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I have no respect for Islam, but I respect Muslims. 

I have no respect for Christianity, but I have respect for Christians.

I have no respect for Judaism, but I have respect for Jews.


Do you see where I'm going with this? 

I am a tolerant atheist. But respect comes both ways.  

I don’t believe that I have to respect anyone’s faith as they are only ideologies.

someone tried to tell me that christianity is about accepting everyone and im like what christianity did you grow with bc that aint what i grew up with

Day Eighty-One

-A pair of jocks came through my lane, eager to make their purchases of Yu-Gi-Oh decks. I can only hope that this was in preparation for a niche offshoot of chess boxing.

-A girl handed her grandmother a five-dollar bill to purchase something for her. After the purchase was made, the girl demanded her money back, as since the item was now bought, the grandmother has no need for it anymore. This has been the ultimate hustle and I am grateful to have been taking notes.

-After I asked a woman a question, she immediately became defensive. I am not sure if I went too far and overstepped the acceptable boundaries of cashier conversation. She stood there, suspicious wondering how I could ask such a question. I stood there, scanning, regretting asking how she was.

-A man called the store to ask permission to ride his hoverboard. He was denied, but I expect the kind of man who wishes to ride a hoverboard to do his shopping is not the kind of man to take no for an answer.

-A kid warned his mother not to eat her credit card. I did not see anything to cause this concern, but I trust he knows her better than I do.

-I was told by an elderly woman that she wished card readers would forcefully physically eject the cards onto the floor once they were done. I will now be paying a visit to the patent office.

-A college-aged man explained to me that the boxers he was purchasing were for emergencies. I understand him and appreciate his foresight.

-A woman’s shirt read “DICKS: Last Resort.” I cannot determine whether she is an overt abstinence-only Christian or an overt bisexual with a preference. Either way, I want this shirt.

-A sheriff came into the store with a serious look on his face. I was immediately filled with existential terror, anxiety, and nervous gas despite having never committed a crime in my life and also being white.

-Four college boys stumbled through my lane post-blaze. I know this as in the middle of his purchase, one stopped, blinked fervently, and loudly announced, “I just realized that there are four of us here!” They all laughed. One suggested investing in stocks. He handed me all of the cash in his wallet.

How reassuring it is to know that the God of all comfort supplies a peace far beyond our understanding regardless of our circumstances.

anonymous asked:

I'm tired of Muslims being demonized like this. A lot of Muslim countries are working towards being more progressive and it sickens me when people still bring up Sharia law and terrorism because so many Muslims are not terrorists and would never dream of it and only extremely conservative Muslim countries follow sharia law...

I think that the key difference that everyone needs to remember is not to demonise individual Muslims as people, or automatically presume that someone is “bad” if they follow Islam – that’s clearly anti-Muslim bigotry and totally wrong – but it is fair to reasonably criticise Islam as an ideology the same way that we should be able to reasonably criticise any faith as an ideology, and accept that there are issues within Muslim communities the same way that there are issues in all other religious communities.

Obviously not all Muslims are terrorists and it’s totally wrong to say that. The problem with Islam is that there hasn’t been a reformation the same way that there’s been reformation with the likes of Judaism and Christianity. 

For example: I and everyone with any sense recognises that there is some really awful things in the Torah and outside of the tiny fringe of extremist Jews, even the most Orthodox ignore them. Only utterly extreme Jews want to go around stoning people for breaking Shabbat. And even then, they’re completely condemned and seen as insane by the vast, vast majority of Jews. 

But with Islam, because there hasn’t been reformation, the worst verses aren’t (almost) universally recognised as such. Because the words in the Qu’ran are seen as “perfect,” there’s no margin of error, and the Muslims that sit and say, “Yeah, that bit’s not right, we should just ignore that,” are often attacked for doing so. 

Original Jewish law is totally outdated and if we followed the whole of that, we’d be barbaric, the same with original Christian law. Sharia law is no different, and there are real issues with Muslims that follow Sharia law even in places like the UK.

