Re: What do you do when you're not on BFFC?
Everyone, just calm down. This is why I never get into these kinds of debates, the ones that people just fight over endlessly.
Being a Christian who married a Shintoist I've developed a different sort of outlook. Being with him I've seen things that make me believe his religion is real. And the thing is, if you open your mind and take a second look you can see how his religion fits into mine perfectly. I'm not saying I'm being converted, just that his religion is real too. Remember, part of the Ten Commandments is "Thou shalt have no other gods before me". Of course your specific god would want you to honor him above all others. That doesn't mean other gods don't exist. Some religions are fake and I won't point fingers because I don't want to stir the fire any. The bible we have isn't the entire bible, I've found. What we have are just the bits King James decided we should have. In order to have a full look you need to find the Jewish bible, I believe it is. (or I think there might be a cross between KJV and the Jewish one) And some parts of the bible were added. I think it's the last chapter in Mark (the one that has a note on it that says that chapter doesn't exist in some bibles) is such a different writing style from the rest of the book that you can tell it was added later by someone else. And remember, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were written years later, and everything Paul says should be taken with a grain of salt (he was against marriage of any sort!). Something my mom said once crossed with something my husband says is in the front of his bible, is this: Jesus told a lot of parables. Stories to help get points across. Who's to say what parts of the bible aren't parables? And personally, I think evolution fits in with the bible nicely. I don't remember where, but somewhere in the bible it says that a day to us is like a thousand years, ten thousand years, something like that, to Him or something, the 6 "days" it took to create the world could have been any amount of time. God could have created everything, given it a push, and watched it evolve. As for gay people, being gay should be treated as any other fettish, I mean, you don't see Foot Parades. I think being gay is wrong and is something one would need psychiatry for. If you're a kid who's unsure and is being pushed into it it could hurt you, because as a kid you don't know who you are or what you want yet. And while I'm at it I might as well say it: There is ample proof that black folk didn't evolve as fast as the rest of the world. (I'm not racist, I hate everyone regardless of color and some of my best friends are darker skinned people) Also, you have to look at it from the viewpoint of people without internet or knowledge of worlds outside their own. To some of those people the middle-east IS the entire world. (thus noah's flood didn't cover the ENTIRE Earth, just his own little world) There were people around besides Adam and Eve (other religions have their own adams and eves and the gene pool needed that).
Needless to say I don't really fit in at churches anymore. I know fellowship is good, but the way a lot of "christians" are these days I don't know if I really want to be associated with them anymore anyway.
I don't actively go out to convert, or bible-whack, in fact Jesus said not to be on the street corner preaching and praying, but to be a silent example, but when it's about something that's such a life-changing decision it doesn't hurt to step in and say "God doesn't like it when you do that". And if you're secure in your own religion it shouldn't bother you. You go, "Thanks for the reminder but I'm not Christian." and leave it be. It's not always the fault and responsibility of the Christian, having someone jump down your throat and tear at you for "pushing their religion on you" is just as bad as someone who actually did push it at you.
Now everyone just take a deep breath and let it go.
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