Why get vaccinated

Edward Jenner is known as the father of the vaccination. Jenner was born in Berkeley Gloucestershire in 1749. After studying in London he returned and remained in his home town as a prominent doctor. In his first experiment Jenner placed cowpox PUS, which he took from cowpox pustule, into an incision on an 8 year old boys arm. Jenner learnt that those working on the farms, particularly the woman who milked the cows, somehow became immune to Smallpox. Jenner soon realized that they all suffered from the far more milder disease called Cowpox. Smallpox was a killer, Cowpox was not anywhere near as serious. Jenner learnt that if you caught the later, you became immune from the former, hence placing the pus in the cut in the young boys arm made the youngster immune from the more dangerous smallpox, by giving him a dose of cowpox.

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How do you deal with negative thoughts?

Throughout much of the day negativity, stress and worry gathered around me like members of the same gang, all wearing similar jackets with the word fear written on the back. I struggled with such demons, because they were initiating me as a member.  They niggled and eventually buried me amongst the shadows like walking down a dark alley moving further and further away from the light.

I can deal with this was drummed into me when all I needed to do was admit that I couldn’t, as a start anyway.

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God Promises a New Heart

“They made their hearts diamond-hard lest they should hear the law and the words that the Lord of hosts had sent by his Spirit through the former prophets. Therefore great anger came from the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 7:12)

If God promises a new heart, how does this happen?  

A leather-bound Bible was hurled through the air and after hitting the edge of a table it fell to the floor. I glanced under the table and saw its flimsy pages flap open and flutter like a dying bird laying on its back. While I stared, there seemed to be a hint of life in this book called the Bible, which I had never read. No one was struck down by lightning, and we all managed to avoid plagues, at least I believe so.

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Why Christians should not support abortion?

They’ve missed the point on abortion, all of them have dropped a clanger. Our lawyers, judges, scientists, doctors and more have missed that core centre of truth like springing an arrow blind folded hoping to pierce the apple in two. Pulling the blind fold off after a shot, quickly in anticipation to see where the arrow had landed, and we deflate when we see that the legal spear of our destiny is nowhere to be seen and the skin of the apple had not been pierced at all.  We trust our professional upper classes to get it right, about life at least. When all along they pretend to see and explain the truth with their long-winded white papers. Heads in the sand again, oh well! Keep the blind fold on and dream of what may happen one day in utopia.

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Grammar Schools give hope

The comprehensive system was designed to be a far reaching and all-embracing method of teaching that focused attention away from the regular discipline supplied by Christian schooling, and toward a more understanding culture where children had a voice, and of course those of us who went to a comprehensive school used that shout to gain whatever we could. This was hardly guidance from our elders, but more an offering of friendly advice that amounted to secular choices rather than discipline and direction. Here we had, and still have, another area in society that has taken away any potential spiritual ingredient in hope to gain the same results by reinventing the humanist spiritual newness Christianity offered in the first place. Jesus alone made all things new, which could not be replicated by a comprehensive school system no matter how many so called humanist professionals were involved in its creation….

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God, Knowledge and Addiction

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Having wholeheartedly believed that knowledge would alter my addictive nature and give me a nudge in a more positive direction only shows how wrong I could be. With a disease so life threatening it seemed logical to seek professional advise and avoid any notion that some kind of spirit could help. Now that the truth has been unlocked through scripture however, my previous psycho babbling pursuits have since been recognized as life threatening experiences. All that intellectual searching was set on nothing more than a pride and fearful foundation built by my own self-will, which was placed alongside professional people that had some good yet naïve humanitarian intentions. They meant well but could not deliver nor withdraw from me the truth. Unfortunately this attitude simply highlighted my then brash, shallow and soulless character. Forgiveness, Love, being sorrowful and the need for redemption, or a redeeming nature, were never looked at as potential healing  methods. I often believed, or perhaps hoped, that the professional therapists seemed so close to restoring my sanity, just one more visit and I’ll be fine was the nearest I got to any recovery at all. Nearly recovered does not wash when up against addiction.

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Morality or Religion

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The atheist Godfather Richard Dawkins recently compared morality to the principles of Christianity. During this particular debate with the Christian Oxford Professor John Lennox, Mr Dawkins implied that morality is central to good behaviour, leaving no room for the Holy Spirit. If we are morally sound as Mr Dawkins suggested, we have no need to follow fabricated spiritual nonsense! Ludicrous, deluded, barbaric are just a few words used by Dawkins when concluding his onslaught.

