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Rainbow ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ Muslim to Christian ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ Russ Ardebili grew up in pre-revolutionary Iran. His parents were moderate Muslims, but as a child, Russ was often skeptical about Islam. “My dad tried to Read more ... teach me,” Russ says, “but I always had little doubts in my mind.” He attended a school with several Armenian Christians and became more curious about Christianity. “In the Muslim religion, the Koran talks about Christ, how Jesus was born to the Virgin Mary, and that’s what made me interested in Christ,” he adds. During Russ’s childhood, the Shaw of Iran was in power and Muslims were more tolerant of other faiths. “Before the revolution, Jews, Baha’i’s, Christians, Muslims, all lived beside each other. We never had a problem,” Russ recalls. Russ went to college in the United States. Then in 1979, his world changed forever when the Shaw was overthrown by the Ayatollah Khomeini. Russ was afraid to return to Iran, and eventually married a woman who attended a Pentecostal church. His marriage fell apart and Russ realized he needed help. One night, he slipped into a church service. “I knew that Christ was calling me. They gave the invitation song, and I was crying,” Russ says. “I went forward and accepted Christ, to become my Savior and so my sins would be forgiven.” Russ moved back to Iran to care for his sick mother. He married a Muslim woman hoping she would convert to Christianity, and they had a son named Salar. Russ couldn’t stop telling people about Jesus and how God had changed his life. The new radical Muslim government did not like that. “I was stopped by the Revolutionary Guard, and they blindfolded me, and they took me to this place. They kept me for about three or four days. They didn’t feed me anything. They just gave me some water, and they started beating me,” Russ says. “They beat me about ninety times. I never felt the pain, even though my back was bleeding, and I saw blood dripping on the floor. Any time they beat me, I just called for Christ. I said, ‘Praise the Lord!’ My back was bruised and scarred and bleeding, but I was standing up and smiling at them. And I was telling them ‘God bless you.’ They were just stunned. They couldn’t say anything.” But this wasn’t the only time they arrested and tortured Russ. “Every time they did this, they thought they were going to teach me a lesson, that they were going to make me come back to be a Muslim, but each time I was harassed or beaten, I became stronger,” he adds. Russ took a job as a foreman with a mining company where he had another encounter with the guard. “We came out of my office and, probably about seven feet away from my office, there was an old pit. And as we were walking, I was beside them and one of them pushed me down into the pit, and I fell. My leg was broken, shattered. This place was on the edge of the dessert, and used to catch a lot of poisonous snakes, spiders—tarantulas as big as my hand,” Russ recalls. “When I fell in there, I knew there were going to be snakes and spiders all around me crawling. I was passing out, waking up, praying, screaming for help, but nobody heard me.” Later that night, Russ’s boss came to check on him, and heard him crying for help, and pulled him from the pit. “They called the ambulance and they took me out and I had a ten-hour surgery on my leg, my hip, and I was in the hospital I think about a week.” Even though Russ was in the snake pit for several hours, he was never bitten. “I was just praying the whole time, and I think that was another miracle of being saved by Christ.” When Russ was released from the hospital, he escaped to Turkey and eventually sought asylum in the U.S. his wife, however, refused to leave, and they were divorced, but he was reunited with his son Salar in 2007. Today Russ loves sharing Christ with Muslims. “The Muslim religion is not all bad, but if you look at it from the radical point of view, that’s not good,” he says. “Christ can give them peace. Christ can give them freedom, but probably nobody has told them that.” Russ settled in Kentucky and now works with a local transport company. Salar is now attending college. Russ married Brenda and they are both active in their church. “I believe Jesus is my whole life,” Russ says. “I find peace in Jesus. I find comfort in Jesus. I find freedom in Jesus. I believe that my sins are forgiven, and I will definitely have eternal life with Christ.”
