by Larry Martinez·Comments Off on About Christian Republicans: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
If you are interested in keeping up with politics, you have likely noticed that there are a number of prominent Republicans who are also Christians. This is a big factor to many people in regards to the decisions that are made in the political arena. You may be curious to learn more about them. You can check out various forums where people post their opinions like NAR.
As with any group, you can find the good, the bad and the ugly in this cross segment of the population. However, it is important that people are viewed as individuals and not as a collective by their beliefs in a certain thing.
Although these people may have views that you disagree with, it does not mean that you will have difficulty communicating with all of the Christian Republicans out there. In fact, you may realize once you start talking to people that you have more in common with them than differences if you really think about it.
The topics of religion and politics are often ones that people try to avoid talking about because they are very strong things in the minds of most. People develop their political and religious views, holding them very closely and dearly to their hearts.
This is why you may want to avoid having conversations about the two with others. Sometimes the best way to deal with these types of conversations is to limit the amount of time or the parameters of the conversation. This can help people on both sides to stay focused on the topic at hand rather than getting sidetracked on less relevant tangents.
If you are interested in learning more about the politicians who are currently running for office, you can find a great deal of information online that will be of assistance to you in your search.
Despite popular belief, Transylvania in fact was a country and not a fictional place. Bram Stroker in his most famous work Dracula, used this area as the backdrop and setting, earning this country now situated in the middle of Romania, a reputation for being a land full of mystery and dark horror.
In reality, it’s referred to as “The Land Beyond The Forest.” Perhaps due to its long distance away from the city, and to go through the forest, people began to fear what lies beyond, hence the folk lore attributed to that area. Although, I am not sure where Richard O’Brien from Rocky Horror picture show got the idea of a Transexual Transylvanian.
by Larry Martinez·Comments Off on The Top 3 Popes Of The Catholic Church
The Catholic church has had its fair share of Pope’s who’ve been at the heart of many scandals and much has been written about them. However, with the rise of Pope Francis and his immense popularity around the world, it’s important to remember that there have been some truly great Popes who have served at the helm of this venerable religion. While some may disagree with this list, here are our picks for the top three Popes in the history of the Catholic church.
Blessed John XXIII
In office from 1958 through 1963, John was one of the most beloved Popes to have ever be chosen. He instituted a series of reforms when he called the Second Vatican Council that effectively created the church we now know. He underscored the rights and dignity of all people on that occasion which followed naturally from his work on behalf of the Jewish people living in Hitler’s Germany during World War 2.
Statue of Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II
One of the warmest Popes in history, John Paul II was truly an emissary for the church. The first Pope from Poland, he reached out and touched the hearts of the world with his caring nature. While this view of the Pope may change as time passes, he reigns supreme in the hearts of many.
Peter The Apostle
Considered the first Pope of the Catholic church, Peter set the standard for leading his flock. He lived and worked
with Jesus as his right hand man and shouldered the responsibility of spreading the word once Christ had left the Earth. While many people would put him in a class all by himself, there is no doubt that he is one of the top three Popes in the Catholic church of all time.
One of my favorite parables comes from The Gospel of Luke. In Chapter 10 verses 25 through 37, commonly known as The Good Samaritan parable, he tells us a story of how Jesus taught love and kindness by helping a Samaritan, who at the time were ostracized and looked down upon. This story has become a part of vernacular and now people are being known as Good Samaritans without realizing that it comes from this amazing tale. For those who wish to learn the original, here’s a great video.