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Blog authors:
  • Codepainter
  • Jesuschick
  • MegiddosGirl
  • The Cow (bio)
  • Dougie P
  • Paul (dixiegato)
  • HeirForceChick
  • Alex (bio)
  • xxpinknblackxx
  • Megiddo - site manager (bio) (meaning)


    Cool links to cool places:

  • A christian search engine, very useful!

  • An online Bible with every version I've heard of and a few I haven't!

  • A site created by Megiddo for Christian teens!

    About God:

    How do you describe the indescribable? If all the seas turned ink, all the plant to writing tools, and all the sky to parchment, it would not be enough to describe God's vastness. That's the God I serve.

    If you're interested in learning more about God, you can leave a message here, you could go to this site and leave a message or you can read on.



    God
  • God loves you (John 3:16).
  • God is holy and just. He punishes all evil and expels it from his presence (Romans 1:18).

    People
  • God, who created everything, made us for himself to find our purpose in fellowship with him (Colossians 1:16).
  • But we rebelled and turned away from God (Isaiah 53:6) The result is separation from God (Isaiah 59:2). The penalty is eternal death (Romans 6:23).

    Christ
  • God became human in the person of Jesus Christ to restore the broken fellowship (Colossians 1:19-20). Christ lived a perfect life (1 Peter 2:22).
  • Christ died as a substitute for us by paying the death penalty for our rebellion (Romans 5:8). He arose (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) and is alive today to give us a new life of fellowship with God, now and forever (John 10:10).

    Response
  • I must repent for my rebellion (Matthew 4:17).
  • I must believe Christ died to provide forgiveness and a new life of fellowship with God (John 1:12)
  • I must receive Christ as my Savior and Lord with the intent to obey him. I do this in prayer by inviting him into my life (Revelation 3:20).
    Cost
  • There is no cost to your salvation comes to you freely (Ephesians 2:8-9).
  • But it comes at a high cost to God (1 Peter 1:18-19).
  • Ultimately your response is a life of discipleship (Luke 9:23-24).


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    Wednesday, April 28, 2004
    Lesson in the 'Lore Of Cow'

    I am The Cow.

    The Infamous Cow, to be proper, and just plain old Cow to anybody who likes me enough to be familiar with me. I'd tell you what I look like, but that doesn't really matter, as that really doesn't matter. The only thing you'll ever know for sure about me is what I tell you, and what we talk about. The blessing and the curse of the internet, eh?

    This is, as best as I can tell it, my life and my faith, plain and simple:

    First Fact Of Life: I am a Catholic.

    I know that oftentimes Catholicism is misunderstood, especially by other Christians, so let me just say this:

    I have never worshipped Mary. Catholics never had. I have never worshipped any saint, ever. Neither has any real Catholic. I read the Bible, and so do all practicing Catholics. Dissimilar to any of the other denominations of Christianity, we have a Pope (Right now, it's a fellow by the name of John Paul II) leading us, who we also don't worship. The only reason we like saints, Mary, popes or anything else faith-related, is because they are reminders of Christ.

    Nothing is as important as a personal, honest relationship with Christ, and NOTHING should get in the way of that.

    That sentence there, leads me to several important and controversial political issues, which are directly affected by my being Christian, including abortion, gay marriage, and a whole bunch of stuff concerning priests, including being married, or being a woman.  If you want to argue with this stuff, I'd be happy to, but be forewarned I do have 2,000 years of tradition backing me up.

    Okay, so there's the first fact of my life for you: I'm proudly and solidly Catholic.

    Second Fact of Life: My family is awesome, no matter what I say. We're far from perfect, but we're a family. That's the closest bond you can have with anybody, is to make them family. I first saw the light of Christ glowing though my parents, and my 3 brothers are the best I could hope for, and I'll love them till it kills me. And it has come close from time to time, let me tell you...At one time, I actually *did* jump off a cliff to try and help my brother after he fell. You may notice that jumping off a cliff to help somebody who just fell off a cliff may not help them too much, but it was spur of the moment, and it's the thought that counts, right?

