Very good piece. Hell is eternal, Hell is eternal, Hell is eternal…

Originally posted on Armchair Theologian:


This is the 17th post in a series, for the previous post please click HERE.

Over time I intend to cover the various aspects of and related doctrines on Hell.  As a Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) I was taught and believed that hell didn’t exist.  I was taught that it was a fictitious imaginary doctrine concocted by the Pope centuries ago, and that all early Christians were Annialationists.  SDA do teach that there will be a lake of fire for a short period of time after judgement day, but that once the fires conclude burning the damned will cease to exist body and soul.  For myself, studying this topic and finding out what the Bible really teaches was a big deal.  Which is why I am going to focus my first Hell post on answering two questions:

  1. Does Hell Exist today and in the future?
  2. In either case, is…

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The Problem of Hell

Originally posted on All Good Things:


Many people around the world today believe in a literal hell. There are varying versions of hell according to each religion. Perhaps the most familiar version of hell, at least to Westerners, is that from the New Testament in the Christian Bible. Hell is often described as a physical realm of eternal torment–a place of fire and gnashing of teeth. It is where bad individuals go when they die because they do not believe in God or Jesus.

However, as Rob Bell has written in his book, Love Wins, hell in the New Testament is most often translated incorrectly, for the Greek word used is Gehenna. This refers to a specific place outside of Jerusalem, which was known as the Valley of Hinnom. Gehenna was basically the city dump and there was a massive fire that burned constantly to consume all of the trash. Undoubtedly, there were rotting corpses of…

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For Older People and About Death…

Originally posted on Sounds of Enlightenment & bits of insight:

Since I am now 80 years of age, I believe I qualify for the title “older person,” and I mention this to suggest that I do have some awareness of what it is like to be moving toward the end of this lifetime.  And the questions that arise with the end of life moving toward oneself.

I differ from the average person,  no doubt,  in that I have made a study of several religions, and mystical teachings surrounding what happens when one dies? And I have particularly made a study of Eastern mysticism, which differs from the teachings of Christianity in some important ways.  And contrary to what many in Christianity have been taught, the teaching of Eastern mysticism parallels that of Christianity rather than being in conflict with it.

And more to the point of this blog, let us not worry quite so much about what various religions teach…

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Originally posted on The Story of Claire:

Everyone begins as strangers, it’s an endless cycle. As children, it is certainly easier to make friends with people you see every day. But once you’re an adult and you finish most schooling, you often wonder who else you’ll meet. Like will you sit at a bar, drink after drink, in the hope that you’ll have a Hollywood ending and some guy will buy you a drink from across the bar and upon receipt you’ll make eye contact with him that he’ll raise his glass or wink at you? HA!

So you make majority of your relationships throughout your schooling career but once it’s over, it really is a wild card game. So you hope that going clubbing or joining dating sites will somewhat help expand your circle – sometimes even replace others. Sometimes, it’s just by chance that you develop a friendship – like a random friend request on Facebook…

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It Would Be a Good Idea to Secure Your Wireless Router

Originally posted on David Menken's IT and Privacy Law Blog:

LinksysBrian Krebs – of Krebs on Security – has a new posttoday noting that cyber-thieves are hacking into wireless routers to deliver the “Dyre” brand of password-stealing software, also called “Uaptre.”  Krebs cites a report from Symantec indicating that “Dyre is a highly developed piece of malware, capable of hijacking all three major web browsers and intercepting internet banking sessions in order to harvest the victim’s credentials and send them to the attackers.”   It is being served from compromised home routers, which is apparently how cyber-thieves compromised Microsoft Xbox and SONY Playstation networks.  Krebs noted in his post that “if you haven’t changed the default credentials on the device, it’s time to take care of that. If you don’t know whether you’ve changed the default administrative credentials for your wired or wireless router, you probably haven’t. Pop on over to routerpasswords.com and look up the make and model of…

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Jonathan Tyne makes one-time pad encryption practical


One-time pads are the strongest forms of encryption.

Originally posted on Thomas Docheri:

This post is an excerpt from the next to last chapter in my novel Affirmative Action. It is long, more than 12,000 words – read it as if it is a short story – and there is much dialogue in it between my protagonists Catherine Duvall and Jonathan Tyne, whom Catherine knows by his assumed name Michael Ware. The dialogue is rich and tension-filled because the wheels of their relationship are coming off. And as the story tends towards its conclusion I take pains to set the stage for the story that follows, Rogue Elephants. For the careful reader the most important aspect of this chapter is its emphasis on encryption, specifically the technique known as one-time pad encryption. The application of one-time pad encryption in the story is real; the context in which it is used is fictional. But make no mistake; the way Jonathan proposes to…

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