posted on Feb, 3 2008 @ 11:39 PM
From someone spiritual, but not of any religion, I have a question to those Christians on ATS...
Before I start: I was raised a Christian, and the only reason I'm not anymore is simply an inner awakening, a realization that a loving God allows
the majority of his creation into his presence upon death, no matter what religious beliefs they may have been raised with.
So before I ask this, just know that I respect all religions, and I believe there are many ways into the gates of heaven... SO i mean this with
absolutely no disrespect, and with a sincere desire for knowledge...
With all the mistakes that main stream Christianity has made in the past, and all the propaganda we see on TV, and close mindedness of people of other
sexual orientations and religions, doesn't the name Christianity bring a sense of negativity with it?
I know, I know, not everyone in Christianity is part of this propaganda, but I believe the name ore phrase "Christians/Christianity" makes most non
believers cringe when they hear it...
Just the other day I was driving behind an Atheist... I knew this because of his bumper stickers. I was appalled by the negativity of all the bumper
stickers speaking negatively of other religions. What I noticed most though, was that ALL the stickers were simply dealing with Christianity. This
offended me because why would an Atheist only back talk Christianity and not all the other types of religions?
Like the Atheist was doing, Christianity pushes its religious beliefs on people. Sure the crusades are the best known for this, but even the spanish
missionaries etc... I though Christians were supposed to lead by example... Are people not supposed to see something in Christians that make them want
that feeling? Its not supposed to be something forced, but something desired...
But i KNOW that you "Christians" here on ATS are not like that!
I KNOW that you guys do not actively try and force your view on others, and I know that by denying ignorance you are open to the possibilities of many
things without denouncing your faith in Christ...
So isnt it time to separate yourselves from mainstream Christianity?
The Church is not supposed to be some powerful enterprise sweeping over the earth, it is supposed to live inside each and every one of us.
For those of you that agree with that I'm saying, I just think it best to separate yourself to the title of "Christian." Christianity is not what
it used to be, and like the protestants separated themselves from the catholics, I think its time you separate yourself from Christianity. Give
yourself a new name, not simply a new division of that name.
I believe this change will better your cause.
You might not be aware of it, but I honestly believe that when people here the word "Christian" they automatically shut themselves off to what you
have to say, and its not because of you, its because of the association that comes with that name, all the negativity and falsity that people identify
You should know by now that people are people, regardless of religion we are all children of God, the Creator, Mother, Deity, Whatever his/her/it's
So lead by example and others will follow. They will see something inside you that these other Christians dont have, and perhaps then there will be
real interest... not interest out of fear or dreams of glory and riches in heaven, but genuine interest in the peace you hold inside.
Christianity, Buddhism, when you get to the core of the teachings from their holy beings, it is all about peace, living a good life, and treating
people how they should and deserve to be treated... not all the other crap like more rewards for donating, eternal damnation for not believing, and a
feeling of we're right, you're wrong, lets not interact...
Anyway, I'm not sure if I've done a good job of describing what I really mean, but I so hope you all get the point...
Yes, naming a religion is another form of separation... but at the same time, everything has a name, and sometimes names simply need
With a hope for Inner Peace,