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new testament: <p><a href="http://celticpyro.tumblr.com/post/175278281854/redbloodedamerica-skepticphantom-chuckmanx" class="tumblr_blog">celticpyro</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://redbloodedamerica.tumblr.com/post/175278206032/skepticphantom-chuckmanx-tatertitans" class="tumblr_blog">redbloodedamerica</a>:</p><blockquote> <p><a href="https://skepticphantom.tumblr.com/post/175263174149/chuckmanx-tatertitans-lgbtlaughs-a-bakery" class="tumblr_blog">skepticphantom</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://chuckmanx.tumblr.com/post/166060039899/tatertitans-lgbtlaughs-a-bakery-is-facing" class="tumblr_blog">chuckmanx</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://tatertitans.tumblr.com/post/109117721187/lgbtlaughs-a-bakery-is-facing-legal">tatertitans</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://lgbtlaughs.tumblr.com/post/109100071760/a-bakery-is-facing-legal-action-because-it-refused">lgbtlaughs</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://metro.co.uk/2015/01/22/bakery-accused-of-religious-discrimination-for-refusing-to-write-anti-gay-message-on-cake-5032529/"><strong>A bakery is facing legal action because it refused to write anti-gay comments on a cake for a customer</strong></a></p> <p>The customer bringing the claim against Azucar Bakery in Denver, Colorado, says he was the victim of ‘religious discrimination’ because they wouldn’t adorn cakes with the words ‘God hates gays’, and draw a picture of two men holding hands with a red cross above it.</p> <p>Owner Marjorie Silva called the requests of Bill Jack ‘discriminatory and hateful’ and refused to decorate the cakes, saying: ‘We never refuse service. We did feel that it was not right for us to write hateful words or pictures against human beings.’</p> <p>She did, however, offer to make Mr Jack the cakes and sell him some icing so her could decorate them himself.</p> <p>Mr Jack was not satisfied with this response, telling a local news station he was being ‘discriminated against by the bakery based on my creed’.</p> <p>He has filed a complaint with the Department of Regulatory Agencies, which have now placed the bakery under investigation, and could refer the complaint to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission if they feel that Mr Jack was being discriminated against.</p> <p>Mr Jack is the head of the Worldview Academy, an organisation that exists to help people ‘think and live in accord with a Biblical worldview’.</p> <p>Since the incident Ms Silva has received praise and support from people throughout the world who have contacted her via email.</p> </blockquote> <p>Guys please spread this, I live here and I love this cake shop so much and would hate to see it get closed for something like this. The cakes there are absolutely phenomenal, and they even have gay and lesbian wedding cake toppers, and is the only cake store that has those in all of Denver, Golden, and Lakewood. Please don’t let this cake shop close.</p> </blockquote> <p>Friendly Christian Reminder:<br/></p> <p>Saying “God Hates” is a violation of most of the New Testament. See also John 3:16-17, for starters. Numerous mentions of “God is love”.</p> <p>Saying that you are without sin is a bold-faced lie; see Psalm 130 and Romans 3:20.</p> <p>Passing judgement onto another person is a no-no; see Mathew 7:1-5.</p> <p>Loving thy neighbor is one of the two most important commandments; Mark 12:31.</p> <p>And that your ‘neighbor’ isn’t always another Christian; see Luke 10:25-37.</p> <p><br/></p> <p>In short, stop using my religion to justify you being an ass-hat, Ass-hat.</p> </blockquote> <p style="">Guess we come full circle now. <br/></p> <p>think <a class="tumblelog" href="https://tmblr.co/mhaiNKeZ_RViwScgQtvf7CQ">@redbloodedamerica</a> gave a scenario like this as a counter example while back.<br/></p> </blockquote> <p>I can’t believe this <a href="https://mediaassets.thedenverchannel.com/document/2015/04/23/Jack_Williams_V_Azucar_Bakery_17228465_ver1.0.pdf">actually happened</a>.  This bigot should bake that cake.  How dare she discriminate…</p> </blockquote> <p>No, she shouldn’t. She should have the right to refuse service. And so should anyone who doesn’t want to bake a gay wedding cake. <br/></p></blockquote> <p>Pretty sure he was being sarcastic.</p>
new testament: <p><a href="http://celticpyro.tumblr.com/post/175278281854/redbloodedamerica-skepticphantom-chuckmanx" class="tumblr_blog">celticpyro</a>:</p>

