But, I Am Very Spiritual

Normally I don't think what I am not is that important - I am not a lot of things. But this is one thing that is important.

I am a very spiritual person. I believe in a higher power, but I believe that it is much too incomprehensible for our little human brains. I don't believe that whatever that higher power might be cares one little bit whether or not we worship it, though I don't think it's apathetic either, because that would require emotions.

I don't have any problems with a lot of Christians as people, but I'm totally against organized religion. And I absolutely hate that some people are so ignorant as to believe that Christianity is the only valid religion. I don't have to believe in Jesus and all that to believe in "god," and I don't have to get up early go to church every Sunday. And I ESPECIALLY don't have to feel guilty for acting on basic human nature (i.e. lust).

Another thing I strongly dislike is the number of people who say they are Christians, because they don't know how to think for themselves. People who have Christian parents and think that automatically makes them Christian, or people who aren't aware that just because someone says it's right, doesn't necessarily mean it's true, really really bother me. I am aware that there are people like this outside of Christianity, but I have definitely noticed it the most in the Christian community.

However, some of my BEST friends are Christians, and some of the most amazing people I've ever met. The religion does not make the person.
belleanomalie belleanomalie
18-21, F
5 Responses Aug 14, 2007

Constant, you just said all that my broken and unorganized mind has ever wanted to say to a hypo and actually gave it form. You hit the nail right on the head!

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As an ex-christian and HUMAN I can tell you what you've posted are your thoughts, feelings and opinions to which you have every right to without being spoken to in the manner Pepsi the self proclaimed christian has spoken to you. <br />
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KUDOS to you, Belle, for being brave enough to declare and discuss your beliefs even though they are not that of 'mainstream' society. <br />
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I'm sure Pepsi, knowing the religion as well as he/she does - having studied since he/she was 3 or 4 years of age (because children of that age are aware of such things when they are not taught such by their family, friends, etc.,) realizes his/her reaction was not at all Christ-like. Therefore, she also realizes that very fact destroys his/her argument about christians basing everything about themselves on what they believe. If he/she were a christian of the Bible, he/she is well aware of free-will and living a 'christ-like' existence as well as a number of scriptures I could readily toss out which he/she has sinned against with that comment... <br />
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I'd like to add to your story my own thought expanding on the idea of: "The religion does not make the person." I agree very much with this statement. And in my humble opinion and point of view it is not the lack of religion which destroys people either. Another thing to be considered is that simply because someone declares they are not of a certain faith or belief system, i.e. christianity, does NOT mean they do not believe in a 'god' or higher power of sorts. This simply means they do not wish, for whatever reason, to associate with that or possibly any other organized group ... which I can respect.<br />
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I suspect Pepsi is being led like a lamb to slaughter with the way he/she commented and I further suspect Pepsi has not fully read the Bible. Otherwise, he/she would have a much different opinion than what he/she so rudely vomitted on your story as a comment.<br />
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I urge you, Belle, to leave Pepsi's comment on your story so as to provide proof to others of Pepsi's idea that it's okay, according to his/her God and religion because that's what he/she bases every aspect of his/her life on according to him/her, to treat people and their opinions (differing or not) with intolerance verging on hate, disdain and utter disrespect. <br />
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It sure makes me thankful not to be a servant of Pepsi's particular 'god.' And yes, I do believe in "God" ... the God of the Bible but that by NO means makes me a christian as my beliefs are not based on religion nor any other organized group's perception. My beliefs are based on the Bible - not what I've allowed others to teach me or tell me or endoctrinate me with but my own interpretations (just between me and 'Him' so to speak) and THAT is rare to most 'believers' as they generally just follow a fallable man and believe every word out of his mouth as if he were their saviour himself.<br />
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You keep on thinking for yourself, Belle! Throughout history and surely in the days to come, following the majority/society has and will continue to cause more harm than good.<br />
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Please forgive my verbose comment.

Great story. I think you are articulated your thoughts very well, and brought up some issues about belief that are worth considering both by people who believe in a religion and those who don't. <br />
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Also, I didn't find your story critical of Christianity per se, rather just talking about how you feel about the way that *some* people who follow the religion. Strikes me that some of your Christian friends might well agree with your perspective! Intelligence and dogma are rarely comfortable bedfellows.

Wow. Way to get defensive. I never said all Christians were ignorant, and I never once said that all Christians only believe what they do because of their parents, etc. I just said that that's something I've seen a lot that really bothers me. If you want to have an intelligent argument with me, please actually read my post first. Thanks :]

I'm always amazed to read posts like this. It amazes me how people are so very judgemental and 99% of the time it's about something they know nothing about it.<br />
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I want to comment on something you said. You said religion does not make the person...umm...technically your wrong. Because people...religious people base the actions, words, thoughts, music they like, movies they watch, everything about them...on what they believe. On what their religion teaches them. So more or less...the religion does make the person.<br />
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And if people who truely believe in Christianity...like you believe in what you believe...makes them ignorant...what's that say about you? Your sitting here saying that how dare they believe in something so strongly just because it's not what you believe in. That's not really fair of you to do is it?<br />
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I'm a Christian. And I hate to break it to you I'm not a Christian because someone in my family is, because some of my friends are, because I feel like I have to be, or any of that. I'm Christian because it's what I truely believe...it's who I truely am. I spent years (years as in pretty much my whole life, if you don't believe me on that ask my mom what kind of questions I was asking her when I was 3 and 4 years old) studying religions of all kinds....trying to find the ONE that spoke to me...that sounded even slightly correct....Christianity...and this one religion in particular in Christianity is the only thing I found. And as of right now you couldn't pay me to walk away from this church. It's not fair or right of you to push your judgements on someone else. Just because Christianity doesn't work for you doesn't mean it doesn't work for anyone else. You might have had some bad experiences with Christians or the Christian faith but that doesn't make you any more right then they are.