One of those moment where it's good to remember that we CAN be wrong, no?
And God bless him. He needs it now.
Originally posted by silo13
reply to post by bigfatfurrytexan
I want to be extra careful how I respond to your post. One because I appreciate your posts, your points of view and though we don't always agree - the way and manner you present your opinions here on ATS is what makes ATS the place I want to be on the web.
Second - Because I'm wondering if in your grief and fear of losing your friend - your care and concern for him - you're losing sight of something of most importance for all of us. Free will.
Regardless of your friends choices? He's practiced his free will in taking the risks of practicing his religion. That religion is involved should not be the issue.
What if he was practicing his 'free will' by participating in an extreme sport? He could get hurt and he could die. Horribly. In my mind it's no different than him practicing his free will in choosing what he believes in. Isn't religion all about how we want to live our life vs. what we believe is good for us and what is not?
Maybe I'm muddling this all up what's important is - any friend of yours must be someone truly special. I can't imagine you ever advising him to go against what he believes in - just because it made you and everyone else feel better in the heat of the moment, or even to save his life.
ME? I lost my husband due to the infiltration of JW in his life. BUT! It was HIS choice, HIS life and HIS salvation - not mine. Would I go back and take that right from him? Never. I would think this is something you and I could agree on.
peace to you and prayers for you all
gracieedit on 9-9-2012 by silo13 because: punctuation