What Does It Feel Like To Die? -TestTube

One of the most intriguing questions that everyone might have asked at some point in his/her life, is what happens at the moment of death and after? If you would have asked me this question two years ago, I would have replied that, as a believer, we will go into afterlife to be judged, and you know the whole story… However, after I became a secular person, I started reasoning with scientific explanations.

Few days ago, I came across this video from TestTube that shows what happens at the moment of death biologically. So the presenter starts explaining that biologically and legally, death is when the brain is dies and starts taking everything in the body with it.

Interestingly, at the moment of death there is a massive burst of energy in the brain (near death experiences?). Following that, the brain sends a damaging signal to the heart, causing it to disfunction. Later, a wide range of neurochemicals are released in the body.

Watch the video below, and let me know what you think about death, near death experiences, and afterlife 🙂

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This Is Why I Am Not Religious

My parents are religious. My sister is religious. My brother is religious.

I am not.

The issue of religions has been over discussed in every corner of the Earth, but I am not here to brag about my religious views or beliefs.

Simply, I think religious rituals are very stupid. Inoticed that when I was with my family visiting the tomb of some Durzi religious prophet-like man.
For sure I do respect religious people,  but what should I get when I see them kissing stones and kneeling for forgiveness from the remains of a dead man.

I cannot tell about religious people from outside Lebanon because I have never met any (and media is not the best option in case you wanna check such things), but lebanese people are very good in abusing whatsoever resources they have.  They simply advise everything,  even the air we breathe. So some lebanese religious people see only the message and not the person to whom the message is being sent.

Prophets are messengers.  Miracles are signs. God is the destination.
It does not matter what path you decide to take, but the divine is the ultimate level we can reach. So based on what I have mentioned before,  religious people have forgotten the importance of the divine, and followed the materials of the path. Good is no more worshiped. The path is being worshiped. The songs are being kissed and touched.

Consequently,  humans do not need God anymore, they can live without Him. However,  they cannot live without religions, without shepherds.

Does my family fear God? Or does it fear religion itself? What other religious people fear?
As long as religions are feared, rituals are worshiped blindly, humankind cannot descend into a higher spiritual level. This is not the right way to get close to the divine. Obsessions with the promised heavens drive people into such things.

I am not an atheist.  I do believe in the divine, in God.  But I do not believe in religions, in particular,  religious leaders taking advantage of people.

Here are some pics of the religious site that we have visisted last day.

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Full explanation of Blue Eyes by Within Temptation (Afghani Girl and Islam)

Among all the bands I usually listen to, Within Temptation has been a favorite.

They have true music and the band spends a lot of time working for a single album, from the lyrics to the music and the cover pictures.

In a previous post, I mentioned that the members of the band are pagans. For all those who are not familiar with pagans, or with stereotypes against pagans, I have to clarify that paganism is not devil worshipping. Pagans consider nature as their mother, their God. And this is very clear from Within Temptation’s first albums “Mother Earth” with very paganism-obvious songs as “Ice Queen” and “Never Ending Story”.

Today, I will not be writing about their believes or principles. Instead, I want to shed light on a curios song for them. Its name is “Blue Eyes”.

Here are the lyrics for the song:

“Blue eyes just smile to the world
Full of dreams and with fascination
Too soon she saw that her hands were chained and pulled without any freedom
It’s always the same, the fear no way out
I cannot break it
I can take it no more

It’s burning me up inside
Lost all my tears, can’t cry
No reason, no meaning
Just hatred
No matter how hard I try
You fear the beast inside
It’s growing, it’s waiting
Just to hurt you

This heart was hurt by the light and
I see your world that tries to deny us
Now everything that I love has died or has been shattered to pieces
It’s always the same, they fear no way out
I cannot break it
I can take it no more

It’s burning me up inside
Lost all my tears, can’t cry
No reason, no meaning
Just hatred
No matter how hard I try
You fear the beast inside
It’s growing, it’s waiting
Just to hurt you

Just to hurt you
Just to hurt you

Can’t you see their eyes, what lies inside
They’ve given up, they no longer shine
Too soon they close with one last cry
Before they turn to white

Just to hurt you

It’s burning me up inside
Lost all my tears, can’t cry
No reason, no meaning
Just hatred
No matter how hard I try
You fear the beast inside
It’s growing, it’s waiting
Just to hurt you

Just to hurt you.”

