Daniel: the lubavitcher rebbe was chabad's longtime figurehead
Daniel: who they worshiped as a messiah
Sharmin: oh. what is a rebbe?
Sharmin: is it like a rabbi?
Daniel: yes but it's more, besides adding lolcat
Daniel: it's like, general leader
Daniel: it originated as an integrated political/religious community leader in the shtetls
From the National Geographic article:
But my favorite part? "Scholars say the text not only offers an alternative view of the relationship between Jesus and Judas but also illustrates the diversity of opinion in the early Christian church."
As told in the New Testament Gospels, Judas betrayed Jesus for "30 pieces of silver," identifying him with a kiss in front of Roman soldiers. Later the guilt-ridden Judas returns the bribe and commits suicide, according to the Bible.
( What the Gospel of Judas says )
Seriously, betray somebody with a kiss and the slash just writes itself. It is a good thing I'm going to hell anyway. Anyway, Matthew 26:49 amakes me happy:
And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.Oddly enough, the Skeptic's Annotated Bible is the easiest to browse through. It doesn't have search, but the links are very user friendly.
Actually, I don't mind this rule too much. I mean, it would reduce the number of over-affectionate, saccharine couples I have to watch. (Yes, Frank, I'm talking to you. And Ali. And Paula.) The whole get a room thing.
Still. Never let it be said that I haven't jumped on the bandwagon and linked to the article.
Also, I have a google page, but I have yet do do anything with it. Google Pages isn't actually that good, but if you want 100 MB free hosting, go get one.
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
|Purgatory (Repenting Believers)||Very Low|
|Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)||Low|
|Level 2 (Lustful)||High|
|Level 3 (Gluttonous)||Moderate|
|Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)||Moderate|
|Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)||High|
|Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)||Very High|
|Level 7 (Violent)||Very High|
|Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)||High|
|Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)||Moderate|
Take the Dante's Divine Comedy Inferno Test
She is now a Born Again Christian. Slightly scary. This woman writes (wrote) soft-core porn, damnnit! She invented Lestat (teehee) and the incredibly sexy slashiness that is Louis.
LOUIS. How dare she go do this? Ah well, she's milked her Vampire Chronicles for all they're worth by now, I suppose she can go write about Jesus now. Maybe she'll include Jesus/Judas slash...
No offence meant to Christians in the audience. Not much, anyway. Just... Anne Rice...
The fact that bible slash exists. And that there's not one, but two active communities on lj dedicated. bible_slash and christ_slash .
The funny thing being the incongruity of seeing the word Jesus in a piece of fan fiction. I find it strange enough in evangelical literature, but slash...
Anyway, a rather amusing quiz I took today...
( What Gender are you? )
I ask this question not because I am vehemently atheist and trying to trap those who belive into a logical argument- I have no bitterness towards religion, just a disgust that I think everyone shares towards what it can be used for. I am genuinely curious. So this is actually an open question to my readers- any thoughts?
(If you want I'll give you candy in return for thoughtful answers!)
In other news, closure is a good thing. Really. Sometimes you forget or ignore how things have been sitting unresolved, somewhere in your brain. Trust me, it's good to make that effort to confront the ghosts (shadows, echoes, regrets etc) of your past. Whether its years later or weeks later, it makes you feel a lot better.
Battlestar Galactica (2003 Miniseries)
| You scored as atheism. You are... an atheist, though you probably already knew this. Also, you probably have several people praying daily for your soul.Instead of simply being "nonreligious," atheists strongly believe in the lack of existence of a higher being, or God.|
Which religion is the right one for you? (new version)
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Here is one of my favorite passages from Ursula K. Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness:
"To oppose something is to maintain it.
"They say here "all roads lead to Mishnory." To be sure, if you turn your back on Mishnory and walk away frm it, you are still on the Mishnory road. To oppose vulgarity is inevitably to be vulgar. You must go somewhere else; you must have another goal; then you walk a different road.
"... To be an atheist is to maintain God. His existence or his nonexistence, it amounts ot the same, on the plane of proof. Thus proof is not a world ofgen used among the Handdarata, who have chosen not to tread God as a fact, subject either to proof or to belief: they ahve broken th ecircle, and go free.
"To learn which questions are unaswerable, and not to answer them : this skill is most neeful in times of stress and darkness."
How does this apply to me? Well to me atheism means moving beyond God, beyond caring if a higher power exists or not. If pressed I will answer that I believe (but do not KNOW) that there is no God. And that's where my agnosticism comes in- I must always maintain that something might not be true. That is, after all, the scientific approach to life- held as probably true as long as it is supported and not refuted. But one can never be sure.
I find it just a little silly that a lot of atheists are upset by religion, and have hatred of religion itself. Well, I certainly have hatred of the terrible things done in the name of religion, just like I have hatred of the abuse of any other cause, but I find religion-bashing to be a bit juvenile.
Transcend, don't stay back and squabble! For if we were all atheists, the word atheist would cease to exist and we would just be people.