why religion is bad

anonymous asked:

I'm not straight and alot of my really, really, good friends are Christians and I'm pretty sure they think being gay is bad. They're not like super homophobic but like they say it's a sin and things like that. And I want to tell them but I'm scared they won't treat me the same, and if I don't I feel like I'm lying :( I'm also Christian so idk if they might bring it up and say I'm going against the bible idkkk

As a atheist, I can look it from my side but I don’t like expressing my beliefs too much so I will put it like this. There is absolutely nothing wrong in being gay. It’s a crap to say that you are going against some book due to the way you are feeling.You can be gay and a religious person. One of the reasons why I dislike religion is because they try to push bad ideas on you, like the one “being gay is a sin” while it’s not???!!!  If your friends start looking at you differently it means they are not your friends… That would be pretty sad and I hope they are going to accept you the way you are ! You can try telling them when you feel confident enough and put it as simple and detailed as possible, maybe that might help. Not all religious people are as religious as they claim, some of them (I personally know) are incredibly friendly with gays and say there is nothing wrong with being that way ! So you should get your courage together and try telling your friends, they might accept it better than you ever imagined :) <3

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Haters: A Price to Pay for Popularity

Some time ago a friend asked me, “How do you become popular?”. I’m guessing that she asked me that because my facebook page garnered a lot of attention as of late. I really have no idea how because that wasn’t my true intention to begin with (but perhaps the real answer was that people can relate with the comic I drew)

This ‘popularity’ is nice, I mean… it’s important for business like selling your independent comics as well as getting more people commissioning you. But there’s this downside of being well-known because you’re gonna attract people who disagrees with you or aren’t happy with what you do. It’s inevitable, sometimes you just gotta accept that you can’t please everyone. Deal with it.

But I will have to admit that all the comments going “you shouldn’t draw something like this”, “please take this down”, “you’re insulting my religion/race”, “Why do you keep drawing things that make us look bad”, “I don’t like the way you do this, why don’t you do my way instead?”… have the potential to bring me down.

What I go through is not as bad as what zamii had to go through, but I understand what it’s like to have strangers telling you that you’re not supposed to draw something that they disagree with. Even worse when they wasted their energy opening up hate blogs dedicated to you.

The problem with non-artist (or probably amateur artist) is that they don’t understand the way artists thinks. Or the way creative people think.

Sometimes things like this comes across our minds:

“I love this Final Fantasy character, how would she look like if she’s in the real world AU?”
“I love this character, I wonder how he would look like if I genderbend him?”
“I love Disney Princesses, wouldn’t it be interesting to see them in costume RPG characters wear?”

And some may want to take their creativity even further:

“I love this fair-skinned character, I wonder how she would look like if she goes to the beach and gets a tan?”
“I love it when Korra does firebending, in order to make the fiery effect, her skin should look lighter because of the light from the fire”
“I wonder how Amethyst would look like if she goes on a diet, but she’s a shapeshifter she probably can shapeshift into someone skinny once a while. After all, she did posed as a muscular man once”

With all these “what ifs” in their minds, they used their talents to fulfill their desire to see them in their headcanons. And they hope other people wuld would love them too. It’s their freedom to draw whatever they have in mind. If you don’t like an artist’s headcanons, then turn around and never see it again. It’s simple. It’s just a fanartist’s imagination or personal interpretation of the thing they like. There’s no reason to bully or make a huge fuss about something you’re selfishly unhappy with. It’s not like the fanartist is conspiring to ruin your personal life or violate the original cartoon. Plus the creators approve of the fanarts, why are they, as the ‘gods’ of the series being persecuted as well?

I just started watching Steven Universe about a month ago and this shit happens. It doesn’t change my mind about the show though. I just hate how the fandoms are so obsessed about “representations”.

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Recently a friend said that my comics are “not classy” enough for his taste because I am emotional in what I draw. Little did he know that what he said almost made my self-esteem crumbled down. I tried to be calm about it, but it didn’t help that my ideas went blank all of a sudden. I don’t consider this as bully, but I’m just trying to relate it with how artist actually feels when people disagree with the way you do things. 

I admit most of my comic ideas come from my emotions, specifically anger, and I’m proud of it. Because if that’s how I choose to deliver my message, then that’s how it is. I don’t do things according to other people’s standards. I’m just being me.

Criticism is one thing, but stuff like this isn’t criticism. It’s just…. a selfish urge to make you feel better about yourself.

Again, the moral of the story is, if you don’t likethe art, just ignore. You have better stuff to do, you have more optimistic things to look at. If you want to find an art that satisfy your standard, simply search elsewhere.

