December 19th, 2012
05:33 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Wednesday, December 19

By Arielle Hawkins, CNN

Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for the full stories.

From the Blog:

Photo credit: Ajay Aggarwal/Hindustan Times via Getty Images
Hindu devotees offer prayers to the sun during the Chhath Festival while standing in a water body near New Delhi, India.

CNN: 5 takeaways from new Pew survey on global religion
The world is religiously diverse and overwhelmingly faithful, according to a study released Tuesday by The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. The study, which is a snapshot of world religions in 2010 and does not show trends, brings to light a unique religious landscape that's defined by a burgeoning Islam, a shifting Christianity and a large group of religiously unaffiliated. It took Pew three years to compile. Here are five big takeaways from the study.

Tweet of the Day:

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Photo on the Day:

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A woman holds a Koran and a cross in her hand as Egyptian protestors opposing President Mohammed Morsi chant slogans during a demonstration at the Presidential Palace on December 18, 2012 in Cairo, Egypt. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the Presidential Palace and in Tahrir Square to protest against President Mohammed Morsi and the alleged rigging of the first round of voting in the constitutional referendum. Egyptian Coptic Christians and liberals complained the constitutional draft fails to protect the freedom of expression and religion.

Enlightening Reads:

Huffington Post: CondividiLove, Italian LGBT Advocacy Group, Protest Pope's Gay Marriage Remarks
Italy's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community as well as its allies aren't standing by quietly in the wake of the Pope’s most recent declarations on gay marriage. After Pope Benedict XVI said gay marriage threatened justice and peace in his World Day of Peace address, Italian LGBT advocacy group CondividiLove came up with a strong - and viral - response.

Reuters: Mysticism and the Internet fuel Mexico’s Mayan “end-of-the-world” fears
A few words by an American scholar, a crumbling Mexican monument and the love of a good yarn were all it took to spawn the belief that the world could end this week. December 21 marks the end of an age in a 5,125 year-old Maya calendar, an event that is variously interpreted as the end of days, the start of a new era or just a good excuse for a party. Thousands of New Age mystics, spiritual adventurers and canny businessmen are converging on ancient ruins in southern Mexico and Guatemala to find out what will happen. It is not the world but “the way we perceive it” that will end, said Michael DiMartino, 46, a long-haired American who is organizing one of the biggest December 21 celebrations at the Maya temple site of Chichen Itza on the Yucatan peninsula.

The Guardian: Muslims demand gay marriage exemption
Muslim leaders have demanded the same legal exemptions as the Church of England in legislation to introduce gay marriages. The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), with more than 500 affiliated mosques, charities and schools, said it was "appalled" by "utterly discriminatory" legislation on same-sex marriage set out by the government. The proposals would allow faith groups to conduct gay marriages but would ban the Church of England and the Church in Wales from doing so.

The Guardian: Ireland to legalize abortions where woman's life is at risk
In a move unthinkable even a few years ago, the Irish government is to introduce legislation permitting abortions in limited circumstances. The decision follows pressure from the European court of human rights, which ruled that abortions should be allowed in the republic in cases where a woman's life was at risk. The taoiseach, Enda Kenny, who represents one of the most traditional rural Catholic constituencies in Ireland, said the Fine Gael-Labour coalition would proceed with a mixture of "legislation with regulation".

New York Times: The Eccentric Monk and His Typewriter
Dom Sylvester Houédard was a pioneer of concrete poetry, in which the typographic style of the letters is as important as the meaning and rhythm of the words. Prolific though he was in pursuing his cultural interests, Houédard was devoted to his vocation as a Benedictine monk based at Prinknash Abbey in rural Gloucestershire. By the mid-1970s, he had forsaken many of his outside activities to devote more time to the abbey, and to his research and writing on theology.

Opinion of the Day:

Ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee appeared to blame the Newtown massacre at least partly on the secularization of schools.

CNN: My Take: Six things I don't want to hear after the Sandy Hook massacre
Stephen Prothero, author and Boston University religion scholar, lists the five things people should stop saying as they try to reason through the tragedy of the Newtown shooting.

