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Surely we can speak about religion on here without threads being locked, no? That last thread was actually very interesting to read, even though there were very different views and it got a little heated, but really, you talk religion, you may get some upset.

So, I was about to post something so here we go:

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 15 Nov 2011 7:05 PM
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I like the saying;

There are as many religions as there are people in this world.

For me, I think that IF there is a GOD, and there is a heaven, he would not turn away good people, wether they beleive in him or not.

I live my life and make choices based on what I think is right or wrong, and keep myself open to all kinds of religious advice.

I guess I just sort of pick and choose from all religions. I wouldn't say there is or isn't a God.

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 15 Nov 2011 7:16 PM
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My feeling on religion? You are free to practice whatever religion you want, believe what you want, pray to who or what you want, so long as you don't blow stuff up and kill people in the name of your religion.

Beyond that, I couldn't care less. Not my business. I will believe what I want and not think less of you if you disagree. Nor will I judge you based on some perceived stereotype that attempts to blanketly describe people who share your beliefs.

Live and let live and don't judge or assume.

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 15 Nov 2011 7:18 PM
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Generally speaking, religion and abortion threads are often the most respectful around these parts. I'm hope this one can be too.

Personally, I don't believe in God. I'm a full fledged atheist. Having said that, I don't take any issue with those of faith. I see it as an exceedingly personal choice, and just because it's not for me doesn't mean it's not a valid belief system for someone else.

While there are many fundamental tenets of organized religion that I simply can't wrap my brain around, there are certainly times where I wished I believed. That I could find faith somewhere. Especially when dealing with things like infertility and loss - it would have been heartening, I think, to have faith. Something to lean on. A sense of a plan bigger than myself, and someone looking out for me. But I just never got there.

At times, I do take issue with the actions of some in the name of religion. But only because it doesn't jive with my particular set of morals and beliefs, and I believe I'm more than entitled to feel that way. Just as the religious are entitled to their thoughts/feelings/beliefs.

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 15 Nov 2011 7:30 PM
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I see myself as a person of faith but I don't prescribe to every facet of Catholicism, which is the religion I was raised within.

That being said, even with fundamentalists, as long as they don't bother me, I'm fine with their beliefs. Same with Jehovah's Witnesses - just don't come knocking at my door on Sundays and we'll live harmoniously side-by-side. They can continue to believe that there are x-number of seats in heaven and the rest of us heathens aren't entering. I'm ok with that. Just don't try to convert me.

I also don't mind if someone respectfully talks to me about their religion or their beliefs as long as I'm not being forced to follow through or agree with them.

I think I learned most of my acceptance, which others don't seem to have (by others, I mean certain posters in the other thread), because I was born and lived in a country, for almost 12 years, where their laws were based on the country's defined religion - namely Islam. Not all Muslims are fanatically. In fact, I have yet to meet a fanatical Muslim personally. All the ones I hear about are on TV. In fact, 2 of my friends are strong Muslim females who follow the teachings of Islam pretty closely (in dress) but are who I consider very modern women (you should see/hear them when hanging out with friends).

In the same vein, I grew up around Catholics since pretty much my entire million-and-one family members are Catholic in one way, shape or form, and I went to Church once a week for years (until I made my own decision not to always attend much to the dismay of my parents). The closest members to what I'd consider fanatical are still pretty tame. The most they do is go to Church daily and try to "preach" - very loose term since most of us "kids" just laugh it off - to us, the "kids."

So when posters go around painting people of faith with the same brush, I just can't understand that close-mindness. If someone were to ask me what my religion was, I'd say Catholic. However, if delving deeper, you'd know that I have no issues with gay marriage, abortions or medical interventions such as IVF.

