Pirates vs Ninjas"Arrr!"Pirates vs Ninjas9 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Raphael rolled his eyes for the third time in ten minutes.
He clenched his teeth, attempting for the moment to keep his mouth shut.
"Mikey!" he screamed. "For the last time you are not a pirate!"
Michelangelo looked stunned at first but the expression soon faded.
"Arrr! Ye just be sayin' that to try and get on me good side!" he said, peering at his brother with one eye.
Two hours ago when Mikey had joined his brothers they knew something was up. His bandana was turned so that he could see out of only one eye and he seemed to be walking with a suspicious limp. They later learned that the limp was due to a peg leg that looked remarkably like the real thing.
"Mikey I am so gonna kick your butt," Raph growled.
"You'll have to go through me crew first!" Mikey retorted.
Raph blinked. Crew? What crew?
"Raph just let it go," Leo said flatly. "He'll get it out o
Objective Proof of GodIf I tossed a coin 2000 times and called it right every single time, what would you think?Objective Proof of God4 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
I can only imagine some of the things you would be thinking, but they would all stem from one rationalization: that what was happening defied logic.
To make sure we are on the same page, let me give you some quick facts about the Bible: The Bible was written over a span of about 1500 years (from 1445 BC to 95 AD) in 3 continents, in 3 languages, by 40 authors, and has 66 books. It's mostly a collection of letters written to churches. We can verify the dates of the books of the Bible through the efforts of historians, linguists, and archeologists.
" . . . a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. . . They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing." Psalm 22: 17-18
What event is this verse referring to? If you have a basic knowledge of Christianity, then you know this is talking about Jesus' crucifixion. If you
Finding Faith Through ScienceRocket scientist Jim Bradford says that science has always affirmed his faith.Finding Faith Through Science2 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Jim sees science as the study of what God made. And he defines science in this way: Science is an endeavor to explore and understand. Scientism is a philosophy that starts by saying that nothing supernatural exists. Jim points out that this viewpoint is unable to answer the question of where the matter and energy came from that supposedly started the Big Bang, according to the theory.
With a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, among Jim’s many accomplishments is working with Boeing on space shuttles. Up until college he was too shy to do any sort of Christian leadership. But he overcame this during college by inadvertently leading a Christian student group each week. Now, along with his rocket science career he also talks to people about the relationship between science and religion.
According to Jim, this viewpoint that we were not Created is one of despair. It’s saying that you are an
Michal: The Love is GoneThe world has lostMichal: The Love is Gone3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
its rose-tinted hue.
have flown away.
What I once felt for you
I don't know where.
when I look at you
I feel only resentment,
at having been so stupid
to fall in love with you.
You were my hero,
you were my hope.
I gave everything for you.
I lied for you,
I would have died for you.
All these years
I waited for you,
I pined for you,
I wanted to stay true to you -
But what did you give to me?
that you loved me too,
as strongly and dearly
as I loved you -
was it asking too much
to expect to be
the only woman in your life?
I see you now
as you really are,
and can't believe
I ever loved
this womanising man
for whom I'm just a trophy,
something you paid for
for your collection.
You disgust me.
I look at you
and all the love is gone.
I look at you
and despise you.
REDEEMEDREDEEMED3 years ago in Concrete Poetry More Like This
Tears like river flowed from my eyes, when I woke up, I realized
I say hello then say goodbye; it's hard when you are left behind.
When darkness comes and I'm alone, I am in fear soon I'll be gone
Someday, somehow that day would come; that dreadful day will surely come!
But when I look back in my life; what have I done in all these years?
I've sinned and I deserved to die. But death is what I feared the most.
I see but I seemed like I'm blind; I hear but I can't understand
I am weary, my heart is cold; but now I'll come to You my Lord.
Behold the lamb! The Lamb of God Who takes away sins of the world.
Though crucified and He has died; Praise be to God: He is ALIVE!
God gave His love to me, who sinned. He lived and died; rose from the grave.
He opened up my eyes to see. I heard my name, called out to me.
I saw His arms stretched out to save; He grabbed my hands and set me free
For He has saved me from the grave; the chains are gone, the darkness flees.
My God He saves! He saves indeed!&
CourageBeing courageous is a big risk. Speaking out your opinion is courageous.Courage2 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
Especially if it goes against what many people say.
It's courage to speak it anyway. No matter what people say, or threaten.
I've decided that I'm going to take the stand.
God will back me up no matter what you will say about me, or what you believe.
Like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendigo, I will make the right choice and stand for what is right.
My mouth cannot remain silent.
My tounge cannot remain quiet.
