equal in faith

“Now open yourselves to loving as much as you want to be loved. No enchantment, no magical herb, no spell has more power to make you loved than loving. Love, then; trust those who love you, and those who love you will sustain for you equal measure of faith and love. Relinquish all suspicion, scorn, and contentiousness, and you will live, through love, happy and content.”
- Leon Battista Alberti’s ‘Ecatonfilia’

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Every year, preparing myself for June 25th gets even harder. It’s never easy for someone to tell himself that a person he’s admired ever since his first years on this planet has passed away.
You may be wondering why the pictures I’ve chosen to post only focus on the “They Don’t Care About Us” video. Well the reason for that is quite simple: in such times of trouble, pain, chaos, fear, hopelessness and war I’d like to send out a message of freedom and positivity. Nothing in life is free; you have to claim it yourself. Raise your fists in the air and fight for your rights, for freedom, for peace, for equality… Your voice must be heard!

I had to break it down to a friend of mine who commented that she hopes I come back to Jesus some day...

Hey! I just wanted to say something in response to what you said about hoping that I can believe in Jesus again someday. I want you to know that I was in church every time the doors were open until I was 16 years old. I took it very seriously. Salvation was something that I thought about all the time. I wanted to make absolutely sure I was saved so I tried to learn about it and understand it as best as I could. I read and studied my bible and I when I was 14 I asked our youth minister questions about it. I remember parts of it bothering me really badly because I didn’t understand it fully and I knew that If I did not understand fully that I would not go to heaven. So I told my youth minister that I was having some issues and questions with it. I told him that It all seemed very mythical and strange and violent to me. I mean I knew the verse by heart
(For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.)
So I understood that it was saying that if you truly believe the story of Jesus and excepted God into your heart that you would be able to go to heaven no matter what sins you had committed.
But I had a problem with a lot of it because that meant that the belief in the christians idea of a God was more important than being a good person. It plainly says WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM shall have everlasting life. That meant that you could live a life where you were a really awful person but as long as you believe in the Jesus story you would be rewarded with heaven. And it meant that you could be a wonderful person but believe in a different idea of a God or no God at all and be sent to Hell to be punished. I remember being taught that even if you were a child molester or murder or any other horrible thing like that as long as you believe the story of Jesus you would be forgiven and get to go to heaven. And that even if you were a kind compassionate wonderful person if you did not believe the story of Jesus you would not go to heaven.
So I asked our youth minister which was more important,being a good person or believing in the Jesus story,And he told me that believing the Jesus story was more important. That never sat right with me.
That seems extremely immoral. Just as immoral as in Islam where Muslims believe that if you do not worship their idea of a God (Allah) then you will be punished in hell. And they will be rewarded in heaven. Both ideas are equally as immoral and offensive as each other!!
Besides that part of it,Even if I was able to believe that there was someone named Jesus in that era I could not ever convince myself that he came to this earth by way of immaculate conception. It is way too far-fetched for me to believe that a magical supernatural being impregnated a young girl and she gave birth to a part human part God. The older I got in the more I studied and the more I learned and questioned about the whole subject of Christianity I came to realize that I do not believe in the supernatural.I came to realize it was all just as mythical as any of the stories of Greek gods or any other cultures ideas of gods. I do not believe in gods or demons or devils or angels or other realms that are meant to reward or punish us. I do not believe in immaculate conception or resurrection. I do not believe it is moral to think that there is an unearthly place meant to horrifically punish The millions and millions of people who do not believe in the Christian idea of a God. Just as I do not believe the teachings of Islam and the Quran are moral in their teachings that anyone and everyone who does not believe in their idea of a God will be punished for all eternity. Every religion holds a very strongly held faith and belief in their teachings. But that does not make them facts. Every religion is man made & based on the myths and legends of their geographical location. None of it is fact based and no matter how strongly any religion has faith in their beliefs faith doesn’t equal fact. If faith equal fact then every religions Ideas of gods would be real. The only things in this world that are proven facts are scientifically proven facts. This is what I trust in. My views on life are rooted in scientific facts and secular humanism. Secular humanism is all about morals. It is all about kindness and compassion minus any religious teachings.Secular humanism does not claim that anyone believing differently should be punished. It does not claim that mythical things are facts. It’s quite simply all about being a compassionate person because that is what’s best for humanity. This is what I believe in and I could never ever go back to believing in the stories of Christianity. I could never again convince myself that the story of creation or the story of immaculate conception or resurrection or heaven and hell are factual things. Just as I could never convince myself that any other religions idea of a deity is real. I appreciate all the nice things you said and I know that you only meant well by them. I hope you know I’m not trying to attack your beliefs or you!! I’m just trying to make it clear as to why I am an atheist. I did not become an atheist because I never learned about the Bible or Christianity. I became an atheist because I did question and I did read the Bible and I did learn what they had to teach. After reading and questioning and learning I came to the realization that I would be lying to myself if I said I believed in and agreed with its teachings. So please understand that anytime I bring up the subject i’m not trying to piss anybody off or be a jerk. I just want people to try and understand that atheist are not lacking of morals. The only thing we lack is the belief in the supernatural. I know that the majority of people around here have really awful stereo types of atheists.and I know that you and Brandi and Brandy Love people no matter what their beliefs are and that’s absolutely wonderful but it still does not change the fact that you follow worship and obey a religion that says anyone who disagrees with your beliefs deserves a fiery horrific torturous punishment. It’s hard not to be offended by the core teachings of the Bible. The John 3:16 quote is the Bible in a nutshell. Whoever believes in Jesus is rewarded with heaven and whoever doesn’t is punished with Hell. And that’s just a fraction of what I have a problem with in the Bible. I could list off several Bible stories that are incredibly immoral. But I’ll spare you from getting into all that LOL. I’ve already wrote you a damn novel here! I’m sure you’re tired of reading! Love you❤✌🏻

