bible story

Even during the dry times, when we can’t feel God as we used to, we must still press on. We must still try to pray, try to read the Bible, try our best. Why?

The parable of the talents. The master that have three of his savants talents then left. The two that traded and got more, when he returned, were rewarded. The one who buried his, when the master returned, was punished.

His master told him that if only he’d at least put it in the bank, he’d still be a good and faithful servant. Yet he turned away and hid the talents after his master left. For that reason, his master was displeased.

When you feel like God left, or you left God, don’t go bury your faith. Don’t give up. Don’t stop praying. You may not get the more talents like the other two servants had, but even if all you do is put it in the bank and try your best, when you feel like trading won’t work, God will be pleased. You don’t have to get to heaven with thousands of people you lead to Christ following, all you need is the simple fact that you kept your faith and didn’t depart from it, even if you didn’t feel it working.

So out of curiousity I decided to figure out what the name “Olivia Colomar” means, as I always do

Olivia is, pretty obviously, a form of Olive, so no mystery there

Colomar apparently translates to the word “pigeon” (taken with a graint of salt but yk) So Sombra’s name would literally mean “olive pigeon”. Curiously enough, the olive pigeon is a real species!

That purple colour looks pretty familiar, no?

Upon further inspection, though, I found out that Colomar is a variation of the surname Columba, which is Latin for “dove”, so in this sense Sombra’s name literally translates to “olive dove”. In the bible story of Noah and the whale, after a great flood Noah sends a dove out to see if the waters have lowered, and the dove returns to him with an olive branch. A dove with an olive branch is also a symbol of peace 🤔🤔

Maybe a stretch, but Colombia, the country, was named after Christopher Columbus, whose surname has the same origin as Colomar. So maybe it could be possible that Sombra is Colombian? (As well as Mexican)

So tl;dr: Olivia Colomar may mean “olive pigeon”, a real bird species, or “olive dove”, reference the bible story of Noah and the whale, and Sombra could possibly be Colombian

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“Reckless,” Renee corrected her, “due to an unforgivable arrogance. But I’m working on it, I promise. It’s just going to take a little more time to learn humility.”

Things I won't live down in TGGTVAV
  • Percy stradling Monty’s lap
  • Monty’s blind skill to ruin moments with Percy
  • Monty running across the Versailles grounds butt naked
  • Monty’s reinterpretation of the bible story with Jesus being like “well, watch this”
  • Felicity’s “ladies haven’t the luxury of being squeamish about blood.” line 
  • The whole scene with “don’t you go anywhere. I’ve got very acidic tea and Percy’s got a sword with a stump” 
  • Felicity’s “verbal castration” tone 
  • Percy holding Monty’s hair back when he’s sick 
  • Felicity and her stitches 
  • Scipio’s “you have value” and teaching Monty to punch 
  • The wanted post describing monty as “small and talkative”
  • The sibling banter

The most under-appreciated film in history has to be The Prince of Egypt. I mean, I don’t care if you follow the religion, this a good fucking movie.

I mean, look at the love they put into the Egyptian culture and hieroglyphics: 

Everybody is actually a realistic color of where they live:

ThE MOTHERFUCKING ART THEY PUT INTO THIS MOVIE

The fucking music alone won a fucking oscar people:

The fucking cast like have you seen this line-up???:

Strong female characters:

And last but not least - THE. MOTHER. FUCKING. BEAUTIFUL. HAIR:

and best of all, even though it’s based off of a bible story, it isn’t trying to ram god down your throat. legit the whole movie is about loving yourself and others

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“One of the trickier things of the film as a whole was how to keep Moses alive as a developing character… Because, essentially, he becomes a mouthpiece for his God in the original Bible story. And how to keep him alive, and have something going on dramatically within him, was a real struggle. How to keep him human. And the brothers’ relationship between he and Rameses really helped us with that—as well as his relationship with Aaron and Miriam.”

  The Prince of Egypt, Directors’ Commentary

for @thisonetraveler <3

Is “Sodomy” in the bible really referring to being gay? Yes and no but certainly not in the way your homophobic aunt wants you to believe

Alternative title “What the heck is sodomy, why is the bible against it and does that apply to my life as a gay person in 2017?” 

