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Working Definition of Compassion

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“compassion, a sympathetic awareness of another’s suffering or adversity coupled with a desire to lessen it.”

Have You heard it said…”knowledge is power!” NO! i modify that expression to ACCURATE knowledge is power! Power to do the compassionate/appropriate thing at the appropriate/needed time!

Why should the topic of compassion interest you? Because the Bible urges you to imitate Jehovah. (Eph. 5:1 “Therefore, become imitators of God, as beloved children,”) Yet, while humans were created to be compassionate, our imperfection as descendants of Adam inclines us toward self-interest. Sometimes we may find that it is not easy to decide whether we will help others or concentrate on ourselves. For some, this is an ongoing conflict, or a balancing act. What can help you to develop and maintain your interest in others?

Mental-health experts say that practicing compassion can improve your health, well-being, and relationships. When you relieve the suffering of others, you will feel happier, more optimistic, less lonely, and less inclined to think negative thoughts. Yes, your showing compassion will benefit you. (Eph. 4:31, 32 Put away from yourselves every kind of malicious bitterness, anger, wrath, screaming, and abusive speech, as well as everything injurious. 32  But become kind to one another, tenderly compassionate, freely forgiving one another just as God also by Christ freely forgave you.”)

Christians who lovingly seek to help others are rewarded with a good conscience, knowing that they are acting in harmony with godly principles. Having such a disposition makes for a more caring parent, a better spouse, and a better friend. Those who are quick to show compassion are, in turn, more likely to receive help and support when they need it.​—Read Matthew 5:7  “Happy are the merciful, since they will be shown mercy.”; Luke 6:38 “Practice giving, and people will give to you. They will pour into your laps a fine measure, pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing. For with the measure that you are measuring out, they will measure out to you in return.” [excerpts: Imitate Jehovah’s Compassion w 2017]

In what ways today can i be less self-concerned and more concerned with Others’ interests? In what added ways can i give more freely?

Practice makes…”better”…everyone feels better when shown compassion, eh? 🙂

 

5/27/17 @ 11:03 a.m.

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Taking Turns (at both poles?)

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or is it?…(patiently) waiting (my) turn…

“During their lifetime of about 30 years, terns may travel well over 1.5 million miles (2.4 million km). That is equal to three or four round-trips to the moon! “This is a mind-boggling achievement for a bird of just over 100 grams [3.5 ounces],” said a researcher. What is more, because arctic terns experience the summers at both poles, they see “more daylight each year than any other creature,” states the book Life on Earth: A Natural History.”

Their pattern and path is an indirect s shape…

“No matter where they began their migration, the arctic terns flew an indirect route. As shown in the illustration, a common Atlantic Ocean route took an S shape. The reason? The birds simply take advantage of prevailing wind system.” [excerpts article Awake! 2017 No. 4 The Amazing Arctic Tern]

Being (deliberately?) indirect can be quite effective/efficient, eh?! 🙂 (and quite the achievement!;)

(Don’t Ya just love birds/these tiny amazing birds?!)

5/10/17 @ 3:35 p.m.

So, the next time i think being more direct equates to getting more accomplished; …i’ll ride the prevailing wind! -lol;)

“IT WAS long believed that arctic terns flew about 22,000 miles (35,200 km) on their journey from the Arctic region to Antarctica and back. Recent studies, however, revealed that the birds actually fly much farther.” [Awake 2017 No. 4 excerpt]

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Starving? Feeding?

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There are also those of us who choose to champion compassion…who starve the (non-compassionate) beast within and feed the beauty within.
My intention is ALWAYS FEED COMPASSION:)
(cultivate & grow compassion everyday)
9/29/16 @ 1:30 p.m.
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Monday Morning Meditation(s)

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Generations of us humans have been raised in environments of extremes.  Look around, look around! Hatred, crime, violence, murder, rape, racism, etc., etc., etc., most things unpleasant…grow and flourish in permissiveness. Well-being and happiness does not thrive in such an environment.

Overly permissive programming does NOT lead to happiness and long-term joy or pleasure! Without any clear cut standards whatsoever or practical principals of compassion, morality, ethical boundaries to protect fellow-fragile-life…sad results are evident everywhere!…just about in every home, every neighborhood, every community, every country on the planet…social and other sufferings abound. (Many of us who think we are “free” are actually enslaved to non-compassion.)

