Bad Habits No More

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This is an excellent book and I learned a lot that will help me overcome my own bad habits.  For example:

  • Failure in the past doesn’t mean you will fail in the future.
  • Plan for the resistance you will experience alone the way.
  • Focus on changing one habit at a time.
  • Identify the triggers that make you want to do the bad habit.
  • The best long-term results come from making gradual changes in your life.
  • Substitute a bad habit with a new routine.
  • Forgive yourself when you succumb to temptation.

Forced Childhood Vaccination

With the current measles outbreak in our country, I started to wonder if the government should force parents to vaccinate their children for the safety of the child and the general public.

While it may sound radical, forcing medical treatments against the parent’s wishes is not without precedent.

In 2015, a Hartford, Connecticut, teenager was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  With treatment her chances of recovery would be 85%; however, without treatment the condition is 100% lethal within two years.

Her parents rejected conventional treatments, so the state stepped in and forced the child to receive chemotherapy.  She survived and is now in remission (1).

Members of the Jehovah’s Witness church will refuse blood transfusions for religious reasons.  However, the state has forced the parents to allow their children to receive transfusions in emergency situations.

What about the parent’s rights to raise their children as they wish?  The courts have already made a determination on this issue.

  • Courts throughout the western world recognize that parents have rights but additionally recognize that these rights are not absolute and exist only to promote the welfare of children.  Prince v Massachusetts12 set out the reigning legal principle:  Parents may be free to become martyrs themselves. But it does not follow that they are free, in identical circumstances, to make martyrs of their children (2).

What are your thoughts on this matter?  Should parents be forced to have their children vaccinated?

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Sources:
  1.  www.cbsnews.com/news/teen-cancer-patient-forced-to-have-chemotherapy-in-remission
  2. adc.bmj.com/content/90/7/715

Family Reunion at the Funeral Home

I was at a funeral a few weeks ago, and I was talking to family members I haven’t seen in ages.  Of course everyone was saying things like, “We only get together at funerals.  We should do better, but I’ve been so busy.”

It’s a common sentiment in our day and time, but it got me thinking.  Are we really that busy?  The answer is “no.”

When someone dies, we always find time to be there for their funeral.  Why can’t we do that when they are alive?

The Attributes of God

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This book is available for free on Amazon as an ebook.  It discusses the following attributes of God:

  • God is solitary in His Excellency.  God is peerless in His perfections.
  • God is omniscient.  He knows everything; everything possible, everything actual; all events and all creatures, of the past, the present, and the future.
  • God is perpetually the same: subject to no change in His being, attributes, or determinations.  God is immutable.
  • He only is independently, infinitely, immutably holly.
  • God is faithful – faithful in all things, faithful at all times.
  • The goodness of God refers to the perfection of His nature.
  • The divine patience of God is manifested in His dealing with sinners.
  • Grace is the sole source from which flows the goodwill, love, and salvation of God unto His chosen people.
  • He is love itself.  Love is not merely one of His attributes, but His very nature.
  • The wrath of God is His eternal detestation of all unrighteousness.