If you don't want to know, why ask the question?
September 8, 2016 2:58pm CST
People see the clerical collar on me, and they ask me questions. Sometimes they really want to know something, and sometimes they want to argue or prove me wrong about something they think I believe. What is interesting to me is the assumptions people make-in some weird day, Biblical studies seem to be a large subject that some just assume they know a great deal about, and they think that others who have formal education in that know nothing. Sometimes I think people need a reality check-the Bible has been around for a long time-there are things we don't know about it-and to assume that it is shining like a new light on our eyes alone and our interpretation is correct and no one else even things about it is... Well, it's insane. Really, it is delusional and narcissistic. To be sure, there are times when people can be wrong-as I stated over and over again, there are things we do not know, and many assumptions we sometimes have, both about religious and non religious subjects, are sometimes mistaken. Even great, mainline and accredited scholars can at times cross the line into...well, let's say, wackyness...or let's say that sometimes really smart people can make really stupid statements. But if one is going to ask the question, sometimes my immediate thought is do you really want to know? If you do I can point you in the direction of Historical commentary, scholarship, and it will be indepth and accredited...but the simple truth is, a lot of the time, people just don't want to know because in their minds that is it and how it is. Sometimes this doesn't affect a person's life that much, but if part of a person's life work is to prove everyone else wrong...well...then they may have wasted a bulk of their time arguing an assertion which is simply erroneous when in fact they could have perhaps spent it doing something that would have benefited themselves a little more...or at least caused them some stress. At the end of the day, the choice is theirs to make or not...but they can't really be surprised when others don't take their assertion seriously or claim that others are wrong for not accepting their claims about God or that because they disagree with them they are ignorant. This could be applied to any facet of life, and frankly, deals with emotional maturity and humility, and in any subject.
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• Worcester, England
8 Sep 16
I used to do a lot of discussion around religion. Then I realised I pissed a lot of people off so I gave up. All I say now is I do not believe in any man made religion and that I think religion is often divisive and destructive....and I generally leave it there and see what people say in response
• Worcester, England
8 Sep 16
@MALUSE That's why I love it I love to discuss...I don't really care if someone alters their opinion due to something I've said but I do find some people do. I just like to discuss various topics that are of interest to me and have yet to find a better site than mylot to do so. Like just a few minutes ago, I'm having an interesting discussion on the holocaust which I rarely get on here and that may go on for a long time. I only need one person to be interested in something I am interested in and I'll continue the discussion for as long as they want to and as long as I have something to add to that discussion.
8 Sep 16
It's why I tend to not discuss it here at all, except linguistic aspects...and much of those linguistic aspects is attempting to show a broader conception of views and that there is much we don't know...and some of what we do know, calls us to humility and compassion. In my day to day life, vocationally speaking, I used to get anxiety attacks before giving sermons, leading services or studies, because I always knew someone was going to give me heck-it's why I prefered chaplincy work as opposed to church work...I've seen a lot of priests and pastors burn out over the years.
10 Sep 16
ya, I think some time the very people that urge you to be "open-minded" are incredibly myopic themselves. It has a lot to do with the assertion of ego, that a single individual can interpret and represent something bigger than themselves