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What is the meaning of this prophecy

When the wise men did not return to King Herod to report the baby Jesus' whereabouts as arranged in V 7-8, Herod had all male children under two years old in Bethlehem and surrounding areas killed. He was afraid this new-born King - Jesus - would eventually take his throne (CP V 1-3, 7-8, 11-13, 16). The death of these children fulfilled Jeremiah's prophecy in the Old Testament (CP Jer 31 15). Rachel was the second wife of Jacob, the mother of Joseph and Benjamin. She died giving birth to Benjamin and was buried in Ramah (CP Gen 35 1, 10, 16-19). In Jer 31 15 Rachel represents Israel weeping for the Israelites who were taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar to Babylon (CP 2Chr 36 10-20 with Jer 26 1-6). Matthew saw Rachel's weeping in Jer 31 15 as having a prophetic application to the Jewish mothers weeping over their children slain by Herod.

The Contours of Thomas Thought Exegesis of a Text

He argues that women are stronger than wine, since they give birth to the men who plant the vineyards, and also stronger than kings, pointing to Darius' own fawning behavior with his concubine, Apame, who would take the crown from the king's head and put it on her own, and slap the king with her left hand (4 30).

Religion and Mobility

While such social factors do not necessarily offer a complete explanation of Euro-American differences, they are suggestive. They also have implications for projecting the likely religious coloring of a Europe that has in recent decades accepted non-European migrants on an unprecedented scale. Powerful social pressures drive migrant communities to conform to European secular norms. The most potent of all concern gender roles and concepts of family, with birth rates and numbers of children as a vital index of assimilation to European societies. At the same time, though, constant infusions of new stock help make mosques, churches, and temples the critical centers for immigrant religious life, promoting a sense of community and ethnic identification. Thus Turks in Germany or Moroccans in Sweden are likely to attend mosques, much more so perhaps than they might have done in their home countries. Continuing immigration and extensive cross-border movement do not defeat the process of...

Isaacs Sons from Commentators

The Quran does not give details of Isaac's life (pbuh), but reliable Quranic commentators mentioned that when Abraham felt that his life was drawing to a close, he wished to see Isaac married. He did not want Isaac to marry one of the Canaanites, who were pagans, so he sent a trustworth servant to Haran in Iraq to choose a bride for Isaac. The servant's choice fell upon Rebekah Bint Bethuel, Ibn Nahor (who was a brother of Abraham). Isaac married her and she gave birth to a set of twins, Esau (Al Eis) and Jacob (Yaqub).

Isaacs Sons from the People of the Book

The People of the Book said that when Isaac was forty years old, he married Rebekah, Bint Bethuel, during his father's life. They said she was sterile, so Isaac prayed to Allah and then she became pregnant. She gave birth to twin boys. The first one was called Esau whom the Arabs called Al-Eis. He became the father of Rum. The second one was called Jacob, which means Isreal, (belonging to the people of Israel).

Jacobs Children from the People of the Book

Almighty Allah compensated Leah's weakness by giving her sons. The first one was named Rueben (Robel), after whom there were Simon (Shamun), Levi (Lawi), and Judah (Yahudh). Rachel felt jealous of Leah's having sons, as she was barren. She gave her slave Bilha to her husband and he had relations with her until she became pregnant. She gave birth to a son and named him Naphtali. Leah was vexed that Rachel's slave had give birth to a son, so she in turn gave her slave Zilpah to Jacob (pbuh), Zilpah gave birth to two sons, Gad and Asher. Then Leah got pregnant and gave birth to her fifth son, Issaacher, and later she gave birth to a sixth son Zebulun. After this Leah gave birth to a daughter named Dinah. Thus, Leah had seven sons from Jacob. Then Rachel prayed to Allah to give her a son from Jacob. Allah heard her call and responded to her prayer. She gave birth to a son, great, honorable, and beautiful. She named him Joseph (Yusuf). All of this happened when they were in the land of...

Blindness and Restoration

Travail refers to the pain of childbirth. It can be used describing judgment coming on someone, or describing the process of intercessory prayer or repentance. Here are some quotes on travail. In Galatians it is used speaking of intercession. In the quotes following it tells of repentance. In John, travail is linked with sorrow, and in Second Corinthians sorrow is linked with repentance. Then in Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Revelation it

Fecundity and the Social Body

Childbearing, in comparison, sets bodily agency within the protracted setting of the household. In this regard, we can say that gestation and childbirth do not mark a difference between men and women, as much as they reveal the common character of sexual desire in the context of housekeeping and the irregular reciprocity that children require of community. Procreation gets us into something that extends over a lifetime and puts a common venture upon us. In contrast to the abstract unity of personalism, fecundity gives common life an open-ended and fluid character. Sexual practices are unified, not by a single Sex, within practices of the church, is analogous to the body-language of adoption. Adoption is not symbolic of childbirth, but the day-to-day bodily presence that makes us who we are. Monogamy and practices of fidelity and lifelong endurance are a way of the body, a cultivation of intimacy and mutual possession through the everyday agency of our embodiment. We bear each other's...

The Vocation of the Poet

That reconciling and mediatory power, which incorporating the Reason in Images of the Sense, and organizing (as it were) the flux of the Senses by the permanence and self-circling energies of the Reason, gives birth to a system of symbols, harmonious in themselves, and consubstantial with the truths, of which they are the con-ductors.25

Higher Cultures If The Mayanaztec Area

Three categories of people possessed life in the beyond the warrior slain in battle, the victim sacrificed to the gods, and the woman who died in childbirth. All three were made equal to the gods, or at the very least immortalized as companions of the Sun, since the Sun was the first paradise. The conquistadores were horrified by human sacrifice, regarding it as an offense against human dignity. In fact, however, it signified a false exaltation of the human person based on a faulty appreciation of divine dignity. Mircea Eliade points up the deeper underlying motif To find the meaning of these human sacrifices we must look into the primitive theory of the seasonal regeneration of the forces of the sacred A regeneration sacrifice is a ritual

Why the phenomenal spread of Christianity

Whence came these qualities which won for Christianity its astounding victory Careful and honest investigation can give but one answer, Jesus. It was faith in Jesus and his resurrection which gave birth to the Christian fellowship and which continued to be its inspiration and its common tie. It was the love displayed in Christ which was, ideally and to a marked extent in practice, the bond which held Christians together. The early disciples unite in declaring that it was from the command of Jesus that the Gospel was proclaimed to all, regardless of sex, race, or cultural background. The new life in Christ might express itself in many forms, but its authenticity was to be proved by high, uncompromising moral qualities as set forth by Jesus. Hence the combination of flexibility and inflexibility. As against the mystery religions, those cults which had so much superficial similarity to Christianity, it was partly belief in God, partly a theology, a metaphysic, which gave the latter its...

From The Preface To The First Edition

The church of the first three centuries, or the ante-Nicene age, possesses a peculiar interest for Christians of all denominations, and has often been separately treated, by Eusebius, Mosheim, Milman, Kaye, Baur, Hagenbach, and other distinguished historians. It is the daughter of Apostolic Christianity, which itself constitutes the first and by far the most important chapter in its history, and the common mother of Catholicism and Protestantism, though materially differing from both. It presents a state of primitive simplicity and purity unsullied by contact with the secular power, but with this also, the fundamental forms of heresy and corruption, which reappear from time to time under new names and aspects, but must serve, in the overruling providence of God, to promote the cause of truth and righteousness. It is the heroic age of the church, and unfolds before us the sublime spectacle of our holy religion in intellectual and moral conflict with the combined superstition, policy,...

