Originally Posted by Aquatic
Hey outsider, me too. I have great memories from my church! Fellows, some of my best memories are from being with the people from my church and activities there! It formed many of my values. My UCC church was so liberal. I had an Indian woman for most of my childhood as my minister, and then another woman, and then a gay man. Boy did I enjoy spicy Indian meatballs for the Sunday coffee hours after the service! I was confirmed, baptized, performed music in the services on the piano when I was little, did lots of stuff. I find Christians such as yourself truly good people, and I feel you and many others are truly implementing the teaching of Christ, not basing your values on snippets here or there inserted by translators or other random characters in the Bible. Well, not only did I find I could not believe in something I could not prove, I was turned off by the perversion of Christianity as well as almost any other religion into a way to keep citizens down by the rich and the twisted. I feel almost every religion that is organized has become a tool for the rich to use against everyone and to keep them down. Hence I became agnostic.
First of all, thank you for your reply and how frank and polite you are with this reply!
I am sorry to hear of your problem with "believing something you can't prove"
As for what you mention about organized religion being a tool for the rich etc I have a movie which I was very impressed with. It touches on this subject and I highly suggest it for your movie watching list. It is on DVD at this point and you should have no problem renting it. The Second Chance is the name of the film. I will be frank in saying I do not normally care for films which are Christian in nature (that may be a surprise) as normally I find them to be badly badly done and just plain low budget and cheezy.
"The Second Chance" is a film which helped to change my outlook in many respects. It is film which does GREAT GOOD....
I have to say it shook me to my core at one or two points during the film.
Please look for this film and watch it.
I promise you will be glad you did and it will validate some of your concerns and also show a solution as for reconciliation regarding differing sides of a community, black / white, rich / poor etc.
I was humbled by this film and I can't say enough about it.
It is not cheezy, It is not a bad movie. In fact it is world class and can shake you to your core in the most noble of ways..
Here is a link to a movie trailer:http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi3975741721/
It is ok but does not do justice to the film. Please watch it.