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I was talking to a buddy on the phone the other day about bug-out bags in case of a Zombie Apocalypse. He indicated that he had read somewhere lately that he should mark his map with three routes to his BOL (Bug-Out Location) and asked what I thought of the idea.
I indicated that, at least in my opinion, that it didn’t sound like a sensible OPSEC (Operational Security) idea. In a Zombie Panic situation there are many conditions that could cause your map to fall into the wrong hands. It could be lost or even taken by force, to name a few. In the wrong hands, you’ve just revealed where you are going and that place most likely has your supply of food and other self-reliance items. Other members of your family might even already be there.
My thoughts were that it’s not a bad idea to have alternate routes to your BOL, predetermined in the event of detours. I mean Hell, you never know when and where the Zombies may be heading. But you don’t want to advertise them. I believe in running your routes, before you need to use them and memorize those routes. In executive protection, the advance team and drivers always run various routes such as the hospital, airport, etc., so they are familiar with possible detours and become comfortable with the routes. The same should occur with Bug-Out routes. But in the event a family involved and something did happen to the main leader, a map could come in handy. So, upon further thought on the matter, I felt if you really wanted to mark a map, then you should do it covertly.
What I came up with was the use of a fine-point UV (Ultraviolet) marker to make your markings, then use an UV light to see the markings. I happened to have used this technique for other purposes over the years so I knew it would work in this situation. I also have a couple of different small UV lights that could easily be carried or concealed in a pack.
This photo shows a map of an area where a BOL could be. This map already has three routes marked to a location using a UV marker.
This photo shows the marked route using the Micron Freedom with UV LED.
As you can see, this is a great way to make markings without other people being able to see them. This can be used for other OPSEC purposes as well. Let’s say you have some information that you want to carry with you, but don’t want it to fall into the wrong hands. This could be phone numbers, lock combinations, or other personal information. You could write that information in an innocuous location on something that you have on you such as a piece of paper in your wallet. What I like to do is write inside a small book, in a location that I won’t forget. You could use odd pages, or always start on page 12, etc. Use a system you’ll remember.
How To Make Your Car Handle a Zombie Apocalypse
You don’t have to be a trained mechanic to zombify your vehicle, all it takes is a little bit of time, basic tools and materials that you can find just about anywhere to turn a normal production vehicle into a high speed workhorse ready to tackle your driving adventures.
Your battery needs to be tied down very securely if you plan on operating at high speeds, over rough terrain, or both. A loose battery will arc its terminals on sheet metal, flex and break its connections, or shift from its location and interfere with other moving parts. Batteries can be tied down with ratchet straps, bungees, paracord, etc.
Take care not to bridge the terminals with metal or any other conductive material, even touching the terminals together with a tool tool can let the smoke out of the wires or ECU. Cover the battery or at least the hot terminal with scrap rubber or plastic, even wrapping with tape will help prevent a catastrophe.
Really???Kicking your kid to the curb…Really???
by Kenneth Justice
~Last night as I was sipping coffee at one of my favorite café’s and the woman sitting next to me asked me to watch her laptop while she put more coins in the meter…..after she returned we ended up striking up a conversation for a bit. She is 29 years old and last month was the first time in more than three years that her parents allowed her to return home for dinner.
The young woman was raised in an Orthodox Jewish home and when she decided in her early twenties to dress more ‘modern’ and to wear unapproved body piercings….her parents excommunicated her from the family.
It’s gotta be pretty intense to be cut off from you family as an early-twenty something; no financial support, no place to live, and no family to come home to when you’ve had a tough day or week.
I don’t want to make it sound like this problem is only limited to Orthodox Jewish homes; I know of Protestant, Catholic, and other religious groups who have done the same thing to their adult children when certain behaviors occurred that were not allowable.
What goes through a parent’s mind when they kick their child out for not living up to their religious standards? Is that something you would do as a parent?
A relative of mine who grew up in an ultra-conservative Christian home was told she needed to move out at age 19 because she wanted to have a serious relationship with a boy….oh the horror! Her father did not approve of sex before marriage or any type of relationship in which he was not directly overseeing the young man who would be dating her daughter; so the father’s plan-of-action was to kick his daughter out!
