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The facts themselves bear witness and his divine acts of power teach those who doubt that he is true God, and his sufferings show that he is true man. And if those who are feeble in understanding are not fully assured, they will pay the penalty on his dread day.

If he was not flesh, why was Mary introduced at all? And if he was not God, whom was Gabriel calling Lord?

If he was not flesh, who was lying in the manger? And if he was not God, whom did the Angels come down and glorify?

If he was not flesh, who was wrapped in swaddling clothes? And if he was not God, whom did the shepherds worship?

If he was not flesh, whom did Joseph circumcise? And if he was not God, in whose honour did the star speed through the heavens?

If he was not flesh, whom did Mary suckle? And if he was not God, to whom did the Magi offer gifts?

If he was not flesh, whom did Symeon carry in his arms? And if he was not God, to whom did he say, “Let me depart in peace”?

If he was not flesh, whom did Joseph take and flee into Egypt? And if he was not God, in whom were words “Out of Egypt I have called my Son” fulfilled?

If he was not flesh, whom did John baptise? And if he was not God, to whom did the Father from heaven say, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased”?

If he was not flesh, who fasted and hungered in the desert? And if he was not God, whom did the Angels come down and serve?

If he was not flesh, who was invited to the wedding in Cana of Galilee? And if he was not God, who turned the water into wine?

If he was not flesh, in whose hands were the loaves? And if he was not God, who satisfied crowds and thousands in the desert, not counting women and children, from five loaves and two fishes?

If he was not flesh, who fell asleep in the boat? And if he was not God, who rebuked the winds and the sea?

If he was not flesh, with whom did Simon the Pharisee eat? And if he was not God, who pardoned the offences of the sinful woman?

If he was not flesh, who sat by the well, worn out by the journey? And if he was not God, who gave living water to the woman of Samaria and reprehended her because she had had five husbands?

If he was not flesh, who wore human garments? And if he was not God, who did acts of power and wonders?

If he was not flesh, who spat on the ground and made clay? And if he was not God, who through the clay compelled the eyes to see?

If he was not flesh, who wept at Lazarus’ grave? And if he was not God, who by his command brought out one four days dead?

If he was not flesh, who sat on the foal? And if he was not God, whom did the crowds go out to meet with glory?

If he was not flesh, whom did the Jews arrest? And if he was not God, who gave an order to the earth and threw them onto their faces.

If he was not flesh, who was struck with a blow? And if he was not God, who cured the ear that had been cut off by Peter and restored it to its place?

If he was not flesh, who received spittings on his face? And if he was not God, who breathed the Holy Spirit into the faces of his Apostles?

If he was not flesh, who stood before Pilate at the judgement seat? And if he was not God, who made Pilate’s wife afraid by a dream?

If he was not flesh, whose garments did the soldiers strip off and divide? And if he was not God, how was the sun darkened at the cross?

If he was not flesh, who was hung on the cross? And if he was not God, who shook the earth from its foundations?

If he was not flesh, whose hands and feet were transfixed by nails? And if he was not God, how was the veil of the temple rent, the rocks broken and the graves opened?

If he was not flesh, who cried out, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me”? And if he was not God, who said “Father, forgive them”?

If he was not flesh, who was hung on a cross with the thieves? And if he was not God, how did he say to the thief, “Today you will be with me in Paradise”?

If he was not flesh, to whom did they offer vinegar and gall? And if he was not God, on hearing whose voice did Hades tremble?

If he was not flesh, whose side did the lance pierce, and blood and water came out?And if he was not God, who smashed to gates of Hades and tear apart it bonds? And at whose command did the imprisoned dead come out?

If he was not flesh, whom did the Apostles see in the upper room? And if he was not God, how did he enter when the doors were shut?

If he was not flesh, the marks of the nails and the lance in whose hands and side did Thomas handle? And if he was not God, to whom did he cry out, “My Lord and my God”?

If he was not flesh, who ate by the sea of Tiberias? And if he was not God, at whose command was the net filled?

If he was not flesh, whom did the Apostles and Angels see being taken up into heaven? And if he was not God, to whom was heaven opened, whom did the Powers worship in fear and whom did the Father invite to “Sit at my right hand”. As David said, “The Lord said to my Lord, sit at my right hand, etc.”

If he was not God and man, our salvation is a lie, and the words of the Prophets are lies.  But the Prophets spoke the truth, and their testimonies were not lies. The Holy Spirit spoke through them what they had been commanded.

