Changing the Name of Easter?

With one chocolate manufacturer reported to have considered removing the word ‘Easter’ from its chocolate eggs, the question arises once again: is Easter any longer a Christian festival? With recent surveys finding that about 52 percent of the adult population of the United Kingdom has no religious affiliation, and another 8 percent profess a non-Christian faith, Easter now has actual religious significance for only a minority. The major driving force behind the celebration of Easter, as well as Christmas and all other annual holidays, is the market economy, with commercial enterprises seeking ways to exploit every opportunity to boost sales. Whatever its name, it seems likely that the spring holiday will endure as long as there is profit to be made.

It could be Easter, as well as to a lesser extent Christmas, that has contributed to the decline in belief in Christianity. In the light of modern scientific knowledge, the events that are related in the scriptures exceed the bounds of credibility. There is no historical record of them outside of the New Testament. The contemporary historians, Josephus and Philo, who wrote about John the Baptist, Pontius Pilate and other biblical figures, made no mention of Jesus.

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When Does It Become Too Hard to Forgive?

We, as Christians, are familiar with the words of Jesus: “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” These are words contained in the ‘Our Father,’ the ‘Lord’s Prayer,’ which most of us learned as small children.

But how realistic is it to expect one to forgive those who indiscriminately murder your parents, a family member, or a friend? And is it possible to forgive a person or persons who walk into a church or a school building and assassinate huge numbers of students and/or adults? How can a monstrous individual who burns a child with cigarettes be forgiven? Or an evil man deliberately placing a crying baby in her toy chest with a hair dryer until the crying stops and she’s dead? How is it possible to forgive those people?

For me, forgiveness doesn’t come easy even in the most innocuous circumstances, and where inhumane, incomprehensible criminal acts have been committed, no, never can I forgive! But there are people who do forgive those who’ve committed heinous crimes, and there are people who do “love thy neighbor as thyself.” It is my opinion that anyone who can stand up and say

13 Reasons Why You Should Never Get A Job

I like the number 13, and I’m a key believer of making your own luck, so I’m going to force my number 13 liking on you; as we talk about…

13 reasons you should never get a job!

In today’s society it is certainly the norm that everyone should have a vocation. A job in which you jump into after education, maybe move between a few different places, gain a few promotions, pay into your pension, then retire at the grand old age of 80 (I say 80 because I suspect the retirement age will be up there by time it’s time for me to hang up my working shoes). Now to me, the idea of having a job and ploughing through the day working for someone else has always seemed a bit… weird? Perhaps it was my disdain for any sort of authority or being a control freak, but the idea of going to work for 60 odd years filled me with dread.

Increasingly younger people are questioning this mundane and embedded piece of our society. Whilst those of an older ilk may label these people lazy or juvenile, it definitely makes sense that

The Jewish Fight With History Is Like the Plight of People Everywhere

God made a covenant with Abraham, promising him land for his seed after 400 years, Genesis 15:13,18. When their time was up, God freed a million slaves from the strongest nation on earth and took Israel to the Promised Land, but not without giving them the greatest document of self-government, the law.

A favorite author said, “There is not a negative in the law of God.” This is because of the motive of love. Because I delivered you from the whip and bondage, because you love Me, you will have no other gods. And it’s not just about God. He didn’t want us lying, stealing, killing or committing adultery. People who do those things are not truly happy. If we live in harmony with His law, we can be healthy and happy.

Because of God’s great law, the Jews have done well in spite of much affliction and persecution which has come partly because they did not always honor the law or the God who gave it as Moses warned in his final words of Deuteronomy. So He scattered them among the nations (Jer 31:10) so that others would learn of Him through faithful witnesses like

The Brewing Global Economic Storm

A two front economic assault is gestating simultaneously in Europe and Asia that threatens to plunge the world into another severe recession or even worse. Once thought of as quasi-indomitable institutions like the European Union and Chinese Communist Party, these institutions are now shaking in their collective designer boots with respect to losing significant credibility and in the long run possibly even more. Greece’s economic downfall is unfolding like a 21st century Greek tragedy and China’s stock market plunge is creating disturbing fissures in the world economic model.

Direct government intervention by China by pumping in billions of dollars to prop up stock prices along with other aggressive administrative tactics may be too little, too late. Though only 10% of Chinese invest in stocks (Chinese prefer hard assets like real estate and gold) vs. 50% of Americans, the Chinese market’s credibility may be seriously damaged.

