yayy the first half of my username is dedicated to her!!! she's very misrepresented in pop culture, in my opinion, very exaggerated and I'm sick of all the stupid theories making her out to be some type of goddess and not a *devoted disciple* (who just happened to be female) which is the real truth. so weird about that. but your drawing is awesome<3 i like the nose ring lol
ah, see, being Roman Catholic, I believe Lazarus' sister and Mary Magdalene are the same woman! but that's a scripture vs. tradition issue, that's no biggie, it's a small issue in relation to the bigger issue Christians face with all the negative secular pressure we get, no matter what church we belong to or what denomination (if any). what's most important to any type of Christian, I believe, is just to do God's will and praise His name, which your drawings seem to do really well in my opinion, so good for you!
Many thanks and I agree, magdalena. That's very kind of you to say!
And I concur that in light of eternity, I really could care less about her family relations. The way denominations squabble over stupid details comes back to pride.
On the other hand, I would suggest (for the sake of principle) if a tradition makes a statement that is historically proven true/untrue (in any area), in the name of truth we have a responsibility to modify it.
I say this because history and Scripture go hand-in-hand and many times Scripture will tell us to read history and get details of a peripheral event. I understand that tradition exists to preserve truth to the best of its ability as it is the cornerstone in our faith. You'll be surprised how a speck of error can snowball; people will make the stupidest things into cults. The same care and attention we give a research paper ought to be applied to our precious faith and doctrine, don't you think?
I do think so, and I believe that if people dedicated themselves to faith the same way they do things like movies/TV/music (which, of course, manifest the beauty of God's creation, but are not ultimate causes in and of themselves) there'd be a lot less disparity and division between Christians and a lot less misrepresentation of Christianity itself on a whole to non-Christians. I can't tell you how many times I'm judged really harshly just on the sole fact that I'm Christian. I feel that if people just *cared* more about the truth that scripture and tradition hold, and worked together to see eye-to-eye or at least to appreciate the differences of doctrines (or understand), we wouldn't be heading toward a secularized society. Then, *as* Christians, it's our responsibility to be genuine in our faith and examine very closely the doctrines we hold true and question them and change them (Matt 18:18) if they need changing (or, modifying) while maintaining our dignity as children of God and not gods ourselves! But, it's a sticky, icky world when people lose faith and would rather worship something meaningless like an ideology or a government leader or even a social icon. You're right, people will form cults and I think it's out of fear and laziness (and, hehe, what I would call the "seven deadly sins" being Catholic) and refuse to see the truth of Jesus Christ. Blessings to you too, girlfriend<3 (I go on tangents too, don't worry)
With you 100% there, girlie. We are stewards of this message and we gotta keep our facts straight.
People ultimately fall away because they love something more than God. I know because I have been guilty of that myself.
I'm sorry to hear you got some badness from people for your faith but you know what? That means you are standing firm and not kissing up to the world around you. That's the way the world treated Jesus and all the prophets of old.
We just have to examine ourselves and make sure we're not in the wrong. It's important to make amends for any wrong part we have contributed (general of course, I don't know what happened to you)
Ex. a street preacher called this woman a slut and her boyfriend knocked him out. Yeah that is NOT persecution, he deserved to get punched
Very nice cause you should who she use to be and who she became when she meet Jesus. She is one of my favorite Biblical characters because of her child like faith she was the first to see Him risen from the dead. here is that story:Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in. She saw two white-robed angels sitting at the head and foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying."Why are you crying?" the angels asked her."Because they have taken away my Lord," she replied, "and I don't know where they have put him."She glanced over her shoulder and saw someone standing behind her. It was Jesus, but she didn't recognize him."Why are you crying?" Jesus asked her. "Who are you looking for?" She thought he was the gardener. "Sir," she said, "if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.""Mary!" Jesus said.She turned toward him and exclaimed, "Teacher!" "Don't cling to me," Jesus said, "for I haven't yet ascended to the Father. But go find my brothers and tell them that I am ascending to my Father and your Father, my God and your God." John 20:11-17 (NLT)
And if we keep in the faith we will see Him risen from the dead too. Hallelujah! He has risen!Thanks for posting this dear sister in the faith. God bles and Jesus loves you all!!! A message from God to all those who dark, lost, confused, and sad world: "God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NLT) This is how we know they both love us. Jesus died the most horrible death in he history of man, went literally to the pits of hell, and rose from the dead so we wouldn't have to fear death as Mary Magdalene was the first to lean. If we believe in Him we don't have to fear death and we can spend eternity forever with Him in Heaven.
Where the heck did people come up with the cracked up idea that Mary and Jesus had a romantic relationship, anyway? It's just... so darn confusing that someone would have Jesus--aka GOD IN THE FLESH--be romantically involved with ANYONE.
I guess it's all this New Age mumbo-jumbo that every book protagonist must have a love interest--and, with J-Man being the closest thing we have to a protagonist in the Bible, next to, ya know, GOD, they musta thought He shoulda had one. But it wouldn't help! If anything, it'd draw people further away from Jesus' teachings.
I saw a movie of her where it was old through her pov. She claimed that her family in Magala allowed fortune tellers to come to their house and she got possessed by demons. Then Jesus came to her town and cast them all out, seven in all. After that, she began her journey and learning about Jesus through Mary, mother of Jesus, who became like a mother-figure to her, mentoring her. She got to see the risen Christ first at the garned tomb and told Peter and John about the resserection.
