reply to post by Lady_Tuatha
I just went to church today for the first time in a while, and while I consider myself a good person, a lot of people in that church were honestly
reading the Bible passages without understanding any meaning behind them, or even paying attention.
I just moved back to town after living with some room-mates in Idaho where I had to deal with a shady police department and a high crime rate. I
experienced everything from having guns pulled on me, to people coming by our house with brain cancer who had no way to fix it and were dying, one
girl's dad shot his head off with a shotgun, the list goes on forever...
I mean it is a situation where it tests your ability to make the right choices 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
So I wrote this:
"It is only through experience and tribulation that the word of God is known. Without testing your faith, how do you even know what your faith
Or that you have any at all? If you are put in a situation where you have to actually make decisions using the knowledge you know, and do not take
this chance, what good does it do to follow empty rituals and speak words from a book which you do not understand?"
A lot of the passages in the Bible tell stories that are explaining things that make complete sense after someone has had to experience them and
discover them for themselves, but they are taken the wrong way, they are taken as a ticket to judge others and act in exactly the wrong way instead of
as a story to empathize with and say
"I've been there, oh! I know what this is like! I remember having to make those same decisions, I am so glad that someone else wrote this story so
that I can share it with my kids and family."
It's not supposed to be about judging others, it is supposed to be about reading a story that resonates with something you've experienced on a
personal level, about self growth, and that isn't even allowed to happen if the church is hostile towards what it should support, which is human
The problem is, in today's religious society, we have completely screwed up on what the purpose of the Bible is, it is not a rule book, it is a story
book full of stories to relate to, not stories to judge by.
Rules are good to follow, but there is no warmth and adaptability in rules without understanding, there is no love in fear - fear caused by lack of
experience and the maturity that comes with it.
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