Kia does Cat-urday: Why God created Cats.

Anubis or Sehkmet? You decide

With a hat tip to a Bluebird’s regular weekly post, I give you Peter’s comment on one of my older posts seems appropriate to the Cat-urday Post theme. Here is goes. Enjoy.

I think I should repost the joke about ‘Why God created Cats’:

“And God Created DOG to LOVE Man and CAT teach to him HUMILITY”

It is reported that the following edition of the Book of Genesis was discovered in the Dead Sea Scrolls.
And Adam said, “Lord, when I was in the garden, you walked with me everyday. Now I do not see you anymore. I am lonesome here and it is difficult for me to remember how much you love me.”

And God said, “No problem! I will create a companion for you that will be with you forever and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will know I love you, even when you cannot see me.
Regardless of how selfish and childish and unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourself.”

And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam. And it was a good animal. And God was pleased.

And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam and he wagged his tail. And Adam said, “But Lord, I have already named all the animals in the Kingdom and all the good names are taken and I cannot think of a name for this new animal.”

And God said, “No problem! Because I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name, and you will call him DOG.”

And Dog lived with Adam and was a companion to him and loved him. And Adam was comforted. And God was pleased. And Dog was content and wagged his tail.

After a while, it came to pass that Adam’s guardian angel came to the Lord and said, “Lord, Adam has become filled with pride. He struts and preens like a peacock and he believes he is worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught him that he is loved, but no one has taught him humility.”

And the Lord said, “No problem! I will create for him a companion who will be with him forever and who will see him as he is. The companion will remind him of his limitations, so he will know that he is not worthy of adoration.”

And God created CAT to be a companion to Adam. And Cat would not obey Adam. And when Adam gazed into Cat’s eyes, he was reminded that he was not the supreme being. And Adam learned humility.

And God was pleased. And Adam was greatly improved.

And Cat did not care one way or the other.

See. I told you it would tickle your funny bone. Now go out there and live out a “Non Disastrous” Saturday. 

-kia

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Xtian Haiku: Freedom is Inevitable

Recovery Escape Pod

I am not the first

And I will not be the last

There is room for all.

-kia

My continuing Journey. 

Our transition from people of Faith in a Book written by fearful and supersititious men and it’s Story of Salvation from the wrath of its God to men and women of our own destiny is a fluid and changing narrative. There are those who would hinder and divert the progress. People for whom fear and insecurity is their only hope. There are others whose desire is to silence and and curse my egress as if it were their darkness. 

I don’t know where I’m going but I know where I’ve been.

I spent 34 years knowing all the answers, now I know that I  don’t even know all the questions. ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ had it right. I wass taken over and used for the Bondage of others and myself. But I’ve broken out of the Pod. I’m escaping to Freedom. I want to know… not just believe. How about you? The ship is going down. Flames all around us… engulfing us… becoming us. There’s room for one more. Another seat beside mine, maybe more. “To boldly go…” where no Christian had gone before. OK, maybe a few have. But not us… Yet.

Let go of your Fear, your insecurity, your pride, your certainty. Embrace the Unknown. Reach forth to what has been denied you, what has been Removed from you at New Birth. Become who you were born to be. 

The Escape Pod launches soon… Be on it. Its time for you to stop being satisfied with just Believing. Turn on again your desire to Know. “Ask, Seek, Knock…” Are all well and good, but the answers are beyond what you have been told. Yes, Trust but also Verify. 

Are you ready? 3…2…1…Launch!!!

-kia

March for Science on Earth Day

Is it just Anti Trump? Or is there more to it?

I’ll start with an oldie but a goodie from 1982. And end with a Clarion Call to action. Thomas Dolby. Good times.

Today is Earth Day. 

I guess it was started in 1970 during the very beginning of the modern environmental movement. The day attempts to redirect our attention to our interconnectedness and interdependence to and with all life and all things on the planet we call home, the only home we’ve ever had or known. 

There are some, like I was at one time, who would try to rewrite the narrative into a story of Creation where we humans are special, unique and separate from the world and universe around us, and as such we are the consumers, users and even often times ‘the destroyers’ of this Pale Blue Dot in the outer suburbs of our own galaxy and the universe at large. 

