I named the blog because the "Acts of Paul and Thecla" illustrates how popular yet controversial Paul's teachings over celibacy and chastity were in the early centuries of Christianity.
Posted 5/23/13 at 12:15 PM | Kae Am
I'm sure that many fans of the movie have probably watched it by now. I watched the third Iron Man movie on the 9th. And I absolutely enjoyed it. The character of Tony Stark is amazingly realistic in depth and personality. Another thing that makes him really unique and intriguing as a character - Tony Stark is the only superhero who becomes a superhero precisely because he is a repentant sinner.
In my first review of the series, I analyzed the relationship between Tony Stark and Pepper Potts. Every analysis (general statement applicable to all things) is based upon the facts available; when new facts appear, the analysis must change accordingly. The relationship between the two characters is not celibate as I had hoped. This is the very first story in which I do not get the specific thing I wanted but I still enjoy the story anyway. And I will talk about what I love in this movie. FULL POST
Posted 5/15/13 at 11:31 AM | Kae Am |
What exactly is marriage?
By this question, I inquire for a more detailed and in-depth answer than merely "one man, one woman," or "any single person you love." There is a lot more to the definition of marriage than either side in the debate has taken into consideration. And I raise these questions because everyone in our country - including the Supreme Court - must answer when deciding about the nature of marriage.
Posted 5/13/13 at 10:24 AM | Kae Am
Disclaimer: this has a picture from pop culture, and a picture from a 2012 campaign underneath the page break.
In an earlier article about abortion, I had stated emphatically that in a culture in which women are considered things for use, the results of such use are likewise considered things to use or to throw away. In other words, when women are regarded as things for sexual use and then as things for disposal afterward, then natural result of this use (the conception of children) are likewise regards as things for disposal. The humanity of women has been ignored and denigrated. The humanity of children has been ignored and denigrated.
Sometimes the most extreme examples explain the issue the best. Extreme examples amplify societal beliefs and attitudes to their ultimate end so that the underlying problems and the results of these problems become clearer and more obvious to see. Thus, as a society, we can see social problems more clearly.
This is a very sensitive issue, and not many people can fully comprehend what these women suffered through and survived through. I bring this up to educate people about our social problems so that people can apply this learning to become a better society. I have blogged repeatedly that abortion is dehumanizing and degrading to women. Abortion degrades and dehumanizes both women and their children. The abortions were forced in the case of Ariel Castro, but were supposedly legal in the case of Kermit Gosnell who also faces murder charges. FULL POST
Posted 5/8/13 at 12:31 AM | Kae Am
Tuesday May 7th, I started working on the research for my next major project. This new one will be much more expensive and time-consuming than the first one. Right now, I am halfway through Augustine's book on the Trinity. Offhand, I give this new project seven years to complete. Anyway, I checked my blog for the night. Lo and behold, Dissy commented on my celibacy and chastity article.
This article is listed in the Most Popular column and it has 0 comments. Here's one for you Kae Am. I'm so glad that Puritans do not have sway over our laws
I definitely agree with that comment. The Puritans never understood how to have fun, and they seem to be anti-fun. There is one worship song titled "Hallelu et Adonai" that I have nicknamed the anti-Puritan song. I will share some anti-Puritan songs and some anti-Puritan comments in just a moment. Even some explicitly anti-Puritan music videos! FULL POST
Posted 4/30/13 at 10:39 AM | Kae Am |
The new edition of Life&Style magazine features the virgin bachelor. This culture regards chastity, virginity, and celibacy as taboo with the same level of stigma that gay sex once had. When a person comes out of the closet to announce that he or she is a virgin, this fact immediately becomes major entertainment news and widespread gossip. Audiences await the conversion from virgin to non-virgin. The magazine headline goes on to say that he has "broken his vow of celibacy" because he is "virgin no more."
The headline misleads with misinformation. Sean appeared on a TV show called The Bachelor to find a wife. Each year features two men searching for a wife, and there have been seventeen bachelors so far. Apparently, since he is the only virgin bachelor out of seventeen, the other sixteen men's active sex lives failed horrifically to help them find the right woman. With their sex a horrific failure, these desperate men flee to reality TV to help them find love. Are love and sex the same thing? Does love require a sexual attraction? The end of each season is to feature a marriage proposal.
