bright beautiful day
This isn’t right… where’s the dog? OMG IS THE DOGE OK
OH NOES!! WHERE IS THE DOGE??!!
omg no, where’s the dog???!!!
Isn’t it nice how people twist their religious scripture to suit their weds but when it’s used against them it’s suddenly not okay
I talked to a monk about this quote once (we have mutual friends, and he came to a New Year’s Eve party at my shared art studio). He said this isn’t even talking about homosexuality. That the bible never actually says homosexuality is wrong. What that passage means is this:
Women were treated as subservient and it that you shouldn’t treat other men as subservient, like they are beneath you. It is not talking about homosexuality. If it was, it would say it outright since the bible lists other things outright.
I take the word of a monk who have studied the bible extensively more than a self proclaimed Christian.
The above text, I would like to point out is from the point of view of this translation of the original Hebrew. I spoke with my cousin’s rabbi on the matter and his response was different, saying that it was a mistranslation. See, the true translation says that a man shall not lie with another in the bed of a woman, which is to say, the Hebrews had a shit ton of rules about when a man was or was not allowed in a woman’s bed and private quarters (including, if she didn’t want you there, you weren’t allowed there. Hebrew women were also allowed to divorce their husbands and the image of the ‘oppressive Hebrew people’ is an image that was propogated by Christianity which, historically speaking, doesn’t treat the Jewish people too well and liked to paint them as being rather barbaric and backwards and cultish with their traditions, which, another piece of fun info, their traditions were one of the main reasons why the Jewish people were less likely, in medieval times, to die of the plague. Because washing your hands and avoiding the dead and vermin and the like was a lot of help. Of course the Christians persecuted them for not dying but that’s another matter. I’m sidetracked). So the verse is literally saying ‘Don’t fuck in some lady’s bed because that’s just goddamn rude’
Also, whenever a Christian brings the book of Leviticus up, you should feel free to point out that these are rules that were given to make the Hebrew people prepared for when the son of God came to earth. In Christianity, it’s believed the son of God was Jesus. So by following the rules set in Leviticus or pushing them as things we should follow, they’re saying that Jesus was not the son of God, and that Jesus did not, in fact, die for our sins. Jewish people believe, in their faith, that the son of God hasn’t yet been born, so many choose to follow these rules.
Most people of course roll their eyes when I explain the translation of the verse (full breakdown found here) but it’s always fun to point out the nature of the rules in Leviticus and the implications of following them.
I’m a theology student and I am on the verge of crying because of how accurate this commentary is. Historical context is simultaneously the most interesting and most important part of interpreting any texts.
Most religious people seem to base their beliefs on things that are severely mistranslated. I wish they would do their research before using the bible for hate.
I studied theology extensively and was going to become a theologist until I switched majors. The above commentary is 100% accurate and what I try to stress in a lot if conversations with Bible Thumpers.
Jesus also affirms the homosexual relationship between the Roman Centurion and his “slave”. The particular Greek word used to refer to this special slave was “pais”. Greek language studies and contexts show that a “pais” was a male love slave. Regular slaves were called “dolos”. The Centurion makes this distinction clearly when he asks Jesus to heal his slave (pais), and then to prove his status he tells Jesus that his slaves (dolos) go when he tells them to. But this slave (pais) was special. He was the Centurion’s lover.
Hearing this, Jesus was so amazed he says he had not found ANYONE ELSE who had such great faith. He then blesses the Centurion and heals his male lover.
THIS IS WHAT THE BIBLE REALLY TEACHES ABOUT SAME SEX COUPLES.
In short, the English adaptation is a mistranslated farce.
I spoke with a Friar who learned Biblical hebrew after he joined the seminary because he wanted to read the texts “in their original version”
Man, he was almost laughing when we started talking about the number of things that are misread today
Historical context ftw!!
"the English adaptation is a mistranslated farce"
Accurate commentary is accurate.
"I gave everything. Question me, Mother, yourself, but not that.”
How does one get THIS conversation with Carver???????
“Have you ever noticed how in Hollywood movies, all the villains are played by Brits?" [x]
do german snakes go ßßßßßßßßßßßßßßßßßßßßßßßßß
to be honest swiss don’t use ß when writing german so I automatically read that as a raspberry noise
This specifically refers to a hand striking the side of a person’s face, tells quite a different story when placed in it’s proper historical context. In Jesus’s time, striking someone of a lower class ( a servant) with the back of the hand was used to assert authority and dominance. If the persecuted person “turned the other cheek,” the discipliner was faced with a dilemma. The left hand was used for unclean purposes, so a back-hand strike on the opposite cheek would not be performed. Another alternative would be a slap with the open hand as a challenge or to punch the person, but this was seen as a statement of equality. Thus, by turning the other cheek the persecuted was in effect putting an end to the behavior or if the slapping continued the person would lawfully be deemed equal and have to be released as a servant/slave.
