Did Jesus really raise from the dead?

January 29, 2016

By Eddy Montilla.

JESUS

The topic about the resurrection of Jesus is undoubtedly the most important and polemic issue we have because if it is true that he rised from the dead, and as he said, we can do the same some day, then, the fact of believing or not in his words makes the difference between living or dying forever. Nothing is more dreadful than the idea of dying. If that story is true, there’d be no reason to feel fear anymore. But…How can Jesus’ resurrection be proved? In order to do that, we cannot think subjectively as Christians usually do, but objectively, like those who do not believe in these kind of things, that is, the atheists. It means that there is no space for arguments that offend reason, unfounded ideas, etc. Let’s say goodbye to ideas like these ones: “I believe in Jesus’ resurrection because I feel his presence in my heart”, “I can see him in the magnificence of the nature”, etc. The Apostles’ oral testimony is not valid either for lack of evidence. Then, what can we use as proof in this case?

     As far as I know, there is only one objective and real proof of Jesus’ resurrection, and it is the Apostles’ stance on the resurrection when they were persecuted for defending and spreading this idea. Note that they preferred to be killed than to abandon their preaching about Jesus’ resurrection. This is the only argument with cogency that does not crack in front of any Atheist’s stance and cannot be refuted by them. And in essence it is very simple: A person, as long as he or she can get some economic benefits or power, he or she might embrace a lie, but if his or her life is in peril, that person will stop lying immediately because nobody is stupid enough to lose his or her life for defending a lie or a dead man (Jesus, in this case). If life is our most prized possession, the Apostle and many other Christians were not going to play with it defending something that was not true. This irrefutable evidence is the base and faith of millions of people around the world.

This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.

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Hitler’s testicle and mediocre journalism

January 17, 2016

By Eddy Montilla.

I was reading a newspaper and saw a piece of news about Adolf Hitler. In the Internet, I found similar information: Hitler only had one testicle. I stopped reading, made some coffee and thought about how much readers and writers have changed in the last decade. To write a good article, something worthy of being read and, therefore, published is the same as crude oil: You have to dig deep to find it. Otherwise, the only thing you will find is sewage because… Since when people’s testicles can be considered to be a piece of news? Since when a person’s genitals became a deciding factor to weigh up a person’s success or failure?

     We have more than 7 billion people in the world. It is not surprising to find millions of them who love reading and spending their time on such kind of trifles, and that’s why sensationalism is as old as journalism itself. Besides, as a journalist, you have no choice: You have to sell what you write or write about something that can be sold. However, after that, nothing prevents you from going for the crude oil we said before or a diamond hidden inside these irrelevant pieces of information. For example, observe any picture or movie of Adolf Hitler in uniform, and you will notice that he looked like a weak little man compared to other soldiers. In fact, Hitler was shorter and thinner than all Germans I have met. Then, the real and valuable story here is not if Hitler had one, two or twenty testicles, but how a man with a relatively weak constitution could get the mental subjugation of millions of people physically stronger than him. That was the valuable source for an article that they did not see, they could not find. The storage of information is huge these days, the pieces of equipment for communication, in terms of quantity and quality, have gotten unparalleled progress, but both, good writers and readers are facing a sad and lonely word: extinction.

This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.

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(4) Four steps to get along fine with your children

August 6, 2015

By Eddy Montilla.

Parents

You cannot take the end of a stick and leave the other end. If we write “Four steps to get along fine with your parents”, then, to see the situation from the other side, I mean how to get along fine with your children, is something expected. Let’s see the steps:

Step 1: Make your children feel that you are a person who gives sound advice rather than a bossy person who always gives orders

When they are very young, children do many things voluntarily, but when they grow up, almost every task that they are asked to do is carried out reluctantly. Why? Well, you don’t have to buy a book or visit a child psychologist to get the answer: Nobody wants to receive orders. That’s all. Remember how you feel whenever your boss tells you: “Do this and do that!” In general, people hate one-way-position, especially if this position is to obey only. Show them the benefits of doing something instead of giving them direct orders without any explanation. You will see better results.

Step 2: Give time and space to your children

Children need their own space and time to discover and experience many things of life by themselves instead of receiving all things like a manual or an online tutorial. If you are too worried about how much space (“freedom”) you should give them, a good idea could be to demarcate it. However, once you establish the limits, leave them take decisions, explore the physical or abstract area in which you put them. That will help them to develop abilities to deal with new things.

Step 3: Change the way you play and talk to your children as they grow up

You might say: ”We all know that.” And I can say: That is the reason why we don’t do that. After all, we rarely pay attention to things we know, right? A child’s interest fluctuates from hour to hour, from day to day while an adult keeps a static position for his or her interests. If you, as a father or mother, do not make changes, there will come a time when you will not have a “connection point” that lets them play, chat or just spend time together. For example, in the past, you used to go together to a park and play there. Today, your son or daughter prefers to use a tablet to chat with his or her friends most of the time. What could we do? To make the necessary changes and adjustments. These days, teenagers spend more time using electronic gadgets than watching TV. Then, you could use his or her tablets as a focal point for all of you to be together. On that point, ideas are abundant.