Does permissiveness lead to peace? Is permissiveness reasonable/balanced? Does permissiveness lead to longevity of life? or quality of life? Does permissiveness make us truly free?

do i need to be redeemed? am i suffering needlessly because of my environmental education? my programming? do i need reeducation? do i need help?

(of course i do!)

Why do we/fellow-fragile-life “have to” die??…may be IF we were less permissive, we could really live aka enJOY life!

My Monday Morning ranting is over…this video caught my attention:

 

 

9/26/16 10:01 a.m.

p.s. @ 12:20 p.m. Reader:) my week-end was spent comforting and helping (and also attending yet another funeral of a friend who sadly died)…among other things (including 2 sick kids)…and with a week-end like that…cannot help but have a meditative Monday.

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drinking derision

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lapping it up??
or
laughing it up??

(what do you drink?..usually?…NOT a drinker!) but
OUCHYWAWA!!!

not afraid…what can man do to me? (throw sticks and stones, etc.)

(or not do to me)?

this aging-dying body/(yet growing-renewing-living mind)

this warm blooded (and warm hearted? so, i’ve been told)

be…ing…

believes in

bloodless surgery

figuratively and literally. (amazing what bloodless mind surgery can accomplish…opening minds to learn/live/change aka compassion education)

i

refuse.

i

don’t want blood (anybody’s) on my hands…or somebody’s/anybody’s precious-sacred-life-liquid running through my veins.

(how does that make me a murderer?…)

yet

that’s what i’ve been called vehemently/loudly!…because i refuse to accept blood. (but i don’t refuse the best possible/research/evidenced-based non-blood medical treatment) (no, i’m not sick…was asked hypotheticals)

usually…harsh words i don’t let stick…(you know: sticks and stones may break my bones, but names never hurt me…(too much))

i would shut up more or be more quiet..IF i really cared about how most people think of me/judge me…

for being a different thinker/doer/believer…

i’m not trying to defend myself…(just coping through writing this i guess)

not trying to call the fellow-fragile-life…a not nice name…just feel bad that this person…(a stranger to me really) thinks that…(comes to that conclusion)

it hit my compassion nerve!… for someone who “tries” (not saying succeeds)…the best i can..everyday to be as loving, compassionate and kind/forgiving…to not hurt/step on any fellow fragile life in any way…including what some call “pests” aka bugs…for me…being called a “murderer” cuts pretty deep: OUCH!! (i try hard “not to take” things personally..the good or the bad. Strive to keep emotional neutrality/balance.)

No, i will not donate blood nor transfuse..i just know/firmly believe there are healthier/better choices i can make to prolong life.  It’s a spiritual health choice first than a physical health choice second. (i wish, in that “brief” conversation, i was able to effectively explain why blood is too sacred, to me, to consume for any reason…i would rather die myself than take somebody’s precious blood.) It’s hard for some to understand that…i understand that. (May be ? for them blood is their only hope.)

What other man is like Job,Who drinks up derision like water? (Job 34:7)

commentary/highlights on this verse excerpted (w 06)

How was Job like a man “who drinks up derision like water”? In his distressed state, Job was inclined to take the ridicule of his three visitors as directed toward him, although they were really speaking against God. (Job 42:7) Thus, he was taking in derision like someone who drinks water with enjoyment.

(4/7/14@1:22a.m.)..p.s.oops, VERY tired..wrote/published this 4/5/16 early morning@1a.m…

p.p.s. double oopses!-lol:)..yes, today is May 5, 2016…right??..see what i mean about “trying”..;)

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2 Worlds

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A cold world. A warm world. A dark world. A light world. A Loving world. A Loveless world.  A world without understanding. A world with empathy. A world without compassion. A world with compassion. A hungry world. A well-fed world.
In which world do you exist? In which world do you live? In which world do you die? In which world do you thrive?
How do you help, rescue, save someone from the dark…from cold, hunger, hate??… you patiently educate and you pray/communicate, you help, and you love …you build a bridge…(a mediator needed of course)…

The divine masterpiece… that nourishes my mind and heart with wholesome spiritual food…aka the Bible…speaks of a people. It describes qualities/positive traits (of a loyal/true friend)… that would be exhibited by a relatively small few throughout human history…who thereby would represent (by their choices/way of living/behavior/obedience to compassion) the True God of Compassion and Agape Love (Yahweh/Jehovah)…it says God would organize, direct and bless their efforts that would bridge, build and maintain an oasis…a “spiritual” paradise–a “reality” of light, understanding, empathy, love, compassion, forgiveness…and on-going education…

Become imitators of God, as beloved children.—Eph.5:1.

