If you are a believer, please stay out of this thread as it is for non believers. However, feel free to read and learn.
So, as a non believer you stumble into this forum for whatever reason.
How would you expect the believers posting here to behave? What kinds of posts/responses would you expect/want to see, and what kids of posts/responses are total turnoffs, and reinforce the stereotypes that you would expect from believers?
Please keep it civil.
As it pertains to what? How they react to non believers or how they interact with each other?
I have a couple of things to say.. First of all, as others have said, I generally just avoid this forum because it doesn't interest me in the least. I happen in here today only because I am bored and there isn't much going on with the rest of the board.
Secondly, what I would expect from someone that claims to be a believer is a commitment from that person, particularly to attempt to live their life the way their religion expects them to. I wouldn't expect them to say, post, whatever anything they wouldn't if they personally knew their pastor (or whatever) was going to hear or read. Or anything their grandmother would, for that matter.
Now, I haven't read these threads so I don't know what is actually happening there but I know I see an awful lot of hypocrisy outside of the board. Some among friends, coworkers and others I am around daily. I understand that people aren’t perfect, but some people seem to make very little effort at all. Let’s look at just general language.. I hear many god fearing people cuss; speak badly about others, etc. Now, those same people can do an excellent job of cleaning up their language in the presence of kids, or at work, so why can't they do it all of the time? Lack of commitment, in my opinion.
I don't believe.. I have tried, believe me. I would love to believe there was something more. I have regularly attended a number of churches, fully immersed myself in the lifestyle, prayed.. All that was asked of me. I did have glimpses of what I thought might become a true belief but it never quite stuck. I have also gone the route of just playing along, just in case it is real, and lived the way one would expect a Christian to. Read the bible daily, went to multiple meetings a week, avoided becoming overly involved in worldly things.. It was just a matter of making a decision to stick to it. No different than choosing to work out, live a healthy lifestyle, etc. Ultimately I felt like it was useless and gave it up, though I still live just as moral a lifestyle as most Christians, I just don't feel bad and repent for actions that I feel aren't really bad (drinking, smoking, etc.)
For the record, I am agnostic.. I don't deny there is a god, for all I know one could exist. I am just not convinced.
Now, I say all of this in a very matter of fact sort of way, completely non confrontational and purely in response to the question asked..