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This is not OK!


Get ’em off! Armed police order Muslim woman to remove her burkini…

When do two wrongs ever make a right? Innocent women are being penalised in a war that is not of their doing.

A few days ago a 34-year-old woman, identified only as Siam, whilst on the beach of a popular French tourist town, was asked to remove a layer of clothing and being given an on the spot fine by armed police.

There are claims that the situation and pictures were a set-up. If this were to be the case, would this diminish what happened? Of course not.

Regardless, if this were a set-up or not, this is an outrageous situation where an innocent woman is fined and asked to ‘undress’ because of a ‘law.’  All indications, despite the claims, are that this was not a set-up.

What do the French courts say about a ‘law’ that tells women to undress?

French judges have said the ban was ‘necessary, appropriate and proportionate.’ It appears that the law supports three armed officers pointing a pepper spray canister in the face of another Muslim lady and telling her that she was in breach of a new rules outlawing swimming costumes that cover the entire body.

On the beach it showed, “Armed police waiting for Muslim women to come out of the sea at Nice, and then warning them about their choice of head scarves.” Women were fined for wearing burkinis, ‘modest swimwear,’ on the beach in Cannes, with details recorded on what will amount to a criminal record. Two young women were made to leave the water by the police even though they were not wearing the burkini.

David Lisnard, mayor of Cannes, who introduced the burkini ban, defended the police officer’s behaviour by stating that all ‘beach dress that ostentatiously shows a religious affiliation was unwelcome and offensive and risked provoking people and so risked public order.

S P E E C H L E S S.

I honestly struggle to find the words to express my feelings, outrage, dismay and fury about the above situation.

A Facebook friend kindly pointed out to me that guns and bombs could be hidden under burkas and burkinis.

Silly me for not thinking about that. I knew that weapons and ignitable substances can be and have been concealed under beach towels, in trouser pockets, under coats, in cars, brief cases, backpacks, in shoe soles, and even in body cavities.
What I failed to realise is that if we start terrorising innocent women and their children on our beaches and make them undress in public, this will solve all ‘terrorist related’ problems…

Quite a knee jerk reaction if ever I heard of one.

France’s Highest Court suspends ‘illegal’ burkini ban as ‘serious violation of freedoms.

The State Council ruled today that the measure was a “serious and clearly illegal violation of fundamental freedoms.”

The Court said local authorities could only introduce measures restricting individual freedoms if wearing the Islamic swimsuit on beaches represented a “proven risk’ to public order. And there was no such risk concerning Villeneuve-Loubet, a resort on the Cote d’Azur between Nice and Cannes.

The French Council of the Muslim Faith hailed the ruling as a “victory for common sense.”

Amen to that.

What does the Bible say again about how we are to treat our neighbours?

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The LORD shall fight for you


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I don’t know about you but I have had and still experience situations in my life where I do not know how to move forward.

Some of my favourite Scripture verses that I use in these seemingly hopeless situations are as follows,

The LORD shall fight for you and ye shall hold your peace.

Imagine the Hebrew slaves being rescued from the Egyptians and then the Pharaoh decided to pursue the poor people with his army. The Hebrew people were caught between a massive army and the sea. What hope was there for them?

 But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon.

And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord.

 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?

 Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

Moses kept his faith, he said to the people,

 

 Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord…
The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

As we know the rest is history. Moses did as he was told, the Hebrew people safely reached the other side and the Egyptian army was swallowed up by the sea.

I’ve heard people say, ‘But what about the poor Egyptians?’ Well actually, they weren’t that poor. They were slave drivers that had abused the Hebrew people for hundreds of years and the Egyptians had a choice. They did not have to go running after the Hebrew people. The Pharaoh could have let the Hebrew people leave in peace as he had promised them. But greed got the better of him and ultimately was his downfall.

I love it

I love Moses’ faith and I love the Scripture verses that remind us of this. Scripture verses which we can claim for ourselves when the going gets tough.

When I was going through rough times in the past I looked in my Bible and found encouraging Scripture verses that corresponded with tough times in my life or that resonated with me because of the powerful words and promises contained within these words.

Below are some verses that I’ve put together and sing when encountering dips in the road and tough patches.

The LORD will be with you

God says stand ye still
and hold your peace
see the salvation of the LORD
ye shall not need to fight in this battle
be not afraid nor be dismayed

the battle is not yours but Gods
Set yourself yeah stand ye still
for the LORD will be with ye
wherever we go
see the salvation of the LORD

Bless our LORD, oh bless our LORD
Bless our LORD, oh bless our LORD
Bless his holy name, oh bless his holy name
bless ye our LORD

Amen

I hope that these verses will help you too when you go through rough patches. Feel free to share your favourite verses in the comments.

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Is Restitution a Biblical​ Mandate?


