Halloween

This year I have seen a lot of posts about Halloween and how Christians should respond to it. I’d love to throw in my two cents.

It’s generally accepted that Halloween originated with the Celts  and their New Year Festival called Samhein. In this featival they would dress up to ward off ghouls and ghosts. There were great bonfires and animal sacrifices to keep evil spirits away, not to invite them in.

While they were misled and pagan, still it was not a truly Satanic festival.

This type of festival was present in many cultures as a harvest festival, a time of rejoicing

The Catholic Church then Christianized it to the become All Hallows’ Eve, All Hallows’ Day, and All Saints Day, the same way Christmas was Christianized from a pagan holiday. You can look up the history Halloween on a Catholic site and get a pretty detailed report.

Yes, it’s true, there are plenty of people who turn Halloween into a celebration of Satan and demons and darkness. Just like there are plenty of people who glorify Santa on Christmas and people who have pre-marital sex on Valentine’s Day.

There are plenty of people who are oblivious to any meaning of Halloween and just use it as an excuse to get candy on sale from the store.

By letting kids, or adults, celebrate Halloween, they are not thrusting their soul into Lucifers face saying “Here! I dressed up and asked a stranger for candy! My soul is now your slave!”

Thats ridiculous

Halloween in the States has become much more of a time when everyone gets to pretend they are someone or something they are not. We get to socialize, have fun with our friends, get creative, and develop seven cavities in one night.

I think what gets me most is the churches response to Halloween activities. They encourage churches to host “Hallelujah Festivals” or “Light Festivals” to counter the evils of Halloween. So instead of your kids dressing up and going door to door for candy (which is strictly Satanic and inherently evil) they instead get to dress up and play games to win candy, which is praising the Lord

They are still all doing it for the same reason. Kids just want candy.

Don’t get me wrong, church festivals can be fun and a good way for kids to stay warm and socialize with their church buddies. My problem is the demonization of going trick-or-treating even though it’s the same exact thing.

When you get down to it, Celebrating Halloween as a Christian is the same as any other day you celebrate. Don’t worship Satan.

 

(Wo)MAN Of the Year

Bruce Jenner has been named Glamour’s Woman of the Year.

He is a man.

Of course, Glamour is not the the most reliable source for finding out who the most inspirational and womanly Woman of the Year is, considering their track record. In the past Lady Gaga, Serena Williams, Michelle Obama, and Rihanna have all held the title.

It’s the fact that people are all excited and praising Bruce (I refuse to call HIM Caitlyn) for being Woman of the Year.

What did he do to deserve this title?

He chopped off his reproductive organs and got a boob job. Oh, he also grew his hair out, started wearing make-up, and gets a perverted kick out of cross-dressing.

None of these things make him a woman.

If I cut off my breasts, buzz my hair, and stop wearing make-up, does that make me a man?

Bruce Jenner does not have a vagina or natural breasts. He can not get pregnant, carry a baby for 9 months, and give birth. His body type is that of a former-olympic male athlete. Not a womans’ body.

He is not a woman.

He is a confused man whom people are idolizing.

He has a mental illness.

It sickens me that this is what people are calling Woman of the Year.

They call him courageous because he’s a celebrity that decided to become transgender. Forget the two women who became the first female Army Rangers. Forget all the women serving our country. Forget the women who have saved lives or invented wonderful things.

A cross-dressing man who did nothing but got some plastic surgery and slathered on some red lipstick is recognized before them.

But like I said, the folks at Glamour obviously have no idea what they’re doing.

Also, they all apparently skipped 9th grade anatomy.

Equality

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This pink ribbon is everywhere this month.

It makes sense, it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

It really is a great way to raise awareness… for one type of cancer that only women suffer from.

Not saying it is to be taken lightly! Not at all. The effects of breast cancer can be devastating and deadly.

But wouldn’t it be more effective to have an all-inclusive Cancer Awareness month?

Breast cancer gets its own month, color, catchphrases, definitely the most press and awareness. But what about pancreatic cancer? Lung cancer? Colon, prostate,liver?

I believe we should change October to Cancer Awareness month so that everyone can be encouraged by awareness for their battle, not just breast cancer.

I realize that it may be difficult to really do everything justice, but I really don’t get why this one cancer deserves so much of our attention when so many others are hardly talked about.

I don’t know, maybe these are just silly thoughts of mine. Comments?

The Return of the Hoopla-Chiatto

It’s summer yet again which means work. As some people may recall, I work in a seasonal hotel’s gift shop and espresso bar. All the awesome people should remember the creation of the Hoopla-Chiatto.

In case you’re wondering what a Hoopla-Chiatto is, it is a triple-shot latte with almond, hazelnut, vanilla, caramel, and Irish cream syrup in it. It’s delicious and the sugar alone will keep you going for hours.

Now, sadly, the Hoopla-Chiatto will not actually be making a triumphant re-entry into the world of tourism.  We have switched to Starbucks ( 😡 ) and I no longer have either almond or Irish Cream syrup to use.

I know, this news is devastating. But do not fret! There is hope to come for I am determined to create something almost as splendid. It might even be a frappucino. There are endless possibilities.

Chin up, dear readers. One day the Hoopla-Chiatto will enter back into society as a socially acceptable drink . However, the world just isn’t ready for it yet.

In the mean time I’ll making macchiato’s (which are no different than cappuccinos) and drinking sludge ( espresso + coffee)

Have a fantastic day everyone!

