Deep Thought: What causes “sexual harassment” and what can be done?

Understanding Sexual Harassment | Sexual Harassment

Stats

You Are Not Alone: Statistics on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace bushlewis.com
“Statistics on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Determining the true extent of sexual harassment in the workplace is impossible because many victims never come forward. In fact, approximately 70% of workers who say they have experienced sexual harassment never report it. Many more people may experience it but be unaware the unwelcome workplace conduct constitutes sexual harassment. Nevertheless, research confirms that:

Approximately 7,000-8,000 sexual harassment claims are filed with the EEOC every year.
The figure rises by about another 3,000-4,000 when claims from local and state agencies included…”

Study: Sexual Harassment Frequent Among Middle School Students By Allie Bidwell, Staff Writer |April 6, 2014, at 4:05 p.m. usnews.com
The most common act was unwanted physical touching, reported by more than 1 in 5 kids.
“…

At least 1 in 4 middle school students say they’ve experienced unwanted verbal or physical sexual harassment on school grounds, often in the hallway or even in the classroom, according to new research published Sunday.

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign surveyed nearly 1,400 students from four Midwestern middle schools on whether they had experienced unwanted sexual harassment. Overall, 27 percent of girls and 25 percent of boys reported they had experienced verbal or physical sexual harassment or violence.
..”

Archives

Why Sexual Harassment Is Still An Issue And Why So Many Get Away With It 06.25.14 strong female lead fastcompany.com
Recent sexual harassment headlines look like something out of Mad Men. Why is this still happening? And what can we do about it?
“…Sexual harassment affects both men and women, but data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) shows more than 83% of cases are brought by women in 2011 (the latest year data is available).
How does this still happen?

“I see many cases of serious sexual harassment where the victim can’t get any relief because society hasn’t deemed it a serious problem,” says workplace discrimination expert Patricia G. Barnes, Esq., author of Surviving Bullies, Queen Bees, and Psychopaths at the Workplace.

While people are dramatically more aware of sexual harassment than they were a few decades ago, Barnes says it’s still too prevalent. Women who seek redress through the Equal EEOC or lawsuits face long, drawn-out proceedings that often don’t end in their favor…”

Awareness

‘Me Too’ draws attention to sexual assault and harassment KARE 12:51 PM. CDT October 16, 2017 kare11.com
“..Milano says on her Twitter account that she got the idea from a friend. Milano says her friend told her such a tweet “might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”

In another tweet that links to a blog post, Milano, who was one of the stars of the long-running sitcom “Who’s the Boss,” writes the following about film producer Harvey Weinstein: “While I am sickened and angered over the disturbing accusations of Weinstein’s sexual predation and abuse of power, I’m happy – ecstatic even – that it has opened up a dialogue around the continued sexual harassment, objectification and degradation of women. “..”

Causes

Sexual Harassment – Causes of Sexual Harassment hrlibrary.umn.edu

Causes of Sexual Harassment

“Sexual harassment is, above all, a manifestation of power relations � women are much more likely to be victims of sexual harassment precisely because they more often than men lack power, are in more vulnerable and insecure positions, lack self confidence, or have been socialized to suffer in silence.� In order to understand why women endure the vast majority of sexual harassment, it is important to look at some of the underlying causes of this phenomenon…”

Workplace

Causes of Workplace Sexual Harassment lawyercentral.com
“..In many cases, the cause of sexual harassment is rooted in the structure and nature of the workplace. The following factors can contribute to instances of sexual harassment at work:

Dependency on other co-workers for support and teamwork
Reliance on supervisors for career success and approval
Abuse of authority
Workplace bullying
Poor management
Job instability
Personal problems, such as divorce

Regardless of the cause, sexual harassment is illegal. ..”

Howard Stern: I Knew Harvey Weinstein Was Lying When He Denied There Was A Casting Couch Newsweek Harriet Sinclair,Newsweek 3 hours ago (10.16.17) yahoo.com
“..Radio host Howard Stern told his listeners he “knew” Harvey Weinstein was lying to him in a 2014 interview in which the movie mogul claimed there was no “casting couch.”

In the interview, Stern had asked Weinstein if he could “walk into the room, pull your pants off and say ‘Okay, honey let’s talk business.'”

“Howard, I wish,” Weinstein said at the time. “The movies are too expensive, the risks are too great. It doesn’t happen that way anymore…”
What causes sexual workplace harassment? – Jun 16, 2016 thecaspiantimes

“..So what basically is being said here is that sexual workplace harassment has nothing to do with sexual desire but it’s about protecting a male domain. Some men think of sexual workplace harassment as a tool to show women that the workplace is their territory. Responses to this theory are that this is an act of nature or what should be thought of as the traditional difference between men and women. But all authorities agree on the fact that when we see the root cause of this, it will be the key to a successful prevention of sexual workplace harassment…”

Legal Cases

Top 5 Most Absurd Cases of Sexual Harassment
https://youtu.be/dF2ckaKp3yE
Published on Jan 1, 2017

Some of the biggest cases of sexual harassment that landed the victims large sums of money.

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*includes Bill Clinton settled the Paula Jones case. He wasn’t fined.
Weinstein Helped Pay For Bubba’s Legal Fees During Monica Lewinsky Scandal ByPaul Bois @PaulBois39 October 16, 2017 politico.com
Contributed $10,000 to Bill Clinton’s legal defense fund
“..Records indicate that back when President Bill “Bubba” Clinton was embroiled in his own sex scandal against former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, he received a bit of financial help from none other than his good pal Harvey Weinstein, an alleged rapist and sexual harasser.

As noted by Fox News, a recently uncovered 1998 story in The Washington Post reveals that Weinstein donated the maximum contribution of $10,000 Bill Clinton’s legal defense fund.

The now-disgraced movie mogul’s relationship with America’s former President and First Lady has come under severe scrutiny in recent days as the allegations against Weinstein have stacked up. Naturally, the Clintons have pleaded ignorance in regards to his behavior…”

Actions:

Dressing “Modestly”??

Street Harassment: Sidewalk Sleazebags and Metro Molesters

Mayim Bialik Responds to ‘Vicious’ Criticism Over Her Harvey Weinstein Editorial
Entertainment Tonight Leena Tailor‍,Entertainment Tonight Sun, Oct 15 1:38 PM CDT yahoo.com

“..“I still make choices every day as a 41-year-old actress that I think of as self-protecting and wise,” she wrote. “I have decided that my sexual self is best reserved for private situations with those I am most intimate with. I dress modestly. I don’t act flirtatiously with men as a policy.”..”