Join the conversation…

CNN: My Take: Praying for questions about Newtown that go beyond ‘Why, God?’
Margaret Feinberg, a popular speaker and author of numerous books, stops asking why the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut happened and starts asking God how to prevent a similar tragedy from happening.

- A. Hawkins

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    December 20, 2012 at 1:37 am |
    • Every Person on the Belief Blog


      December 20, 2012 at 1:40 am |
  2. lionlylamb

    The Universally-Formed Multiple Cosmos of the Living Triune Cosmological Manifestation of Being

    We all live amid two chasms of cosmological orders. We have the inner-cosmos and the outer-cosmos. The inner-cosmos is atomically made and is the universal construct of the outer-cosmos. One could not have an outer cosmos without there being an inner cosmos. Both are synonymously of the same natures. It stands to reason the inner-cosmos was made first and the outer-cosmos came into being only after the passive finalization of the inner-cosmos was made near complete. The inner-cosmos is transcendent and fixed while the outer-cosmos is ascendant and malleable in their dualities nurturing natures.

    The third cosmos is of life itself made from the inner-cosmos living upon the terrestrial planetary faces of the celestial outer-cosmos. This third cosmos is the celled cosmos or the cellular cosmologic orders duly ordained of and by and even for all life forms to be made anywhere cellular life can gain a foothold to evolve and gain in the abundant natures toward the evolution of its structures ever evolving in base pairings. Without the two main Cosmos coming into existence; all living cellular cosmologies in the celestial confines could not ever exist.

    The trinity or threefold nature of chasm cosmologies is being one of the greatest and grandest gestures ever to have been formulated! To say God had nothing to do with such a feat of cosmologic inter-dependencies seems to me, an infallible congruency inconsistent for one to say or think otherwise. To say the nature of God is to keep inflating the physical elements of the outer cosmos while deflating the essence needs for the inner-cosmos leaves one to wonder about the third cosmological construct’s real nature for having been created. Why then are there cellular cosmos of living cosmologies and when did such celled cosmologic life become established?

    The history of multifaceted cosmological expansionism within celestial symmetries comes from the terrestrial complacencies of planetary regularities and solarized objectivism wherever the abundance of inner cosmologies coalesces to form stars, planets and moons among many other fragmented structures within the spatial confines of a universally formed Cosmos.

    Life, upon the celestial shorelines of the terrestrially compliant are as a biologic ‘cellularistic’ cosmological constant, and were ever formed and are continually forming seemingly unto forever as well placed living conglomerations in naturalisms arcades of wondrous cavalcades marching in steps of melancholy tributes to God upon the most high cosmos of universally formidable formations on the highest of unimaginable grounds!

    Love Lettuce,
    Love Let Us.
    God's Oldest Dreamer

    December 20, 2012 at 12:32 am |
    • Every Person on the Belief Blog

      lionlylamb, huh?

      December 20, 2012 at 12:36 am |
    • .

      more drivel ramblings from the belief blog idiot LL.

      December 20, 2012 at 9:43 am |
  3. Apple Bush

    Biblical literalists hold that we are God’s favorites. We live at the universe’s center on a planet God made and maintains for us to use. Earth’s resources are here for us to exploit. God protects us and promised he would not destroy Earth again until the end of days.

    Under that scenario, we have little reason to safeguard our existence.

    40% of the electorate are biblical literalists. Do you see the problem?

    December 20, 2012 at 12:29 am |
  4. Political will on gun control and sledge hammer fist on gun runners

    “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”=FALSE!

    A man in China attacked and 'INJURED' 20 children using a 'KNIFE'.

    A man in connecticut attacked and 'SLAUGHTERED' 20 children and 6 women and a man (himself) using (3) 'GUNS'.

    I wish people are not too blind to see the 'HUGE' difference.

    December 19, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Nope, true.

      December 20, 2012 at 2:29 am |
  5. lionlylamb

    Robert Brown wrote on December 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm to Lionlylamb, “You are describing the physical, I think. What about the spirit, you know, you must be born again? Also, you are of your father the devil, until or unless, you are born again?”