Read this practical illustration today:

Our appreciation for a new dish becomes deeper as we first smell its aroma, then savor each morsel of it, and finally prepare the dish ourselves. Similarly, we deepen our appreciation for a quality of Jehovah by getting acquainted with it, reflecting on it, and then imitating it in our own life.

Those who “know” the True God of Compassion…don’t kill, maim or hurt on purpose (not in the name of God or anyone/anything else)…fellow-fragile-breathing-life…they would comfort, selflessly help, forgive…and strive to set a positive example of peace, loving behavior and respect. 🙂

Who wouldn’t want to live in a “warm” world like that?? A world where you are loved. A world where you are respected (and not exploited or abused). A world where You are forgiven and understood…and helped.

A warm world of light and delight(s)!:)

“But the path of the righteous is like the bright morning light That grows brighter and brighter until full daylight.” 

The way of the wicked is like the darkness; They do not know what makes them stumble.” (Proverbs 4:18, 19)

This proverb is saying…according to Biblical scholars:

Still using the analogy of a path, Solomon declares: “But the path of the righteous ones is like the bright light that is getting lighter and lighter until the day is firmly established.” (Proverbs 4:18) Undertaking a study of the Bible and trying to apply what it says in life can be likened to starting out on a journey in the early morning darkness. As the blackness of the night sky lightens to dark blue, we can hardly see anything. But as the dawn gradually breaks, we slowly distinguish more and more of our surroundings. Finally, the sun shines brightly, and we see everything in clear detail. Yes, the truth gradually becomes clearer to us as we persist in studying the Scriptures patiently and diligently. Supplying the heart with spiritual nourishment is essential if we are to safeguard it against false reasoning.

Personally, 1 way of my thinking of false reasoning is..as anything that would take me away from a/my dedicated compassion course, path, etc…(and loyalty to the God/Sovereign of Compassion.)

 What would You choose: a warm/loving-compassionate world?! (a cold/bitter-hateful world lacking compassion?)

Honestly, i am/want NO PART of a HATEFUL WORLD!:(

 

(Published 1/26/15 @ 1:57 p.m.)…oops…4:40 p.m. THANKS for overlooking my typos…were/where.;)

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POP

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Keep, throw and give.

Keep, Give, Throw,

Give, Throw, Keep…any combination of (my) 3 organizational categories…will do.

Got it? Give it? Throw it?…will You keep…attention?!…(managing disorder/mess (aka entrophy*), eh? YAY! when my project(s) is/are complete…(who am i kidding: it’s the never-ending project: of “this” life/compassion/family/growth/laundry/learning life skills).

(Seems like the more i try to simplify…the more complicated my organizational skills/requirements must become.)

Man, OUCHY-WAWA! 🙁 i’ve got a (literal) migraine today…could be the cold weather front, etc…POP…my head feels like it could explode. (It’s challenging to concentrate on tasks/typing at hand.) i need some honey, honey…(oh, and you know a cup of green tea) was (in my recent past) reading about: “The Honeycomb” (my highlights) Awake! January 2015

For centuries, mathematicians suspected that partitions in the shape of hexagons were better than equilateral triangles or squares—or any other shape—for maximizing space with the least amount of building material. But they could not fully explain why. In 1999, Professor Thomas C. Hales provided mathematical proof for the advantage of what he termed “honeycomb conjecture.” He demonstrated that regular hexagons are the best way to divide a space into equal parts with minimal structural support.

By using hexagonal cells, bees can make the best use of all the space available to them, produce a light but sturdy honeycomb with a minimum amount of wax, and store the maximum amount of honey in a given space. Not surprisingly, the honeycomb has been described as “an architectural masterpiece.”

Today, scientists mimic the bees’ honeycomb to create structures that are both resilient and space efficient.