<blockquote><p><a href="http://redbloodedamerica.tumblr.com/post/175278206032/skepticphantom-chuckmanx-tatertitans" class="tumblr_blog">redbloodedamerica</a>:</p><blockquote>
<p><a href="https://skepticphantom.tumblr.com/post/175263174149/chuckmanx-tatertitans-lgbtlaughs-a-bakery" class="tumblr_blog">skepticphantom</a>:</p>
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<p><a href="http://chuckmanx.tumblr.com/post/166060039899/tatertitans-lgbtlaughs-a-bakery-is-facing" class="tumblr_blog">chuckmanx</a>:</p>
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<p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://tatertitans.tumblr.com/post/109117721187/lgbtlaughs-a-bakery-is-facing-legal">tatertitans</a>:</p>
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<p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://lgbtlaughs.tumblr.com/post/109100071760/a-bakery-is-facing-legal-action-because-it-refused">lgbtlaughs</a>:</p>
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<p><a href="http://metro.co.uk/2015/01/22/bakery-accused-of-religious-discrimination-for-refusing-to-write-anti-gay-message-on-cake-5032529/"><strong>A bakery is facing legal action because it refused to write anti-gay comments on a cake for a customer</strong></a></p>
<p>The customer bringing the claim against Azucar Bakery in Denver, Colorado, says he was the victim of ‘religious discrimination’ because they wouldn’t adorn cakes with the words ‘God hates gays’, and draw a picture of two men holding hands with a red cross above it.</p>
<p>Owner Marjorie Silva called the requests of Bill Jack ‘discriminatory and hateful’ and refused to decorate the cakes, saying: ‘We never refuse service. We did feel that it was not right for us to write hateful words or pictures against human beings.’</p>
<p>She did, however, offer to make Mr Jack the cakes and sell him some icing so her could decorate them himself.</p>
<p>Mr Jack was not satisfied with this response, telling a local news station he was being ‘discriminated against by the bakery based on my creed’.</p>
<p>He has filed a complaint with the Department of Regulatory Agencies, which have now placed the bakery under investigation, and could refer the complaint to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission if they feel that Mr Jack was being discriminated against.</p>
<p>Mr Jack is the head of the Worldview Academy, an organisation that exists to help people ‘think and live in accord with a Biblical worldview’.</p>
<p>Since the incident Ms Silva has received praise and support from people throughout the world who have contacted her via email.</p>
</blockquote>
<p>Guys please spread this, I live here and I love this cake shop so much and would hate to see it get closed for something like this. The cakes there are absolutely phenomenal, and they even have gay and lesbian wedding cake toppers, and is the only cake store that has those in all of Denver, Golden, and Lakewood. Please don’t let this cake shop close.</p>
</blockquote>
<p>Friendly Christian Reminder:<br/></p>
<p>Saying “God Hates” is a violation of most of the New Testament. See also John 3:16-17, for starters. Numerous mentions of “God is love”.</p>
<p>Saying that you are without sin is a bold-faced lie; see Psalm 130 and Romans 3:20.</p>
<p>Passing judgement onto another person is a no-no; see Mathew 7:1-5.</p>
<p>Loving thy neighbor is one of the two most important commandments; Mark 12:31.</p>
<p>And that your ‘neighbor’ isn’t always another Christian; see Luke 10:25-37.</p>
<p><br/></p>
<p>In short, stop using my religion to justify you being an ass-hat, Ass-hat.</p>
</blockquote>
<p style="">Guess we come full circle now. <br/></p>
<p>think <a class="tumblelog" href="https://tmblr.co/mhaiNKeZ_RViwScgQtvf7CQ">@redbloodedamerica</a> gave a scenario like this as a counter example while back.<br/></p>
</blockquote>
<p>I can’t believe this <a href="https://mediaassets.thedenverchannel.com/document/2015/04/23/Jack_Williams_V_Azucar_Bakery_17228465_ver1.0.pdf">actually happened</a>.  This bigot should bake that cake.  How dare she discriminate…</p>
</blockquote>
<p>No, she shouldn’t. She should have the right to refuse service. And so should anyone who doesn’t want to bake a gay wedding cake. <br/></p></blockquote>

<p>Pretty sure he was being sarcastic.</p>

<p><a href="http://celticpyro.tumblr.com/post/175278281854/redbloodedamerica-skepticphantom-chuckmanx" class="tumblr_blog">celticpyro</a>...

new testament: chuckmanx: tatertitans: lgbtlaughs: A bakery is facing legal action because it refused to write anti-gay comments on a cake for a customer The customer bringing the claim against Azucar Bakery in Denver, Colorado, says he was the victim of ‘religious discrimination’ because they wouldn’t adorn cakes with the words ‘God hates gays’, and draw a picture of two men holding hands with a red cross above it. Owner Marjorie Silva called the requests of Bill Jack ‘discriminatory and hateful’ and refused to decorate the cakes, saying: ‘We never refuse service. We did feel that it was not right for us to write hateful words or pictures against human beings.’ She did, however, offer to make Mr Jack the cakes and sell him some icing so her could decorate them himself. Mr Jack was not satisfied with this response, telling a local news station he was being ‘discriminated against by the bakery based on my creed’. He has filed a complaint with the Department of Regulatory Agencies, which have now placed the bakery under investigation, and could refer the complaint to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission if they feel that Mr Jack was being discriminated against. Mr Jack is the head of the Worldview Academy, an organisation that exists to help people ‘think and live in accord with a Biblical worldview’. Since the incident Ms Silva has received praise and support from people throughout the world who have contacted her via email. Guys please spread this, I live here and I love this cake shop so much and would hate to see it get closed for something like this. The cakes there are absolutely phenomenal, and they even have gay and lesbian wedding cake toppers, and is the only cake store that has those in all of Denver, Golden, and Lakewood. Please don’t let this cake shop close. Friendly Christian Reminder: Saying “God Hates” is a violation of most of the New Testament. See also John 3:16-17, for starters. Numerous mentions of “God is love”. Saying that you are without sin is a bold-faced lie; see Psalm 130 and Romans 3:20. Passing judgement onto another person is a no-no; see Mathew 7:1-5. Loving thy neighbor is one of the two most important commandments; Mark 12:31. And that your ‘neighbor’ isn’t always another Christian; see Luke 10:25-37. In short, stop using my religion to justify you being an ass-hat, Ass-hat.
new testament: chuckmanx:

tatertitans:

lgbtlaughs:

A bakery is facing legal action because it refused to write anti-gay comments on a cake for a customer
The customer bringing the claim against Azucar Bakery in Denver, Colorado, says he was the victim of ‘religious discrimination’ because they wouldn’t adorn cakes with the words ‘God hates gays’, and draw a picture of two men holding hands with a red cross above it.
Owner Marjorie Silva called the requests of Bill Jack ‘discriminatory and hateful’ and refused to decorate the cakes, saying: ‘We never refuse service. We did feel that it was not right for us to write hateful words or pictures against human beings.’
She did, however, offer to make Mr Jack the cakes and sell him some icing so her could decorate them himself.
Mr Jack was not satisfied with this response, telling a local news station he was being ‘discriminated against by the bakery based on my creed’.
He has filed a complaint with the Department of Regulatory Agencies, which have now placed the bakery under investigation, and could refer the complaint to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission if they feel that Mr Jack was being discriminated against.
Mr Jack is the head of the Worldview Academy, an organisation that exists to help people ‘think and live in accord with a Biblical worldview’.
Since the incident Ms Silva has received praise and support from people throughout the world who have contacted her via email.

