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I'm a Christian...specifically, I'm a protestant, a Disciple of Christ. There's a church, the DCC ( http://disciples.org)...that's the one I belong to. I'm not a very good representative of the church....I'm not a very good member of the church. I don't donate...I don't participate...I don't attend any longer...but, DCC shaped my view of God and Jesus and religion...I beleive in God, I talk to Him, and I rely on Him. I love Him, not because I'm afraid...because I feel His presence in my life, and I see Him uplifting and carrying me...as I uplift and carry others. I don't pretend to speak for the church. I speak for myself and no one else...as most of you do. I don't feel it's necessary to spread Jesus' word any longer. You know enough of his word to decide whether or not you want to listen to it. I don't need to shove it down your throat to save you. To save you...is not my responsibility...because the word is common knowledge now. And knowledge is fluid now. Fluid which flows through our collective mind...the internet.
Is God to be feared? Is Hell to be admonished? If you say yes, read on.
I am truly a universalist. I do not think Hindu are condemned. I do not think Buddhists are condemned. I do not think Muslims are condemned. Nor Nords, nor Greeks, nor pagans of any variety. I feel God speaks to different people in different ways. I feel that if you feel God's word matters in the utmost and you work toward the commonality of all humanity, God will accept you in the afterlife. St. Peter will not turn good people away, even if they're not Christians.
How do I reconcile that? I love you. I dont care who you are, I don't care what religion you practice, I love you. I will carry you to your goal if I can, I will lend you my hand if it will help, I will bleed for you and die if it means your freedom to be defiant to God remains intact...because you deserve the right to learn it for yourself...thats what life is. The right to learn for yourself the difference between right and wrong. And I think that's the way God intended it to happen...for each of us to learn for ourselves what it means to be human.