Last night I cut myself with a new and very sharp knife. It may have been that I mistook my middle finger for a piece of chicken or merely that I was not paying attention to what I was doing. Needless to say when I had realised what I had done the pain hadn't hit me yet. I stared blankly at the gaping wound in my finger, and it was a reasonable size, before clutching it away as the blood began to pour down my hand.
Thankfully my fiancé was there and she was able to gauze and bandage up the self-inflicted gash. Four hours later she reapplied fresh bandaids to the cut. Needless to say, it must have been fairly serious as it was still openly bleeding.
It's funny how humans react to pain and injuries. Usually we have a period of time where we just stare blankly at the wound, not realising what has happened and so the pain hasn't hit us yet. This is analogous to sin. We see the hurt we have inflicted, upon ourselves and others, but we are able to blank out the consequences and the pain of our actions, at least for a time.
For many in our society, it has become a daily routine to ignore gashes which mar our spiritual bodies. Of course, we can't help but feel the thudding of our bleeding heart, so we try to save ourselves from our fate. This leads to a second dilemma; we have no way of rescuing ourselves. I had no idea whether I should have gone to the hospital last night. I estimate that I chopped about a third of the way through my finger. Since my wound has been bandaged I have no way of knowing whether the cut is still bleeding. And frankly, I am a little bit afraid to know.
When it comes to spiritual wounds (i.e. sin) we can be quite sure that ours are still bleeding if Jesus hasn't intervened. These lesions are toxic and poison everything from the inside out. And there is only one way to stem the flowing: see the "sin doctor".
Yet Jesus has a very unconventional way of mending us. He takes our hurt, our pain, our gaping wounds and He absolves us by taking it and making it His hurt, His pain, His gaping wounds. Through this incredible act of sacrifice we are no longer under the power of the knife but are strengthened by regularly meeting up with our doctor who wants to know all about us.
You see God knows best when it comes to our health because He created us. It is by His actions we are here and by His actions we have the ability to be saved. This salvation from our sin is given as a free gift to us, even though it cost Christ His life. An interest-free and, indeed, payment-free loan.
Unfortunately, some people love self-inflicted pain. It gives them a rush and makes them feel like they are in control. What they don't realise is that they are dying an agonizing death. They may stare blankly at their wounds but they are too proud, too satisfied and too empowered to want to change anything. The amazing news is that revival is always possible. Jesus has the power to save anyone, no matter how much sin is in their lives. After all, He can raise the dead.
It seems a regular occurrence for a movie to bash or belittle Christianity. However, a new movie slated to come out, called Blue Like Jazz, may just buck this trend. This movie is based on the book, written by Don Miller, about how he was brought back to God while in confronting University life. While I am unsure as to what slant Don Miller's book takes I am cautiously optimistic that this will be a movie worth seeing.
That's right, if you haven't heard it already, well, here goes. There is now a way to rank your friends on Facebook, but not in the conventional way, this ranking system is in regards to their sexual performance.
Such an idea would sound ridiculous if it wasn't true. Indeed, a lot of people are going up in arms about it, and rightly so. It is despicable and loathsome and shows just how much we are letting down the teenagers of society. Because, we act like this is something they did of their own volition and that we would never do something like that. Yet, surely the blame must fall squarely on the shoulders of adults and parents around this nation (and the world) who have let entertainment bring a creeping sexualisation to unprotected children.
The sexuality of Australia's children reflects the sexuality of our society. It is deemed permissible to be promiscuous and to rank former lovers in regards to how enjoyable the sex felt. Unfortunately, they are missing out on the best type of sex. The intimacy that comes from sharing the act of sex with one person. Waiting that benefits character and causes the act to be special, rather than experimental.
I am to be married in seven months (how can I forget when my future wife keeps counting down) and one of the acts of a couple binding together is to experience sex in a way that makes both participants one body. There is no way having promiscuous sex and then ranking how you feel is in the best interests of the person you are participating in sex with. In fact, it is merely a way of establishing superiority.
I know that when I have sex with my wife that'll it be a 10/10. Not because we've never done it before and we don't know what to expect but because:
we will experience it for the first time together.
neither of us will have any sexual superiority.
neither of us will feel that we have to compete with any past relationships.
we trust each other completely.
in this act we become "one flesh".
there is safety in the knowledge that what we give to the other person in the act of sex will not be abused.
there is no risk of attracting any sexual diseases.
we will not develop certain attitudes about the opposite sex (i.e. woman can be used merely for sex).
there is a much greater likelihood that we will stay together if we remain abstinent up until marriage (and much less likelihood of adultery occurring).
it is proven that sexual fulfilment is much greater when neither party has been involved with someone else sexually before.