The Ghost in the Machine

With search engines like Google and the expanding availability of databases through URLs, an invisible grid of nearly infinite information has come to permeate space. And now with wireless technology, this grid can be accessed from practically anywhere. One recent commercial for AT& T's wireless service, mlife, consists of a long montage of the navels of people of all shapes and sizes - an old man getting dressed, a beer belly at a barbeque, a woman body builder flexing, a belly dancer, a toddler in a sandbox - and concludes in a hospital delivery room with a woman giving birth, nurses stretching out the newborn's umbilical cord and a doctor picking up surgical scissors. The closing voiceover intones We are meant to lead a wireless life. Now we truly can. Welcome to mlife. From AT& T Wireless. We are invited into a new phase of life, or mlife, which has come about as the result of a painful process, but the message is that this newest advance in telecommunications is part of the...

District of Apameas 117000 citizens He was also sent by Quirinius to capture the fortresses of the Itureans in the

Philippians Graphics

For example, according to Leviticus 12 6-8, after an Israelite woman had given birth, she was to bring a sacrifice to the temple, preferably a sheep. But if she was poor and could not afford the price of a sheep, she could take two doves or two pigeons for the sacrifice, one for a burnt offering and one for a sin offering. The Jewish Mishna states, that because of their greed, those who were selling birds rose their prices so much that the poorer woman of the community could not afford them. Rabban Shimon ben Gamaliel the Elder, a leading rabbi of his time and a descendant of Gamaliel whom the Bible says trained the apostle Paul as a pharisee, before Paul had come to Christ, took immediate action to lower the market price. The Mishna gives this account in Kritut 1 7 If a woman had given birth five times during her life . . . after she brings a single sacrifice, she will be able to eat sanctified foods once again. But she is still under oath to bring four more. It eventually came to...

Summary Wages of Exclusivism

It is not just the three Semitic religions that have clashed here, but also two fundamentally incompatible political visions - exclusivist theocracy and pluralistic secularism. Christianity was essentially born out of the friction between the secular world empire of Rome and the fundamentalist theocratic vision of the Qumranian Zealots - the early Christians that is. In one of the more ironic twists of history, Paul, the Roman cosmopolitan, created an imperialist theocratic ideology in the name of a Qumranian Zealot called Jesus Christ. Thus, what we now call Christianity has nothing to do with the Christians or the early Church whose name it bears it is a blending of the theocratic vision of the Zealots as modified by Paul into a blind faith in Jesus, with the expansionist vision of Imperial Rome. Its offspring is the imperialist theocracy called Christianity. As for the prevailing atmosphere which gave birth to Christianity, Eisenman and Wise have this to say

The Limit and the Renown of Henri de Lubac

Radically passive only in the sense that the most active human action is passive in relation to God. The Petrine function should also be, as such, Marian, in that, at the heart of its shaping activity, it is also to do with a receptive giving birth again to Christ in the Eucharist, from whence (according to de Lubac) flows the body of the church. If there is, indeed, a sheerly seminal aspect, then this has more to do with non-human word and sacrament flowing into the church and informing all levels of its hierarchy, which are in various degrees and at various times passive-active. A distinct passive dimension to the church sounds all too like a kind of collective supernatural existential awaiting the extrinsic impact of male seminal authority.

For us the sociality of nature and humanity

Of reproduction, the second, the dis enabling techniques of modern medicine. Here natural processes have the qualities of pro nobis materiality medical techniques have the quality of interventions in the otherness of nature. That is why, despite the paraphernalia of medical technology, the birth of a child remains so extraordinary for the child is the gift of processes largely outside of our control yet clearly oriented towards us (in the manner of the reproduction of humanity). To intervene, medically or surgically, is thereby to engage the otherness ofnature, that aspect which we do not truly understand, and which has been glossed as the sublime, the monstrous, the unruly. Yet, of course, the child remains the gift of the economies ofnature oriented towards us the reproductive potential, now realised, of parents the sustenance of the mother and thereby the sustenance of the child the process of childbirth itself. Nature is pro nobis.

Retrospect and prospect

In that faith the early Christians had gone forth. They had shared it with others. The seemingly incredible had happened. Although beginning as one of the numerically smallest of hundreds of competing religious groups in the Gra-co-Roman world, within five centuries Christianity, the religion which arose out of their faith, had won the professed allegiance of the vast majority within that world, a world which then embraced the largest single aggregation of civilized mankind. Out of that faith had grown the Christian churches, the largest of them the Catholic Church. By an amazing burst of vitality within a culture which had ceased to think or to say much that was new, that faith had given birth to creative thinking in theology, to new forms of worship, to an Empire-wide ecclesiastical organization, and, even more significantly, had transformed thousands of indi

Dialectical Thoughtproject

Writing in the persona of Johannes Climacus in Philosophical Fragments, Kierkegaard first tackles this issue indirectly by proposing a 'thought-project' concerning the paradoxical question of whether truth can be learnt (PF 9-22). Paraphrasing Plato's Meno, the Socratic dialogue in which this question is raised, Climacus states the paradox thus 'a person cannot possibly seek what he knows, and, just as impossibly, he cannot seek what he does not know, for what he knows he cannot seek, since he knows it, and what he does not know he cannot seek, because, after all, he does not even know what he is supposed to seek' (9).12 The Platonic solution to this paradox was the doctrine of recollection noted earlier, namely that truth is immanent in human beings and needs only to be recollected in order to be known. As a teacher, then, Socrates did not bring the truth to others but merely played the role of a midwife who assisted them in 'giving birth to'

Franco Ferrucci The Life of God as Told by Himself 1996

There are unmistakable traces here from Dostoevsky's poem of the Grand Inquisitor. But, ironically, Jesus is in the role of the jaded Grand Inquisitor. Jesus knowingly heads to the cross in order to give birth to a cult that will keep his memory alive. He is convinced that people are capable only of small doses of freedom, and that they will seize even those only in conjunction with a deity who commands it.

Christian Perspective

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. (Matthew 1 18-21).

Marys Birth Longer Version

She turned to the Lord of the heavens and the earth and pleaded with Him for a child. She would offer the child in the service of Allah's house, in the temple of Jerusalem. Allah granted her request. When she learned that she was pregnant, she was the happiest woman alive, and thanked Allah for His gift. Her overjoyed husband Imran also thanked Allah for His mercy. However, while she was pregnant her husband passed away. Hannah wept bitterly. Alas, Imran did not live to see their child for whom they had so longed. She gave birth to a girl, and again turned to Allah in prayer

The Birth of Jesus Quranic

So she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a far place (Bethlehem valley, about four to six miles from Jerusalem). And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm tree. She said Would that I had died before this, and had been forgotten and out of sight Then (the babe Jesus or Gabriel) cried unto her from below her, saying Grieve not Your Lord has provided you a water stream under you and shake the trunk of palm tree towards you, it will let fall fresh ripe dates upon you. So eat and drink and be glad, and if you see any human being, say 'Verily I have vowed a fast unto the Most Beneficent (Allah) so I shall not speak to any human being this day.' (Ch. 19 22-26)

Walk through the Streets of a Provincial City

The woman followed after them, calling out that they were slaves of the most High God. A first-century traveler like Paul would not have been surprised to run across a fortune-teller plying her trade in the street. Fortune-telling was a common phenomenon in antiquity. Scraps of papyri record the questions that unknown persons from antiquity posed to fortune-tellers questions about love and marriage, trade, gambling, and childbirth.9 Residents of Mediterranean cities would routinely have chanced on fortune-tellers. In The Golden Ass, for example, Lucius tells Milo of the predictions he received from an itinerant fortune-teller, and Milo replies by sharing the story of his own encounter with the same seer.10 According to Acts of the Apostles, Paul responded to the enslaved fortune-teller by performing an exorcism, which rid her of the possessing spirit and thus deprived her owners of a sure source of revenue.11

Appropriation of the maternal function

From here, the object of history is to be blasted out and extracted, the 'violent expulsion from the continuum of historical process'.93 But there is a curious doubling over in which inseminator, mother of history and their progeny become one the object of history is blasted out of its own womb. If this seems a little odd, then it is very much part of the way in which the maternal function is appropriated by those who cannot give birth not only is there a conflation of insemination and birth, but the male body becomes a site of its own autogeneration hence the final oral image of the 'precious but tasteless seed', for the only mode of auto-generation open to man is to come in his own mouth. In the theses 'On the Philosophy of History' the appropriation of the maternal body to speak of history becomes even more overt, both in the revision of the quotation I have cited above and in the first thesis of the wizened dwarf of theology, the little hunchback who is an expert chess player and...

