Euthanasia – Good or Bad?

Originally written for Keiser University’s Critical Thinking Class

Euthanasia, mercy killing, assisted suicide is an interesting and yet controversial topic. This topic aroused many emotions when I realized I had to give my opinion based on researched facts on this issue. From the beginning of this assignment I was completely against euthanasia and had a difficult time looking at it from an impartial point of view. So, based solely on the following evidence my opinion is as follows.

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Distractions…Focus?

Distractions, distractions, and more distractions…

Distractions...Focus? : FaceBook, Twiter, Instagram, Linkedin, Vimeo, Youtube, Pintrest, Google Plus | Joshua Wieczorek

When you saw the social icons what happened? In almost certainty, maybe only for a moment, you thought about something or someone on FaceBook; remembered a video on Youtube or Vimeo; visualized a tweet, or remembered your last tweet on Twitter; thought how awesome or beautiful that last picture was on Instagram; maybe thought is was nice for your colleague to endorse you on LinkedIn; or, what a an awesome Pin you found on Pinterest.

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What to Believe

Originally written on September 13, 2015 for for Keiser University’s Critical Thinking class.

What to believe? When a person believes negative about themselves, most of the time they have an irrational belief system. One thing that irrational beliefs and fallacies have in common is that, whether leading to depression or not, this person is actually believing something that is not true.

Whether the beliefs are based on twisted facts, folklore, superstitions, unkind words, etc., believing something that is untrue ultimately has a negative effect on the mind even if what is believed does not seem harmful. For example: Adolf Hitler indoctrinated the German people to believe that killing the undesirables (mentally ill and those who could not contribute to society) and Jews was good for Germany and the rest of the world; it was a world cleansing.

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35 Daily Blessings

35 Blessings Found in Deuteronomy 28: 1-14

The Lord Jehovah promised the Israelites thirty-five special blessings, however, these blessing were entirely dependent upon their ability to follow instruction. As long as they observed and followed the instruction of The Lord, He would place on them the these blessings.

Take note, The Lord was directly talking to Israel, therefore, anyone who has received Yeshua as savior has become adopted into the Jewish family, like it or not (Ephesians 1:5, Romans 8:17).

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The Only Name!

Power and Authority of the Name

Jesus–Yeshua–Salvation–The only name when used in His Power and Authority that can alter any substance, from the hardest of hearts to the dead in the grave.

Use His name in the authority that He has given us and change your world.

Selfish Smoking!

Selfish Smoking by Joshua Wieczorek

Selfish Smoking? Lung cancer is a serious thing and should be treated correctly, right from its beginning stages. I had a friend who died a few years back because of lung cancer. I know that she didn’t smoke in the years prior to the cancer, however, I am not sure whether she did or didn’t in her younger years. Smoking first inactivates the cilia [little hairs that keep impurities from getting into the lungs] in out upper respiratory tract then eventually kills them. If we can keep the cilia alive and functioning correctly, we have a better chance of protecting our lungs from impurities; therefore creating a better life for us and those around us.

To think about it, smoking not only affects the smoker, but in the long run it affects those around the smoker. This can happen through the inhalation of secondhand smoke, and ultimately from being involved in the smoker’s life. Having to go physicians, and then possible being diagnosed with lung cancer, not only affects the smoker, but their friends and family as well by the trauma and anxiety that follows lung cancer. Smoking, although an addiction, is actually selfish. Breathing healthy air now, makes for a better life later. Breathe healthy, stay healthy.

Originally written Wednesday, April 18, 2015 for Keiser University’s Advanced Biology Course.

Breathe Good, Feel Good!

Breathe Good Feel Good by Joshua Wieczorek

The respiratory system, if not the most necessary, is the most necessary and influential system in the human body. Because of inspiration, air travels down the trachea (windpipe) into our bronchial tubes. From the bronchial tubes, the inhaled air makes its way to the alveoli (destination air sacks in the lungs) where the O2 (oxygen) is then absorbed into the blood stream by the capillaries in the wall of the alveoli; the oxygen is then distributed throughout the body. In the long run, this system provides our cells with oxygen so our cells can perform cellular respiration and the mitochondria can continue to generate ATP for cellular reaction. An impaired respiratory system can result in a lack of oxygen in the body, and a lack of oxygen is completely detrimental to the human body. A lack of oxygen can cause Hypoxia and Hypoxemia which can be recognized by skin-color change, mental disarray, increased heart rate, shortness of breath, coughing, and sweating (WebMD, n.d.).

Keeping enough oxygen in our system and our lungs healthy are mandatory for our bodies to function correctly. Utilizing the ALA’s website I realized how detrimental smoking is to the lungs. Smoking damages the lungs natural ability to cleanse the air as it is traverses to its destination points. Also smoking damages the lungs ability to repair itself, making itself vulnerable to diseases and cancer. Breathe good clean air, and feel good all around. Breathe good, feel good.

Below are a couple of helpful and interesting websites to checkout!

http://www.lung.org/your-lungs/how-lungs-work/

http://www.webmd.com/lung/how-we-breathe

http://www.webmd.com/asthma/guide/hypoxia-hypoxemia

http://www.lung.org/about-us/our-impact/top-stories/lungs-101-how-does-smoking.html

https://www.biodigital.com/

Works Cited

WebMD. (n.d.). Hypoxia and Hypoxemia: Symptoms, Treatment, Causes. Retrieved April 15, 2015, from http://www.webmd.com/asthma/guide/hypoxia-hypoxemia

Originally written Wednesday, April 15, 2015 for Keiser University’s Advanced Biology Course.

3 Days or Fallacy?

Was Jesus in the grave three days, or is that just a biblical fallacy? I say this because as Jesus prophesied in Matthew 12:40, “…so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth,” however, in the grave Friday, Saturday, and then He resurrects on Sunday, this doesn’t equate three days in the grave! So, is the Bible lying?

No, we need to remember that Jesus was a Jew, everything He said and did revolved around the Jewish calendar and timeframe. The Jewish calendar is a Lunar calendar, everything revolves around the moon and not the sun; the next day begins at sundown of the present day instead of midnight like the gregorian calendar. This being said, lets delve into the facts of Passover week (known to non Jews as Easter week).

1. Sunday – Palm Sunday – Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a donkey. This happened on the Sunday prior to Resurrection Sunday: this fact the gregorian calendar has correctly.
2. Monday – Jesus Teaches/Jesus is Anointed
3. Tuesday – Passover Supper – The passover supper took place on Tuesday following Palm Sunday. So Tuesday evening, prior to sundown, Jesus and his disciples sat down to eat the Passover supper (aka The Last Supper). Succeeding this, early Wednesday morning (maybe around 10-11pm Tuesday night according to gregorian time) Jesus and His disciples went to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed and sweat drops of blood.
4. Wednesday – Jesus’ Death – This took place later Wednesday morning after multiple trials, flogging, and beatings at the Third Hour, or around 9am, Jesus finally died at the Ninth Hour, or about 3pm in the afternoon. This is when He was prepared for burial and then buried in tomb. Night 1 in the grave.
5. Thursday – Sundown to sundown – Day 1, Night 2 in the grave.
6. Friday – Sundown to sundown – Day 2, Night 3 in the grave.
7. Saturday Sundown to sundown – Day 3 in the grave. However, at sundown it began Sunday, or the first day of the week. This is when Jesus gloriously resurrected from the grave defeating death and hell and this is why, #GODisHOPE.