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The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
The Greek word used here is "pharmakeia" and it means... to dispense medication or poison, sorcery, witchcraft...
Already we can see our modern word for drugs- phamacopia, [see also pharmacy- the place where drugs are distributed to people to mask symptoms rather than cure or heal.....]has its beginnings in a place none of us wants to think about.
It should be noted that prescription drugs do not heal, and in most cases simply mask the problem prolonging agony, never approaching the root cause of the disease. The sad fact is, most doctors today do not attempt to heal their patients, instead they prescribe drugs for pain management, keeping patients on a never
ending drug merry-go-round. Toxic drug ingredients build up within the body and eventually cause damage to vital organs which leads to death.
Basically, taking drugs = shorter lifespan.
A little background on "Pharmakeia" which is also a feminine noun that can be used collectively, it references the herbalist of the time who were almost always female. It was one of the few businesses available to single women, herbalism was complex so there was an aura of secrecy to it. They also were fond of saying incantations or using symbolic items etc to increase the "mystery" around their practice. It gave them both power and prestige, it would have also increased their incomes and perhaps the more mystical it appeared the greater price people were willing to pay for their "potions". These women challenged the authority structure of both Paul's church and the society of the time in general. The ability to heal, poison, abort fetuses, etc. gave them an incredible amount of power and would have created a diversion from God and Christianity. So, you have that aspect of that term used here.
Later, there are frequent references in church writings (not scripture) referring to abortionist using the term "pharmakeia". Outside of the church Plutarch uses the term pharmakeia in reference to contraception and abortion.
Clement of Alexandria identifies pharmakeia as an abortifacent.
An early church council in the capital of Galatia referenced adulterous woman who who avail themselves to pharmakeia for abortion.
Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
an adjective signifying "devoted to magical arts," is used as a noun, "a sorcerer," especially one who uses drugs, potions, spells, enchantments, Rev. 21:8, in the best texts (some have pharmakeus), and Rev. 22:15.
Plato writes of Pharmakeia the Naias Nymphe of a poisonous spring near Athens, Orithyia is swept away by Boreas while she was playing with Pharmacia. Later Socrates compares the written texts Phaedrus has brought along to pharmakon, he describes it as both a cure and poison.
In 1976, doctors in Los Angeles went on strike because of the rising cost of malpractice insurance. All elective and non-emergency surgery and medical
attention were canceled. During that time, 18 percent fewer people died than usual.
While stopping short of concluding the antidepressants definitely cause suicide,the FDA warned that they might do so in a small percentage of children and adults. Inthe debate over drug-induced suicide, little attention has been given to the FDA’sadditional warning that certain behaviors are “known to be associated with these drugs,”including “anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, impulsivity,akathisia (severe restlessness), hypomania, and mania.”From agitation and hostility to impulsivity and mania, the FDA’s litany ofantidepressant-induced behaviors is identical to that of PCP, methamphetamine andcocaine—drugs known to cause aggression and violence. These older stimulants andmost of the newer antidepressants cause similar effects as a result of their impact on aneurotransmitter in the brain called serotonin.
A few case histories of violent behavior of children taking anti-depressants
As a psychiatrist and as a medical expert, I have examined dozens of cases of individuals who have committed suicide or violent crimes while under the influence of the newer antidepressants such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox and Celexa. In June in South Carolina, Christopher Pittman will go on trial for shooting his grandparents to death while they slept. Chris was twelve when his family doctor started him on Zoloft. Three weeks later the doctor doubled his dose and one week later Chris committed the violent acts. In other cases, a fourteen-year-old girl on Prozac fired a pistol pointblank at a friend but the gun failed to go off, and a teenage boy on Zoloft beat to death an elderly woman who complained to him about his loud music.
Oh I just had to add this:
Just One Example of How Prescription Drugs Destroy Lives and a Safe Alternative
Take this pill and you may become addicted to gambling, sex, or even paint your home a dozen times. What pill does that, you ask?
That is the accusation made by hundreds of lawsuits, which have been brought against Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals (BIP), the drug company that manufactures Mirapex.
Originally conceived for treatment of Parkinson’s disease back in the 90’s, BIP scientists recently discovered another market for Mirapex: People who have something termed Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS).
