There is a special place in heaven reserved for this boy. He’s just going to have to wait a century, or so.
It appears that even brief, casual sex creates a lifetime bond with your partner which cannot be broken. A recent study indicates that many women have trace amounts of male DNA in their bodies. Some of it comes from the male children women give birth to, but often it is from their sexual partners which is kept forever inside them.
“…every time you sleep with somebody you are taking on a part of them within you.”
“…The idea that as women we are capable of taking on actual physical DNA from the men that we sleep with was an extremely eye opening piece of information to stumble across.”
“This science puts a whole new meaning on sexual intercourse as a whole. It is a very sacred and spiritual act…”
“A lot of people are misusing sex and have forgotten what it is meant for and how important and consecrated it really is. “
“…sex is not something that is meant to be thrown around and given out so freely, it is a sacred act that creates a bond between two people that love and care about each other….There is a lot of power and amazing potential within this act and it has the ability to connect us with our true selves.”
Click on this link to read the full article at Collective Evolution:
UPDATE: I was discussing this article with someone a few days ago, and found myself surprised that people find it to be controversial. Some people think so. I made an observation that prior to the ‘1960s Sexual Revolution, it was common for a woman to be considered “spoiled goods” if she had been unfaithful in marriage, engaged in pre-marital sex, or been victimized and defiled by rape. Even today, the identities of rape victims are usually shielded by news organizations, and marital infidelity is still considered grounds for divorce as the marital bed itself is considered defiled. This despite the secularized culture of the West having become very tolerant of high levels of illegitimacy and premarital sex. Such is now the rule, rather than the exception. There are many examples in law, and our culture, of husbands, suitors, and families rejecting a woman once they learned that she has been sexually active with someone other than her husband. Fair or not, the stigma stretches back centuries, and seems to point to a cultural awareness that something tangible is left behind during the sexual union even if a child is not produced. The next time some child says that he resembles the postman, it may have some basis in biology.
Rod Dreher, writing for Time.com, echoes the four US Justices who dissented against legalizing homosexual “marriage”. He predicts the beginning of open persecution of orthodox Christians. The safe refuge for those who hold to traditional values, he says, is to find ways to preserve them in community. Basically, to form a counterculture.
Excerpt: “For one, we have to accept that we really are living in a culturally post-Christian nation. The fundamental norms Christians have long been able to depend on no longer exist. To be frank, the court majority may impose on the rest of the nation a view widely shared by elites, but it is also a view shared by a majority of Americans. There will be no widespread popular resistance to Obergefell. This is the new normal.
For another, LGBT activists and their fellow travelers really will be coming after social conservatives. The Supreme Court has now, in constitutional doctrine, said that homosexuality is equivalent to race. The next goal of activists will be a long-term campaign to remove tax-exempt status from dissenting religious institutions.”
The complete article can be read at Time.com. Click on this link:
It really makes you stop and think about the gift that God has given to any man and woman who join together in a Christian marriage. Click on this link and scroll down through the whole strip through to its conclusion. It’s quite beautiful. (Note: Click on this link, not the picture -JS)
I found a short article about an ISIS fighter who was wounded, and left for dead by his comrades. He then had a near death experience during which he found the reception committee at the pearly gates to be not quite what he expected. This ISIS fighter returned from the brink of death totally changed, and has since converted to Christianity.
You may read the article by following the link I’ve pasted below.
I found it interesting that his experience roughly parallels parts of the “toll house” theory that I was discussing in a different context with a gentleman on this blog last year. In the 1960’s, partly in response to criticism that Christianity offers little in the way of guidance on what happens to a person after death, the late Fr. Seraphim Rose researched and pulled together writings from many of the early church fathers and early desert dwelling monks. His work found its way into a book called “The Soul After Death”.
Fr. Seraphim built on many earlier works that described departed souls being tested on their journey into hereafter, often being shown the effects of their worldly sins, and also being escorted by an angel whose mission is to protect the soul from demonic beings. This ISIS fighter describes something similar in that he was confronted by “jinn” who took him into the pits of Hell where he was tormented by his own sins. He says an angel gave him a choice of remaining dead outside heaven or returning to the world and repenting his sins.
FYI — the Arab term “jinn” is where the English word “genie” comes from. I believe any Arab will tell you that jinn can often be bad company.
I’ve posted at least a couple of articles before about Chinese people and Christianity. The Western press occasionally mentions Chinese Christians when reporting on the periodic crackdowns on home churches by the Chinese government, but it doesn’t report on the larger phenomenon involving the explosive growth of Christianity in China. The huge population of China tends to skew their statistical impact, so when anyone reports statistics involving “the most” or “the largest” with respect to the world population, you have to take into consideration that one in every five people living on Earth is Chinese.
Despite the fact that China also contains “the largest” population of atheists in the world, and that it has been an officially godless communist nation for over 60-years, it still has an underlying Confucian/Buddhist cultural layer in its society. Buddhism and Confucianism share some superficialities with Christianity, but it is apparent that an increasing number of Chinese find Christianity to be more attractive. This was explained rather well by a Chinese Greek Orthodox monk in a previous article. This latest news on Christianity in China mentions the “absolute failure” of Chinese communism to eradicate religion, and for the same reason that Russia is rapidly re-evangelizing, it is very apparent that the Chinese policy of militant secularism doesn’t offer any substitute to satisfy people’s spiritual needs. The increasingly secular Western nations have completely ignored this.
The full article can be read in the electronic edition of ‘The Telegraph’ (UK)
Here is a link to a story published in The Times this week which continues to haunt me. It’s a full length feature done in multimedia with text and video. It’s a follow on to a case of employer exploitation in the state of Iowa involving several dozen mentally disabled men over the course of 30-years. The scandal led to the largest EEOC damage award in history, but the larger scandal is that what was done to these men was basically legal. Their story is as sad as it is beautifully told by the Times.