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Why are graven images forbidden by the Torah?“ I once heard Abraham Joshua Heschel ask. Why is the Torah so concerned with idolatry? You might think that it is because God has no image, and any image of God is therefore a distortion. But Heschel read the commandment differently. "No,” he said, “it is precisely because God has an image that idols are forbidden. You are the image of God. But the only medium in which you can shape that image is that of your entire life. To take anything less than a full, living, breathing human being and try to create God’s image out of it - that diminishes the divine and is considered idolatry.” You can’t make God’s image; you can only be God’s image.
—  Rabbi Arthur Green
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Voltron x Super Mario Galaxy!

Bonus: Coran would most definitely be Mario >:^)

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i love abuelita so much she just went from “this goes against god” to “wait a second god doesn’t make mistakes and the pope is cool with it so who am i to go against the pope and therefore god” to “when is the parade” all in a span of 30 seconds i love

Humility is a defining mark of a true Christian. The Bible says God opposes the proud but gives grace to humble. Isn’t it worth being treated graciously by our all powerful and all wise God. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.1 Peter 5:6-7 If you are humble He will give you grace, exalt you in due time, and care for you along the way so that you don’t have to be anxious.

We cannot pray to You, O God,
to banish war,
for You have filled the world
with paths to peace,
if only we would take them.

We cannot pray to You
to end starvation,
for there is food enough for all,
if only we would share it.

We cannot merely pray
for prejudice to cease,
for we might see
the good in all
that lies before our eyes,
if only we would use them.

We cannot merely pray
“Root out despair,”
for the spark of hope
already waits within the human heart,
for us to fan it into flame.

We must not ask of You, O God,
to take the task that You
have given us.
We cannot shirk,
we cannot flee away,
Avoiding obligation for ever.

Therefore we pray, O God,
for wisdom and will, for courage
to do and to become,
not only to look on
with helpless yearning
as though we had no strength.

For Your sake and ours
speedily and soon, let it be:
that our land may be safe,
that our lives may be blessed

—  Rabbi Jack Riemer (We Cannot Pray to You)
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.  In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:  Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;  rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!  Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,  that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
—  Philippians 2:3‭-‬11
Shit I've Heard In Class (Part One):
  • "I already know what tube socks are."
  • "If you're practicing seven hours a day, you get good."
  • "Let's talk about marriage vows."
  • "Who should I murder?"
  • "The respectability of your mom has yet to be established."
  • "I used to have 100% control of the temperature, now I only have 80% control, therefore I'm oppressed."
  • "God and I are on the same page."
  • "Spit in my hand."
  • "Is this how we're supposed to use our brains?"
  • "Give them candy when they do the right thing."
  • "Screw this, I'm starting over."
  • "Eenie, meenie, miney—forbidden."
  • "Don't murder anyone."
  • "Just YouTube it, okay?"
  • "Nice blinking, dude."
  • "I put the ladder on a trampoline."
  • "I LIKE my kids, but I REALLY like my dogs."
  • "If your best self includes a bladder that is unpredictable, then I can live with that."
  • "What did I get in trouble for again?"
  • "You're standing there, naked and alone..."
  • "Nope, no kids here."
  • "One time I got so mad I threw a bar of soap at a dresser."
  • "I gasp and squish first and then go, what was that, later."
  • "It's a great time and you won't get mugged. Probably."
  • "I can't wait to learn about morals."
  • "It's like a rave but with organized dance."
  • "I'm not about to give you parenting advice—no, yes I am."
  • "Do not let that word cross your lips."
  • "I'm too tired to talk to you right now."
  • "What do you have against Spongebob?"
  • "We agreed not to euthanize each other."
  • "I'll pee my pants next time."
  • "I wanna mug someone who's a challenge."
  • "Can't you just be obedient?"
  • "Now everyone's seen you dance naked."
  • "I'll use the context clues."

“Atheism Is Also A Religious Position,” Dorfl rumbled.
“No it’s not!” said Constable Visit. “Atheism is the denial of a god.”
“Therefore It Is A Religious Position,” said Dorfl. “Indeed, A True Atheist Thinks Of The Gods Constantly, Albeit In terms Of Denial. Therefore, Atheism Is A Form Of Belief. If The Atheist Truly Did Not Believe, He Or She Would Not Bother To Deny.”
“Did you read those pamphlets I gave you?” said Visit suspiciously.
“Yes. Many Of Them Did Not Make Sense. But I Should Like To Read Some More.”
“Really?” said Visit. His eyes gleamed. “You really want more pamphlets?”
“Yes. There Is Much In Them That I Would Like To Discuss. If You Know Some Priests, I Would Enjoy Disputation.”
“All right, all right,” said Sergeant Colon. “So are you going to take the sodding oath or not, Dorfl?”
Dorfl held up a hand the size of a shovel. “I, Dorfl, Pending The Discovery Of A Deity Whose Existence Withstands Rational Debate, Swear by The Temporary Precepts Of A Self-Derived Moral System–”
“You really want more pamphlets?” said Constable Visit.
Sergeant Colon rolled his eyes.
“Yes,” said Dorfl.
“Oh, my god!” said Constable Visit, and burst into tears. “No one’s ever asked for more pamphlets before!”