I don't question what the "truth" is because what is one person's belief of the truth isn't necessarily mine. Besides, I don't even care to know what the "truth" is. I just like believing in a higher power. If I die and there's no heaven, oh well. If I die and there is a heaven that I didn't get into, that's my issue. If I go down to hell, well, at least I know that I'll have a ton of company wink

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 15 Nov 2011 7:33 PM
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Um, what's not to know about atheism? Organized or not, the system of beliefs (that they don't believe) is universal and fundamental. I'm just wondering how that's not coherent? And I'm not being flippant or tongue in cheek, I'm asking a real question. smile

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 15 Nov 2011 7:33 PM
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I am a Christian. smile I don't have the mental capacity to answer your questions to the extent that I think you want them answered (I'm so very tired lately, see tickers, LOL). All I can say is a few things... I don't like the word "religion", for me it's a relationship, with God. For me, it's about faith. I can't intellectually explain WHY I believe what I do. I just do. I believe in God, I believe Jesus is my Saviour, and (I know this isn't popular) I believe in absolute truth.

There are many other so-much-better-articulated Christians on WB, I'm looking forward to reading their replies so I can quote and say "ditto", ha. smile

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 15 Nov 2011 7:35 PM
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My personal feeling is to try things out and find what fits for you. I was raised Catholic; I've been Taoist, Wiccan, atheist and now Hedgewitch (another pagan branch). But that's what is right for me. DH is Taoist. The kids are in a Catholic school. We put them there so that they would get an education about religion. But we also show them other options. I'm hoping that they will grow up to be open-minded and accepting of the beliefs of others. What is right for me may not be right for you and the reverse is true.

I follow a solo path, so I'm not part of an organised religion. But that is where my life experience has led me to. Who's to say it's any more right or wrong than someone else's?

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 15 Nov 2011 7:35 PM
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At work we have a sign to remind people of the three things to never discuss with co-workers and clients: sex, religion and politics.

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 15 Nov 2011 7:54 PM
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I'm going to be honest and I hope I'm not crucified for it because I know my thoughts/feelings/views are not exactly open minded when it comes to this topic. And I certainly don't think I'm right or that my mind can't be changed.

But when I hear people say 'the bible said...." I just tune them out, to me it's like saying 'little red riding hood...". But unlike fairytale s like Little Red Riding Hood, I see religion as dangerous.

There has been so much violence, war, death and hatred in this world in the name of religion that it just has a negative connotation in my mind. And yet, I believe people should have freedom of religion and I'm a little bit jealous of those who can have faith and find a sense of community within a church. But then I think that intellectually I'm not on the same page as those who don't believe in evolution. I look down on these people and can't fathom how someone could believe in a fairytale book but not scientific fact.

I also know that you can't paint Christians with the same brush. I've met far more Christians after moving to the US and I have a friend who attends church every Sunday. We get along great and I think she's a great person. But I won't bring up certain topics with her (i.e gay marriage) because I know we won't be on the same page and I'll get angry. So I guess that makes me a little hypocritical. I believe in freedom of religion but begrudge those who use it to deny other people the same rights or to judge people who have different lifestyles/partners as of as 'sinners'. This kind of ignorance to me gets my shackles up and makes me judge Christianity or other religions that deny others rights. It's hard not to. But I try real hard to remain open minded.

So there you have it, my views are not so black and white and are probably offensive to some although I'm trying not to be hurtful and just sharing my honest thoughts for the purpose of discussion. I could pretend otherwise but what would be the point of that?

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 15 Nov 2011 8:06 PM
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I am not a religious person, nor am I an athiest. I won't discount that there could be a God but I won't subscribe to the belief that there is one and he/she believes this, this and that.

But just using my commonsense - why can't someone believe in God and evolution at the same time? If I was religious I would just assume that my God made evolution possible in the first place.

But maybe I don't know enough about religion (or science for that matter - was never my forte) to even comment on that. Just seemed like a logical thought process.

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 15 Nov 2011 8:15 PM
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The thing I don't get about atheism is that it's says 'I know there is no G-d.' Agnosticism at least says 'meh, I'm not sure. I neither believe, nor don't believe. I'm indifferent.'

