I just responded to a comment on my last post, that I thought I ought to just put up as it's own post. Because I think it's important to be clear about what we are - and where we are on this spiritual journey. Maybe no one cares, but I do and I don't want for anyone to perceive me as something that I'm not.
What's odd about this "journey" that we're on is that I'm still conflicted on a number of issues. Writing down what I hear each week in church helps me to "vent" things out and think about them. Please keep in mind - the Bible verses from my last post are not verses that I tracked down. Those are verses that were provided in a handout at church, which was great because they are applicable to the topic(s) that we discussed.
Regarding topic #1 (1. Embrace God's Plan) - I don't want our children to have sex before they are married. Because I'm their mother and I can see why holding out until you are married is the RIGHT thing to do. Physically, emotionally, spiritually.
That being said, I still strongly believe that people are born they way they are meant to be born and if they are homosexual - they have every right to be united in a ceremony that would grant them the same exact rights that any married couple would enjoy. The next time something like Prop 8 comes up, you better believe, I'll have a sticker on my car and a sign in my yard touting EQUAL rights for EVERYONE.
Although I once thought that it was intuitive to be kind, compassionate and treasure your family and I didn't really need church, I like hearing the message week after week. It just reinforces what I should be doing with my life and the example I should be setting for my children. Aside from that, church has been absolutely wonderful for our marriage. Charlie and I have been following the instructions we've received each week and we have grown in ways I never imagined. For example, last week, my husband took the incentive to hire a maid to come in one day a week and clean the house so I wouldn't have to.
Not only does it make me happy ... he hasn't stopped smiling since.
We go to church each week and I recently joined a small (Bible study) group that meets every Thursday. So I'm definitely diving more and more in to the Christian life. But ... I still wouldn't call myself a Christian. I haven't been baptized as an adult. And well, I have a few questions surrounding the immaculate conception and resurrection that might keep me out. As a scientist, I'll never believe the concept of Creationism. Although I do believe that much in life can be explained by science, God is what started the whole thing in motion and what comes before and after your life. And during, if you are honed to listen to that little voice in your heart.
I love so much of Christianity. I love, love, love the teachings. I love the philosophy, the principles, the simpleness of it all. I love the beautiful road map that it provides on how to live a good life. Now I'll tell you what I don't love: I don't love some of the incredible closed mindedness that I see at times. I don't love it when people absolutely DENY things that have been PROVEN by science. I don't love it when people call themselves Christians but condemn people who are different than themselves. In the words of Gandhi, "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."
Poor me. I don't think I'll ever fit in with any group. So, I'm just chugging along. Quoting Bible verses and plugging gay rights. I'm an enigma wrapped in a mystery.
Some would probably say, on my way to hell in a hand basket.