The Mystery Of Creation And Death

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The Skull, the end after-life. Photo credit: Working Title/Artist: Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill Department.

Who are we and where did we come from? With different kinds of people, languages, customs, cultures etc, many questions about creation remain unanswered.

What about death? That is more complicated than creation because many have different theories and opinions about death. Some say that the soul goes back to God after death while others believe in reincarnation, that is the soul, upon death of the body, comes back to earth in another body or form.

However, the Bible says:  “For the living  know they will die but the dead do not know anything nor have they any longer a reward, for their memory is forgotten.  Indeed, their love, their hate, and their zeal have already perished, and they will no longer have a share in all that is done under the sun…”

The book of Genesis says: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Initially, that was what we were thought at school. Years after this Biblical account, man now faces the most difficult challenge in believing this Biblical account about creation.

Worldwide, hundreds of people, including so-called creationists, anti-Christ forces, and fundamentalists, continue to change the Bible’s account of creation into numerous tales that deviate from what the Bible really says.

The belief that there is no God and Darwin’s theory which rejects the account of creation in Genesis, have caused many people to dismiss the Bible account as mythical allegory. It’s not surprised to see big churches throughout Europe virtually empty on Sundays, reserved only for the dead to receive his or her last respect  before burial.

It’s clear that a number of people have accepted Darwin’s theory than the Biblical account as many churches are being converted to drinking pubs, restaurants, and library.  Even though many still  are confused over where man originally came from, some continue to play God by taking someone’s life by euthanasia, when he can’t bring the dead back to life.

Since God has given man the opportunity to choose, thus; let those that lean on Darwin’s theory continue to do so and others that believe in the Genesis creation account also continue supporting the Scriptures. But one question which many find it hard to answer  is:Where do we go after death?

Different religions have different opinions about death, yet another part of the Bible reveals: “For whoever is joined with all the living, there is hope; surely a live dog is better than a dead lion.”

Both creations of the human being and death will always remain a mystery because it’s something that takes us by surprise. One may cheat death, yet death is inevitable. When it strikes, like the fall of both fresh and dry leaves, it takes away the young and the old.

Doctors struggle to save lives and incubators save babies, but why no one has brought a dead man back to life? Is it true that there is life after death? Where does the soul goes after death? Is there reincarnation after death? Are we going to see our loved ones already dead when we also die?

Even though I have no answers to those questions, I can’t depend on Darwin’s theory, because it has no roots. Since the Scripture says: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” I will depend on and believe in the account of creation in the book of Genesis.

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#POEMS: OUT OF THE SILENT BREATH

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Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha’s poems portray images that stare us right in the face. Images of love, joy, death, pain, challenges, violation, and freedom. She writes in a language that’s rich in imagery, earthy, honest, vulnerable, yet full of the promise of hope, of loving and of Grace. A collection of light and dark soulful prose. 

Somewhere, sometimes, life takes us through difficult, unexpected pathways that bring us to the edge of a precipice. These life-lessons that knock us down to our knees also become turning and redeeming points in our lives. They open our eyes to the important things and make us to question or find our purpose.

They drive us to wake up, to make the conscious choice to rise and step out and to live fully in the present moments that life brings us. It is the things that we deeply love that saves our sanity in these moments and gives us reason to hope, to open the doors and to fly.

Out of the silent breath is a vivid compilation of joyful, melancholic and hopeful prose through different walks of life.

The Author

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Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha is a fellow blogger who is originally from Nigeria.  Her blog is A Cooking Pot and Twisted Tales.  She uses this platform to support fellow bloggers and to raise awareness of the many  ongoing cultural inequalities and problems in the world.  Here is Jacqueline’s story in her own words:

I like to describe myself as a Jacqueline of all trade and a mistress of nothing. Everything is work-in-progress in my life, including me. Nothing is finished for, there’s always room for more improvement.

If all is finished, then that means that I am done on this side of the great divide. I believe that I still have a pretty long way to go with hammering myself into a worthy state before toddling off to sing angelic lullabies.

I was born in Nigeria in the mid 70’s, to a family with one of the best parents that I could have ever asked for.

