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, harrymc@... wrote:
> I'm not threatening. Read the sentence again.
> As for the rest of your comments why bother responding? You're convinced you're saner and smarter. I'll leave you with your opinion.
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Some of the responses here are very interesting, and I have to wonder how much thought goes into them. For instance: "You're convinced you're saner and smarter." This is true, I suspect I do feel this way, but how does this make me different than anyone else here? No one here is arguing a position that they feel is insane or dumb. Christians as a rule feel they are smarter and saner than everyone else. Why am I being condemned for thinking as you do? Why am I not allowed the same standard?
If you think this an arrogant stance for me to take, then you must concede your own arrogance for feeling as you yourself do.
Paul Leonard writes that I am "just trying to convince myself." But the more I think this, the more I sense that this is what Christians do. As a believer I was taught that neglecting association with other believers was a dangerous evil. The Bible implores us never to "forsake the gathering of ourselves together" and Christians know that lack of fellowship leads to your faith ebbing away. Hence, the main purpose of fellowship is to CONVINCE EACH OTHER that you are right.
How is that Christians seem to deplore in others the actions and feelings they engage in themselves? When they see their own actions and thinking mirrored in others it repulses them, they react in disgust at their own methods.
How is anyone to take you seriously?