Why Should We Confess

Could the man lame from birth stand upon his feet No, it was impossible. He was carried every day to beg outside the temple in Jerusalem. Yet Peter commanded, In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk (Acts 3 6). Suppose the man had remained on his pallet and said to Peter, I can't even stand on my feet, much less walk or run. I've been crippled all my life, and have no strength in my feet to move off this bed. Do you think he would have been healed No, he had to accept as a fact that Jesus of Nazareth had strengthened those anklebones so that he could get up and walk. When he made the effort as though his feet were normal, they were restored to normal. According to your faith so be it unto you.

Allahs Messenger and the Muslims perfom Hajj

Before the end of the year, it being the seventh year of the hijrah, the Prophet and his adherents availed themselves of their armistice with the Quraish to visit the holy Ka'ba. The Prophet, accompanied by two hundred Muslims, went to Mecca to perform the rites of pilgrimage. On this occasion the Quraish evacuated the city during the three days which the ceremonies lasted. Sir William Muir, in his book, Life of Mohammed Vol. III comments on the incident as follows It was surely a strange sight, which at this time presented itself at the vale of Mecca, a sight unique in the history of the world. The ancient city is for three days evacuated by all its inhabitants, high and low, every house deserted, and as they retire, the exiled converts, many years banished from their birth-place, approach in a great body accompanied by their allies, revisit the empty homes of their childhood, and within the short allotted space, fulfil the rites of pilgrimage. The outside inhabitants, climbing the...

Philosophical Concerns In The Nineteenth Century

The next scholar to be considered was taught by both Gabler and Herder, and combined something of the spirit of both. He is W.M.L.de Wette (17801849) and two works of his will be considered his 'Beytrag zur Charakteristik des Hebraismus' (de Wette 1807) and his book Uber die Religion (de Wette 1828). De Wette had gained from Herder a love of literature and from the philosophy of his colleague in Heidelberg, J.F.Fries (1773-1843), a way of understanding types of literature as means of grappling with the tragedies and vicissitudes of life. His sensitivity to the tragic dimension of life had been greatly sharpened by the death of his wife in childbirth in 1806. When de Wette studied the Old Testament Psalms, on which he was to publish a remarkable commentary in 1811, he noticed that a large proportion of them were laments expressing the despair of the psalmists over their sufferings or the injustices that they saw in the world. In spite of his recent personal loss, de Wette believed that...

Early Christian and Jesuit Narratives of the Rise of Christianity

Romans.48 With the Peace of Constantine in 313 c.e., the days of literal martyrdom largely came to an end for Christians. What was previously an underground movement persecuted by the state became the religion of the state, and in the process, an institution seriously compromised by bishops suddenly flush with privilege and power. The successors to the martyrs were the desert saints (e.g., Paul the Hermit, Saint Antony, Hilarion) who fled the cities and ecclesiastical privilege to live lives of asceticism, sustained as it were by God's grace.49 The lives of these holy men and women, who gave birth to monasticism, differ from the passions in several important respects. Most notably the enemy is now Satan and not his surrogate, the Roman magistrate.50 With the emphasis no longer on martyrdom but on the saint's ascetic and heroic life, the vitae tend to follow the structure of a quest tale, emphasizing a saint's various battles with the devil and his progression to sanctity. The...

The Woman of Light and Whore of Babylon

Two significant feminine images appear in the Book of Revelation.- the Woman of Light who gives birth to Messianic consciousness in the Second Coming, and the Whore of Babylon who is depicted as riding upon the Great Beast. According to Sophian tradition, both are personifications of Mother Sophia, the wisdom nature that underlies ail consciousness. The Woman of Light is that bornless nature of consciousness realized, while the Whore of Babylon is the same bornless nature completely obscured by cosmic ignorance. According to the Kabbalah, on the most basic level, we are desire-energy. Thus, these two feminine images relate to the two directions our desire can carry us inw . rid upward, or Goaward, and downward and outward, towards dispersal and feath. However, these images may also hold another meaning, for hey imply two very different relationships with the divine feminine and womanhood. several or more holy women forming a matrix of supernal consciousne ss through which a greater...

Fundamentalism Withdrawal From The Mainstream

These essays, drawn from a range of conservative Protestant writers, set out a classic statement of Protestant teachings from a generally Reformed perspective. By an accident of history, they gave birth to the term fundamentalism, which was first used in 1920 by the journalist Curtis Lee Laws to designate those who were ready to do battle royal for the Fundamentals.

Think it is true that I owe much of this character to Christian and Catholic teaching and imagination about Mary

Just as Jesus is the Second Adam, righting his wrong, Mary is the Second Eve, saying yes to God and righting Eve's no. Mary's role didn't just end after she gave birth to Jesus but continued through to His crucifixion and still continues today. This is because she has played and is still playing an important role in the Restoration &

The Problem Of Protestant Identity

The origins of Protestantism lie in what was ultimately an uncontrollable burst of creative energy directed toward the intellectual and spiritual renewal and institutional reform of the church. That creative burst gave birth to a solar system of planets of various sizes revolving around a biblical sun at different distances and in orbits of varying eccentricity there was no single, unambiguous Protestant template, gene, or paradigm controlling their formation. A plurality of related though competing biblical interpretations jostled for space, attention, and influence in many parts of western Europe.

Traditions about the Flight of the Holy Family into Egypt

And the pangs of childbirth drove her the Holy Virgin unto the trunk of the palm tree. She said, O, would that I had died ere this, and had become a thing of naught, forgotten. Then one cried unto her from below her, saying, Grieve not, thy Lord has placed a rivulet beneath thee. And shake the trunk of the palm tree toward thee, thou wilt cause ripe dates to fall upon thee (XIX 23-25).

The Creative and Manifesting Power

With every thought, feeling, daydream, word, and action, we are speaking to a deeper level of ourselves. It is that level of ourselves that gives birth to us moment to moment,- it orchestrates and manifests the circumstances, situations, and events of our lives the whole of oui experience, whether in life, dream, or afterlife states. Everything is the

B Divine and human eros

Christological enquiry cannot be divorced from a doctrine of creation. Furthermore, desire is both the creator and the creation of space. Only where there is space, where there is distance, where there is difference, can there be love that desires, that draws, that seeks participation. In one of Balthasar's explorations of pneumatology, he writes 'The basis of the biblical religion is the diastasis, the distance between God and the creature that is the elementary presupposition that makes it possible for man to understand and appreciate the unity that grace brings about.'61 The doctrine of creation is founded upon a fundamental difference that opens up all possibilities for desire. It is a difference at the heart of any Trinitarian conception of the Godhead a Trinitarian difference opened up by Christ, the second Person, and interpreted by the Spirit, the third Person. Christ's difference begets the creative circulation of kenotic giving. In the beginning God created by a process of...

