Originally Posted by Unmasked
I'm going to a Christian college in Lansing, MI right now. I'm learning a great deal about the Bible and how to read it. The more I read, the more I dislike it. As I go through the methods taught in my Intro to Biblical Interpretation class, I find that I cannot fit most of The Book into my faith and conception of The Almighty. I reject the idea of male superiority as is taught by the Church. I refuse to accept the god that is portrayed there. My Godde...is not like that. My Godde loves all of Hir children, but does not intervene with the natural way of things, because we must wage war on each other, and we must face natural disasters and learn to stand on our own two feet.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that I can't believe in this religion that I've been following for the past 19.5 years of my life. So after being born into the Church, and born-again, I am tired of being an infant.
I'm not sure what I want anybody to say to this, but I wanted to say it to somebody, and have it be in a safe place. My blog is being monitored because they are afraid of me. This is the last safe place I have I think.
Being "unmasked" is a liberation all by itself, eh?
To me, the ultimate challenge of any faith is figuring out what informs it. Is the 'what' a who or is it peoples ideas of that "who."
If we get our notions of "God" from people, or from a book that people wrote, or from ourselves (hey, were "people"), we have to at some point be able to distinguish between the two (or many) if we're to be able to call God God. Otherwise, we take God's name in vain.
I think the liberation you experience is being free to look at God differently. The question that is ever before any who "seek God" is, are we seeing God as God is, or just through our or someone elses eyes? "We see through a glass darkly." I take that to mean, we never really see God as God is. So I think love becomes the most important thing in life, since we know in part we find we cannot judge anything before the time when we will know even as we are known. Meanwhile, how shall we live? From a position of knowledge (which is always in part) or from a position of love? If from knowledge, we will find ourselves constantly at war with someone, but there is no law against love.
Whew, that came out of left field
. That's what you get when you go public un, responses from just about anyone.