in the state of the ship. It was dirty, grimy almost.
Neel paused by a strange bundle of filaments and tested them with a single flexible manipulator digit. Plucking them curiously Neel found they seemed to be organic. In fact as they touched them they noticed a small and curious creature skuttle out of the dark in the direction of the disturbance. Delighted at this new and fascinating discovery they coaxed the small creature out into the light.
They observed it closely, zooming in on its features while scanning it in multiple electromagnetic spectrums. Neel found that the creature seemed to fluoresce in the ultraviolet spectrum, its small body covered in swirling organic patterns. It must be able to see into the ultraviolet spectrum Neel mused, otherwise what possible purpose could such patterning serve?
Reaching into a recess in their body they produced a specimen stasis capsule. Carefully scooping up the creature, they activated the micro stasis field generator and the small curiosity seemed to freeze in place. Replacing the container they then turned and continued along the corridor making a mental note to return and analyze the filaments more closely at a future time.
It took a little longer than Neel remembered to reach the great library, which made sense as the Preserver was constantly in flux. They entered the room and slowed to a halt. It always hit them when they entered into the massive space for the first time after a lengthy hibernation. The room was lit with bright yellowish lights high in the cavernous ceiling. The walls were covered in shelves and databanks, not a single square length was bare of some form of data storage medium.
Neel walked in amongst the towering shelves and ran their fingers along the uncountable thousands of books, manuscripts, scrolls and data crystals stored within small stasis cabinets. Hidden inside this sanctum was Neel’s life’s work, the compiled data of tens of thousands of worlds, millions of species and a billion years of searching the universe for something more.
Sometimes when the ship was traveling the void between stars Neel would come and spend years here, just absorbing the ancient knowledge. But today they were looking for something specific. Moving along to one of the many wall mounted dataports, they inserted a spike like digit from the end of a flexible tendril. The full enormity of the vast library exploded into their conscious mind, only their prodigious intelligence keeping them from being overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of data.
Searching for a while they found the folder they were looking for and accessed its location. Neel was in luck, it was remote accessible meaning they wouldn't have to traverse kilometers of this labyrinth to find the data. While that was usually an enjoyable experience, Neel found that their curiosity was overwhelming their patience.
The data filled their mind and Neel saw a planet spinning tranquilly in their mind's eye. The planet that bore a striking similarity to the one they now orbited, in fact, comparing the star logs and accounting for drift, the constellations were the same too. That proved it, they were in fact in the orbit of Ixninth, the evolutionary homeworld of the peaceful humbub.
Neel cocked their head, that was odd. The last time they had been in contact with the humbub their planet was nearing a full scale type one civilization. Full planetary control was theirs and they had taken the first tentative steps out into their solar system with a few far flung colonies and outposts in the orbit of the outer planets.
Now there was nothing, no evidence of the star realm they had once ruled. Something must have happened while Neel had been traveling through the cosmos. Something no doubt related to the strange crater-like formations on the planet’s surface.
Neel scanned the other planets in the system and found that most bore evidence of similar impacts, a few of the smaller moons seemed to have been obliterated entirely. Just the drifting charred remains in orbit of their scarred planets.
They addressed the computer once more verbally. “Preserver, we have indeed visited this system before. It is the humbub’s home system.”
The ship spoke through their implant, the disembodied voice cool and calm while it discussed topics of annihilation. “It would seem some sort of natural cataclysm must have befallen them then. There is evidence of incredible kinetic bombardment. Perhaps a rogue black hole disrupted the outer debris fields?’ the computer speculated blandly.
Neel looked back to the images of the systems battered planets. “I believe something terrible has happened here, are you sure there is no evidence of foul play? No signs of void conflict?”
They began to walk out of the library and towards the main atrium. The Preserver asked “Are you telling me to scan for debris or asking if I had already done so?”
Neel paused and apologised “Yes, I am sorry old friend. You have of course anticipated my question and scanned the area for wreckage. I can postulate based on your silence that you did not find any evidence to support the claim?”
Neel started walking again as the ship confirmed their observation. “I will of course continue to scan the area in case of potential hostile threats, but I do not expect to find anything of note. It looks like the act of a hostile universe, not the acts of barbaric lifeforms.”
Neel nodded again, this time entirely for their own benefit. That is about what they had been expecting anyways, if the growing theory in their mind was correct then they would likely find no evidence of foul play at all. At least, not in the conventional sense.
Perking up a little their green eyes shone bright as a new idea struck them. “Preserver, scan the main planet. Look for any signs of technology or ruins of technology. I will get to the bottom of this situation one way or another.”
The computer replied “Already started when it became clear to me you were set on this investigative action. I can report with ninety five percent certainty that there are no technological ruins on the planet. There is a large and well preserved ruin in the upper hemisphere. Would you like a scope on it?”
Neel waved at the air and replied “Yes, yes of course. Let me see what you have found.”
In their mind they saw the feed from one of the massive ship’s many outward facing telescopes. On the current one they saw it swivel towards the planet. Enhancing the image it zoomed in until Neel could almost count each blade of grass on the ground. In front of their very eyes was a large collection of half buried structures. While they did not look technological in origin, any clue to a history undiscovered was a good clue.
“Good work my friend, I will have to make sure we pull a flyby on a blue hypergiant giant so you can recharge your entanglement drives. You earned it.” They spoke to the Preserver in fondness.
The ship answered in a much more subdued manner “That would be appreciated Neel. My compression generators have been a bit chilly of late. I assume you will want to venture to the surface personally? May I suggest an assortment of weapons?”
Neel waved a hand as they entered the vast and colorful main atrium. It was only a few kilometers from the bridge, but it was a sight well worth the walk. That coupled with the fact that it connected directly to the small hangar bay where the many parasite ships were stored.
Neel walked across the room to the hangar and entered one of the small single occupant shuttles. The Preserver spoke once more in their mind. “If you are intent on going down to the surface would you at least let me launch an orbital observation platform to assist you?”
Neel paused at the controls and then said “Yes, might as well. You never know what’s going to happen in the future, that's what makes living in the present so exciting.”
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Jrax woke with a satisfied stretch, today was the day. He had been busy excavating the ruins of the forbidden zone in secret for almost a full year now. Only Zieve knew he was here, and the young man was unlikely to turn him in as he was just as interested in the mysteries of the ancients as he was.
Jrax stood to his feet and twisted at the waist in a futile attempt to crack his lower back. Unsuccessful he looked around, he couldn't see Zieve anywhere, usually the young man was out here before he had even had a chance for his morning zalv. The comforting warmth of a fresh cup of the dark orange liquid was a better wake up than anything else he had yet to discover. He had shown the benefits of drinking fresh zalv to a few of his colleges but it had yet to fully take off. Something about the dried and powdered fruit gave him a zest for life and alertness that was addictive in its effectiveness, and a little addictive in general.
But that was not the important reason he was here. He put a small pot of the mixture on the boil as he pulled his notebook out of his waist pouch. The small leather bound manuscript contained everything he knew of the ancients and their strange ways of life.
According to the few tablets and inscriptions he had so far recovered, the ancients lived in the void and traveled this strange realm of nonexistence in vast ships of solid metal. Why they would have needed to be made of metal made no sense to him. Surely wood would have been much lighter and cheaper? Maybe it was a style thing, from what he could gather the ancients made almost everything out of metal. Such was their vast power and wealth they were able to extract metal from the void itself.
This had always sat ill with him, everyone knew of the void, the space outside of reality. But surely they couldn't do such things as the void was empty, wasn't it? Perhaps the great teachings warning of the demons that lurked in the void were false after all. It was said that the void used to be full of life, an infinite world to build upon. One day the demons had come from beyond the realms of the humbub and devoured all that existed without till at last they rained fire and death upon Ixninth. The celestial realms of the humbub had been reduced to ashes and the survivors fled their metal cities in terror as they were consumed by the angry earth.
He shook his head. The mythos of their people was a fractured thing, handed down largely through word of mouth by millennia of terrified priests who had no real understanding of what they should be so afraid of.
He knew, it had been a hard truth to swallow but in his studies of the forbidden ruins he had made discoveries. Discoveries like the identity of their ancient destroyers.
They were not demons at all, they just looked like them, their bodies twisted and monstrous, their hunger for destruction nearly insatiable. They killed for fun and destroyed the remains, the fact that they hadn't killed all of the ancients was a miracle likely attributed to the paranoia of certain individuals. Places like these ruins had been ancient refuges to them, structures buried far into the guts of the mother earth called bunkers. An affront on nature, but necessary for the survival of their race.
It had taken thousands of years from what he had been able to gather before the planet was once more survivable on the surface. They left their ancient bunkers and found that all that once had been was no more. They had begun again.
Jrax was happy to be alive, especially knowing some of the struggle that his ancestors must have gone through just to survive. He put thoughts of such things out of mind and busied himself combing his fur. It wouldn't do to get mangey knots from a lack of self attention, he was a respectable scholar afterall.
His snout crinkled in a small snarl as he thought of Primo Haxix, the premiere leader of the Church of Brox in his home city of Broxix. The man was a devout follower of Brox’s teachings, and his most severe hurtle to spreading the truth of things. The closeminded man refused to see reason.
Done with his morning grooming he pulled on his open fronted work shirt, the rough fabric a little itchy against his fur but necessary to protect him from biting insects and the sun. It was hot near the ruins, the lack of vegetation one of the reasons the Primo called the land cursed. From what he had found it was no more cursed than any other piece of land, it had something to do with things called water concentrators he had discovered. He didn't understand the concept fully, but it seemed that the area was perpetually dry like the Neeix Desert to the south. A strange concept but it certainly explained why nothing would grow there.
Putting on his sandals and grabbing his excavation kit he slung the bag over his shoulder and started out of camp. He dodged around and through a thick copse of trees, his camp hidden from view in order to protect it from fanatics and the church’s spies. The area around the ruins was constantly under surveillance, he had been spotted a few times and chased but luckily his identity had never been uncovered.
He checked that the coast was clear and then made a quick transition to the bushes a few dozen feet away. Sighing as he didnt hear the telltale sounds of pursuit he continued on. The pack was heavy but he was undeterred.
Normally traveling alone into the wilderness would be tantamount to suicide, the many ferocious predators of their homeworld converging on a lone individual, but he was unafraid. The ruins protected him, some sort of aura seemed to surround the area that deterred the predators from approaching. He had read of it on the inscriptions, it was called a protection grid in the ancient texts that adorned the walls of the ruin, but he had yet to truly parse what it meant.
Whatever it was he was grateful for it as it allowed him to work in peace without constantly having to watch his back against attack from the abominations the demons had left behind.
He walked along the narrow and hidden path he had forged through the dense undergrowth towards the ruins. He shook his furred head, Zeive was probably already there. The young man was always excited to help him make some new discovery or ancient find. Yes, there was nothing to worry about.
Almost as soon as he told himself that he had nothing to worry about he tripped and landed hard on the soft sandy soil. Crawling to his feet he heard the unmistakable sounds of clanking armour plates and was soon surrounded by church soldiers. Resplendent in their brown leather greatcoats and shining steel breastplates.
“Oh..” Was all he said, a plethora of steel spear points at his throat.
Another sound met his ears and he looked behind him. From the path he watched a magnificently maned man stroll towards him, crimson cloak over his brushed leather overcoat covered in fine gold buckles. It was Primo Haxix, his biggest detractor and the most powerful person in all of Broxix.
Primo Haxix strode to him and laughed, a thoroughly nasty sound, devoid of mirth or joy. “Wow, I knew it had to have been an ignorant son of a demon to have crossed into the forbidden zone. But you? You have got to be the dumbest intellectual I have ever met. Clap him in irons, bring him to the fortress of Brox.” The ostentatious humbub then strode away regally as if they cared no more for his welfare, and they likely didn't. Jrax heard the unmistakable sound of a frourn drawn carriage, likely to carry the Primo’s lazy ass back to the capital.
One of the soldiers produced a set of iron clamps which they applied to his wrists, the metal pinching his arm hair painfully and he chirped in discomfort.
“Follow me or I will make you follow.” The man said gruffly.
Jrax did as he was told. No reason to get a beating on top of his arrest.
The soldiers led him through the brush and out to the main roadway. The road was simple hard packed earth, but it served its purpose. Leading right to the edge of the forbidden zone.
He snorted as they led him back along the road towards Broxix. It was a large city, almost fifty thousand inhabitants lived and died within an afternoon’s hike of the ruins and yet they knew nothing of their own history. The Church taught that the demons had destroyed their ancestors and all they had built before Brox took them into the belly of Ixninth for their protection. But that wasn't entirely true. It wasn't the whole truth in any event, and in Jrax’s opinion that was tantamount to lying.
They marched for an hour before the leader of the troop called a halt near a small roadside inn that catered to pilgrims. He looked at Jrax and said gruffly “We are stooping for refreshment, would you like some water?”
Jrax nodded suspiciously and the man gestured to a few of the others to go into the building.
Jrax watched as the trio of so-called holy soldiers kicked the door open and rushed in, swords drawn. Screaming and the sound of crashing furniture could be heard and Jrax chirped angrily but was kept from remarking by a threatening glare from the troop leader.
After a few more minutes of this the sounds ceased and the three soldiers exited carrying food and wine as well as a small bladder of water.
The wine and dried meat morsels were shared about as the troop leader approached with the water and stopped. Staring at Jrax, the man proceeded to unstop the bladder and pour its contents into the dirt as his feet.
When the skin had been completely emptied the troop leader laughed curly and gestured at the small mud puddle. There you go blasphemer, drink up.
A chorus of nasty chuckles sounded from all about as Jrax just stood his ground.
The leader stopped laughing, his face turning from savage mirth to rage as he drew his sword and pointed it at Jrax’s throat.
“I said drink! Do it now or so help me Brox I’ll…” the large armoured man started to say but Jrax cut him off smugly.
“Or you will what? You can’t kill me or you would have already. No, Primo Haxix wants my punishment to be public.” Jrax spat. “He wouldn't let a little pissant like you take his triumph away from him, so no. I will not drink, nor will I eat unless it is something tasty and nutritious. I would rather starve than allow such ignorant fools to debase me.” he said with a smug chortle.
The now enraged troop leader drew his sword in a threatening manner and Jrax felt his knees shake slightly in fear. But he stood tall and firm, not allowing his terror to show on his face. He would show these zealous assholes what it meant to truly serve a higher purpose, even if it meant he would die anyways.
The leader lowered his weapon and sneered. “Let's see how smug you are when we take you to the chamber of repentance. We will see who gets the last laugh.” the man said angrily. “Okay, form up and move out you lazy sons of snurlg. We need to reach the Fortress of Broxix by mid afternoon.”
Jrax was shoved by one of the soldiers behind him who growled “Get moving scum.”
He shook his head sadly, the road was long and the sun was high. But he would walk with shoulders straight and head held high, for he knew his cause was just.

