posted on Nov, 20 2010 @ 06:38 AM
reply to post by halfoldman
I would not have had the confidence to speak on religious matters after just discovering it, or dabbling, which was for me seeing the difference over
the years between a large collection of information, and an actual working religion. The thing that was missing, and which at first a strong aversion,
was my own involvement! I can understand the paranoia, and suspicions, you describe in those Christians because I once felt that way too. Experience
with pushes past barriers of understanding, or propels you beyond them fortunately, as does suspending passion for an objective oversight. I would say
I've become a stoic, and a naturalist philosopher, and found that this in no way compromises with my Christian beliefs, rather it works in harmony
with them. Ralph Emerson there, for example, was a staunch Christian and a naturalist philosopher - one of the best I've followed!
God gives us back our own personality, our own traits and loves, yet it first took our submission to His will and ways - which is galling to some. It
gets back to a rather base point in my mind, actually : we all strive and seek God's ways and company, but are forever tricked into believing we want
otherwise by the unseen workings of demons, and the unholy spirit which collectively guides those undying enemies of mankind. Read C.S. Lewis, "The
Screwtape Letters" for a great illustration (and a good read). People fear "losing themselves", when in actuality the only thing they stand to lose
is a lifetime collective of evil character, however integrated or overwrought in our lives.
Martial arts promote self-defense and submission holds that could incapacitate, which is far better than having to kill someone. Speaking of sin, from
a karmic perspective, we run into the penalty of sin the second we commit it. The law is a lighthouse, we are the ship, the storm is our lives, and we
possibly navigated ourselves into that storm! How worse it is to run aground on a calm day.