Since today is a Sunday, The Grapevine decided to talk to a few religious leaders who gave us some very surprising bible verses on things that people do normally but are abnormal in the bible and call for heavy punishment on the offenders. We give you 10 of these things today in our spirituality section:
1. How many times have you looked at a beautiful endowed lady in a short dress and admired her or wanted to bed her? This is what the Bible says: “But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” (Matthew 5:28)
2. Did you know that the Bible says that it is an abomination to paint your skin or to do tatoos, Here is a verse for you: You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the LORD.(Leviticus 19:28)
3. Women, Please make sure you leave men fighting for you to sort themselves out otherwise you may lose your hand: “When two men are fighting and the wife of one of them intervenes to drag her husband clear of his opponent, if she puts out her hand and catches hold of the man by his privates, you must cut off her hand and show her no mercy.” (Deuteronomy 25:11)
4. Those promoting Homosexuality, this is for you. Homosexuality is spelled out as a sin clearly in this Bible verse: “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” (Leviticus 18:22)
5. Those who consult evil spirits and run to Mama Fiina for help, this is your warning: “Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.” (Leviticus 19:31)
6. Women these days stress men with money for hair, ear rings and necklaces but do you know that wearing them could take you to hell: “Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments.” (1 Timothy 2:9)
7. Wearing torn clothes is a fashion trend even among celebs these days, but do you know that a person who wears such deserves to die (not our words): “Do not let the hair of your heads hang loose, and do not tear your clothes, lest you die, and wrath come upon all the congregation; but let your brothers, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning that the LORD has kindled. (Leviticus 10:6)
8. Getting remarried after getting divorced, we see even religious leaders doing this, which bible are they reading: “Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.” (Mark 10:11–12)
9. Gossiping: Aha! Kasuku, Zahara Toto, Annatalia, Fifi, Seguya and my Kampala Sun, Red Pepper colleagues AND members on the team that works on Grapevine Gossip, repent for the kingdom of God is near: “Do not spread slanderous gossip among your people. “Do not stand idly by when your neighbor’s life is threatened. I am the LORD. (Leviticus 19:16)
10. To those who use withdraw method during sex, please use a condom at least hahaha… “But Onan was not willing to have a child who would not be his own heir. So, whenever he had intercourse with his brother’s wife, he spilled the semen on the ground. This prevented her from having a child who would belong to his brother.” (Genesis 38:9)
When you find yourself in hell, don’t say we didn’t warn you. Leave your favourite bible verse on things people currently do but are forbidden in our comments section…
VALENTINES DAY: Some Men Are Planning To Hide With Side-Dishes In Lodges And Return Next Week ClaimING They Were Kidnapped – Minister Dr. Baryomunsi…
Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14, world over.
It’s not considered a public holiday here, but Uganda as a nation is however no exception to the celebrations.
Other groups, mostly the elderly, take it so lightly, sometimes it even passes without them even noticing.
And some Ugandans, mostly the youthful are so excited about the day and the fact that this year’s celebrations will coincide with the weekend (Sunday, February 14, 2021).
The significance of feast day of Saint Valentine is the celebration of love and affection.
Themed with the color red, Valentine’s Day is characterized with sending greetings cards and gifts, dating, church services among other activities that bring lovers together.
Politicians, known for being so vocal on public concerns, have very interesting and diverse opinions about the celebrations of the day.
For former leader of opposition in Parliament, Winnie Kizza, every day is Valentine’s Day.
Ageing government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo however, thinks Valentine’s Day is overrated.
“Such excitement is for the young ones. Valentines Day is for wannabes, I don’t celebrate it,” Ofwono Opondo, who was speaking on NBS TV’s Frontline talk- show, said.
And on a very rare occasion, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda agrees on the same matter with Opondo.
He also feels Valentine’s Day is for the excited young ones not grown up people like him.
“I was introduced to Valentine’s Day at Makerere and I left it there,” said Ssemujju.
Senior Political reporter, Joseph Sabiti humorously narrated that he just learnt of the Valentine’s Day when he came to Kampala. “Where I grew up in Zombo, we didn’t have Valentine’s Day,” he said.
