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Thread #73216   Message #1268209
Posted By: JennyO
09-Sep-04 - 11:25 PM
Thread Name: BS: God's simple plan of salvation...
Subject: RE: BS: God's simple plan of salvation...
Some of you guys must have awfully small screens. It's just over a screenful for me. I don't see what the fuss is all about. I don't happen to believe what tarheel does, so after the first couple of sentences I only skimmed it, then moved on to other posts.

When I was a child, I had bad experiences of having christianity shoved down my throat, and of being judged not worthy by lots of do-gooding hypocrites, particularly in my own family. My brother copped it too, but we both rode it out and are stronger for it.

My brother is happily agnostic but makes a living with his group singing early sacred music in churches and cathedrals all over Europe - he sees no problem with that.

I also am wary of religions which claim to be the only right one. In my opinion, it is this attitude which causes the worst wars and violence on this planet. I have long thought that if hostile aliens were to land here and try and take us over, we would pretty soon learn to stick together - united by a common enemy, so to speak. Unfortunately, it would probably take something like that to make people realise that we are all in this thing called Life together, and that is in our best interest to get along and work for the good of this planet.

I suppose I would describe myself as a pagan. I don't follow any rigid rules, but I feel that we are all connected, and that includes animals plants and rocks too, therefore I try to do no harm, to contribute in positive ways where possible to the wellbeing of others. I also believe my soul is on a journey of discovery, in this life and many others, and that every soul has to find its own path. That is why I would not condemn tarheel or anyone else for putting forward their point of view.

I didn't always feel this generous - it took me a while to get over the bitterness I felt about so-called christians, but I found that once I was able to let people and things just be what they are, life got a lot simpler. The more I let go of control, the more things just seem to work out and come to me - not heaps of money or anything, but friends, happy "coincidences", good times and music, even parking spots :-)

So in answer to the initial question "Are you saved?" - In the context of the person who asked the question, no, I'm not, but in the context of my life as I see it, the question is meaningless. I don't feel any need to be saved. I'm quite happy where I am thank you.

Jenny