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ISSN: 1530-5775
December 2012, Vol.14 #12


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Poetry   Poetry Corner




Early morning I looked into the long looking glass A middle age salt and pepper haired woman was standing there I wondered how she'd got into my house Who invited her As I moved my lips to ask her who let her in Her mouth moved at the same time Echoing my words My question went unanswered Further examining this stranger woman that I didn't know I moved my aching arms and hands as her limbs moved too Synchronized movements how could this be? By some means I knew her failures and success They were equally my own Touching the new formed line in the middle of my forehead Somehow belonged to both of us How could this be? Had my youth escaped me? In disbelief I stood silently Closed my bagged eyes Only to open them quickly again…and...again Her strong presence was staring back at me With pitiful tiredness declaring that her name was Reflection Relenting to the unwanted I told Reflection enhancements had to be made I assured Reflection that no one had to know Covered the grey stains Carefully tweezed unwanted facial hairs Pluck them whenever they grow Lotion and powered the face Painted the lips kissable red Snacked on a couple of vitamins and pain relief Far as the extra bulge Hum… Camouflaged them Put on pretty clothes Exercise and eat a bit healthier Increase the laughter and love Enjoy my life embracing Reflection

Tinamaria Penn

Tinamaria Penn is a Contemporary Word Artist who has written many poems. Reflection is a poem that seeks to address the concept of body image and getting older and embracing one's self by personification of Reflection. Watch for her work; she is worth following


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God is on Your Side

What You Know and What You Believe About God


God is almighty and watches over us. Christ and God are one. God sees all. God created the earth and the universe. God is my savior! God knows all! Heaven is where good people go and hell is where sinners who have not repented go.

Is this what you know or what you believe? And if you think you know it, how so? Because you were told by someone else? Because you read it in the Bible? Because there can't be any other explanation as to how nature works? Think about that for a moment.

Is there really anything about the first paragraph that you actually know? Everything in the first paragraph is based on what you've read, were told, or came to a conclusion about. To expand on this conclusion which itself may not be a big issue, you might also ask a few more questions.

Is God a deity? Does God care about you personally? Do you believe this or do you know this? Think about that for a moment!

Again, are the answers to these last two questions based on what you've read, were told, or conclusions that you've come to? Please be honest and objective.

Let's look at what you might have read-the bible. The bible was written by who? Authors who knew or authors who believed? The first books of the bible were written 3500 years before Christ. In fact they weren't written since there was no method of writing available. They were passed down in song, story, and poems. The earliest writings (in hieroglyphics) in the Bible were set down around 1400 BC and attributed to Moses. The last of the first testament was written around 450 BC.

And then there was 500 years with no more writing. The new testament was written during the last half of the first century. Some believe that the new testament was written between 35 AD and 95 AD. Apostle Paul wrote approximately half of the New Testament. Around 95 AD the Apostle John finished the bible. The new testament was written in the Hellenistic Greek language. It was first translated (382-405 AD) became the standard Bible for Latin-speaking Western Christians. Late in the fourth century, (300 years later) it was translated to Latin--the Vulgate translation became the bible for the Roman Catholic Church.

This is what we know. Don't you wonder if what's in the bible is what the writers and translators believed versus what they knew? Think about that for a moment. Notice that much of the new testament was written decades after the death of Christ. What was written was largely based on the memory of the Apostles. That we know. And then the translations were made hundreds of year later. That we know. Think about that for a moment.

I remember things from high school nearly fifty years ago, but not very much. I remember people I met thirty years ago, but not very much about them. I remember an exercise in one of my classes. It went something like this: There were about 20 of us and we lined up around the circumference of the room. Our teacher (whose name I don't remember) whispered something in ear of the student next to her. Something like, "The gray cat chased the mouse." The student next to her whispered what was supposed to be the exact message in the next person's ear. And this went on and on until the last person received the message who was instructed to repeat the message aloud to the class. The message he got was, "The fat cat was too lazy to chase the rat."

Think about that for a moment. Does that not make you wonder? If you belong to a group do the experiment yourself with them and remember that not only is our interpretation of the bible based on many interpretations and also on their ability to remember.

More recently, people were stopped on the street and asked who they though won the debate between Michelle Obama and Ann Romney. Now there never was a debate between these two ladies, but one hundred percent of those who were asked fabricated a story about whom they believed won the debate. Did they base their opinion on fact? No, they based their opinion's on what they believed about the two women. Amazing? Think about that for a moment and what impact man's need to fabricate may have had on the writing of the new testament.

But after all of this, what do we know as opposed to what we believe? Back to the first and fourth paragraph, the only thing we know is that God knows all. Well actually this too is an assumption, but it's a great place to start. And to take this one step further it's important to actually ask what man does really know. Think about that for a moment. For instance, you know that 2 plus 2 is 4. Yes, we know mathematics and some of us know a lot more about mathematics than others. And there is one that knows all there is to know about mathematics-God!

We also know physics and again there is one and only one that knows everything there is about physics-God. Same is so for chemistry, biology, and probability. God knows about all of these laws-more than any human today in 2012.

Suppose we were to say that God is the laws of the universe-the laws of chemistry, mathematics, physics, biology, and probability. Think about that for a moment.

Now let's make another statement. Everything we know of in the universe is as a result of the manifestation of these laws. In fact the laws of the universe are in everything-God is in everything. God is everything. Think about that for a moment. That's what we know if we agree that God is the laws of the universe or the laws of nature.

That means that the rock you throw is God, the mosquito that bites you is God, the snake that withers away is God, and you are God.

But, God knows all and how can this be true since neither the rock nor you know all there is to know about the laws of the universe. Answer: The rock, snake, mosquito, and all other living and non living things do not have the capability of understanding the laws of nature, however, humans are the only animal on this planet capable of comprehending how the laws of the universe work.

There are some who believe that we already know everything there is to know about the laws of the universe. Think about that for a moment. For instance, Newton already knew about gravity, he just had not discovered how it worked. Truth is that every human knew about gravity for centuries before Newton, they just hadn't discovered how it worked. Scientist know how things work, they do experiments to discover how things work.

When all is said and done, we'll discover that there aren't five laws of nature, there is just one that consists of mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, and probability.

Bottom line this is revolutionary. Discovering that each of us are God. Can you possibly begin to comprehend the meaning of that and how it would impact the world. Of course it might take a century for those who call this kind of thinking blasphemous and sacrilegious to get beyond their beliefs and really discover what they KNOW. Imagine the impact of this reality. Until then, email me at knicman2 (at) with the impact this Knowing would have on society.

I predict that two hundred years from now, this first two thousand years will be know as the God Era where man believed someone or something greater than himself was responsible for his life.


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