So my mouth, my tounge, and my soul will speak the truth of God and life.
And if i'm wrong God will correct me, no shame in making mistakes.
But anyhow I make my stand
God has emotionsDo you ever feel frustrated because you feel like a lot of people just don't understand the concept that knowing God is about a relationship with an interactive being? I am going to reflect on a few things that I've learned that have helped me understand this.God has emotions3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
God is a real person. He is a supernatural and divine person. He is God. But He is a person. The bible says God is a Spirit. He is not just some spirit/universe energy floating around. But He is a person. He has a form and personality. "You mean God is like us?" No! YOU are like Him! God made you in His image and likeness. Not the other way around. (Genesis 1:26) God is a spirit and you are a spirit. God made man's body and breathed His spirit, put part of Himself, into you. You are His offspring.
Doing something for God-
Like you, God has emotions. He does not let Himself be controlled by them like we sometimes do. But He has them. Is it possible then, that we could do something to positively touch Gods emotions? First underst
Why is Hell Necessary?1. Sin and CrimeWhy is Hell Necessary?3 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Sin is like crime. When you commit a crime, you are breaking the law. When you commit sin, you are breaking God’s Law. If a Judge let a criminal go without punishment, we would call him unjust. Thus, if God allowed sin to go unpunished, that would make God unjust.
2. How Severe is Sin?
One of the major problems I encounter when telling people about sin and hell is that they simply don’t grasp how severe sin is. While the comparison above is a good illustration, it doesn’t do justice in communicating how bad sin is. Sin is an act of evil that is against the very nature of God. God is so pure and holy that He cannot commit sin, it’s against His very nature to do so.
It’s so important you understand this. If you find yourself going back to the idea that “sin isn’t so bad” then you still don’t get it. SIN IS EVIL. Sin is of Satan. Sin is against God. Sin is severe.
3. Do you like Heaven?
Crippled Woman: Worth MuchWho looks twiceCrippled Woman: Worth Much3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
at a crippled woman,
except to give her crooked looks,
crooked like her crooked back?
Crooked, not friendly -
for I am not normal,
I am a mistake,
a burden, not a blessing,
to all and to myself -
not worth much.
I am "just a woman".
I am "that cripple".
I am a failure
in this world bent on success.
Not worth much.
But now I see
your love, o Lord,
which values even me -
is what you call me -
not an outcast anymore.
You look at me so differently,
you lift me up,
you make me new.
I don't need to be perfect
to be perfect for you;
you love me
just as I am,
the one the world had thrown away.
And now I know: to you
I am worth much.
Paid in Full (Poem)Paid in Full (Poem)2 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Imagine it as if it was happening today
The hour was dawning in which it would be His last day
Jesus, took 3 of His disciples and went out to pray
As the death He'd prophesied was but a short time away
He began to be filled with sorrow and became deeply distressed
"My soul is exceedingly sorrowful even to death.."
So strong was his distress that blood expelled as He sweat
Three times He asked them to stay awake and pray but three times they slept.
"Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold the hour is at hand,
And the Son of Man is being betrayed into sinners' hands.
Rise, let us be going. See My betrayer is at hand"
The betrayer Judas arrives and with a kiss hands over the Son of Man
Through unjust trials He pushed right on through
Never denying who He was as King of the Jews
They mocked and jeered and their blood lust grew
Crucify Him! They shouted, though His innocence was proved
Tortured, humiliated, battered and bruised
He knew the cup He'd drink from was to save me and you
The Health Risks of Homosexuality HomosexualsThe Health Risks of Homosexuality3 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
-are 50% more likely to suffer from depression (study done in the UK)
-are twice as likely to commit suicide
-live on average 24 years less than heterosexuals A (published in International Journal of Epidemiology)
-have 78% of their relationships lasting less than 3 years (study published in Homosexualities: A Study of Diversity Among Men and Women)
-are ranked as less happy than heterosexuals by the American Psychiatrist Association B (study published in Sexual Survey Number 4: Current Thinking on Homosexuality, Medical Aspects of Human Sexuality)
-pursue more counseling. 75% of lesbians reported seeking counseling in a study in 2000 (published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology , National Lesbian Health Care Survey: Implications for Mental Health Care, and cited in Health Implications Associated with Homosexuality)
-are more likely to have domestic violence issues (among gay men) (publi
COMPARISON IS A WASTE OF OUR TIMEComparison is wasteful of our time and energyCOMPARISON IS A WASTE OF OUR TIME3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Everything in life revolves around what others think and do and how it corresponds with our own lives. Everything is a competition. Everyone has to be better, faster, stronger, more athletic, more intelligent, wealthier, more powerful, more beautiful. Everyone has to be a certain way to fit in, like a clone. Individuality is the enemy and conformity is the way of the age even if it means hurting others to get there. Why is this? One word will tell it all, COMPARISON. It will make you do things you wouldn't normally do. It ruins relationships, you burn bridges. It makes you set out to please others and expect things which are both impossible. It'll make you feel inferior. Make you feel superior. It'll make you proud, filling you with a haughty outlook on life. Make you demanding, controlling and manipulative, whatever it takes to be better than. It'll fill you with greed, envy, make you power hungry. It'll make you unstable, unsatisfied, alw
A Word to the Socially Awkward(10/05/2011)A Word to the Socially Awkward4 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
For some time I believe God has been meaning to open my eyes and help me realize a weakness of mine that need not be ignored but faced head-on, and He's been nudging me to get the guts to go out and share it. So here I am.