My growing up years was in University of Nigeria, Nsukka campus. A close-knit community where everyone knew what you had for breakfast, lunch and dinner and pretty much any shenanigans that you got up to. Back then, an honorary auntie could feel enough righteous indignation and would help to straighten you out before sending you home to your parents who will cement the straightening with their own dose of reprimanding.

As a young lady in High school, I was involved in a number of social and community activities. From Church work to participating in dramas at the local theatre, speaking at regular debate contests and contribution to the young writer’s club. At the initial stage, these artistic flairs propelled my interest to further my university education in Theatre or Communication Arts, however, due to the general inclination back then, that artists in Nigeria had no bright future, I leaned towards studying law.

My education in law was closely followed by several professional courses, in Public Relations, Chartered Secretary, and Administrators, an associate degree in the French Language as well as a Diploma in Translation. French is a language that I find not only romantic, but everything just sounds decadently delicious in French even when they are shouting.

Fast forward to my career path and like I had indicated right from the onset, I have done so many things.

I started my working life at The Embassy of Tunisia in Lagos as the Personal Assistant to the Ambassador and after a brief stint in France, I returned and joined the Embassy of France also in Lagos.

My position working with the Cultural Attaché to the Embassy of France paved an opportunity to join The Delegation of the European Union in Abuja, Nigeria. It was a job that offered a lot of training and travel opportunities and during this point in time, I met my dear husband, who whisked me off to the altar after a six-month whirlwind courtship. Our union will turn 16 years in November and we are blessed with three beautiful children.

The natural process of having babies with a stillbirth and several miscarriages in-between meant juggling family life along with my career, cycling through different jobs as I sought to find that which suited my family lifestyle a lot better.

I held job positions ranging from Archivist, Executive Assistant, Personal Assistant, Public Relations Officer, Administrative Manager, Records Manager to School Registrar.

http://www.amazon.com/Out-Silent-Breath-Jacqueline-Oby-Ikocha-ebook/dp/B01EYN38ES

 

The Pride Of Our Generation As Obedient Children

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We are in a generation of disobedient children comparing to our time. We, the people born between 1940-1970 in Ghana, are the most blessed ones. We are awesome people and our life is a living proof.

While playing and riding rented bicycle, we never bothered to wear helmets. We played Oware, Ampe,  Kwaakwaa (Hide and seek) asosor, tumatu (Ghanaian games) and skipping rope etc, without thinking about television, video or computer games.

After school (those days, we went to school two times a day) we played until dusk but never watched the world (Television) by locking up ourselves in a room. We played only with our real friends, not with http://www.com friends.

If we ever felt thirsty, we drank tap water or stream water, bottled water didn’t exist but there wasn’t any Ebola or pneumococcal meningitis  We never got ill even after sharing the same juice or sweet with four friends

We were happy after our fufu, kokonte, etsew, ampesi. (Ghanaian dishes.) There weren’t any fried rice or ‘foes chicken.’ We ate rice and chicken only on special days. (Christmas, New Year, Easter etc.) Even then , we will go anywhere with our fresh chicken legs and wings in our hands, for everyone to know that we’ve eaten rice.

Nothing happened to our feet after roaming and kicking balls made of rags bare footed. We never used any health supplements to keep ourselves healthy. We used to create our own toys. Our parents were not rich but they never chased after money.

They just searched for and gave only love.They were proud to see us around them. These days parents are chasing after money and riches that they ignore the presence of their kids. We never used to share our emotions by using emoticons, DVDs, Play Stations, X-Boxes, video games, personal computers, internet, web chatting, but we had many good friends and communication was face to face.

We used to go to our friends’ home unannounced and enjoyed food with them. We never had to call them and ask for their parents’ permission to visit their home. Loving people were near to us, so our hearts and souls were happy. Hence, we never required insurance policy or fake spiritual support.

We might have been in Black and White photos but you find colourful memories in them. The ultimate is that we are unique and the most understanding generation because we are the last generation who listened to our parents and also the first that have to listen to our children.

I am proud to belong to that noble Generation.

An Open Letter To Vanessa McCulloch In Antwerp

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Following an article I wrote captioned ‘New Threat Of Terrorism Overshadows Antwerp,’ A woman who lives in Antwerp called Vanessa McCulloch, wasn’t happy about the article I wrote. According to her, the article is misleading. She said there is no publication indicating that the police warned people against terrorist threat in Meir.