The young woman I was talking to at coffee yesterday told me that her mother found a Rabbi who talked to the husband and explained, “Look, if you want to have any kind of relationship with your daughter you’ve got to look past her lifestyle and let her come home for dinner at least”. And thus, after three years of exile, the young woman was told by her father that she could come home for Rosh Hashanah and the slow road to reconciliation has begun.
Look, you don’t have to tell me what it means to be passionate about your faith; I am extremely passionate about my Christian faith……but that doesn’t mean I’m going to kick my family to the curb if they don’t agree with me! Any time a religion is practiced which causes children to be cut-off in the manner of the young woman….it causes me to wonder if it’s a religion I would really want to take seriously.
[Terry: Yeah, having parents who would kick you out for violating their rules would really suck. I’d have kicked out my kids if I had any…rules, that is.]
Catching up with old Friends
- The Wenches, Women and Girls of the 2012 Texas Renaissance Festival (getmerewrite.me)
- At the Galleries 0913 (starfire8me.wordpress.com)
- In The Eye (annjohnsonmurphreeauthor.wordpress.com)
- The Paradise Garden (hrexach.wordpress.com)
Lonely Road 1 & 2 were taken on Norman Cay, an island with a population of about 25. There is a bar on Norman Cay that is said to be one of Jimmy Buffett’s favorites. It is located across the airstrip at the end of Lonely Road. The Castle is in that area as well. Cute Lobster Hunter bagged that bug while holding her breath. All of these were shot with a D700 and Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 zoom.
I love writing, reading, and typing. I would love to be a journalist someday. I hope my poems, daily Bible reading stories and writings have an impact on your life. I hope they mean something to you and I hope you understand that I want people to read these stories and apply them to your life. God changed my life into something brand new. So I hope as you read my stories that you can see just how much God has made an impact on my life. I love my LORD. So I hope that you love Him too. Thank You. ♥
Love is the greatest feeling.
Love is like a play.
Love is what I feel for you, each and everyday.
Love is like a smile.
Love is like a song.
Love is a great emotion, that keeps us going strong.
I love you with my heart, my soul, and strength.
I might be shy, but I cant help but think, this is who we were meant to be.
Me and You for eternity!
I’m 16 and this wholes year I’ve had a burden for missionaries. At first I never really thought about actually being a Missionary. But I went to a youth conference with my youth group, and that week they were talking about a Missionaries. There was a Missionary there named, Bobby Bonner. And he used to be a national Baseball player. He is in Baseball history for the most innings in a game. It was a record! At his time, he was the most known baseball player. His wife was close to God, and then God just got a hold of Bobby Bonner’s life. And he gave up everything he had with baseball, and gave everything he had to God. He became a missionary to Africa. And his stories are AMAZING! He told this one story at the youth conference about when he was in Africa. He said that he went to this village and gave the Gospel out, beginning with “In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth.” Because that village didn’t even know the name of Jesus, they’ve never heard of Jesus before. So Bro.Bonner explained to them about God and how God created all the earth and the things in the earth and he talked about Jesus and how He died on the cross to save them. And that whole village got saved. Then as they began to sing and dance and sing some more. Another village came over wanting to know why they were singing and dancing. And they were singing and dancing cause they now knew Jesus they knew who he was and that they got saved! Then that group of people from that other village wanted to know who Jesus was. And then that whole village got saved! Then another village came and then another!! It was so amazing, to see God’s blessing s upon Bro. Bonner. He got to lead at least 4-5 villages to the LORD! How great is that!!!
But anyways, as I was telling my mom about it all, she told me this, “Thats funny you say that, cause since you were about 13 I have felt God telling me that He wants you to be a missionary.” Aint that amazing! How God was telling me about missions and He was telling my mom about it too. She said that it’s gonna be hard cause she doesn’t want me to go. Cause im her daughter. She doesn’t want me to leave. But then again, she knows it’s God’s calling for me. I told her that she doesn’t have to worry, I’ll be safe. And I wont be leaving anytime soon. I’m so happy.
