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My feeling is that we all have baggage - it is the human condition. I was born in South Africa during the apratheid days and I never ever whipped a black man or did anything overtly racists (subtly - I wonder). But when I started to get invoved with non-whites there was an attitude toward me that I felt I didn't deserver - but then I figured out that it was 1 000 000 time bitten - very shy.
I guess religion is like that.
People know more about what christians are AGAINST than what they are ABOUT.
And usually they seem to be against most liberal lifestyles and laws.
but hey no one is perfect we are all just trying to figure it out as we go right? I know I am.
The summary said that they had banned all contributions from a certain IP adress right?
Then someone replied by saying that they can post anonymously, so I thought "hey they can pretend to be who they like but their IP address would still be the same."
So I thought I would ask the poster to have another look at the summary and see if they "banned an IP address or username."
But then I thought that maybe "anonymously" meant some kind of IP spoofing and became intrigued.
Now OBVIOUSLY you would do it differently and that's fine - more strength to you - but wow the amount of energy and anger and discontentment aimed at my response is amazing.
Was it really that bad? Drawing attention to the IPAddress vs Username block specifically with regards to "anonymity"?
Wow - I almost feel like apologising - almost!
Of course I wonder why I was marked as flaimbait?
I wasn't trying to start a war of any kind just trying to point the poster's attention to the fact that it was not a username that was being blocked but an IP adress. But then I thought - hey I don't know everything about everything - so maybe I am missing something - perhaps if I draw attention to this then an interesting convesation will start and someone will show me what I have missed.
I am humble like that.
But hey, you have a fantastic weekend.
Does that mean that truth is relative?
Surely it cannot be - there is either a God or there is not.
I believe there is and you disagree - I believe that you are wrong.
I do not think that I am better than you or feel that I can order your lifestyle to conform to my beliefs - to a point.
what if your beliefs ordered child sacrifice - should I say something?
I believe so - but then I am imposing my belief on you.
Who determines true value?
After a life spent searching and questioning, I came to the conclusion that I was a created being - controversial yes - but this was my truth.
No I was not brought up to believe it.
No I am not insane or on psychiatric medication.
No I am no scared and need a "crutch".
I honestly belive this with all my heart.
And if it is true then how do I engage this creator?
What is he / she / it like or about?
So yes there is more than just blindly following something and obeying some rules.
I consider myself a seeker of truth and as such I listen more to the quiet voice of reason and deduction inside me than to the screaming voices of judgement and criticism.
Having said that I am also very open to the voices of reasonable dissent as long as their motives are to understand and help and not just to condemn and mock.
For example, I am a christian but I do not go to church or have my name on any memberships of any kind. I spend some time studying the teachings of Christ and try and work out what he meant and how to apply it to modern life.
I read Paul's letters and the old testament as well (yes even all the contraversial parts) and try to understand what I am to learn from this.
How much is literal and applicable to today and how much is not.
I consider things like abortion, gay marriage, other religions etc and try and align that to the teachnigs of Christ - the deeper teachings that it - to try and understand how to assimilate these issues (and others) into my world view and value system.
At no point do I carry banners, march, judge or condescend.
But then I know that I would for things like child abuse - but would I for capital punishment?
And if I would do it for child abuse - then what is driving my value system? In medievil times it is reported that some European kings liked the "company" of young boys - if I was alive at that time would I have protested? What is driving my values now - and how do I know I am right and not just "seasonal"? Which values are ALWAYS right regardless of date and time and who decides this? So when the word "christian" is thrown around with contempt I know that is aimed at the institutionailsed members and radicals but also - I suppose - at anyone who believes in invisible fairies