Originally Posted by sailaway58
There not real Baptists.
They are as real as we accept them to be. My world is my perception of the envirnonmental impact upon me.
I know that the overall destiny of humanity is to evolve into more kindness and understanding with each generation. The next generation will see kindness and entitlement to joy as a given for glbt folks.
Healing from within the faith may be the best way to change the meaning of Baptist. Baptist could come to mean inclusive of gays and lesbians. I can't think of a sweeter compensation for past transgressions by the Baptist church.
Fear is what we old farts on this forum should help the young folks overcome. Fear is disconnection from self, God, and love of others. It is anti-spirituality.
One good reason older folks like us will die sooner than the younger generation is that our fears die with us.
Fear and violence and hate are petty, valueless and undeserving of attention and focus. With good spiritual guides I have nearly forgotten my past of ritualized violence and fear that was my every day. There is no time to waste on something so valueless. I only occasionally mention it as a reference to generate contrast to more clearly see the miracle I have been given by following my spiritual destiny.
"Every decision I make is a choice, between a grievance and a miracle. I reliquish all grievances, resentments and regrets, and choose the miracle."
Deepak Chopra, from The Soul of Healing Meditations