Atheism is as sure there isn't a G-d as religious people are that there is one. How can atheists say 'you can't possibly KNOW there is a G-d' while at the same time claiming they can know there isn't? Aren't both ultimately leaps of faith?

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 15 Nov 2011 8:23 PM
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I saw this on a website a while back and thought it was interesting. I'm NOT saying it's intelligent or even that I agree with it, just... interesting.



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 15 Nov 2011 8:24 PM
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I always find it fascinating when a religion gives extra power to vowels. It reminds me a little of Wheel of Fortune. Then again, I think vowels are cool (first sounds most people make, I believe) so I guess it's OK that some religions think they're cool, too.

Came here to say I've never heard that Stephen F. Roberts quotation before but I like it. Thanks, izzybelle.

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 15 Nov 2011 8:40 PM
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Richard Dawkins has devised a spectrum of belief, represented by seven milestones:

1) Strong theist. 100 per cent probability of God. In the words of C.G. Jung: "I do not believe, I know."

2) De facto theist. Very high probability but short of 100 per cent. "I cannot know for certain, but I strongly believe in God and live my life on the assumption that he is there."

3) Agnostic leaning towards theism. Higher than 50 per cent but not very high. Technically agnostic but leaning towards theism. "I am very uncertain, but I am inclined to believe in God."

4) Completely impartial agnostic. Exactly 50 per cent. "God's existence and non-existence are exactly equiprobable."

5) Agnostic leaning towards atheism. Lower than 50 per cent but not very low. Technically agnostic but leaning towards atheism. "I do not know whether God exists but I'm inclined to be skeptical."

6) De facto atheist. Very low probability, but short of zero. "I cannot know for certain but I think God is very improbable, and I live my life on the assumption that he is not there."

7) Strong atheist. "I know there is no God, with the same conviction as Jung 'knows' there is one."

Personally, I (and Dawkins would agree) don't think you really can be a 1 or a 7 because there is no way to know 'for sure' in either direction. But I can be, and am, a 6 in the way that many faithful Christians are a 2.

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 15 Nov 2011 8:41 PM
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Nice chart, I'm a 6.

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 15 Nov 2011 8:46 PM
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You know, continually referring to the Bible, a sacred book to Christians, as a "fairytale" or "fairytale book" is insulting. If you want people to respect your beliefs (and I sincerely do), it works both ways.

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 15 Nov 2011 8:49 PM
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I do find it offensive when someone claims they are going to heaven and I'm not. Those are my views, unreal or not. I'm not upset that she shared them and maybe offensive was not the right word because I'm not sitting here steaming. I just don't know how to be honest without being honest.

And I honestly believe the bible is a fairytale book. I don't think it's a sacred book and so I'm not sure why I need to show reverence to it?

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 15 Nov 2011 8:50 PM
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I do understand why some people have difficulty believing in God. I have had moments of doubt myself, particularly when horrible things happen to bad people. But yeah, I believe. I can't really explain why, I just do.

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 15 Nov 2011 8:52 PM
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Oops it was a link that was very much the same but related to Christianity..not sure how to post stuff!

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 15 Nov 2011 8:58 PM
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Sigh, please read my entire post. I did say I think offensive is the wrong word. I'm tired of repeating that.

ETA: Also see the post above yours Portia since I believe I answered your question.

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 15 Nov 2011 8:59 PM
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I'm a practising Catholic, and maybe I'm completely out to lunch, but I always thought the important thing was to be a good person, to live by Jesus's example and so on.

I remember being really worried about a non-Christian classmate when I was little. I was scared that she wouldn't get to go to heaven so I talked to my priest about it. I even told him that it wasn't her fault because her mom told her that there was no God and wouldn't take her to church! LOL. My priest reassured me that God loved everyone and there was room for all people who tried to live a good life, regardless of what church they attended (if any). So that always stuck with me and I never think of heaven as an exclusively Christian club.

I am no theologian and who knows, maybe my priest was only trying to appease an upset child. But I still believe that.

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 15 Nov 2011 9:02 PM
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I would like to remind everyone to be respectful of other users.