+ St. Ephrem the Syrian, Excerpt from the Sermon on Transfiguration

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Feminism in the New Testament
  • The first Christians were women–Mary, our Holy Mother, and her cousin, Elizabeth. The first to praise Jesus was Elizabeth when she said “And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me?” (Luke 1:43).  She is the first to recognize that Jesus is the Son of God
  • Jesus performed His first miracle at the request of His mother, showing His respect for women (”The Wedding at Cana, book of John)
  • Jesus and the Woman of Samaria—even Christ’s disciples were surprised to see Him speaking to a woman so earnestly.  He wanted to educate her, and He spoke to her just as He would speak to a man.  Throughout the New Testament, Jesus spends a lot of time with His female followers, making sure that they are just as educated as His male followers (Book of John, 4.21)
  • The Beatitudes (Mathew Chapter 5)–These teachings are what should be at the heart of Christianity.  Here, Jesus gives loving attention to the marginalized and powerless in society, and who is more powerless than women? Jesus takes the side of the oppressed and offers them blessings
  • “….I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5.28)  To me, this verse is particularly feminist because instead of blaming women for the problem of sexual harassment, or asking them to cover up so that they don’t tempt men, Jesus is putting the sin on men ONLY–to me, He is very clearly saying here that lust in these situations is not the women’s fault for not covering up, but it’s the mans fault for looking at her in a lustful way 
  • “…a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.  So they are no longer two, but one flesh” (Mark 10.7)  Here, Jesus describes a marriage in which man and wife are joined together as equals.  One is not dominant over the other, but rather they become One. 
  • In Luke 8.1, many women were described as being followers of Jesus, and it even says that the women “provided for them out of their resources”. meaning that the women funded Christ’s ministry, making them an integral part of the beginning of Christianity
  • Luke 10.38–Martha gets mad at her sister Mary because while Martha was cooking and preparing, Mary sat at Jesus’ feet to learn from Him.  Jesus says “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing.  Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her”.  Here, Jesus is advocating for the education of women, saying that women should focus on being educated rather than being good home-makers.  He recognizes that education will lead to fulfillment, which is why He describes Mary as choosing what “will not be taken away from her”
  • Mary Magdalene: Her presence is felt everywhere throughout the New Testament, because she followed Jesus even more than the other apostles did.  She stayed with Jesus when most of the other apostles had abandoned Him at the hour of His death.  Jesus appeared to her first when He resurrected from the dead, and asked her to go tell the others, even though a woman’s testimony at the time was only ½ of a man’s.  Jesus knew that, but asked her to go and proclaim it anyway, which shows His immense respect for women.  Mary Magdalene was even given the title of “Apostle of the Apostles” because of this, because she was the first to preach the good news
  • Also, to me, the fact that Jesus never married is very comforting for me.  Marriage can be such a patriarchal institution, especially in Christ’s time when very young girls would marry older men.  The fact that Christ never took part in this institution shows me that He never intended to have power over women in any way possible
  • Feel free to add to this list!

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anonymous asked:

I'm sorry to inform you but Palestinians are just Bedouins from Arabia that migrated in the 7th century. You should go to your true homeland in Yemen, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf etc. Palestine has been non-Arab for most of its history, and in case you forgot, there's no West Bank, there's Judea and Samaria. How is it that Arab imperialism is acceptable to you yet you have an issue with white/Jewish imperialism? If you're truly anti imperialist then you will go back to Yemen. Have a nice day.

Sorry to burst your bubble but according to DNA studies Palestinians and Jews share the same genetic roots… 

The closest genetic neighbors to most Jewish groups were the Palestinians, Palestinian Bedouins, and Druze….  Earlier studies of Israeli Jewish, Palestinian and Druze populations made a similar observation by demonstrating the proximity of these two non-Jewish populations to Ashkenazi and Iraqi Jews.”

Also just a side note just because we speak Arabic this doesn’t mean we came from ~Arabia~, you know the same applies to Egyptians, Lebanese, and Syrians. You cannot say Egyptians “are just Bedouins from Arabia that migrated in the 7th century. they should go to their true homeland in Yemen, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf etc.” just because Egyptians nowadays speak Arabic and many would identify as Arab. 

La Samaritaine - Sarah Bernhardt (1899). Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939). Original lithograph from “Les Maitre de L'Affiches” series. Imprimerie Chaix, Paris.

Bernhardt played Photina, a girl from the Samaria district of ancient Palestine, who become a supporter of Jesus and leads her whole tribe in converting to Christianity. For his poster, Mucha chose a scene from the second act in which the girl carries around a large water jar.