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Do You Practice What You Preach?
I've always found it ironic that certain (emphasis on certain) religious people will tell me about how disrespectful I'm being to their faith (at one point I was just talking about evolution) and then spend the next few minutes bashing my lack of faith. I, naturally, didn't miss out on the opportunity to tell these creeps that they're going to hell for hypocrisy (which is against almost every religion in the world)...
But I came to wonder, do you guys feel like you practice what you preach?
us guys - do possess compassion for your lack of comprehension.
I pray everyday for your eyes to be opened to the greatness of the creator.
But, I came to wonder - will you guys ever stop harrassing those who have chosen the path of righteousness?
I consider what love would do in every situation, I practice empathy and sympathy and compassion and identification, kindness, I notice some one alone in the corner and try to make them feel welcome to the group, I recently gave my good leather coat away to a homeless man in cold weather because it was all I had with me though I was sorry I didn't have my cheaper denium jacket with me to give away instead since I can hardly afford to replace the leather, I don't give physical pain to animals, fish, birds, or people, I avoid harming bugs... but I don't claim to be a good person. It takes more than that to equal the good deeds that some people do, people who cripple or disfigure themselves to save others, people who spend years of their own lives laboring in the mud to help a community, if such people are labeled good people, then I can only label myself a lukewarm person because I can not put myself in their catagory... I think too many people consider themselves a good person because they dropped a couple of bucks on a homeless person and cried when they accidentally ran over a bunny... it takes a bit more than that, it takes a bit more than simply being not a bad person.
I "STRIVE" daily to do what is pleasing to God. Do I fail? Of course. Am I still saved by the grace of God? Of course. My soul is what is saved for eternity, not this flesh that will continue to sin as long as I am breathing. Anyone who says they can go through the day without sinning is lying to themselves. God knew this all to well. That's why he sent Jesus Christ to burden all sin for mankind.
I think practicing what you preach is very difficult given our complex times. However, I do try to practice what I preach, but I never preach religion. I don't think it is my place to do so. To me, being religious means doing the best you can to live a moral and ethical life, not forcing your views down other people's throats.
Yes! And if I fail, I acknowledge it, ask for forgiveness, and position myself to do right once again. I VERY much hate hypocrisy. It goes along very well with judgement. Both are wrong. We can disagree with others but it should be done with mutual respect and in love. What you speak of is, I think, on of the biggest things that turns people off to certain religions. I think God is grieved over this--this is not representing who He is at all. Good question!
I came here planning my answer then read JT's answer and I cannot say it any better than he did. So ditto on JThomp42's answer.
I try to practice what I preach.. I don't always get it right, But I try..
I mostly practice what I preach; first I think it, then say it, and my action follow. Getting the actions to follow the positive things I say and do is a daily exercise, but that is how people can developed good habits.
by Peeples5 years ago
Why is it that if a good person claims to see god it is believed but....if a serial killer or crack addict says that it is not believed? For believers do you believe God would only talk to positive people?
by Cynthia Hoover2 years ago
Do you think you are a good person?Do you feel you are a genuinely good person at heart? Why do you feel you are? Is it your actions that make you feel this way? How you live your life? Or your religious affiliations.
by stillcurious6 years ago
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by sexpressions5 years ago
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by Beverley Byer3 years ago
Why is it difficult to practice what we preach?
by Paul Cronin8 months ago
As long as you are a good person, does it matter what religion you believe in?
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