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Even their churches were segregated; and coupled with a white Christian arrogance that i just couldn't accept.
originally posted by: tamusan
a reply to: FlyInTheOintment
Perhaps it is not directly the fault of Christians. Disinterest in organized religion has been growing. I remember reading that church membership among U.S. adults has gone below 50%.
Why do Christian's fight amoung themselves as to what scripture means. Were the authors unable to express the truth in clear concisive terms. Of cause they were. But therein lie's a problem, The original audience of scripture were the romans with their highly inflated ego's. A book that quoted "all highly inflated ego's were going to hell" simply wouldn't sell to that audience. So Chrsitianity has scripture that appease everyone. Yet those falsehoods are in themsleves a test. A mirror into ourselves. Those that see love in the Gospels are reflecting their own love.
You should ask yourself what do lost tribes have to do with your salvation today.
You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
originally posted by: Vroomfondel
I think this is a fairly easy question to answer based on my faith and the people I know who share it.
I don't force my faith on others. If it comes up in a conversation I am willing to talk about it, and if someone asks, I am very happy to help them find the faith for themselves. But I won't make it a talking point with everyone I meet every single day. I won't stand on a street corner shouting at cars driving by. My faith is personal. I will share it but I will not force it on anyone. Most of the people I know feel the same way. We don't go door to door, we don't ask for donations, we don't impose on others. We believe what we believe and we pretty much keep it to ourselves.
This is pretty much the opposite of people who are gay, vegan, or atheist. They have to make sure every single person they ever speak to knows that is what they are. Its as if the only thing that matters in their life is making others aware of that self imposed identity. I have never felt the need to introduce myself as a Christian heterosexual omnivore and force other people to acknowledge that identity. I wish others would show that same courtesy more often.
The difference should be obvious as Christ said he was the only refuge; I suppose that means out of what he was guilty for and couldn't escape as cause and effect.
Basically; Penance... one always knows what they did there is no way one does not know what they did; so that bearing of witness whether false or true is likely what makes "things" or "situations" appear as an eternity or like an eternal "life".