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#1 Matthew

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Posted 27 April 2017 - 03:39 PM

Hello - my name is Matthew and I am a Church of England Christian. For many years I have been deeply influenced by critical thought, and this has left me very uncertain about most of the things I once believed as a Christian. But I still believe firmly in Christian values and in following the moral teaching of Jesus and St. Paul. I have come to think that these things are the most important things about being a Christian, that how you live is much more important than what you believe. I have come to this forum because I often feel lonely at my local church, as no-one else there seems to think as I do. I'm hoping to get the opportunity to discuss issues with like-minded Christians - whilst also respecting different opinions and beliefs.


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I don't have faith in faith

I don't believe in belief

You can call me faithless

But I still cling to hope

And I believe in love

And that's faith enough for me.

 

'"Faithless", Rush 


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Posted 27 April 2017 - 04:43 PM

Welcome Matthew,

 

Your thinking.. "that how you live is much more important than what you believe" is not only an important tenet of Progressive Christianity but in my view a real step toward progress in anyone's journey. You aren't alone in your posted beliefs and i am certain you will not only meet like minded individuals here but also be challenged with the views and thoughts of others.

 

Again welcome to the forum,

Joseph


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Posted 27 April 2017 - 05:01 PM

Mathew we welcome you, your way of life and your ideas, can't wait to read your post


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Posted 27 April 2017 - 05:55 PM

Welcome Matthew,

 

I hope you enjoy reading and participating here.  Good to have you along.

 

Cheers

Paul


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#5 TomAllyn

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Posted 27 April 2017 - 06:13 PM

I'm with you - I have more questions than answers now than I thought I once did. Matter of fact having questions I don't have answers to actually feels freeing to me. My having questions and not feeling the need find answers is, even more, freeing for me. How you live being more important than what you believe is a great start - as I understand it is a pretty good end too! 


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~Tom

“God is not a Christian, God is not a Jew, or a Muslim, or a Hindu, or a Buddhist. All of those are human systems which human beings have created to try to help us walk into the mystery of God. I honor my tradition, I walk through my tradition, but I don't think my tradition defines God, I think it only points me to God.” ― John Shelby Spong


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Posted 27 April 2017 - 10:46 PM

Tom I like your attitude, questions will make untruth whither away from the pretense of being right and that may be the answer. 


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Posted 28 April 2017 - 02:39 AM

Hi Matthew, welcome to the Forum.

 

:) 


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#8 Matthew

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Posted 28 April 2017 - 01:09 PM

All, thank you for your welcoming comments :-) , I certainly feel from reading the 8 points and the discussions so far that this is a really good place for me to be. Looking forward to getting involved in the discussions!


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I don't have faith in faith

I don't believe in belief

You can call me faithless

But I still cling to hope

And I believe in love

And that's faith enough for me.

 

'"Faithless", Rush 





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