Saturday, November 28, 2015

Simien Mountains, Ethiopia, November 27-28, 2015

It was a 2.5 hour drive to the Simien Mountains-

where I had signed up for 3 days and 2 nights of trekking.  Why you ask?  Good question.  I hate hiking, trekking, mountain climbing, whatever you want to call it, I hate it.  Needless to say, I came home after the first sleep and this morning's walk to the waterfall.  My knees were starting to hurt from all the up/down business so I packed it in.  

I could urinate more than what this waterfall is doing-

The Gelada Baboons are pretty cool.  There are about 20,000 in the park-

 and they are not afraid of humans.  They eat grass and the bugs they pick off of each other-


have up to 12 wives who have 2 babies/year-

This one just finished nursing-

Both males and females have red chests and 4 nipples.  The males have 4 'bumper pads' on their butts but the females only have two.  At night, they find a cliff in the ravine to stay safe from jackals, hyenas and the odd, very odd, leopard.

Other wildlife includes the thick billed raven who has a white spot on its head-

The aloe plant has a pretty  flower and the wild tomato is poisonous and used for laundry soap-

Most people don't have cars so government run, public transportation looks like this-

Birthday cake for breakfast?  Sounds great to me!

Donkeys, sheep, people, horses and carts are all over the roads.  Our driver is continuously honking as a warning that we are passing.  The area is very arable and fields are small but well looked after.  It appears they get at least 2 crops/year and all work is done manually.  There are a lot of rocks everywhere, especially in the towns where they are used for fences and just piled in front of homes and shops.  It's a crazy place but the people are super friendly and non hasslers.  I am enjoying it here.



    John 3:5 Jesus answered. "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. (NKJV)

    Those who deny that Jesus was talking about water baptism present two conflicting possibilities. 1. That Jesus was referring to amniotic when He mentioned water. and 2. That Jesus was saying that water was referring to the Holy Spirit.

    1.Did Jesus really mean that a qualification to enter the kingdom of God was you must be born of amniotic fluid?

    2. To say that water is synonymous with the Holy Spirit, then John 3:5 would be translated as such. Unless one is born of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God. There is no Bible translation that translates it that way.

    John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." (NKJV)

    Jesus said you must be born again. Being born of amniotic fluid is being born the first time. It is not being born again. Natural childbirth is not a requirement to enter the kingdom of God.

    When Jesus said you must be born of water He clearly meant water baptism.

    When Jesus said you must be born of Spirit He certainly meant the Holy Spirit.

    Nicodemus was confused about being born again, he was not confused about being born the first time.

    Being born of water is a requirement to enter the kingdom of God. That is an undeniable fact.


    1. Thanks Steve for your comments. Keep well. Hope you enjoy the blog!


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