    I have described the ‘spiritual’ as being ‘nothingness’. For the grand seas of nothingness or outer space is in holdings sakes, all the physical celestial manners of galactic nebulas being forever held in terminus or in the ending places; of the physicality’s knowable Universalist Cosmos. The Holy Spirit of God is the grand seas of nothingness. Our spirituality lies as being our body’s overall nothingness. There is nothing physical of nothingness’s being. Spiritual nothingness can only make sense in being the holder of all physical domains to forever be the caretaker of all physicality; be these physicality’s great in size or of the very smallest in incremental size.

    Our being ‘born again’ lies with our spirit which is sheered nothingness. When our physical bodies die, our sheered nothingness or our souls or spirits are re-entered into a physical essence deeply within the confines of our inner-cosmos or the atomic cosmology. For example should I die, my body is no longer useful to God’s families who live inside us and in unknowable ways does God’s families inside us flee our dead bodies and they take with them all the needful treasures in order to make their journeys across the great voids as safe a journey as possible.

    Our body’s physical essence goes with them on their journey via their needs sakes. We or our physical-ness are their mechanisms and machinery. For of nothingness do not all mechanisms inadvertently rely upon the innerness beings of the Gods and Goddesses who live upon the extreme smallness of all living embolisms of the celestially great megaliths of the living omnipotent varieties abundances? We are all mono-deistic megaliths in machined greatness and in machined mechanisms do the sons and daughters of God live their days upon our megalithic structures!

    December 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm |

      Any questions?

      December 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • Every Person on the Belief Blog

      lionlylamb, Huh?

      December 19, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Every Person on the Belief Blog,

      I'm torn between nothingness being the spiritual essences and biogenesis in the mechanical varieties of all things cellular and even of all things celestial. Science has proved our bodies to be made of microscopic mechanisms therefore are we nothing more than megalithic mechanical structures living our life upon a structure, (earth) that itself is part of a larger machined organism we call the cosmos?

      December 19, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      I will have to admit that I know very little about space, while there is stuff out there it is thought to be mostly nothing, or better yet undefined. I think I would come closer to calling the holy spirit energy, rather than nothing. By describing our spirit as sheered nothingness are you saying it is taking up space in space, so then again physical?
      Also, I noticed you didn’t comment on “you are of your father the devil”. I think you are saying that God is in everything living, or at least all people, which does seem to contradict what I understand the word of God says. For example, Jesus described himself as the true vine, we are the branches, he abides in us and we in him. He wasn’t talking about all humans, he was talking about believers. John 15.

      December 19, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • Clarence Brown

      Robert Brown is my cousin. What more needs to be said?

      December 19, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Robert Brown,

      The 4 verses I do believe;

      Mathew 6:33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God!"

      Luke 17:21, "The kingdom of God is inside you!"

      John 18:36 Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world!"

      1Corinthians 3:9 "For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building!"

      For Christ Jesus to remain a vine and us the vine's branches we must ascertain the above verses. Are we as Christians not told to first eek the kingdom of God therefore not seek first Christ's ways to be followed?

      In the husbandries natures does not God conceptualize our bodies within our mother's womb? Is not God there in the father's sperm which parted the way to be the fertilizing force of the mother's cell formed egg?

      Science has imparted to our conscience that we are merely megalithic biogenetic constructs in biological mechanisms of microscopic machinery. No person can dispute this. Ergo, How far does mechanization go inwardly and outwardly speaking? Are we nothing more than gigantic megaliths of machined naturism in bodies of molecular machines? Is our portion of this universe within a cosmos of undefinable universes abiding in a grand cosmos of undetermined size nothing but a mechanical mechanism of the machined varieties?

      Satan, the devil, the old serpent are all creations of God and even they are allowed to roam among this world on occasional visitations. Is not Christ Jesus the bright and morning star which can be deduced to be our sun for it is the only star to be seen come morning time when the sun does block out the darkness?

