or what religion we believe in or not

anonymous asked:

Is the Southern lady behavior something you were raised with and is simply part of who you are or did you make a conscious decision to reflect it?

Every single choice we make is a conscious decision to reflect our values.

My mother and my grandmothers were certainly ladies, and they all diligently raised me to understand the value of behaving well. However, accepting responsibility and coming to terms with difficult decisions doesn’t come any easier to certain people. It doesn’t matter if we were raised to believe these things or not; you don’t need to have been raised by a model of virtue to act appropriately.

It is still a struggle for the most devout person to turn their back on sin, but the ease of the choice is not what reflects their faith. It is their active decision to reject bad behavior and behave in a good and just way. Their parents being the same religion would not somehow exempt them from temptations. That thought is silly and undervalues the complexity of the human psyche.

We are all capable of higher thought.

The fact that someone chooses to behave well isn’t a sign that it was easy for them.

It’s a sign that they overcame the basic urges to act in an unacceptable manner. It shows self restraint and a sense of responsibility, not some innate ability to be “good.”

Every single action we take is a conscious decision, and we are responsible for every one of them. The sooner that tumblr comes to realize that, the better.

At the end of the day, you are the only person in control of yourself.

a little note for everyone:

you are allowed to be LGBTQA+ and religious 

it is ok to be both

they are not mutually exclusive 

and when people jokingly refer to being gay as sinning,

don’t pay attention to them

because they don’t have religion in their lives the way we do

you are also allowed to be questioning, 

“"How can I serve and love God the way I want to while also being my true self?”

because guess what?

not every LGBTQA+ person is an atheist or a non-believer

so here’s a shoutout to the Christian LGBTQA+

and the Muslim LGBTQA+ 

and the Jewish LGBTQA+ 

and the Buddhist LGBTQA+

and every other religion that you may believe in

religion can coexist with your sexual identity and your gender identity

you are loved by God and by me 





It’s time we build, support, encourage, and sharpen one another.


I support equal pay for equal work, I believe in welcoming in those seeking refuge, I believe in exercising love and kindness toward every human regardless of race, sexuality, position or religion and I believe that WOMEN ARE NOT OBJECTS. Sorry-not-sorry, Mr. Trump- you can’t grab this pussy. #endsexualassault #endrapeculture #womensmarch #equalitynow #notthispussy 😽@EqualityNowOrg @womensmarchla #whyimarch PS this protest is not an attempt to make him leave office, nor do I expect him to even care that we have unified and march together. What this does is ENCOURAGE every woman and girl that they are not alone! This March builds us up in the solidarity of hope, strength, and unity that we are brilliant, beautiful and EQUAL. We need it. Even if he doesn’t listen now. Eventually, he must. (x)

Astrology isn’t something you “believe” in.

No one says “Do you believe in psychology?” “Do you believe in biology?” “Do you believe in metaphysics?” “Do you believe in zoology?” “Do you believe in engineering?” “Do you believe in sociology?”

Astrology is a science (a social science, or a pseudo science), and it’s not something that requires “belief.“ It’s not a creedal religion.

Christianity requires a belief in the one true God; Vaishnava requires you to believe Vishnu is the one true God, and all others are various reincarnations of him. Astrology has no deities, no moral codes. There’s no rules of conduct, nothing (or no one) we worship. We do not lay claims to knowing the future or past.

Astrology is a set of data. Astrology is a collection of patterns studied vigorously to make predictions about future and past circumstances, and what those may indicate - much like meteorology. 

Astrology is a “science”, a tool, that’s "unverified’ because man lack the ability at this current point in scientific and technological development, in addition to other factors. Perhaps someday this may change; just as Psychology was originally considered a load of horse crap. Once man learned how the brain worked, how hormones and bodily chemicals affect us, studied how our environments mold us, and conducted many other studies - all of which happened quite recently - it became valid.

I believe Astrology will follow down a similar path, with similar results. But for now, let’s step away from the notion that Astrology is about believing in it; it’s about use. 

Either you find Astrology useful, or you don’t. 

Personally, I find it extremely useful. It’s easier for me to say “I have a Moon in Pisces.” than to say “I like time to be alone every now and then. I need to retreat from the world to recharge my batteries. I come back out after a while, but I need isolation.”

Astrology is our language. It’s how we say a lot with only a few words, it’s how we express vast ideas and concepts in an extremely brief sentence. It’s a tool for us to understand and communicate, and hope others understand too. 

Astrology is a tool to gain insight into people that we normally wouldn’t be able

You believe in a god?

Well, that’s chill. 
I might not agree, but I support your right to your own beliefs. 
You want to go to church every holiday, or every Sunday, or even every day?
That’s chill too man.  I mean, do what you want in your time. 
You want to follow the rules of your religion-not do certain things/do other stuff?
Alright man, follow whatever code/law/moral-religious-personal rules you want to. 


Bonus- If you try to say your god needs to be in public schools and or that the reason *insert bad societal thing* is because your god isnt in schools, I will also go off on an extremely lengthy rant. 

Thank you, this has been a PSA. 

Real talk…as an American I’m actually scared to wake up in the morning to see that somehow, as if some cruel joke on us all, Donald Trump has become president of the United States of America.

Never before in an election have I been worried about the other candidate winning. Sure, in those previous years, it would have sucked for a little bit to have to deal with a republican presidency but never before did it mean that the safety and well-being of millions of people would be put at stake.

Whatever your ethnicity, your gender, your religion, or your sexual orientation, we as a people need to stand strong because our decision today doesn’t just change our world.

It changes the whole world.

Don’t hide your voice. Be strong. Stand up for what you believe.



