year of the bible

anonymous asked:

"One unplanned pregnancy saved us all" "The greatest miracle came from an unplanned pregnancy." Their may be some factual evidence of a person named Jesus existing during that time period but there is absolutely no evidence that Jesus was born from a young, virgin mother and there will probably never be any evidence of that. I don't get what the point of that argument even is. Also, wasn't Mary like 10-14 years old when she got "pregnant"?

Also, even if you believe the bible about the whole virgin birth thing, it wasn’t an unplanned pregnancy. An angel came to Mary, and Mary gave her consent to become impregnated??


What is Diet Culture

Diet culture is the 12 year old girl who asks her mom if she can join weight watchers over the summer so the other kids will stop bullying her.

Diet culture is the thirteen year old girl whose friends are eating chips and candy, but who stays home to eat plain rice cakes because they have less calories.

Diet culture is the sixteen year old girl who reads an article about how Portia de Rossi hid her eating disorders like it’s a bible.

Diet culture is the eighteen year old young woman who is planning her grocery lists in her head - once she moves away from home she’ll be free to stop eating and no one will notice.

Diet culture is the twenty two year old woman who can’t eat in front of her friends because she’s fat and what if they’ll judge her. She hasn’t eaten anything in over ten hours but goes hungry to avoid the shame.

Diet culture is me not knowing I could be beautiful until I was twenty five.

Diet culture needs to die.

We are all worthy of love and happiness.

*Thousands of years from now*

Two archeologists dig through the abandoned ruins of what was once called “New York City”. Deep within the rubble of an old building, something small and rectangular lays in the dirt.

Upon further inspection is seems to be a book of some sort. The pages are yellowed with time and the spine is hanging by a thread of synthetic fiber.

“The Book seems to be written in a strange dialect” says Man #1.

The archaeologists take the book back to the lab for testing. Calling upon linguists from around the world, the first chapter is deciphered.

“When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton.”

They were amazed at what they found. A tale of magic, bravery and great battles. Although the stories we’re far-fetched and fantastical, the paper on which was printed was thick and well cared for. Someone had gone through great trouble to produce it and therefore it must be based in truth.

And thus a new Religion was born.
Faction after faction of humans flock to the site of the holy text. Finally, after thousands of years of secrecy, humanities history is finally revealed. Though there are no longer elves, hobbits or wizards, Humans have obviously prevailed and are meant to rule the Earth until the day Gandalf the White will return and lead them to Paradise.

Millions of people wear golden rings around their fingers to symbolize their devotion to their faith. Drawings and likenesses of the Prophet Frodo and Protector Bilbo hang in the home of every devout believer.

This is the one true religion. And any who reject it will be thrown deep into the flames of Mordor where Smaug will torment their souls for all eternity.


The architect behind the 9/11 memorial will create a memorial for victims of Charleston massacre

  • Saturday marked two years since avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof opened fire on an Wednesday-evening bible study at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church church in Charleston, South Carolina, leaving nine black churchgoers dead.
  • To honor the date, the committee in charge of planning a memorial to the victims revealed its choice for an architect to design it, the Guardian reported.
  • Michael Arad, the architect who designed the 9/11 memorial in New York City, has been chosen to create a memorial to the nine victims of the Charleston attack on the ground of the church. Read more (6/19/17)

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Bible Verses for the Summer Solstice

Hello fellow Christian Witches, and happy Summer Solstice 🌞

For this day, I personally associate the celebration of earth and the light of the sun with this sabbat/holiday.

If you celebrate it in a similar fashion, I wanted to share some bible verses I associate with this solstice because they either reference the beauty of nature, mention the sun, or heavenly light.

Genesis 1:3 “And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.”

Psalms 74:17 “It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.”

Proverbs 30:25 “Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer;”

James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

Psalms 89:36 “that his line will continue forever and his throne endure before me like the sun;”

Judges 5:31 “So may all your enemies perish, Lord! But may all who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength.”

Psalms 113:3 “From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.”

Matthew 13:43 “Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

Isaiah 18:4 “This is what the Lord says to me: “I will remain quiet and will look on from my dwelling place, like shimmering heat in the sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.”

Song of Songs 2:12 “Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.”

Colossians 1:16-17 “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

Psalm 139:7-10. “Where could I go to escape your spirit? Where could I flee from your presence? If I climb the heavens, you are there, there too, if I lie in Sheol. If I flew to the point of sunrise, or westward across the sea your hand would still be guiding me, your right hand holding me.”

Jer. 23:24 “Do I not fill heaven and earth? It is Yahweh who speaks.”

Psalm 104:24-25. “How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number— living things both large and small.”

The youngest person to be executed in the USA was a 14-year-old African American didn’t get a fair trial and had to sit on a Bible in order to fit into the electric chair.