Dawkins believes Christianity is a religion that enforces a specific morality that expects precise and virtuous behaviour from cornered believers; a large group of varying people who are governed by an omniscient yet invisible power. Dawkins supposes a Christian is one who lives by certain rules and regulations that have imposed upon him or her divine ‘thou shalts’ and ‘thou shalt nots,’ and that behavioral conformity to these moral codes of conduct are what the Christian strives to accomplish in order to please a so called God. Continue reading

Stephen Fry and the Catholic Church

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A late response by The Rambling Bricklayer.

Do we really believe that condoms can prevent the spread of AIDS?  Stephen Fry says yes, certainly?  The Catholic Church on the other hand suggests that abstaining from sexual relations prevents the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, which could potentially eradicate AIDS. Stephen Fry agrees that the Catholic Church’s immovable stance on abstinence is one method, but suggests condoms as an alternative. The problem is not the church, they have had their view on sex long before HIV hit the headlines. The problem is Stephen Fry and the late Christopher Hitchen’s beefing up how condoms are an answer when up against AIDS. The Bible asks where is the wise man of this age, and suggests human wisdom is a distant second to the omnipotent view of God.

For a moment, think of your daughter or a young woman you care about and love, preferably around 19 years old. She is beautiful, in full flight of life readying herself for university and hoping to be a scientist. She has a gap year, which she spends travelling to Africa to work for a charity and will be staying near the villages that have been devastated by AIDS.  Would you;

(1) hand her a pack of condoms and tell her to be careful?

(2) tell her that total abstinence from sex is the only true way where she can be absolutely safe and free.

Be honest now, what is your answer?  If you wholeheartedly think you would hand a youngster a box of condoms then your frontal lobe is not working correctly, and you seriously need to research the truth. Continue reading

Alcoholics God and Psychotherapy

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Alcoholics, God and psychotherapy focuses on the Rambling Bricklayer’s personal journey alongside details, histories, successes and failures of how addicts search for recovery.

I am sure the psychiatrist negated a nod when I walked into her office. Immediately she began a no nonsense key holding approach to unlocking the self styled padlocked barbed wire that was wrapping me up and cutting me to pieces. The self-willed barbs were sharp, intricate and painful to say the least. I sat down sheepishly, her eye brows dipped. Oh no, I’ve already done something wrong, I thought, painfully. She studied me for a moment, weighing me up while taking notes. Her pen took brood swoops across a page with confidence like a real professional. “Don’t worry” she said “the notes are for our file only”. I clearly wasn’t fit enough in the head to read what she had written, the words were for “their file only”.

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12 Step God as we understood Him

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This post attempts to detail how the nature of the 12 step programme is missed by many addicts who simply march on in their own self will disguised as some strange misunderstanding of God.

Only the other day I bumped into an old AA colleague from London who was sharing at a local Southend On Sea meeting nearby to where I live. I told him how relieved I was since my baptism 6 years ago and how Jesus has enforced changed in my life through scripture and mature Christians. While we were stood having coffee in a church hall just before the meeting started, he responded with;

“I’ve never set foot in a church in my life, no need to mate, I’ve got enough here in AA”.

“You’re in a church now” I replied and told him that we AA’s can harp on about higher powers without really knowing the force behind the twelve step fellowship. When AA members bang on about “the rooms” they mean church halls, but fail to recognize that fact. I told my friend further that I went to a meeting that was held at a Town Hall, and how security guards refused us entry and cancelled the meeting due to a bomb scare in another Town Hall 40 miles away. This had happened a few times. This particular meeting had cameras in the corner of the room and was watched over by an omnipotent order of the day called gum chewing security guards who had power over whether we could attend the meeting, or not. Without churches there would be no AA, because people and systems would control the order of the day, which cannot work. All church leaders and elders allow meetings to go ahead and hand out keys to all sorts of ex-drunks without hankering on about security, why? Because God’s house is always open, that’s why!

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Counsellor, Law or God

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Counselor, Law or God looks at how counselling can affect an addict and keep them away from true freedom. Further to this there are provoking thoughts on eugenic theories that are based on human supremacy…

Counselor client relationships can only be hierarchical making it practically impossible for an addict to open up and search for the truth, which is the essence of an addicts wellness. Having a financial agreement immediately places those involved into an economical relationship where a person who feels low is purchasing wellness from a professional who knows best. How wonderful it would be to purchase from a doctor a large portion of wellness. We can be sure there are many selling such ideas. Buying our way out of mental darkness however is impossible. Buying our way into heavenly freedoms is also impossible. Saint Peter was clear when confronted by a man called Simon who offered money in return for the Holy Spirit.

When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”

Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! (Acts 8: 18-20).

As each therapy session began of course there were smiles and pleasant conversation, but due to the money exchange there can be little love in those situations where one is an all knowing professional psychiatrist and the other is mentally exhausted at best.

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