Controversial Conversation - ChristianityThe past, one or two years, I have found myself to be in the middle of the whirlpool of the strength of my faith and the relationship I have with God. I am a Christian; I am confidently a Christian and a believer of the Holy Spirit. I will stay with this belief unless it can somehow be shaken. I have been flung into this world of atheism, skepticism, moral and critical thinking and I have been questioning my faith and whatnot. I don't have all the answers but here is my point of view and although it may not be a strong argument but through experience and more time, I'm sure I will be able to build it up like I would with my portfolio or resume in the realm of existence.
Churches & Christians in general
I have stopped going to church this year; I've just stopped going suddenly and I like to believe I've found a reason for it. You see, my church has two groups - the English part and the Mandarin part. My mum goes to the Mandarin time; and so that's where I go to 'Sunday school' and the children there are a lot younger than me. The group leaders there have to teach information where it's suitable for the children there as the majority of children there are aged 13 and younger. So my answers such as what does God say about gay/lesbian/Transgenders and like topics such as the big bang theory and evolution and why an all knowing, all omniscient, all benevolent God would allow people to go to hell? My answers obviously weren't going to be answered here. I also couldn't understand mandarin so I couldn't join my mum. I felt like I learned more about God during my philosophy and ethics class than I did when going to church. So that was my reason.
Just then I was wiping my glasses and in my pajamas like I usually would do. I looked at myself in the mirror and thought about the youth group friends would invite me to on Fridays after school. I had been to only been to two youth groups in my entire life. The first one was a friendly, kid-friendly, social youth group which made you feel welcome and 90% fun and games with the 10% Bible study. I liked this youth group but sadly; I outgrew it because I had 'grown up' and it wasn't 'cool' anymore to go. So my friends stopped going there. The second youth group was the opposite - most of the people who went there were teenagers; aged thirteen and up. It was 60% all about God 30% what you look like and how you dress and 5% music and 5% hipster stuff. Now back to the whole pajamas and mirror thing. If I went to the youth group in my pajamas and my hair in a mess and everything - would they still accept me for who I was even if I looked like a freak? I replied no, no they wouldn't. It makes me sad.
Homosexuality and Hell
Is this really what we, as Christians, want to be known for? I'm quite horrified actually. The thing is, a lot of Christians give such a bad name to people who are supposed to follow a loving God who gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God loves everyone and he finds sin to be all the same. So, I don't see why we should find gays/lesbians who sin, any different from people who murder, commit adultery and lie. God wouldn't want anyone to go to hell - he doesn't punish anyone to go to hell. They punish themselves by 'withdrawing their relationship with God' - it is an eternity without Him.
"My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?"
Jesus, while on the cross, asked that very question. As he took every single one of our sins away; he was basically abandoned and sin keeps us apart from God. Sin has always kept us apart from God.
I am respectfully NOT against homosexuality, I know a lot of Christians will be like 'oh you're going to hell with them!' But the reason why I respect homosexuals although it may be biologically and ethically wrong is that perhaps among the debate; we always forget the number one rule God and Jesus taught; love your neighbours as you love yourself. When I was younger, this would only apply to people who bullied me but now it applies to every single person. Every. Single. Person. Love everyone, we're all created equally from the same creator; from the same God on the same universe. So, although I won't be with the crowd of people who are against gay marriage; I won't be with the people who are for it either. I'm just going to accept their opinions and love everyone equally.
Also, to the atheists - I wish you would stop taking things out of context. You can't use one single verse out of the Bible and use it against us. This also applies to Christians as well who use Leviticus 18:22 which says you should not have sex with the same sex or something. No, you have to look/read at the big picture.
A painting is more then the sum of it's parts. A cow by itself is just A cow. A meadow by itself is just grass, flowers. And the sun picking through the trees, is just a beam of light. But you put them all together and it can be magic. - Flipped
I know that quote is from a completely different thing but I just wanted to put that in there :)