worship-Him

anonymous asked:

Sorry if this is really personal ?? Or like too personal for an anon to ask but I'm a lil embarrassed abt asking this?? How did you come to terms with your faith in addition to Trans and sexuality things? I'm Trans and Bi and I'm having a really hard time coming to terms with myself and my faith. I was always raised to believe that being non cis/straight and being Christian where 2 completely polarized things &that you could never be accepted as both. I hope this made sense?Sorry 4 bothering u

hey there! this isn’t too personal of an ask, and in fact i’d be glad to answer it! the truth of the matter is that you can be both. you can be queer and still love the lord. you wanna know why? because uptight christians might be hateful and mean, but god loves you unconditionally. god’s loved you unconditionally since the dawn of time, and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t worship him, because for one it’s not a sin to be queer, and for another if you take christ into your heart as your savior, it doesn’t matter what anyone else says, he’s your savior, and he’s here for you, and he gonna support and care for and bless you every day you’re alive, pure and simple.

there aren’t certain qualifications for worship. worship isn’t for the select elite. i went to a church lecture tonight and my pastor said it best, honestly– worship isn’t for the proud righteous, it’s for the people who need it. and if you want to pursue it, then pursue it. i’ve never been worried about the intersections of my faith and my queer identity because we’re taught from a young age that jesus loves us no matter what, and that’s what’s important, not the lowbrow opinions of bigots and fear-mongerers.

while i’m here, i’m gonna link you to a question i answered recently on why i go on believing in a religion that others use it to judge me, and in case you’re interested, here’s my spiel about how my trans identity intersects with my faith.

you gotta ignore the spiteful words of others. jesus loves you, loves all parts of you, and if you’re ready seek him out, he’s waiting for you to come find him. hope all this helps! feel free to send me more qs if you need to, but otherwise have a lovely day!  xxx

anonymous asked:

I like Pokemon but my previous church condemned Pokemon to nothing but evil and satanic desires, so I was constantly told I would be in hell for a children's game. I can't see how it makes me sin, I use it to glorify God and all I think about is happiness and love with it. But I'm still told its evil?

I think thats silly. UNLESS you have made it an idol. But anything that is made an idol is evil.

The definition of idolatry, according to Webster, is “the worship of idols or excessive devotion to, or reverence for some person or thing.” An idol is anything that replaces the one, true God. The most prevalent form of idolatry in Bible times was the worship of images that were thought to embody the various pagan deities.

From the beginning, God’s covenant with Israel was based on exclusive worship of Him alone (Exodus 20:3;Deuteronomy 5:7). The Israelites were not even to mention the names of false gods (Exodus 23:13) because to do so would acknowledge their existence and give credence to their power and influence over the people. Israel was forbidden to intermarry with other cultures who embraced false gods, because God knew this would lead to compromise. The book of Hosea uses the imagery of adultery to describe Israel’s continual chasing after other gods, like an unfaithful wife chases after other men. The history of Israel is a sad chronicle of idol worship, punishment, restoration and forgiveness, followed by a return to idolatry. The books of 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, and 1 & 2 Chronicles reveal this destructive pattern. The Old Testament prophets endlessly prophesied dire consequences for Israel if they continued in their idolatry. Mostly, they were ignored until it was too late and God’s wrath against idol-worship was poured out on the nation. But ours is a merciful God, and He never failed to forgive and restore them when they repented and sought His forgiveness.

In reality, idols are impotent blocks of stone or wood, and their power exists only in the minds of the worshipers. The idol of the god Dagon was twice knocked to the floor by God to show the Philistines just who was God and who wasn’t (1 Samuel 5:1-5). The “contest” between God and His prophet Elijah and the 450 prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel is a dramatic example of the power of the true God and the impotence of false gods (1 Kings 18:19-40). The testimony of Scripture is that God alone is worthy of worship. Idol worship robs God of the glory that is rightfully His, and that is something He will not tolerate (Isaiah 42:8).

Even today there are religions that bow before statues and icons, a practice forbidden by God’s Word. The significance God places upon it is reflected in the fact that the first of the Ten Commandments refers to idolatry: “You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me” (Exodus 20:3-5).

Idolatry extends beyond the worship of idols and images and false gods. Our modern idols are many and varied. Even for those who do not bow physically before a statue, idolatry is a matter of the heart—pride, self-centeredness, greed, gluttony, a love for possessions and ultimately rebellion against God. Is it any wonder that God hates it?

No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.
— 

Song: In Christ Alone

Thank you, Lord, that nothing can pluck me from Your hand! Thank you that I am Yours forever and You are mine. My Lord, my light, my strength, My everything. Thank you for all that You are.

Do you ever think about how much work Misha must have put into developing Cas?  Honestly, just pay close attention.

Cas just standing. His arms are by his sides. Even when walking, they stay right there. He never crosses his arms or really gestures when talking. This is not a normal thing from Misha, given what we have seen at conventions.

Just realize how much attention this must take. Misha doesn’t just act the character, he IS the character. He is 100% attentive while acting, and looks at every single detail.

And in less than a second that can change. I’m not totally sure, but when Castiel was overcome by the Leviathans I think that was done in one scene. So he wasn’t Cas and the shooting stopped and he had time to be a Leviathan. He went from pained and desperate to terrifyingly creepy in one second.

I have so much respect for him as an actor. All hail Misha.

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Bruce, I forgive you for not saving me. But why? Why on God’s earth is he still alive?! […] Ignoring what he’s done in the past. Blindly, stupidly, disregarding the entire graveyards he’s filled, the thousands who have suffered, the friends he’s crippled. You know, I thought…  I thought I’d be the last person you’d ever let him hurt. If it had been you that he beat to a bloody pulp, if he had taken you from this world, I would’ve done nothing  but search the planet for this pathetic pile of evil death-worshipping garbage and send him off to hell.