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Nimrod Ruined

Putting recent Iraq events in perspective

Sadly, we saw this on the BBC news last night (March 5, 2015). The attachments show winged lions with human heads. Evelyn and I photographed these in 2002 at Calah (just south of Mosul, Iraq). They no longer exist.
Nimrod Ruined thanks to Roy Turkington

A few days ago, ISIS militants decided to bulldoze the site although the extent of the damage has not yet been verified. The news showed these lions being destroyed; they date back to approximately 850 B.C.

Nimrod Ruined thanks to Roy Turkington

Interestingly, Calah is also called Nimrud (or Nimrod) and according to Genesis 10 it was Nimrod who built this city. The King James calls him “a mighty warrior” which is a correct, but very misleading, interpretation of his name.

Nimrod Ruined thanks to Roy Turkington

The name Nimrod means “rebellious” or the wicked or evil one - not a mighty warrior in a good sense but rather an evil tyrant who led a rebellion against God. Nimrod is probably better known outside the Bible as Gilgamesh.

Nimrod Ruined thanks to Roy Turkington

I find it interesting that the city was built by an evil tyrant who led a rebellion against God, and now it has been destroyed by ISIS...

An evil tyrant who led a rebellion against God - by Roy Turkington, Professor of Plant Ecology, University of British Columbia

God help the patient. - Lord Mansfield

damn with faint praise - Alexander Pope

My true religion is Kindness. - Dalai Lama

The dog is the god of frolic. - Henry Ward Beecher

Adversity makes men think of God. - Livy

One has only to die to be praised. - German Proverb

Religion is the opiate of the masses. - Karl Marx

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God. - Thomas Jefferson

I gave in, and admitted that God was God. - C S Lewis

An honest man's the noblest work of God. - Alexander Pope

Desire of praise disposeth to laudable actions. - Thomas Hobbes

Conceited people never hear anything but praise. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Keep your faith in God, but keep your powder dry. - Oliver Cromwell

Chocolate: God's apology to women for periods. - Unknown

God did not intend religion to be an exercise club. - Naguib Mahfouz

God writes comedy but sometimes has a slow audience. - Garrison Keillor

We come not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them. - Francis A Walker

Praise is a rebuke to the man whose conscience alloweth it not. - Eliza Cook

Never talk defeat. Use words like hope, belief, faith, victory. - Norman Vincent Peale

I am inclined to believe that this is the land God gave to Cain. - Jacques Cartier

I can't believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary. - Lou Holtz

God gave us our memories so that we might have roses in December. - James M Barrie

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark. - Rabindranath Tagore

Man - a creature created at the end of a work week when God was tired. - Mark Twain

Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God. - Martin Luther

My religious background is that my mother is a Christian Dior Scientist. - Robin Williams

Man - a creature made at the end of the week's work when God was tired. - Mark Twain

Thank God men cannot as yet fly and lay waste the sky as well as the earth. - Henry David Thoreau

A saint is not someone who is good but who experiences the goodness of God. - Brennan Manning

Church is the only society on earth that exists for the benefit of non-members. - William Temple

My favourite characters in the Bible are King David, Delilah and Charlton Heston. - Milton Berle

No man can be called friendless when he has God and the companionship of good books. - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything. - Friedrich Nietzsche

The first time I sang in the Church choir, two hundred people changed their religion. - Fred Allen

There are other ways of recognizing the existence of God, through nature for instance. - Billy Graham

There is forgiveness for those who seek God. And I believe in the power of redemption. - Rick Perry

I don't work out. If God wanted us to bend over, he'd put diamonds on the floor. - Joan Rivers

The goal was scored a little bit by the hand of God, another bit by the head of Maradona. - Diego Maradona

The essential feature, and necessity of life is to know reality, which means knowing God. - Malcolm Muggeridge

Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet. - Mark Twain

A man must be orthodox upon most things or he will never have time to preach his own heresy. - G K Chesterton

The cost of praising someone is nil - but every psychological study shows the payoff is huge. - Harvey Mackay

Religion is like a map. The route isn't important. It's the destination that matters. - Marianne Williamson

If religion is to be treated with intellectual respect, then it must stand the test of truth. - Ravi Zacharias

If God had intended for breasts to be seen, He wouldn't have created large woolen pullovers. - Tracey Ullman

Do not look down upon any Muslim, for even the most inferior believer is great in the eyes of God. - Abu Bakr

Most people have some sort of religion, at least they know which church they're staying away from. - John Erskine

I cannot work; I cannot speak; I cannot live or love as I should, unless God's wisdom lights my path. - David Jeremiah

We cannot embrace God's forgiveness if we are so busy clinging to past wounds and nursing old grudges. - T D Jakes

I've always loved yoga because you get to connect to a deep religious truth while stretching your legs. - Katya Zamolodchikova

In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't. - Blaise Pascal

This is what the Lord asks of you: only this, to act justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with your God. - Bible

There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him. - C S Lewis

God never promises to remove us from our struggles. He does promise, however, to change the way we look at them. - Max Lucado

The antidote to frustration is a calm faith, not in your own cleverness, or in hard toil, but in God's guidance. - Norman Vincent Peale

You don't need to seek opportunity. All you have to do is seek God. And if you seek God, opportunity will seek you. - Mark Batterson

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. - Romans 8:28

The love of God shows us that God alone bridges the distance between him and us, enabling us to see this world through Calvary. - Ravi Zacharias

Worship is a posture of life that takes as its primary purpose the understanding of what it really means to love and revere God. - Ravi Zacharias

We are fashioned by God to be thinking and emotional creatures. The emotions should follow reason, and not the other way around. - Ravi Zacharias

The Muslim Prophet Mohammed was a big believer in charity and firmly established helping those in need as a basis of the religion. - Richard Engel

When you die, God and the angels will hold you accountable for all the pleasures you were allowed in this life that you denied yourself. - Unknown

God's forgiveness allows us to be honest with ourselves. We recognize our imperfections, admit our failures, and plead to God for clemency. - Jonathan Sacks

It is a matter of whether one wants to get rich or be rich. We can be rich in Christ Jesus or perhaps get rich in Egypt, but we cannot do both. - Vance Havner

Be yourself no matter what other people think. God made you the way you are for a reason. Besides, an original is always worth more than a copy! - Unknown

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