Thank you, dear LORD. You’ve showed me something so amazing. I love you, LORD!
by the pound
How do you say that you serve Jesus and not alienate everyone around you?
Are you broken? …or pretending not to be?
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We cannot understand love if we do not face the depth of evil in and around us.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of GOD.”
The standard way to translate this is: “You’re a dirty sinner and you’re gonna go to hell! Stop drinkin’ the whiskey so you can be saved!” Which, of course, is stupid on a level that will make blood shoot out of your eyes.
But what does it mean then?
This passage holds the key to everything. It is a many faceted gem that you can peer into from different angles and see different attributes. First, the low-hanging fruit: yes, we are all dirty sinners. But, if I stop (or even linger) there, I miss everything that is wonderful about this passage. All of its beauty and love is drained into the equivalent of a blood pit at the slaughter house.
But what does it mean?!?!?
It means: We are all equal.
I started this blog as a way to organize my mind to write the book that was hiding in there.
I went quiet for a couple months as I gathered my material and finished writing the book.
The editing has been grueling, humbling and even embarrassing. I’m now in the proofing phase.
The dark creature that lives inside us crawls out in the middle of the night. The dark creature that lives beside us joins in the fray. Together they destroy everything. It’s not an accident and it isn’t funny. What’s left is a puddle on the floor and splattered on the walls. The memories won’t go away and they don’t grow dim. This is our life. This is the struggle that we will always face. There is only one escape.
We all feel like we’re alone in the secrets we carry and we fight daily to build a life around the darkness in our lives. Pretending won’t make the bad things go away.
This is a story about building a life in spite of the pain – not a fairytale that denies it.
[Terry: You know, I just picked the Intro, the latest post and whatever was interesting. How did I know I would end up portraying this man as such a … as so interested in the wonders of the human body? Ed’s a very interesting guy and, despite the fact that he’s a Libertarian, well worth reading. And I’m writing this DESPITE the fact that I just had to get 14 Rabies shots and the whole thing is shot through with “Rabid/Rabyd” puns.He must be good.]
A blog dedicated to the thoughts, opinions, ideas and random madness of Edward W. Raby, Sr. – Pastor, Theologian, Philosopher, Writer, Bodybuilder and Football Fan. “Yes, the dog is foaming at the mouth. Don’t worry, He just had pint of beer and is trying to scare you.” This is a Theology Pub so drink your theology responsibly or have a designated driver to get you home as theology can be as intoxicating as alcohol.
Pastor of Hersey Congregational Church in Hersey. Michigan since September of 2008. I dabble at being a writer and have one published letter in a magazine to my credit. I am the Vice President of the School Board for the Reed City Area Public Schools.
Graduate of Reed City High School – Class of 1987
I was an Assemblies of God Minister from 1999 till 2007 (2 years licenced, five years ordained). I pastored two churches Church of the Rock (Greenville, Michigan) and World Harvest Assembly of God (Perry, Michigan) Before pastoring I was an Associate Pastor of Christian Education at Harvest Assembly of God (Reed City, Michigan).
Christian Conservative Libertarian
The real problem with the old testament history in regards to harlotry is that it is not mentioned that much but it is generally assumed at certain times when dealing with temple prostitution in regards to fertility cults and pagan worship. The real issue is that the Biblical history does not deal at all with the ‘working girl’ who is engaged in prostitution simply to make money. It would be assumed that adultery rules would kick in but it is interesting that the fornication issue which would lead to a woman becoming the wife of someone who has sex with her is not always applied.
Further complicating this issue is simply the fact that virginity in women is mention valued and expected but literally nothing is said about virginity in men. One girl bemoans her virginity in Judges which complicates the issue of whether virginity is valued but only if a woman is about to be married, but if marriage is no longer possible for other reasons virginity seems to be a burden rather than a blessing.
The issue is that there a sense of girls watching their virginity closely but men not so much. There really seems to be in the law and the history of the Old Testament no moral standard for fidelity for men. The opposite is true for women who are valued far more if they are virgins on their wedding day than not. If not the consequences in this culture could be quite severe for women, but for guys – ‘hey, you didn’t get caught’ is all that seems to be implied.