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Nico ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ Muslim to Christian ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ Russ Ardebili grew up in pre-revolutionary Iran. His parents were moderate Muslims, but as a child, Russ was often skeptical about Islam. “My dad tried to Read more ... teach me,” Russ says, “but I always had little doubts in my mind.” He attended a school with several Armenian Christians and became more curious about Christianity. “In the Muslim religion, the Koran talks about Christ, how Jesus was born to the Virgin Mary, and that’s what made me interested in Christ,” he adds. During Russ’s childhood, the Shaw of Iran was in power and Muslims were more tolerant of other faiths. “Before the revolution, Jews, Baha’i’s, Christians, Muslims, all lived beside each other. We never had a problem,” Russ recalls. Russ went to college in the United States. Then in 1979, his world changed forever when the Shaw was overthrown by the Ayatollah Khomeini. Russ was afraid to return to Iran, and eventually married a woman who attended a Pentecostal church. His marriage fell apart and Russ realized he needed help. One night, he slipped into a church service. “I knew that Christ was calling me. They gave the invitation song, and I was crying,” Russ says. “I went forward and accepted Christ, to become my Savior and so my sins would be forgiven.” Russ moved back to Iran to care for his sick mother. He married a Muslim woman hoping she would convert to Christianity, and they had a son named Salar. Russ couldn’t stop telling people about Jesus and how God had changed his life. The new radical Muslim government did not like that. “I was stopped by the Revolutionary Guard, and they blindfolded me, and they took me to this place. They kept me for about three or four days. They didn’t feed me anything. They just gave me some water, and they started beating me,” Russ says. “They beat me about ninety times. I never felt the pain, even though my back was bleeding, and I saw blood dripping on the floor. Any time they beat me, I just called for Christ. I said, ‘Praise the Lord!’ My back was bruised and scarred and bleeding, but I was standing up and smiling at them. And I was telling them ‘God bless you.’ They were just stunned. They couldn’t say anything.” But this wasn’t the only time they arrested and tortured Russ. “Every time they did this, they thought they were going to teach me a lesson, that they were going to make me come back to be a Muslim, but each time I was harassed or beaten, I became stronger,” he adds. Russ took a job as a foreman with a mining company where he had another encounter with the guard. “We came out of my office and, probably about seven feet away from my office, there was an old pit. And as we were walking, I was beside them and one of them pushed me down into the pit, and I fell. My leg was broken, shattered. This place was on the edge of the dessert, and used to catch a lot of poisonous snakes, spiders—tarantulas as big as my hand,” Russ recalls. “When I fell in there, I knew there were going to be snakes and spiders all around me crawling. I was passing out, waking up, praying, screaming for help, but nobody heard me.” Later that night, Russ’s boss came to check on him, and heard him crying for help, and pulled him from the pit. “They called the ambulance and they took me out and I had a ten-hour surgery on my leg, my hip, and I was in the hospital I think about a week.” Even though Russ was in the snake pit for several hours, he was never bitten. “I was just praying the whole time, and I think that was another miracle of being saved by Christ.” When Russ was released from the hospital, he escaped to Turkey and eventually sought asylum in the U.S. his wife, however, refused to leave, and they were divorced, but he was reunited with his son Salar in 2007. Today Russ loves sharing Christ with Muslims. “The Muslim religion is not all bad, but if you look at it from the radical point of view, that’s not good,” he says. “Christ can give them peace. Christ can give them freedom, but probably nobody has told them that.” Russ settled in Kentucky and now works with a local transport company. Salar is now attending college. Russ married Brenda and they are both active in their church. “I believe Jesus is my whole life,” Russ says. “I find peace in Jesus. I find comfort in Jesus. I find freedom in Jesus. I believe that my sins are forgiven, and I will definitely have eternal life with Christ.”
