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rooneykmara  asked:

107 for the Drabble challenge? Thank you!

“You, me, popcorn, two liter Dr. Pepper, and a movie. You in?”  

(Consider this an AU that ignores John’s impassioned speech in TLD and all of TFP.  It’s crack, just go with it.)

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You, me, popcorn, two litre Dr. Pepper, and a movie. You in?

Are we talking Netflix and chill or…?

And why didn’t you sign your text? Is that a code? 

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shatterrealm  asked:

How would you say Christianity challenges you to think for yourself?

Hello dear sister in Christ! I have to plug you here and recommend your other blog, gothicchristian. I’m a fan!

Contrary to misinformed popular opinion, I would say Christianity challenges us to think for ourselves in several great ways.


1) God first and foremost commands us to think for ourselves.

If God’s commands are a way of describing reality and how it ought to work, then it’s a big deal that God wants us to think through to the bottom of everything. Passages like 1 John 4 and Proverbs 2:9-11 show that God wants us to have discernment and wisdom, and that “knowledge is pleasant to the soul.”  Acts 17 is almost entirely about Paul wanting us to dig deep on what we really believe. God is absolutely pro-intellect and pro-science, and anyone who says otherwise hasn’t read the Bible very far.


2) Traditional Christianity had such a profound respect for knowledge that it practically kept libraries open during the so-called “Dark Ages.”

I know that not everyone will see eye-to-eye on this one, but modern scholars have completely dismissed the “Dark Age” myth and how “Christianity set us back for centuries.” This is a terrible misconception and only repeated by the shallowest of college students. Any medieval historian will tell you that early Christians cared so much about knowledge, whether pagan religion or Greek philosophy, that they preserved such teachings until it revitalized academia, to the point that you can link this revival with the scientific method and the Enlightenment. I personally believe the church has really lost their way on this in the twentieth and twenty-first century – but it must never be said that the early Christians tried to snuff out the sciences. It’s the very, very opposite. The purest state of Christianity will always seek knowledge in its purest form, no matter where it comes from, because the Christian believes all information can point us back to the true God (1 Timothy 4:4, Romans 1:20, Psalm 19:1-4).


3) God never demands our unthinking worship.

Most Christians will have a problem with this: but the Bible never once demands us to worship God. I remember learning this in seminary in my Ministry of Worship class, and a few people nearly walked out. 

The Bible, in fact, only tells us about God and to seek Him. We’re to freely seek Him of our own will. The Bible then expects that if we truly met God as He really is, then we’ll be knocked over by His infinite glory. Every person in the Bible who actually sought God and met Him nearly fell over dead. Isaiah wept; Ezekiel fell on his head; Moses hid in a mountain; John pretended to die. But God never forced such worship out of them. He didn’t shotgun blast their knees. God gives us reasonable faculties to comprehend the reality of the world around us, and if we so wish, we can discover the glory of God by ascertaining His presence by pure logic and choice. It’s only when we meet Him are we also moved in affection and spirit. This gift of free-will tells me that God allows us to think freely and that He doesn’t want robots nor fear-driven grovelers.


4) The wondrous beauty of God draws us towards a vastly deeper appreciation of our reality.

I’m not sure why Christians today often settle for mediocrity in their art. Maybe it’s because we think the church ought to “show grace” for terrible Christianese music and movies, or that we need to have our own watered down version of secular culture. But there was a time when Christians were making the best art, music, and research, simply because Christians felt they were called to aesthetic excellence in all they did. If we’re empowered by an infinitely holy God, then it would follow that our creative inspiration would reflect an endlessly wondrous, majestic Creator.

Isaac Newton, Sebastian Bach, and Leonardo DaVinci were all Christians of varying faith traditions, yet they produced some of the most amazing work of their times. I think they were pulling not only from natural inspiration, but tapping into a divinity that added a bottomless depth to all they did. They were able to think deeper into a humbled surrender before glory, where imagination abounded. Like C.S. Lewis says, the Christian is not necessarily called to produce the best Christian stuff, but to make such great art and textbooks and music that others would want to pick them first, since nothing else would compare. Or as DC Talk once said, “If it’s Christian, it oughta be better.”


5) God welcomes doubts, questions, and frustration.

One thing in common about the Book of Job, Nahum, Jonah, Ruth, Habakkuk, Jeremiah, and Lamentations is that God hears our venting and anger about His ways. Sometimes God does press us by flexing His glory, but mostly He just understands and walks us through it and stays a friend in our flailing. Mark 9:24 is proof that God hangs close when we feel so far, and that our doubts never disqualify us from knowing Him.

This is in stark contrast to everywhere else. In a certain corner of the blog-world, if you even try to question the way that others think, you’ll be assaulted and shamed and destroyed. There’s no such thing as free-thinking on Facebook or Tumblr or Wordpress; you’ll be killed for questioning your platform. Your college campus and your workplace and your political office are so much more close-minded than you think. Most religious places, including the “Christian church,” are so afraid of questions that you’re called a sinner if you dare to implore or disagree. I’ll even go so far as to say that almost every institution exhibits cult-like behavior, which operate on everyone thinking the same and riding the status quo and being stomped on for dissension.

Christianity never, ever operates this way. If someone says it does, they haven’t even begun to meet the Jesus of the Bible. When you consider every downtrodden person who ever met Jesus, they had questions of suffering and purpose and wealth and death and disbelief – but Jesus always replied with both gentleness and authority. He treated these questions with dignity and worthy of navigating. He was never a step behind or too far ahead. Imagine a friend like that, who knows everything yet never condescends, who is side-by-side and yet in the lead.

I’ve been in places where I was shot down, cut off, and ostracized for the minority opinion. But in Scripture, with the Spirit, in the presence of Christ, I’ve never felt more comfort and conviction, where I was encouraged to float in my darkest questions but gently challenged on my preconceived notions. I could dare to vent my most horrible anger, because He not only handled me, but welcomed me. There is no other safe place where I can truly be myself and truly think for myself. And when I have such confidence in Him, I can freely admit when I’m wrong. I’m not threatened by different platforms or opposing voices, because all such knowledge is inherently valuable and worthwhile to hear. It matters less that we agree, but more that I will welcome you, so we can wrestle through these thoughts like Jesus did with me.

– J.S.

F*CK ORIHIME INOUE AMIRIGHT? ....um.

First and foremost, I’m about as big an IR fan as it gets BUT WAIT!!! ORIHIME INOUE IS JUST ABOUT MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE CHARACTER and is free from all bashing and hate on this blog. She is cherished, she is safe, please all Bleach fans read on.

Overwhelming, Orihime seems to garner more hate than love. Hate. Not dislike. not discontentment, but hate. Hate that I’ve tried to find justifiable reasons to understand for eight years.

1. Her beauty for anti/pro purposes.

Anti’s love to call her a “big-boobed bimbo” or “oriwhore” or “the daughter of a whore” (because ob-vi-ous-ly whatever Orihime’s mother was is what Orihime is destined to be), et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

But that boob window dress!

OMG how could I forget?? It almost erases all of Orihime’s modest fashion choices that she’s made the whole series when left to her own accord! It’s almost like a perverted, otherworldly genius disguising himself as a shopkeeper had nothing to do with it? He’s in no way good at manipulation…right?

Orihime is beautiful….duh.

I stand by this point. almost blindly, because Orihime is what inspired me to draw. Her beauty, her presence, her character, her smile pulled me back from ever stopping, and hey! My first drawing was pretty good! It landed in an art show (high school but I digress)!

^I ranted about this because people can’t keep saying that Orihime’s fans are only obsessed with shallow beauty. I don’t waste my time creating surface beauty, everything I love to draw is thought out. So you need to view Orihime not from your unwavering view of hate, but for who the character actually is. If her beauty isn’t your cup of tea….or ocean water, it’s fine! More power to you, but don’t attack her using the basis of “only beauty matters.” You look dumb.

2.Don’t describe her scenes with the smallest amount of detail and background information available and call it an analysis.

Many (not all), but most Orihime hate posts claim the front of “analysis”,but are just mislabeled to an audience who only loves to treat Hime with hate. They are just retelling of the scenes or panels from a COMPLETELY negative and pessimistic viewpoint,in hopes (either purposefully or just as a byproduct) of getting people to view the scenes with the same level of hate and negativity as the writer.

