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ariel, I would agree with you that Christians do not have the upper hand
on kindness or love or any of those virtues, nor does it originate with Christianity.  Whether it is an innate characteristic . . . that I'm less certain of.  I've seen too many kids who run wild, whose parents have no control over them who are downright mean.  Me thinks that children learn kindness and love from the loving and firm input and discipline of their parents as well as from observing others.  Whether it is purely innate . . . .hmmmmmmmmm.

posted by JanesOpinion on January 4, 2007 at 7:14 PM | link to this | reply



I don't feel it to be in any way my duty to disseminate love, compassion for others, respect for their opinions and tolerance of their shortcomings : it comes naturally.

As an atheist, I do not believe that these attributes derive from God, gods or a Holy Spirit, but are inherent in human nature, and are probably a survival instinct.

If too many people lacked the above-mentioned attributes          ( which so many Christians arrogate to themselves ) there would indeed be " ... no arts or sciences, no social intercourse, and the life of man solitary, poor, nasty brutish and short." 

posted by ariel70 on January 4, 2007 at 2:28 PM | link to this | reply

faholo, makes sense to me, although I'm sure the non-Christians would
disagree with you.  Thanks for stopping by!!!

posted by JanesOpinion on January 2, 2007 at 3:54 PM | link to this | reply

Troosha -- great observations! Thanks for sharing.

posted by JanesOpinion on January 2, 2007 at 3:54 PM | link to this | reply

Hi Jane! Your point is well taken! I wonder if the unkindness and
attacks of non-christians is because they are non-christians! The lack of attacks by Christians is because they are christians! Just my opinion! Take care and keep writing what you believe, that is what the Christian blogger want to read, we grow by learning from others! Blessings! faholo

posted by faholo on January 2, 2007 at 12:13 PM | link to this | reply

Bloggers are faceless – safe behind a screen – and perhaps it’s easier to cast aspersions when you’re not standing face to face with someone. In person, one can’t help but catch a glimpse of a person’s soul through their eyes and although we may not come away from a better “liking” of that person, at the very least we would have a better sense of their spiritual fiber. And in other instances, maybe some people just like to stir it up a bit for the sake of a reaction.

posted by Troosha on January 2, 2007 at 11:48 AM | link to this | reply

Justi I'm laughing -- that really limits discussion topics don't you think?
I can relate to flying off the handle.  I'm good at it, albeit trying to be somewhat restrained . . . .

posted by JanesOpinion on January 1, 2007 at 6:34 PM | link to this | reply

Keep writing. You have the stamana for it. Me I go off like a gun. My mother had four categories I was not supposed to discuss: Religion, Politics, money and Sex (or as she called it personal matters). I should have listened I guess.

posted by Justi on January 1, 2007 at 5:53 PM | link to this | reply

Presley, that's a great idea! But then I think it's controversy that

draws people in, so perhaps there would be fewer posts?  Who knows! 

Thanks for stopping by.

posted by JanesOpinion on January 1, 2007 at 5:50 PM | link to this | reply

Thanks Corbin for stopping by.

Most adversarial types don't bother commenting on mine.  They just read mine and then go write their own nameless smear campaign . . . .  Which is OK.  They will likely say that I am being a hateful Christian (hateful and whatever other harsh invective they can throw out there).

When I worked at my old job in the nursing home, I remember a patient commenting on the fact that she had learned to never discuss two topics -- religion and politics.  She was a Jehovah's witness and a very sweet woman, so because I really liked her and did not want to ruffle any feathers, I also avoided talking religion with her.  I think we were on the same side of the fence when it came to politics.  Amazing how those two subjects can certainly divide people. 

posted by JanesOpinion on January 1, 2007 at 5:48 PM | link to this | reply

Justi, my dear, 13 blogs in Religion? Oh my. I had never stopped to count

the number that "you know who" is doing but that does take the cake.  And why?  I wonder. 

Yeah, it's tempting to give up this on again, off again religion blog of mine and yet I am not quite willing to throw in the towel. 

Thanks for stopping in!

posted by JanesOpinion on January 1, 2007 at 5:42 PM | link to this | reply

You are absolutely correct in that writers are only sharing a tiny piece of themselves on this website.  In knowing only that tiny piece it is quite difficult to like or love what each person reveals.  I wonder what would happen if Blogit broke Religion/Spirituality into  three seperate categories:  Pro-Religion, Anti-Religion, Spiritually In Between?  I suppose controversy would stick exist, but atleast readers would know more of what to expect if they clicked on each category. 

posted by Presley on January 1, 2007 at 5:28 PM | link to this | reply

I was reading several of the top ones last night and wanted to comment...but why should I?  It seems that the way of this category is to belittle and confront.

To ridicule one's personal beliefs and convictions........It makes  News and Politics look like Saturday Morning I only comment here now, because it's your post.  But be prepared for an onslaught of name calling and derision.....

posted by Corbin_Dallas on January 1, 2007 at 4:44 PM | link to this | reply

I agree with you totally. I stopped writing my Christian material in the Religion category. It is full of everything but kindness. Very little Christian posts. And one person had thirteen blogs in that category alone last time I bothered to count. What is that fear or threat? Excellent post.

posted by Justi on January 1, 2007 at 3:32 PM | link to this | reply

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