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Nico ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ Muslim to Christian ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ Russ Ardebili grew up in pre-revolutionary Iran. His parents were moderate Muslims, but as a child, Russ was often skeptical about Islam. “My dad tried to Read more ... teach me,” Russ says, “but I always had little doubts in my mind.” He attended a school with several Armenian Christians and became more curious about Christianity. “In the Muslim religion, the Koran talks about Christ, how Jesus was born to the Virgin Mary, and that’s what made me interested in Christ,” he adds. During Russ’s childhood, the Shaw of Iran was in power and Muslims were more tolerant of other faiths. “Before the revolution, Jews, Baha’i’s, Christians, Muslims, all lived beside each other. We never had a problem,” Russ recalls. Russ went to college in the United States. Then in 1979, his world changed forever when the Shaw was overthrown by the Ayatollah Khomeini. Russ was afraid to return to Iran, and eventually married a woman who attended a Pentecostal church. His marriage fell apart and Russ realized he needed help. One night, he slipped into a church service. “I knew that Christ was calling me. They gave the invitation song, and I was crying,” Russ says. “I went forward and accepted Christ, to become my Savior and so my sins would be forgiven.” Russ moved back to Iran to care for his sick mother. He married a Muslim woman hoping she would convert to Christianity, and they had a son named Salar. Russ couldn’t stop telling people about Jesus and how God had changed his life. The new radical Muslim government did not like that. “I was stopped by the Revolutionary Guard, and they blindfolded me, and they took me to this place. They kept me for about three or four days. They didn’t feed me anything. They just gave me some water, and they started beating me,” Russ says. “They beat me about ninety times. I never felt the pain, even though my back was bleeding, and I saw blood dripping on the floor. Any time they beat me, I just called for Christ. I said, ‘Praise the Lord!’ My back was bruised and scarred and bleeding, but I was standing up and smiling at them. And I was telling them ‘God bless you.’ They were just stunned. They couldn’t say anything.” But this wasn’t the only time they arrested and tortured Russ. “Every time they did this, they thought they were going to teach me a lesson, that they were going to make me come back to be a Muslim, but each time I was harassed or beaten, I became stronger,” he adds. Russ took a job as a foreman with a mining company where he had another encounter with the guard. “We came out of my office and, probably about seven feet away from my office, there was an old pit. And as we were walking, I was beside them and one of them pushed me down into the pit, and I fell. My leg was broken, shattered. This place was on the edge of the dessert, and used to catch a lot of poisonous snakes, spiders—tarantulas as big as my hand,” Russ recalls. “When I fell in there, I knew there were going to be snakes and spiders all around me crawling. I was passing out, waking up, praying, screaming for help, but nobody heard me.” Later that night, Russ’s boss came to check on him, and heard him crying for help, and pulled him from the pit. “They called the ambulance and they took me out and I had a ten-hour surgery on my leg, my hip, and I was in the hospital I think about a week.” Even though Russ was in the snake pit for several hours, he was never bitten. “I was just praying the whole time, and I think that was another miracle of being saved by Christ.” When Russ was released from the hospital, he escaped to Turkey and eventually sought asylum in the U.S. his wife, however, refused to leave, and they were divorced, but he was reunited with his son Salar in 2007. Today Russ loves sharing Christ with Muslims. “The Muslim religion is not all bad, but if you look at it from the radical point of view, that’s not good,” he says. “Christ can give them peace. Christ can give them freedom, but probably nobody has told them that.” Russ settled in Kentucky and now works with a local transport company. Salar is now attending college. Russ married Brenda and they are both active in their church. “I believe Jesus is my whole life,” Russ says. “I find peace in Jesus. I find comfort in Jesus. I find freedom in Jesus. I believe that my sins are forgiven, and I will definitely have eternal life with Christ.”