“Dress modestly” to avoid sexual harassment!? –
IndiaTimes July 13, 2012 Indiatimes.com<
“..A public debate has erupted in China after Shanghai subway bosses requested women to “dress modestly” and avoid sexual harassment.
According to China Daily, in the country’s sweltering summer season, it makes sense for people to wear thin and cool clothes. The debate over scantily clad women, however, came to the fore after the company running the Shanghai Metro posted a notice on its official microblog.
It urged female passengers to dress modestly to avoid sexual harassment while warning about the “many perverts” using the subway system, the daily said. This set off a storm of protests on China’s social networking sites as women criticised the company for apparently suggesting that they, and not the men who harassed them, were the guilty parties…”

Missouri Interns Told To Dress ‘Modestly’ To Avoid Sexual Harassment by Lydia Morrish | 2 years ago konbini.com

“..Maybe the right route to go down is to educate everyone on the importance of not harassing each other so, you know, maybe the interns won’t have to wear high collars and chunky knit cardigans to avoid being groped…”
Research on the Relationship between Rape and Dressing anabagail.wordpress.com
“..From this study we may be moved to conclude that the more provocatively dressed a woman is dressed the less likely she is to be harassed. This finding seems to agree with this feed shared by @Cherox in which I was copied http://www.buzzfeed.com/jtes/sexual-assault-survivors-answer-the-question-what-were-you-w. Most of the women in this interview were definitely not provocatively dressed.

Does this however provide conclusive evidence that dressing plays no role in rape cases? No, in fact, sociopathic rapists profile their victims through their demeanour such that women who appear to lack confidence or are looking more vulnerable are often targeted. ..”

Sexual Harassment and Provocative Dress at Work – YouTube

Workplace

Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace

“Published on Mar 17, 2017

“Let The Voice Be Yours” Women’s Day short film
A Lin Productions initiative in collaboration with Bombay Diaries conceptualised by Anupama Ahluwalia.
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Sexual Harassment: Causes, Consequences and Cures westerncape.gov.za
“..his document gives guidelines on how to deal with sexual harassment within the workplace, its causes, consequences and cures.
Contents:

What is Harassment?
Causes
Types of Harassers
Typical Victims
Consequences
Cures
For Help with the Handling of Harassment

Related

Stopping Sexual Harassment at School – For Learners (Public Information) (File type: pdf; size: 388.51 KB)
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Healing

-Documentary

Telling Stories of Sexual Assault Survivors and Their Journey To Healing in VR June 1, 2017 by Bobby Carlton vrscout.com
‘..Testimony is a documentary that tells the stories of five sexual assault survivors (four women and one male) using virtual reality to bring the viewer into each individual story being told. But it doesn’t use VR to make you a part of the story. Instead, VR is used in a more intimate way, by placing you face to face with rape survivors, where you listen to each person talk very openly about what had happened to them and what follows after their assault; such as the years of suffering and pain, the PTSD, the self medicating, the isolation, and the shame.

“This technique [using VR] allows the audience to make their own connections, resisting the fixed conclusions that are often a part of linear documentary filmmaking and turning the viewers into active participants,” described in a statement from the creators of Testimony. “Testimony is less about story “telling” and more about story discovery…

Testimony-How God helped in recovery from sexual abuse … – YouTube

“Healing Begins” Recovery from Rape / Sexual Assault … – YouTube

Jason’s story – survivor of sexual assault – YouTube

HEALING INSIGHTS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN SEXUALLY ABUSED AS A CHILD – Jeff Mills Christian Testimony
https://youtu.be/NHq1aQQKU0A
*see Deep Thought: Why is sexual abuse common? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Other Resources

Healing in the Workplace by L’Orangerie Crawford & Terri Harrison

Deep Thought: Why is sexual abuse common? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Struggling with Sexual Temptation How to “fight” all the sexual temptations in this world?, goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

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Neutral Perspective: Interracial marriage is wrong or right?

WRONG

-African Perspective

The Bible Says Interracial Marriage Is a Sin!


“Published on Jun 17, 2014

Marrying outside of your race is wickedness according to the bible. For more information, please visit http://fwisrael.org/&#8221;

WHAT the BIBLE Say about Interracial Marriage? It is a SIN: GOD Forbids


“Published on Mar 5, 2016

Isaiah 13:14-16 (KJV)
14 And it(Whiteman) shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man taketh up: they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own land.
15 Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined(Married) unto them shall fall by the sword.
16 Their children(Whiteman) also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.”

RIGHT

-Biblical

What does the Bible Say About Interracial Marriages bibleinfo.com

What Does the Bible Say About Interracial Marriage?


“Published on Dec 30, 2013

A biblical perspective about Interracial couples and Interracial dating.”

“Interracial Marriage” Baptist Preaching (independent, fundamental, KJV sermon)


“Published on Sep 22, 2014

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Inspirational: Desmond Doss of “Hacksaw Ridge” Movie

Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Official Trailer – “Believe” – Andrew Garfield

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)imdb.com
“..WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot. ..”

Hacksaw Ridge (2016) historyvshollywood.com
“…When did Desmond Doss join the U.S. Army?

In researching the Hacksaw Ridge true story, we learned that Desmond Doss was drafted into the United States army in April 1942. He could have gotten a deferment because he worked as a ship joiner at a shipyard in Newport News, Virginia, but he wanted to serve his country. Electing not to bear arms, he made his way into the army medical corps. During March 1944, he shipped out along with the rest of the 77th Division (the Statue of Liberty Division) for the Pacific Theater, first to Guam, then to Leyte in the Philippines, and finally to partake in the allied invasion of Okinawa, an island 340 miles south of mainland Japan (only the latter is chronicled in the movie). “I felt like it was an honor to serve God and country,” Desmond said. “We were fightin’ for our religious liberty and freedom.” -The Conscientious Objector Documentary
..

Why did Desmond T. Doss refuse to bear arms during WWII?

Fact-checking Hacksaw Ridge confirmed that he refused to carry a weapon because of his personal and religious beliefs as a Seventh-day Adventist, which is part of the Protestant sect of Christianity. “My dad bought this Ten Commandments and Lord’s Prayer illustrated on a nice frame, and I had looked at that picture of the Sixth Commandment, ‘Thou shalt not kill.’…


There’s a picture that had Cain and he killed his brother Abel, and I wonder how in the world could a brother do such a thing? I’ve pictured Christ for savin’ life, I wanna be like Christ go savin’ life instead of takin’ life and that’s the reason I take up medicine.”
..
Hacksaw Ridge Movie CLIP – Cowardice (2016) – Andrew Garfield Movie

Matthew 5:38-40 Eye for Eye biblegateway.com

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’[a] 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. ..

