Friday, November 1, 2013

All Saints Day: Believers and Nonbelievers Agree



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All Saints Day and All Souls Day 

All Saints Day is celebrated on November 1. (Halloween being the somewhat secular precursor on October 31.)

Some people are afraid of the hereafter, or believe that life after death doesn't exist. If you aren't a believer, why not choose to leave your options open?

It's far easier to live in this world if you believe that there's more to reality than the here and now. This philosophy of living also isn't superstitious, or offensive to others, regardless of what some might claim.

Saints, sinners and all the rest

Saints are people who lived their lives in such a way that they are believed to have achieved an eternal reward in the afterlife, aka heaven. But, they also remain connected to everyone on this earth. 

All Souls Day (November 2) involves the more complex idea of unpurified souls who undergo a spiritual cleansing before heading through the pearly gates. This assumes humans have souls, as opposed to those who believe humans are only evolved animals. (Which notion is the more 'progressive' thought?)

Believers and Non-Believers Agree About The Big Bang

I say to non-believers: You choose to believe that our existence appeared out of nowhere one day. Well, believers agree with you. 

Yes, that's right. Believers also think that everything came from nowhere. But, they also believe that God chose to create it all. 

Which is the fairy tale: Everything came magically from nothing, or that a supreme being (God) created everything from something?

Why not choose to believe that there is more to life than what we see. That's what an 'open-minded' person would do.

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Use this link --->>Maddie: Teaching Tolerance with a Smile to see a free preview of the Amazon eBook edition. 

50% of all proceeds from the sale of our book (in both print and eBook forms) are being donated to the Children's Alopecia Project (CAP).

Feel free to use, or share, this link--->>Maddie: Teaching Tolerance with a Smile to purchase the printed book directly from CAP.

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Here's a link to this great (print and online) article that the Reading Eagle recently published about our story Maddie: Teaching Tolerance with a Smile: Book chronicles Wyomissing teen's journey since being diagnosed with alopecia

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Thank you to Stacey Stauffer (Fox 29 Philadelphia). She interviewed Madison Woytovich, her parents (Jeff and Betsy Woytovich) and me about the latest chapter in this inspiring story. Here's a video link to Stacey's wonderful feature. 

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Interest surged in my Twitter account just a few hours after I had written a feature about Michael Muhney of CBS' 'The Young and The Restless'. 

More than just a talented, hard-working thespian, Muhney is also a family man who chooses to be involved in important charity work. One of those causes is: The LA Cancer Challenge, which benefits pancreatic cancer research. Click on that link when you get a chance. It's worthwhile.  

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