Posted by rayww on November 22, 2002, at 11:25:03
I seem to be drawing attention from Dr. Bob, most likely becaue I am new to this forum and have been slow to read all the directions. I thank him for steering me to corrections.
People who are inseparable with their belief may come across as being preachy, trying to convert to their religion, putting others down, etc. I haven't been part of these discussions long enough nor have I researched the archives to know what has gone on in the past. However, my introduction to this page and noticing the many sermons by one poster or postee, has led me to conclude that there is a bit of fanatacism here and maybe even some mockery of religion as a whole. I applaud Dr. Bob for even attempting such an endeavor as to draw a religious community together.
I participated in a non denominational Bible study group at one time. It was an invaluable experience, in that it taught me to love and appreciate the simple faith and testimony of our Lord as it is expressed by people in many differing religions. Belief in God unites people even though their religion's interpretation of his word differs.
I would hope that all my "incomings and outgoings" would be said and done in the name of the Lord, and that I wouldn't blaspheme his name by my actions or writing.
I am my belief. I don't know how I come across here, probably too strong. I know there are religious swings in bipolar, just as there are increased awareness swings in other areas as well. Some days I can sit at the piano and belt it out, while other days I can't see one note above another. Same with sewing, cooking, organizing, sorting, getting ideas, etc.
So, I believe I am inseparable to myself. I would not be capable of writing in a way that wouldn't reflect my faith in God because He is such an important part of my life and struggles.
I don't just love the scriptures, I need them. I cannot survive without them. It's like some days I open the book and the first verse I read becomes a guide for the day, or as I drift off to sleep listening to a scripture CD, I will perk up at a moment and hear something I needed to hear, then drift back to sleep. They're neat, and it is so cool that we have all the resources we do in our day. Imagine a Palm Pilot with all the scriptures loaded onto them, plus articles and books addressing any topic you might want to research. Unless you are in the business of giving speeches it wouldn't mean much, but if you like to just write them for the heck of it, well, here I go again, rambling.
I just wanted to ask the question, are you separate or inseparable with your belief. Are you what you believe, or one way on Sunday and different the rest of the week?