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How to Quit Smoking

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Elderly Problems: Tips to Stop Smoking

Elderly Problems: Tips to Stop Smoking

By Boomeryearbook.com

There is no doubt that every smoker knows how injurious smoking is to themselves as well as those affected by second hand smoke, but to stress the point, we have compiled a short list summarizing the hazardous effects of smoking; for both the active and passive smokers:

• High risk of stroke
• High risk of coronary diseases.
• Lung cancer.
• Cervical cancer.
• Respiratory tract cancer and disorders.
• Childbirth complications.

Most of these diseases are related to elderly problems faced by the baby boomer generation. Non-smokers that are exposed to an environment where smoking is common may develop the following health related issues:

• Respiratory tract infections.
• Sudden infant death syndrome.
• Ear infections.

Some Tips to help you with Quitting:

• The foremost thing you need to plan is what would be a sufficiently distractive alternative activity? You need to identify the times and situations that ask for a smoke and then think of an alternative activity in which you can indulge.

• Some people crave cigarettes most when stressed out- and can opt to take a run or even a short walk around the block. In other cases where desiring a cigarette when drinking coffee or alcohol, one could replace the accustomed beverage with tea or a health drink that won’t trigger the desire for a cigarette.

• Inform all your friends, family and co-workers about your decision to quit smoking, so they can motivate and remind you.

• Set a date for completely quitting, but start slowly by cutting down on your nicotine intake and maximizing the duration between cigarettes.

• Try to clean out anything that smells of smoke especially the ash trays.

• Give yourself an incentive for completing a smoke free week. Reward yourself for success.

• Avoid the company of friends who smoke and are not supportive of your decision to quit smoking.

• Ask your doctor about nicotine patches, gums or sprays as they are not as hazardous as cigarettes.

• Keep hard candies or even straws which can be chewed on.

• Enroll in a smoking cessation program. It helps to meet others from the baby boomer generation and hear stories about their elderly problems related to smoking to which you can relate.

• Try to convince a friend to quit along with you, and compare progress or even make it a competition.

• Exercise is a great way to curb the urge to smoke.

After a person quits smoking, they may experience recovery symptoms which include weight gain due to fluid retention, sore or dry gums and/or tongue, hunger, lethargy, and short-temperedness. Some people also complain of insomnia and a persistent cough. The good news is that these are a sign that your body is healing itself and cleansing the effects of nicotine. Usually the effects of nicotine are completely flushed out of your system within 2 to 3 days.

According to psychological research, 350,000 deaths occur each year due to elderly problems like heart and lung diseases, cancer and stroke. This should be a good enough reason for anyone from the baby boomer generation to quit smoking now.

The Psychological Article on How to Quit Smoking is part of Boomer Yearbook’s continuing series of psychological articles on Elderly Problems. We believe knowledge is power. We’d love to hear what you think.

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Christianity: Psychological Articles as Solutions to Types of Discrimination

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Christianity

Christianity

By Boomeryearbook.com

Christianity is a monotheistic religion that originated in present day Palestine as a sect of Judaism. Its core belief is in the ‘Trinity’, the three manifestations of God: the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the Son and was appointed by God to be the savior of mankind. He lived his human life like anyone else on earth but chose to die in pain, for the sake and salvation of mankind, and was resurrected from his grave so that Christians can be reconciled with their Creator, given salvation and thereby able to enter Heaven. The message of Christ is therefore called the Gospel which means ‘goods news’. Christians further believe that Jesus will return to mankind in order to judge them and give immortality to all true believers.

Boomer Yearbook, the website for baby boomers containing psychological articles as proposed solutions to types of discrimination, found that Christianity is the largest practiced religion in the world with 1.5 to 2 billion followers and hundreds of sects or denominations. Such numbers and further divisions are indicative of the complexity of Christian beliefs which nonetheless share the basic beliefs described above. However, the rest is highly varied, according to the peoples and cultures wherein the Christian faith has found roots. Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, and Oriental Orthodoxy are the major groupings.

