Lent for the 1st time.

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Sometime after lent had commenced I decided that maybe I ought to try it, not that I was aware of when it started exactly, as the local church is somewhat neglected by the church authorities and don’t even have a service every Sunday; but that’s ok, the most important thing is that the church hasn’t been closed and is still standing strong, open at all times, after all these years. (It’s Norman and an absolute beauty).

Lent was interesting as it functions like a habit-breaker, I was not entirely successful but at least I gave it a go and tried my best. The biblical reason for this strange “celebration” is that Jesus was wandering around in the desert for a while and withstood temptation from the Devil ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

I personally have not reached this section of the Bible as I’m still working my way through the Old Testament; I’ve largely been a protestant-in-name-only, (or secular protestant) my entire life, gradually turning to Christianity over the last few years. So lent was pretty new to me (just like attending Holy Communion), but a valuable lesson nonetheless.

The Church of England is struggling greatly; they don’t have enough funds to look after England’s numerous and beautiful places of worship, and most people who I’ve run into complain about dwindling numbers when it comes to attendance.

It is rather sad since England is an Anglican country and so far I have to say that I’ve really enjoyed whatever services I’ve come to; I also heard complaints about general low attendance over in Norway last time I was there. There also seem to be many women who take it upon themselves to keep the faith alive by becoming priests.

The Old Testament is proving a very interesting read as it illustrates how various tribes interact with one another; how everyone travels to Israel to shower the Jews with gifts and praise when they are strong and under tough leadership, while everyone tries to take advantage, looting and conquering the Jews once they are seen as weak! The work is repetitive, as I’ve also written in the very looooong review that I’m writing about it; it is hard to read due to the fact that it was not written to be a page turner. Names of entire Jewish families are listed over and over and over again, which certainly makes for tiresome reading. I therefore decided to check out “The Lion Encyclopaedia of Jesus.,” just to get a more “in-depth” introduction to Jesus; in comparison to what little I already knew.

If you feel like helping persecuted Christians then please read this: “Persecuted Christians around the World.”ย If you live in England then maybe this will be of interest: “The Vulnerability of the Poor & Our Shared Cultural Heritage.” Here are some interesting petitions to check out:ย Petitions To Sign & Share.

Here are more books on spirituality & self-help:

โ€œAn Angel Saved Meโ€ by Theresa Cheung.

\m/ Spiritus Gladius \m/

The Map of Heaven โ€“ by Dr. Eben Alexander & Ptolemy Tompkins.

Spooky Cults, Online Shaming and Alcoholism.

โ€œDonโ€™ts for Weddingsโ€ from 1904.

Abortion.

Is Christianity & Islam Compatible?

Patron Saints of Europe.

Intellectual vs. Popular vs. Physical Satanism.

St.Patricks Day a Christian Holiday??????????

A History Magazine from Norway.

Ancient Greek Myths โ€“ The Universe, The Gods, And Mortals told by Jean-Pierre Vernant.

The Odyssey โ€“ for children.

Boosting Energy So You Can Play More!

The Occult Symbolism of Led Zeppelin

How To Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie.

Willing To Win.

Taking Back Your Time. (goodbye April, hello May)

Bli Best Med Mental Trening by Erik Bertrand Larssen.

The Chimp Paradox.

Live Better & Longer by Michel Cymes.

Lโ€™ Art De La Simplicitรฉ By Dominique Loreau.

The Clever Guts Diet by Dr. Michael Mosley.

Persecuted Christians around the World.

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Please check outย Open Doorsย who help Christians in trouble. You sign up for free information and can write cards to imprisoned believers. You can also donate. Small amounts make a huge difference. It is quite shocking to read about the suffering these people of faith have to endure, especially since a lot of these stories are kept out of the mainstream media.

I didn’t know for example that Egyptian girls risk being kidnapped by Muslims if they are Christian. They get approached much in the same way as we’ve seen Muslim men do over here in England – with so-called grooming; here in Europe girls end up being pimped out by the guy they thought was their boyfriend, while girls in Egypt think that they’ve met their future husband only to be forcefully converted and married off to someone else. A grim affair indeed; intended to bring shame and humiliation upon Christian families.

There are also stories of minorities within minorities such as Rohingya Christians, who are never really mentioned by anybody. Persecuted Christians seems to be largely a non-topic, with former Muslims turned Christians an even greater non-topic….This global issue has thankfully been mentioned by US Vice President Mike Pence (which I’ve mentioned before), even England’s Theresa May lent her voice during her Christmas message and met with representatives from Open Doors, etc; Hopefully we’ll see a change in the popular narrative as a result? One can hope.