      I love to be imaginable and do ever consider many dreams about God and the kingdom domains of God being all inside every conceivable life and life form known and knowable to us and our anthropomorphology in Godliness ideals. No one is ever alone even though one may not have someone to share their feelings and views and perspectives with for in God are all things made while of God are all things made manifest and by God do all things gather in their likenesses and for God were all things created to ever be and become for God's pleasantries and God's pains and God's anger and God's hurts for God is not without feelings! God is way too small to help any of us who have grown too big and way too large!

      December 19, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • Every Person on the Belief Blog

      lionlylamb, what?

      December 19, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • craniumthedumb

      He is arguing something from the Revenge of the Nerds, along with extreme largeness there is extreme smallness and that we are Gods to those beings that operate at extreme smallness from us (and by extension our God is at extreme largeness from us). He goes on to argue that when we die, those minute Gods leave us thus taking our spiritual self, but not our physical self. Imagine every atom within us is like a sun with whatever electrons orbiting as planets. Something similar to that anyway. Some of his sentence structure and word choice is quite odd, even for poetically intelligent statements.

      December 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Robert Brown asked me, "By describing our spirit as sheered nothingness are you saying it is taking up space in space, so then again physical?"

      My saying 'sheered' nothingness relates to a lamb being sheered of its wool. Our spirit is sheered from the grand seas of nothingness in much the same way even though it can never be for nothingness travails from cosmologies outer extremities to the atomic cloisters inner extremities. Nothingness is a vast emptiness being as a body holding together all matter from the very largest to the very smallest and this 'energy' you speak of is not a nothingness but is a physicality therefore is not of nothingness.

      Our manifestation of being is within a section of but one cosmos inside a universe being inside a nebula within a galaxy placed inside a solar system. Matter is finite and space is infinite.

      December 19, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Craniumthedumb wrote on December 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm, “He is arguing something from the Revenge of the Nerds, along with extreme largeness there is extreme smallness and that we are Gods to those beings that operate at extreme smallness from us (and by extension our God is at extreme largeness from us). He goes on to argue that when we die, those minute Gods leave us thus taking our spiritual self, but not our physical self. Imagine every atom within us is like a sun with whatever electrons orbiting as planets. Something similar to that anyway. Some of his sentence structure and word choice is quite odd, even for poetically intelligent statements.”

      Lionlylamb responds stating, “We are not Gods to those who are living in extreme smallness for these extremely small are the Gods and Goddesses. They of extreme smallness know they are living amid and upon a realm of megalithic living structures. Inside our megalithic bodies the extremely small Gods and Goddesses live out an abundant life with little wants for in our body’s consumptions are these extremely small Gods given all their wanting needs to remain steadfast in their godly life’s wants.

      The rest of your response is quite what I tried to accomplish but alas, I failed to be subtle in wordage meanings.

      December 19, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
  6. myweightinwords

    I believe in the power of random acts of kindness to change things around me.

    They don't have to be grand gestures. They can be small things:

    1)Know a parent of a young child? Volunteer to take the child Christmas shopping. This gives that parent a chance to do their own Christmas shopping, helps teach the child about spending money (I usually give them a $ limit and help them understand how to spend it), and lets them pick out a present for their parent that their parent will be surprised with come Christmas morning.

    2) Pay for the person behind you at lunch at the drive thru window/

    3) Brush the snow off the windows of your neighbors car

    4) Hold the door

    5) Stop for a minute and talk to someone.

    6) Knock on a neighbor's door. Just to say hello.

    7) Take a plate of cookies or other treats to your local police station/fire station/homeless shelter

    8) Send someone an actual letter in the actual mail. Bonus if you send it to someone who is elderly and alone.

    9) Call someone

    10) Smile.

    What other random acts can you think of that would brighten someone's day?

    December 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Say "Thank you" to the volunteers directing traffic at your kids school.

      Give generously to the people standing outside at the grocery store for the Salvation Army.

      December 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
      • myweightinwords

        I don't give to the Salvation Army because I disagree with their discrimination against LGBT folks.

        I do give, just not to people who I know discriminate.

        I agree with saying Thank you, not just to those volunteers either, but to cashiers and food service workers. They have thankless jobs.

        December 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      1. I give to my brother his needed things of needfulness without much displeasure in order for us to remain as sane as is possible.

