is religion dangerous

There are two types of people, ones who like avocados, and ones that are wrong.
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white man, in Boulder, at The Cup

submitted by @chava-magnea

anonymous asked:

Do you have a compilation of issues with Catholicism? I searched some tags on your blog and couldn't find much. I feel as if the Catholic church puts a bit too much emphasis on man and not enough on God, but I'd like to have some solid arguments instead of just a feeling. Thanks!

Here (finally) is a masterpost for all the asks I’ve received about this topic! I’m about to unintentionally ruffle quite a lot of feathers here, with having quite a significant amount of presumably catholic followers. Therefore, as always is my goal, there will be LOTS of scripture references to back things up, and everything I link to I do so because it also is saturated with additional scripture. Always, ALWAYS going back to what the Bible says.

I would absolutely agree that the Catholic religion puts a dangerous, even dire, amount of focus on the efforts of man, and we will see that as we dive into their claims vs. the scriptures. The false teachings of Catholicism will be in bold.

Grace plus works doctrine – Paul plainly addresses this problem in Galatians. The people were adopting what Paul calls “another gospel” which was grace plus works. This is what Paul says, “Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?” (Galatians 3:3) Let’s look at that verse again, Paul is saying it is foolish to think that having been begun being justified by God’s grace that your human works will complete that. He says that is foolishness! Our good works are not what save us. It is God who saves us. From the moment we believe we are completely justified because of what Jesus did in dying on the cross. That chapter goes on to use Abraham as an example, and I would absolutely advocate reading Galatians, especially chapter 3. Ephesians 2:8-10 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” God created us to do good works, however, the Bible is clear that good works are not what save us. Otherwise we could parade our own goodness, we could say “Look at all they good I’ve done, I’m definitely getting into Heaven.” That’s not how it works. Salvation is because of everything GOD has done for us. The Bible consistently teaches that “Salvation is determined by faith alone, and demonstrated by faithfulness to obey God’s will alone” (John MacArthur).

You can lose your salvation – Romans 8:38-39 says, “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Once we are Christ’s, that is it. We are secure. Jesus died for past, present, and future sins. The sins of those who believed before Jesus came, the sins of those who believed while Jesus was on earth, and the sins of those who would live after His resurrection. Jesus conquered sin, every sin believers ever have committed or ever will, and by believing in Him we are no longer slaves to sin or the punishment of it. If there is nothing you can do to earn your salvation, there is nothing you can do to lose your salvation. Were salvation able to be withdrawn, we would have no peace, we would spend our lives in fear that we had not done enough. The Bible has already said that no one is good enough, but God’s grace is sufficient and it is everlasting. Romans 11:29, “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.”

Baptism is necessary for salvation – Again, works based theology that does not line up with scripture and that is what salvation by baptism is. When the proper context is applied to the passages that appear to mention physical baptism alongside salvation, we see that the “salvation by grace through faith” doctrine stands. Because this is such a weighty topic, I’m going to link to an article that is rich with scriptural references. [x]

Confession – Confession is a part of repentance, but confession to man is not required for salvation. John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” God is the one who forgives us and the only one who is able to cleanse us. Our fellow Christians are called to hold us accountable, but the forgiveness of sins as it pertains to eternal life is something only God can absolve.

We are born sinless – The Bible says that we are sinners by nature. Ephesians 2:3 says, “Among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.”

Mary was sinless – Where does the Bible say Mary was sinless? The Bible says, in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” The Catholics claim there are exceptions to this verse, that this is just a generalization, but where does the Bible say that? There is nothing to support that view. There is never an exemption that says “this person didn’t need salvation.” The Bible says that we are all depraved sinners, slaves to the law, and in need of salvation.

Praying to Mary and the saints – The simplest answer I have for this is there is absolutely nothing in the Bible to suggest it is permissible to pray to anyone but God. Mary is a created, sinful being, a human, just like us, just like every saint. There is no power Mary or the saints possess except that which is given to them by God. Neither does the Bible make allowance for praying to angels. Praying to Mary and the saints takes the focus off of God and elevates the creation to a place of reverence reserved for the Creator. “Who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” (Romans 1:25) The veneration of Mary and the saints is idolatry. More about that can be found here [x]

Purgatory – The Bible is clear that there are only two options for the afterlife. Matthew 25:46, “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” There is no middle ground, no point after death which you can choose Heaven over Hell. Additionally, the idea of sacraments is baseless. You cannot pay off your sin. Not to mention prayers for the dead are useless, as Luke 16 tells us that each person bears the consequences of their decision and one’s eternal destination cannot be altered by others.