(That’s it: a “nature/Divine/God-Yaweh-Jehovah” solution (Divine Education)…my life in honeycomb…arranged (invisibly)/simply and sweetly/hexagonal-y.)


*entrophy:

my/man’s self-importance/pride IS dangerous/destructive/venomous to all relationships/ecosystems aka living arrangements on/(in) this planet/(house)…(throw it away)…or get rid of it: self-importance before it destroys all the honey, peace and open……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………space.
Logically thinking/contemplating about  the compassionate/healthy/positive/loving ripple/residual effects: (of practical counsel/application thereof):
“Do nothing out of contentiousness or out of egotism, but with humility (or lowliness of mind) consider others superior to you as you look out not only for your own interests, but also for the interests of others.
(Philippians 2:3,4)
 The end…nope! POP: The BEGINNING:)
(published 1/6/15@5:48 p.m.)
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Spirit & Soul

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12/24/14 edits to this post: What i am doing 12/25…(most likely)

aka additional information about There is “No Spirit Part of Man that Survives Death“.

Vocabulary can get confusing. (Actually, i started a glossary for my various writings…a while back…for clarification to any Readers…because I use some nuanced words. However, it was a time-consuming endeavor and has been put aside (for now). I find it useful to describe/define any term I am using (IF necessary) while i’m using it.

I’m into simplification and not complication.  

(Have You noticed ? how super-big WORDS tend to draw attention to the writer/author/blogger and attention away from the gist of the message/piece of writing?) The HUGE WORD droppers/writers…it’s kinda like being a name dropper…it seems to put the spotlight on the writer as being important…showboating intelligence and what reader wants to be made to feel/look like a dummy because of not being familiar with a certain word…yet.)

Just wondering: Is unselfish/compassionate writing taking into consideration your audience/readers and making them feel comfortable by using familiar words?! Hey, i’m not smarter than any reader nor would i want them to think that i think i’m “superior” to them in any way. We are all breathing-fragile-life…each growing and learning at our own particular rate and pace…acquiring vocabulary everyday. Don’t get me wrong, i like big words when/if i choose to use…it’s judiciously…and sparsely.

Though, I realize simple/small words can pack a big (symbolic/poetic) punch…(impact).

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12/26/14 edits: Religious vocabulary can get confusing…different religions use common words in different ways. For example, “spirit” and “soul”…and “death”…The world’s most translated as well as the world’s best-selling book, The Bible, describes and accurately identifies these terms in logical/contextual manner.  Mutual understanding of common terms is the basis for effective communication in any active/living relationship(s). So, it makes sense to me…that for there to exist spiritual unity/peace…there must exist a mutual agreement concerning various basic spiritual terms.

Most religious dogma is in conflict with the context and meaning of certain spiritual terms used in the Bible. Many common religious teachings of many so-called Christian religions such as the trinity teaching or the immortality of the soul or transubstantiation or that the earth was created in 6 literal days are no where to be found in the Bible. These teachings and others are made-up fiction by man and also by  religious leaders to control/exert authority/power over others (such as non-scholars/non-readers of the Bible) and these above-mentioned various doctrines are not written in the Bible.

My recent talk, given the evening of  12/25/14, highlighted points about the terms “spirit” and “soul” : Psalm 146:4 “ His spirit* (or breath) goes out, he returns to the ground;+On that very day his thoughts perish.+ (Revised New World Translation)

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12/27/14 edits: The Byington Bible translates “The breath in him will go out, he will go back to the soil he came from, that day his goodwill is a total loss.”

According to the Bible because of the inheritance of sin and death from Adam, humans all die losing their active life force/ru’ach or take their last breath and return to the dust or soil/earth.

Notice this excerpt from What Does The Bible Really Teach: (my highlights)

Bible writers used the Hebrew word ru′ach or the Greek word pneu′ma when writing about the “spirit.The Scriptures themselves indicate the meaning of those words. For instance, Psalm 104:29 states: “If you [Jehovah] take away their spirit [ru′ach], they expire, and back to their dust they go.” And James 2:26 notes that “the body without spirit [pneu′ma] is dead.” In these verses, then, “spirit” refers to that which gives life to a body. Without spirit, the body is dead. Therefore, in the Bible the word ru′ach is translated not only as “spirit” but also as “force,” or life-force. For example, concerning the Flood in Noah’s day, God said: “I am bringing the deluge of waters upon the earth to bring to ruin all flesh in which the force [ru′ach] of life is active from under the heavens.” (Genesis 6:17; 7:15, 22) “Spirit” thus refers to an invisible force (the spark of life) that animates all living creatures.

