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For most people, with differing religious backgrounds and beliefs, the words “homosexual” and “Christian” do not mesh. The church body as a whole does not recognize homosexuality as being consistent with Scripture, and leaders within the church provide extensive evidence as to why they have come to this conclusion. The Bible is used as their main source for refuting the gay lifestyle, and many Christians would argue that homosexuality is aiding the breakdown of the family structure in our society. While the evidence against homosexuality seems biblically based and compelling at first glance, a closer examination of the biblical context shows something somewhat different. People must also take into account the recent advances in scientific research regarding homosexuality, and question whether or not sexual orientation is truly a choice. Fortunately, many denominations are taking an active stand in support of gay and lesbian rights. There are churches headed by gay ministers; and in some places, same-sex unions are being provided as well. Perhaps in time, more churches will follow their example. In order to model what Jesus taught in the Bible, we are called to love God above all, but also to love our neighbors as well. Whether or not an agreement concerning the sinfulness and morality of homosexuality is made, there must be a recognition that we all share a common humanity and can learn and grow by building each other up – no matter what sex, nationality, age, religion, or sexual orientation a person might be. he major arguments against homosexuality are based on verses found within the Bible. Each of these verses should be reviewed and discussed. The story of the destruction of Sodom in Genesis 19:1-25 is referred to frequently. God had sent two angels to the city of Sodom and they took shelter in the home...
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added: 03/16/2011
Ever since the discovery of electricity, many advances in technology have changed the very way we conduct our lifestyles. Without electricity, technology as we know it today would be non-existent. The use of electrical impulse in medicine and electrical charge technologies are still being perfected to this day. The following paragraphs will describe how they use of electricity has evolved over time, the disadvantages of electricity, and how electricity has changed the overall lifestyle of Americans. Most people visually remember the discovery of electricity from the stories of Benjamin Franklin's world-renowned kite-flying experiment in the middle of a thunderstorm. What Franklin discovered was static electricity, a usually harmless yet potentially dangerous form of electrical charge. Had it not been for the shelter Franklin was standing under, the dry length of string would have been wet and Franklin most likely would have been killed. What most people do not realize is that this is not the same form of power used in appliances today. Not even the direct current (DC) power that Thomas Edison produced with his generators to light the incandescent lamp was used. A man by the name of Nicola Telsa perfected a form of electrical current named alternating current (AC). This form of power, although dangerous, is a much more safer form of current than direct current at the same voltage. AC voltage has the capabilities, through step up and step down transformers, to travel great distances on high voltage power lines. If these lines, or any power cords or cables are grounded thru a conductive object such a person, the results are usually fatal. This brings us to disadvantages of electricity. Although AC power is a much more safer form of electricity, AC power can be just as dangerous as DC power. Presently, the U.S. the Department...
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added: 03/16/2011
In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Jim and Huck use and believe in many superstitions. There are many examples from the book that show this in the characters. Most of the superstitions are very ridiculous, but some actually make a little sense. In the first example, Huck seen a spider was crawling on his shoulder and he flipped it off and it landed in a lit candle. It shriveled up and died. Huck said it would fetch him some awful bad luck. He got up and turned around three times and crossed his breast every time. Then he tied up a little lock of his hair with a thread to keep witches away. He says that the ritual he did was for losing a found horseshoe and did not know if it would work. These superstitions and remedies seem pretty far-fetched and it is hard to say where they originated, but I would have to say they originated down South. I think it originated down south because I am from up North and I have never heard any one speak of those superstitions. Huck believes in these probably because he grew up with them and they were always taught to him and he is so ignorant he does not know better. One morning Huck turned over the saltcellar at breakfast. He went to throw the salt- cellar over his left shoulder to cancel the bad luck, but Miss Watson stopped him. All day he wondered when something would fall on him and what it would be. This all implies that Huck thinks something is going to fall on him, because of his accident. I have heard about bad luck from spilling salt so I think this Superstition started in the North or maybe it was just popular and spread quickly....
