“Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.  I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.  But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’ I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,
but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

~Luke 18:10-14

~Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner~

Torah’s purity rules were rules of access and welcome. Over time, Israel turned the good laws of purity into instruments to bar the way not only to Gentiles but also to other Jews… Purity laws designed to provide access to God for people in the flesh, designed to regulate social connections within Israel, designed to prepare Israel for her mission to the nations, become instruments of exclusion and brute marginalization. At its worst, Pharisaical oral tradition is the law turned back to flesh - turned into a means for reinforcing fleshly distinctions, restrictions and enhancing fleshly boasting - which is why Jesus so ferociously attacks the Pharisees.

anonymous asked:

There is Bible symbolism. The signs of the times is part of the New Testament Matthew 16:2b–3, When it is evening, you say, "It will be fair weather; for the sky is red." And in the morning, "It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening." You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. Like red sky on the photo. it´s about Jesus and people arguing, demanding sing from heaven, not heavy religion but applicable to current society

From Wiki:

Gospel of Matthew 16:2b–3 (the signs of the times), the passage describes a confrontation between Jesus and the Pharisees and Sadducees over their demand for a sign from heaven. It is one of several passages of the New Testament that are absent from many early manuscripts. The authenticity of the passage has been disputed by scholars since the second half of the 19th century.

Translation (RSV)

When it is evening, you say, “It will be fair weather; for the sky is red.” And in the morning, “It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.” You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.


The fact that Jesus loves Trump always convicts and deeply humbles me because, well, my sinful flesh despises that horrible man and I want that divine justification that God hates him too (a sentiment that I see expressed so often on this site that I’ve often just agreed with it). 

The reality is…Jesus died for Donald Trump just as much as he died for me. My sin is just as condemning as the President’s. I’m in no position to, like the Pharisees, thank God that I’m not like him, and pronounce judgment on him. 

All I can do in this humbled state is pray that he will repent, truly come to know Love made flesh, believe in the Gospel, and live a radically different life because of Christ.

If you think you’re doing well in your Spiritual life... ask yourself these 22 questions...
  • 1. Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I really am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?
  • 2. Am I honest in all my acts and words, or do I exaggerate?
  • 3. Do I confidentially pass on to another what was told to me in confidence?
  • 4. Am I a slave to dress, friends, work or habits?
  • 5. Can I be trusted?
  • 6. Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?
  • 7. Did the Bible live in me today?
  • 8. Do I give it time to speak to me every day?
  • 9. Am I enjoying prayer?
  • 10. When did I last speak to someone else of my faith?
  • 11. Do I pray about the money I spend?
  • 12. Do I get to bed on time and get up on time?
  • 13. Do I disobey God in anything?
  • 14. Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?
  • 15. Am I defeated in any part of my life?
  • 16. Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy or distrustful?
  • 17. How do I spend my spare time?
  • 18. Am I proud?
  • 19. Do I thank God that I am not as other people, especially as the Pharisee who despised the publican?
  • 20. Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold a resentment toward or disregard? If so, what am I doing about it?
  • 21. Do I grumble or complain constantly?
  • 22. Is Christ real to Me?

queersandcommies  asked:

Purely out of interest, why is homosexuality a sin?

First of all, we must distinguish homosexual desires from homosexual acts. Experiencing sexual attraction to a person of the same sex is not inherently sinful, but engaging in any form of sexual activity with that person is. An individual may or may not be able to control the former, but the latter is a deliberate choice. Only things which we choose can be sinful.

As for why homosexual acts are sinful, human sexuality has a dual purpose: it is intended both for the unity of the spouses and for procreation. The catechism tells us that “the union of man and woman in marriage is a way of imitating in the flesh the Creator’s generosity and fecundity”. (CCC 2335) When a husband and wife have sex, each makes a total gift of self to the other, and they are at least open to the possibility of creating a new human life. Any sexual activity that is not ordered towards both of these ends is sinful because it works against God’s plan for nature, the dual purpose for which human sexuality was created.

For this reason, the Church condemns as sinful any sexual activity outside the commitment of marriage (a sin against unity), sexual activity between two men or two women (a sin against fecundity), and the use of contraception (a sin against both).

For further reading, the relevant passages from the Catechism are paragraphs 369-372 on the creation of man and woman, 2331-2336 on human sexuality, and 2357-2359 on homosexuality.