There really is no advice on how to handle this subject until we get to the wisdom of Solomon.
Next: The Strange Woman and Solomon
You know the greatest first obstacle in talking about naked meditation is not the naked part – it is the meditation part. You wouldn’t believe the number of Christians that believe that meditation is still a purely an eastern religious practice. Meditation is actually one of those things that seems to span all religious movements regardless of what is believed. All meditation practice basically centers on one idea — you must quiet and empty your mind, heart and spirit and just be. Meditation is about focus of the person to set everything aside and dwell on…well that greatly depends on the religious belief at that point. Most practitioners of Christian meditation would say that the purpose is to empty the mind in order to fill it either by revelation from God either by listening to what He might have to say or by meditation on a Bible verse or passage to better understand its spiritual meaning. Some believe that meditation can be used to see visions from God and help understand dreams.
In my opinion there are two basic types of meditation – formal and informal.
- Seven Months of ‘All Things Rabyd’ (edraby.wordpress.com)
- Rabyd Opinion – ‘Preach the Word!’ – What Does That Mean Anyway? (edraby.wordpress.com)
- The Rabyd Theologian at the Crossroads (edraby.wordpress.com)
For many, many years
I lived an unhappy and miserable life.
Suffering from the choices I made,
I’ve lived (almost) in deep regret,
I cannot lie (sighs).
It was not worth it,
sucking out all the juices out of
my happiness and those around me.
I am learning each day to just live
and let my insecurities go.
It hasn’t been easy, definitely a challenge
but with some adjustments,
I am happier now
than I have been in a long time.
It has been some time now since I first wrote this about me page and I just wanted to make some changes and updates. Since I last wrote I am no longer struggling with my weight issues and I have been trying very hard to maintain my now healthy weight.Needless to say I feel healthy , I feel good and I feel simply fantastic.
As far as my personal life if you have had the opportunity to read some of my posts , I had a very tough life , but I know many of us have similar experiences. I , still struggle at times in understanding my life in general but I know that I do have the courage and determination that takes to live a semi normal and happy life , and I have also come to terms with the fact that not only I was robbed of my childhood but also robbed of my mostly all of my family. To date I have tried unsuccessfully to get connected with both sides of my family , the ones from my mother side of the family as well as my father’s family. Although , it is true that perhaps no sibling’s bond was formed nor well established especially with my half siblings from my father side of the family , I had been hoping that now that we have grown into mature adults that it would have been possible for us to have at least an amicable relationship but that has not been the case.
I must say that I find it so ironic that it was I who had to endured many years locked away in an orphanage , all the while both of my biological parents were still alive and well I might add , I was the one that after not been able to remain in these orphanages had to ended up homeless , on the streets trying to find a helping , generous hands or a quiet dark place , including public bathrooms to sleep at night. I was the one that many times cried myself to sleep hungry , un-showered and feel empty and totally lonely inside , with nowhere to go , without nothing except a little light of hope deep within my heart; that was the only thing that I had going for me , my faith, nothing more.
There are times looking back that I feel as I am indeed one of God’s favorite’s daughters since I went through so much but I feel God always was by my side protecting me from all would have, could have happened to me that never did, especially being naive and attractive young female alone in the streets.
The thing that I find so ironic is that despite everything that I went trough especially in my most vulnerable years , I managed to survive and although it took me awhile , given that I, also managed to come to a different country and encountered a new language and a brand new culture , I worked hard , very hard and got myself an education , and finally got to graduate with a professional degree , something I am deeply proud of . I could have easily gave up and stay unmotivated encountering all of what I could have interpreted as a big huge barriers and obstacles but my eagerness and my great fear of being homeless again held me back and I grabbed each and every moment as an opportunity even if it meant washing dishes , mopping floors etc. You would think that my family would be happy for me , knowing all of my earlier struggles and surviving skills , my guts and determination to succeed, but no , instead of that , all I found was jealousy , envy and words such as “God just compensated you “. Surely God has always been by my side and no one knows that better than I , but lets face it , I just didn’t just lay in bed or in the couch waiting for God to have pity on me, if that was the case , I am more than certain would be dead by now.
