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Originally posted by MidLifeMan:
I probalby should aplogize to you since I belong to the religious group that has been a source of pain for you.


I Want To Be Free From ALL Systems of Oppression and Control

This is acceptable Brother Midlife so long as you do not impose your religious beliefs on others. It is the imposition and religous arrogance with which I have an issue. As soon as my sister got brainwashed by her former boyfriend's father, who is also a retired minister, right on cue, she began feeling as if her newfound relationship with God made her better than everyone else, including her family, who are not religious and never step foot inside a church. As expected, my sister began trying to convert all of us and used any petty flaw in our character and/or personality as a justification for why we need to "get back in church." Loudly and obnoxiously singing gospel songs and purposely parading around us with an excessively jovial demeanor was also done to show us just how much more "happy" we could be if only we "submitted ourselves to God." I wanted to vomit.

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It is still a bit funny in a sad way that you can recall how it is to be around people that don't understand, accept, or respect your choices in life. And can recall how people can turn away from you just because you don't belive like they do but then become so upset at the choices your sister is making.


Again, I would not have an issue with any choice that my sister has made if only she, like so many other religious zealots, were not so intent on making the world over into one big monolithic religion. She could worship a rock for all I cared. My gripe is with her deciding to align herself with a religion that encourages bigotry and intolerance, something that my family has always and continues to be against, and then exemplifying this intolerance via her interactions with us, her OWN famiy!

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Yes I understand that you have no use for the "Bible thumpers" but religion doesn't hurt people...people hurt people IMHO.


This is true. But think about this: If you notice that those who do the MOST of the world's hurting seem to be attracted to one particular religion, why would you want to align yourself with this group of people? Instead of joining their pursuits, one would think that you would be much more interested in determining what is being taught inside the paridgm of this religion that makes people feel that they have an authority to recreate the world's spiritual landscape. Questions that should be dwelling in your mind are: Why does everyone have to believe what these people believe, relate to God in the ways that these people relate to God, acknowledge God using the gender that these people use, and use the same text to which these people refer? WHY ARE THESE PEOPLE SO POSSESSIVE OVER THEIR SPIRITUALITY?

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I also have to ask. Is it the fact that your sister is finding something in religion that you feel is "fake and phony" or is that you feel betrayed that she has gone over to the side of the enemy and those that have hurt you in the past?


Great question. Both facts accurately describe my feelings and thoughts toward this situation. My sister knows that damn near 100% of the time the people who claimed to be "Godly" were phony. Their behaviors NEVER coincided with their professed beliefs, and many of them were just as ignorant as the day is long. In most cases, the only thing that justified their reasons for believing in God and attending church was TRADITION. "I do it because my grandmother did it" and "Going to church is just something you're supposed to do" were the commonly-expressed reasons for why people carried on this phony relationship with God and religion. I set myself apart from these types of people, because ironically, instead of being the most amoral and corrupt, I've noticed that those who are not religious tend to be the most honest, trustworthy, and authentic in their beliefs and behavior.
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