Step 4: Do not deny the pass of time

Children need to be looked after by their parents before and after coming to this world. You have to care of them for almost two decades (it is not coincidence that after this period of time they are called adults). During this long period, parents develop some instincts to care their children. The mental and emotional state created by these instincts and their love for their children is so strong that they cannot separated it from their objective thinking. That explains why many mothers do not go to sleep until their kids return home from a party at night or why a father is trying to help his son when is the father who really needs help. The more your eyes show you that your children are adults already, the more your heart will mislead you into believing that they are still children, and therefore, they need all your protection and help. For the good of your children, you have to put these feelings on the right track and avoid emotional distortions. Accept the fact that they are adults already and love the great effort you did to take them to this point.

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(4) Four steps to get along fine with your parents

August 6, 2015

By Eddy Montilla.

Your parents

P.G. needed 62 years to find a good way of reconciling the differences he had with his father, and he could enjoy that moment for 11 days, the exact time his father was in hospital before dying. Perhaps, the entry of this article sounds for you a little bit tragic, but I prefer to see it from a more realistic point of view: P. G was luckier than a turkey on Christmas Eve because when it comes to life, quality surpasses quantity, so the last 11 days of his situation made the difference. And now let’s take a look at the steps:

Step 1: Try to understand and accept your position in your family order

Many people, in particular today’s youth, think that family order is not important and there is no relevance between parents and children once they grow up. “I can decide by myself”, “I am an adult already” and other expressions push you to fight for an “independence” in your house without realizing that family slavery has never existed there. The same problem can be seen on TV programs and movies with their usual plot: Parents are against some absurd ideas. Their children do not pay attention to them and leave home to do all they want. At the end, they get everything and go back home as successful and amazing as Spiderman. There, their parents are waiting to hug them and congratulate them. Movies with the good intention to entertain, perhaps, but able to eliminate the ability to think and value properly, able to eliminate teenagers’ cerebral function and cause decerebration.

Be careful with this situation. If you pretend to be a car and collide with reality, you will burst like popcorn and reality tells us that no matter what you do or achieve, in a family relationship, parents will always occupy the highest rank, and not because they gave you your life, but because they belong to a different generation, which let them have more experience than you do despite your educational achievements. Perhaps your mother does not know how to turn your tablet on; perhaps your father cannot understand an inch of your conversation about technology, but I can assure you that they can be your professor about the most important thing: Life. In your family, you are number 2 and your parents are number 1. That does not put you in a lower position, but in your real place according to the natural circle of life. Time will come when you will be number one. In the meantime, learn from your parent’s experience.

Step 2: Pay more attention to your parent’s good intentions

Every year my father came up with a new idea about some great business, and every year the result was not as good as he expected. And that has nothing to do with his abilities, but his attitude towards people in need led him to give away not only the benefits of the business, but the capital too! Instead of highlighting this problem, my brothers, my mother and I always valued his efforts since all he tried to do was for one beautiful goal: Our family well-being. Do not look the borders, but the center and you will discover that all your parents have done (despite their good decisions or mistakes) is for your own good. It’s true: Many times they have made terrible mistakes, but in general, the intention was good. Two thousand years has passed since that moment and nobody has been able to express this idea in a better and concise way than Jesus when he said that if your son asks for bread, you will not give him a stone, or a snake for fish. If you can understand this idea, you would never be so severe on them, especially when they are getting old and you are an adult.

Step 3: Be tolerant of your parent’s attitude towards you

Before your parent’s eyes, you are and always will be their child no matter how old you are. This perception is retroactive and prospective, I mean it is applicable to the past and future. Many things can only be understood fully when you experience them at the same level. To be a father or a mother is one of them. When you become a father or a mother, you will probably be doing the same things that you criticize today from your parents just because parent’s love for their children does not have limits.

Step 4: As time passes, make adjustments to your relationship with your parents

In the past, social and technological changes were slow and progressive. Today, they are fast and fickle, and that’s why many parents have difficulties to cope with these changes, understand them and handle them properly. Many of them never get this level, not because their ideas are behind the times, but because their frame, their way of thinking corresponds to a different ideological model. If you make adjustments, especially as your parents get old, your relationship will be better.

Finally, something that I have repeated to everybody ad nauseam: There are thousands of people who lost their parents at early age. They would have loved to have the opportunity to spend time with them, no matter how good or bad, saint or evil they could have been. If you were blessing with this chance, what are you waiting?

