Looking through Terri Schiavo’s Eyes

Written by RobinRenee Bridges

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We all understandrepparttar difference between being humane and artificially extending life. When Terri’s lungs stop functioning, it will be because her soul has shut them down. When she stops metabolizing food and water, it will be because her soul has shut down her digestive system.

The Sanctuary teaches thatrepparttar 132166 soul isrepparttar 132167 “living” part of us. The physical body is just a temporary chemistry and physics lab. Whenrepparttar 132168 soul detaches,repparttar 132169 body dies. The soul is not “inside”repparttar 132170 body. It interfaces withrepparttar 132171 body atrepparttar 132172 autonomic nervous system.

The soul isrepparttar 132173 source of all our thoughts, comprehension, imagination, and memories. (Neuroscientists have recently discovered that those are not inrepparttar 132174 brain. They’re still trying to figure it out.) Terri,repparttar 132175 living, thinking, remembering part of her (her soul) is not horrified withrepparttar 132176 condition of her body. It’s not important to her anymore. What is important to her isrepparttar 132177 spiritual growth that can come out ofrepparttar 132178 furor going on all around her.

And she’s praying for us.

Copyright 2005 RobinRenee Bridges

RobinRenee Bridges has been a chaplain and officer in The Sanctuary for more than thirty years. She is the author of “A Bridge of Love between Heaven and Earth: Self-Induced Contact in the Afterlife.” For more articles about death, dying, and the afterlife visit her web site at: http://www.spirit-sanctuary.org

Cannibalism and Human Sacrifice - Part II

Written by Sam Vaknin

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Because we do not eatrepparttar bodies of dead people - we ought not to eat them.

VIII. Arguments from Religious Ethics

The major monotheistic religions are curiously mute when it comes to cannibalism. Human sacrifice is denounced numerous times inrepparttar 132164 Old Testament - but man-eating goes virtually unmentioned. The Eucharist in Christianity - whenrepparttar 132165 believers consumerepparttar 132166 actual body and blood of Jesus - is an act of undisguised cannibalism:

"Thatrepparttar 132167 consequence of Transubstantiation, as a conversion ofrepparttar 132168 total substance, isrepparttar 132169 transition ofrepparttar 132170 entire substance ofrepparttar 132171 bread and wine intorepparttar 132172 Body and Blood of Christ, isrepparttar 132173 express doctrine ofrepparttar 132174 Church ...."

(Catholic Encyclopedia)

"CANON lI.-If any one saith, that, inrepparttar 132175 sacred and holy sacrament ofrepparttar 132176 Eucharist,repparttar 132177 substance ofrepparttar 132178 bread and wine remains conjointly withrepparttar 132179 body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and denieth that wonderful and singular conversion ofrepparttar 132180 whole substance ofrepparttar 132181 bread intorepparttar 132182 Body, and ofrepparttar 132183 whole substance ofrepparttar 132184 wine intorepparttar 132185 Blood-the species Only ofrepparttar 132186 bread and wine remaining-which conversion indeedrepparttar 132187 Catholic Church most aptly calls Transubstantiation; let him be anathema.

CANON VIII.-lf any one saith, that Christ, given inrepparttar 132188 Eucharist, is eaten spiritually only, and not also sacramentally and really; let him be anathema."

(The Council of Trent, The Thirteenth Session - The canons and decrees ofrepparttar 132189 sacred and oecumenical Council of Trent, Ed. and trans. J. Waterworth (London: Dolman, 1848), 75-91.)

Still, most systems of morality and ethics impute to Man a privileged position inrepparttar 132190 scheme of things (having been created inrepparttar 132191 "image of God"). Men and women are supposed to transcend their animal roots and inhibit their baser instincts (an idea incorporated into Freud's tripartite model ofrepparttar 132192 human psyche). The anthropocentric chauvinistic view is that it is permissible to kill all other animals in order to consume their flesh. Man, in this respect, is sui generis.

Yet, it is impossible to rigorously derive a prohibition to eat human flesh from any known moral system. As Richard Routley-Silvan observes in his essay "In Defence of Cannibalism", that something is innately repugnant does not make it morally prohibited. Moreover, that we find cannibalism nauseating is probablyrepparttar 132193 outcome of upbringing and conditioning rather than anything innate.

According to Greek mythology, Man was created fromrepparttar 132194 ashes ofrepparttar 132195 Titans,repparttar 132196 children of Uranus and Gaea, whom Zeus struck with thunderbolts for murdering his son, Zagreus, and then devouring his body. Mankind, therefore, is directly descendant fromrepparttar 132197 Titans, who may well have beenrepparttar 132198 first cannibals.

Sam Vaknin ( http://samvak.tripod.com ) is the author of Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited and After the Rain - How the West Lost the East. He served as a columnist for Central Europe Review, PopMatters, and eBookWeb , and Bellaonline, and as a United Press International (UPI) Senior Business Correspondent. He is the the editor of mental health and Central East Europe categories in The Open Directory and Suite101.

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