Sunday, March 24, 2013
Ok, so let's take a quick peek at adultery. Exodus 20:14: "You shall not commit adultery." There you have it... number 7 on the list of the 10 commandments, the foundation of my Christian faith "you shall not commit adultery." Welp, according to Divorcerate.org, 50% percent of first marriages, 67% of second and 74% of third marriages end in divorce and USA Today chimed in with an article about Christians and divorce; according to National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, apparently the Christian-specific divorce rate is running at a whopping 42%. They also researched how church attendance effected statistics. My point here, PLENTY of people choose not to live Godly lives and are allowed to be married. Heck, even people who espouse living Godly lives still choose to commit sins. I personally don't believe that a union that is recognized by our government does ANYTHING to undermine the unions that I believe are ordained and appointed by God.... when they truly ARE appointed by God. I myself have been divorced and while sexual immorality played a HUGE roll in the ending of my union (yes, my ex husband cheated on me), I can also attest that I don't believe God ordered the union in the first place. So didn't I sin? And that leads to my belief in free will. I also believe that God gave us all free will and our fight to keep gays from marrying goes against the very essence of the free gift God gave us ALL. Who are we to dictate that sin, ANY OF OUR SIN should take away what God gave us? Personally my faith transcends anything worldly... INCLUDING gay marriage. A gay couple marrying does not waiver my faith or God's power in the slightest. In fact, Christian divorce does more to hurt my faith than gay marriage ever could.
That is all folks.... just my thoughts for today. My thoughts are not meant to offend any of my Christian family. My only wish is that we all consider right and wrong with respect for one another. Do I believe that being gay is a sin. Yep... I sure do. But what do I really know? Do I believe that sin is worse than anything I've ever done.... NOPE!!! But I know I would NEVER want my church family to condemn me for my sins just as I hate that gay people are so condemned. Because they are gay, the church decided that they are not allowed to be legally joined... to receive certain benefits that the rest of us get...that sounds exactly like condemnation! What are Christians really showing the world? Is that really God's love, or our judgement? Are we really allowing God to be in control or are we trying to take matters into our own hands? How did Christians feel when Jesus was crucified and murdered? What if we would have stopped that ultimate sin of Jesus' murder (commandment #6 for those who do not know, "Thou Shall Not Murder")? How would anyone be redeemed? What if what we are trying to stop is something that will enrich the world? To end this abruptly and rather awkwardly, I'm really just saying please consider "What If?"
Sunday, March 17, 2013
- SOOOOO much easier in the beginning than The Master Cleanse ever was... as in NO HUNGER!!!
- SOOOOO much tastier... as in there are about a MILLION different juice concoctions you can come up with!
- SOOOOO not boring...Drinking the lemonade on The Master Cleanse gets VERY boring after about the 10th day.
- Weight loss was a steady 1 pound a day.
- Staying hydrated was a snap!
- Monster Energy. There are always sluggish days on The Master Cleanse. This juice cleanse had NONE!!!
- Skin glowed.
- NO SALT WATER FLUSH... those of you who have completed The Master Cleanse know EXACTLY what I speak of here.
- Cleaning the juice machine after EVERY "meal" of juicing got to be annoying.
- I found that I had some serious cravings... and for bad food! On The Master Cleanse all hunger and cravings pretty much disappear after the first 3-4 days.
- NO SALT WATER FLUSH!!! Ok, so I know I put that in the "pros" list... let me explain (and I'm going to try to keep this as not-gross as possible). After a while on The Master Cleanse, the morning ritual of cleaning your insides and "eliminating" begins feeling REALLY GOOD. Its hard to put into words how scouring your insides really feels. Welp, on the juice cleanse I found that eliminations pretty much shut down. I was surprised when I had eliminations on day 5 and again on day 11 and it didn't feel anything near as good as my beloved salt water flushes. It was also a lot less "controlled" if you catch my drift. The salt water flush is done first thing in the morning. It takes about an hour or so and when its done its done. Let me just say that when I say I was surprised on days 5 and 11... I was surprised and very lucky I was near a restroom both times. It's funny that something I hated so much in the beginning of doing The Master Cleanse turned out to be something I craved. Well, I just decided that the next time I cleanse (in August) I will incorporate a flush every morning before juicing my fruit. We'll see how that one works for me.