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Date Posted: Thu, Jul 29 2004, 5:36:08
Your open mind, displayed by saying something such as "always learning" is something that many people do not have. I try to understand most things, and it is because of my curiosity and natural desire to hear everyone's story that I came across a great paradox.
Take Satanism, as a fine and typical example of what Christianity is not. Christians all around the world listen more to the name of religion than its followers. Do you know that I have met several Satanists, and not one of them worships Satan? How can someone be a Satanist if they don't worship Satan? It's like with Christianity, although there are slight differences.
In Satanism, many people simply follow the ideology behind Satan's attitude (hence the name of the religion). "This is my decision to make, I'm going to make it, and no matter what the outcome it is the right decision because it is MINE." A simple philosophy. But what about Christians? "Do what God wants," they say. But we all know how temptation goes along. So what makes Christianity backwards? Tolerance. Judgements. I know all about the Bible's thoughts on rebuking and teaching, but it also tells Christians not to judge, lest they fall under judgement as well. Why does every Christian I know at one point or another say, "You shouldn't hang around with THOSE TYPES of people." What types? There are no types. There are just people. What about the tolerance? What about hospitality? Welcoming a stranger into your home is one thing, because of the danger of the modern world. But a friend of the family in need, and you can't take him in because it's too expensive, or you don't want the liability? C'mon! In other religions, as skewed as some may think them to be, there are rules to follow and obey. But I have yet to meet a Wiccan who throws around harsh judgements. I've never met an atheist who won't listen to what a Christian has to say, although they know they're going to reject it anyway. I haven't ever met a Satanist who didn't want me to hang around his children. Why are Christians the ones TEACHING peaceful living, and then displaying so much hatred towards other religions, other people, other lifestyles? I agree that there is right and wrong, but shunning someone for their wrong, while safe for you, only exiles them. And I see Christians do it every day. I used to do it, because it's what I was told growing up.
I could go on for hours, but I think this is quite enough for now. Reply again. It is an interesting topic, and I love discussion.
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