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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 08:50 AM
I was just wondering, I know we have folks here with many different religious beliefs.

I have made some changes myself. I just started going to a Baptist Church, but it's not a "fire and Brimstone" type of place. Maybe 30 to 40 people, some singing, some praise and a good Pastor who makes the visit a nice one.

I spent most of my life not caring about God or the Bible. I'm still me , I still love my music...although I have added Third Day as my favorite band now. Still love the Allman Brothers. I have tried to calm some of the bad things I do down, like using less profanity and trying to do a little more to help people. I Pray for others and myself more than I ever have. I often Pray that I will get over this depression and anxiety that once again has become to much of a part of my life. I also read the Bible, which I have rarely done.

I know there is some crazy fanatical Baptist, but I feel that probably all religions have their share.

I'm not here trying force my beliefs on anyone, I'm just asking a question.

Sometimes I wonder if people look at me different since I started going to Church.

Anyway, Have a good one.
Kenny



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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 09:07 AM
Nothing wrong with being a Christian at all. Just the unsrcupulous entities out there that take advantage of people, or people that claim to be good Christians but seem to forget a few things, like commiting adultery, etc..

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 09:31 AM
to answer your question Kenny, no, I don't. In fact, it's the best thing that has ever happened to me.

From when I was 16, 17 or so 'til I was 38, I was a violent, drug taking, womanizing, ill tempered drunk. I did it all, you name it...then one day in June of '94, I woke up one morning and said, "that's enough". I walked into a non-denominational Bible-centered church and my life hasn't been the same since, all for the much better.

People will ridicule you, cast doubts, make disparaging remarks and offer you what they think their take is on the Bible, faith, eternal life and most importantly, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Don't be misled, don't let the opinions of others sway you from your belief. There is but one way:Jesus...and you will hear, as I said, many differing "opinions" as to who He is, what He is and Him being The Way.

Stay strong in your faith 'til the end !!! The reward is great. I'll pray for you that God fills you with His spirit and guides you on the path that will no doubt have it's occasional obstacles.

People WILL look at you differently. For the better. Besides, it only matters how God looks at you...after that, much can be accomplished.

by the grace of God, I'm living breathing proof...

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 09:37 AM
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Sometimes I wonder if people look at me different since I started going to Church.
I'd guess that would be limited to your fellow parishioners, who see you as a member of their community and family now. Sounds like nothing but good could come from those associations, as long as the ethics and morals of your beliefs are followed.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 09:43 AM
To me the most important things in any faith people choose is sincerity and responsibility. Follow the rules (for lack of a better word) of your faith and be responsible for your actions.

IMO, what annoys people is having religious views pushed on them. The few times that's happened to me, I just say "I appreciate your opinions but no thank you." and either change the subject or keep minding my own business.

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 10:03 AM
it's a great thing, ODR.

"who ever acknowledges me to his fellow man, i'll acknowledge to my father in heaven."

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 10:14 AM
A bad thing? Absolutely not. Theres nothing wrong with following any religion. I think where the issues start is when people start using religion as the reason for doing things they should be doing anyway. Compassion doesnt require religion. Honesty doesnt require religion. etc. If it helps to believe that religion makes one a better person then theres nothing at all wrong with that.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 10:15 AM
As long as it doesn't involve going to church three to four times a week like my wife had to when she was a teenager. I'll take my yearly visit on Xmas eve. Thanks

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 10:33 AM
It's a good thing
 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 11:03 AM
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A bad thing? Absolutely not. Theres nothing wrong with following any religion. I think where the issues start is when people start using religion as the reason for doing things they should be doing anyway. Compassion doesnt require religion. Honesty doesnt require religion. etc. If it helps to believe that religion makes one a better person then theres nothing at all wrong with that.


ST prettu much summed it for me. Jesus had a wonderful message to share and people who try to live by His teachings are much happier and life, good or bad, has more meaning. Deliver me, though, from those who believe their understanding of the Word of God supercedes my own personal understanding and then tries to make me see the 'error of my ways'.

