I came across a post that was deeply disturbing to me. And the comments in response were even more disturbing. People attacking each other over what they believe. I find it sad. So sad do I find it that is has brought me to tears.
I realize that many of my friends here on Gather are not Christian. Some have lost their faith. Some have a different faith. Some never had a faith at all. While I understand the impulse to attack back when one is attacked, I (being the type of person I am) feel that turning the other cheek is best. But sometimes someting needs to be said in defense of ones faith. I will try and do so without being nasty.
I can tell you I am a Christian. I can explain why I'm a Christian and why I believe the way I believe. But it would do me little good to "preach" a sermon to people who have no interest in hearing it.
If you were interested in discussing my faith without getting defensive or hostile then I would be glad to discuss it with you. I mostly avoid discussions of religion because of the hostilities it brings on.
Granted, there are some Christians that think that beating you over the head with their faith will turn you around. But, I don't believe that one can do that and get any where. I've discovered there are people who are not Christan who would beat Christians over the head with their opinions (however wrong I think they are) in what looks like attempts to take us away from our faith. This, too, is a futile attempt.
No matter how much hate filled notions you try to use to convince me that God is a hoax, or that Jesus was just a man, or the Church is lying, my faith is stronger than your statements.
No matter how much hate filled notions a so-called Christian would used to try and "save" someone who isn't Christan into believing, those words are going to probably land on deaf ears (if not hostile ones).
I am Christian... to be more specific, I'm a Catholic Christian. I believe in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. I believe in the Catholic church, in the salvation of souls, in the forgiveness of sin and life ever lasting. (paraphrasing the creeds)
If this disturbs you, if this is so distasteful to you that you cannot possibly stay connected with me, then by all means please disconnect.
I for one didn't go around disconnecting from people because of what they believed. If anything I disconnected from people because their logic was too full of hate and discontent that I found it disturbing to my own moral values.
For those that do decide to disconnect, I am sorry you find my faith so distasteful, but really is one thing that I'm very firm in.
Love to all