anonymous said:

what religion are you?

i go to a non-denominational Christian church. I believe in God but I’m not really a fan of organized religions. xoxoxo

Nothing really bothers me about someone being in a specific religion or not.

What bothers me is when people claim to be an adherent and then twist or ignore almost all the teachings of that religion.  Like no, either you ARE or you AREN’T, and if you aren’t, there’s a 99% likelihood that there’s something else out there that you can wholeheartedly follow.

Also denominations/subgroups that just completely ignore the texts on which their religion is based.

If you’re going to be something, at least be authentic.

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Exciting times abound in this changing television landscape with emerging new business models and platforms. Let’s not forget, however, that our industry only truly thrives if we allow the creative talent to bring their unique and unfettered visions to fruition. It’s not about unlimited resources, but it is about loosening creative oversight and trusting the creative genius behind the narrative.

I think we must admit that the discussion of these disputed points has no tendency at all to bring an outsider into the Christian fold. So long as we write and talk about them we are much more likely to deter him from entering any Christian communion than to draw him into our own. Our divisions should never be discussed except in the presence of those who have already come to believe that there is one God and that Jesus Christ is His only Son.
—  C. S. Lewis in Mere Christianity, talking about denominational differences
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The tombstone belongs to an atheist U.S veteran. The National Cemetery Administration offers many different symbols for religious or non-religous denominations. (Website)

Anabaptists

MONK #1: you finished the Bible right
MONK #2: yeah pretty much
MONK #1: gimme the gist of it
MONK #2: mmmm
MONK #1: like what will we do that’s different from everyone else
MONK #2: oh
don’t get kids wet
MONK #1: what
MONK #2: like we can only get adults wet
don’t put your kids in water
no wet babies

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Nondenominational/Evangelical

MONK #1: what are we going to do with all these extra screens
and projectors
and PowerPoint slides
MONK #2: i have an idea

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Holiness Movement

MONK #1: all right
you read the Bible
right?
MONK #2: right
MONK #1: whole thing?
MONK #2: A to done
MONK #1: okay whatd you get out of it
MONK #2: we should touch snakes
MONK #1: really?
MONK #2: yeah
touch em up a bunch
MONK #1: anything else
MONK #2: mm
mostly just the snakes

But seriously click through and read them all.

Us Versus Them

All the arguing I see occurring in the media these days (Radio, Newspaper, TV, Billboards, etc) seems to be to one end: to get people who don’t agree with one point of view to change their mind and join ‘us’.

Republicans versus Democrats

Runners versus Cyclists

Vegetarians versus Meat Eaters

Metric versus Imperial

Football versus Futbol

This list is endless. At my workplace the different departments are forever at war, trying to get their point of view accepted by everyone else.

In religion at large and Christianity in particular we are unrivaled in this sort of divisiveness.

Starting at the East-West Schism, which created Eastern and Western factions in Christianity around year 1000, we’ve split and splintered to the point that a telephone book has more subsections under ‘church’ than anything else.

It makes you wonder why the scriptures didn’t tell us not to do such a thing.

Wait, what’s that Paul?

"I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church…Some of you are saying, “I am a follower of Paul.” Others are saying, “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Peter,” or “I follow only Christ.” Has Christ been divided into factions?…Of course not!" (1 Corinthians 1:10-13)

There’s only one way to stop fighting ‘us versus them’ battles in life: stop seeing anybody as ‘them’.

It’s all us.

Chose to ignore the temptation to put people who don’t agree with you ‘over there’ in your mind.

There aren’t ‘bad people out there who think abortion is okay.’

Some of us support abortion.

There aren’t ‘gay marriage supporters out there.’

Some of us support gay marriage.

Let me be clear: I’m not saying I support abortion. And I don’t support homosexuality as a legitimate lifestyle choice (though I’m not in favor of legislating against gay marriage). But some of my fellow human beings do. And I’m not going to put them in a ‘sub category’ or ‘bad category’ because they do.

They’re children of God, just like I am. It’s ‘we’, not ‘them’.

God wants me to fight for people, not against them.

Love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8). I know. God’s love had done it to the multitude of sins in my life. Now it’s my chance to share that love with others. To forgive sins.

How much more should I forgive simple differences?

You think church should be on Saturday instead of Sunday? No problem!

You think we can ask saints in heaven to join us in praying to God? Okay!

You think we need to use grape juice in communion instead of wine? Sounds good to me.

You know why? God is for us. So who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)

In other words, let God worry about those who oppose him. 

We just need to proclaim his good news. We’re not getting ‘them’ to agree with ‘us’, we’re simply making sure all of us are aware of His love.

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