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This is one of the many times where peoples misunderstandings of context, history and culture, distort the word of God.

During war, brutal acts are levied upon each opposing side by their oppressors or perceived oppressors. In modern times, we blast rock music, drop bombs and utilize cyber attacks. In the past, and sometimes, sadly, in the present, rape is utilized as a method of degrading, humiliating and overpowering people.

It is inexcusable in war and out of war, and that is what God was referring to.

During the time of the Old Testament, horrible atrocities were committed against people. Some of these actions still occur in war torn countries.In Africa, some believe that by raping a child, male or female, the act will cure them of A.I.D.S. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/southafrica/1362134/South-African-men-rape-babies-as-cure-for-Aids.html)

In 38 A.D., the Roman Governor Flaccus ordered thousands of Jews to be paraded naked through the street, to be raped and to be beaten and burned in bonfires. Yes, raped; Jewish men and women, ordered to be raped. (Brief Histories of Almost Anything: 50 Savvy Slices of our Global Past  edited by Chris Brazier)

This is what the Bible intended by saying for a man to not lie with another man, as if he were a woman. God was saying “Do not Rape!”.

In Genesis 19:4-11. The men at the door are not there for a tea party. They want to rape the Angels, and Lot, instead offers up his daughters to be raped, instead. It is because, at that time, women, were viewed as “things”, “possessions”. It had little to nothing, to do with sexuality but to do with the value placed upon different genders.

A daughter required a dowry, a daughter brought debt while a son, a male, brought value. A Dowry is the money or goods a woman brings to a marriage. Lot would have had to pay for his daughters to marry.

This is not just a story about rape, but bad parenting as well. What father could offer up his daughters to strangers, to rape, and instead protect male visitors. If the President of the United States visits your home, and some anti-President radicals are banging at your door, demanding that you surrender him so that they can rape him – would you offer up your daughters?

No matter what you think of the President, no human deserves to be raped, ever. It is a disgusting, evil, vile act and God agreed!

You can also see, that even though Lot had a very screwed up sense of value, God still loved him!

In Leviticus 20:13 it says “If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable.They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”

This does not say “If one man, falls in love with another man – kill him!”. The Bible is VERY clear about love, lust and everything in between. You will also notice that Leviticus admonishes about incest and bestiality. It says “Do not rape anyone, do not have sex with kin willingly or unwillingly and do not have sex with animals.”. All of these things in modern times will result in legal punishment, potentially even a death sentence.(http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/06/convicted-south-la-murderer-gets-death-sentence-.html)

Does God hate homosexuals? NO! God loves all of His children, equally. We, His children, do not love equally and that is part and parcel of our sinful nature.

 Please Father help me to be a good, loving Christian.  Help me to not judge others by my own fears, hurts, sins and past trauma. Help me to be one with Your world, and Your people. Help me Father, to be a loving child like your Son, who welcomed and loved all people from the leper to the lord. I want to be a symbol of Your love, Lord. I am not You, and it is not my place to judge – Please remind me of this and make me an example of Your unconditional positive regard. Amen.


Depression, God and science.

As I explained in a previous post, I suffered a great deal from an experience with a rare personality type. I’m alive, thank God, but it’s been a very challenging, depressing and a unique situation. One of those “Murphys Law” moments, which unfortunately, even those who’s earthly jobs are to help us, to protect us, were (and are) overwhelmed and confused.

Essentially it was a “We’re so sorry, we know this is wrong but we have no idea how to help or how to stop it from happening”. I felt lost, hopeless, depressed. Every day became a struggle because the individual wasn’t just trying to hurt me, they were including my family in their attacks. They weren’t a friend, a lover, a relative. It was an almost complete stranger. We shared little in common except for utilizing the same building.

Every day, even now, is a struggle to see hope. Because, I’m that camel and every thing that is normally a mild stresser or annoyance has become the straw. God , I am learning, is the biggest portion of my support system and I have a very good support system (family, church, friends, legal, and medical) I think that we forget how important God is in our lives, especially at our weakest moments.

Sure, we give foxhole prayers but even then, we aren’t giving the whole of our self. When I finally broke down, when I was able to ask my church for prayer support, suddenly wonderful things began happening. My lawyer was suddenly able to get me a restraining order, my husband got a job in an oceanfront town and secured us a waterfront apartment at a shockingly low rate (in a nice area), and I began to slowly see a light as I was digging myself out of this hole. When I put my head in my hands, and broke down sobbing desperatly for God, like a child needing their parent, thats when the connection occurred. Thats when that door opened and I walked through.

I’ve prayed for years. I’ve studied the bible. I’ve been baptized twice and in two different denominations. I’ve even attended temple. Academically, I’m quite sound. My soul however was at the door, but never walking through. I was going through the motions and as smart as I would like to think that I am, I truly was an idiot.

When I broke down, I finally heard him. Psalm 13:4. Now, every day I do my devotionals. I look forward to it, I’m giddy about it. Today’s message, the day before we move to our new town, is one on depression.

I subscribe to a few different devotionals, including Bayless Conleys. Today his message was on Gods prescription for depression.

Isaiah 58:10-11 

10 Give your food to the hungry
    and care for the homeless.
Then your light will shine
    in the dark;
your darkest hour will be
    like the noonday sun.

11 The Lord will always guide you
and provide good things to eat
    when you are in the desert.
He will make you healthy.
You will be like a garden
    that has plenty of water
or like a stream
    that never runs dry.

