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Rosie, Rosie, Rosie…

Like many others I was initially upset, though not shocked, by Rosie O’Donnell’s opinion, expressed on the View, that radical Christianity is more dangerous then radical Islam.

After giving it some thought however, I think the matter rests on how we define the word radical. If a radical of either faith is one who is willing to kill others, for perceived insults, to gain glory or power, to gain territory, or compel conversion, then they are equally dangerous.

I would make the point, that a person who would do such a thing is not exhibiting Christ like qualities, and would not fit most definitions of a Christian. I can not speak on whether something similar would be true of a Muslim, as I am not well versed enough in Islamic beliefs to know.

If, however, a radical Christian is one who is trying to follow the teachings of Christ in all aspects of their life, I would not see them as a danger at all.

Christianity is, at it’s core, about love, forgiveness, redemption and salvation.

With this in mind I have revisited my original plan of writing a post critical of Ms. O’Donnall’s opinion. It is her’s and while my gut reaction to it was negative, I do not have enough information to understand what she was trying to say.

So I will simply close with an admonition given by Christ, which, when I was straying, has often put me back on the correct path, Matt. 5:44-45.

“44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”

If that is radical, so, joyfully, am I.

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Why I Should Play with the Kids on My Own Block

I have not updated for awhile because I foolishly became involved in a religious discussion on another blog.

I know better than to do that, (Can’t We all Just Get Along, copied of from my MySpce blog. Yup, I am the oldest woman on MySpace, but that is anonther topic) I just get sucked in sometimes and desperately wish I did not.

At the end someone asked why the LDS should be looking for validation from a bunch of Protestants anyway.

I asked myself that question as well. I did not go there originally looking for anything more then posts supporting stay at home moms and maybe some home management information and someone told someone else that we were not Christians and later someone LDS supposedly asked why, and then every one decided to tell us. I have been all over the comments and can not find where anyone asked the question but oh well.

At that point I know I should have walked a way but I did not and now have spent days in the fruitless endeavor of saying that I am a Christian to people who apparently do not define it the same way I do. Although since I never saw a definition I am still a bit in the dark.

I originally thought we were going to actually have an organized discussion. I had points I was working on based on the topic of each post but did not use much of them. We quickly became bogged down on whether or not baptism was necessary (My mother and several of my protestant friends are surprised to hear that apparently it is not.), works vs. faith etc. and I could not adequately respond to everything. To say nothing of the facts that I can’t type, can’t spell and do not think fast on my feet, make me look like an idiot in this type of thing.

After much prayer, finally weary of the it all I have taken my ball and gone home.

I now know that perhaps I should play more with kids from my own neighborhood. At least we speak the same language.

My personal definition of the word Christian – One who follows the teachings, recognizes the divinity of, and accepts the atonement of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. If you fit it, you are in my book a Christian, not that you needed any validation from me. 🙂

Can’t We all Just Get Along?

These was originally posted on my other blog 18 Mar 2006

They say that you should never talk about politics or religion, if you do there is bound to be an argument. My mother and I sometimes argue politics, it does not help that she keeps changing her positions, one day she is pro-choice, the next day pro-life. I never know where she stands, but it is likely to be the opposite of where I am.

If you ask me how I feel on an issue I will be happy to tell you. If you tell me you do not feel the same way I am okay with that too. But if you beat me about the head and shoulders trying to prove me that you are right and I am wrong, I am unlikely to thank you for showing me the error of me ways, there is a strong possibility I will feel threatened and defensive.

Religion is an especially volitle subject. All of it is carried in our own hearts, there is nothing we can actually prove to one another.

This is especially true if we are of different faiths. I could try to show you where I feel the scriptures contradict your beliefs and you would show me where you feel they support them. I am unlikely to know the tenets of your faith as well as you do, and would be looking at things from an entirely different perspective.

I particularly love when someone trys to tell me what I really believe, or that I do not know the what the Church is really teaching. If I respond at all it starts an argument. If I do not respond then my faith is misrepresented. It becomes an unending cycle, no one ever wins, feelings are hurt and sometimes friendships are destroyed. I have never seen any good come of it. In the continued arguing any loving intent is swallowed up in the spirit of contention.

Share with me what you believe. I enjoy learning about other cultures and faiths, but please treat my beliefs with the same respect you want for yours.