Monday, February 28, 2011
I'm going to continue sharing posts on my personal thoughts and beliefs that have derived from misconceptions from friends/family members through out my life.
But before I can post my next blog, I need to correct myself.
In my post about alcohol, I wrote it with an attitude that was hurtful.
While I still agree with my reasoning to write it- the main reason being that I do not believe it is a sin to drink- I don't agree with my deliverance. I did use personal examples that resulted in offending those who figured out that they were about them. I do see it necessary to use examples of times in my life that have been hurtful to my acceptance of Christ's perfect and unconditional love, but because I let my anger when reliving those experiences take over me, (who me? let emotion drive? no way! That was an extremely sarcastic remark.) I wrote the post in a distasteful manner.
I'm sorry I was hurtful.
In my attempt to help those who have also been wounded by untruths, I wounded others.
More specifically, I should not have said the grape juice theory is stupid.
I should have chosen better words in making that point.
So with that said, I don't have the time this very moment to write another post continuing my thoughts on the subject of deteriorating the message of the Gospel, so I will leave you with a bit on my next post to come:
"Even churches have forsaken Love and Mercy."
That is a verse from the song "Tears of the Saints" written by Leeland.
Sadly, I believe bodies of believers can be the most harsh in judging. I've watched documentaries on this, I've read news articles on this, I've concluded that Christians themselves are the very people that lead those who don't believe in Christ far, far away from our faith.
Forsaken is defined as abandonment.
Mercy is defined as compassion shown toward offenders.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Ok, so per my last post, I realize there is a lot on my mind about legalistic Christian views and that I'm going to have to post my personal take on it all one by one, post by post.
Let me just do a little preface, though.
People are ignorant.
Ignorant people upset me.
Ignorant CHRISTIAN people upset me even more.
When I think about the things I have felt condemned for over people's ignorance, I really get angry. As I mentioned before, an example of this is being told I'm going to hell because I had not been baptized. Another example that sticks out clear in my mind is being made to feel HORRIBLE as a little girl for a certain toy I got for Christmas. I used to collect trolls when I was little. I collected them because they had crazy hair, cute faces and jewels in their belly button. In the 2nd grade, I got a troll baby doll from Santa (that's another discussion for later.............................................. laughable) and I loved it. She had purple hair, a purple jewel on her stomach and wore a blue jean dress. I brought her to my grandparents' house Christmas day to show her off and that's when it started. I had family members in my face telling me how horrible it was that I got a troll doll, Christians shouldn't have trolls, trolls were of the devil, trolls represented magic, magic was of the devil, I shouldn't have a troll........... That happened. On Christmas day. From my family members. To a 7 year old girl.
I can't begin to tell you how many times I have felt condemned, as well as my family members have felt condemned for drinking. I have been made to feel guilty from friends and family members from every side. Ok, maybe not my mom's side...... But I can't tell you how many times I've heard someone say "Jesus said drinking is bad." When challenged on the topic, people can't really seem to defend their view.
Now, let me say this, if you don't drink because of a personal experience or belief, I'm not going to judge you. But if you don't drink and you point your finger at people who DO drink, let me tell you, YOU are the one in the wrong. If it's a matter of your heart not to drink, by all means, I will respect that, but if it's not a matter of someone else's heart to not drink, then YOU have to respect that. I can think of very, very clear incidences in which my mom, dad, sister, myself, my husband, my brother-in-laws were drinking and someone, almost ALWAYS a family member, made them feel like a worthless piece of dirt. I watched my father and grandfather get ridiculed by a family member for ordering a beer when I was a little girl. I knew as a little girl that my dad and grandfather weren't bad people for ordering a drink, yet in that moment, I felt like my family members were trying to portray them as bad people and I felt like my cousins were buying into it. THAT'S WRONG!!! Hello??? Not that long ago, my dad confessed being pushed to tears by a family member accusing him of being an alcoholic for simply looking at an ad in the paper and saying "Wow, this is a good deal on wine." Really? An alcoholic? Here's the thing, when people react this way, they're judging. And in that moment of judging, the person who is drinking is not in sin. The person who is judging and pointing their finger is in sin.
Back to the matter of the heart. If you choose not to drink because you know alcoholism runs in your family or have watched someone suffer from alcoholism, again, I completely respect that. If you are close to someone who struggles with drinking/alcoholism and you choose to drink in front of them, you are causing them to stumble. My personal belief is against that.
Also, when the Bible talks about wine, I do not think it was merely grape juice. I've heard that argument before. I think it's incredibly ignorant. OPEN YOUR BIBLE. 1 Timothy and Titus speak against getting drunk off wine. If wine were simply grape juice in biblical times, tell me........ HOW CAN YOU GET DRUNK OFF GRAPE JUICE? That's all I'm going to debate on that point because I just think the grape juice argument is.... well.... stupid.
OK SO, with all that off my chest, I DO believe getting drunk is a sin because there are very clear statements biblically that say do not drink to the point of drunkenness. You know, God created our bodies- every single fiber, every detail. He tells us not to do certain things to our bodies because, MY GOODNESS, doesn't He know best? My wild, off-the-chart guess to the command not to get drunk is probably because being drunk harms us. Alcohol poisoning? Alcohol is a depressant. Depressants lead to depression. Depression leads to a whole world of messed up-ness, mostly, tragedy. Being drunk makes you do stupid things, like drive and die driving drunk or kill someone else driving drunk. It makes you lose your better judgement, like going home with someone and having sex, getting pregnant, receiving a great little gift called an STD, getting in a fight causing harm to yourself or someone else, getting arrested, passing out, getting raped. I mean, all in all, drunkenness is mostly negative, am I right? Do you think that's possibly why we are commanded not to get drunk- God telling us not to get drunk is for our protection because He loves us? That's what I think.
Here's some more great, great information to the lovely ignorance that is "Is it is a sin to drink?"
I obtained this golden information from biblestudy.org
Saturday, February 5, 2011
"good ol' Ayla-bayma"
a post about my experience growing up with Southern Baptists.
When I was in the first grade, my classmate asked me if I had been baptized.
I hesitated and answered with a no.
In response, she gasped and said "You're going to hay-ell!"
In the 10th grade, my friend told me that the Bible said I will not enter the gates of Heaven until I'd been baptized.
This is a taste of a blog to come in which I discuss my freedom in Christ and how I will not allow myself to feel condemned by fellow believers who tend to focus on outrageous negativities that have nothing to do with the message of the gospel.
I'm going to gather my thoughts, though they may be lengthy, and will post in the next few days.