不想吃的糖果可作別用

不想吃的糖果可作別用

早陣子朋友從上海帶來了一包貢糖,大家似乎對這糖果沒甚興趣,不想浪費便想辦法把它用掉。這糖是沒有薄荷味的,故在昨晚煮紅豆沙時便把它用作糖去調味。先把約十顆放下再試味,發覺並無異味後便將餘下都放下去。家人在吃的時候全不感覺有異。

上次把從柬埔寨帶回來的椰子糖加入喳喳中有出奇的效果,最重要的是沒有浪費又減少了垃圾。

新年將至,很多糖果都會剩下,糖蓮子、糖冬瓜等可加在糖水中、用來煲湯或涼茶均可。

 

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悔改? 需要嗎? 重要嗎?

悔改? 需要嗎? 重要嗎?

甚少在講道的信息中聽到有這個提醒,不知原因何在。難道福音是白白的賜下,人不需作出任何回應也能自然獲得?

若以為福音也只有救恩及得到永生這些的好處,而忽略了人應盡的本份,那便是把種子撒在淺土上了!

從那時候耶穌就傳起道來、說、天國近了、你們應當悔改。(馬太福音 4:17)

你們要結出果子來、與悔改的心相稱.(馬太福音 3:8) 

你竟任著你剛硬不悔改的心、為自己積蓄忿怒、以致 神震怒、顯他公義審判的日子來到。(羅馬書 2:5)

當然神的恩典是不可缺少的,但人首要及必要的是悔改。

 

Fornication, Adultery, Sexual Immorality, 苟合,姦淫

Fornication, Adultery, Sexual Immorality, 苟合,姦淫

經常看聖經會犯上的另一毛病,就是把一連串列出的事輕描淡寫的略過了事,就如苟合,姦淫 (fornication, adultery, sexual immorality) 等看為一種事,沒有深研兩者是有分別的。

根據牛津字典的解釋︰

fornication – 是泛指沒有婚姻下的性行為。

immorality – 不道德,邪惡。Sexual Immorality – 不道德或邪惡的性關係。

adultery – 指已婚的人與不是他的配偶發生性行為。

 

耶穌基督對門徒的教導︰

Mark 7:20-23

NIV

20 He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them.

21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder,

22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.

23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”

 

NASB

20 And He was saying, “That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man.

21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries,

22 deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness.

23 All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.”

 

和合本

20 又說、從人裡面出來的、那纔能污穢人.

21 因為從裡面、就是從人心裡、發出惡念、苟合

22 偷盜、兇殺、姦淫、貪婪、邪惡、詭詐、淫蕩、嫉妒、謗讟、驕傲、狂妄.

21 這一切的惡、都是從裡面出來、且能污穢人。

 

從主耶穌以上的教訓可知祂勸誡人不要犯上以上種種行為,可是有些人試圖曲解聖潔的神對罪的看法,去掩飾自己的罪。

儘管這些人能欺騙到某些人,但神是信實的是公義的,人若不悔改,斷不能進入祂的救恩,最終要面對終極的審判。

 

Oxford Dictionary

Fornication

  • sexual intercourse between people not married to each other: laws forbidding adultery and fornication

Immorailty

  • the state or quality of being immoral; wickedness: he believed his father had been punished by God for his immorality

Adultery

  • voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a person who is not their spouse: she was committing adultery with a much younger man
      

嚚 器 噐 囂 嚻 虈 嘂 噩

圕 囿 圃 囧 圊 圇 圌 圓 圚 圎 囝 困 囷 囦 囨 囯 囶 囫 团 團 囹 団 囜 圑 圉 圛 図 國 囸 囥 囚 圂 囮 囻 圐 圍 回 固 圄 圁 囼 圀 囙 圔 囲 囤 圈 圏 園 囡 圜 圖 圙 圝 圞

谷 呇 古 吉 舌 呑 告 吿 啠 咎 笤 台 咨 叴 夻 唘 否 叾 合 含 吢 言 咅 吂 呰 軎 噵 啻 噕 嗸

呙 肙 員 咠 吊 只 兄 呉 吴 呆 呈 叧 另 虽 足 号  呂 邑 黾

槑 斝 嚴 咒 咢 哭 喌 鼍 嘼 嚚 器 噐 囂

碞 喿 闆 榀 偘 臨 嵓 匲

靈 孁 龗 麢 醽 酃 蘦

龠 鑰 瀹 爚 禴 龤 龣 龢 鸙 龡 籥 蘥

嚚 器 噐 嚻 虈 嘂  

嘩!真係未見過咁多口!

經常會聽到人說﹕官字兩個口,但有兩個口的字又何止官字呢?三個口以至四個都不少,有口的字實在有太多了。我只能把某些特別的組合列出來。

 

甚麼人權監察總幹事?

