My father and Grandmother died and my sister and I were never told. My father died October 2009, My grandmother died November 2009. No one contacted us about the deaths, yet they were able to send a christmas card to us December 2009. I also know my dad would have had a will made, and no one contacted us to let us know if there is a will to be read. Can my Mother and Brother be held accountable for not notifying us of our fathers death? If there is a will, don't they have to notify us of it?3 AnswersFamily1 decade ago
Why does your God say not to have any other Gods before him if there is only 1 God?
Why does he tell you he is a jealous God when he is so perfect?
Why does the bible contradict itself between testaments?
If the bible is Gods words then why didn't God himself write the bible?
If God wrote the bible or expected it to be read by everyone, then why is the original written in a language that is now considered dead, wouldn't God have made the bible readable to all people regardless of their language?
If Men and Women were put on this earth to procreate, then why do priests and nuns go against Gods wishes?14 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
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Anyone else find this to be discriminating against the Pagan/Wiccan religion?
Vatican says 'Avatar' is no masterpiece (AP)Source: AP Tue Jan 12, 2010, 3:49 pm EST
VATICAN CITY - "Avatar" is wooing audiences worldwide with visually dazzling landscapes and nature-loving blue creatures. But the Vatican is no easy crowd to please.
The Vatican newspaper and radio station are criticizing James Cameron's 3-D blockbuster for flirting with the idea that worship of nature can replace religion — a notion the pope has warned against. They call the movie a simplistic and sappy tale, despite its awe-inspiring special effects.
"Not much behind the images" was how the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, summed it up in a headline.
As the second highest-grossing movie ever, "Avatar" is challenging the record set by Cameron's previous movie "Titanic."
Generally it has been critically acclaimed and is touted as a leading Oscar contender.
Bolivia's first indigenous president, Evo Morales, has praised "Avatar" for what he calls its message of saving the environment from exploitation. But the movie also has drawn a number of critical voices. Some American conservative bloggers have decried its anti-militaristic message; a small group of people have said the movie contains racist themes.
To Vatican critics, the alien extravaganza is just "bland."
Cameron "tells the story without going deep into it, and ends up falling into sappiness," said L'Osservatore Romano. Vatican Radio called it "rather harmless" but said it was no heir to sci-fi masterpieces of the past.
Most significantly, much of the Vatican criticism was directed at the movie's central theme of man vs. nature.
L'Osservatore said the film "gets bogged down by a spiritualism linked to the worship of nature." Similarly, Vatican Radio said it "cleverly winks at all those pseudo-doctrines that turn ecology into the religion of the millennium."
"Nature is no longer a creation to defend, but a divinity to worship," the radio said.
Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said that while the movie reviews are just that — film criticism, not theological pronouncements — they do reflect Pope Benedict XVI's views on the dangers of turning nature into a "new divinity."
Benedict has often spoken about the need to protect the environment, earning the nickname of "green pope." But he also has balanced that call with a warning against turning environmentalism into neo-paganism.
In a recent World Day of Peace message, the pontiff warned against any notions that equate human beings with other living things in the name of a "supposedly egalitarian vision." He said such notions "open the way to a new pantheism tinged with neo-paganism, which would see the source of man's salvation in nature alone, understood in purely naturalistic terms."
The pope explained in the message that while many experience tranquillity and peace when coming into contact with nature, a correct relationship between man and the environment should not lead to "absolutizing nature" or "considering it more important than the human person."
The Vatican newspaper occasionally likes to comment in its cultural pages on movies or pop culture icons, as it did recently about "The Simpsons" or U2. In one famous instance, several Vatican officials spoke out against "The Da Vinci Code."
In this case, the reviews came out after a red-carpet "Avatar" preview held in Rome just a stone's throw from St. Peter's Square. The movie — which has made more than $1.3 billion at box offices worldwide, partly boosted by higher 3-D ticket prices — will be released Friday in Italy.
"So much stupefying, enchanting technology, but few genuine emotions," said L'Osservatore in one of three articles devoted to "Avatar" in its Sunday editions. The plotline of aliens who live on a distant unspoiled planet and the humans who want to pillage their resources is a universal theme that can be reminiscent of past colonizations and wars, the paper said. As such, it is easy to relate to it, but also unoriginal.
"Everything is reduced to an overly simple anti-imperialistic and anti-militaristic parable," it said.
In America, the big numbers and media hype have been accompanied by some controversy.
Blog posts, newspaper articles, tweets and YouTube videos have criticized the film, with some calling it "a fantasy about race told from the point of view of white people" and that it reinforces "the white Messiah fable." Cameron says the real theme is about respecting others' differences.
An LA Times blog noted that the movie "has inflamed the passions of right-wing bloggers and pundits."
"Cameron incensed many voices on the right by acknowledging of-the-moment messages about imperialism, greed, ecological disregard and corporate irresponsibility," it said. Anti-smoking lobbies have21 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
I have rented my home for a little over 11 years now and for the first time in 11 years I have gotten behind on rent due to economic problems that were unforeseen by me. (My income was cut in half! and life threw lemons at us!) I have taken good care of the property I rent and have add to the house and brought the value of the property up. When I first moved in 11 years ago there was nothing but dirt for a front lawn and I spent my money and hard working time to grow grass and turn it into a nice green lawn. But now my family is being evicted and given 7 days to get out. We have little money, I have been looking for work, and the landlord wont wait for my husbands DD214 to come in so we can get help from the VA. We are not looking for a hand out, just a little help until we get back on our feet. But the Landlord refuses to wait and worse even if we pay him everything that is owed he is still going to throw us out onto the streets. What would you do if your family was about to lose their home in 7 days and didn't have enough money to move, and no family members who would help you, and you were told by many organizations that they can't help you, and even if you got help your Landlord was going to evict you anyways?2 AnswersOther - Society & Culture1 decade ago
How do we get the adoption started? What do we need? Is it a simple process?1 AnswerAdoption1 decade ago
Mt. Healthy City School's board president, has degraded, & disrespected me as a mother, parent, and human being. I went to the president of the board of education in Mt. Healthy Ohio, for help and answers to why they didn't close the schools do to such cold weather. (11 degrees and below.) (Mt. Healthy city school children K-12 must walk if they live within a mile of the schools.) I must walk my kids due to the fact that they go to a community school. The city schools will not bus my children to the community school. I live within 10 minutes walking time of the school. I know what your thinking it's only 10 min. Well that is a long 10 min. when you are walking in 11 degree's and below weather, especially for small children. By the time we got to school my childrens fingers were blood red. (They were bundled and had gloves on.) It was so cold that their gloves could not keep their fingers warm the whole time. I went to the superintendent asking why they didn't close school, and expalined to them what happened with my kids. When I mentioned they attend the community school, I was suddenly not worth talking to and shown disrespect. I went to the board of education president, and told him how I was treated, and as soon as I mentioned the community school, I was disrespected, degraded, and was told it was my fault that my children suffered the cold weather because I didn't put two pairs of gloves on their hands, and I don't have the money to buy more gloves, and I can't find a job, right now, even though I have no skills due to being a stay at home mom for years. I was even told that I should send my children out in 11 degree weather to play so they can get used to the cold weather. What would you do, and say, to get this kind of situation taken care of? Do you think the board of educations president should be fired for such behavior toward a parent?11 AnswersParenting1 decade ago