For the first time you read the lyrics, you will assume that the song is about love, peace, pain, and innocence.

But what if I tell you that there is a “sheikh” chanting an Islamic quote in the beginning. Does it make any sense to you? No! It does not.

Now let’s try to find out the true meaning of the song.

As a first step, I want you to look at the below image.

Actually, this is the picture for an Afghani girl in 1984 captured by the photograoher Steve McCurry and it made it to National Geographic’s cover picture. The picture summarizes all the pain, hope, and despair that people suffered during the war between the Russians and Talban in Afghanistan.

The girl has blue eyes, doesn’t she?

So now go back to the song and try to join all the points together. Does it make sense now?

The song talks about her life, and all the pain she had passed through. It also tackles the fears that the muslim extremists have from women. How they perceive women as lower creatures and beasts that should be always tamed and kept in captivity.

“No reason, no meaning
Just hatred
No matter how hard I try
You fear the beast inside
It’s growing, it’s waiting
Just to hurt you”

Do you want to see how the girl looks now? Here is another recent picture for her!

Finally, I want to share with you another picture that I came across on Facebook last few days ago. It also tells how the situation is in Afghanistan after the extremists have ruled.

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I guess it is self-explanatory.

In the end, I believe each religion has its own dark ages. Will Islam’s dark ages take us to the end of everything?

Only time will show.

Witch Burning: 20-Year-Old Mother Slayed After Witchcraft Accusations

Papua New Guinea police, Sydney, charged two people on Monday with the grisly killing of a woman after being accused of witchcraft.
Kepari Leniata, a 20-year-old mother who was stripped, tortured with a hot iron rod, doused in gasoline and set alight on a pile of car tires and trash.
Janet Ware and Andrew Watea are both charged with the murder of Leniata. 40 people were detained last week in connection with the slaying, but the police released them due to the lack of enough evidence. However, police sources declared that more arrests will happen in the near future.
In such rural areas, witchcraft is blamed for unexplained misfortunes. But what happened with Mrs. Leniata caused outrage in the whole South Pacific Island. And this dragged the attention of the police, diplomats, and the prime minister.
Papua New Guinea Police Department said that hundreds of onlookers witnessed Leniata’s slaying, most of which were children and teenagers. Furthermore, several police officers were at the scene during the crime, but could not do anything as they were outnumbered.
Stay tuned for more updates.

An opinion about Faith

It is possible to live without believing in something, but many “testimonials” say that Belief is the reason behind motivation in life and the engine that keeps pushing us forward so we don’t fall out of the path. We are the ones who build our Faith and we can destroy it at any moment.

I agree with the saying that Faith shouldn’t be necessarily in God or a religious institution, Faith could be in anything that makes us stronger or anything that makes us feel that we have purpose in our life. But I don’t support the idea that all the Faith power should be invested in one entity, or else we become blinded by that faith, creating nonexistent schemes for the deity we choose to idolize, and approving of all its variants without questioning their reliability – which is almost always the case. It is preferable, in my opinion, to be more flexible in the way we approach Faith, allowing ourselves to enlarge the spectrum of our belief, by creating sanctuaries for different idols we wish to worship simultaneously, and thus, as the number of our inspirational forces multiplies, the Faith-driven force inside of us increases and flourishes into the best result of us that we can be, joining as many divine energies as possible in one spiritual gateway at once. The outcome of such a great work cannot be less than a transcendental connection field between the worldly and the beyond.

