imagine what would become of religion

if lies were disallowed.

We all know a good lie in the course of religion is acceptable even to god. I mean, Luther says it. Eusebius alludes to it. Even Paul agrees to doing it.

so friends, start your religion and use lies if you must as long as the cause is right.

and remember that a loving god sends no one to hell. Should you find yourself in the pit, you chose it willingly. It says so in the scriptures.

we are all dying

that’s the good news.

the bad news is we don’t want to die, not just yet and we need ways to live while not bogged down by the fear of our own mortality.

this paper on how not to fear death makes for good reading on a bright sunny day like today.

have a fearless day, won’t you.

happy week everyone

My evidence based weight loss program

Now before I share my very secret ingredient for weight loss free of charge I have noticed that many fat people ( or to be PC- body positive) behave like most governments when faced with urban transport problems. The governments keep widening roads in the hope that this will make the problem away. Fat people just add another hole to the belt or buy bigger clothes.

I have been fat. And what I don’t like whenever I am so fat is how I struggle to do simple things like walking, running or just sitting down for long. These regular things become work. And the worst is trying to ride uphill. I begin to ask myself if I made the right life choices.

Now, i have seen people adopt strange diets to lose weight. Once I saw some people resort to spinach juice ( smoothie), no eating after a certain hour and many other silly things. I call them silly because while they might work for a month, they are not sustainable. Secret #1: don’t adopt a diet that you can’t sustain. It is stupid thing to do.

Others adopt an exercise regime that is so great from an observer point of view but do it for a week only. Secret #2: adopt a regime that fits within your schedule or that doesn’t need you to adjust your schedule drastically or you will not do it.

Good and bad foods. Now my friends, for me, there is only food I like and that I don’t like. Secret #3: it is the portions and quality of that food that matters most and not the food itself.

I would have continued with this list but I can see food on the table and I would want it to be cold before I eat it.

Have a good weekend friends.

Thoughts out of season

But are they really?

I try to not comment on the black lives matter protests around the world not because they don’t concern me but the simply because the African American is far removed from my immediate environment and while I have read a bit on the matter, I wouldn’t claim to know enough to speak authoritatively on it. But I can comment on my fellow countrymen and women staging a BLM protest.

Now, if you are a visitor to this blog, just know I live somewhere in Africa and for those whose education isn’t good enough, africa can as well be a country but that is not important. What bothers me about these protests done in solidarity with AAs is that we need them daily in almost all African countries. Most governments treat us like dirt. And I can mention the many ways this happens but I don’t want to bore you.

So then to what I keep asking myself, what do my brothers intend to achieve? Could we first protest our governments failure to treat us with dignity? I mean given that we are all black and all plus we are not trying to drown ourselves in the Mediterranean? I think it is only when our governments treat us do we have some space to demonstrate with dignity about the case of the AAs or any other oppressed group like NAs.

Or maybe i miss the whole point?

Some theological aside

I am reading this interesting novel titled job, a comedy of justice. You can see it on the goodreads sidebar of this blog. In some place he writes

Many people seem to believe that the ten commandments forbid lying. Not at all. The prohibition is against bearing false witness against your neighbour- a specific, limited, and despicable sort of lie. But there is no biblical rule forbidding simple untruth. Many theologians believe that no human social organization could stand up under the strain of absolute honesty. If you think their misgivings are unfounded, try telling your friends the ungarnished truth about what you think of their offspring- if you dare risk it.

Job, A comedy of justice

did you know

that it didn’t matter whether the gospels had mistakes? I know you didn’t but now you know. It is important for you to know that Jesus died for your sins but you are still going to hell for that tattoo or for the shrimp you ate.

I don’t think there are mistakes in the gospels; but even if there were, it wouldn’t affect the core of the Gospel: Jesus died for our sins, defeated death by rising again, and is coming back in glory to establish the Kingdom of God. Those truths stand firm forever!

I am glad we have this cleared up.

Thank goodness for apologists.

on hell

I don’t know who it is who said that as long as one person languished in hell, heaven would be a sad place or something to that effect.

I like this post on heaven especially this

I searched the scriptures even more zealously for God, but that just made things worse. The God who is described in the Bible is a terrible Being, one that deserves our fear, but not one that any decent person could possibly worship. His behavior is despotic—the Flood isn’t the half of it—and I eventually concluded that he could command no moral authority by which to judge the human race. I stopped believing in Hell altogether and hoped that God was actually much better than he was portrayed in his biography.”

I think I should read the book A brief eternity. I will look for an epub copy later.

Have a heaven free day, won’t you.

On grand cathedrals,mosques and temples

Wole Soyinka writes and I agree with him that

(..)all we can be certain of ( because it is clearly provable) is that the proliferation of grandiose cathedrals, basilicas, temples, mosques, shrines, and other places of worship throughout the global landscape has not perceptibly improved the living conditions or moral sensibilities of the large part of humanity

The open sore of a continent by Wole Soyinka

man about town

This site has been quiet last few days because your amiable host has been busy here, there and everywhere doing this and that.

I hope these pictures can take care of that absence.

Have a great week everyone.