Messages received from Sermon “Religion and Violence: Does Religion Promote Violence?”

Messages received from Sermon “Religion and Violence: Does Religion Promote Violence?” by Tezenlo Thong:

  • Religion can be used to promote violence and prejudice
  • So many Christians hide behind the Bible teachings
  • Interpretation can be anything
  • Do we really live by “The Golden Rule”?
  • The Golden Rule is found in all religions.
  • A small minority use religion as an excuse for violence
  • Great leaders have been known to use religion for good
  • Religion, good or bad, it is up to the interpretation of the people
  • Responsible leaders wishing to do good use religion in a thoughtful and unselfish manner
  • Love others as you would have them love you

The Horse Spirit

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It is said that if a horse has comes to you in a dream, the horse spirit, there may a new adventure in your future.

To walk with the horse spirit is to walk with dignity and leadership and respect for everything around you.

The adventure may bring you awareness of yourself and your inner strength.

Take a ride with the horse spirit and may he carry you to the place of peace!

Inspired by a Stranger – Make my Day

I was inspired by a stranger today.

She was driving along enjoying a pleasant fall afternoon.🍂🚘

She was singing along with the radio and had a truly happy joyful smile.        🎶🎵🎶😀

She was unaware I was watching her, when I saw that smile I automatically smiled myself, a truly happy joyful smile!😄

I thought to myself “that is a really happy person” and she made me happy too.☺️

She’ll never know how she changed my day from one of dredging through errands to one of enjoying the day for what it was.

I passed her happiness on to several people I met the rest of the day and I hope they passed her happiness on to several people too!😊😀👫😃😄

I never got to thank her.  If you see her will you give her a big smile for me and tell her “thank you”?😉

 

 

Kishibojin Oeshiki – Zoshigaya This Weekend

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If you are in Tokyo this weekend and not interested in the massive Kawagoe festival taking place in Saitama Prefecture just north of Tokyo I recommend visiting the far smaller but almost as crowded Oeshiki ceremony at Kishibojin in Zoshigaya, a 10 minute walk south of Ikebukuro station. Kishibojin temple is one of those religious mysteries of which there are so many in Japan. Even the name is unclear as it changes from different maps and signs, and it is a hybrid Shrine/Temple celebrating Oeshiki which is a distinctly buddhist ceremony a week later than all the other Oeshiki ceremonies, it is officially called a shrine but it has no torii gate but a small Inarijinja. I have visited dozens of times but I still haven’t unravelled this one. More studies needed!

Yesterday when I took these photos was the first evening of the three night event. Tonight and tomorrow…

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2014-10-19 Sermon Simpson UMC “Religion and Violence: Does Religion Promote Violence?” Tezenlo Thong

“Religion and Violence:

Does Religion Promote Violence?”

(Micah 4:1-4)

Is religion inherently bad? Does it promote violence? Does it foster hate, fear and conflict? Or does religion make human beings better people? Are human beings better off because of it? Or is religion neither inherently good nor bad?

On one hand, we don’t have to look far to find atrocious examples of violence done in the name of religion. On the other hand, some of the greatest historical figures who have exhibited strong moral leadership are people with deep religious convictions, such as Mother Theresa, Mahatma Gandhi, Dalai Lama, Thích Nhất Hạnh and others.

No religion is immune from violence. All are guilty of perpetrating hatred and division. Religion, including Christianity, can be and has been used as an excuse for violence. However, we must never condone, much less perpetrate, violence in the name of religion or God. On the contrary, we ought to be a people of peace, love and goodwill and treat people of all faiths with respect, love and dignity they deserve.

“Do to others what you would have them do to you.”

Tezenlo Thong, Pastor
Simpson United Methodist Church

(Micah 4:1–4 CEB)

But in the days to come, the mountain of the LORD’s house will be the highest of the mountains; it will be lifted above the hills; peoples will stream to it. Many nations will go and say: “Come, let’s go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of Jacob’s God, so that he may teach us his ways and we may walk in God’s paths!” Instruction will come from Zion and the LORD’s word from Jerusalem. God will judge between the nations and settle disputes of mighty nations, which are far away. They will beat their swords into iron plows and their spears into pruning tools. Nation will not take up sword against nation; they will no longer learn how to make war. All will sit underneath their own grapevines, under their own fig trees. There will be no one to terrify them; for the mouth of the LORD of heavenly forces has spoken.

 

Recipe for Dog Vomit Stew

This is a real recipe for a meal that was named by my step-children!

I was a new step-mom with picky eaters for new step-children (2 girls and a boy).  One thing they did like was noodles, macaroni and cheese, hamburger helper, etc.  I was working full time and wanted them to have a decent meal when I got home from work.  I needed fastsimple, something I could keep the ingredients on hand and something that would taste okay heated up as left overs…..

Voila!  I tried to call it mock hamburger helper but after they looked at it they unanimously voted to call it “Dog Vomit Stew”.  The only three good things were that 1) they would eat it as often as I made it, 2) they would love to request it screaming they wanted “Dog Vomit Stew” for dinner, and 3) it is really easy!  Here is the recipe:

  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • Rotini noodles, the tri-color are nice
  • 1 to 1.5 lbs of ground turkey, beef or chicken
  • Chopped onions
  • Grated mild cheddar cheese, however cheesy you like it

Start some water boiling and cook about 4-5 servings of the noodles (less noodles if using more meat).  At the same time in a deep fry pan, saute the chopped onions in some oil, then add the ground meat and brown it, then add the cans of soup (not diluted) and stir and simmer.  Check the noodles and when they are slightly underdone add them to the mix and simmer a few more minutes until noodles are done.   Here you might need to add a bit of water and it has to look like, sigh, dog vomit consistency.  Add the grated cheese and simmer till cheese melted and incorporated and you have dinner!  Serve with a vegi of choice, these kids loved steamed broccoli and that goes well with this meal.

I often wanted to dress this up a bit with some spices, maybe some oregano or something but the picky eaters voted no!

 

Ikebukuro Matsuri – Biggest Festival in Toshima Ward

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Two weekends ago I visited the annual Ikebukuro Matsuri, which is the biggest festival in Toshima Ward, one of the biggest of the 23 central Tokyo special wards. At one time Ikebukuro was famous for being the spot in the world with more square feet department store than anywhere else, but the recent death of department stores have lead to there being of these. The number of visitors to the festival keeps increasing however, with this year’s festival the busiest ever. I arrived very late to the West exit area of Ikebukuro but saw my favorite omikoshi in Tokyo – the death defying balls of steel no fear omikoshi (as I call it). They stop regularly on their route and tip the omikoshi violently and rapidly back and forth, urging each other to go deeper and deeper. I can not imagine anything that would bring me more mortal fear than…

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