End of Part 1
==End of Transmission==
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2023.06.06 01:20 InternetTraumatized Saint Peter of Korisha (June 5)

(from oca.org)
Saint Peter was born in 1211 in the village of Unjimir between the city of Pech and the Field of Kosovo. As a child, he was meek and humble, and seldom participated in children’s games. At an early age, he and his younger sister Helena devoted themselves to prayer and fasting. When he was ten years old, the future saint told his parents that he wished to serve God by becoming a monk.
Saint Peter’s father died when the boy was fourteen, so he put off his plans to enter the monastery in order to care for his mother and sister. At the same time, he increased his ascetical efforts. When Saint Peter was sixteen, his beloved mother reposed. Determined to enter a monastery, he asked his sister whether she intended to be married, for his conscience would not allow him to abandon her unless he had provided for her. Helena said that it was her wish to preserve her virginity and become a nun. She said she would share his life of prayer and asceticism if only he would take her with him. Peter rejoiced and replied, “May the Lord’s will be done.”
They sold their family possessions and distributed the money to the poor. Traveling to Pec, they reached the Monastery of Saints Peter and Paul. Peter remained here, while Helena entered a nearby women’s monastery. After several years, both were granted permission to live in solitude.
Peter built two cells, one for himself and one for his sister, near the monastery. They spent their time in continual prayer and fasting, freeing themselves from worldly attachments, subduing the flesh, and struggled on the path of salvation.
These two spiritual lamps could not remain hidden for very long. People started coming to them for spiritual counsel and healing. Saint Peter and his sister agreed to avoid the snare of vainglory by moving to a more remote area. They went to Crna Reka (the town of Black River) on the Ibar River.
Saint Peter wished to move even farther into the woods for a life of even greater asceticism, but was reluctant to leave his sister. On the other hand, he was concerned that she might risk her physical and spiritual health if she were to come with him, so he decided to slip away and leave her in order to live alone on a mountain. He did not get very far before she noticed he was gone. She caught up to him and they traveled together to a mountain near the town of Prizren. On top of the mountain was a town called Korisha (modern Kabash), where they stopped to rest. Helena went to sleep there in the grass. Saint Peter wept and made the Sign of the Cross over her, then went off into the forest. When she awoke and found him gone, she wept and called his name. Finally, she went down from the mountain and lived in Prizren for the rest of her life. Saint Helena is also commemorated on June 5 with her brother, Saint Peter.
The holy ascetic lived in a cave near Korisha, where he continued his spiritual struggles in the heat of summer and in the cold of winter. He withstood the temptations and attacks of the demons which assailed him. When this happened, he sang Psalms and hymns all night until the sun came up in the morning. He fervently prayed for God to help and comfort him in his struggles. The Archangel Michael appeared to him and drove away the demons, promising Saint Peter that they would never enter his cell again. The Archangel warned him to be vigilant and to persevere, for the Devil wished to destroy him. After advising the saint to call upon the name of the Lord whenever he was attacked by the forces of evil, the holy Archangel vanished.
Saint Peter still endured temptations, but was victorious against all of them. Realizing his own weakness, he turned to Christ, Who strengthened him and sustained him. After these victories, the Lord consoled him with a vision of the Uncreated Light which lasted several days. From that time forward, Saint Peter was illumined by the grace of God, so no demon ever dared to approach him again.
Before Saint Peter’s death, many monks were sent to him by God, and he guided all of them. He blessed them and tonsured them, and permitted them to live in the caves below his cave. Forseeing the approach of death, he dug out a tomb for himself in the wall of his cell.
Acceding to the wish of his disciples, he told them the story of his life. Then he and his disciples received the Life-Giving Mysteries of Christ. After bidding each brother farewell, he surrendered his soul to God on June 5, 1275.
On the night of his blessed repose, a heavenly light was seen in his cave, and the singing of angels was heard by the other monks. In the morning, Saint Peter’s face shone with radiance, and a sweet fragrance came from his body. After the saint’s burial, many of those who came to his tomb were healed of their physical and spiritual infirmities. Seventy years later, King Dushan built a church at Korisha over Saint Peter’s relics, and dedicated it to the God-bearing ascetic.
The holy relics of Saint Peter were later transferred to the Black River monastery, then to the church of the Archangel Michael in the city of Kalashin.
Many of the icons of Saint Peter proved to be miracle working. The inscription reads: “Saint Peter of Korisha, desert-dweller and wonderworker.”
Troparion — Tone 1
You were revealed as a desert dweller, an angel in the flesh and a wonderworker, O our God-bearing Father Peter. You received heavenly gifts through fasting, vigils, and prayers; you healed the infirm and the souls of those who have recourse to you with faith. Glory to Him Who strengthened you. Glory to Him Who crowned you. Glory to Him Who, through you, works healings for all.
Kontakion — Tone 6
You fled from the company of men, and lived in stony caves and cliffs. You were filled with divine desire and love for your Lord, O Peter, from Whom you received a crown. Pray unceasingly that our souls may be saved.
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2023.06.05 22:30 AslandusTheLaster The Journey of 1000 Years Begins with a Single Quest

Original prompt: [WP]: After 1,000 years the Chosen One has dragged out doing side quests for long enough. Seeking death from his immortality he ventures to destroy the Great Evil and save the princess. When he enters the dungeon he is greeted with: “Sir, this is an Arby’s” (link)
"Though it took many long hours to defeat all the side quests, it was not until I looked out upon the valley that now stood where that creek had once been, I realized just how many winters it had been!" the swordsman said.
"Marvelous. Can I take your order, sir?" the cashier asked.
"With that revelation, I knew that I had to hunt her down: My mortal enemy, the greatest evil the world has ever known, vampire lord Kaira!" the swordsman said. "Only then could the world move forward and finally leave this era of darkness behind us!"
"Could I suggest an Arby's supreme?" the cashier said, noting the new customers entering behind the crazed man.
"And then, the world liberated and the princess free, the magic could return to the world and we could all rejoice at her just rule!" the swordsman shouted.
"Sir, we do have other customers, if you don't want to place an order then could you please step aside?" the cashier asked. They saw no reason to bring up that the country was a democracy now, so even if there was a princess, she would likely end up being a cultural figurehead at best.
"Other customers?!!?" The swordsman said, whirling around. "Are you minions of Kaira?"
The other people in line backed away as the lunatic whirled around the razor-sharp hunk of steel.
"You! You look vampire-y! Get over here!" he shouted at the girl wearing eyeshadow and a black shirt.
"Uh..." she said.
"Where is she? Where is your mistress?!?!" He screamed at the frightened teenager.
"I don't know! There's a jewelry store on 5th street called Kaira's, maybe there?" she said.
"Ha! You can't escape me, vampire lord!" the swordsman shouted, charging out the door and sprinting down the road.
"Um... I'll have an Arby's supreme..." the girl said, noticing that she was now at the front of the line.
The boutique jewelry shop had been around for decades, but the manager was relatively new to it. When the swordsman burst in wielding a massive flamberge, he was quick to press the silent alarm to alert the police.
"You there! Where is the Vampire Lord Kaira!" the swordsman screamed.
"What? Who?" the manager asked.
"The namesake of your place of business, good sir!" he said, still shouting at the top of his lungs.
"What? I think it was named after the founder's mother or something? Please stop waving that sword around, sir," the manager said.
"And where is this mother?" he shouted.
"I don't know! The company was founded almost a century ago, so probably dead?" he said.
"Nonsense! Vampires do not die from something as simple as time!" the swordsman shouted.
"Sir, you're scaring the other customers, please go look somewhere else," the manager said.
"Bah! This is the worst puzzle I have ever seen!" the swordsman said, turning toward the exit. "I must seek the wisdom of the gods! For Avalon!"
Father Michael was busy figuring out the schedule for the church's next charity drive when one of his favorite volunteers burst in.
"Ah, Rossen, to what do I owe the pleasure?" the priest asked.
"I must find my mortal enemy, the vampire lord Kaira!" the swordsman asked.
"Rossen, my child, such rage is not good for the soul. I urge you to consider forgiveness before you do something rash," the Father said.
"I need no advice on my destined quest, Father! I simply must see the basin!" Rossen shouted.
"The basin is always open to such a devoted follower, but I must again ask that you do a confessional, it sounds like your mind is quite troubled," the priest said.
"No time! It has been 1000 years, the vampire could be hours away from completing her master plan!" the swordsman shouted.
"If it has been 1000 years, then what's another hour going to-" the priest said, only to realize that the swordsman had run into the back room of the church while he was talking.
The swordsman pushed past the piles of furniture and dug into the crate of ceremonial relics at the back. The gold basin had been sold at a charity auction almost a century before, but the actual holy relic was made of ceramic and copper. The swordsman brought it to the kitchen, pouring a splash of communion wine and a dried herb from his satchel into the basin before filling it with water, and began praying over it.
As the ripples on the water stilled, an image formed on its surface of a building. An office complex, the image centered on a single room within it. The swordsman knelt down, lifting up the basin and chugging the contents to gain the wisdom within, before cleaning and returning the basin to storage and heading out to find his enemy.
The alarm blared for a good five minutes before the synthesized voice came from the computer.
"Kaira? I don't know if you can hear it, but it's time to get up. Work starts in an hour," the feminine voice said.
"Ugh..." the woman lying in the bed groaned.
She batted the alarm with her hand before walking over to the bathroom. She gave herself a once-over in the mirror... Yes, she would need a shower, there was no getting around it today. Kaira took off the T-shirt she had slept in, bearing the logo of a punk band she'd watched a decade or so before, and got into the shower.
As soon as the water started her feet locked into place, so she quickly scrubbed herself with soap and rinsed off. Not being able to cross running water made bathing quite a hassle. She toweled off before heading to the kitchen. It was a lot harder to whisk people off the streets without getting caught these days, so Kaira had to sate her need for blood from bags and the occasional animal. She grabbed a half-drained blood bag and poured a bit of it into a cup before going to check on her prisoner.
The 30-something year old woman floating in the pod of green liquid still looked the same as the day she was shoved in there. It had become clear after the first decade that the hero was taking his sweet time with rescuing her, and without any sort of divine magic or vampiric power to keep her young, the princess had been concerned that she might be too old to fulfill her destiny if they simply waited. Since Kaira had no intention of sharing her vampiric power, she'd come up with this alternative solution. The wires connecting the princess' brain to her computer was an idea she'd occasionally come to regret.
"Need I remind you that it takes ten minutes to reach the offices? You have to leave in the next five minutes if you want to arrive on time," the princess said through the computer's speaker.
"Well excuse me, princess, but I don't exactly care about arriving on time," the vampire said.
"Perhaps, though you wouldn't have to work at all if you hadn't given all your money to that Nigerian prince," the princess said.
"It was a wise investment! The fortune will pay dividends soon enough!" Kaira said, trudging toward the door.
"Keep telling yourself that, Kaira," the computer said as the door slammed shut behind her.
The vampire lord burst back in two minutes later with blisters on her face.
"Oh yes, don't forget to apply your sunscreen," the computer said.
The vampire responded by showing the camera one of her fingers, and grabbing the bottle of sunscreen off the shelf before heading out again.
As Kaira arrived at the offices, she headed for the security office and took over the post from her coworker. It was about that time when a screaming madman with a sword burst into the building.
"Vampire Lord Kaira! Your demise has arrived!" The hero shouted, charging at the security guard.
"About time, have at thee!" Kaira shouted, nicking her finger and forming a thin blade from her own blade.
The holy sword the hero wielded cleaved clean through the blood sword, but said sword simply reformed and began bending around the legendary blade as they fought. The office workers quickly began panicking and fleeing the building as the two fought. The vampire got a few nicks on the swordsman, but ended up getting her head lopped off in return.
"Haha! Now the world may be liberated from your tyranny!" the hero said.
The vampire didn't respond, due to her throat being in two pieces, rendering speech impossible. The vampire's phone, however, did begin to ring.
The swordsman carefully reached down and answered.
"Kaira, you left your keys on the desk, come pick them up before someone breaks in," the computerized voice of the princess said through the phone.
"Princess, fear not! I have come to rescue you!" the hero said.
"Hm? Oh, you must be the legendary hero Rossen, the name's actually Priscilla. I'm not exactly in tip-top shape right now, but I guess it's good to finally put all this behind us," the princess said. "So Kaira's dead then?"
"Indeed, she lies slain in the field of battle," Rossen said.
"Battlefield? I assume you went through the whole process, right? Live Mistletoe stake through the heart, head cut completely off and the wound bathed in mercury, buried no less than ten feet under, face down in a silver-lined sarcophagus..." the princess said, continuing to list off the steps to properly and permanently inter a vampire lord. Kaira's body stirred, grasping her head and pressing it back onto her shoulders.
"Uh..." the hero said. "Maybe?"
The conversation was interrupted by Kaira leaping onto the hero's back and sinking her teeth into his neck.
"Augh!" The hero exclaimed as he dropped the phone, shoving her off and jumping back, sword at the ready.
"Got you, hero! Now you will become my thrall and... Blegh, why does your blood taste so bad?" Kaira asked.
"Joke's on your, vampire! I'm a holy warrior of the church of light, immune to vampirism! And if that's not it, then it might be my debilitating addiction to opium," the hero said, a twitch showing in his eye. "Speaking of which..."
The swordsman reached into his pocket with his free hand and pulled out a tincture of laudanum, throwing it back before turning back to the vampire.
"Now, have at thee, beast!" the hero said, the wound on his neck still bleeding freely.
He and the vampire leapt back into their duel. The two exchanged blows until the hero passed out from blood loss.
"Hm... You know, I figured this would be more satisfying," Kaira said, watching her mortal enemy as he died on the floor.
Rossen awoke on a stone slab in the church's storage room. He hoisted himself off, grabbing the sword from its resting place next to him and rushing out through the front of the church, where Father Michael was being questioned by police officers.
"Excuse me, sir, please hold on-" one of the officers said as the swordsman ran past them and down the street.
"Thank you for your cooperation, sir, but it looks like we've got our guy," the officer talking to the priest said as the other officers moved out in pursuit.
The swordsman, now disarmed, sat at the police station across a table from the vampire lord and a laptop connected to the princess over wifi. The trio was in an interrogation room, Kaira and Rossen in handcuffs.
"I can't believe I lost my job because of you," Kaira said.
"You murdered a man in the middle of an office complex," Priscilla said.
"And yet here he is," Kaira said, glaring at the swordsman.
"I can't believe they took my sword," Rossen said.
"You chopped a woman's head off!" Priscilla said
"She got better!" Rossen said, gesturing toward the vampire.
The princess groaned and said, "I know humility is a virtue, but you two make it very hard not to feel like the smartest person in the room."
"I can be clever," Kaira said.
"So can I," Rossen said.
"Oh you can, can you? Then Kaira, why do most days feel like I'm back to babysitting my 8 year old sister? And Rossen, why did you spend twenty generations putzing around instead of doing your fucking job?" Priscilla asked.
The two people physically present in the room just stared at the ground. Silence filled the room for a few minutes until a police officer entered through the far door.
"Well, the test results are in, and it looks like the fingerprints and DNA do match. I have no idea how it happened, but this man and our John Doe are one in the same," the officer said.
"It's a simple blessing of destiny, I cannot be permanently killed while my destiny remains uncompleted!" Rossen said.
"Sure, whatever floats your boat," the officer said. "Anyway, you kids need to stop all this tomfoolery. Boy, if we get any more reports of you harassing people with that sword of yours, we'll have to press charges. And girl, no more wanton acts of violence, even if your victims are immortal."
"But-" the two said.
"Hush," Priscilla said.
"Miss? Given that she insisted you be here, is it safe to assume you're this girl's mother?" the officer asked.
"Excuse me?" Priscilla asked, the image on the monitor being a touched-up version of the somewhat older face on her preserved body.
"Mom, I'm scared," Kaira said.
"Dammit," Priscilla said. "Apparently I am..."
"Well, we'll need you to come pick her up from the station as soon as possible," the officer said.
"That might... Actually, I'll be right there..." Priscilla said, the screen shifting to her annoyed expression.
"When do I get my sword back?" Rossen asked.
"You may reclaim your belongings when you leave the station," the officer said. "But again, don't go around threatening people with it or we might not give it back."
As the officer guided to two toward the front door, stopping to pick up their confiscated belongings as a car pulled up in front of the station.
"Well, here I am," Priscilla said.
"How did you even- Uh, thanks mom," Kaira said, attempting to hide her confusion.
As the officer let them leave, Kaira climbed into the car. Once he was out of sight, Rossen also climbed in. The driver's seat was empty, but that didn't stop the car from pulling away and driving down the road.
"What the hell? When did we get the money to buy a car, much less a self-driving one?" Kaira asked.
"Turns out your Nigerian prince suddenly came through," Priscilla said.
"Haha! I knew it!" Kaira said.
"Just kidding. I was actually the Nigerian prince all along," Priscilla said. "You really need to take better care of your things."
"Wait, so all of those part-time jobs were completely unnecessary?" Kaira asked.
"No, I found your struggling to be very amusing, and isn't that what life's all about in the end?" the princess asked.
The vampire lord paused for a moment, angrily preparing a rebuttal.
"So what do we do now?" Rossen asked, derailing her train of thought.
"Well, I want to go home," Kaira said. "Wait, why are you here?"
"I mean, the door was open," Rossen said.
"I figured you might try to kill me after you found out about the whole 'stole all your money' thing," Priscilla said.
"If I let it go when you killed my dragon, I'm not going to hold this against you," Kaira said.
"How was I supposed to know he was allergic to chocolate?" Priscilla asked.
"Not to interrupt, but where are we going?" Rossen asked.
"Oh, we're already here," Priscilla said, flashing the headlights at sign in front of the apartment complex. "I'll meet you in the room."
Kaira and Rossen stepped out and began heading toward Kaira's room, while the car drove off toward the parking deck.
"So... not to jinx it, but why have you stopped trying to kill me?" Kaira asked.
"I mean, we're both kind of immortal... Plus, you and the princess are the only ones from the old world that are still alive... Hell, it seems like nobody in this time even remembers that magic existed at all, and one of the main reasons I started this quest was to bring it back..." Rossen said. "It really makes this whole quest feel... Well, you know, pointless."
"Eh, life's like that sometimes," Kaira said. "Hope you're not hungry, because my fridge is full of nothing but bags of blood."
"Compared to sleeping on a bench, I'm sure any accommodation will be an improvement," Rossen said.
With that, the two headed inside. The future seemed uncertain, but one thing was guaranteed: They would definitely live to see it.
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2023.06.05 22:20 Simple_Discipline__ Why did Jung say "If for instance I had to choose between the Greek Orthodox Church and Islam, I would opt for Islam"