What I am saying is this The eschatology of defeat is wrong

You must not suppose that Athanasius was just a positive-thinking optimist, relaxing in quiet, peaceful surroundings. On the contrary he lived through one of the most severe persecutions the world had ever seen, the Emperor Diocletian's all-out attempt to stamp out the Christian faith. Later, Athanasius had to stand practically alone for 40 years in his defense of the doctrine of the Trinity against rampant heresy, being exiled by the government on five occasions and sometimes in peril for his life. In fact, his story gave birth to a proverb Athanasius contra mundum (Athanasius against the world). Yet he never lost sight of the basic fact of world history, that the Word had become flesh, conquering the devil, redeeming mankind, flooding the world with Light which the darkness could not overcome.

Drama and the Christevent

As the church's obedient receptivity gives birth to discipleship, after the manner of the transition in Ignatian spirituality from contemplation to mission, so The Glory of the Lord gives birth to Theo-Drama. It is out of believers' obedience to the one divine Word that the richness and diversity of the many aspects of the Christian church's life are born. Hence the lives of the saints and the classical Christian theologians are not to be seen as pale copies which obstruct our view of the unchangeable reality of the biblical Word. Rather, because it is in the nature of the Word to generate new forms of life insofar as people are obedient and faithful to it, so too we may learn in the study of such lives and theologies to catch sight of the divine glory as it has transformed their lives and in so doing to discipline ourselves in the same obedience. The saints - and most of all Mary as (for Balthasar) the archetype of the believing church - constellate around the form of Christ which...

The Language Of Christology

This is the language of the Church - not just when it is in a technical mode, but when it is joyfully singing its doxology to God. It is not coincidental that such language takes place in hymnography dedicated to Mary, for the Church's dogmas about her, including her main title of 'Theotokos' ('Mother of God'), point finally to Christ. As the human mother of the One who is divine, she is the link between Christ's human and divine natures, between the old and the new dispensations. Even as our praise and veneration of Mary stem very much from the heart, they also emerge out of the necessity to follow through with precision on the Church's teachings concerning the One to whom she gave birth.

The Wisdom of Forgiveness

Depths of the being, something deeply passionate, as well as meaning love and compassion. Womb is an intriguing word, because it implies motherhood, nurturance, and support, and because the ultimate purpose of the womb is to give birth to give life and to liberate from itself. To be merciful, then, conriotes feeling others deeply within oneself, as though inseparable from oneself, and ultimately seeking to give birth to the good of others, or serving to liberate others to a higher state of consciousness. In so doing, of course, one naturally experiences enlightenment and liberation oneself. One could say that to be merciful as Lord Yeshua encourages us co be merciful is to be motherly. Perhaps the most obvious quality of motherhood is the mercy and love that mothers extend to their children. According to the masters of the tradici n, the Lord calls us all to motherhood men and women alike so that we might give birth to the soul of light in ourselves and others. In so doing, we draw...

Hollywoods Negative Slant

In Where the Heart Is (2000), Natalie Portman plays a pregnant young lady, who, after being abandoned by her boyfriend in Sequoia, Oklahoma, begins living secretly in a Wal-Mart. When she gives birth inside the store with the help of the town's substitute librarian, she gains national media attention. A Bible-thumping fanatical religious couple from Midnight, Mississippi, learns of the child born out of wedlock and travels to Oklahoma to lecture Portman. The crazy couple ultimately kidnaps the infant and then leaves her in the crib of a local nativity scene.

Colonial Christendom In Latin America

Women of America who served as their concubines, giving birth to the mestizo, who is the true Latin American. Yet little or nothing has been written about the Indian mother of America. She is one of the oppressed mothers of history, and she has been such for a very long time. It was she who had to endure the potency of the oppressive conqueror from Europe. Nietzsche spoke about the will to power, but he had nothing to say about the other side ofthe coin. Over against the reality of the will to power stands the reality of the oppressed will. W e can see the latter reality very well because we can look at past, present, and future from the vantage point of the poor and the oppressed.

The Unknown Race of Hindu Todas

Worshippers of this extraordinary people. We say worshippers, for the Badagas clothe, feed, serve, and positively look upon every Toda as a divinity. They are giants in stature, white as Europeans, with tremendously long and generally brown, wavy hair and beard, which no razor ever touched from birth. Handsome as a statue of Pheidias or Praxiteles, the Toda sits the whole day inactive, as some travellers who have had a glance at them affirm. From the many conflicting opinions and statements we have heard from the very residents of Ootakamund and other little new places of civilization scattered about the Neilgherry Hills, we cull the following Furthermore the Todas do not marry at all. They seem few in number, for no one has or ever will have a chance of numbering them as soon as their solitude was profaned by the avalanche of civilization which was, perchance, due to their own carelessness the Todas began moving away to other parts as unknown and more inaccessible than the Neilgherry...

The Limits of Secularization

Particularly strange is the demographic divide. The United States experienced its own baby boom, of course, followed by a plunge in birth rates that between 1970 and 1985 actually left the country with lower fertility than western Europe, and with a relative dearth of children. Yet far from that decline being manifested in a collapse of religious loyalties, churches and religious institutions of all kinds flourished in these same years. Subsequently, despite all the factors apparently promoting small families, U.S. birth rates bounced back impressively in the 1990s, and have remained high. Today, the United States is one of the few nations in the world not just among the advanced countries to resist the trend to sharply falling fertility.

Heroic Politics versus an Amateur Citizenry Character Formation

The literature of the subsequent Archaic age (seventh to sixth centuries bc), however, reveals a deepened awareness of human insecurity and helplessness combined with the notion that the gods are hostile and actively resent a man's success and happiness. It is a view found in the works of Hesiod and it represents the attitudes of peasant culture rather than those of an aristocratic elite. An ordinary man is said to be responsible neither for his ruin nor his success. Hubris (an almost untranslatable Greek concept, meaning something like the proud and deliberate attack on the honour of another to inflict shame and public humiliation, and hence, destroying the social fabric) becomes the worst sin. To be happy is considered dangerous in an age dominated by economic crises and warfare.89 Zeus now becomes an active agent, avenging the poor against their oppressors, punishing the guilty and their heirs in this life or in the next. Justice is said to be Zeus's daughter and she tells him of...

The Strongest Biblical Archaeological Evidence

Mann's efforts, thinking him to be on a fanciful search. But, incredibly enough, heeding the descriptions in Homer's Iliad and those by other Greek writers, Schliemann began to excavate. In 1871, he found the remains of the ancient city of Troy. Following in the footsteps of these dashing adventurers came the patient archaeologists who would study and classify these discoveries in a systematic way, giving birth to the scientific methodology of field archaeology. The abundance of archaeological evidence in support of the Bible can strengthen faith, and in some cases it has greatly contributed to giving birth to belief where none existed before.

What is Biblical Universalism

All people who die as unbelievers (the Non-Elect) will be resurrected in the Second Resurrection, in their immortal yet still unsaved bodies. This is when they will be judged in the Lake of Fire, during the Great White Throne Judgement Age. This fiery yet loving judgement of God will lead to the fear of God, humbling of hearts and repentance. The Bride of Christ, who is the Firstfruits, will play a vital role in helping unbelievers to repent and believe. Thus, the Bride of Christ united with Christ as His Wife will give birth to the Great Harvest of more fruits. Ultimately, everyone without exception will freely and thankfully accept and believe in Jesus Christ and be reconciled to Father God in fulfilment of Colossians 1 15-20.

