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anonymous asked:

Are there any examples of nonbinary people in the bible or important Christian people in history that are nonbinary? I'm feeling like I'm not natural and like I'm fake right now and that maybe I'm a mistake and I'd like some comfort and hope I'm wrong

Hello there! I promise you, you are natural, you are not a mistake or faking. I’m nonbinary too, and I know it’s easy to fall into such worries, when society – and many Christians! – surround us with messages that something is “wrong” with us. But we are not called to conform to the messages of the world, but rather to God’s invitation to live abundantly, to become the full selves They made us to be. 

For a response to a common argument against trans people (and/including NB people), “God doesn’t make mistakes,” see this video.

I absolutely believe that many biblical figures and important figures throughout Christian history were nonbinary. The thing is, that term did not exist when they were alive – so the people I list below may not be called nonbinary or have called themselves that, but there is reason to think that many of them would have recognized themselves by that term today, as they did not fit the gender roles associated with their assigned gender in their own time.

In the Bible (includes some general passages as well as specific people)

  • Genesis 1 and 2 – the Creation stories offer some support for nonbinary people: see this post for a brief quote on the matter; Austen Hartke’s two short YouTube videos on Genesis 1 and 2, here and here; and my loooong post on the subject here
  • Joseph of Genesis 37-45 is reimagined as a genderqueer person, Josephine, by one poet, J Mase III. You can hear their spoken word piece on Joseph here (with text below the vid). 
  • Deborah and Jael of the Book of Judges, chapters 4-5, both break from traditional gender roles for women. 
  • Isaiah 11′s vision of the future in which “the lion shall lay down with the lamb” can be seen as the breaking down of binaries. See this awesome poem.
  • Eunuchs in the Bible do not fit into the binary of male and female. See this video by Austen Hartke. See Matthew 19:12 as well. 
  • Jesus himself broke the traditional gender roles of his day! He spoke with women, something men were not supposed to do. 

Saints!

  • Joan of Arc: see this article; and also a verse on Joan on this poem I wrote
  • Francis of Assisi: called “Mother” by his friars and allowed a woman into his order, calling her Brother Jacoba; there’s a verse on Francis in the previous link too; see this article as well
  • Saint Wilgefortis: see this article 
  • And finally, an article on various trans Saints

I hope this helps! If anyone has more, add them on!

For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
—  Ephesians 3:14-19 (NKJV)

Public service announcement:

The cross on the left is the ‘Petrine Cross’,
A.K.A the cross of Saint Peter. Simon Peter did not feel worthy of being crucified in the same fashion as Jesus Christs, and requested his crucifixion be inverted for the sake of humilty.
As such it is also one of the symbols of the Papacy and the Keys of Heaven.
So if you think it is an edgy 'Satanic’ symbol or in someway alternative - it quite literaly is one of the most powerful and well known Catholic symbols.

The cross on the right is the 'Leviathan Cross’, it is mad up of a double cross and the infinity symbol, and is also the Alchemical symbol for Sulphur, or in the East, Brimstone.
It symbolises the unity and eqaulity in all things, the free Will of the human soul.
It was created by the Knights Templar and adopted by Anton LaVey in The Satanic Bible as Sulphur is a Masculine Fire element, and the association between Sulphur/Brimstone in the Biblical texts refering to Hell, and the fact that it represents ones own ability to control their destiny.

I like this particular image (origin unknown at present), because the Petrine Cross is on the Left, and the Leviathan Cross is on the Right - when the left and right hand philosophies are considered, it shines a light on the darkness of Christianity, and the stigma now attached to the symbol of freedom for the human soul, as a result of the Templar arrests, assassinations and deaths by decree of Pope Clemant V and Philip IV of France.

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Trouve la joie dans la femme de ta jeunesse: biche aimable, gracieuse gazelle!
En tout temps que ses seins t'enivrent, sois toujours épris de son amour!
Pourquoi, mon fils, te laisser égarer par une étrangère et embrasser le sein d'une inconnue?
—  Proverbes, V, 18-20

15 reasons to read the scriptures daily

1. To be rid of anxiety and have peace.

2. To set things right when life is out of control.

3. To have direction and an understanding of Heavenly Fathers’s plan for you.

4. To experience healing and the power of deliverance.

5. To nurture your testimony and love for our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

6. To have strength, comfort, and hope.

7. To shape yourself and your life completely.

8. To be able to see and understand your purpose.

9. To know what’s really in your heart.

10. To build and nourish your faith in Jesus Christ.

11. To have happiness and joy.

12. To understand the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

13. To gain the knowledge needed to live the gospel to the fullest.

14. To distinguish the evils of the world.

15. To understand the love our Heavenly Father has for you.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680)
“St. Longinus” (1631-1638)
Marble sculpture
Baroque
Located in the Vatican, Rome, Italy

Longinus was the Roman soldier who speared Jesus in the side during the crucifixion. He was alleged to have converted to Christianity after the event, having realised that Jesus was in fact the son of God. Bernini depicts him at the moment of divine communion with God, the holy lance thrust to the side, his arms opened wide to receive the divine light. Longinus’ armour and military apparatus lay behind him, a symbol of his revocation of his career as a Roman soldier.

“Christ conquered the devil with the same weapons the devil used against us: a virgin, a tree, and death. These tokens of our demise have now become the tokens of our victory. Instead of Eve, there is Mary; instead of the tree of knowledge,  there is the Cross; and instead of Adam’s death, there is the death of Christ” - Saint John Chrysostom 

“Japanese Virgin and Child”

- Artist Unknown

As it is impossible to verbally describe the sweetness of honey to one who has never tasted honey, so the goodness of God cannot be clearly communicated by way of teaching if we ourselves are not able to penetrate into the goodness of the Lord by our own experience.

+ St. Basil the Great, Conversations on the Psalms, 29

So, as God’s own chosen people, who are holy [set apart, sanctified for His purpose] and well-beloved [by God Himself], put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience [which has the power to endure whatever injustice or unpleasantness comes, with good temper];
—  Colossians 3:12 (AMP)