State Minister for Housing, Chris Baryomunsi, had a more extensive view about the colour Red-themed celebrations of the day.
“I enjoy seeing the young people putting on red. I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day,” Dr Baryomunsi said.
On a rather sensitive note, Dr Baryomunsi is convinced that some mischievous people are now planning to take advantage of the sad situation of massive abduction reports.
“You find that a married man hides with another woman in the lodge, and comes back home after days claiming that he was abducted by security agencies,” Chris Baryomunsi said on the Capital Gang political radio talk-show earlier on today.
However, the Police have since warned all Ugandans and proprietors of bars planning to organize Valentine’s Day parties to desist from doing so because they will be arrested.
By Baron Kironde
MUST READ: Everything You Need To Know About New Shs.1000 Dexamethasone Drug That Treats COVID19, MOH PS Dr. Diana Atwine Speaks Out On Usage…
The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health (MoH) Dr. Diana Atwine has warned on the new dexamethasone drug that helps save lives of patients seriously ill with Coronavirus.
“This drug is steroid. It should not be used anyhow because it has other side effects. It should be used only when prescribed,” Dr. Diana Atwine warned.
According to Ben Eka, the wholesale price for dexamethasone right now is Shs.1000 per 1amp, but he fears that the price may sore now.
“This drug is for now sold at 1000 shs per 1amp. But tomorrow this price will go as high as 10k per amp. As a whole sell price,” he said.
The low-dose steroid treatment dexamethasone is a major breakthrough in the fight against the deadly virus, UK experts say.
The drug is part of the world’s biggest trial testing existing treatments to see if they also work for coronavirus.
It cut the risk of death by a third for patients on ventilators. For those on oxygen, it cut deaths by a fifth.
Had the drug had been used to treat patients in the UK from the start of the pandemic, up to 5,000 lives (of the 41,969 total deaths) could have been saved, researchers said.
Thus could be of huge benefit in poorer countries with high numbers of Covid-19 patients.
In the trial, led by a team from Oxford University, about 2,000 hospital patients were given dexamethasone and compared with more than 4,000 who were not.
For patients on ventilators, it cut the risk of death from 40% to 28%.
For patients needing oxygen, it cut the risk of death from 25% to 20%.
Chief investigator Prof Peter Horby said: “This is the only drug so far that has been shown to reduce mortality – and it reduces it significantly. It’s a major breakthrough.”
Lead researcher Prof Martin Landray said that when appropriate, hospital patients should now be given it without delay, Prof Landray said.
However, Landray warned that Dexamethasone does not appear to help people with milder symptoms of coronavirus who do not need help with their breathing.
Dexamethasone is used to treat conditions such as arthritis, blood/hormone/immune system disorders, allergic reactions, certain skin and eye conditions, breathing problems, certain bowel disorders, and certain cancers. It is also used as a test for an adrenal gland disorder (Cushing’s syndrome).
This medication is a corticosteroid hormone (glucocorticoid). It decreases your body’s natural defensive response and reduces symptoms such as swelling and allergic-type reactions.
HOW TO USE DEXAMETHASONE
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor. Take with food or milk to prevent stomach upset. Take this medication by mouth with a full glass of water (8 ounces/240 milliliters) unless your doctor directs you otherwise. If you are using the liquid form of the medication, use a medication-measuring device to carefully measure the prescribed dose. Do not use a household spoon.
If you take this medication once daily, take it in the morning before 9 AM. If you are taking this medication every other day or on another schedule besides a daily one, it may help to mark your calendar with a reminder.
The dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Your doctor may attempt to reduce your dose slowly from time to time to minimize side effects.
Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day. It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well. Follow the dosing schedule carefully, and take this medication exactly as prescribed.
Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when this drug is suddenly stopped. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased.
