Overbearing Christian Family Members!
I'm a 23yr old college student in the South. I've always thought a little (lot) differently than the rest of my Christian family, and at about the age of 18 I began to realize that things weren't quite so simple as everyone around me believed.
Personal experience had me constantly trying to figure out all the ethics questions and contradictions in the Bible that I believed in so much. I finally came to realize that logically none of it made any sense whatsoever and even my own "personal visions, experiences, etc" could not convince me otherwise.
I'm a lovign person and simply cant accept the fact that God would create mankind and then blame us/hold us accountable for his mistakes in our make-up. My family is very homophobic and self-righteous, and I've come to resent them in many ways.
They are all Evangelical Conservatives and we frequently get into political and religious debates. I usually try to bite my tongue but they do bait me in very well.
I would love to hear how others in similar situations handle overly-oppressive religious family members and how they deal with being told they're going to burn in hell all the time... ha
I'm trying to not become bitter & judgemental towards Christians, (in turn becoming what I hate) but its so hard especially in this political climate (in the South they hate liberals, gays, muslims, anyone different from themselves). I hope not to become like them, but its hard when you constantly hear how "the gays are rightly gonna wipe themselves out with AIDS, because its God's judgement" and other equally-ignorant statements all the time....
Sigh... I hope others on here can understand my frustrations!