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added: 03/16/2011
What is abortion? The Webster's Dictionary defines abortion as the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus as a spontaneous expulsion of a human fetus, or an induced expulsion of a human fetus. Some people think abortion is murder. Others do not see anything wrong with it. Abortion has been around for many years, and until recently women would always have to have a surgical procedure to end a pregnancy. Now women can end a pregnancy with the new FDA approved abortion pill. What is the abortion pill? The abortion pill is called Mifeprex or RU-486. Mifeprex followed by the drug misoprostal is approximately 92-95% effective. The FDA has only approved this drug to be used up to forty-nine days from the beginning of a womans last menstrual period. They determine the age of the fetus using ultrasoumd. (Mifeprex) How does Mifeprex and misoprostal work? Mifeprex blocks the naturally produced hormone progesterone. Women produce this hormone, when they are pregnant, to help maintain the pregnancy. Without this hormone the lining of the uterus softens and breaks down. Misoprostal causes the uterus to contract to help complete the abortion. (Mifeprex) What is the process of ending a pregnancy with the pill? The woman makes three visits to the doctor's office. On her first visit she is provided information on how the pill works, she is counseled, and she signs a statement saying she has decided to end her pregnancy. She also has an ultrasound to determine the fetus is under seven weeks old. She takes three Mifeprex pills and goes home. She comes back two days later and takes two misoprostal pills. (Mifeprex) About two weeks after her first visit she comes back for a follow-up exam and an ultrasound to...
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added: 10/31/2011
Accountants Thesis: An accountant has many choices to what particular field of accounting to specialize in depending on the financial information she wants to analyze and how it is done. Class: Accountants Special Interest: Analyzing Financial Information Subclasses: Financial accountants Tax accountants Internal auditors A college student decides she wants to become an accountant. General accounting and bookkeeping classes can be taken in high school. In college, the student needs to decide on a more specific field of accounting. An accountant has many choices as to what particular field of accounting to specialize in depending on the financial information she wants to analyze and how it is done. Financial accountants, tax accountants and internal auditors are all accountants in general, but require different training and work methods. A financial accountant records economic data and periodically prepares reports that show profit and other financial information of a company using the generally accepted accounting principles. The reports prepared by the accountant are useful for managers, and also for owners, creditors and the public. Based on information in the reports the public can use the reports to choose a company to invest in. Because a financial accountant is employed by an individual company, she is considered a private accountant. Another type of accountant is a tax accountant. A tax accountant prepares yearly tax returns for individual clients. The accountants have to use constant data such as rates of pay and other information to determine the proper amount of taxes to be paid. These accountants have to take a class once a year to catch up on yearly changes in tax laws and regulations. If a tax accountant has met state experience requirements, she may want to take exams to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). A third type of accountant is an internal auditor. Auditors are sponsored by the Institute of...
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added: 02/12/2012
The Algonquin was a northern tribe that settled in Canada some time around the 1400's, and now have settled in Quebec and nearby Ontario. The Algonquians history was not exactly a pleasant one they suffered many hardships and obstacles to over come. Samuel de Champlain established the first permanent French settlement on the St. Lawrence at Tadoussac in 1603. Champlain was so impressed with the Algonquin's furs that he explored the St. Lawrence as far west as the Lachine Rapids. Champlain left for France shortly afterwards, but upon his return in 1608, he immediately moved his fur trade upstream to a new post at Quebec to shorten the distance that the Algonquin were required to travel for trade. He soon discovered that Algonquin victories over the Iroquois were not that common, and it was the Mohawk, not the Algonquin, who dominated the upper river. So Samuel usually did not help the Algonquian fight. The Algonquin usually avoided the river because of the threat of Mohawk war parties. The Algonquin fought with the French and helped them when times where ruff, but it wasn't long until the French that they needed to get rid of them and move them away from there villages, so the French turned against the Algonquians. In 1649 French and Indian refugees streamed down the Ottawa Valley to the relative safety of Montreal. During 1650 the remaining Algonquin in the upper Ottawa Valley were attacked and overrun. The survivors retreated, either far to headwaters of the rivers feeding the Upper Ottawa River where the Cree afforded a certain amount of support and protection. During the next twenty years, the Algonquin pretty much dropped out of sight so far as the French were concerned. Learning from their earlier mistakes, the French insisted that this agreement also include their allies and trading...
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added: 10/15/2011
The Vietnam War was a war for independence in Vietnam, the north lead by Ho Chi Minh, the south led by Ngo Dinh Diem. In 1954 an international conference decided that Vietnam must be divided into two north and south. At the beginning America was not involved in the war between north and south Vietnam, it wasn't until 1961 when a U.S. boat was attacked in the gulf of Tonkin. The President ordered the military to attack back to prevent further aggression. History: Artillery is a term used to describe large weapons or a branch of the army that implies these weapons. There are four main types of artillery there are large guns such has a M60, mortars, howitzers, and rocket launchers. This weapons are mounted onto boats, aircraft, and tanks. When America joined the war helicopters were used for medical evacuation because there were very few landing spots in Vietnam . Helicopters can land and takeoff vertically that was a real advantage when there was an emergency . When the helicopters were converted into gun ships there maneuverability came in handy when it was under heavy fire , or when they were picking up soldiers near an enemy area. There were many types of helicopters the different types would be armed differently. The AH-1 Cobra would be modified to hold a certain amount of a certain type of ammunition. One of its armaments modifications were to hold a 20mm cannon with 750 rounds and TOW guided missiles with 4 rounds . The second was 20mm cannon 750 with rounds and 2.75 unguided rockets with 14 rounds. The third was 20mm cannon with750 rounds and TOW guidied missiles with 8 rounds. This were the three devisting modifications. Opinion: I think the helicopters were very useful during the Vietnam War especially when bombing bases and evacuating...