They actually think that it’s Science that has blinded us to the ‘Reality’ that it doesn’t matter how we live and treat the world, it’s resources,  and it’s many other living inhabitants (our neighbors and non human cousins), because “it’s all going to burn anyway. There’s a new world coming.” So we continue shitting in our own living rooms and the yards of other living beings as if disease, death, starvation and extinction will not be the results. Oh yeah, we’ve been “blinded with science”. In the greek that means… Bullshit.


But these same people will go to doctors, drive cars, fly on airplanes and use computers and cell phones to deny the science and physics and technology they use and rely on every day. Who’s really blinded? They are… blinded by their narrative that science is meaningless and even deadly if it interferes with or contradicts their notions of “Reality”. 

Science does not blind. It literally unveils and reveals what these people would actively blind us to, and sadly I once was one of them. Arrogance, ignorance and so called ‘common sense’ is enthroned, usurping the rightful place of discovery, ingenuity, advancement and progress.

And all the while, the planet we love and call home suffers in silence. Our environment goes to pot, we pollute the air, water and soil… even our own food supplies… and the natural resources that not only we as humans need to survive, but also those of every other living, breathing and moving being on this planet. 

I don’t know all the science on Global Warming, Cooling, Climate Change or whatever they are calling it now, but I do know that even if humans are not the Primary cause or even a large cause, we are responsible for a LOT of the environmental damage to our own home. And even if it’s true that the planet’s ecosystem is capable of balancing it all out and recovering from the destructive effects of our “it’s all going to burn anyway” and Earth Escapist mentality… how do you justify putting it in the position that it has to in the first place? 


This is bigger than Trump or any Administration

We need to defend scientific endeavor, inquiry and advancement from those who would actively blind us with superstition, ignorance and religious mythology. We need to March for Science on Earth Day… Go for it!

-kia

Xtian HaiKu: “Sovereign Success”

((( This is an updated and slightly changed version of a previous posting. I hope you enjoy. -kia )))

… he loves me not

shredded yellow squares

populate my wastebasket

didn’t make the cut

-KIA 

I’ll look for more poetic ways, 

to express my life on such a day

will I laugh or dance or simply sway

to the music in my head, but nay.

I’ve found a deeper peace

a better form of quieter release

I’m learning to rhyme with greater ease

as I turn out offerings such as these.

enjoy them now before the toss

these squares will soon be naught but loss

to make the room for those of greater gloss

for I would rather these not be mossed.

-kia

NaPoWriMo: Tie Tuesday edition 2

One of my newest ties from Goodwill. I get all my best ties at $3- $5. I have actually paid full price for a few, but not many and they are special ones that just inspired me at the moment… and I couldn’t find them in Goodwill or Savers. 


This is another of the ties produced by the Make a Wish Foundation, designed by one of the children, Brandon from the Texas Gulf Coast. Sometimes tragedy and chronic or even terminal illness can Rob you of your dreams. Brandon wants you to know that they don’t have to. He wants you to Hold on Tight to your Dreams.

Dreams fuel Hope

Our dreams change thru life.

Dreams are what life is made of.

Always keep your dreams. 

kia

Never give up, nervous give in. Be willing to change and Evolve with the environment. But never stop dreaming. Never stop looking at the world with childlike wonder and awe. 

-kia

For Easter Sunday: The Case Against Christianity

“Because Christianity is not Good and it isn’t True”
I wanted to bring you all a gift for Easter Sunday. A clip from an old debate between Keith Parsons and that “Old Snake in the Grass” William Lane Craig. This clip is short but you can follow the link to the YouTube site and find the whole debate. 

And for “extra credit”, consider this clip from a  different person who also debated WLC. Not only is there insufficient Evidence FOR Christianity, but there is overwhelming Evidence AGAINST Christianity being true.

Please go to the YouTube site to see links in the descriptions of both of these clips for the full debates and other resources. Truth be told, watching these kinds of debates between Apologetics Heroes of the Faith and challengers was a big part of my Deconversion process. I wondered why Our Team did so poorly and relied so heavily on misinformation, logical fallacies such as Appeals to Ignorance and Incredulity, and were often rude, condescending and unprofessional to their opponents in the discussion.

