What a mixture of topics we have at this blog. It strikes me anew this morning, Blog-Buddies.
I was just about to give you an invitation. And, hey, I’m still going to….
Like me, you may think it would be a good idea to help more people find this blog. Well, here’s something you might do.
If you have friends or family members who are excited about the Academy Awards show this Sunday night, how about sending them a link to one of our articles with an Aura Reading Movie Review?
On the other hand, you might not choose to send friends a link to the following guest post. Because this whole theme of what is Christian versus what’s merely “Christian,” etc. could be THE most controversial topic ever discussed here at the blog.
Unquestionably it takes courage to think for yourself when the stakes are as high as the sky… and beyond. Yet every one of you Blog-Buddies has done that, haven’t you?
Maybe your religious journey has been peaceable and supportive, like KIRAs — as recounted in her Comments 22-37 (mixed in with other people’s excellent comments as well) at Might I Have Any Impact on the Christians in My Family Besides Puzzling Them? A Guest Post by IRENE .
But maybe you have struggled, more like IRENE and — as you’ll learn in today’s guest post, RES Practitioner SANDRA HAERING. A woman who lives in Eden Prairie, for heaven’s sake!
Incidentally, editing today’s article, I will continue my editorial practice of placing the word “Christian” in quotes to signify those who define Jesus’ teachings in a very particular manner, one that some folks might find quite unrecognizeable from what he taught.
Am I Christian or Not?
First: I have, at times, considered myself a Christian.
Most “Christians,” however, would say I am not one of them, because I dont believe everything in the Bible. I also see truths in other religions.
For me Christianity is following the wisdom and guidance of Jesus.
So when I refer to “Christians” in this post, I am referring to those who have a narrow view of what a Christian is.
Roses reading of Justice Scalias aura highlighted, for me, how Christians fit their concept of hell into their human lives.
Hellfire Spiked with Malice
In the case of Scalia, he took some enjoyment out of people getting their just rewards by being consigned to hell. Eternally.
I have seen this troubling aspect in “Christians” from time to time, but more frequently I see “Christians” responding the way Irene so eloquently described in her blog post.
My family is just the same as Irenes.
I also have a couple of evangelical friends who still hang out with me; and on occasion, biblical retribution comes up.
One of my friends was distressed because her son and daughter-in-law were not raising her grandchildren as “Christians.”
She actually believed that God would condemn her beautiful, sweet grandchildren to hell!
At the same time, she was a true believer in God.
How can a person believe in a God like that? A God like that just sounds like a particularly evil human being.
How to Live Simultaneously as a Christian and a “Christian”?
It seems obvious to me that one way to deal with these conflicting beliefs is through spiritual disconnect from God. It is no wonder that so many Christian leaders live in what Rose calls “Spiritual Shutdown.”
About my friend: I tried to use bits of the Bible, Jesus example, and reasoning to calm her fears for her grandchildren.
Who knows? Maybe thats why she is still friends with me.