It’s a horrible fact to note, but right now, Islam is the cause of a hell of a lot of terrorism. If it wasn’t, terrorists would be shouting and blaming imperialism or whatever else when they carry out their evil acts, but they don’t. Islamic terrorists are manipulated into committing atrocities because radicalisers tell them that by doing those awful things, they’re being “good Muslims.” When people from the likes of the UK are sneaking out of the country to join ISIS, it’s because they’ve been convinced that living in a Western country is making them “bad Muslims.”

Away from Islam itself – because there will always be good and bad people in every single faith, and Islam isn’t special as far as that’s concerned – what’s caused a lot of backlash is the desperation of both Muslims and non-Muslims to pretend that Islam itself is perfect and that Islamic terrorism isn’t “really” Islamic, when that’s very obviously untrue. Most of that desire comes from a good place. It’s badly thought-out, but it’s people basically wanting to protect the good Muslims and separate them from the bad. It just hasn’t worked.

You see, the Westboro Baptist Church is Christian. You’ll hear other Christians say “They’re not acting like true Christians,” but there’s no huge drive to pretend that the WBC isn’t Christian at all. Everyone knows that they’re Christian. They use the Bible to push their disgusting agenda. They’re using their Christianity to preach bigotry, but they absolutely believe that they’re being good Christians when doing so. 

The thing is, I’m genuinely convinced that the only way that things will change is if more Muslims stand up and say that Islamic terrorism is wrong. Saying things like, “That’s not Islamic,” or “Those terrorists aren’t really Muslim” and trying to push that idea just doesn’t work. The “But terrorists mostly kill other Muslims” doesn’t work either, because it isn’t Muslim killing Muslim, it’s, sadly, “True Believer killing Apostate,” it’s “Sunni vs Shia” and then both against Ahmadi.

And don’t get me wrong. There are absolutely Muslims that stand up and speak out, but then they get death threats from other Muslims. They’re attacked and dismissed as not being “real” Muslims. There’s a huge culture of fear. 

You know, in all my time on Tumblr, I’ve only ever had one positive interaction with a Muslim user, which later turned out to be null and void. I’ve had a grand total of three private conversations. 

The first was friendly in private for months and then unfollowed me, blocked me and went on a rant about how evil Jews were on their blog.

The second was friendly, but told me that we had to be enemies because the Qu’ran said that we’d always be enemies.

The third was fine, until she returned and told me to delete all positive interactions with her on my blog because her husband hates Jews.

I have never, at any time, had an ask, even anonymously, from a Muslim that has said something as simple as, “I think antisemitism is wrong.” I’ve never had a private message from a Muslim saying that they want to offer support with no caveats.

What I do see, constantly, is maybe a handful of virtue-signalling “Reblog if you’re against antisemitism” posts on Muslim blogs before they then go into rants and spread antisemitism through lies or conspiracy theories “because Israel.” And I know for a fact that there will be plenty of Muslim bloggers on this site that are decent and hate all forms of bigotry, but I’d bet my last penny that they’re too scared of fellow Muslims to admit what they really think, so they keep quiet.

It’s a community issue. I’m sorry to have to say that Muslims need to do more. And I feel that I can say that because I’m fairly well-known by now, and every time I see the Jewish community on here being awful, I damn well make sure to say something about it, call out their intolerance or bigotry, and then stand by my principles, those other Jews be damned.

I know that you want to defend your fellow Muslims. That’s admirable, it really is. But if all you’re going to do is dismiss very relevant and real issues, all that anyone is going to see is that you want to ignore the bad and pretend only the good exists. And, as wrong as it is, that fuels the really horrible and hateful side of the political right wing, because they often use it as an excuse to generalise against people.

I mean, let’s be blunt here. I’m Jewish. There’s a huge amount of antisemitism in Muslim communities. I’ve experienced a ton of antisemitism from Muslims in the real world. They’re not isolated. They’re British citizens and, on quite a few occasions, were great, ordinary people until they realised that I was Jewish. So there’s a problem there. I don’t want to demonise all Muslims, far from it. But to be frank with you, I would genuinely appreciate it if there were even one or two Muslims that were happy to put a url to “It sucks that you went through that and those people were bad, antisemitism is wrong,” and nothing else, but I genuinely have never had that and that’s really saddening.

