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Christianity Exposed

Left alone, I would never touch a bible. I don’t even know why my brother has one.

However, we have to read John Steinback’s East of Eden, and part of it entails reading the first few chapters of Genesis.

Here’s what it says in chapter one:

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:26)

Notice the “our” that God uses. This implies that there is more than one God-type entity in existance, which effectively places Christianity in a group with the Hindus and other polytheistic religions. I’m probably not the first one to notice this, but what happens now?

Other notes: chapter 5 is extremely ridiculous. So and so lived x abnormally large amount of years, “and he died.” There’s more, but I’ll hold my peace for now.

Edit: In response to Gloria

True, perhaps I should read the entire Bible first. I believe I will have to soon enough … bliddy Bible cards. But yes, I can believe that “the earth is a bazillion years old” but not that people can live to 890. He must’ve eaten from that forbidden “Tree of Life” or something in order to do so.

June 25, 2009 at 7:04 PM 5 comments

Guest Post: A Discourse on Diversity Week

Quite a while ago, a good friend of mine wanted to publish a guest post here on Moufflets, but never quite got around to it, till now. Here is her view on our school’s Diversity Week:

A couple of weeks ago, our school hosted Diversity week where students got the opportunity to explore and be exposed to different cultural topics through a series of after school activities. One of the events that I attended was an interfaith dialogue seminar, where students could openly share about all the things students were not supposed to talk about in school: religion, sexuality, etc. Here are my thoughts an hour after I left the seminar that day:

“The interfaith dialogue seminar today was a disappointment. I entered the classroom with the intentions of learning and educating myself about some of the different types of religions and faiths held by students here on the campus, but instead, faced what I can only determine to be the battle of the supreme religion, Christianity, versus nonbelievers or atheists. I consider myself to have no religious background or affiliations with any faith whatsoever. Although my family comes from descendents with a Buddhist faith, I am not necessarily devoted to the Buddhist religion. From a baby till now, my main focus has always been the attendance of school; I have never really had an interest in becoming religious or joining any certain type of church or temple of any sort. My main focus in attending the seminar was to further understand the different religions, its perspectives and beliefs.

At the beginning of the seminar, the leading teacher asked all students in the crowded room to identify and categorize themselves into different faiths. I appreciate the fact that her intention was to inform us of our audience and peers, but I think that first step separated each of the strong faith believers into their own categories and the nonbelievers into their own corner. I think that from that point on, a lot of the active students who had a strong faith became defensive and verbally aggressive when some of the other students shared their own opinions and views.

As the discussion progressed among the students, one thing that the teacher advised us to remember was to be aware and careful with the usage of word choice. We were also required to phrase our statements into “I believe” statements, to demonstrate the taking of our responsibility for our speech. The first discussion topic presented by the teacher was, “How do we feel about gay marriage?” Immediately, many hands shot up into the air. As one student would express their belief in heterosexual marriage, the next student would defend homosexual marriage. It was a constant battle back and forth waged on by those of the Christian faith and those of no particular faith. Some students even took out the dictionary and defined the term marriage by Webster; other students used the internet on their phones to access and read aloud different passages and excerpts from the New Testament Bible. In reality, it was no longer a discussion, but a verbal fight. I believe that because the Bible has been so this earth for so long, there is the possibility of missing scriptures or simply misinterpretation. No one on this earth is alike and everyone analyzes different situations and readings differently. The fact that there are so many different branches of Christianity reveals the many different interpretations there are of the Bible out there in the world. Although I did not get the opportunity to ask and voice my question, I would like to have asked all the members, “Why are there so many different branches of Christianity if each branch of the Church claims that their teachings are the divine truth and God’s words?”

Oftentimes, I also feel as if religion is utilized as a source of earthly power for some. I remember last year in my History class, my teacher taught us about the “White Man’s Burden.” I feel that the philosophy behind the “White Man’s Burden” was simply an excuse to enslave thousands of African Americans in their native homeland and perform for free the work of the “white man.” No matter the horrific conditions of the enslaved, or maltreatment, as long as the enslaved were exposed to God, it was all worth it. I do not believe in that kind of philosophy.

In English class, I have noticed that on many timed writings and essays, I analyze the exact same passages as my peers, but conclude with completely different opinions. In those cases, I do not necessarily receive lower grades than my peers. I believe in free thought, as long as it does not invade or harm the rights of others, because without free radical thinkers, such as where would we be today?”

A note on the whole dictionary defining issue: don’t the definitions of the words change and alter as society changes and alters? For example, the term “gay,” once meant happy, and now, it also defines homosexuals. Everything living evolves and adapts accordingly as the world changes. President Obama’s campaign slogan was “Change” in his run for the presidency. I don’t think that there is really anything concrete in the world; even solid concrete shifts according to the tectonic plates in the earth.

