Did you know, that it’s a sin to have a Christmas tree? As it says in Jeremiah 10:2-4:
Thus says the LORD:
“Learn not the way of the nations,
nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens
because the nations are dismayed at them,
for the customs of the peoples are vanity.
A tree from the forest is cut down
and worked with an axe by the hands of a craftsman.
They decorate it with silver and gold;
they fasten it with hammer and nails
so that it cannot move.
Many don’t believe that owning and decorating a Christmas tree is a sin, but there are many others who interpret this passage in a different light, and believe that such trees are indeed sinful. One must be careful when interpreting the Bible, for you can make it say whatever you wish of it, if you take it out of context. For example, I can tell you that all you need to do in life, is to curse God and die. For as Job’s wife told him in Job 2:9, Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.” This is one extreme example to show the care which should be taken when quoting the Scriptures. This verse is in the Bible; however, it’s within the context of Job being tested, and the Bible provides enough evidence to show that his wife is not a trustworthy narrator. Or what would happen if I picked Genesis 9:7 to be my verse to live by: “And you, be fruitful and multiply, increase greatly on the earth and multiply in it.”?
Many have grown up with the story of “Moses and the Ten Plagues of Egypt.” The tale of how God had used Moses to free His people from slavery in the land of Egypt, by displaying His power through ten plagues, before parting the Red Sea and leading His people to Mount Sinai. However, today I would like to focus on one particular character within this account–Pharoah.
Pharoah was the king of Egpyt, the embodiment of the god Horus, the supreme ruler of the land. A man who had the power for announcing your execution for blinking wrong. And a man who had become so twisted inside, that he saw what was evil as good. This was the man who God had sent Moses too, to ask for the release of His people. But when Pharoah refused, and did not head the sign of Aaron’s staff that he was opposing the God of gods, then did the Lord send His wrath upon Egypt.
The ten plagues are many things. They are signs of God’s strength and power–for each shows that all things are at His command. They also show that He is God. That Ra is not the god of the sun–Yahweh is. That Hapi is not the god of the Nile–Yahweh is. That Pharoah is not the god of Egypt–Yahweh is. Each plague proved God’s strength, as He demonstrated that He is more powerful than any other ‘god’ that man creates.
Yet, the plagues are also a sign of God’s grace. If He wanted to, He could have smitten Pharoah and erased Egypt from the map. Yet, after each plague, Pharoah is given a chance to repent. Continue reading
Pigs are gross!
They wallow in mud, in filth (since they possess no sweat glands to keep themselves cool, which brings new light to the expression, “Sweating like a pig”). The pig was designated “unclean” to God’s people in the Old Testament (most in-likely to protect them from diseases and parasites that can be contracted when pork is not properly cooked), And the pig, because it parts the hoof but does not chew the cud, is unclean for you. Their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch (Deuteronomy 14:8). And when hungry enough, pigs will eat practically anything: slop, leftovers, fruits and vegetables, tree bark, grass, bugs, corn in cow patties, rotting roadkill, even a human body–flesh, meat, as well as bone. It’s amazing that something so good as bacon, comes from creatures like these.
However, like humans, they dream and like to snuggle, they are extremely curious and enjoy exploring, they even enjoy (as discovered in animal sanctuaries according to PETA) listening to music, kicking soccer balls, and receiving massages. We share many more traits with these animals than what we would like to admit, besides genetically and physically–especially our digestion systems (since both pigs and humans are omnivores). Continue reading