I thought it would be better to create a separate thread over responding to the original one. I didn't want to hijack your topic but I am curious what your thoughts on this, my original post was this:mbh39nc wrote: ↑Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:48 pmHi everyone! Welcome to Gay Forums.
As an openly-gay man, lifelong Christian, and seminary graduate (M.Div.), I wanted to make myself available for any questions and comments you may have about how our identity affects our spirituality/ faith/ religiousness.
In concert with the rules of this forum, please feel free to post your questions and comments here. I'd be more than happy to discuss them with you, as I'm sure others will, too.
Well I tend to ask tough questions.
First I do believe in God. I think the existence of a supreme being of some description must be so because...take a look around. No matter how much science can explain existence and the laws of physics there's always the question of the beginning.
I look at it like this. I don't think God plays an everyday role in life and things. What will be will be on it's own. In other words we're just as much in control of our lives as we're not. I don't think God makes things in our lives happen just as he didn't put an asteroid on the path to Earth. If God want us to do anything it is to make the right choice, whatever that may be. Perhaps there's an error to my logic on that.
My question or problem is the sheer confusion and corruption and the lies that I see coming out of religion. Now, I don't want to turn the thread into religion vs science or that all the churches are after money. What I do see though is many churches, including ones just down the road from where I live clearly are more interested in making money than practicing the religion. The reason why I say that is this. In the town just a few miles from me has a small hospital, clearly underfunded, can't offer much other than to send patients to another hospital if there's something seriously wrong with someone. Next door is a huge church, clearly newer, worth millions. I have to say it is a piece of art, but I look at the church and the hospital and wonder why things are the way things are. Just isn't right that the money that goes into religion seems to benefit only those who are in the business of religion. Not saying churches don't donate money, time and manpower for good causes because that's not true and not every church is equal either.
The question is that with me knowing this is probably a common issue with organized religions how I can I really trust a church, how can I trust that the what they preach hasn't been tainted with to serve another purpose?
I hope I didn't strike a nerve with my post and maybe it is just me being cynical.