I went to church and passively listened enough to hear about how miracles are belittled in churches today. How certain scriptures in the book of Acts aren’t mentioned anymore even in the most charismatic of churches. Perhaps it may be because it doesn’t seem to apply to their particular group. The biblical book of Acts, contains scripture that although many from the christian experience desire to draw strength from it, the supernatural aspects aren’t seen today, more so (from what I’ve heard) here in the States. So at times they don’t know what to do with that area of the bible. Can you imagine every church officiate cheating their church out of money dropping dead in this day and age, as was done to Annanais and Saphyra from one of the spookiest stories in the bible. Its rare if ever, that within the past 5 years an individual in a church setting was raised from the dead. So, are churches justified in ignoring miraculous scriptures, on the basis that it doesn’t happen? Or does this confess a doubt that in turn effects their chances for miracles?
I like to believe that our physical and spiritual DNA adjusts to our needs. This has been discussed, I’m sure many a time. Therefore miracles are stored up for those who are in need and have no other options but faith. However I think the beauty of miracles is its randomness. I think that most spiritual books have the ability to be relevant if its studied properly, and …..some are just a great history book. Overall miracle of course exist but its in the less fantastic things that we sometimes ignore.
Is it wrong to influence the minds of children to accept only the one faith as truth? Does this kind of thinking create prejudice? How do parents teach their children to follow their chosen faith while still respecting others of another faith, or no religion at all?
As a child I was frightened into believing I had to get other kids ‘saved’. If they cursed, wore pants (for girls) or spoke of being anything other than what we were, I held a heavy guilt because I had no idea how to tell them they were going to hell if they didn’t become like us. After all, I was told, youth is not an excuse to be disobedient to what God wants you to do. Sigh….. Well in time I grew out of that guilt, but growing up in a super religious household such as that, made me feel like a loner. Not in way where I felt I was superior, but in every other way. We were led by being afraid of God. I was not allowed to befriend kids who weren’t ‘like us’, if I brought a kid home my mother would try to ‘witness’ to them and it was so embarrasing. I couldn’t go to parties, or dress up for halloween,wear earrings, or pants or whatever was attatched to worldliness. There were others of different faiths that I went to school with, who had faiths and cultures that required headwear such as a turban, or a yarmulke, but they had not much of a problem socializing with others. The barriers set up prevented social growth and lead to distorted thinking for myself and my sisters as we grew older. This is why I asked some the previous questions. How much is too much?
Student of Universal Life Church Seminary
Having been raised under such a strict definative faith, I’ve always wondered what other people believed and why. Never could come to grips with the concept of ‘everyone is going to hell except us’. I wanted to use this arena of coexistence to express our/your beliefs. I don’t desire this to be a venue for individuals who desire to convert, debate, or demean others. I would like for this to be an expression in which we teach others what our religious, spiritual, or faith based beliefs (or lack thereof) are and what it means to ourselves, how it can make yourself a more effective person, or perhaps some experiences in which there were various conversions. I will try to ask questions to stimulate thought.
What if any event or occurrence caused you to convert to your present beliefs and why?