Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Escape Goat

Here is an animal that was a huge part of my life and gave me enormous pleasure, I was his Mother from 3 months old and he was what in the goat world you could call a 'Gentleman'.

He was beautiful, but billy goats tend to be one person people only and although he was beautiful in my eyes and I could command him to do just about anything, he wasn't having it with anyone else. Both my ex husband and my Father in law could not deal with him, Eros wasn't having any of it. It was me, or NO one. I had raised him from 3 months old. My Father in law raised bullocks, had bulls, but could NOT get anywhere near Eros. Eros wasn't having NONE of it.

Have you ever got up close and personal with a billy goat you do not know. They will get up on their hind legs and try to butt YOU. If you are NOT familiar with billy goats, you have had it. Imagine being butted in the head by that beast,he was six foot tall off the ground, and provoked, he meant business.



    When debating the proposition of water baptism being essential for salvation; there is only one side found in the Scriptures. The Bible clearly teaches that water baptism is for the forgiveness of sins. There are no contradictory verses of Scripture to disprove that water baptism is essential to salvation.

    Mark 16:16 ....has been baptized shall be saved....

    There is no Scripture that states has been baptized shall not be saved.

    John 3:5 ....unless one is born of water...he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

    There are not any antithetical Scriptures that state men do not have to be born of water to enter the kingdom of God.

    Acts 2:38 ...and each of you be baptized......for the forgiveness of your sins...

    Search as you will, you cannot find one contradictory Scripture that says water baptism is not for the forgiveness of your sins.

    Romans 6:3-6 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?........6 know this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;

    There is no verse of Scripture that say our body of sin was not done away through being baptized into Christ.

    Colossians 2:12-13 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead . 13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircuncision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions.

    There is no opposing Scripture that says being buried with Him in baptism has nothing to do forgiveness of transgressions.

    Ephesians 5:25-27 ...just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.

    There is not a verse in the Bible that says Jesus did not cleanse the church by the washing of water with the word.

    1 Peter 3:21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you......

    It is impossible to find the Scripture that states water baptism does not save you.

    The statements you will not find in the Bible.
    1. Baptism does not save.
    2. Baptism is not essential to be saved.
    3. Baptism is not for the forgiveness of sins.
    4. Baptism is only for men who are already saved.
    5. Baptism has absolutely nothing to do with salvation.

    Jesus never said any of these five things. No apostles ever uttered any of theses five things.




  2. The Overboard Ceremony

    We were in Corfu, autumn of 1968.

    Sitting in Diana's office with Hana, Hubbard came by. He was quite chatty and looking forward to the forthcoming Class 8 course. During the conversation he said " Well, whenever they flunk a session, we will throw them overboard". We all laughed, but Hubbard never laughed with his eyes. It leftm us with a question mark over the statement. Was he kidding? Or was he serious?.

    Funnily enough, in the same conversation, I remarked about some members of the public simply joining staff to get free processing and training and then leaving. I caller them Freeloaders. Hubbard said that was a good way of describing them and he would use it.

    Sorry, folks!

    Anyway, the Class 8 course had 3 MAA's, Craig DeFan, Ollie Budlong and Rod Taunton. They were photographed and features in an Auditor edition at that time.

    The students, having been summoned to the ship were in a range of emotion from indifference to outright terror. They were made to wear bright green overalls, brown open toed sandals and had to wear a running noose around their neck.

    The MAA's went right into the Nazi identity. The next morning all the students were mustered on the aft well deck. A name was called and the person stepped forward and told he/or she had flunked a session. They were bodily picked up and thrown over the side. It was about 30ft drop into the harbour.

    A mantra was shouted " We commit your errors to the deep and trust you will arise a better person."

    Whilst the overboard ceremony was going on, Hubbard was two decks up redording the incident on his cine camera.

    The same ceremony was applied to the staff as well, usually for some (henious) transgression soch as ordering some equipment without FP approval.

    Along the side of the ship was a rubbing strake. The person had to be thrown out sufficiently far as to avoid it, or it could easily result in death.

    There was a rule, If the overboardee touched the side of the ship on the way down, the Officer in charge of the ceremony immediately got thrown overboard too. Therefore you tried to hit out with your hand or foot so you could get that bastard thrown over as well.

    There were degrees of overboard. Firstly there was simple overboard. Then we had overboard blindfolded, there was overboard with either feet or hands tied. The most extreme was being tied and blindfolded going overboard.

    It didn't matter if you could swim or not. You were screamed at to "make things go right". You made your way along the side of the ship and clambered in through the cattle door at the side.

    I have seen people in absolute terror, panicking in the water. On a couple of occasions we defied the MAA's and dived in to rescue the person. The punishment was a double overboard, one after the other.

    The most disorienting one I had was being thrown over blindfolded. You could not accurately anticipate the moment of impact.

    And of course, Hubbard was up there, every morning watching and more often than not cine recording it.

    When the class 8 course finished, the students returned to their various orgs. They adapted the overboard ceremony according to local conditions. This could be immersing them in a cold bath to putting their head down the toilet and flushing it. Students had to wear green vests and a rope noose.

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