But first, allow me to explain it the slow way. I promise I'll make my point.
You know when you really want something? You ask that you can have it, right? A lot of us respond much like "I really want it. Please give it to me". When we pray, we're much like, "Dear God, I pray that I can have it. May you give it to me."
But you know what God's like? He's like this old proverb:
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." ~ Unknown
So, instead of simply giving you what you want just like that, He decides that a better approach is to help you learn to get it. Bear in mind that I'm talking about things or goals that are human
Say Something - 10Rose / Doctor Who FanficSay Something - 10Rose / Doctor Who Fanfic10 months ago in Romance More Like This
. . .
For once, in the entire world’s existence, everything in the whole universe – all of life – is completely and utterly silent. Not a word, not a whisper. There was not even a single breath.
The large ball of flames begins to set, working its way down below the horizon. With the sun setting, the sky gently begins to blend of pinks and purples with thick
God Always Comes Through (Poem)God Always Comes Through (Poem)3 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Sometimes we live through a horrible experience
It's not easy to wrestle with personal demons
In our impatience we do things we shouldn't do
But even then, in the end, God always came through
The things we hate, those things we do
The things we'd like to do, those we can't do
If Paul the apostle went through it, so will you
But even then, in the end, God always came through
When we misaligned our minds from the will of the divine
Sin seeped through to seduce with promises of good times
Promises we paid a heavy price believing they'd be true
But even then, in the end, God always came through
Whether your affliction is violence, sex, or drugs
An unlisted addiction or all of the above
And though you feel that this is all there is for you
Remember that in the end, God will always come through
It's not because you deserve it or He owes it to you
Not because of your talents or the work that you do
It's because He really loves you and His promise to you
Is that in end, He will always co
On ToleranceOn Tolerance3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
You'll have to stick with me for a bit, but I'll begin with a jarring statement to most readers: it seems to me that the Catholic Church is really the most tolerant of anyone or anything.
This is because the Catholic Church has rightfully questioned everything and accepted what it must. It is derived from the fact that we see creation as good and, as such, there is nothing that exists separated from goodnessno matter how hopeless. We are tolerant precisely because we call things evil and because we call things good. These are like the actions of a wise gardener who prunes leaves and branches, allowing the good to grow properly and the bad to fall lifelessly.
Indeed, the history and hagiographies [lives of the saints] of the Church attest to this attitude. St. Martin of Tours, though he had the mighty pine tree cut he erected an altar in its place. He removed the worship of something false with the worship of something truehe did not remove worship.
St. Catherine of S
Beautiful.You areBeautiful.2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
name age gender remain a secret.
I know neither your
height weight sexuality nor the color of your
eyes hair skin.
For once I had no
that distorted you into something that you
I savor my ignorance
for it carries the delightful taste of
2. Maze Upon The Mountain2. Maze Upon The Mountain3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Around my throat pulled the rugged noose,
tighter with every upward movement...
Though beheld I chains of gold as a harness,
inching me along the way up.
I scaled the mountain of my own,
whilst I tread in its vertical labyrinth...
To my back, a mirror follows my every move,
the constant reminder of every falter.
From above comes down an ever flowing stream,
washing clean from me the blood, sweat, and tears.
Such is the waters of life that I chose to follow,
as the overflow my thirst and tired limbs.
At my feet, the heat of a million fires,
giving rise to the sulfuric smell of Rock Bottom...
Where from and down the rugged noose yanks.
Burning to a cinder, my forest once dark.
The rope tugs with a playful tease
and with my every breath do I hear the laughing pullers...
Still do I carry on, seemingly towards hopelessness,
where Death is all that my eyes can see.
