a reply to: kef33890
God knows it's impossible to be perfect without divine intervention. That is where Jesus and his Perfection comes into play. We are all son's of the
Most High God, but only one of us has not backsliden and given in to desire of the flesh. Jesus whipes all things clean, and all you must do,
Windword, is to accept that you are a sinnner which is nothing to be ashamed of considering the multitude of all out war Satan has declared on us.
So to clarify, you were an atheist in college. Does that mean you were not an atheist before you went to college?
The reason I ask is that your transition from atheist to what seems to be Christianity after your dream seems automatic, like only 2 choices are
available: Atheist or Christian.
The story that I wrote about "what would Conan do" is actually a factual story, as far as it went. After I woke up, I thought, "If such things are
actually in the World, then maybe I could use an ally, maybe Jesus." The reason being that I grew up in a Christian home, going to Sabbath School and
church evry week.
It was a year later that I surrendered myself to Christ
. I use that phrase because that's basically what it is. Surrender to the story, the
narrative, the assurance of being loved, with somewhat of a guarantee of protection even if martyred.
The ethics/morals were really quite simple: be nice/not mean to people, help people when you can, don't be boastful or proud, don't expect to be ruler
of the World or even of the ruling elite class."The meek shall inherit the Earth"
So I studied the Bible, comparative Denominational Theology, Church History, Old Testament History/Archeology/Theology, History of 1st Century Roman
Judea, etc. Over the years I'd been a deacon in one denomination, then lector in another, and eventually preaching Elder and Adult Sunday School
teacher in yet another denomination.
I detected that my adult students were woefully deficient in the core mythos of Christianity, so I produced a course of study I called, "The
Essentials of Christianity."
I was up front preaching a sermon when it struck me; These people who I'm trying to educate in the core mythos are every bit as ethical and moral as I
am. I can't ethically present as fact that which I cannot defend historically or logically.
There have been many people who have come to that same conclusion. Some are now ultra-Liberal Christians, some Christian Atheists, and some
demythologized Christians. I chose to not retain the label at all.
So I've been a heathen now for more than twenty years. This I've learned, no matter what formal belief system I adopt I cannot find within it a basis
for ethics and morals, I'm pretty much locked in to what I lived for the first 28 years of my life.
My working theory is: What a person lives for the first 28 years of their life is their religion and the basis of their moral compass. Religion is the
mode and method of interacting with your environment, culture, individuals. People who did live within a belief system other than Christian can
explain how that translates to ethical living. I can't, because I didn't live it my first 28 years.
I am constrained by my past life to live the way I do. Freedom to change my moral code is beyond me, and I woudn't have it any other way.
PS: I haven't gone berserker in 21 years.
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