The authority of the Pope – “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:6-9) As mentioned before, the different gospel mentioned is specifically a grace plus works doctrine. The Bible is very clear that anyone who touts a message that is contrary to the Bible is not of God. The Pope holds no doctrinal authority over anyone. God’s word, the Bible, is given to everyone the same, and all Christians have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of them specifically to help, guide, and discern. God’s Word stands, and anyone who preaches contrary to that is preaching a lie, a false doctrine, the road to Hell.

Other “scriptures” – The Catholic church has implemented additional books in their teaching, adding to the Bible what does not belong. They have taken the perfect word of God and added books that contradict and/or detract from the truth of the Bible. The books of the Bible were not something that was chosen lightly, nor was any random text considered scripture. That which is part of the Bible MUST be scripture inspired directly by God Himself. There were guidelines and certain qualifications that had to be met for books to be part of the Bible, and that resulted in 66 books – no more, no less. Psalm 12:6-7 says, “The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. You shall keep them, O Lord, You shall preserve them from this generation forever.” Additional information on the inspiration/preservation of scripture can be found here [x][x]


From comparing the Bible with the core Catholic doctrine, it is evident that Catholicism is a false religion, the rejection of God’s Word, and the rejection of God’s Word condemns you to Hell. I meekly, humbly, honestly, implore my catholic friends to read the Bible, search for the answers in the scriptures. Don’t take my word on this, it doesn’t matter at all what I say. God’s Word is Truth.

It’s sickening to think that someone would target a place where most people attending are children/young teenagers. These people have their whole lives ahead of them, but some callous bastard thought it was okay to put their lives in danger. To what, make a political point? Disgusting.

Muslim Lance?

Lance tries to be secret about his religion, afraid the others might hate him for it. He goes to his room to say his prayers everyday, and keeps quiet when his friends talk to Allura and Coran about ISIS, the muslim terrorist attacks and how it’s a religion/community of dangerous people, how they are almost as bad as the galra.

It hurts him, knowing that his friends won’t trust him if they knew he was muslim.

Bonus:: Lance has one of his mother’s hajabs with him. In his pocket or somewhere safe, he keeps it because it still smell like his mum, and because it’s the only connection to his family snd religion he has left. He holds it close when he falls asleep, tears staining the beautiful sea blue fabric.


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Please note that I know very little on the religion, so please dont hate on me, and instead help me understand better.

Also! Please dont tell me how this is completely offensive to muslims everywhere. I know. This is a LANGST. (But still. Sorry! I love you my beautiful babies!!!)

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You are the most beautiful and unparalleled in all the ethereal things. You are a divine being among people and lest they throw themselves at your feet with worship and kindness, they have sinned. Your eyes glitter like diamonds and tigers’ teeth and your smile is reminiscent of cracked glass and daisies. You belong with angels and all other glorious beings that reside in paradise. I wish you could see the fire of the seraphim in your soul like I do. For you would cry. You would weep like I do because of the beauty it holds. I have found that religion is a dangerous thing. For me, I find god in people but you have outweighed them all. I have found in you not just a god or a goddess, but Allah and Yahweh and Buddha and all the ambrosial things that have existed in this world and the next. You are glorious and time as well as space seem to have no weight on you. As if your very creation began at the birth of a star. As if the explosion decided that the world was missing a piece of heaven on earth. Yet you were simply so awe inspiring that the universe settled you in pain so that you could bring the light of the star you were born from to the suffering and darkness that I have fallen into. So trust me my angel, my divine being, my star, my entire universe, that you are totally and utterly perfect.

Destroya and The Phoenix Witch

people generally worship destroya in the city (in the slums and underground) and people generally worship the phoenix witch in the desert

people from the city can worship the phoenix witch and people from the desert can worship destroya but it’s uncommon

the city proper is atheistic and tries to root out the destroya worshippers but their crusade is largely unsuccessful

poison and kobra are some of the few people born in the city that started worshipping the phoenix witch when they made it to the desert. they grew up in a middle class household with no previous religion so they didn’t have any ties to hold them back from embracing the witch. they’re both pretty devout - it’s comforting to them, especially when they face so much death and chaos. jet (who was born in the desert) is a lot more casual about it.

ghoul grew up in the slums and as such had a lot of exposure to destroya. his family were lowkey destroya worshippers so he held onto that when he made it to the desert. he isn’t very outspoken about it but generally comes off as more atheistic than anything, but it shows on occasion. he’d curse in destroya’s name instead of the witches and save dead batteries because those were considered sacred

How The French View Americans: Negative Stereotypes Explained

We all have preconceived notions of certain countries and cultures. We might even understand that these are gross generalizations but that doesn’t keep us from believing them. The French have quite a few preconceived ideas on what it means to be American. I’m going to explore where these stereotypes might come from.  