Did fellow soldiers really accuse Desmond of being a coward and pick on him?

Yes. “He knew he was gonna have difficulty,” said his sister Audrey, “because he doesn’t use a gun.” He went to South Carolina to join the 77th Division and begin his basic training at Fort Jackson. The army initially refused his request to be a medic and assigned him to a rifle company, figuring that peer pressure (and intimidation) might convince him to handle a weapon. His fellow soldiers regarded him as a pest and thought he was putting on an act. The Hacksaw Ridge true story confirms that, like in the movie, they ridiculed him and didn’t want to associate with him. “They made fun of me,” says Desmond, who always carried a Bible in his pocket and prayed before bed. They called him “Holy Jesus” and “Holy Joe.”..

What does it mean to live by the sword and die by the sword? gotquestions.org
Jesus: For War or Peace? tektonics.org
“..Some would say that this seems to be a strong indictment against war, and place it against certain verses where Jesus seems to advocate fighting.

We’ll look at those in a moment, but it should first be noted that this verse is in the form of proverbial wisdom, and is therefore not an advocation of pacifism — nor, by reason of its proverbial nature, is it absolute, as is obvious since not every single person who has drawn a sword (or other weapon) has died by the same means…”
What Does the Bible Say About War? christianbiblereference.org
“…Just War Theory
Clearly, the Christian ideal is total elimination of war and brotherly love among all people. However, in this imperfect world, war may be forced on those who do not desire it. Christian theologians St. Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430) and St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) are primarily responsible for formulating the theory of the Just War which has remained the majority Christian approach to war to this day. There are many variations on the just war theory, but these are the basics:

There must be a just cause for the war.
War must be waged only in response to certain, grave and lasting damage inflicted by an aggressor.
The motive for war must be advancement of good or avoidance of evil.
The ultimate objective of war must be to bring peace.
Revenge, revolt, a desire to harm, dominate, or exploit and similar things are not justification for war.
..”

Hacksaw Ridge (2016 – Movie) Official Clip – “Rescue”

How close did Desmond Doss come to being killed or wounded while rescuing 75 of his fellow soldiers?

The real Desmond Doss considers it a miracle that he made it off the ridge on Okinawa. “When you have explosions and bursts so close you can practically feel it, and not get wounded up there when I should have been killed a number of times. I know who I owe my life to as well as my men. That’s why I like to tell this story to the glory of God, because I know from the human standpoint, I should not be here.” The true story reveals that he spent 12 hours up on the ridge rescuing the men, averaging one man every 10 minutes. -Medal of Honor: Oral Histories

Hacksaw Ridge – “Help Me Get One More” Scene

Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Waiting For Desmond Doss Scene 1080p Clip

Did they put the final assault to take the ridge on hold while Desmond read his Bible?

Yes. The final assault to take the Maeda Escarpment happened on the morning of May 5, 1945, a Saturday, the day of Sabbath, which the Fourth Commandment says should be devoted to prayer. Given that Desmond was the only medic left in B Company, he agreed to go but requested that he first be given time to read his Bible. The delay was approved up the chain of command and the assault was put on hold until Desmond finished his devotions. That day, the 307th Infantry Regiment of the 77th Infantry Division overtook Hacksaw Ridge for good. -The Conscientious Objector Documentary..”

Deleted Scenes | Hacksaw Ridge | Andrew Garfield | A Mel Gibson Film

Go Behind the Scenes of Hacksaw Ridge (2016)


FilmIsNow Movie Bloopers & Extras

Hacksaw Ridge Interview


“Published on Jan 8, 2017

Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield discuss Hacksaw Ridge”

Hacksaw Ridge | complete press conference with cast, director and producers

The True Story of Hacksaw Ridge and Desmond Doss: the Medal of Honor Winner Who Never Fired a Shot
By Mike Miller Updated February 24, 2017 at 6:29pm EDT people.com
“..The fighting took place on the hellish Maeda Escarpment in April 1945. The battlefield, located on top of a sheer 400-foot cliff, was fortified with a deadly network of Japanese machine gun nests and booby traps. The escarpment, nicknamed Hacksaw Ridge for the treacherously steep cliff, was key to winning the battle of Okinawa. The mission was thought to be near-impossible, and when Doss’s battalion was ordered to retreat, the medic refused to leave his fallen comrades behind.

Facing heavy machine gun and artillery fire, Doss repeatedly ran alone into the kill zone, carrying wounded soldiers to the edge of the cliff and singlehandedly lowering them down to safety. Each time he saved a man’s life, Doss prayed out loud, “Lord, please help me get one more.” By the end of the night he had rescued an estimated 75 men. (The always modest Doss reckoned he saved about 50, but his fellow soldiers gauged it closer to 100. They decided to split the difference.)

The unbelievable story has come to life in the Mel Gibson-directed Hacksaw Ridge, with Andrew Garfield starring as Doss. The film earning a 10-minute standing ovation at its red carpet world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September…”

Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Gets 10 Minute Standing Ovation , from youtube.com

Hacksaw Ridge Desmond Doss Documentary-The Conscientious Objector

melissaisonair
“Published on Aug 20, 2016

A documentary by Terry Benedict about a Seventh-day Adventist war hero, Desmond Doss, who was a Conscientious Objector and not only refused to kill but refused to carry a weapon into combat because of his personal beliefs as a Christian.

He served as a medic and you will hear many miraculous examples of the super-human measures Doss was empowered to perform in saving the lives of many of his comrades, while adhering to his religious convictions. It will become very evident that the Power who strengthened Doss was the same Power he so faithfully adhered to.

He received a Medal of Honor given in recognition of the risks he took to save the lives of so many comrades.”

Hacksaw Ridge (2016) historyvshollywood.com
“…Did Desmond T. Doss nearly get blown up by a hand grenade?