The Christian religion is founded around Jesus’ beliefs, controversies, character and actions. His birth was a miracle conceived by the Holy Spirit (the third aspect of the Trinity) from the mother of Christ, the Virgin Mary. The Gospels do not record his youth in detail but accounts of his adulthood are extensive in the Gospels of Mathew and Luke and his teachings, preaching, baptism, miracles and deeds are well documented in these Gospels. The death and resurrection of Christ rests on a higher plateau in Christian theology, as was discovered by our team of writers of psychological articles. The essential aspect of his resurrection is Christ’s power over life and death and therefore the power to give life to others. This Godlike power along with the ability to perform miracles lends credence to Jesus Christ as the incarnation of God.

Christianity has been resilient in adapting to different regions, ethnicities, even continents, which shows that the concepts it symbolizes have resonance for all mankind and appeal to something in people regardless of superficial divisions of race, color, and creed.

Religious Symbols: One World Many Faiths

Religious Symbols: One World Many Faiths

The Psychological Article on Christianity is part of Boomer Yearbook’s continuing series of psychological articles on World Religions, Spirituality, and Solutions to Types of Discrimination. We believe knowledge is power. We’d love to hear what you think.

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Sikhism: An Introduction

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Sikhism: Psychological Articles as Solutions to Types of Discrimination

Sikhism


By Boomeryearbook.com

The term Sikhism, derived from the word Sikh, comes from the root word ‘sisya’ meaning a learner or ‘siksa’ meaning instruction. Sikhism was formed on the teachings of Guru Nanak and his 10 successor Gurus, in the early 15th century in Punjab, on the Indian Sub-Continent. Today it is the fifth largest organized religion of the world.

Principles and Beliefs:

The foremost belief of Sikhism is to have faith in ‘Wahe Guru’- represented by the symbol ‘ek oankar’- signifying the only universal God, and adhere to the teachings of the11 Gurus, commonly referred to as the enlightened ones. Sokhis is a monotheistic religion. Its most distinguished concept is that of a non-anthropomorphic God. Boomer Yearbook’s research team for psychological articles on types of discrimination discovered that ‘Waheguru’ is a shapeless, sightless and timeless entity. In fact it could be the universe itself.

The followers are faithful to the teachings of all the Gurus as well as adhering to the Holy Scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib, which includes the work of the six Gurus and many devotees from various socio-economic and religious backgrounds.

The beginning of the holy-scripture is the number ‘1’ which stresses the Universality of God. According to psychological articleson this religion, Sikh’s believe God is omnipresent, “it” has been there even before the creation of universe; the cosmos has been created as a result of the order and will of God ‘hukam’.

Nanak described God as not fully understandable by humans yet not fully beyond human comprehension. Psychological articles on Sikhism reveal that according to the beliefs of Sikhs, God is omnipresent and can be seen in all creations; all a devotee needs is to turn one’s eye and heart inward; with devotees finding enlightenment through meditation as only mediation allows the communication between God and humans. Nanak declared that God has no sex and it cannot be addressed as a he.

Salvation:

The final destination of humans, according to Nanak, is the union with God- not Heaven or Hell. The major obstacle in achieving this is the attachment of people to the world; thus perpetuating an endless cycle of birth and reincarnation.

Maya which means illusion or unreality deviates one from the pursuit of God by turning attention to worldly distractions; And the five evils: ego, lust, anger, greed and attachment, also lure humans away from God and should be redeemed through extensive God devotion.

Nanak stressed a balance between work, worship and charity .According to him all humans were equal and one should defend fellow beings. He believed in optimism and the concept of sharing one’s blessings.

Festivals:

Sikh festivals are mostly surrounding the Gurus and the Sikh martyrs.

1. Gurpurabs-In Sikh calendar all 11 Gurus have Gurpurabs but only that of Guru Nanak and Guru Gobind Singh is widely celebrated. The Shaheedi Gurpurabs which mark the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev and Guru Tegh Bahadur are also celebrated.

