Parents Charged With Murder in Death of Infant

So yesterday, I read on TheStir.com and then on CNN about a couple (Herbert and Catherine Shaible) that have been charged with third degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, conspiracy, and, endangering the welfare of a child, after the death of their child.

Apparently, the baby (named Brandon) died on April from dehydration and bacterial pneumonia. His death was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner’s office because when they noticed symptoms of illness, they began to pray for him instead of seeking medical help

In 2009, their 2-year-old son Kent died of bacterial pneumonia as they prayed over him rather than calling on a doctor. They were convicted of involuntary manslaughter but given a 10 year probation. One condition of their probation was a requirement that they seek medical attention and follow medical advice if any of their children were to get sick in the future.

Their former prosecutor (Joanne Pescatore) stated that the circumstances of that case were “eerily similar” to this one. She also said that she argued for a prison sentence in the earlier case but the judge didn’t feel it was appropriate.
The Shaibles have at least two other children who were taken into the custody of Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services following the death of Brandon in April.

This is a very interesting something. I believe in the power of prayer but I also believe that God created us with brains and created people to help us.

It reminds me of a joke/story about a guy who was drowning. A boat came to pick him up and he said: “No, God is going to save me”. Another boat came and he told the people in it the same thing. A lifeguard came and he told the lifeguard the same thing. A while later, he died and went to heaven and he told God: “I had faith in You to save me and You didn’t.” And God replied: “I sent you two boats and a lifeguard. What else did you want me to do.”

Jesus never said anything about not using doctors. He even referred to doctors in some of his parables. Luke, a disciple and writer of one of the gospels, was a doctor and I don’t think it was because he had a PhD.

Even if you are a Muslim, it’s in the Quran that you should seek medical help when necessary.

So what do you think about the charges. Is murder too much or is it justified seeing as this is the second child. Are they extremists?

Grace and Peace

Believing

I don’t know how to start this post. I’ve been deleting and typing. Deleting and typing. The beginning may not make any sense but … Sha read on

In the past few weeks, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. I’ve realized that my faith and devotion to God isn’t what it used to be. Now, I just do my devotion in the morning just because. Or so I can say: “yeah, I did devotion today” or “oh, I’ve read my bible today”. I feel really bad and guilty about this. I don’t pray in the mornings again. Even when I do decide to read my bible(or pray), I become easily distracted.

Then, in my feeling guilty for not praying(or reading my bible), I push myself further away from God. It’s just the same as when we sin. We begin to think things like: “I’m unworthy. God won’t listen to me” bla bla bla. And then we repeat it. Vicious cycle. It happens again and again and again till we get to the point where we loose sight of our attachment to God. We forget that God is merciful and his arms are always open. We forget that He will always be there and that His grace is sufficient for us. We begin to doubt His love and the power of His forgiveness. I’ve decided to stop feeling like a hypocrite and remember that I am human. That God knows I am human and God knows that I try. I have decided to lay everything at His feet. I have decided to not look away. To set my heart to Him. To let Him lead the way. I’ve decided to let His Spirit lead me and take control over me and every aspect of my life and most importantly, I have decided to place my trust in Him and believe that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between me and God’s love Romans 8:36-39

Grace & Peace!
Have A Lovely Day 🙂

Truths Vs Facts

Before we go into today’s post, I’ll like to say a big thank you to all of you that have subscribed to my blog. A big thank you to everyone who has tweeted, retweeted or clicked on a link. Also, to everyone who has liked or commented on any post, I say: thank you all very much. Someone said something to me last week concerning this blog and I felt so good and I’m using this opportunity to say a big thank you to that person. This blog became 6 months old a few days ago. Thank you all. 😀

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This post is a paraphrased version (with some things added) of a ‘sermon’ that a friend of mine gave in school on Friday.
It was all about having faith in God and ‘facts as we know it’ versus ‘truths as God does’. What we see is totally different from what God sees. We see a door closed, God sees an open window. When we try to start seeing things the way God sees them, then we can achieve everything. We have to walk with God. Look up to God and trust God.

There are some examples of understanding the difference between facts and truths in the Bible, but I’ll share just one.
Lazarus is our first example. Lazarus was dead. Fact. People were mourning him. He was in a tomb and had been wrapped up. There was no doubt about it. he was dead. FACT. Jesus came and said they should roll away the stone and Lazarus should come out. Which he did. the TRUTH to Jesus, is/was that Lazarus was alive.

I just thought of posting this on Saturday. Something happened that I’ll probably never share. In the situation, I was almost crying. I was angry and sad. The FACT was that at that point was that there wasn’t a way out. After worrying and thinking about it and getting nowhere with it, I remembered the truth versus fact sermon. I decided to talk to God and lo and behold a way out just came up. A solution to my problem/situation just sprung up.

