Saturday, June 27, 2020

Did you ask questions to understand well what you heard?

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A friend cracked a joke to me this morning that he will shoot down the doors of our conference, if he comes to enter and it is still locked. It reminded me of this story. We had a lockdown that lasted for 3 hours in one of my former schools because two kids were exchanging text messages. One of them said, "We are going to burn down the school today." The other responded, " We will light it up." Another student who wanted to send a message to her mother to bring her phone saw it. She reported to the authorities that the two girls were planning to burn down the school, so their school called the police. The whole school was locked down, so they could search everywhere. There were almost 20 police cruisers. After three hours of searching the school and interviewing the two girls, they found out that, they were in the choir and were to perform that evening. They were excited to perform and confident their performance will alight every audience member. The school will be on fire. Everyone will talk about their performance. It was a metaphorical usage.

In another one, the authorities locked down the school when two kids were suspected of mass shooting. They were talking and one of them said, “Let us shoot it during school hours.” That was in reference to their school video because they were in the video Club, but the friend of the friend who overheard them thought that they were planning to shoot the school during school hours. Again, with a lot of melodrama, the school was locked down and police officers swam the school premises, yet they found nothing.

Such traducements have led to the death or the demise of many. No wonder Solomon said, "He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him." Prov 18:13. Please refrain from reporting matters you don’t have full information. As questionsmake sure you understood the speakers very well, for your rashness could cost them their lives. How would tou feel to undertsand that someone was killed because you did not take time to ask questions, that is was a mere misunderstanding? make this promise to yourself anf to God that you will hear an entire matter, understand it before you speak. 
Until then, do not speak on matters you no nothing or less!
St Arrey of Ntenako

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." (I Cor 15:19). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Hamilton Ayuk. Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Can prosperity and Integrity Cohabit?

Can prosperity and integrity cohabit?

To do a proper hermeneutics, we will have to define and apply both terms independently, and then see if it is possible for them to synchronize into one at any time of life. Can prosperity and integrity live together? Yes, and they should because the human being is a tripartite being; thus, he or she has a body, soul and spirit. Man was not made to live as segmented matter detached from each element. Unfortunately, many people take prosperity to only mean financial security and an influx of high profits. If so, a billionaire, millionaire and any other rich person would be termed prosperous. However, if you look at prosperity again as having good fortune and being happy then you will call a lot of people in the first category miserable since the majority of rich people actually lack good sleep. 
Integrity is to be morally upright with moral principles and ethical codes. 
Therefore, let us rephrase the question now using the definitions of both terms. Can a prosperous: rich or happy person be morally upright? In other words, does the bible say that everyone who is rich or happy will go to hell? Jesus said that “Verily I say unto you, that a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” Mt 19:23-24. He uses an adverb of manner and a comparative adjective to make the analogy. The goal is to show the degree of difficulty it takes for those with possessions to detach themselves from them and follow God. It is not an impossibility; otherwise, the bible will be contradictory since it acclaims rich and good people like Abraham, Job, Zacchaeus and Joseph of Arimathea. It conjures a degree of difficulty to be prosperous and full of integrity, but it is not an impossible task. Now look at it again this way. Can a rich person follow God? Yes, but according to Jesus, it will be difficult. Can a happy person be morally upright? Yes, but it is very difficult since trials are the closest of schools through which humanity is morally refined (I Pet 1:6-7).
In other words, the bible does not posit that it is inherently evil to be prosperous. Prosperity is a period of peace brought by riches or other external and internal elements, but a rich person is not necessarily a prosperous person. To be prosperous, you must have internal peace. For example, someone may be a billionaire, but he cannot sleep because he is too worried. A rich woman who is looking for children, or a rich man with a failed marriage cannot say that they are enjoying a period of peace in their lives. That is the absence of prosperity thereof. However, those who are prosperous will have an internal peace that shields them from the torrid invasion of worries. During this time of peace, they can still enjoy a period of integrity. They can still be morally upright because the bible defines integrity as completeness. They are complete from within and not just from without. A rich or happy person who does not allow the catalyst of their happiness to over showdow them will have at least a modicum of integrity. Hamilton Ayuk


“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." (I Cor 15:19). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Hamilton Ayuk. Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Did Trump create a new word?



The verb /foist/ exists. It means to pass something as if it is genuine or real or impose a fake thing as genuine. The word /foister/ doesn't exist, and it will not sound the way Trump is pronouncing it, since it will end with a schwa-(fɔɪstə), if it existed.
However, the past participle of the verb to foist is foisted. The mopheme /ed/ is a suffix used to indicate past tense in regular verbs, and it is pronounced as /id/ in standard English, but to many, it is erroneously pronounced as Trump is doing. We infer he is using the word /foisted/ because of the context. It is rather a speech sound disorder(SSD) and not a deliberate act of ignorance. The press got this wrong.

