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Friday, August 27, 2010

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The Great Green Arkleseizure sneezed the entire Universe into existence, and His followers fear the Coming of the Great White Handkerchief.

All credit to Douglas Adams, somewhere in the masterwork known as the Hitchhiker's Guide series.

Well I for one would love to hear about the Great Green Arkleseizure. : )

But the rest can walk on by. I am not happy with my own religion but have little interest in finding another. Me and God are all right at the moment...

It's not harsh, it's just honest. How often have we all found ourselves stuck standing in a grocery store while some acquaintance regales us with all the daily trivia of his/her life, and we're just trying to get a word in edgewise to leave? It's awkward, boring and uncomfortable. I'm not interested. I don't care. And I don't want to hear it.

On the other end of the spectrum you have folks like Linda, who pretty much always prefaces a post about her family or soccer or politics or anything that might draw lines in the sand, warning people that if they don't want to hear about that particular subject they probably shouldn't read that post.

Look, if you feel enthusiastic about God, Buddha, or the Great Green Arkleseizure, I'm happy for you. I really am. I still don't want to hear it.

Amen sister :)

BT - For whatever it's worth, I totally understand your point. Completely, totally, 100% understand your point. And, personally, I do think your point is valid. :o)

But there's a huge difference between sharing something that excites you, like soccer or a good book or religion, and telling total strangers that if they don't play soccer or read a specific book or subscribe to a specific religion then they're wrong or doomed or worthless or heading straight to a lake of fire in hell.

Do you see what I mean?

At no point do I demand anyone to follow soccer, much less force them to come to this blog and read what I have chosen to write about on any given day. I don't knock on your door, leave fliers, or deign to tell you you are wrong if you follow baseball.

Again, I am talking about RESPECT here. And when it comes to religion, everyone seems to want it for THEIRS, but are seldom willing to offer it to those who believe differently.

I happen to believe in God. I do not believe in organized religion. You seem to find something in it that I do not. And that is perfectly fine with ME.

Wow Carrie... Harsh.

My point is that when we are excited about something, it is hard to keep it to ourselves. Regardless of if those around us share our excitement or not.

Sheesh... Tough crowd.

I am NOT trying to be argumenative here. But you share your enthusiasm for soccer with everyone, regardless of if they're "likeminded" or not. Yes, I realize you don't take your enthusiasm to peoples homes, but same idea.

Like I said, I totally get your point. It would just be nice to be acknowledged as having made a valid one myself. :)

BT, to continue your examples, I'm not any more interested in your trip, your someone coming to visit, or your event than I am about your God.

My point really is about hitting other people over the head with your chosen faith. If it works for you, great. If it makes you excited, peachy. But just like some people think Star Wars is stupid and some people think it is the be-all-end-all, it comes down to sharing your enthusiasm with likeminded souls.

The people I have a problem with are the ones who think it is their job to convert, save, and harrass those who do not follow their chosen brand.

I fully understand your point of view here, Linda. Jehovahs Witnesses can definitely get on my nerves too. But I'd just like to point out one thing: You know how sometimes you're so excited about something, a trip, someone coming to visit, some awesome event that's due to happen? That's how some of us feel about God! And sometimes, it's hard to keep it inside. Some of us "let it be" better than others. I'm just sayin... :)

I agreed with this post when you first wrote it, and I agree with it still today. My religious beliefs and faith are MY business... and everyone else's are THEIR business. It's enough. Keep your chocolate out of my peanut butter, and I'll keep my peanut butter out of your chocolate. :o)

Amen.

I have nothing more insightful to add than Linda's post and Ron's comment, so I'll just go for snarky: The only time I want to hear "We're on a mission...from God" is if I'm watching the Blues Brothers movie, or if you're quoting it to me ;-)

As I've gotten older and have grown away from the catholic church, I've really examined my beliefs and why they are the way they are. And it really is true, its nothing more than how you were raised and what you were taught to believe, right down to which part of the country or world you're from. Believing your religion is the only way to salvation automatically damns all the other religions and their followers to hell.

It just always amazes me how far people will go to defend their beliefs which are nothing more than how they were taught or told to believe as young person. It's like there is an instilled fear in people that if they question something that it is equivalent to not having faith. In fact it is the exact opposite. Having faith has nothing to do with being told how to believe but actually examining those beliefs and deciding whether they make sense or not. Either way its a personal choice and private decision that each individual must come to on their own.

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