Yes. On the night of May 21, 1945, just a half mile past the escarpment on Okinawa, Desmond’s unit inadvertently walked into a company of Japanese soldiers. The unit engaged in hand-to-hand combat with the enemy and Desmond scrambled to treat the wounded. “They begin to throw these hand grenades,” recalled Desmond. “I saw it comin’. There was three other men in the hole with me. They were on the lower side, but I was on the other side lookin’ when they threw the thing. I knew there was no way I could get at it. So I just quickly took my left foot and threw it back to where I thought the grenade might be, and throw my head and helmet to the ground. And not more than half a second later, I felt like I was sailin’ through the air. I was seein’ stars I wasn’t supposed to be seein’, and I knew my legs and body were blown up.” The blast left 17 pieces of shrapnel embedded in Desmond’s body, mostly in his legs. -The Conscientious Objector Documentary..”

TV Show – This Is Your Life – Desmond Doss’s guest appearance


“Published on Oct 17, 2016

“This episode of the This Is Your Life television program features the World War II hero that never carried a gun.””

Desmond Doss, Medal of Honor, WWII

Hacksaw Ridge Ending



MedalOfHonorBook

Desmond Doss featured at 2003 Florida Camp Meeting


“Published on Nov 4, 2016

When Camp Meeting was previously held beginning Memorial Day weekend, a special feature was part of every Monday evening program. In 2003, Florida Camp Meeting was honored by the presence of Desmond T. Doss to joined the program.”
Desmond Doss Funeral


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Neutral Perspective: Masturbation is “good” and “bad”?

GOOD

10 Reasons To Make Masturbation Part Of Your Wellness Routine by Alexandra JamiesonMay 5, 2015 10:42 AM mindbodygreen.com
“..Through working with thousands of women as a health coach (in addition to my own personal experience), masturbation has been both an uncomfortable topic to talk about — while also being a powerful healing technique. It’s time to finally embrace it.

Masturbation has gotten a bad reputation, mainly because religion and culture tell us it’s a sin. The Bible doesn’t explicitly talk about masturbation, although there is some stern warning against “spilling your seed on the ground.” The Catholic Church decided that masturbation (sometimes referred to as “onanism” after Onin, a Biblical character) was a sin deserving of eternal damnation.

By the time World War I came around, onanism was being called “self-abuse” and described in medical texts as more dangerous to young boys than lying or stealing. Girls and women aren’t even mentioned, as if “the fairer sex” couldn’t even possibly do something so dirty.

So it stands to reason that most of us would feel some traces of shame, guilt, or even fear when practicing this very natural act. But take heart from the animal world and modern science! Dozens of mammal, bird, and insect species have been documented to masturbate in captivity and in the wild. From penguins, to dolphins, horses, and even porcupines, mother nature has no judgment when it comes to wrapping your hand, wing, or fin, around your own personal magic wand. ..”

NEUTRAL

Masturbation Debate (Part 1) , from youtube.com
“..Published on Aug 17, 2012

One of the most common topics that gets debated in our ministry is masturbation. Is it a sin? Does the Bible say anything about it? Does it even matter when talking about sexual purity? These and many other questions come up over and over. This 3-part series will help shed light on this issue from a biblical perspective…”

WOMEN

Masturbation: Is It Wrong? Dr. Juli Slattery todayschristianwoman.com
Yes . . . and no. Guidelines for sorting out a complicated question.
“.. 1. What are you thinking about?

While masturbation itself isn’t immoral, the sexual fantasies that usually go with it may be. Most women only masturbate when they are thinking about or looking at something sexual. Sexual fantasies about someone you are not married to are, as Jesus stated, “adultery of the heart.”

“But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman [or man] with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:28)

If you are single, fantasizing even about some fictional sexy guy is promoting lustful thoughts. If you are married and fantasizing about another man, you are violating, in your mind and heart, your promise to give yourself sexually only to your husband. On the other hand, there is nothing wrong with a married woman fantasizing about her own husband…

2. What is your motive?

The Bible makes it clear that God is very concerned about our motives. For example, giving money to your church might be a wonderful act of worship or an empty gesture, depending upon the attitude of your heart. The same can be true of masturbation.
….
3. Is it mastering you? (No pun intended.)

The apostle Paul taught that “nothing should master” us. In other words, we shouldn’t be controlled or addicted to anything…

4. Am I honoring God with my body?

“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19–20)….

BAD

Can Christians Masturbate?


“Published on Jun 9, 2013

This video uses common Protestant theology to show that masturbation for Christians does not need to be such a guilt-ridden, condemning act as it is often treated.

For my regular subscribers, please note that I am not using a skeptical method of analyzing doctrine but am staying within the bounds of commonly accepted Protestant beliefs.
(Essence of Spring by Jeff Woodall licensed by http://www.ambientsoundgarden.com)”

Christian girls talking about sex and masturbation


“Published on Jul 18, 2014

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Negative Effects of Masturbation
September 24, 2012 by Andrew Michell howtostopmasturbation.com
“…Picture
Does masturbation have negative effects? Scientists published this very revealing graph in the Archives of Sexual Behavior here. You can see that as masturbation increases the satisfaction with life decreases. The more a person masturbates the more dissatisfied a person may become. This leads to depression, unhappiness, lack of motivation, and other problems. (click to enlarge picture)

If masturbation is so healthy as so many claim then why are so many people here complaining of pain and negative effects from masturbating? Religion has nothing to do with it because even non religious people experience the same pains and negative side effects. Actually %100 of the data from this study came from Sweden, which is the most atheistic country* in the western world! The more often atheists masturbate the worse they feel. Some will reply “But masturbation is okay unless you are doing it 10 times a day.” Look at the graph. People who feel the worst masturbate only 10 times a month. ..”

Others:

Health: Benefits of Masturbation? goodnewshealthandfitness.wordpress.com

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What’s up with…?! Post-elections Hate

Mich. students chant ‘build the wall’ in viral video USA TODAY Katrease Stafford (Thursday, November 10th 2016)
“…ROYAL OAK, Mich. — A viral video of middle school students at a Michigan school shouting “build the wall” during a lunch hour Wednesday has sparked outrage across social media, leading some to demand that school district officials take action.

The video, which has nearly 2 million views and more than 45,000 shares, shows a group of students leading the chant in the cafeteria of Royal Oak Middle School. The woman who posted the short video on Facebook, Dee Perez-Scott, said in a brief caption that the incident happened Wednesday.

“The taunts, the ‘Build that Wall’ with such bullying power and hate from children to children,” wrote Perez-Scott. “Just horrifying!”..”

This is sample of why “us” adults need to be careful on how we express our “political views” at home. Kids are watching our reaction to this political election and everything we do. I have a “young” teenager friend that came to my house wanting to bike one day as he shared how he was tired of his parents watching the “political debates”. Then another “friend” (college age) express similar feelings on how he was “tired” of his parents watching it too.

