God created things which had free will. That means creatures which can go wrong or right. Some people think they can imagine a creature which was free but had no possibility of going wrong, but I can’t. If a thing is free to be good it’s also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having. A world of automata -of creatures that worked like machines- would hardly be worth creating. The happiness which God designs for His higher creatures is the happiness of being freely, voluntarily united to Him and to each other in an ecstasy of love and delight compared with which the most rapturous love between a man and a woman on this earth is mere milk and water. And for that they’ve got to be free.
Of course God knew what would happen if they used their freedom the wrong way: apparently, He thought it worth the risk. (…) If God thinks this state of war in the universe a price worth paying for free will -that is, for making a real world in which creatures can do real good or harm and something of real importance can happen, instead of a toy world which only moves when He pulls the strings- then we may take it it is worth paying.
Harry Styles has received a British Fashion Award, knows his Saint Laurent from his Celine, is a front row veteran and has created his own signature look of printed shirts.
So when we had afternoon tea with him at the launch of the new 1D fragrance Between Us (more on that here), we had to ask if he has any plans to move into fashion, or even, to start his own clothing line. Harry’s headbands has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?
When we asked if he plans to move into fashion he said: “It’s definitely something I’m interested in. I don’t know if I necessarily am qualified to do my own thing, I just wear what I like and what’s comfortable, so I don’t know how qualified I would be to do something like that.”
He added: “But I definitely find it fun, the fun thing with clothes and everything like that is it’s just complete personal opinion and so it’s just whatever you want to say and you want to get across.”
So he wouldn’t want loads of people dressed like Harry Styles? He said: “No maybe not no!”
Former 1D boy Zayn Malik made his Paris Fashion Week debut this week on the front row at Valentino. But don’t expect the whole of 1D to be a front row fixture, Louis said to us: “it’s not that I’m not interested in fashion, I just don’t know about it. I shop in Topman that’s about it.”
Now if you want to win over Harry Styles, go easy on the fragrance as he said he likes “subtle stuff” and “nothing too crazily overpowering” on a woman.
Now in case you’re wondering what Harry Styles smells like, it’s Tom Ford.
I love having long hair, but I feel good with short hair, as if I wasn’t hiding behind a veil anymore. It’s a new version of myself. (…)
Everyone loves long hair. As a result: everyone looks the same. Our generation is creating a new way of being ourselves, detached from those outdated norms that dictate what is rewarding and what everyone should look like. So many girls would be devastated, horrified if they had their hair cut: “Oh my God, I’m not pretty anymore!” But yes! You are! It’s really changing quickly, by the way, the acceptation of this ambiguous nature. More and more, people are seen as individuals. It’s great and it’s pretty easy when you think about it. People that aren’t allowing themselves to look like who they’d really want to be, because they’re afraid of what people might thing – they make me sad. It’s shitty, just horrible.
Can we please talk about how good Mystic Messenger is for coping with mental illness??
I swear to God that I have not smiled so much in years as I have in the last two weeks thanks to MM.
I wake up each morning excited to see what messaged I’ve received and go to bed with a smile on my face because of their caring texts. Every two hours I get a message or call, and that keeps me going through the day, because even do everything else is a disaster they are by my side and worry about me.
So thank you @cheritzteam for creating a game that has helped so many people enjoy their life.
Zen’s trick is to be absolutely comfortable right in the middle of a paradox. A paradox is self contradictory condition. The universe starts with a paradox. There is nothing, then a big bang, and then something. If you are a creationist, there is God, then there is the heavens and the Earth. Then, once we have matter, we cannot create it or destroy it, but we can transform it into energy. How did we come from nothing? How will we become nothing? If God is good, why is there evil? Where do I stop and not I begin? All of these questions are where knowledge meets “Don’t Know”.
Don’t Know is not an answer, it is a vast space. Each thing we learn we take a little bite out of Don’t Know. Don’t Know doesn’t get any smaller when our knowledge gets bigger. A lot of what we know, we actually don’t know. When we explore Don’t Know, we get to know its peace.
Stepping into Don’t Know can be frightening. That’s why many people turn back and stick to the shores of knowledge. They stick to the shores even when the shores are quick sand.
If the basis to everything is good, how come there is so much bad? Because if you sink in the sands of knowing, you come out in Don’t Know where it is wonderful.
There is no badness in the animal realm. If a fox eats a chicken it is because it is a fox. Humans made good and bad, so they can behave badly and feel badly. That’s not badness, it’s ignorance. If we knew how to behave better and feel better we would. We just don’t know. Things we know contribute to our ignorance. We need to unlearn those things, but which things are they? Is a vegetarian bad if he eats a chicken? Vegetarians can’t eat chicken, they disappear.