Virgin Mother New

From the fourth century, Mary's virginity has been increasingly interpreted as a sign of sexual purity, with the implication that there is a fundamental incompatibility between sex and God. However, for the early church, the doctrine of the virgin birth attested first and foremost to the divine origins and nature of Christ, so that it represented the vertical, God-human dimension of the incarnation (see Campenhausen 1964). To quote Ambrose of Milan (c. 339-397) in his Exposition of Luke (2.15), a virgin giving birth is the sign of a divine mystery, not a human one (Ambrose in Gambero 1999 192). Mary's virginity is therefore primarily a theological symbol, or, according to Manuel Miguens, a theolo-goumenon. Miguens argues that this does not mean that its significance is purely symbolic, since God's real interest in Christ's birth, and coming in general, is by far more aptly and efficaciously signified by a genuine and factual intervention than through a narrative which has to fabricate...

Jesus Family Connections

We find one of the most Important connections In Luke 1 36, where the same angel who Informs Mary that she will bear a Son also tells her, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age This same Elizabeth would give birth to a son named John, who would be known to history as John the Baptist (verses 57-60, 80).

Now let us exemplify the inconsistencies and the contradictory passages in the Holy Bible

You see, once again there is an immense difference one thousand baths, i.e. thirty-seven thousand litres It is obvious that the so-called authors of these books, quite unaware of one another, wrote down whatever occurred to them, did not bother to check them again, thus giving birth to contradictory anecdotes, and then shamelessly called their writings the Word of Allah.

How God Worked With Abraham

Much can be learned about how God can dwell in mankind by understanding how He revealed Himself to Abraham. Let's focus first upon the occasion when God and two angels visited Abraham. It was at this time that God first told Abraham that Sarah would give birth to a son, even though she was well beyond

Prophets Religions and BOOKS

A retrospective view of history will show us that when left alone with no guidance from Allahu ta'ala, men have always deviated into degenerate paths. Using his mind, man thought of the Omnipotent, who created him, but he could not find the way leading to Allahu ta'ala. Those who did not hear about the Prophets sent by Allahu ta'ala first looked for the Creator around themselves. The sun, being the most useful thing to men, provoked some men to think that it was the creative power, and, therefore, they began to worship it. Later on, as he saw the great forces of nature, such as, a gale, a fire, a furious sea, a volcano and the like, he thought they were assistants to the Creator. He attempted to symbolize each of them. This, in turn, gave birth to idols. He dreaded their wrath and sacrificed animals to them. Unfortunately, he even sacrificed human beings to them. Every new event inspired a new idol, increasing the number of idols symbolizing events. When Islam first graced the earth...

The Politics of the NEA

The NEA is also fully supportive of what are called the multicultural and diversity agendas. In two resolutions issuing from its 1999 convention it affirmed its commitment not only to diversity based curricula, but to their introduction in early childhood (from birth through age eight) education programs. In its resolution it stated that a diverse society enriches all individuals. Part of this enriching diversity, it went on to say, is people with differences in sexual orientation.

The seal reads Belonging to Jehucal son of Shelemiah son of Shovi

In his dream he envisioned a stream of water flowing from her that flooded his capital as well as all of Asia. He told this vision to the Magi who had the gift of interpreting dreams, and who gave its meaning to him, whereas he became greatly terrified . . . Learning that she was now with child and her time for giving birth was near, he sent Mandane away to Persia. When she arrived there, he put a guard over her, with plans to kill the child after she gave birth (*see Isaiah 45 1013) for when the Magi had interpreted the vision they told him that the son of his daughter would reign over Asia instead of him. To keep this from happening, immediately following the birth of Cyrus, Astyages sent for Harpagus, a man of his own house and a faithful Mede, to whom he trusted all his affairs, and addressed him saying . . . Harpagus, take the son born of my daughter Mandane, and steal him away to your house and slay him there. Then bury him as you see fit. When...

What does if thy right eye offend thee pluck it out and cast if from thee mean

He made enquiries as to who she was and arranged for her to visit him this gave birth to sin - he then committed adultery with her. And this is exactly how the Bible says it will happen (CP Jas 1 13-16). There is no sin in being tempted - the sin is in yielding to temptation. When inner lusts respond to outward enticement, sin is spawned (CP Mt 15 19). Christians must be particularly careful always to abstain from taking pleasure in scenes of immorality such as those shown in films, television or pornographic literature (CP Col 3 5 2Ti 2 22 Jas 1 12 1Pe 2 11).

God nature humanity

An example of the close relation between the separation of nature, humanity and God and the privatisation of belief is technology. At first glance this seems unlikely what has technology to do with God Yet that is precisely part of the point technology provides and supports a view of the world which appears to make God redundant. 'Nature was formerly conquered by spiritual means', Bonhoeffer writes, 'with us by technical organisation of all kinds.'35 Yet in fact the concept of nature which permits technological development emerges in theology only when the telos of nature is denied (as it was in nominalism), is it possible for a new telos of nature to be provided by humanity nature is then available for appropriation by technology. As Dupre writes 'But without a common teleology that integrates humanity with nature, the mastery of nature becomes its own end, and the purposes originally pursued by it end up becoming secondary Thereby science was destined to give birth to the most...

Humble Beginnings

The Gospels (p. 21) tell how a virgin called Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. Followers of Christ (Christians) believe that Jesus was God's son, and that the prophets of the old Testament had predicted he would come and save humankind from sin. The idea that God became human in this way is called the incarnation, meaning that

The Annunciation

Luke's Gospel describes how the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to tell her that, even though she was a virgin, she was about to become pregnant. Gabriel announced that Mary would be visited by the Holy Spirit (p. 26) and would give birth to God's son, who would be a king whose rule would last for ever. Mary was told to call her son Jesus.

Two Paths

Distinctions between Catholics of very different national or ethnic origin. And people from Catholic countries were labeled Catholic, no matter how religiously indifferent or indeed militantly anti-clerical a given individual might be. Protestants feared Catholics because of the immigrants' high birth rates, their authoritarian religious structures, and their insistence on segregating children in separate school systems. While conservatives condemned the racial contamination of the American people, liberals detested Catholics because of their outmoded gender attitudes, their slavish subservience to clerical authority, and their frequent challenges to the freedom of the press. Both sides bemoaned the political hold that Catholic religious structures had acquired over the nation's cities, not to mention immigrant control of organized criminality. Fears that the nation would be swamped by immigrants, perhaps by revolutionary force, provoked Protestants to mobilize in some of the largest...

Queer Mixtio

For Bernard of Clairvaux, Mary the mother of Jesus was a cause of astonishment, for in herself she was an impossible mixture of virginity and maternity, and so a marvel like the child to whom she gave birth the supreme mixtio of humanity and divinity With faith and the human heart mixed we can only wonder at her and her child. For it is marvellous what the human heart can accomplish in yielding to faith, how it can believe God became man and Mary gave birth and remained a virgin. Just as iron and clay cannot be joined so these two cannot be mixed if the glue of the Holy Spirit does not mix them. Who can believe that he was laid in a manger, wept in a cradle, . . . died between thieves, is also God, majestic and immense . . . And the first mixture of divinity and humanity is a poultice to cure infirmities. The two species are mixed in the Virgin's womb as in a mortar, with the Holy Spirit the pestle sweetly mixing them. . . . The first union is the remedy but only in the Mary with her...