Next time you’re about to make a blanket statement about religion being bad, ask yourself why Indian tribes had their religions banned by white governments and churches. Ask yourself why colonial slave owners found it necessary to convert their African captives to Christianity and force them to abandon their African religions.

anonymous asked:

I don't know what your religious beliefs may be, but do you think it's okay for a Christian to believe in astrology? Does it contradict God in any way? Beyond that, do you know of any biblical relation to astrology? Just something I've been curious about..

I personally do not follow any religion, but I do believe in God, higher power, and higher self. This is actually a very interesting topic, and as I answer this question, please keep in mind that I am not Christian and I do not intend on offending your beliefs or telling you what to believe in; this is just what I know and have learned. Just to get this out of the way, it is okay to be Christian; I respect your relationship to God.

Lemme tell you a little bit of history, believe it or not, the original use of tarot cards (something I personally do not use because I believe it does not belong in the hands of people who do not understand their purpose) was to have direct communication with God. Long ago, particularly priests would use them to communicate to God; it was not meant to be in the hands of common people for they did not know how to use them. The occult (whether it be astrology or tarot) was originally a very holy thing. The only reason why certain religions now disagree that astrology or other occult practices are bad is because people use them for selfish reasons; “how can I get rich?” or “tell me my fortune” instead of searching for who they are and who God is. Also, Christianity has changed a lot over the years, everyone wants to interpret the bible differently or how a priest tells them to.

It all traces back to the fact that all religions are connected. The earliest depiction of religion is traced back to men with higher knowledge wanting to give faith to people with lesser knowledge. So for them to give faith or an explanation for why we exist materially, the men with higher knowledge told the people with lesser knowledge that the sun was their God; because he gives us warmth, light, and life.
From that spread other religions to help people understand our world on a different level and to have someone or something to rely our faith on. You’ll notice MANY MANY MANY religions have a main deity that depicts the sun, for example, the Greek God Helios or the Egyptian God Ra. Christianity, Islam, and Judaism all connect back to Egyptian religion, and then back to the sun and men with higher knowledge. Christianity, Islam, and Judaism share a lot of the same teachings.
Going back to the topic of tarot and its relation to religion; in tarot there are 22 major trump archetypes and it just so happens that there are 22 letters in Hebrew that have a close connection to the tarot’s meaning. Tarot traces all the way back to Ancient Egypt as well. There is even a card that represents the pope, it is the 5th Major Trump card and it represents the high priest of Christianity. The 2nd Major Trump depicts a female pope. The only female pope was named Joan, considered a fictional person from 1099 A.D., but in the tarot she is depicted holding the Torah; the Book of Law. The book of Torah is quite literally the old testament. There is also a card that represents Adam and Eve, and another card that depicts a Magician that stands behind a table on which are spread a number of objects, one of the objects prominently being the Holy Grail. Every single tarot card is traced back to a holy meaning; a lot of them hold biblical meanings.
To put it simply; tarot was originally used to understand the bible and God. It was never meant to be evil and was never meant to be used by common people. The only people who were ever supposed to use tarot were prophets.
A really good book to read more about this sort of stuff is called “The Secret Teachings of All Ages” by Manly P. Hall

Moving onto biblical relations to astrology, there is a lot of relation actually.
I have a HUGE quote from a website that puts it perfectly, but it is quite long so I hope you’re ready to have a long read

“The following are some of the most interesting Biblical references to astrology.

 "I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the THIRD HEAVEN. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know - God knows. And I know that this person - whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows - was caught up to paradise. He heard inexpressible things, things that humans are not permitted to tell.“ (2 Corinthians 12:1-4)

The phrase, “I know a person,” is a euphemism people used in those days to refer to themselves in a humble manner. Paul explained that he was taken to the “third heaven.” The phrase, “third heaven,” is a reference to the multi-level realms of the afterlife. This is an astrological/religious concept believed by Jews, Christians, Gnostic Christians, Platonists, and other people in those days. A correlation with Paul’s third heaven can be found in the Gnostic book entitled “The Apocalypse of Paul.

The Apocalypse of Paul also describes Paul’s afterlife visit to the third heaven. It also describes how Paul travels through a hierarchy of heavenly realms all the way to the “tenth heaven.”

According to Flavius Josephus, the famed Jewish historian, the Jewish temple at Jerusalem had the twelve signs of the zodiac inlaid in its floor. Josephus also stated that the twelve loaves of showbread in the temple was a reference to the zodiac. In modern times, Israel issued stamps with the zodiac signs identified with the twelve tribes of Israel and the astrological symbolism of the temple.

The Bible states that God made the heavenly bodies to show us “signs” of his intentions. These signs can be read by anyone who knows how to interpret them. Astrology is about interpreting these signs in the motions of the sun, moon, planets, and stars. “And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as SIGNS to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the Earth.” And it was so.“ (Genesis 1:14-15)

"And there shall be SIGNS in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the Earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the Earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” (Luke 21:25-27)

In the verse above, Christ uses astrology to reveal the “signs” in the sky of his coming.