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Nico ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ Muslim to Christian ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ Russ Ardebili grew up in pre-revolutionary Iran. His parents were moderate Muslims, but as a child, Russ was often skeptical about Islam. “My dad tried to Read more ... teach me,” Russ says, “but I always had little doubts in my mind.” He attended a school with several Armenian Christians and became more curious about Christianity. “In the Muslim religion, the Koran talks about Christ, how Jesus was born to the Virgin Mary, and that’s what made me interested in Christ,” he adds. During Russ’s childhood, the Shaw of Iran was in power and Muslims were more tolerant of other faiths. “Before the revolution, Jews, Baha’i’s, Christians, Muslims, all lived beside each other. We never had a problem,” Russ recalls. Russ went to college in the United States. Then in 1979, his world changed forever when the Shaw was overthrown by the Ayatollah Khomeini. Russ was afraid to return to Iran, and eventually married a woman who attended a Pentecostal church. His marriage fell apart and Russ realized he needed help. One night, he slipped into a church service. “I knew that Christ was calling me. They gave the invitation song, and I was crying,” Russ says. “I went forward and accepted Christ, to become my Savior and so my sins would be forgiven.” Russ moved back to Iran to care for his sick mother. He married a Muslim woman hoping she would convert to Christianity, and they had a son named Salar. Russ couldn’t stop telling people about Jesus and how God had changed his life. The new radical Muslim government did not like that. “I was stopped by the Revolutionary Guard, and they blindfolded me, and they took me to this place. They kept me for about three or four days. They didn’t feed me anything. They just gave me some water, and they started beating me,” Russ says. “They beat me about ninety times. I never felt the pain, even though my back was bleeding, and I saw blood dripping on the floor. Any time they beat me, I just called for Christ. I said, ‘Praise the Lord!’ My back was bruised and scarred and bleeding, but I was standing up and smiling at them. And I was telling them ‘God bless you.’ They were just stunned. They couldn’t say anything.” But this wasn’t the only time they arrested and tortured Russ. “Every time they did this, they thought they were going to teach me a lesson, that they were going to make me come back to be a Muslim, but each time I was harassed or beaten, I became stronger,” he adds. Russ took a job as a foreman with a mining company where he had another encounter with the guard. “We came out of my office and, probably about seven feet away from my office, there was an old pit. And as we were walking, I was beside them and one of them pushed me down into the pit, and I fell. My leg was broken, shattered. This place was on the edge of the dessert, and used to catch a lot of poisonous snakes, spiders—tarantulas as big as my hand,” Russ recalls. “When I fell in there, I knew there were going to be snakes and spiders all around me crawling. I was passing out, waking up, praying, screaming for help, but nobody heard me.” Later that night, Russ’s boss came to check on him, and heard him crying for help, and pulled him from the pit. “They called the ambulance and they took me out and I had a ten-hour surgery on my leg, my hip, and I was in the hospital I think about a week.” Even though Russ was in the snake pit for several hours, he was never bitten. “I was just praying the whole time, and I think that was another miracle of being saved by Christ.” When Russ was released from the hospital, he escaped to Turkey and eventually sought asylum in the U.S. his wife, however, refused to leave, and they were divorced, but he was reunited with his son Salar in 2007. Today Russ loves sharing Christ with Muslims. “The Muslim religion is not all bad, but if you look at it from the radical point of view, that’s not good,” he says. “Christ can give them peace. Christ can give them freedom, but probably nobody has told them that.” Russ settled in Kentucky and now works with a local transport company. Salar is now attending college. Russ married Brenda and they are both active in their church. “I believe Jesus is my whole life,” Russ says. “I find peace in Jesus. I find comfort in Jesus. I find freedom in Jesus. I believe that my sins are forgiven, and I will definitely have eternal life with Christ.”
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Nico ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ Muslim to Christian ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ Russ Ardebili grew up in pre-revolutionary Iran. His parents were moderate Muslims, but as a child, Russ was often skeptical about Islam. “My dad tried to Read more ... teach me,” Russ says, “but I always had little doubts in my mind.” He attended a school with several Armenian Christians and became more curious about Christianity. “In the Muslim religion, the Koran talks about Christ, how Jesus was born to the Virgin Mary, and that’s what made me interested in Christ,” he adds. During Russ’s childhood, the Shaw of Iran was in power and Muslims were more tolerant of other faiths. “Before the revolution, Jews, Baha’i’s, Christians, Muslims, all lived beside each other. We never had a problem,” Russ recalls. Russ went to college in the United States. Then in 1979, his world changed forever when the Shaw was overthrown by the Ayatollah Khomeini. Russ was afraid to return to Iran, and eventually married a woman who attended a Pentecostal church. His marriage fell apart and Russ realized he needed help. One night, he slipped into a church service. “I knew that Christ was calling me. They gave the invitation song, and I was crying,” Russ says. “I went forward and accepted Christ, to become my Savior and so my sins would be forgiven.” Russ moved back to Iran to care for his sick mother. He married a Muslim woman hoping she would convert to Christianity, and they had a son named Salar. Russ couldn’t stop telling people about Jesus and how God had changed his life. The new radical Muslim government did not like that. “I was stopped by the Revolutionary Guard, and they blindfolded me, and they took me to this place. They kept me for about three or four days. They didn’t feed me anything. They just gave me some water, and they started beating me,” Russ says. “They beat me about ninety times. I never felt the pain, even though my back was bleeding, and I saw blood dripping on the floor. Any time they beat me, I just called for Christ. I said, ‘Praise the Lord!’ My back was bruised and scarred and bleeding, but I was standing up and smiling at them. And I was telling them ‘God bless you.’ They were just stunned. They couldn’t say anything.” But this wasn’t the only time they arrested and tortured Russ. “Every time they did this, they thought they were going to teach me a lesson, that they were going to make me come back to be a Muslim, but each time I was harassed or beaten, I became stronger,” he adds. Russ took a job as a foreman with a mining company where he had another encounter with the guard. “We came out of my office and, probably about seven feet away from my office, there was an old pit. And as we were walking, I was beside them and one of them pushed me down into the pit, and I fell. My leg was broken, shattered. This place was on the edge of the dessert, and used to catch a lot of poisonous snakes, spiders—tarantulas as big as my hand,” Russ recalls. “When I fell in there, I knew there were going to be snakes and spiders all around me crawling. I was passing out, waking up, praying, screaming for help, but nobody heard me.” Later that night, Russ’s boss came to check on him, and heard him crying for help, and pulled him from the pit. “They called the ambulance and they took me out and I had a ten-hour surgery on my leg, my hip, and I was in the hospital I think about a week.” Even though Russ was in the snake pit for several hours, he was never bitten. “I was just praying the whole time, and I think that was another miracle of being saved by Christ.” When Russ was released from the hospital, he escaped to Turkey and eventually sought asylum in the U.S. his wife, however, refused to leave, and they were divorced, but he was reunited with his son Salar in 2007. Today Russ loves sharing Christ with Muslims. “The Muslim religion is not all bad, but if you look at it from the radical point of view, that’s not good,” he says. “Christ can give them peace. Christ can give them freedom, but probably nobody has told them that.” Russ settled in Kentucky and now works with a local transport company. Salar is now attending college. Russ married Brenda and they are both active in their church. “I believe Jesus is my whole life,” Russ says. “I find peace in Jesus. I find comfort in Jesus. I find freedom in Jesus. I believe that my sins are forgiven, and I will definitely have eternal life with Christ.”
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Jerry Gila Monster Tales from the Old West: The Gila monster was supposed to be dead. Walter Vail, owner of the sprawling Empire Ranch southeast of Tucson, Arizona Territory, was certain he'd killed it. He'd then tied it to the back of his saddle, intent Read more ... on showing it to an acquaintance who'd never seen one. But then Vail's saddle had come loose, and when he reached around to check it, the lizard clamped down on the middle finger of his right hand and held on tight. A ranch hand forced open the Gila monster's mouth with a pocketknife. He then tied saddle strings around Vail's finger and wrist and cut open the finger to make it bleed. Others summoned Dr. J.C. Handy from Tucson, who met Vail at Pantano. Handy replaced the string tourniquets with rubber bands and returned to Tucson with his patient for further treatment and observation. For several years after that May 8, 1890, encounter with a Gila monster Vail suffered from swollen and bleeding glands in his throat. Rumor had it that residual effects of the lizard's venom contributed to Vail's death 16 years later. In fact, the Arizona Territory pioneer was struck and killed by a streetcar in Los Angeles. The Gila monster (Heloderma suspectum) is the only venomous lizard native to the United States, but its reputation as a cold-blooded man-killer (in part triggered by the "monster" label) is as overblown as that of most Old West gunfighters. The shy and slow nocturnal creature, which still inhabits the Gila River valley in Arizona and New Mexico among other places in the Southwest, has been the source of endless folklore and exaggerated claims, not unlike Billy the Kid and Wyatt Earp. Just check out (well, maybe you won't want to actually watch it) the 1959 sci-fi cult classic The Giant Gila Monster, about an oversized killer lizard that terrorizes a rural Texas community—a reptilian John Wesley Hardin, you might say. In 1881 Tombstone, back in the days of the Earp brothers and the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, physician