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I've thought alot about some of the things that ya'll have said recently and I just thought I'd share that I appreciate your perspective and profession of faith.

Whenever I become introspective towards my life and beliefs, I try to keep a balanced field in my mind as I work through the issues and hurdles of philisophical thought. What I've noticed it that I've generally approached the Christian faith much like a shy child. When JC mentioned that we were jsut arguing for the sake of arguing I really kinda got mad at myself becaseu it was obvious that I wasn't keeping an open mind or respecting ya'lls faith.

The skepticism I was holding was very deceptive. I thought I was being honest with myself, but in reflection I was far more willing to entertain the thoughts of why the Christian theology was flawed than I was to try and understand it or the nature of God. That and I was letting my distrust of human nature to discolor and tweak my view of Divine Nature.

So in the spirit of due course, I've dusted off a few theology books (Meyer, Swindoll, Dobson) that I bought and never really gave a fair chance at so we'll see how that goes.

Just don't expect me to sign all my posts God Bless or start tithing.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-22-2004, 09:15 PM
 
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Glad to hear you're being honest with yourself. May I suggest reading "Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis?
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I have always liked you Chris, nothing you have said recently or in the past has changed that. I believe you to be a good person with alot of good qualities. I pray that you find exactly what you are looking for, truth.

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thats great,

let me be the first to extend the offer you to attend church with the wife and i. if yes lemme know, if no, lemme know when. it very big of you to admit that the other post got you to thinking. i would love to know what conclusion you come to.
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Open minds are hard to find, props to a big man. If some Christians come off to you as a little wacked out, thats because we are. You have to be a little crazy to live a life based on faith. I'm former atheist, then agnostic and then after a life kicked my ass bad enough, a believer. I think man is so prideful that we think we chose to believe in God. My experience shows that God choose's us. The harder or easier the process is up to us. I fought hard and long, and I'm glad I lost. Today I know where I came from, what I'm suppose to do while I'm here, and no doubt where I'm going after I leave here, how many people you know can say that?

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JC / Randy -


I've thought alot about some of the things that ya'll have said recently and I just thought I'd share that I appreciate your perspective and profession of faith.

Whenever I become introspective towards my life and beliefs, I try to keep a balanced field in my mind as I work through the issues and hurdles of philisophical thought. What I've noticed it that I've generally approached the Christian faith much like a shy child. When JC mentioned that we were jsut arguing for the sake of arguing I really kinda got mad at myself becaseu it was obvious that I wasn't keeping an open mind or respecting ya'lls faith.

The skepticism I was holding was very deceptive. I thought I was being honest with myself, but in reflection I was far more willing to entertain the thoughts of why the Christian theology was flawed than I was to try and understand it or the nature of God. That and I was letting my distrust of human nature to discolor and tweak my view of Divine Nature.

So in the spirit of due course, I've dusted off a few theology books (Meyer, Swindoll, Dobson) that I bought and never really gave a fair chance at so we'll see how that goes.

Just don't expect me to sign all my posts God Bless or start tithing.

=C=

Excellent post!
Good luck in your searches.

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JC / Randy -


I've thought alot about some of the things that ya'll have said recently and I just thought I'd share that I appreciate your perspective and profession of faith.

Whenever I become introspective towards my life and beliefs, I try to keep a balanced field in my mind as I work through the issues and hurdles of philisophical thought. What I've noticed it that I've generally approached the Christian faith much like a shy child. When JC mentioned that we were jsut arguing for the sake of arguing I really kinda got mad at myself becaseu it was obvious that I wasn't keeping an open mind or respecting ya'lls faith.

The skepticism I was holding was very deceptive. I thought I was being honest with myself, but in reflection I was far more willing to entertain the thoughts of why the Christian theology was flawed than I was to try and understand it or the nature of God. That and I was letting my distrust of human nature to discolor and tweak my view of Divine Nature.

So in the spirit of due course, I've dusted off a few theology books (Meyer, Swindoll, Dobson) that I bought and never really gave a fair chance at so we'll see how that goes.

Just don't expect me to sign all my posts God Bless or start tithing.

=C=
Congratulations! I know how hard this decision was for you, but from this point forward it does get a little easier. May God lead you in your search for the truth!

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I suggest reading The Confession by St. Thomas Aquinas. That book changed my life and I think every single one of us can relate to him at one point in our lives.
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Just because we differed in our religious views doesn't mean I didn't like you. I hope that you will realize just what it is that God truly wants us to be and not what some "preachers" say we should be.

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This is encouraging...
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