Obviously this isn’t a dis to anyone who takes medication for medical issues. But, as I have learned, you need a holistic approach to dealing with depression. be it temporary, mild, severe, lifetime, from being a victim….etc

You need a good therapist, a good doctor, you need a supportive family, you need good trusted friends, you need hobbies, you need a great church and you need God. (maybe even a good lawyer and some great police officers.)

If you only have one, or a few of those parts, without the whole, you will not wholly heal. Helping others feels good and is a wonderful hobby. (and, it pleases God)

There is science in this. (I told you, there is a connection between science and God. The biggest connection, is in the social sciences.)


Dr. Oz, who at times I find annoying (forgive me God. Thats all me, not him.) claims that by helping others, you can help your health. God, in Isaiah said the same thing!

For those such as myself who expect a peer reviewed source, SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH (*bangs table dramatically*) you have a Psychology professor at UC Riverside “After a rigorous review of research on the therapeutic benefits of positive emotion, Lyubomirsky said, she and her colleagues found widespread support for the notion that people with a tendency toward depression can help themselves by helping others or otherwise introducing positivity into their day-to-day lives.” (http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2012/01/02/with-depression-helping-others-may-in-turn-help-you?vwo=501cd)

This is “new” research, proving theories on “new” ideas, that as you can see, were also suggestions given by God, in the Bible.

And, on my part, this devotional is exactly what I needed today.

Thank You Father, for providing guidance in all aspects of my life. For knowing just what it is that I need, and for finding ways to remind me that I am valued by You. Amen

Separation of Church and State

Over our lifetimes we will read arguments from differing sides, bickering over what the Separation of Church and State mean.

Some will claim that it means, that there should be a blank slate in regards to religion. A lack of religion, a void or emptiness. The problem with this is that the lack of religion is in itself a discrimination of those who practice. Because, to remove religion, to make all things void of religion, is to enslave the freedom of another person. People should be afforded the choice to choose if they want to accept Christ as their Savior, rub the belly of Buddha or believe in nothing.

Matthew 6:1 ““Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.”

I believe that this verse applies to the quandary of “Separation of Church and State”. For if we have chosen Christ as the ultimate sacrifice, the Messiah, the Lamb of God – we are choosing for ourselves. It is not a performance piece or an artistic arrangement. This is our life, our breath and our choice.

Those who chose to force their religious views upon others are not doing so to “save” others, but to appear “Godly” toward their human brethren. This is a violation of human freedom, as much as denying a person the choice to choose to repent to God.

The separation was created because the laws of a state, of a country can often cause internal conflict for a Believer. God says “Thou shalt not kill” (no chop chop, no stabby stabby!) but during times of war or conflict, people who chose to be employed by the military are required to kill, and God understands this.

The Bible addresses military service both directly and indirectly. (Matthew 8:5-13) “The Christian men and women who serve their country with character, dignity, and honor can rest assured that the civic duty they perform is condoned and respected by our sovereign God” (http://www.gotquestions.org/military-Christian.html)

The BIble understands that there is a difference between Biblical law and the Laws of Man (State, Federal…)

It is not our duty as Christians to enforce God’s laws. It is our duty to be good people, to live good lives and to be an example to others. We are not here to force anyone to convert, Sharing does not involve forcing anyone to do something they don’t want or welcome.

This means, do not embarrass your companions. Do not degrade and humiliate them because you think it brings them closer to God, or makes you feel superior. Share your love, share your kindness, share your happiness – be a LIGHT on to mankind, be an example. Let them see the good work in you, in silence.

Separation of Church and State is not a destruction of Christianity, it is not a removal of Christ. It is an understanding of the difference between Gods laws and mans laws. It is also intended as a means to ensure that when people find Christ, it is by their choice. For God, our almighty Father wants us to choose to turn to his love, because if we are forced, coerced, bullied, or humiliated to following him, than that is an abomination.

The Bible does not support forced conversion. Reflect upon a verse from Timothy that essentially states that if we force others, we share in their sin.

1 Tim 5:22 Do not lay hands upon anyone too hastily and thereby share responsibility for the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin.

We are free to believe in our God, and others are free to believe in what they will. That is where the law of the land intersects with the Word of God.

By living just, Faith filled lives, we are fulfilling our obligation to God and helping others.

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
(Matt. 5:14-16 NKJ)

Heavenly Father, I ask for your guidance. I am so blessed to have a relationship with You and I deeply desire to bring others to the fold. However, I ask that You guide me to a more subtle approach – let me be one of Your lights, let my actions shine louder than my words. Amen.


I wish, if it were, that you have come here to seek enlightenment. I have created this site because I have information to share.

I believe that logic and Christianity intersect. I believe that there is room for science and the Bible to mingle. I believe that God loves all people, and that our misunderstandings of culture, of history, cause us to paint the Bible into tones and hues, that it was never meant to convey.

I deeply love God and I am humbled by His Son’s sacrifice on my (and your) behalf. I hurt each time that I see a person hurt or harmed because of someones efforts to force their beliefs upon another.

With that being said, this is a Christian blog. My opinions, the words I write here are my own and by no means intended to harm, obstruct or offend another. However as much as I wish I could transmit hugs and hot cocoa through the internet, technology is not yet equipped to handle that.

You are all welcome here. God, as I know Him, loves everyone.