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When…

June 5, 2014

By Eddy Montilla.

DIFFICULTIES

P. J. and I really started out at the bottom. When we were twelve years old, we did not see on TV or witness the ravages of poverty: We had to deal with them day by day. “When we dig these bad moments and make money, Eddy, I will buy all books and equipment necessary to become a scientific researcher.” He used to tell me. Eight years later, at 20, P. J. had enough money to get all things he wanted when we were children. However, he didn’t. “My problem is that I don’t have my own house and car to begin from a solid base,” he said. “But when I get these things, the story will be different.” And it only took P. J. five years to invite me to his house and show me his car. He had a good job. He had kicked poverty as he said. “I am going to quit my job and leave this small town, Eddy. My problem now is this place. When I leave here, I will be in better position to do many things…”

     I keep in touch with my friend P. J., but we have not met in many years for different reasons, too long to be detailed and irrelevant for this case. But let me tell you something, I don’t care at all if I contradict everything that pedagogic and psychological modern theories say these days about punishments, but P. J. is one of my best friends, and next time we meet, if he says the word when again in front of me, believe me, I will spank his bottom over my lap several times and I will tell him: “You cannot wait to solve problems to live because problems are somehow your life itself. When is now.

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CHINA: And The Great Wall of pollution and inequality

June 5, 2014

By Eddy Montilla.

In China, there are two Great Walls: The first one is a World Heritage Site, well known and admired by people all around the world, but the second one, “The Great Wall of Pollution and Poverty”, quite the opposite, does not attract tourists or yield profits, and that’s why this problem is sometimes hidden and sometimes looked on indifferently.

     China reported that nearly 60 percent of its groundwater is polluted. In some areas, the level of pollution is so high that not even after proper treatment, the water can be considered potable. Millions of Chinese people don’t have job or earn paltry wages. If they cannot put food over their table or drink tap water, then, it is impossible to imagine that they can find money to buy a bottle of water at a store. Are all these people condemned to live in poverty and also condemned to drink contaminated water?

     Big cities in China are full of luxury goods and many people live in luxury there. These cities, filled with lights, are fascinating. But during the day, especially in winter, people have to wear air pollution masks because smog has reached alarming levels, smog caused by coal-burning power plants, vehicle exhaust and factory emissions and every time people go out, they are dying slowly but progressively. Near China’s big cities and their entire splendor, we can also see the other side of the coin: Over-exploitation of natural resources, exploitation of workers and environmental degradation. To some extent, these negative aspects have been used as means of support for the country’s economic growth during many years.

     Since the eighties, China has grown steadier than any country. However, those who benefited most from China’s growth are only a handful of Chinese magnates who usually amass a large fortune, send their children abroad, take the money out of their country and buy properties in Canada or USA while the vast majority of Chinese people can only see Beijing’s restaurants on TV. This is the result of social and economic inequality in China. If Confucius and other great Chinese thinkers could come and see today’s China, it is hard to imagine how they would react. They might say: “We left a wonderful legacy of principles. Where did we fail?”

This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.

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BRAZIL: It is not time to protest, but to play soccer

June 5, 2014

By Eddy Montilla.

It seems to be contradictory and almost unbelievable to see growing unrest and protest in Brazil against high cost of hosting 2014 FIFA World Cup. Who could have ever imagined that in a country where soccer, a passport for some who daydream of being rich and famous and a way to have great fun and forget the woes of the day for others, we would find anti-World Cup protesters.

     Brazil has been hit by a wave of strike coming from different sectors of its society: Teachers, drivers, military police, public health workers and others. Protesters rally calling for improved public services, better infrastructure, better wages, etc. Since their protests is a right, the have the right to protest. But, why do they want to continue with their protests now, just few days before the opening ceremony of the World Cup? No matter what they do, the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be held. Then, why do these people gain from spoiling this international event to which they should be playing host?

     Protests in Brazil at this moment in time can be considered as the theater of the absurd. Brazilian protesters had to fight before, so that Brazil did not bid for the World Cup. But now, such anti-World Cup demonstrations are illogical. It is the same as crying when you listen to a good joke or laughing instead of mourning a relative. Brazilians, in general, and the Brazilian government should work together to host a successful World Cup. If this event is a disaster, it might close the door not only to Brazil, but to other Latin American countries to try to hold international events of such magnitude in the future.

     FIFA World Cup and similar international sports competitions yield large profits. If this were not so, any country would be competing for hosting such events. Instead of taking to the streets to protest, Brazilians should ask their President Dilma Rousseff and their Government where the how much or how little money obtained during the World Cup will end up. To try to solve national problems with actions that make Brazil look bad in the eyes of international public is not a good idea. To show the world that Brazil can hold a successful World Cup is the wisest course of action. It is not time to protest. It is time to play soccer.

This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.

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