This is an LJ discussion of one woman's beliefs in Christianity.
There are hundreds in this world who would use God as an excuse for violence, yes. That's the reason He sent Jesus. To draw the line. To tell us what God really wants. Love. Tolerance. So says Spacefem, and she has some other interesting points, from a Christian geek background.
Christianity and I are normally like next-door neighbors who see each other now and again on our way in and out. Maybe sometimes I'll borrow a cup of sugar in a crisis. Maybe sometimes I'll politely ask it to turn down the volume on its stereo - not that I don't like the music, but I just don't want to listen to it through the wall.
And it's a big apartment complex, and Judaism's across the hall, always fighting with Islam, and the Hindus and Buddhists on the upper floor are sweethearts about bringing veggie burgers to the Labor Day barbecue. And this is a very demented metaphor, but I hope it's clear enough.
Because my relationship with religion is always changing. I don't like some elements of it at all, especially how misogynistic a lot of the more traditional faiths can be, and in the end, I want to be free to believe whatever I want to believe. And I want to believe that there is tolerance and understanding in the great beyond. Even if there's none here.
I don't necessarily believe in Jesus Christ. But I like a lot of what he says.