The Truth Is Behind Desires

The Truth is Behind Desires by Ben Riddlebarger

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Milkicorn, The God of a Forgotten People

milkicornI, like most rational human beings, love Rupaul’s Drag Race. I love watching these artists create. The amount of skill, dedication, creativity, and nerves these men have astounds me. Though I may never be a covergirl, I am lucky enough to know my way around markers, somewhat.

Milk is my favorite drag queen from any season. He has a Youtube series called Milk’s Legendairy Looks that is hours worth of entertainment and art at its best.

In my fascination of him and his craft I wanted to put him in one of my weird worlds. Here he is as Milkicorn- the God of a forgotten people. This is one religion I would proselytize for!

You can follow his amazing Instagram @bigandmilky

Drawing Bible Verses Matthew 19- Richie Rich asks Jesus about getting into Heaven…

richie rich

Matthew 19:16-23

A young  man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”

“Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”

“Which ones?” he inquired.

Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony,  honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’”

“All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”

Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.

Love Through Pain

lovers arrows donesmWhen love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams
as the north wind lays waste the garden.

For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.

Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God’s sacred feast.

All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s heart.

But if in your fear you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure,
Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love’s threshing-floor,
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.

When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart,” but rather, “I am in the heart of God.”
And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.

KAHLIL GIBRAN- THE PROPHET

Drawing Bible Verses- Revelation 12 The Woman and The Dragon

dragonsmVerses 1-4 Then a great pageant appeared in heaven, portraying things to come. I saw a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon beneath her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head.  She was pregnant and screamed in the pain of her labor, awaiting her delivery.

 Suddenly a red Dragon appeared, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns on his heads.  His tail drew along behind him a third of the stars, which he plunged to the earth. He stood before the woman as she was about to give birth to her child, ready to eat the baby as soon as it was born.

Drawing Bible Verses- Acts 1:3-9 Pinocchio Christ is Pulled Up to Heaven

I want to be a real son of godVerses 3-9 During the forty days after his crucifixion, Pinocchio appeared to the apostles from time to time, actually alive, and proved to them in many ways that it was really he himself they were seeing. And on these occasions he talked to them about the Kingdom of God.

In one of these meetings he told them not to leave Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit came upon them in fulfillment of the Father’s promise, a matter he had previously discussed with them.

“John baptized you with water,” he reminded them, “but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit in just a few days.” 

And another time when he appeared to them, they asked him, “Lord, are you going to free Israel from Rome now and restore us as an independent nation?”

“The Father sets those dates,” he replied, “and they are not for you to know.  But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power to testify about me with great effect, to the people in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth, about my death and resurrection.”  It was not long afterwards that he rose into the sky, as if being pulled on strings, and disappeared, leaving them staring after him.

Drawing Bible Verses Exodus 20- Gandalf and the Ten Commandments.

Thou shalt not pass

Exodus 20 God had ordered Gandalf to climb Mount Sinai and await Him there to hear the words he was to share with the Israelites. God formed dark clouds around the mountain then his voice declared this edict:

“I am Jehovah your God who liberated you from your slavery in Egypt.

 “You may worship no other god than me.

 “You shall not make yourselves any idols: no images of animals, birds, or fish. You must never bow or worship it in any way; for I, the Lord your God, am very possessive. I will not share your affection with any other god!

“And when I punish people for their sins, the punishment continues upon the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of those who hate me; but I lavish my love upon thousands of those who love me and obey my commandments.

“You shall not use the name of Jehovah your God irreverently, nor use it to swear to a falsehood. You will not escape punishment if you do.

 “Remember to observe the Sabbath as a holy day.  Six days a week are for your daily duties and your regular work, but the seventh day is a day of Sabbath rest before the Lord your God. On that day you are to do no work of any kind, nor shall your son, daughter, or slaves—whether men or women—or your cattle or your house guests.  For in six days the Lord made the heaven, earth, and sea, and everything in them, and rested the seventh day; so he blessed the Sabbath day and set it aside for rest.

 “Honor your father and mother, that you may have a long, good life in the land the Lord your God will give you.

 “You must not murder.

 “You must not commit adultery.

 “You must not steal.

 “You must not lie.

“You must not be envious of your neighbor’s house, or want to sleep with his wife, or want to own his slaves, oxen, donkeys, or anything else he has.”

 All the people saw the lightning and the smoke billowing from the mountain, and heard the thunder and the long, frightening trumpet blast; and they stood at a distance, shaking with fear.

They said to Gandalf, “You tell us what God says and we will obey, but don’t let God speak directly to us, or it will kill us.”

 “Don’t be afraid,” Gandalf told them, “for God has come in this way to show you his awesome power, so that from now on you will be afraid to sin against him!”

As the people stood in the distance, Gandalf entered into the deep darkness where God was.

And the Lord told Gandalf to be his spokesman to the people of Israel and created his edicts onto two stone tablets. “You are witnesses to the fact that I have made known my will to you from heaven. Remember, you must not make or worship idols made of silver or gold or of anything else!