I am not going to lie by saying that I am not disappointed by all of my family rejection of me , after all it is personal and it is hurtful , but at the same time , even thought there are my family , I need to consider the source and the fact that perhaps all that I went through , was indeed for a reason. Who is to say that somewhere deep within my subconscious ,God did not give me an insight and a test or preparation for a tougher future , the one I was going to go through, and that in order to survive it I needed to have the knowledge and skills of self-preservation , I like to see it that way , because I too spent many times during my life feeling sorry for myself because of feeling alone and unwanted. I now have a nice home , a nice limited family but one that appreciates me and knows that I am strong and most importantly they love me and know the real me , the God within me and all the good that God himself has given and installed within me.
I wrote this page for all of you up-there who might be going through though times , for all of you who are or have felt lonely , sad and alone. You are never alone , not matter what your Religion is or is not , not matter what you happened to believe in , as for me God is indeed within each and every one of us all we need to do is have faith , remain strong and know that all you need to do to find God is to look within yourself , find the genuine good within and there you will feel God’s love in your heart and in your soul. No one should ever contemplate taking their own lives because of despair , loneliness , sadness and sorrow , let alone an eight year old , who finds herself locked up in an orphanage , just like I did . Just because you might feel that your life is seemingly hopeless , trust me it is not . Life is worth living, I , hope I don’t come across as preaching , because I must tell you I am not ashamed to say that I am not a Christian but I do have faith as big and as strong as Hercules. I do however , believe in humanity and the fact that I feel that as imperfect as we might be we need to have a personal relationship with God in whichever way you prefer to , since you don’t even need to know how to pray or go to church to show that you believe. The only tool you need to have to communicate with God is yourself . Just talk to God as if you were talking to anyone else but just make sure your cries and your conversation with him and everything you are questioning him about or asking of him , comes from your genuine heart and goodwill.
Spread Love…like the flowers spread its petals
spread love like the wind spreads fresh air
spread the love like the birds spread its feathers
spread the love like the ocean spreads its gentle waves
spread love until there is no more suffering and pain
spread love and you will spread kindness
spread love and you will inhale joy…
spread love and you will share the goodwill of happiness
spread love and you will see rewards
spread love like God spread its blessings
spread love like rainfall spreads abundance
and the sun spreads sunshine
spread hatred…and dark shadows will follow
the rain becomes thunder …the wind becomes tornadoes
spread hatred and the waves of the ocean will swallow you
and wash you away to shore …with hardly nothing more
than your own pool of loneliness and bitter suffocating
Fleeting (with Poem)
Fleeting memories of time gone by
Snuggles and cuddles
the warmth of your touch
So slowly yet, so fast,
time dances around us
Blankets of warm life
Just for us
The stolen moments for just me and you
I so often watch you when you don’t know
watching you grow
Memories that I hold dear to me
Near to me
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting (joyandwoe.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting: Photo, Poem, Memory (inlovewiththelord.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting #2 (longwalksanddarkchocolate.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge – Fleeting (joeowensblog.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting (momentsinyourlife.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting (nwframeofmind.com)
The devil has a commitment,
To smash Gods compliment,
By evil and confusion,
Destruction,he will vent,
You leave him at your peril,
He tries to woo you back,
But if you are too stubborn,
He goes on full attack.
Every time you take a step,
He tries to pull you down,
By preying on your weaknesses,
He really goes to town,
By telling you you’re useless,
You’re never going to win,
God doesn’t really want you,
You’re too weighed down by sin.
Of course it’s lies,you have the edge,
You also have the power,
Remember that you are forgiven,
There is no need to cower,
So in the light of Jesus,
Go send him back to hell,
Cling on tight to your true friend,
And all will turn out well.
