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A quick look at: Baal, the Canaanite god of fertility and rain, whom is known at Ugarit as “the Rider of Clouds” -which is where this artifact of him was found.
Baal is actually a title meaning master or lord. There was a large number of local Baals, such as Baal-hamon (Cant 8:11), Baal-gad (Josh 11:17), and Baal-zephon (Exod 14:2).
Of these Baals was the “Great Baal,” or “the Rider of Clouds.” Baal was the son of El (the Father of the gods) and brother of Yam-Nahar (god of the rivers and seas). He is a fertility god, who represents the beneficial aspects of water as rain. Baal worship likely included a number of rituals, such as a ritual dance which involved participants limping around the altar (1 Kgs 18:26).
According to Ugaritic texts there were two stories which played a particularly significant role in shaping Canaanite thought about Baal:
These were the stories of Baal and Yamm, the Sea, and Baal and Mot, Death. In these accounts Baal is featured as a god who faced extremely powerful destructive forces, confronted the challenge at hand, appeared to be near defeat at the heart of the confrontation, but in the end emerged victorious.
The story of Baal’s encounter with the dragon, Yamm, highlights Baal’s role as a god who confronted and defeated the monster who was the source of chaos. […] The story of Baal’s encounter with Mot, Death, highlights Baal’s role as a god of fertility. The story features the cycle the Canaanites believed Baal passed through each year. In the encounter Baal was defeated by Mot, sent to the underworld -the realm of the dead- and eventually reappeared victorious over Mot. (Mills & Bullard 1990)
The shown artifact is courtesy & currently located at the Louvre, France. Bronze, dates to the 14th-12th centuries BCE, and was found in Ras Shamra (ancient Ugarit). Photo taken by Jastrow. When writing up this post the Mercer Dictionary of the Bible (1990) by Watson E. Mills & Roger Aubrey Bullard was of great use.
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"Look back again at the pale blue dot of the preceding chapter. Take a good long look at it. Stare at the dot for any length of time and then try to convince yourself that God created the whole Universe for one of the 10 million or so species of life that inhabit that speck of dust. Now take it a step further: Imagine that everything was made just for a single shade of that species, or gender, or ethnic or religious subdivision. If this doesn’t strike you as unlikely, pick another dot. Imagine it to be inhabited by a different form of intelligent life. They, too, cherish the notion of a God who has created everything for their benefit. How seriously do you take their claim?"
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I’m a Christian and guess what? I support homosexuality and bisexuality completely and totally, and I know, it’s insane! Because pretty much if I see anything about Christians on here it’s all just about how we hate homosexuals which is just shit, don’t blame a whole religion because of what some idiots think or do. Sure, I don’t go to church every Sunday or pray everyday but I consider myself a Christian, which for me pretty much just means be the best person I can be and it really pisses me off that this is a big part of my life and it means a lot to me and that I’m not only standing up for my gay friends but also complete strangers and then I get on tumblr just to find that someone is insulting my religion.
I don’t mean to sound like a prick because I know there are people who are suffering a lot more than me but it’s definitely not going to help by categorizing more, we already have enough of that going on.
Also I don’t want to offend anyone with this so if you’re offended by anything I said please let me know.
Thanks for reading.
I honestly appreciate what you’re trying to say here and your intentions behind it, but I want you to acknowledge the fact that with this post you are becoming yet another straight Christian expressing aggression towards gay and bisexual people.
Obviously you’re not expressing this aggression due to homophobia, but you are expressing it as a person of privilege who would like oppressed people to be catering to your feelings and desires.
When gay and bisexual people “hate” on Christianity it is because, despite individual Christians that are decent people, Christianity as an institution is homophobic and oppressive. I’m not saying that the religion itself is homophobic, but that as an institution Christianity is an undeniable source of homophobia, it shelters and supports homophobes and validates them and gives them a platform to spew their poison. It wields incredible power all across the globe and it allows that power to be accessed by homophobes. All the good Christianity also does, and whatever it personally means to you, that does not change this reality.
It is not our job as gay and bisexual people to stop expressing anger towards Christianity and the severe damage it does to us. It is the job of Christians like you who claim to be on our side to use your position to change Christianity, so that it is no longer something that we have every right to be angry at.
When you say that us “being angry at Christians” doesn’t help our cause and that we need to stop, you are being extremely arrogant in assuming that you understand the nature of our oppression better than we do. Believe me on this, you do not. We know what is going to help our cause. Remaining silent about the injustices being done to us in the name of Christianity is not going to help us. Silence of any kind is not going to help us. It is no where near your place to decide for us what will help us.
It is also extremely offensive to dismiss homophobia in Christianity and our response to it as “blaming a whole religion because of what some idiots think or do.”
"What some idiots think" is that we are subhuman and disgusting.
"What some idiots do" is terrorize, attack, and murder us.
