Originally Posted by coaster
Mike, there's a reality higher than the reality you see around you. While you're working so hard to make sense of what you see, what you think is real, the other is escaping you. Stop working so hard to get answers to all your questions. They'll all be answered in due time. But not in this life. "Seek and you shall find" doesn't mean digging for evidence, nor asking those how-many-angels-can-fit-on-a-needle-type questions. Really, I'd think it would be easier and simpler to just believe. "Swallowing a camel while straining at a gnat" is Jesus' very apt picture.
I know you're a good person. Your honesty, ethics and your morals should be shining examples to America. Your abhorrence of hatred, bigotry, and intolerance in the name of religion or for any other reason
is exemplary. And if you're comfortable with all that, that's fine. Well done. But if you were really comfortable with all that, why even engage in these debates? They wouldn't interest you in the least. Perhaps you really are looking for the answers. But you don't get the answers until you take the leap. You can't have the answers first, because then there'd be no reason to take the leap. And even if you did get an answer you accept to one question, another will take its place. Such is the way of the one who's obfuscating the issues.
"Over-analysis leads to paralysis" -- the gospel according to Timothy (aka coaster)
I gotta get to bed.......
Thank you, I appreciate your kind words
But, apparently I didn't do as well as I'd hoped, because what you gleaned from my posts wasn't the point. The entire point was introspection, for people to question of themselves and what they think they know. There are very, very many who practice hatred, bigotry and intolerance that feel justified, even compelled
, by their beliefs to do so. "Hate the sin, but love the sinner" isn't a tenant, it's a mantra, an invocation to be chanted over and over and over to convince themselves
that they don't actually hate the people they hate!
I would like to see people honestly question their own motives for being so opposed to same sex marriage. Most will point to their bible, but I can't help but to feel that is just the easy, pat, "generally accepted" response. In the words of H.G. Wells; "Moral Indignation is just jealousy with a halo". I get the impression that many heterosexuals look at marriage as something that is exclusive property, something jealously guarded, and they feel that merely sharing the word is to give up something of themselves. All that posting was to demonstrate that there IS controversy and contradictions, that there ARE unanswered questions, and if one's faith places them supreme above others, it SHOULD be questioned. Unless, of course, that is where they want
to be. Or, worse yet, if they are those people that don't even realize that they are hate filled and bigoted. And that, is a whole 'nuther story.