I normally never talk about my beliefs because it’s one of those no-no conversations that no matter what, there are going to be people who will not agree with what you have to say. So why bother, right?
But recently I’ve come to a new conclusion in what I believe in. Religion wise, that is. I used to be straight up atheist. It was straight to the point and easy. Is there a God? No. Done.
But over the past year I’ve come to realize the universe/nature/overall STUFF is very fluid and there are still a lot of things we don’t understand.
I like to think about it like this: Human beings and/or the planet Earth are often compared to just a speck of sand in relation to the vastness of the rest of the ever expanding universe, right? But I think I’m even less than that. I believe my existence literally means nothing and that because I’m such an insignificant portion of the universe/nature/STUFF, that I shouldn’t even be trying to figure out what any of it means. Does that make sense?
Like, who am I, this less than equal to a grain of sand human being, to try and question what is/isn’t/could/couldn’t be out there? It isn’t my place. It’s none of my business. I believe my role in life is to just live. That’s all I can do.
But if anyone asks, I’ll just say agnostic. Fuck it.
I’ve been going to church lately. I recommend it, it’s not for everybody tho. Lately I’ve been feeling like my soul is not worth saving tho, Idk I know what I do is bad..I just don’t care. & that, that makes me feel unsavable…I will still try.
Supposedly all it takes is accepting God/Jesus/what have you into your heart and bam salvation. Or…so that’s what seven years of Catholic school has taught me.
Allowing women to drive in Saudi Arabia would mean no more virgins and an increase in homosexuality, according to academics at Saudi Arabia’s highest religious council, Majlis al-Ifta’ al-A’ala, it has been reported in the Telegraph.
More pornography would be used if women were allowed on the roads and rates of prostitution and divorce would also rise, the report stated.
Produced in conjunction with Kamal Subhi, a former professor at the King Fahd University, the study into repealing the ban predicted that there would be no more virgins left in the Arab kingdom in 10 years.
Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world which bans women from driving.
Professor Subhi described sitting in a coffee shop in an unnamed Arab state where “all the women were looking at me“.
“One made a gesture that made it clear that she was available,” he said. “This is what happens when women are allowed to drive.”
The report was produced for the country’s legislative assembly, the Shura Council. However this institution has no power as Saudi Arabia is ruled by a monarchy with absolute power.
The state’s controversial ban on female drivers last came under attack in September after Shaima Jastaniya was sentenced to 10 lashes just days after Saudi King Abdullah granted women the right to vote. The punishment was overturned after international and domestic pressure.
Saudi Arabia is currently considering a law for women to cover up their eyes if they are deemed too“tempting.”
WHAT. WTF Saudia Arabia. Seriously?
All bolding in the above is mine. Because WHAT.
Seriously, Saudi Arabi, what the fuck are you doing.
I cannot respond to this coherently right now. Jesus fucking christ.
I’m listening to atheist debates again
No. There is no way anyone will convince me that torturing someone to death, as a scapegoat, for a deed apparently committed four thousand* years before said scapegoat was born, is moral. Ever.
It is not a good thing, it was never a good thing and it never can be a good thing.
You cannot punish a great x n grandchild for the deeds of a great x n grandparent. You simply cannot punish one person in place of another. Torturing someone to death is not moral.
God is apparently all powerful, if it wanted to forgive humanity it’s sins, it could do it without the need to sacrifice a person/part of itself in human form/it’s son.
The reason all of this scapegoating is going on (Jesus, and Abraham’s son, Isaac, before him) is because the Christian god is based on earlier gods, and the Christian god back then still required sacrifices - hence all the burnt offerings in the OT - and a scapegoat was a good way of doing it (literally, a goat, representing the person/s who misbehaved, was sacrificed/punished in place of the person who committed the crime/sin - hence ‘scapeGOAT’).
And a human sacrifice was at the top of the hierarchy of meaningful sacrifices. That’s just how it worked. They burnt things so the smoke would go up and the gods could smell it. They sacrificed human lives because human’s are, obviously, at the top of the damn pile.
