I am not even going to whine today about my chest cold, still have it, enough said. Vi is feeling much better and seems to have the upper hand on that flu bug. Thank you to all for the good wishes.
The last while I have done my best to respond to each individual comment posted, all are appreciated and deserve an individual reply. I hope to continue to do so, replies are under the comment section for each individual posting. My ground rules for comments are any thoughts are welcome and I will delete none other than spam. AS LONG AS, they do not contain anything that could be seem as a put down to any particular group or individual. Now, I do exclude myself from that, if anyone disagrees with anything I have to say and want to comment, go to it.
Today, I want to reply to one particular comment, right here. But, before I can begin, I want to go back and mention something I read a while ago on another blog. I am sorry I can’t remember who’s it was and I apologize to who ever for not giving proper credit. It spoke of how wonderful Christianity is (I absolutely agree) but also of how confusing it could be seen through the eyes of someone from a different faith. Look at the number of different Churches we have: Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans…… the list goes on and on. There are hundreds if not thousands of different Christian churches. The teachings of each church are different, some only slightly different some drastically different from the next. For an “outsider” looking at Christianity no wonder it would be confusing. Hundreds if not thousands of slightly different messages coming at you and each proclaiming to be the “right or true way to God”. Hum, I am a Christian and it confuses me. In some ways it almost seems the fact of the matter is, many attend a particular church based solely on how charismatic or how good a “salesman” the leader is.He is able to “sell” us on idea that his/her way is the right way. I do realize this is an unfair generalization and that many attend a particular church through their honest sincere devote beliefs. Those I pray do not take offense at what I am saying.
OK, what am I trying to say? There is always a fringe lunatic element out there and I exclude them when I say: I believe all church are good. The Bible, itself tells us not to judge are we not judging if we deem or think ourselves to be on the “correct” path and that others are not. If doing this are we not deeming ourselves to be better, or smarter that others that have not chosen our particular path. Sounds like being judgmental to me. In turn could we not use this same thinking in looking a people of the other great faiths in the world. How can any true Christian judge or deem themselves to be better than anyone else. When I say anyone else, I am not referring just to other Christian groups, I mean ANYONE else. Would a true Christian, a child of God, not show love and compassion to all. Should our love and compassion not extend out even more to those that do not share our beliefs. I so often wonder how can anyone that considers themselves to be Christian perpetrate or condone, any actions towards others that are not done out of love and caring. How could an Christian not do anything and everything they can to help all of their fellow man.
I consider myself to be a Christian. I believe in God, in Jesus Christ and that he died on the cross for our sins. I believe God wants us to live the very best lives we can and will be waiting for us at the end of this physical life. Waiting to take us to our place in Heaven. Christian, is a man made term. I admit to at times feeling embarrassed, ashamed at things that sometimes happen in this world in the name of Christianity. While never changing my beliefs, there have been times when I have thought about divorcing myself from the man made name of Christian.
OK, back to the recent comment, questioning and asking me about my beliefs. Well in a very condensed version there you are.
I am not sure how to reply to some of the other content of the comment.
“I am concerned for you because you write that you believe in God. That is good. So do the devils and they are scared. My concern is that you’re not scared and it isn’t because you have faith, but because you have no wisdom and the evil one has blinded you”
Hmm, I am not sure how to respond to that. That is a thought that has never entered my head, and frankly one that I just can’t accept. I have never claimed to have any wisdom. I state my thoughts and that is all. Anyone that choses to read may take what they like from the message. As for being blinded by the evil one, well I certainly don’t see it that way.
OK, why did I single out this particular comment. I am sure the writer is a good Christian man stating his views, thoughts and concerns for me and I appreciate and thank him for that concern. The thoughts are true, genuine and reflect his beliefs. I mean no disrespect to his gentleman or his thoughts and comments, I mention them to point out the broad spectrum, the wide range of thoughts that are within our Christian society.
Contained within the broad spectrum of Christian Churches with their differing views and teachings. Is one more right or better than the next. It is not for me to say. We are all on the same journey to Heaven, just on slightly different paths. As long as we truly live the best lives we can, all such paths will ultimately end at the same destination. How could it be other wise?