Guys please spread this, I live here and I love this cake shop so much and would hate to see it get closed for something like this. The cakes there are absolutely phenomenal, and they even have gay and lesbian wedding cake toppers, and is the only cake store that has those in all of Denver, Golden, and Lakewood. Please don’t let this cake shop close.

Friendly Christian Reminder:
Saying “God Hates” is a violation of most of the New Testament. See also John 3:16-17, for starters. Numerous mentions of “God is love”.
Saying that you are without sin is a bold-faced lie; see Psalm 130 and Romans 3:20.
Passing judgement onto another person is a no-no; see Mathew 7:1-5.
Loving thy neighbor is one of the two most important commandments; Mark 12:31.
And that your ‘neighbor’ isn’t always another Christian; see Luke 10:25-37.

In short, stop using my religion to justify you being an ass-hat, Ass-hat.

chuckmanx: tatertitans: lgbtlaughs: A bakery is facing legal action because it refused to write anti-gay comments on a cake for a cust...

new testament: Number of times Jesus spoke against homosexuals or gay marriage: o Number of times Jesus spoke against bigots & bullies; against hatred & injustice, against unequal treatment: pretty much the entire Bible. LGBT UNITED #LoveisLove D DOORS OPEN TO ALL GODS Equality is a word found numerous times in the New Testament. Jesus has made us equal, so we need to be careful that we do not judge people, whether by their physical appearances (even if they look very differently from you), or by worldly standards (social stereotypes). There is equality among Jesus’ followers as we each, without respect to gender or preference. All people ultimately have God as their source. For God, there is no gender or sexual orientation distinction here. God’s doors opened for everyone who believes. Speaking of equality, Jesus taught that marriage is not about a gender preference. Marriage is about unity (i.e. oneness) of the two souls joined by God’s blessing. And no person on Earth can claim authority over this union: Matt. 19:5-6: “And the two shall become one flesh’. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” SO SUCK IT UP BIGOTS! JESUS AND HIS DAD ARE ON OUR SIDE! LGBT LGBTUN rainbownation rainbow_nation_us queerhumor GodIsLove LGBTPride LoveIsLove Homosexual Queer Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pansexual Asexual Polysexual GenderEquality Questioning Agender GenderQueer GenderFluid LGBTQ
new testament: Number of times Jesus spoke against
 homosexuals or gay marriage: o
 Number of times Jesus spoke against
 bigots & bullies; against hatred &
 injustice, against unequal treatment:
 pretty much the entire Bible.
 LGBT
 UNITED
 #LoveisLove D
 DOORS
 OPEN
 TO ALL
 GODS
Equality is a word found numerous times in the New Testament. Jesus has made us equal, so we need to be careful that we do not judge people, whether by their physical appearances (even if they look very differently from you), or by worldly standards (social stereotypes). There is equality among Jesus’ followers as we each, without respect to gender or preference. All people ultimately have God as their source. For God, there is no gender or sexual orientation distinction here. God’s doors opened for everyone who believes. Speaking of equality, Jesus taught that marriage is not about a gender preference. Marriage is about unity (i.e. oneness) of the two souls joined by God’s blessing. And no person on Earth can claim authority over this union: Matt. 19:5-6: “And the two shall become one flesh’. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” SO SUCK IT UP BIGOTS! JESUS AND HIS DAD ARE ON OUR SIDE! LGBT LGBTUN rainbownation rainbow_nation_us queerhumor GodIsLove LGBTPride LoveIsLove Homosexual Queer Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pansexual Asexual Polysexual GenderEquality Questioning Agender GenderQueer GenderFluid LGBTQ

Equality is a word found numerous times in the New Testament. Jesus has made us equal, so we need to be careful that we do not judge peop...

new testament: "The more i got to know islam the more i fell in love with it" @islam 4everyone Sister Mariana’s journey to Islam in her words As Salam Alaikum Wa Rahmadullahi Wa Barakatu all ❤️ My name is Mariana and I’m Czech revert living in Uk. Alhamdulillah I’ve converted to islam 4 years ago in young age. As many of you know back home we didn’t really knew nothing about muslims, we hardly see any muslim (I’ve never seen one in my life back home) and mostly all we knew about muslims was trough social media (e.g. Al-Qaida , Taliban and of course 9-11). And even in school we had nothing about muslim. I used to be strong Catholic, used to read bible and old and New Testament on daily and even go to Catholic Church school. But all changed when me and my mother moved to uk and she have married pakistani muslim man , well he wasn’t a great example of muslim but that’s when i met my first muslim ever. After a while I’ve started going to school here and meet more muslims and becoming friends with them. And that’s when my research began. From hating muslims I went to protecting and loving them , soon after finishing Quran and Reading life of Prophet Muhammed SAW I’ve converted to Islam Alhamdulillah. Path was easy till the day I’ve started to properly practice it. My mom wasntmuch happy about me no more, loads of my family started backbiting and I’ve even lost many of my dearest friends and even got a death threats from my love ones . But Alhamdulillah with a help of Allah SWT I’ve been strong and just went my way learning more about my religion and covering my self . I’ve been trough bad just to become stronger and created more and more passion for my religion ISLAM ❤️. Islam has showed me truth which i was looking for. When everything was going downhill this phase always helped me “Allah test those who he loves” Subhan’Allah look at this , if you feel life is hard remember this ☺️ May Allah SWT bless you all with an good health and let us all meet in Jannah . Ameen
new testament: "The more i got to know islam
 the more i
 fell in love with it"
 @islam 4everyone
Sister Mariana’s journey to Islam in her words As Salam Alaikum Wa Rahmadullahi Wa Barakatu all ❤️ My name is Mariana and I’m Czech revert living in Uk. Alhamdulillah I’ve converted to islam 4 years ago in young age. As many of you know back home we didn’t really knew nothing about muslims, we hardly see any muslim (I’ve never seen one in my life back home) and mostly all we knew about muslims was trough social media (e.g. Al-Qaida , Taliban and of course 9-11). And even in school we had nothing about muslim. I used to be strong Catholic, used to read bible and old and New Testament on daily and even go to Catholic Church school. But all changed when me and my mother moved to uk and she have married pakistani muslim man , well he wasn’t a great example of muslim but that’s when i met my first muslim ever. After a while I’ve started going to school here and meet more muslims and becoming friends with them. And that’s when my research began. From hating muslims I went to protecting and loving them , soon after finishing Quran and Reading life of Prophet Muhammed SAW I’ve converted to Islam Alhamdulillah. Path was easy till the day I’ve started to properly practice it. My mom wasntmuch happy about me no more, loads of my family started backbiting and I’ve even lost many of my dearest friends and even got a death threats from my love ones . But Alhamdulillah with a help of Allah SWT I’ve been strong and just went my way learning more about my religion and covering my self . I’ve been trough bad just to become stronger and created more and more passion for my religion ISLAM ❤️. Islam has showed me truth which i was looking for. When everything was going downhill this phase always helped me “Allah test those who he loves” Subhan’Allah look at this , if you feel life is hard remember this ☺️ May Allah SWT bless you all with an good health and let us all meet in Jannah . Ameen

Sister Mariana’s journey to Islam in her words As Salam Alaikum Wa Rahmadullahi Wa Barakatu all ❤️ My name is Mariana and I’m Czech rever...

new testament: 1500 Year Old Bible Claims Jesus Christ Was Not Crucified - Vatican In Awe testa Much to the dismay of the Vatican, an approx. 1500-2000 year old bible was found in Turkey, in the Ethnography Museum of Ankara. Discovered and kept secret in the year 2000, the book contains the Gospel of Barnabas - a disciple of Christ - which shows that Jesus was not crucified, nor was he the son of God, but a Prophet. The book also calls Apostle Paul "The Impostor". The book also claims that Jesus ascended to heaven alive, and that Judas Iscariot was crucified in his place. Authenticity According to reports, experts and religious authorities in Tehram insist that the book is original. The book itself is written with gold lettering, onto loosely- tied leather in Aramaic, the language of Jesus Christ. mediocre-latinist: maggie-stiefvater: destielhiseyesopened: umiko-hitara: poisonpawz: zftw: voyagebysexualdiscovery: Uh oh wouldn’t that be awkward Can I get some credible sources? Here’s one and another and one more for the road Theology nerd side of Tumblr, reporting for duty! There are roughly five and a half fucktillion extracanonical gospels out there. For the first couple centuries after Jesus bit it, his followers wrote a ridiculous amount of fanfic. There were a gajillion different headcanons floating around about exactly who and what he even was (God pretending to be human? human who got possessed by God at his baptism? human who got promoted to demigod after his death? simultaneously God and human all along??) and lots of early Christian communities ~conveniently~ discovered a Totally 100% Authentic Eyewitness Account that supported their pet theory (and also, proved that their fave disciple was clearly the best). Big Name Fans argued about all the major disagreements, periodically throwing conventions specifically to bicker until they reached some sort of consensus (more or less – sometimes the hold-outs ended up saying “screw you guys, we’re gonna go form our own church!”) Toward the end of the second century, a guy named Irenaeus wrote a meta arguing that there were four fics worth reading – no more, no less – and they were ones that folks somewhere along the line started to claim were written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. This idea caught on as a popular bit of fanon, and over the next couple of centuries it gained so much support that it was declared canon. So, what’s the point of this Jesus fandom history lesson? Basically, that the discovery of yet another extracanonical text isn’t particularly earth-shattering. Headlines like “Ancient Bible changes everything! Pope freaking out!” are bullshit, but that’s how it’s always framed cause more accurate headlines like “Old manuscript discovered – Historians say ‘Ooh, nifty!’” aren’t very good click-bait. The actual history and politics of the various gospel texts are really fascinating though (if you’re a huge fucking nerd, like me). In the Gospel of Judas, he’s the only disciple who really understands Jesus, who told Judas to “betray” him. Also, God’s a Glow Cloud. The Infancy Gospel of Thomas has kid!Jesus smite other kids for being little shits. The Gospel of Peter is hella anti-Jewish, but has one cool bit with a character that’s literally a walking, talking cross. There’s a whole book called “Q” which has never even been found, but scholars are pretty sure exists cause Matthew and Luke copied a lot from it. Seriously, leaning about this stuff made me go “woah, this is freaking awesome – why the hell did my parents’ church make the Bible seem so damn boring??” Well, probably cause all those white upper middle class folks didn’t want us kiddies to dig too deep and find out what a radical, anti-establishment bamf Jesus really was, but that’s another rant for another time… Reblogging because this is what I live for. As a medieval history major, I got taught first and foremost that we’d be spending four years reading lies and biased half-truths and mythologies. Our job was to find the places they agreed and work the rest out from there. “Do the edge pieces first, Maggie.” I took an entire seminar on forgeries, because so many of the sources historians use to piece together the past are known fakes, but the best they can do is read between the lines or have no lines at all. There’s a reason why medieval historians read farm reports featuring travel descriptions and saints’ lives involving demons-living-in-buckets with the same attention to detail. Every dry history text you’ve read in your life comes from a pile of sources like this, bits of maybe-truth cobbled together with toothpaste and narwhal horn dust. The moral of the story is be curious, and look for the lies in truth and the truth in lies. It’s pretty great: hello, history, riddle me this. tl;dr people seem to forget that the NT canon wasn’t formally set until about 300 years after the founding of the church.
new testament: 1500 Year Old Bible
 Claims Jesus Christ
 Was Not Crucified -
 Vatican In Awe

 testa
 Much to the dismay of the Vatican, an
 approx. 1500-2000 year old bible was
 found in Turkey, in the Ethnography
 Museum of Ankara.