NONE OF THIS MAKES IT MORAL. IT WAS, AND CONTINUES TO BE, DISGUSTING.
If I had nothing else to base my opinion of the Christian and Jewish God on, this alone would put me off the entire thing. This alone would make me dislike and distrust. This single act alone is disgusting enough.
(*If you believe the story of Adam and Eve, at least - if you DON’T believe the story of Adam and Eve, then I wonder why you think Jesus was sacrificed? Because he was sacrificed for the crime of Original Sin, so God could forgive humanity for that sin and other past sins and for ‘future sins’, the Original Sin being Eve taking and eating the forbidden fruit and then getting Adam to join her. Don’t believe in that story? Then you render most of the point of Jesus’ sacrifice moot.)
Reblogging myself, because I can.
Ezekiel Stoddard may not quite be in the sixth grade and his voice has yet to break, but grown men and women kneel down before him as a prophet.
The 11-year-old boy from Temple Hills, Md., said he was just 7 when he realized he wanted to become a preacher.
“I had a dream,” he said. “God was telling me that he wanted me to do his will.”
Even though he can barely see over the pulpit, Ezekiel preaches most Sundays at his family’s church, the Fullness of Time Church in Capitol Heights, Md., and at other churches around the state.
He said he writes his sermons himself and that he likes that he is “bringing souls over to Christ.” He even said God gave him the gift of speaking in tongues and healing the sick.
Just a few months ago, his mother, Pastor Adrienne Smith, and stepfather had Ezekiel, whom his family nicknamed “Zeek,” officially ordained as an evangelical minister, which provoked a holy uproar among people who believed his ordination was inappropriate.
“The calling of an individual is truly between God and that individual,” Smith said.
While Ezekiel’s adult critics might tell him he is just a kid who doesn’t have enough life experience to provide spiritual guidance, the boy preacher said their skepticism only makes him “more determined to stay in Christ.”
But at the services “Nightline” attended, that skepticism was not evident, even from older pastors.
“At 11 years old, you’re not going to preach experience, you’re going to preach the Word,” said Pastor Hercules Jones. “Preaching the Word carries enough power in itself to do what it’s supposed to do.”
Hop on YouTube and there appears to be an explosion of child preacher videos. There’s an impression that preaching is going the way of “Toddlers and Tiaras,” where parents are living out their dreams through their children.
But child preachers have been around for a while and they have long been controversial. Marjoe Gortner, a Pentecostal evangelical preacher who was ordained at age 3, created a sensation in the 1950s, but in the 1972 documentary, “Marjoe,” he claimed that his act was all a money-making scheme ginned up by his parents.
In Ezekiel’s case, it is true that his parents are making money off of his preaching, as well as the gospel music act that he and his siblings have put together. But Ezekiel denies that his parents put him up to it.
“This is something that God called me to do and that’s something that God wants me to do, and this is what I want to do,” he said.
His mother also said she did not push her son into preaching and would be fine with it if he wanted to walk away from the pulpit.
“But he will still be taught the word of God still continually,” she said.
In between sermons, Ezekiel’s parents said they give him plenty of time to be a kid, including letting him play tennis, take a trip to the pet store and eat pancakes with his brothers and sisters. Although, a Bible quiz can happen at any time.
When asked if he is ever tempted to act out or be bad, Ezekiel simply said, “the devil tries to step in, you know, he tries to ruin things.”
But where the boy’s pre-pubescent precociousness can really get him in trouble, though, is with other kids. Ezekiel said he was bullied “a couple of times” in elementary school, and kids called him names or told him he was “weird” or “freaky.”
“A lot of them will say, what happened to you? Are you still Ezekiel in there? Are you still ‘Zeek’ in there?” he said. “And I say, ‘yes, I am. But I’m different in my spirit.’”
Ezekiel said his defense was to ignore them, but his mother said the bullying got so bad that she pulled him out of school and now homeschools him and his siblings.
It may be a lonely road at times, but as Ezekiel says from the pulpit, being a Christian is not supposed to be easy.
