Sunday soapbox

Sunday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.

Find out where joy resides, and give it a voice far beyond singing. For to miss the joy is to miss all. – Robert Louis Stevenson

8 Responses to Sunday soapbox

  1. Andrei says:

    Christ is Risen!
    Christos Anesti!
    Christos Voskrese!
    ¡Cristo resucitó!

    (Can anyone translate this to Maori along with the response “He has truley Risen!)

  2. Roj Blake says:

    Why Maori? Why not Hebrew? The supposed Jesus was supposedly a Jew, not a Christian. He came to save the Jews, not the Gentiles. He founded no religion, but followed Judaism. He adhered to the Law and The Prophets.

    And how many times has this supposed resurrection story been debunked? Fools still believe what they want to believe, denying the evidence before them.

  3. Andrei says:

    Why Maori Roj?

    It is called the Paschal Greeting – today being Pascha, which is Easter in the Eastern Church

    In English

    Christ is Risen!

    to which the response is

    Truely he has Risen! or He is Risen indeed!

    by tradition you use the language of the person you are greeting if you can and in Church as many languages as possible to show the universality to all people of this message – it is a uniting thing

    And you can find the Pascal Greeting in virtually every language you can think of and great many you have never heard of besides

    I used
    English

    Greek in Latin letters rather than Greek

    Church Slavonic, it is the same in Russian and also used latin letters rather than Cyrillic

    and because Ele is a student of Spanish – Spanish

    But while some Polynesian languages can be found Maori is cannot and I would have used it if I could

    Which is a shame I think

  4. Andrei says:

    I have found it 🙂

    Kua ara a te Karaiti

    He pono tonu, kua ara a Ia

  5. Roj Blake says:

    Three downticks for pointing out the Truth?

  6. Andrei says:

    You know Roj someone downticked my posts on this thread too, didn’t they.

    And all that I shared were things special to me on what I consider to be the most special day of the year – and for some odd reason this merited disapproval by someone.

    It is sad really that this is so – we live in a world of uncertainty and tragedy – where cruel and unjust things occur on a daily basis

    But this is a happy day that shows hope and joy, a day of joy and joyful things which promises that all we have lost will be restored.

    You don’t want to buy into that – fine but I can assure you your silly graphic mocking that hope is not “the Truth” it is the product of someone who has nothing better to do with their time than to mock millions of decent folk, whose lives are filled with tragedy and loss and whose desire is for a future when this is no longer the case.

    And everybody’s life has it tragedies – our host here has had hers which make me sad to contemplate and which she has shared part of over the years

    My parents lived through horrors you cannot even begin to imagine and as we witness things like the Christchurch atrocity (which is small in the scheme of things that actually happen in the wicked world) it is easy to slip into dispair or to protect yourself with the armour plate of cynicism (Churchill did this but it did not save him from the black dog” of depression)

    And here we have a joyful day of hope celebrated by 100s of millions and some seem to disapprove and want to mock

    OK its a free country – but who is the real looser here

  7. Roj Blake says:

    Andrei, get a sense of humour. I would also note that the cartoon shows the difference between the bread we eat today (risen) and the bread your bloke Jesus ate (not risen).

    As for a day that shows hope and joy, a day of joy and joyful things which promises that all we have lost will be restored. that is simply fantasy.

    The best hope we have of improving our lt is to accept that this is as good as it gets, we have one life only, so live it to the full, enjoy every day, and try to make the world a better place. That means telling religions to get out of the way and accepting that science, reason, and love is the way forward.

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