“The altars you make for me must be simple altars of earth. Offer upon them your sacrifices to me—your burnt offerings and peace offerings of sheep and oxen. Build altars only where I tell you to, and I will come and bless you there. You may also build altars from stone, but if you do, then use only uncut stones and boulders. Don’t chip or shape the stones with a tool, for that would make them unfit for my altar. And don’t make steps for the altar, or someone might look up beneath the skirts of your clothing and see your nakedness.”

And at that, God vanished in a whisper and left Gandalf there on the mountain.

Drawing Bible Verses Matthew 14:22-33 Jesus Tells Peter to Walk on Water

Jesus and Peter

Matthew 14:22-33 Aang Christ, the last Airbender, told his disciples to get into their boat and cross to the other side of the lake while he stayed to help the people he had just preached to get home.

 Then afterwards he went up into the hills to pray. Out on the lake the disciples were in trouble. For the wind had risen and they were fighting heavy seas.

 In the morning Aang came to them, walking on the water!  They screamed in terror, for they thought he was a ghost.

But Aang immediately spoke to them, reassuring them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said.

Then Sokka called to him: “Sir, if it is really you, tell me to come over to you, walking on the water.”

 “All right,” the Lord said, “come along!”

So Sokka went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Aang Christ. But when he looked around at the high waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.

Instantly Aang reached out his hand and rescued him. “O man of little faith,” He said. “Why did you doubt me?” And when they had climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped.

The others sat there, awestruck. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.

Drawing Bible Verses- Genesis 19:17-26 Bert and Ernie Flee Sodom

Genesis 19:26

While in the city of Sodom two angels came to Bert.“Flee for your lives,” the angels told him. And don’t look back. Escape to the mountains. Don’t stay down here on the plain or you will die.” So Bert grabbed Ernie and they ran.  The sun was rising as Bert and Ernie reached the roads.

 Then the Lord rained down fire and flaming tar from heaven upon Sodom and Gomorrah,  and utterly destroyed them, along with the other cities and villages of the plain, eliminating all life—people, plants, and animals alike.  But Ernie looked back as he was following along behind him and became a pillar of salt.

Drawing Bible Verses- Mark 15:35-37 The Death of Jesus

Spongebob being lifted to JesusMark 15:35-37 (Jesus utters inaudibly while hanging on the cross) When some of the bystanders heard it, they began saying, “Behold, He is calling for Elijah.” Someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a staff, and gave Him a drink, saying, “Let us see whether Elijah will come to take Him down.” And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed His last breath.

The Bonding Of The Sun God And The Earth Goddess

Ancient Wedding

You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow. –K.Gibran

Drawing Bible Verses John 12:14-16- Shrek Christ Rides into Jerusalem

Shrek the MessiahJohn 12:14-16 (On his way into Jerusalem towards a large crowd)  Shrek found a young donkey and sat on it, to fulfill what was written:

“Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;

see, your king is coming,

seated on a donkey’s colt.

At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Shrek was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.

Drawing Bible Verses- 1 Samuel 17- The story of David and Godzilla

david and godzilla1 Samuel 17:3-51  The Philistines and Israelis faced each other on opposite hills, with the valley between them. Then Godzilla, a Philistine champion from Gath, came out of the Philistine ranks to face the forces of Israel. He was a giant; he stood and shouted across to the Israelis, “Do you need a whole army to settle this? I will represent the Philistines, and you choose someone to represent you, and we will settle this in single combat!  If your man is able to kill me, then we will be your slaves. But if I kill him, then you must be our slaves!”…

A young shepherd boy approach the king of the Israelis, he says, “When I am taking care of my father’s sheep, and a lion or a bear comes and grabs a lamb from the flock,  I go after it with a club and take the lamb from its mouth. If it turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death.  I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this heathen Philistine too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! The Lord who saved me from the claws and teeth of the lion and the bear will save me from this Philistine!”

Saul finally consented, “All right, go ahead,” he said, “and may the Lord be with you!”

Then Saul gave David his own armor—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before. “I can hardly move!” he exclaimed, and took them off again. Then he picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them in his shepherd’s bag and, armed only with his sling, started across to Godzilla. Godzilla walked out toward David, sneering in contempt at this nice little red-cheeked boy!

 “Am I a dog,” he roared at David, “that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the names of his gods. “Come over here and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals,” Godzilla yelled.

David shouted in reply, “You come to me with a sword and a spear, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of the armies of heaven and of Israel—the very God whom you have defied.  Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head; and then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel!  And Israel will learn that the Lord does not depend on weapons to fulfill his plans—he works without regard to human means! He will give you to us!”

As Godzilla approached, David ran out to meet him and, reaching into his shepherd’s bag, took out a stone, hurled it from his sling, and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and the man fell on his face to the ground. David conquered the Philistine giant with a sling and a stone. Since he had no sword, he ran over and took Godzilla’s and killed him with it, and then cut off his head. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they turned and ran.

Drawing Bible Verses- The Temptation of Eve- Genesis 3

Cobra Commander is the great Tempter of Genesis 3
Cobra Commander is the great Tempter of Genesis 3

Genesis 3:1-6 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ”

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it…

Drawing Bible Verses- Daniel in the Lion’s Den- Daniel 6

Daniel in the lion's den

Daniel 6:16-23  The King gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”

A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed…

At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”

Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! My God sent his angel, and he calmed the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”

The king was overjoyed and gave orders to let Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was led from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.