THAT makes a lot more sense, now, thank you.
I can attest to the original poster’s comments. A few years back I took an intensive seminar on faith-based progressive activism, and we spent an entire unit discussing how many of Jesus’ instructions and stories were performative protests designed to shed light on and ridicule the oppressions of that time period as a way to emphasize the absurdity of the social hierarchy and give people the will and motivation to make changes for a more free and equal society.
For example, the next verse (Matthew 5:40) states “And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.” In that time period, men traditionally wore a shirt and a coat-like garment as their daily wear. To sue someone for their shirt was to put them in their place - suing was generally only performed to take care of outstanding debts, and to be sued for one’s shirt meant that the person was so destitute the only valuable thing they could repay with was their own clothing. However, many cultures at that time (including Hebrew peoples) had prohibitions bordering on taboo against public nudity, so for a sued man to surrender both his shirt and his coat was to turn the system on its head and symbolically state, in a very public forum, that “I have no money with which to repay this person, but they are so insistent on taking advantage of my poverty that I am leaving this hearing buck-ass naked. His greed is the cause of a shameful public spectacle.”
All of a sudden an action of power (suing someone for their shirt) becomes a powerful symbol of subversion and mockery, as the suing patron either accepts the coat (and therefore full responsibility as the cause of the other man’s shameful display) or desperately chases the protester around trying to return his clothes to him, making a fool of himself in front of his peers and the entire gathered community.
Additionally, the next verse (Matthew 5:41; “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”) was a big middle finger to the Romans who had taken over Judea and were not seen as legitimate authority by the majority of the population there. Roman law stated that a centurion on the march could require a Jew (and possibly other civilians as well, although I don’t remember explicitly) to carry his pack at any time and for any reason for one mile along the road (and because of the importance of the Roman highway system in maintaining rule over the expansive empire, the roads tended to be very well ordered and marked), however hecould not require any service beyond the next mile marker. For a Jewish civilian to carry a centurion’s pack for an entire second mile was a way to subvert the authority of the occupying forces. If the civilian wouldn’t give the pack back at the end of the first mile, the centurion would either have to forcibly take it back or report the civilian to his commanding officer (both of which would result in discipline being taken against the soldier for breaking Roman law) or wait until the civilian volunteered to return the pack, giving the Judean native implicit power over the occupying Roman and completely subverting the power structure of the Empire. Can you imagine how demoralizing that must have been for the highly ordered Roman armies that patrolled the region?
Jesus was a pacifist, but his teachings were in no way passive. There’s a reason he was practically considered a terrorist by the reigning powers, and it wasn’t because he healed the sick and fed the hungry.
JESUS JUST GOT SO MUCH MORE BADASS REMEMBER THIS NEXT TIME SOME WHITE CHRISTIAN TELLS YOU TO BE NICE “LIKE CHRIST” REMEMBER THEY’RE ASKING YOU TO BE LIKE THE MIDDLE EASTERN JEW WHO IS TELLING YOU TO BE PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE.
Your regular reminder that ‘Christlike behaviour’ includes this kind of thing, plus trashing tables in synagogue because of the evils of capitalism.
right-wing conservatives call themselves “Christians”?!
…about the media circus around the missing MH370 after watching the most recent press conference. I find it interesting, albeit rather disturbing regarding the nature of how some things can be made to appear in a different way, thus changing the public’s perception of how a certain event transpires.
A journalist of a certain foreign media outlet chose to portray the whole operation as ‘confusing, and contradictory.’ Some tried to pin that there’s a ‘growing criticism’ on how the whole thing is conducted. One even questioned how ‘there’s too little info given out, aren’t you ashamed since the whole world is looking at Malaysia’.
And here’s the thing - as someone who’d been observing the progression of the search operations since day one, I want to know what these guys are smoking. I may have the slight advantage of being able to understand press conferences that were held in the national language as well, which in some cases carry finer nuances than the English equivalent. But even without that, there’s a LOT to be gleaned from the information given, and lot more if one bothers to apply some critical thoughts regarding the info rather than trying to package it into sensationalized ‘stories’ for public consumption.
Because if one had been listening to the press conferences (held several times in a day), took the time to process the information properly instead of rushing it out without proper context in order to get first dibs on carrying the news, it really wasn’t confusing at all. And if anything I felt like the authorities have been very generous to the point that there’s TOO much information given - nuggets some media outlets gleefully took and spun into speculations that ended up confusing the people who read these articles.
