I would like to start off by saying, I am an agnostic atheist. Not here to start any trouble, argue, talk about mixing cloths, attempt to place doubt in anyone's mind, make fun or anything of that sort. And before anyone gets any ideas, I am...
Agnostic: A person who *believes* that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena; a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God.
Atheist: A person who disbelieves or lacks belief in the existence of God or gods.
About as literal as the terms get. I feel like some people see those words and assume that I think I know everything. Here I am wanting to ask questions, so, of course I don't. If you think that, because I don't know, because I don't believe, I'm part of some big stereotype, please, put that aside if you can. I don't put all religious people into one category, (and yes, I know some of us heathens do) and I would like you to treat me as I would treat you; as an individual.
If you don't want me here, I'll be on my merry, no hard feelings. If you can recommend a better forum for someone like myself, please do. However, as I understand it (feel free to correct me if I'm wrong), part of a Christians "job" is to educate. I live in the United States so, out of the big 3 religions out there, Christianity is the one I'm most familiar with, hear the most about and therefore, have the most questions for.
I have some questions and would like some clarification on certain things in the good book. If it's clear as water for you, well, good, but it is not for me.
A little about myself, if you don't mind. I was born in 1982, and I think I was born a skeptic. The first Christmas I can remember, I got a Bumblelion. A Wuzzle, kind of a half bee half lion plush toy. I was very, very happy. I thanked my mom, and grandma, and my mom said, it was from Santa. I pointed out, with a toddler version of a Joe Friday being lied to face, that the fireplace was very small, and mentioned the chimney. One of those capped skinny chimneys a squirrel would have trouble getting into.
My mother, and extended family are Catholic. Over the years, I've attended Catholic services, though rarely. All that sit then kneel then stand, kneel, sit... I liked the, "Peace be with you" bit at the end, tho. Haha hard to have a problem with that!
The best answers to my questions about the Bible I ever got were from a Lutheran pastor. When I was in middle school, a few friends and I would go to a Lutheran church after school. Not for any religious reasons, they just had an after school hangout thing. Draw, paint, basketball, snacks, and the baddest clergyman I ever met. Pastor Jeff, or Geoff, I don't know. Former Green Beret, rational, level-headed, intelligent, kind, cool. He never tried to convert me, but would always talk about religion if I wanted to. His answers to a lot of my questions were along the lines of, "Just be a good person." Which is fine, some seem to disagree, but I liked it. That was a long time ago, though, and there are new questions.
I don't believe there is such a thing as a bad question. However, some people seem to, so, maybe keep the kids away from future posts if I'm able to post them. Again, not here to cause trouble, make fun, be a jerk, be rude, or otherwise make people feel uncomfortable.
If you made it this far, thank you! I made this post as short as I could. Apologies for any bad grammar or spelling, I've been up awhile.
I look forward to possible future conversations with you all.
Oh! Also, if you would like to ask me any questions, that of course is just fine.
Edited by Vali Valenz, 15 August 2014 - 04:17 AM.