Others:

-Pro: Trump

Post-election racism makes students uneasy Solvejg Wastvedt · Nov 10, 2016 .mprnews.org
“The day after the election, messages including “whites only”, “Trump Train” and the n-word were scrawled on a bathroom door at Maple Grove Senior High.

The district reacted by starting an investigation and contacting police. And the next morning, a parent told MPR News that her daughter found students smiling and handing out cookies, along with messages of acceptance posted on the wall.

• NewsCut: Maple Grove kids fight back against the racists

Reactions to Tuesday’s presidential election are playing out in schools around the state, with tension reported in some cases as students bring differing views to class.

The smiles and cookies after the racist graffiti in Maple Grove were a step toward healing divisions — but they certainly won’t solve a problem that is not unique to Maple Grove.

Students around the state are struggling with divisions that mirror the country’s deeply divided voting-age adults.

• Related: Trump victory spells uncertainty for Minnesotans feeling alienated by his rhetoric

East across the Mississippi River at Spring Lake Park High School, Principal Jane Stevenson wrote a Facebook post about a report of “disrespectful, inappropriate and racially offensive graffiti” on a girls’ bathroom wall. Pictures of it made the rounds on social media, and Stevenson condemned the act.

Stevenson said the police are involved and the district is investigating.

In an interview before word of the graffiti spread to media, Spring Lake Park band teacher Nora Tycast said she hadn’t seen an increase in racist incidents post-election, she said the school routinely struggles with racial tension.

“My colleagues and I see just a wide gamut of reactions from students, students that are really sad and scared, and students that are really excited and pleased,” Tycast said. “So on Wednesday morning we saw a lot of fist pumping, and really kids really feeling free to express their excitement and kind of their pride in the country in a bunch of different ways. And we also had some students that were a lot more subdued.”

It’s unclear how many incidents similar to the racist graffiti in Maple Grove there may be.

The Minnesota Department of Education says it’s received three calls about incidents of harassment in schools. MPR News looked into a report of white students intimidating Latino students at Jefferson High School in Bloomington. The district says it’s investigated the report and denies that physical intimidation happened.

But shy of explicit incidents, it’s undeniable that some students are dealing with anxiety. Administrators in several districts sent letters home encouraging civility and denouncing racism and harassment.

Amy Hewett-Olatunde, who teaches English Language Learners at LEAP High School in St. Paul, said all her students are immigrants or refugees, and many of them are fearful.

“Many of them think that they need to think about where to go, if they go home. If they don’t have a place to go home to, what should they do,” she said. “Their parents are also extremely fearful of what may happen in terms of retaliation.”

Higher Ground Academy, also in St. Paul, has a primarily African-American population. Teacher Catherine Eisele said she’s sensed fear among her students since the primaries.

“I had three kids come up to me yesterday like, ‘Am I going to get deported?’ like quietly in the halls, not in front of everybody,” she said.

But on Thursday in civics class, Eisele taught her students how the American government works — she’s teaching them how to debate ideas.

Her students have been split throughout the election on policies. For Lyla, a 10th grader, President-elect Donald Trump’s views don’t worry her too much.

“It’s not like he’s going to make every single decision,” she said. “He has a cabinet behind him, they’re going to help him make good decisions.”

Another 10th grader, Adar, feels differently about Trump, saying she’s afraid of an increase in hate crimes following the election.

“I am worried about his supporters,” she said. “Racism has existed, you know, for a long time in our history, but I feel like he brought all the racists out, all the sexists out.”

But Adar said she’s not worried about being deported. She’s been paying attention in civics class.

“I know my rights”, she said.
..”

BLACK COP TELLS TRUTH ABOUT TRUMP RALLIES


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Students Tweet Their Fears After Trump’s Victory attn.com
“..Minority, Muslim, and gay students tweeted their concerns about going to school after the election.

During his presidential campaign, Trump made comments about refugees from the Muslim countries, Mexican immigrants, and crime policy that have instilled fear in some minorities.

heard rich white boys at school say how funny it is that Trump got elected; it’s so easy to laugh when it doesn’t affect you#NotMyPresident
— shan (@shannessian) November 9, 2016

i feel so bad. i’m in the school bathroom listening to a girl cry because she is so terrified of being deported.
— katherine 💱 (@pockyprincess1) November 9, 2016

My cousin comes home and tells me kids bullied them at school today telling them to go home now Trumps president…
— Nav Singh (@NaV__SiNgH) November 9, 2016

My niece first response to election: “should i tell people at school I am not Muslim anymore?”

She is eight. #TrumpPresident
— Saba Ansari (@SabaBrazil) November 9, 2016

My little sisters friend has been bullied at school because of her race & partly because of this election….PLEASE educate your kids!!!!! pic.twitter.com/5oc8fwOxu0
— gwen (@miaatoledo) November 9, 2016

I told my child not to talk about the election or her family at school. She asked, “Does this mean Daddy can’t be trans anymore?”
— Saundra Mitchell (@SaundraMitchell) November 9, 2016

Y’all pray for me at school tomorrow… nothing’s wrong, I’m just a minority
— Barbara Martinez (@barbiemtze) November 9, 2016
One teacher posted about her experience teaching children the day after the election. Najah Imani Muhammad posted that one of her second grade students said that he was afraid that Latinos would be deported. Trump promised to increase immigration enforcement during his campaign.
..”

Immigrant communities fear deportation after election of Trump November 9, 2016, 8:39 PM baltimoresun.com
‘We are scared’: Students share fears, teachers calm nerves after election Written by
Sanya Mansoor
and Holly K. Hacker dallasnews.com
20 Horrific Acts Of Violence In Donald Trump’s First Days As President-Elect
Chris Riotta,IBTimes Tue, Nov 15 10:35 AM PST yahoo.com

-Homosexuals

Trump supporters brutally attack gay man in California
Mike Anzalone | November 10, 2016 usuncut.com
“…When Ball left the bar alone later in the night, Trump supporters followed him to an alley way and assaulted him, Ball said. The last thing he remembers before awaking bloody on the pavement was having a beer bottle smashed over his head. Friends took him to the hospital…”

=>Counteract

Trump: “I Will Protect Our LGBTQ Citizens’
NBC News 07/22/2016 1:03 nbcnews.com

-Racism

White nationalist Richard Spencer punched during interview
By Paul P. Murphy, CNN Updated 7:13 AM ET, Sat January 21, 2017 cnn.com
“…Video posted online by the outlet shows the white supremacist speaking to Washington bureau chief Zoe Daniel when he was interrupted by individuals off camera.