    Third Fact Of Life: I am more than thoroughly convinced that I am part of the greatest circle of friends since the 12 Apostles. Honestly. I'm not exaggerating in the least, as odd as it may seem. We didn't meet at school, or at a concert, or at work. We don't even go to the same church. But nonetheless, we stand together, facing the world against us, as Catholics, as brothers and sisters, and fight the good fight. I would trust any one of the men with my life, and I would rather die than let one of my sisters be harmed. It sounds so archaic, and weird, and I know it also know it's moderately easy to say you'd die for somebody and somewhat another thing to go get killed in real life. Insofar as I can think into the future, I would face the day bravely with them at my side. I'm pretty sure they feel the same, although I don't think I've even talked about it all with them. Some things, you just know. 

    2 Yars and a Huzzah!!!

    Let me think, about how many of us are there? I'd say about 30 of just of the high-school and college age guys, but it's somewhat more complicated than that. Not only do we enjoy each other, but we EVEN like our parents! And younger siblings!!! What the heck kind of gang are we, huh? So as long as several dozen best friends, I also have 8 or 9 more sets of moms and dads looking out for me. And we also adopt any grandparents who are willing to hang out with us. And we do tend to stick in groups, so there are already a bunch of us reading the site. You can expect some strange familiarity in the comments boxes from all of us.

    In other unrelated stuff, I'm a youngish, bigish fellow. I'm actually quite a strange fellow, now that I have to write about me. I'm on the verge of becoming a through-and-through rocker, and love a good, ear-splitting racket to do my work to. The best band in the universe? Five Iron Frenzy. That's right.

    But next to some good rock music, I love nothing in school as much as a good pile of English homework, and I run a fake magazine about the various happenings and thoughts I've been around lately. But when I'm not rocking out, and typing up a storm, I'll go pray at the church up the street, read theology books or  church documents, to try and better understand everything better. Spend a lot of my time on the phone, on my email, on instant messenger, or on sites like this one talking about God with various and assorted people who'll take the time to listen. Sometimes, I can do all of those at ONCE!!!

    No, not really. Just kidding.

    Shameless Self-Promotion Plug: My homepage, which I run with two good fellows by the name of Paul and Alex is also pretty awesome. You can go check us out at http://paul.hollowcube.com

    Anyhow, that's just about the basics. Oh, and I like long walks on the beach and pina coladas at sunset. Any further questions can be asked in the comments box, I suppose.


    Posted at 11:06 am by The Cow
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    Saturday, April 24, 2004
    This is Alex

    ...or at least, this is the biography of Alex.

    As far as any of you are concerned, I’m a saint; and the fact that you haven’t met me yet, is simply another sign of the sad state of world affairs. Wow, don’t I just radiate humility? No, not really, but that’s what we’re here for, so by gum, that’s what I’m striving for: “ON TO SAINTHOOD!!”

    As of the moment, 4/21/2004 8:20P.M., I am about 16 years of age; and I have been for about 6 months now. In the next few paragraphs, I will attempt to enlighten you on different aspects of myself for the sake of shining some sort of luminosity on the maniac behind the madness.

    I am a Catholic. And I’m pretty sure that I’ve been Catholic since before I was potty trained, though I can’t remember exactly when that was… this is proof that I got my priorities straight at a very young age. My first priority, period, is my faith! Everything else is subsequent.

    Second to my faith, is my family. I am the second oldest of 7 children, who all come from the same two parents who have been happily married for almost 20 years! It’s not very hard to stay in shape when you live with so many guys, little as they may be. When I’m not being brutally beaten by the afore mentioned, I’m babysitting the two youngest, or standing someone in a corner, or changing a diaper, or making lunch, while simultaneously trying to accomplish a small amount of school, among other things. Life is beautiful! Oh, and just so you know, true joy is a pair a warm dry clothes after a dampening experience.

