Israel-Palestine: Who's Side am I on?

I was asked today what my thoughts on Gaza was. My first thought is this when it comes to anything geo-political: The state of Gaza is merely a geo-political concept, so too is Israel and Ireland and Britain and any other country that claims to exist.

On talking further it was clear that the discussion was more about whose side I was on. I just got the sense that the conversation was essentially a fishing for a condemnation of the attack on Gaza by Israel.

I won’t condemn the indiscriminate attack on innocent men, women and children no matter who is doing it. It doesn’t matter to me if you are pro-Israeli or pro-Palestinian or anti these. It doesn’t matter to me if you are unionist of republican.

Your Tears Touch the Eternal

I love that feeling you get in your throat when you are trying to talk while holding back the tears.

I love it because it means that there exists something or someone that means something to you.

It means that you have touched the unseen world where love, compassion and beauty exists.

It means that you have learned to love and feel love.

In that moment just before tears where the throat is tight and you are rendered speechless you have touched the eternal.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. - 2 Corinthians 4:18

Amen

5 Steps to Becoming a Christian Mystic

Hi folks, I'm back after my break.

During my time away I thought about what I feel is missing in the on line Christian realm is some shred of mysticism. The online sphere seems to be all about either fundamentalism or anti-fundamentalism and it is laden with debate. I’d like to get the ball rolling by giving this simple 5 Step guide to becoming a mystic.

5 Steps to Becoming a Christian Mystic
1. Begin by Praying
2. Then Pray again
3. Then you should Pray some more
4. Then take some time out to Pray
5. Then when you’re done Praying, pray some more.




15 Weird Bible Verses

There's no doubt that it's a weird and wonderful Bible that we have. The mixture of time, culture, language and geography have yielded a strange and interesting book that never fails to amuse, repulse and engage on every page. There is no doubt that there are some weird stories in the Bible and here are 15 of the weirdest. One must remember that these must be understood in their historical and cultural context. If ever you are in doubt always think, what would Jesus say of this verse. We must always remember that all Scripture must be understood in light of the Gospel. Would you add any to the list?

Kings 2:23

15. Numbers 31:32
These were the spoils which remained of the plunder taken by the fighting men: 675,000 sheep, 72,000 cattle, 61,000 donkeys, and as for persons, 32,000 young women who had had no intercourse with a man.
14. Genesis 16:8
And he said “Hagar, Sarai’s slave girl, where have you come from and where are you going?” She answered, “I’m running away from Sarai, my mistress.” The angel of the Lord said to her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to ill treatment at her hands.” [Pictured above]
13. Genesis 15:9
The Lord answered, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a she-goat, three years old, a ram three years old, a turtle dove and a young pigeon.”
12. Deut. 25:11
When two men are fighting and the wife of one of them intervenes to drag her husband clear of his opponent, if she puts out her hand and catches hold of the man by his privates, you must cut off her hand and show her no mercy.
11. Genesis 19:8
“Look, I have two daughters, virgins both of them. Let me bring them out to you and you could do what you like with them. But do nothing to these men because they have come under the shelter of my roof.”
10. Deut. 28:53
Then because of the dire straits to which you will be reduced when your enemy besieges you, you will eat your own children, the flesh of your sons and daughters whom the Lord has given you.
9. Judges 3:21
And Ehud reached with his left hand, took the sword from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly. And the hilt also went in after the blade, and the fat closed over the blade, for he did not pull the sword out of his belly; and the dung came out. [Pictured above]
8. Mark 14:51
A young man was following Him, wearing nothing but a linen sheet over his naked body; and they seized him. But he pulled free of the linen sheet and escaped naked.
7. Genesis 38:9
Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so when he went in to his brother’s wife, he wasted his seed on the ground in order not to give offspring to his brother. But what he did was displeasing in the sight of the LORD; so He took his life also.
6. Ezekiel 16:17
You also took the fine jewelry I gave you, the jewelry made of my gold and silver, and you made for yourself male idols and engaged in prostitution with them.
5. Kings 2:23
Then he went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up the road, some youths came from the city and mocked him, and said to him, “Go up, you bald head! Go up, you bald head!” So he turned around and looked at them, and pronounced a curse on them in the name of the Lord. And two female bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths. [Pictured above]
4. Deut. 23:1
No man whose testicles have been crushed or whose organ has been cut off may become a member of the Assembly of God.
3. Leviticus 24:16
Whoever utters the name of the Lord must be put to death. The whole community must stone him, whether alien or native. If he utters the name, he must be put to death.
2. Exodus 4:24
And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the Lord met him, and sought to kill him. Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, “Surely a bloody husband art thou to me”.
1. Ezekiel 23:19
Yet she increased her prostitution, remembering the days of her youth when she engaged in prostitution in the land of Egypt. She lusted after their genitals – as large as those of donkeys, and their seminal emission was as strong as that of stallions.

Final Thought for Fred Phelps


"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
(Mat 7:15-20 ESV)

Unfortunately we are still left with the rotting fruit, but hopefully this will soon decay.