A serpent in a garden has been a common theme of world religions. Most see the serpent as a god offering wisdom to mortals. This is not the case in Genesis, but the serpent is created out of numerous older theologies, and for a special reason: changing the stories to create a unique tale to meet the writers' goals.
God is praised even when evil happens. Christians believe that God gave his son (John 3:16) to save the mortal race, but no mention is made of the fate of earth. What did God truly give the world? The answer will surprise many.
Christmas is considered a time of families being together, sharing drink, food, dance, and various pleasures--but this has never been the rule for all nor the fortune for everyone, as religions have held it captive, deprived it of its temporal joys, and denied the reality of peace and harmony.
Newt Gingrich declared, during an Iowa debate, that Palestinians were "invented" and never were an historical people. History, archaeology, and more proves that Gingrich is no historian and out-of-touch with reality.
The nation of Peru is impoverished and uneducated because of a corrupt government, church control of the state, poorly or untrained teachers, a venal military and police force that is an active part of drug trafficking, and most of all because of a odiously opportunistic Congress and the Fujimoristas in it--such as Martha Chavez. Alberto Fujimori went from an underpaid professor of agriculture to a multi-millionaire once he became dictator with the support of Martha Chavez--who denounces the families who mourn their dead executed by government paid assassins--and vows to dismantle a memorial to the children and young the national spy network (SIN) murdered in cold blood. No one is more cold-blooded in Peru than Martha Chavez and the Opus Dei archbishop of Lima: Juan Luis Cipriani who matches the bishop in Dan Brown's book "DaVinci Code".