reply to post by SaturnFX
You have a rational viewpoint, being someone whom is quite religious..I value your opinion as a thinking christian. Your view then on my stance?
I think I like your stance. I believe I should be free to believe what I want and hear what I want and that you should have the same freedom. One of
my professors was an atheist (or agnostic, I don't know if he ever decided), his name was Robert L. Cord and the book was called "Separation of
Church and State: Historical Fact and Current Fiction". He argued (correctly) that the Constitution would allow prayer in school (and from a legal
point I have to agree with him, read the book for yourself and draw your own conclusion). I took the contrary approach, I said that as a believer I
didn't want religion is school because it would involve my children being forced to hear my beliefs explained by one who may or may not believe
As for being a "thinking christian", I have certainly been called much worse. I will give you some history that may help you understand my
perspective. My parents were Catholic and sent me there for training. I have no problem with that. I didn't agree with what I was taught; but, I
really liked the Jesuit priests that I met, they were incredibly open to me questioning them. At 12, I decided that I hadn't found the proof I needed
and told my parents that I would no longer attend church. To say the least, they were not happy, my mother actually cried; but, I did not go and
nothing would have made me other than physically forcing me there.
I spent the next decade researching different religions and their history and beliefs. I also began researching secret societies. After over a decade
I heard a man who explained the resurrection and some other things. Based on my research and my understanding I became a believer fully. Obviously, I
have continued investigating things or I would not be on this site. I chose my path and would not force my path on anyone. God doesn't need me to
save anyone, our job is to have an answer for the hope that is within us and it doesn't say we have to be nice. I detest the washed down christians
that are on television, they believe nothing except in rituals bringing rewards. I don't want them teaching my children either. Now, what I do have a
problem with is my being told that I have to teach my children things I don't believe if I choose to home school them. Would you force a home
schooler that they must tell their children that evolution is true and that there is no God?