2. Vaisakhi or Baisakhi - falls on 13th of April and marks the new spring year and the end of the harvest.

3. Bandi Chor Divas or Devali celebrates Hargobind’s release from the Gwalior Fort.

4. Hola Mohalla is celebrated a day after Holi and the Khalsa Panth gathers at Anand Pur to display their warrior skills.

THE KHALSA

The tenth Guru Gobind Singh gave the name Khalsa i.e. pure, to all Sikhs who were baptized. The first ceremony of initiation took place 29th March 1698/1699 in Punjab. The baptism is done by taking Ammrat. After baptism all Sikhs are bound to wear 5k’s –the articles of faith. They are supposed to be worn at all times for purposes of spiritual benefits. The five ks stand for: kes(uncut hair), kangha(small comb), kara( iron bracelet), kirpan(short sword) and kaccha(special undergarment).

Psychological articles on types of discrimination reveal that Sikhism’s teachings are mainly associated with the history, society and culture of Punjab. Today over 25million Sikhs live across the world; with approximately 75% living in Punjab India. However, Sikhs only make up 2% of the Indian population.

In the beginning of the 19th century, many Sikhs migrated to Canada, East Africa, Middle East, and South East Asia, U.K, with most recently to Australia, New Zealand and United States. Comparatively smaller populations are found in Pakistan, Malaysia, Fiji, Nepal, Iran, Afghanistan, Mauritius, China and Iraq.

Religious Symbols: One World Many Faiths

Religious Symbols: One World Many Faiths

The Psychological Article on Sikhism is part of Boomer Yearbook’s continuing series of psychological articles on World Religions, Spirituality, and Solutions to Types of Discrimination. We believe knowledge is power. We’d love to hear what you think.

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Online Optical Illusion: Effect of Color

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

Online Optical Illusions: Fading Colors

Online Optical Illusions: Fading Colors

Psychological Article By Boomeryearbook.com

Color has a profound impact in the creation of online optical illusions. Light rays from sources of different colors have different wavelengths. After passing through the lens of the eye, the differences in the wavelengths of these rays results in differences in focal points. Online optical illusions frequently incorporate this property of light to trick the viewer’s eye into seeing what is actually not present. A wide range of online optical illusions are available that make use of color in order to create the deceiving visual optical illusion.

One of the most commonly seen online optical illusions is the fading away of a particular color when placed in or around another prominent color.

To see the trick in this online optical illusion, look at the blue dot without any eye movement or movement of the head. What do you see? Keep looking and you will see the blue dot gradually disappearing. Some people find the blue dot in this online optical illusion disappearing rapidly, while others take a little longer.

Psychological articles attribute this phenomenon to the difference in wavelengths of the rays of light; making some colors appear to advance forward while others appear to retire or retreat into the background. Generally, colors with longer wavelengths, such as red, orange, and yellow, are advancing colors. Alternately, colors with shorter wavelengths, such as violet, blue and green, are retiring colors. When two colors with difference in wavelengths are placed together, the color with the shorter wavelength will be retiring while the other will be advancing.

In the present online optical illusion, the light coming from the blue dot is of shorter wavelength than that of the green circle. Hence, the blue dot appears to fade away in this online optical illusion.

Do you know what will happen if a big blue circle surrounds a green dot or an orange circle surrounds a yellow dot? Try it. You may end up creating your own online optical illusion. We hope you’ll let us know at Boomer Yearbook

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Buddhism: An Introduction

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Buddhism Temple

Buddhism Temple

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Buddhism is the religion founded in India in 525 B.C. by Siddhartha Gautama, later known as the Buddha. For many it’s neither a religion nor a philosophy of life, instead it’s a set of teachings to guide one through practical life. But often it’s described as a religion as well as collection of various ethical philosophies presented by Buddha.

