If I’m lucky, no one on Hub Pages remembers me. But, I’ve never been lucky so I am back to apologize to the fundamentalists. I told myself I left in disgust at the forums; but the truth is I was disgusted with myself. I had never been exposed to some of the beliefs as shared here and, in my confused shock; I conducted myself in a manner that goes completely against everything I have ever believed in. I do consider it an obligation to openly admit when I am in the wrong, even if it takes an exorbitant amount of time to swallow my pride enough to do it.
Anyhoo. I won’t elaborate further. To explain myself might add insult to insult already offered; but I will say that I firmly believe each person has the right to follow their own conscience; wherever it leads and mine is of no more value than yours. My actions were wrong and I hope you will forgive me.
Yep. That's me. Motown talked me into coming back, but I think I'll check into the Edweirdo filter after I've eaten a little crow here. I definitely got too weird for my own comfort. I'm obviously not wired to take religion seriously.
Don't eat too much crow. Fundamental religion is about burning the books, regressing civilsation, dumbing down the masses etc etc. Keeping cool and polite when dealing with no argument - just banging on about what one or the other absolutely knows to be true and all different - is wearing and frustrating.
However, it is good to stay above it and retain your dignity.
If you are ever looking for someone on Hubpages with a little authority, come to me. I have as little as everybody else. But, if I had a whole bunch of authority, I would place your avatar and the following verse above the doorway to the religious forums:
He drew a circle that shut me out. Heretic, rebel a thing to flout. But love and I had the wit to win, We drew a circle that took him in. --Edwin Markham
I got what you were saying dj. You are right. But, I wasn't looking for any reciprocal behavior. I apologized more for me, than them. I don't get the fundamentalist thing, but I had no right to look down on their beliefs.
I think I can understand where you are coming from. I am an atheist, and am opposed to the forcing of religious belief or morality onto people who do not share such views. I also consider myself liberal and left-wing, and feel the need to argue against injustice based upon religious dogma. However, having recently been attacked myself by people who consider themselves liberals, I have come to realise how intimidating such people can be. There are extremists on both sides of the debate, and I am beginning to question my own right to ridicule religious beliefs, which to me may seem ridiculous, yet may be held dear by people, and which give them meaning to their lives. And what right have I to say the religious believer is holding onto an archaic belief system? Just, as they should not feel that they have the right to ridicule my atheism. There is a lot of anger surrounding the question of religion, when it could be possible to agree to disagree in a way that does not belittle those of different views. Having said that, I doubt human nature will ever truly allow such a state to exist.
I agree ridicule doesn't help any discussion. People get really touchy with their personal beliefs and tend to over-react. I persevere here, because I'm curious as to how people come to believe what they do. Sometimes it's so frustrating, I feel like just not bothering at all.
I would also like to say Welcome Back. I recall that your posts tended always to be quite thought-provoking and interesting. At least, the ones I read were. I agree with TMM that it takes a big person, a good person, to admit that they are eating crow. I'm not sure that you "need" to, but then I didn't and don't read everything in the forums. I remember that in the last thread where I saw you, I made a comment that made a lot of sense to me until I let it sit for a day or so. When I reread it later, I realized that it could easily have been understood in a different way from what I meant. I'm guessing that sort of thing is the cause of a lot of disagreements here!
I don't know about Edweirdo's filter, but I believe the new sign-in page has the ability to show forum threads only in certain categories - I think! If you play around with it, you may find that it will help you to see only (or primarily) the ones you want to see.
Welcome back, my friend. I, for one, welcome you with open arms! Maybe we all take ourselves a bit too seriously now and then. Let's just try to stop that and be friendly to each other no matter what our differences. I'll join you in the quest!
That's where I blog also, Baileybear, and I've found it very easy to use so far. It's nice because it's for the purely personal stuff that wouldn't be suitable here. I have to admit that writing hubs is more of a challenge for me, but the blog helps with the flow of words and ideas sometimes. That's nice.
It is. I haven't paid much attention to my blog, but I'm going to start doing so. I'm committing to set aside a block of time each day for writing, and the first part will be for just blogging. Then I'll move to hubs. Happy blogging!
My my. If I have caused some confusion; let me clarify. My opinion of your opinions stands unchanged. Actually, it was your posts and the fact that others felt compelled to cheer you on that pushed me to speak out. If you thought this was a blanket apology, it was not.
well that is unfortunate. It seems you have come to half of your senses. get some more rest. Others cheered me on because you were off the deep end and i purported biblical truths that you just were not able to process. Good luck in the future
what a shame. Were you around for the conflagration that preceded these posts? I don't think you were. What you mistake for ego is of course only assurance and confidence. And the love... well you first need to understand "the love" and then you can find it. You see, love does many things according to the situation. A hand may get slapped when it reaches for the hot burner and bandaid get applied when an owie occurs or a stern warning is proclaimed when danger is imminent, even a rebuke can come from love, or a correction or encouragement. Love may even be in the background waiting for an instance to come forward. Perhaps you feel what you need or want to feel and that is entirely your situation. Do you feel love when you write a song?
On one hand Curious makes an opology then later edits it by sayinhg oh by the way thats not a blanket opology . In effect Im sorry to you ,and you ,because I like you , but I dont like you ,so Im not sorry.
I have agreed with some points that BrotherChan has said and also been supportive of opinions of just curious in previous posts,as with others.
I agree with very little that Mark believes in for example ,but I don't dislike him for diagreeing with me.
and that statement coming from you is typical. Remember salvation awaits everybody from jokers to disgruntled egoists. I am not sorry to have put mortal wounds in your theology over the past time and your anger at me is understandable, your doctrines of self - sucked, but, Please try to put the anger away and remember, truth can hurt and Jesus knew this.
And this is exactly why I turned off the email notifications on the droid. It would have been nice to find some droll atheist post here to make me laugh so I could calm my spirit before I responded; but I can assume Beelzedad and Mark have better things to do than think of something obnoxious to say about this thread.
I have only one thing to say in response. I left this forum because there is no way for a person that loves the message of Jesus to participate. You drag his good name through the mud with every post. Those who cheered you on drag his good name through the mud. There is nothing of Jesus in your interpretation. There is nothing of God in your heart.
It is not my place to sit in judgment of you and the only way that I can find my way back to the footsteps of Christ and try to live that truth is to run as far as I can away from those such as yourself. I do pity you when I can force the compassion to rise above my revulsion.
Yes I did. And if you had bothered to take the time to read the entire post you would have noticed that I did notice that. But that isn't your style, is it? Those of you so anxious to ensure that everyone that doesn't agree with you knows they are headed to hell are in too much of a hurry to ever stop and think. What's the fun in that? You might actually understand a different point of view.
Cheer the little god on. By my memory you do it well. And if I remember, Mark was only attempting to be a reflection of the conduct of the Christians empty of any glimmer of Christ. You summed it up almost perfectly. You are all repetitive; but not sometimes immature. I would say it was closer to always.
Now that we have both sat in judgment of each other I'll be on my way.
uh oh here she goes again. She didn't solve her dilemma, she avoided it. She didn't dig into the word of God to discover truth, she took a holiday instead. There's a big difference. She turned off the email notifier so she wouldn't have to respond. Avoidance. Now it seems she only wants a laugh or two. Why is it every time a person corrects someone or points out the 'way' that those who pointed it out are derided? This is why i more enjoy an atheist free forum so that christians can compare and analyze scripture, instead of getting dragged through the mud, told their tome is useless and pointed to equally deceived atheists like whats his name - dawkins. Oh well. Praise God anyway and in all things, praise the Lord!
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