In Church, Freedom, God, Homosexuality, Life, Love, Relationships, The Bible on February 16, 2011 at 5:55 pm
After writing out my current beliefs in my last blog post I started to feel some empathy toward Christians. Since I’ve been developing my unorthodox beliefs for the last three years (by the sweat of my brow, losing friends as well as sleep along the way) I failed to realize how shocking my new beliefs must sound to the average church-attending pew sitter.
From my perspective, I just wanted to get out of a religion that had entire control over my entire life. My plan was to work through the doctrines I was conditioned to believe and replace them with some kind of non-religious way of thinking. For example, instead of attending a planned church event like a proper Christian might do, I’d rather get a couple bottles of wine and go bowling with my girlfriends. This is what I call moving from a religious ritual to real “fellowship.”
And one beautiful day in my future horizon, the sun comes up and I will have forgotten anything there is to know about Christianity, religion and all things associated with it. I will enjoy my kids, my job, my double/decaf/almond milk/with a dash of cinnamon latte in the morning, and then I will live happily ever after.
But the problem is that I’m not leaving a religion as much as I am simply changing my beliefs about God. Although my beliefs might be a stark contrast from the traditional fundamentals of Christianity, if I still believe in some kind of invisible creator power that I also call God, doesn’t this mean I am still at least somewhat religious? I mean, non-religious people don’t talk about God, do they? Read the rest of this entry »
In Homosexuality, The Bible on November 28, 2010 at 7:25 pm
To me, the general Christian societal view toward homosexuals is nothing more than racism and discrimination. I despise these ingrained derogatory views which I have been raised to believe through my American and Christian upbringing. I was taught not only to hold them toward gays but also toward drug addicts and certain nationalities and social classes, etc.
From what I understand, it is our insecurity in ourselves which makes us feel a perceived need for superiority over others, especially in the name of God. At one point in my life, I started to catch myself embracing these lies. I then wanted to make a conscious effort to change my assumed prejudices toward many different people. Understanding my own value and befriending the so-called lessers has made this mind transformation much easier for me.
As far as the Bible is concerned, the scriptures against homosexuality really stumped me (and still do to some degree) and I’ve read arguments for all sides of the issue. This is the only thing that makes sense to me at this point:
In the world of the spirit there is no gender. (There is neither male nor female… Galatians 3:28.) Physical distinctions only exist in the physical world. Read the rest of this entry »
In Homosexuality, Politics on November 14, 2010 at 7:32 pm
First, if gays cannot marry because being gay is a sin, then liars, etc. should be prohibited from getting married too.
Second, laws are supposed to be passed to protect every citizen’s freedom unless that freedom infringes upon the freedom of another. This is the principle of democracy (ideally of course). Gay marriage does not infringe upon the freedom of another.
Third, allowing gays to marry is not the same as condoning their sin. But banning them from marriage is condoning the sin of hatred, segregation and discrimination.
Fourth, banning gay marriage does absolutely nothing to change the gay issue. It only makes the gays really mad at Christians, and causes them to distrust Christianity and possibly God.
Fifth, if Christians want a freedom of religion in our country, then it would behoove us to allow others to have their freedom too.
Sixth, since when did Jesus tell us to control society through laws of morality?
Seventh, I’ve seen (by far) more of God’s unconditional love exemplified through two gays who would like to commit to each other than Christians who like to focus on other people’s sins.