(Tw: discussion of rape as part of bible stories) 

“The sin of sodomy” refers to the story of Sodom in the bible (Genesis 19).

If you’re not familiar with it, here’s a quick summary:   

Angels disguise as men and visit Lot in the city of Sodom. He invites them to stay in his home. He was kind to them, prepared a meal for them and stuff like that. But just as they are about to go to sleep, all men of the entire city gather around the house and basically say “Give us those men, we want to rape them.” 

What a horrible thing! Imagine you invite visitors out of kindness and then a gang knocks on your door and threatens rape. We (hopefully) all agree that is a horrible awful situation and those are horrible men. But… is it about being gay? Are those men gay? 

Does that strike you as a likely thing to happen in 2017? All men in, let’s say, a rather small town in america, Greenville in North Carolina or Odessa, Texas… All of the men there are gay and form one big group of gay gang rapists? Is this story something that reflects gay communities in 2017? 

Rape is a crime, no doubt. It’s a crime of violence. 

Men do not rape (”sodomize”) people because they’re so attracted to them. They do it as an act of violence. A act of humiliation. A act of war. 

Were the men of Sodom gay or straight? They were violent, that’s all we know for sure. They didn’t want to have sex with these men because they were in love with them or because they were so beautiful and hot - they wanted to rape them. That’s what countless gangs of violent men have done through history: use rape as a act of war.  

How does our horrifying story continue? 

Lot goes outside and begs them to not do it. What a brave men! Faces a violent crowd to protect his visitors from violence! But wait, what the hecking heck is he doing now? Offering them his daughters instead! 

Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes”.  -  Genesis 19:7-8

What a disturbing solution. Offer rapists someone else to rape, so they let go off who they wanted to rape first? That being said.. If the “Sin of Sodom” was homosexuality, offering gay men to sleep with girls doesn’t sound like a helpful suggestion. If we go with the interpretation here that those men weren’t rapists, just very gay guys who wanted to have nice consensual sex with some sexy gay angels - then Lot who lived in that city where everyone was gay was somehow entirely blind to that fact. 

Again, is that relevant to gay relationships as we think of them today? I, as a gay person, can’t remember the last time I together with my entire gay city wanted to have sex but the one silly straight person in the town kept offering me his kids to have sex with. 

What’s the more likely interpretation? That they didn’t want consensual gay sex - they wanted to assault them, and specifically them (they ignored the daughters offered to them). Most likely they wanted to rape the angels because they were strangers. We can assume that they wanted to establish their dominance over them, wanted to humiliate them - as people in war (sadly and terrifyingly) do.   

How does the story end? God gets angry and destroys the city. This story follows the narrative of Noah’s flood or the tower of Babel - People are horrible, God destroys them. Your typical old testament bible story (that’s the stories before Jesus’ birth) in which God was often portrayed as vengeful and angry (and, just as a side note, Jesus literally died for you to free you from the former laws i.e the laws of the old testament. That’s why you don’t need to sacrifice animals and are allowed to wear clothes made of mixed fabrics or to shave or to get tattooed. Thankyou, Jesus!). 

So, if you are gay and wonder if “The sin of sodomy” applies to you: Yes. Please do not gather up with a large crowd and threaten rape. That’s not cool, regardless of your identity. Even if the one you threaten is not an angel. 

But does it apply to you in the way your homophobic aunt thinks? No. This story has absolutely no connection to you dating a person of the same gender or to you having consensual sex with them. 

Inanna and Her Importance In Ancient Mesopotamia

In Mesopotamian mythology, Inanna is the goddess of love, sex appeal, and battle. She is also patron of what we today call Venus, the brightest planet in the sky. She was also the patron of Uruk, one of the earliest and most enduring cities. Inanna was in many ways the most influential Mesopotamian deity. In fact, she is the reason for the seasons, the ebb and flow of the rain which kept the Mesopotamians alive year after year.

The story goes thus: Inanna, ever ambitious, wishes to visit her sister Ereshkigal in the underworld and take her place as queen of the dead. Inanna leaves behind her beloved Dumuzi, shepherd god, husband, and her “honey man.”

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