I got to the point where I challenged myself to be that annoying asshole that found the silver lining in everything. (This has a lot to do with personal issues with my childhood, etc.) By the time I got around to religion I actually took an honest look at the good stuff people do because of it. I focused on individuals not organizations and I really softened my approach.
Don’t get me wrong, the few and far between times I’m in a church and the people there are trying to sell me on some of the crazy stories I eye roll like crazy, but I try and see the “moral of the story” and assume most people don’t take that shit literally.[/quote]
Sounds like me.
I greatly disliked Christianity, and religion in general. I disliked it because I thought it manipulated people to do crazy things, among others. But mostly that. I didn’t like how people did horrible things under its banner, or caused people to do things that just don’t make sense to me.
And then I realized something… Everything in the universe can cause people to do crazy things. The cause is ultimately meaningless in that sense. People will still do things for whatever cause or reason.
Given that, how can I hate Christianity, and religion in general, for causing people to do crazy things? I dislike religion cause it causes people to do crazy things. But since nationalism (for example) causes people to do crazy things, I MUST dislike nationalism as well if I don’t want to be an idiotic hypocrite. Since money causes people to do crazy things, I MUST dislike money if I don’t want to be an idiotic hypocrite. Since women causes people to do crazy things, I MUST dislike women if I don’t want to be an idiotic hypocrite. Since men cause people to do crazy things, I MUST dislike men if I don’t want to be an idiotic hypocrite.
The list goes on. It is, for all intents and purposes, infinite. You may have other reasons for disliking religion, but I realized that my reason for disliking religion makes no real sense whatsoever.
Also I experienced first-hand just how powerful religion can be in changing the lives of people and helping people get over mountains.
Plus I witnessed something that would Christians would call a miracle, while the medical community would call it “Wtf happened? This isn’t possible.”
Yup. I am not a Christian. Not by any sense of the world. But I can no longer bring myself to dislike Christianity or even be ambivalent about it.
Oh, and being a bit more accepting of Christianity has led me to be much more of a “seeing the silver-lining” type of guy like countingbeans. I just got a driving ticket yesterday. First time ever. It was totally my mistake. But I don’t want to pay the fine, and will try my damned best to convince the judge to get rid of it or reduce it.
I see it as a chance to practice my ability to convince an authority figure to see my way and get what I want.