Let me make this clear. I am a Christian, I was raised Christian, I admire Christian virtues, their way of life, and everything about them – ALMOST.
I find that a great deal of the christians I run across do not share the same acceptance that I do, and that makes me sad.
- “We were all non-believers at one point in time, and we must have behaved like pagans.” Heathen, uncultered, pagans.
*So you, when you were at your lowest strength, your lowest moral point. You compare what you consider to be your lowest point to another culture?
How is that acceptance, how is that considering them to be your equal, how is that righteous? Immediately you are setting aside this group as being wrong, an that makes it so that you are not able to learn about them. God has been around for a long time, he has spoken to an innumeral amount of people, and he has even created many languages. How can you say that he only goes by one name, and how can you say that he does not change and learn over time?
I accept every race, every person, every sexual orientation, almost. There are people who hurt others by physical violence, and there are people who hurt others by mental violence.
As a Christian you can immagine someone from another religion, Islam for example, walking up to you and telling you that you are wrong in your religion. That your God, your beliefs are not real, and that you will be punished for all of eternity if you don’t drop your family, your friends, your God, and to beg for enlightenment and salvation.
How accepting is that?
If my acceptance means that I am not a Christian by your terms I will always disagree until He Himself tells me otherwise.
Even though my beliefs are much much deeper than that discribed in this post (To the point I may not be considered a Christian) let me make my point clear. Third person point of view, assuming that Christians are right and that only one God ever existed:
You don’t slap a teenager in the face, and tell her that her parents taught her improper english. And that if she doesn’t immediately start using the correct english that she will face insufferable torment and bullying. And that she deserves the torment, bullying, and everything else that she gets because she is not using the correct english. This will destroy her. Obviously you would use other tactics, obviously you should use other tactics. Obviously you should try to be more understanding.
- And this humans are born flawed, born dirty, thing that keeps being repeated.
Let us assume that I was born damaged and flawed. It is not my fault for this! I should not have to pay for the right of being forced into this earth. By my current understanding it was not my choice (or at least I don’t have the memory of this choice).
How am I a perfect creation if I am born flawed? Wouldn’t that mean that flaws are a part of perfection? These flaws should be recognized, and worked towards regardless of our beliefs of God. He will help us behind the scenes if that is in His plan, and regardless of His plan He wants us to respect ourselves enough to work our hardest.
I will finish with my trio in case anyone questions my personal beliefs (even though I just wrote a post on acceptance).
I am Christian, I am Pagan, I am Agnostic.