And so the Good Book and I spent some much needed time together. What a shock! The Bible I had heard as a little girl was so different from the Bible I read as a young woman. The Scriptures that once sounded so beautiful, kind and perfect to my ears now seemed mean and sad and â€” to me, a young woman of 23 â€” deeply unfair.
I just don’t understand this response I guess. It’s so emotional as to be just as suspect a response as the feelings that carried her through as a little girl. I’m guessing, but I suspect she was taught that Christianity was all sunshine and roses, or that God was a Magical Man from Happyland, who lived in a gumdrop house on Lollipop Lane (thank you Homer Simpson). It’s neither of these.
on 07 Oct 2008 at 1:23 pm 2.Hermes said …
What she was saying is that what people said about the Bible was not the same as what the Bible said itself. It is both a book of wisdom and a book of nasty brutal bigotry.
For her, that revelation was emotional…yet it was also based on her actually looking and thinking about what the book actually says.
For many former Christians, reading the Bible is what lead them away from Christianity.
If you want to continue your sarcasm, I’d be glad to return your attitude and wipe the floor with you in the forums. Just show up and announce yourself. I use the same user name there as I do here.
on 07 Oct 2008 at 1:24 pm 3.Hermes said …
Her last comment is so quotable;
“Reading the Bible left a hole in my heart. What filled it would become a guiding philosophy of my life.
Twenty years after I begged God to forgive me for my lack of faith, I reflected on my life: Iâ€™d graduated from high school, took a train from Seattle to Missouri with my two daughters, graduated cum laude from college and married a superb man.
These were my accomplishments, my good choices, and Iâ€™d made them on my own. After years of struggle, I had decided that being a righteous person did not require a belief in God.”
on 07 Oct 2008 at 2:34 pm 4.SteveK said …
“If you want to continue your sarcasm”
I wasn’t being sarcastic. Call it a horribily misguided and failed attempt at using humor to make a point if you want – but sarcasm it wasn’t.