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Self Sacrifice or Delusion?

March 10, 2014 , ,

Sacrifice is presented as desirable in some circles.  Women in particular are lead to believe that sacrifice will be rewarded, even when the reward is not in sight.  While we can’t go through life without any instances of victimhood, making a habit of it is a very bad idea.  Feminism had a lot to do with rejecting victim status, and yet women today are wrapped up in a number of delusional mindsets that rob happiness.  Perfection will not be attained for more than a few seconds in any arena, so expectations must be matched to that reality.  Striving for more of everything without stopping to enjoy what we have will lead us in a downward cycle.  There is no amount of money or status that can change the need to wallow in the  role of the victim.  Sore winners abound, and wining does not make them happy.  Suffering is a matter of perspective and is not absolute.

I have been studying and meditating on Thomas Moore’s new book, A Religion of One’s Own, which I am enjoying.  When I heard him talk about the book he said many of his patient’s in his counseling practice were treated too harshly in childhood.  Since this heavy discipline was sometimes associated with religion, these adults suffer today from combinations of guilt and inappropriate self punishment. Mixed messages from our youth of spirituality and sacrifice can create havoc in the soul.  Take good care of yourself, gentle reader.

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VERY interesting video and text. I think perhaps that book is a must read.


Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

March 11, 2014

I suppose Jesus was the only really successful martyr but he was God. I guess that is sound theology but I admit it may not be for all I know, and I have not really explored it. Just a sudden unsupported thought of mine.
I suppose also that if its God’s will that you be a martyr, then its O.K.
Speaking of martyrs, I apparently have descent from a well known one, namely, John “the Martyr” Rogers (1507 – 1554).
He was a close friend of William Tyndale, under whose influence he abandoned the Roman Catholic faith, and married Antwerp native Adriana de Weyden (b. 1522, anglicized to Adrana Pratt in 1552) in 1537. After Tyndale’s death, Rogers pushed on with his predecessor’s English version of the Old Testament, which he used as far as 2 Chronicles, employing Myles Coverdale’s translation (1535) for the remainder and for the Apocrypha. Although it is claimed that Rogers was the first person to ever print a complete English Bible that was translated directly from the original Greek & Hebrew, there was also a reliance upon a Latin translation of the Hebrew Bible by Sebastian Munster and published in 1534/5. Tyndale’s New Testament had been published in 1526. The complete Bible was put out under the pseudonym of Thomas Matthew in 1537; it was printed in Paris and Antwerp by Adriana’s uncle, Sir Jacobus van Meteren. At the insistence of Archbishop Cranmer, the “King’s most gracious license” was granted to this translation.

In the words of John Foxe:

“John Rogers continued until Queen Mary’s succession to the throne, when the Gospel and true religion were banished, and the Antichrist of Rome, with his superstition and idolatry, were introduced.”

Rogers was also against radical Puritanism for which he was soundly criticized. Rogers was burned at the stake on 4 February 1555 at Smithfield. Noailles, the French ambassador, spoke of the support given to Rogers by the greatest part of the people: “even his children assisted at it, comforting him in such a manner that it seemed as if he had been led to a wedding.” Rogers was the first martyr that perished under Queen Mary aka “Bloody Mary”.

My Rogers descent is not as well documented as I would like in some places perhaps because the times were so perilous.
John (“the Christian Martyr”) Rogers (1507 – 1555)
is your 11th great grandfather
John Rogers (1538 – 1601)
son of John (“the Christian Martyr”) Rogers
Elizabeth Rogers (1568 – 1676)
daughter of John Rogers
Ralph Wheelock (1600 – 1683)
son of Elizabeth Rogers
Eleazer Wheelock (1654 – 1731)
son of Ralph Wheelock
Ralph Wheelock, one of the Founding Families of Yale University (1682 – 1748)
son of Eleazer Wheelock
Mary Wheelock (1728 – 1809)
daughter of Ralph Wheelock, one of the Founding Families of Yale University
Achsah Bingham (1760 – 1832)
daughter of Mary Wheelock
Gustavus Adelphus Everts (1797 – 1884)
son of Achsah Bingham
Eliza Ann Everts (1830 – 1894)
daughter of Gustavus Adelphus Everts
Octavia Abigail Hendricks (1865 – 1961)
daughter of Eliza Ann Everts
Walter Root Bennett (1886 – 1935)
son of Octavia Abigail Hendricks
Ethel Bennett (1917 – 2013)
daughter of Walter Root Bennett
Frederick Edward Rehfeldt
You are the son of Ethel Bennett –


frederick (rick) rehfeldt

March 11, 2014

Tyndale is my super great uncle. Rowland Taylor is my martyr, burned at the stake by Bloody Mary for reading the Tyndale bible.



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