the Shroud of Turin

The Shroud of Turin is believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ.

I had wondered about the history of the Shroud of Turin prior to it entering recorded West European history in the 14th century (shortly after the time of the “Black Death” or pandemic of bubonic plague).

 

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mental illness: contagious psychosis

Can mental illness be contagious?  And, if so, how can such a contagious mental illness be spread?

The spread of an infectious and contagious disease usually requires a means or path of transmission called a vector.  In the case of a viral or bacteria infection, a person has to come into physical contact with the virus or bacteria to contract the disease.

If various forms (or “strains”) of mental illness can be contagious, then what are the physical vector(s) in the transmission of the disease?

 

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daily practice

If the soul is thought of as clay, it can be difficult to mould or to shape.  There is a certain resistance or inertia to change embedded in one’s human nature. If one can achieve constructive change in one’s self, there is always the possibility of reverting to an earlier form or going back to bad habits (relapsing, or backsliding so to speak).

 

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The real causes of black rage?

Again we see violence in the streets of a US city.  This past weekend the scene was Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The spark that lit the fuse appears to have been the slaying of an armed black man by a black police officer.

But, why do we hear, from audio of the mob in the streets, chants and screams for beating any and all white people who may be travelling down the city streets?

Let’s consider that there are other reasons (than police shootings) for this growing, or at least simmering, black rage in America’s cities.

 

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sexual love within marriage: its giving nature

The sexual love the spouses share with each other is naturally giving.  Sadly, among married Christians there is much confusion on this subject of sexual love, with some spouses needlessly suffering from unhealthy inhibitions and even feeling shame in the marriage bed.  This is so unnecessary.  Letting go of, or shedding these inhibitions and shame will open you to a deeper, richer emotional intimacy with your spouse during your lovemaking.

Mutually fulfilling lovemaking is not the only necessary ingredient for a successful, lasting, happy marriage – but the reality is that it is one of the key ingredients!  And, God intended that both spouses enjoy sexual fulfillment within their loving marriage.  (If you doubt this, consider the sexual capacity (for arousal, desire and pleasure) in both the man and the woman all throughout each month.  Of course, the emotions are also intimately involved.)

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just because we can do something, does not mean that we ought to do it

Why do we humans do the things we do?

Why are we always tinkering?

Why do we show no self-restraint?

Why do we play act at being God?

We may not have very good answers, but it is important to raise the questions in these days.

The small placard on the wooden man says “tinkering”.  (All photos in this essay were taken at the Exploratorium in San Francisco this past Saturday, 20 September 2014.)

 

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a poem

The bombs began to fall

There were flashes beyond the walls

A child playing with a ball

ran down the long hall

Then we heard death’s call

 

What lay in the courtyard below?

A child’s charred doll

 

I now have dreams

filled with screams

 

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the left and anarchists fomenting civil war

Violent protests occurring nightly in several large US cities since the 2016 election – what does it mean?

In the past 2 years, we have seen ugly and destructive riots in the streets of many US cities when the Left does not get its way. It does not matter what the specifics are (or were).  Be these police actions, police investigations, trials, elections, whatever – the Left turns violent when it does not obtain its preferred outcomes.  The ugly face of the Left is its true face.

 

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