The very fact that Sean appeared on the show is clear evidence that he wanted to marry, give his virginity to a woman, and so on. The desire and anticipation of sex at a later time is contrary to the vow of celibacy. Sean was never celibate even while he was the virgin bachelor. Looking forward to marriage is contrary to the vow of celibacy, but it is perfectly in line to the vow of chastity. FULL POST
Posted 4/22/13 at 1:47 PM | Kae Am
There will be a delay in blog articles from this point on. I am very close to finishing what I started in 2009. Very soon, I hope to begin the necessary materials for something else. All this means that I will not be able to dedicate as much time to my blog as I previously did. I have saved some comments that would make a great piece for another blog post about human souls. I will probably write during weekends, but even that depends upon my work schedule. I do have a job in which I get paid. Bills are also coming up soon, plus I have laundry and dishes that require cleaning. Dishes did not get washed yesterday because my cat went missing for three hours. And actually, I have two jobs - one is paying, and the other will advance me in my career field. FULL POST
Posted 4/21/13 at 5:19 AM | Kae Am |
I have selected some Bible verses to share and to discuss with people this Sunday. I have also decided to share these selected scripture with my readers here as well. I hope you will discuss these with the people around you because these are worthwhile verses that congregations seldom consider.
"There is a difference between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things of the world - how she may please her husband." (1 Corinthians 7:34)
"For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality, that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God." (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5)
"Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." (2 Corinthians 3:17) FULL POST
Posted 4/17/13 at 8:35 AM | Kae Am |
Note: this contains some graphic and disturbing descriptions. No pictures, thank God
In 2009, a woman named Karnamaya Mongar went to Kermit Gosnell's clinic to have an abortion. The abortion proceeding killed both her and her unborn baby. Paramedics had a difficult time entering the building because the backdoor was padlocked, and no one on staff had a key to let them enter. An investigation into her death discovered conflicting medical records. No one knew who gave her what pain medication and when she received the medication. Kermit Gosnell stated that Karnamaya Mongar never displayed any distress or pain. The workers disagreed, so the medication failed and his statement proved itself a lie to hide worse atrocities. FULL POST
Posted 4/4/13 at 1:51 AM | Kae Am
I come home from work at 10:00pm, and I microwave some leftovers for dinner. As soon as I turn to the table, the bowl falls out of my hand and directly onto the floor where it shatters into four or five large pieces. Fortunately, there were only two shards, so it was easy to clean up. Thus, I write without my dinner.
Between commercials during each episode, I have commented about the series on Facebook. Afterward, I use my comments as notes or an outline for my blog post. Each blog post is written after days of consideration. Originally, I wanted to make it immediate, but life issues delayed it until Thursday. Then, I realized it was much better to just wait.
The Pharisees claim to uphold a strict and ridged adherence to the Law, but they tend to break the Law when it serves their own self-interests. Even though the Pharisees have convicted Jesus of blasphemy, Caiaphas remains troubled about what to do with Him. The law is clear: stone him. However, he does not want to stone Jesus for fear of His supporters rioting. Pilate has the authority and power to kill Jesus; if the people protest and riot, they would be massacred. If Pilate kills Him, it would absolve him of guilt in eyes of the people. Furthermore, the people would be too terrified of a massacre to protest, so there would still be peace. FULL POST
Posted 4/2/13 at 10:47 AM | Kae Am
If a heterosexual and a homosexual fall in love with each other and want to marry, what does that say about the definitions of love and sex? Are they forbidden to marry? Is love subject and bound to the flesh?
From the Amarillo Globe May 25th 2011, in the advice column, a heterosexual and a homosexual have fallen in love with each other. The feeling is mutual. The man wants to marry her and enjoys "romantic things" with her. The woman likewise wants to marry him. Both consider themselves to be each other's "soul mate." Even though they want to marry and even though they deeply love each other, they feel troubled about a possible future within marriage. Because they are two different orientations, is it proper for them to marry? Are mixed marriages acceptable in today's society?
Whenever I speak against gay marriage, one typical argument aimed at me is "if you ban marriage between homosexuals, then you have to ban marriage between heterosexuals." The notion exists that only people who are sexually attracted to each other should marry but that somehow marriage is "all about love." According to their argument, a heterosexual and a homosexual cannot or should not marry. According to their argument, it is not love unless they have a sexual attraction. This false belief of love and sex as synonymous has damaged society. FULL POST