Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Philosophical & Theological Reflections On Satirical Images: Christmas 2013




The ninth in this decently successful series which has 25, 000+ pageviews, mind you 20, 000+ with the first post.

Series is 1-6 and then Bible and Sport. I will probably continue with it as long as the significant pageviews continue.

It is easier to write than many essay posts, in the sense that I can comment on images, but difficult with finding good concepts and in the past, more so, it could be technically difficult to write with images and text and Blogger html conflicts. To Blogger's credit, there have been some improvements with the interface.

The series tends to be more fun to write than most of my articles (selfish mode).

Scary how many of my images connected to this blog show up on Google Images while searching for new material. I hope I do not copy from myself...

Facebook-An image posted in my News courtesy of The Jeff. I wonder on a possible radical Christian fundamentalist theological take on this imagery. Perhaps 'Satan Clause' in a passed out gluttony represents the over-commercialization of Christmas. As opposed to just a funny and well-done Christmas image. 

Well, I could guess what is in the coffee and it is not lemonade... And who the heck writes this kind of material?!
Facebook-Reminds me of when I had a few of these from Disneyland when I was barely in school. They actually seems to me looked pretty good. A problem was that once the viewer broke, one was stuck with useless slides.
Hotel Suicidal?
Apparently not a follower of the New Testament Great Commandment...
Now admittedly I am still learning cooking skills, but this even raises red flags with me...
But adults are fair game? Is this from the Manson family?
I agree, sour milk and moldy bread will give one those thoughts...
Albert Mohler.com-The site discusses how legal same-sex marriage could lead to judicial battles for legalized polygamy. I think a reasonable philosophical point, although presently polygamy does not have the political power that the homosexual lobby does. In light of Scripture such as Genesis 1-3 (Adam and Eve), Deuteronomy 17: 17 (King), 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1 (Overseer) the Biblical mandate is one wife, one husband or singleness (1 Corinthians 7). However, I had a quite conservative Missions professor at Trinity Western University opine that strictly speaking polygamy is not sinful. He stated that in Africa and India, India his main experience, many Christian men had multiple wives. He did not think it right for  these men to divorce the second wife on, especially in light of the families. I see the point that divorce is a greater evil than polygamy. I also see the cultural context of the faith and the need to adapt. But in my situation, for example, the Biblical commandments would apply to me. It could be stated I am neither a King or a Overseer, but I would be obligated to follow the Biblical standards of Genesis and 1 Corinthians 7 which would be one wife. Satirically, and ONLY satirically, do not get any strange twisted ideas  and accusations here; does this give me a potential legal out and Biblical out if I wish to marry one young lady from North America and one from Europe, for example? I mean there is a shortage of  good Christian men with PhDs out there and more educated women than men according to some studies.;) I was going to do the post  just on this topic. Probably a good idea I changed my mind...

Reddit.com-What is this, a Darwinian Evolutionary Christmas?

Christmas tip?


Anonymous said...

Two year old Elvis

Russell Norman Murray said...


I have mentioned that B. Buff and family are huge Elvis fans...

Not sure of the Elvis-bodybuilding connection as of yet...

Russell Norman Murray said...

Stage presence...ah.

Anonymous said...

German Shepherd drives car

Anonymous said...

Hi Russ

Interesting post.


Russell Norman Murray said...

Thanks, Mom.

And thanks for the anonymous post material you send.

Alieux (Daij) said...

Too many things about this post that I like. What made me laugh was the ACLU cartoon!

Russell Norman Murray said...

Good points, sir.

Thanks, Alieux...

Russell Norman Murray said...

John Mclaughlin interviewed 2010

Dallas observer 2010

'What do you think about the late Frank Zappa's criticism of your work as simply "operating a guitar like a machine gun?" Do you think that Zappa was right when he said that the whole trend in the music business was that faster is better?''

I think he was just jealous! I toured with Frank, and while I've always enjoyed his recordings, on tour he would take very, very long guitar solos, and he just didn't have what it takes to play long guitar solos. That said, he has every right to his opinions, and in earlier days, I'm sure he had some validity in his criticisms of my playing.'

Zappa is overrated musically and as a guitar player, IMHO. I had a live album with his long solos. John has it right.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your site and in accession capital to assert that I acquire in fact enjoyed account your blog posts. Anyway I'll be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently rapidly. Here is my blog: Derwick

Russell Norman Murray said...

Yes, this blog is even prettier than me.;)

BTW, the Mirror link features dancing by babies and adults so be warned 'fundi' Baptists and Mennonites...

As bad as secular music?

Anonymous said...

Interactive Christmas Card

Russell Norman Murray said...

Phil Robertson removed from 'Duck Dynasty' following homophobic remarks-Toronto Sun

Do you think he should have been removed?
227 votes

934 votes

Russell Norman Murray said...


Mr. Signorile needs to do some research on what Scripture actually teaches in context before opining in public. Not just stating what certain people think and state because they assume such and such. The approach he used seemed over-defensive at the expense of reason. I would not have dealt with the issue as Mr. Robertson did as I would have used less potentially offensive language, but he was attempting to take a Biblical stand.