When you notice yourself suffering, check what you know. Throw it all away and see how you feel. If you’re a chicken, look out for the fox and the vegetarian. You never know. Don’t be a chicken.
Drew Telethia in a similar outfit as to what she wears in SB atm, replacing the Manipulator with a magi-tech gauntlet, as it fits her theme better. And then I just kept adding details.
My (Upgraded) Flame Portal Staff is ♥ - cost me a lot of resources to enhance and still takes a good while to channel the spell, but each fireball hits for like 126 damage :Dc Thank god for mods.
Ingame she is human, since I didn’t have any mods at the time when I created her, but it’s not like I can make a race that both looks accurate and also has the right height for her (since she’s about ½ the size of a normal character) anyway :P
Potentially may have to look into getting some pixel art for her hair and ears as a hat and back item (since the pigtails should move while running XD)
God created things which had free will. That means creatures which can go either wrong or right. Some people think they can imagine a creature which was free but had no possibility of going wrong; I cannot. If a thing is free to be good it is also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.
God created things which had free will. Some people think they can imagine a creature which was free but had no possibility of going wrong, but I can’t. If a thing is free to be good it’s also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having. A world of automata -of creatures that worked like machines- would hardly be worth creating.
The happiness which God designs for His higher creatures is the happiness of being freely, voluntarily united to Him and to each other in an ecstasy of love and delight. And for that they’ve got to be free.
Of course God knew what would happen if they used their freedom the wrong way: apparently, He thought it worth the risk.
If God thinks this state of war in the universe is a price worth paying for free will, for making a real world in which creatures can do real good or harm and something of real importance can happen, instead of a toy world which only moves when He pulls the strings- then we may take it it is worth paying.
How can you be a Muslim and an lgbt ally? Aren't there verses in the Qur'an which explicitly forbid homosexuality?
Actually, there aren’t.
The only thing that supposedly forbids homosexuality is the story of the Lut (in the Qur’an). In the orthodox translation, the Lut apparently practiced homosexuality which caused them to perish. The interesting thing is, the “perverted sexual practices” are never explicitly described, so people just assume its homosexuality. There are definitely political reasons why leaders would benefit from this translation (heterosexual couples can have children which creates a larger working force, which is good for the economy). I am currently on a spiritual journey. I am trying to find the truth and so I am trying to keep an open mind. I am listening to all sides of the story (both Orthodox Muslims and reformist Muslims) and trying to figure out for myself what God’s message really is.
This book is apparently really good and provides a compelling argument with loads of evidence proving why homosexuality is, in fact, not haraam. However, I haven’t read it yet so I can’t tell you if I agree with the author’s views. I am going to read it soon, inshAllah, within the next 5 months.
Important to note that I am not an LGBTQ ally for religious reasons. I am an ally for secular reasons. I believe every human being has the right to live their life the way they want to as long as they are not harming other people. So whether or not homosexuality is haraam, I will still support them. Just like how some non-Muslims take a stand against Islamophobia, some white people take a stand against racism, some men take a stand against sexism etc., I think it is very important that us non-homosexual people take a stand against homophobia.
Solidarity always with oppressed people around the world.
Shepherds, Magi, a Star, Angels and a census. So different from today but yet so similar. From those of lower station in life (Shepherds) to those of the upper class (Magi), we are all looking for a sign (a Star) that let’s us know we count (census). We all want that amazing supernatural affirmation of our worth (an Angel’s message).
And that is exactly the message we have been given at Christmas. For the Angel said, “Fear not, for I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be for ALL PEOPLE, for unto you is born this day a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
So remember and take to heart, when Merry Christmas is proclaimed that you are so important (no matter what you do or what you’ve done) that the God who created all things came to love you. You don’t have to be afraid, depressed, timid, angry or disgruntled because the glory of heaven came to bring you peace for your soul.
There seem to be two ways that people see Christianity: we’re either very judgmental and hypocrites, or we’re soft and prudes. But I think the very core of Christianity shatters both stereotypes.
We believe that depravity and sin (if I may bring up yet another word that makes people shudder) comes from inside us. The heart is deceitful above all things. We aren’t out to judge you—there is sin inherent in all of us—and we’re not a bunch of softies that believe everything is good.
It’s not to say that humanity is not capable of good. We have created a lot of positive change in this world. But apart from God everything is tainted by evil. We make everything about us.
And that’s why we need God. We don’t know what’s good for us, how can we? We are born with sin in our hearts. Only God knows what is truly good. And he can give us new hearts, clean hearts. When we accept Jesus, he gives us a new heart by the Holy Spirit. This happens when we humble ourselves by admitting that only God knows what is good for us. And by handing our old hearts, ourselves over to him. So that we may be cleansed and so that the weight of sin may be lifted. So that he can guide us in the way everlasting.
Inspired by Dave Lomas’ sermon “Selfie” at Reality SF