Origin

Siddhartha Gautama, born in the city of Lumbini, raised in Kapilvastu in Nepal, was born a prince. His father King Suddhodana, was told by a wise man that either his son would become a great king or a holy man. The king wanted his son to become a king so he shielded him from all the miseries and hardships of life. But at the age of 29 Siddhartha had his ‘four sights’ that of an old man, of a leper, of a corpse and an ascetic.
Gautama then left his privileged life and became a mendicant. He purposely exposed himself to hardships and ordeals. He then abandoned asceticism and found the Middle Way-the path of moderation. He got his Enlightenment at the age of 35, after 49 day’s meditation, under the sacred fig tree. He came to be known as Buddha and spent the rest of his life teaching his insights or dharma. He died around the age of 80 in India.

Schools of Buddhism

One of the world’s greatest religions, Buddhism is divided into two major schools or sects. The Theravada or Hinayama-with followers in Sri Lanka and S.E. Asia and the Mahayana, in China, Mongolia, Korea and Japan. However a comparatively smaller school, Zen still exists in Japan and Tibet, but has disappeared completely from India, its country of origin, except for a very small group of Tibetan refugees and lower Hindu caste converts.

Beliefs

The essence of Buddhism lies in the ‘four noble truths’:

1. Dukhka:
That means that life is a suffering.

2. Trisha:
That all suffering is caused by attachments.

3. Nirvana:
That is the cessation of all suffering.

4. The right path to the cessation of one’s sufferings.

Eightfold Path

In order to find Nirvana, one has to possess right views, right resolve, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right mindfulness and right concentration. Buddhism believes that all living beings are trapped in the cycle of birth-death-rebirth. Only when one’s Karma makes him free of this suffering than a person can achieve total freedom or Nirvana.

Practices

Buddhism strongly believes in practicing meditations, self-control and observing moral precepts. The five basic morals to be followed are:

1. not to lie.
2. refrain from stealing.
3. refrain from acting unchastely.
4. always speaking the truth.
5. giving up intoxicants.

The monks have to take an additional five vows:

1. They must not eat at improper time.
2. They must not view entertainments.
3. They cannot use body adornments.
4. They cannot sleep in high, comfortable beds.
5. They cannot receive money.

The Buddha monks follow the monastic order Sangha.

Today, Indian Buddhism has become almost extinct. However while diminishing in India, it’s gaining in worldwide popularity; and is currently the fourth largest religion after Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. In Asia it’s the official religion of many countries and in Europe and America it is regarded as an enlightened and moderate way of living-so its influence is growing all over the world.

Psychological Articles as Solutions to Types of Discrimination

Psychological Articles as Solutions to Types of Discrimination

The Psychological Article on An Introduction to Buddhism is part of Boomer Yearbook’s continuing series of psychological articles on World Religions, Spirtuality, and Solutions to Types of Discrimination. We believe knowledge is power. We’d love to hear what you think.

Boomer Yearbook is a Psychological Articles- Informational Website for Baby Boomers, Echo Boomers and Booming Seniors. Connect with old and new friends, or expand your mind and ward off senior moments and elderly problems with dream analysis and online optical illusions and brain games provided by clinical psychologist Dr. Karen Turner. Join this Website for Baby Boomers to stay informed, receive weekly Newsfeeds, and let your opinions be heard.

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Boomer Yearbook: The Writers

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Dr. Karen Turner, a clinical psychologist, has created a social network for baby boomers interested in meeting and connecting with generational peers. Boomer Yearbook focuses on joining boomers from around the world and providing us with fun, integrative and interactive features that can optimize our social and emotional wellness. In these days of increasing stress, it is vital to keep our brains active and alert. As a psychologist, Dr. Karen’s goal is to provide free challenging brain games, informational newsletters on life and professional coaching, boomer relevant forums, the latest news on cosmetic surgery and skin enhancements, and health & wellness features that may maximize our learning and functioning. So if you’re a baby boomer searching for people with similar time specific memories or maybe just a person who’s fond of staring at optical illusions, playing psychological games and pondering upon the mysteries of the human brain, Boomer Yearbook is the social network for you.