Spencer was answering questions on whether he was a neo-Nazi. He said he was not, and was then asked what the “Pepe the Frog” pin he was wearing signified.
“Pepe the Frog” is an internet meme so often used by racists and anti-Semites it was designated a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League.
As Spencer was speaking, a masked individual ran up, socked him in the face and fled. Spencer left, later tweeting there was, “no serious damage.”..”

->Fake/False Flag??
Go back to Asia!’: Trump supporter grabs woman–police arrive and handcuff the victim
Nathan Wellman | November 10, 2016 usuncut.com
On social media, police say they did not respond to University student’s alleged campus assault 11/10/2016, 6:11pm
By Jessie Bekker .mndaily.com
In a widely-shared Facebook post, Kathy Mirah Tu alleges she was accosted while walking across the Washington Avenue Bridge.
“…The University of Minnesota Police Department tweeted Thursday afternoon, saying they were not involved in the alleged handcuffing of a University student, who said she was verbally and physically attacked while crossing the Washington Avenue Bridge in a Facebook post Wednesday.

The Minneapolis Police Department also said it was unable to find a record of the incident, in a Facebook post Thursday evening.
..”

Message

Fear

Trump to a divided America: ‘Don’t be afraid’ By Marisa Schultz and Bruce Golding

November 13, 2016 | 8:21pm | Updated nypost.com
“…President-elect Donald Trump said Sunday that Americans have nothing to fear from his incoming administration.

“I would tell them don’t be afraid, absolutely,” Trump told CBS’ “60 Minutes” when asked about the thousands of protesters from coast to coast who have taken to the streets since he became president-elect…”

MORONS REACT TO TRUMP WINNING

ANTI-TRUMP

Michael Moore: They Voted For A Guy Named ‘Hussein’ Twice, Trump Voters Are Not Racist dailycaller.com
“…Michael Moore disputed the notion that all the people who voted for President-elect Donald Trump are racist Friday, reiterating the fact that millions of them voted for…
..”

Man beaten on South Side while onlookers yell, ‘Don’t vote for Trump’
WLS – Chicago 21 hours ago (Saturday, November 12th 2016) yahoo.com

-Washington D.C. Inauguration

RAW: Violent anti-Trump protest near Inauguration

Violence flares in Washington during Trump inauguration By Jonathan Landay and Scott Malone | WASHINGTON Politics | Sat Jan 21, 2017 | 7:58am EST reuters.com
“…
Black-clad activists among hundreds of demonstrators protesting Donald Trump’s swearing-in on Friday clashed with police a few blocks from the White House, in an outburst of violence rare for an inauguration.

At least 217 people were arrested in the melees, police said.

The burst of civil disorder followed a fierce presidential campaign that ended in a stunning victory for Republican Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8 and left the country divided.

Many of Trump’s supporters traveled to Washington to cheer their new president on Inauguration Day. Tens of thousands of detractors are expected to march peacefully on Saturday.

In the violence, knots of activists in black clothes and masks threw rocks and bottles at officers wearing riot gear, who responded with volleys of tear gas and stun grenades as a helicopter hovered low overhead. …

Protesters and police said the violent activists were acting independently of organized opposition to Trump.

The Disrupt J20 group on Twitter said its anger was not directed only at Trump, and that it would also have demonstrated had Democrat Hillary Clinton won the election last November.

Not far from the White House, Bob Hrifko, a member of the Bikers for Trump group, said he was struck in the face with an aluminum chair when he tried to intervene in a scuffle involving police and protesters.

“We need more order. This ain’t right,” said Hrifko, who was bleeding from a cut under his eye.

….In Seattle, one person was shot in the abdomen during a demonstration at the University of Washington, the Seattle Police Department said on Twitter. Demonstrators gathered there to protest Trump and conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos, who gave a talk on campus, local media reported. ..
..”

Washington Anti President Trump – Protesters Burn Limo Car & Fighting Police (COMPILATION)
, from youtube.com

Connection to Post -Election?

He yelled ‘Get out of my country,’ witnesses say, and then shot 2 men from India, killing one By Mark Berman and Samantha Schmidt February 24 washingtonpost.com
“..According to witness accounts, the gunman reportedly told two of the people who were shot — both Indian men who work for Garmin, the technology firm — to “get out of my country” before opening fire and had also used racial slurs during the Wednesday evening shooting…

The father of one of the people injured pointed to the election of President Trump, who has routinely described a threat posed to Americans from people outside the country’s borders, and pleaded with parents in India “not to send their children to the United States.”

The White House responded by calling the link to Trump’s rhetoric absurd, according to Reuters….

He reportedly came back into the bar and hurled racial slurs at the two Indian men, including comments that suggested he thought they were of Middle Eastern descent. When he started firing shots, Grillot, a regular at the bar whom Bohnen called “everyone’s friend,” moved to get involved…”
Andhra Engineer Killed By US Navy Veteran First Indian Hate Crime Victim In Trump Era


“Published on Feb 23, 2017

An Indian-American IT engineer employed by a US company was fatally shot and his Indian colleague wounded by a white man who thought they were Middle Easterners and who was heard telling them to “get out of my country” at the time of the shooting.

India Today Television marks the entry of the nation’s most credible name in journalism – India Today into news television. Powered by a future-ready look and backed with the 40 year legacy of the India Today brand, the channel addresses the news consumption habits of an evolved digital-savvy audience while staying true to the journalistic principles of the India Today Group.
With a paradigm shift in terms of television workflows and technology, the channel sets a new benchmark with a differentiated look. Innovative content formats and multiple news updates on the TV screen give immediacy and choice to the news viewer.”

ACTION

If You’re Overwhelmed By The Election, Here’s What You Can Do Now 11/09/2016 02:36 am ET | Updated 18 hours ago Jenna Amatulli Trends Editor, The Huffington Post huffingtonpost.com

How can we “fight” evil with love?

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Deep Thought: Are men more sexually attracted “visually” while women are more “relational”?

A lady commented with this question-“why mean are perverts?”. I remember chatting with another lady about how men are more “visual” oriented and women are more “relationship” oriented..

