Posts tagged christianity
Posts tagged christianity
(My answer box wasn’t working before so I had to post it like this instead. Thanks for writing me, and I hope this answers other types of questions/qualms relevant to this topic of religion.)
The only thing I can think to respond is that ‘God’ is… goodness, and anything contrary to that nature is not of God. There are people who claim a ’christian’ title and don’t dictate their lives as such, some blatantly opposite. The belief that faith is only required to be a ‘salvation-guaranteed-christian’ is another dangerous thought, allowing them room to play opposite fields, denying hypocrisy even though there are obvious biblical arguments they choose to ignore. Goodness doesn’t have to come equipped with faith, wisdom or knowledge of the bible, torah, or other religious texts either.
One of my most trusted friends is aboslutely atheist, and also a homosexual (not by choice.) He is an incredibly charitable, honest and trusted friend who surprisingly lives with rational high morals. He’s been a profound blessing in my life the moment I met him and if Christ were to walk the earth tomorrow, I would imagine a piece of him being like my friend. I wish I could express how much I really mean that.
It’s true that there exists (sometimes overpoweringly) irrational representations of God or Christ in general christian reiligion. I agree that some use it, ironically contrary to the nature of Christ, as a justifying tool/self-righteous condemning-weapon of hatred against atheists, homosexuals, unexpecting members of other faiths and more.
But there are people who genuinely believe in a God, are tolerant of other philosophies, and (honesly try to) put their (for the better half of the christian society: christ-like) faith to good use in their everyday lives by charitably/delicately existing respective towards everyone as an equel traveling spiritual independent.
In my religion at least, everyone is seen as a child of God and all things that occur in our lives come with divine purpose, specifically tailored to each of our spirits. (Which sometimes means being born with special characteristics that are harder to deal with than others) The important part is not exactly what we believe, but what we choose to do in the circumstances that are our lives. In our faith, we apply this to all of humanity, taking into account whether they are equipped with a knowledge of gospel or not. That means that judgement is not based solely on faith, but it is based on the choices and principles we live by.
In our eyes, Buddhists are doing a pretty good job compared to the West Boro Baptist Church. We believe that utilizing accurately/having the total Gospel of Jesus Christ can only help someone do this better/become happier, hence our snazzily dressed missionaries on bikes. (Not to be mistaken with Johovah’s Witnesses)
I don’t think believing in a God has done more harm to this planet, that’s kind of a stretch. What with all the money-grubbing-unfair-government-power we have going on in big wealthy corporations around the world, depending on the morality of the religion/practitioner of, I would suppose it can only add to our humanity.
"Love is what inspired our Heavenly Father to create our spirits; it is what led our Savior to the Garden of Gethsemane to make Himself a ransom for our sins. Love is the grand motive of the plan of salvation; it is the source of happiness, the ever-renewing spring of healing, the precious fountain of hope. As we extend our hands and hearts toward others in Christlike love, something wonderful happens to us. Our own spirits become healed, more refined, and stronger. We become happier, more peaceful, and more receptive to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit.”
— President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “You Are My Hands”
"Looking at my own life, much of the good I have accomplished has been due to the balancing of these two forces, and ultimately learning to submit to faith. My commitment to help others came out of it, as did many of the habits I learned as a missionary and serving in the Church. So did my love of people, writing this blog, and a hundred other things in my life - all held in place because of two very real truths - through living the gospel I can find peace and hope, and my life is sometimes not peaceful or hopeful. Which means that with each passing day, I strive to find ways to better live by the principles that I believe…"
New Years: Don’t. Look. Back.
Insights on being LDS from a Harvard student
This makes me so unbelievably proud. Her answers were put together so well and intelligible. <3
Who is Joseph Smith?
If there is any fast way to understand the origin, the history, and the passionate membership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (otherwise known as the ‘Mormon Church’)… it is through this short film starting with a 14 year old boy in 1820.