Found that here.
I find it weird since Jung seems pretty sympathetic towards Christianity.
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2023.06.05 17:57 bikingfencer Galatians, chapter 3 - equality in Jesus (https://esv.literalword.com/?q=Galatians+3)

GALATIANS   Chapter Three  
Instruction as opposed to [לעומת, Le`OoMahTh] belief
[verses 1-14]  
-1. O [הוי, HOY] GahLahTeeM [Galatians] foolish [כסילים, KeÇeeYLeeYM]!
Who seized [אחז, ’eeHayZ] [את, ’ehTh] your eyes after that was made known to you in plain [בפרוש, BePhayROoSh] that YayShOo`ah ["Savior", Jesus] the Anointed was crucified?  
“The missionaries of the cross of Christ had to compete with pagan priests who paraded the images and symbols of their savior-gods in spectacular processions. There was the cult of Cybele, ‘the Great Mother,’ whose consort Attis died by self-mutilation with the decline of each year’s vegetation. During his ‘passion week’ a pine tree swathed as a corpse was carried through the streets, and three days later his devotees joyfully celebrated his ‘resurrection’ as the guarantee of their own immortality. Another savior-god of Asia Minor was Sandan-Hercules. His symbol was a funeral pyre on which, according to the myth, he had immolated himself after performing the labors that were imposed on him. Still another was Mithra, the sun-god, who was portrayed in the act of slaying a bull, which represented the chaotic element in the universe, and which in dying was believed to give new life to the world.  
In competition with these sensuous and often obscene observances, Paul’s portrayal of the crucified Jesus suffered a disadvantage.” (Stamm, 1953, TIB vol. X pp. 496-497)  
...
-6. … ’ahBRahHahM [“Father Exalted”, Abraham] believed [האמין, Heh’ehMeeYN] in Gods, and it was thought [ונחשבה, VeNehHSheBaH] to him righteousness.  
Yes, but Abraham, in addition to believing God, also accepted God’s ordinance of circumcision.  
“Both sides could quote scripture, and each could explain the other’s ‘proof’ in the light of his own position. The Jews believed that the Torah existed from the beginning of creation; and that, although it had not yet been written in Abraham’s day, Abraham had obeyed it, being perfect in all his works and pleasing to God in righteousness all his days (Jubilees 23:10; II Baruch 57:2). To prove that Christians could not be saved without being circumcised and assuming the yoke of the Torah, the Judaizers quoted Gen. [Genesis] 17:14.” (Stamm, 1953, TIB vol. X p. 502)  
[Genesis 17:14 - “And the uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken My covenant.”iv ]  
-7. Therefore [ובכן, OoBKhayN] know that [כי, KeeY] sons of the faith are they, sons of ’ahBRahHahM.  
“The church began in the synagogue, the main difference being the Christian affirmation of the messiahship of Jesus. But as Greek-speaking Jews and Gentiles came in, this difference in the interpretation of prophecy was widened by laxness in observing the law of Moses. The synagogue expelled the Christians, leaving them without the legal protection which Judaism enjoyed under Romans law. … Not only freedom from the law of Moses but the question of Christian rights under Roman law was involved when Paul declared that the men of faith in Christ were the true sons of Abraham.” (Stamm, 1953, TIB vol. X p. 503)
  ...
-9. From here [מכאן, MeeKah’N], that the seizers in belief are blessed [מבורכים, MeBORahKheeYM] together with ’ahBRahHahM the believer.  
“Although faithful (KJV [King James Version]) means lit. [literally], ‘full of faith,’ its primary meaning today is ‘fidelity,’ ‘reliability,’ so that it does not express clearly Paul’s main point, which is Abraham’s response in believing God … Like the sun and the rain, God’s blessing on such a man knows no restrictions of race or nation.” (Stamm, 1953, TIB vol. X p. 504)  
-10. The reliers [הנשענים, HahNeeSh`ahNeeYM] upon realizing commandments [of] the Instruction are given under a curse [קללה, QLahLaH], that see, is written:
“Cursed [ארור, ’ahROoR] are all who that do not realize [את, ’ehTh (indicator of direct object; no English equivalent)] all the words the written in Account the Instruction, to do them.”
 
“The range of the curse of which Paul is speaking appears in Deut. [Deuteronomy] 27-30iv … It is described in terms of the hideous torments which history inflicted upon the Hebrew people. The one word ‘fear’ tells the story – fear of famine, disease, and death; fear of war, torture, and slavery; fear of past, present, and future. All these were punishments on earth, and death ended them. But by the time of Paul they had been projected into the hereafter, where the law’s curse would pursue the soul through an eternity of torment in a hell which was conceived in the fiery imagery of Greek and Persian mythology. The dramatist of the dialogue of Ebal and Gerizim had left open one window of hope – repentance and return to God; but as for the future life, eschatology and apocalyptic had blacked out even this.  
… rabbis reasoned that since the Scripture was God’s word, the curse which it pronounced upon the disobedient was God’s curse. He replied that the law was not God’s way of salvation, but only a codicil which angels added through Moses the intermediary (vs. [verse] 19). That was a complete break with the synagogue.” (Stamm, 1953, TIB vol. X p. 505)  
“It is worthy of remark, that no printed copy of the Hebrew Bible preserves the word כל col, ALL, in Deut. xxvii.26 which answers to the apostle’s word πασι [pasi], all here.” (Clarke, 1831, vol. II p. 382)   ...  
…………………………………………  
The Instruction and the promise
[verses 15-20]
  ...
-16. And behold, the promises were said [λεγει legei, “says”] to ’ahBRahHahM and to his seed [ולזרעו, OoLeZahR`O, σπερμα sperma], not said “to your seeds”, like upon multitudes, rather “to your seed”, like upon an individual [יחיד, YahHeeYD], and he is the Anointed.  
“This kind of ‘proof’ from scripture by reading ‘spiritual’ meanings into details of grammar and discovering ideas that were not within the purview of its writers was being employed more and more.” (Stamm, 1953, TIB vol. X p. 513)   ...
-19. If thus, for sake of [לשם, LeShehM] what was the Instruction?
She was added [נוספה, NOÇPhaH] because of the trespasses [הערבות, Hah`ahBahROTh],
until that [כי, KeeY] would come the seed that to him was intended [מכונת, MeKhooVehNehTh] the promise.
The Instruction was delivered [נמסרה, NeeMÇeRaH] in mediation [באמצעות, Be’ehMTsah`OoTh] [of] angels in hands of an intermediary [מתוך, MeThahVayKh].
The intermediary is not of one,
and Gods, he is one.  
“Thus viewed, the purpose of the angels’ expedient was not to prevent sin – a thing which the weakness of human nature made law powerless to do – but to convince men that they were so bad that nothing could save them except God’s mercy through Christ. ...  
This was a clean break from the Jewish conception which held that the law was the gift of God’s lovingkindness to overcome the evil impulse and prevent sin by guidance and discipline in good works. The orthodox maintained that Abraham’s faith was one of these law-works. The belief that angels were present at the giving of the law was widespread ... The presence of the angels, said the rabbis, was the measure of the law’s great glory. Paul said it was a fading glory from the very beginning ... Moreover, it was twice removed from God’s own immediate action, because it was ordained, or ‘enacted,’ ‘through the agency of’ angels, and even they did not communicate directly with the people, but gave the law ‘in the hand of a representative,’ i.e. [in other words], Moses.” (Stamm, 1953, TIB vol. X p. 515)   ...  
…………………………………………  
Slaves as opposed to sons
[verses 21 to end of chapter]   ...
-28. There is no [אין, ’aYN] YeHOo-DeeY, even [אף, ’ahPh] no [לא, Lo’] nation;
there is no slave, even no son free [בן חורין, BehN HOReeYN];
no male, even no female,
because [משום, MeeShOoM] that all of you are one in Anointed YayShOo`ah.
 
“Paul’s concept of equality and unity in Christ was an incipient revolution, the consequences of which are only now beginning to be worked out. Wherever his gospel is preached, men become uncomfortable with the age-old equation, ‘foreigner equals inferior’; with the incongruity of man’s ancient thanksgiving that he had ‘not been born a woman’; and with the violation of democracy and brotherhood involved in Aristotle’s definition of a slave as ‘an animated implement’.” (Stamm, 1953, TIB vol. X pp. 519 & 520)  
“Such unity in Christ does not imply political equality in church or society.” (Joseph A. Fitzmyer, 1990, TNJBC pp. 787)  
...  
END NOTES  
iv Deuteronomy (the curses, from chapters 27 and 28)  
Chapter 27
...
-15. Cursed is the man who makes a graven or molten image (an abomination to YHVH), the work of the hands of the craftsman, and sets it up in secret. …
-16. Cursed is he who despises his father or his mother…
-17. Cursed is he who shifts his neighbor’s border...
-18. Cursed is he who misleads the blind to go astray in the way...
-19. Cursed is he who perverts the justice due to the stranger, orphaned, and widowed...
-20. Cursed is he who lies with his father's wife...
-21. Cursed is he who lies with any manner of beast …
-22. Cursed is he who lies with his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother …
-22. Cursed is he who lies with his mother-in-law …
-24. Cursed is he who strikes his neighbor in secret ….
-25. Cursed is he who takes a bribe to strike an innocent person …
-26. Cursed is he who does not fulfill the words of this law to do them …  
Chapter 28
...
-15. … if you do not listen to the voice of YHVH your Gods, to ensure the performance of all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today … all these curses will come upon you, and overtake you.
-16. You are cursed in the city, and you are cursed in the field.
-17. Your basket and your kneading-trough are cursed.
-18. The fruit of your belly is cursed, as is the fruit of your land, the increase of your cattle, and the young of your flock.
-19. You are cursed coming and you are cursed going.
-20. YHVH will send cursing, discomfort, and rebuke upon you and upon all that you put your hand to do, until your destruction and ...your quick death, ‘because of your evil transgressions of forsaking Me’.
-21. YHVH will make pestilence stick to you, until He has consumed you from off the land which you came to inherit.
-22. YHVH will strike you with consumption, and with fever, and with inflammation, and with fiery heat, and with drought, and with blasting, and with mildew; and these will persist until you perish.
-23. And the heaven that is over your head will be brass, and the earth that is under you will be iron.
-24. YHVH will turn the rain of your land into powder and dust; it will descend upon you from the skies until you are destroyed.
-25. YHVH will cause you to be stricken before your enemies; you will sally forth against them from one direction and flee away from them in seven … and you will be a horror to all the kingdoms of the land.
-26. And your carcasses will be food for every bird of the skies and beast of the land, and no one will scare them away.
-27. YHVH will strike you with Egyptian boils, and with hemorrhoids, and with scabs, and with incurable itching.
-28. YHVH will strike you with madness, and with blindness, and with astonishment of heart.
-29. And you will grope at noonday as the blind grope in darkness, and you will not make your way ... and you will always be only oppressed and robbed, and there will be no one to save you.
-30. You will engage a wife and another man will lie with her; you will build a house and you will not dwell in it; you will plant a vineyard and not consume of it.
-31. Your ox will be sacrificed right before your eyes and you will not eat of it; you will be robbed of your donkey right in front of you and it will not returned to you; your flock will be given to your enemies; and you will have no one to save you.
-32. Your sons and your daughters will be given to another people, and you eyes will fail from looking for them all day; and you will be powerless …
-33. A people you did not know will consume the fruit of your land and labor, and you will be only oppressed and crushed all the days.
-34. And you will be crazed from the sights which your eyes will see.
-35. YHVH will strike you with an incurable sore boil in the knees and in the legs, from the sole of your foot to your forehead.
-36. YHVH will lead you and the king you set over yourself into a nation neither you nor your fathers knew; and you will worship other gods there – wood and rock.
-37. And you will become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all the peoples into whom YHVH will drive you.
-38. Much seed will you carry out to the field and little you will gather; for the locust shall consume it.
-39. You will plant vineyards and dress them, but you will neither drink nor gather; for the worm will eat them.
-40. You will have olives within all your borders, but you will not anoint with oil; for your olives will drop off.
-41. Sons and daughters will be born to you and will not be yours, for they will go into captivity.
-42. All your trees and fruit of your land will be inherited by the locust.
-43. The stranger who is among you will rise above you higher and higher, and you will descend lower and lower;
-44. he will lend to you, you will not lend to him; he will be the head and you will be the tail.
-45. And all these curses will come upon you and will pursue you and overtake you until your destruction, because you did not listen to the voice of YHVH your Gods, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you.
-46. And they will be on you as a sign and as an example, and on your seed for ever,
-47. because you did not serve YHVH your God with joyfulness and with gladness of heart for the abundance of all things.
-48. And you will serve your enemies, whom YHVH will send against you, in hunger and in thirst and in nakedness and in want of everything; and he will put an iron yoke on your neck until he has destroyed you.
-49. YHVH will send a nation against you from afar, from the end of the land, like a vulture swoops down, a nation whose tongue you have never heard,
-50. a nation of fierce aspect which will neither respect the elderly nor show mercy to the young.
-51. And he will eat the fruit of your cattle and the fruit of your land until you are destroyed, so that there will not remain corn, wine, or oil, the increase of your oxen, or the young of your flock, until he has caused you to perish.
-52. And he will besiege you in all your gates until the razing of your high and fortified walls in which you trusted throughout all your land … which YHVH your God gave you.
-53. And you will eat the fruit of your belly, the flesh of your sons and daughters whom YHVH your Gods gave you, in the siege and in the blockade by which your enemies starve you.
-54. The man who is tender among you and very delicate will [cast] the evil eye against his brother, and against the wife of his bosom, and against the remnant of his children, those remaining,
-55. so that he will not give any of them of the flesh of his children whom he shall eat, because he has nothing left him during the siege and in the blockade by which your enemy will starve you within all your gates.
-56. The tender and delicate woman among you, who would not set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, will [cast] the evil eye against the husband of her bosom and against her son and against her daughter;
-57. and against her afterbirth that comes out from between her legs and against her children whom she bears, for she will eat them secretly from want of everything during the siege and the blockade by which your enemy will starve you within your gates
-58. if you do not observe the performance of all the words of the law that are written in this book, that you might fear this honored and awful Name, YHVH, your Gods.
-59. And YHVH will make your plagues awful, and the plagues of your seed, great, chronic, and sore …
-60. And He will return to you all the diseases of Egypt of which you were in dread, and they will cleave to you.
-61. Also YHVH will raise upon you every sickness and every plague that is not written in this book of the law until your destruction.
-62. And you will be left a small minority, having been as the stars of the skies for multitude, because you did not listen to the voice of YHVH your Gods.
-63. And it shall come to pass, that, just as YHVH rejoiced over your improvement and multiplication, so YHVH will rejoice over your perishing and destruction, and your plucking from off the land to which you had come to inherit.
-64. And YHVH will scatter you among all the peoples, from the end of the earth to the end of the earth, and there you will serve other gods, which you have not known, neither you nor your fathers: wood and stone.
-65. And in those nations you will not assimilate, and there will be no rest for the sole of your foot; and YHVH will give you there a trembling heart, and failing eyes, and languishing of soul.
-66. And your life will hang before you, and you will be afraid night and day, and you will have no faith in your life.
-67. In the morning you will say: 'Would it were evening!' and in the evening your will say: 'Would it were morning!' from the fear that your heart will fear, and from the sights your eyes will see.
-68. And YHVH will return you to Egypt in ships [instead of] by the way which I said you would never see again, and you will sell yourselves to your enemies for slaves and maids, and none will buy.
-69. These are the words of the covenant which YHVH commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, in addition to the covenant which He made with them in Horeb.     An Amateur's Journey Through the Bible
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GALATIANS   Chapter Three  
Instruction as opposed to [לעומת, Le`OoMahTh] belief
[verses 1-14]  
-1. O [הוי, HOY] GahLahTeeM [Galatians] foolish [כסילים, KeÇeeYLeeYM]!
Who seized [אחז, ’eeHayZ] [את, ’ehTh] your eyes after that was made known to you in plain [בפרוש, BePhayROoSh] that YayShOo`ah ["Savior", Jesus] the Anointed was crucified?  
“The missionaries of the cross of Christ had to compete with pagan priests who paraded the images and symbols of their savior-gods in spectacular processions. There was the cult of Cybele, ‘the Great Mother,’ whose consort Attis died by self-mutilation with the decline of each year’s vegetation. During his ‘passion week’ a pine tree swathed as a corpse was carried through the streets, and three days later his devotees joyfully celebrated his ‘resurrection’ as the guarantee of their own immortality. Another savior-god of Asia Minor was Sandan-Hercules. His symbol was a funeral pyre on which, according to the myth, he had immolated himself after performing the labors that were imposed on him. Still another was Mithra, the sun-god, who was portrayed in the act of slaying a bull, which represented the chaotic element in the universe, and which in dying was believed to give new life to the world.  
In competition with these sensuous and often obscene observances, Paul’s portrayal of the crucified Jesus suffered a disadvantage.” (Stamm, 1953, TIB vol. X pp. 496-497)  
...
-6. … ’ahBRahHahM [“Father Exalted”, Abraham] believed [האמין, Heh’ehMeeYN] in Gods, and it was thought [ונחשבה, VeNehHSheBaH] to him righteousness.  
Yes, but Abraham, in addition to believing God, also accepted God’s ordinance of circumcision.  
“Both sides could quote scripture, and each could explain the other’s ‘proof’ in the light of his own position. The Jews believed that the Torah existed from the beginning of creation; and that, although it had not yet been written in Abraham’s day, Abraham had obeyed it, being perfect in all his works and pleasing to God in righteousness all his days (Jubilees 23:10; II Baruch 57:2). To prove that Christians could not be saved without being circumcised and assuming the yoke of the Torah, the Judaizers quoted Gen. [Genesis] 17:14.” (Stamm, 1953, TIB vol. X p. 502)  
[Genesis 17:14 - “And the uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken My covenant.”iv ]  
-7. Therefore [ובכן, OoBKhayN] know that [כי, KeeY] sons of the faith are they, sons of ’ahBRahHahM.  
“The church began in the synagogue, the main difference being the Christian affirmation of the messiahship of Jesus. But as Greek-speaking Jews and Gentiles came in, this difference in the interpretation of prophecy was widened by laxness in observing the law of Moses. The synagogue expelled the Christians, leaving them without the legal protection which Judaism enjoyed under Romans law. … Not only freedom from the law of Moses but the question of Christian rights under Roman law was involved when Paul declared that the men of faith in Christ were the true sons of Abraham.” (Stamm, 1953, TIB vol. X p. 503)
  ...
-9. From here [מכאן, MeeKah’N], that the seizers in belief are blessed [מבורכים, MeBORahKheeYM] together with ’ahBRahHahM the believer.  
“Although faithful (KJV [King James Version]) means lit. [literally], ‘full of faith,’ its primary meaning today is ‘fidelity,’ ‘reliability,’ so that it does not express clearly Paul’s main point, which is Abraham’s response in believing God … Like the sun and the rain, God’s blessing on such a man knows no restrictions of race or nation.” (Stamm, 1953, TIB vol. X p. 504)  
-10. The reliers [הנשענים, HahNeeSh`ahNeeYM] upon realizing commandments [of] the Instruction are given under a curse [קללה, QLahLaH], that see, is written:
“Cursed [ארור, ’ahROoR] are all who that do not realize [את, ’ehTh (indicator of direct object; no English equivalent)] all the words the written in Account the Instruction, to do them.”
 
