Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Should we let our kids believe in Santa?

Every year around Christmas time, the trees come out and our kids write letters to Santa Claus, a fictitious man who lives in the north pole and brings presents to the good girls and boys. But should

we really let our kids believe in this magical man who brings them gifts every year? Today I'd like to tell you what I think.

Everybody wants some kind of hope, something to look forward to. And for some kids, Santa is just that. He represents the hope of a magical Christmas. By letting our kids believe in Santa we give them hope. It's also a convenient way to get them to behave for a few weeks, hoping that they won't get coal in their stalkings. So letting our kids believe in Santa is no doubt a good thing. But is there a dark side?

I'm sure we all know someone who has had to tell their kids there is no Santa Claus, maybe you've even had to do it yourself. Suddenly, upon the revelation that their belief in Santa has been in vain, all their hopes are shattered. All the joy that was brought on by the anticipation of Santa Claus coming down the chimney is gone, replaced by sadness at the loss of their hero. It kind of breaks a childs heart to learn that their childhood hero was all a lie, a made up story like the monster under the bed.

Personally, I do not believe our kids should be allowed to believe in Santa. The same joy, the same feeling of anticipation that is brought on by waiting for Santa can be brought simply by seeing the presents under the tree, wondering what they are, and finally opening them on Christmas morning. We don't need to deceive our kids into believing in some magical elf living in the north pole to bring them joy, because we can bring that same joy to them ourselves.

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Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!


Thursday, 10 December 2015

The Chance of Christ

The other day I was reading a book called 'The Case for Christ," and it inspired me to tell you all about the evidence that exists proving that Jesus Christ once walked the earth, died and was resurrected. I hope this post can be enlightening to you.

Have you ever read a biography? A person telling the story of another persons life? There were four of those written about Jesus. Four men took on the task of researching Jesus and interviewing the people who witnessed his miracles. The biographies they wrote are called 'The Four Gospels,' and are the first part of the Testament.

Now some of you may not believe that the Bible is credible, but I would like  to point out some evidence for these passages to you and urge you to read my previous post on 'The credibility of the Bible.' Now as I said, there were four biographies written about Jesus. The authors of these books are well known as Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Now we can believe that what they wrote is true, in part, because so many people who had been  witness to Jesus' miracles were still  alive. These men would have had a difficult time making up a  story that so many people could have disproven.

A while back I read an article saying that Jesus' body had been found in it's tomb and he had therefore never risen from the dead. I would like to point out that modern times are the only ones that have claimed this. In the first century even the Roman government did not deny that Jesus' body was not in the tomb. Rather, they crafted a story about how the disciples had stolen the body. But how would that be possible? Eleven ordinary men against a couple of Roman soldiers. The Roman military men knew that if they failed at their duties they would be executed, so they would not have let this happen.

Another interesting argument that I read is that Jesus never really died, but rather faked his death on the cross and then escaped when Joseph of Aramathea was burying his body. This is quite far fetched because, as is clearly pointed out in the gospels, Jesus was pierced in the side with a spear, which likely would have pierced his vital organs, if not his heart.

Many people have claimed that Jesus was insane, believing he was the son of God. This is a point disproven both by the bible and by science. Jesus fits the profile, exactly, of the Savior described throughout the old testament. The are hundreds of different criteria he would have to fit, and he did it. The odds of that are less than one in a trillion. As for his sanity being proven by science, modern psychologists have reviewed the gospels, looking for any sign of a known mental disorder. They found nothing. All this evidence aside from the impossible miracles he performed. It seems pretty certain that Jesus was as sane as you can be.

I hope this can shed some light on the likelihood that Jesus truly did walk the earth, die and was resurrected. Thanks for reading! Be sure to comment, share and follow me on Twitter!


Thursday, 3 December 2015

Security on the internet Part 2

After getting incredible reviews on my original post 'Security on the Internet,' I decided that it would be a good idea to bring you, my readers, a second part to that post. So here it is! Today  I would like to cover a few topics including PIN codes, links and email.

To begin with I would like to give you a few quick tips on creating a secure PIN code. As most PIN codes are four digits, that is what I will be teaching you today. The first point to remember about PIN codes is to not make them simple. This is to say that you shouldn't use your birthday or your anniversary as a code. But if those numbers aren't secure, what is? I personally recommend randomising digits with dice or online software, ensuring that no one could simply make an educated guess as to your PIN code. Never use dates or the last digits of your phone number. By randomising you create a code as secure as is possible for four digits.

The next thing I would like to talk about is links. Have you ever been in an IRC, or chat room with a stranger who suddenly sends you a link saying that you'll get something if you click it? This is commonly done with free music, movies and porn. People send these links that yes, may lead you to a  free gift, but can also lead you to something else, like a download for a  virus or a phishing page. I would caution against opening any links sent to you by strangers online, as they can be dangerous for you and your device.

A few seconds ago I mentioned phishing. Don't  know what it is? Or do you think you'll get a tasty meal out of it? Phishing is actually a technique where hackers create a fake webpage, identical to the original, and use it to steal your passwords. When you sign in on a phishing page, assuming it is legitimate, your passwords are stored in a document for the hacker to recover and use later.
The final topic I would like to cover is email. For some time now I have been looking around for a secure email server, one where my passwords and private information will not be hacked or stolen. Google and Outlook are simple and convenient, but they are also not secure. They are quite easily hacked with phishing techniques or have their passwords easily leaked by those with access. In my search I have found only one email server that I fully trust. It is a company called ProtonMail. Based in Switzerland, ProtonMail is a zero-access server, meaning the company  has no access to your passwords or emails. This protects you from information leaks and NSA snooping, which is great, but what  about the phishing techniques I mentioned earlier? These are stopped by nice, dual-password feature that ProtonMail uses to lock out hackers. After analyzing at their source code and working with their software for some time, I have decided that ProtonMail is as secure as it gets.

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Stay secure!