I want to use the Hijaab. Not only is it beautiful, it’s also an icebreaker. Wearing the Hijaab makes it easier to get in touch with people. It shows that I belong to a religion which believes in a God, and then people can therefore assume from it, that that is a topic that interests me. If they also believe in God, then we automatically have something in common.”

Please fire me. I work at a small bookstore in an airport. Because of our limited space, we’re very strict about what titles we carry: we only keep books that sell. Sales are carefully monitored and if something isn’t selling at a sustainable rate, it’s pulled from the shelves.

One book we don’t sell is the Bible. We periodically have customers asking for a Bible, but aside from mild annoyance, they rarely make an issue when we inform them we don’t have any. However, I had a customer come in a few weeks ago and ask where we kept our Bibles.

“I’m sorry, we don’t carry any Bibles,” I told her.

“Why not?” she demanded.

“Our store is small and we don’t have the room for them,” I said.

“No room, huh?” she said. She pointed to a book on display called Ghost Bride. “But you have room for books on ghosts?”

“It’s one of our staff picks for the month.” It was my staff pick, actually. “If you’re interested, we do have a small religion section.”

She grumbled a bit, but let me take her to the shelf of religion books to browse. She returned to the register a few moments later with a used copy of A Purpose-Driven Life. I rang up her book and handed it to her, thanking her for her purchase. She lingered by the register, packing her book into her luggage, gathering up her bags, checking to make sure she had her boarding pass and ID.

Once she was all situated, she straightened, looked me in the eyes and announced, “I will PRAY for this store,” and swept out.

The next day I told this story to a coworker who’s been at our location for 7 years. After I’d finished the story (and he’d finished rolling his eyes), I said, “Why don’t we have any Bibles? Enough people ask for one, I’d think we’d be able to sell a copy or two.”

“We used to have Bibles,” he said, “but they barely sold. People would come in and ask for one, but not buy it. They were just checking to make sure we had them. I think we were being tested.”

I was raised very, very strictly with Christian Science. I didn’t have a shot or an aspirin or anything until I was 13 years old. We had to go to church, do testimonies every Wednesday night. I think all religion is based on what happens after this life. You live a certain way so that when you die, things can be good. But why can’t things be good now? Why can’t you understand that you’re in heaven now? That’s how I live. I believe in God. I think that God is everywhere. Every morning I look outside, and I say, “Hi, God.” Because I think that the trees are God. I think that our whole experience is God.
—  Ellen DeGeneres


This past Saturday THOUSANDS of Christians gathered together to pray. We prayede that the church would understand that “PRESIDENTS CAN’T CHANGE THIS COUNTRY, ONLY GOD CAN. PRESIDENTS CAN’T CHANGE THIS CITY, ONLY GOD CAN…. AND WILL USE US!”

Be you. Be proud. Be proud of everything that belongs to you, your religion, your sexuality and the color of your skin. You’re you and you’re beautiful. Love yourself and stand strong for what you believe in and you’ll see that they can’t take that away.
—  Annedi Bergsma
My Top 16 Posts of 2016

16) Breaking Through Jealousy: Passing the Fire

15) She Stole My Shoes: What Being the “Other Guy” with a Cheater Taught Me About Loneliness and Lasting Love

14) 5 Ways to Diligently Discern All the Good and Bad “Christian Advice”

13) I Believe It Is Enough

12) I’m Not Okay. Is That Okay?

11) I’m Sorry and I Was Wrong

10) 5 Kinds of Romanticized Crushes That Will Mess You Up 

9) As I Really Am

8) You Won’t Like This: But I Hope You Hear Me

7) We Bleed, All The Way Up

6) How Do You Believe This Bulls__t?

5) A Few Quick Things About Forgiveness: What It Is and What It’s Not

4) I Held a Swastika

3) Five Husbands

2) Which Books of the Bible Do I Start First?

1) 15 Things I’ve Learned Not to Say at the Hospital

jennamatan  asked:

Hello, I'm Jenna. So, I'm wondering about having seen leftist (anarchist, communist, socialist, etc) people around who are religious and I must say, it confuses me. I'm an atheist myself but is there any reason why religion and those leftist views are necessarily opposed to each other or can they co-exist?

A lot of leftists believe religion and socialism are contradictory, but just as many believe that they’re entirely compatible (or just don’t care what individuals practice in their personal lives). I fall into the latter camp. Three weeks get added to my life every time I see a religious socialist, mainly because it gives me hope that we can win over deeply religious people on their own terms – after all, most religions can absolutely be used for anti-capitalist purposes, especially in their relatively-consistent rejections of greed. I’m probably a little biased, since I’m spiritual myself, but I think leftists should at least be less hostile to religion and at most see it as a potentially fruitful epicenter for anti-capitalist values.

Something you guys don't understand.

Christians are not called to take “live and let live” attitudes. Things like “Coexist” are silly fantasies, and they are products of moral subjectivism: what you believe is true, what I believe is true, there is no truth, etc. Jesus commanded we go out and proclaim the Gospel, and that we love each other, and that no one can enter Heaven except through Him. Subsequently, it is the Christian thing to discuss with people and preach to people and, without imposing or forcing or being vicious, lead them to God. That doesn’t mean you can’t respect other faiths or examine them or learn about them, or that they have no wisdom.

There is objective universal truth, and there is a a moral code. We don’t make our own truth or our own morals. We all, as Plato and C.S. Lewis wrote, should be in the business of discovering truth and conforming to it, NOT making our own truth.


For even young people tire and drop out,
   young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
But those who wait upon God, get fresh strength.
   They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
   they walk and don’t lag behind.
Isaiah 40:30-31 The Message 

Somebody told me we can't trust people from other religions so reblog this if i can trust you no matter what you believe in or not

To prove the point!