    I’m your typical, ordinary, average, everyday, run-of-the-mill, ho-hum, Pro-life, Catholic, Home-shooler! I attend a Mass in Latin every Sunday in Seattle, am part of a pro-life youth group(run by youth;), and on top of that, I have the greatest friends that anyone could ask for! Mr. Meggido may or may not have realized this, but a fairly good portion of the people on this site, are actually a very close, very Catholic circle of friends in Washington; and they truly are the greatest!

    So I guess, that’s the general order of my priorities: Faith, Family, Friends, and everything else.

    What else? I enjoy going to the park to play capture the flag, which by the way, is the ultimate sport! No kidding! I like Football, Ultimate Frisbee, Baseball, Basketball, but Capture the Flag is really the best all around work out. Recently though, I’ve found a keen new interest in Wake Boarding, and Ice-Skating! I run, but I don’t do track and field. When I do run, I take a 3 ½ mile run, which takes me 20 minutes. I also enjoy walking very long distances from one destination to another, bare-foot, wearing a T-shirt with big bold letters that say, “Pro-Life”!

    I’ve played pianer for eightish years now… which is long enough, for me, to learn more about it than someone who knows nothing. Music is a pretty big part of my life in fact. Some of my favorite ‘bands’ are: Five Iron Frenzy, Relient K, Newsboys, Supertones, Brave Saint Saturn, to name only a few; all come very highly recommended! But those are only rock bands. I also quite enjoy many jazz artists, as I am an unofficial jazz pianoist.(Yes, I meant to spell it that way) Oldies will never die. But some of my favorite music of all time, is what is commonly known as ‘classical’ music; Beethoven, Liszt, Shubert, Brahms, Gershwin, Debussy, Joplin, Mozart are a few of my favorites that come to mind! I also love choir music. In fact, the only kind of music that I really don’t like a whole heck-of-a-bunch, is Country; and for those of you who do like country, I will agree that not all country is dead dogs, second wives, beer, and eviction, but most of it is. There are exceptions, very good exceptions.

    Other than music, I really like to think, and thus I like to write. And that is why I enjoy Blogging. I think it’s totally awesome to have this Blog, which is entirely dedicated to faith issues and whatnot! It gives me the chance to write about my nearest and dearest entity of thought; God. God really is the Source and Summit of all Light and Happiness! And that’s cause for thought by itself eh?

    Well, now you probably all know more about me than you ever cared to. I’m glad to be here; and it is my fondest hope that those of you who read this, and will never have a hope of ever meeting me in this life, might have cause to meet me in the next.

    “ON TO SAINTHOOD!”

    Posted at 08:42 pm by Alex
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    Thursday, April 22, 2004
    rockin out to some showtunes

    Alrighty... Has anyone ever seen Jesus Christ, Superstar? It's an amazing rock opera and I love it to death. I'm not even kidding. I saw it in Seattle on its off Broadway production on 2003 and I've loved it ever since. The music is amazing and ahhh it's just a really wonderful show. If it's EVER near you I recomend you see it. You don't even have to be religious... a great woman once pointed out to me that the Bible is the best book around... multiple great plots, eh?  I think so... I love this musical!!!

    The reason this all sprang up is because I just downloaded some music from the show.

    Synopsis:

    Jesus Christ Superstar chronicles the last seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth as seen through the eyes of his disciple, Judas Iscariot, who has become disillusioned with the movement. At the opening of the play, Judas agonizes over his perception that Jesus' followers have become fanatical and unrealistic, hailing him as a god and twisting his words into monstrous prophecies. After all, in Judas' mind, Jesus is only a man--a man with certain inconsistencies, as evidenced by his relationship with Mary Magdalene. As the crowds in the street grow more and more out of control, the rift between Jesus and Judas grows. After watching Jesus lose control in the temple, lashing out at the moneylenders and merchants, then begging to be left alone when a crowd of cripples surround him asking to be healed, Judas is more convinced than ever that the man from Nazareth is just that--a man, and nothing more. He determines that Jesus, having lost control of the mob, has become dangerous and must be stopped. He goes to the priests and gives them all the information they need to catch Jesus alone so that they can take him prisoner without risking violence by the mob. After leading the soldiers to Gethsemane, however, and watching the events that unfold, Judas soon realizes that he has been tricked by God into being the instrument of Jesus martyrdom. Furious that the man from Nazareth will be remembered as a "Superstar," Judas hangs himself.


    Its amazing too...

    This is the song Judas sings...

    Everytime I look at you I don't understand
    Why you let the things you did get so out of hand?
    You’d have managed better if you’d had it planned
    Why’d you choose such a backward time and such a strange land?
    If you’d come today you could have reached a whole nation
    Israel in 4 BC had no mass communication
    
    Don’t you get me wrong - I only want to know
    
    Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ
    Who are you? What have you sacrificed?
    Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ
    Who are you? What have you sacrificed?
    Jesus Christ Superstar
    Do you think you’re what they say you are?
    Jesus Christ Superstar
    Do you think you’re what they say you are?
    
    Tell me what you think about your friends at the top
    Who’d you think besides yourself’s the pick of the crop?
    Buddah was he where it’s at? Is he where you are?
    Could Mahomet move a mountain or was that just PR?
    Did you mean to die like that?
    Was that a mistake or
    Did you know you messy death would be a record breaker?
    
    Don’t you get me wrong - I only want to know
    
    Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ
    Who are you? What have you sacrificed?
    Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ
    Who are you? What have you sacrificed?
    Jesus Christ Superstar
    Do you think you’re what they say you are?
    Jesus Christ Superstar
    Do you think you’re what they say you are?

    I'll leave you with that... Jeez this musical is good.

    Posted at 05:55 pm by xxpinknblackxx
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    Meditation

    Proverbs 29
    25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
    but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.

    Posted at 07:30 am by Megiddo
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    The laws of thermodynamics

       Have you ever looked at the laws of thermodynamics? These laws themselves prove the existance of God. Let's discuss them.

    Law #1:
    Energy can be changed from one form to another, but it cannot be created or destroyed. The total amount of energy and matter in the Universe remains constant, merely changing from one form to another.

       Energy cannot be created or destroyed? This brings up the question of how the energy came to be in the first place. If you just say, 'It's been here forever' check the next law.

    Law #2:
    In all energy exchanges, if no energy enters or leaves the system, the potential energy of the state will always be less than that of the initial state

       This is saying the things 'wear down'. A watch will run until the battery is out of charge, you will go down a hill until you run out of hill, etc. In every energy transfer, there is also wasted energy. Heat is a wasted energy, and I'll explain why in a moment.
       The universe is constantly trying to balance itself out. A charge flow from a battery flows into a circuit because there is a voltage difference. Water moves because of a pressure difference. Heat transfers because of a temperature difference. These difference make things move, let us exist, and keep the world in check.
       So if heat is always moving ( and it moves from hot to cold ) why hasn't the entire universe become a uniform temperature? The answer is that the universe has not existed forever, and the universe is still 'balancing itself out'. Eventually, the universe would become a uniform temperature, it would reach its equilribium.
       So, if the universe has not existed forever, and it couldn't have created itself, ( due to its laws ) it must have been created from an outside source.
       Our creator loves us, and he left us the story of creation in his Word, the Bible. If you have never read the Bible before, you really should do so! The Bible has brought love, peace, and joy wherever it is accepted. ( By the way, what are the three things that man continually seeks? Peace, love, and joy. We long for those three things )

    Posted at 07:28 am by Megiddo
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    Wednesday, April 21, 2004
    Wasting Time...

       There's nothing that wastes time quite as good as watching TV or playing computer. Nor can you remember the details of what you did/watched the next day. Is it really worth it?
       The time we're here on this planet belongs to God. Is this how he wants us to spend it? I really doubt it... What do you accomplish by doing nothing? ( obviously... nothing! )
       But then again, I believe that we often try to do too much. God wants us to slow down and think once in a while. How do we keep this balance?
       Pray about it. Ask God how He wants you to spend your time today. I promise he won't let you down in showing you can do.

       I, unfortunately, have been wasting way too much time recently. I've been playing one computer game the whole day the past week. I pray that I will be able to break this addiction and get back to more important things.

       I hope that you'll learn a lesson from me, and don't become too 'obsessed' with things that are not important to life or your relationship with God.

    Posted at 10:25 pm by Megiddo
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    I'm making a comeback

    What do Otter pops, Converse All Stars, and I all have in common?

    We're all making a memorable come-back.

    Who am I?

    Alexis. I'm young. Smart. Funny. Opinionated. Fun. AND I love God. What's cooler? Uh... ice.

    My Education

    For five years I've attended a private Catholic school. I've gone to Mass every Thursday at 8 AM since I was 9 (yeah. I'm a young'un) and I've had religion classes all throughout. You want the truth? I'm going to miss my religion class next year at public school.

    Thats right. Me. I'm going to miss talking about God. A subject I sometimes hide from in order to escape embarrassment. But you know what? I'm not embarrassed anymore.

    Oh and another thing about me... I can't spell. So don't get on my case. I do my best.

    My home

    My family isn't divided by divorce... it's actually really small. For a Catholic family. (Was that a dis? I dunno.) Theres my dad, mom, sister, and I... and I only have four cousins. Wow... that is small. Sometimes I wish I had a bigger family, but I'm happy with the family I have. They're grrrrrreat.

    My friends

    I have a few different sort of friends. School, acting, camp, and church friends. They're all different... Sadly, we never talk about church often. My school friends, when they do, only put it down, but I think they might find comfort in the Church too.

    My secret

    One time I had a dream. In it I was sitting with a few friends on the ground in my school's Church. We were just leaning against the pews talking. When I look back on this I think it's me showing myself that the Church works in my life daily. I also think it means I find comfort there, and enjoy it.... either way, I'm not complaining.


    Anyways, I'm really excited for this. I've found out a lot about myself and God in the past weeks, and I'm anxious to share.

    See you all later!


    Posted at 04:59 pm by xxpinknblackxx
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    Tuesday, April 20, 2004
    Sexual Abstinence and our society

    This article is by Hannah:


    This is an article I wrote in response to an anti-abstinence article in the teen opinion section (NEXT) of the Seattle Times. I thought you might want to post it, since it's something you and your readers would be interested in.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I was very interested in the “Garden of Abstinence” article by Anne Kim published in the April 18 edition of NEXT. As a 19 year-old product of the “true-love-waits” type of abstinence education Bush encourages, I have a few comments. Kim seemed to think that abstinence education would consist of a teacher repeating over and over, “Don’t have sex,” to a room full of teens. She pointed out that, in our culture, this wouldn’t be sufficient to discourage sexual promiscuity. I totally agree. However, in my experience, abstinence education not only discourages premarital sex, but goes further by giving teens solid reasons for making that decision and arming them with the tools needed to abstain in our society.
    So, what are these solid reasons? First of all, I learned that sexual promiscuity during the teen years is only a rehearsal for infidelity in marriage later on. To see the truth in this statement, just read what The Center for Disease Control and Prevention said in a 1978 publication on divorce rates: “Rising from 2.2 per 1,000 population in 1962, the divorce rate had doubled by 1973 and reached 4.9 per 1,000 population by 1975.” Note: the divorce rate doubled DURING THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION. Furthermore, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, the divorce rate for 2002 was 4.0 per thousand, which means that, in a society where the revolution’s ideals are still upheld, the divorce rate hasn’t changed much from 1973. It seems reasonable that, in light of this information, the millions of teens who have been hurt by their parents’ breakups will more willingly abstain in order to break that cycle of infidelity.
    I also learned that promiscuous sex encourages a disregard for human dignity. Schools may be teaching “safe sex”, but sex without consequences quickly becomes unjustifiable and gratuitous. I believe this has contributed to numerous sexual offences and heartbreak because it allows teens to take advantage of each other, to view peers as objects to satisfy their physical lust instead of humans with dignity. Furthermore, treating sex as an uncontrollable teenage activity lowers the general teenage reputation because it likens young people more to animals without self-control than humans who have the ability to abstain. Abstinence is the ONLY way to correct these problems.
    Other benefits include the absolute surety that STD’s won’t be exchanged and a reduction in unwanted pregnancies and abortions. All in all, the picture this paints is one of a far better society.
    But what are the tools used to abstain? I learned to dress modestly to lessen temptation, to boycott any media encouraging sexual promiscuity, to respect people by not looking at their bodies, and to surround myself with friends who hold the same ideals.
    Does this seem like an impossible dream? I don’t think so, and neither do the many other teens who HAVE SUCCEEDED in abstaining, even in our sex-obsessed culture. Abstinence is not easy, but the personal and societal benefits will more than make up for the sacrifice.