- Welcome to a new friend: VERSICALS CLASSICS | Christian Poetry (getmerewrite.me)
- 15 Things Jesus Didn’t Say (relevantchristian.wordpress.com)
- The Devil is a Liar (michellehudlin.wordpress.com)
Your Mission Today
Posted on June 5, 2013 by happsters
- Top 20 Happiness Quotes (transitioninmotion.wordpress.com)
- On a happy note (lifewlemons.wordpress.com)
- The Happsters! (goingbyheart.wordpress.com)
- Top 5 Happy Songs (motivatingforpositivechange.wordpress.com)
[Here are the Top 5 Happy Songs:
I can absolutely guarantee that if you played them to me, I would have to attack you well before “93 Million Miles.” I’m surprised the military psy-ops don’t use them instead of Metallica to break down prisoners for interrogation. I sort of like Metallica]
Angels and Demons
Posted in Poetry by Cheeni
Never accepting defeat
Until the sand of grievances puffed into the air
And claimed its pertinent fare
Blue sky turned to grey
The passion went astray
He said he would never hurt me
He read like he would never desert me
The tables turned
A life burnt
From lashes to bashes
From bashes to ashes
Angels became Demons
Demons became Angels
Integrating, amalgamating, mixing
As it was all laid down by God while fixing
I become cold and turn still
As memories unfold and rain drops descend my hill
I wrestle with my clipped wings and yearn to fly
But in flashes, I watch my life go by!
- Welcome to a new friend: Chenni == Cheeni Thoughts (getmerewrite.me)
Sanoj Jose, Author, Poet, Blogger, freelance writer and a business manager working in Dubai was always fascinated in exploring the true essence of Spirituality. It is this interest and the thought provoked by the Divine Angels in his dream which led to the writing of this book.
This book is an outcome of the thought provoked by the Angels in my dream and Angel Gesuina guided me in writing this book from beginning till end. This book is a conversation between Angel Gesuina who is the Angel of Creativity and me in which the Angel explains how we could walk in the light and the means to achieve that goal. Most of the time I was just a listener as the thoughts and messages that came in was from a higher source of wisdom which I was not aware of. This book helps you in understanding the myths about spirituality and the ways that you should take in leading a spiritual life, understand your divine life purpose in this world and finally fulfill the Divine purpose of oneness with the Divine power which is the source from which we all came into this world. This book will help you in understanding the ways to attain the ultimate love, peace, harmony, joy and abundance in all areas of your life.
My mind was in bondage, like the pigeon caged,
I knew it’s wrong and, Not too late,
Her silence gave the chance to, think at depth,
The mind went far, where silence stayed.
Now it’s clear like, the crystal pure,
I let it go, I know to her delight,
She was near but, no courage though,
I tried to provide her, the strength required,
All in vain as, her fear was deep,
I vowed to my heart and, my soul very dear,
Never to hurt again, as strength she lost,
I let it go and, let her go,
Forever and ever and, I’m blissful now.
Of course I read the bible, I’m an atheist.
One of the things most interesting things about casting a critical eye on America’s favorite religion is the number of people who get offended by my not so subtle humor. The theist’s love to crawl out of the woods and send me hate mail (firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in adding your stupid comments, or here if you want to be anonymous), mostly they just cry and say “why are you being so mean, if people want to believe then you should let them.”
And… That’s simply not true, because when people like me shut up things like this happen:
But what really irks me isn’t the passive, well reasoned responses I (rarely) receive from theists, it’s the more often, very hostile, kneejerk reaction to assume that the only reason I don’t believe the bible is because I haven’t read it thoroughly. Case in point:
CHIAROSCURO . Decades . My 60′s .
I am a bit of a sh.# disturber. I tend to enjoy initiating controversial topics into a conversation – sex, religion, death. I love the discourse. I love to rock the boat with subjects that many people find distasteful or uncomfortable, like my being an atheist or agnostic, or considering sex a normal bodily function rather than something precious.
Months go by without me giving a thought to religion. But the past couple of days, the fates have been shaking me. The trigger occurred in a group of women. One was a lovely woman with whom I chatted easily. Medical questions led to topics such as illness, death, dying.
I don’t know exactly how it began, but in reference to the death of my much loved Mom, the woman replied, “Well, you will be together again soon.”