There are issues about anti-LGBT-phobia and sexism in non-Reform and non-Liberal Jewish communities. There are issues about racism in different Jewish communities. I’m against circumcision and kosher slaughter, and I count those as issues, too. 

I can’t pretend that there aren’t issues in Judaism and Jewish communities. I can’t pretend that the Neutrei Karta or other Jewish terrorist groups aren’t actually Jewish. I can’t pretend that the fundamentalists that use the Torah to an extreme aren’t Jewish. I also can’t pretend that it’s unfair to reasonably criticise those things.

And honestly, in regards to Islam and Muslim communities, you can’t pretend, either. 

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@ thatsnarkydragon : oh, man, I have now giffed these scenes so many times, and I still want to cry about it. To add something new, here’s my painstakingly done transcription of the audio commentary for these scenes:

John Rogers: Now, this was interesting. We had a long talk in the writers’ room what this scene was gonna be. Because it is “why hasn’t –” because, let’s face it. Aldis, you’re a good looking man. You’re a very good looking man.
Aldis Hodge: Thank you.
JR: And, Beth, good looking woman. Why has that relationship not progressed farther, you know? And we wanted to not just do the hackneyed “because she was abused as a child,” because, you know, and so we really wanted to work on “why?” And it’s because she doesn’t feel worthy of the friends she’s made and the family she has.
AH: Gotcha.
JR: And a lot of this year is her feeling good enough about herself and feeling like she’s a good enough person to be with.
AH: You know, John, Sexual Chocolate gets a lot of mail about that, you know what I’m saying? It’s true, and I gotta figure out how to explain it.
JR: I know. I know. Boss of Sexual Chocolate also gets a lot of mail about that.
AH: Just saying.
JR: But look at this woman, look at this woman!
AH: That’s ridiculous.
JR: I mean, she’s melting down here. And, by the way, when we’re shooting this? Crew is crying, people behind the set are crying, I mean, she’s just devastating here.
Dean Devlin: She nails this.
AH: Yeah.
DD: It’s also this whole thing about she wants to do the right thing and trying to understand what the right thing is.
JR: That’s what’s great about Parker and what we so lucked into establishing this character first year and that Beth has done a great job of. Most shows have someone who’s just trying to do the right thing, we actually have a character who’s not sure what that is yet. And so it allows us an extra step of that character building. I mean, you know, that’s why we have to go so slow. We don’t want to fastplay this. These are real people in our heads.
AH: Now, what was the motivation between, I mean, as far as putting Parker and Eliot together in that particular situation?
JR: Because, I’ll tell you exactly why, because this is the year Parker starts to figure out that she’s actually a “better person” – quote, unquote – than she thinks she is. And this is the scene, right here. Eliot, because of the events of last year, has come to peace with who he is. And this is the thing, Eliot isn’t trying to redeem himself. A lot of people think Eliot, “oh, he’s doing good things to redeem himself,” Eliot knows he’s going to hell. But he can do some good along the way. And he can help his friends. And that’s his role this year, is a man who is very secure in who he is and who he isn’t in the world. Beth’s previous scene is amazing. This is some great acting, Christian is killing it here. Because what he has to do is he has to reach across this gulf, and, by the way, it only happened because of the way Christian and Beth have played this over the years. Eliot and Parker have a very specific relationship, it’s not brother/sister, it’s not boyfriend/girlfriend, but it is “I know the pain you’re carrying, because I carry a version of it.” And Eliot, at a lot of times, is the only one who can reach across to her, across that gulf, and in that moment, there’s no crying, it’s not showy, Christian acts the shit out of that moment. That is one of the keystone moments of the entire season right there.

Does anyone else have a favorite bit or highlight from The Long Way Down Job?

Hitler Joins Pantheon of Famous Christians

When I think of the Christian faith I think of the greats like the Apostle Paul, Peter and Mary. Billy Graham is somewhere on the list as is C.S. Lewis and Martin Luther King. But, now atheists would like to place Hitler on the list of great Christian apologists. 

