America’s Divine Experiment

Written By; Gary Wonning

In the early days, most settlers came to America for religious freedom. They wanted to worship as they pleased without a government or dictatorial ruler telling them what they should believe.

William Penn was arrested in England and imprisoned  for sharing his religious opinions which were not in agreement with the government’s agenda. He was even imprisoned in the Tower of London for eight months.

While in London’s notorious Newgate Prison, he wrote 1670: “By Liberty of Conscience, we understand not only a mere Liberty of the Mind … but the exercise of ourselves in a visible way of worship, upon our believing it to be indispensably required at our hands, that if we neglect it for fear or favor of any mortal man, we sin, and incur divine wrath.”

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Later, he started a colony and invited persecuted Christians to join him on land given to him by King Charles 11 as repayment of a debt owed to his father.  It was to be a Holy Experiment of religious freedom.

It drew people from all religious faiths. Quakers, Amish, Mennonites, Lutherans,Presbyterians, and every religious faith imaginable.

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As a consequence, William Penn named his capital city Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love.Soon churches of all faiths prospered. A Luthern missionary translated the first book into the Indian language. The first Quacker meeting House was soon constructed.

Philadelphia’s Christ Church followed. It was called the Nation’s Church,  as George Washington, Betsy Ross, Benjamin and Deborah Franklin and their daughter Sarah worshiped there, along with several signers of the Declaration of Independence.

In the years to follow the Episcopalians, Catholics, German Baptist, Jewish, and others followed suit, Philadelphia became the birthplace of religion in the new America.

The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, the oldest black Episcopal congregation in the United States was started here. In 1794, Richard Allen started the African Methodist Episcopal Church, building “Mother Bethel,” the first A.M.E. Church in America.

In 1796, Rev. “Black Harry” Hosier helped start the African Zoar Church.

Philadelphia’s first synagogue, Mikveh Israel, was built in 1782 by Sephardic Jews from Spain, Portugal and the West Indies, many of whom fled from New York in 1776, when the British captured the city. The building fund was greatly enhanced by the likes of Benjamin Franklin, Robert Morris-Signer of the Declaration, and Haym Solomon, Polish Jew financier of the American Revolution.

In 1845, Rabbi Isaac Leeser of Philadelphia’s Mikveh Israel synagogue produced the first Jewish translation of the Bible into English to be published in the United States.

The Mikveh Israel synagogue burned in 1872, donations poured in from many churches, including Philadelphia’s Christ Church.

Pennsylvania’s Charter, granted March 4, 1681, stated: “Whereas our trusty and well beloved subject, William Penn, esquire, son and heir of Sir William Penn, deceased, out of a commendable desire to enlarge our English Empire … and also to reduce the savage natives by gentle and just manners to the love of civil society and Christian religion, hath humbly besought leave of us to transport an ample colony unto … parts of America not yet cultivated and planted.”

William Penn wrote in his Charter of Privileges for Pennsylvanians 1701: “… because no people can be truly happy though under the greatest enjoyments of civil liberties if abridged of the freedom of their consciences as to their religious profession and worship.”

Without question, this activity ultimately lead to Philadelphia gaining the reputation of being the city of brotherly love, the birthplace of the Declaration ofIndependence and the U.S. Constitution.

Americ’s foundation is steeped in religion and the unbridled practice of it. Our country was founded on the principle of freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Written By; Gary Wonning

Everything you know is based on what has already happened in your life.  And yet, your only influence right now is over things that have not yet happened.  The things that have already happened have gotten you to where you are right now.  What you need to be concerned with, however, is where to go from here.

As a society, we in America have some serious issues, most are discussing those issues and many are even coming to unfounded conclusions about how to solve them. Many blame the police and other authoritative figures for the problems of humanity.

While in some instances, the authorities may be at fault, the problem is much deeper than that.

We the people have elected our public servants. The first thing we need to realize; members of congress and our executive branch aren’t our leaders, they are our representatives.

We elected them to represent us in  passing the laws  we all abide by. The first step is to elect people that represent our beliefs and values instead of electing a rock star that looks good on tv. 