Anonymous said...

Dear Lucky Winner,
This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of £1,000,000.00(One Million Great British Pounds) for the
Yearly Coca-Cola Lottery promotion United Kingdom which is organized by Coca-Cola in conjunction with Chevron
Texaco Oil and Gas Company, “Your Email Address" were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from Nine
hundred thousand active online email from Canada, Australia, United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and
Oceanic as part of our international promotions program which is conducted annually, we have only selected 10 people as
our winners, through electronic ballot System without the winner applying. Stated below are your identification numbers
1. Full Name: ………………………………………………………………….
2. Address: ……………………………………………………………………..
3. Sex: ……………………………………………………………………………..
4. Age: ………………………………………………………………………………
5. Mobile Number: ………………………………………………………………….
6. Occupation: ………………………………………………………………………..
7. State: …………………………………………………………………………………
8. Country: ………………………………………………………………………………
9.Winning Email: ………………………………………………………………………..
These Email fall within the UK LONDON Location file, you are requested to contact our fiduciary agent in South Africa and
send your winning identification numbers to him immediately via E-mail below.
Mr. Tony Adams
Address: All States Building, 100 Rivonia Road, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng.
Foreign Service Manager
Coca-Cola Lottery (Pty) Ltd.
TEL: +27-73 112 0658
TEL: +27-11 051 3743
FAX: +27-86 263 0030
Email: cocacola.promotion16@vp.pl
Email: cocacola.promotion17@vp.pl
I want to Congratulate You In Advance and Please Do Not Forget to Help the Poor in the Society When Coca-Cola Makes You a
Beneficiary Of their World of Wealth.
Congratulations once again on your winning!!!
Yours Faithfully,
Eliz Bubb (Mrs.)
for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Coca-Cola Lottery Company

Anonymous said...

My developer is trying to convince me to move to .net from PHP.
I have always disliked the idea because of the costs.

But he's tryiong none the less. I've been using WordPress on a number of websites for about a year
and am concerned about switching to another platform.
I have heard fantastic things about blogengine.net.

Is there a way I can import all my wordpress content into it?
Any kind of help would be really appreciated!

Russell Norman Murray said...

Do not spend money on Blogging or sites unless you have prior proof of potential, serious, realistic financial gain.

I have tried projects with the family. Most are not worth the money...

Anonymous said...

Where did the year go? Suddenly it is December .......again - and we realize that with giant strides we started in January and within a blink of an eye, 2013 is on its back!
A big "Thank You" to each and everyone of you, for any impact you had on my life this year. Especially for all the e-mails I received.......without you, I'm sure that 2013 would have been extremely boring.
From my side I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas Season filled with Loving Wishes and Beautiful Thoughts.
May 2014 mark the beginning of a Tidal Wave of Love, Happiness and Bright Futures.
And to those who need someone special, may you find that true love.
To those who need money, may your finances overflow.
To those who need caring, may you find a good heart.
To those who need friends, I am still here for you..
Thanks for being my friend!!

Russell Norman Murray said...

The Jeff's worst nightmare...

Human beings evolved from gay apes over trillions of years...

Not my view of course...

Anonymous said...

God Loves Blondes

A blonde finds herself in serious trouble.

Her business has gone bust and she's in dire

financial straits. She's desperate so she decides

to ask God for help.

She begins to pray... "God, please help me. I've

lost my business and if I don't get some money,

I'm going to lose my house as well. Please let me

win the lottery."

Lottery night comes, and somebody else wins.

She again prays... "God, please let me win the

lottery! I've lost my business, my house and I'm

going to lose my car as well."

Lottery night comes and she still has no luck.

Once again, she prays... "My God, why have you

forsaken me? I've lost my business, my house,

and my car. My children are starving.

I don't often ask You for help, and I've always

been a good servant to You.

PLEASE let me win the lottery just this one time

so I can get my life back in order."

Suddenly there is a blinding flash of light as the

heavens open. The blonde is overwhelmed by

the Voice of God, Himself....

"Sweetheart, work with Me on this.... Buy a ticket."

Russell Norman Murray said...

Lottery tickets=Waste of time & money.

Anonymous said...

Romantic sleigh ride

Jeff said...

The Jeff's worst nightmare...

Human beings evolved from gay apes over trillions of years...

From some of my class reading yesterday:

---Where did language come from? What was the first human communication?---

In my class reading, it says:

"Let's begin with what is usually considered the "first born child" of language: speech. The sounds that we make to communicate are generally thought to have preceded any graphic mark that was used to communicate. Of course, this notion cannot be proven. Yet we know of other creatures that use sounds to communicate even though they do not use graphics. Also, we observe that children learn how to speak quite naturally—just as they learn to walk or eat.

However, the ability to read and write must be taught. From these observations, we may conclude that speech is the earlier, more natural way of expressing language.

So, who spoke the first word? What was said? What circumstances occurred that finally allowed this momentous event to happen? No one will ever know for certain. What we do know is that it takes two people for communication to happen. Initially, someone made a sound that had personal significance, and someone else heard it and understood it to mean the same thing. Imagine the impact of the discovery that we could share our thoughts with another person by making sounds!

