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1 Rightwingconspirator  May 1, 2011 8:14:40pm

Well done.

2 CuriousLurker  May 1, 2011 11:12:27pm
In fact, the greatest teaching I have received from Christianity is that there is no greater thing a man can do for his fellow man than show him proper love and respect. If everyone did that, the world would be a much better place.

Amen.

3 William Barnett-Lewis  May 2, 2011 6:07:35am

Well said.

As Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone said, “Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.”

4 Sionainn  May 2, 2011 6:12:55am

I’m one of those people who has no use for religion. Having always been pretty much an agnostic my whole life, it was watching the behavior of the Christians that you speak of who twist the Bible that led me to realize that I don’t believe there is a god at all. However, I just wanted you to know that those type of people haven’t made me hate all Christians (or all Muslims or all Jews or all anyone of any faith). I’m able to differentiate between good people and bad people.

You said, “I try to live my life as much like Christ as possible. That means I treat everyone with respect. That means I sacrifice where I need to, that means I am generous when I can be and that means I show love wherever possible. That’s what a real Christian looks like.”

I completely agree with that, but would go one step further…that’s what a decent person looks like.

Anyway, I just wanted you to know that any hostility I have toward certain Christians doesn’t extend to all Christians, certainly not toward people like you who are decent and kind to others. I suspect that most people who who are pushing back against the rotten “Christians” feel the same way I do.

5 Keep Texas Prisons Rapey!1!1!1!!!  May 2, 2011 8:55:12am

I continue to remind non religious people about this.
I am a non believer but some of the best and most intelligent, non judgmental people i have met in life were priests, Rabbis, Buddhists, Muslims, you name it.
I feel as if the Christian extremists in this country have dominated the landscape so much it has drowned out the others, not because there aren’t as many but because they do not feel the need to dominate, period.
One of the only other blogs i read besides this one is Religious dispatches.

6 Romantic Heretic  May 2, 2011 11:23:32am

Well said.

The problem with religion is that suffered by any human philosophical endeavour, it can quickly degenerate into an ideology. At that point it stops being about wisdom and goodness, instead it becomes about propriety and power.

Then people attach themselves to it not to be better people but to find excuses for what they want to do, which is generally holding up their egos by hurting other people.

It’s a very human thing. It’s why I’m an existentialist. People aren’t what they believe, they’re what they do.

7 Mad Prophet Ludwig  May 2, 2011 11:44:58am

This was an excellent post.

8 Locker  May 2, 2011 11:52:29am

I appreciate and admire they way you manifest your religious beliefs. The problem for you is that “American Christianity” is defined by what the leaders, mouth pieces and megaphones say it is. Basically it’s impossible, imo, to say you are a Christian in this country (USA) and not have all of the stereotypes brought along with the term.

There may be denouncement and rejection of the “standard” American Christian themes (gays are bad, there is no separation of church and state, science is evil, etc etc but they either aren’t coming from prominent leaders or they aren’t being yelled loud enough.

Unfortunate.


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