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I have no friends and I’m bitter.

People annoy me.

And for people that actually don’t annoy me, I simply find myself unable to relate to and/or talk to them.  Surely, we could say “hi”, talk about classes, do homework together, talk about how we’re going to spend our spring breaks, but there is no deep connection; it’s just a bland mixture of the usual stuff that I frankly do not care about.  I long for close friendships, but 5 times out of 10 we’re just utterly incompatible to begin with, and the remaining 5, I find it very difficult to get close to them.

I knowlots of people—tons of them. And I’m sure tons of people know me as well.  But as for real, close friends, I’d be pushing it if I said I had a handful.

I am by no means “depressed”, but I am extremely frustrated by the fact that I really don’t have anyone who I could truly call “friends”. No one who I could have actual conversations with.  No one who understands or shares topics of interest.  And that is pretty much the reason why I want to leave this place as soon as possible.  But the question is: Will I ever be able to find anyone even after leaving college? 

And Interestingly enough, it’s usually the church community that I find least appealing, because I could never share my struggles with them, and when I do, they simply don’t understand where I am coming from.  Instead of talking about Jesus, conversations are always about stuff that don’t really matter.


Princeton University psychologist Susan Fiske took brain scans of heterosexual men while they looked at sexualised images of women wearing bikinis. She found that the part of their brains that became activated was pre-motor - areas that usually light up when people anticipate using tools. The men were reacting to the images as if the women were objects they were going to act on. Particularly shocking was the discovery that the participants who scored highest on tests of hostile sexism were those most likely to deactivate the part of the brain that considers other people’s intentions (the medial prefrontal cortex) while looking at the pictures. These men were responding to images of the women as if they were non-human.

The Equality Illusion (via lesilencieux)

BUT SEXISM ISN’T REAL Y’ALL WE’RE JUST MAKING IT UP. THIS ISN’T LITERAL OBJECTIFICATIONNAH. (via longdivisionnnn)

Fucking hell.

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Horrified but not suprised. Not in the least.

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(Source: thoughtfulcynic)


religiousstudiesdove:

saint-bmo:

p2714:

saint-bmo:

religiousstudiesdove:

mega32nd:

religiousstudiesdove:

[Text: “All Christians agree that…”/No, they don’t]
Based on this post from Tom.

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Christians have disagreed on
Whether Jesus was born as the Son of God or was adopted as the Son of God (my NT prof believes that this is the view held by the author of Mark)
Whether Jesus was divine at all
Whether Jesus was a creation of God the Father or co-originated with God the Father
Whether Jesus had a physical body or merely appeared to be crucified
Whether the Holy Spirit was part of the same being as God the Father and God the Son or a creation of God the Son
Whether one of the Three Persons of the Trinity was superior to the others
Whether Jesus had or two natures and/or wills
Whether Jesus and God the Father were the same being and that therefore God the Father suffered on the cross
Whether the physical world was entirely evil
Whether the God of the New Testament was also the God of the Old Testament
Whether images of saints and Jesus are permissible
Whether people can live lives free of sin
Whether it was acceptable for anyone to have sex ever
Whether God should be worshiped on Saturday or Sunday
Whether the New Testament closed the canon of Christianity
Whether three or four nails were used on each hand of Jesus
Whether freedom of religion is an acceptable governmental policy that Christians may advocate
Whether the gods of pagan religions exist
Whether God is a Being or the Ground of Being
Whether the work of salvation is finished by Jesus’ death and resurrection or if it also requires the acceptance of Jesus’ as savior in this life
Whether Jesus’ death was a necessary part of God’s plan
Whether the Incarnation of Jesus would have happened had man not fallen (we see an homage to this in the line “o necessary sin” used in Catholic liturgy)
And please believe me when I say the list doesn’t end here

SCORE!
In my experience also, when I mention these things, people try to start arguing about why the opposite is wrong, but that misses the point. it doesn’t matter which is “right” in this discussion. It merely requires an observation that “well shit, they have disagreed on pretty much everything thinkable”

YAAAAAAAS
The church (usually heavily influenced by the male patriarchy) perpetuates this idea that there can’t be a variety of voices and interpretations on Christianity but that’s all it’s ever been (although unfortunately, the main players have been white dudes with very Western-serving theologies).

In Protestant denominations, I might agree to an extent, but OP and I are talking about EARLY Christianity—like Gnostics, Pelagians, Nestorians, etc. So, while it was largely male-dominated still, I wouldn’t say it was exclusively white.

