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!
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.
I agree with you to Janelle,but this week as a saw a video of David Silverman of American atheists i think of whom I find myself totally agreeing with usually on fox news(again) arguing against Christmas trees in the work place,now I'm a 6.99 atheist myself but even I think he'd gone to far,after all the Christmas tree if anything is an old pagan practice about decorating an evergreen a tree in the harsh winters to remind them that soon their crops would grow again,and how many people think of jesus or whatever when they look at a Christmas tree?I was with him on the Nativity scenes and the billboards but the Christmas tree argument on fox did more harm than good for atheists I felt.