      2. I give to my brother's two children gifts come Christmas time and also to my brother's now three grandchildren.

      3. I have nothing more to give then give to my flesh and blood for nothing else is more relevant then one's flesh and blood.

      December 19, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • niknak

      Unfortuneately, most of those acts of kindness would get you shot in our "civilized" America.
      It is every man for himself, and nice guys finish last.
      Sad, but true.

      December 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • Moldevort

      1. Poor people cannot do this without money and time.
      2. Poor people cannot do this either, as it requires a vehicle as well as money and time.
      3. Trespassing against your neighbor and touching their private property is illegal.
      4. I do this all the time.
      5. Creepy strangers wanting to talk is not something most people are going to want to "enjoy".
      6. If you knock on a neighbor's door, you'd better have a damn good reason for doing so.
      7. I throw any food given to me by strangers right into the damn garbage. What a retarded idea as well as dangerous.
      8. Sending a letter to a random stranger is as creepy as accosting them on the sidewalk. What is wrong with you?
      9. Yeah, we'll call the mental ward to send a few orderlies your way with some fun clothes that buckle on firmly.
      10. Smiling is easy enough if you are not suffering as so many are doing these days.

      If I want to brighten someone's day, I let the sun come up on its own. I am not responsible for the quality of other's lives as this has essentially been stolen from me by the rich and powerful. Go kiss their asses and see if they will brighten your day.

      December 19, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
      • myweightinwords

        1) You might be surprised. I often did this when I was fairly poor for other similarly financially distressed parents. If nothing else, you can take the kids for an afternoon of arts & crafts and make presents.

        2) Obviously, I meant this for those with money and means.

        3) I doubt anyone is going to have you arrested for brushing the snow off their car windows.

        4) Good. Smile while you do that.

        5) Again, you might be surprised. In this world of impersonal electronic communication we are all craving human contact. You also have to judge the situation and reaction to your first words.

        6) I often knock on a neighbor's door just to say hi, check in on them, especially if I haven't seen them out and about in a while, though I do tend to concentrate this on older folks in the neighborhood.

        7) How is giving a plate of cookies that I've made myself to someone doing me a service a dangerous thing?

        8) Did I say anything about a stranger? How about your mom? Your grandmother? A cousin you haven't seen in a while? Someone you went to school with?

        9) Do you never talk to anyone aside from on message boards? Never call a friend just to say "Hey"?

        10) Yeah, some days smiling can be tough. I get that. Sometimes though, it makes you feel better. And it gets that other person to smile most of the time, making them feel better.

        Little things can make a big difference. I'm sorry if you can't see that.

        December 20, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • Akira

      If you thinks an act of kindness is dependent on politics, well...I am speechless, really.

      December 19, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Moldevort, you are good enough, you are smart enough, and gosh darnit, people like you.

      December 19, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • Moldevort

      Akira, I am not responsible for the quality of life you experience as you perceive it. If I had a say in how this country and world is run, I would feel it my responsibility to do the best I could to enhance the positive aspects of living in this corrupt world of madness for as many people as possible in reasonable and rational ways.
      You misread what I said.
      I cannot brighten your day as I have no way of doing so. I cannot enhance your perceptions of your life experiences except at a distance that is more likely to destroy my efforts than to strengthen them.
      I do little kindnesses for people according to the situation. I do not necessarily brighten their day whether by EM radiation or by psycho-social interaction, as my intent is not guaranteed accurate expression nor is anyone's positive response a guaranteed thing.
      The vast majority of people I encounter are just like me, poor, disenfranchised, oppressed, unhealthy, and just trying to make it through another day without any major problems. There is nothing I can do for them, not even smile although I do try to remain minimally pleasant and polite. These are minimalist "kindnesses" that can barely be labeled such.
      Also, I cannot control how they react to anything I do, say, or my appearance, so I cannot simply "brighten" their day simply by wishing it were so or by any action I may take. Their reactions are dependent upon their brains.
      With me so far or shall I just give up trying to educate you on the realities of existence as a human being?