In Hebrew “soul” is ne’phesh and in Greek soul is psy·khe′ …the context of the Bible identifies the meaning of the word “soul”…the words ne’phesh and psy.khe’ appear over 800 times in the Bible…so, there is no question/doubt and clear evidence that soul is referring to people, animals and the life people and animals enjoy. Absolutely no where in the bible is immortal or everlasting attached/linked to soul. As a matter of fact, the Bible says at Ezekiel 18:4 “The soul that is sinning–it itself will die.”

 Also, at Genesis 2:7 we read: “Jehovah God proceeded to form the man out of dust from the ground and to blow into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man came to be a living soul.” (Note that this does not say man was given a soul rather he became a soul, a living-breathing person.)

There is no dichotomy [division] of body and soul in the O[ld] T[estament]. The Israelite saw things concretely, in their totality, and thus he considered men as persons and not as composites. The term nepeš [ne′phesh], though translated by our word soul, never means soul as distinct from the body or the individual person. . . . The term [psy·khe′] is the N[ew] T[estament] word corresponding with nepeš. It can mean the principle of life, life itself, or the living being.”—New Catholic Encyclopedia (1967), Vol. XIII, pp. 449, 450.

“The Hebrew term for ‘soul’ (nefesh, that which breathes) was used by Moses . . . , signifying an ‘animated being’ and applicable equally to nonhuman beings. . . . New Testament usage of psychē (‘soul’) was comparable to nefesh.”—The NewEncyclopædia Britannica (1976), Macropædia, Vol. 15, p. 152.

Here is a great illustration that helps us appreciate the difference between soul & spirit…(my highlights)

The soul and the spirit are not the same. The body needs the spirit in much the same way as a radio needs electricity—in order to function. To illustrate this further, think of a portable radio. When you put batteries in a portable radio and turn it on, the electricity stored in the batteries brings the radio to life, so to speak. Without batteries, however, the radio is dead. So is another kind of radio when it is unplugged from an electric outlet. Similarly, the spirit is the force that brings our body to life. Also, like electricity, the spirit has no feeling and cannot think. It is an impersonal force. But without that spirit, or life-force, our bodies “expire, and back to their dust they go,” as the psalmist stated.

Speaking about man’s death, Ecclesiastes 12:7 states: “The dust [of his body] returns to the earth just as it happened to be and the spirit itself returns to the true God who gave it.” When the spirit, or life-force, leaves the body, the body dies and returns to where it came from—the earth. Comparably, the life-force returns to where it came from—God. (Job 34:14, 15; Psalm 36:9) This does not mean that the life-force actually travels to heaven. Rather, it means that for someone who dies, any hope of future life rests with Jehovah God. His life is in God’s hands, so to speak. Only by God’s power can the spirit, or life-force, be given back so that a person may live again. ~excerpt What Does the Bible Really Teach

Is there a spirit part of man that survives the death of the body? NO! when an appliance/machine/car stops working/functioning…no electricity/unplugged or no gas/no juice…it’s used up and gone. Soul and spirit work together and without each other/relationship of life…no function/no work/no life exists.

Simple logic and…clear identification of “soul” and “spirit”…sparks/lights the brain!:)

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What i am not doing on any 12/25

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falling! Falling? Yeah, i am choosing to stand (the best i can)!…and i’m super thankful for the best present i get every waking day: LIFE!…and strong legs that keep me upright. 🙂

For me and my personal compassion walk: requires Standing UP against the commercialization of religious myths that enslave/control, victimize and pacify the masses and their monies. (Religion is big business.) i will definitely not be joining any masses at mass…even IF invited by the Pope. With all due respect: What makes this sinner-man so spiritually special and above the rest of us sinners that he gets a title and adulation?? Didn’t Jesus, the guy who’s suppose to be the Pope’s superior/boss, himself say in the New Catholic Edition of the Holy Bible:  “Do not you be called ‘Rabbi’: for one is your Master, and all of you are brothers. And call no one on earth your father; for one is your Father, who is in heaven.”

WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES: Jesus condemned the religious leaders of his day for their love of titles and their desire for prominence. He said that those men loved “the first places at suppers and the front seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the market place, and to be called by men ‘Rabbi.’” Jesus then told his disciples: “Do not you be called ‘Rabbi’; for one is your Master, and all you are brothers. And call no one on earth your father; for one is your Father, who is in heaven.”—Matthew 23:1-10, New Catholic Edition of the Holy Bible. (my highlights)

So, i’m not falling for any holiday hoopla and religious hypocritical pomp…and here’s why: Myths of Christmas present and past:

Fact: Jesus was NOT born on December 25th.

Notice (an excerpt of) what the Vatican/Catholic newspaper L’Osservatore Romano has said:

Regarding the date when Christmas is celebrated: “The real date of Jesus’ birth, from the historical viewpoint, lies concealed beneath a veil of uncertainty as regards Roman history, the imperial census of that time and research in the subsequent centuries. . . . The date of 25 December, as is well known, was chosen by the Church of Rome in the fourth century. This date in pagan Rome was dedicated to the Sun god . . . Although Christianity had already been affirmed in Rome by an Edict of Constantine, the myth of . . . the Sun god was still widespread, especially among soldiers. The above-mentioned festivities, centred on 25 December, were deeply rooted in popular tradition. This gave the Church of Rome the idea of impressing a Christian religious significance on the day by replacing the Sun god with the true Sun of Justice, Jesus Christ, choosing it as the day on which to celebrate his birth.”

Check it out: (my highlights) What are the Facts about Christmas?…excerpt:

First, many celebrants believe that Christmas is a birthday celebration for Jesus. However, historians widely concur that the date of his birth is unknown. The Christian Book of Why notes that “the early Christians refused to set aside a date marking Jesus’ birth” because they wanted “to divorce themselves from all pagan practices.” Interestingly, the Bible gives no indication that Jesus ever celebrated his own birthday or anyone else’s. In contrast, he did command his followers to commemorate his death.—Luke 22:19.

Second, many scholars agree that most Christmas traditions have their roots in non-Christian and pagan customs. These include Santa Claus, as well as using mistletoe and the Christmas tree, exchanging gifts, burning candles and Yule logs, hanging decorative wreaths, and caroling. Regarding some of these customs, the book The Externals of the Catholic Church observed: “When we give or receive Christmas gifts, and hang green wreaths in our homes and churches, how many of us know that we are probably observing pagan customs?”

For me…a person who highly values EDUCATION(and considers myself a life-long learner-reader/researcher/progressive …tweaker)...i cannot help, but agree with the following:

  In his book TheTroubleWithChristmas, author Tom Flynn set out conclusions reached after years spent researching Christmas:

“An enormous number of traditions we now associate with Christmas have their roots in pre-Christian pagan religious traditions. Some of these have social, sexual, or cosmological connotations that might lead educated, culturally sensitive moderns to discard the traditions once they have understood their roots more clearly.”—Page 19.

  “After presenting a mass of supporting information, Flynn returns to the basic point: “One of the great ironies of Christmas is how little of its content is truly Christian. Once we dispose of the pre-Christian elements, most of what remains is post-Christian, rather than authentically Christian, in origin.”—Page 155.”

When you personally research/learn about the origins and practices of Christmas…You clearly see virtually every aspect of Christmas is NOT Christian nor Bible-based whatsoever!!
Sorry, but this begs the following tough questions:
Are so-called “Christian” celebrants of Christmas just pretenders??…You know: pretending to be Christian in name only?? or just uneducated?? Or lovers of parties and gifts vs. lovers of Christ who never went to a birthday party?!
The education i have received from The Bible (and not from the pope or from any church) has taught me to think for myself and to use my own power of reason…and not blindly follow any uneducated path.
 Just keeping it (my life) REAL…aka honest…and free from traditional burdens.
For some further context please see:  Compulsory Giving or Cheerful Giving?
or may be ? You’re singing: the Anti-Christmas song along with Joss Stone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn9kSsvocfc

 

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