If you are actually an ally, you need to seriously re-prioritize what you think is important, you getting your feelings hurt over oppressed people’s completely legitimate criticism of their oppressors, or the fact that people are DYING. People are becoming the victims of “corrective rape”. Children are being ejected from their homes. People are unemployed and in poverty.
All. In. The. Name. Of. Your. Religion.
Because of the undeniable ways in which homophobia and Christianity are linked in society.
So either accept that and do something about it, or you’re not an ally. You’re just someone pretending to care about us so you can pat yourself on the back. We don’t need that.
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This is what pisses me off about Tumblr. You all say you’re so accepting and you don’t want to offend anyone, but then thousands of people reblog something like this because Christians aren’t the minority. You wouldn’t want to offend a Muslim, and if this were offensive to them or another minority, there’d be so many comments about it. But everyone is completely fine with offending a non minority. “You’re not oppressed, you can’t talk!” You know what? I’m a Christian and this offends me and my faith, but nobody’s going to care about that because I’m not oppressed. Tumblr is hypocritical and that needs to stop.
Amen to the comment
Oh my precious lambs:
Examine why you are being offended. Because this is literally how a sunset works. There is not room for debate on this question. There is less room for debate on this than there is on just about any other thing. We are not reblogging because Christians aren’t the minority, dear ones. We are reblogging because after the debate a few days ago, creationists were given the opportunity to pose a question for non-creationists. One of these questions was:
"How can you explain a sunset if their is no god?" (sp.)
Questions, we assume, are posed so that someone might answer them. And yes, there is an answer of how exactly one can explain a sunset given the absence of a divine force. Now, you can certainly posit that God is the creator of all things and so all things came from him including the sun and light refraction and anthrax and kittens and famine and all that jazz.
But you don’t get to deny that THIS IS HOW A SUNSET WORKS, and of the necessary elements of this equation (Sun + Atmosphere + Angle = Sunset), God is not one of them. That’s because everything else is an observable phenomenon, and God is not. You can explain a sunset without God. You can go ahead and believe that God’s part of it all. That’s cool. Lots of people believe stuff like that, and I encourage you to delve into the ways that people make science and their faith jive. But if you are offended by being shown the basic scientific principals behind a sunset, you must be offended by damn near everything. And that seems exhausting.
"science offends me"
The thing is, the question of “how can you explain X if there is no God?” is posed in some cutesy little snide way which actually says, “Oh you sillies, you can’t explain anything without God!”
This is why she and Creationists are being mocked. Not because they have a faith or a set of beliefs, but that they’re so arrogant in thinking their beliefs are “truth” when basic, provable, factual, supported science says otherwise. And furthermore, they’re taking that level of ignorance to an extremely dangerous and destructive place by trying to inject it as a equal substitute for science, which is an incredible detriment our society and needs to be stopped.
I literally cannot reblog this fast enough.
Beliefs are one thing, and everyone is free to believe what you want, but science is fact. Science started because we, as people, didn’t understand things, so we researched and learned and figuring stuff out so that the things we didn’t understand we understood. Scientists didn’t just make this stuff up. They’ve spent decades discovering the world and learning how it works so that we can grow and discover even more!
What makes me sad about some creationists is that they want to deny these things. It’s like there’s a fear of learning, a fear that if they uncover the truth of the matter, all their beliefs will be ruined and God will no longer exist.
These scientific facts exist, and you’re still welcome to believe there’s a God. That’s okay! But don’t deny science and decades of human study and replace it with “God did this” because you don’t want to understand how amazing our world is and how it works.
Huh. Guess I could have reblogged that faster had I not typed all that. I STAND CORRECTED.
Tl;dr “their” typo not mentioned once
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starbucks (@starbucks) logo traces roots back to Africa.
Info via citizins (@citizins)
When you see that Starbucks logo, you probably think the same thing as me: “There’s that ‘smiling mermaid’ logo, there must be some good, but overpriced, coffee nearby”. Well what isn’t known to the world is that this is a picture of Yemaya, also know through out West Africa and the Caribbean as Yemoja,Yemowo, Mami Wata, Janaína, LaSiren (in Vodou) is an Orisha – said to be a Goddess of the traditional Yoruba religion that was brought by the enslaved Africans of what is now Nigeria to the west. She is the patron of women, in particular, pregnant women. When slaves were transported across the ocean, it was said to be Yemaya who protected them on their journey and kept them safe. She is kind and giving. She takes a long time to anger but when she does, watch out, you have a hurricane on your hands. She is said to be the “mother whose children number as the fish in the sea” and that is why she is presented as a two-tailed mermaid.Yemaya is said to bring forth and protect life through all the highs and lows, even during the worst atrocities that can be suffered. She reminds women to take time out for themselves, to nurture their own needs and to respect their deserved position in life.
Happy Black History month everyone!
(via kingof40thieves)Source: ourafrica