We can only imagine the frenzied pace of making different sounds and assigning an agreed upon meaning to them once this technique was discovered. Undoubtedly, as the number of words grew and the number of people using this "technology" increased, confusion and disagreements must have occurred over the particular sounds and meanings assigned. Yet somehow, speech began organizing itself—for indeed primitive humans did not consciously organize it—and the spoken word survived."

"Many researchers believe that the discovery of speech may have occurred and been lost many times over before it took hold. Undoubtedly, the technology of speech fostered the growth of intelligence in early human beings. Those with less intelligence, who were unable to understand and embrace this new technology, could not survive and compete with those who did."


Jeff said...


To me, assuming that were true, that would have been such a confusing mass of chaos, misunderstanding, frustration, anger (which would very likely often lead to fighting because of misinterpreted messages), and just a complete and total mess, for thousands or even millions of years, assuming Darwinian Evolution were true.

But according to the Bible, the first words that were spoken (at least, that are recorded), were God's, when He said, "Let there be light." (Genesis 1:3) He may have been saying that to the angels (assuming the angels had already been created at that point), or, since He is a Triune God and exists as a Trinity in relationship with Himself because He is 3 "Persons" (the best word we can come up with to understand it), He may possibly have been talking between Persons, for example, as He said in Gen. 1:26, "Let *us* make man in *our* image..." (He did not make man in the image of angels; neither did angels help out in the creation of man; therefore, by "us," He could not have meant the angels, as Jehovah's Witnesses wrongly think---since they believe the "Trinity" is an idea from the devil).

And the first words that God spoke to man (Adam) that are recorded in Genesis were, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die." (Genesis 2:16-17) (It's interesting to note that these were the very first recorded words from God to man, yet man disobeyed them, the very first words he heard from God, as far as we know.)

And the first human words that we have recorded in Genesis, though we are not told the specific words, were by Adam: "Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name."

The first specific words by man, recorded in Genesis, were also by Adam: "The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”

So apparently, it was God Himself who taught man a specific language, or else just immediately gave man the knowledge and ability of a certain language when He created him. To me, that makes a lot more sense than a bunch of so-called "pre-historic" creatures making noises to try to communicate, and often failing. That would be like a deaf or mute person (who did not know sign language and did not know how to read lips and did not know how to write) trying to communicate with someone....it would be extremely frustrating and aggravating, and would likely lead to explosions of anger or temper tantrums, like I saw in a TV drama of Helen Keller before she learned how to communicate with people.

Jeff said...

Just found one of my wind chimes, the one closest to the front door, knocked down. The string that holds it was snapped in half, and it's not very old at all, so I'm guessing it was probably not the wind---most likely that same group of black teens that has caused some of the trouble in the past. Also, there has not been any strong winds lately that I know of. As well, there are bike tire tracks in my driveway. Just one more thing (this time a small thing, thankfully) to add to the growing list of attempted break-ins, thefts, and vandalism. Foreclosure will be welcome, if I can get a job and save up enough money to move in time. But God continues to protect me and meet my needs. I think that in His time, He will bring me a job. Meanwhile, I continue to apply for jobs, sometimes 7-8 a day, plus keeping busy with online classes. Yesterday a friend hired me for a day to tear up linoleum from his floor, which was helpful and good exercise. Plus a client hired me to design a couple items for him.

Russell Norman Murray said...

Thanks, Jeff.

All the best both of us, careers, ministry and life.

I reason to be a Christian, in Christ, is to take the Scripture seriously as actual communication from God. Not myth.

Anonymous said...

Internet Marketing Biz in a Box (super HOT niche!)

Russell Norman Murray said...

Super burned clients?

Anonymous said...

No Girls Allowed

Russell Norman Murray said...

Stat Counter & Site Meter disagree...

Anonymous said...

I do accept as true with all of the idsas you've offered in your post. They are really convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are very short for newbies. May you please extend them a bit from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.

Russell Norman Murray said...


Anonymous said...

Stunning story there. What happemed after? Thanks!

Russell Norman Murray said...

A 'real' commenter commented.

Anonymous said...

I pay a visit daily a few websites and websites to read content, but tis website gives feature based

Anonymous said...

I used to be able to find good info from your articles.

Anonymous said...

Stunning story there. What happemed after? Thanks! Also visit my homepage: Leopoldo Alejandro Betancourt López

Anonymous said...

With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into aany problems of plagorism or copyright infringement? My websitte has a loot of unique content I've either created myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my authorization. Do you know any solutions to help reduce content from being ripped off? I'd certainly appreciate it. Also visit my web page - Leopoldo Alejandro Betancourt López

Anonymous said...

I pay a visit daily a few websites and websites to read content, but tis website gives feature based content. Alsoo visit my web blog; Derwick

Russell Norman Murray said...

'Anonymous said...

I used to be able to find good info from your articles'

As opposed to now...

Russell Norman Murray said...

'With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into aany problems of plagorism or copyright infringement?'

The danger is plagiarizing myself...

I note where I use material from.

Anonymous said...

Dear Shaw User,

Please CLICK HERE to update your shaw account.

Thank you,