The issue of facts versus truth, doesn’t only have to do with God/Jesus. It also has to do with us. Individually. If you’re telling God that you know that His truth is different from your fact, and at the back of your mind, there is still an iota of doubt, God’s truth can’t come through(true?) for you. We have to have complete, absolute, total, *insert other appropriate words* faith in God. I have come to realize, from my life and that of others around me, that if you don’t have faith that God can do something, He most likely won’t do it. Take for example: you come to me a 15 year old girl with no paying job and ask me to get you 2 cars and you already know I don’t have 2 cars or any means of getting 2 cars. Yet, you still come and ask me to give you 2 cars. But let’s not forget that God is a kind and merciful God and that he’ll answer you whenever you call on Him.

Psalm 121: I’ll lift up mine eyes to the hills,
From whence comes my help
My help cometh from the Lord
Maker of heaven and earth…

So, in conclusion, if there’s any situation you’re in, no matter how horrible it seems, God can help you overcome. If he can overcome death, why can’t he overcome that small financial problem you have. Nothing is too small or too big for God to face. I can say this because I have experienced it. Look up to God and all will be well. Those that trust in the Lord shall not be put to shame.

Have a lovely day 🙂
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Religion vs Way of Life

disclaimer: if you are easily offended by religious stuff, close this page and don’t continue reading. This is just my opinion and if you continue reading and you vex, go and hug transformer. Oh and this post is a tad log so bear with me. 😀

Do you have a religion or a way of life? At the end of this post, I hope you’ll be able to answer this question. I was going through Linda Ikeji’s blog and i saw a comment. This is an excerpt: ‘muslims and christians don’t worship the same God. Muslims worship the devil’
I didn’t and i haven’t wanted to post anything religious on this blog but this?… This is ignorance in it’s highest form. Religious conflict is one of nigeria’s greatest problems. People also say Islam is a ‘voilent’ religion. In the Qu’ran, it says: “He who kills a non-Muslim living amongst Muslims will never smell the fragrance of paradise”.

Islam means peace. This is a comprehensive explanation: Islam is derived from the word ‘Aslam’ and the Arabic root “salema” that means peace, purity, submission and obedience. This is an excerpt from the Qu’ran: “We believe in ALLAH and that which has been revealed to us, and that which was revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the tribes, and in that which was given to Moses and Jesus and other Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them and to HIM we submit.”

Who is Allah?: Allah is the proper name for Almighty God,
and is often translated merely as “God”. It is important to note that “Allah” is the same word that Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews use for God. If you pick up an Arabic Bible, you will see the word “Allah” being used where “God” is used in English. This is because “Allah” is the only word in the Arabic language equivalent to the English word “God” with a capital “G” (Islam started in the Arab world hence the use of the Arabic Language)

Muslims are expected to tolerate other religions. It is in the Qu’ran that: God forbids you not, with regards to those who fight you not for [your] faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them; for God loveth those who are just.

Muslims do believe that there is Jesus and await His second coming. They consider him one of the greatest of God’s messengers to mankind. The Quran confirms his virgin birth (a chapter of the Quran is entitled ‘Mary’), and Mary is considered the purest woman in all creation. The birth of Jesus is in the Qu’ran:
‘Behold!’ the Angel said, ‘God has chosen you, and purified you, and chosen you above the women of all nations. O Mary, God gives you good news of a word from Him, whose name shall be the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, honored in this world and the Hereafter, and one of those brought near to God. He shall speak to the people from his cradle and in maturity, and shall be of the righteous.’
She said: ‘O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man has touched me?’ He said: ‘Even so; God creates what He will. When He decrees a thing, He says to it, “Be!” and it is.’

On the issue of more than one wife, there is a clause (which many people overlook). Circumstances may warrant the taking of another wife but the right is granted, according to the Qu’ran, only on condition that the husband is scrupulously fair.

I come from a muslim home and i attend a christian school where we are preached to about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit at any opportunity. So, I can say that I have a great understanding of both religions and i know what I’m talking about. Most people forget the essence of their faiths and start being religious and then they mix up the rules. Somewhere along the way, many people stop following God and start following their religious leaders. Someone tweeted (although not the exact words): on judgement day, we aren’t going to stand in a single file behind our pastors’. People should start trying to understand the concepts that a religion entails before saying things about the religion. You need to be informed. Don’t just do/say things because your pastor/alfa/imam or whatever said so. Know your religion. Know who you are. If we aren’t careful, we may end up with The Guyana Tragedy. Ignorance is why someone said we will face the ‘rat’ of God if we continue ‘harassing’ Oyedepo for slapping the girl that said she is a witch for Jesus. Also, are you prejudiced against other religions? You believe that anybody that practices a religion other than yours is a ……

Now to Boko Haram. To say that Boko Haram is an Islamic group is lies because muslims are even more affected by their activities. Most of the places where they attack are occupied by muslims. Also, they aren’t against western education. If they are, why are they using products of western education. I think these people are for the government if not why would they not do anything about boko haram and why would the president say it is a phase we have to live out.

Also when i was doing this, i saw this tweet: ‘@Tweet_Babalawo: If ur muslim i automatically hate u Especialy if ur hausa I detest u May maggot come out ur body[sic] while ur alive.‘ You see. Ignorance.

If you are willing to get rid of your ignorance about Islam, click here for basic facts and misconceptions about Islam.
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I’m stuck with the story I’m writing but i’ll try to be done by New Year.

Have a lovely day 🙂
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