Beyond Religion: Universal Ethics

‘What we need today is an approach to ethics which makes no recourse to religion and can be equally acceptable to those with faith and those without: a secular ethics.

This statement may seem strange from someone who from a very early age has lived in monks robes. Yet I see no contradiction here. My faith enjoins me to strive for the welfare and benefit of all sentient beings, and reaching out beyond my own tradition, to those of other religions and those of none, is entirely in keeping with this.

I am confident that it is both possible and worthwhile to attempt a new secular approach to universal ethics. My confidence comes from my conviction that all of us, all human beings, are basically inclined or disposed toward what we perceive to be good. Whatever we do, we do because we think it will be of some benefit. At the same time, we all appreciate the kindness of others. We are all by nature, oriented toward the basic human values of love and compassion. We all prefer the love of others to their hatred. We all prefer others generosity to their meanness. And who among us does not prefer tolerance, respect, and forgiveness of our failings to bigotry, disrespect, and resentment?’

- His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World.

In Defense of Sam Carne

I originally posted this analysis on Facebook since it’s not Poldark Costuming Project related, but I think it’s something people on Tumblr could like, so here it is. There’s some vague Spoilers but moreso for the books: 

A lot of the people who criticize Sam Carne as a “annoying evangelist” are missing the point in ALL versions of the story. Our modern ideas about religion and atheism really need to be set aside to understand what Winston Graham was doing here. The new season’s changes so far have kept Sam’s character as a man of deep faith. Graham was setting up another one of his parallel plot with Sam Carne. He is to church corruption and inequality is what Ross is to political/economic corruption.

The Anglican Church at this time in history was a dumping ground for the second and third sons of the gentry who couldn’t inherit the estate. You had to have education in order to even be CONSIDERED for a position in the Church. And church vacancies were purchased from politicians. A devout man without the means for paying for training was already out of contention. Remember, there’s no such thing as free education or scholarships for poor students with merit. The result of this system was that it echoed political corruption. These men didn’t have true religious devotion. For every Canon Sidney Chambers (yes this is a Grantchester reference) and Reverend Odgers who took their faith and their jobs at least somewhat seriously, there were 25 Reverend Whitworth’s. The Church gave them prestige, paycheck and free rent. Although Whitworth is an extreme, there were very many hypocrites like him. And the church pews were filled with people like George Warleggan, who is clearly too greedy as hell to be a good “Christian”. These Church leaders treated the poor with contempt and didn’t attempt to build community and faith. Many were committing a wide varsity of sins undercover and yet going to the pulpit every Sunday. 

The Methodist movement rejected Anglican hierarchy and focused on one’s relationship with God. Preachers consisted of ordinary people like Sam Carne who truly tried to live life according to the Bible. The Methodist message of equality of faith regardless of income level was highly appealing to the miners. Yes there was an emphasis on evangelism, but the bigger point is that the Methodists weren’t treating the poor one way and the rich another. No one was getting rich off having a Methodist leadership position. The people in charge were working for their fellow man and not out for worldly profit. The movement had a huge impact on the history of Cornwall, which Sam Carne represents. 

Although the new series has switched the timeline of events, Ross’ transition from being a rebel against the system to to a political figure who wants reform is quite similar to Sam’s situation. The magistrate position he turned down in the last episode was used to abuse the poor. Magistrates often gave the poor very harsh sentences for minor offenses or sentences of transportation of the colonies. Jim Carter all the way back in Season 1 is a great example of this. He was essentially jailed because he stole a food item for people who were going hungry. The justice system essentially blamed the poor for poverty or the results of poverty. Ross on the other hand most likely got off on his charges because he was a man of importance. There were also cases of rich people bribing judges for favorable outcomes. The members of Parliament at the time only represented the rich landlords since the common people couldn’t vote. Many people brought their seats or rigged elections. Think back to Unwin Trevaunance’s election in Season 2. For the book readers, you can also think about what George does to pursue more political power. The French Revolution and the growing abolitionist movement highlighted the massive gap between the haves and the have nots in England. Just as how the Anglican Church treated people unequally based on how much cash they had, the government did the same. 

There will be more developments this season with Sam Carne, but I do expect that we will see him as more than a “bible thumper”. He’s staging a rebellion against classism in religion and hypocrisy. 

Excuse me while I go on a screencapping spree of my favorite Pasha~

Yes, Mah-kun. That’s you.

Young and handsome Pasha with his ever faithful, equally handsome falcon, Iskender.

Did I mention how handsome my son is? <3

Serious, formal “Golden Eagle” Mahmut Pasha before the Divan.

“Serious with brooding eyes” Pasha.

Oh, Shara~ 

Be merciful when teasing this innocent boy. But not too much. xD;

Awkward dancing Pasha. Hehe ^^

Secretly poetic + embarrassed Pasha.

Has no clue how to deal with women Pasha.

Very PURE, PURE boy he is.

Yep. ^^

But still considerate, gentleman Pasha even when he’s angry.

I agree, Shara. He is so cute! *giggles* x3

lol, dislodged to the roof Pasha. xD;

Early morning patrol Pasha not to be messed with. o.O

Again, have you seen my beautiful son and his stunning falcon yet?

“I am not upset” insists the Pasha.

“No, you are clearly upset,” says Grandpa Pasha.

This was so much funnier in the manga. Too bad the humor didn’t make it into the anime. :(

Worried about his foster father Pasha.

Noooo, don’t make Mah-kun sad! Dx

BABY EAGLE PASHA!!!

PROTECT THIS PRECIOUS CHILD!!!!

AND ISKENDER WHEN HE WAS JUST A LIL’ BORB

*CRIES*

Baby Pasha did nothing wrong.

Baby Pasha did not deserve this! ;________;

Yes, good. Adopt and be there for this poor child.

I will be forever grateful to Halil Pasha for taking in Mahmut after he lost everything. *sniffs*

Confident Pasha. ^o^

Fierce falconer Tughril Mahmut!

(I really hope they do the fight scenes justice, btw, cuz this is okay for now but if they don’t show off Mah-kun’s incredible fighting prowess, I will be very disappointed :/ )

Pasha’s beautiful, deadly eyes~

*O*

Pasha’s strange, kinda-but-not-really-sort-of rivalry with the Poison Pasha.

I love their relationship, btw. Eagerly waiting for manga chapters to be translated to see them interacting more. 83

Finally, Golden Eagle Pasha against a golden sunset.

Surely this is the most prettiest shot of him so of course I saved it as best for last. :D

…Ooo, wait! There’s one more!

Cross-dressing Pasha. xD;

Can’t forget that when we’re getting him next week, lol~

Anyways, the story was all over the place so I can’t really call this first episode good. Hope they’ll find their grip as we continue on.

And I promise I won’t do this kind of long post again…maybe. For another while, anyway.

:P

Enneagram Type 6: The Loyalist

The Engaging, Responsible, Anxious, Suspicious Person 

Healthy. Healthy Sixes are able to elicit strong emotional responses from others: they are engaging, friendly, playful, and ingratiating. Others feel warmly toward them and want to support them. Trust is important, although it is not given blindly. They are highly reliable and trustworthy themselves, making sure that they follow through with their commitments. Questioning people and circumstances is also part of even the healthy Six’s vigilant outlook, however, as are careful foresight, prediction, and troubleshooting. They are hardworking, thrifty, dependable, and cooperative, and help to build an egalitarian spirit with others. Become committed and loyal to those with whom they have identified: family and friends important, as is the feeling that they “belong” somewhere. Healthy Sixes are highly practical and maintain a balanced self-discipline: they are committed to meticulous craftsmanship and quality in their work. People of action, they are also persevering and steady in the face of challenges. At their best: Become self-reliant, trusting their own inner guidance, independent yet fully supportive and cooperative with others as an equal. Real faith in life leads to a heroic, positive attitude, as well as manifesting courage, intrepid leadership, and richness in creativity and self-expression. 

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There’s this idea that to be a Muslim, you have to act a certain way, look a certain way. People end up accepting culture as a standard instead of faith. For example, wearing a niqab is a cultural requirement, but it isn’t a requirement for piety. But people who are introduced to Islam through that background think that’s what being a Muslim is. You need to look beyond that and find what resonates inside you.

Once LGBT Muslims understand the cultural biases that are often used when interpreting Islam, it’s a new awakening. It helps them to understand that no matter what, they are good people. In the conversations people have at the retreat, they find they are just as equal, just as faithful as anyone else.

—  Imam Daayiee Abdullah, 6 Questions With A Gay Imam