Sunday, December 22, 2013

Philosophical & Theological Reflections On Satirical Images: Christmas 2013 Continued

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The tenth post in this series and I had no intention of posting on this topic this evening. However, I went to Dean and Anjela's church today, 'The Village' in Surrey, that like Northview in Abbotsford that I also have been attending, is in our Bible belt.

Bible belt by our standards, not American standards. Both churches are mega churches, the Surrey church with over 2500 attenders and the Abbotsford one 2000-3000 I estimate from what I have read. Both must be largely fueled by Trinity Western students from my deduction, reasoning and observation skills.

Now after a nap I need to add more content.

I have standards...

Dean and Anjela invited me over to meet their new cat, of all things. Chucky had to decline to rush home....This is what Anjela handed me and I thought, well Merry Christmas to you too 'little sister'. I know her and daughter Sophia see me as a big dumb dog, but Christmas dog food?  I left it for their pug on Christmas Day.:) 
Red and green-Earth The Incredible Planet, Google+
Red and green-Earth The Incredible Planet, Google+
Maple Ridge-Walking home late at night in -3C.
From email-Something my old dog Rebel would have done...infamous for his 'take offs'.
From email--Could Chuck Norris and Chucky inhabit the same  near space in Maple Ridge without risk of cosmic collision and calamity? Even made worse if Bobby Buff ran into Mr. T at the same time.
From email-Not far from what I had to go through this morning in Surrey in an attempt to find parking. No spots left and like others I had to park over yellow lines. But a full church...
Facebook-Typical. A comment from a Facebook friend in regard to the dog food..'njoy Russ:)'
Facebook-I agree with the above statements, but would not use much of his style.

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Russell Norman Murray said...

By the way, Anjela said their new cat was a fancy Persian from Bulgaria worth $2800 in Canada...

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I have a list of people


All written in a book -

And every year at Christmas time

I go and take a look.


And that is when I realise

That those names are all a part -

Not of the book they're written in

But of my very heart.


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Who has crossed my path some time -

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In some way you have had a part

In shaping things I do.


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That forever still endures -

May it leave its richest blessing

In the hearts of you and yours.

From our house to yours wishing you the
Merriest of Christmas and the Happiest New Year.

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A number of Christians say it is wrong to celebrate Christmas because of its pagan Babylonian and Roman roots, as well as roots from the pagans of northern Europe celebrating the their winter solstice. They also bring up that Jesus was not born on Dec. 25th (some say September is more likely), since in 350, Pope Julius I declared that Christ's birth would be celebrated on December 25. And of course Jehovah's Witnesses say it is wrong to celebrate Christmas (as do Muslims, of course). I find a much larger problem with it having become so commercialized that it is now about Santa Claus and department stores making money, rather than about the birth of Jesus. On the other hand, it is a great opportunity to evangelize through Christmas cards, Christmas plays and Christmas greetings. For me personally, it is the worst day of the year, however (one which I dread, even months in advance), because of family issues that have continued for years (Thanksgiving is the 2nd worst day for me, for basically the same reason), and I personally only really enjoyed Christmas when I was a child. Christmas is supposed to be a wonderful and happy occasion spent with family, but for some, that expectation only highlights existing problems, whether it be family members that no longer talk to you or visit, deceased family members, or family members who live too far away to visit. It can be the most depressing day of the year, for some.

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'I find a much larger problem with it having become so commercialized that it is now about Santa Claus and department stores making money, rather than about the birth of Jesus. On the other hand, it is a great opportunity to evangelize through Christmas cards, Christmas plays and Christmas greetings.'

Yes and an opportunity to be with family and perhaps friends.

'For me personally, it is the worst day of the year, however (one which I dread, even months in advance), because of family issues that have continued for years (Thanksgiving is the 2nd worst day for me, for basically the same reason), and I personally only really enjoyed Christmas when I was a child.' '

Excellent point. Supposedly Happy Holidays can highlight lack of happiness and more importantly fulfillment. One positive is the need to pray and act in regard to such is highlighted.

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