Thank you.

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 15 Nov 2011 9:04 PM
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Ah, pannecoeke. I didn't see that as a sermon at all! I'm not Christian, so I actually found your explanation quite interesting and a bit illuminating - I didn't realize that heaven is not necessarily a place for "good" people.

I'm quite adamantly opposed to spreading hate against anyone - so naturally using religion to spread hate makes me queasy. But your explanation shows that being a Christian does not equal spreading hate. It's the definition of sin that is up for debate within the Christian community.

I imagine (and this is purely speculation, not being Christian) that when it comes to someone accepting Jesus into their heart, you have to have faith that God is going know if that person is genuine about it or if they are just saying it o gain favour with their community. I'm not a Christian and that idea does bring be a little comfort. (So clearly, I'm also not an atheist. wink )

siiera - I suspect that my views fall more in line with yours than with pannecoeke's, but I cannot support you calling the Bible a fairytale book in this instance. I imagine someone mockingly suggesting that I'm going to come back as a cockroach in another life because I'm Buddhist (or at least, a wannabe) and I would be quite upset.

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 15 Nov 2011 9:04 PM
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Yeahh, I was okay with this conversation Siiera and thought it was going pretty well until you basically slapped me in the face. I even told you I'm trying NOT to offend you, but you chose to be hurtful anyway. I've said what I believe, I tried, and I don't really care to keep exposing myself to that kind of treatment, so I'm done with this thread and with you. I'll keep reading though. smile

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 15 Nov 2011 9:11 PM
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Sunshinemom, MrsMac is a Christian and she doesn't believe that the key to eternal salvation is through repentance. Surely she's a true Christian as well.

Pannecoeke, I sincerely wasn't trying to offend you or slap you in the face. Perhaps I didn't choose my words wisely but I didn't know how to express myself eloquently without it coming across as offense I guess. You say you don't want to expose yourself to this kind of treatment when all I'm trying to do is discuss things with you. But on the same hand, do you feel that responding to me out of 'love' and basically telling me I'm not going to heaven is the wrong way to treat people on your end?

MrsMac, it's about semantics. I really don't like when people who are against abortion say they are pro life because it implies those who are pro choice are against life. I don't like it when they call people who choose abortion murderers. But it's how they choose to frame their point of view. I choose to refer to the Bible as a story tale. It may offend you but it doesn't offend everyone so who is right? And if we have a discussion on WB about abortion can I ask people not to say pro life? Certainly not.

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 15 Nov 2011 9:17 PM
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You know I'm only being honest and I'm not perfect. I could easily stay out of threads like this or post in a way that somewhat conceals my true feelings but what would be the point of that? How could I have a true discussion. Are we all so perfectly politically correct that we are incapable of examining our true selves? I'm not afraid to speak up and if I'm crucified and people choose to play 'victim' so be it. At least I'm not a liar or scared to engage.

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 15 Nov 2011 9:24 PM
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Siiera I think the word 'fairytale' or whatever it is you said is what people are finding offensive.... I think the term fiction would be less offensive... Am I reading all this right folks???

I too do not believe all the stories in the bible word for word, having read it enough times and enough different versions and having a scientific mind I just have a hard time believing it as non fiction... Surely this isn't offensive, is it?

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 15 Nov 2011 9:28 PM
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Honeysher, I'm not sure it's fair to suggest that I would scoff at all different religions/ceremonies because I think the bible is a fairytale book.

Fine, people think the calling the bible a fairy tale is offensive so I won't say it anymore on here. BUT and here is the big but, next time a thread on abortion surfaces and I take issue with the semantics pro-life I would hope that people would respect that and stop using it.

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 15 Nov 2011 9:35 PM
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I personally enjoy fairy tales and have never equated them to being childish... So I had to read reeeeal hard to figure out why people were getting so upset.... Fiction fairy tales all the same to me.

Interesting point Saucy... I wish I could believe in miracles...

