That is helpful. Thank you. It's not letting me press "like", even though I haven't liked anybody's posts today.
I was wondering what you meant by sear, I didn't think that sounded right. lol
I am interested in your story. I live near the Bible belt. What made you originally question it? Do you think Christians interpret the Bible wrong or the Bible is written wrongly about Jesus? What do you think about where it says nobody comes to the Father except through Christ for example? My problem is probably different in yours in that I have always believed he is the son, but I plan on reading both interpretations of Jesus with this new question in mind.
I feel awful to say this, but lately since I started questioning Christianity, I started getting a manipulative vibe about my religion. I hope nobody takes offense to this, I am just trying to state where I am coming from so that I can work through it. I guess one of the complaints that I have is that a lot of Christians equate forgiveness to no justice. I truly believe God even in the Bible is a God of Justice, but maybe there is a disconnect somewhere for so many Christians to behave this way. I feel like whatever goes wrong, people demand that I forgive them. I know it is good to forgive, but it seems to me a large amount of people have it down wrong. It doesn't mean that you are off scott free because you are forgiven. And I think in turn, a lot are frivolous with their life because of it. But I am sure Muslims believe in forgiveness and I don't know why I don't see the same problems in their community.
But back to manipulation. Like I said, I feel like a large amount of Christians do not practice what they say they believe in and I don't know why. Part of it, a lot of Christians don't have a back bone. You can manipulate them or pressure them into things, and vise versa. I have these two professors at my Christian school who love to teach forgiveness and Jesus, but one put on a movie filled with sex and nudity in class, which I was highly offended by and she refused to not continue on with the movie after I said something, and another one has a filthy mouth. And I think the part that really bothers me about it, is it's not that people don't mess up or a few angry words slip out of his mouth, but it doesn't even occur to him that it's inappropriate. Same thing for her. I mean I go to one of the most conservative kinds of religious schools and I still this.
That is a hateful and ethnocentric answer.