Of course this is ridiculous on its face but let’s play along for just a minute. For the premise to hold any water at all, you have to accept two things.  First, that you could take the words in speeches and in the ramblings of Mein Kampf as true to his beliefs and also that a Catholic baptismal and confirmation certificates has meaning to Hitler as an adult. Let’s dispense with the later first. 

Hitler was born in 1889 to a strict government employee and an education was expected. His father controlled young Hitler’s life until 1903 when Hitler’s old man died. Adolph continued in school but dropped out by 1905. When you look at actual schools and time periods you find that starting in 1895 he attended a government school in Fischlham (something some neglect to mention). He continued there until 1897. His family moved to Leonding in 1898 to 1905 for again state run grammar and grade school then dropped out. His supposed Catholic education was crammed between Fischlham and Leonding government schools in the Lambach Monastery or only 6 months of young Adolph’s life! 

Further, biographer John Toland in his seminal work Hitler (1997 Ed; pp. 18) said at Hitlers confirmation ceremony that Hitler’s confirmation sponsor said he nearly had to “drag the words out of him… almost as though the whole confirmation was repugnant to him”. 

Lastly, Hitler loved Catholic school so much that he forced the shut down of all Catholic schools in 1939 and the Catholic press in 1941???? How do people miss this fact (unless they are wanting to deceive)? 

To sum up he attended very little Catholic school, didn’t even want to be confirmed and when able, closed Catholic schools in all of Germany.

As any practicing Christian can tell you, actions in accordance with the Christian faith are paramount to any words spoken. The Bible tell Christians to watch out for deceivers and that we are to be wary of wolves in sheep’s clothing  and that “You will know them by their fruits.”  In other words what a person says or what they write is not a proof of the Christian faith but, how they live their lives. Hitler’s life was antithetical to a Christian life. Therefore he was no Christian. This is despite what grade school he attended (for 6 months) and the presence of a finely printed parchment. Much has been made of his religious up bringing, but in context to his whole life religion has little to do with Hitler.  

So then we are left with just words. Powerful as they may be, they were public words of a madman and a politician. The speeches and even Mein Kampf have been discredited as nothing more than pure propaganda, hyperbole and the ramblings of a sociopath. To somehow equate this to a deep religious faith is disingenuous to say the least. He was speaking to a Christian audience for affect and nothing more. Remember about a third of all Germans were in fact Catholic prior to World War II. What holds more weight is private conversations such as you will find in Hitler’s Table Talk. In that work, Hitler is credited with the following statements:  

“The heaviest blow that ever struck humanity was the coming of Christianity.” pg 7 

“…the only way of getting rid of Christianity is to allow it to die little by little.” pg 61
“It’s Christianity that’s the liar. It’s in perpetual conflict with itself.” pg 61
“In the long run, National Socialism and religion will no longer be able to exist together.” pg 6
“Kerrl, with the noblest of intentions, wanted to attempt a synthesis between National Socialism and Christianity. I don’t believe the thing’s possible, and I see the obstacle in Christianity itself.” pg 145
“As far as we are concerned, we’ve succeeded in chasing the Jews from our midst and excluding Christianity from our political life.” pg 394
“There is something very unhealthy about Christianity.” pg 418

There are many other quotes in the book and I would recommend reading it to become more knowledgeable. It clearly shows that Hitler was no Christian at all just a deceiver.

In fact, for an interesting twist, Hitler was more attracted to militant Islam and the expansionist dogma of Muhammad and viewed Christianity as weakness. This is evidenced by the writings of Albert Speer, Hitler’s Minister of Armaments and War Production. He wrote that Hitler privately told him, “The Mohammedan religion … would have been much more compatible to us [Germans] than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness?” (Speer, Albert. Inside the Third Reich (New York: Avon, 1971, p. 734).

Lastly, those that push the insane narrative of Hitler’s faith are usually atheist; the very same atheists that will not take speeches as evidence of the Christianity of the founders of the US. Yet they site those in Hitler’s case all the time. Why the double standard? Because they are not interested in facts and reasonable conclusions. They are interested in defaming the Christian faith anyway they can, even if it means leaving out facts or drawing completely nonsensical conclusions, yet the lie continues to propagate that Hitler was a Christian. Hitler was no Graham, no Lewis and no Luther. He was evil incarnate and not a faithful Catholic. Just for complete disclosure…I am not Catholic either. 

