First, sorry for the delay in responding... I've been busy forcing my religion on other by building houses for poor people and stuff... shame on me!
Second, thanks Abawp for your take on religion. It hits the issue spot on and highlights the absurdity of banning religion. Dutch, I hope for your sake you understand that your progressive-secular-humanism is as much a religion as my Christianity.
Now to some of your questions...
I'm glad you care.
Quote, originally posted by DUTCHMANia » And yes, getting JIMP into this thread was the main reason for me starting it.
Quote, originally posted by DUTCHMANia » I really don't get you. What do you get EXTRA out of your faith by proclaiming it in every single post you make?
But it's ok for you to push your views?
Quote, originally posted by DUTCHMANia » If you found your lord i'm very happy for you. Just don't tell me about it 24/7 unless the discussion leads that way. (so yes, this discussion is about exactly that)
If one did not believe their view was superior why hold that view?
Quote, originally posted by DUTCHMANia » Faith to me is something really personal. If you follow a certain believe i understand that influences your decisionmaking. But why does it also have to influence the decisionmaking of others?
It's not me who blesses... but I wasn't aware you were a masochist. I'll keep this in mind when I pray for you.
Quote, originally posted by DUTCHMANia » I don't need your blessings.
And there are a lot of people that do. I've received many IM's over the years thanking me and asking me to pray for specific issues. I've even received requests from people that claim they are atheists but are hurting and need something... I'll certainly pray for the persons salvation but I'm more than happy to pray that people just have something positive happen to them. God answers all prayers and I'm blessed to see Him work in all people's lives... even if they don't appreciate it.
Quote, originally posted by DUTCHMANia » I think alot of people you respond to don't need them.
I don't pray to spite. I don't always like the person I pray for but I truly want them blessed.
Quote, originally posted by DUTCHMANia » If you respond to some atheist post with "I will pray for you" you KNOW the OP won't appreciate it. Do you do it just to spite them?? and if so, wouldn't that go against your believes in the first place?
Your anger is on you and is reflective of the issues you have. If you get angry when a person hopes you have a nice day than you should take some time and think about what's wrong with you that makes you feel that way.
Quote, originally posted by DUTCHMANia » If you actually pray for those disbelievers at night, for god to save them, you have every right to do so.
But the moment you tell me you're praying for me i get angry. Is that what you want to achieve? Is that what the all forgiving god is telling you to tell me?
Fortunately your distorted view of what I'm saying does not impact the fact that I hope and pray that God blesses you with good things. I don't want you to burn in Hell, I want you to love God and enjoy Him forever. Wanting me to burn in Hell is negative and is, again, reflective of some issues you seem to have. Perhaps you should evaluate the base of these apparent emotional issues.
Quote, originally posted by DUTCHMANia » To me personally, i really don't care what you believe in, or what you do in private, But the moment you're telling me you're praying for me is the same as me telling you that i hope you burn in hell.
You might feel that way, you can even actually do it, and aslong as i don't know about it i would never tell you not to it...
It is my ernest hope and prayer that you have a blessed day,