“The range of the curse of which Paul is speaking appears in Deut. [Deuteronomy] 27-30iv … It is described in terms of the hideous torments which history inflicted upon the Hebrew people. The one word ‘fear’ tells the story – fear of famine, disease, and death; fear of war, torture, and slavery; fear of past, present, and future. All these were punishments on earth, and death ended them. But by the time of Paul they had been projected into the hereafter, where the law’s curse would pursue the soul through an eternity of torment in a hell which was conceived in the fiery imagery of Greek and Persian mythology. The dramatist of the dialogue of Ebal and Gerizim had left open one window of hope – repentance and return to God; but as for the future life, eschatology and apocalyptic had blacked out even this.  
… rabbis reasoned that since the Scripture was God’s word, the curse which it pronounced upon the disobedient was God’s curse. He replied that the law was not God’s way of salvation, but only a codicil which angels added through Moses the intermediary (vs. [verse] 19). That was a complete break with the synagogue.” (Stamm, 1953, TIB vol. X p. 505)  
“It is worthy of remark, that no printed copy of the Hebrew Bible preserves the word כל col, ALL, in Deut. xxvii.26 which answers to the apostle’s word πασι [pasi], all here.” (Clarke, 1831, vol. II p. 382)   ...  
…………………………………………  
The Instruction and the promise
[verses 15-20]
  ...
-16. And behold, the promises were said [λεγει legei, “says”] to ’ahBRahHahM and to his seed [ולזרעו, OoLeZahR`O, σπερμα sperma], not said “to your seeds”, like upon multitudes, rather “to your seed”, like upon an individual [יחיד, YahHeeYD], and he is the Anointed.  
“This kind of ‘proof’ from scripture by reading ‘spiritual’ meanings into details of grammar and discovering ideas that were not within the purview of its writers was being employed more and more.” (Stamm, 1953, TIB vol. X p. 513)   ...
-19. If thus, for sake of [לשם, LeShehM] what was the Instruction?
She was added [נוספה, NOÇPhaH] because of the trespasses [הערבות, Hah`ahBahROTh],
until that [כי, KeeY] would come the seed that to him was intended [מכונת, MeKhooVehNehTh] the promise.
The Instruction was delivered [נמסרה, NeeMÇeRaH] in mediation [באמצעות, Be’ehMTsah`OoTh] [of] angels in hands of an intermediary [מתוך, MeThahVayKh].
The intermediary is not of one,
and Gods, he is one.  
“Thus viewed, the purpose of the angels’ expedient was not to prevent sin – a thing which the weakness of human nature made law powerless to do – but to convince men that they were so bad that nothing could save them except God’s mercy through Christ. ...  
This was a clean break from the Jewish conception which held that the law was the gift of God’s lovingkindness to overcome the evil impulse and prevent sin by guidance and discipline in good works. The orthodox maintained that Abraham’s faith was one of these law-works. The belief that angels were present at the giving of the law was widespread ... The presence of the angels, said the rabbis, was the measure of the law’s great glory. Paul said it was a fading glory from the very beginning ... Moreover, it was twice removed from God’s own immediate action, because it was ordained, or ‘enacted,’ ‘through the agency of’ angels, and even they did not communicate directly with the people, but gave the law ‘in the hand of a representative,’ i.e. [in other words], Moses.” (Stamm, 1953, TIB vol. X p. 515)   ...  
…………………………………………  
Slaves as opposed to sons
[verses 21 to end of chapter]   ...
-28. There is no [אין, ’aYN] YeHOo-DeeY, even [אף, ’ahPh] no [לא, Lo’] nation;
there is no slave, even no son free [בן חורין, BehN HOReeYN];
no male, even no female,
because [משום, MeeShOoM] that all of you are one in Anointed YayShOo`ah.
 
“Paul’s concept of equality and unity in Christ was an incipient revolution, the consequences of which are only now beginning to be worked out. Wherever his gospel is preached, men become uncomfortable with the age-old equation, ‘foreigner equals inferior’; with the incongruity of man’s ancient thanksgiving that he had ‘not been born a woman’; and with the violation of democracy and brotherhood involved in Aristotle’s definition of a slave as ‘an animated implement’.” (Stamm, 1953, TIB vol. X pp. 519 & 520)  
“Such unity in Christ does not imply political equality in church or society.” (Joseph A. Fitzmyer, 1990, TNJBC pp. 787)  
...  
END NOTES  
iv Deuteronomy (the curses, from chapters 27 and 28)  
Chapter 27
...
-15. Cursed is the man who makes a graven or molten image (an abomination to YHVH), the work of the hands of the craftsman, and sets it up in secret. …
-16. Cursed is he who despises his father or his mother…
-17. Cursed is he who shifts his neighbor’s border...
-18. Cursed is he who misleads the blind to go astray in the way...
-19. Cursed is he who perverts the justice due to the stranger, orphaned, and widowed...
-20. Cursed is he who lies with his father's wife...
-21. Cursed is he who lies with any manner of beast …
-22. Cursed is he who lies with his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother …
-22. Cursed is he who lies with his mother-in-law …
-24. Cursed is he who strikes his neighbor in secret ….
-25. Cursed is he who takes a bribe to strike an innocent person …
-26. Cursed is he who does not fulfill the words of this law to do them …  
Chapter 28
...
-15. … if you do not listen to the voice of YHVH your Gods, to ensure the performance of all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today … all these curses will come upon you, and overtake you.
-16. You are cursed in the city, and you are cursed in the field.
-17. Your basket and your kneading-trough are cursed.
-18. The fruit of your belly is cursed, as is the fruit of your land, the increase of your cattle, and the young of your flock.
-19. You are cursed coming and you are cursed going.
-20. YHVH will send cursing, discomfort, and rebuke upon you and upon all that you put your hand to do, until your destruction and ...your quick death, ‘because of your evil transgressions of forsaking Me’.
-21. YHVH will make pestilence stick to you, until He has consumed you from off the land which you came to inherit.
-22. YHVH will strike you with consumption, and with fever, and with inflammation, and with fiery heat, and with drought, and with blasting, and with mildew; and these will persist until you perish.
-23. And the heaven that is over your head will be brass, and the earth that is under you will be iron.
-24. YHVH will turn the rain of your land into powder and dust; it will descend upon you from the skies until you are destroyed.
-25. YHVH will cause you to be stricken before your enemies; you will sally forth against them from one direction and flee away from them in seven … and you will be a horror to all the kingdoms of the land.
-26. And your carcasses will be food for every bird of the skies and beast of the land, and no one will scare them away.
-27. YHVH will strike you with Egyptian boils, and with hemorrhoids, and with scabs, and with incurable itching.
-28. YHVH will strike you with madness, and with blindness, and with astonishment of heart.
-29. And you will grope at noonday as the blind grope in darkness, and you will not make your way ... and you will always be only oppressed and robbed, and there will be no one to save you.
-30. You will engage a wife and another man will lie with her; you will build a house and you will not dwell in it; you will plant a vineyard and not consume of it.
-31. Your ox will be sacrificed right before your eyes and you will not eat of it; you will be robbed of your donkey right in front of you and it will not returned to you; your flock will be given to your enemies; and you will have no one to save you.
-32. Your sons and your daughters will be given to another people, and you eyes will fail from looking for them all day; and you will be powerless …
-33. A people you did not know will consume the fruit of your land and labor, and you will be only oppressed and crushed all the days.
-34. And you will be crazed from the sights which your eyes will see.
-35. YHVH will strike you with an incurable sore boil in the knees and in the legs, from the sole of your foot to your forehead.
-36. YHVH will lead you and the king you set over yourself into a nation neither you nor your fathers knew; and you will worship other gods there – wood and rock.
-37. And you will become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all the peoples into whom YHVH will drive you.
-38. Much seed will you carry out to the field and little you will gather; for the locust shall consume it.
-39. You will plant vineyards and dress them, but you will neither drink nor gather; for the worm will eat them.
-40. You will have olives within all your borders, but you will not anoint with oil; for your olives will drop off.
-41. Sons and daughters will be born to you and will not be yours, for they will go into captivity.
-42. All your trees and fruit of your land will be inherited by the locust.
-43. The stranger who is among you will rise above you higher and higher, and you will descend lower and lower;
-44. he will lend to you, you will not lend to him; he will be the head and you will be the tail.
-45. And all these curses will come upon you and will pursue you and overtake you until your destruction, because you did not listen to the voice of YHVH your Gods, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you.
-46. And they will be on you as a sign and as an example, and on your seed for ever,
-47. because you did not serve YHVH your God with joyfulness and with gladness of heart for the abundance of all things.
-48. And you will serve your enemies, whom YHVH will send against you, in hunger and in thirst and in nakedness and in want of everything; and he will put an iron yoke on your neck until he has destroyed you.
-49. YHVH will send a nation against you from afar, from the end of the land, like a vulture swoops down, a nation whose tongue you have never heard,
-50. a nation of fierce aspect which will neither respect the elderly nor show mercy to the young.
-51. And he will eat the fruit of your cattle and the fruit of your land until you are destroyed, so that there will not remain corn, wine, or oil, the increase of your oxen, or the young of your flock, until he has caused you to perish.
-52. And he will besiege you in all your gates until the razing of your high and fortified walls in which you trusted throughout all your land … which YHVH your God gave you.
-53. And you will eat the fruit of your belly, the flesh of your sons and daughters whom YHVH your Gods gave you, in the siege and in the blockade by which your enemies starve you.
-54. The man who is tender among you and very delicate will [cast] the evil eye against his brother, and against the wife of his bosom, and against the remnant of his children, those remaining,
-55. so that he will not give any of them of the flesh of his children whom he shall eat, because he has nothing left him during the siege and in the blockade by which your enemy will starve you within all your gates.
-56. The tender and delicate woman among you, who would not set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, will [cast] the evil eye against the husband of her bosom and against her son and against her daughter;
-57. and against her afterbirth that comes out from between her legs and against her children whom she bears, for she will eat them secretly from want of everything during the siege and the blockade by which your enemy will starve you within your gates
-58. if you do not observe the performance of all the words of the law that are written in this book, that you might fear this honored and awful Name, YHVH, your Gods.
-59. And YHVH will make your plagues awful, and the plagues of your seed, great, chronic, and sore …
-60. And He will return to you all the diseases of Egypt of which you were in dread, and they will cleave to you.
-61. Also YHVH will raise upon you every sickness and every plague that is not written in this book of the law until your destruction.
-62. And you will be left a small minority, having been as the stars of the skies for multitude, because you did not listen to the voice of YHVH your Gods.
-63. And it shall come to pass, that, just as YHVH rejoiced over your improvement and multiplication, so YHVH will rejoice over your perishing and destruction, and your plucking from off the land to which you had come to inherit.
-64. And YHVH will scatter you among all the peoples, from the end of the earth to the end of the earth, and there you will serve other gods, which you have not known, neither you nor your fathers: wood and stone.
-65. And in those nations you will not assimilate, and there will be no rest for the sole of your foot; and YHVH will give you there a trembling heart, and failing eyes, and languishing of soul.
-66. And your life will hang before you, and you will be afraid night and day, and you will have no faith in your life.
-67. In the morning you will say: 'Would it were evening!' and in the evening your will say: 'Would it were morning!' from the fear that your heart will fear, and from the sights your eyes will see.
-68. And YHVH will return you to Egypt in ships [instead of] by the way which I said you would never see again, and you will sell yourselves to your enemies for slaves and maids, and none will buy.
-69. These are the words of the covenant which YHVH commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, in addition to the covenant which He made with them in Horeb.     An Amateur's Journey Through the Bible
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2023.06.05 16:28 BenV94 Am I Greek Orthodox or Bulgarian Orthodox?

