In Reply to: Re: The Bible posted by Nominal on August 07, 2008 at 07:35:59:
I think that was a really good topic for discussion and potentially helpful for some of us to discuss openly and without judgement in our 'ex' journey. I was greatly affected by my experiences with my former 'group' with respect to religious beliefs. Additionally I studied in college after my exit. Funny thing about an education... you learn how to become more independently analytical. I learned much in my various science-based courses that made the belief of "every" word or story in the christian bible impossible. I came to realize some of the greater foundations about creation vs. evolution and timelines were completely off in the bible.
So, where does that leave me? I do not believe in organized religions, organized groups (political or spiritual in nature) or in every word of the 'bible' as absolute. I do, however, believe in some spirit world and have made a conscious effort to CHOOSE to believe in a god. I suppose I now subscribe to some kind of east-meets-west religious amalgam. I respect others' right to believe in anything they want so long as they don't force their ideas on anyone else or that their beliefs don't harm others.
Nowadays I'm quite sensitive to overtly proselytizing people. I immediately recoil when I am preached at by anyone. That kind of aggressive religion/spirituality offends me.