The chains are what nudge me on,
carrying me upon all paths which lead me Home.
Assisting my ascension, onward to my a
I Hope You Have a Good Teacher (On Morality)I Hope you Have a Good TeacherI Hope You Have a Good Teacher (On Morality)3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
Imagine a classroom setting where a teacher requests this of her students, "I want everyone to explain planetary motion to me."
The students all look blankly at the teacher and respond, "We don't know how."
The teacher looks at them, perturbed, and asks, "Why don't you?"
"You never taught us," they responded.
"Everything is right here in the books. All the equations, methods, and considerations are easily accessible ."
Now, the problem happens to be that these kids are in the 2nd grade and are still learning multiplication and division.
Despite the severity of the metaphor this is what the moral life and human landscape is for us. Life moves forward and expects us to 'do or die' and we often don't know how. The very human thing to do in life is to question "What should I do with my life?" and "why am I here?" Other questions eventually emerge: "How do I tell right from wrong?" and "How do I do what's best for my family, country, and others?"
My TestimonyThis is something I wrote to indicate how I felt 6 years ago. I wasn't a very happy person and life didn't have any pleasure for me at all. I wasn't depressed, I just didn't see the point in life - you're born, you grow up, you have children and then you die - Whoopidoo. It just seemed a bit futile to me I guess, having no real purpose and having a meaningless existence. I wanted to really live a meaningful life and it didn't matter to me if I became the most successful and richest person in the world - that still wouldn't give me meaning, that still wouldn't satisfy me.My Testimony3 years ago in Letters More Like This
So I wasn't happy. And then my mom decided she wanted us all to start going to church. I wasn't too happy about this either, knowing that I'll be dragged out of bed early every Sunday morning, but she didn't give me much of a choice so I went.
It was dull and boring - and it was almost like torture sitting there every Sunday - but still some of the words the Pastor spoke sunk in ... I had always wondered about Go
Because of my mercyI am characterized by mercy. Some people don't understand that. They see me as unyeilding or unloving or distant. They do not know me as you know me, child. I am a compassionate God, always desireing to forgive, always drawling people to myself, always offering second changes-and more. Why? Because I love you. Because I long to save.Because of my mercy3 years ago in Letters More Like This
Plenty of people seek to be "good enough" for me, but the truth is, no one could ever be that good. So in my mercy I made a way through my sinless, holy Son. I draw people to myself, give them salavation, and help them o become more like my Son every day as they walk with me.
I saved you, not because you were good enough, but because of my mercy. It's who I am.
He is Great!What comes of the Spirit?He is Great!3 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Love is one.
Another is joy,
And peace, not outdone.
Gentleness and meekness,
Patience and faith,
Goodness and temperance.
You shall have no wraith.
Do not be angry,
Don't envy, or hate.
These will only hurt YOU.
Trust in God; he is great!
God in the Old TestamentMany non-Christians take issue with God's actions in the Old Testament. But I've noticed a pattern in their arguments. They say "God killed those people so He's evil" and say nothing else about the incident. This leads me to believe they don't know the context of what they're upset about, nor have they done the research to see the pattern of God's actions. Below, I have broken down 5 instances of God's judgment.God in the Old Testament3 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
1. The Global Flood
a. The world was full of evil people, sin, and corruption. (Gen. 6:5), (Gen. 6:1-2)
b. God warns that He will flood the world to destroy the evil (Gen. 6:13)
c. Noah preached to the people of the world for about 100 years to repent from their evil, warning them what was to come (2 Peter 2:5)
d. Only Noah's family remained loyal to God, so God's forewarned judgment falls (Gen. 7:17)
e. Conclusion: God used His messenger Noah to warn a corrupt culture to repent but they didn't even after 100 years. And we find God's mercy being displayed on the one fami
What's Wrong with Science?Dear Lord, what have Christians come to?What's Wrong with Science?3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
I've recently had the misfortune of stumbling across Conservapedia.com: a fundamental Christian website, claiming to be "the trustworthy encyclopedia". It offers information on all manner of hot topics related preserving the truth of Christianity, such as how the NIV Bible was written to support abortion, how college professors support bestiality, that pursuing a career in the arts is unhealthy, and that the story of the adulteress in John 8 is fabricated to support a liberal agenda.
As a Christian myself, this sort of wacko far-right propaganda brings me no end of embarrassment. I could spend years tearing apart nearly every single article on this site, but fortunately, I have a life and will likely only pick one or two to dissect.
However, there was on article that irritated me more than all the rest; it irritated me even more than the articles trying to suggest that a large percentage of all murders ar