Weird question, more a flippant one really. Is 'your Church' where you were baptized or where you attend now?
I was baptized Bulgarian Orthodox but attend a Greek Orthodox Church at the moment and do some altar boy stuff.
I know you could just say 'Orthodox' in general, but when it comes to the particular, how would you answer it?
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2023.06.05 14:08 Nik-Yura Federico de Soya and the portrait of Aenea

Federico de Soya and the portrait of Aenea
Almost everyone on the sparsely populated stone-and-desert world was Catholic, but not Pax born-again Catholic. The de Soya family had been part of the break-away Mariaist movement and had left Nuevo Madrid more than a century earlier when that world had voted to join the Pax and have all of its Christian churches submit to the Vatican. The Mariaists venerated the Holy Mother of Christ more than Vatican orthodoxy allowed, so young Federico had grown up on a marginal desert world with its devout colony of sixty thousand heretical Catholics who, as a form of protest, refused to accept the cruciform. [1]

Hieronymus Bosch (/haɪˈrɒnɪməs bɒʃ, bɔːʃ, bɔːs/, Dutch: [ɦijeːˈroːnimʏz ˈbɔs] (listen);[a] born Jheronimus van Aken [jeːˈroːnimʏs fɑn ˈaːkə(n)];[b] c. 1450 – 9 August 1516) was a Dutch/Netherlandish painter from Brabant. He is one of the most notable representatives of the Early Netherlandish painting school. His work, generally oil on oak wood, mainly contains fantastic illustrations of religious concepts and narratives. Within his lifetime his work was collected in the Netherlands, Austria, and Spain, and widely copied, especially his macabre and nightmarish depictions of hell.
In 1486 he joined the Brotherhood of the Mother of God ("Zoete Lieve Vrouw"), a religious society that arose in Hertogenbosch in 1318 and consisted of both monks and laypeople. The brotherhood dedicated to the cult of the Virgin Mary was also engaged in charity. In archival documents, Bosch's name is mentioned several times: he, as a painter, was entrusted with a variety of orders, ranging from the design of festive processions and ceremonial sacraments of the Brotherhood and ending with the painting of the altar flaps for the chapel of the Brotherhood in the Cathedral of St. Nicholas. John (1489, the painting is lost) or even a model of a candelabra. [2]


She was strapped in what appeared to be a rusted iron skeleton of crossed metal that hung by chains from the high ceiling and that allowed her to lean back and rest her weight against it but still kept her almost standing, her arms held low along the rusted girders, a near-vertical asterisk of cold metal hanging in air with her wrists and ankles cruelly clamped and bolted to the frame. Her toes hung about ten centimeters above a grated floor. She could move her head.
Aenea tried the restraints—they gave not at all—felt her bruised wrists and ankles throb at the attempts, and put her head back against the iron girder to wait. Her hair was matted there and she could feel a huge lump high on her scalp and another near the base of her skull. She felt nauseous and concentrated on not throwing up on herself... [1]

https://preview.redd.it/fyerq12qt64b1.jpg?width=365&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=a68f3b13b64f8fef0255e15e0b8f9414a6c3e6d5
The Crucifixion of Saint Wilgefortis is a c. 1497 triptych by the Early Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch. [2]
It is generally believed that the triptych is dedicated to St. Julia, whose cult is very common in Northern Italy. She was sold by slavers to Eusebius, who may have been represented in the image of a character who lost his senses. Some researchers suggest that another revered saint is depicted here — the daughter of the Portuguese king Liberata, crucified by order of a pagan father for becoming the bride of Christ. In this case, one can see in the young man one of the five thousand converted to the true faith through the efforts of the saint.
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[1] - quotes from "Hyperion Cantos"
[2] - quotes from Wikipedia
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2023.06.05 10:05 Xatz41 Monday of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost Monday

After the Ascension of Christ His disciples stayed in Jerusalem and in one room at the Zion frequently gathered and together they prayed the Lord awaiting impatiently the promised Comforter, The Holy Spirit, who proceeds from the Father. Matthias was voted in to replace Judas among the twelfe. On the Descent of the Holy Spirit they all were together, when bluster of wind fulfilled the house and tongues of fire appeared and fall upon the apostles. When they came out on the roof of the house, they talked and preached to the gathered people in languages they had not known before, hence all gathered, even the Jews and persons of other faith could understand them. Three thousand people believed on this day the preaching of the apostles and then baptized. This day is considered as the day when the Church of Christ was born.
Even if Pentecost is the privileged feast of the Holy Spirit, the afterfeast and Pentecost Monday stress the importance of the Holy Spirit and its participation in equality as one of the three persons from the Holy Trinity. The importance given to this Monday of the Holy Spirit increased in times when there were wrong ideas being taught about the Holy Spirit and its nature, as if the Holy Spirit was not one with God, not God himself, as he is in the Father and in the Son.
In the New Testament there are many manifestations of the Holy Spirit. During the passage of Pentecost when the apostles took refuge in the Upper Room where they had the Last Supper with Jesus, before his entrance in Jerusalem and death on the cross, they suddenly saw tongues of fire descend upon them. As they left the room they spoke in foreign toungues, considered to be gifts from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was, and is itself, the promised gift from Jesus, the one that would come as the comforter after his death. After the Resurrection of Jesus, the Orthodox Church’s Pentecost is second in importance alongside eleven other Great Feasts that include the nativity of Jesus, baptism of Jesus, and the ascension and transfiguration.
Pentecost Monday is celebrated religiously in the same way as Pentecost. It is the continuation of the celebration of the feast of Pentecost, and it is the first day of the afterfeast of Pentecost. During the entire week after Pentecost, fasting isn’t permitted.
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2023.06.05 07:36 scarlet2248 Wedding Venue in The US: Our Recommendation Part II

Popular wedding venues in the western and central states were featured in Part 1 of US wedding venues. So in part two, we'll focus on wedding venues in the eastern states. Whether it's a luxurious hotel, a rustic barn, or a spacious meadow, all are included. Again, the features of these venues and the approximate prices will be written. Let's explore these beautiful wedding venues!

Wisconsin Wedding Venues

The Paine Art Center and Gardens

This is an art museum located at 1410 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh. It is an English-style country estate and has nearly four acres of gardens. It has perennial plants and is a great outdoor ceremony venue. Also, there is a historic mansion, charming carriage house, and greenhouse. The venue can accommodate up to 200 people and costs approximately $3000 to $4000 For 100 Guests.

The Lageret

This is a professional event venue located at 515 E Main St, Stoughton. This historic venue offers industrial and rustic charm with exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and wood beams. It has ample space for ceremonies and receptions. The venue offers event coordination, customizable lighting options, a bridal suite, and access to preferred vendors. Accommodations for up to 250 people start at $3,500 for a 12-hour rental.

The Enchanted Barn

Located at 1543 6 1/2 Ave, Hillsdale, this barn has an old-world rustic atmosphere around every corner. Featuring several indoor and outdoor venues, one of the most popular ceremony locations is located in Barn's upper-level Hayloft, featuring old wood timbers. Several wedding package options are available here and can accommodate up to 220 people. Off-season all-inclusive wedding packages are $5,000 plus $21 per person.

Illinois Wedding Venues

Danada House

This is a historic mansion located at 3S501 Naperville Rd, Wheaton. a short drive from Chicago. The mansion is also surrounded by a forest preserve that allows for nature-filled photos. There are seven ceremony locations in total, and the largest Magnolia Garden can accommodate up to 300 guests. Venue rentals start at $3,500.

The Morton Arboretum

This is a public nature garden and outdoor museum located at 4100 IL-53, Lisle. Inside there are not only mature trees and flowers but also a playground for children. Offering beautiful woodland and lakeside views. The large garden has a total of 12 venues to choose from and the largest room can accommodate up to 300 guests. Prices range from $600 to $9,000 depending on the size of the room and the time of year it is held.

Salvage One

Located at 1840 W Hubbard St, Chicago, this is a very unique location that serves as a store besides being a wedding venue. It preserves treasured furniture from the past. This old Chicago warehouse offers an enchanting vintage atmosphere. The ceremony and banquet space can accommodate about 200 people and space rentals start at $4,000.

Kentucky Wedding Venues

The Barn at Cedar Grove

The address is 1000 Brockman Keltner Rd, Greensburg, which has a rustic barn setting with picturesque scenery. Offering outdoor ceremony space, climate-controlled reception space, bridal suite, groom's quarters, and fire pit. The venue in the barn can accommodate up to 230 people. For fewer guests, the average budget for a wedding here is between $6,000 and $9,000.

The Brown Hotel

This 100-year-old hotel is located at 335 W Broadway, Louisville. The hotel has a striking Georgian Revival look and offers elegant ballrooms, luxurious accommodations, and a gorgeous rooftop garden. The hotel also has extensive experience in hosting weddings of different cultures, such as Jewish and Indian weddings. Prices are $18,000 in the off-season and can accommodate up to 300 guests.

Talon Winery & Vineyards

This winery has a large outdoor space at 7086 Tates Creek Rd, Lexington. Offers vineyard and winery backdrop, outdoor ceremony space, and rustic barn. The best part is the wine-tasting and vineyard tours. The venue can accommodate up to 250 guests and prices for ceremonies start at $1500.

Tennessee Wedding Venues

Butterfly Hollow

Located at 28 Bussell Rd, Gordonsville, our vacation accommodations are perfect for small weddings. Surrounded by scenic walking trails, mountains, and woods. This venue specializes in small weddings of 30 people or less, with a focus on an intimate and cozy experience. Wedding packages range from $1795 to $5000.

Dixon Gallery and Gardens

An art gallery on 17 acres of gardens located at 4339 Park Ave, Memphis, offers a romantic and artistic setting for weddings. The gallery offers two indoor reception venues as well as woodlands and gardens, both of which can accommodate up to 200 guests. Prices are approximately $4000 to $5000 For 100 guests.

The Bell Tower

The Bell Tower, located at 400 4th Ave S, Nashville, is almost 140 years old. The ballroom features large windows that provide plenty of natural light, creating a charming and historic setting for weddings. There are two floors beside the lobby. Seated dinners for up to 400 people range from $3,500 to $16,000 depending on time and venue.

Mississippi Wedding Venues

The Cedars

The site at 4145 Old Canton Rd, Jackson is the oldest residential building in Jackson, with a history of 175 years. The courtyard in front of the house with trees such as cedar, oak, and magnolia provides a natural backdrop for weddings. The venue can accommodate up to 300 people and costs $3,500 for a two-day weekend rental.

Dunleith Historic Inn

A National Historic Landmark located at 84 Homochitto St, Natchez, the mansion features Greek Revival columns and original pine floors. The event space has a main floor, courtyard, and South Lawn, which can accommodate up to 700 people. Wedding packages start at $6,500, not including catering.

The Gin at Flora Station

The address is 4819 MS-22, Flora. The refurbished cotton gin blends rustic charm with modern amenities. It offers indoor and outdoor spaces, including a covered gazebo and a patio with an old-fashioned truck bar. Rentals for ceremonies and receptions start at $3,500.

Alabama Wedding Venues

B&A Warehouse

This building, located at 1531 1st Ave S, Birmingham, is historic from the outside. With its industrial-inspired design and high ceilings along with red brick walls. Three indoor venues can accommodate up to 300 guests, and the cost of a ceremony starts at $4,000.

The Sterling Castle

This castle is located at 389 Deseret Dr, Shelby, and has been voted the best wedding venue in Alabama. The fairytale-style castle, elegant ballroom, charming courtyard, and lakeside and drawbridge venues. This beautiful venue can accommodate up to 300 guests and all-inclusive weddings are priced at $10,000+.

Huntsville Museum of Art

This is an art museum located at 300 Church St SW, Huntsville. With unique indoor and outdoor spaces, the museum is a contemporary art gallery. Offering outdoor spaces with a rooftop terrace, and five indoor hospitality venues. The starting venue fee for a wedding reception in high season is $1,500.

Michigan Wedding Venues

Colony Club Detroit

Located at 2310 Park Ave, Detroit, this Georgian-style, historic venue features stunning architecture and gorgeous interiors. The hotel features a grand ballroom decorated with crystal chandeliers and intricate details. The ballroom can accommodate up to 350 guests and is priced between $12,000 and $15,000.

Castle Farms

This historic building, built in 1918, is located at 5052 M-66, Charlevoix. With a total of four site combinations in the summer. It offers several ceremony and reception spaces, including a charming outdoor garden and a majestic stone courtyard. The largest of these, the East Garden and Queen's Courtyard can host up to 300 guests. And the price range is between $6,750 and $9,250.

The Inn at Stonecliffe

This is a Victorian village located at 8593 Cudahy Cir, Mackinac Island. away from the hustle and bustle of the area. With beautiful gardens and breathtaking views of Lake Huron and the Mackinaw Bridge. Accommodates up to 300 people and prices range from $4000 to $10,000.

Ohio Wedding Venues

Franklin Park Conservatory

This is a horticultural and educational institution located at 1777 E Broad St, Columbus. The most popular venue is the indoor garden with an all-glass ceiling. Besides, there is an industrial-style venue and a 200-year-old barn. The venue has plenty of space and can accommodate up to 500 people, with prices ranging from $7,000 to $11,000 for a wedding of 100 guests.

The Columbus Athenaeum

The historic building at 32 N 4th St, Columbus, was built in 1899. With a total of ten venues to choose from, the Grand Ballroom boasts gorgeous details and a stunning atrium. It is decorated with classical Greek art as well as soaring ornate ceilings. It can accommodate up to 230 guests. Prices for receptions start at $3,000.

Gervasi Vineyard

An oversized wine estate located at 1700 55th St NE, Canton. Picturesque vineyard setting and sparkling lake views. The open-air venue can accommodate up to 300 people, while the indoor venue can accommodate up to 120 guests. Full-service event planning, vineyard tours, and wine tastings are available. Prices for receptions will start at $1,450.

Georgia Wedding Venues

Barnsley Resort

This resort is located at 597 Barnsley Gardens Rd NW, Adairsville. With over 3,000 acres of land, it is a historic southern estate. With lush gardens, luxurious cabins, and grounds that can accommodate up to 250 people. Three wedding packages are available: $275 per person, $320 per person, and $350 per person. And a least of 150 people is required.

