“If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also”
Matt 5:39

This specifically refers to a hand striking the side of a person’s face, tells quite a different story when placed in it’s proper historical context. In Jesus’s time, striking someone of a lower class ( a servant) with the back of the hand was used to assert authority and dominance. If the persecuted person “turned the other cheek,” the discipliner was faced with a dilemma. The left hand was used for unclean purposes, so a back-hand strike on the opposite cheek would not be performed. Another alternative would be a slap with the open hand as a challenge or to punch the person, but this was seen as a statement of equality. Thus, by turning the other cheek the persecuted was in effect putting an end to the behavior or if the slapping continued the person would lawfully be deemed equal and have to be released as a servant/slave.   

(via thefullnessofthefaith)

THAT makes a lot more sense, now, thank you. 

(via guardianrock)

I can attest to the original poster’s comments. A few years back I took an intensive seminar on faith-based progressive activism, and we spent an entire unit discussing how many of Jesus’ instructions and stories were performative protests designed to shed light on and ridicule the oppressions of that time period as a way to emphasize the absurdity of the social hierarchy and give people the will and motivation to make changes for a more free and equal society.

For example, the next verse (Matthew 5:40) states “And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.” In that time period, men traditionally wore a shirt and a coat-like garment as their daily wear. To sue someone for their shirt was to put them in their place - suing was generally only performed to take care of outstanding debts, and to be sued for one’s shirt meant that the person was so destitute the only valuable thing they could repay with was their own clothing. However, many cultures at that time (including Hebrew peoples) had prohibitions bordering on taboo against public nudity, so for a sued man to surrender both his shirt and his coat was to turn the system on its head and symbolically state, in a very public forum, that “I have no money with which to repay this person, but they are so insistent on taking advantage of my poverty that I am leaving this hearing buck-ass naked. His greed is the cause of a shameful public spectacle.”

All of a sudden an action of power (suing someone for their shirt) becomes a powerful symbol of subversion and mockery, as the suing patron either accepts the coat (and therefore full responsibility as the cause of the other man’s shameful display) or desperately chases the protester around trying to return his clothes to him, making a fool of himself in front of his peers and the entire gathered community.

Additionally, the next verse (Matthew 5:41; “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”) was a big middle finger to the Romans who had taken over Judea and were not seen as legitimate authority by the majority of the population there. Roman law stated that a centurion on the march could require a Jew (and possibly other civilians as well, although I don’t remember explicitly) to carry his pack at any time and for any reason for one mile along the road (and because of the importance of the Roman highway system in maintaining rule over the expansive empire, the roads tended to be very well ordered and marked), however hecould not require any service beyond the next mile marker. For a Jewish civilian to carry a centurion’s pack for an entire second mile was a way to subvert the authority of the occupying forces. If the civilian wouldn’t give the pack back at the end of the first mile, the centurion would either have to forcibly take it back or report the civilian to his commanding officer (both of which would result in discipline being taken against the soldier for breaking Roman law) or wait until the civilian volunteered to return the pack, giving the Judean native implicit power over the occupying Roman and completely subverting the power structure of the Empire. Can you imagine how demoralizing that must have been for the highly ordered Roman armies that patrolled the region?

Jesus was a pacifist, but his teachings were in no way passive. There’s a reason he was practically considered a terrorist by the reigning powers, and it wasn’t because he healed the sick and fed the hungry.

(via central-avenue)

I don’t know why the above text is attributed to central-avenue, because I wrote that comment back in December! I’m going to assume that tumblr glitched something up (like it does sometimes) and reblog again, though. I love love love the radical subversiveness of Jesus’ ministries, and it’s so important to share those idea!

(via endreal)

Hahaha, thank you. I’ve had a lot of people contact me over the past couple months thinking I wrote that, and I’ve had to point them in your direction.

I never intended to take credit for something that wasn’t mine, but for some reason when someone reblogged it from me Tumblr’s glitchy software stuck my blog on there as the attribution and that version got passed around. Sorry!

roachpatrol:

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Miss Piggy dazzling for days, cosplayed by Sweets4aSweet

fantastic!

baby's first words

  • baby: d-d-da..
  • father: daddy?
  • baby: dada /ˈdɑːdɑː/ or Dadaism was an art movement of the European avant-garde in the early 20th century. Many claim Dada began in Zurich, Switzerland in 1916, spreading to Berlin shortly thereafter but the height of New York Dada was the year before, in 1915.[1] To quote Dona Budd's The Language of Art Knowledge,
  • Dada was born out of negative reaction to the horrors of World War I. This international movement was begun by a group of artists and poets associated with the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich. Dada rejected reason and logic, prizing nonsense, irrationality and intuition. The origin of the name Dada is unclear; some believe that it is a nonsensical word. Others maintain that it originates from the Romanian artists Tristan Tzara's and Marcel Janco's frequent use of the words "da, da," meaning "yes, yes" in the Romanian language. Another theory says that the name "Dada" came during a meeting of the group when a paper knife stuck into a French-German dictionary happened to point to 'dada', a French word for 'hobbyhorse'.[2]
  • The movement primarily involved visual arts, literature, poetry, art manifestoes, art theory, theatre, and graphic design, and concentrated its anti-war politics through a rejection of the prevailing standards in art through anti-art cultural works. In addition to being anti-war, Dada was also anti-bourgeois and had political affinities with the radical left.