      December 19, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
    • Moldevort

      Correction: I do smile. But often it seems rare that I am even in a situation where a smile can be given. I've been smiling a little more lately, as I enjoy seeing smiles in return, but all too often I am lost in thought and do not consider the emotional needs of those around me, and so fail to take the time to be "sociable". But that's just me and a lot of other people. I do not hold it against them if their burdens weigh them down so that we cannot interact, for often I am the one being weighed down.
      I worry about people. If that were a marketable skill I'd be raking in the bucks. Too bad it's the other way 'round these days.

      December 19, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
    • JWT

      I think just being polite and having patience with the people we meet throughout life means a lot to them. I see too many angry/impatient people lashing out in stores, on the roads, sometimes at work even. Politeness does include smiling at people and holding doors.

      As far as knocking on a neighbours door unrequested it is not something I would do. I certainly do not want them knocking on my door. Not all of us want or need human contect either.

      December 20, 2012 at 11:10 am |
  7. lionlylamb

    Have the vesper pottages of amassed humanisms become complacently illiterate nowadays? Where then do the root-commodities of religious socialisms truly matter and riotous societal materialization become manifested and made ultra-scalar upon the divested spatterings of virtual values regarding irrationalized size-metric conditional causations?

    I do shudder in the crowds' revolting laments, for of crowned crowded bitter sarcasms does lay the tutors of sarcastic indemnifications coverings’ offering plates leaves no more found lucid changings around the fruited generosities in the lividness's racial trees of multi-faceted societal generalists.

    December 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • .

      more drivel ramblings from the belief blog idiot LL

      December 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • Actually?

      Rambling sentences are characteristic of very young writers (ages K-6).

      December 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • Maybe

      Brain Farts ??

      December 19, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      I have noticed you sometimes post a couple of bible verses. What do you think about the verses that tell us that God is a spirit and flesh and blood will not inherit the Kingdom of God?

      December 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Robert Brown,

      God's Holy Spirit is the vast seas of nothingness that holds all the celestial in its depths. Our bodies' spiritual nothingness holds all our atomized cellular structures within its deepened chasms of sheered nothing. In our death does God's Holy Spirit receive our bodies eternal nothingness back into its folding lengths of disparaged nothingness to be given or to be reborn back into the deepened realms of the atomic cloisters of inner cosmology where we are washed clean of this life's memories and given a new and better life to be lived out among the cloistering affairs of atomic configurations.

      December 19, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      I am not sure if I follow, but it reads like reincarnation?

      December 19, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Robert Brown,

      If by my saying that we are 'reborn' back into the atomic cosmos in a scale of such very smallness then yes we are reborn but not upon our realm we do now live upon.

      We, as being but sub-microcellular biology’s god-built buildings, do labor tenuously together with the godly and in equal measures so; do we ever unwittingly find fundamental struggles with God and all his generations so being his family members and servants and other godly brethren living inside our body-like buildings of sub-micro-cosmological wonders? 1Corinthians 3:9 "For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building!" Luke 17:21, "The kingdom of God is inside you!"

      We are mere buildings of sub-micro-molecular cosmologies essences of superlative renditions being but riddling, nurturing values of godly husbandries by God’s family trees treasured family’s ongoing inward laments. None of our bodied buildings being physically built and physically maintained and in residential indemnifications of Godliness nurturing can last forever in this realm we find ourselves living within! Nothingness is the only forever adjuration bequeathed for and in the sullenness verifications of absolute nothing was created all the physical resolutions be it greatness or be it in the so very smallness of multifaceted sizes.

      We or rather our eternal wills of nothingness were literally there in the very beginning moments of Creation itself. We lived throughout godly timeliness upon the varying inner cosmos of the minutely cosmological internments within a scale so vicariously small that the immensity of many things could be thought of as being but upon the head of a pin! We were and still are made mostly of nothingness! Nothingness puts vast distances between what we know of as being neutrons, electrons and protons which are our now perceived minutia fractal undulations of what we declaratively call as being simplified atoms in the highest of complexities sakes!

      December 19, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      You are describing the physical, I think. What about the spirit, you know, you must be born again? Also, you are of your father the devil, until or unless, you are born again?