“I’m blessed where I am,” he said. “I know if I stick in the Word, God will bless me for it.”
Please excuse the formatting, I’m on my phone. I just needed to share this. I mean, seriously.
Remember when colonial Americans used to lead miscreants into the public square and put them in the stockades for a whole day, so they could be mocked and gawked at as an example of what happens when you transgress? Well, in Utah, the land that the Book of Mormon built, a judge recently ordered a totally vintage, eye-for-eye type punishment when he told the mother of a 13-year-old girl who’d cut a toddler’s hair in a McDonald’s to either hand her daughter over for an extra 150 hours of detention, or cut the girl’s ponytail off.
According to — deep, calming breaths — Fox News, District Juvenile Judge Scott Johansendreamed upa public haircutting as a way for Valerie Bruno to reduce her daughter Kaytlen Lopan’s sentence by 150 hours. Lopan and an unnamed 11-year-old girl admitted to cutting a 3-year-old’s hair in a McDonald’s, so you can definitely see where Judge Johansen would think that the only thing that would set the universe back in order was if the shears were turned on the shearers (the 11-year-old was allowed to have her hair cut at a salon, which doesn’t seem like a punishment so much as, you know, a haircut).
Bruno was understandably freaked out when Judge Johansen ordered her to cut her daughter’s ponytail off in the courtroom, but said she felt intimidated under the severe glare of Old Testament justice. “I guess I should have gone [sic.] into the courtroom knowing my rights,” Bruno said, “because I felt very intimidated. An eye for an eye, that’s not how you teach kids right from wrong.” No, it really isn’t. It is, however, a great way to build resentment and create a never ending cycle of violent retribution, until, before you know it, Mercutio’s dead and it’s a damn shame because he’s easily the most entertaining character in the whole play.
Judge Johansen also asked Mindy Moss, the mother of the recently shorn toddler, if her hair-lust had been satisfied (it wasn’t), which also seems like the exact right way to carry out justice in ancient Babylon and the exact wrong way to do it in 21st century America.
Not strictly religious, but there’s an intersection here.
Also, I just can’t even. I mean, seriously.
People have the right to believe anything they choose, but not to impose that belief upon others. Protesting otherwise is merely trying to defend bigotry with pseudo-intellectual semantics.
Fucking sickening and I don’t give a damn about anyone that uses organized religion to excuse, allow and condone fucked-up bullshit like this.
The first shock came when Mordechai Jungreis learned that his mentally disabled teenage son was being molested in a Jewish ritual bathhouse in Brooklyn. The second came after Mr. Jungreis complained, and the man accused of the abuse was arrested.
Old friends started walking stonily past him and his family on the streets of Williamsburg. Their landlord kicked them out of their apartment. Anonymous messages filled their answering machine, cursing Mr. Jungreis for turning in a fellow Jew. And, he said, the mother of a child in a wheelchair confronted Mr. Jungreis’s mother-in-law, saying the same man had molested her son, and she “did not report this crime, so why did your son-in-law have to?”
By cooperating with the police, and speaking out about his son’s abuse, Mr. Jungreis, 38, found himself at the painful forefront of an issue roiling his insular Hasidic community. There have been glimmers of change as a small number of ultra-Orthodox Jews, taking on longstanding religious and cultural norms, have begun to report child sexual abuse accusations against members of their own communities. But those who come forward often encounter intense intimidation from their neighbors and from rabbinical authorities, aimed at pressuring them to drop their cases.
Abuse victims and their families have been expelled from religious schools and synagogues, shunned by fellow ultra-Orthodox Jews and targeted for harassment intended to destroy their businesses. Some victims’ families have been offered money, ostensibly to help pay for therapy for the victims, but also to stop pursuing charges, victims and victims’ advocates said.
“Try living for one day with all the pain I am living with,” Mr. Jungreis, spent and distraught, said recently outside his new apartment on Williamsburg’s outskirts. “Did anybody in the Hasidic community in these two years, in Borough Park, in Flatbush, ever come up and look my son in the eye and tell him a good word? Did anybody take the courage to show him mercy in the street?”