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Summary: Hey so could you do a bjorn x reader? Uh maybe make it like bjorn didn’t think reader could fight and then like idk something happens where she has to fight like a couple ppl at a time and then he is just all in shock? And maybe make the reader a bit shy around big groups and loves to learn and read?

Character: Reader, Bjorn

Fandom: Vikings

Word Count: 691

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SPEND TIME WITH JESUS

The point of this life is a romance with the creator of the universe! NO AMOUNT OF CHRISTIAN ACTIVITY WILL GET YOU ANYWHERE, THE ONLY WAY TO FIND LIFE IS GETTING TO KNOW OUR HOLY KING OF LOVE: JESUS. Forget everything else, it doesn’t matter!! Look at Jesus and with him you will find everything! 

‘Andrew Garfield on Faith, Politics and the Making of Hacksaw Ridge’ 
by Sam Lansky

Andrew Garfield is radiant. This may be particularly noticeable because we’re having breakfast at the upscale vegan restaurant Café Gratitude in Venice, Calif., which is the epicenter of wellness culture in Los Angeles, crowded with surfers and yogis smiling beatifically on a sunlit patio. But it’s not just the environment—out of Garfield pours the easy charm of someone who’s done powerful soul-searching and found enlightenment. It’s an infectious energy.

It’s also probably not a surprise, given that the actor, 33, stars in two back-to-back films this winter, in each of which he plays men spurred by faith to do the unimaginable. First, there’s Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge (out Nov. 4), in which Garfield gives an awards-worthy performance as conscientious objector Desmond Doss, a Seventh-Day Adventist who served as a medic during World War II in the gruesome Battle of Okinawa, though he refused to carry a weapon. The film makes Doss’ heroism feel intimate and deeply personal; the film’s violence is harrowing, but it’s anchored by Garfield’s sensitive, humane performance. Then, on Dec. 23, he stars in Martin Scorsese’s Silence, in which he plays a 17th-century Jesuit priest who travels to Japan to minister to outlawed Christians.

These projects have led Garfield on a journey of spiritual discovery and self-interrogation; reflecting on his recent work, he is philosophical but not at all self-serious. We talked about God, Mel Gibson and the presidential election.

TIME: What drew you to the character of Desmond Doss?

Andrew Garfield: First, it was beautifully written. The character was so compelling—it was one of those stories that rang a bell inside me. I’m pretty good at saying no to things, at discerning between what I’m supposed to do and what I’m not supposed to do. With this one I felt compelled enough that I knew my drive to do it would supersede any doubt I had about myself being able to do it. If the longing to do it goes beyond my self-doubt, then I’m in.

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every middle or upper class white person who thinks that good old christian charity is the best and only way to reduce poverty and income inequality instead of welfare programs like ACA, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, Social Security is now required to give all their money to the government, sorry, i do make the rules

 CONFESSION: 

This….is probably going to anger people, but I really need to get it out.  As a Christian, I love that in Inquisition, the only way to address the Chantry is with reform. I’m weary of the “religion is bad” trope, because while I understand how lot of people feel about it, for many religion can be a very positive thing.   There seems to be am anti-religion trend to this fandom that frightens me. I agree that by miring itself in politics, religion frequently gets twisted and corrupt. The Chantry is clearly drowning in politics. Mother Giselle is a beautiful example of what the Chantry should be, and I hope in fututure games, we’re able to find a cooperative balance between the Mages, Templars, and Chantry that is healthy and doesn’t invalidate any faction.

Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6). Note the exclusiveness of His claim. Occasionally someone will say, You Christians are so narrow. Why do you insist that Jesus is the only way you can come to God? Other religions are more tolerant. That is true; On that point Jesus Himself was narrow, and we dare not go beyond what He said.
Others may teach about God. They may say that they teach the truth and seek the life. But only Jesus says, I am the way. I am the truth. I am the life.