甚麼人權監察總幹事?

再有機會聽到香港人權監察總幹事羅沃啟的發言,很奇怪他的言詞全無理據邏輯可言。這已不是第一次我懷疑他的言論是否有代表性。

1月23日香港電台的千禧年代節目,因着那地盆散工人在遊行期間在警員耳邊吹口哨被判襲警罪成而訪問他。大家可以自行去香港電台的網頁去重聽,然後可以自行去判斷。

香港人權監察,好一個高尚的名字。能有人去監察人權問題本是好一件事,奈何這位羅先生卻把整件事弄跨了。他所言的除了沒有理據外,更是不知所謂。作為人權監察本應是持平的去表達他們的理念及觀察所見,向有關當局提出意見。但羅沃啟只以他個所持的所謂人權做出發,差不多局限於遊行示威者的權益而言。

有一次他在遊行中被警員管制的時候,他即以自己是人權監察的羅沃啟為擋箭牌,認為自己是監察員而可享有特權。羅先生,莫說你的組織是否被認可,就是天子犯法都要與庶民同罪,我不見得羅先生有任何的特權。

從香港人權監察的網頁所見,這組織的創會會員不乏社會知名人士,可是卻沒有一個仍有參與會務。網頁中除了一大堆連結外,並沒有甚麼自行發表的調查及評論。似乎羅先生只會被訪時表達,並無打算將自己的觀點及理念更有條理的去寫出來。

要真正的叫大家關注人權問題,請先選擇一個稱職的人去擔此重任。若以羅沃啟的態度及表現,只會叫這組織失卻公信力,壞了大事。

 

Tree ring mystery

More than 1,200 years ago, some mysterious event was recorded in tree rings in a Japanese cedar forest.

While one study suggested a solar flare was to blame, a new group of researchers are pointing toward a gamma-ray burst, a powerful space explosion.

The ancient cedar trees record a rare event around 774 or 775 A.D. This shows up in a sharp rise in the amount of radioactive carbon-14 and beryllium-10 recorded in the trees’ rings, which can be created by incoming particles from space.

But what caused an influx of radiation?

Tree ring mystery

According to astronomers Valeri Hambaryan and Ralph Neuhauser of the Astrophysics Institute of the University of Jena in Germany, the most likely culprit was a gamma-ray burst. [Amazing Solar Flare of Oct. 22, 2012 (Photos)]

These bursts can be caused when two compact objects, such black holes or neutron stars, slam into each other and release a flood of high-energy gamma-ray radiation.

Such an interpretation, the scientists argue, fits the tree ring mystery, because a gamma-ray burst would be powerful enough to cause the uptick in carbon-14 and beryllium-10. It also fits with the fact that no rare celestial event was observed that year on Earth, at least according to records available now.

The researchers calculated that a gamma-ray burst at a distance of 3,000 and 12,000 light-years from Earth best fits the data.

“If the gamma-ray burst had been much closer to the Earth it would have caused significant harm to the biosphere,” Neuhauser said in a statement. “But even thousands of light-years away, a similar event today could cause havoc with the sensitive electronic systems that advanced societies have come to depend on.”

 

Rare chemicals

The rare forms of carbon and beryllium, which are heavier than the normal varieties of those elements, are created when radiation from space collides with nitrogen atoms in Earth’s atmosphere, which then decay into carbon-14 and beryllium-10.

Both chemicals are unstable and decay on predictable time scales, allowing scientists to trace these particular tree rings back to such a specific time in the past. The fact that the jump in carbon-14 and beryllium-10 was only seen in one year’s rings means whatever sparked their creation was short-lived.

“The challenge now is to establish how rare such carbon-14 spikes are, i.e., how often such radiation bursts hit the Earth,” Neuhauser said. “In the last 3,000 years, the maximum age of trees alive today, only one such event appears to have taken place.”

Best solution

The researchers say a gamma-ray burst explanation fits better than a solar flare, because most flares from the sun would not be powerful enough to create such a spike. Plus, they argue, a super-strong solar flare would likely have created extra-special aurora displays, which were not seen, according to historical records.

However, astrophysicists Adrian Melott of the University of Kansas and Brian Thomas of Washburn University say a flare would have to have been only about 10 or 20 times more powerful than the greatest flare on record, the so-called Carrington event of 1859. Since the records don’t go back very far, such an occurrence is not out of the realm of possibility, they say.

To distinguish between the different interpretations, historians will have to look for further hints in the historical records. Neuhauser and Hambaryan also suggest looking for the object that might have resulted from the merger that caused the gamma-ray burst, which would be a 1,200-year-old black hole or neutron star that lies between 3,000 to 12,000 light-years away, but lacks the characteristic gas and dust clouds of a supernova remnant.

They report their findings Jan. 21 in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.