    Posted at 09:44 pm by Megiddo
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    Monday, April 19, 2004
    Part the first: How do you know that God exists?

    Anything that is to be said in debate of the true existence of a God unseen, is to be based upon a universal fact known as the law of casualty: “Anything which begins to exist, must have been brought into existence by something distinct from itself.” This is just as evident a fact as is 2+2=4. All, without the help of philosophical argumentation, know and understand this law.
    What about a man, who claims to see no evidence of the existence of God? The first thing that one should realize of such a man, is pity, rather than anger; hope, rather than impossibility. Those that know not God, know not also that God knows them; not only knows, but also created and loves them! And not only loves, but loves unconditionally, and eternally! This, when it is realized to it’s full extremity, (which is not at all possible), is, very understandably, incredibly unbelievable to many people. This is the chief reason that one doubts the existence of God, denial.

    So it follows that the various arguments by which our reason proves conclusively the existence of God may be divided into two groups: Those which are derived from the contemplation of the visible world; and those which are derived from the contemplation of the human soul. These two arguments in turn are divided up into two more arguments per group: the Teleological, Cosmological, Historical, and Moral Arguments.

    First Group
    The Teleological Argument is the argument, which is brought about by the contemplation of the wonderful orderliness, and purpose arrangement of the universe.
    From the very existence of the world, from the movement of life in the world, we infer the existence of some Cause different from it and superior to it, of some original giver of life and motion. This is called the Cosmological Argument, from the Greek word kosmos meaning world.

    Second Group
    Man is by nature both a religious and a moral being. From the examination of the religious nature of man, we drive what is known as the Historical Argument; and from the consideration of his moral nature, the Moral Argument for the existence of God.” –Fr. John Laux(On whose book this argument is based)

    And so it begins:

    Consider life. We have stated the law of casualty, in which all agree that everything must come from something distinct from itself. If this is true, when did life begin? What caused ‘life’? These are questions that are posed to the Cosmological Argument, the argument concerning God and the Origin of the Universe.

    Of the three main systems of beliefs, Materialism, Pantheism, and Theism; only Theism is capable of explaining the ‘origin of the universe’.

    Pantheists believe that “We ourselves and all around us are merely the manifestation of one and the same Substance, one original Force that thinks in man, seizes its prey in a wild beast, unfolds bud and leaf in an oak, darts through the clouds in lightning, strikes the cliff in a storm wave.” According to the Pantheist, we are all God, or a part of God.

    Materialism is believed that “We ourselves and all around us, earth and all the stars, are due to chance, the product of whirling Atoms, how arisen, how ending, known to none.”

    Both Materialism, and Pantheism agree in rejecting the reality of a personal God, and therefore both are irreconcilably opposed to Theism, which says, “All has arisen from the fiat of an intelligent Creator, and all exists in consequence with a definite purpose”.


