I haven't been blogging much. Not having a laptop is taking a toll on my desire to blog. I don't like writing if I feel like I don't have privacy to write and since my husband is usually in the room with me while I'm on the computer, that cuts down on my desire to write. But, I have a quick apology to make tonight.
Nikki, I wasn't meaning to single you out. My views on the Bible were something I meant to include in the original post and I enjoyed reading your comment on that post, so please don't feel that I was criticizing. I may not have explained well how I feel about the Bible. I do believe that it is a useful tool for introspection and for inspiring our own Faith. My issues with it are more how it can be used, how it is used, by some to justify how they view the world, how they condemn groups of people, how they use it to say God hates certain people. God hates no one. Every person, every living thing, is a creation of God and he loves each and every one of them. Bad things happen in our world because God allows us free-will and free-will means that we are also free to destroy or build, depending on our inclinations and choices.
Reyna, I hope I haven't driven you away with my Faith talk. I love seeing your comments. I was raised in a multitude of churches as well. My paternal family told me how I was going to Hell because I chose to have my ears pierced and because I have an incredible love for bacon (who doesn't?). My mom bounced from church to church to church, depending on whether she was the object of gossip or the instigator of gossip (she loves to be the first to know things, but hates to have people talk about her....imagine that?). I think between that and the environment of my childhood, it's no wonder I questioned the existence of God! I'm finding as I get older though that the more I can let go of control of my life and believe that God is there to help me and guide me and hold me up when I no longer have the strength to keep going on my own, the more comfort I find in the belief. Not to mention, the more people I say good-bye to in this life, the easier dealing with their loss is when I believe fully and whole-heartedly that I will see them again at the gates of Heaven. I don't want to push my views on you or on anyone else. We're all free to believe as we will or won't, worship as we will or won't. Some believe, but object to organized religion (church is not a requirement for belief!). Others don't believe at all. For me, it's all good, as long as people are happy with how they choose to live. One of the most incredible things about this world we live in is the infinite diversity!