Grizzly tales are shared within the pages of these magazines from communist countries such as North-Korea and China, yet Muslim majority nations appear to be the greatest offenders when it comes to intolerant, violent, persecution of those that they disagree with. Which is particularly interesting when bearing in mind that many of these Islamic territories used to be Christian once upon a time, even Jewish in some instances (which I’ve mentioned in another entry).

It is obvious that there are many tragic fates that are being kept away from the public light, which is a great shame. We should remember these people and their stories. It is even better if we remind them that they are not alone! Sign up for Open Doors’ monthly information package if you are curious and want to help; it’s free!

*Note: needless to say there are countless various religious denominations out there. I find that to be pretty self-explanatory, but decided to update this blog entry (21.March.2018) with this basic reminder, due to the current politically sensitive hysteria we sadly experience all over the Western world. When talking about averages, regardless of the group mentioned, “Not All” should be an unnecessary detail to add. *

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\m/ Spiritus Gladius \m/

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The spiritual is real I say, I’ve known it for a while! You don’t need a church to feel God’s presence! Even though I’m not done reading it I’ll insert some cool quotes from The Holy Bible, which is not a read for the faint hearted.

And as the LORD took delight in doing you good and multiplying you, so the LORD will take delight in bringing ruin upon you and destroying you; and you shall be plucked off the land which you are entering to take possession of it.” “In the morning you shall say, ‘Would it were evening!’ and at the evening you shall say, ‘Would it were morning!’ because of the dread which your heart shall fear, and the sights which your eyes shall see.”

If there is among you a poor man, one of your brethren, in any of your towns within your land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him, and lend him sufficiently for his need, whatever it may be.”

And if your brother becomes poor, and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall maintain him; as a stranger and a sojourner he shall live with you. Take no interest from him or increase, but fear your God; that your brother may live beside you.”

Know therefore, that the Lord your God is not giving you this good land to posses because of your righteousness; for ย you are a stubborn people.”

If any one kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death on the evidence of witnesses; but no person shall be put to death on the testimony of one witness.”

“You shall not make any cuttings in you flesh on account of the dead or tattoo any marks upon you: I am the Lord.”

“All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace.” Isaiah 54:13

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I’m slightly opposed to selective quoting, and it is of course of importance to point out that there might be several different interpretations of celestial phenomena when looking at various creation myths.ย The Christian God is described as The God, but this doesn’t nullify the existence of other deities as other gods are mentioned, etc; As a “secular Christian,” even ย as an individual who’s always been questioning life, the world, the universe, etc; there is obviously a great deal I do not know, (especially as someone raised in a post-modern West) about our Holy Texts, what came before Christianity (Norwegians were converted by the sword,) and also our founding documents/constitutions in the West, clearly stating and outlining our principles, values and “mission.” It is a good idea to look into these things as a citizen, so as to know what our various Nations and people stand for; if not we will not know what is being transformed and how. We will not know what others fought for, or what they sought to defend.

Then again it can probably be argued that it is all a mirage; but even if that is the case it is our reality.

What a read! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ Check out some of these Hancock quotes: "The eye of Heaven penetrates the darkest chambers of the soul, traces the leading clue through all the labyrinths which your industrious folly has devised; and you, however you may have screened yourselves from human eyes, must be arraigned, must lift your hands, red with the blood of those whose death you have procured, at the tremendous bar of God!" ๐Ÿ—ฝ "Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed, by the soft arts of luxury and effeminacy, into the pit digged for your destruction." ๐Ÿ—ฝ "But I thank God that America abounds in men who are superior to all temptation, whom nothing can divert from a steady pursuit of the interest of their country, who are at once its ornament and its safeguard." ๐Ÿ—ฝ #johnhancock #theconstitution #americanconstitution #usa #theunitedstatesofamerica #America #MAGA #thefoundingfathers #theconstitutionoftheunitedstatesofamerica #eagle #americaneagle #merica #bookstagram #books #reading ๐Ÿ—ฝ

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If you feel like writing a letter to persecuted Christians in North Korea, suppressed by the evils of communism you can do so here.ย I’ve read whatever information that has been sent to me from the “Open Doors” organisation, and it is truly bizarre to read about a leader who places himself as a God above his people. You have to bow down to statues of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il, and make sure that your wall-pictures of these mortal communist men are nice and clean looking. Incredible. If you want to receive information about persecuted Christians such as the ignored Rohingya Christians, sign up for “Open Doors,” it is also possible to help out financially of course.

Here are some intriguing articles to check out:

The Apostles.

Archangel Michael.

Lightworkers.

 

Is Christianity & Islam Compatible?