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A Baby Boomer’s Guide To Basic Meditation

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Meditation

Meditation

Psychological Article by Boomeryearbook.com

Meditation is for the purposes of calming the mind and attaining an internal peace. Meditation is something that is useful in environments of stress and can have surprising benefits varying from simply feeling better in the moment to keeping cholesterol levels down. Many people do not know how to meditate, however, and therefore tend to avoid it.

The following are simple steps you can take to meditate, without getting into the intricacies of the practice:

Step One
Turn off all distractions like the TV, the cell phone, the laptop, etc and sit in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and relax your body, but you need to stay awake and alert so you can really focus on clearing your thoughts. Good posture is very important. A straight back is the best way to achieve this, but if you have trouble sitting straight for an extended period of time, then sit with your back against some support and/or roll a towel and place it behind your lower back. This will encourage you to maintain good posture while meditating.

Step Two
Take a deep breath in and, then, expel it. Tune your ears into the sound of your breathing and try to get to a slow, even rhythm. Concentrate on the movements your body makes during this breathing exercise and take your time to feel the air come into your body and distribute itself all around it and then out of your body. If you have racing thoughts, block them out and concentrate on how your body feels during your breathing exercise.

Step Three
After a few minutes, you should be tuned into your body and as you become more and more conscious of even its smallest movements during breathing. Now return to your natural breathing rhythm, while still concentrating on how your body moves and feels during breathing. There is a sensation that most persons feel at this point that makes them feel ‘in tuned’ with their bodies. If you’ve attained that feeling, then, you are in the perfect mode for deeper meditation. This simply means that you will involve your mind in the process now.

Step Four
Keep the muscles in your body relaxed. If you find yourself twitching or fidgeting, then try to find a more comfortable position where you won’t feel the need to do so. You will now need to focus your mind on one thing. Picture yourself in an empty room with a pile of laundry in it, or whatever works for you. Now picture yourself pushing the pile out of room and shutting the door. That is what you need to do with all the thoughts that are pestering your mind and trying to steal your attention. Some persons use a meadow or a lake. The idea is to think of somewhere where you can relax and be alone, and to imagine yourself there with nothing to think about. When you have done this then stay there and revel in the peace that it brings you.

Meditation can be the place where you slow down and take things easy, something most of us can’t do in our normal lives. The more you meditate, the easier it will be and soon you will find that you will be able to meditate anywhere, anytime. It’s a handy tool to keep your sanity in the ever-changing, helter-skelter world we live in.

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The Basic Tenets of Kabbalah

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Kabballah-Sephirot

Kabballah-Sephirot


Pscyhological Article by BoomerYearbook.com

Kabbalah has come to the fore of most of our consciousness because of its probably most famous member, Madonna. Kabbalah certainly still isn’t a prominent teaching, but where did it come from and what is it about?

Believers in Kabbalah assert that it has nothing to do with any religion, self-help theory, magic, witchcraft or secret society, but is rather based on teachings of wisdom. The reason, they claim, that Kabbalah was not heard of before was because of purposeful concealment. Kabbalah was taught only to a select few in each generation that were said to possess qualities that general mankind did not posses until this time. Thus, it claims not to be a new uprising, but a rather old tradition protected and kept for many centuries and that the popular religions have borrowed and misinterpreted some of the principles of Kabbalah.

Kabbalah is not a faith or religion, but rather is a teaching on wisdom surrounding ‘the revelation of his godliness to his creatures in this world’. Believers say that Kabbalah is not an external teaching forced upon one by external thinkers and external forces, but rather an internal development and realization nurtured by inner wisdom. This inner wisdom is revealed through the aid of Kabbalah teachers selected because of their worthiness and understanding.
Kabbalah is hard to understand because it is claimed that only after specific teaching that one can get a full understanding of what the words really mean.

The basic tenets of Kabbalah, in as plain a language as one on the outside of it can get, are:

• Kabbalah is a form of theological teachings.
• It claims to be philosophy not from human insight but from reasoning or logic.
• Kabbalists believe that their faith is a study of the relationship between man and his creator.
• Kabbalah builds on what is thought to be the truth of the Torah.
• The findings of Kabbalah must be tested by reason and logic and practical testing so that it can remain reliable to its followers.
• The Kabbalah functions exclusively within the context of the Torah.
• Kabbalah stripped of its spiritualism and philosophical understanding is meaningless and confusing, thus it cannot exist outside of this.
• Kabbalah is a scientific way to test and answer the questions of Kabbalists.