1,000 Catholic Priests In England Sign Open Letter Railing Against Gay Marriage Proposal

More than 1,000 Catholic priests in England recently signed an open letter warning that proposed gay marriage legislation could reignite “centuries of persecution” for Roman Catholics.
The proposed legislation would allow churches in England and Wales to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has backed the gay marriage proposal and has pledged to legalize gay marriage by 2015.
The open letter warns that freedom of religion will become “severely” limited, traditional marriage will be upended and Catholics will be discriminated against if the proposal passes. The letter was signed by 1,054 priests, along with more than a dozen “senior Catholic figures,” reports the Telegraph.
“We believe that redefining marriage to include same-sex relationships will entail a dilution in the meaning of marriage for everyone by excluding the fundamental complementarity of men and women from the social and legal definition of marriage,” the Church said in a statement obtained by the BBC. The Church also said its opposition is “motivated by a concern for the good of all in society,” according to the BBC.
“After centuries of persecution, Catholics have, in recent times, been able to be members of the professions and participate fully in the life of this country,” reads the letter. “Legislation for same sex marriage, should it be enacted, will have many legal consequences, severely restricting the ability of Catholics to teach the truth about marriage in their schools, charitable institutions or places of worship.”
Catholics in Britain and Ireland were targets of oppressive regulations until the Catholic Emancipation in 1892, a process that alleviated 16th-century restrictions put in place by the Protestant Reformation. Before the restrictions were relaxed, discriminatory laws had prevented Catholics from purchasing land, holding office in Parliament or practicing their religion without penalties.
The Bishop of Portsmouth, Rt. Rev. Philip Egan, expressed his personal worries to the Telegraph.
“It is quite Orwellian to try to redefine marriage,” he said. “I am very anxious that when we are preaching in Church or teaching in our Catholic Schools or witnessing to the Christian faith of what marriage is that we are not going to be able to do it – that we could be arrested for being bigots or homophobes.”
“Such a thing could even prevent faithful Catholics from certain jobs,” claims a post on Catholic Online, a religious news aggregator and blogging platform. “Other Catholics might have to participate in gay marriages as part of their daily duties, such as signing certificates, for example. Ultimately, the proposed change in law makes no exception for Catholics and others who believe as a matter of faith that such deeds are anathema.”

‘Romanian Orthodox Priests’ Produce Steamy Gay 2013 Calendar (PHOTOS)

A calendar spread featuring men who claim to be Romanian Orthodox priests in scintillating poses is making the blogosphere rounds.

The Romanian Orthodox calendar includes “12 seductive artistic pictures of Orthodox priests and their guests” according to its official website. The calendar’s description reads as follows:

“It is a time when the Orthodox Church is embroiled in corruption scandals, artist repression, gay sex cover-ups, outrageous behavior and homophobia. Yet some of their members have agreed to strike a pose and openly stand for who they are underneath the priest’s clothing they wear: regular people with passions, preferences, interests and desires.”

Preview photos which appear on the calendar’s Facebook page contain some double entendre-laden captions. Reads one: “Father Daniel has a simple plan to collect enough funds from his church to help needy children in his village. But the size of some men’s projects have made his jaw drop.”

Describing the calendar as “homoerotic” with shots “mingling the edgy with the hot,” officials go on to note: “This first 2013 edition tells the individual story of 12 intensely masculine young men and their guests representing different parts of Eastern Europe. All are open-minded and believe that besides their passionate devotion to the Orthodox Church, it is important to be perceived as individuals committed to diversity and acceptance.”

Read more about the calendar here.

“Father Daniel has a simple plan to collect enough funds from his church to help needy children in his village. But the size of some men’s projects have made his jaw drop.”

 

“Besides God, Father Lazarus has a small passion: painting! He will paint anything he considers beautiful, even if it steamy”

 

“Brotherly love has never been stronger. Jacob and Esau have been together their entire lives and always take care of one another.”