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Israel,Witches, Bibles, WiFi and donkeys. This world keeps on getting stranger and stranger. Holy Ground and Apps.

Updated on April 23, 2013

Palms do not belong in this desert, but yet it is known for them.

Round hole square pegs. Palm Desert in California.
Round hole square pegs. Palm Desert in California. | Source

Connectivity to What? Sure seems like more of an addiction than a need. Truly "Social Networking" is neither.

Life is certainly strange. You really do not need go beyond this headline to get the absurdity of the idea. I could see, some type of travel writer journalist maybe needing this, but that I question. Because if they were busy in the park they would not be enjoying and examining it to the full and so their writing would stink. Besides this is a “Biblical” park, cell phones at church are bad enough. http://news.yahoo.com/israeli-biblical-park-outfits-donkeys-wi-fi-133054902--finance.html Really look at the picture,,,, on a donkey, as a tourist, in a foreign land, filled with amazing history and spiritualism, and you are on a Computer -- that is some serious sick.

I know there is historical support, or is that hysterical support?

Now if you believe in one God and Jesus Christ you most assuredly need to put all your faith in that belief. Obviously the rule would be to study other cultures and faith for a more complete understanding. But the witchcraft in this article is to shield the Christians from the bullets of the oppressors. I guess we all do that to some degree with the false God of money. Maybe this article reminds us not to do that.

http://news.yahoo.com/militant-africa-union-marches-bible-witchcraft-155129567.html

So we call it witchcraft but it is benevolent. And it is for the good of others and it is in love.What if they just called it something else. What if they just changed around a few names. They could make it just like a church prayer. Would it still be witchcraft? Or do they already mean it not to be witchcraft and that is just a name someone put on it that stuck?

I sure am glad I do not have to judge that one. But it is interesting.

I have enough on my plate just judging what socks go with my pants and shoes so as not to look silly.

I have always loved this laughing Buddha

But I do not worship or pray to him-- but I do rub that belly
But I do not worship or pray to him-- but I do rub that belly | Source

Take the Plank out of your own eye, then help your neighbor with their speck.

It seems to me that we all ought to shake our heads at such anomalies, or are they common. Oxymoronic may be more the rule than the exception. And I think that it follows we should look a these kind of actions as hypocrisy. And not become hypocritical ourselves by judging them too harshly.

You cannot simply, as I do, pass judgment from afar or in mass. We must look for some kind of understanding that only comes from looking into the hearts of those we would judge. Perhaps we can learn more of ourselves by studying the actions of others and comparing what we do to what they do, rather than condemning it.

Wait a moment. That does not mean I do not judge.

Peace, love and dope are all dandy, but you must stand for something, or fall for anything. It is important that we decide what is right for us. A scripture can speak of a rule. A man can live by that rule or not. But he should decide. Yes he can change his mind. But there must be initial principles and a basis in order for there to be direction in life.

There is a wonderful sweet gal. I insisted that she have a plan after graduating from a great university. She agreed and set to figure one out. We walked down a beautiful beach together and she laid it out for me. She was serious. Her plan was: "To make no plans". And she does not, except for day to day stuff.

However her plan is morphing now. Because she is finding out what she likes in life. So now she is starting to plan to remain that way. She must be careful to keep adjusting that plan Or she will wake up in twenty years and realize she does not like tomatoes any more, and hasn't for 15 years.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Blessed be to Sharon who carried a mantle and was not a pacifist for his people but a defender and warrior. And cursed be those who fail to fight for right.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      False. The Word of God is to fight for what is right. God does not carry a pacifier but a sword. You miss God.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Blessed be your peace and righteousness. This is what my Lord Jesus stood against. Let you be sanctimonious and crucify me also in your blind need to be justified instead of loved.

      This is truly what defines us. Mine the new with Love as the guide and yours with rules to define. I hope your legalism and pharisees and sophists guide you to light.

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      Deborah Sexton 

      4 years ago

      We won't argue, that is not what the word of God or I are for. I will not be back. You were not just challenging me. I am too connected to God to be fooled by anyone.

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      Deborah Sexton 

      4 years ago

      All we Jewish people study the Bible 4 ways not just one

      Traditional Jewish sages identify four levels of interpretation of the Scriptures, called  (pardes), an acronym formed from:

       - P'shat (literal meaning based on historical intent of author)

      - Remez (hint, allusion, analogy, allegory)

      - D'rash (application, exposition)

      - Sod (looking for the mystery, "deep" meaning)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I posed that to see just how steadfast of a literalist you are. And yes you are very literal.

      If your Jewish Bible teaches you to believe in the exactness and not the intent of understanding we are at odds.

      And so we will argue.

      And you are very right for you. In fact I have left a church for their treatment of women not being equal and my wife now reads for her congregation. Mary, regardless of you she was mother too is a mother and worthy of my adoration.