I'm finding this conversation very interesting... I've been struggling with my beliefs of late. I really hope people stop nit picking each others words and this thread doesn't get locked anytime soon!

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 15 Nov 2011 9:39 PM
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Sierra- I am not going to pretend I know what mrsmac's relationship with Jesus is or how far it extends. Pannecoeke already explained how a Christian (true,born again,evangelical) whatever "label" you want to use believes that eternal life is granted.
It is NOT by works or being good it is only by the grace of God.
I know this is the last thing you'll want to hear but it is truly the foundation of our belief and faith system Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faithand this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God

I heard this last year from a wonderful preacher by the name of Andy Stanley: God loves (everyone) God gave (his son Jesus) We believe, We receive ( eternal life)
Such a simple concept really and that is all there is too it smile

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 15 Nov 2011 9:48 PM
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I wrote that post that MH quote and I take ownership over it. I also admitted it was probably not my most eloquent post and it came across far more harshly then my true intentions were. But if people would like to continue to crucify me for it so be it. I'll own it. It would be shame though because this thread will continue to deteriorate and go nowhere. I'm not perfect and I've apologized to Panneocoke via PM. I didn't mean to hurt her with my words just as she didn't mean to come across as if she were preaching to me by telling me I wasn't going to heaven.

Saucy, I know you don't find the term pro-life offensive but I don't find the term fairytale offensive either. So who's right? Seriously, tell me who is right on this one and who determines that? Also, how is pro-life anymore a factual term then fairytale?

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 15 Nov 2011 9:50 PM
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Actually never mind because it truly doesn't matter whose right because I don't think something as subjective as this can have a right answer and it certainly doesn't help the thread going around in circles like this.

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 15 Nov 2011 9:52 PM
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Anytime someone says what someone else said is drivel, it's offensive period!


Back to the religion thing... I've always believed there is a plan, not my plan, someone else's...the universe, god, someone else has a plan for everyone and that is that.... Now I'm getting personal here... Having a total fluke accidental pregnancy (we are always very careful, condoms all the way) I accepted it. It must be the plan for us... Just over 10 weeks later we lost the baby.... What the eff kinda plan is this anyway?? What am I suppose to learn from this? Where is the meaning?? It's got me wondering for the first time ever if life is just one big crapshoot?!

Sorry if this is a little off topic, I've been thinking about posting these questions for a while now and this religion thread seems like as good a time as any.

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 15 Nov 2011 9:55 PM
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justapril, I've always wondered the same thing... why do bad things happen to good people? I don't have the answer.

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 15 Nov 2011 9:55 PM
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Also, mrsmac07 I like your priest!!

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 15 Nov 2011 9:56 PM
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I am an atheist, I do not believe in any higher power. I question those who believe in god and the bible which I do believe to be a fairytale, be offended if you want but that is what I believe it to be. I also refer to the bible as the big book of lies, I am sure that will offend even more of you. But any book that says I am a sinner, that my DD from the day she was born is considered a sinner doesn't sit well with me. What makes a newborn a sinner what have they ever done to be considered one? I live a good life, I do good things and live a moral life but I chose to be that way I didn't have to go to church every Sunday and be told to do it.

I have a question for all of the christian who have posted in this thread. What if you child was gay, what if they choose not to believe what you do, what would you do?

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 15 Nov 2011 9:56 PM
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Okay, mods, please don't lock this thread if someone gets offended. I know you are getting ready to lock because it's getting a bit heated but this is a great debate and i am learning so much. If ANYONE gets offended, athiests, christians, easter bunnies, please just grab some balls and go with it.

I want to read everyone's posts and answer as well.

THANKS!! Carry on!



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 15 Nov 2011 9:58 PM
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I think Siiera was referring to using the term prolife rather than anti abortion, insinuating that people who are pro choice are anti life somehow.... Regardless...




C'mon people focus... We are discussing religion here an I gots questions!!