Kabbalah is still relatively new to the world due to its concealment. As such, the teachings and the philosophies of it are not very accessible to most people. As a result of Madonna’s involvement, it has become somewhat glamorized, and at the same time kept an air of mystery around it, so no one is really sure how it works. However, more and more literature is being published about it, perhaps in a few years then, the average person will be able to describe and possibly begin to understand what Kabbalah really is.

Psychological Articles as Solutions to Types of Discrimination

Psychological Articles as Solutions to Types of Discrimination

The Psychological Article on The Basic Tenets of Kabballah is part of Boomer Yearbook’s continuing series of psychological articles on World Religions, Spirtuality, and Solutions to Types of Discrimination. We believe knowledge is power. We’d love to hear what you think.

Boomer Yearbook is a Psychological Articles based-Informational Social Network Website for Baby Boomers, Echo Boomers and Booming Seniors. Connect with old and new friends, or expand your mind and ward off senior moments and elderly problems with dream analysis and online optical illusions and brain games provided by clinical psychologist Dr. Karen Turner. Join now to discover the many ways this Website for Baby Boomers is offering psychological articles as knowledge and hopeful solutions to Types of Discrimination.

The Basic Tenets of Islam

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Symbol of Islam

Symbol of Islam

Psychological Article by BoomerYearbook.com

The word “Islam” itself means ‘submission to Allah’ and anyone who actively submits to Allah is termed a “Muslim.” Those who practice Islam then are Muslims. Islam teaches that life is one of worship, and that that worship is owed to Allah who is mankind’s creator.

There are many strains of Islam but they all subscribe to basic tenets explained below:

• There is only one God and he is Allah and that Muhammed is his prophet: Islam, therefore, is a monotheistic religion, unlike Hinduism with which it is so often confused. Muslims believe that Allah is the creator of life and death, that he is a guide to the righteous and the friend and protector of the poor and sick. They also believe that he is the only God and that there has not been nor will be any other god because he is Supreme.

• Fasting during the Muslim month of Ramadan: this fast is a way of worshipping Allah, a sacrifice to show commitment and obedience to the teaching of the Koran the holy book of the Muslims. The Koran is said to be the last of the sacred books and also includes the Torah, the Psalms (from the Bible of the Christians) and the Gospels of Jesus.

• Performing the ritual prayer five times daily in the direction of Mecca (the holy city) if possible: This is a ritual stipulated by the Koran and shows reverence and commitment to Allah and falls in line with the Muslim life of worship.

• Making a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in one’s life it is financially and physically possible: Muslims believe that Mecca is the holy city and that once a Muslim comes there then they will receive immense blessing and guidance from Allah. Many, also, see the journey as one of commitment as this is, also, how one attains another level of Islam.

• Giving alms to the poor, the widowed and the orphaned: the Koran directs Muslims to lead good lives which include showing kindness to the less fortunate and doing good deeds. It is said that by his actions a Muslim is judged and that he should act on a daily basis according to the instructions of the Koran by setting a good example and being a human form of the prophet Muhammad.

Islam is mainly based on worship so that a Muslim can attain an elevated level of himself. It encourages one to denounce one’s humanism in favor of attaining spiritualism. It is said that then one can follow the words of the Koran without blame. It is claimed that for this reason, Islam has been widely rejected by Europeans and America.

Many Muslims who follow the basic tenets of Islam, also, follow the teachings and laws made two hundred years after the Prophet Muhammad’s death called Sharia. These laws tend to vary from culture to culture and throughout different countries. Not all Muslims submit to the same laws which lead to these variations- hence the movement to separate ‘peaceful’ Muslims from those with violent tendencies by calling the peaceful Muslims, “Mohammedans;’ but Muslims do not generally refer to themselves as such because of their belief that Allah is the Supreme God and that he deserves their worship and submission; hence, the desire to be labeled ‘Muslim’.