I deleted one of her comments which I find it very provoking because I valued my blog, and wouldn’t like to permit any comments I don’t like on my blog. But after deleting the comment, this is what Vanessa posted again.

FROM VANESSA McCULLOCK

  1. I have not claimed to work for the city of Antwerp. You have misunderstood. Thank you.

2. You are not a proper journalists. Journalists are interested in the truth. I have contacted Antwerp police to ask them if they have issued a warning to stay away from Meir.

3. You encouraged people to stay away from Meir for no reason. You cause unnecessary alarm when what is needed is calm. It is people like you who damage the economy by encouraging people to stay away.

REPLY FROM JOEL SAVAGE TO VANESSA McCULLOCK

After reading your blog, I thought you work for the city of Antwerp. If you aren’t working for the City of Antwerp, then I ‘m sorry.

Vanessa, you said I’m not a proper journalist because journalists are interested in truth. That’s  a big lie. I believe I’m the most sincere journalist living in Belgium. If Belgian journalists pursue the truth, they would have published openly that Aids and Ebola are medical crimes against Africa. Because Belgium played a role in those medical crimes against Africa, there isn’t any sincere journalist in Belgium today to expose them.

This is an article written by me.

A Challenge To Top Scientists In Europe And America: “Prove Me Wrong If Aids, Ebola And Lassa Fever Are Not Medical Crimes Against Africa”- Scientist Johan Van Dongen

Link: https://goo.gl/Zlp3lF

“You encouraged people to stay away from Meir for no reason. You cause unnecessary alarm when what is needed is calm. It is people like you who damage the economy by encouraging people to stay away.”- Vanessa.

 Joel Savage’s answer: Vanessa encouraging people to stay away from Meir, is not a serious crime compared to what King Leopold II did to Africans. Despite all the crime he committed, there are streets named after him. After killing over ten million Africans, including women and children, he has also a statue in Brussels, while there is no statue of Adolf Hitler for killing six million Jews. 

If you want fame, please don’t come and seek that fame on my blog because hundreds of people read my articles. I know that many Belgians don’t have respect for Africans, but I strongly believe that as a foreigner in Antwerp, I have achieved what many Belgians couldn’t.

Wasting your time attacking me on an article that I wrote to me is outrageous. Please, use that time to tell Belgian journalists to write the truth about Aids and Ebola, then on my behalf, you can write to the Royal Family in Brussels to pull down the statue of King Leopold II, because the dead can’t be mocked.

Terror At Brussels’ Airport

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A third explosion has now hit the city at a Metro station near EU buildings after two blasts at Brussels Airport, it’s reported.

Several people have been killed and many more injured after a suspected terrorist attack at Brussels airport this morning.

Two loud explosions reportedly shook the building sending terrified passengers fleeing for their lives shortly after 8am local time.

Shots were fired and words in Arabic shouted before the blasts were heard near the American Airlines check-in desk in the departure hall, a Belgian news agency reported.

The airport is said to be on “lock down” with all flights cancelled and rail traffic towards the Belgian airport suspended.

Hundreds of people can be seen in a video fleeing the airport, as smoke billows from the building.

The blasts at Brussels Airport were a suicide attack, Belgian media are reporting.

At least 11 people have reportedly died in the attack and several more have been injured.

Two explosions were heard at the airport shortly after 8am local time.

The bombs were allegedly detonated close to the American Airlines check-in desk.

An American Airlines spokesman said: “We are aware of an incident at the Brussels airport departure hall and are taking care of our customers, employees and contractors. At this time, all of our employees and contractors are accounted for with no reported injuries.
“American Airlines flight 751 has been cancelled for today. When operations at the airport resume, we will re-accommodate our customers.”

The airport is currently in lockdown and flights are being diverted.

Heathrow Airport has said it is working with police in light of events at Brussels Airport this morning.It posted on Twitter: “In light of the events at Brussels Airport we are working with the police who are providing a high visibility presence at Heathrow.

“If flying to Brussels please check your flight status with your airline.”

The Foreign Office said: “We are liaising with the local authorities and stand by to help any British nationals who may have been affected by the incident at Brussels airport.”