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 15 Nov 2011 10:03 PM
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A question for those who aren't Christian... do you celebrate Christian holidays (Christmas, Easter)? If so, does this conflict with your personal beliefs? Do you only celebrate certain aspects of these holidays? Or has the religious aspect been so removed by commercialism, etc., that it doesn't matter?

I'm genuinely curious because I know several people who would identify themselves as non-Christian (either they belong to other faiths or they are atheist/agnostic) yet celebrate Christmas/Easter. I realize that some of our traditions (tree,etc) are Pagan in origin and I can understand how difficult it would be to avoid these holidays in our culture. I'm just curious as to whether celebrating these holidays causes conflict for you and your beliefs.

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 15 Nov 2011 10:05 PM
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Justagirl- I really wish I could answer why horrible things happen.... This is something I've had to really just pray about and have faith. I have noticed over the years that the answer or lessons isn't always instant but years later I look back and see it. All you need to know is God truly does love you and only wants the best for you. I don't want to offend you but I will pray for you...

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 15 Nov 2011 10:10 PM
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I have my own beliefs and people are entitled to theirs, but I don't want someone else's beliefs shoved down my throat or peddled on my doorstep.

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 15 Nov 2011 10:18 PM
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Love them. Uncondionally like any other parent.... [/quote]

Do you believe they will go to heaven?

Please don't take offense to my question, you know I adore you!![/quote]

If they have accepted Jesus as their Lord and saviour... YES I believe they will go to heaven. [/quote]

But if they didn't? Then where are your kids going?[/quote]

I'm pretty sure we already covered this but if you have to hear me say it then sadly I believe they will go to hell. The fairytale book I believe in wholeheartedly tells me there is one way to get to heaven and that is through the salvation of Jesus Christ. If you choose not to accept that salvation then you do not get to spend your eternal life in heaven.

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 15 Nov 2011 10:20 PM
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Sunshinemom for your sake I sincerely hope your kids believe in your version of Christianity because believing that your children are going to hell would be a horrible thing to think.

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 15 Nov 2011 10:27 PM
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Ok what if someone believes and has accepted Jesus into their heart but chooses to stay away from organized religion or believe every word of the bible?

I'm honestly not trying to nitpick!

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 15 Nov 2011 10:27 PM
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Siiera I'm not sure what your looking for here? You apologized half heartedly ver your first post but now your trying to poke holes in every other thing being brought up? What do you want people of faith to say?? Yea your right?!


Your attempt to force people to doubt themselves and their beliefs are just as bad, if not worse then the complaints you have over people showing up on your doorstep trying to "save" you

What's the difference??

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 15 Nov 2011 10:37 PM
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I am no longer going to wade into the 'is there a G-d' argument but I need to point out that this 'Religion' discussion is solely focused on Christianity, which I find fascinating. What about Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists....
I get that there's far more Christians on this board but I just find it interesting how focused this thread is on Christianity specifically.


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 15 Nov 2011 10:39 PM
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What the heck? Why is everyone typing 'G-d' is God a bad, swear or profanity word now?

Seriously people - why are you typing that? The discussion is about religion for gawd's sake - can't you at least make the effort?

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 15 Nov 2011 10:40 PM
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Question - why are so many of you typing G-d?

Again, honestly curious.

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 15 Nov 2011 10:41 PM
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Sunshinemom, I don't think my question was silly at all. I'm just trying to understand and no I don't know what your answer is. However, you certainly don't need to answer it. I just hope if your kids start asking you hard questions you don't call them silly.

Coming back to you Cateface, I'm not forcing anyone to doubt their beliefs by talking to them about it. If someone truly has faith then surely people questioning them wouldn't shake it. It sounds a little dictoarial to suggest I can't question and if I do I'm somehow in the wrong. Of all the posts in this thread, I find yours to be the most unsettling. Even Bammers tongue lashing was better received because it was somewhat deserved even though I had previously apologized. But your post was out of nowhere and not justified in any sense of the matter. And then you go on to share your views. Should I accuse you of trying to convert people to Christianity.

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