In religious debates about homosexuality you’ll often see the levitical prohibition cited as the scriptural justification, but the creation of man and woman in Genesis 2 is actually the foundation of the Catholic teachings on sexuality and marriage. The idea of Adam and Eve before the fall as the divinely intended ideal for marriage is reinforced by Christ in his response to the pharisees questioning him about divorce in Matthew 9.

most of us could go on and on about how badly the church has butchered the teachings and lifestyle of jesus but like at the end of the day the most frustrating thing is that i KNOW christians read these criticisms and they go “jesus told us the world would hate us because it hated him first, that means we’re good christians”

and that boils my blood like nothing else because it just lacks all semblance of intellectual honesty or cognition of the bible, or even just, basic human history?

the world hated jesus because he was a radical who condemned organized religion. like, do y’all know what a pharisee even is? do you literally not even know why they crucified the person you literally believe is the human embodiment of the living god like y’all literally cannot even understand WHY the world hated jesus!!!!!!!!

spoiler alert: they didn’t kill him because he told them they were going to hell or even because he told them they needed to repent, they killed him because he told them that they were self righteous, pompous, whitewashed tombs and a brood of vipers who mislead innocent people into following fabricated rules of organized religion that were actually misleading people from knowing god

which, like,WOW OH WOW does that sound like some people that i know

anonymous asked:

I found out that in matthew 19:12 in a version of the bible that my grandma had (I can't remember which one) said "for some do not marry because they are born that way" and that sounds like asexuality or aromanticism to me

This is actually a really interesting section, it begins with the Pharisees asking Jesus about divorce and him spouting the verses that homophobic christians love to spout at us about being created ‘male and female’ and how it’s good for a man to leave his parents and become one flesh with his wife, never divorcing her.

But here’s the kicker, the disciples are like “woah if this is so high stakes and we can’t divorce at all, it’s better not to marry, right?”

Then Jesus basically says “yo everything I just said only applies to some people” it reminds me of the “people are gay, Steven” meme. Here’s the verse.

But he said to them, “Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let the one who is able to receive this receive it.”

Matthew 19:11‭-‬12 ESV

(Fyi eunuch was a term for a man who had been castrated, so the phrasing here that some were born with their private parts already cut off is confusing, suggesting a deeper meaning or a translation issue)

Anyway so yeah you bring up a section that’s a good bit to think about, and in my opinion helps validate many members of the lgbtqia+ community, especially ace spec people.

Thanks for sharing, I love you lots and so does God! Lemme know if you need anything and have a great day!

John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’

 Now the Pharisees who had been sent  questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”

“I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.

—  John 1:23-27

Okay I’ve been wanting to post this a few times over the past few weeks, but stopped myself. But here goes:

My Christian Tumblr fam:


One more time in case you didn’t get me:


Not a kind response, not a harsh response, not an explanation, nothing.

YOUR BLOG IS YOUR BLOG. What you post on it is your prerogative.

Anons do not get to call you out, give you unsolicited spiritual advice, say you’re complaining too much about your problems, tear you down under the guise of “uplifting” you, etc.

The people who get to convict you in that way are IN YOUR REAL LIFE, and/or the fellow online brothers sisters in Christ who, you know, TALK TO YOU, CARE ABOUT YOU, WON’T HIDE FROM YOU.

I’m sick of seeing this. If they can’t come out from behind those glasses and talk to you off anon, AND if they are not your friends, they DO NOT have the privilege of speaking into your life. Case closed.

I am a very sympathetic, warm, open, compassion person, but don’t you think for one second I’m gonna put any stock into what a cowardly stranger on THE INTERNET is gonna think or say. I mean it. You look far enough back in my blog you may see a negative anon or two, but even then I’ve just posted it with no response. Either that or I’ve deleted it. You know why?

Because no constructive criticism about who I am as a person is going to come from someone who will not make themselves known to you, who sees what I post on a WEBSITE about my thoughts, feelings and emotions as opposed to, you know, the REST of my personhood.

They KNOW they are on anon because they either DON’T know you well enough to criticise you as they are in an OPEN manner, or they do NOT want their words traced back to them. Don’t fall for it, there is no love of Jesus involved there, or at the very best it is a gross expression of it. And I’ll say it again: COWARDLY, and how dare they act like the wonderful name of our Lord is behind them.