His name is George Junius Stinney, Jr. , he was 14 years, 6 months, and 5 days old when he was executed — and holds the title of being the youngest person ever executed in the United States in the 20th Century. In a South Carolina prison sixty-six years ago, guards walked the 14-year-old-boy, bible tucked under his arm, to the electric chair. Standing only 5′ 1″ and weighing a mere 95 pounds, the straps of the chair didn’t fit, and an electrode was too big for his leg. But that didn’t matter. The switch was pulled anyway and the adult sized death mask fell from George Stinney’s face. Tears streamed from his eyes. Witnesses recoiled in horror as they sat and watched the youngest person ever executed in the United States in the past century die. Stinney was accused of killing two white girls, 11 year old Betty June Binnicker and 8 year old Mary Emma Thames, by beating them with a railroad spike then dragging their bodies to a ditch near Acolu, about five miles from Manning in central South Carolina. The girls were found a day after they disappeared following a massive manhunt. Stinney was arrested a few hours later when white men in suits came and took him away. Because of the risk of a lynching, Stinney was kept at a jail 50 miles away in Columbia, SC. Stinney’s father, who had helped look for the girls, was fired immediately and ordered to leave his home and the sawmill where he worked. His family was told to leave town prior to the trial to avoid further retribution. An atmosphere of lynch mob hysteria hung over the courthouse. Without family visits, the 14 year old had to endure the trial and death alone.

On December 17, 2014, his conviction was posthumously pardoned 70 years after his execution.

xhdjdjhsj or like lets go back even further, in 2014 when tjlc was coming together and i thought ‘idk if they’re gonna make it gay, like what are the chances?’ and now if i see a post telling me that derren brown has been brainwashing us for years and we need the bible to decode messages about the lost special, i have no problem with that, sounds 100% plausible

At mamaw’s funeral this week, my daddy (her son-in-law), read selections of her notes she’d write in the margins of her Bible as she read it every year. This is a very old folk magic belief she had written in the opening flap: Ezekiel 16:5 stops bleeding. Many of the older generation believe if you pray over someone who’s bleeding and recite this verse the bleeding will stop.

When a student is reading about Hurricane Katrina:
  • Boy 1: Why are the houses underwater?
  • Me: Well, there was a big storm and there was a lot of rain. It rained for so long so hard that water spilled into the city and caused a flood, which is when there is too much water.
  • Boy 1: It's real?
  • Me: Yeah, it really happened. It was about ten years ago.
  • Nosy boy: My mom told me about that flood! But it wasn't ten years ago, it was 3,000 years ago.
  • Me: Ummm...different flood.

anonymous asked:

lottie, i need your help. i need more queer ancient greece or rome, or anything ancient literature in my life. i reread the song of achilles lately and now i'm undone again. can you help?


  • Fire From Heaven (book #1 of the Alexander the Great series) is (a) queer and (b) ancient, and I have actually read all of it, and it was GOOD
  • The Last of the Wine I haven’t read, but am planning on reading, and it’s usually the book people mention first when talking about Good Ol’ Mary and Her Gay Greeks
  • The Praise Singer and
  • The King Must Die - as well as its sequel The Bull from the Sea - have all been shelved as either ‘lgbt’ or ‘gay’ on goodreads, but judging from the synopses they’re probably less Central Queer Romance (a la Fire From Heaven and The Last of the Wine) and more It’s Ancient Greece, Of Course It’s A Lil’ Gay
  • leaving Mary behind, Eromenos by Melanie J. MacDonald is a pretty good read about Antinous and Hadrian 
  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant isn’t queer, but is a book that thoroughly touched me when I fought my way through it as a bébé (literally at least 10 years ago now) and is about Dinah in the Bible so… ancient?

the next period of history I have anything shelved for is the English Civil War, which is a few hundred years too recent. and… ok, I am about to throw you a curveball. are you ready. 

PERCY JACKSON AND THE GODS OF OLYMPUS, HEROES OF OLYMPUS AND THE TRIALS OF APOLLO BY RICK RIORDAN! ancient? no, technically not, they are set in the 21st century. but Greek things? YES. Roman things? YES. QUEER? YES!!! just some fun, easy reads that are educating kids about Greek and Roman gods, engaging adult readers, ripping some fucking yarns and HIGH KEY GROUND BREAKING CHILDREN’S LITERATURE. contains: the greatest (? only???) coming out narrative in a mainstream kids’ series! multiple (!!!) queer characters (kids AND gods)! bisexual god demoted to teenage boy protagonist who won’t shut the fuck up about his ex boyfriend!!! genderfluid trans [crosses every single finger] love interest*!!! 

*ok tbh this series isn’t Greek or Roman and I don’t know how Up Your Alley vikings and shit are or whether they qualify as ‘ancient’, but MAGNUS CHASE AND THE GODS OF ASGARD is fucking LIT. 

so, yes: 6 books and a bunch of kids’ stuff you didn’t ask for. but if we add up the books + this kids’ stuff you didn’t ask for + all possible sequels, I have TECHNICALLY recced you TWENTY-TWO books! HA! 

The amount of fanfiction i have read over the years could be easily compared to reading the bible 3 times and a half and maybe 4…. i did the math…