Is Restitution a Biblical Mandate?

“Dear Matron, Please forgive me for the nurse’s cap I stole 50 years ago and accept $20” reads the headline on a News.com.au article which was published a few days ago.

“I have been a Bible student for many years and in it says that if we steal something that does not belong to us we must restore 4 x the value… I felt caps would cost $3 or $4 and so I multiplied that.” Around 50 years ago the nurse had used a nurse cap to clean her shoes and she now felt that it was time to make up for this “episode.”

Is restitution a biblical mandate?

I WILL GIVE BACK

There are quite a few biblical references relating to restitution.  The ‘remorseful nurse’ seemed to refer to these verses from Luke,

Zaccheus stopped and said to the Lord,
“Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor,
and if I have defrauded anyone of anything,
I will give back four times as much.”

According to the records, Jesus responded by saying to him,
Today salvation has come to this house, because this man too is a son of Abraham.…

From the Scripture verses in Luke and many other verses similar to these,  we know that the Bible tells us to restore back to people what was taken from them in error or by deliberate defrauding.

The Bible refers here to deliberate defrauding. For most of us it is probably more subtle, as with the nurse’s cap.  This story triggered my memory and I remembered one particular incident where I accidently damaged someone else’s property and did not make up for it.

My Brother’s Brand New Front Porch Column

I am usually an okay driver but once I crunched a brand new front porch column on my brother’s brand new drive of his brand new house. I felt so remorseful and told him to send me the bill, of course. But he never did. I recently enquired about it and he laughed it off saying that, “All I had to do was replace a large sheet of aluminium, cost me about 20 bucks.”
Pfew, that really had been playing on my mind and I felt instantly at ease when he mentioned that and resolved to give him something nice for his new house.

Funny how we don’t seem to be able to shake these little mishaps where we feel we ‘owe someone.’ It’s called our conscience I believe.

NEW YEARS EVE BLOOPER

Whilst reading the article in the news other memories came up for me about past events.
Once as a teenager during News Years Eve, I decided to visit a friend, “just for an hour.” That’s what I told Mum.  But I actually stayed away for quite a few hours. I simply lost track of time with too much fun to be had at my friend’s place who had family visiting from all over the country.

It is now 40 years later and I still remember my Mum’s disappointment when I woke up the next morning after partying hard.
“You said that you would only be out for one hour and you stayed out all night,” she told me.
What had happened is that everyone at my home had gone to bed early and Mum had been sitting by herself on New Years Eve. I felt terrible about it and did for a long time after.

My Mum has passed on and now what? I would love to be able to reach a place of compassionate understanding and peace for both of us. Not only about this particular event but about many other similar events also. Situations where, often despite my best intentions,  I may have hurt people I love the most.

THE GOD SESSION

What to do? At some stage, you have to forgive yourself for mucking up. One book that really helped me with that is THE GOD SESSION.

This book was written by my friend Kathryn Springman. THE GOD SESSION utilises THE GOD SESSIONScripture to help people resolve family issues from millennia ago! Fancy that!
I didn’t even know that this was possible.

So now, instead of fretting over issues, I become pro-active, read through some chapters of Kathryn’s book and have a GOD SESSION.

I highly recommend her book which was written with rev(f)erence to Scripture and is very useful for resolving past and present family and other, such as health, issues.

 

The subtitle of Kathryn’s book is ‘Healing the past and Embracing the Future with Scripture, Science, and Energy Medicine. It is available from Amazon. https://amzn.com/B019SDLPKS

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Let me know in the comments if you have any stories about reconciliation that you would like to share. I love to hear from my readers!

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WHAT IS LOVE? Does the Bible tell us?


DISCLAIMER for my religious friends who believe differently- Mark 9-37-39, John 13-34-36 and 1 John 5-2. (2)

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He interrupted my writing as he was hitting away at my tap. I could see him accidently drop a washer down the gurgler. That’s when he exclaimed;

I HATE RELIGION!-“I HATE religion!”

“Why is that?” I asked, wondering if some of the Scripture verses on my walls could have triggered that comment.

“Because religion is the cause of most of the wars and hatred in the world,” my newfound friend Brad said.

I asked him if he really believed that and without even thinking about it, he shot back at me, “I do not believe it, I’m convinced of it!”

“All religions?” I asked him.

Without hesitation, he responded, “ALL of them.”

I said, “Funny that because my religion tells me that we are to love each other.”

“What religion would that be?” He quizzed.

“I love God’s Word,” I said.“Mmpphh, you’re one of those Christians,” He said.

“Mmpphh, you’re one of those Christians,” He said.

Clearly, Brad was assuming things. What was I to say to that? I did not know what he meant when he said, ‘one of those,’ but I wanted him to like me and not hate me because of my religion. But more than that, I wanted to convey to him that my religion is one of love. And I was not quite sure how to go about that because Brad clearly had preconceived notions about Christianity and what it entails being a Christian or being someone that loves God’s Word.
I didn’t know what his preconceived ideas were, other than that they weren’t positive.