Inoue Orihime HAS FAULTS.Many of them, but Orihime is NOT unique to this. Inoue Orihime isn’t the be all and end all of character faults in this manga. EVERY CHARACTER OF BLEACH HAS FAULTS (sometimes down to the most minor 2-3 panel screen time characters have noticeable faults if your interested in looking). Blowing up every example of Orihime’s makes you an ignorant, far less than credible source.

3. “KUROSAKI-KUN”

This is the part where my massive IR fangirl self gets tucked into bed to rest.

Orihime loves Ichigo, yeah? A non-disputable fact, if I’ve ever seen one.

Spare me the common-knowledge arguments against this ship, okay? In truth, if I’m to say the truth and nothing but the truth, no part of me likes this ship besides the fact that two of my all-time favorite characters are in it.

Is Orihime loving Ichigo really so bad? People focus on that fact and often use the evidence they gather for that focus as a second thought. I don’t think the IH fandom would be so upset with arguments against their ship if it wasn’t for the ways the arguments are always displayed.

FUCK ORIHIME!

OMG ICHIGO IS NO GOOD FOR ORIHIME!

OMG ORIHIME IS NO GOOD FOR ICHIGO!

THIS SHIP IS TOXIC!

OH LORD ORIHIME DESERVES BETTER!

LOOK AT THE DYNAMIC OF ICHIGO AND RUKIA!

NOW LOOK AT THE DYNAMIC OF URYU AND ORIHIME!

Stop! How stupid can you be to think the IH fandom would be welcoming of that? I’m not welcoming of that and my two main ships are being supported! If you want to be taken seriously and genuinely understand the opinions of the opposing ship or have an actual argument that doesn’t immediately delve into attacking the person posting the argument/counterargument, be civil! Be wise, don’t pretend that you weren’t ready for a fight when you hit ‘post.’

P.S. If any fans (especially IH!) want to discuss a civil basis to the IH v. IR v. RR v. IsH (Ishihime I don’t know their abbreviation) I’d be very interested!

4. Orihime had potential and it’s been snatched away every time.

To that argument I can agree to a point, and I doubt anybody else in the IH fandom completely disagrees too heavily with that either. Kubo hinted at a lot for Orihime. I.e. Finding a way to destroy the hogyoku, fighting more after training with Rukia, etc.

HOWEVER! She wasn’t stagnant in development all the live-long series. Immediately after getting her powers and you know not freaking out and rejecting them, she mustered up the will and gave up her dependency on Tatsuki’s protection in about two panels to slaughter Crystal Chandelier (name of hollow is correct?). All the while taking a beating from many students, one she considered a friend and one that was her whole source of happiness for a long while.

 She also trained with Yoruichi and Sado to be able to run into Soul Society without dying immediately(which to my recollection she never showed any fear or hesitation towards doing), healed a number of beings too high for my brain to recall without a dedicated rereading of the manga), trained herself so her shield became an attack with the magnitude of destruction to meet the attack it received and dish it back out (this doesn’t happen automatically folks,Orihime has to be able to withstand that power herself), defended effectively against Yhwach(remember him and his powers?), lugged her brothers dying, 3x the size of hers body, probably bleeding out on top of her, miles and miles to the Kurosaki clinic, had to face the situation of her beloved brother wanting to kill her and blaming her for the pain he was in probably recently after having gotten over the situation, faced an UNHOLY amount of trauma and misery and still SMILED EVERYDAY WTF? IF THAT ISN’T STRENGTH THEN WHAT IS? IF THAT ISN’T STRENGTH NOTHING, NOTHING,NOTHING IS!

5.Common Points

Orihime is smart. Towards the very top of her class actually.

Orihime isn’t dependent on shit from anybody. She’s been independent for most of her life. Where were her parental figures? Two of them weren’t worth the dirt off her boot,and the third (who was her whole life and whole happiness) died the only time she ever showed a bit of something that wasn’t altruistic, all-consuming good.

Orihime isn’t selfish. In love or anything else.

Orihime isn’t a bland, cookie-cutter character. If she was, anti’s wouldn’t have so much to say.

Orihime is strong. If it’s not in the way you would like her to be, analyze yourself first before you judge anything at all.

What has Orihime actually,and I mean ACTUALLY done to deserve any hate (not anything you made up or blew out of proportion to make hating her easier)?

You have a right to hate for sure. As I have a right to love. But I don’t have an obligation to listen and you don’t have any right to spout ignorance peacefully.