and town coroner Dr. George Emory Goodfellow did "assessment work," as he termed the required autopsy, on a shooting victim named McIntyre. "The body was rich in lead but too badly punctured to hold whiskey," he reported, tongue in cheek. On top of his many medical accomplishments, this well-liked doctor would be among the first to assess the effects of Gila monster venom. Goodfellow's fascination with the Gila monster may have been piqued by such exaggerated and erroneous reports as this one from the May 14, 1881, Tombstone Epitaph: This is a monster as is a monster, and no baby at that, it being probably the largest specimen ever captured in Arizona. It is 27 inches long and weighs 35 pounds. It was caught by H.C. Hiatt on the road between Tombstone and Grand Central Mill and was purchased by Messrs. Ed Baker and Charles Eastman, who now have it on exhibition at Kelley's Wine House, next door above Grand Hotel, Allen Street. Eastern people who have never seen one of these monsters should not fail to inspect his Aztecship, for they might accidentally stumble upon one some fine day and get badly frightened, except they know what it is. They are beautiful pets, they are. Among the many widely believed myths concerning the Gila monster in pioneer days (and even now) are that the lizard has foul or toxic breath and that its bite is fatal. Scientific American had this to say in 1890: "The breath is very fetid, and its odor can be detected at some little distance from the lizard. It is supposed that this is one way in which the monster catches the insects and small animals which form a part of its food supply—the foul gas overcoming them." That same year The Arizona Star stated, "[The Gila monster] has the habit, too, of throwing its tongue out like a snake, and its bite is very poisonous and always fatal." Dr. Goodfellow heard such accounts and offered to pay $5 for Gila monster specimens. He obtained several through purchase and also collected a few on his own. In 1891 he induced one into biting him on the finger so he could analyze the effects. The bite forced him into bed for five days, but he completely recovered. The doctor's conclusions were clearly weighted on the side of the lizard. "The belief in the [deadly] poisonous nature of the lizard [is] purely mythical and superstitious, the remnant of primitive man's antagonism to all creepy things." Goodfellow released most of the study specimens but kept a few around as pets for his daughter. His keen interest in the lizard led him to become one of the country's foremost experts. But myths about the Gila monster did not die easily, as is evident from a Tucson resident's letter published in the March 23, 1907, Scientific American: Old settlers here know of many cases of Gila monster poisoning, in which the effect was death. I believe that the bite of the Gila monster is dangerous because of the creature's habit of eating lizards, bugs and rodents and then lying on the sand so hot that it blisters the hands and feet. The heat causes the food to putrefy in the stomach, evidenced by the fact that the teeth are often covered with a fermented, putrefied froth from the food. A bite has the same effect as the cut of a dissecting knife used on a cadaver, in other words, the inoculation of a deadly poison. Goodfellow responded with his own letter to the editor, published the following week in Scientific American. The doctor mentioned his personal experiences with the Gila monster and his studies of its bite. He concluded that secretions from the lizard are not poisonous, and that it took neither a crowbar nor a hatchet to pry its jaws apart, "merely a strong pull." He insisted he had known of several people bitten by Gila monsters, and none had died from the bite. In one instance his autopsy demonstrated that an alleged Gila monster victim had died of something else: "Cirrhosis of the liver, ascites, fatty heart, etc., and his history evidenced the cause of his death to be acute alcoholic poisoning grafted upon chronic alcoholism," Goodfellow wrote. Among Western Indians the Gila monster has a mixed reputation. It is prominent among desert animals depicted on Indian baskets and pottery. Ancient petroglyphs show the Gila monster individually and in numbers. The Tohono O'odhams and Pimas considered it to possess a spiritual power capable of causing sickness, while the Apaches believed that its breath could be fatal. In sharp contrast, the Seris and Yaquis believed in the healing power of the Gila monster's hide. Perhaps the most surprising ceremony involving the Gila monster originated with Mormons rather than Indians. It is detailed in the June 16, 1881, Tombstone Epitaph, which reprinted a story from the Pioche Daily Record. Gila monsters, the story says, were rare in the vicinity of Panaca because Mormons killed them "for the purpose of obtaining oil from their fatty flesh." After killing a Gila monster, the Mormons would send it to St. George, Utah Territory, there to be deposited into a huge boiler and poached for three days. The Mormons then skimmed the resulting oil and ladled it into earthenware jars. The story explains its use: Mormons stricken with remorse congregate from different parts of Utah Territory to