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Cleanliness is Next to Godliness, but Judging Others is Not

There is nothing better than being clean.  Keeping your house clean and your body clean does have a way of keeping your mind clean….and, in my opinion, the cleaner your mind is – the more connected to G-d (or The Life Force of the Universe) you can be.

But…..when someone says to another person “cleanliness is next to Godliness” and proceeds to dictate how clean the person should be in order to fulfill the meaning of this saying, I doubt that judging another person’s cleanliness is what this phrase is trying to teach us.  Furthermore, to use God as a reason to judge others (especially in trivial matters), probably isn’t the best idea since none of us have any idea what God’s intention is for another person besides ourselves – and to presume that we do, I think, is a drop egotistical.

And I doubt that God intends for us to be egotistical.  Just saying.

Not only that, but the saying “cleanliness is next to Godliness” isn’t even a real “Biblical” saying and “don’t judge another until you are in his shoes” has a lot of Biblical sources…..take a look….

Source for “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”

It does not come from the bible. In fact, until the time of the renaisance, bathing was oft seen as sinful, regarding the body as more important than the spirit. Bathing was also strongly associated with the “decadent” Romans. It’s origins seems to be in the writings of Francis Bacon. In his ‘Advancement of Learning’ (1605) he wrote: ‘Cleanness of body was ever deemed to proceed from a due reverence to God.’ Near two centuries later John Wesley in one of his sermons (1791) indicated that the proverb was already well known in the form we use today. Wrote Wesley: ‘Slovenliness is no part of religion.’Cleanliness is indeed next to Godliness.'” From “Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins” by William and Mary Morris (HarperCollins, New York, 1977, 1988). There are a couple more details in “Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings” (1996) by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996): “.According to the fourteenth edition of ‘Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable,’ it is an old Hebrew proverb used in the late 2nd century by Rabbi Phinehas ben-Yair. First attested in the United States in the ‘Monthly Anthology and Boston Review’ (1806). The proverb is found in varying forms.” (Yahoo Answers)

Read Cleanliness is Next to Godliness – the Talmudic Source if you are curious to see the original source and how this phrase became known as a “Biblical” saying.

SOME  sources for “Do not judge another unless you are in his shoes”

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Karma is a Bitch

I love visiting a site called spiritandword.org for daily inspiration.

Today I found this post:

“Michael Clancy reports in The Arizona Republic that a handful of Roman Catholic bishops are at odds with the Obama administration “over new rules forcing employers to include access to contraceptives and sterilazation procedures in health-insurance coverage.” The bishops claim this is a blow to religious liberty. Phoenix bishop Thomas Olmsted stated, “We cannot – we will not -comply with this unjust law.” While individual dioceses are excluded from compliance with the ruling, other extended Catholic organizations may be forced to comply. So, the Town Square question: 
Does this represent a blow to religious freedom or is the Roman Catholic church trying to force others to abide by its beliefs?” 

If no one is being forced to do anything, then there would be no difference whether the option is offered. Free choice is a human right – according to all religions. And, maybe I am uneducated about this religion, however, isn’t it a “sin” for the priest to get married and thereby a “sin” for the priest to have children – wouldn’t that be another form of contraception. I understand that there is a difference, one involves sex and the other doesn’t, but contraception and sterilization procedures do not inhibit sex.

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Paparazzi are Like Annoying Co-workers – They Come with the Job

When a celebrity complains about paparazzi, I can’t help getting annoyed…

Spotlight=paparazzi.

Is there anything else to say about this subject?

I get the complaint.  I would be extremely annoyed if someone was in my face taking pictures every time I scratched my nose, but, I particularly am not an attention hog.  I happen to hate when anyone pays too much attention to me, because, eventually they are going to find something they can point a finger at.  It is a fact of life.

Celebrities like Paris Hilton, the Kardashians and others, are celebrities because they like attention and they will do whatever it takes (sex tape) to get it.  They need attention to feel loved.  I am not putting anyone down, they are just very different than me and the same way that they would think I must be nuts for being a little introverted, I can’t really understand why someone would trade their privacy for attention (and money).

But……to complain about what you have decided to take on, that is the thing that drives me crazy.  If you willingly put yourself in a position so that the whole world is going to know you and be fascinated by you – which, I would presume is exactly what you want, it seems a little….oh…I don’t know….stupid to complain later when its not as fun as you thought is was going to be – but yet, continue to expose every aspect of your life publicly.

I am using the Paris Hilton and the Kardashians as an example but the truth is that we are all guilty of this.  We all do things for certain monetary and/or social benefits, but we don’t take into consideration the downside involved. However, we don’t stop doing what we are doing because we want to continue receiving the perks and complain about the crappy part.   Sometimes, like in the case of a lot of celebrities, we manage to justify  the right to complain about these disadvantages as if there should be no disadvantages.  I love it when celebrities get so mad that the paparazzi is every where they go, they take them to court as if the paparazzi are violating their rights to privacy.

No, my dear famous person, you violated your own rights to privacy.

Life is a set of ups and downs and you can’t have one without the other.  Instead of trying to grab all the good and punishing others for the bad that you have to bear because of your own choices, how about changing the way you look at the situation and decide what you really want and go for it.

If you want your privacy, don’t become famous.  If you want to be famous – enjoy the fact that paparazzi love you and want to take your picture every where you go, pose for them and thank them for their time.

Other posts you might like:

Paycheck or Self Respect – I’ll Take Self Respect

And The Truth Will Set You Free

Being Richer Does Not Mean That You Are Smarter

Why Do Women Wear Heals?

Reality Television – My Guilty Pleasure

Have Lies Taken Over?

Why is Life Unfair?

Life is full of controversy so here is a thought to live by:
Why is life unfair?
Because there’s never going to be a system that is fair to everyone.
Shannon Miller
 

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Have Lies Taken Over?

Lies…..Everyone tells them and everyone is told them.  WHY???  How is lying beneficial in one’s life?

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Greed…The Deadliest Sin of Them All

Greed is a special sin – in my opinion.  The other six (wrath, envy, lust, gluttony, sloth & pride) don’t seem to be as dangerous to humanity as a whole as the sin of greed has, in fact, turned out to be.  Even the sin of wrath, although potentially dangerous, it is clearly detectable in a person (it is very hard to hide intense anger) and therefore preventable.  Envy, lust, gluttony, sloth & pride, though they do have some negative consequences to humanity as a whole, these sins are more on the self-destructive side.  Greed is the only sin that  has proven itself to be the most dangerous and most silent killer of them all.

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