With this expanded market for RLS now in view and coupled with aggressive TV ads, BIP has increased annual Mirapex sales to $235 million in 2004 (up 63% from one year earlier).
Consequences: We reap what we sow.
People taking Mirapex are finding themselves feeling powerful urges to gamble, shop, have sex and eat compulsively. Many have stated that they find these urges uncontrollable, resulting often in broken marriages, bankruptcy, and host of psychological problems including depression and suicide. Many encounter legal problems in addition to everything else as a result of these compulsions.
There are even cases where the complainants have painted their homes ten to fifteen times in the course of two months, and other idiosyncratic behaviors. In virtually every alleged case, the person involved had no prior history of obsessive or compulsive behaviors.
Documented Mirapex clinical study side effects include, enlarged abdomen, suicide, peripheral vascular disease, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, arrhythmia, convulsions, cataract, glaucoma, and prostate disorders.
Under the American Medical Association’s (AMA) guidelines, Mirapex falls under what the AMA calls “acceptable risk.”
But then with all these other problems your restless legs are a minor problem!
As a Christian I'm to trust that God will heal me. I can most certainly help this process by; as Hippocrates said "make my food my medicine". AND...
The Bible teaches Christians to be sound of mind. "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour" (I Peter 5:8). The Greek word translated as "sober" is nepho, which literally means "drink no wine." From this it derived a broader meaning being self-controlled, free of confusion, clear headed, sound of mind, or keeping your head.
Because of this, Christians are to avoid intoxicants that cloud clear thinking. For example, alcohol is a depressant which can lower a person's inhibitions. Hosea links the use of alcohol with fornication. "Their drink is rebellion, they commit harlotry continually. Her rulers dearly love dishonor" (Hosea 4:18). Habakkuk warns, "Woe to you who make your neighbors drink, who mix in your venom even to make them drunk so as to look on their nakedness!" (Habakkuk 2:15). The reference to "mix in your venom" is the ancient practice of adding herbs (or drugs) to wine to make its intoxicating effects more potent. Christians have a hard enough time battling temptations with making Satan's job easier by taking drugs that alter one's judgment and self-control.
Drug abuse was also closely associated with witchcraft and sorcery. The Greek word pharmakeia literally means "to administer drugs." As with our English word "drugs," the context must be considered to determine the meaning. If I say, "He is using drugs to control his cancer" we understand that it is for medicinal purposes. However, if I say, "He is using drugs at parties" we understand that it is recreational usage, or drug abuse that is being considered. According to Vine, pharmakeia "primarily signified 'the use of medicine, drugs, spells'; then 'poisoning'; then, 'sorcery.' In other words, pharmakeia has a range of meanings depending on the context. Strong indicates the same thing: "medication, by extension magic, literally or figuratively, sorcery, witchcraft."
If you reject this idea, celebrate satan and/or believe witchcraft is enlightenment, just go ahead and disreguard this entry. You may have my share of all the psychotropic drugs and indeed all other drugs as well!
I think I'd rather try getting healthy with natural methods first....some supplements for it include
*Iodine *Selenium *Zinc *Vitamin D *Vitamin E *Antioxidants
*Essential Fats *Amino Acids
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I'm also still working to get rid of the diabetes so I'm taking:
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~MAGNESIUMhelps to relax you, aids stress and muscle relaxing
~CHROMIUMimproves insulin sensitivity, and helps lower blood sugar.
~ZINC especially to help you heal.
I also eat, one of the best fats for the Omega-3~6 balance and losing weight.
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~~~Jokes And inspirations/quotes~~~
A father wanted to read a magazine but was being bothered by his little
girl, Shelby. She wanted to know what the United States looked like.
Finally, he tore a sheet out of his new magazine on which was printed
the map of the country. Tearing it into small pieces, he gave it to
Shelby and said, 'Go into the other room and see if you can put this
together. This will show you our whole country today.'
After a few minutes, Shelby returned and handed him the map, correctly
fitted and taped together. The fathe r was surprised and asked how she had
finished so quickly. 'Oh,' she said, 'on the other side of the paper is a
picture of Jesus. When I got all of Jesus back where He belonged, then our
country just came together.'
Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.
-- Alfred Hitchcock
Let not the sands of time get in your lunch.
-- National Lampoon, "Deteriorata"
They used to photograph Shirley Temple through
gauze. They should photograph me through linoleum.