I’m sick of seeing my online brothers and sisters stress themselves out over dignifying cowardly strangers’s opinions and analyses of what they post on THE INTERNET (which we all know is such a wooooooonderrrrrrful barometer for one’s relationship with the Lord. ughhhhhhh)





And if we talk and such an anon is really bothering you, HIT ME UP cos I WILL GET BEHIND YOU.

Enough of this BS Internet pandering to you strangers who don’t care. We’re each Jesus’s and you don’t get to talk to us like any part of us of our content is yours to tailor. Keep it coming to my friends, if you will, anons. They gonna catch that “support” from me and hopefully you gonna catch that “delete”!

The word “discourse” is ruined for me forever, maybe even more than the word “problematic”

Like this New Testament professor I was listening to the other day kept talking about “the discourses of Matthew” and all I could think about was like, Jesus accusing the pharisees of being messiahphobic

I don’t want to fall into the trap of the lovey-dovey Christ. I want the raw Christ, that was pissing off the Pharisees and Saducees. That will tell me exactly what will happen when I don’t follow His word. Enough of this “Jesus loves you” crap. Like, yes, I know He does, but that isn’t a very good motivator when I’m sinning to do good.

anonymous asked:

Someone should have smashed Jesus's head in with a rock when he was still a baby.

You’re not the first to suggest that. Jesus actually narrowly escaped being stoned by the Pharisees (John 8), and if we go back to shortly after His birth, we will see that Herod wanted Jesus eliminated so badly that he decreed all male children near Bethlehem under the age of two be killed (Matthew 2:16).

Moral of the story: That which God wills will always prevail

John 6:38, “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”

And that will was to die an innocent death on a cross for the sins of those who would one day believe.

natbtful  asked:

Your religious book :"bible" is full of bigotry, misogyny, patriarchy, megalomaniac god, false accounts, miracles (ignorance of science), delusions and so much more. Kids shouldn't learn all this myths unless they are taught as myth not truth. Quit poisoning the world with your religion. Thank you 😊


  • Bigotry

Matthew 9: 10-13 While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples. The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” He heard this and said, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

  • Patriarchy

Ephesians 5: 25-30 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word, that he might present to himself the church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. So [also] husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one hates his own flesh but rather nourishes and cherishes it, even as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.  

  • Misogyny

Luke 1: 26-28 In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” 

  • megalomaniac God

John 13: 3-5 So, during supper, fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God, he rose from supper and took off his outer garments. He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist. 

  • false accounts, miracles (ignorance of sciences), delusions…

I think the strongest evidence for Jesus’ resurrection is the fact that the first witnesses of the empty tomb are women. In first-century Judaism, the opinion of a woman did not weigh as much as a man. If the writers of the resurrection accounts forged the event, they wouldn’t have made the first witnesses as women. But reporters of the events would only write down the events as they happened. 

  • Quit poisoning the world with your religion. 

Matthew 28: 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit

  • Thank you :)

You’re welcome!

So pay attention to what is inside.

If God will show publicly what is inside my heart, my thoughts, my actions everyday, the ones that i do when nobody’s looking, will i be ashamed? These are the questions that i need to ask everyday for me not to be a self righteous Pharisee, because when you see who you really are, you will know your need for a Savior. When you know who you really are, no amount of trust in your own righteousness will be given and all your trust will be put to Jesus Christ.

Allow the Holy Spirit to clean the inside cup, because that’s the only way you can say with a pure heart, “All glory belongs to God.”

It’s that time again.

Springtime. The Paschal season. Aviv.

The season of rebirth, renewal, and too much bleeping rain.

The time of flowers blooming, bears waking, trees budding, eggs hatching, and Jews frantically cleaning their homes and screaming this crucial message into the void:

No, Christians, you should not have Passover seders.

“But why?” comes the eternal reply. “The Old Testament is part of our tradition too! Jesus celebrated Passover! Why can’t we?”

Read on, and I’ll tell you.

Keep reading

The facts themselves bear witness and his divine acts of power teach those who doubt that he is true God, and his sufferings show that he is true man. And if those who are feeble in understanding are not fully assured, they will pay the penalty on his dread day.

If he was not flesh, why was Mary introduced at all? And if he was not God, whom was Gabriel calling Lord?

If he was not flesh, who was lying in the manger? And if he was not God, whom did the Angels come down and glorify?

If he was not flesh, who was wrapped in swaddling clothes? And if he was not God, whom did the shepherds worship?

If he was not flesh, whom did Joseph circumcise? And if he was not God, in whose honour did the star speed through the heavens?

