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Why Did Hizbullah launch their recent attack on Israel?

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Question found in Current Affairs
To the best of my knowledge, Hizbullah did not attack Israel. It was Israel that started a war to destroy the Hizbullah. The cause of this war that inflicted so much damage to Lebanon was the abduction of two Israelis by the Hizbullah. No one would consider this as launching an attack on Israel. In response to a certain group kidnapping two Israelis, the Government of Israel launched an all out war on various regions of Lebanon that included its capital.

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How many books are there in the old testament?

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Question found in Bible Studies
The Bible used by Christians - orthodox as well as Catholics - till the reformation contained 54 books. Martin Luther removed 15 books from these and now the protestants have 39 books and the others have 54.

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Does anyone know whether the chicken did in fact, come before the egg?

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Question found in Theology
There are two ways of answering this.
1. Egg represents sexual reproduction with chicken as parent and egg the offspring. Long before sexual reproduction started there were living organisms. Thus chicken comes before the egg.
2. Speaking of the bird that lays eggs: During the evolutionary process, the mutation that happened to certain reptiles brought the bird family into existence. This mutation happened most likely in the egg of the reptile concerned. So egg came before the chick.

It all depends on how you look at it.

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Simply explain the meaning of this scripture, EZEKIEL 16:6

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Question found in Religion & Spirituality In General
The meaning of this verse is understood only when it is read with the preceding and the following verses. Jerusalem, the religious and political capital of the Jewish people represents the people of Israel. Like the prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah before him, Ezekiel also is referring to Jerusalem as the bride – the wife – of the Lord, the God who later becomes unfaithful.
16: 6 describes Jerusalem in its state of utter helplessness from where the Lord let it ‘live’. Jerusalem was then as helpless as a new born baby who still was in the mess of the blood and fluid from the mother’s womb. But for the blessings of the Lord Jerusalem would not have survived or become the beautiful city, nor Israel the strong nation that it was at the time of Ezekiel.
The significance of the passage is that it magnifies the wrong done by Israel to the Lord in being unfaithful to the Lord.


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Thank You so much for your ansewer. Now I understand the passage.

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Is suicide wrong? If so why? Especially when a person finds there's no point in living, how can one justify it as wrong?

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Question found in Religion & Spirituality In General
1. If homicide – murder - is wrong then suicide is wrong. Fratricide and patricide – killing brother or father is more serious than homicide. Even more serious is suicide. All religious, political and social organizations condemn suicide.
2. If a person feels there is no point in living it is because that person doesn’t understand the meaning of life. There is always a point – a meaning – in living. To find the meaning of life – the point of living – religion can help. Trust in God and His providence and submission to His will can make a difference in life.
3. Often we find life meaningless when we live for ourselves. It becomes very meaningful when we live for others. When we are full of love for others we shall experience the abundant love of others to us as well as the love of God. This will make life – under any circumstance meaningful. LOVE is the panacea for most of the evils around us.

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How do taste-buds work?

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Question found in Biology
Our taste buds work in the same way as the rest of the sensory systems, the eye, ears and noses have nerves that receive respective perceptions and pass them on to the brain where these messages are interpreted. Just as the eye recognises red or blue, the skin recognises hot or cold our taste buds - nerve endings of these perceptually nerves - feel the various taste, send messages to the brain where the tastes are recognised as good or bad, sweet or salty, sour or pungent.

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What does one mean by supernova ?

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Question found in Space & Astronomy
What is a supernova?

Supernova are explosions of massive stars that astronomers observe in various parts of the cosmos. During their ‘normal life span’ stars ‘shine’ by radiating the energy produced in it by the process of nuclear fusion taking place inside it, due to the extreme high temperatures and pressures caused by gravity. In this process hydrogen is being converted into helium and further into heavier elements in nucleo-synthesis. When the star runs out of the nuclear fuel, when most of the hydrogen has been converted into heavier elements, the gravity overcomes the pressure of radiation and any of the following can happen. 1. Smaller stars turn into a dense neutron star. 2. Stars heavier than the sun explode in what is called a supernova. 3. The very massive stars turn into black holes. This is the end of the active life of a star.

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What's the difference between pluralism and relativism?

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Question found in Education In General
Pluralism is a system that includes individuals from groups differing in basic background experiences and cultures. Pluralism allows for the development of a common tradition while preserving the right of each group to maintain its cultural heritage. It implies mutual respect.
Relativism is the concept that a cultural system can be viewed only in terms of the principles, background, frame of reference, and history that characterize it.

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The four elements are represented by four colours, earth/green, air/yellow, fire/red, water/blue is there a reason for this?

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Question found in Spirituality In General
If you look from the top of a mountain you will see the land below you as green - the colour of the grass, plants or trees while if you look at the distant sea it will be seen as blue. Hence we have: Earth - green and Water - blue. Fire, flame or the glow of an ember is mostly seen as red while air, the lightest of these is given the soft colour yellow.

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Is sadness a positive or negative emotion?

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Question found in Spirituality In General
The answer to this has to be qualified.
1. If we take sadness as the opposite of joy we could say joy is positive emotion while sadness is negative. But in many cases, such as the bereavement of an intimate person, sadness is quite natural. Nobody expects one to express joy at the death of one's only child. In this case joy is negative while sorrow is positive.
2. Some feel that in spiritual life should be of one of suffering and sadness - that the emotion 'sadness' is positive in that sense. I do not agree with this view at all. Spiritual life can be and must be one of joy - joy in the presence of your God, joy you get by the love that you radiate to all and that you receive from all.
In this context of spiritual life I would say sadness is a negative emotion. A spiritually enlightened person has no cause for sadness as the person is always with the Almighty and as the person has total trust in His providence.

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Thank-you for an interesting answer.

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