I've said it before.....there are many roads to the Kingdom of Heaven.....we don't all have to take the same route to get there and we're all just as worthy in God's eyes when we arrive.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 11:45 AM
Why would anybody thing being a Christian is a bad thing?
 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 12:16 PM
You'd be surprised.....it's more in how zealous the Christian is as to whether or not it's considered a bad thing I'm thinking.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 12:23 PM
The only negative thing about being a Christian, IMO, is being lumped in with the Televangelists.

Most of them (some exceptions) worship money, not God. I hear things said like
"God wants you to have that big cadillac"

I don't like the association with the "God Hates us because of Gays" or Hateful fear mongers like John Hagee.

My own philosophy as a Christian is simple, in the Bible Christ responds to Peter's questions of what is
the key to enlightenment (as recorded in John 13. 34,35)

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

I believe in the power of that Kind of Love and try to follow that command.

I am proud to be a member of New Covenant United Methodist Church and sing Bass in the church choir.
I believe we are a ministry rooted in Christ's Love. I grew up in this church and have known this kind
of Love my whole life, and what a blessing it has been.

I don't always agree with church doctrine or policy (particularly the purging of ministers performing Same sex
marriages), But chose to participate and change those things I feel need change with my presence and prayer.

I am closer to a Unitarian, than a Methodist with my own beliefs, but the community of Love I have known is
stronger that that.






 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 12:32 PM
lifestyle or label ?

the problems with most religions (IMHO)
is not the beliefs
rather it is the excuses
or excesses

religious wars is
a hilarious oxymoron (again IMHO)

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 12:34 PM
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Why would anybody thing being a Christian is a bad thing?


I worded it the wrong way.

I was more or less looking at it like Wotty said, some people have made it look bad by taking advantage of the situation, people and dishonesty.

I know it's not a bad thing, but some bad folks have made a lot of people have bad opinions.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 12:34 PM
Would you be required to vote for Dick Cheney in 2012 ?

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 12:35 PM
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Sometimes I wonder if people look at me different since I started going to Church.


There are more judgmental people in church than not. I think being a Christian and living by those principles are great. I try do my best as a person with these principles but like everyone I'm not perfect.

I haven't been to a church in over 20 years but feel that I live more in a Christian manner than a lot of folks.

I know a fellow that began going to church years ago and his church and "mentor" at the time advised him not to have anything to do with his bastard child. He needed to focus his energy on giving to the church.

It's all about the person, Kenny, just do your best.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 12:36 PM
In retrospect, the most christian person I know is a muslim. Go figure.

 

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It's all about the person, Kenny, just do your best.


I agree....

 

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NO !!!

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 01:06 PM
Nope. I believe people should be free to believe.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 02:01 PM
Whatever gives you comfort and peace of mind in this crazy world we live in is a blessing. Religion does that for a lot of folks.
 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 02:34 PM
IMO there is nothing wrong with a belief in any faith, Christianity or otherwise, but I do know people, including some very close to me, who sneer at those of us that believe in God as irrational, holding onto old values that aren't relevant, putting our trust in a church that has its own sins...it's an argument I don't get into, my faith is personal, but I do know some people think less of me for it. Of course, they will all burn in hell

 

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I do not practice organized religion even though I was brought up Catholic and served four years as an alter boy. I don't think being Christian, Jewish, Muslim or any other religion is a bad thing unless you think it makes you better or superior to anyone else from a different religion.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 04:29 PM
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You have to do what is right for you. Whatever brings you peace. It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks.


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I did not want it to sound like I was ashamed of it, i'm not. I'm actually very happy i'm going. It's a good thing for me.

The Church I go to is small and there is usually around 40 people there. Most are a lot older than me. But none of them are snobby, although it's in a snobby area. I have went to Churches where folks lear at you and whisper...and gossip about each other. So far I have yet to see that.


Today we had 2 folks that had been on a mission in Kenya, it blew my mind how some of the folks there live. It made me feel so lucky to have what little I do have.

 

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