Side note

I realize that other writers may not view the man child or the 144 thousand symbolically as I have done here. There are other possible correct interpretations that you can come up with since we are dealing with patterns and figurative language. Secondly this part of the typology is not essential to the main line of argument here. All you need to see is that Ruth giving birth to a son compares to the woman birthing a man child. And that this in turn relates to the kingdom of God in the end times. It's the end time saints, whoever they are, that are given the grace to finish the task, and enable the second coming of the Lord.

Summary

Ruth encounters Boaz, another type of Jesus, who is kinsman redeemer of both Ruth and Naomi. This encounter speaks of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Their union produces a male heir who is considered the heir of Naomi and Elimelech. This speaks of the end time church, who receives The Revelation Of Jesus Christ. This is represented by the woman in Revelation 12 giving birth to the man child. This then is instrumental in preaching the gospel to the ends of the earth and bringing in the fullness of the Gentiles. When the full number of the gentile church are martyred, the Lord comes again to take his long awaited vengeance. He removes the blindness from his people Israel, as a whole, and they can then inherit the Kingdom of God.

The End of the Chain

But without the children, very different attitudes prevail. Imagine a region like the Italian province of Ferrara, which for most of the past century bustled with children. Since 1986, though, the birth rate has fallen below 0.9 in every year, with the consequence of closing schools and worryingly quiet streets. A priest who in the 1970s might have guided 1,200 children through the confirmation process in a year now deals with perhaps a tenth of that figure, with all the consequences for diminished family interest and involvement in the life of the local church. The linkage between low fertility and secularization is not perfect. Though Catholic loyalties still thrive in Poland and Slovakia (and clergy and nuns are both abundant), these countries are marked by characteristically low European birth rates. Yet in the absence of countervailing cultural and historical trends, religiosity often declines alongside family size.43 or acknowledge death and thus to explore its spiritual...

Trinity

Mary, restoring Adam, shows the desire of God (in creating) for the Creation through her emergence. But since humanity is in the image of God as love, both mutual and giving, she had also to repeat the act of Adam in giving birth to his lover Eve, by giving birth to her lover Christ. According to a long mystical tradition beginning with Origen, we are not united with God only by the rising up of our souls to the heavenly realm, but also by giving birth to the logos in our soul, in a repetition of the action of Mary (see C. Hart 1980). As for Plato, desire for the divine is an emergence of the new as well as a longing for the distant. Again as for Plato, knowledge, the logos itself, is possible through this emergence as well as through this longing. As desiring and knowing, we remain in the daimonic between. But since Origen, we are also said, in giving birth to the daimonic, also to give birth again to the divine and to repeat in ourselves an eternal birth that remains in the eternal...

Lactatio Virginis

The role of other women who lived in Italy at the start of the sixteenth century, such as Margherita da Ravenna and Gentile da Russi, was more decentralized than that of the figures noted above, but not less important for the full inclusion of requests which were widely felt as reforms of the church from below. As in Milan and Rome, where Companies of Clerics Regular were formed that later gave birth to religious orders, so too in Ravenna a Company of Clerics Regular was formed by the son of Gentile da Russi, the devout woman who was the epitome of a natural mother and mother of the soul.19

Puberty

Read the asinine harangue in the Talmud, Yebamoth 12b 13a (See Exhibit 153), about two hairs proving puberty, or not proving it, as the child may have lost the two hairs through childbirth, also, the calling for an examination by the Rabbis. In the Soncino edition of the Talmud, reference is made to three similar messes of muck in Kethuboth 36a, Baba Bathra 156a and Niddah 52a of the Talmud.

Humble Beginning

On a damp rainy day in Sotto il Monte, Italy Signora Maria Anna Mazzola Roncalli gave birth to a healthy baby. The cross-mountain wind that the people call tramontano was slamming through town rattling wooden shutters and forcing rain into the damp houses. It was Nov. 25, 1881, and due to the high rate of infant mortality the family followed the church's instructions and went that very same day to the parish church of San Giovanni to have the infant baptized Giuseppe Angelo Roncalli. Later his names were reversed.62 And later this child as a seventy-seven year old man would be known as Pope John XXIII.

Future

That which was placed on mankind will also be lessened. Thus Rev. 20 2,3 speaks in symbolic language of the devil (sin and its effects) being bound, or restrained, during the Millennium.Life-spans will be increased, so that if someone dies at 100 years old, they will be considered but a child (Isa. 65 20). Women will experience less sorrow in childbirth (Isa. 65 23). Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing (Isa. 35 5,6). This will be due to the miraculous

Calendar

The whole Pagan system is based on SEX. She is fertilized in the spring, and gives birth at the winter solstice, and the years are based on when the SUN is re-born. Take the calendar away, and the whole system falls apart The Roman calendar is based on the same processes established in Babylon. If people live their lives by it, they will not recognize the seasons or appointed times that the lights in the sky were put there for us to know them (Gen. 1 14). The calendar of Babylon holds all the abominations together This dragnet, or gold cup intoxicates the people of Earth, and they can't see clearly. The Pagan observances are abominations, and they desolate the Scriptural observances, as Constantine intended.

Exegesis

In fact, the risk reverses and the gods fear that the man 'might reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever' (Gen 3 22). And what is the result of eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil 'And the eyes of the two of them were opened' (3 7). What follows, in verses 8-19, is, for Bloch, a mythical overlay of the sort that he finds objectionable, a redactor's narrative that turns the act of eating from the tree of knowledge into punishment for disobedience, although, even here, the punishment - for the serpent, a legless existence for the woman, pain in childbirth and subservience to her man for the man, hard labour from a resistant and thorny ground - hints at the sort of punishment meted out to rebels and revolutionaries. Were it not for this high-handed punishment, it is not clear that eating from the tree, desiring knowledge, wanting to be like gods, is an act of rebellion at all, let alone the sin...

God And Evil

Our human natures who is responsible for our sins. Jer.17 9 says that the heart of man is so desperately wicked and deceitful that we cannot actually appreciate the gross extent of its sinfulness. Jesus also branded human nature as fundamentally evil in Mt.7 11. Ecc.9 3 (Hebrew text) could not be plainer The heart of the sons of men is full of evil. Eph.4 18 gives the reason for man's natural alienation from God as being through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart. It is because of our spiritually blind and ignorant hearts, our way of thinking that is within us, that we are distanced from God. In line with this, Gal.5 19 speaks of our sins as the works of the flesh it is our own flesh, our very being and nature, which causes us to commit sin. None of these passages explain the origin of sin within us as being because the devil put it there sinful tendencies are something which we all naturally have from birth it is a fundamental part of the human...

The Spiritual Ground

Thomas, Lord Yeshua says something most interesting, which is echoed in other Gospels as well. He says, Whoever does not hate his father and his mother as i do cannot become a disciple to me. And whoever does nc. love his father and his mother as I do cannot become a disciple to me. For my mother gave birth to me, but my True Mother gave me life.5 Essentially, father, mother, and family are the extension of the egoistic self and personal history and are concepts in our ininds. When Yeshua speaks of hating' father and mother, he indicates seeing through the ego-illusion and all that serves to support t, which includes the recognition of the illusory quality of the concents we hold of others. When he speaks of loving' father and mother, he indicates seeing the soul and Christ presence behind people in our lives and of seeking to draw out and honor that light-presence in ourselves and others. If we are able to do this with tht> se with whom we share tie most...

Jane Shaw

In 1393, Margery, the daughter of the mayor of Bishop's Lynn (later King's Lynn), married a Lynn burgess named John Kempe. After she had given birth to their first child, she became ill and suffered a great spiritual crisis. The resolution of that crisis occurred when she had a vision of the bliss of heaven, after which she pleaded with her husband that they might lead continent lives, for she wished to be a dedicated holy virgin within their marriage.

