council of 300

anonymous asked:

Hi! Is supporting homosexuality a sin? Im a Catholic and straight and i support gay people and i really wanted to know if supporting it is considered a sin? Thank you and i love your blog!

Oh my God! I’ve always wanted to be able to help someone like this. I can’t believe you chose me to help you understand it. Thank you for this opportunity!

I come from a religious background myself, Anon, so I understand. I had this idea that not being straight was something wrong and shameful, and that’s why it took me a while to be ok with shipping or being bi.

I won’t lie to you. Christian religions say it’s wrong, but bear with me, because the reason for that is so old and stupid you laugh about it.

Remember the Roman Empire? Well, Jews (and Christ) were against it, because well… they were an Empire. They were awful to people, you know? Human rights wasn’t exactly a thing back then.

And the Romans were also ok with men being with other men. Like, really ok. So when that separation happened and people had to stand up against them, they ended up being taught that anything the Romans did was wrong, and homosexuality got stuck in the middle of the insanity.

So fast-forward to when the bible was put together officially at the Council of Nicaea, around 300 AD. They had to choose what to include and what to exclude, they had to come up with the whole concept of Christian religions, to unify different nations that believed in many Gods.

One of the things that they kept, because it was important to them at the time, was the idea that a lot of things that could “destroy families” was a sin (like sex before marriage, homosexuality, divorce). 

But they left only a couple mentions about those things and it’s even debatable, because one is in the Old Testament, and that was before Christ, when a lot of crazy shit was also a sin (like touching a woman during her period, for example!).

The ones in the New Testament were all written by Apostle Paul. He was a troubled man, who was incredibly severe about anything and everything Roman. He condemned their customs a lot, and you can see in his writing that it’s more about his opinions on the matter (and think about how old that is) than about it being wrong on principle:

1 Corinthians 6:9-10, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

Romans 1:26-28, “For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper.”

Romans 1:32, “…and, although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.”

He had this whole idea that homosexuality would destroy families and all that, but that was 2000 years ago. And Paul also thought divorce was a sin, for the same reason. So his problem wasn’t with homosexuality, but with the idea that sex could mean more than reproduction and that marriages might not last forever.

The reality is: the Catholic Church (and all other Christian religions) are still using what Paul wrote about the subject as an absolute rule, but they stopped condemning divorce, so it makes no sense at all.

It took literally ages for the Church to realise that “Wait a minute! Paul was just a man of his time, so maybe, just maybe, that doesn’t mean God Himself spends a lot of time worrying about people getting divorced!”

So to me it’s just a matter of time until they get to the same conclusion about homosexuality. The Pope already said some cool stuff, right?

And let’s be honest: do you want to share heaven with straight people who scream at gay people for loving who they love? Or do you want to share it with people who are good, independently of sexual orientation? I choose to believe God knows what’s in our hearts and that that’s what matters, and sexuality has absolutely nothing to do with it.

(And by the way, thanks Apostle Paul, for writing 3 stupid sentences that made people hate gays for millenniums now. Maybe sit in the corner and think about your actions!)

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Blue bloods: Prince Charles joins campaign to save Transylvania’s forests - because of his family connections to ‘Count Dracula’


by Damien Gayle

Prince Charles is campaigning to save the forests of Transylvania, inspired by his ancestral links to Vlad the Impaler, the 15th century nobleman better known by his patronym, Dracula.

Rapid economic growth in Romania - which is now part of the EU - means that the forests of the Carpathian Mountains are under threat from development and logging.

The Prince is calling for the forests, some of the last untouched wilderness areas in Europe, to be protected before they are lost, like the woodland that once covered Britain.

-The Daily Mail

The British monarchy’s real name is Saxe Coburg-Gotha.  It was changed to Windsor after WWII to disconnect from German affiliation.