Stomach upset, headache, dizziness, menstrual changes, trouble sleeping, increased appetite, or weight gain may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat), bone/joint pain, increased thirst/urination, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, eye pain/pressure, vision problems, heartburn, puffy face, swelling of the ankles/feet, symptoms of stomach/intestinal bleeding (such as stomach/abdominal pain, black/tarry stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds), pain/redness/swelling of arms/legs, tiredness, mental/mood changes (e.g., depression, mood swings, agitation), unusual hair/skin growth, muscle pain/cramps, weakness, easy bruising/bleeding, slow wound healing, thinning skin, seizures.
By Sandra Mukisa
WISE COUNSEL: Are You Married? Do You Want To Divorce Your Spouse? Are You In A Violent Relationship? – Here Is Good Advice From Justice Bamugemereire….
Court of Appeal judge Justice Catherine Bamugemereire has tipped married couples on how to live together, grow together and build happy homes and families.
In her address during the virtuous woman virtual conference hosted by Christ’s heart ministries international, the chairperson of the commission of inquiry into land matters revealed that for the 27 years she has been married, her sweetheart George Bamugemereire, the deputy Inspector General of Government has never slapped her even though they disagree on several occasions.
Bamugemereire, a former family court judge noted that the current high divorce rate in Uganda scares her.
Below is Bamugemereire’s address.
This is a very opportune time to be addressing marital issues because as I speak, we are living in an unprecedented period.
We are living in a period of a new pandemic in the world called COVID-19, and there could never be a more opportune time to speak to families that have been locked-down together, whether voluntarily or forcefully. Many people are struggling and suffering financially due to this economic and social lockdown. Many are struggling to make sense of the fear and uncertainty that has been caused by these desperate times.
My husband, George and I have been married for over 27 years.
… Speaking to you as a judge who has worked in the Family Court or what we call the Family Division, I would like to say that in Uganda, a marriage is one that is recognized in any other part of the world as such. If you come from China, and state that under Chinese law you were married, we recognize that as a marriage. If you came from England, Arabia, Australia or any other corner of the world, and your marriage was recognized in that part of the world, it will be recognized in Uganda as well.
Within the Ugandan context, there are 5 different forms of marriage recognised by law; Christian marriage, Mohammedan marriage, Customary marriage, Civil marriage and the Hindu marriage.
The Christian and Civil marriage have one thing in common, they recognize that one man is married to one woman, to the exclusion of all others, for life. What that really means is that under our laws, it is recognized that a biological male shall marry a biological female and there shall not be any third parties in-between, and that marriage is ideally for life. Obviously we know that this has been challenged by a lot of changes now, to the extent that its one man, and one woman, until divorce do they part.
We are seeing an increasing number of divorces in our system, and it is of great concern to us. I can tell you without fear of contradiction that when I first joined the Family Division around 2013, there were just a few cases. But by the time I left, I think they had tripled. As I speak now, the divorce cases are growing in number. We are seeing more Christians file for divorce. This is not a very good telling about the family situation in our country right now. Also, the statistics that show the causes of divorce are really pathetic.
In the olden days, there were only three grounds for divorce i.e adultery, cruelty or desertion. For a woman, you had to prove two grounds: that your husband cheated on you, and that he either deserted you for more than two years or that he was cruel to you. On the other hand, a man seeking divorce had to prove one ground, and that’s of the wife cheating on him. And because of the differences in grounds for divorce, women were not comfortable with this. Women lawyers took this law to the constitutional court saying, ‘it required more from women than it did from men, and therefore it was discriminatory and not inline with the Constitution.’ As a result, that law was struck-down.
As I speak today, the whole of section 4 of the divorce act, is not applicable to divorce in this country, which means that right now, you don’t have to prove any ground. If you want to divorce, you walk to court. It is very unfortunate because what this means is that right now, you can have any flimsy grounds as long as you prove that your marriage is irrevocably broken down.
The stability of a nation is most times guaranteed by the stability of marriages and family as a unit. In fact, it is said that Capitalists were so eager to ensure that the family unit remains tight, because once the family unit was stable, and once the wealth of a family was safe and well guarded, then that wealth could remain in that nation and it was not wasted through divorce or any other means.
