reply to post by johnsky
Well said, though I don't entirely agree with your view; I'm a sort of pagan, but was made so by the same realizations you've posted. I suppose I
can justify my beliefs with bland optimism.
And one last side note to the rest of the crew before I finally go to sleep; I can't help but notice how many times I've seen phrases such as the
following, and I simply couldn't let it go. I'll go in order from quote to quote, for your convenience.
Perhaps I should point out that my savior is probably not anybody else's, so I won't be so arrogant as to proclaim that everybody who doesn't
believe as I do is damned. I would simply ask for that courtesy to be returned. Pagans have hearts too, you know.
"Godless heathans like yourself"
AnyChristian who would dare to judge so harshly as to call another human a "Godless Heathen" has committed a mortal sin. It is the sin of Greed,
though few will see it. Allow me to explain. Jesus said that 'judgement is the Lord's alone', which means that one who judges in such a way is
placing one's self above God. Not only is this blasphemous, but it implies that one is eager to judge, and not willing to await final justice; such
a person is greedy for retribution, and by proximity of such blasphemy attempting to be God. Hence, the mortal sin; I promise that ninety percent (at
least) of those who follow the Judeo-Christian faith would never consider such a thing.
"So may people on this website are in darkness over The Word of God, that stupid arguments erupt over ignorance by both sides. By people who never
picked up a concordance who think they can understand The Word, to the ones who never even got a chance to learn but who have prematurely decided it
is all a scam."
To be completely honest, this is just an incredible statement. The sheer arrogance, the unhindered ignorance, both paired so seamlessly with more
blasphemy and egotism; its an incredible statement due to the fact that I could not, if I tried, write a more opinionated statement backed by so
little fact. Before tearing into this one, let me simply state that it is remarks such as this one which give Christians a bad name.
Okay, now that thats out of the way... I was raised in a Baptist family from an early age; I prayed before every meal and before bed, I've read the
New King James version of the Bible from cover to cover, I spent ten years faithfully attending church, and I've spent another five years studying
religions around the globe. My opinions about the events which sparked this thread have absolutely nothing to do with the amount of education I've
had in religion. My choice to leave Christianity was made after more than two years of prayer, meditation, and searching; I wanted to believe, and I
didn't abandon my beliefs lightly.
I will not allow the idiots of the world to point their fingers in my direction and accuse me of ingnorance to the Christian religion, nor will I sit
idly by and watch hypocrites dance mady about in hopes of gaining enough attention that someone outside of their sacred little church circle will
acknowledge them as good people. There was a parable in the Bible about a priest who gave great sums in broad view, loudly proclaiming his deeds so
that they would be recognized. In the same building there was a tax collector, hated by the crowd, silently giving what he could afford. I'll tell
you without hesitation, most pro-Christian posts I've seen on this thread have been those of priests; get a tax collector in here, and to him I'll
The burning of a few books on the other side of the world by men whom you will never meet does not give you God's mandate to screech his word into
the ears of every man, woman, and child who isn't goose-stepping behind you.
Once more I must stress that it was not my intention to offend anybody.