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One quote from "The Mists of Avalon" which sums up my feelings of Christianity impeccably [Apr. 27th, 2006|12:10 pm]
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...said Patricius sternly, "Those who presume on their learning will learn, I trust, to listen to their priests for the true interpretations."

The Merlin smiled gently. "I cannot join you in that wish, brother. I am dedicated to the belief that it is God's will that men should strive for wisdom in themselves, not look to it from some other. Babes, prehaps, must have their food chewed for them by a nurse, but men may drink and eat of wisdom for themselves."

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YES! lol.
I also tend to object to so many devout Christians seeing their religion as the only right and proper religion, and seeing all non-christians as in need of "salvation", etc. Even if they're nice about it, I don't approve of people who see their attempts to convert me as doing me a favor. I'm under the opinion that people are free to have any religion they want and I have no place to question their beliefs. So when these people start trying to screw with MINE, it feels like the deepest insult to me.

So, these are my views. What are yours? LET THE DEBATES BEGIN!
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[User Picture]From: akumadaimyo
2006-04-27 12:43 pm (UTC)
That's a very cool qoute on religion. Does Merlin have any more decent qoutes?
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[User Picture]From: minuetcat
2006-04-28 09:00 pm (UTC)
Oh he has TONS of good ones--I can't get enough of his debates, I drink them up like water.
You sure know you're a good writer when you can make the Merlin sound as wise and righteous as everybody's always said. You should read that book, you'd like it!
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[User Picture]From: rewhite
2006-04-27 12:46 pm (UTC)
In Ault Country, we use goht!
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[User Picture]From: minuetcat
2006-04-28 08:56 pm (UTC)
Yeeees. Virgin Mary Goht...Bishop of Goht (hahaha I keep typing 'goth')...Gohtsmas....
Goht use us, and we use them, and for that let us thank Goht, for Goht give us LIFE!!
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[User Picture]From: dungeonwriter
2006-04-27 12:55 pm (UTC)
Well, as a religious minority, I hate the idea of people trying to convert me. I'm proud of my faith and frankly, I don't want to believe God is so bigoted he'd hate someone for calling him the wrong name.

If I may tell a story,

A king once came to a city and sat on his throne to recieve gifts from the people. One man composed sonnets, another gave the king fine china and the third golden silk. Finally, a shephard boy approached, smiled and began playing a tune on his wooden whistle. He did not know the proper way to bow, he approached too closely and offended the royal ettiquite. The guards loomed in to punish the boy but the king waved them back. "It may not be what was supposed to be, but it is a gift from the heart. It's good enough for me"

That's the God I want to believe in.
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[User Picture]From: minuetcat
2006-04-28 08:53 pm (UTC)
Exactly! As long as the faith is there, in whatever form or directed toward whatever source...why should anyone give a damn about anything else?

I don't want to believe God is so bigoted he'd hate someone for calling him the wrong name.
Yeeees...that's the thing! I truly wish that people would stop letting their own bias interfere with others' beliefs. They're BELIEFS! I hate how people find out I believe in God but am NOT a Christian, and then think that the two things contradict each other. Um...how?
Even worse is when they give the impression that since I have belief, it should not be wasted on something that ISN'T their religion, since if it isn't I'm obviously throwing that belief away through misuse. Uggggggh....
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[User Picture]From: pseudolollipop
2006-04-27 02:25 pm (UTC)
I really really like that book. <3333
Um, I'm not too sure how I feel on religion anymore, since coming to school and being away from youth group and sunday school and church, I find my views are changing. You do bring up an interesting point though.
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[User Picture]From: minuetcat
2006-04-28 08:37 pm (UTC)
YES!! I'm on page 240, which is soooo good for me considering how slow I read and how little time I have for such things. I've been looking forward to the time spent reading it on the bus, every morning and evening. SUCH a GREAT book :)

And yeah--I've always been like that with religion. I've always had theist beliefs, knowing there is something up there and that I'm grateful to whoever was kind enough to give me this life.
It just seems hard for "God's teachings" to not become clouded by the opinions of those who speak of them to others, regardless of which religion it comes from. I simply despise the classic Christian view of their faith being the ONLY right path, since it is against every moral I believe in.
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