I threw some modern heresies in there too. But it’s harder to catalog those because they tend not to have cool “let them be anathema”-type condemnations written about them.

religiousstudiesdove:

saint-bmo:

p2714:

saint-bmo:

religiousstudiesdove:

mega32nd:

religiousstudiesdove:

[Text: “All Christians agree that…”/No, they don’t]

Based on this post from Tom.

Like what? Message me.

Christians have disagreed on

  • Whether Jesus was born as the Son of God or was adopted as the Son of God (my NT prof believes that this is the view held by the author of Mark)
  • Whether Jesus was divine at all
  • Whether Jesus was a creation of God the Father or co-originated with God the Father
  • Whether Jesus had a physical body or merely appeared to be crucified
  • Whether the Holy Spirit was part of the same being as God the Father and God the Son or a creation of God the Son
  • Whether one of the Three Persons of the Trinity was superior to the others
  • Whether Jesus had or two natures and/or wills
  • Whether Jesus and God the Father were the same being and that therefore God the Father suffered on the cross
  • Whether the physical world was entirely evil
  • Whether the God of the New Testament was also the God of the Old Testament
  • Whether images of saints and Jesus are permissible
  • Whether people can live lives free of sin
  • Whether it was acceptable for anyone to have sex ever
  • Whether God should be worshiped on Saturday or Sunday
  • Whether the New Testament closed the canon of Christianity
  • Whether three or four nails were used on each hand of Jesus
  • Whether freedom of religion is an acceptable governmental policy that Christians may advocate
  • Whether the gods of pagan religions exist
  • Whether God is a Being or the Ground of Being
  • Whether the work of salvation is finished by Jesus’ death and resurrection or if it also requires the acceptance of Jesus’ as savior in this life
  • Whether Jesus’ death was a necessary part of God’s plan
  • Whether the Incarnation of Jesus would have happened had man not fallen (we see an homage to this in the line “o necessary sin” used in Catholic liturgy)
  • And please believe me when I say the list doesn’t end here

SCORE!

In my experience also, when I mention these things, people try to start arguing about why the opposite is wrong, but that misses the point. it doesn’t matter which is “right” in this discussion. It merely requires an observation that “well shit, they have disagreed on pretty much everything thinkable”

YAAAAAAAS

The church (usually heavily influenced by the male patriarchy) perpetuates this idea that there can’t be a variety of voices and interpretations on Christianity but that’s all it’s ever been (although unfortunately, the main players have been white dudes with very Western-serving theologies).

In Protestant denominations, I might agree to an extent, but OP and I are talking about EARLY Christianity—like Gnostics, Pelagians, Nestorians, etc. So, while it was largely male-dominated still, I wouldn’t say it was exclusively white.

I threw some modern heresies in there too. But it’s harder to catalog those because they tend not to have cool “let them be anathema”-type condemnations written about them.


Christians in Iran are murdered, American Christians are silent.
Christians in Iraq are murdered, American Christians are silent.
Christians in India are murdered, American Christians are silent.
Christians in Syria are murdered, American Christians are silent.
Christians in Libya are murdered, American Christians are silent.
Christians in Egypt are murdered, American Christians are silent.
Christians in China are murdered, American Christians are silent.
Christians in Sudan are murdered, American Christians are silent.
Christians in Turkey are murdered, American Christians are silent.
Christians in Nigeria are murdered, American Christians are silent.
Christians in Ethiopia are murdered, American Christians are silent.
Christians in Pakistan are murdered, American Christians are silent.
Christians in Saudi Arabia are murdered, American Christians are silent.

Phil Robertson is suspended by A&E for voicing his opinion on gays - American Christians go ape until he is reinstated…

Christians murdered, no problem. Churches burned, no problem. Nuns and priests kidnapped, no problem. I won’t defend their lives or their property or their rights. But.. you mess with my entertainment, and that is crossing the line!

— Theophilus Riley Floyd (via antonyofva)


INFJ Confession #412

infjconfess:

Even though I like listening to people, sometimes it’d be nice for people to ask me questions, to be interested in what I have to say. I’m tired of making everyone else feel complex and important when I feel like people don’t care enough to ask what’s making my thoughts so complicated. I listen more than I speak, but I like it when people want to hear me speak rather than let me listen.


INFJ Confession #417

infjconfess:

I’ve been struggling for a while with anxiety and depression. I wonder if an INFJ is more prone to developing these issues. I’m getting over it now. My brain goes off on tangents and I lose sense of what’s rational and question everything and everyone. Too much thinking is the culprit- makes you crazy. I’ve had to learn to just shut my mind off, think nothing, stop analyzing, and just relax or I can’t function naturally around others.