I think it’s important that we understand how bad it is to be lukewarm about your faith. Even God Himself said it would have been better for you to have been completely ignorant of His word rather than have some knowledge of His word and still disobey Him. So many Christians today proclaim that Jesus is their savior, yet they don’t abide by His teachings and expect to be saved from the penalty of sin. I hate to break it to them, but that’s not how it works. At all. They’re caught up in some twisted fantasy. You can’t love God and this world. The world is corrupt, and wants to take you down with it. Anyone who tries to tell you it’s okay to still live a sinful lifestyle knowing what you know about the word, do not listen to them whatsoever. They’ve been exposed to foolish teachings and ideology, and as a result, have become foolish themselves.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
-Matthew 7:21 (ESV)
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world-the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life-is not from the Father but is from the world.
-1 John 2:15-16 (ESV)
"I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”
-Revelation 3:15-16 (ESV)
I can’t do it. Can I do it? Will it set me free from this endless ring of time? I feel the guillotine cut my throat, the bullet hit my chest, the water fill my lungs. The blood spills out thick and red. It’s time to get out.
Few religions are definite about the size of Heaven, but on the planet Earth the Book of Revelation (ch. XXI, v. 16) gives it as a cube 12,000 furlongs on a side. This is somewhat less than 500,000,000,000,000,000,000 cubic feet. Even allowing that the Heavenly Host and other essential services take up at least two-thirds of this space, this leaves about one million cubic feet of space for each human occupant – assuming that every creature that could be called ‘human’ is allowed in, and that the human race eventually totals a thousand times the number of humans alive up until now. This is such a generous amount of space that it suggests that room has also been provided for some alien races or – a happy thought – that pets are allowed.
– on the size of heaven |
Terry Pratchett, The Last Hero
This isn’t technically a Richonne moment, but it’s very important to R&M’s progression, because Carl is so important to their progression.
It’s cool that in their cannon episode we have three storylines that each showcase how much all the Grimes love each other. Like in this episode we see family love from Rick, Michonne, Carl and even Judith!
I’ve always loved the bond Michonne and Carl had. Carl is tough to rein in sometimes but Michonne can do it every time and he so clearly respects her. Which is impressive coming from Carl. Carl was the one to give her the okay in “Clear” and ever since then they’ve had this friendship that is so heartwarming to watch and I hope we get more development of that in coming seasons.
How Carl views Michonne was confirmed in this heartfelt scene that, I promise you, started with Judith reaching out and saying “Michonne”!!
It was muffled (and not intentional) but I know she said it! I heard it when it first aired and I hear it every time after. Put that on the record; Judith’s first word on the show was; “Michonne”. As it should be, honey! How’d that baby actress know to say that? I don’t know, but she did. 😂 And it’s adorable cuz it reminded everyone that, in Judith’s eyes, Michonne really is mom. 😭 And in Carl’s eyes too.
So at the end of the day, Michonne asks Carl about his day and confronts him about not killing walker Deanna. And Carl lets her know he didn’t kill her because he feels someone who loved her should do it and…he’d do it for Michonne. 😭 For the apocalypse, that’s basically an “I love you”.(Side note: I’m going to use this 😭 crying emoji a lot in this particular post lol)
Now not only does Carl saying this reveal what we already know, which is that Carl loves Michonne, it also essentially says that Carl feels sons should be the ones to take out their mothers if need be. So if anything, God forbid, happened to Michonne, he would be the one to end it for her…as her son. *cue internal & eternal tears*
We knew she was his mom but this scene confirms that Carl knows this too. He knows she’s become his mom. And this scene also tell us he’s honored to be her son. 😭 As much as it would break him to have to take out Michonne as a walker (which seriously AMC, don’t try me and do this ever) Carl would do it because he’d want to honor his mother.
So no this wasn’t exactly a Richonne scene, but this was the first Grimes boy, the one who accepted her first, who got Rick to help her at the gate in “Hounded”, and who told Rick “she’s one of us” in “Clear”, this is that crucial Grimes boy confirming directly to Michonne that she is his mom. That’s big.(Side note: I love this moment…
Like he was in such a funky mood in the woods but his heart is still so soft for Michonne and I adore that these Grimes boys make it their personal calling to protect her even though she can fully protect herself 😋 )
And Michonne really lets Carl’s words sink in. You can tell she fully understands what Carl’s trying to say on that porch. And she’d do it for him too cuz she’s happy and honored to be his mom as well. 😭 Apart from Carl being a big factor in how Rick and Michonne evolved, I also consider this scene a significant Richonne moment cuz I think it helped to make Michonne feel more at peace with letting the second Grimes boy also bring her into the immediate family in the following scene.
Think about how broken Michonne was after losing her son. She probably never thought she could open up that part of her heart again. But now, Andre has a roommate in the part of Michonne’s heart that belongs to her sons. I think this moment on the porch with Carl helped her realize that if she’s already took a leap of faith by letting Carl in as her son, then she’s capable of taking another leap and letting Rick in as her husband.
She’s had it in her to love a family again, all along. She’s been openly loving their family ever since Season 4. She’s been apart of their family ever since Season 4. And so Carl helped remind her that it’s not about “working up to it”, it’s about embracing what’s always been there.
Plus, this moment lets Michonne know for certain that taking the next step with Rick wouldn’t hurt the Grimes 2.0 dynamic they had going, it would only make it stronger.
Seeing this gif, below, that parallels Michonne and Carl hugging in season 4 and then hugging here in season 6. 😊 It’s so special and these cuties are too much! They were family way back then and by the end of 6x10 it would be official.
In “Clear” I don’t think Rick realized just how much Carl really meant it when he told Rick “she’s one of us.” In retrospect, this line is that much sweeter, because it’s almost like Carl didn’t mean “one of us” as in a “right fit for their group” or just “a fellow good person”, no what Carl recognized, even before Rick and Michonne, was that Michonne was one of the Grimes. 😭😭😭
‘ Here’s the problem. Your brain is hash. Too many ghosts in your head,
too many voices. So, how do you fix that ? You claw your way back into
the stored data, you find unfinished memories and you crack them open.
Finish what you started, until your ancestor has nothing left to show
you. That is a synch nexus. And when you find it, the Animus can
separate Desmond from Ezio and Altair and send you home. Back to your
“Lucifer” in Isaiah 14:12 presents a
minor problem to mainstream Christianity. It becomes a much larger problem to
Bible literalists. LUCIFER IS NOT SATAN!
Lucifer makes its appearance in the
fourteenth chapter of the Old Testament book of Isaiah, at the twelfth verse,
and nowhere else:
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,
son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the
“O Lucifer” was used to express “O
shining one”, and not the name of a biblical character, and certainly not
Satan. Its own simple context clearly shows this.
The first problem is that Lucifer is a Latin word.
So how did it find its way into a Hebrew manuscript, written before there was a
Roman language? To find the answer, I consulted a scholar at the library of the
Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. What Hebrew name, I asked, was Satan given
in this chapter of Isaiah, which describes the angel who fell to become the
ruler of hell?
The answer was a surprise. In the original Hebrew
text, the fourteenth chapter of Isaiah is not about a fallen angel, but about a
fallen Babylonian king, who during his lifetime had persecuted the children of
Israel. It contains no mention of Satan, either by name or reference. The
Hebrew scholar could only speculate that some early Christian scribes, writing
in the Latin tongue used by the Church, had decided for themselves that they
wanted the story to be about a fallen angel, a creature not even mentioned in
the original Hebrew text, and to whom they gave the name “Lucifer.”
Why Lucifer? In Roman astronomy, Lucifer was the
name given to the morning star (the star we now know by another Roman name,
Venus). The morning star appears in the heavens just before dawn, heralding the
rising sun. The name derives from the Latin term lucem ferre, bringer, or
bearer, of light.“ In the Hebrew text the expression used to describe the
Babylonian king before his death is Helal, son of Shahar, which can best be
translated as "Day star, son of the Dawn.” The name evokes the golden
glitter of a proud king’s dress and court (much as his personal splendor earned
for King Louis XIV of France the appellation, “The Sun King”).
The scholars authorized by King James I to
translate the Bible into current English did not use the original Hebrew texts,
but used versions translated … largely by St. Jerome in the fourth century.
Jerome had mistranslated the Hebraic metaphor, “Day star, son of the
Dawn,” as “Lucifer,” and over the centuries a metamorphosis took
place. Lucifer the morning star became a disobedient angel, cast out of heaven
to rule eternally in hell. Theologians, writers, and poets interwove the myth
with the doctrine of the Fall, and in Christian tradition Lucifer is now the
same as Satan, the Devil, and — ironically — the Prince of Darkness.
So “Lucifer” is nothing more than an
ancient Latin name for the morning star, the bringer of light. That can be
confusing for Christians who identify Christ himself as the morning star, a
term used as a central theme in many Christian sermons. Jesus refers to himself
as the morning star in Revelation 22:16: “I Jesus have sent mine angel to
testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring
of David, and the bright and morning star.”
And so there are those who do not read beyond the
King James version of the Bible, who say ‘Lucifer is Satan: so says the Word of
Caelitus Mihi Vires (My Strength is From Heaven) A fanmix for the Classpects of that Guy from Nazareth Who Rose from the Dead for Us, Healed a Bunch of People and Didn’t Take Shit From Hypocrites (or that Muse of Life that Mastered all the other Classes and Aspects Along the Way)
Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay (Page of Space) After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” -Matthew 2:2
Hoppipola (cover) by the Vitamin String Quartet (Seer of Hope) And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”-Matthew 14:28-31
Circles by Passenger Official (Witch of Breath) “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed…”-Luke 4:18
Be Calm by fun. (Thief of Rage) When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”-John 8:7-11
Where is My Mind by the Pixies (Rogue of Mind) When Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee invited him to eat with him; so he went in and reclined at the table. But the Pharisee was surprised when he noticed that Jesus did not first wash before the meal. Then the Lord said to him, “Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You foolish people! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? But now as for what is inside you—be generous to the poor, and everything will be clean for you. “Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone. “Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and respectful greetings in the marketplaces. “Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves, which people walk over without knowing it.” One of the experts in the law answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also.” Jesus replied, “And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them. “Woe to you, because you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your ancestors who killed them. So you testify that you approve of what your ancestors did; they killed the prophets, and you build their tombs. Because of this, God in his wisdom said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and others they will persecute.’ Therefore this generation will be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible for it all. “Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering.”-Luke 11:37-52
People Help the People by Birdy (Sylph of Life) Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.-Matthew 8:13
Safe and Sound by Megan Nicole and Tiffany Alvord (Knight of Heart) “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.”-John 14:1
Magnificent Journey by Sound Adventures (Maid of Void) “Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. "When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”-John 8:43-47
Reverse This Curse by Escape the Fate (Prince of Time) For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory”.-1 Corinthians 15:53-54
Bad Blood by Bastille (Bard of Blood) “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”-Matthew 10:34
Fair and True by Festival (Mage of Light) As He was praying, the appearance of His face changed, and His clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.-Luke 9:29
Death and Transfiguration by John Powell (Heir of Doom) Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”-Galatians 3:13
The Passenger by Iggy Pop (Muse of Life) Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.-John 15:13
Prepare Ye! The Way of the Lord by JAZCat (Lord of Life) And He has a name written on His robe and on His thigh: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.-Revelation 19:16