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  1. Sabio Lantz says:

    I find many believers who public say, “I don’t know the fate of non-believers, only God does.” But who whisper to their children and others, “So sad that they are damned.”

    Religion is such a wonderful thing.

  2. Caryn LeMur says:

    Sabio: I think it goes back to the exclusionist viewpoint. “We” are the in-group; “they” are the out-group. And therefore, “We” are special, need to attend church, and need to conform to outward thingies.

    As soon as I started saying “I think Jesus died for the sins of the world… anyone can call on God by any name… and He will seek them and welcome them”, then the whispering stopped.

    And the joy began to double and triple within me.

    So, I do think religion is a wonderful thing, when operating in a non-exclusive viewpoint.

  3. terri jo says:

    Through a lifetime of addiction and post traumatic stress from abuse of many different ilks in early childhood, adolescence, and most of my 20’s and 30’s, I have already been through “hell”. My life was damned. Until I discovered a solution-oriented way of life, focussing on spiritual principles. Like the Beatles sing: “letting it be” is my favorite go-to principle. ‘Letting it go” proved a feat too excruciating for me. And to “forgive” a parent who still slings the occasional lude comment every once in a blue moon visit is just impossible. I forgave myself for decades of feeling intimidated by this toxic relationship. I put down all the sad expectations of having a father who cherishes and protects his daughters. I had to learn from praying, crying, journalling, trauma work, EMDR, therapy, groups, sharing, discerning, body work, practicing spiritual principles that “Honor my parent” didn’t fit for my life. An utter joke and nightmare when it is demonstrated over and over that they are not honorable. Literal interpretation of many spiritual leanings is disasterous. Metaphysical interpretation of all faiths can be great fodder for growth however.

  4. terri jo says:

    An interesting fellow, Yaholo Hoyt, and a blog entry of his:

    “Christianity and Tribalism”……..
    “There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality.”– Romans 2:9-11 (ESV)

    Jesus was blatantly against tribalism. He demonstrated this in words and in actions. From the parable of the Good Samaritan, to meeting the samaritan woman at the well, Jesus shocked the culture of his time by ignoring accepted tribal divisions. It is not the teachings of Jesus Christ or Christianity which is to blame for our behavior, Christianity is a victim of our tribalistic habits which we bring into it.

    In our thinking, in our prejudices, and in our church communities we need to examine ourselves and ask, “How do we use our faith to bring the love of Christ into the world, and in what ways do we use our religion to keep the world out?” Anytime we use our faith in Jesus Christ as an excuse to distance ourselves from our fellow man, we are perverting and desecrating his message.

    The key to ending violence is ending tribalistic behavior. We are called, as Christ himself demonstrated, to respond to the tribal desperation of poverty with grace and compassion, not more tribalism. “Us vs them” is a self-perpetuating cycle, without one side choosing to sacrifice for peace, there is no end.

  5. kris799 says:

    Good to know there’s an app for that!