lol, I love this. Christmas is sentimental to me, it reminds me of being a kid. I used to love lying under the tree looking up, peering over the railing to see if Santa came, and of couse the gifts!
I agree getting along is important, It is the key to human existence.
I truly have no problem with believers, if they are believing because they want to do good, what I have a problem with is the believers who believe that killing in the name of their god is some how acceptable behavior.
We celebrated on Solstice, and will do presents with the kids on Sat, because well my husband will be off to enjoy the day with us, and will be here to keep the kids entertained while I cook the ham and all. Truth is we usually celebrate the sat after solstice, this year it just happens to fall of christmas. I have christian friends and family, I should not celebrate them because they are christian? NO I don't buy that as acceptable behavior either, I celebrate life this time of year because everything around me is in fact dead right now,from the changing season.
We all have our reasons to celebrate, it doesn't mean that our reasons identify with theirs, but I do love my friends and family no matter why they are celebrating the holidays for..
Eh, I was hoping that by saying "many" they knew I didn't mean all. I do respect what it means to lay Christians, the messages of serving and helping others, to love one another...and so on. I loathe other teachings of Jesus, some of which stirred my heart and emotions... especially as a Sunday School teacher, I felt so wrong telling kids all the good stories about him and leaving out the horrid things that Jesus said like:
"So I will cast on her a bed of suffering, and will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. I will strike her children dead."
And I helped the kids make WWJD bracelets! I realized that not only did I have doubts but I was a cherry picking hypocrite as well.
I admit, I was tactful with the way I presented my message. It's not a lie, but for the sake of it needing to be 420 words or less without continuing on the next line I didn't elaborate. It was kind of unfortunate because one person did say that "after all Jesus' message is all that matters." Of course I was quick to debate her, especially when she started talking about free-will and that it was gifted by God. I was still polite though and the message did do something positive. It got people talking, considering their positions, and in the end that person who brought up free-will ended up appologizing and said she could see how it seemed like she was preaching.
Three friends and my sister shared at least some doubt and "came out" in their posts. Several family members said they didn't know I was atheist, and said they loved me no matter what I believed. Some people aren't that lucky. I'm happy that even as a former devout Christian that I can look back and take the positive and negative experiences I had as a believer and keep the good stuff that went along with it, while leaving the extra baggage at the door.
I would agree with this, and the moment that they tell me what to believe they've already crossed a line.