Not one to let such a comment go, I politely, calmly, replied, “No, I don’t think so – I don’t believe in God, heaven or hell.”
Her reaction was not anticipated! She was shocked at my admission, her intake of breath was audible.
“Ooooh, my! I am so sorry.”
I replied, “Don’t be sorry for me. I simply do not believe in a hereafter.”
“But you are talking about eternity” she said. “If you don’t believe, and do good works, you will end in Hell.”
Then she amazed me by continuing. She said her husband and herself were now preparing themselves for eternity. That confused me. How does one go about that? As a happy, positive, guilt-free Presbyterian most of my life, I was seriously wondering what preparation was entailed.
Then, with panic in her lovely eyes, she whispered, “What if you are wrong?”
Now here I did show restraint.
I wanted to reply – “Fearing that you may be wrong, is not a good basis for a belief system.”
I wanted to say – “This is the most freeing experience of my life. I believe it is you who is wrong … you, who is accepting a story passed down orally for two thousand years, with all the revisions that implies.”
She continued, “I will pray for you.”
I instantly felt my gut clench and my blood pressure rise in hostility.
I thought, “Who is this judgmental woman who feels SHE needs to pray for me?! I live a good life. I love my family, I work hard, I have accomplished much in my life. That is the important thing – to simply live your life the best way you can, and be the best you can be for your allotted time on this wonderful, inspiring and sometimes frightening earth.”
Instead of a pleasant response of thanks, I turned back to her and said, ” I don’t believe in God, so don’t do pray for me. Only do it for yourself if you must.”
I have had many discussions with family, friends, acquaintances on religion, but I have never met such a raw, almost naive (to my mind) response. I have thought of it often since. I respect her right to believe what she wants, but she did not afford me the same right. In fact, she completely negated my opinions and beliefs.
Earlier I mentioned my spiritual upbringing. My church taught of a loving God. It taught that if you truly believed in Him, you would be saved. As simple as that. My church provided a moral and ethical compass. It taught love, light and happiness, not hate, dark threats and guilt. And I still adhere to all of those today and I am at peace with that. I am a happy person.
Chiaroscuro! I never knew this Italian word until recently reading it in a novel. I think it is my new favourite word, my favourite concept. Chiaroscuro – a contrast between light and dark. It refers to contrast anywhere – light and dark in a work of art, in the sky, in human beings, and it is so applicable to the differing religious, cultural and spiritual paths that people choose to take in their lives.
My Presbyterian church believed in passion, purpose, love, delight in life. It provided positive guidelines for living a good life, for resisting temptation, for honouring the Ten Commandments and the Apostle’s Creed, without fear and threats of damnation.
And I believed. I believed with all my heart.
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Jon Lilley is a Youth Pastor, blogger, and husband to the best wife ever. He is a graduate of Liberty University where He received his bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies. He has also earned his Masters in Ministry from Piedmont International University.
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J.W. Northrup announced that he would interview with me again– on one condition! I asked what the condition was and he told me that I couldn’t ask him about Mormons as he was sick of being asked about them. “J.W.,” I said, “would I ask you about Mormons?”
“Well….” J.W. started to reply.
“Okay,” I smiled. “So, you live in Utah… Tell me, are Mormons fun to live around?”
“Okay, J.W… Just teasing.”
What tomorrow might bring….?? “Yesterdays is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift.”
Posted on March 5, 2013 by yunichar
Many people will walk in and out of your life,
But only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.
To handle yourself, use your head;
To handle others, use your heart.
Anger is only one letter short of danger.
If someone betrays you once, it is his fault;
If he betrays you twice, it is your fault.
Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.
He who loses money, loses much;
He who loses a friend, loses much more;
He who loses faith, loses all
Beautiful young people are accidents of nature,
But beautiful old people are works of art.
Learn from the mistakes of others.
You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.
Friends, you and me….
You brought another friend….
And then there were 3….
We started our group….
Our circle of friends….
And like that circle….
There is no beginning or end….
Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is mystery.
Today is a gift.
Show your friends how much you care…
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