Psychological Articles as Solutions to Types of Discrimination

Psychological Articles as Solutions to Types of Discrimination

The Psychological Article on Basic Tenets of Islam is part of Boomer Yearbook’s continuing series of psychological articles on World Religions, Spirtuality, and Solutions to Types of Discrimination. We believe knowledge is power. We’d love to hear what you think.

Boomer Yearbook is a Psychological Articles based-Informational Social Network Website for Baby Boomers, Echo Boomers and Booming Seniors. Connect with old and new friends, or expand your mind and ward off senior moments and elderly problems with dream analysis and online optical illusions and brain games provided by clinical psychologist Dr. Karen Turner. Join now to discover the many ways this Website for Baby Boomers is offering psychological articles as knowledge and hopeful solutions to Types of Discrimination.

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Christianity Explained

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer


Psychological Articles on World Religions

by Boomeryearbook.com

Psychological articles explain that faith and religion can be confusing because it can be very subjective, and beliefs can vary from person to person and church to church. However, as an attempt to debunk a religious type of discrimination Boomer Yearbook is attempting to present Christianity, in its purest form, explained simply by identifying its basic tenets- the basic grounds on which the belief is established. These are:

• God is Supreme
Christians believe in a Supreme Being who is responsible for the creation of all life around us- the birds, the sea, the sky, the ocean, all living creatures - everything. Christians believe that He holds the key to the universe and controls all that happens on a daily basis. They refer to Him as an all-knowing, all-seeing, immortal God who is responsible for even the air we breathe.

• God loves us

Despite the fact that God is a Supreme Being, Christians believe that God cares for human beings and has a deep love for them. In keeping with this, The Bible – a sort of guide-book for Christian living- says that God sent his son, Jesus Christ to die for mankind. This death, it is said, had the effect of creating a bridge between God the Supreme Being and humans, mere mortals.

• We have sinned
The Bible speaks about the “Fall of Mankind”. This is essentially that God made man in His image, perfect, and that man was tempted by the devil, who is the opposite of God, and gave in to the temptation, thus falling. This fall created a gap between God and man making man imperfect. This, it is said, is the reason why we lie, and cheat, and fight, and murder etc. Sin, because it is imperfect is the opposite of God, and because God represents life; sin, its opposite, is death. Therefore, the consequences of all sin is death, removing human beings from the life that comes with being with God.

• There is forgiveness for our sin through Salvation
The act of Jesus Christ dying for man’s sin manifested itself in this way: The consequences of sin is death, Jesus Christ’s dying operated in such a way as to cover the sins of all mankind. The sacrifice that God made in sending His own Son to die rather than the rest of mankind dying meant that we still have the opportunity to redeem ourselves. This is done by making a conscious decision to serve God by acknowledging your sin, repenting them and undertaking to make an effort not to sin and so remove yourself from God. You must also accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, i.e. the one responsible for your second chance and consciously live your life according to God’s rules.

• The Bible is the word of God
All Christians are expected to believe that the Bible was written by men who were inspired by God; hence it is really God’s thoughts, feelings and instructions that fill its pages. To this end, anyone who wants to become a Christian has to accept that the Bible is the only true word of God; therefore, whatever the Bible says should be adhered to.

What one needs to understand about Christianity is that it is based in non-physical appreciation of oneself. The death and life spoken of above are not physical, but rather spiritual. Christians believe that when you die, if you have received salvation then you will go to Heaven where God and Jesus Christ are; if you have not chosen salvation then you will go to Hell where the devil is. Your spirit is said to be that part of you that experiences emotions and that has to do with your will power. Some Christians believe also that your conscience serves as the compass of your Spirit and that it is through these elements of yourself that God speaks to you.

Different denominations place different emphases on different aspects of the Bible thus creating a conflict of message amongst Christian groups; however, it always comes down to these five basic tenets.

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