Alternate British Flag. Design for a flag challenge on AH.com.
The following explanation I had entered together with the design:
Entry for the latest flag challenge.
The flag depicts the cross of St. Lazarus with the royal emblem attached in the centre: seven swords arranged to form the letter A, A and Y.
The first A standing for Aelfweard The second A standing for Animus The Y standing for the letter Upsilon: from ancient times on it stood for the path of vice or virtue. Aelfwaerd was simultaneously known as The Saint (for supporting the Catholic church in his realms) and as The Demon (for his bloodlust on the battlefields).
The challenge btw was as follows: NEW CHALLENGE: March 29, 2011
You've been commissioned to design a flag by Ælfweard IV, Bretwalda of Britain, High King of the Seven United Kingdoms of England. As you know, the Seven Kingdoms once existed alongside one another as sovereign states - Northumbria, Mercia, East Anglia, Essex, Kent, Sussex and Wessex - until each was gradually unified under one personal union. It may not have been the ideal form of government, but the 7UK has managed to do alright, fighting off Vikings, Normans, French, Dutch, Scots, and Germans over the years. Now with the "kingdoms' rights" movement finally more or less defeated and the 7UK more centralized than ever, Ælfweard wants to celebrate with a new trans-national flag for his United Kingdoms. He'd like to see something that celebrates the Seven Kingdoms, and especially the nation's strong Anglo-Saxon heritage, but he's not picky.
Free to use, free to modify. If you get it, please share a photo!
But aren’t tattoos forbidden in the Bible?
In the Hebrew Scriptures, God established a covenant with Abraham (circumcision) and with his descendants after delivering them from Egypt. The Hebrews were in slavery for over 400 years, so it’s safe to assume that they didn’t have any idea how to govern themselves (see the golden calf fiasco). So after establishing the basic moral law of the 10 Commandments, God established Levitical law, which served as a system of government for His newly-emancipated people.
The Old Covenant, however, was never meant to last forever – and not because the Law is too harsh. High standards are the point: The first purpose of the Law is to convict us of sin. The second purpose is to make us despair of saving ourselves, driving us to Christ. The third use of the law is a guide for Christian living. The Christian does not follow the Law because of the threat of hell, but rather out of the joy of salvation and love for Christ.
Similarly, the Levitical law was for Levitical rule. The moral law transcends time and culture.
The New Covenant is not only a Christian idea, but a Jewish one as well. Hundreds of years before Christ, Jeremiah prophesied: “The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the Lord.” (Jer. 31:31-34)
The New Testament author of Hebrews interprets this passage, saying, “By calling this covenant ‘new,’ [Jesus] has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.” (Heb. 8:13)
Hebrews illustrates that the Old Covenant “is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.” (Heb. 10:1)
Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” (Matt. 5:17)
He explains the basic reasoning behind every biblical law: ““Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matt. 22:37-40)
Elaborating on this, Paul writes in Romans, “Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” (Romans 13:10)
If you feel that getting a tattoo violates your relationship with God, violates your faith, then it would be unloving for you to get a tattoo. It would violate the greatest commandment.
If getting a tattoo would grieve your parents, then it would be unloving for you to get a tattoo. It would violate the command to love others, particularly honoring your parents.
If tattoos are accepted in your culture, if the tattoo glorifies God/does not affiliate you with paganism, and if you don’t feel that getting a tattoo is a violation of your faith, then I say go for it.
"20000 Varuna is a Kuiper Belt object discovered in 2000 by R. McMillan. It was named after the Hindu god Varuna, so I based the symbol on the Devanagari character "Va" (?) and the snake-lasso Varuna is said to carry." www.suberic.net/~dmm/astro/tno…
This one was a bit of stabbing in the dark. I know very little about Hinduism so I did my best looking for symbols and colors. I googled some info. Varuna was an ocean god that road on a strange chimera-like creature called a Makara. Googling that name brought me a great design that I used for the large central part. Searching more I found some great flags that gave me the particular red color, including the star burst pattern. I didn't want to make it a garish rainbow like many Hindu flags, so I went with the red.