If he was not flesh, whom did Mary suckle? And if he was not God, to whom did the Magi offer gifts?

If he was not flesh, whom did Symeon carry in his arms? And if he was not God, to whom did he say, “Let me depart in peace”?

If he was not flesh, whom did Joseph take and flee into Egypt? And if he was not God, in whom were words “Out of Egypt I have called my Son” fulfilled?

If he was not flesh, whom did John baptise? And if he was not God, to whom did the Father from heaven say, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased”?

If he was not flesh, who fasted and hungered in the desert? And if he was not God, whom did the Angels come down and serve?

If he was not flesh, who was invited to the wedding in Cana of Galilee? And if he was not God, who turned the water into wine?

If he was not flesh, in whose hands were the loaves? And if he was not God, who satisfied crowds and thousands in the desert, not counting women and children, from five loaves and two fishes?

If he was not flesh, who fell asleep in the boat? And if he was not God, who rebuked the winds and the sea?

If he was not flesh, with whom did Simon the Pharisee eat? And if he was not God, who pardoned the offences of the sinful woman?

If he was not flesh, who sat by the well, worn out by the journey? And if he was not God, who gave living water to the woman of Samaria and reprehended her because she had had five husbands?

If he was not flesh, who wore human garments? And if he was not God, who did acts of power and wonders?

If he was not flesh, who spat on the ground and made clay? And if he was not God, who through the clay compelled the eyes to see?

If he was not flesh, who wept at Lazarus’ grave? And if he was not God, who by his command brought out one four days dead?

If he was not flesh, who sat on the foal? And if he was not God, whom did the crowds go out to meet with glory?

If he was not flesh, whom did the Jews arrest? And if he was not God, who gave an order to the earth and threw them onto their faces.

If he was not flesh, who was struck with a blow? And if he was not God, who cured the ear that had been cut off by Peter and restored it to its place?

If he was not flesh, who received spittings on his face? And if he was not God, who breathed the Holy Spirit into the faces of his Apostles?

If he was not flesh, who stood before Pilate at the judgement seat? And if he was not God, who made Pilate’s wife afraid by a dream?

If he was not flesh, whose garments did the soldiers strip off and divide? And if he was not God, how was the sun darkened at the cross?

If he was not flesh, who was hung on the cross? And if he was not God, who shook the earth from its foundations?

If he was not flesh, whose hands and feet were transfixed by nails? And if he was not God, how was the veil of the temple rent, the rocks broken and the graves opened?

If he was not flesh, who cried out, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me”? And if he was not God, who said “Father, forgive them”?

If he was not flesh, who was hung on a cross with the thieves? And if he was not God, how did he say to the thief, “Today you will be with me in Paradise”?

If he was not flesh, to whom did they offer vinegar and gall? And if he was not God, on hearing whose voice did Hades tremble?

If he was not flesh, whose side did the lance pierce, and blood and water came out?And if he was not God, who smashed to gates of Hades and tear apart it bonds? And at whose command did the imprisoned dead come out?

If he was not flesh, whom did the Apostles see in the upper room? And if he was not God, how did he enter when the doors were shut?

If he was not flesh, the marks of the nails and the lance in whose hands and side did Thomas handle? And if he was not God, to whom did he cry out, “My Lord and my God”?

If he was not flesh, who ate by the sea of Tiberias? And if he was not God, at whose command was the net filled?

If he was not flesh, whom did the Apostles and Angels see being taken up into heaven? And if he was not God, to whom was heaven opened, whom did the Powers worship in fear and whom did the Father invite to “Sit at my right hand”. As David said, “The Lord said to my Lord, sit at my right hand, etc.”

If he was not God and man, our salvation is a lie, and the words of the Prophets are lies.  But the Prophets spoke the truth, and their testimonies were not lies. The Holy Spirit spoke through them what they had been commanded.

+ St. Ephrem the Syrian, Excerpt from the Sermon on Transfiguration

Christ is Risen

I had this whole rant I typed after seeing from a link from Anna’s post that showed most of the drama was happening on tumblr, not twitter, and the really nasty attacks towards this girl.  I deleted it before posting because I really need to stop ranting about the antis, but I will share this tidbit:

One of the bible stories from my Christian days that still interests me is the one of the Pharisees and the whitewashed sepulchers.  Human nature hasn’t changed, and pharisees still exist.