salithewitch:

What puberty did to my friends
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What puberty did to me
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aondeug:

rocketverliden:

trespeak:

sarcasticdevotee:

bakakarasu:

tkrx:

mamafriesmeal:

yasashiburi:

childofcolour:

drang0n-child:

daft-jams-scratch:

sunnysundown:

leadhooves:

lovable-java:

that-sciencey-detective:

perceptionpanties:

blarionmercurial:

michaelceras-moustache:

Sims 3 and Skyrim oh god

Pokemon Y and Tomodachi Life

Grand Theft Auto V and Assassin’s Creed III

Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, and Majora’s Mask.
Well, this should be fun…

Wolf among us and Animal crossing… ….That sounds bloody awesome!

Stanley Parable and watch_dogs…. Hack the voice, hack the game, hack the parable

Wow+Mass effect 3?? i can live with that

Mario Kart 8 + League of Legends. i will use piltover customs blitz as a kart!

God of war iii + Resident Evil 5 ……

first off ^^^ u ded
second: pokemon and league of legends (i’m down tbh)

soul hackers and Ragnarok Online. HMMM

Pokemon Y and Animal Crossing: New Leaf yeah

Pokemon X and Megaman X….Hey that could be pretty fun.

Final Fantasy XIV and Animal Crossing
Oh wait, that’s what having private quarters is, except everything is too expensive to buy.

One Piece: Unlimited World Red and Super Mario Bros. 3.
…okay sure.

GTA IV and… Castle Crashers?
Excuse me, I have to go screw shit up as Hatty Hattington ^_^

Payday 2 and Dawn of War?
Maybe some sort of FPS-RTS combo like Iron Grip, but you control the AI cops.

Magic the Gathering and King’s Field 2.

…this sounds fun. Like really shittily designed in pretty much every respect. And it would suck to play. Just like King’s Field. But I want it.

The Sims 2 and Long Live The Queen…sounds fun, actually

aondeug:

rocketverliden:

trespeak:

sarcasticdevotee:

bakakarasu:

tkrx:

mamafriesmeal:

yasashiburi:

childofcolour:

drang0n-child:

daft-jams-scratch:

sunnysundown:

leadhooves:

lovable-java:

that-sciencey-detective:

perceptionpanties:

blarionmercurial:

michaelceras-moustache:

Sims 3 and Skyrim oh god

Pokemon Y and Tomodachi Life

Grand Theft Auto V and Assassin’s Creed III

Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, and Majora’s Mask.

Well, this should be fun…

Wolf among us and Animal crossing… ….That sounds bloody awesome!

Stanley Parable and watch_dogs…. Hack the voice, hack the game, hack the parable

Wow+Mass effect 3?? i can live with that

Mario Kart 8 + League of Legends. i will use piltover customs blitz as a kart!

God of war iii + Resident Evil 5 ……

first off ^^^ u ded

second: pokemon and league of legends (i’m down tbh)

soul hackers and Ragnarok Online. HMMM

Pokemon Y and Animal Crossing: New Leaf yeah

Pokemon X and Megaman X….Hey that could be pretty fun.

Final Fantasy XIV and Animal Crossing

Oh wait, that’s what having private quarters is, except everything is too expensive to buy.

One Piece: Unlimited World Red and Super Mario Bros. 3.

…okay sure.

GTA IV and… Castle Crashers?

Excuse me, I have to go screw shit up as Hatty Hattington ^_^

Payday 2 and Dawn of War?

Maybe some sort of FPS-RTS combo like Iron Grip, but you control the AI cops.

Magic the Gathering and King’s Field 2.

…this sounds fun. Like really shittily designed in pretty much every respect. And it would suck to play. Just like King’s Field. But I want it.

The Sims 2 and Long Live The Queen

…sounds fun, actually

Whoever designed the checkout signs at Meijer is apparently a grammar nerd, since their express lanes have the proper “15 items or fewer” instead of the more common but incorrect “15 items or less”.

Kroger, on the other hand, has chosen to sidestep the less/fewer issue entirely by posting their checkout lanes as “about 15 items”. I love the honesty on display there; they’re actually acknowledging that nobody treats it as a hard limit anyway.

thatpretentioustwit:

Rapper’s Delight is the lamest shit in existence but I love it so much

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I’m so princely

You already know

I’m in the fast lane

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