      December 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • niknak

      Good luck trying to get anything of substance out of Cowardlylion, Robert Brownstreak.
      It is best just to ignore him and hope he finds another board to post on.

      December 19, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  8. myweightinwords

    I have had a frustrating start to my day (computer issues)...but I seem to be functional now.

    I'm trying to get some stuff done before Solstice on Friday. Going to be keeping a quiet vigil this year, no group events. Just me and a candle on my altar.

    There's enough crazy with the family later.

    Here, have a little Yule poem:

    in the darkest dark of the longest night
    when distant seems the morning light
    in solace from the bitter cold
    with stories long and tender told
    a single flame burns in the dark
    against the winter bare and stark
    a joyous feast spread all around
    from the bounty of the fertile ground
    set apart to share this night
    as we welcome in the returning light
    gather kin, gather all
    within the warmth of this winter hall
    light the candles, sing the songs
    eat and drink this dark night long
    comes the morning, comes the light
    turns the wheel, ends the night

    December 19, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • Akira

      What a lovely poem, MWIW!
      Did you write that?
      Just beautiful!

      December 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
      • myweightinwords

        Yes, I did write that, Akira. Thank you.

        December 19, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Yes, very nice!

      December 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • Huebert

      I like the poem.

      December 19, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • S Kopfter

      your weight in words, that is a well-written poem. Now you must do a craft project and make Yule cards with that written inside and Yule be all set.

      December 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
      • myweightinwords

        Ah, but my Yule cards have all been sent out! I used a picture I took in London last year at Hampton Court Palace.

        Thank you for the kind words though.

        December 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  9. lionlylamb

    It is life's seasoning ways of wanting that makes up worldliness in humankind's laments and it is humanity's sower of seasoned seeds sowing who dare does reap of mankind's harvested tributes inside deaths' reckoning ways. For the sower has marked all seeds to be ever so sown. In seeded nurtures the sown seeds marked will ever carry with them their own sower; who thru their own sowing ways is sown sowing themselves into the seeded and deeded of all sown life in all well seasoned sowers measuring ways for to be ever and always be sown by all nurturing sowed sowers from the very first to be sown sowing of deeds ever sown done.

    Lettuce Love,
    Let Us Love.
    God's Oldest Dreamer

    December 19, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • .

      drivel ramblings from the belief blog idiot LL

      December 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      What many people seem to be misplacing in regards to the gods and goddesses is that they all are the sons and daughters of God Almighty! We are not gods and goddesses! God’s Holy Spirit is the vast seas of the nothingness regions that reach ever so far away in the celestial domains cosmos and spirals ever inward towards the inner domains of atomic cloisters! We all live in a semi-lucid state of constant micrometric fluctuations in ever diminishing states of rationed luxation’s disparaged containments. For in randomized soulful fulgurations ever pulsating intermittencies we really never are at a true resting mode due to particle physics law of thermal dynamics regarding regulations in sub-quantum flexing. Can you fathom this angular Occidentalism singularity’s unending tribunal dichotomy or?

      December 19, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • hippypoet

      your moronic spew is comical at best. seriously, read a book – other then the bible or shall i say rather other then religious content!

      December 19, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
    • Akira

      He is nothing more than a vanity writer, and a selfish one at that.
      We're better off talking to the wall than to try and decipher his posts.
      For that, Apple Bush is very good, but I'll bet even Apple is tired of it.

      December 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  10. Christianity is a form of mental illness- FACT

    Merry F ing X-mas and Happy Holidays peeps!

    December 19, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • Akira

      Ho ho ho.

      December 19, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  11. Topher

    Good morning, everyone!

    December 19, 2012 at 11:30 am |
  12. Believe in Facts it Might Help

    Why can't everyone believe the FACTS ???
    Scientists have unearthed the first direct signs of cheesemaking, at a site in Poland that dates back 7,500 years.
    Human Evolution (1 of 2)

    December 19, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • Mike

      What point are you trying to make?

      December 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • HeavenScent

      That's crazy. You can't eat cheese thats 7,500 years old.

      December 19, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • Facts work

      The courts say you can't teach creationism or ID in public schools in USA OK !!!