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      Deborah Sexton 

      4 years ago

      I was speaking of this post you made to me

      and yes I see the negative in it. and you said women weren’t allowed to testify or preach. Now you have changed it to Judge, Priests, and King Here is what you said:

      QUOTE “Deborah

      I just do not get how a modern woman runs off old testament stuff. You are precluded in the old to testify or offer preaching outside your home.

      How do you preach the old but ignore that you may not preach it?

      Believe me I am a New kind of guy and accept a woman as worthy to testify and preach. But when she preaches the old I am just astounded for she must know that in the old she cannot publicly preach the word.

      How do you do that? How can a woman openly preach that which comes from the Old Testament that strictly forbids her from testimony and preaching” END QUOTE

      Well I will always teach out of the Jewish Bible, always, because it is God’s word. It’s your choice if you reject it.

      Deborah was a “judge, and “prophetess” of the God of the Israelites, the fourth Judge of pre-monarchic Israel, She was a “counselor”, “warrior”, and the wife of Lapidoth according to the Book of Judges chapters 4 and 5. The only female judge mentioned in the Bible, Deborah led a successful counterattack against the forces of Jabin king of Canaan and his military commander Sisera, the narrative is recounted in chapter 4.

      Sarah is known as the first and a powerful matriarch among women in the Torah.

      Rachel, "Rachel was the second Matriarch (Head) of her tribe

      Rachel cried out to God to stop her people’s suffering, and exile. Others had prayed but God heard Rachels prayers and ended it all. According to the Midrash, Rachel spoke before God: "If I, a mere mortal, was prepared not to humiliate my sister and was willing to take a rival into my home, how could You, the eternal, compassionate God, be jealous of idols, which have no true existence, that were brought into Your home (the Temple in Jerusalem)? Will You cause my children to be exiled on this account?" God accepted her plea and promised that, eventually, the exile would end and the Jews would return to their land

      Miriam the prophetess, was the sister of Moses and Aaron, and the daughter of Amram and Yocheved. Miriam was a prophetess who sung a brief victory song after Pharaoh’s army was drowned in the Red Sea (Exodus 15:20-21 A passage in Micah suggests she had a legacy with significant regard among later prophets: “And I brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, and I sent before you Moses, and Aaron, and Miriam.” (Micah 6:4)

      Huldah the prophetess, Huldah lived in the time of the reign of Josiah in Jerusalem It was during this time that the spirit of prophecy came to her, and she became known as a prophetess. Huldah had a school for women in Jerusalem, whom she taught the word of HaShem insofar as it pertained to Jewish women, mothers and daughters

      Abigail the prophetess The Talmud regards her as one of the Tanakh's seven female prophets. The Talmud amplifies this idea, mentioning her as being one of the "four women of surpassing beauty in the world” In terms of her moral character, Abraham Kuyper argues that Abigail's conduct indicates "a most appealing character and unwavering faith,

      Rahab was, according to the Book of Joshua, a woman who lived in Jericho in the Promised Land and assisted the Israelites in capturing the city. she is lauded as an example of living by faith, and justified by her works

      Esther was a Queen. According to the Bible, she was a Jewish queen of the Persian king Ahasuerus.

      There are seven prophetesses mentioned in the Jewish Bible and the Old Testament, only one Judge, many Matriarchs, several prophetess’, Queens (there is no such thing as a female King), warriors, etc

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I think that is wonderful you do not believe in the NT. Millions of Jews, Hindi and Buddhist cannot be all wrong.

      Name one female priest from the OT. Name one "judge" or "king" (of course queen ordained by God would work)

      I asked my question to get folks to think about this horrible stigma we place on poor divorce's.

      I only make the comments regarding a woman's role to show that the Bible is not meant to be a statutory code book. It is meant as God is, to be a gentle hand toward guiding us a more loving nature and seeking God more fervently.

      If you want to read what I write to find fault. I am sure you can do that. I am also quite sure that if you read what I write to gain new views and provoke us toward a higher understanding you can do that also.

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      Deborah Sexton 

      4 years ago

      Why didn't you answer me on Judah's hub? Here is what I said

      Ericdierker

      I’ve seen in a few places where you claimed to be a pastor. I thought “well maybe he is”

      But then you wanted a list of reasons a person can divorce and I knew you weren’t Bible lierate since there is no list. God doesn’t allow it. It was Moses who allowed it for fornication.

      Now you are saying the Old Testament doesn’t allow women to be ministers or anything really. Now I know you are not a pastor.

      It is the New Testament (mainly Paul) who says for a woman to be silent.

      No where in the OT does it not allow a woman, and God used them as prophets, and leaders.

      You need to study and find God, you are looking quite silly.

      There are 194 contradictions known to me in the NT and I don't believe in it

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