NEW: A work in progress
The Epic of Jesus the Christ
All of His youth, 'twas wood He faced:
Alas on that! He would be placed.
The Importance of Ichthys,
about fish, the ancient acronym and its possible link to a
mosaic discovered in southeastern
Turkey by former FBI investigator Philip Dayvault. He
traveled there in search of oil lamps of antiquity
with facial engravings similar the face of the
traditional burial cloth of Jesus Christ and a subject of
his study since 1973. He
believes that a body of evidence points to the mosaic being the same as the image on the
Shroud. (click on Commentary on the right.)
It Does Not Befit
a Civilized Society
Among the issues that confront our nation is
one that looms like a mountain, and clearly seen, may be envisioned
like a Mt. Kilimanjaro rising above the clouds. Unfortunately the
truth of it, for many, seems clouded in confusion and
misunderstanding. The issue I speak of, is the value of life
issue: that human life begins at conception. Those who do not have a
regard for life at its beginning and destroy it through abortion or
actions equivalent to it, and those who support and side with them,
are one by one having an dark effect on this nation, which may bring
about terrible consequences.
There was a man influential
in the American history, a Southerner who favored freeing the
slaves. He had a part in writing Virginia's Declaration of
Rights which Thomas Jefferson drew upon in writing the Declaration
of Independence. He worked hard at the Constitutional
Convention, yet his signature is not upon the Constitution itself,
partly because he wouldn't compromise on slavery. He was
On August 22nd, 1787, during the debates of the
federal convention, Col. Mason said, "Every master of slaves is born
a petty tyrant. They bring the judgment of Heaven on a
country. As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next
world, they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes
and effects, Providence punishes national sins by national
Seventy some years later our country was torn
apart by the Civil War, resulting in about a million casualties, and
basic to the conflict was the issue of slavery, which involved a
group of people. The unborn are a group of people as well. It
doesnít matter how tiny or undeveloped they are, itís who they are.
Itís that they exist as human. What is happening to them by the
millions is even a greater wrong than those subjected to slavery,
because itís more than an unjust treatment of people; itís the very
taking of their lives.
Itís being done under the guise of a womanís
right. The rights a woman has, do not include a right to kill her
child. It's not a right; it's a wrong. Once a child is conceived, the
womb becomes his or her own sovereign space, a kind of enclave not
to be aggressed upon from without. For the woman, the embryo
is not part of her, but a being apart from her.
According to the historian Warren
Carroll, in 1487, exactly three centuries before the federal
convention, a temple was dedicated to an Aztec god in Tenochtitlan,
in what is Mexico City today, and atop it, they sacrificed thousands
of victims over a period of four days. God did not permit human
sacrifice to continue without end. 30 some years later
Tenochtitlan fell. An old Mexican historian estimated that one
out of five of the children in Mexico were sacrificed. A
horror to think about, but in this country the ratio of those
sacrificed in abortion is even worse. Iíve seen a figure that
there are 306 abortions for every 1,000 pregnancies in the U.S.
(2003), over 30%. This places the ratio between one in three
and one in four. And where are they sacrificed? In the
body, the temple of the Holy Spirit!
It is at and from the time of
conception that a new life is to be respected, that is, at
fertilization and not implantation. Iíve read that there was a
worry that if the general public found out about an abortifacient
effect of the pill, they would reject it. There was a meeting
of officials of the FDA, the American College of Obstetrics and
Gynecology, some drug companies and Dr. Alan Guttmacher, who ruled
that conception no longer would mean the union of reproductive
cells, but implantation would mean conception, and pregnancy would
begin then. This is not true. In their minds they moved
the beginning of life. God determines the beginning, not men.
Iíve also read that almost nobody was told about it then and that
most doctors and clergymen are unaware of this redefinition now.
Based on this falsehood, some may believe itís permissible to do
research during the period between fertilization and implantation,
but if so, they are being sadly, sadly misled. The blind
leading the blind.
Science tells us that the reproductive cells contain 23
chromosomes, half the ordinary complement of 46 found in the other
cells of the body. At conception the reproductive cells join
together, and when this single cell divides, it divides into cells
of 46 chromosomes. The genes in the chromosomes are aligned in
pairs, one from the mother and one from the father, a genetic
arrangement differing from either parent. You have the
commencement of another and a new life.
Whatever destroys the unborn's life from conception on,
is killing a human and is wrong, whether by surgical or chemical
abortion, by an abortifacient effect of birth control, or by
embryonic stem cell research, which in reality is a form of human
Jesus came into the world through
the womb. It was the way of the Truth and Life of Him.
He was once an unborn Person, our embryonic Savior and the fetal Son
Itís reasonable to conclude God will not bless
America for abortion nor for actions akin to it. Iím afraid we
are vulnerable to chastisement, if it isnít happening already
through the weather and the economy, as a warning to us--lesser
happenings than what might or could yet occur.
Consider, for example, S. 2020, a bill to
prohibit the government from protecting the unborn from abortion.
This 2020 is not a sign of good sight, but is a sign of poor sight:
a clouded and blinded vision for our nation. If this law is
enacted, and embryonic stem cell research and the like are further
promoted as a result of this coming election, eroding further our
moral life as a nation, it is possible history will record that
calamity followed in the wake of the election: that the nation voted
in its own chastisement.
This slaughter of the innocents
cannot go on. It offends the Creator of life, it corrodes our culture and it does not befit a
―John Riedell, March 29, 2008
We all await the dawn of a new life...
We live in the womb of the
world, breathe from an ocean of air, drink of the waters of
the earth and take our nourishment from its plant s, animals and
minerals. We need our airy realm
to exist. Cast us out into space and we'll die. We are very dependent creatures, tethered by an "umbilical cord" to Our Creator
and await the dawn of a new life, apart from this one. We move from an
internal world, to an external one, and yet unborn, to an eternal
the dress blues of the author, a 1950 graduate of the U.S. Navy
school of journalism at Great Lakes, Illinois