The Difference Between the Male and Female Brain netnanny.com
“…Women See Relationships, Men See Body Parts
Anne Moir and David Jessel, in their book Brain Sex: The Real Difference Between Men and Women, write:

Women are not, in the main, turned on by pictures of nudes . . . Women may be aroused by pictures of couples coupling-because what they are seeing, in however sterile a sexual context, is a relationship in action. Women are not excited by a picture of male genitalia by itself . . . Men like female genital close-ups in porn magazines because it is a thing to which they can imagine doing things. Sex for men is vastly impersonal-pornography is simply meat for men. Do they ever wonder who the nude is? Not for a moment. They wonder what they would do to her.

Men want sex, and women want relationships. Men want flesh and women want love. Just as boys wanted balloons, toys, and carburetors, the girls have always wanted contact, and communion, and company.

The female mind is organized to place priority on relationship, the male on achievement. Men keep a tally of their sexual conquests. The female brain is not organized to keep sex in a separate compartment. This is a male model-as if his brain has a specific filing cabinet for sex, completely unrelated to emotion.
..”

VISUAL

Sex Differences in Response to Visual Sexual Stimuli: A Review ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
“…This article reviews what is currently known about how men and women respond to the presentation of visual sexual stimuli. While the assumption that men respond more to visual sexual stimuli is generally empirically supported, previous reports of sex differences are confounded by the variable content of the stimuli presented and measurement techniques. We propose that the cognitive processing stage of responding to sexual stimuli is the first stage in which sex differences occur. The divergence between men and women is proposed to occur at this time, reflected in differences in neural activation, and contribute to previously reported sex differences in downstream peripheral physiological responses and subjective reports of sexual arousal. ..”

Other

Gender Difference in Brain Activation to Audio-Visual Sexual Stimulation WS Chung; SM Lim; JH Yoo; H Yoon
Disclosures medscape.com
“..). The two AVS types were: (1) mood type, erotic video clips with a concrete story and (2) physical type, directly exposing sexual intercourse and genitalia. fMRI images were analyzed and compared for each stimulation with a Mann–Whitney U test, with statistical significance set at P<0.05. Men preferred the physical type of AVS to the mood type (mean arousal score 2.14 vs 1.86 in females) and women preferred the mood type (mean arousal score 2.14 vs 1.86 in males.."
Gender, Sex and Sexuality. The ambiguity and difference.

Sex Differences in Response to Sexual vs. Emotional Infidelity (THE SAAD TRUTH_84)


“..Published on Nov 8, 2015

The two sexes respond differently to these two forms of infidelity for very clear evolutionary reasons.

My Psychology Today article wherein I discuss this sex difference: http://bit.ly/1MFJr9
..

EMOTIONAL

Are Women More Emotional Than Men? 5 Studies Examining Common Gender Stereotypes
Brent Stirton
Seth Millstein
July 8, 2014 • News bustle.com
“…In other words, most men would apparently rather experience physical pain than be alone with their own thoughts. That’s a pretty bleak assessment of the male psyche, and even the most charitable interpretation — that men are more “sensation seeking” than women — is drenched in gender normativity and stereotypes…”
Men Are Actually More Emotional Than Women, They Just Hide It Better elitedaily.com
“..Women are emotional, true. But according to a recent study, men may very well be more emotional than their female counterparts. The only difference is men hide it better.

In this study, conducted by neurologists at Mindlab, men are actually much more sensitive than women when it comes to being presented with emotional stimuli.
..”

Misc

Why did God make woman so opposite of man? November 4, 2014 / biblicalgenderroles biblicalgenderroles.com
“…But God did not just give women breasts for feeding children, he gave them breasts for the pleasure and comfort of man. Human females are the only mammals who have constantly protruding breasts, even when they are not pregnant or nursing children.

Because men are so visually wired by God, he made a woman’s body for beauty, not for toughness and endurance the way a man’s body is built.

But besides these practical differences, God also created woman for spiritual and symbolic reasons. God created man in his image, to exercise God’s leadership, provision and protection qualities. But man needed a person, not just some animal, which would allow him to exercise these traits. Woman was perfectly designed by God to fulfill this role as the recipient of man’s leadership, provision and protection, and to provide him with the perfect helper and companion.
..”

What are your thoughts, suggestions, feedback, etc..? Any personal stories?

Good News Sex

What is a women’s role in the “church” from a Biblical perspective?

I decided to do a blog on an on-going “debate able” topic that was shared at my local church yesterday morning. It cleared up a lot of questions…

Mythology & Beliefs: Artemis (Diana)
In Greek and Roman Mythology, Artemis (Diana) was the goddess of moon; a huntress and the twin sister of Apollo.

http://www.bible-history.com/links.php?cat=30&sub=2346&cat_name=Mythology+%26+Beliefs&subcat_name=Artemis+%28Diana%29

The Role of Women in the Church from truthortradition.com

http://www.stfvideocast.com/videos/player.swf

“…We are going to understand them properly. To understand these verses in 1 Timothy chapter two properly, and indeed to understand any verse in the Bible properly, you have to have some idea of cultural context in which this verse was written. …

..That is not at all what is going on here. Again, I would like to say that it is because of misunderstanding verses like these that many women have walked away from God and the Lord Jesus Christ, and many women have turned to other religions, ungodliness, or turned against God because they are bitter and upset.

…Other women are in the Church and they have great ministries, but they are sitting not doing anything particularly because they do not want to offend God out of disobedience. They do not want to go against what they think He wants them to do. Sometimes, too, other men and other women jump on women if they try and get involved. Some of this comes from the fact that we misunderstand these verses…

If you look around at church services, and of course, all kinds of Christian organizations do surveys, and you should know that on any given Sunday more than half of the people in churches are women. That is right, more than half of the people in churches are women; yet, in many cases, their ministries have been restricted and constricted because of people who do not understand the text. This verse is a good one.

1 Timothy 2:11

A woman should learn in quietness and full submission.

Right away we are thinking, “Women are way down there on the totem pole with God.” The first thing that we need to point out here is about the culture. When Paul was writing to Timothy, where was he? Where was Timothy? 1 Timothy Chapter 1, verse 3—“As I urged you [Timothy] when I [Paul] went into Macedonia,” Macedonia is Northern Greece, so Paul here left for Northern Greece. Paul says, “When I urged you, when I went into Northern Greece [Macedonia] stay there in Ephesus.” Now we know where Timothy is. He is in Ephesus….

…The boys are already learning without causing a disturbance and in submission, if you will, quietness and full submission. So now what is Paul saying here? He is saying, “a women should learn in quietness and full submission.” If I were to put this into a modern English understanding so that the average street Christian could understand it, I would say, “a women should learn just like the men do, in quietness and full submission.”…

1 Timothy 2:12 and 13

I do not permit a woman to teach or have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was first formed then Eve.

