Kali Hermitage wrote:This is so sad, and I don't know the answer! My husband and I are nearly 50, with no kids, and want to retire on property. I'm constantly thinking about how to do it without kids. Is there an organization out there that connects young people who want to farm/work the land with older people who want to find someone to pass their resources down to? Maybe this is something that is needed?
Nick Kitchener wrote:I happen to be a practicing Christian who tries to disconnect from institutional religions that use the same label. I thought I'd post because ever since I was a kid the Christmas story bugged me because something just seemed off.
When I started reading all of my bible, I realized that the popular Christmas story isn't anything close to the accounts of Jesus' birth. The first obvious fact is that December 25 is not his birthday and couldn't possibly be at that time of year. Even as a kid I figured that out because I searched for his birth date in the bible and it wasn't there.
The reason you will most often hear is that the date wasn't recorded so that was the date that was chosen (just some random date). As a kid that didn't sit well but I was told to be quiet and stop asking silly questions. Maybe can answer some of those here because I'm pretty sure lot's of people have the same questions...
Why wasn't his birthday recorded? Because the celebration of birthdays is a not an Abrahamic tradition but a pagan one. OK pretty simple.
Why was a mid winter date chosen instead of a more realistic one? The scriptures describe climatic conditions and human activities around his birth fitting with fall, not winter. Scholars placed it more precisely at around late September 3BC, until computer software that models astronomical cycles was developed and using alignments described in the scriptures identified the date and time of his birth to most likely be in the early hours of the morning on September 11, 3BC which also fits well with the fall prophetic feast of trumpets. So why December 25th? That date is not a chance date at all. It happens to be the Roman feast of Saturnalia (Dec 17 to 23 in the Julian calendar). The Roman god Saturn. The adoption of December 25 by the Roman Catholic Church had a lot to do with that. The word "Christ" simply means "anointed", and there are many "Christs" because an anointing takes many forms. The Roman god Saturn was anointed and is indeed a Christ.
Tereza Okava wrote:It's a great question, and one that is not simple.
I work in this area, and see a lot of random (and often biased) data thrown around about how planted forests (the only source of paper in this this country) are recovering deforested areas, controlling hydric cycles, creating jobs in job deserts, etc.
Tereza Okava wrote:
On the other hand, what is the alternative?