      December 19, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
  13. hippypoet

    forget jesus, you owe who and what you are to the stars! this is not an argument but fact and like facts can be proven. jesus can not be even proven to have EVER existed...take a moment to consider what i just said...yeah, i know right! crazy! 🙂

    all hail stars and all their power!
    long may our mighty sun live!
    bright shall be its future,
    and all that live give thanks to it!
    all hail stars and all their power!

    enjoy 🙂

    December 19, 2012 at 9:15 am |
    • Mike

      That's your problem. You forgot Jesus.

      December 19, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • hippypoet

      its funny because historic evidence did too! since no evidence exists to lead one to believe jesus was ever real must should logically conclude that he never did. however on the contrast the stars existed once and we came from their death. the stars that exist now are for the creatures of another time era. when these current stars explode or implode and take us with them they will also be giving birth. see the act of death for stars also creates new celestial satellites! we live on a celestial satellite and because of our distance from our home star we do not freeze to death or burn and boil during the day. you would have me believe that a creature created all of this for us. i say we are the evolution of a cosmic fluke and to believe we are it is placing more importance and self glorifying one species out millions not to mention the trillions of stars that we know exist. for every star that exists exists the possibility of celestial satellites orbiting them and celestial satellites orbiting the celestial satellites orbiting the star. whether they be land based with a solid or simi solid core or they are gas spheres who knows. to believe in a god that created this world alone is arrogant, but to think it wasn't only created but created for us – simply stupefying!

      we are the product of stars and their deaths! be thankful to that! at least this can be proven!!!

      December 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      That is some cool stuff about stars. I was amazed to learn that we don’t know how many stars there are in the universe. It occurred to me that with every new discovery more questions come up. Do you think the quest for knowledge will ever be satisfied, or will we ever know, all there is to know?

      December 19, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • The Central Scrutinizer aka Apple Bush

      Yeah Hippy! The almighty sun is making a comeback. Raise your glasses and enjoy some Glenfiddich!!

      December 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • hippypoet

      i can say not having all the knowledge there is to have, i don't know robert.

      and OF course the almighty sun is back – it never left! we would have died – duh! 🙂

      December 19, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • lunchbreaker

      Given the limitation on the transmission of information is the speed of light ant the universe is eternally expanding, it would be impossible for anyone to know everything.

      December 19, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  14. S Kopfter

    "Lo" said the angel as the people of Harrton watched her dance around the pole, "I have come to give you gratis a view of Heaven for the wealth you do have is nothing compared to it."
    And then did their eyes bung out with lust and desire, for the angel started removing a Holey Garment whereupon rays of light shot out with the force of a thousand suns and blinded all those present.
    "I shall turn down the Heavenly Disco Lights," said one of the cherubic attendants. And the people did rejoice.
    – Verse Seven, Gospel of Zeke L

    December 19, 2012 at 7:24 am |
  15. Apple Bush

    Always start your day with a nutritious breakfast (sayeth the Lord).

    December 19, 2012 at 6:27 am |
    • S Kopfter

      There ain't no such thing as an apple bush.

      December 19, 2012 at 7:04 am |
    • Apple Bush

      Sure there is! Have faith!

      December 19, 2012 at 7:15 am |
    • S Kopfter

      Stay back! I have a cider press!

      December 19, 2012 at 9:14 am |
    • Brought to yo by the people who make "Cocoa Sugar Meth" and other fine breakfast products!

      I always loved the "Cocoa Krispies is part of this nutritious breakfast" schtick, where you cold have placed anything and still had a nutritious beakfast.

      "Deep-fried Twinkies are part of this nutritious breakfast."

      December 19, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • Akira

      Remember when we Sugar Pops and Sugar Smacks?

      December 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      I was always a Lucky Charms guy....

      December 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • Akira

      Lucky Charms has always been a favorite..."Magically Delicious!"

      December 19, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • test

      test test

      December 20, 2012 at 12:37 am |
    • Compton Sykes

      I see someone's getting testy. Calm down, whoever you are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      December 20, 2012 at 2:08 am |
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