No Joel, they never get tired! Catalyst just ran through a gauntlet of razor blades and they haven't even realized they're bleeding yet They're delusional to think they can "make things right" with the Christian community by back peddling. Sadly their own institution has let them down. I'm afraid they are left with the "Beer Me Jesus" label for years to come...
Those parents who care about the well being of their young children will be disturbed by your cover. I don't want my kid having nightmares honestly, and if this graphic were on TV it would come with a graphic image warning. But you didn't give us any choice in the matter. I'll be avoiding your NCJ box all week when my kids are with me, and I will definitely not be bringing this issue home. Please have some respect for the younger members of our community.
@Lilith - Yep, been there, done that..lived to tell the tale.
Deric - I know I said I was done here, but I just wanted to pop back on and say thanks for the kind words; it means a lot. Thanks also for the open invitation to the faith community, (and everyone else.) It's more than I can offer, and I commend you. I hope your talks with people here go well...who knows what may come of all of this, only time will tell.
Thanks Bob. I have to admit I'm disappointed with the way this thread has gone. I really had hoped people in this community would be more open minded honestly. It seems like most perspectives are extremely black and white. I don't really see people here encouraging others, trying to find common ground, loving one another, etc. I don't see any point for me to be part of the discussion here anymore. Peace Out
Yesterday a good friend of mine confronted me about my posts here. He told me that I had diminished any credibility by "saying crazy things" and being "contradictory." I was fairly hurt over these comments, but have been thinking about them and took his words to heart. I wanted to apologize if anything I said was over the top, (which apparently it was.) Sometimes I find it difficult to put emotion aside, especially when discussing faith. I've been hurt in the church, I've seen both sides of the issue, and now find myself in an isolated place without a country. I don't fit in with the church, and I don't fit in with those outside of it. I try to build bridges and help others to see the issues from all sides. Sometimes I go over the top to try to make a point...maybe I go too far. So, my apologies if this is the case. I believe that if I don't show love to those around me, then anything I have said is pointless. Hopefully that's not the case here.
@Deric - Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great night.
You say, "Judgments that may be placed on you will go unmentioned and the judgments you’ve made will be forgotten." This is exactly the reason I left organized Christianity. People who didn't know my motives, thoughts, or me for that matter judged me over and over again. I don't blame you for not wanting to be part of that system. Now that I'm out of it I see things from a completely different perspective, and I can see why people view Christianity like they do. I think I have less of a "dictator in the sky" view of God now honestly now that I'm out from under all of the judgment.
I've actually enjoyed reading what you had to say here. I haven't ever heard an atheist state the reasons they are an atheist. The church taught me that atheists hate Christians, but I certainly haven't seen you acting this way. Anyway, happy birthday, cheers
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