Yesterday, I got into a conversation regarding religion with my niece. She is a 16 year old girl, who is incredibly smart, and has a great head on her shoulders. She has grown up going to church, so as you can imagine she knows a lot about it. This blog was really motivated by her and I's conversation yesterday. ***Please note that for this conversation the word "God" will always be in quotation marks as not to offend anyone and their religious points of view.
Thinking back to the days at vacation bible school (yeah right, like I can remember those), when you go to the Christian church you learn that "God" loves everyone no matter what. That is a great thought, and in the years that I have spent growing up and forming my own opinions, I am not sure how much truth is in that.
Case in point, I have lived in San Diego for over a year now, and I was here for the controversial Prop 8 vote. While my views (which come from someone not involved with any religion), were to let people get married regardless of gender were not shared by 52% (not positive on actual percentage, but it was somewhere around there) of California, I think that this taught us something very different about people in general and Christians.
I can clearly remember driving around for work and seeing people on the corners saying "God Hates Gays", mind you this was in a very lavish part of town. Not only were these people out there with their signs, the had their kids out there holding the same signs. Like I mentioned before, I am not a religious person, and I do not claim to know everything. One thing I do know, is that the Christian Bible does not teach people to hate, this is evident in my niece who is a young Christian woman.
My travels around town take me to various places, one of them being a church, where Christianity lives and is absorbed. I was taken back when I saw all of the hatred here. People again standing out with kids holding signs saying "God Hates Gays". I know in the Christian Bible it is believed to be written with a phrase "Homosexual acts are an abomination to God" (with the definition of abomination being: a person who is loathsome or disgusting). This phrase right here makes me believe that the bible was not written by "God" or Jesus, but maybe someone who wants to mold minds (again, just my opinion). For as long as I can remember people have been saying that "God" loves everyone, and forgives us of our sins. Well, with that, don't you think that the people on the corner should be teaching their children to "forgive" rather than to hate? I think that the Christian religion has skewed into what people want to believe, rather than what "God" says. I find it highly suspect that "God" being the guy that forgives everyone, would say, "hey I hate that guy because he is gay." I may be wrong but who knows?
Well I think that I am going to leave the religion alone for right now. This will for sure be a topic that is visited at a later date.