Originally posted by VaterOrlaag
reply to post by bigrex
As an atheist, personally speaking, the only religious people I hold contempt for are those who force their views onto others, including atheists,
such as myself.
You see, 10 years ago, I was subjected to an attempted forced conversion to Christianity by a good friend of mine. For 5 years, we never spoke. It
eventually passed but it ensured that I would never embrace religion of any type.
You want to complain about atheists? You can thank those among your faith who took the "spreading good news" part way too far.
I can't be forced to do anything. lol I am a little stubborn myself when it comes to an idea being forced on me. I buck every time.
My experiences have sometimes left me in shock to the point of calling out to God and asking why.
When I looked to man to provide answers they failed me every single time. Why this was I often wondered until I grew up more and in my twenties I
learned after a horrible and traumatic expereince that it was MY job to educate MYSELF regarding the Bible. If, when I was finished educating myself I
would then decide whether or not I needed to go on to another text.
I put the Bible down as I had read it many times, yet still didn't understand.
When I began to read other texts, like everything I could get my hands on regarding nde, obe, Gods, science, physics, and so on... (took me over ten
yrs of constant reading) I then found myself going back to the Bible and saying to myself... "oh.... ok..... I get it now".
Thing for me is this.... no man or woman explained to me the Bible the way I now "see it" or view it. I still cannot relate whole heartily with the
mainstream Christian but I can relate to God and for this is all that matters.
One literally has to get into the spirit mode and outside of this material world to even understand a tiny portion of the Bible.
I found that my understanding broaden so wide that now a person of "faith" or a Christian could in no way understand what I have learned through
self teaching and self seeking within.
My understanding of the Bible runs deep now. Deeper than I ever could have imagined. It literally has "come alive" in such a way that I can now see
the Bible from past to present and see what the future holds. The awesome thing, is although I cannot change one word of it, as it is meant to be so
perfectly attached to mans overall journey we call life on earth, that I can see how we can change the ending.
Please know I am not "forcing" a view on you, I am offering for you to view the Bible out of my eyes and then decide whether or not you are an
atheist or a seeker.
I can make the Bible come alive for you in so many ways it will make your head spin.