“Lunatic, Liar or Lord”? How about Literary Creation and Legendary fiction to round out the Aliteration? Those two seem more appropriate to the reality.


I have since, due to more than my share of access to Christian self styled ‘apologetics blogs’ grown in my understanding of why they utilize these dishonest tactics. They simply haven’t any other honest tools at their disposal that would allow them to “win” and keep their Faith in Christianity and the Bible. Thus, as my mom used to say “If you can’t dazzle them with intellect, baffle them with Bulls#!t” ((yes, mom actually said that;)  ))

Can you handle the Truth? Does it still Matter to you?

If a Jewish Rabbi named Jesus, Joshua or whatever the original model was named did actually die a horrible death at the hands of Roman soldiers for his crimes of sedition and fomenting rebellion, he most certainly was not the Jesus depicted in the NT and he most certainly would have been tossed into a common, unmarked mass grave as other crucified criminals were at the time. The whole idea of crucifixion and the way they disposed of the body was to deny the Victim an honorable burial. If there was a Historical Template for the person in the NT, his fate would have been no different, mythology of dying and rising gods aside. And that Jesus is most certainly still dead and his body decayed away by now. If there was a ‘historical template’, he most certainly never raised from the dead, as certainly as the NT Jesus never actually existing outside of the pages of religious fiction.

I learned, from my Heroes’ own mouths and Answers to being Questioned and Challenged to respond, that the “answers” we have been given by the Apologists are not sufficient to the task of defending Biblical Christianity. They are only answers ‘enough’ to keep us locked inside the doors of the False Church of Christianity, not to help questioning outsiders gain access.  Enjoy the clips, the day and Think for yourself. -kia

The JESUS of the New Testament: Fiction or Non-Fiction

I loved this post. Just trying to get thru the comments on it and the related article and comments on Nate’s blog as well. I’m passing it on as a possible prompt for discussion on mine as well. No longer restricted to the limited ‘liar, lunatic, or lord’ that Lewis tried to sell us, as Recovering Know It Alls and Deconverts from Christianity, we now must encourage others like we were to consider options such as Literary Fiction and Legendary Mythology. Kudos to Nan, Nate and all who cause us to Think and not just Believe. -kia

Nan's Notebook

Courtesy of Stockvault.net

On a very popular blog that I visit, there has been considerable discussion surrounding a post about the Christian nativity story (over 400 comments to date). Initially, most of the comments were related to the core subject, but as so often happens, contributors began to gradually move away from the primary topic. Before long, the “side discussions” took on a life of their own.

The topic that seemed to get a lot of attention was the historicity of Jesus. Was he simply a Jewish preacher who followed John the Baptist and then inspired his own small following? Or was he more than this as (supposedly) proven by his death and resurrection? Or did he exist at all?

As the discussion wore on, I decided to stir the pot a bit and submitted the following comment (slightly edited):

If one were to consider the New Testament a work of fiction, is it not possible the…

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My WordPress 5th Anniversary: The Journey Continues 

Two of the seven bookshelves we have in the house

The bookshelves in our back room, filled with words and ideas and dreams and stories. Only one shelf remains of my mom and dad’s books. Can you tell which one?

Bookshelves contain many things. They are time capsules to the past, microscopes on the present and crystal balls into the future. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t see my mom and dad, my brother and now my grandmother in these books and shelves. These books contain the continuity of my family and all of humanity. 

My wife and I have made these shelves, that once belonged to my parents, our own. We have filled them with our own dreams, likes, wishes and quest for knowledge and beauty. Whether with a glass of wine, a mug of beer or a hot cup of coffee, I can enjoy other world’s in the words of others. 

WordPress is a lot like these shelves

Life before WordPress was very much like life with WordPress and will probably be so even after WordPress. Thank you all for giving me 5 good years with a lot of change and grace. You have allowed my words, ideas and snippets of my life to have a place, even if just temporarily, on your shelf. I started as Purposeful Pruning, restarted as My Omer of Manna and morphed into the Recovering Know It All. Some may remember the previous blogs and what I wrote in them, and how different this one is. Thank you for sticking with me. Thank you for reading, Liking, commenting, and following our continued journey. 

Here’s to full bookshelves, full of diverse and different ideas to learn and grow from. “We’re on and journey”

-kia