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Black and orange

black and orange
black and orange
black and orange
black and orange
black and orange
black and orange
black and orange
black and orange

A smartish office outfit casualised by the addition of a cardigan – the cardigan I was dithering over so much, which has now definitely proved it’s worth though. I’ve got it to about £2-3 a wear and it’s the warmest thing I own, so it’s totally usable as a jacket substitute. This dress is actually a wee bit tight over the hips, and it probably looks terrible from the back, but it makes me feel very Joan Holloway, so I’m sticking with it.

And because this is quite a short post, here’s a random question/observation. One of my colleagues who I’m friends with on facebook posts bits of scripture onto her wall (this is quite unusual in secular Europe). The other day she put:

….everything that does not come from faith is sin. (Romans 14:23 NIV)

I can’t help but feel offended by this. It’s saying the exact same action can be good or bad, depending on whether it is done in the name of God or not. Like all the good things done by non-believers are worthless, and in fact less than worthless. They are sins. I am an atheist with a very strong sense of right and wrong and it really bothers me when religious people imply they’ve got some sort of monopoly on morality. What precicely is the purpose of putting something like that on Facebook if not to say exactly that?

Sorry, that was a bit of a downer, but it’s been bothering me since she posted it.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

Outfit stats: * dress – charity shop *cardigan – people tree * jaguar pin – charity shop * belt – vintage shop in paris * shoes – hush puppies * bag – tula *

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  • J 20 April 2012, 7:47 am

    Don’t know if this helps at all, but (and I have a lot of exposure to religion combined with social or political ideas that I vehemently disagree with) I find this sort of thing much easier to accept if I consider the wider range of meanings of words. ‘Faith’ does not have to be related to God or to religion, it can just be the belief in a set of moral principles. This way I can try to see some good in religious writings, without accepting the whole doctrine of whoever has just quoted something at me. I tend to hold the opinion that original religious texts were probably not really penned in order to be anti-everybody-else (surely, if there is a God, he must be in favour of people in general, and not only of one group), but that it is manipulative interpretation that leads certain people to use religion as an excuse for anti-other behavior. This particular sentence is maybe somewhat problematic anyway (not everything is a moral issue), but I hope I might help you not to be so offended by it.

    • J 20 April 2012, 7:48 am

      I really meant misinterpretation!

  • J 20 April 2012, 7:50 am

    P.S. What I really wanted to say is, that cardie is GORGEOUS and well worth a splurge!

  • Mikai 20 April 2012, 8:51 am

    I agree that black and orange are good combination as well as black and pink too.. Anyway, I hope I can have this kind of outfit too..

  • Sarah 20 April 2012, 9:24 am

    As usual context is key. I hate it when the Bible is taken out of context as it leads to things like this. Reading from verse 13 you can see that the point of the chapter is warning exactly against what you have interpreted from this person’s snippet!

    13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. 14 I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean. 15 If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. 16 Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.

    19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.

    22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.

  • Julia 20 April 2012, 10:29 am

    This is a great outfit Franca. I love your stripy cardigan!

    As far as the comment about faith goes… I used to struggle very hard about what that concept even meant, afterall as an athiest why would I believe in something that could not be proved to exist? Now I substitute the word god for good and it makes sense to me. If you’re able to believe in the goodness of people, or the world, then good things are more likely to happen, because you let them. If you can’t trust (or have faith) in that, the world can be a very dark place (can hardly believe I’m writing this.)
    I can’t stand being preached at by individuals who think you ‘should’ share their opinions, afterall that’s all they are ‘opinions’ so don’t take it to heart.
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  • StephC 20 April 2012, 10:35 am

    I love your outfits. 🙂 Too bad I’m on the other side of the world, I suspect we’d be buddies.

    As for the quote… I identify as Christian, but I don’t align myself with the type of Christian who likes to beat other people over the head with it. You know what I mean. I always took that passage to mean the intentions of the heart. If your intentions are good and come from a place of love for your fellow man, then the act is good. If your intentions come from a place of anger, or loathing, or pride, it is sin. To me, faith means love for your fellow man and acting on that love. I don’t pretend that Christians have a corner on the market when it comes to morality or genuine goodness.

    (Just getting a little more philosophical): There’s an old Apache story about a grandfather talking to his grandson. He tells the boy that inside him there’s a good wolf and a bad wolf, and they’re constantly locked in combat. The boy asks him which one wins. The grandfather says “The one I feed.”
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  • Carina 20 April 2012, 8:33 pm

    Sehr schickes Kleid, wow! Ich fidne es sieht gar nicht so aus als ob es um die Hüften rum etwas spannt, eher im Gegenteil. Und die jacke ist so süß mit den gelben Pockets 🙂

    Und was dieses Zitat angeht: Ich finde wenn jemand sowas bei Fb postet sollten alle anderen da nur mitleidig drüber lächeln 😉 Ich mag es auch nicht wenn jemand alles über seinen Glauben rechtfertigt, das ist ja so als hätte man keine eigene Meinung, sondern nur die der Bibel.

    Achso und zu deinem Kommentar: ja ich kaufe gerne und auch recht oft 🙂 Aber ich sortiere dafür auch regelmäßig aus und verkaufe bei Ebay, sonst könnt ich mir das Shoppen gar nicht leisten 😉

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  • Jeannee 21 April 2012, 4:28 am

    I’m sorry that passage on FB offended you! I think of my Facebook as my personal bulletin board, post all sorts of things, and if anyone is bothered, they are free to ask me, so – maybe your friend is like that, too? Also, there are many translations of the Bible, and, in addition, I would also say she just posted a snippet and didn’t give you the whole context, whereby it might make more sense. For example: I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean… and I think J, Sarah, and Steph, also have very good things to say about this (and possibly Carena, too, except I can’t read German, lol!)

  • poet 21 April 2012, 10:18 am

    Oh, what a great outfit! I love the butterflies! The dress doesn’t look snug, but if it feels snug, you could always check if there’s enough seam allowance to let it out a bit around the hips. I did this with a super-snug skirt I inherited from my mom (this one: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-d3AKfGapotE/TyhMG4K1mGI/AAAAAAAAC40/FixjyDliSgQ/s1600/IMG_9619.JPG) and it’s not showing in the least.

    Regarding that quote, yeah, it sure sounds like pure bigotry. Being a language nerd, I looked up the Greek original, and the word that is here rendered as “faith” (“pistis”) can actually mean a range of things, a central one being “conviction that something is true/right”. That would be much more acceptable, no? However… the larger context seems to be about people who are doubting their belief in God anyway, because the sentence before that says “If a person who is doubting eats while doubting, his eating constitutes a sin”. Bwah. But what can you expect; this is St. Paul speaking, the same guy who thought a woman’s role in the community should be silent and covered-up… Anyway, I agree with you that it’s super annoying when people decide that their belief system is the only thing capable of making anyone a good person.

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