The Bible states that the first communication from God came from the stars. David writes in his Psalm:

“The HEAVENS declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows his handiwork. Day after day utters his speech and night after night shows his knowledge. There is no tongue or language where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the Earth and their words to the ends of the world. In them (the heavens) he has set a tabernacle for the sun.” (Psalm 19:1-4)

“Can you bring forth the Mazzaroth (the zodiac) in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs? (an astrological constellation)” (Job 38:32)

This Bible verse shows God using astrology to answer Job.

The Bible also describes an astrological sign called the “Morning Star” which is a reference to the planet Venus. The Morning Star, also known as the “light bringer”, is also an astrological symbol that functions as a sign for the onset of dawn. It appears as a brilliant “star” at night just before the sun rises and brings light each morning to Earth. The greatest function of this “light bringer” is as a symbolic reference to the Messiah who brings the light of God to the people. The Bible also uses the term “Morning Star” as a reference to all sons of God including Lucifer, the “light bearer”.

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright MORNING STAR.” (Revelation 22:16)

“And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the MORNING STAR rises in your hearts.” (2 Peter 1:19)

“Just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give him the MORNING STAR.” (Revelation 2:27-29)

“How you have fallen from heaven, O MORNING STAR, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the Earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the STARS of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” (Isaiah 14:12-14)

“After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. He said: "May the day of my birth perish … May its MORNING STARS become dark; may it wait for daylight in vain and not see the first rays of dawn, for it did not shut the doors of the womb on me to hide trouble from my eyes.” (Job 3:1-10)

“Where were you when I laid the Earth’s foundation? … On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone - while the MORNING STARS sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?” (Job 38:4-7)

In one of the prophetic dreams of Joseph, he saw the sun, moon, and eleven STARS bowing down to his star. The interpretation of this dream was obvious and that was that Joseph’s father (SUN), mother (MOON), and eleven brothers (ELEVEN STARS) will bow down to him.

“Then he (Joseph) had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. "Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the SUN and MOON and ELEVEN STARS were bowing down to me.” When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” (Genesis 37:9-11)

Of course, we all know the rest of the story that they indeed had to bow down to Joseph when Pharaoh made him a prince because of his ability to interpret dreams. Here is an excellent Bible passage that describes the astrological influences on humanity:

“There is a time for everything, and A SEASON FOR EVERY ACTIVITY UNDER HEAVEN: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)

Astrology refers to every 2160 years as a new “AGE” which is a different sign of the zodiac that comes into position to influence the Earth. The Bible describes events that will occur according to the signs of the astrological “ages”.

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the AGE.” (Matthew 28:20)

“Anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this AGE or in the AGE to come.” (Matthew 12:32)

“The harvest is the end of the AGE, and the harvesters are angels. As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the AGE.” (Matthew 13:39-40)

“What will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the AGE?” (Matthew 24:3)

“No one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this AGE and, in the AGE to come, eternal life.” (Luke 18:29-30)

“We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this AGE or of the rulers of this AGE … None of the rulers of this AGE understood it.” (1 Corinthians 3:6-8)

“These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the AGES has come.” (1 Corinthians 10:11)

“[Christ was raised] far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present AGE but also in the one to come.” (Ephesians 1:21)

“It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened … who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming AGE and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance.” (Hebrews 6:4-6)

“Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the AGE of the AGES.” (Hebrews 9:26)

“Just and true are your ways, King of the AGES.” (Revelation 15:3)

All these Bible verses are referring to the end of the AGE of Pisces (the fish, the Church age) and the beginning of the AGE of Aquarius (the water-bearer, Christ).

Jesus was born under the end of the age of Aries (the ram or lamb) and this may explain why he called himself the “lamb of God.” By the time Jesus began his ministry, it was the beginning of the age of Pisces (the fish, the Church age). The sign of the fish has special significance to Christianity because the sign of the fish has been known throughout the millennia to be the sign of Christianity. Jesus recruited “fishermen” as disciples to make them “fishers of men.” He fed the masses with a miraculous draft of fishes. His followers were know in Latin as “pisciculi”, the “little fishes.” A commonly used icon in Christian churches is the “Vesica Piscis”, which is Latin for “mouth of the fish”. Its shape resembles a fish without a tail. It can be seen in the shape of stained glass windows in many churches and cathedrals. The Pope wears a ceremonial hat in the shape of a fish head.

Around the year 2300 A.D., the end of the age of Pisces will occur. The world will then enter a new age, the age of Aquarius (the Water-Bearer). It should be obvious to Christians that the identity of this “Water-Bearer” is the one who (1) came from the waters of Galilee (2) baptized with water (3) changed water into wine (4) walked on the water (5) washed the feet of others with water (6) calmed the ocean waters (7) gives living water (8) says we must be born of water (9) drank the cup from the Father.