pages: 2 (words: 420)
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added: 11/22/2011
Ever since the dawn of time man has found new ways of killing each other. The most destructive way of killing people known to man would have to be the atomic bomb. The reason why the atomic bomb is so destructive is that when it is detonated, it has more than one effect. The effects of the atomic bomb are so great that Nikita Khrushchev said that the survivors would envy the dead (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, 1982). These devastating physical effects come from the atomic bomb's blast, the atomic bomb's thermal radiation, and the atomic bomb's nuclear radiation. An atomic bomb is any weapon that gets its destructive power from an atom. This power comes when the matter inside of the atoms is transformed into energy. The process by which this is done is known as fission. The only two atoms suitable for fissioning are the uranium isotope U-235 and the plutonium isotope Pu-239 (OutlawLabs). Fission occurs when a neutron, a subatomic particle with no electrical charge, strikes the nucleus of one of these isotopes and causes it to split apart. When the nucleus is split, a large amount of energy is produced, and more free neutrons are also released. These neutrons then in turn strike other atoms, which causes more energy to be released. If this process is repeated, a self-sustaining chain reaction will occur, and it is this chain reaction that causes the atomic bomb to have its destructive power (World Book, 1990). This chain reaction can be attained in two different ways. The first type of atomic bomb ever used was a gun-type. In this type two subcritical pieces of U-235 are placed in a device similar to the barrel of an artillery shell. One piece is placed at one end of...
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added: 10/11/2011
From the time between the end of the French and Indian War to the beginning of the American Revolution, extreme changes occurred. For years, the British crown completely ignored what the colonies were doing. The only act that made was the Navigation Acts that were not followed closely by both Britain and America. It wasn't until Britain found themselves to be in major debt that they enforce strict acts which the colonies disagreed with. The colonists' loyalty to the crown started to fade away and they started to revel formally with proclamations sent to England and informally with rebellions like the Boston Massacre. The two main causes for the colonists to change were Britain's taxation without representation and Britain denying the colonists right of an Englishman. The first argument that the colonies had against Britain is that the crown was taxing the colonies without letting the colonies represent themselves in Parliament. The first act that represented this was the Sugar Act. It was to raise revenue and for Britain and tighten the Navigation Acts. This made the colonists start losing money. The next Act was the Stamp Act. The Stamp Act was a tax on all printed materials. This hurt all colonists and merchants in the colonies with heavy losses. The Stamp Act caused major boycotting and rebellious behavior. The last act that greatly affects the colonies was the Intolerable Acts. These acts were punishment for the colonist because the Boston Harbor and took away all of the colonists' town meetings privileges. This mainly injured Boston's economy because they were not able to import or export any goods. The other argument the colonies had was that they were denied the rights of a British man. The act that shows this was the Quartering Act, which forced the colonists to house British redcoats...
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added: 12/12/2011
Two essays in the book Taking Sides (Book titles must be underlined or italicized) are presented in the debate overas to whether or not the American Revolution produced a Christian nation. Nathan Hatch believes that the Revolution and Christianity went hand in hand, while Jon Butler suggests that the Revolution did not produce a Christian nation because prior to the Revolution the colonists never called themselves a Christian nation. So did the Revolution produce a Christian nation? It is my belief that the Revolution did not produce a Christian nation and that the United States of America is not a Christian nation now in our day in age. It is best to only justify the left margin, unless you are writing a magazine or newspaper article. Nathan Hatch offers many examples of how the American Revolution created a Christian nation. He uses the revivals of John Leland and also offers the expansion of the many denominations that occurred after the Revolution. Hatch believed that the American Revolution and Christianity were inseparable. He adds that churches were instrumental in education and moral discipline, therefore predating the laws of the new nation. Hatch believes that the wearing away of authority lead to the development of the colonists or lay people. That it was the lay people who now embodied what church would be, changing the church to their values and beliefs. Hatch believes the Revolution established or set a path for different religions to develop without being persecuted. Jon Butler on the other hand believes that the American Revolution had nothing to do with creating a Christian nation. He states that on 20% of the population were members of a church and that many pastors would fib on their numbers to the Anglican Church in England. Also there were laws that forbid people from speaking...
pages: 3 (words: 760)
comments: 1
added: 10/12/2011
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