— Nancy L.

Note: the views presented in this guest post are not necessarily shared nor endorsed by Moufflets.

June 21, 2009 at 12:50 PM 2 comments

Hawai’i

Aloha! I have returned from the far off lands of Hawai’i.Hawaiin Islands

First of all, California was overcast when we left it, and we hoped it wouldn’t be so at our destination. Unfortunately, it was. Stupid clouds, following me like the Communists followed my parents from China to Vietnam. In fact, after we left a raining Hawai’i, the clouds followed us back home!

Although quite beautiful, Hawai’i is quite overrated. In the videos, you see schools of colorful fish, but when you actually stick your head under the warm (and salty) waters, you can hardly find any. Maybe we shouldn’t have waited so many years before going.

I’d also like to mention that Hawai’i doesn’t do anything for your sock tans. Of course, I was wearing socks most of the time.

Our taxi driver, Mario, from the airport to the Sheraton Waikiki was cool. Government owned casinos, tax on Coca-colas, electric car taxes — if he was running the show, then we wouldn’t be in this recession.

You know, it’s interesting. You pay so much for a “five-star” hotel and they don’t give you squat. Compare this to the more affordable lodgings like Holiday Inn and Best Western. There, you have everything but the beach access: free Internet, complimentary breakfast, and even a mini kitchenette so you can reheat that really good Korean BBQ from the night before. You still have your pool and cable television — all that’s missing is the beach access. It’s not like we even had a beach view at the Sheraton anyways.

So on our first day, we drove up and down the coast. It appears that while coconuts (despite the abundance of the 10,000 trees planted by King Kakuhihewa) are not to be easily found, “shave ice” was. I don’t know why they don’t bother to spell it properly, as in shaved ice, but there you go. After seeing a long line of people snaking around M. Matsumoto’s store, we succumbed to mob psychology and waited half an hour in line for some high fructose corn syrup and expanded water. It was good, but like the rest of Hawai’i, overrated. Could have gotten one just as good at home — if only I could find them at home.

Matsumoto

After paying our respects to the fallen at Pearl Harbor the next day, we went to see “Hawaii’s #1 paid attraction,” PCC. The Polynesian Cultural Center is where I discovered my love of the Samoans, “the happy people” (because the men do all the cooking). These guys are hilarious. You can’t really describe it in words — you have to go meet one for yourself. But if you ever see one who says he’s from Hawai’i, don’t welcome him to the United States. They’re also really great with fire, and they climb trees too!

Samoans

Following the all nighter, which included a luau and PCC’s signature Horizon show, we got a ride over to Hanauma Bay to snorkel, where we found the lack of fish I mentioned earlier. Snorkeling takes a while to get used to. It feels like your going to run out of air before you realize you have to breathe slower, only you can’t, because you’re panicing, and the only thing more annoying than swallowing sea water because you didn’t bite the snorkel correctly is having the sea steal your snorkel. Now my snorkeling goggles are all lonely.

Then we parasailing. Let me tell you: water + wind ≠ happy camper. And remember the straps go on your thighs, not your gluteus. My brother found out the hard way after the straps got familiar with his crotch.

Finally, on the last day, after screwing around with the water on Waikiki Beach, we hiked up Diamond Head crater to the observation post. I have to say, whoever constructed the trail seemed to have just slapped concrete here and there. The hike was long and tough, but in the end, it was worth it (see photo below, click to enlarge). Once you’re up there, it’s hard to start on the way back down.

Island of Oahu

And that concludes my trip to Hawai’i. Aloha and mahalo for reading!

June 20, 2009 at 2:07 PM 1 comment

And Breathe Out

Sorry for the lack of posts.

As the school year draws to an end, things like homework and long-forgotten projects get compressed into a teensy weensy ball until BAM! It all gets released in flash of energy than spawned galaxies and started time.

Actually, the release isn’t that dramatic — when it happened, I was having a staring contest with my watch. I won, and learned that my watch was 45 seconds behind.

It still hasn’t sunk into me yet that school has been over for two hours and a half. Maybe it’s because school doesn’t officially end until the seniors get their diplomas, tomorrow. Poor seniors. It might rain.

Anyways, so what has happened during the Long Silence? Well, for one thing, life was unfair once more. The people who did the least work got the highest grades. Whatever happened to group member evaluations?

…aannnddddd I don’t feel like writing anymore. See you next next week when I get back from Hawaii.

Aloha!

June 11, 2009 at 2:12 PM 2 comments


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