Revelation 212426

The Bride of Christ will be evangelising and helping our fellow human beings, including our loved ones who died as unbelievers, to leave the Lake of Fire and enter God's Holy City. Jesus Christ working together with His Wife, the Bride of Christ, will give birth to the abundant fruits of the Great Harvest. These will be the billions of spiritual children 'Born Again' in her during the Great White Throne Judgement Age.

Gay Rights

Our duty is to prepare the men of Islam to fight the spirit of homosexuality that is rising in the West. . . . History teaches us that societies where men have lost their courage and their virility and women govern and walk undressed on the streets, who encourage decreasing birth-rates, sterilizing men and women, end up disappearing. Muslims must struggle with any means whatsoever and must not let themselves be subjugated by pagan Europe.

The Birth of Jesus

The angel's visit caused Mary great anxiety, which increased as the months went by. How could she face giving birth to a child without having a husband Later, she felt life kicking inside her. With a heavy heart, she left the temple and went to Nazareth, the city in which she had been born where she settled in a simple farm house to avoid the public. After some months, she could not bear the mental strain any longer. Burdened with a heavy womb, she left Nazareth, not knowing where to go to be away from this depressing atmosphere. She had not gone far, when she was overtaken by the pains of childbirth. She saw down against a dry palm tree, and here she gave birth to a son. Looking at her beautiful baby, she was hurt that she had brought him into the world without a father. She exclaimed I wish I had died before this happened and had vanished into nothingness

Romans 81822

The Bible compares the suffering of this present time with birth pangs. A mother knows the intense labour pains while giving birth, but she also knows the intense joy of embracing her beautiful newborn baby on her bosom. Once the child is delivered, all of the mother's pains are immediately forgotten. Notice that the scripture says that the whole creation groans with birth pangs. We believe that God Himself suffers with His creation, and He is looking forward with great joy to the fulfillment of His Plan for All, when He welcomes His whole family, multiple billions of His children born into the Eternal Kingdom of the New Heaven and the New Earth.

The Unthinkable

It is our reluctance to Believe The Bible. Our unwillingness to take the bible to mean what it says in these passages that has given rise to the theory the Rapture. Especially of Pre-Tribulationism. And indeed this reluctance gives birth to the whole house of Dispensationalism. To put it another way, all eschatology up to now has been fraught with plain old UNBELIEF Unwillingness to face up to what these scriptures are saying to us in very plain terms, has led us into erroneous rapture theories. And these doctrinal errors have become some of the best fortified strongholds the enemy has in the Church.

Israelite Chronology

Abraham and his wife, Sarah, make their way from Canaan to Egypt where he introduces her as his sister. Tuthmosis III (DAVID) (c. 1490-1436 B.C.) marries her. On learning that Sarah is another man's wife, he sends her and Abraham back to Canaan, where she gives birth to Isaac, Pharaoh's son.

Matthew

When the wise men did not return to King Herod to report the baby Jesus' whereabouts as arranged in V7-8, Herod had all male children under two years old in Bethlehem and surrounding areas killed. He was afraid this new-born King - Jesus - would eventually take his throne (CP V1-3, 7-8, 11-13, 16). The death of these children fulfilled Jeremiah's prophecy in the Old Testament (CP Jer 31 15). Rachel was the second wife of Jacob, the mother of Joseph and Benjamin. She died giving birth to Benjamin and was buried in Ramah (CP Gen 35 1, 10, 16-19). In Jer 31 15 Rachel represents Israel weeping for the Israelites who were taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar to Babylon (CP 2Chr 36 10-20 with Jer 26 1-6). Matthew saw Rachel's weeping in Jer 31 15 as having a prophetic application to the Jewish mothers weeping over their children slain by Herod.

Demoting Abstinence

That condoms have a fifteen percent failure rate for pregnancy.1 In fact, increased condom use by teens has been associated with increased out-of-wedlock birth rates.2 Condoms are also believed to have a fifteen percent failure rate for HIV transmission. In addition, comprehensive sex education does not likely reveal that HPV (Human Papillomavirus), which is frequently contracted as a result of teenage sexual activity, is the major cause of cervical cancer, which kills approximately five thousand American women each year-and that there is no scientific proof that condoms protect against it.

Gods Bottom

Moses' birth is the birth not of a male but rather of the principle of maleness, marked by austerity and intensity of virtue and shaped by ongoing resistance to the tyrant who favors the female form of life (Life of Moses 2.2 Gregory of Nyssa 1978 55). As mutable creatures, human beings are constantly giving birth to themselves, remarks Gregory, and gender is a matter of choice we are in some manner our own parents, giving birth to ourselves by our own free choice in accordance with whatever we wish to be, whether male or female, molding ourselves to the teaching of virtue or vice (Life of Moses 2.3 Gregory of Nyssa 1978 55-6). Free will assists in the begetting and delivery of virtuous male selves, protected by the ark of education from the stream made turbulent by the successive waves of passion in which the less well-endowed children drown (Life of Moses 2.5-7 Gregory of Nyssa 1978 56). Fruitful Christianity is the natural mother to whom the male child must return for milky...

Sexual Surrogates

In Petronius's Satyricon, the freedman Trimalchio famously boasts, To do your master's bidding is nothing to be ashamed of. And I gave my mistress equal time He also notes, however, that when his master became aware that Trimalchio was sleeping with his wife, he banished the slave to his farm.59 Although some matrons exploited their male slaves sexually, constraints on the sexuality of freeborn women rendered this practice less acceptable than the sexual exploitation of male or female slaves by male slaveholders. The consequences of conception varied in these two sets of circumstances. A householder who impregnated a female slave increased his stock of slaves. A matron who gave birth to the child of a slave disrupted the household the event would likely be the occasion for a divorce. The child, though freeborn, would be illegitimate.

The Setting

His spiritual inheritance is his people, all whom the father has given him. As Ruth gives birth to a son, so the church will give birth to the man-child. This is the end time church or company of saints who will bring in the end time harvest. This is raising up the Name of Jesus upon all those who are to be saved

On Jewish Hegemony

Through one of the children of Adam, a nation was formed by G-d himself, bearing His own name, to be His particular witness, and to ultimately give birth to the Messiah, the eternal prince and Savior of the world. This nation, which G-d Himself named Israel, and which has Jerusalem as its eternal capital, is destined to inherit the earth, according to the promises of G-d.

Queer Church

Queer theory has shown the instability and malleability of sexual identities, as these are variously constructed and reconstructed in different times and places. But this insight is in one sense belated, because Christian theology has always already found the body of Christ to be fungible flesh, a transitioning corporeality never stable but always changing, becoming other. Christ's body is transfigured, resurrected, ascended, consumed. Born a male, he yet gives birth to the church dead, he yet returns to life flesh, he becomes food. As Stuart says, the the body of Christ is queer. But when queer theology recalls the church to its queer origins, gay and lesbian people should not assume that their desires more perfectly figure the divine, for all sexual identities are finally brought to naught in Christ. And in Christ this is figured through the death to which baptism gives birth. As Stuart notes, it is through participation in Christ's death and resurrection - dying to death - that...

Religious Symbols

History is strewn with dead symbols, and those which die usually do so at the hands of the religions that gave birth to them in the first place. In time, the revelatory situation that produced them can become obsolete and have nothing to say any longer. When this happens, the symbols that represented that revelation grow silent and eventually lifeless, either disappearing or persisting only as clich s. In this way, Tillich claims (perhaps prematurely), all of the polytheistic gods have died the situation in which they were born has changed or does not exist anymore, and so the symbols died.34 It is in this manner that Mary as a symbol of devotion has died for most Protestants, although she remains as a less potent symbol of a sort of faithfulness to God that ought to be emulated.