AMERICA’S WEAPONIZATION OF EBOLA

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Article published by Strategic Culture Foundation by Wayne MADSEN

President Barack Obama has received a torrent of criticism for dispatching U.S. troops and National Guardsmen to the Ebola-ravaged West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea to help control the spread of the highly-lethal Ebola-Zaire hemorrhagic virus. While Cuba has sent qualified doctors to the stricken region, Obama has responded with troops answering to the U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany. 

Evidence has recently surfaced in a 2009 U.S. embassy Berlin cable to the U.S. State and Defense Departments that German authorities hesitated to send hemorrhagic fever cultures to the suspected biological warfare laboratory at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick, Maryland because the Germans feared the Army might «weaponize» the cultures.

The cable, classified as «Sensitive», is dated December 15, 2009, and states:

«German MFA [Ministry of Foreign Affairs] Deputy Head of Division for Export Control Markus Klinger provided the following non-paper to Econoff [Embassy Economics Officer], seeking additional assurances related to a proposed export of extremely dangerous pathogens to the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases.

The Army’s end use certificate provided to Germany is lacking an official seal. Klinger’s deputy, Nancy Reck, noted that Germany had made two follow-up requests to the Army seeking assurances and clarifications related to this proposed export. The GOG [Government of Germany] seeks assurances from the USG [US Government] or US Army that the end use certificate and the information contained therein are legitimate and accurate».

The «non-paper» reference is to an «aide-memoire», what is known in the diplomatic world as a note without an author, source, or title that is used to prepare for negotiations. The following «non-paper», which was originally written in German, was translated by the embassy and sent to Washington:

«For Official Use Only 

Against the background of our partnership in the area of non-proliferation and our excellent cooperation in the matters of export controls, we would like to bring the following issue to the attention of your government.

A German firm has applied for the approval of the export of 184 genetic elements with nucleic acid sequences of viruses for the production of recombinant viruses. The viruses will be used in optical imaging to identify host factors required for viral replication. The recipient in the USA is, according to the enclosed end use certificate, the Department of the Army ‘US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID)’ Fort Detrick, Maryland.

Specifications in English about the goods, the recipient, and end use can be seen from the end use certificate. The goods are controlled by the Australia Group and are subject to compulsory export approval (List position C1C353A). This matter concerns the complete genome of viruses such as the Zaire Ebola virus, the Lake Victoria Marburg virus, the Machupo virus and the Lassa virus, which are absolutely among the most dangerous pathogens in the world. The delivery would place the recipient in the position of being able to create replicating recombinant infectious species of these viruses.

Learn more: http://m.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/10/24/america-weaponization-of-ebola.html

Six Takeaways from Today’s Dutch Safety Board MH17 Response

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Debris and collection of bodies aftermath the doomed MH17.

On February 25, the Dutch Safety Board (DSB) published responses to questions asked by the Dutch Parliament on February 4 and 10, along with its response to a letter written by Oleg Storchevoy, the Deputy Director of Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency. Many of the questions posed by the Dutch Parliament concern the air traffic control primary radar data from Ukraine and Russia at the time of the tragedy.

Along with information about the radar data and the investigative process, there were a handful of responses that provided clarification to questions regarding Russian claims regarding the MH17 case. Additionally, the DSB’s response to the Russian letter reiterated its stance on a number of Russian concerns regarding the investigation, most notably regarding the Buk missiles type and launch site.

The response of Tjibbe Joustra, the Chairman of the DSB, to the Russian letter is, to put it mildly, succinct. The response letter itself is two paragraphs and refers to an eleven-page appendix letter, along with a note that “none of the information provided can be regarded as new and significant evidence.” In other words, the DSB does not find the “new” evidence provided by Russia and its Federal Air Transport Agency sufficiently reliable or noteworthy to contradict the findings of its final report.

In the letter’s appendix, the DSB responds every question from Storchevoy by referencing the DSB’s final report, and ending with the sentence “The Dutch Safety Board concludes that on the basis of the arguments put forward, there is no new and significant evidence.”

The DSB’s response to the Dutch Parliament is more revealing. Here are six takeaways from their responses:

Full article: https://www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-europe/2016/02/25/dsb-responses/