posted on Jan, 6 2012 @ 08:03 PM
You make some valid points, but I hope you will allow me the courtesy of a differing opinion.
I am licensed and ordained as a minister, but I would want to preface anything I know with the fact that I know I have made some of the biggest
mistakes and committed sins I should never be allowed to live down. My human nature wins battles I'm not proud to remember, and as a Christian I can
gauge my progress by how many of these conflicts I can turn around, improve on, and win in the future.
When another Christian, or anyone for that matter, shakes his finger at you for any real or perceived shortcomings, I hope they also have the
integrity to admit they are flawed as well. Too many put themselves in some leadership position or represent themselves as something they aren't
qualified to be and the damage is done. Of course, this applies to many things in life, but when Christianity is involved there is a tendency to
magnify itself. So, when a highly visible evangelist (for example, pick any TV preacher) allows themselves to participate, then get caught in
something they should know better, I have noticed a tendency away from being humbled and/or contrition. They should ask God for forgiveness, which He
promises to sincere requests, and then the forgiveness from everyone else involved, even those on the sideline who are indirectly affected in some
What you have experienced is far too common and not at all what I was taught or believe. In fact, I learn more every day and I realize I will never be
able to say I have the answers so I can sit back and relax. My best 2 life lessons recently are these: 1) God never tests me so He can see how I will
handle a situation. He already knows, He needs for me to see how I responded, and 2) believe it or not, God has to show a great deal of faith in us
and its not always the other way around. What I mean is that sometimes I see that I may have newer or better something (toy, gadget, home, etc.) than
someone else. Does this mean I need to give it to a more deserving person? Possibly, but God has just shown His faith that I can discern the
difference and if I am expected to keep this hypothetical widget or whatever, He believes I will handle it correctly. Again, He already knows the
outcome, but will I do the right thing?
I didn't intend to preach at you, only to say that not everyone is as self-absorbed or self-righteous as the examples I have seen in this thread. In
fact, I often tell others that I am neither capable or qualified to judge anyone. Its my responsibility to live my faith and not just talk about it so
that people can see how fulfilling and how absolutely right it is to accept God. Sorry you had the experiences you did, but I would be willing to
lower my ego to the point of begging you to try one more time. u2u me or anyone you see online you believe will be honest and helpful that seems to
understand what God is all about. You may still come to the same conclusion you have, but when you consider that I could be right and God is as real
as I believe Him to be, then the penalty for not taking that chance is way to serious to not at least give it that extra effort.
In the end, it is definitely your choice, and I cannot possibly express how much I wish things had worked out better for you in your quest.