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Thread #29796   Message #1949033
Posted By: Bee
26-Jan-07 - 04:11 PM
Thread Name: What does the word 'God' mean to you?,II
Subject: RE: What does the word 'God' mean to you?,II
Might I mention that there is something very exasperating to unbelievers about the manner in which Christians try to explain why they believe as they do. The number of times I've been told "Jesus came into my heart", "God revealed himself to me", "I had a personal revelation", etc., all seemingly attempts to describe their moment of conversion or point of salvation. They always describe it as sudden, unbidden, unexpected, often after being away from religion for years - which would be fine if they didn't go on to insist, first off, it is my own fault that no such religious experience has yet to electrify my being (no faith, even though they didn't have any before their 'experience'), and then secondly tell me no doubt God will one day announce his presence in me and I'll understand, and until then I should look into having faith.

Well, in that case, why hasn't he long ago announced himself to me in such certain terms? Why go about ignoring me completely for the 25 or so years I had faith of some kind? Some Christians even tell me (sadly, to be sure) that God doesn't reveal himself to everyone.

Christian faith is belief in the supernatural experience of a supreme being (plus baggage), and apparently you have to be chosen. I'm sorry, I got over 'choosies' in elementary school.

Now the above was a rant, a personal rant. In everyday life I treat people as individuals and don't ask for their religious bent, although the JWs and my Gospel Hall cousins don't offer me the same courtesy. The Mormons, bless their little blond hearts, don't come this far out in the woods.

And I, too would defend your right to believe whatever you care to, and will even admire some aspects of Christianity, or Islam, or Hinduism, so long as you don't interfere with my unbelief.