Those are ten good reasons to remain abstinent until marriage, and they are separate from any Christian reasons to remain pure. Of course the option is open to all to participate in rampant sexual activity. However, this merely creates a poisonous hole in your life that will end up sucking away any love that may be present in the act of sex. Once you have experienced and experimented with sex it is hard to return to a lifestyle that will allow you to have a meaningful relationship with the opposite sex.
Facebook has become riddled with misuse, however, this recent sex rating site takes the cake. It is in the best interests of everyone that this page be shut down. For most teenagers involved they do not understand the consequences of their actions. We have our so-called "sex education" to blame for that.
There are days for everything it seems. There is the National Condom Day which coincidentally falls on Valentines Day. There is Cupcake Day, Pillow Fight Day, the National Hoodie Day and so many more. Some of these days support the awareness of very damaging illnesses or causes, while others the causes are not so noble.
Today is June 2nd and like nearly every other day on our calendar it too has significance. Because today is International Whores Day. I kid you not (although I wish I was). Today we are meant to cast our thoughts on the hard-working prostitutes and the inequalities they face in their workplace.
Despite claims that prostitution is the “world’s oldest profession” it also is the profession which morally undermines the framework of nearly every country across the globe. But, of course, in this “equality” world we should be doing our part to ensure that sex workers are not being discriminated against.
Now, don’t get me wrong, prostitutes are people and are in need of some rights like anyone else. However, the promotion of an industry that deals in the despicable is hardly the best outcome. Perhaps our energies would be better spent if we endorsed an International Abstinence Day in the hopes of promoting awareness on the positives of abstinence until marriage.
Of course this is not how we roll in this day and age. You see, we all have the right to get our sexual fantasies satisfied in any way we deem. The proviso is that both parties should be consenting and that’s all that matters. So if we wish to look to pornography to satisfy our curiosities, well that’s easy, because we really only need one person to consent to that, “numero uno”.
The same approach really goes for prostitution. The client is consenting because they may not be able to receive sex any other way or because they are horny and just feel like doing something “wrong”. And the employed prostitute is consenting because she is receiving large wads of money for doing something that is just natural to our evolved consciousnesses.
Both parties are short-changing themselves. The client may have a wife who he is cheating on (in which case the wife has not consented to being hurt so deeply) or he may not believe that anyone else would find him sexually attractive. Well, I have unfortunate news for you, the prostitute who is sleeping with you, she doesn’t find you attractive. She’s doing it for the money, even if she doesn’t realise that this is not easy-made money. All the riches made in the sex industry (be it pornography or prostitution) costs the worker emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Sure, you’ll find the occasional worker or porn star (i.e. Jenna Jameson) who will profess to loving their career because they “enjoy sex so much” but the marks and the hurt of these people cannot be hidden behind the layers of make-up.
So, is it really beneficial to merely be promoting rights for sex workers? Well, this really falls short of helping those involved out of these self-destructive lifestyles. Unfortunately, some politicians have other ideas. Stephanie Key, Labor MP for Ashford in South Australia, is calling for reforms to:
“ decriminalise the four main types of sex work in this state. The introduction of the Bill will take place after further consultation with interested parties over June and July this year.
My intention is to amend the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 and the Summary Offences Act 1953 to achieve change. Some of the features of reform should include the following:
Ensure sex workers have the same industrial rights and responsibilities as other workers.
Prevent minors under the age of 18 years from being involved or associated with sex work.
Disallow sex services or such premises to be established within 200 metres of schools, centres for children or places of worship.
Allow for Local Government to regulate public amenity, noise, signage and location in relation to sex services premises with more than three workers.
Promote safe sex education and practice by clients and sex workers.
Enable sex workers to be able to report criminal matters to the police like everyone else in the community.”
Such stupidity is dumbfounding. Of course there are regulation problems with the sex industry and prostitutes are unwilling to go to state police for help because they are practicing an illegal act. But the solution is not to legalise prostitution. In this industry women exist to service men sexually. Surely there is nothing more degrading than that. Isn’t prostitution promoting inequality between the sexes?