*Disclaimer: This is all (slightly researched) speculation. *


1. Americans are stupid 

Americans have the unfortunate stereotype of being not so bright. Many Europeans would agree. Is there some truth to this? Well according to OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), the U.S ranks 26th worldwide in scholastic test scores, below other world powers such as France, Germany, and China. But this is only proof if you believe that test scores accurately define intelligence. Also, the typical French person probably doesn’t know this statistic…so why do they think we’re “idiots”?

Probably because we are generally ignorant of the world around us. Who’s the Prime Minister of the UK? What political scandal is currently going on in Brazil? What is ISIS? The reality is many Europeans could answer these questions and many Americans could not. The other day I watched this American girl try to order at a french bakery. This first thing she said was “Hola” (*face palm*) and then she very loudly asked for a sandwhich in english, as if yelling would help the cashier understand her better. This is the American traveler in a nutshell - we go overseas without any regard for common practices, norms, or courtesies. This lack of cultural curiosity is what probably makes us seem uninformed, silly, and quite frankly, stupid. 

2. Americans are superficial

Outsiders believe that all we care about is our looks, status, and wealth. Materialistic is our name and consumerism is our game. But like, we can’t like, be bothered with things like “inner beauty”. I mean, duh, we have reps to protect! 

It’s not hard to understand why one would come to this conclusion of us. Watch American TV for 30 minutes and you will see how we eat up ideas of popularity and wealth. I mean we are the same country that has made famous-for-nothing Kardashians a household name. We’re also the same country that lets Channing Tatum “act” and lets Taylor Swift whine on every stage. I must admit (ashamedly) that I’ve thought to myself, “Wow, french actors and singers are not attractive”. But their celebrities are actually famous for being talented. Crazy concept, right? 

3. Americans are conservative 

One day when I was babysitting, I took the kids to the park. On the side of a building was a LARGE ad for a burlesque show with a topless woman gracing center stage. I remember feeling appalled. This is a park where children come to play! I looked around and none of the moms or their kids paid it any attention, almost as if this was normal. Am I a prude? No, I’m just American.

When it comes to nudity, cursing, or anything else considered taboo, we tend to censure it. These things are typically reserved for private spaces among adults. But in France, whether its in the media or in real life, they are much less likely to censor themselves. 

Theory time: Part of this may be because we are a much more religious country than France. Although we express freedom of religion within our Constitution, we cannot deny that our country was founded on Christian principles and those principles manifest themselves within our political, social, and cultural identity. Around 88% of American citizens are affiliated with a religion compared to almost 55% of French citizens. Why are LGBT and female reproductive rights hot button issues? Why is the drinking age still 21 years old? Because of persisting conservative sentiments. Perhaps we hold more modest values because of our country’s subconscious (or maybe not so subconscious) ties to religion. 

4. America is dangerous and racist 

To many outsiders, most of our major cities are synonymous with danger. New York. Miami. Chicago. I’ve been asked several times by wide-eyed Frenchies if I’ve ever visited these cities and if I’ve ever felt unsafe. What puzzles them most is why, oh why, can’t America solve its gun issue? Trust me, we’re asking ourselves the same thing. Mass shootings have become unnervingly commonplace and we are just as exhausted.  

As for the racism thing, French people have televisions. They see our public discourse on police brutality, the physical aggression at Trump rallies and that same presidential candidate’s stance on Mexican immigrants. They know well that our country was built on the backs of slaves and immigrants and has a 400 year history of racial oppression and discrimination. But don’t be fooled, France is not at all a racial utopia. They’ve had their fare share of discriminatory laws over the years. However, due to our track record, its the U.S that usually wins the prize of most racist world power. 

5. Americans are fat 

This is without doubt the number one stereotype about Americans and unfortunately there’s a lot of merit to it. We are one of the unhealthiest countries in the world. In 2015, 74 million Americans, almost 2/3 of the country, were considered overweight or obese. Researchers predict that these numbers will only increase and by 2020, 75% of the nation will be overweight. Compared to the 40% of overweight French citizens, these numbers are quite egregious.

