posted on Dec, 5 2013 @ 01:32 PM
I ask this as an honest question, and to be truthful, I ask it reluctantly here. I was raised in a religious family, however, at a very young age,
while attending the religious schooling, I began to point out various inconsistencies in the scriptures. This was, from a young mind (about 7 or 8), a
way to try to better understand it all and was purely out of innocent curiosity.
However, it was not well received by the "instructors" there and I was removed from the class for being a "disruptive influence". Well, that was
my indoctrination of what they wanted....don't ask questions or you will be branded a trouble-maker and shunned. I was not welcomed back, and my
family had a hard time after that because of the result.
So here I am almost 40 years later, and I am still a good person. I have no arrest record, I do no illegal drugs (even though I was raised in one of
the worst drug infested areas of my town). I went to college, received my degrees, and am successful with a family. I try to do what I can to help
others in need, and friends know all they need is to ask and I will be there for them.
All of this, without following any brand of organized religion. So, are ones deeds and what is in ones heart and mind what makes them a good person,
or what religious tribe they follow?
I honestly want to know the opinions of those here in this forum. But, I do not want it to devolve into a hate filled shouting match. If it does, I
will ask the mods to remove the thread and be done with it all.