Summerour Studio

This is a renovated warehouse located at 409 Bishop St NW, Atlanta. The roof is supported by massive bow trusses, which allow for a spacious, open floor plan without columns or supports. Through a wall of windows running the length of the space, there are breathtaking views of Atlantic Station and the downtown skyline. Accommodating up to 425 people, prices start at $4,000.

The Biltmore Ballrooms

The ballroom is located at 817 W Peachtree St NW 208, Atlanta, and was established in 1924. The ballroom features a handcrafted plaster relief ceiling, ornate crystal lighting, and a marble floor. Capacity ranges from 50 to 1,500 people and offers eleven caterers. Rental rates range from $3,500 to $5,000, depending on the day of the week.

Florida Wedding Venues

The Ancient Spanish Monastery

Located at 16711 W Dixie Hwy, North Miami Beach. This monastery was dismantled piece by piece from northern Spain and shipped to the United States, then rebuilt over 19 months. It offers a chapel and gardens for ceremonies. The garden can accommodate up to 300 guests for $6,500 and includes only the cost of the reception.

The Breakers Palm Beach

This is a luxury resort located at 1 S County Rd, Palm Beach. This luxury resort is located in Palm Beach and enjoys magnificent beachfront views, lush gardens, and an exquisite ballroom. It boasts a timeless and elegant ambiance. It can host weddings for a maximum of less than 500 people, and detailed prices need to be communicated with the hotel.

The Ringling Museum

The museum is located at 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, with a breathtaking view of Sarasota Bay. This venue offers unique views of art, culture, and the stunning waterfront. It includes many event spaces, including a large courtyard and an elegant ballroom. The largest art gallery courtyard can accommodate up to 125 guests and prices start at $20,000.

New York Wedding Venues

Mohonk Mountain House

Located at 1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz, this historic resort is surrounded by 40,000 acres of pristine forest. Featuring a majestic Victorian castle with panoramic mountain views. Choose from lakeside, garden, and mountain views for your ceremony. Wedding packages range from $275 to $375 per person.

The Foundry

The address is 42-38 9th Street, Long Island City, with a history dating back to the 19th century. Offering an industrial chic atmosphere, a garden courtyard and conservatory, a stunning main space, plus rustic interiors. Accommodates up to 180 guests, with receptions starting at $14,000.

The Garrison

Estate at 2015 US-9, Garrison, with superb Hudson River views and Catskill Mountain views. The venue offers a modern ballroom, outdoor ceremony space, and golf course. The venue can accommodate up to 200 guests for $12,000.

Pennsylvania Wedding Venues

The Curtis Atrium

The historic building at 699 Walnut St, Philadelphia used to be the Curtis Publishing Company. It is now a building with a mix of residential, office, and retail space. It features a stunning atrium, marble columns, and a stunning rotunda. Space rentals start at $8,000.

The Cork Factory Hotel

This boutique hotel is located at 480 New Holland Ave 3000, Lancaster, a converted historic cork mill with exposed brick walls. Offering industrial charm and modern amenities. The venue has a ballroom, a terrace, and a 2,300-square-foot warehouse. Space is available for up to 200 guests, and wedding packages start at $7,000.

Terrain Gardens at Devon Yard

A stunning garden is located at 138 W Lancaster Ave Suite 130, Devon. The venue is decorated with elements such as reclaimed barn wood floors, raised holiday lights, and skylights to create a unique aesthetic. Of course, there is an essential gardening setting and open-air venue that can accommodate up to 140 guests. Prices for receptions start at $4,525.

West Virginia Wedding Venues

Stonewall Resort

The entire resort is nestled beside a tranquil lake at 940 Resort Drive Roanoke, a place of scenic beauty and rustic charm. Wedding venues are available on the lakeside lawn or in the courtyard, with an indoor grand hall and stone-walled ballroom. Spa services, golf courses, and entertainment can also be experienced with wedding packages ranging from $3,500 to $12,000.

The Greenbrier

A luxury resort located at 101 W Main St, White Sulphur Springs. With stunning architecture, beautiful gardens, and breathtaking mountain views. The indoor venue has a dramatic chandelier and stage. The outdoor grounds feature expansive lawns and rustic cabins. Packages start at $10,000 and vary depending on the number of guests, season, and customization.

Sleepy Hollow Golf Club

The Club at 3780 Sleepy Hollow Dr, Hurricane. It is a private golf club for families. Featuring a scenic golf course, elegant ballroom, outdoor lawn ceremony venue, and picturesque countryside views. Wedding packages start at $3,500.

Virginia Wedding Venues

Maymont

Historic Manor River Park at 1700 Hampton St, Richmond. Inside are gardens, botanical gardens, and native wildlife habitats. The scenic setting includes 100-year-old Italian gardens, European-style manor houses, pavilions, expansive lawns, and the Robbins Nature Center. Prices range from $3,500 to $6,100.

Inn At Willow Grove

This is a rustic accommodation located at 14079 Plantation Way, Orange. It is unusually peaceful and romantic, surrounded by ancient trees and beautiful gardens. One of the gardens, Boxwood, can accommodate up to 175 guests and offers idyllic views. A versatile barn is also available as a hospitality venue, with rates starting at $7,500.

The Tides Inn

Located at 480 King Carter Dr, Irvington, the entire hotel is situated on a beautiful body of water with views of the Chesapeake Bay. It is a waterfront resort. You can also come here to take part in fun activities such as tennis, golf, paddle boarding, biking, and kayaking. Weddings start at $3,100.

North Carolina Wedding Venues

The Bradford

Professional wedding venue located at 523 Pea Ridge Rd, New Hill. It resembles a European town building with charming gardens and rustic barns. It can accommodate up to 250 guests for a ceremony in the gardens. Wedding packages will vary depending on the time of year and are priced at $8,000 on Fridays and $9,800 on Saturdays.

The Merrimon-Wynne House

The mansion located at 500 N Blount St, Raleigh was built in 1876 and has been well maintained and is now a venue for various events. The building has a main floor full of Southern charm. Inside are original floors and mantelshelves, ornate chandeliers, and a wide porch. The outdoor area is also large enough to host ceremonies in the garden and can accommodate up to 250 guests. Prices for receptions start at $5,000.

Fearrington Village

It's an English-style country hotel located at 2000 Fearrington Village Center. Besides the quaint country setting there are dense gardens with water features. The largest venue is the barn, which offers spacious dining and dancing space and can accommodate up to 250 people guests. Prices for ceremonies start at $2500.

South Carolina Wedding Venues

Middleton Place

This National Historic Landmark is located at 4300 Ashley River Rd, Charleston. You can experience daily life on an 18th-century plantation and enjoy 65 acres of unobstructed views and private garden rooms. Also, enjoy the oldest landscaped gardens on the property. There are 7 ceremony venues, ranging from small weddings of 50 to 400 guests. Prices start at $5,000.

William Aiken House

The 1807 mansion is located at 456 King St, Charleston, a restored mansion that showcases Southern charm and architectural elegance. The yard features a magnolia tree that is over two hundred years old and an elegant terrace. It is also rated as one of South Carolina's premier wedding venues. The cost of a ceremony starts at $3,000.

The Cedar Room

Modern industrial event space at 701 E Bay St, Charleston. Featuring exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and large windows overlooking the cityscape. The indoor Cedar Room venue can accommodate up to 500 people for events, and the outdoor yard can seat up to 200. Events on Fridays or Sundays start at $3,500.

Vermont Wedding Venues

Inn at Mountain View Farm

The Inn at 3383 Darling Hill Rd, East Burke, has breathtaking mountaintop views. Enjoy mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and visits to animal farms, among many other activities. Venues can range from beautiful fields to cozy campfires. Weekend wedding packages start at $3,500.

Hildene - The Lincoln Family Home

The building at 1005 Hildene Rd, Manchester is full of meaning. The Lincolns built Hildene as a summer home at the turn of the 20th century. Here you can look out over the Taconic Mountains to the west and the Green Mountains to the east. The outdoor venue can accommodate up to 200 people and wedding reception prices start at $8,000.
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The Henry House

The historic house at 1338 Murphy Rd, North Bennington, built in 1769, is one of the oldest surviving houses in Vermont. Overlooks the authentic red-covered Henry Bridge. The site offers several vendors for you to consider. The large trees outside the house make for the best wedding photos. The venue needs to be contacted for a specific quote.

Massachusetts Wedding Venues

The Crane Estate

This is a Tudor Revival mansion located at 290 Argilla Rd, Ipswich. It was the summer home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Taylor Crane, Jr. with winding salt marshes, miles of barrier beaches, and a beautiful hilltop mansion. And of course the rolling lawns and gardens. There are three sites to choose from in all, with the beachfront site accommodating 200 to 500 people. Weekend weddings are priced at $6500.

Red Lion Inn

The Inn at 30 Main St, Stockbridge has a 250-year history. The entire Inn combines traditional New England hospitality with the amenities of a modern hotel. The largest Hitchcock room capacity is capacity 30-175 people. Venue rentals start at $4,000.

Liberty Hotel

A sophisticated hotel located at 215 Charles St, Boston. Located in the heart of downtown, just steps from shopping, dining, Boston Parks, and more. The hotel offers a private secret garden that can accommodate up to 200 people outdoors and an indoor 3000-square-foot ballroom. Wedding venue rates start at $26,000 for up to 100 guests.

Connecticut Wedding Venues

The Lace Factory

This historic factory is located at 161 River St, Deep River, and offers a charming and rustic atmosphere for a wedding venue. It has wood floors, high ceilings, and large windows overlooking the river. The Lace Factory offers event planning services, on-site catering, and a variety of rental options for weddings of all sizes. The Factory can accommodate up to 225 people and prices start at $5,000.

Eolia Mansion at Harkness State

The address is 275 Great Neck Rd, Waterford. Nestled on the shoreline of Waterford, Connecticut, this elegant mansion offers breathtaking views of Long Island Sound. It has manicured gardens, a stone terrace, and a beautiful ballroom. The price of $5,100 includes exclusive use of the mansion's first floor and south courtyard tent for 5 hours.

The Society Room of Hartford

This event venue is located at 31 Pratt St, Hartford, and the historic venue boasts magnificent architecture. It includes a marble staircase, beautifully frescoed ceilings, and crystal chandeliers. It provides a luxurious and timeless setting for weddings. The venue can accommodate up to 300 guests and prices start at 15,000.

New Hampshire Wedding Venues

Wentworth By The Sea Country Club

Country Club at 60 Wentworth Rd, Rye. This private club is near the shore and enjoys magnificent waterfront views and a romantic atmosphere. The hotel has manicured grounds and a historic clubhouse. It can accommodate up to 250 guests in this setting. Three options are available: lawn, clubhouse, and tent weddings. Reception prices start at $30,000.

The Preserve at Chocorua

This venue, located at 88 Philbrick Neighborhood Rd, Tamworth, is a rustic and secluded wedding venue nestled in the White Mountains. It offers scenic views, a charming barn, and plenty of outdoor space for the ceremony. Outdoor activities such as sleigh rides and hiking are also available. Approximate prices will start at $1000.

Bishop Farm

The Farmhouse, located at 33 Bishop Cutoff, Lisbon, is a historic and beautifully landscaped site in the White Mountains. It offers a restored 1876 farmhouse, a barn, and lush greenery. There is also a romantic bistro with a terrace to relax in. Accommodating up to 200 guests, prices start at $15,000.

Rhode Island Wedding Venues

The Chanler at Cliff Walk

A luxury hotel located at 117 Memorial Blvd, Newport. The Chanler offers luxurious accommodations and a grand mansion setting with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and access to their world-class restaurant. Specializing in weddings for up to 120 guests with access to their world-class restaurant. Site rentals start at $10,000.

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

Historic mansion on 33 acres located at 101 Ferry Rd, Bristol with breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay. Large tents are available in the outdoor area, followed by sunset views. Accommodating up to 225 guests, weekend wedding rates start at $12,995.

The Dorrance

Situated in the heart of Providence, The Dorrance is a restored bank building with a sophisticated atmosphere and elegant decor. The most special feature is the long, luxurious bar, which can accommodate up to 200 guests throughout the venue. Venue rentals start at $7,500.

New Jersey Wedding Venues

The Ashford Estate

Located at 637 Province Line Rd, Allentown, this elegant property is nestled in a picturesque setting. Surrounded by hundreds of acres of beautifully preserved farmland, it features sparkling fountains, waterfalls, garden pavilions, expansive views, and of course, luxurious private suites. The wedding venue can accommodate up to 300 guests. Starting at $10,000.

Mallard Island Yacht Club

A club surrounded by water at 1450 NJ-72, Manahawkin. six more venues to choose from in the luxurious private island mansion. The center plaza boasts grand arches and ornate ceilings reminiscent of old-world glamour. The ballroom can accommodate up to 250 people, and prices for receptions start at $20,000.

Liberty House Restaurant & Events

This waterfront event venue is located at 76 Audrey Zapp Dr, Jersey City. It features unparalleled views of the New York City skyline, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and the Liberty Landing Pier. The Grand Ballroom features a marble floor and floor-to-ceiling windows. The venue can accommodate up to 300 people and venue rental fees start at $8,000.

Delaware Wedding Venues

The Queen Wilmington

This dazzling venue is located at 500 N Market St, Wilmington is downtown. It is a historic music venue that offers a unique and eclectic atmosphere. The venue features a grand ballroom with a stage, state-of-the-art sound system, and elegant décor. The venue can accommodate up to 200 guests and wedding reception prices start from $3,000.

The Cordrey Center

The address is 30366 Cordrey Rd, Millsboro, and its restored barn and surrounding gardens provide a rustic and charming setting. The venue offers a range of services, including in-house catering, bar service, and event coordination. It has indoor and outdoor options and can accommodate up to 200 guests. Venue rental rates start at $3,500.

The Waterfall Catering and Special Events

With an address at 3416 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, The Waterfall has a modern venue. Centered around a stunning indoor waterfall. The spacious ballroom features contemporary décor and customizable LED lighting systems. The venue can accommodate up to 500 guests. Prices for venue rentals start at $6,000.

Maryland Wedding Venues

Belvedere Hotel

Located at 1 East Chase Street and built-in 1902 as a historic landmark in Baltimore, The Belvedere showcases stunning architecture and classic charm. It offers a variety of event spaces, including a rooftop ballroom with panoramic views of the city. Inside, the décor is more vintage and ornate. Accommodating up to 500 guests, venue rentals start at $8,000.

Evergreen Museum & Library

This grand Gilded Age mansion is located at 4545 N Charles St, Baltimore. It is full of history with a house museum and research library. With beautiful gardens, this venue offers a mix of elegance and history. It's architectural details and scenic surroundings provide a unique backdrop. As well as a tour of the museum's collection. Accommodates up to 200 guests and starts at $6,000.

Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

Located at 500 Marina Club Rd, Stevensville, this venue offers stunning waterfront views and an elegant ballroom. It also has an oceanfront ceremony venue and luxurious accommodations. There are four ballrooms in total, three indoor and one outdoor. Accommodations for up to 300 guests start at $10,000.

District of Columbia Wedding Venues

Larz Anderson House

Located at 2118 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, the Anderson House, established in 1905, is a stunning Beaux-Arts mansion that offers a romantic and intimate setting for weddings. The venue features beautiful gardens, a grand staircase, and gorgeous rooms decorated with historic artwork. It can accommodate up to 200 guests and has access to the house's magnificent library. Prices start from $8,000.

The Hay-Adams

Located at 800 16th St NW, Washington, across from the White House, the hotel offers magnificent views of the iconic landmark. This venue has many event spaces, including a rooftop terrace from which the White House can be used as a photo backdrop. Wedding venues can accommodate up to 250 guests and prices start at $15,000.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Located at 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, this unique venue celebrates women artists and offers a distinctive setting for weddings. With its stunning architecture and world-class art collection, it provides an exquisite atmosphere for your special day. The venue offers a variety of event spaces, including an assembly hall and mezzanine level, and can accommodate up to 400 guests. However, the museum is temporarily closed for renovations.

