When did religion get so difficult? As kids we are told that Jesus loves us, told some Bible stories, and accept it all at face value. But as we grow older, and we realize that there is so much more to religion, plus add in the fact that we soon discover that (*gasp*) not everyone believes the same thing we do, it all gets more difficult. Then there are different analogies to the same stories, and soon we wonder, “Was God saying it as it is, or did He mean something entirely different?” And while I love church and I love my homegroups, suddenly we have to be clear on what’s right and what’s wrong, and some things that you never even thought of being wrong in your life are suddenly huge sins you are committing. And with the whole politics of it all, it makes you wish you were a little kid, being told that Jesus loves you, and letting it be as simple as that.
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Brian- I am in total agreeance with you, and believe everything you’ve stated.
Liz- The only thing I disagree with you is about that sign. No, it doesn’t say “God hates homosexuals”, but I feel it might as well. The reason for that sign is to shock people into seeing what’s going on. And I believe if a gay person saw that sign, he would basically see it as “God hates homosexuals”. If you see a list of things on a sign for sermons: pornography, then abortion, then homosexuality, what are people supposed to think the topic’s about? I really do believe that there are people out there who are definitely offended, and this can affect their choices when it comes to religion and the church.