I LOVE GODS WORDSo I repeated what is true for me and said, “I love God’s Word.”

Brad came over and sat down next to me. “You mean the Bible don’t you?”

I nodded affirmatively.

Well, that really got him going. He stood up again and walked up and down my living room with the spanner in his left hand, waving his arms up and down in despair. “The Bible has caused more wars and deaths and calamity than all other religions combined! How anyone can believe in fairy tales like that is beyond me.”

Maybe it was premature when earlier I referred to Brad as my newfound friend. My daughter had brought him over to fix a couple of leaky taps and a gate that had come off its hinges. I treated him as a friend because I was grateful that he came to fix a few things for a reasonable fee but I do not like it when people refer to God’s Word as fairy tales. At the same time, I recognise that this reference is generally used by people who have never read God’s Word.

I did not want him to go on a rant of no return. For the sake of our now seemingly fragile friendship, I decided to find out what got him going like that.

“You seem pretty passionate about your anti-religion stance Brad. Where is all that coming from?”

He sat down next to me again. “Mimi, come on, you can see what’s going on in the world, -If it weren't for religion...-surely? If it weren’t for religion…”
His voice trailed off and as he was about to take in a breath of fresh air, I noted,

“Religion doesn’t do anything Brad. It’s people and their interpretation of religion that can be a problem.”

He got up again, down. Up once more. He sure was passionate about the subject.

“So Mimi, you’re saying that the Bible doesn’t tell people to kill each other if they don’t believe according to the teachings?” And before I could answer, he continued. “You do know about the Inquisition and all the ‘Holy Wars’ that have been raging throughout the ages?”

You do know about the Inquisition and all the Holy Wars-

“Yes, I do Brad,” I said. And then I asked him, “Do you know about God’s commandments?”

Brad shook his head as he walked back to the tap. “What do they have to do with anything,” he asked. “Does anyone even care about those anymore?”

“Good question Brad and pertinent too. You’re absolutely right. For all sorts of different reasons lots of ‘believers’ indeed don’t think that these commandments apply to them. Many are of the opinion that their faith sets them above the law.

To get back to your other questions Brad, yes, I know about the Inquisition and all the GODS COMMANDMENTS‘Holy Wars’ and as far as I’m concerned the commandments have everything to do with this. And you know why?”

He just stood there looking at me not quite sure where the conversation was going. So I continued,
“I tell you why the commandments matter. They matter because the commandments tell us not to kill, not to steal, not to lie, not to commit adultery, not to covet, to honour our elders and so on. This is what God’s Word teaches us right from the very beginning. The commandments set a moral standard for the whole of society.

We were taught to be nice to our neighbour and to treat foreigners with kindness and the Bible tells us that those simple ten rules constitute love. They are a benchmark, a measure to live by and live up to.”

Brad looked at me and said, “Sounds wonderful. Mimi. Here’s a reality check for you, NO one is paying any attention or listening to any of those rules, nor following them.”

“Exactly my point Brad. It isn’t for me to judge if anyone is following God’s rules; what I notice however is that many believers follow all kinds of rules but not necessarily The Ten.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful indeed if we were to follow those ten simple rules? There’s PEOPLE INTERPRETnothing wrong with those rules, is there? There’s nothing wrong with the Bible either.  What’s wrong is that all through the ages and still today, people interpret God’s Word any way they like to suit their own purposes.

The Bible tells us to love one another. We’re taught that Jesus’ disciples will be known for their love for each other, we’re encouraged to turn the other cheek, bless our enemies and we’re taught that God is love and if we do not love we do not have God in us.

Can you find fault with any of that Brad?”

He looked bewildered. “But Mimi, no one is DOING that ‘loving thing.’ All these so called religious people are killing each other!”

“I know that Brad,” I said.

“Does that make the commandments wrong or the people?

 

-If it weren't for religion...- (1)Brad scratched his head as he asked; “What are these again, the commandments?”

So Brad my friend, this is for you.

God’s Holy Word from the very beginning from Mount Sinai.

Does the Bible tell us what love is? Yes, the Bible tells us what love is.

God is love and He tells us that not lying, killing, stealing etc constitutes love.

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This is love according to the prophets with a little help from 'Moments in Love.' Music courtesy of Art of Noise.

I write about this all the time because I am passionate about it. Here is another article that gives you biblical references  and here also for our ‘love’ theme.

And here is a repeat of the disclaimer for my fellow religious friends who believe differently from me; I love you.

DISCLAIMER for my religious friends who believe differently- Mark 9-37-39, John 13-34-36 and 1 John 5-2. (2)

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