Stephanie Lyew, Youthlink Writer
Quote of the week
'Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.' - Italian proverb
Joke of the week
Two naughty boys steal a bag of oranges from the grocer and on their way home decide to stop inside a cemetery to share the loot. As they are scaling the fence, two oranges fall out of the bag and are left behind at the gate.
A drunk man on his way home from a local tavern passes the cemetery and overhears the voices saying, "One for me, one for you; one for me and one for you." He immediately sobers up and runs as fast as he can to the local priest.
"Monsignor, come with me to witness God and Satan sharing corpses at the cemetery," says the drunkard.
They both run back to the cemetery gate and the voices continue: "One for me, one for you." Suddenly, one voice says "What about the two at the gate?"
The priest was the first to run for his life.
Fact of the week
Christianity consists of six major ecclesiastico-cultural blocs divided into 300 major ecclesiastical traditions. These traditions have over 33,000 distinct denominations in 238 countries.
The denominations have over 3.4 million worship centres, churches or congregations. In addition, approximately 50,000 congregations are added annually, but not much data is available on those that close yearly.
Do you think any one sin is greater than another? Why?
Janeen Grant: All sins are considered equal and forgivable but it's mentioned in the Gospel of Luke that blasphemy, specifically against the Holy Spirit, is an extreme form of sin and is unforgivabl 'cause you basically see what God is doing and His works and still deny Him.
Kadeem Jackson: No, all sins are equal in the biblical sense. However, the human mind measures sin by the amount of damage it causes; which isn't actually measurable.
Alcion Mitchell: Yes, I view sin from the perspective that some persons commit harsher sins than others, for example, taking the life of another versus taking a pen without someone's permission (stealing). I still don't understand the Christian view on sins except that once we repent then God will forgive us for them.
Racquel Simpson: If I'm to be selective I'd say that there are greater levels of sins. The fact is that the Bible, which speaks about exoneration, also speaks about inexcusable sins. Matthew 12:31 clearly indicates to me that this might be so. Apart from the whole theological perception, I think it is just the conventional intrinsic temperament of humans to judge the extent to which they trod in any situation.
Picture of the week
Everyone is trying to beat the heat; as this family takes the time to teach the young ones how to swim, their pup enjoys the breeze from above.