Once elected we need to remember; serving in government isn’t meant to be a lifetime career. They should only serve a certain amount of time and then return to civilian life and live under the laws they have made. If and when they no longer represent our values, they should be removed from office and someone more representative of our values should replace them. 

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Running for public office isn’t a popularity contest and once there, they should be rated on performance, it’s not about them being our personal friend, most times they aren’t our personal friend, they all have an agenda, once that agenda no longer matches our agenda we need to find someone else to fill their position. 

Working in the private sector, if we no longer fulfill a need of our employer, what happens?  

We get replaced, the same should be true in government. 

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

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Gun Control: A Basic Right

Written by: Gary Wonning

Gun Control

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Unlike in most other countries, our right to keep and bear arms is guaranteed in our Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights alludes to individual rights , not those of the state.  Regardless of what some might think or say, it is an individual right, not a right given to some state or federal military force.

During the time in which our constitution and other founding documents were written, the militia consisted of  citizens, not a government police force.

All physically able men, over the age of twenty-one, were automatically enlisted in the militia, it was a citizen police force whose purpose was to protect the rights and lives of the individual against all and every foe, government or otherwise.

The militia was paramount in deciding the fate of our nation, citizen soldiers from the southern states almost single-handedly defeated Cornwallis and drove him to his defeat at Yorktown.

Our founders had an extreme fear that someday,  the  government might become tyrannical and consequently subjugate the citizenry and at the same time begin infringing upon their individual rights and freedoms.

They had seen those things occur in the governments of Europe and wanted to ensure it could never happen in our young country.

The second amendment to the constitution is our guarantee that could never happen. The second amendment guarantees that the rest of our Constitution and Bill of Rights will always be upheld.

In days past, the proper use of firearms was instilled in our youth at an early age, beginning as soon as they were able to comprehend the philosophy of self-protection and preservation. They were instilled with the knowledge they had a right to defend themselves, their property, and their families.

In those days, as well as today, danger can come instantly and people need to defend themselves before law enforcement has time to respond.

In those days, most people lived in isolated areas where it could take hours for the sheriff to arrive. Even today, in an urban area, it will take law enforcement at least ten minutes to come to your rescue, what are you going to do in those ten minutes? I think sitting down to tea and crumpets while waiting for the cops is out of the question.

The only sensible answer is that we have to be responsible for our own defense. There isn’t anyone else one can  depend on, it is physically impossible.

The only sensible solution is to properly train our young in the proper handling of firearms. I was conversing with a person just recently and she was shocked to learn that as a child, we had four or five shotguns and rifles stacked in the corner of the kitchen, available to anyone. We lived in a rural community and the guns were sometimes needed for protection, as well as providing food for the table.

In one particular instance, we had someone continuously stealing gas for our tractor. The sheriff had been called a few times, we lived ten miles from the sheriff’s office, so if the sheriff came at all, it would be at least a half an hour after we called him. After we lost many gallons of fuel on separate occasions,  my dad and neighbor hid in the woods adjoining our farm and waited, sure enough, it didn’t take long for the desperados to show up. My dad and the neighbor shot two boxes of twelve gauge shotgun shells into the trees in a direction where no one would be hurt. Guess what? The gas thieves never returned and we could go back to sleeping soundly again. And soon, the leaves all grew back on the trees.

The guns were in plain sight, and the ammunition was in the kitchen cabinet within reach of even small children. Even as an adult, I had a gun rack in the master bedroom while raising three daughters, did anyone touch them that shouldn’t have? Of course not, there were consequences.

We were trained, even as small children to never touch them. It was drilled into us constantly by our parents and grandparents, neighbors and friends. They were to only be used in self-defense and hunting. This was in the days when all the boys and some girls constantly played cowboys and Indians. Our main goal was to shoot the bad guys, Indians, not so much. Our heroes, Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy and the Lone Ranger were always fighting for truth, justice, and the American way. It just never made sense to fight Indians.

As kids,we all had cap guns strapped on our hips in case an outlaw came upon us without warning. We always had to be on  alert to such dangers.