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." (I Cor 15:19). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Hamilton Ayuk. Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

Friday, September 6, 2019

The Left Talks of Tolerance, but They Seldom Give One.




The Left Talks of Tolerance, but They Seldom Give One.



Arabian Nights? Entertainment. The Left Talks of Tolerance, but They Seldom Give One. 

About 17 years ago, I met a teacher who was a homosexual. It was something that was strange to me because I had never heard of it until the students explained it to me. I used to visit him in his classroom to chat with him and understand his mindset. I told him that it was an abomination to live like that. He called me names as usual. We laughed. He invited me with other teachers to his home for parties, and we attended. 

After some time, I could not see him in school. I asked from other teachers who told me that he was suspended because a student accused him of choking him. I told them that the guy was too nice, and he will not choke that kid. I quickly picked up the phone and called him. He told me that he has been prohibited from talking to any teacher in school, so I should talk to his lawyer. I told his lawyer that I wanted to be his witness. 

The following day, I went to school and tried to campaign for other teachers to join me and testify on his behalf. The same people who talked about tolerance were too afraid to join me because the principal wanted him gone. He told them that anyone who will testify on his behalf will be gone. I said to myself, "This guy is not a bad person, and he is not a bad teacher, eventhough he is gay. Shouldn't he be judged for his teaching skills rather than his sexual orientation?" It is important to remember that all the other teachers with whom he ate and drank, and who were accusing me of being homophobic and intolerant were too scared to stand for the truth. They too wanted him gone. They laughed with him publicly, but they hated him in private.

On the day of his trial, I went there. The lawyer called me to the stand. 
I began by saying that, I am a Christian, and this man is a honmosexual. There is no reason why I should stand for him, since I don't condone the lifestyle. I should be happy, but it will be destroying an innocent man. He is a very gentle and nice person. He could and would not do what he is accused of. As such, I want them to find him not guilty. They asked me if I was done. I said yes. They asked me to leave. 

His lawyer told me that the trial ended right there after I left. They said that it is a great testimony for your “enemy” to testify for you. That is his life. If he wants to destroy it, I can only make suggestions, but I am not the judge to pass judgments.

The principal decided to give my job away with the pretext that I resigned. I asked them to show the resignation letter, but there was none. They later said that my certificate had expired; meanwhile, it did not. I would only know the real reason the principal gave away my position two years after I met one of the administrators who had become a principal herself somewhere else. 

People talk about tolerance, but they cannot pay the price. They are unwilling to extend the same largess to others who think differently from them. I know very well that a gay person would never have stood for me. That is the truth! They are so intolerant and hateful! If you disagree with them, they want you to lose your job. They call your jobsite and threaten to sue them. They purposely destroy businesses that disagree with them. These are the very people who talk of tolerance. Wherein then is the tolerance? I hope we can differ in opinions but still rise above our differences and love one another. 

Until then, tolerance is the weapon of the strong communicators, and intolerance is that of the weak and insecure communicator. 

St Arrey of Ntenako.  


“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." (I Cor 15:19). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Hamilton Ayuk. Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Does "no" always mean no?


Does "no" always mean no?
That is incorrect! No is not always a no. At times, "no": is negotiable, other times it is uncertainty and in most cases, it really means no, depending on the grammatical arrangement. For example, no followed by exclamation sign and no followed by an interrogation sign don't have the same meaning.

There will be three meanings of no: No, (low fall) no (high rise)! and no (high fall)? All will mean different things. Your next question will be how do I know which one they want. Their meanings will be determined by the intonation of the speaker. That is why the women who talk about a "soft no" are correct. I have followed several cases where it was said that the :no" was not emphatic, which is correct and true.

Now let us go through the meanings.
If I said "No" followed by an exclamation sign no!,  that is emphatic. That is a prayer, request or an order.
If I said : no" followed by an interrogation sign  no?, that is seeking consent. That is undergoing negotiation.
If I said no followed by a comma, that is uncertainty.
The same thing goes for yes. There are cases where a yes could actually mean no. Let your "no" be very clear and emphatic with no codes that it leaves no inferential window.
Until then, be emphatic with your no.
St Arrey of Ntenako

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." (I Cor 15:19). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Hamilton Ayuk. Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

Friday, December 21, 2018

Was Jesus born on December 25th (Christmas Day)?

Was Jesus born on December 25th?

During Christmas, there is always that big debate about the exact date of Jesus. There are so many camps that you don’t even know which one to belong. Some believe He was born on December 25th, but others believe he was not. Others don’t even believe that he existed; therefore, they negate his human birth at all. God has revealed his greatness even more in that while we were sinners, he gave his son Jesus to die for us. Hold on a minute, we were on earth, and he must be born for mankind. So, an angel appeared to a virgin, called Mary to tell her she will conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost and will deliver a child whose name will be called Jesus. Jesus was born in a manger wrapped in swaddles. After his birth, three magi visited him to pay homage as the King of kings and Lord of lords. Since his birth, a day has been generally celebrated to commemorate his coming for the soul of humanity.

Behold the enigma! Was Jesus born on December 25th?

There is no such mention in the Bible. However, the argument for and against Christmas is childish. Why take all that pain to prove that Jesus was or was not born on December 25th? There must always be a horizontal interpretation of the Bible to establish proper hermeneutics. People have said that the 25th of December was a day that the pagans worshiped the sun god. That is a bad interpretation. It is like arguing that because the USA celebrates 4th of July as Independence Day, but the Philippines celebrates it as Republic Day, then the Americans are celebrating the Filipinos's Republic Day, or the Filipinos are celebrating the American Independence Day. Now, it would be stupid for someone to get up one day and say, " Did you know that the Americans celebrate 4th of July as Independence Day, but the Filipinos celebrate it as the Republic Day? Would it then be right to accuse the Filipino of celebrating the American Holiday? You must look across the board to see how that day is celebrated.  The pagans celebrated December 25 as a day for the sun god, but the Jews also celebrated it as a day to offer gifts to the poor, way before the advent of Jesus (Esther 9:22). It was called there Feast of Purim. 

There has never been a solved debate on the validity of the 25th of December as the day Christ was born. However, everyone is certain the date foreshadows hope and foretells a bright future for those who will trust in Him. On the day He was born (December 25th or whatever day) began the beginning of redemption and the paroxysm was his death. Christ died that humanity may have rest and hope. Many have joined in this celebration and a few more resist and reject the feast. They argue that they are not Christians. 

Some people consider the day as the most important and others do not. While there is no injunction against holidays, there are guidelines to manage days of feasting in our lives as God must be the center of them (Rom 14:5-9). In whatever we do, we are to do it for the glory of God (I Cor 10:31). For some, December 25th is important, but to others, it is not. Christian maturity then comes in with the application of Romans 14:5-6.

During Christmas, we have traditionalized the habit of giving gifts and perfunctory Christmas wishes. I mean wishes that mean really nothing. Even in the course of giving, the ethos thereof is defeated because the gifts nowadays have two classes: the poor man’s gift and the rich man’s gift. Gifts actually were for the poor and not for the rich. When the Jews had rested from all their enemies and their sorrow was turned to joy; from mourning into a good day, they decided to feast and enjoy, sending portions to one another and gifts to the poor (Esther 9:22). Wasn't that true delectation and true lebensfreude?

 Whether they believe in him or not or trust the date or not one question abounds: Does Christmas really bring hope to you?

Until then, remember the advice of Paul o to the Romans 14:5-6.

St Arrey of Ntenako.


“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." (I Cor 15:19). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Hamilton Ayuk. Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Reminder for a will if you have assets or mind where you are buried.


If you love your family and don’t want them going front and back the courts, then you must write your will while you live. The living will not take verbal declarations to heart. They will try to put asunder what God has joined together. As you know; profit making and not brotherliness is the heartbeat of the current society. People will make a deal out of nothing, if they have monetary interest at stake. Those involved with zombies will want you to leave your body, so they could come back and repossess it. Remember that we will be controlled by two extremes; the far right and the far left because it is a new philosophy. Though the moderates have to bear the brunt of their extremism. One should be open to both camps, if they want to be wise and be foolish too. Both have a bit of foolishness and a bit of wisdom. We need both in life.

In the absence of a written will, we have to rely on the utmost good faith of the living partner to execute the wish of the defunct. Marriage being a family affair and not a reclusive turncoat, you will have to share your will with family members to avoid any foul play in case your will did not match that of your living partner. A good decision can only be made with a sound mind. So, you shouldn’t postpone writing your will. The decisions we make as we live will influence our entire life. If you don’t make wise decisions, the living will make them for you when you die. David says, “teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Ps 90:12). It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart (Eccl 7:2).

If one of the partners dies without living a will, the living partner has the right under biblical considerations to do with the body as he or she pleases because “therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh (Gen 2:24). When a woman leaves her parents, she gets married to her husband and not her parents, the state or church. That means, in the absence of a written will, the husband decides how to keep the body of the wife and no one else. The church intervening in such matters, is destroying the very fabric of the institution of marriage whereby “The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise, also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife” (I Cor 7:4).

Finally, when the light is out, the beacon of the dead stalls and shines according to their works. Consequently, the bitter memories will live for some time between the family of the dead and that of the living partner. Such calamites sometimes put the country one more time in the lime light, raising serious questions about the laws of the land.
Until then, you shouldn’t postpone writing your will for you can die any time, any day.

St Arrey of Ntenako. 

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." (I Cor 15:19). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Hamilton Ayuk. Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

Did you ask questions to understand well what you heard?

A friend cracked a joke to me this morning that he will shoot down the doors of our conference, if he comes to enter and it is still l...