-- Tallulah Bankhead
Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with
which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of
-- Rex Stout
Write a wise saying and your name will live
An epigram often flashes light into regions where
reason shines but dimly.
-- Edwin P. Whipple
How do you catch a unique rabbit?
Unique up on it.
How do you catch a tame rabbit?
Tame way, unique up on it.
Politics Explained as Cows
SOCIALISM You have two cows. You keep one and give one to your neighbor.
COMMUNISM You have two cows. The government takes them both and provides you with milk.
FASCISM You have two cows. The government takes them and sells you the milk.
BUREAUCRACY You have two cows. The government takes them both, shoots one, milks the other, pays you for the milk, and then pours it down the drain.
CAPITALISM You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull.
CORPORATE You have two cows. You sell one, force the other to produce the milk of four cows, then act surprised when it drops dead.
DEMOCRACY You have two cows. The government taxes you to the point that you must sell them both in order to pay the taxes to support a man in a foreign country who has only one cow which was a gift from your government.
Wisdom of the Workplace
- Weiner's Law of Libraries: There are no answers, only cross-references.
- Lampner's Law of Employment: When leaving work late, you will go unnoticed. When you leave work early, you will meet the boss in the parking lot.
Mottos to Work By
- Rome did not create a great empire by having meetings, they did it by killing all those who opposed them.
- If you can stay calm, while all around you is chaos...then you probably haven't completely understood the seriousness of the situation.
- Doing a job RIGHT the first time gets the job done. Doing the job WRONG fourteen times gives you job security.
- Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
- Artificial Intelligence is no match for Natural Stupidity
- A person who smiles in the face of adversity...probably has a scapegoat.
- Plagiarism saves time.
- If at first you don't succeed, try management.
- Never put off until tomorrow what you can avoid altogether.
- TEAMWORK...means never having to take all the blame yourself.
Did They Really Mean That?
The following are actual newspaper headlines:
- March Planned For Next August
- L.A. Voters Approve Urban Renewal by Landslide
- Patient at Death's Door - Doctors Pull Him Through
- Queen Mary Having Bottom Scraped
- Prostitutes Appeal to Pope
- Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
- Killer Sentenced to Die for Second Time in 10 Years
- Never Withhold Herpes Infection from Loved One
- Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
- President Wins on Budget, But More Lies Ahead
- Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
God and the Scientist
God was sitting in heaven one day when a scientist said to Him,
"God, we don't need you anymore. Science has finally figured out a way to create life out of nothing - in other words, we can now do what you did in the beginning."
"Oh, is that so? Tell Me..." replies God.
"Well," says the scientist, "we can take dirt and form it into the likeness of you and breathe life into it, thus creating man."
"Well, that's very interesting...show Me."
So the scientist bends down to the earth and starts to mold the soil into the shape of a man.
"No, no, no..." interrupts God, "Make your own dirt."
There was an engineer, manager and programmer driving down a steep mountain road.
The brakes failed and the car careened down the road out of control.
Half way down the driver managed to stop the car by running it against the embankment narrowing avoiding going over a cliff.
They all got out, shaken by their narrow escape from death, but otherwise unharmed.
The manager said "To fix this problem we need to organize a committee, have meetings, and through a process of continuous improvement, develop a solution."
The engineer said "No that would take too long, and besides that method never worked before. I have my trusty pen knife here and will take apart the brake system, isolate the problem and correct it."
The programmer said "I think you're both wrong! I think we should all push the car back up the hill and see if it happens again."
What Kind of Tracks
Two boys go out on a walk. One looks down and said, "look at those, those are deer tracks my dad told me about them."
The second boy says no those are elk tracks, my dad told me about them. Then the first boy says, "No those are deer tracks."
The second boy says, "NO those are elk tracks."
One hour later they were run over by a train.
A group of office co-workers decided one day to share a ride to work. What they did not realize was that they also shared the same fear -- claustrophobia.
As they were driving through a mountain tunnel, all began to scream wildly! The car went out of control, but finally,
they were able to slow down and pull over to the side of the road.
A psychologist who was driving behind the car saw everything and stopped to see if he could help. He immediately ascertained what the problem was -- they were suffering from carpool tunnel syndrome.
May you be blessed with such good health that you never need to resort to taking any medications.