 Discovered and kept secret in the year
 2000, the book contains the Gospel of
 Barnabas - a disciple of Christ - which
 shows that Jesus was not crucified, nor
 was he the son of God, but a Prophet.
 The book also calls Apostle Paul "The
 Impostor". The book also claims that
 Jesus ascended to heaven alive, and
 that Judas Iscariot was crucified in his
 place.

 Authenticity
 According to reports, experts and
 religious authorities in Tehram insist that
 the book is original. The book itself is
 written with gold lettering, onto loosely-
 tied leather in Aramaic, the language of
 Jesus Christ.
mediocre-latinist:

maggie-stiefvater:

destielhiseyesopened:

umiko-hitara:

poisonpawz:

zftw:

voyagebysexualdiscovery:

Uh oh

wouldn’t that be awkward

Can I get some credible sources?

Here’s one
and another
and one more for the road

Theology nerd side of Tumblr, reporting for duty!
There are roughly five and a half fucktillion extracanonical gospels out there. For the first couple centuries after Jesus bit it, his followers wrote a ridiculous amount of fanfic. There were a gajillion different headcanons floating around about exactly who and what he even was (God pretending to be human? human who got possessed by God at his baptism? human who got promoted to demigod after his death? simultaneously God and human all along??) and lots of early Christian communities ~conveniently~ discovered a Totally 100% Authentic Eyewitness Account that supported their pet theory (and also, proved that their fave disciple was clearly the best).
Big Name Fans argued about all the major disagreements, periodically throwing conventions specifically to bicker until they reached some sort of consensus (more or less – sometimes the hold-outs ended up saying “screw you guys, we’re gonna go form our own church!”) Toward the end of the second century, a guy named Irenaeus wrote a meta arguing that there were four fics worth reading – no more, no less – and they were ones that folks somewhere along the line started to claim were written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. This idea caught on as a popular bit of fanon, and over the next couple of centuries it gained so much support that it was declared canon.
So, what’s the point of this Jesus fandom history lesson? Basically, that the discovery of yet another extracanonical text isn’t particularly earth-shattering. Headlines like “Ancient Bible changes everything! Pope freaking out!” are bullshit, but that’s how it’s always framed cause more accurate headlines like “Old manuscript discovered – Historians say ‘Ooh, nifty!’” aren’t very good click-bait.
The actual history and politics of the various gospel texts are really fascinating though (if you’re a huge fucking nerd, like me). In the Gospel of Judas, he’s the only disciple who really understands Jesus, who told Judas to “betray” him. Also, God’s a Glow Cloud. The Infancy Gospel of Thomas has kid!Jesus smite other kids for being little shits. The Gospel of Peter is hella anti-Jewish, but has one cool bit with a character that’s literally a walking, talking cross. There’s a whole book called “Q” which has never even been found, but scholars are pretty sure exists cause Matthew and Luke copied a lot from it.
Seriously, leaning about this stuff made me go “woah, this is freaking awesome – why the hell did my parents’ church make the Bible seem so damn boring??” Well, probably cause all those white upper middle class folks didn’t want us kiddies to dig too deep and find out what a radical, anti-establishment bamf Jesus really was, but that’s another rant for another time…

Reblogging because this is what I live for. As a medieval history major, I got taught first and foremost that we’d be spending four years reading lies and biased half-truths and mythologies. Our job was to find the places they agreed and work the rest out from there. “Do the edge pieces first, Maggie.” I took an entire seminar on forgeries, because so many of the sources historians use to piece together the past are known fakes, but the best they can do is read between the lines or have no lines at all. There’s a reason why medieval historians read farm reports featuring travel descriptions and saints’ lives involving demons-living-in-buckets with the same attention to detail. Every dry history text you’ve read in your life comes from a pile of sources like this, bits of maybe-truth cobbled together with toothpaste and narwhal horn dust.
The moral of the story is be curious, and look for the lies in truth and the truth in lies. It’s pretty great: hello, history, riddle me this.

tl;dr people seem to forget that the NT canon wasn’t formally set until about 300 years after the founding of the church.

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new testament: Your core values tell you "thou shalt not kill" but your killing machine says "Shut up God, this is 'Merica!" Pew pew <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://moofles.tumblr.com/post/41734084815/gop-tea-pub-proudgayconservative-well">moofles</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://gop-tea-pub.tumblr.com/post/41733882076/proudgayconservative-well-actually-it-says">gop-tea-pub</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://proudgayconservative.tumblr.com/post/41731987426/well-actually-it-says-thou-shalt-not-murder-the">proudgayconservative</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Well actually it says “thou shalt not murder”, the hebrew word does not translate as kill.</p> <p>There is a distinct difference between “kill” and “murder” even in our modern day legal system.</p> <p>If I kill a man who is attempting to murder or rape or rob me, that is not murder. That is self-defense. Which is exactly why (along with hunting and sports) that most gun owners own weapons.</p> <p>Congratulations for showing your stupidity again!</p> </blockquote> <h2>Exodus 22:2-3</h2> <p class="MsoQuote"><strong>Exodus 22:2-3</strong>  <sup>2</sup> “If the thief is found breaking in, and he is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt for his bloodshed.   <sup>3</sup> “<u>If the sun has risen on him</u>, there shall be guilt for his bloodshed.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">There are two cases here. In the first case, if someone breaks into your home at night, and you kill him, you are not held guilty of murder. You are not deserving of capital punishment. You do not need to flee to a city of refuge to preserve your life. The understanding is that at night, it is dark, and if someone has invaded your house, they do not announce if they are there merely to steal jewelry and tools. In the dark, you have no way of knowing if someone is coming to kidnap, to rape, or to murder. You are thus blameless if the criminal is killed in that situation. The passage does make it clear that if a man is breaking in at night with the intent of theft <em>or worse</em> (rape, murder, kidnapping, etc.), the defendant can righteously defend himself with lethal force to prevent the commission of the crime).  </p> <p class="MsoNormal">In the second case, it says “if the sun has risen on him”, and you kill the intruder, you are guilty of his bloodshed.  The understanding is that in daytime, there is light, and you can discern the intentions of the home invader. The crime in question here is theft (“if the <strong>thief</strong>”). It is not legitimate to kill someone who is merely stealing your property. In creating civil laws, we see here that not all crimes are worthy of death.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In the daytime, it is assumed that the intention of the intruder can be discerned. If he is a thief, he may not be killed by the defendant. However, if the intruder is there to commit a different crime—assault, murder, kidnapping, rape, etc.—different laws/rules would apply. Though the crime of theft is not worthy of death, kidnapping was worthy of death (Exodus 21:16, Deut. 24:7) as was murder.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Matthew Henry writes: “…if it was in the day-time that the thief was killed, he that killed him must be accountable for it, unless it was in the necessary defense of his own life. … We ought to be tender of the lives even of bad men; the magistrate must afford us redress, and we must not avenge ourselves.” <br/><br/></p> <h1>Possession of weapons and skills with weapons a good and useful thing</h1> <p class="MsoNormal">Having looked at a number of passages that deal with weapons and self-defense, let’s spend a little time discussing Scripture’s view of owning weapons and being skilled in their use. The imagery of weapon use and skill at weapons use is often employed in Scripture, and it is often portrayed as a positive or desirable thing. The Lord’s might is something good, and it is often depicted using martial terms (Zec. 9:14, Psa. 7:13, 18:14, 21:12, 64:7, Hab. 3:11, Deu 32:42, 2 Sam 22:15). The Scriptures are a sword (Eph. 6:17; Heb 4:12). A sword comes out of the mouth of Christ (Rev. 1:16, 2:16, 19:15).</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Possession of weapons is never discouraged in Scripture. In fact, in 1Sam 13:19ff, it is negatively reported that no spears or swords were found in Israel because of the Philistines:</p> <p class="MsoQuote"><strong>1 Samuel 13:19-22 </strong> <sup>9</sup> Now there was no blacksmith to be found throughout all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, “Lest the Hebrews make swords or spears.”…  <sup>22</sup> So it came about, on the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people who were with Saul and Jonathan. But they were found with Saul and Jonathan his son.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Let’s look at two verses from the Psalms:</p> <p class="MsoQuote"><strong>Psalm 144:1</strong> Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:</p> <p class="MsoQuote"><strong>Psalm 18:34 </strong>He teaches my hands to make war, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Skill and ability to use weapons here, whether literal and/or metaphorical, is positively portrayed in these verses.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Further, we have accounts of David, not a soldier, not a law enforcement officer, but a youth, employing ranged weapons skillfully (with God’s help) against bears and lions. This is domestic use of lethal weaponry, non-military use, with non-military training. The weapons used by young David are not “kiddie” slingshots. They are powerful enough to kill a bear and lion—in today’s market, we’re talking about a .44 magnum, not a .22, in the hands of someone too young to be in the army.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">We might be tempted to think that was just for dealing with animals that could threaten sheep. But aren’t <em>humans</em> worth even <em>more</em> protection than sheep?</p> <p class="MsoNormal">We understand that according to Scripture, in matters not of worship or church government, whatever is not forbidden is permitted. I’m not making a claim that ownership of weaponry for the purpose of self-defense is <em>required </em>of the believer. It is not required, but it is <em>permitted</em> by Scripture.</p> <h2>Perspective</h2> <p class="MsoNormal">Fourthly and finally, keep the right perspective on this. Though we see sanction and even a qualified directive from Christ to possess personal weapons, we must remember three points. First, in the remainder of the New Testament, we have no further examples of believers taking up the sword. Secondly, the emphasis in the remainder of the New Testament is decidedly <em>not</em> geared toward the issues of physical self-defense or righteous use of lethal force. Rather, we see more emphasis on Godly living, suffering affliction and persecution for Christ, and grasping the precious doctrines of Christ and the Gospel.  Thirdly, possession of weapons and acquiring the skill to use them in self-defense is permitted but not <em>required</em> by Scripture.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Believers should be conscious that personal self-defense is legitimatized by the Scriptures, just as the use of construction tools, cooking tools, transportation tools are legitimized by Scripture. And these matters of self-defense should hold in our minds and in our affections the same position as those other legitimate, but transitory, matters.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The tendency in some circles is to make the topic of self-defense of <em>primary importance</em>. Though heavenly beings do battle and render judgments with the sword, in the perfection pictured in both the garden of Eden and in the Heavenly city, the <em>primary</em> activities are fellowship with God, fellowship with His people, singing in worship, and living in peace.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>That</em> is our destination.<br/><br/>And there ya go. The Biblical explanation in short. The Bible also states that we are to obey the laws of man.</p> <h3><a class="bibleref" href="http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+13%3A1-5&amp;version=ESV">Romans 13:1-5</a><span class="note"> </span></h3> <p>Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. <br/><br/><br/>You asked for it with your little contrived picture. You got an answer I am sure you will try and construe. Try being the key word.<br/><br/>Check mate. Try again with a new game.</p> </blockquote> <p>oh <em>snap</em></p> </blockquote>
new testament: Your core values tell
 you "thou shalt not kill"