I witnessed an example of how a sense of confusion can be perceived (and relayed as such by the media) on the first day the plane was reported missing. A press conference was held in the local channel, with the authorities relaying what information they have currently. Now here’s the thing, at the time there had already been rampant rumors that the plane crashed in Vietnam. Some media (CNN for example) had reported it as such. In the press conference, the Transport Minister stressed they had corresponded with the Vietnamese officials, who then confirmed there there had NOT been any crash on their side of the world. But they have also received news that there is a possibility of a crash sighting by the Vietnamese military, and they are still waiting for verification on that. Thus, because they’re still in the process of getting verification from Vietnamese officials, they cannot confirm there was indeed a crash, nor speculate on the probability of a crash. They also do not want to expect the worst (in case of a crash) because they want to keep hope that the people on board are alive, and can still be rescued. (I personally suspect this is also because the SOP of search & rescue - with indication that there ARE people to be rescued, would be different from SOP of simply searching for a wreckage - and it was preferable for the former to employed).
I switched over to CNN, and this was reported: The Chinese media in Vietnam reported that there was a crash, which Malaysian authorities denied. They also reported that this is a contradiction, compared to earlier report.
Now this is interesting, because the contradiction is now implied to be done by the Malaysian authorities, despite the fact it was CNN who did not wait to verify an earlier report of crash, and went ahead to report it as such. (as of now there is no report of debris from any form wreckage. I read that technically they can’t call it a crash unless they’re able to collect a certain amount of crash debris - which right now is impossible because there isn’t any!)
That’s what happened on the first day. Now imagine today, nearly 5 days after the event, with even MORE information being relayed in this manner! You can almost hear the public uproar from here. Chaos!
When you get right down to it, seriously, what more information can be given if the plane is still missing? What more can those who are searching can say than that they’re still searching? It’s like a backseat passenger who kept asking the driver ‘are we there yet? are we there yet?’ every few minutes which wouldn’t really make the miles traversed in the journey any shorter or longer.
And for that one person who asked ‘aren’t you ashamed, the whole world is looking at Malaysia’ - no, goddamnit. Why the heck should we be ashamed? The main concern of the those in charge of the SAR operation is to FIND the freaking plane and the people inside. To be responsible to the families and friends of the missing passengers. NOT to kiss the arse of the whoever else is looking.
In all fairness, I don’t think the officials (especially the DCA officer) handling the press conference have any form of media training which may have led to them being ‘grilled’ and ‘eaten’ alive by the horde of hungry journalists. But you know what? After witnessing many articulate politicians who in all appearances and words please the people and media, but are worth total SQUAT in terms of delivering their promises (pandai cakap tak pandai bikin for all you Malay-speaking hordes) , this lack of articulation, this awkwardness with the media doesn’t come across as detrimental nor an indication of being bad at their job. You have to remember, they are NOT spokespersons. Their duties are not solely to talk to the media, but to continue the search for the missing plane by extrapolating the information they have coming from various divisions/ sources, and working out the course of actions based on that. Given a choice, would you choose someone who isn’t articulate but competent and would give their all for the job behind the scenes, or someone who in all appearances pleases the media and gives the impression of being good at what they do, but don’t deliver in actuality? As an introvert who prefers to let my work do the talking, and who truly appreciates the same thing from other people, I prefer the former.
For me the truth in the whole matter is that - new evidence and possibilities will keep coming up as long as the officials continue investigating. They keep collecting and processing information ALL the time. And this means there will always be new results, new information which may add or dispel the ones they had before. Following that, new course of action has to be formulated and acted upon. Who knows how many times do they have to start from ground zero with every new information received? It’s a cumulative thing, not something that can be summed up in one headline. One info relates to the other, and you have to see the big picture in order to know how it all ties up. In other words, it is something that is IMPOSSIBLE to sum up within a headline.
But headlines do HAVE to come from somewhere. I can understand that. I do wish though, that some consideration can be given to those who bear the emotional and physical brunt of this operation: the families of the missing passengers, and those who have given their time and effort to the search operation. I do wish, in times like this, in this particular situation, the people who have the power to sway the public’s perception through their writings and reporting, would use that power in a positive manner. Instead, there’s so much useless speculations, so much nitpicking, so much time spent trying to crack into a supposed conspiracy, so much energy directed towards trying to find someone, something to blame, all for a good story.
Whatever your take is on the mystery surrounding MH370 - I just have this to say: We’re not the ones analysing countless datas and scouring maps and coordinates. We’re not assigning search and rescue duties. We’re not the ones on the planes and ships actually doing the searching. We’re not the ones waiting to hear news of missing loved ones. We’re not the ones who offer counselling help and emotional support to those waiting for their loved ones. So can we just.. quit it with the speculations and blame game, and stop being ashamed of what had been done, and do our best to support the efforts that had been given to this cause so far.
On that note, to the countries participating in the search - Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, USA, New Zealand, Brunei, China - thank you. Thank you.
I don’t know what I expected, but it wasn’t this
I spit my coffee on my monitor. I’m serious. THIS IS A MOD THAT I NEED RIGHT NOW.
I had to gag myself to keep from scaring my brother!!!!
2x22 - The Fall of Night
I thought it was funny until I realized the cat doesn’t run away but it rolls away xD now it’s fucking hilarious
IT JUST ROLLS AWAY IM CRYING
it rolls away omg i’m dying
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