But what’s ironic is that we are by far more obsessed with exercise and healthy eating. We have a strong “work out culture” in the states and for most Americans the question is not whether you’re dieting but which diet you’re on. As a whole, French people don’t actively work out. In fact in the 9 months I’ve been here, I have seen one gym. ONE. And it was extremely empty. They don’t have to work at being healthy because they just naturally are. It’s not in their culture to eat large fast food portions or eat out for that matter. Where as in the US, we love to dine outside the home. Not only is it a great way to connect with friends but its convenient. And from drive-thrus to 24/7 restaurants, you cant deny our love affair with conveniency.

6. Americans are self-involved workaholics

“You can be anything you put your mind to” “Reach for the stars” “You could be the next president of the United States!”

From an early age we are told that everyone is special. That hard work is the key to success and to dream as big as possible. I asked a couple of my students what they wanted to be when they grew up and none of them had an answer. From an American perspective this is very strange. Every American child knows exactly what they want to be by the age of 3. Even if the answer is a Princess, we raise children to have a very clear and confident vision of who they are and where they are going in life. 

Our society is characterized by individualism. What that means is that we emphasis personal achievements, we value independence, and much of what we do in life is self-enhancing. Many countries fall into this category and you can argue that there’s nothing wrong with it. But the inevitable result of individualism is that we lose sight in the importance of people around us. We are less family-oriented and instead place more value on our personal success, which typically translates to how we perform in our careers. 

Everyone is chasing the “American Dream”, hoping to make something of themselves. But instead of enjoying life, we’re too busy working hard for the money. We work 30% more than Europeans, have significantly less paid vacation time, and we’re one of the only countries that doesn’t guarantee parental leave for new mothers and fathers. We don’t value leisure time for ourselves or with our family. Maybe we are not personally “self-involved workaholics”, but the way our society is set up its almost impossible not to be. 


Feeling bitter? Well let’s glance at some positive stereotypes. 


7. Americans are very self-confident 


8. Americans are charitable


9. Americans are super friendly


10. Americans are good looking 

See, it’s not all bad. 

It is hard to over-estimate the influence of early training in the direction of superstition. You first teach your children that a certain book is true, that it was written by God himself, that to question its truth is a sin, that to deny it is a crime, and that should they die without believing that book they will be forever damned without benefit of clergy. The consequence is, that long before they read that book, they believe it to be true. When they do read it, their minds are wholly unfitted to investigate its claims.
—  Robert Green Ingersoll (1833 - 1899)
Conservative media's response to a mass shooting
  • When the news breaks: This is why we need to close our borders! Islam is a dangerous religion! We need extreme vetting to keep us safe from evil immigrants and sharia law! We need to stop bad people from hurting good Americans!
  • After the shooter is revealed as a white, Christian American: He was a deeply troubled lone wolf and frankly it’s disgusting that anyone would try to politicize this tragic incident. There is no way to stop a bad person who is determined to hurt good Americans.

anonymous asked:

Oh please do Luke! Please please please!

Luke Skywalker:

  1. Loved his aunt and uncle equally, but was definitely closer with Aunt Beru. Partly because she didn’t tend to be as hard on him, and partly because she like him is the freeborn descendant of slaves.
  2. Met his best friend Biggs Darklighter at a Bentu Depuraak celebration when he was five.
  3. Over the years, came up with all sorts of plans together with Biggs: how they were going to bring down the Hutts, free the slaves, fight the Empire, etc.
  4. Has always been very good at keeping secrets.
  5. (Like the fact that his aunt and uncle had a lot of visitors, people who showed up at night and stayed in the secret room beneath the garage and moved on pretty quickly, people with bombs planted under their skin that Aunt Beru cut out and Uncle Owen destroyed, people who told wonderful stories about a trickster with Luke’s name.)
  6. Speaks four languages before he ever leaves Tatooine: Basic, Huttese, Amatakka, and a decent amount of Ryl.
  7. Later adds Alda, Shyriiwook, and Nubian to the list.
  8. Has a collection of little odds and ends he’s gathered on his travels, including one from every Rebel base he’s lived on.
  9. Is an excellent cook and a baker. (But most new Rebels will be warned away from his food all the same. Luke cooks Tatooine style, and most people can’t handle the heat.)
  10. Celebrated Bentu Depuraak on Endor’s moon with the largest bonfire he’d ever built for the holiday. On the pyre he put a drawing of Jabba the Hutt, a scrap of an Imperial flag, and, of course, the iron lung his father spent twenty years living inside.

anonymous asked:

Is it possible for any kind of Christianity to not be antisemitic, or is Christianity inherently founded on antisemitic ideas?