this [St. George] temple during the conference. Then may be seen the oil, which is religiously preserved, cast on the water by the officiating bishop, while poor, deluded men and women avail themselves of its efficiency—as they imagine—by entering this tank and bathing in it, thus believing by so doing they are entitled to a corner in heaven. The Gila monster also made an interesting subject for pioneer photographers. Maybe it was the allure of a creature with a dangerous reputation. Perhaps its custom of moving slowly made it an easy subject. Or possibly it was the Gila monster's unique look or its predominantly Arizona Territory habitat. Whatever the reason, photographers snapped scores of pictures of living specimens or laid-out dead ones, both in the field and in studios. By the turn of the 20th century such images had spread nationwide on cabinet cards, stereo cards and postcards. Although one can occasionally find early images of horned lizards, it is rare to find pictures of chuckwallas, whiptails, swifts or collareds. The Gila monster remains Arizona's most photographed lizard. It is as representative of Arizona wildlife as the saguaro cactus is of its plants. As with most other legendary Western characters, it is interesting to separate Gila monster myths from Gila monster facts. Its bite is always fatal (myth). When it bites, it will not let go until sundown or until it thunders (myth). It lacks an anal opening and thus has no means of excretion except by regurgitation, which leads to a fermentation of waste material on its teeth and a much more dangerous bite (myth). It has poisonous breath (myth). As its venom glands are in its lower jaw, it must flip onto its back when biting to introduce the venom (partial myth—while the venom is produced in glands in its lower jaw, a Gila monster can work venom into a wound by chewing). Some facts about the Gila monster: It is one of only a few species of venomous lizards in the world. It does not have fangs (hollow teeth) like a venomous snake but grooves in its lower teeth that channel the venom. It is North America's largest lizard, reaching up to 2 feet in length and weighing up to 5 pounds (not 35 pounds, as in the 1881 Tombstone Epitaph account). Although the Gila monster's bite is extremely painful, none have resulted in a verifiable human fatality to a healthy person. It is easily identified by its bright pink, orange or red markings against jet-black bumpy or beaded skin. It feeds primarily on eggs and small mammals. Researchers have identified components in its venom effective in treating type 2 diabetes. Most people will never see a Gila monster outside a zoo or exhibit. Its numbers are declining due to habitat destruction caused by overgrazing and farming. The state of Arizona considers the Gila monster an endangered species and has protected it by law. To this day, despite the findings of Doc Goodfellow and experts who followed, people largely regard the Gila monster as interesting but dangerous. Yet clearly it is a monster in name only. Sluggish and slow moving, it attacks people only in its own defense. As with snakes, sharks, bats, spiders and other creatures with dangerous reputations, the Gila monster's mystique and our fear stem more from erroneous reports and handed-down stories than reality. California-based author Richard Lapidus saw his first lizard at age 3 and remains fascinated by reptiles, amphibians and Western history. He wrote the memoir Snake Hunting on the Devil's Highway (2006). Suggested for further reading: Dr. Goodfellow: Physician to the Gunfighters, Scholar and Bon Vivant, by Don Chaput, and Gila Monster: Facts and Folklore of America's Aztec Lizard, by David Brown and Neil Carmony.
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Political talk of moral obligation almost always invokes future children; it is not politically controversial to hope that our children and grandchildren will live on a safe planet. But the moral dimensions of climate change are far more complex and granular: food shortages here, extreme weather events there, floods that displace people in coastal regions, melting polar icecaps causing increased extinctions, the vulnerability of the global poor. A moral vision able to see these granular risks comes, I would argue, not from time (Obama's "future children" or the Pope's "Creation will destroy us") but from space. Since 1946, the modern world has been able to view images of the earth-from-space. Some four millennia earlier, Hebrew scribes penned Genesis 1's creation account of the whole known world. Ancient and modern, these are two portrayals of the earth, one to begin the Scriptures and one iconic of the modern space age, both spatial lenses offering moral vision about climate change. Overview: Genesis 1 Genesis 1 is like an earth-from-space image. The poem puts the whole world in one frame, starting off in mystery (formless voids, windswept chaos) and introducing a powerful voice with a benevolent arrangement of animate and inanimate beings. The moon feels like it has an organic, silvery skin, and all of the creeping and swarming things brim in fecundity. Despite the mystery and virility, Genesis 1 is really about order. Chaos is untangled