The religious forums for the most part are highly contentious and not for the faint of heart and sensitive of disposition. Only those who are strong mentally can and do surivive, even thrive. The rest of us mortals find it BEST to avoid such contention and argument. Name reasons why if one is wise to STAY AWAY from the religious forums..........
If you are unsure of where you stand in your faith and belief (or lack thereof) then you may not want to enter the religious forums. The debates are in depth and analytical (mostly) and the debaters are very passionate.
I totally agree if one is unsure of his/her religious/spiritual/ethical path, it is best to steer clear of the religious forums. Such people will become total discombobulated at any hint and/or iota of disagreement. But then again, such people couldl learn and broaden themselves mentally from the exchange of ideas if their minds are open enough to listen.
Religious activities are just that, there are not the same as having a real relationship with a real living and loving God. Just as a person who lives in a garage will never turn into a car, the same goes for religious activities, they are not what makes one a Christian. That being said, religious forums are not necessarily safe places free of contention and argument.
Because people are there are arguing.
It is a place of debate and differences of opinion.
If you think you can convince others to come to your way of thinking you will be exceedingly disappointed.
What is logical to you, is not logical to others.
However, if you participate with an open mind and determine to to learn how others think, you will have a better time.
Totally agree with you Kathryn a multillion percent! Another good reason is that my life is TOO SHORT to argue with people and raise my blood pressure in addition to becoming mentally and emotionally stressed.
If you think you can convince others to come to your way of thinking you will be exceedingly disappointed.
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No one can change anothers opinion in "them there" religious forums ..And NO ONE wins any debates! The most any one can expect to do is to plant a few seeds for thought. ... knowing that out of any one seed a diversity of thought might spring.
Hey, Kathryn, I agree with you. If you're there to learn how other think you'll be fine, but nobody is changing anybody.
What I have always found interesting is the amount of activity they generate.Most forums regarding religion or various belief philosophy are like honey to bees too attractive to not be drawn to. I have learned quite a bit about other spiritual practices reading some of them I seldom participate but when I do I always point out that the forum is going to evolve into an argumentative one (reader beware). I myself have no distress when I read them because I know my belief-system is solid (for me) and I think it is a personal choice to believe what you want. It also taps my inner-debater I like to read the well-researched and presented arguments-color me guilty but some I do enjoy.
Laura, I feel exactly the same way. I do participate, though, if for no other reason than to make the point that there are believers in the world who truly are interested in other views and respectful of them. I appreciate the challenges to my faith - and on some points, have found it quite interesting that the prevailing opinion is often that we believers never have our own questions or doubts. If I hadn't participated in the HP religion forums, I'd be minus a few wonderful online friends, some of whom are very different from me.
It's all about respect. If I respect myself and others, the religion forums can be filled with enlightenment and fabulous conversation. If I'm only interested in winning and persuading others (at verbal gunpoint most often) to my viewpoint, they're usually an unpleasant experience. I prefer enlightening and fabulous to unpleasant any day of the week.
There is a lot of ego in the religious forums. No one wants to believe that their beliefs may be wrong.
Those kind of forums can be a huge energy and time drain.
There are a number of unbelieving idiots in the forum who haven't got a clue about what they are trying to mumble about. They say stupid things to incite. They call us ridiculous and yet they have pet purple dragons and flying spaghetti monsters. They won't believe the ancient bible text but any other document from history is aok.
Religious discussion done right, which is both sides having a knowledge of scripture and a relationship with God and viable questions that they would like answered is edifying.
But to have contentious ranting morons trolling freely through seeking to only destroy and steal is gonna raise stiff rebuttal as it rightly should.
Overall though there are a lot of good answers, on all different levels of understanding, given here in the forums by the ones who know about God and on the other side of the coin are dumbells who would be better off spending time in prayer because doin what they do here is a waste of everyones time. Some even have the audacity to say they are trying to end christian discussion because they find it offensive and that is their mission.
When someone shows me a scripture i have not thought a lot about i love it!
"Religious discussion done right, which is both sides having a knowledge of scripture and a relationship with God"
Because yours is the only religion in the world, right? I see your Bible and raise you a Mahabharata. Only Vishnu is real!
fine ... so what have you studied about vishnu... let me guess.. nothing.. yet you declare the above. Now you have just become one of those i was talking about in my post.
Thanks for proving my point with yet another drive by quip.
From your post, you are not interested learning, knowledge or truth. You are not interested in differing ways to think and reason or in understanding those that do so differently than you do.
What you are interested in, apparently, is a mutual pat on the back, different interpretations of the bible that may fit better with what you want to get out of it and without doubt a strengthening of your faith.
Public forums are probably not the best place to do that; better that you find a quiet church and have a talk with the pastor that already agrees with your belief system. Or a bible study group. Anywhere you won't find people pointing out things that would shake your own faith or create doubt.
hahaha that's a laugh. Ive scanned your hub topics and read your forum posts i might suggest that you take your own post to heart.
And with that response, you might want to re-read your own post, the one I replied to. You make my point for me - TY.
no i think it applies to you but i won't waste any more time debating something so obvious. You can see how hard it is for new thoughts to enter the arena of acceptance and even you apparently cling to the old thoughts of a bible taken at face value. It's easy to criticize a God of war that all of a sudden tries to imply his love while hell and judgment loom in the future. And Satan, that ludicrous idea is easy to mock as it is so very flawed as is the talking snake. So with your weapons of old you oust the new movement and continue to deride dying interpretations and new interpretations as well, with no more thought or study into either than as something easy to laugh at. You continue thinking that you are right and those others wrong.
have a nice day
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