…Well, we have got two distinct strains of teaching that I want to go into today. One of those is the ancient mythology of the time. Part of the ancient mythology that Timothy was dealing with was that the original creator of the heaven and the earth was a goddess, not a god. That it was not really a creator but a creatress. That the original creatress of the universe, this goddess, was the supreme god and all deities were underneath her….

..”Most Gnostic accounts show Eve as pre-existing Adam. In one account, she’s actually the hermaphrodite from whom Adam is drawn.”…

Gnostics were opposed to childbearing—not every Gnostic, but many Gnostics were opposed to childbearing. Why? Because when you became pregnant, then what happened is that you created another body. But where did the soul come from? Where did that life spark come from? Well, that life spark had to come from the true God—way up there at the top, so that what happens is that you, through your ignorance in childbearing, have caused a piece to break off the true God, if you will, so many of the Gnostics believe that women could not ascend back to the true God until they gathered up all the sparks, if you will, or pieces that they were responsible for breaking off the real God. On page 175 the Kreigers’ write:…

The word silent is the word hesuchia, and it means tranquil. She is not to cause a disturbance.

1 Timothy 2:13

For Adam was first formed, then Eve.

Now the problem in verse 12 is the phrase “have authority over.” This is the Greek word “authentane.” Authentane is translated in every version that I have looked at something like, “have authority over, dominion over, not to usurp authority from.” This is the way authentane is usually handled. In deference to many people who have tried to study these verses on their own, I will say that it has been very difficult to get to the truth….

…Now, if you see where this is flowing, what I want to do at this point is I want to anchor in the part about “teach.”

1 Timothy 2:12

I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority…

However, if teach and another word are linked in your understanding, then I can forbid one thing. Let me make this clearer. If I say to you, “I do not permit you to teach or discuss higher mathematics.” In that phrase in English, I am not saying that you cannot teach and you cannot discuss higher mathematics as in two separate things. I am saying you cannot teach or discuss higher mathematics. You can go out and teach something else. You can discuss something else, but you cannot teach or discuss higher mathematics….


Paul and Women Teachers:
Understanding 1Timothy, Chapters 1 & 2

By Dianne D. McDonnell from churchofgoddfw.com

“….What was Ephesus like?

It is helpful to understand the setting. Ephesus was a wealthy Asian city that revolved around the massive Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Understanding the religion of Artemis, also known as Diana, is very important in understanding the words Paul writes. Notice in the quotation below that Artemis, a fertility goddess, was believed to protect women during childbirth.

“‘Artemis of the Ephesians’ was not a Greek divinity, but Asiatic. This is shown by the fact that eunuchs were employed in her worship– a practice quite foreign to Greek ideas. She was not regarded as a virgin but as mother and foster-mother, as is clearly shown by the multitude of breasts in the rude effigy. She was undoubtedly a representative of the same power presiding over conception and birth that was adored in Palestine under the name Ashtoreth. Her worship, frantic and fanatical after the manner of Asia, was traced back to the Amazons. Her temple at Ephesus was one of the wonders of the world, but its great glory was the ‘image which fell down from heaven’ (Acts 19:35).” New Unger’s Bible Dictionary published by Moody Press of Chicago, Illinois, 1988. …

Myths and Genealogies

…The Amazons are believed by some historians to have been real women whose exploits were magnified into myth. These Amazons are reported to have believed they were not only equal to men, but far superior to men! Therefore, proponents of the Amazons’ goddess Artemis taught female superiority, and this background caused marital problems for the Christian couples of Ephesus! Paul addresses this problem in Ephesians 5:22 as he urges wives to defer to their Christian husbands. Many Ephesian women were told tales of Amazon battles and exploits in their pre-Christian days and taught that they were descended from Amazons– a superior female race! This would explain the false teachers devoting themselves to “myths and endless genealogies” mentioned in 1Tim 1:4. The long genealogies linked them to their Amazon predecessors, whom they believed to be real people that founded Ephesus. Paul was convinced that they were mythological. ..”

REFERENCES:
*shared by my Pastor, Pat F:

Fashioned to Reign: Empowering Women to Fulfill Their Divine Destiny Hardcover – August 15, 2013

by
Kris Vallotton (Author), Jack Hayford (Foreword) amazon.com
Why Not Women : A Biblical Study of Women in Missions, Ministry, and Leadership Paperback – August 1, 2000

by Loren Cunningham (Author), David Joel Hamilton (Author), Janice Rogers (Author) .amazon.com

What’s with Paul and Women? Paperback – April 2, 2010

by
Jon Zens (Author), Wade Burleson (Foreword) amazon.com

Discovering Biblical Equality: Complementarity Without Hierarchy Paperback – August 25, 2005

by Ronald W. Pierce (Editor), Rebecca Merrill Groothuis (Editor), Gordon D. Fee (Editor) amazon.com

Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (Redesign): A Response to Evangelical Feminism Paperback – November 30, 2012

by
John Piper (Editor),
Wayne Grudem (Editor), J. Ligon Duncan (amazon.com)

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Temple of Artemis


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Temple of Artemis in the Book of Acts. Drive Thru History visits the biblical site of Ephesus where Paul challenged Demetrius and the silversmiths making statues of Artemis (Diana). Go to http://www.ColdWaterMedia.com to explore more videos in the Drive Thru History series.

Lesson 7: The Conduct Of Women In The Church (1 Timothy 2:9-15) bible.org

THE VARIOUS VERSIONS OF
THE WICKER MAN
from steve-p.org

“… The community’s crops have failed and the islanders want Howie as a human sacrifice to appease their gods and ensure bountiful harvests in the future. The ultimate point the film was to make is this – what does Howie’s religion (albeit a more mainstream one than the islanders’) actually count for if he is alone in a sea of different beliefs? Unless deities actually exist, the winner in a conflict of religions is simply the one that has the muscle to enforce his doctrine….
The Wicker Man (2006) , from imdb.com

“…Edward travels to the private island of Summerisle, where Willow lives in an odd community that plant fruits, and she reveals that Rowan is actually their daughter. Along his investigation with the hostile and unhelpful dwellers, Edward discloses that the locals are pagans, practicing old rituals to improve their harvest, and Rowan is probably alive and being prepared to be sacrificed. When he locates the girl, he finds also the dark truth about the wicker man. ..

What Does the Bible Say About Women? – OpenBible.info

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