The genuinely horrifying aspect is that as an autocratic country China can intervene directly and unilaterally in the markets. Yet despite their valiant efforts they may not be able to staunch the hemorrhaging. Adding fuel to the bonfire is the huge shadow market brimming with exotic financial instruments that only a

The Voice Of The People

It is not too strange today to think that our very own elected officials fail time and time again to do the work that the public in which they are sworn to do considering all the bills that would make a difference in the lives of so many people never made it outside the halls of Congress. Too often state and Federal legislatures have ignored or withheld passage of bills that the majority of citizens support. It is not only their own constituents either that support passage of a particular piece of legislation. But, all across the country we have seen mass public support for a specific bill only to have our elected officials refuse to acknowledge that support.

In Florida for instance, when the medical marijuana bill was introduced where over 60% of Floridians supported legalization of medical marijuana the state legislature turned their backs on the public and voted it down. That is after they already knew that over 60% of the public approved legalizing medical marijuana. Just think of the tax revenue, like Colorado. Needless to say the state legislature of Florida continues to be ignoring the majority of the public’s concerns.


Politics and Voting

Recently I began pondering the matter of politics which brought me to the subject of voting, particularly in Federal Elections. I puzzled over whether voting should be considered a “right” or a “privilege,” and came to no definitive conclusion. Can’t it be both?

I believe voting (in politics) is a flawed, imperfect system, though a necessary component of any democracy. It’s not always conducted fairly, aboveboard with honorable intentions. There is often corruption, and dishonest and deceptive means devised to favor one politician or another, or perhaps some odd-ball proposition or proposal.

There have been a number of changes over the years, but there are two major ones with which I’m familiar, and that I consider to be most important. These achievements were a long time coming, but finally happened in the form of amendments: 15th Amendment, ratified in 1870, gave Blacks (men only) the right to vote, and the 19th Amendment, ratified in 1920, gave women the right to vote.

Even though the 15th Amendment looked great on paper, it didn’t work out so well. Southern Democrats, resentful, bitter, and hostile, because of losing the Civil War and their slave labor, deliberately enacted a

5 Tips for Better Waste Management Choices

If you have a load of waste that needs to be disposed of then you’ve come to the right place. Cleaning up can take days and be costly and convoluted if you don’t know what to expect from the removal process. Here, we take a look at the things that you will need to know before you get your waste disposed of efficiently and cost-effectively.

Our top five waste management tips before getting around the experts are:

1. Examine the contents of your waste carefully

You will need to examine what’s in your waste collection carefully. Take note of any larger items, liquids and chemicals. Each of these must be disposed of in a different manner so you’ll need to outline this with your waste removal service before they come to pick up your contents.

2. Estimate your waste load

Waste is mainly measured by weight. This means heavier items will cost more to dispose of than lighter items. Where possible, estimate the weight of your load, or list the heavy items. The same may also be true with the amount of cubic metres of waste that you have – estimate again your

Deal With the Electronic Waste Like a Boss

What is electronic waste and why should you care about it?

Electronic waste is the result mostly of the fast-developing technology which makes the previous one (usually 3-5 years old) completely unusable. Therefore we buy what’s considered as “the new thing on the market” and the old piece of technology gets carelessly thrown away. Usually at a landfill.

Who cares you would ask? The nature does, especially the soil, in which toxic emissions from the e-waste soak and pollute everything else as a chain reaction, mostly the water that we drink. Now, after I probably managed to convince you how serious the issue with the e-waste is, let’s see how we can do something about it.

Don’t buy whatever you see.

Electronic gadgets are getting more tempting every day due to its constantly increasing usability. However, the fact is you don’t really need anything more than a PC and a smart phone nowadays. Having this gives you the opportunity to do whatever may be required from you. Buying more means you’re going to dispose of more electronics which will pollute the environment really hard when multiplied by a few billion.

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When to Help And When Not To

We all want to help others. Well, most of us anyway. Altruism is often said to be a quality that has evolved in us in order to live together as a society. But when we want to help others, when are we truly being helpful and when are we making things worse?

For example, say you are going out on a social occasion with a friend. If before the occasion, your friend tries on an outfit which does not suit them, and they ask you what you think, what do you say? Most of us would diplomatically refrain from saying comments like “It makes you look too fat” or “It makes you look too thin” or “You look horrible in that”. Then again, if we want to help the friend, most of us might say something like “How about the grey top instead, I think it would be nicer with those trousers” or “Why don’t you try on the black dress there?”.

If a friend is physically or mentally challenged in some way, it is good to consider how they might feel if we said something that challenged them too much. For example, John may love