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Politicians and the mainstream media are constantly telling us that the two religions are the best of friends. These days it isn’t uncommon to hear of Islamic prayers being held within the walls of Christian churches, I even attended a lecture myself about persecuted Christians where the lecturer told me that Muslims and Christians should stand more together. This was something he said after delivering a presentation where he explained that the most common persecutors of Christians are Muslims … This speaker labeled the secularists as the greatest evil. His endorsement of Islam came after he had described how Muslims didn’t want to walk past him when he was out walking his dog, as Muslims detest these animals….He also stated that Jihadis will stop with their murderous activity when given BMWs and other materialist goods here in Europe … since welfare and exposure to convenience will eradicate Militant Islam.

It seemed like the audience was slightly bewildered, as some certainly were supportive of his conclusion due to mixed grandchildren or after having attended Interfaith events; in contrast there were those speaking of how Muslims had harassed them here in England, and they did not seem very happy nor convinced. Not that long ago I attended a service where the priest highlighted at every opportunity, how unique Christianity is and how this faith is the most peaceful one. A shocking thing to hear in these politically correct times. Thou Shall Only Have One God? Really? We even prayed for the Jihadis here in England; that they may find enlightenment in Jesus Christ. So we basically prayed for their conversion so that they will stop killing Europeans. Hilarious, I couldn’t believe it. Where is the media when you need them? Another service that I attended at another church a while back was more directed towards young people, they had speakers rather than preachers, and the one we heard, spoke of how Muslims were harassing her and making fun of her Christian faith. This girl looked like she came from India and thanked her church for providing her with enough information through their Bible Study Group, so that she could defend her faith from Muslims humiliating Jesus.

So … what happens when you Google what I wrote in the title of this entry? What does Islam say about Christianity? What is the relationship between the two, since we are so similar according to our politicians and journalists?

This is what you’ll find, written by those who’ve read the Muslim & Christian texts:

Islam vs. Christianity – A very good comparison.

Islam vs. Christianity 2

Islam vs. Christianity 3

Islam vs. Christianity 4

Islam vs. Christianity 5

When you are done looking at those you can read what a Mainstream Media Outlet Thinks.

 

Patron Saints of Europe.

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I was looking ย for a symbol that could represent Europe besides the EU flag. On my quest for this I came across the following Saints listed below … I guess I was thinking of Athena, patroness of Athens while I was searching for a “unified Europe symbol” I couldn’t really find much besides what I’ve listed โ†“

  1. Saint Benedict.
  2. Saint Catherine of Siena.
  3. Saint Ansgar.ย The patron saint of Scandinavia.
  4. St. Teresa Benedicta of The Cross.
  5. Bridget of Sweden.
  6. Saint Cyril & Saint Methodius
  7. Saint Scholastica, the twin sister of Saint Benedict.
  8. Jan Hus.ย A very interesting read about one of the “predecessors” of Martin Luther.
  9. Christina, Queen of Sweden.ย An interesting read about the “tomboy Queen” who converted to Catholicism & abdicated her throne.
  10. Eternal King and Patron Saint of Norway:ย Saint Olaf.
  11. Saint Magnus Erlendsson.ย A patron Saint of Norway.
  12. Religious Retreats.
  13. Croatian Hand Tattoos.
  14. What the KKK and the & Catholic church have in common.
  15. Odin.

 

St.Patricks Day a Christian Holiday??????????

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I had no idea that St.Patricks day was a religious holiday or had religious roots.

I guess the name should have rung a bell, but all I associate with St.Patricks are crazy outfits, people drinking and “kiss me I’m Irish”.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to celebrate your ancestry, and awesome that the Irish are proud of being Irish, I’m just puzzled by the fact that it is originally a festivity to celebrate Christianity’s arrival/rise in popularity in Ireland.

And that Saint Patrick was a……… missionary. Say Whaaaat?

Apparently, Saint Patrick died on this day, so according to tradition the Irish would go to church on the 17th of May (?) , pubs would be closed (??? No Guinness???)

American Irish Immigrants re-invented the holiday. They faced a hard reality in America and wanted to show the world they were proud of their roots ( now that’s awesome!) ย and eventually it gave way to a more commercialised celebration. Which is what we see today.

I guess that this is the way most traditional celebrations go. My little brother got a ย Disney book for Christmas with, well Christmas stories, and according to these tales, Christmas is all about gifts. I remember sitting there reading this for my brother going…ehhhmm…whaaat? Is this the new official background story for Christmas?

But I guess that this is the way that all “traditions” end up being presented in the end.

So I guess….thumbs up to all of you who are proud to be Irish \m/

……and thumbs up to St.Patrick (?) for driving out the “snakes” (translation: heathens) out of Ireland….?

How would St.Patrick have felt about this holiday turning into a huge drunken binge?

Is it cool or is it not?

Are religious holidays spent celebrating in an old-fashioned style out of date?

Has it become irrelevant or is it more important than ever to know our history? You tell me.

“may you be a half hour in heaven before the devil knows your dead”–apparently an Irish saying, just loved the sound of it. Found it online somewhere ๐Ÿ˜›