Tuesday, October 31, 2017

More students, young Americans turn to paganism

Who couldn't see this coming?

As millennials continue to leave traditional Christian religions, interest in Wiccan and pagan practices have seen increased interest in recent years, a trend also spotted among young people and on college campuses.

Pagan or Wiccan student groups are present on a number of college campuses — both secular and religious — across the nation. The growing normalization of such practices, albeit still a minority, corresponds with the decline in Christian believers, some observers note.

A recent report in Market Watch headlined “Why millennials are ditching religion for witchcraft and astrology” argues as much, for example.
All you have to do is go to the Bible and see what it says.  For instance, Jesus said:
Matthew 12:43-45 New International Version (NIV) 43 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. 45 Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”
 I've always thought there might be a bigger context to this (which Jesus points out).  For instance, if a whole COUNTRY whose roots were strongly Christian should reject Christ's teachings, what would happen?  Evil, which was summarily "kicked" out of say, America, would return to the "house" it left.  And bring his friends along.

We see this played out here and in other former strong Christian countries that have or are rejecting Christ.  And we find the country is now worse that before the establishment of Christianity there.

This situation concerns me and makes me wonder how long and how bad will it get.




Google Docs? THEY ARE WATCHING YOU

Let's say you just caught your spouse in a compromising situation.  You leave him or her and decide, in your worst of worst times, to write him/her a scathing letter on Google Docs.  Maybe you even got a little extreme in what you might do to get back.

Within an hour of hitting "save" there's a knock on your door.

It's the police.  They received a notice from Google that you were planning a possible terrorist act.  Of course, you planned no such thing. Did Google "see" you googling how to make a bomb?  Were you searching for theaters where firearms were banned?

As the police snap the metal bracelets on your wrists they inform you that you were writing out your plans on Google Docs.

Sound like fantasy?  THINK AGAIN.
In response to some of these reports [of being locked out of Google Docs], a Google employee tweeted that the team handling Google Docs was looking into the matter. Later Tuesday, Google said in a statement that it had "made a code push that incorrectly flagged a small percentage of Google Docs as abusive, which caused those documents to be automatically blocked. A fix is in place and all users should have full access to their docs."

Although the error appeared to be a technical glitch, the fact that Google is capable of identifying "bad" Google Docs at all is a reminder: Much of what you upload, receive or type to Google is monitored.
That's why I never use Google Docs.  What I type is none of their business.  And what you say CAN be used against you even if none of it is true.