Sometime before the age of Aquarius arrives, major Earth changes were foretold by Jesus and Edgar Cayce to occur. Jesus said that before this happens, there will be wonders in the sun, moon, and stars signaling this coming age of the Christ consciousness. This is a good reason why every Christian should study astrology so that these heavenly signs can be interpreted.

Another astrological reference concerning Christianity deals with the winter solstice which begins on December 21. It is the day of the year when the night is longest and the daytime shortest. The ancient Egyptians noticed that on the autumn equinox, the sun does not set farther south and sets in the same place on the horizon for three days. This is an astrological reference to when the sun (Son) goes down for three days (dies) and then begins to rise again (resurrection). Using the crude instruments available, ancient astronomers were able to detect by December 25th of each year that the daytime had become noticeably longer. This date was chosen, and remains, the traditional date for followers of many different religions to celebrate the “rebirth” of the sun. Following the equinox, each succeeding day has slightly more sunlight than the previous day. It was seen as a promise that warmth would return once more to the Earth. Numerous pre-Christian religions honored their gods’ birth or rebirth on or about that day. The ancient Egyptians knew that as long as the sun rose in the morning, life would continue on the Earth. This explains why the Egyptians used the sun as their symbol for the eternal life of the cycle of the seasons. In many Christian churches today, the symbol of the cross with a circle in the center of it appears on church steeples. This icon of the circle as representing the sun, comes from the Egyptian belief that the sun represents eternal life.

The Egyptian religion held that the Sun of God, Horus, was killed under the sign of Virgo (the virgin) but was resurrected in the age of Leo (the lion). This is why the Egyptians built the Sphinx with the head of a woman (Virgo) and the body of a lion (Leo).

During the days of Moses, the Hebrews were subject to the religion of Egypt. Before the worship of Amun-Ra (the major Egyptian deity) was instituted, Egyptians worshipped Isis (the Mother of God). When the Hebrews left Egypt and arrived in Canaan, their religion was influenced by the Canaanite religion whose God was named El (the planet of Saturn). The Star of David is a symbol which comes from the star of Saturn (El) which is the planet the ancients used to refer to the Hebrews. The Hebrews adopted Saturday (from Saturn’s day) as their day of worship. Christians, whose astrological influence was the sun (also from Egyptian origin), worshipped on Sunday (or the sun’s day).

The story of Jonah (Semetic for “sun”) is about a man who is swallowed by a whale (death) and remains in it’s belly for three days at which time the man is freed (resurrection). This story is another symbolic of the astrological account of how the sun remains still for three days during the winter equinox. It is also symbolic of the resurrection of Christ.

When Moses came down from the mountain, he saw the people worshipping a golden calf. This idol came from the Egyptians astrological worship of the sun. Golden represents the color of the sun. The calf (Taurus the bull) represents the age in which the Moses lived when he wrote the Torah. When history moved into the next sign (Aries the ram), the Hebrews celebrated the approach of their Messiah by blowing rams horns. The sign of Aries influenced many religions to adopt the lamb of God concept.

The concept of the zodiac is very ancient, with roots in the early cited cultures of Mesopotamia. Astrology is, more than likely, the oldest religion created by humans. The first twelve-sign zodiacs were named after the gods of these cultures. The Greeks adopted astrology from the Babylonians, and the Romans, in turn, adopted astrology from the Greeks. These cultures renamed the signs of the Mesopotamian zodiac to symbols of their own mythologies. This is why the familiar zodiac of the contemporary West bears names out of Mediterranean mythology.

The concept of reincarnation is a necessary tenet of astrology. The notions of reincarnation and karma together explain why some people are born into lucky circumstances and others into unfortunate conditions. For astrologers concerned with the question of why some people are born into a life of hardship written large across their horoscopes and other people seem to be born under a lucky star, reincarnation and karma prove important explanatory tools to understand divine justice. Reincarnation also provides a framework for explaining why a person has certain personality traits. They are carryovers from past lifetimes. “There shall be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars.” - Jesus Christ, Luke 21:25″ - The website where this is from is here
 So basically, the tie between Christianity and astrology is very close. Even with the Ages. It is said that when we enter the Age of Aquarius, Jesus will return.

Astrology does not contradict God; it is a passage to be closer to God. I hope that by learning of this you do not get criticized by your friends and loved ones for it. You have to understand that when people are so steadfast with their faiths and beliefs, that new ideas can be unsettling and difficult to accept. So, I strongly suggest you do not try to convince these people of any of these facts. You cannot change a way a person thinks. People who are ready to become enlightened will readily learn and listen from others.