Congratulations! You’re Baby is a Pansexual Gender-queer girl! Unless She Changes Her Mind…

I’ve had people try to tell me that there’s this whole spectrum of sexes. No longer are there men and women. There are a myriad of different combinations for the Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Queer Pan Asexual (I’m pretty sure there’s more) community.

Nope.

There’s men. There’s women. There are occasional hermaphrodites, which are a different topic altogether. But outside of men and women are confused people searching for an identity, trying to be shocking, or genuinely lost.

In the Bible God said He made man and he made woman in His image. He did not say anything else about any other sexes. They don’t exist. Whatever “science” has been done to prove there’s this vast expanse of different sexes is obviously not very good. All you have to do is look at anatomy and you can tell fairly easily if someone is male or female.

When you’re pregnant and you find out the gender of your baby, does the doctor say “Congratulations. You’re having a being that is neither male nor female, we actually have no clue what it is but I’m sure it fits somewhere in this super cool spectrum we have created once it decides for itself what it is.”

No. The doctor tells you it’s either a boy or a girl. And that’s that.

I don’t even know what to think about this spectrum thing. What do you call these interlopers floating in the space between male and female who apparently get to pick, consciously, that’s what they are. Who cares about biology and cold hard facts. It’s all about feelings now. Bunch of hippies….

I’m all for being yourself personality wise, but if I were to all of sudden decide I was a boy, it would literally be unnatural. My reproductive system is all inside my body. I have boobs. I’m a girl. It’s obvious. It’s the way God made me.

The Bible tells us  (I believe it’s in Psalms) that we are all formed perfectly in the womb. Exactly how God means us to be. If He means someone to be a man, that person is a man. If He means someone to be a woman, she’s a woman. These people don’t get to grow up and decide they’re something different.

We’re raising a generation of confused little kids. In their world it is normal to decide you are biologically something else. It’s all over the media. It’s everywhere. There’s no escaping the sin that has engulfed us. There is no black and white anymore. Only grey.

What gets me most is that Christians go along with it. Someone wants to change who God made them to be? Awesome. Let’s ignore the entire Bible, all of what our faith and belief is founded upon, and support them in their sin. Encourage the sin! We don’t care that we know they’ll go to Hell unless they find God. As long as they’re happy on earth right? Forget about eternity. It’s all about now. It’s all about their feelings.

That’s not loving. By accepting their sin now you are condemning them. Quit being so afraid of hurting feelings and go help people.

Just to head off a few arguments: Yes, I brought up hermaphrodites. I acknowledge that they exist. That is a biological issue. Anything else is psychological.

If you try telling me  “You don’t know what’s going on in their biology.” well you don’t either and I’m a little confident that in the past fifteen or so years suddenly peoples actual biology is NOT changing while they are walking around.

In short: There isn’t a spectrum. There are men. There are women. That’s God’s final word.

Worldviews. Sometimes You Can’t Change Them.

Everyone has a worldview. Everyone’s is different. It changes their perspective on things. There are very many people who see the world through an atheistic view or the view of a different religion. As Christians, we know that this is wrong.

Sometimes you have to accept that some people will not change their minds, no matter how many arguments you counter with the Bible and your own personal faith.

Does that mean you stop trying? No.

Jesus did not give up and stay silent when the Pharisees refused to listen to Him. It’s our job to keep speaking. Christianity is dying out in the chaos of an atheistic, gender-queer, racist world. We need a resurgence of strong Christians. That will not happen if you are scared into remaining silent.

People will get offended. They’ll attack. So what? Aren’t you offended at what is being said? Why don’t you get a voice?

And what about that one person, the silent eyes that read what you have to say and are changed for the better? What about the one person who meets Jesus because of your conviction? They make it all worth it.

I’m so proud of some of my friends for being so vocal about what is right. I love it. It makes me happy. It gives me hope.

Speak up, Christians. We are not dead yet.

I Can Speak Gibberish. Can You?

You know what bugs me about some churches? When they teach that speaking in tongues is a necessary part of salvation. Or that it comes to everyone when you’re saved.

Which isn’t true.

Seriously, have they read the Bible…?

First off is 1 Corinthians 12: 1-11. There it clearly states that different people are given different spiritual gifts. There is no one gift that is automatic if you get saved.

And then 1 Corinthians 14, where Paul is saying that he would LIKE for everyone to speak in tongues, but that won’t happen. Also, that someone must interpret what is being said, so that it means something.

Speaking in tongues is inspired by God and always serves a purpose. There has to be an interpreter, so that everyone may know what is being said. If there isn’t an interpreter, whatever mumbo-jumbo is spewing from your mouth probably ain’t from God.

Paul also says it is the least desirable of the gifts.

What gets me is that, with those kinds of churches, people only speak in tongues on Sunday. In church. With other people around them speaking tongues. And no one translating. I think it’s an emotional thing or something. Church hype. I don’t know. I just know that it has never ever happened in my conservative church and lots of those people are definitely Christian, and are definitely saved.

I realize that there are some people who really do speak in tongues, or who really do prophesy or whatever, but it’s just not as common, or necessary, as some churches would have you believe.

I’m saved. I can’t speak in tongues. Does that mean I’m not a Christian? Of course not.

If you can actually speak in tongues, good on ya. But I’m just wary because there seems to be a lot of people faking it.

Read your Bibles, guys. Have a great one!