    Pantheism does not answer our question about the origin of life, because in order for it to be true, Pantheism must contradict itself. You see, if everything that is, must have a cause, then there are, and always will be an infinite number of smaller causes; but an infinite series with no beginning is where we run into a contradiction. Because, the beginning has to have a cause; but the cause has to have been before the beginning. If Pantheism is true, then there was no greater ‘cause’ to create a beginning, because we are all a manifestation of the ‘Cause’; and being human, we physically cannot be our own creators, because we are finite, and have not always been. The ‘cause’ of humanity, has to have been, before mankind was; this ‘cause’ is infinite and, obviously, this is not we.

    Materialism, answers the question of our existence, like a pair of spectacles answers a hearing problem. Materialism cancels itself out, for many of the same reasons that Pantheism is false. They, the materialists, believe that life was brought into existence by random whirling of atoms that suddenly came together and created life. This makes obvious the reason why life might seem so insignificant to many people; for if you believe that life was brought about by ‘eternal’ random airborne atoms, what is life worth living for? Furthermore, Matter, cannot be self-existent of it self from all eternity. This is the contradiction. According to law of casualty, everything that is, had to have a beginning, or had to become of something else; so where did the matter come from? Here, there is no explanation, except that matter has always existed, which of course is absurd. Matter cannot set itself in motion, cannot produce organic life, sensitive life, consciousness, reason, thought, speech, moral goodness, order, beauty. It was well said by Fr. Laux, “It is surely the strangest aberration of the human mind, to use the words of a modern philosopher, when Materialism placed the Atom on the throne of God.

    The preceding are only a few arguments on the reasonableness of the existence of a Supreme Being, Who is Eternal, and self-existent. (Theism) God is the reason for all things! “In His own image and likeness He created them, Man and Woman…” We are His most wonderful creations, and yet we are the only of His creations that has the nerve to defy His existence! This is because we, as human beings, are the only of His creations, that have been given free will, thought capability, and most importantly, an immortal soul!!! God Exists. Strange how so many people are offended by this fact. This is such good news!!! One would think they would be more shocked to hear that He didn’t exist. But so many are tone deaf to that fact, that they don’t even bother taking time to think about the impact of such a statement! He lives. …

    Posted at 04:15 pm by Alex
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    Thursday, April 15, 2004
    Pro-Life

    While Mr. Meggido informed me that he would like me to make my first post an introduction and backround, I have not quite gotten around to doing that, although I am working on it. In the mean time, I thought I'd post something else. The following is a speech that I've already posted my Blog; it's a speech that I wrote for an annual Pro-Life Speak for Life Contest that I entered a month or so ago. Enjoy, and feel free to contradict, question, and critic as you please:

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    “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”; the American Dream.

    This is what freedom means for most Americans. But freedom, unfortunately
    has become, in my opinion, one of the most abused words in today’s culture;
    and is thus, largely an issue, in the pro-life movement.

    There are two ways to look at freedom; as a pro-choicer, and as a pro-lifer.

    When you’re pro-choice, freedom to you is like a house, ‘builded on the sand
    ’. Many years ago, a Spanish statesman described the consequences of
    materialistic teaching in the following words: “The professor, who has
    patented his own wisdom, proclaims form his chair in the university: ‘there
    is no God.’ The ruler in his palace hears the news with astonishment and
    hastens to apply it to his own conscience and says: ‘There is no justice.’
    It finds an echo in the eras of the criminal and he says to himself: ‘There
    is no guilt.’ Flaming youth hears it and draws the logical conclusion:
    ‘There is no virtue.’ It comes to the knowledge of the subject, and he
    argues correctly: ‘There is no law.’ When it reaches the streets of the
    city, blood flows, and above the roar of the cannon and the rattle of the
    musketry we hear the howl of the mob: ‘Away with God, Heaven and Eternity.


    Our culture today has become one of moral decay, spiritual dumbness, and
    selfish, ill-gotten happiness. For example, at this year’s annual March in
    Olympia, I had the chance to discuss views with a young woman of 19, who
    demonstrated pro-choice opinions. One of her arguments was, “I think that it
    would be selfish for me to have a baby right now, because I couldn’t support
    I, and it would be miserable.” These are the words of a nineteen-year-old
    ‘pill-baby’! This woman is stating that it would be more right for her to
    end the life of her child, under the assumption that is has/hasn’t started,
    so that she herself would not have to take on the responsibility of raising
    it! The punishment, if that’s what you can call childbirth, should fall on
    the one who made the decision, not the one that was caused by it.

    Freedom to most pro-choicers, is merely an excuse, to get away with that
    materialism that tells them, life is only important… when it’s convenient!
    Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, and a largely important
    role in the pro-choice movement, was once quoted saying, “A free race,
    cannot be born of slave mothers.”

    So, what does it mean to be pro-choice? It is denial!! (Especially in the
    issue of abortion.) In denial of the fact that life is precious; in denial
    of themselves; in denial of the true happiness in doing the right thing. In
    denial of the sadness which is indefinitely attached to murder! And most
    importantly, in denial of their conscience. Mother Theresa of Calcutta once
    said, “There are two victims in every abortion… a dead baby, and a dead
    conscience”

    Now, let me tell you why I’m pro-life, and what freedom means to me.

    I’m pro-life because I’m here right now talking, breathing, and living… and
    because a third of my generation, isn’t. A third of my generation was
    killed, by legalized abortion in the United States! Killed by doctor’s who
    thought they had the power to decide whether or not a child should be given
    the chance to talk, to breathe, and to live, as I am doing today!

    I’m pro-life in a culture that bases the quality of life on convenience,
    fairness, feelings, opinion, and undesirable circumstances; rather than the
    simple moral code of right and wrong, good and evil.

    I’m pro-life, because there is a difference between right and wrong, good
    and evil; and it’s worth fighting for, living for, and dying for! Sure, none
    of us are perfect! In fact, none of us even come close to being perfect! But
    the difference between right and wrong, remains the same; and people are
    separated by those who try, and those who don't. We are raised to stand up
    for what we believe in, and take a positive stance in the issues that matter
    most; but this goes beyond personal beliefs or opinions.

    I’m pro-life, because I believe that the world can change; that those
    considering abortion might come to realize sooner or later, that their
    choice , is a matter of life and death! Can realize that they were in
    denial; and can learn to live to love; and to love the lives outside of
    their own.

    To be pro-life, is to fight a battle within the walls of the city.

    To be pro-life, is to be, the conscience of the America! Conscience, a word
    that is defined as ‘the awareness of a moral or ethical aspect to one's
    conduct together with the urge to prefer right over wrong’ by
    dictionary.com.

    To be pro-life, is it’s own justification; the very fact that I am up here
    today, and I have life in me. I am a living, breathing justification of the
    pro-life movement!

    So many in this greatest country, have taken to the words freedom, like
    their lives depended on it. And the truth of the matter is, lives do depend
    on it. Over 40 million lives, depended on their mother’s choice from the
    years 1973-1998! And those 40 million lives, are not in existence today,
    because of pro-choice freedom. 40 million lives may not seem like a huge
    number to many people, compared the world population; to those people I say,
    ‘start at 1. And count by ones, until you get to 40 million. Then tell me
    that you haven’t changed your mind.’ According to these figures, 15 innocent
    lives have been the victim of pro-choice freedom, in the time it has taken
    me to deliver this speech!

    The fact that lives depend on freedom is a complete contradiction of any
    pre-conception that a woman should have the freedom to abort their children’
    s lives! Here is the answer: We are given the freedom to what is right, no
    less. So what do we do? What is the answer? We do what we have always done,
    which is to pray, and love all those around us. St Francis of Assisi said,
    ‘Preach the Gospel, and when necessary, use words’. But what is the answer
    to pro-choice freedom? No birth is an accident, no experience is without
    meaning, and no life is without value.
    Thank you.

    God Bless,
    ~AJ

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