I don’t think it’s theoretically impossible for Christianity to be free of antisemitism, nor do I think Christianity was founded on antisemitism.

Rather, I think antisemitism is founded on Christianity. While not all modern antisemites are Christian, the narratives of antisemitism were incubated by Christianity (with the exception of certain aspects of scientific racism, which were merely incubated in an overwhelmingly Christian society).

I don’t think that Paul was an antisemite, or that any of the Evangelists were. No, not even John and Matthew. They saw themselves as reformers of Judaism (i.e. Second Temple Judaism, the diverse milieu that served as the origin of modern rabbinic Judaism). Paul also saw himself as an expander of Judaism, and advocated this expansion in ways that would become convenient to those wishing to draw a sharper distinction between Jews and the group that would become Christians.

After the destruction of the Temple, Judaism and Christianity began to diverge; Christians increasingly saw themselves as members of a new religion, not a sect within Judaism. Jews likewise increasingly saw Christians as belonging to their own, dangerous, religion; one that threatened Jews both by converting them out of Judaism and drawing the attention of the Roman Empire.

So John condemns “the Jews” as those who are expelling his co-religionists from the Synagogue; Matthew condemns them in a political slight-of-hand designed to deflect criticism of Jesus’ killers (i.e. the Roman Empire) to the Jewish political establishment.

But true antisemitism as a form of systemic oppression didn’t really take off until Christianity itself becomes part of the Empire. Although the Roman Empire did occasionally persecute Jews, they did it out of political motivations, not any particular animosity towards the Jewish people.

But Christianity had to define itself, and it did so in relation to Judaism. Judaism was the religion of law; Christianity the religion of freedom. Jews were the agents of Satan; Christians the agents of God. Jews were utterly perfidious: fully aware that Jesus was the Messiah, but unwilling to admit it; condemned by God as a living symbol of Christianity’s origins, their suffering proof of God’s wrath and Jesus’ divinity.

Eighteen-odd hundred years later, this antisemitism is woven into nearly every aspect of Christian theology. Christians of all types continually compare hypocrites and legalists to Jews, when not actively condemning Jews ourselves as hypocrites and legalists. Many Christians (and this starts with Marcion, continues to Luther and down to the present day) see the God of the Old Testament as wrathful and judgmental, while the God of the New Testament (the one who condemns his enemies to eternal conscious torment) as loving and forgiving.

Antisemitism in Christianity can be compared to original sin or total depravity; not inherent to its nature, but now corrupting every single aspect and nearly impossible to uproot. Truly eradicating antisemitism in modern Christianity would require a wholesale restructuring of the religion; and while the papering-over many Christians do instead is definitely good, it does not solve the problem, it just hides it until someone else notices that the paper is covering a load-bearing wall.

mania title headcannons;

young and menace: i honestly see this one being about Pete and Andy, being friends and being support for each other and being there for each other as they mellowed out with fame.

champion: i feel like this is about Pete’s struggle with mental health and getting through it.

stay frosty royal milk tea: this is gonna be really deep and for some reason i get the emotion it’d b about drugs

hold me tight or don’t: about patrick. peterick. im feeling it. sorry.

the last of the real ones: i feel like this is about Meagan!! it’s so cute

wilson (expensive mistakes): about castaway, probably also about patrick being who he’d take to a desert island, and about their growth.

church: about religion. probably involving a love interest, them being Pete’s religion.

heavens gate: about religion and the dangers of it (cults, etc)

sunshine riptide: i don’t know about this one! heavier, maybe? kinda like novocaine type heavy.

bishops knife trick: ABOUT ALIEN!!! ONE OF MY FAVE MOVIES!!

Resist by Existing
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me 

because not everyone can protest and do something huge, and as someone who is suffering extremely with suicidal thoughts etc., I have to believe that I can do something. Women, lgbt+ people, muslims, POCs, any non-white-middle-class-christian/athiest-man, the most important thing I can think for you to do right now is to exist. Just to spite them. Don’t let them break you. 

Of course, keep yourselves safe. You don’t have to shout your religion/sexuality/race from the rooftops, especially if it will put you in danger. But stay strong in your heart, don’t let anyone take your identity from you, and please, please, don’t let them win.

I don’t really know what else to say, but even if one person sees this, I hope it will help you feel a little less helpless. It’s not much, but I’m afraid it’s all I can offer you right now.

Please, stay safe.