Maine Wedding Venues

Hidden Pond

The resort's address is 354 Goose Rocks Rd, Kennebunkport, and is nestled in a secluded wooded area. Featuring elegant indoor and outdoor spaces. Surrounded by 60 acres of birch and balsam fir, it features two outdoor pools and a three-room treetop spa. It ensures an unforgettable wedding experience. Prices start from US$10,000.

Hardy Farm

The farm is located at 254 W Fryeburg Rd, Fryeburg. This rustic and chic site features a restored 18th-century farmhouse and a spacious barn with panoramic mountain views. Of course, there are also seasonal gardens and a woodland church. The most special feature is the provision of a cable car to reach the top of the mountain, which is also a popular backdrop for photos. It can accommodate up to 250 guests and prices start from $6,500.

Portland Regency Hotel & Spa

The address is 20 Milk St, Portland, and is centrally located, offering a blend of classic elegance and modern amenities. With many event spaces, on-site catering, and a spa, it can accommodate intimate and large weddings. Accommodations range from 10 to 220 guests, with rates starting at $3,500.

Conclusion

"When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." When Harry Met Sally
Finally, we've rounded up our recommendations for wedding venues in each of the remaining states. Choosing the perfect wedding venue is an important step in creating your dream wedding. It sets the tone for the entire celebration and provides the backdrop for your special day. No matter what style of wedding venue you prefer, there is a venue above that perfectly suits your style and preferences.
Last but not least, don't forget to check out Quictent's wedding tent. we offer quality wedding tents for your outdoor wedding, containing various types and sizes.
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2023.06.05 04:33 Tangou-888 The Hoax Story of Remarkable Testimony of a Buddhist monk in Myanmar (Burma) (Part III)

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Taken from http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2008/12/14/when_jesus_met_buddha/ for the intellectual discussion purposely. Not for commercial gain
When Jesus met Buddha Something remarkable happened when evangelists for two great religions crossed paths more than 1,000 years ago: they got along By Philip Jenkins December 14, 2008
While few mainline Christians would put the matter in such confrontational terms, any religion claiming exclusive access to truth has real difficulties reconciling other great faiths into its cosmic scheme. Most Christian churches hold that Jesus alone is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and many also feel an obligation to carry that message to the world's unbelievers. But this creates a fundamental conflict with the followers of famous spiritual figures like Mohammed or Buddha, who preached radically different messages. Drawing on a strict interpretation of the Bible, some Christians see these rival faiths as not merely false, but as deliberate traps set by the forces of evil.
Being intolerant of other religions - consigning them to hell, in fact - may be bad enough in its own right, but it increasingly has real- world consequences. As trade and technology shrink the globe, so different religions come into ever-closer contact with one another, and the results can be bloody: witness the apocalyptic assaults in Mumbai. In such a world, teaching different faiths to acknowledge one another's claims, to live peaceably together side by side, stops being a matter of good manners and becomes a prerequisite for human survival.
Over the past 30 years, the Roman Catholic Church has faced repeated battles over this question of Christ's uniqueness, and has cracked down on thinkers who have made daring efforts to accommodate other world religions. While the Christian dialogue with Islam has attracted most of the headlines, it is the encounters with Hinduism and especially Buddhism that have stirred the most controversy within the church. Sri Lankan theologians Aloysius Pieris and Tissa Balasuriya have had many run-ins with Vatican critics, and, more recently, the battle has come to American shores. Last year, the Vatican ordered an investigation of Georgetown University's Peter Phan, a Jesuit theologian whose main sin, in official eyes, has been to treat the Buddhism of his Vietnamese homeland as a parallel path to salvation.
Following the ideas of Pope Benedict XVI, though, the church refuses to give up its fundamental belief in the unique role of Christ. In a widely publicized open letter to Italian politician Marcello Pera, Pope Benedict declared that "an inter-religious dialogue in the strict sense of the term is not possible." By all means, he said, we should hold conversations with other cultures, but not in a way that acknowledges other religions as equally valid. While the Vatican does not of course see the Buddha as a demon, it does fear the prospect of syncretism, the dilution of Christian truth in an unholy mixture with other faiths.
Beyond doubt, this view places Benedict in a strong tradition of Christianity as it has developed in Europe since Roman times. But there is another, ancient tradition, which suggests a very different course. Europe's is not the only version of the Christian faith, nor is it necessarily the oldest heir of the ancient church. For more than 1,000 years, other quite separate branches of the church established thriving communities across Asia, and in their sheer numbers, these churches were comparable to anything Europe could muster at the time. These Christian bodies traced their ancestry back not through Rome, but directly to the original Jesus movement of ancient Palestine. They moved across India, Central Asia, and China, showing no hesitation to share - and learn from - the other great religions of the East.
Just how far these Christians were prepared to go is suggested by a startling symbol that appeared on memorials and stone carvings in both southern India and coastal China during the early Middle Ages. We can easily see that the image depicts a cross, but it takes a moment to realize that the base of the picture - the root from which the cross is growing - is a lotus flower, the symbol of Buddhist enlightenment.
In modern times, most mainstream churches would condemn such an amalgam as a betrayal of the Christian faith, an example of multiculturalism run wild. Yet concerns about syncretism did not bother these early Asian Christians, who called themselves Nasraye, Nazarenes, like Jesus's earliest followers. They were comfortable associating themselves with the other great monastic and mystical religion of the time, and moreover, they believed that both lotus and cross carried similar messages about the quest for light and salvation. If these Nazarenes could find meaning in the lotus-cross, then why can't modern Catholics, or other inheritors of the faith Jesus inspired?
Many Christians are coming to terms with just how thoroughly so many of their fundamental assumptions will have to be rethought as their faith today becomes a global religion. Even modern church leaders who know how rapidly the church is expanding in the global South tend to see European values and traditions as the indispensable norm, in matters of liturgy and theology as much as music and architecture.
Yet the reality is that Christianity has from its earliest days been an intercontinental faith, as firmly established in Asia and Africa as in Europe itself. When we broaden our scope to look at the faith that by 800 or so stretched from Ireland to Korea, we see the many different ways in which Christians interacted with other believers, in encounters that reshaped both sides. At their best, these meetings allowed the traditions not just to exchange ideas but to intertwine in productive and enriching ways, in an awe-inspiring chapter of Christian history that the Western churches have all but forgotten.
To understand this story, we need to reconfigure our mental maps. When we think of the growth of Christianity, we think above all of Europe. We visualize a movement growing west from Palestine and Syria and spreading into Greece and Italy, and gradually into northern regions. Europe is still the center of the Catholic Church, of course, but it was also the birthplace of the Protestant denominations that split from it. For most of us, even speaking of the "Eastern Church" refers to another group of Europeans, namely to the Orthodox believers who stem from the eastern parts of the continent. English Catholic thinker Hilaire Belloc once proclaimed that "Europe is the Faith; and the Faith is Europe."
But in the early centuries other Christians expanded east into Asia and south into Africa, and those other churches survived for the first 1,200 years or so of Christian history. Far from being fringe sects, these forgotten churches were firmly rooted in the oldest traditions of the apostolic church. Throughout their history, these Nazarenes used Syriac, which is close to Jesus' own language of Aramaic, and they followed Yeshua, not Jesus. No other church - not Roman Catholics, not Eastern Orthodox - has a stronger claim to a direct inheritance from the earliest Jesus movement.
The most stunningly successful of these eastern Christian bodies was the Church of the East, often called the Nestorian church. While the Western churches were expanding their influence within the framework of the Roman Empire, the Syriac-speaking churches colonized the vast Persian kingdom that ruled from Syria to Pakistan and the borders of China. From their bases in Mesopotamia - modern Iraq - Nestorian Christians carried out their vast missionary efforts along the Silk Route that crossed Central Asia. By the eighth century, the Church of the East had an extensive structure across most of central Asia and China, and in southern India. The church had senior clergy - metropolitans - in Samarkand and Bokhara, in Herat in Afghanistan. A bishop had his seat in Chang'an, the imperial capital of China, which was then the world's greatest superpower.
When Nestorian Christians were pressing across Central Asia during the sixth and seventh centuries, they met the missionaries and saints of an equally confident and expansionist religion: Mahayana Buddhism. Buddhists too wanted to take their saving message to the world, and launched great missions from India's monasteries and temples. In this diverse world, Buddhist and Christian monasteries were likely to stand side by side, as neighbors and even, sometimes, as collaborators. Some historians believe that Nestorian missionaries influenced the religious practices of the Buddhist religion then developing in Tibet. Monks spoke to monks.
In presenting their faith, Christians naturally used the cultural forms that would be familiar to Asians. They told their stories in the forms of sutras, verse patterns already made famous by Buddhist missionaries and teachers. A stunning collection of Jesus Sutras was found in caves at Dunhuang, in northwest China. Some Nestorian writings draw heavily on Buddhist ideas, as they translate prayers and Christian services in ways that would make sense to Asian readers. In some texts, the Christian phrase "angels and archangels and hosts of heaven" is translated into the language of buddhas and devas.
One story in particular suggests an almost shocking degree of collaboration between the faiths. In 782, the Indian Buddhist missionary Prajna arrived in Chang'an, bearing rich treasures of sutras and other scriptures. Unfortunately, these were written in Indian languages. He consulted the local Nestorian bishop, Adam, who had already translated parts of the Bible into Chinese. Together, Buddhist and Christian scholars worked amiably together for some years to translate seven copious volumes of Buddhist wisdom. Probably, Adam did this as much from intellectual curiosity as from ecumenical good will, and we can only guess about the conversations that would have ensued: Do you really care more about relieving suffering than atoning for sin? And your monks meditate like ours do?
These efforts bore fruit far beyond China. Other residents of Chang'an at this very time included Japanese monks, who took these very translations back with them to their homeland. In Japan, these works became the founding texts of the great Buddhist schools of the Middle Ages. All the famous movements of later Japanese history, including Zen, can be traced to one of those ancient schools and, ultimately - incredibly - to the work of a Christian bishop.
By the 12th century, flourishing churches in China and southern India were using the lotus-cross. The lotus is a superbly beautiful flower that grows out of muck and slime. No symbol could better represent the rise of the soul from the material, the victory of enlightenment over ignorance, desire, and attachment. For 2,000 years, Buddhist artists have used the lotus to convey these messages in countless paintings and sculptures. The Christian cross, meanwhile, teaches a comparable lesson, of divine victory over sin and injustice, of the defeat of the world. Somewhere in Asia, Yeshua's forgotten followers made the daring decision to integrate the two emblems, which still today forces us to think about the parallels between the kinds of liberation and redemption offered by each faith.
Christianity, for much of its history, was just as much an Asian religion as Buddhism. Asia's Christian churches survived for more than a millennium, and not until the 10th century, halfway through Christian history, did the number of Christians in Europe exceed that in Asia.
What ultimately obliterated the Asian Christians were the Mongol invasions, which spread across Central Asia and the Middle East from the 1220s onward. From the late 13th century, too, the world entered a terrifying era of climate change, of global cooling, which severely cut food supplies and contributed to mass famine. The collapse of trade and commerce crippled cities, leaving the world much poorer and more vulnerable. Intolerant nationalism wiped out Christian communities in China, while a surging militant Islam destroyed the churches of Central Asia.
But awareness of this deep Christian history contributes powerfully to understanding the future of the religion, as much as its past. For long centuries, Asian Christians kept up neighborly relations with other faiths, which they saw not as deadly rivals but as fellow travelers on the road to enlightenment. Their worldview differed enormously from the norms that developed in Europe.
To take one example, we are used to the idea of Christianity operating as the official religion of powerful states, which were only too willing to impose a particular orthodoxy upon their subjects. Yet when we look at the African and Asian experience, we find millions of Christians whose normal experience was as minorities or even majorities within nations dominated by some other religion. Struggling to win hearts and minds, leading churches had no option but to frame the Christian message in the context of non-European intellectual traditions. Christian thinkers did present their message in the categories of Buddhism - and Taoism, and Confucianism - and there is no reason why they could not do so again. When modern scholars like Peter Phan try to place Christianity in an Asian and Buddhist context, they are resuming a task begun at least 1,500 years ago.
Perhaps, in fact, we are looking at our history upside down. Some day, future historians might look at the last few hundred years of Euro- American dominance within Christianity and regard it as an unnatural interlude in a much longer story of fruitful interchange between the great religions.
Consider the story told by Timothy, a patriarch of the Nestorian church. Around 800, he engaged in a famous debate with the Muslim caliph in Baghdad, a discussion marked by reason and civility on both sides. Imagine, Timothy said, that we are all in a dark house, and someone throws a precious pearl in the midst of a pile of ordinary stones. Everyone scrabbles for the pearl, and some think they've found it, but nobody can be sure until day breaks.
In the same way, he said, the pearl of true faith and wisdom had fallen into the darkness of this transitory world; each faith believed that it alone had found the pearl. Yet all he could claim - and all the caliph could say in response - was that some faiths thought they had enough evidence to prove that they were indeed holding the real pearl, but the final truth would not be known in this world.
Knowing other faiths firsthand grants believers an enviable sophistication, founded on humility. We could do a lot worse than to learn from what we sometimes call the Dark Ages.
Philip Jenkins is Edwin Erle Sparks professor of the humanities at Penn State University. He is author of "The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia -- and How It Died," published last month.
© Copyright 2008 Globe Newspaper Company.
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2023.06.05 04:26 Tangou-888 The Hoax Story of Remarkable Testimony of a Buddhist monk in Myanmar (Burma) (Part I)

The Hoax Story of Remarkable Testimony of a Buddhist monk in Myanmar (Burma) who came back to life a changed man!
Introduction The story that follows is simply a translation of a taped testimony from a man with a life-changing story. It is not an interview or a biography, but simply the words from the man himself. Different people react in different ways when they hear this story. Some are inspired, some skeptical, a few will mock and ridicule, while some others have even been filled with rage and anger, convinced these words are the ravings of a mad man or an elaborate deception. Some Christians have opposed the story simply because the radical and miraculous events described herein do not fit their feeble image of an Almighty God.
We were first made aware of this story from several Burmese church leaders who shared it with us. These leaders had looked into the story and had not found any suggestion of it being a hoax. It was with this in mind that we decided to step out and circulate the story. We do not do so for any monetary gain, or with a motivation of self-promotion. We just want to let the story speak for itself, and invite Christian believers to judge it according to Scripture. If God wants any part of it to be intended for His glory or to encourage His people, then we pray His Spirit will work in the hearts of the readers in those ways.
Some people have told us they think the monk in this story never actually died, but that he just lapsed into unconsciousness, and the things he saw and heard were part of a fever-driven hallucination. Whatever you think, the simple fact remains that the events of this story so radically transformed this man that his life took on a complete 180-degree shift after the events described below. He has fearlessly and boldly told his story at great personal cost, including imprisonment. He has been scorned by his relatives, friends and colleagues, and faced death threats for his unwillingness to compromise his message. What motivated this man to be willing to risk everything? Whether we believe him or not, his story is surely worth listening to and considering. In the cynical West many people demand hard evidence of such things, evidence that would stand up in a court of law. Can we absolutely guarantee, beyond doubt, that all of these things happened? No, we cannot. But we feel it is worth repeating this man's story in his own words so that readers can judge for themselves.
My Early Years Hello! My name is Athet Pyan Shinthaw Paulu. I am from the country of Myanmar. I would like to share with you my testimony of what happened to me, but first I would like to give some brief background information from my life growing up.
I was born in 1958 in the town of Bogale, on the Irrawaddy Delta area of southern Myanmar [formerly Burma]. My parents, who were devout Buddhists like most people in Myanmar, named me Thitpin [which means 'tree' in English]. Our lives were very simple where I grew up. At the age of 13 I left school and started working on a fishing boat. We caught fish and sometimes also shrimp from the numerous rivers and streams in the Irrawaddy area. At the age of 16 I became the leader of the boat. At this time I lived in Upper Mainmahlagyon Island [Mainmahlagyon means 'Beautiful Woman Island' in English], just north of Bogale where I was born. This place is about 100 miles southwest of Yangon [Rangoon], our nation's capitol city.
One day, when I was 17, we caught a large number of fish in our nets. Because of the many fish, a large crocodile was attracted to us. It followed our boat and tried to attack us. We were terrified so we frantically rowed our boats toward the riverbank as fast as we could. The crocodile followed us and smashed our boat with its tail. Although no one died in this incident, the attack greatly affected my life. I no longer wanted to fish. Our small boat sank because of the crocodile attack. We had to go home to our village that night on a passenger boat.
Not long after, his employers transferred my father to Yangon City [formerly spelt Rangoon]. At the age of 18 I was sent to a Buddhist monastery to be a novice monk. Most parents in Myanmar try to send their son into a Buddhist monastery, at least for a time, as it is considered a great honor to have a son serve in this way. We have been observing this custom for many hundreds of years.

