Buddhist monks are doing a Mandala–sand painting–at the St. Louis Art Museum. This is where they take colored sand and make pretty designs out of it. They will work on it all weekend and then sweep it up on Sunday.
Now that hardly seems right to spend all that time and then sweep it up. That’s one of their main points. “It symbolizes the impermanence of all existence. Also, it tells us lessons of nonattachment” says their spokesman.
After sweeping it up they will give some of the sand to the observers and dump the rest in a body of water. Dispersing the blessed sand gives people a remembrance of the occasion and it also is intended to spread the blessing. “Then, it becomes a global healing.”
Please. Come on. Give me a break. The art is very neat and the patience and self-control to refrain from sneezing is nothing to scoff at, but global healing? Perhaps they’ve set their sights a bit too high for their endeavors. I kind of think that Jesus returning and killing all the heathens is a better way to get global healing, but that’s just me. Oh, and the Bible too.
Reinventing the Bike
Learning how to ride a bike is always a challenge. Some designers have invented a new bike for teaching kids to ride bikes. The bike is a tricycle, but the faster you pedal it the two back wheels fold into one wheel like a bike, as you slow down, the wheels go back out like a tricycle.
Pretty neat concept and looks funky too. However, I’m just guessing that this only delays the process of learning how to ride a bike. Because actually, they’re not learning to ride a bike they’re learning to ride a tricycle that turns into a bike.
I learned to ride a bike by using a bike that was 15 times too big for me on a gravel driveway and it took me about 12 falls on that driveway to get the hang of it. The more you get cute the longer it’s going to take. I say, put em on a 10-speed on cement and the teaching will take care of itself.
One more example of safety taking away learning and responsibility. It is a cool concept though.
Popemobile on eBay
A car formerly owned by the new pope Ratzinger is up for sale on the German eBay site. The price was up to $1.3 million after one day of bidding. Bidding ends May 5. The car’s credentials have been checked and it was indeed owned by Mr. Ratzinger.
The car is a 1999 Volkswagen Golf and “drives like heaven.” Happy bidding.
Prophecy of the End
Prepare to be disturbed, deeply, deeply disturbed.
St. Malachy lived in the 14th Century and is remembered as having the ability to predict the future. Among his prophecies is a list of the remaining 112 popes that will appear before the End. And by End I mean THE End.
Pope 111, the next to last pope ever, is described as “The Glory of the Olive.” And guess who has eerie correlations to Olives? You guessed it, the new Pope Benedict.
Here are some of the eerie correlations with Olives–
1) The name Benedict — an allusion to the Order of Saint Benedict, a branch of which is known as the Olivetans.
2) Benedict XVI will be a peacemaker in the Church or in the world, and thus carry the olive branch
3) There is a picture of Benedict holding olive branches in March during Palm Sunday celebrations.
Romans 13 in Action
Romans 13 tells us that government is in place by God to wield the sword to stop evildoers. The city council of Houston is following this advice to a tee.
The city council just voted to ban sleeping on tables, eating, using restrooms for bathing and “offensive bodily hygiene that constitutes a nuisance to others” in its public libraries. In other words, you better smell good before going to the library.
Now that’s some good legislation right there. Of course, now there is a hubbub about this decision being unfair to homeless people. Now, if I were homeless, which is always a viable option, I would be a wee bit offended by those who are offended for my sakes. I’ve stood next to plenty of home people in libraries who didn’t smell so good. Seems to me Jesus was homeless, wouldn’t you want Jesus to be able to come to your library?
Churches and Money
Two women are suing their church. They were told that if they donated all their possessions they would get land and see Christ face to face. Neither of those results happened so they are suing for fraud.
The church stated that the promise was not a business transaction and certainly they aren’t at fault, God is the one who has to fulfill the promise, not them.
The church was started by a guy who was booted from the Church of the Latter Day Saints. They also teach polygamy and that when the world ends, only it’s church members will survive.
Sounds like good doctrinal teaching going on there. They no doubt still have people going to their church giving money weekly.
Blast From the Past
Tammy Faye is back in the news. Tammy divorced Jim Bakker back in 1992 when their PTL “ministry” blew up. Tammy is now battling cancer and this has led to the loss of her trademark eyelashes. But that’s OK for Tammy because “I realized I wasn’t just eyelashes. A person is more than just what you look like on the outside.” She said as she also admitted that she now glued on false ones.
Hmm. You’re more than eyelashes but not so much more that you don’t need to glue fake ones on. Ah, I see your point. To top it all off, Tammy said these remarks at beauty pageant where she appeared as a celebrity judge. The pageant was a fund raiser for cancer and judged men dressing up as the most beautiful woman. It just gets better and better. You’ve come a long way baby.