You can see that there are economic advantages as to why people need to be married, and stay that way. Above all, Family is the best unit in which to bring up children. Children brought up in a stable marriage are children who will become more useful citizens. Statistics on children brought up in unstable marriages will show when you see them on the street, taking drugs and getting involved in several other kinds of things. These children are affected right from childhood, until they become adults. And the worst statistic is that children who come from divorced homes are likely to divorce themselves, and that adults who divorce the first time, are likely to divorce the second time. So, the statistics for divorce and instability, are quite dire.
Therefore, if we want a stable environment for bringing up children, and building our economy and wealth, a stable marriage is the least you could ask for, and its the most you should work at.
I hope this talk will help you realize that whereas we live in an extremely competitive environment, and that we have so many things competing with our marriages and spouses, it is important that this part of our lives remains stable.
I can say without fear of contradiction that if I had had an unstable marriage, I don’t think I could have achieved half, or even the little that I have done. I believe that coming out of a stable environment every morning to go to work is one of the reasons I have the energy to do anything I am able to do. The same applies to children and the things that they do. You need to cultivate an environment that allows them to excel outside of your home.
Many times, when women are growing up, they are told that if you are to go up, then marriage is going to become a hindrance. But I would like to testify and say that marriage, for me, is not a hindrance [to success.] And I know several other people, for whom it is not a hindrance. On the contrary, we have seen situations where the instability of people’s homes has been the hindrance they had to their jobs.
Young ladies, when you are going up the corporate ladders, there is so much competition, and one lie that people are told is that if you don’t give up your marriage, then you will not go up. It is a lie straight from the gates of hell. It is one of those that has destroyed a lot of our young people. Once you give up the values for which you stand, then, most times, people will not believe you have any values for which they should take you.
It is important you realize that marriage is an area of your life that you need to work on. Marriages are not something you enter into, and then assume that ‘you have arrived’, and then do nothing about. You have to work at your marriage the same way to tend a garden. You have got to work at your relationship every day.
Why are relationships breaking down? It is because people stopped working on them. They stopped communicating. They stopped showing love. They stopped showing the other that this is how I love you. They don’t have any love language. Many do not take time to build their relationship, and often times realize too late that the person they left actually loved them and and vice versa.
I do hope that despite the pressures of life, we will take time to build our marriages. How do you build your marriage? You communicate. There is no short cut to communication. You must be able to speak. There are marriages that have broken up, simply because communication broke down. People became too busy to talk to each other. They became too busy to have lunch or dinner together. They became too busy to be around their homes over the weekends. They became too withdrawn to talk to each other, and the marriage broke. So, communication is extremely important. Speak gently to one another. In this time of Covid-19, I would like to urge couples to be very understanding of one another, and be extremely patient of one another as a mode of communication.
… There is always something good about somebody, so when you are stuck together during Covid-19, when you cannot get out, may this season be a time for you to stop and think, ‘Lord, what are you saying to me about my [spouse]?’ It is time for you to sit and talk, and make new resolutions for the family. It is time to grow your family and relationships. It is time to get to know your children more.
Some men in this country are so busy that they don’t know which class their children are. They have no idea what homework their children do. The children are babysat by a TV. Covid-19 has made us sit together. Covid-19 is actually good for the family if we know what to do with the time, and not use it to achieve our selfish ends. Phones are a big problem to marriages these days.
We are aware that right now there are rising cases of domestic violence. Please fathers, brothers and sisters, do not be more concerned about what children eat; be more concerned that you have a relationship with your child. The problems you are going through are being experienced by people elsewhere around the world… Marriage issues are every where in the world, but also, Uganda is one of the best places to practice your marriage. We need to take advantage of this season where we are squashed together in time and space to work on our marriages.
There is nothing as wonderful as being forced into a space where two people are not talking to each other. Whether you like it or not, you have got to speak to each other. Don’t slap or beat each other… I have been married 27 years and have never been slapped by my husband, not to say that we haven’t disagreed before. We disagree a lot, but speak through our disagreements. We speak into them and move on, and we don’t keep the anger for too long. We sit together and are open to each other.
By Sengooba Alirabaki
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