Sunday, April 30, 2006

Controversial Gospel of Judas? Don't let it shake your dogma!




After 1,700 years, the Gospel of Judas is lost no more. And the twisting tale of the document itself is nearly as surprising as the story it tells. The surviving copy of the gospel was written in the third or fourth century A.D., but the text was known prior to A.D. 180. In this gospel, the Apostle Judas Iscariot is not a traitor but a hero, the chosen disciple. Jesus Christ asks Judas to betray him to the authorities. Experts who have examined these aspects of the Gospel of Judas agree that the codex's theological concepts and linguistic structure are similar to manuscripts found in Nag ‘Hammâdi, Egypt, which contain Gnostic writings of a similar time period.

Here's my own thoughts on the matter: Yes, it may be valid...but this will be another mystery that will forever be truthfully unknown. No matter how much evidence will be unveiled about this matter, what will be proved? True Christians will not be shaken! There are many routes to God: If I've met God...the REAL TRUE GOD...not any bit of evidence will shake my faith. It's like somebody saying to me: "There is no Niagra Falls"...when they themselves have never been there! Not only that, but didn't Judas hang himself? Hello!!! Suicide, people!!! He was depressed, perhaps psychotic...the possibility of mental disorders could go on.

Maybe the gospel of Judas is just a heightened exageration of false truth (I've had patients who are psychotic swear that there is a bomb in their room, because they saw a dark shadow put it there!). End thought: We will never know. But there is one thing that we CAN know: The Real-Deal-Papa-In-The-Sky-God :) With the help of the holy spirit...all things really ARE possible!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Question and Answer Game


Who are you?
What is your profession?
How long have you known me?
Have we met?

If you had a remote control and you could click it and change your life to be living in any TV show, which channel/TV show would you choose?

Where's your favorite restaurant?

What is one thing that not many people know about you?

Describe yourself in one or two words.

Describe "Alanita" in one or two words.

What is one ethical question you have?

What is your favorite thing to do when you have relaxation time?

Monday, April 17, 2006

One great virtue...


I remember watching a mother trying to mainstream her physically disabled 4 year old child. Acknowledging her efforts, I thought I'd take the opportunity to grab my 3 year old daughter and place them together to play. My daughter got one look of the other child and started screaming when she saw that the girl was missing ears and had visible shunts implanted into her scalp. The sight of my SCREAMING 3 YEAR OLD was not pretty--in fact my "good intentions" left me with the feeling of emberassment!

As the childhood years are going by, I've placed great emphasis in doing a better job of teaching awareness and tolerance to other races and differences among humans.

The use of stereotypes often leads to misunderstanding and hurt feelings, because they may be either untrue generalizations, truthful but unflattering generalizations, or truthful generalizations about a group which are untrue of any given member of a group. Bias is a human condition, and American history is rife with prejudice against groups and individuals because of their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or other differences.


Bias is learned in childhood. By age 3, children can be aware of racial differences and may have the perception that "white" is desirable. By age 12, they can hold stereotypes about ethnic, racial and religious groups. Because stereotypes underlie hate, and because almost half of all hate crimes are committed by young men under 20, tolerance education is critical.

One (OF THE MANY) things I love about my boyfriend is that he has done a great job of promoting diversity in my family. We stand together (and strong!) on this topic. He took the children to eat Indian food for the first time last weekend. Oh, bestow my heart!!! (It also helps that he is from another country, and from another species--part ape!).
We can promote diversity by letting children tell stories about their families, however different they may be. Diversity embraces not just race, but age, religion, marital status and personal ability.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Your personal history of terror/shock/fear




We encounter everyday life from the moment we rise from our bed, splash water on our face, and walk out into the world. Every day typically follows a normal pattern that we are used to. We call this our "routine", and when we deviate from our "routine" we typically experience a bit of unfamiliarity or stress.Every once in a great while something out of the ordinary knocks on our door. Something absolutely horrid visits us. It is something that we never thought we would experience.What is the most terrible thing that you have ever seen with your own eyes?What is the most shocking thing that you have experienced in your life?What event in your life have you gone through that brings a bitter memory?My most terrible memory used to haunt me in my dreams for a solid year. It was the day I watched my daughter, Maddy, drown right before my eyes. Maddy was 3 years old, and my son was 1 year old. I was in a swimming pool with my son enjoying the water, when I saw my daughter drop in. I tried to get to her as fast as I could...but it seemed like I was stuck in a time warp of slow motion. I still remember seeing her face through the clear water...sucking water into her lungs...her eyes were wide open with fear...she was trying to swim to the top but unable. Yes, I rescued her within 1 minute. But the thought of "what if" (what if I wasn't RIGHT there?) haunted me for a while.So now I have shared. Now it's your turn. Open up and tell me the one thing that you have seen that you wish you could erase from your mind...

We encounter everyday life from the moment we rise from our bed, splash water on our face, and walk out into the world. Every day typically follows a normal pattern that we are used to. We call this our "routine", and when we deviate from our "routine" we typically experience a bit of unfamiliarity or stress.Every once in a great while something out of the ordinary knocks on our door. Something absolutely horrid visits us. It is something that we never thought we would experience.What is the most terrible thing that you have ever seen with your own eyes?What is the most shocking thing that you have experienced in your life?What event in your life have you gone through that brings a bitter memory?My most terrible memory used to haunt me in my dreams for a solid year. It was the day I watched my daughter, Maddy, drown right before my eyes. Maddy was 3 years old, and my son was 1 year old. I was in a swimming pool with my son enjoying the water, when I saw my daughter drop in. I tried to get to her as fast as I could...but it seemed like I was stuck in a time warp of slow motion. I still remember seeing her face through the clear water...sucking water into her lungs...her eyes were wide open with fear...she was trying to swim to the top but unable. Yes, I rescued her within 1 minute. But the thought of "what if" (what if I wasn't RIGHT there?) haunted me for a while.So now I have shared. Now it's your turn. Open up and tell me the one thing that you have seen that you wish you could erase from your mind...