1. Crystal says:

    April 26, 2011 at 6:16 am

    I think it’s awesome how you shared that with her! While Steve and I are Christian’s, and I recently changed to being a Catholic from being a Lutheran, I agree, religions are man made, and not 100% right, or anywhere near that percentage. I have told Steve, and he agrees, that whatever Beth chooses is fine with me. I took her to my Lutheran church, and about 2 years ago when she told me she wanted to take communion she was upset to find out in the Lutheran church she would have to wait till the end of her 8th grade year to do so. (She was in 2nd grade at the time) Steve explained that Catholics can take it in second Grade. So she looked at me and said she wanted to be Catholic. I took her to a few services, to let her see what it was like, and then discovered I really liked it too, so we both “converted”. Now, again, I don’t think any religion has it right, but I think they all (even the non Christian ones) have great things to offer, so while I attend a Catholic church, I don’t believe EVERYTHING they teach. We have also taken to celebrating Channukah, (my BIL is Jewish, and we are learning a lot from him). The way I look at it is, Jesus said to be a good person, to love everyone, and I figure everything else I do beyond that, is my choice. I can’t stand Christians that judge others and try to force their views on others, that’s not (in my opinion) what God wants us to do. He wants us to live our lives so that others may be inspired to be better people too, and maybe even want to know about Him.
    Sorry to be so long winded! I really enjoyed this post!

    • Martha says:

      April 26, 2011 at 9:14 am

      Hey Crystal, be as long winded as you like! I love your comment. I think it’s pretty cool that you switched churches for your daughter’s sake. I agree that religion in man made and there is not one “right” one. I think there is a lot of good advice in all religious texts and I think there is also a lot of harmful words and sinister teachings in most of them. I think that it’s awesome that you take the good and leave the rest behind.

  2. says:

    April 27, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Hi Martha!
    I graduated from High School in Port Aransas! I miss the beach and the quaint little town sometimes. But, your post – love it. I actually just posted something very similar last Friday about secularity and tolerance. I’m not religious either, but I’m respectful of those who and and expect the same in return. Unfortunately, living in the Bible Belt, that’s not always the case. Even my 4 year old is being indoctrinated at pre-school and by friends. I guess what I’m trying to say is that not only did the Bible teach love, but it also taught tolerance. I just wish these were universal traits.

    • Martha says:

      April 27, 2011 at 9:29 pm

      Hey Sean, thanks for stopping by! I agree, the Bible did teach tolerance. It is a shame that many who preach from the Bible seem to forget that one all too often.

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