Are you kidding me? I respect the beliefs of people who believe in a supreme being, but since i don't share your beliefs i have low intelligence, am ignorant and refuse to accept the truth? Gee, i'm sure that will attract a lot of new followers if that is how you speak of those who don't agree with your narrow interpretation of the world.
Ok, i accept your meaning. I personally could not and will not try to prove there is or is not a god. I show compassion and kindness to my fellow human beings. I am a fierce defender of christian's right to their beliefs. I find it outrageous that in north america our society bends over backwards to accommodate every culture and religion but that of our own ancestors.
but until someone can prove that there is or is not a god, my opinion will stay the same. as for organized religion, i think it is a creation of men who wish to exercise control over others, primarily women, using interpretations of various "holy" books to support their arguments. look at the practices of various faiths and you will see that a common theme occurs, that being that men are superior and women are meant to be subservient. Islam, Judaism, Catholicism- to me, organized religion is not about any god, it is about someone using made up beliefs to exercise control over others.
you are obviously a firm believer and i respect that.
I have come across some "christians" who have a bizarre way of following their god. they say the bible is god's word, but certain parts of it don't suit their needs so they will tell you "well it says this, but it really means that", or "in those days people did .....
in other words, the say they are following the bible, but they are really only following the parts that suit them. And i am not talking about individuals here, but whole religious denominations that corrupt the "word of god" you must have run into this type of "christian"
I have way more respect (although i might not agree with them) for those who say they are christians and follow the bible literally. good luck to all those who believe, may it bring you comfort
your answer above was eloquent and intelligent. i certainly respect your opinions and i wish you all the best at this and every other time of the year. thanks for a great discussion. certainly food for thought. good luck.
I thought this might get some good stuff...but your aggressive stance might have scared many off
no, that's not what I mean. Your post comes off angry and aggressive to me even if that was not your intention.
Not only was your post angry and aggressive, it was cruel, mean, insulting, and downright ignorant!
People like you are the reason why Christianity is in dramatic decline. If you are one of God's representatives, no thanks. Why would anyone want to worship such a horrible god as your behaviors make "Him" out to be?
I refuse to ever argue about my beliefs in God, However, I will always stand my ground that God does exist...I am proof. I have been physically healed, mentally healed and emotionally healed. I was a train wreck, hated the world and everyone in it. I had depression, debilitating anxiety and was on so many meds. My marriage was falling apart and my kids were monsters! I figured I'd give God a so called "last ditch effort", I felt I had nothing to loose. I went to a Christian evangelical church. I just happened to attend the very night they had a healing service. I was physically healed that night in my left leg! And I left that night, feeling 100lbs lighter! I went regularly after that, and it didn't all happen over night, but here's where I'm at now. I'm happy, I have a wonderful marriage, My husband stopped drinking and my children are loving and amazing. I no longer suffer from depression or anxiety and am off all meds, and have been for years! I couldn't ask for more... I give all credit to God. Get this, one year, we were financially struggling badly. We prayed that God would provide food for us through that holiday season. My husband received a $100 grocery store card from work in his Christmas card...THEN within a 4 hour period, two more people in the company gave him THEIR $100 grocery store gift cards. THEN, our church gave us a check from an anonymous church member for $250 and another for $400 from the church directly!! They have taken our family under their wing and supported us amazingly. If it weren't for the love and grace of God, and his second chances and forgiveness ... I don't know where I'd be! Oh, and BTW.. the night of the healing service, I WATCHED a 4 year old deaf girl receive her hearing!!! There wasn't a dry eye in the entire building! And people say there is no God... I am forever grateful that they are wrong!
That beats what Obama has done for anyone and many people worship him.
Wow, you are so darn chipper. I see your posts all over EP and it's sad how nasty and negative you choose to be. So, yeah... the little girl receiving her hearing and MY own personal healing instantly in my left leg was just what??? It was GOD, that's what.
Having an unquenchable burning desire inside me for most of my life I desperately strove through many worldly achievements searching for something to soothe my pain. After exhausting efforts for possible remedies I turned to God and found the antidote I needed.
That is so totally uncalled for.
I wish I had one to relate to you but, when I was younger and believed in christianity, I asked for his guidance on many occassions but never recieved it. I finally came to the conclusion that randomness had more to do with prayers being answered, than devine intervention did. I have n qualms with believers but I don't consider myself of low intelligence because I no longer believe in god, just inlightened.
I always wish I had one too...like when people ask about miracles
I'm sure you must be talking about someone else's religion, not mine.
something i'm learning to keep to myself
I'm all for being religous if you want. But a locked mind results in nothing getting in - in other words empty. I had a enlightening experience once - God wasn't involved.
So...share your "enlightening" exp.
Right. But we both know in history who was most open to other people I hope: especially the lost - and as far as can tell he was pretty humble and not all that self-rightous as well. I don't deny anything much I see both sides - so maybe I'm locked into indecision.
I miraculously found a George Carlin YouTube video in which he does his comedy routine stating that 'Religion is Bullshit.' PTL I'm saved!
Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time! But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He's all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can't handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more.