Of course I will be attacked for being “archaic” and “old-fashioned” but I believe some people need a good dose of common sense. Does Stephanie Key actually believe she’s helping these sex workers with her amendments? Bah, if we actually cared about these people we would be exhausting our energies trying to bring them out of this self-destructive line of work rather than trying to paint over the sex industry with rose-coloured paint. You can’t try and fix the cracks when you’re missing the giant hole in the wall beside you. Who knows, maybe someday soon we’ll have International Pimp Day.
"In a civilised society we want to treat animals humanely. I would like to think that we would also want to treat human beings humanely as well. But that is not always the case. A new TV documentary has aroused a lot of passion about cruelty to animals, but we await a similar TV doco highlighting cruelty to unborn babies.
Last night the ABC aired on 4 Corners a program about how Australian cattle were treated in Indonesian abattoirs. I did not see the program but it has caused quite a stir – and evidently rightly so. The footage was apparently quite graphic as it exposed some pretty horrendous treatment of these animals.
One thing of interest however: In a major AAP story about this in today’s press, no mention was made of why this is occurring. The truth is, the Australian killing of cattle is fine, but these cattle are going to Muslim markets, so they have to be killed in accordance with halal methods.
Halal slaughter processes appear to be far more inhumane than non-halal processes. One writer puts it this way: “Let’s be perfectly clear and reiterate that the concern is not for how cattle are treated by Australian farmers or station managers. By all accounts, and as one said on the program last night, they like their animals. A lot. But to make money, the cattle have to be sold. And Indonesia is a big market.
“In regular abattoirs, the cattle are stunned and knocked unconscious before being slaughtered. It’s quick and about as pain-free as you can get. But halal rules (Islamic dietary rules for the consumption of meat) require the animal to be alive when it is killed. To many, being unconscious does not count as being alive. But halal also requires one clean cut across the throat. As 4 Corners uncovered last night, many deaths are the result of blunt knives and require on average at least 10 ‘goes’. Sometimes up to 30.”
An article in the press two years ago gives a slightly different slant on whether such halal methods are required under sharia (Islamic law): “The King of Jordan’s sister has appealed to the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, to stop the ritual slaughter of conscious animals for halal meat in Australia, saying it was not necessary under Islamic principles.
“Princess Alia bint al-Hussein of Jordan, who is the sister of King Abdullah II of Jordan, said she had written to Mr Rudd saying that any lowering of animal welfare standards in Australia for religious reasons would be a blow to the country’s reputation and undermine progress in the Middle East.
“‘Contrary to some claims, killing without stunning is not necessary under Islamic principles,’ she said. The Australian standard on ritual slaughter for halal and kosher meat states that animals must first be rendered unconscious by electrical stunning before their throats are cut. But under a disputed federal guideline, the Government has allowed at least four Victorian abattoirs exemptions to kill without stunning to fulfil Middle Eastern export contracts over the past two years.”
The exact Islamic requirements for halal slaughter thus may not be fully clear, at least in some quarters. But I raise this issue since the AAP story did not mention this aspect at all. I presume the 4 Corners story did mention it. But another thing not being mentioned is another horrific form of slaughter which happens every day, yet without any MSM exposure and outcry.
I refer of course to the 100,000 unborn babies who are killed every year in Australia, and the 45-50 million killed every year around the world. This slaughter is really far worse, yet will we ever see the ABC or other MSM outlets running a story on this? Will they feature a full-colour, graphic, no-holds-barred documentary on this at prime time for the Australian public to witness?
I somehow don’t think so. Not only do we know that unborn babies experience pain at an early age (but are given no anaesthesia for their killing), but we know that most of the abortion methods are horrifically barbaric and painful. I have described one of them elsewhere:
Simply to be aware of what takes place during a D&X, or late-term abortion, should put most people off from ever considering having an abortion. But this information is being wilfully, deliberately, and maliciously kept away from people. Almost no one in the MSM will run with this info, because it is simply not politically correct to do so.
The pro-abortion lobby has effectively censored out any contrary views on what actually takes place during an abortion. Undoubtedly the Indonesian authorities did not want the outside world to see what happens inside their abattoirs. In the same way, the abortion industry does not want the outside world to see what happens in their abortion mills.
We wait for the day when the world can see the truth of what happens there. The ABC may think it was brave in airing this show on the mistreatment of cattle. But we will not hold our breath as we wait for it to display some courage on an even greater calamity and cruel massacre.
So, this trailer just appeared on the internet for a potential movie called The Waiting Game. It's basically a Christian version of movies like The 40-Year-Old Virgin. This may sound corny but it actually doesn't look too bad: