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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.

Matthew 8:5-13


In short, the English adaptation is a mistranslated farce.


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Beauty Beats
Beats Antique

Music, words, dance. This is my religion. 

The song is Beauty Beats by Beats Antique, and you should go buy all their albums immediately. 

Taking Back Sunday, Bogarts 7/24/11

Last night was about holding hands with strangers to stay in place, of sharing water and sweat that dripped off my face and hands and arms, until I was soaked like I’d stepped out of a shower. It was about sometimes singing the words back to a singer who stared into my eyes, or the eyes of the boy next to me, or the girl next to me, or my friends’ eyes, or climbing out to walk through the crowd and sing to everyone behind us. It was falling in love with a new band (Colour Revolt) and one that I’d heard, but never connected with, until last night (Thursday). It was being so hot, so elated that I lost my ability to speak coherently or without exclamation points and verbal ticks most commonly associated with teenagers. It was meeting the sweetest band guys ever, and not needing to meet the others because the night was so damn perfect and so damn hot that showers were actually needed. 

It was meeting new friends in line and being thrilled for them when they got sound check passes and caught drumsticks, even as the one I caught was pulled from my hands. 

It was the band playing the one song I never thought I’d hear live, and that I love, and finally, for the first time in my memory of actually welling up into tears that mingled with my sweat, of not being able to walk a straight line because I was so tired, so exhausted. 

It was a night of mic swinging, of sass, and just a wee bit of sadness to make it all that much sweeter. 

Thank you, Megs, for being so awesome, not just for the show, but also being a friend. I think our conversations outside the venue made the day as much, if not moreso, than seeing the bands. You offered me perspective on friendships, and a reality check, and that helped more than I can really say. 

I feel sad for anyone for whom the music stops as they get older. I appreciate silence more, and I appreciate different styles of music more as I grow older. I experience music differently, now. Concerts like last night, by necessity, have gotten fewer and farther between, but they are no less valuable. 

Music and friendship for me still go hand-in-hand, and I hope they always will. 

Thanks Taking Back Sunday, Thursday, Colour Revolt and New Regime.