into light and darkness, inchoate ground is divided into water and land, and a firmament is erected to hold the rainstorms above at safe distance from the ground water below. Most of the language is about separating and dividing, like the task of one doing laundry. Order governs the six-day work week as well. Days forge perfect parallels between habitats and creatures. It takes three days to create earth's spaces and three days to fill them with correlating animate and inanimate creatures. For example, on the second day, God creates the dome of heaven in the midst of the waters (vv. 6-8), and then, on the fifth day, he fills the sky and the water with birds and fish (vv. 20-23). Every day fits the scheme. And poetic repetition of phrases like, "It was good," infuse Genesis 1's spatial proportion with a moral aesthetic. Genesis 1 insists that the meaningful contours of the world are basic: sea, sky, and land. Land is where land animals roam. The sky is where birds soar. The oceans are where fish obey God's command to 'be fruitful and multiply' (v. 22). The spatial proportion of the world allows earth's diversity to flourish. Everything needs its place. Overview: "The Blue Marble" In 1972, astronauts on the Apollo 17 took an earth-from-space photograph. Called the Blue Marble, it is the most shared and widely seen image in all of modern history by some counts. The NASA caption for the image was straight-forward, descriptive and comprehensive: "This translunar photograph extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the Antarctica south polar ice cap... Note the heavy cloud cover in the Southern Hemisphere..." If you look in the right places, overview images of the earth abound these days. One of my favorites is NASA's "Images of Change" which shows the effects of climate events on granular regions, like Hurricane Katrina's impact on New Orleans and Typhoon Haiyan's on a river system in the Philippines. But the Blue Marble photograph resembles Genesis 1 by putting the entire earth in one frame. The light is separated from the darkness, as the glowing earth floats in the black ocean of the universe. Two moral issues attend the Blue Marble image. The first is marvelous, and the second is pretty eerie. The astronauts and first people to view the image all report feelings of awe: "It was profound." "Such a different perspective." "The focus had been 'we're going to the stars, we're going to the other planets,' and suddenly we look back at ourselves." "A new kind of self awareness." "Looking back at the Earth... may have been the most important reason we went." "You're overwhelmed... it's this dynamic alive place that you see glowing all the time." "Realizing your interconnectedness with that beautiful blue ball." These descriptions of viewing the earth-from-space have implications for our moral vision of the planet: overwhelmed, self-aware, interconnected. God reports a similar sense of awe every day of Genesis 1 when he utters, "It was good." These are expressions of a cognitive shift that can unleash a moral desire to see to it that "it was and will stay -- good." But the beauty and awe of the overview can also dull our moral attentiveness. Two days prior to the NASA photo shoot, a cyclone killed 80 people and 150 cattle in Tamil Nadu, India. The deathly cyclone can be seen swirling in the photograph, described above as 'the heavy cloud cover in the Southern Hemisphere." That cyclone swirl is how the Blue Marble got its name. Seen from above, the earth-from-space conceals what I have been calling the granularity of the planet's climates. What Genesis 1 kept at level of sky, sea, land, and what the Blue Marble obscures in its gorgeous swirling surface are the countless habitats on the earth and the different risks posed to each of them. "Just as no country is immune from the impacts of climate change, no country can meet this challenge alone" (CAP). There are rumblings that China will follow the U.S. in capping emissions. Right now, the United Nations are meeting in Bonn, Germany for twelve days of climate talks. Indeed, the contours of climate risk do not correlate with national boundaries. The contours of climate risk run along ridges, rivers, coastlines, and watersheds. We need to see our spaces anew. If we could zoom in on Genesis 1, perhaps we could extend its vision of the morality of the spatial: Sea is for fish and sky is for birds and coral reefs are for urchins. Deep sea trenches are for bioluminescent fish. Arctic ice sheets are for polar bears. Rain forests are for rare spiders. Bible Study Questions 1. What moral vision can be fostered by an overview of the earth? 2. Why are so many people only interested in Genesis 1 as a temporal story (e.g., 7-day creation)? 3. In addition to the Blue Marble and NASA's "Images of Change," what other images offer compelling visions of climate change? For Further Reading: 1. "Overview," 20-minute film by the Planetary Collective about astronauts viewing the earth-from-space. 2. "On the Pulse of Morning," a poem relevant to climate change by Maya Angelou William P. Brown, The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010). #Christian #Auctions
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