Mary J is the truth and if she's happy, I have no choice other than to be happy for her!
I would love to get into this heated discussion about you and your Harriet Tubman and me and [my GOD],but I have a feeling that being silent is the best strategy here!
But I'll say this (lol):
I'm not a religious person. I'm a spiritual person! I'm human, I make mistakes! And God deals with me through His [spirit]! I do believe in my God. This is what I know and it feels right to me. I have too many testimonies, too many faithful experinces to deny [my God]! His peace surpasses all understanding and I know b/c if it was not for His word, a sista would be lost!
At this point in my life, it would be foolish to deny Him!
I love my God. I don't lean on [my own understanding], but I let God take control and guide my decisions and it [works]! I truly feel that if any man does have doubts about God it's b/c he has not fully experienced God's power, His anointing...
The thing that trips me out about God and what He stands for! HE allows us free will! And forgives us for any and everything as long as we confess and repent! He's a healer, a comforter, a friend, a [fill in the blank]...
NO ONE FORCES U TO BELIVE IN HIM. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BELIEVE IN HIM. So what is all this fuss about????
However, there has got to be something there, something that makes [non-believers] so determined and obsessed with proving who His is and what He stands for. If you don't believe in God then why trample all over other believers? Why waste energy on a God that you feel doesn't exist? If Jesus is a fictious character to you...cool!!!!!!!
BUT, STOP TRYING TO MAKE YOURSELF FEEL BETTER ABOUT NOT BELIEVING IN HIM. LEAVE HIM ALONE! LEAVE US ALONE! WHAT ARE YOU SO SCARED OF?!?
My thing is...what are you guys trying to prove? Who are you trying to convince??? Is there some misunderstanding, doubt, skepticism??? Obviously, there is intimidation there. There is fear there and you know what, it's okay! But, tell me this: why is it so easy for a person to believe in EVERYTHING ELSE but have such a hard time with accepting who God is...
Do you know how cool He is??? Imagine making a mistake, then asking God for forgiveness and voila, no more worrying, guilt, shame! This is what He stands for! Why wouldn't anybody want to get with this??? Why do it all by yourself??? What's wrong with love???? That's all God is, is love!!!!
I swear if Paul Mooney was here; he'd *** this topic down. I love what he said about the ten commandments! He said that 'the ten commandments gets in man's *** and that man has made up these other religions b/c well, it's easier for man to do what they want! Let me go and get with this over here b/c this here doesn't suit me. I don't like this!'
Uncle_Tom, go read: Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. Go! Go get it now!!! You seem to put so much emphasis on the things [you want] to and I think that's the problem! You seem to belive in all the evil before you believe in the love. If there is evil then tell me, what is the opposite of that??????
Give me an hour with you Uncle_Tom and I promise you, you'd believe there is a God and that all things, [all things] are possible through recognizing and living through His son, Jesus! But, just know you have a choice...b/c you will never find Christians downing or ridiculing another religion, we're satisfied where we are at!
God Bless you guys!