 but your killing
 machine says
 "Shut up God,
 this is 'Merica!"
 Pew pew
<p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://moofles.tumblr.com/post/41734084815/gop-tea-pub-proudgayconservative-well">moofles</a>:</p>
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<p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://gop-tea-pub.tumblr.com/post/41733882076/proudgayconservative-well-actually-it-says">gop-tea-pub</a>:</p>
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<p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://proudgayconservative.tumblr.com/post/41731987426/well-actually-it-says-thou-shalt-not-murder-the">proudgayconservative</a>:</p>
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<p>Well actually it says “thou shalt not murder”, the hebrew word does not translate as kill.</p>
<p>There is a distinct difference between “kill” and “murder” even in our modern day legal system.</p>
<p>If I kill a man who is attempting to murder or rape or rob me, that is not murder. That is self-defense. Which is exactly why (along with hunting and sports) that most gun owners own weapons.</p>
<p>Congratulations for showing your stupidity again!</p>
</blockquote>
<h2>Exodus 22:2-3</h2>
<p class="MsoQuote"><strong>Exodus 22:2-3</strong>  <sup>2</sup> “If the thief is found breaking in, and he is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt for his bloodshed.   <sup>3</sup> “<u>If the sun has risen on him</u>, there shall be guilt for his bloodshed.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal">There are two cases here. In the first case, if someone breaks into your home at night, and you kill him, you are not held guilty of murder. You are not deserving of capital punishment. You do not need to flee to a city of refuge to preserve your life. The understanding is that at night, it is dark, and if someone has invaded your house, they do not announce if they are there merely to steal jewelry and tools. In the dark, you have no way of knowing if someone is coming to kidnap, to rape, or to murder. You are thus blameless if the criminal is killed in that situation. The passage does make it clear that if a man is breaking in at night with the intent of theft <em>or worse</em> (rape, murder, kidnapping, etc.), the defendant can righteously defend himself with lethal force to prevent the commission of the crime).  </p>
<p class="MsoNormal">In the second case, it says “if the sun has risen on him”, and you kill the intruder, you are guilty of his bloodshed.  The understanding is that in daytime, there is light, and you can discern the intentions of the home invader. The crime in question here is theft (“if the <strong>thief</strong>”). It is not legitimate to kill someone who is merely stealing your property. In creating civil laws, we see here that not all crimes are worthy of death.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal">In the daytime, it is assumed that the intention of the intruder can be discerned. If he is a thief, he may not be killed by the defendant. However, if the intruder is there to commit a different crime—assault, murder, kidnapping, rape, etc.—different laws/rules would apply. Though the crime of theft is not worthy of death, kidnapping was worthy of death (Exodus 21:16, Deut. 24:7) as was murder.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal">Matthew Henry writes: “…if it was in the day-time that the thief was killed, he that killed him must be accountable for it, unless it was in the necessary defense of his own life. … We ought to be tender of the lives even of bad men; the magistrate must afford us redress, and we must not avenge ourselves.” <br/><br/></p>
<h1>Possession of weapons and skills with weapons a good and useful thing</h1>
<p class="MsoNormal">Having looked at a number of passages that deal with weapons and self-defense, let’s spend a little time discussing Scripture’s view of owning weapons and being skilled in their use. The imagery of weapon use and skill at weapons use is often employed in Scripture, and it is often portrayed as a positive or desirable thing. The Lord’s might is something good, and it is often depicted using martial terms (Zec. 9:14, Psa. 7:13, 18:14, 21:12, 64:7, Hab. 3:11, Deu 32:42, 2 Sam 22:15). The Scriptures are a sword (Eph. 6:17; Heb 4:12). A sword comes out of the mouth of Christ (Rev. 1:16, 2:16, 19:15).</p>
<p class="MsoNormal">Possession of weapons is never discouraged in Scripture. In fact, in 1Sam 13:19ff, it is negatively reported that no spears or swords were found in Israel because of the Philistines:</p>
<p class="MsoQuote"><strong>1 Samuel 13:19-22 </strong> <sup>9</sup> Now there was no blacksmith to be found throughout all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, “Lest the Hebrews make swords or spears.”…  <sup>22</sup> So it came about, on the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people who were with Saul and Jonathan. But they were found with Saul and Jonathan his son.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal">Let’s look at two verses from the Psalms:</p>
<p class="MsoQuote"><strong>Psalm 144:1</strong> Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:</p>
<p class="MsoQuote"><strong>Psalm 18:34 </strong>He teaches my hands to make war, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze</p>
<p class="MsoNormal">Skill and ability to use weapons here, whether literal and/or metaphorical, is positively portrayed in these verses.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal">Further, we have accounts of David, not a soldier, not a law enforcement officer, but a youth, employing ranged weapons skillfully (with God’s help) against bears and lions. This is domestic use of lethal weaponry, non-military use, with non-military training. The weapons used by young David are not “kiddie” slingshots. They are powerful enough to kill a bear and lion—in today’s market, we’re talking about a .44 magnum, not a .22, in the hands of someone too young to be in the army.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal">We might be tempted to think that was just for dealing with animals that could threaten sheep. But aren’t <em>humans</em> worth even <em>more</em> protection than sheep?</p>
<p class="MsoNormal">We understand that according to Scripture, in matters not of worship or church government, whatever is not forbidden is permitted. I’m not making a claim that ownership of weaponry for the purpose of self-defense is <em>required </em>of the believer. It is not required, but it is <em>permitted</em> by Scripture.</p>
<h2>Perspective</h2>
<p class="MsoNormal">Fourthly and finally, keep the right perspective on this. Though we see sanction and even a qualified directive from Christ to possess personal weapons, we must remember three points. First, in the remainder of the New Testament, we have no further examples of believers taking up the sword. Secondly, the emphasis in the remainder of the New Testament is decidedly <em>not</em> geared toward the issues of physical self-defense or righteous use of lethal force. Rather, we see more emphasis on Godly living, suffering affliction and persecution for Christ, and grasping the precious doctrines of Christ and the Gospel.  Thirdly, possession of weapons and acquiring the skill to use them in self-defense is permitted but not <em>required</em> by Scripture.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal">Believers should be conscious that personal self-defense is legitimatized by the Scriptures, just as the use of construction tools, cooking tools, transportation tools are legitimized by Scripture. And these matters of self-defense should hold in our minds and in our affections the same position as those other legitimate, but transitory, matters.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal">The tendency in some circles is to make the topic of self-defense of <em>primary importance</em>. Though heavenly beings do battle and render judgments with the sword, in the perfection pictured in both the garden of Eden and in the Heavenly city, the <em>primary</em> activities are fellowship with God, fellowship with His people, singing in worship, and living in peace.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><em>That</em> is our destination.<br/><br/>And there ya go. The Biblical explanation in short. The Bible also states that we are to obey the laws of man.</p>
<h3><a class="bibleref" href="http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+13%3A1-5&amp;version=ESV">Romans 13:1-5</a><span class="note"> </span></h3>
<p>Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. <br/><br/><br/>You asked for it with your little contrived picture. You got an answer I am sure you will try and construe. Try being the key word.<br/><br/>Check mate. Try again with a new game.</p>
</blockquote>
<p>oh <em>snap</em></p>
</blockquote>

<p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://moofles.tumblr.com/post/41734084815/gop-tea-pub-proudgayconservative-well">moofles</a>:</p> <block...

new testament: "THOU SHALT NOT COVET YOUR NEIGHBORIS POSSESSIONS" YET SOCIALISTS THINK I'M ONE OF THEM <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://amandaleigh091.tumblr.com/post/34202891089/proudblackconservative-ionosphere-negate">amandaleigh091</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://proudblackconservative.tumblr.com/post/34167924442/ionosphere-negate-owned-i-hate-it-when">proudblackconservative</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://ionosphere-negate.tumblr.com/post/34167834735">ionosphere-negate</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Owned.</p> </blockquote> <p>I HATE it when people are like “Derp, Jesus was a socialist!” Jesus promoted GENEROSITY. “If ye have two coats and you neighbor have none, give him one” not, “If ye are to lazy to work for ye own coat, take another person’s coat by force.”</p> </blockquote> <p>Your verse didn’t have an addendum stating “If ye have two coats and your neighbor have none, give him one… when it suits you and only if you like your neighbor.” The bible promotes giving what you can and then some to those in need. Charity is meant to be a sacrifice, not just a tax deduction. The biblical use of charity means that you would have to go without something in order to make sure someone else can manage. To be fair, Jesus wasn’t a socialist. He would have given everything to someone in need, not a fraction of what he has and then complain about it.</p> <p>Also, if you actively participate in modern society you are not following the Christian faith as your God intended it… If you don’t abide by every rule in the Bible (even if you ignore the New Testament) you can’t call yourself a Christian. Contending God’s law and justifying not following Him is not by definition “faith.” If you believe the Bible but do not follow it unconditionally, you have situational faith and do not trust that God has your best interests in mind. Technically, you’re insubooridnate to your Creator. I’m sick and tired of the picking and choosing. Follow His word or don’t, but don’t create your own religion if you consider yourself a Bible-believing-Christian. Rant over.</p> </blockquote> <p>Who is this directed to? Because as I stated before, the government forcing you to give some of what you have to someone else is. NOT. Charity. I&rsquo;m not any less of a Christian because I don&rsquo;t think the government should be able to rob me and give what I&rsquo;ve worked for to somebody else without my permission. The Bible says do not steal and do not covet thy neighbors goods. That is what socialism is. </p>
new testament: "THOU SHALT NOT COVET YOUR
 NEIGHBORIS POSSESSIONS"
 YET SOCIALISTS THINK
 I'M ONE OF THEM
<p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://amandaleigh091.tumblr.com/post/34202891089/proudblackconservative-ionosphere-negate">amandaleigh091</a>:</p>
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<p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://proudblackconservative.tumblr.com/post/34167924442/ionosphere-negate-owned-i-hate-it-when">proudblackconservative</a>:</p>
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<p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://ionosphere-negate.tumblr.com/post/34167834735">ionosphere-negate</a>:</p>
<blockquote>
<p>Owned.</p>
</blockquote>
<p>I HATE it when people are like “Derp, Jesus was a socialist!” Jesus promoted GENEROSITY. “If ye have two coats and you neighbor have none, give him one” not, “If ye are to lazy to work for ye own coat, take another person’s coat by force.”</p>
</blockquote>
<p>Your verse didn’t have an addendum stating “If ye have two coats and your neighbor have none, give him one… when it suits you and only if you like your neighbor.” The bible promotes giving what you can and then some to those in need. Charity is meant to be a sacrifice, not just a tax deduction. The biblical use of charity means that you would have to go without something in order to make sure someone else can manage. To be fair, Jesus wasn’t a socialist. He would have given everything to someone in need, not a fraction of what he has and then complain about it.</p>
<p>Also, if you actively participate in modern society you are not following the Christian faith as your God intended it… If you don’t abide by every rule in the Bible (even if you ignore the New Testament) you can’t call yourself a Christian. Contending God’s law and justifying not following Him is not by definition “faith.” If you believe the Bible but do not follow it unconditionally, you have situational faith and do not trust that God has your best interests in mind. Technically, you’re insubooridnate to your Creator. I’m sick and tired of the picking and choosing. Follow His word or don’t, but don’t create your own religion if you consider yourself a Bible-believing-Christian. Rant over.</p>
</blockquote>
<p>Who is this directed to? Because as I stated before, the government forcing you to give some of what you have to someone else is. NOT. Charity. I&rsquo;m not any less of a Christian because I don&rsquo;t think the government should be able to rob me and give what I&rsquo;ve worked for to somebody else without my permission. The Bible says do not steal and do not covet thy neighbors goods. That is what socialism is. </p>

<p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://amandaleigh091.tumblr.com/post/34202891089/proudblackconservative-ionosphere-negate">amandaleigh09...