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I do not dis-like anyone on this forum.
Originally posted by KyoZero
I had to take a deep breath before answering this because I am going to honestly admit it sounds as if you don't care much for me. If that isn't the case then I apologize. If it is well I am not going to apologize for who I am.
Just because you haven't met many doesn't mean many don't exist. Yes our relationship, as it were, is online. You may think this is what makes me brave enough to discuss my faith but quite frankly everyone who knows me knows what I am. You say that 'us' pagans and athiests overestimate our numbers. Well I can freely admit you outnumber us. That's quite fine because the true pagans won't run and tell you that you are wrong. Yes I agree most Pagans won't admit it. Frankly that is their loss. I am however a very educated pagan and prefer to keep myself as such. Please, don't say 'you' as in me. I don't work like the 'internet-safe' pagans. I am very open because quite frankly gay, pagan, athiest...whatever you are you should be free to talk.
Chances are most ordinary people won't meet me is very false. I have been met by many 'ordinary' people. I do have to ask, am I not ordinary? Of those who have met me I have tons of different reactions from disgust, to honest interest, to attempts at hostile AND peaceful conversion.
I'll await your response. IF you didn't mean any of this in an inflamatory way, once again I apologize for the assumption. Sadly I can only go on what I see.
Originally posted by CrusaderOne
I am NOT Christian, but when Christians speak to me about the principles of the bible and why or why not my beliefs are different from theirs I'm usually always told (in some way) that I'm going to hell. Maybe because my beliefs are so strong, I'm not sure but when I get into arguments with Christians, I usually walk away from the argument with the message that my beliefs will send me to Hell...
Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words. —St. Francis of Assisi
Acquire the Holy Spirit and thousands around you will be saved. —St. Seraphim of Sarov
Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye. Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.—Jesus of Nazareth, Matt 7:1-6