Even in that “violent” environment, we kids had better never be caught pointing that cap gun at another person or animal. The one time I  was seen doing something like that, my mom took that gun away and I didn’t see it for weeks. After the first tongue lashing, it was apparent, foolish, and useless to take a different approach.

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In later years, many students did take guns to school, the guns were locked in the trunk of the car and remained handy in case we wanted to go rabbit hunting on the way home from school. Often times, guns were traded in the school parking lot. That wasn’t allowed by school officials, but they can’t be everywhere.

The kids in those days were just like the kids today, they weren’t perfect little angels, in fact, most of the time, they were just the opposite, but there were consequences if they were caught  misbehaving. As a result, bad behavior was kept to a bare minimum and we soon learned there were certain things you just didn’t do, not only because there were consequences, but out of respect for our elders and what they were trying to teach us. We realized that maybe even once in awhile , they might actually know what they were talking about.

We knew guns could kill someone or something and never even considered shooting someone without just cause. Even today, I would do everything possible before pulling  the trigger and harming someone. I believe most rational thinking people would do the same. If people were properly trained and taught not to fear firearms, there would be far fewer panic killings.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

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Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

 

A Brand New You

A middle-aged woman had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. While on the operating table she had a near-death
experience. Seeing God, she asked, “Is my time up?”

God said, “No, you have another 43 years, 2 months and 8 days to live.”

Upon recovery, the woman decided to stay in the hospital and have a facelift, liposuction, and a tummy tuck. She even had
someone come in and change her hair color. Since she had so much more time to live, she figured she might as well make
the most of it.

After her last operation, she was released from the hospital.
While crossing the street on her way home, she was killed by an ambulance.

Arriving in front of God, she demanded, “I thought you said
I had another 40 years?”

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God replied, “Sorry, I didn’t recognize you.”

The blogger has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

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Never Give Up

“If there’s just one piece of advice I can give, it’s this: when there’s something you really want – fight for it, don’t give up no matter how hopeless it seems. And when you’ve lost hope, ask yourself if ten years from now, you’re gonna wish you gave it just one more shot…because the best things in life don’t come free.”

If you “feel” that you’ve made mistakes and missed some of the best years of your life, remember: It’s never too late to start again.
You have to set your mind on and believe that you have a lot of living to do so this time, ” do it good”!
Remember, every day is a chance to start over and make your life amazing. It begins with your positive attitude and determination. ~Brigitte Nicole —

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The blogger has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

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Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

Bernie Sanders Voters; Take Heed.

Bernie let you down.

After all of the campaigning and lecturing about big business and big government , he caved and went to their side.

What lesson can you learn from this?

You put your faith in an elected official, a politician.

When do we learn not to trust in government?

Politicians and government have their own agenda. Politicians only want to get reelected, and most will do anything necessary to accomplish that goal. Most politicians could care less what is good for you or the country. They are not going to take care of you.

We need to trust ourselves and learn to once again take care of and provide for our own needs.

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Trust in God and yourself, they are the only ones who have your best interests at heart.

I believe that is what the framers of our constitution were trying to convey. They never trusted government to do the right thing, why do we?

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

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Exchanging Fear With Faith

 

Written by :Gary Wonning

In today’s world people have been taught to fear.

The daily barrage of negative news and  the constant reminding of people of all the things that can happen in this world has made most everyone  fearmongers.

People are afraid to go outside alone, let their kids play in the streets, or to go in the sun without SPF 80 sunscreen.

You see kids wearing more protective gear riding their bicycles than Evil Kenival wore when jumping the Snake River.

We are deluged with fear on an hourly basis.

As we think, we grow, constantly thinking about fear and all the things that can harm us only breeds more of the same. 

The only way to break out of this cycle is to once again think the way our creator wished for us to live, walking in faith. 

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

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We all have had instances in life where we think God has let us down, in reality, God was only testing our faith and strengthing our resolve to face the challenges of life. If it doens’t kill you, it makes you stronger.

We once again need to renew our trust in a Supreme Being and believe that everything will turn out the way it was meant, quit worrying and enjoy life.

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Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome