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 am so tired of people responding biblical condemnation of homosexuality with other ridiculous biblical condemnations so this actual analysis of the actual passage IS SO REFRESHING THANK YOU 

OH MY GOODNESS THANK YOU! I didn’t realize this post was getting spread around with my addition on it until just now!!!! It’s making me so happy that people are seeing it because it frustrates me a bit whenever I see people saying “No, the verse isn’t homophobic!! It’s sexist!!!” because it’s not like that and it’s all kinda been distorted time and time again by different people to meet different agendas.

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a child experiences rain for the first time…. the entire world reveals herself to us every day in this way. It’s all about how we receive it, how open we can remain amidst the din and clatter.

Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes….

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting — over and over announcing your place in the family of things.”

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Without difficulties, life would be like a stream without rocks and curves – about as interesting as concrete. Without problems, there can be no personal growth, no group achievement, no progress of humanity. But what mattes about problems is what one does with them. — Benjamin Hoff, The Te Of Piglet (via quotes-shape-us)

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Reflections: Portraits of the Elderly as They Once Were

I’ve always loved this photoset, it has so many stories just through pictures.

It always pains me to see the elderly being dismissed, ignored or mistreated just because people don’t stop to think about the lives they’ve lead.

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Something changes the moment you decide you’ve found a person you are ready to reveal parts of your soul to. Something stands out and makes the moment unique. A profound multidimensional clarity resembling a piece of carefully gathered stardust; As if you are whispering “finally” and your eyes fill with light and spontaneity. As if you do not care whether your heart will melt or crumble in the process because your brief courage undoes your tremendous fear of disbelief. You live for these moments; For you are, maybe for one second or more, sweetly forced to surrender yourself to unconditional intimacy. A moment of psychological reward smashing all self-imposed disciplines founded on terror. This is all you need. Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934 (via wethinkwedream)

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Crime Against Nature, by Gwenn Seemel, is a book and series of paintings about the natural behaviors of animals, some of which may contradict our assumptions of what are natural male and female behaviors. It will also remind you that there is a wide diversity of reproductive strategies out there, some which you may have never imagined.

I would have loved this book as a kid - animals, beautiful artwork, and biology lessons all in one.

You can read the entire book free online, or buy it in paper or ebook format.

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Disney Princesses as Superheroes.

With Halloween fast approaching, US artist Isaiah K Stephensdecided to the give the Disney Princesses a costume makeover. 

In his illustrated series, he turned Ariel into Black Widow, Aurora into Daenerys Targaryen, Snow White in Wonder Woman, and Jasmine into Chun-Li. 

Check out the rest of the Disney Princesses and their amazing costumes:

(check his Tumblr.)


Leaves change and with them we do. Seasons change and we follow suit. The air chills and we wake to a life entirely new. Autumn comes and we Fall too.


Leaves change and with them we do. Seasons change and we follow suit. The air chills and we wake to a life entirely new. Autumn comes and we Fall too.