A calling to the ring.
Following my post about Gladiatorial combat, there is another discussion about boxing going on.
If a boxer dies from his injuries should his opponent be charged with murder?
Not a chance.
The victim willingly entered the ring knowing the risks involved. These days, a boxer has no excuse of saying the risks are not recorded, as there are extensive writings on the injury risk of stepping into the ring.
The only possible exception is if a fighter spotted someone in the crowd who was not prepared to fight and called him to the ring.
Is there a need to believe in God if you are a boxer?
One of my recent Twitter tweets has started a discussion in the offices of Premier Christianity magazine.
The post was about boxers who "claim" God helps them win. I cannot see how this can be justified as most boxers either end up with serious injury, or worse; this year another fighter died in the ring, and the number who suffer brain hemorrhages increases by the year.
If you don't get a hemorrhage, there is a high risk of going blind from separated retinas.
The first boxing clubs were set up by the church to get boys off the streets in the hope that giving them a cause would avoid them going into a life of crime, however, this was not always the end.
In these days when fighters earn more money than you or I can dream of seeing in three lifetimes for a few minutes of punishment, is the church supporting a barbaric institute for no reason?
The support of the church for gladiatorial combat goes back beyond Roman times, but it came to the fore with the arena contests in the Roman times. The Gladiators gave the V sign and shouted "Those who fight here salute you" because they knew few of them would survive the fight, so they had nothing to lose by insulting the Emperor.
In World War 2, the German U-boat crews had a similar ritual of urinating from a hill on passing vehicles of their officers, the reason was that the survival rate for submariners was less than 1 in 6. So, out of a crew of 15, fewer than three would return.
Overall, most sports are overpaid in my opinion, the exception being motorcycle racing, which ironically is the most dangerous. If a car crashes the driver has a shell to protect him, but if a motorcycle has an accident all the rider has for protection is his leathers, and no matter how well they are made, hitting the ground at speed will soon shred them.
Myra Hindley and Rose West.
I like to consider myself a fair man, if not entirely Christian, but to me, some things are unforgivable.
Many criminals "claim" to have found Christ in prison, or is this just a con to attempt to lessen their sentences.
The names that come to mind most readily are Myra Hindley and Rose West.
When you recall their crimes, how can they be forgiven; all these years after the infamous Moors murders, Hindley and her cohort, Ian Brady has not disclosed the grave of the last of their victims; the poor families are still grieving as they have no closure.
How can you forgive somebody who sexually abuses their children, then chops them up and calmly buries them under a patio? I don't know about you, I don't have the stomach to cut up a human body, the concept is beyond reprehensible to me - what kind of evil mentality allows you to do that?
I can forgive a person who kills another person either in self-defense or to save another life, but not to kill for pleasure as these people do.
The reason for not posting yesterday.
I have days when I don't post, the reasons are varied from not having something to say I feel is worth writing about to being ill. Yesterday, I didn't post because I was suffering from a bad night and I was exhausted.
I couldn't care less if I tried.
This week, I had another report that my Apple account had been hacked.
This is a good joke, I did have an Apple account years ago, but I got pissed off that each time I used my device I had to rethink a new password that would only last a few minutes; in the end, I stopped using Apple after only three months.
The free month has passed.
Your month of free e-books is over; the month yielded 85 free e-books taken, with the Pat Canella story "The Dockland Murders" being the most taken.
The fun is over, now down to the hard sell of my books; there still are many free items on my page at Draft2Digital, but the ones for sale have had a slight price increase.
Lac La Biche, Alberta, Canada.
It is such a glorious day it's hard to think November is only a few days away.
November is a time of remembrance for me, as it was the last time I saw my late friend, Faye, in Lac La Biche, Alberta, Canada.
It is now nine years since I came back from my visit to my adopted homeland, and I still miss Canada.
Have no worries, though there are many Christian posts on here; I have no more intention of turning my site into GodTube than into a book blog.
Gospel music has brought my soul to a position where I can live with what I did this year; I didn't commit a crime or a sin, but I needed to find a way to live with my actions. It has taken several months, but I finally got to a state of relative peace of mind.
I will never forgive myself, but I can find peace knowing that what I did was for the right reasons, nobody blames me for my actions, and my family knows I can punish myself more than anyone is capable.
Religion is not an issue for me.
I have no objection to anyone's religion as long as they respect my freedom not to have their beliefs forced on me. I have friends of several ideas; when I make friends, religion is not put in the equation as I have friends whose faith I have never known.
I never knew about their beliefs because the topic of religion didn't come up in our conversations.
Peoples sexual orientation is another thing that does not bother me for the same reason.