– Dorfl makes a friend | Terry Pratchett, Feet of Clay

Prayer is far more complex than some make it out to be. There is much more involved than merely asking for something and receiving it.
For every person who feels that prayer has not “worked” for them and has therefore abandoned God, there is someone else for whom prayer remains a vital part of her life, sustaining her even when her prayers have gone unanswered, because her belief and trust is not only in the power of prayer but in the character and wisdom of God. God is the focus of such prayer, and that is what sustains such people and preserves their faith.
—  Ravi Zacharias
Imbolc: February 1st, 2017

Imbolc (or Brighid’s Day), is just around the corner, and then it’s spring. The earth is just a little warmer and the sun shines just a tad brighter.

Their are numerous of ways to celebrate this sabbat. However, today I’m going to go through how our ancestor may have celebrated.

The Romans:

For the Romans this was the time halfway between The Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. It was the time for purification and was usually held around February 15th. Called Lupercalia, it was one of the few holidays that weren’t associated with deities. But the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus, who were raised by a she-wolf, in a cave known as Lupercale. 

The Feast of Nut:

Ancient Egyptians celebrated to the mother-figure to the Sun God Ra, Nut. Her birthday fell around this time.

Christian Conversion of a Pagan Celebration:

When Ireland converted to Christianity, it was difficult to convince the people to give up their Gods. Therefore, the church allowed them to continue with there worship of the goddess Brighid, who became a saint. Many churches today still bear her name. 

Originally posted by sgtwhiskersnhappytoaster

Just three ways people used to, or still, celebrate Imbolc. 

Imbolc is February 1st.

Blessed Be 

)o(

anonymous asked:

What do you think of Black Paladin Lance?

Okay.  Okay.  You didn’t know the can of worms you were about to open, and I’m sorry, but hoooooboy.

Watch me lose followers over this (especially if they started with the fucking lion swap post) but No Thank You.

Lance is not really Leadership, tbh.  I don’t want him to be, because it forces jamming that Fanon Woobie I’m So Perfect and Sad But No One Appreciates Me I’m Going To Wibble Sadly In The Corner While Being Perfect version of the character in the armor and position and asking to act totally contrary to canon because he’s the fandom baby and they want him to be The Best and therefore In Charge because god forbid the fucking show be about someone else for a little while.

Lance is the archetypal Lancer (fuck, if someone said the original version was the goddamn trope namer I’d believe them).   He forces Keith to stay on his toes as a leader, which is way more interesting than suddenly pretending Lance fits a SINGLE Black Lion trait (at least Keith is trying).  He’s waaaay more fun as an low-key antagonistic 2IC forcing everyone to step up their game.  

A ton of people complain that the Keith thing has no set up, but it does: an entire season’s worth, now.  This entire season was him growing as a character to at least approach the Black Paladin position.  We see him start to come to terms with it and work on it with Hunk (the best character to do so with).  Lance has ZERO of that build-up and for him to suddenly get the job would be crazy unsatisfying, no matter how many fans would go nuts.

Long story short: No.  You want Lance to lion swap?  Yellow.  Dude threw himself in front of an explosion for Coran, that’s Classic Yellow.

Even more flaty: Shiro should stay the fucking Black Paladin but that’s not even narrative that’s ‘I will fight the show’ but we’ll see

Can we as a fandom go back to treating Lance as the character he is rather than the archetype we want him to be?  Please?  So I can enjoy him again?

Since the election, I’ve read a number of posts and articles implicating white feminists in Trump’s victory: claiming that ultimately, white women voted for their race above their gender. Huge numbers of white women did, indeed, support Trump. Feminism absolutely must be intersectional. But what all of these posts ignore, neglect, or perhaps are simply unaware of is another fact: that a huge percentage of those white women who voted for Trump are Evangelicals, and they voted for Trump not because they are “white feminists,” but because they do not identify as feminists at all.

A number of mainstream Evangelical denominations actively oppose feminism. They oppose it because it confronts the rigid structure of women inhabiting separate spheres from men, being literally created for different physical and spiritual purposes from men. Evangelical women are taught that inhabiting these roles eliminates the need for feminism–that feminism is actually a counterfeit of true femininity as designed by God and depicted in the Bible. Feminism is counter to God and therefore sinful. Feminism is the F-word.

The white female demographic absolutely was key in getting Trump elected. But simply calling out white feminism misses a huge part of the issue. Evangelical women don’t value their race above all else. They value their religion–a religion that teaches that the value of women is–if not less than male worth–somehow categorically different. When it comes to feminism vs. faith, faith wins every time. It has to, because the consequences are eternal.

As a former Evangelical, I cannot even begin to describe what it’s like to deprogram from a lifetime within that belief system, to make the shift from anti-feminism to feminism. It is a long, hard process, and this election has opened my eyes as never before how deeply internalized the misogyny of Evangelicalism is. And how much compassion we need to have as we confront these differences.

Verse of the Day : 25 February 2017

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

Colossians 3:12-14 | NIV84