Relevance of History

The death of the Prophet in 623 created a problem of succession that was quickly resolved, thus giving birth to the first system of the caliphate. For about 30 years the caliphate was consolidated while the territory under Muslim control expanded swiftly to include vast areas in Asia and North Africa. The legal precedents that shaped the government of the first four caliphs, described as al-rashidun (the rightly guided), initiated early developments in Sunnite theories. The practices of al-rashidun were viewed as an authority by later generations in the belief that they were supported by ijma', consensus of opinion (Maududi 1980 203). The most important principle derived from this line of argument is that the caliphate system was an elective office based on consultation and consent. The Sunnites authenticated this in their report that the first caliph, Abu

Christianity

Eventually, Christian atrocities gave birth to rebellion among the Christians themselves. In 923 (1517), a priest named Luther revolted against the Pope. He translated the Bible into German and purged the Christian religion of such absurdities as No marriage for priests, No divorce after one has gotten married, Redemption, and worshipping the cross, which didn't exist in the Bible. Thus he established a new Christian sect termed Protestantism. Unfortunately, however, he completely accepted the concept of Trinity, which means the unity of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Europes Failure

In his powerful book The Cube and the Cathedral, George Weigel uses Europe as an awful warning for the United States, a disturbing object lesson in how Christianity dies, and the destructive effects of secularism. A Godless Europe, he argues, may for a few years appear pleasantly tolerant and nonjudgmental, but without commitment to faith and family, evaporating moral standards and plummeting birth rates create a society that is literally unsustainable. A society that rejects the supernatural turns instead to short-term hedonism, with the only real criterion for actions being the pleasure and fulfillment of the individuals concerned. Why, in such an atomized world, should individuals make the commitment to posterity implied by the decision to bear and nurture children Yet demographic destiny ensures that a secular utopia must of necessity be a temporary phenomenon. In a generation or two, the sparse descendants of those liberal hedonists would be heavily outnumbered by the children...

Of Descriptions

Postmoderns are latter-day philosophical protestants who resist the category of the natural, as in the natural order, natural law, or natural sense. For natural, postmoderns read historical or political. Take, for example, something as apparently uncontroversial as a scheme of biological classification. Foucault cites a Borges story in which a Chinese encyclopaedia classifies animals according to the following categories belonging to the Emperor, embalmed, tame, strays, having just broken the water pitcher, that from a long way off look like flies.24 Well, why not Why is this classification any less arbitrary than the Western convention of distinguishing creatures on the basis of whether they have backbones or not, or whether they reproduce by laying eggs or by giving birth Foucault's point is that all classificatory schemes have their origin in specific historical discourses or formations of power-truth, and are as such culturally relative. The politics behind the natural may not be...

The Sacraments

The great tumult of the early sixteenth century that gave birth to Protestantism was not simply about how ideas are developed or what those ideas might be. It concerned actions the way in which the Christian faith was manifested through the worship of the church in a series of rites that were held to be of particular importance to affirming the identity of the Christian faith, the place of the church in the scheme of salvation, and the deepening of faith and commitment on the part of the individual Christian. These rites are traditionally known as sacraments.20

Queer Origins

We learn because we desire, and we learn desire through the attractions of beautiful others - most obviously for Plato the beauty of young men - which then leads us on to the beautiful itself. (But human beauty is not merely instrumental, since all loves are gathered into love.) For some, desire comes to an end when it is fulfilled, when it attains what it seeks. But this is not Plato's view, which imagines a desire into the unknown, in which the vision of truth replenishes our desire. Desire (to know) emerges in our desiring (learning). We do not regain what we have lost but instead learn to repeat what is yet to come - and is coming ever more intensely in our wanting. The Symposium offers various eulogies on the nature of eros, and from and against which Socrates takes the view that love is not a goddess, but the daimon metaxu, the demonic between, which binds the cosmos, and which we should follow, as it leads us from human to divine beauty. Socrates has learned of love from the...

Gregorys Virginity

The common life is metonymically represented by marriage in Gregory's text. His uncompromising denunciation of family life proceeds by cataloguing the daily course of intimacy between spouses, parents, and children, and the repeated woundings of grief that necessarily accompany any finite love. As Michel Barnes (1996) has shown, Gregory's description of marriage draws heavily upon Stoic tradition, while placing new emphasis on the paradoxical conjunction of joy and sadness that is woven into the fabric of mortal existence. They are human all the time, things weak and perishing they have to look upon the tombs of their progenitors and so pain is inseparably bound up with their existence, if they have the least power of reflection. Page after page, Gregory sustains the spectacle of familiar suffering in an excessive and yet still seemingly insufficient attempt to answer his own challenge How shall we really bring to view the evils common to life Setting out to write of life as a...

The Virgin Birth

Mary was an ordinary human being, with normal human parents. This is proved by the fact that she had a cousin, who gave birth to John the baptist, an ordinary man (Luke 1 36). The Roman Catholic idea that Mary was not of ordinary human nature means that Christ could not have been both son of man and son of God. These are his frequent titles throughout the New Testament. He was son of man by reason of having a totally human mother, and son of God because of God's action on Mary through the

The Constitution

The framers did not believe, as did the French philosophes who gave birth to the French Revolution, that man is basically good and that human nature is perfectible. Regardless of their differences over the specifics of the mechanics of government, they essentially agreed that postFall man, although still bearing great dignity, is nevertheless sinful in nature. They fervently believed in Old Testament Scripture such as Jeremiah 17 9, The heart is deceitful above all

David G Hunter

Christianity arose at a time when the Roman empire itself had begun to stress the importance of legitimate marriage and childbearing for the maintenance of social and political life. The emperor Augustus issued several laws that imposed inheritance restrictions on men and women who remained unmarried or who failed to produce children in marriage conversely, those who married and had children were accorded certain social and economic privileges (Lex Julia de maritandis ordinibus, 18 bc Lex Papia-Poppaea, 9 ad). While such legislation affected only a small percentage ofthe population, it reflected the emperor's desire to reinforce the institution of marriage and legitimate childbirth. The Augustan legislation also made adultery (defined as sexual relations by a married woman with a man other than her husband) a public crime, rather than a private, family matter. Husbands were now required to

Zohar Kabbala

Note The disparaging comments regarding non-Jews are expurgated from various editions of the Talmud. They are, however, found in the Soncino English translation of 1935. (Some of these pages have been reproduced in The Plot Against Christianity) Where they have been expunged, one can find an o indicating oral tradition, which means they are still taught. Like it or not, Orthodox Judaism fervently teaches ultimate supremacy over the nations, i.e., Gentiles, whom it pronounces as inferior creatures. Many Jews over the centuries, especially those who are non-practicing, have exposed and apologized for these malicious comments and supremacist attitude. (See concentration camp survivor and Israeli citizen Prof. Israel Shahak's, Jewish History, Jewish Religion.) They are not to be held responsible in many cases, they were brainwashed from birth and are appalled at the mentality. The mentality is, however, held by individuals in the ruling elite, religious and political. Almost none of our...

Pregnancy And Childbirth

Pregnancy And Childbirth

If Pregnancy Is Something That Frightens You, It's Time To Convert Your Fear Into Joy. Ready To Give Birth To A Child? Is The New Status Hitting Your State Of Mind? Are You Still Scared To Undergo All The Pain That Your Best Friend Underwent Just A Few Days Back? Not Convinced With The Answers Given By The Experts?

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