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About jsawyer

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  • Birthday 06/09/1950

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    I consider myself a Christian Atheist. I'm not sure I believe in God, the resurrection of Jesus and many tenets of the Christian faith. I don't believe in heaven or hell and I don't believe in the devil. I am searching for the roots of my progressive ideals.

    My grandfather was a socialist, pacifist and Pentecostal Christian. When the "Holy Spirit" spoke to him it spoke of the oppressed people in the world he lived.
  1. To me that would be illogical. I cannot be you or any other person. I can only be me and express my ideas that have come from my experiences and my understandings. “The follower of Christ, whose service means an ever-growing understanding of his teaching, and an ever-closer fulfillment of it, in progress toward perfection, cannot, just because he is a follower, of Christ, claim for himself or any other that he understands Christ's teaching fully and fulfills it. Still less can he claim this for any body of men. To whatever degree of understanding and perfection the follower of Christ
  2. To believe in the Trinity you must believe in a God, you must believe in a Holy Spirit that has a separate existence and you must believe that Jesus was God separate from the "Other God". I don't believe in any of these concepts.
  3. I am not sure what all this means. I don't believe in the "Holy Trinity". Can you please translate what you have said in a common man's language?
  4. "By calling ourselves progressive, we mean that we are Christians who have found an approach to God through the life and teachings of Jesus." As a Christian Atheist I find it difficult to approach God by any means. Life is to complicated not to have contradictions so I will attempt to give my thoughts. <b>How does language “an approach to God” fit your spiritual needs?</b> As stated above, I find it difficult to “approach God” period. I am close to accepting an immanent spark that is inside each of us that can grow in the Buddhist sense. <b>What language w
  5. I do not wish anyone to think that I condone human inactivity that allows this suffering to continue. But these same 30,000 plus children who die each day do not have the freedom to change their fate. Like I said before if this is some sort of collateral damage that God accepts for his plan here on earth, then I want no part of that plan. Whatever "inner work" I need at my age, it does not include blind acceptance. I do not feel the need for any child anywhere to experience suffering and pain so that I can experience pleasure and enjoyment.
  6. The God that just sits back and watches is not a God that I can worship or believe in. The 30,000 plus children who die every day is unacceptable collateral damage if that is God's plan.
  7. Depends on how we define a "World War" in today's world. I'm not sure that I agree that he didn't practice a form of genocide.
  8. Here is something I wrote a few months ago on another site: Why I am a Christian Atheist “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me…Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me …” When I was a teenager, I had a very strong fundamentalist faith in God and the Bible. If the Bible said it, it had to be true. I felt that I had a calling. I would go off to myself in
  9. I am not sure that there is a historical Jesus. I am quite able to follow a mythical Jesus that spoke for voiceless people. Many of the prophets in the Old Testament spoke for these same voiceless people.
  10. Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of my patron saints. He heroically was a member of the resistance to Nazism in Germany. He felt so strongly that it was his Christian duty, that he participated in a failed attempt to assassinate Adolph Hitler and was subsequently imprisoned and hung. Osama bin Laden was such a leader as Adolph Hitler in today's world. The death and destruction he was responsible for has many similarities. My question is, would Dietrich Bonhoeffer support or condemn the assassination of Osama bin Laden?
  11. The one thing that I have learned from life thus far is that life is to complicated not to have complications. I read through all previous entries and we have a remarkable group of people here. We have much to learn from each others journeys. I started out with a fundamentalist view of the Bible. I read it from front to back in multiple translations both Catholic and Protestant. My view was that if it was not the infallible word of God then it was just another book and should not have much a bearing on anything. As I have stated elsewhere, I no longer believe in God. I don't be
  12. I can't seem to upload a photo for my profile. I get the message the file is to large.
  13. I consider myself a Christian Atheist. I'm not sure I believe in God, the resurrection of Jesus and many tenets of the Christian faith. I don't believe in heaven or hell and I don't believe in the devil. I am searching for the roots of my progressive ideals. My grandfather was a socialist, pacifist and Pentecostal Christian. When the "Holy Spirit" spoke to him it spoke of the oppressed people in the world he lived.
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