Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: North Fort Worth
Bible-Thumpin' to me goes further than simply believing the Bible to be true. It is almost like a gung-ho Marine type of attitude toward the literal teachings of the Bible. Further, Bible-Thumpers carry this attitude throughout all aspects of their lives.
I don't consider myself as being a Bible-Thumper. I certainly believe the Bible to be divinely influenced, but do not think of it as a literal blueprint. For example, I interpret the verse you reference two ways:
1. It is a common-sense approach to clean and/or successful living. If you take shortcuts in your everyday life you end up paying for it one way or another.
2. It is a hard road to be a Christian. The rules are impossible not to break and the people around you constantly question your faith and work on you to fall away from your beliefs. That isn't supposed to mean you get to throw a pity party because of that, but it is just the way it is. Just imagine how much easier it would be to simply give in. In this day and age it is fairly uncommon thing to be a practicing Christian...this helps explain the part about "there are few who find it".
Religion should never be something you "toy around with". I agree with all of the descriptions you gave about Jesus - except the "crazy man" part.
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