Love it the following is just to inform you a little bit on some theological aspects, I know you're interested
Today, biblical scholars agree that Mary 'Mag' wasn't the sort of lady we think, she most probably was a woman of great character, a spiritual woman the loved the lord, and because of this she was afflicted by the devil (the most common theory about evil says that the devil many atimes afflicts two categories, the very wicked and the very saintly, Magdalene was of the latter). When Jesus met her he freed her from the evil spirit and from that day she became a follower. Many agree on the fact that she was a wealthy widow and was some sort of sponsor to the group of the apostles. This last fact is just a theory and although some agree other do not. Another possible 'sponsor' were the family of Lazarus that Jesus seems to have a special relationship with them.
This has nothing to do with the Da Vinci chatter that Brown wrote. But it seems that the misconception of her being a sinful person came from the fact that the passage before the encounter with Mary speaks of a sinful woman and some early scholars thought the gospel was speaking of the same person. Hope I didn't take too much of your time… pax
I read ladies from Magdala wore a lot of bells and jewelery. And nose rings were also a fashion item in the mid-east.
Interestingly, here is God talking to Israel (he regarded the nation as his Wife):
11 I adorned you with jewelry: I put bracelets on your arms and a necklace around your neck, 12 and I put a ring on your nose, earrings on your ears and a beautiful crown on your head. 13 So you were adorned with gold and silver; your clothes were of fine linen and costly fabric and embroidered cloth. Your food was fine flour, honey and olive oil. You became very beautiful and rose to be a queen.
Good, I hate it when people assume she was a harlot. Liz Curtis Higgs wrote a book on Mary Mag. It goes under either Mad Mary or The Unveiling of Mary Magdelene. Same book, different titles. Also, I saw the beginning of the comments, but I didn't take the time to look through them: Veronica's veil is not in the protestant biblical accounts, and I don't know about the catholic cannon, but I do know that they revere her as a saint. I'm not sure which you are, but I'ld thought I'ld let you know. I personally don't believe in the existence of Veronica's Veil, just like I don't believe that the shroud of Turin is Christ (that man has a beard, and they ripped Christ's beard out prior to crucifixtion.) Sorry, random ramblings.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, I'm a non-Catholic Christian. I don't stick with any particular denomination. Protestant, Orthodox, Catholic, I don't really care. All I care about is if they line up with scripture.
Oh yeah, Veronica's Veil is when Jesus was carrying the cross and she wiped the sweat and blood from his face with her veil. I saw that in the Passion movie and wondered who she was. I wonder if that's historical? If so, I don't doubt it. The women were weeping for Jesus at that time.
Yup, Bible never said she was. All we know is that Jesus cast 7 demons out of her; she was a demoniac.
Hmm, I've never heard of Veronica's veil. What is it? And I really don't know what to think about the shroud of Turin. People at the Vatican claim to have all kinds of artifacts and remains from Christ and earlier saints.
The Bible technically defines a saint as a redeemed individual. People don't earn the title so there's none of that "canonized saint" stuff.
Glad to see more religious artwork from you! That was in fact why I started watching you in the first place; you have a gift for portraying the Biblical figures as relatable human beings, which I just love. Mary's perturbed little face in the upper right is just fantastic!
Gorgeous she looks fantastic, beautiful cross hatching on this work and the expressions are priceless. She really looks the part of a seductive prostitute but also she looks like she has class as well you know? The clothing and jewelary really fit the time that she lived in and also its nice to see some more Christian art from you Your lines are so crisp and gorgoues, immense eyes and the way you do eyelashes makes them look so intense and it makes them look even more seductive too
Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Go and sin no more.
Yeah you are right mate, I forgot that well if nothing else she was a sexual deviant of sorts. I think later on in the Bible it says about the women come to sort Jesus' body and it implies there that Mary Magdelene was a former sex addict of sorts.
No problem at all you can always count on me for a good comment I am honoured that you reply to me mate. I know you rarely have the time to do it.
Sorry to butt in on your conversation, but IIRC, the Mary-Magdalene-As-Prostitute tradition came about when Pope Gregory in the 6th century smushed her and the prostitute who washed Jesus' feet together in order to make some sort of a point about redemption. That was rectified by Vatican 2 and the label was removed, but the unfortunate reputation still persists.
What you were thinking of is Matthew 26. I'm thinking of the woman in Luke 7:36 or 37-50-ish. She's a sinner, and she weeps over His feet and then wipes them clean with her own hair. I dunno; maybe it's a Catholic thing. But my school spent quite a bit of time on that story, and it was always one that touched me, so I remembered it pretty well.
Even if she was deviant, Bible never said so. Maybe she was, but it remains only an assumption and cannot be treated as Gospel. Especially because I see no Biblical basis for it. Adding just a little lie to truth makes it a lie--not that you're deliberately trying to do that, bro.
The Magdalen prostitute tradition is pretty widespread but I am against twisting or adding to scriptural accounts. I don't mean to offend you but I am very serious about that--it's the principle of it.
I don't care what man's traditions dictate, they are all held accountable to the word of God. Unless someone can show me support for such a claim, I'm not going to buy it. I'm not going to believe something just because the Vatican, teacher, deacon, pastor says so.
And thanks again. Look forward to talking some more