A Zealous Disciple of Buddha When I turned 19 years and 3 months old (in 1977), I became a normal monk. The senior monk at my monastery gave me a new Buddhist name, which is the custom in our country. I was now called U Nata Pannita Ashinthuriya. When we become a monk we no longer use the name given to us at birth by our parents. The name of the monastery I lived at is called Mandalay Kyaikasan Kyaing. The senior monk's name was called U Zadila Kyar Ni Kan Sayadaw [U Zadila is his title]. He was the most famous Buddhist monk in all of Myanmar at the time. Everyone knew who he was. He was widely honored by the people and respected as a great teacher. I say he "was" because in 1983 he suddenly died when he was involved in a fatal car accident. His death shocked everyone. At the time I had been a monk for six years.
I tried hard to be the best monk I could and to follow all the precepts of Buddhism. At one stage I moved to a cemetery where I lived and meditated continually. Some monks who really want to know the truths of Buddha do things like I did. Some move deep into the forests where they live a life of self-denial and poverty. I sought to deny my selfish thoughts and desires, to escape from sickness and suffering and to break free from the cycle of this world. At the cemetery I was not afraid of ghosts. I tried to attain such inner peace and self-realization that even when a mosquito landed on my arm I would let it bite me instead of brushing it off!
For years I strived to be the best monk I could and not to harm any living being. I studied the holy Buddhist teachings just like all my forefathers had done before me.
My life proceeded as a monk until I got very, very sick. I was in Mandalay at the time and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. The doctors did some tests on me and told me I had both Yellow Fever and malaria at the same time! After about one month in the hospital I was getting worse. The doctors told me there was no chance for me to recover and discharged me to make arrangements to die.
This is a brief description of my past. I would now like to tell you some of the remarkable things that happened to me after this times...

A Vision that Changed My Life Forever After I was discharged from the hospital I went back to the monastery where other monks cared for me. I grew weaker and weaker and was lapsing into unconsciousness. I learned later that I actually died for three days. My body decayed and stunk of death, and my heart stopped beating. My body was prepared for cremation and was put through traditional Buddhist purification rites.
Although I faded away in my body I remember my mind and spirit were fully alert. I was in a very, very powerful storm. A tremendous wind flattened the whole landscape until there were no trees or anything else standing, just a flat plain. I walked very fast along this plain for some time. There were no other people anywhere, I was all alone. After some time I crossed a river. On the other side of the river I saw a terrible, terrible lake of fire. In Buddhism we do not have a concept of a place like this. At first I was confused and didn't know it was hell until I saw Yama, the king of hell [Yama is the name ascribed to the King of Hell in numerous cultures throughout Asia]. His face looked like the face of a lion, his body was like a lion, but his legs were like a naga [serpent spirit]. He had a number of horns on his head. His face was very fierce, and I was extremely afraid. Trembling, I asked him his name. He replied, "I am the king of hell, the Destroyer."
The terrible, terrible lake of fire The king of hell told me to look into the lake of fire. I looked and I saw the saffron colored robes that Buddhist monks wear in Myanmar. I looked closer and saw the shaven head of a man. When I looked at the man's face I saw it was U Zadila Kyar Ni Kan Sayadaw [the famous monk who had died in a car accident in 1983]. I asked the king of hell why my former leader was confined to this lake of torment. I said, "Why is he in this lake of fire? He was a very good teacher. He even had a teaching tape called 'Are You a Man or a Dog?' which had helped thousands of people understand that their worth as humans is far greater than the animals." The king of hell replied, "Yes, he was a good teacher but he did not believe in Jesus Christ. That's why he is in hell."
I was told to look at another person who was in the fire. I saw a man with very long hair wrapped on the left hand side of his head. He was also wearing a robe. I asked the king of hell, "Who is this man?" He replied, "This is the one you worship: Gautama [Buddha]."
I was very disturbed to see Gautama in hell. I protested, "Gautama had good ethnics and good moral character, why is he suffering in this lake of fire?" The king of hell answered me, "It doesn't matter how good he was. He is in this place because he did not believe in the Eternal God."
I then saw another man who looked like he was wearing a soldier's uniform. He had a large wound on his chest. I asked, "Who is this man?" The king of hell said, "This is Aung San, the revolutionary leader of Myanmar." I was told, "Aung San is here because he persecuted and killed Christians, but mostly because he didn't believe in Jesus Christ." In Myanmar the people have a common saying, "Soldiers never die, they live on." I was told that the legions of hell have a saying "Soldiers never die, but they go to hell forever."
I looked and saw another man in the lake of fire. He was a very tall man and he was dressed in military armor. He was also holding a sword and a shield. This man had a wound on his forehead. This man was taller than any person I have ever seen. He was six times the length between a man's elbow and the tips of his fingers when he stretches his arm out straight, plus one span of a man's fingers when he spreads out his hand. The king of hell said, "This man's name is Goliath. He is in hell because he blasphemed the Eternal God and His servant David." I was confused because I didn't know who either Goliath or David were. The king of hell said, "Goliath is recorded in the Christian Bible. You don't know him now, but when you become a Christian you will know who he is."

I was then taken to a place where I saw both rich and poor people preparing to eat their evening meals. I asked, "Who cooked the food for these people?" The king of hell replied, "The poor have to prepare their own food, but the rich people get others to cook for them." When the food had been prepared for the rich people they sat down to eat. As soon as they started a thick smoke came up. The rich people ate as fast as they could to ease their consciences. They were struggling to breath because of the smoke. They had to eat fast because they were fearful of losing their money. Their money is their god.
Another king of hell then came to me. I also saw a being whose job is to stoke the fires beneath the lake of fire, to keep it hot. This being asked me, "Are you going into the lake of fire too?" I replied, "No! I am only here to observe!" The appearance of this creature stoking the fire was very terrifying. He had ten horns on his head and a spear in his hand that had seven sharp blades coming from the end. The creature told me, "You are right. You came here just to observe. I cannot find your name here." He said, "You must now go back the way you came." He pointed me toward the desolate plain that I had first walked along before I came to the lake of fire.
The Road of Decision I walked a long time, until I was bleeding. I was hot and in great pain. Finally, after walking for about three hours I came to a wide road. I walked along this road for some time until I came to a fork. One road, going off to the left, was wide. A smaller road went off to the right hand side. There was a signpost at the fork saying that the road to the left was for those who do not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. The smaller road to the right was for believers in Jesus.
I was interested to see where the larger road led so I started down it. There were two men walking about 300 yards ahead of me. I tried to catch up with them so I could walk with them but no matter how hard I tried I couldn't catch them up, so I turned around and went back to the fork in the road. I continued to watch these two men as they walked down the road away from me. When they reached the end of the road they were suddenly stabbed. These two men cried out in great pain! I also cried out when I saw what happened to them! I realized the bigger road ended in great danger for those who traveled down it.
Looking into Heaven I started walking down the believers' road instead. After traveling for about one hour the surface of the road turned to pure gold. It was so pure that when I looked down I could see my own reflection perfectly. I then saw a man standing in front of me. He was wearing a white robe. I also heard beautiful singing. Oh, it was so beautiful and pure! It was much better and more meaningful than the worship we have in churches here on the earth. The man in the white robe asked me to walk with him. I asked him, "What is your name?" but he did not answer. After I asked his name six times the man answered, "I am the one who holds the key to heaven. Heaven is a very, very beautiful place. You cannot go there now but if you follow Jesus Christ you can go there after your life has finished on the earth." The man's name was Peter.
Peter then asked me to sit down and he showed me a place to the north. Peter said, "Look to the north and see God create man." I saw the Eternal God from a distance. God spoke to an angel, "Let us make man." The angel pleaded with God and said, "Please don't make man. He will do wrong and will grieve you." [In Burmese literally: "He will make you lose face."]. But God created a man named anyway. God blew on the man and the man came to life. He gave him the name "Adam". [Note: Buddhists do not believe in the Creation of the world or of man, so this experience had a significant impact on the monk].

Sent Back with a New Name Then Peter said, "Now get up and go back to where you came from. Speak to the people who worship Buddha and who worship idols. Tell them they must go to hell if they don't change. Those who build temples and idols will also have to go to hell. Those who give offerings to the monks to earn merit for themselves with go to hell. All those who pray to the monks and call them 'Pra' [respectful title for monks] will go to hell. Those who chant and 'give life' to idols will go to hell. All those who don't believe in Jesus Christ will go to hell." Peter told me to go back to the earth and testify about the things I had seen. He also said, "You must speak in your new name. From now on you are to be called Athet Pyan Shinthaw Paulu ["Paul who Came Back to Life."].
I didn't want to go back. I wanted to go to heaven. Angels opened a book. First they looked for my childhood name (Thitpin) in the book, but they could not find it. They then looked for the name I had been given when he entered the Buddhist monk hood (U Nata Pannita Ashinthuriya) but it wasn't written in the book either. Then Peter said, "Your name is not written here, you must return and testify about Jesus to the Buddhist people."
I walked back along the gold road. Again I heard beautiful singing, the kind of which I have never heard before or since. Peter walked with me until the time I returned to the earth. He showed me a ladder that reached down from the heaven to the sky. The ladder didn't reach to the earth, but stopped in mid-air. On the ladder I saw many angels, some going up to heaven and some going down the ladder. They were very busy. I asked Peter, "Who are they?" Peter answered, "They are messengers of God. They are reporting to heaven the names of all those who believe in Jesus Christ and the names of those who don't believe." Peter then told me it was time to go back.
It is a Ghost! The next thing I was aware of was the sound of weeping. I heard my own mother cry out, "My son, why did you leave us now?" I also heard many other people weeping. I realized I was lying in a box. I started to move. My mother and father started shouting, "He is alive! He is alive!" Other people who were farther away did not believe my parents. I then placed my hands on the sides of the box and sat upright. Many people were struck with terror. They cried out, "It is a ghost!" and ran away as fast as their legs could carry them.
Those who remained were speechless and trembling. I noticed I was sitting in smelly liquid and body fluids, enough to fill about three and a half cups. This was liquid that had come out of my stomach and my insides while my body was lying in the coffin. This is why people knew I had indeed been dead. Inside the coffin there was a type of plastic sheet fixed to the wood. This sheet is placed there to retain a corpse's liquids, because many dead bodies release much fluid like mine did.
I learned later that I was just moments away from being cremated in the flames. In Myanmar people are placed in a coffin, the lid is then nailed shut, and the whole coffin is burned. When I came back to life my mother and father were being allowed to look at my body for the very last time. Moments later the lid of my coffin would have been nailed shut and I would have been cremated!
I immediately started to explain the things I had seen and heard. People were astonished. I told them about the men I had seen in the lake of fire, and told them that only the Christians know the truth, that our forefathers and us have been deceived for thousands of years! I told them everything we believe is a lie. The people were astonished because they knew what kind of a monk I had been and how zealous I had been for the teachings of Buddha.
In Myanmar when a person dies their name and age is written on the side of the coffin. When a monk dies, the monk's name, age and the number of years he has served as a monk are written on the side of the coffin. I had already been recorded as dead but as you can see, now I am alive!
Epilogue Since 'Paul who came back to life' experienced the above story he has remained a faithful witness to the Lord Jesus Christ. Burmese pastors have told us that he had led hundreds of other monks to faith in Christ. His testimony is obviously very uncompromising. Because of that, his message has offended many people who cannot accept there is only one Way to Heaven, the Lord Jesus Christ. Despite great opposition, his experiences were so real to him that he has not wavered. After many years in the Buddhist monk hood, as a strict follower of Buddhist teachings, he immediately proclaimed the Gospel of Christ following his resurrection and exhorted other monks to forsake all false gods and follow Jesus Christ with all their hearts. Before the time of his sickness and death he had no exposure to Christianity at all. Everything he learned during those three days in the grave was new to his mind.
In a bid to get his message out to as many people as possible, this modern-day Lazarus began distributing audio and video cassette tapes with his story on them. The police and Buddhist authorities in Myanmar have done their utmost to gather these tapes up and destroy them. The testimony you have just read has been translated form one of those cassette tapes. We are told it is now quite dangerous for citizens of Myanmar to be in possession of these tapes.
His fearless testimony has landed him in prison at least once, where the authorities failed in their bid to silence him. Upon his release he continued to testify of the things he saw and heard. His current whereabouts are uncertain. One Burmese informant told us he is prison and may have been killed, while another informant was told he is now released from prison and is continuing his ministry.
Translated by: Asian Minorities Outreach P.O.Box 901 Palestine, TX 75802 U.S.A. E-Mail: monkst... u/yahoo.com Website: http://www.antioch.com.sg/mission/asianmo
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Dear Triplegem Members, The following message was posted to the NDE.com Website by someone called 'James' on 23rd July, 2000. (NDE = Near Death Experience). The Monk's story is identical. But the source is different. Details can be viewed at
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The message began with: "Buddhist Monk visits Hell" I believe this person died, body decay & rotten. He was then brought to those places by the LORD to show him some vision. <-------
This is taken from a mission paper "Northside Missions Update" Northside Christian Centre 31-61 McLeans Road Bundoora Victoria 3083 Australia
The same 'Monk's Story' followed. Then, exchange of interesting messages took place at the NDE.com Bulletin Board among NDE regulars, some of them are Christians, and finally, someone called 'Melvin', 'a Myanmar Buddhist', posted the following message and the discussion came to a close.
The fact that the same story has re-surfaced in another form (cassette), perhaps in a another country is a bit disturbing!
Best wishes to all our Triplegem members, MM Lwin
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2023.06.05 00:15 Real_Village9045 Questions after attending first Divine Liturgy

Went to a Melkite Church today. It was my first ever Divine Liturgy, beautiful singing, beautiful prayers, and I am grateful the experience. There were booklets given out with all the prayers, chants and responses, and even when to sit or stand, so I felt a little less loss than I thought I would be. Everyone was really welcoming but I didn't have a chance to stay long and ask questions.
1) Sign of the cross--- I saw the majority of the people, except the priest, crossing themselves from left to right instead of right to left (with three fingers). Do Melkites make the sign of the cross differently than most other Eastern Catholics? Also, I figured that we cross ourselves whenever the Trinity is mentioned and when Father blesses us with the cross, but was lost at other times and could not keep up; is there a rule of thumb?
2) Same with bowing, when is that done?
3) Singing--- Is responding for everyone, or only for the choir? And if everyone can sing, is there a way to learn the chants? Every Lord have mercy I notice had a different tune, some were Greek, others were in English, and so I got lost!
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