New things to see on this blog

Just a little note to point out a couple of new pages I’m working on.

Being Emily – Being Emily is a new book by Rachel Gold about a transgendered teen named Christopher, who really just wants to be Emily.  A heart wrenching journey as we watch Emily’s relationships with her family and friends and travel with her throughout her transition.  MUST READ!  This is a book for everyone!

Grandma Masile’s Recipe Box – Still a work in progress and it will be slow.  I’ve put the index up so you can get a little idea about what I’m going to be including.  I will be adding a page with your recipes if you’ll share!

Witnessing Small in a Big World – This is my practical guide to learning how to witness to others by starting small.  I’m also still working on this and am desirous of feedback and ideas.

Prayer List – I wanted a page where people could leave names and concerns for other people to hold up in their prayers.

Thanks!

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I don’t need to be saved.

I don’t want to be saved by you.  I don’t need to be saved.

If I say anything that you don’t believe in, it doesn’t mean I am wrong, insane, heretical, or ignorant.  It doesn’t make me a sinner that needs the blow of your bible upside the head to be straightened out.

I am just as important in the scheme of things as you.

I am allowed to state my views without being harassed, harangued, judged, or preached at.

I do not tell you that you are wrong in your beliefs.  I don’t tell you that you should believe as I do.  I don’t expect you to even care what I think.

Why do you tell me:

  • I am wrong?
  • I am a sinner?
  • I am misguided and ignorant?
  • “I know not what I say” and therefore need God’s forgiveness?
  • I should read such-and-such scripture?
  • I should be ashamed and repent?
I may not have your thoughts, upbringing, or beliefs, but I certainly do know one thing-if your views are right, I don’t want to be.  These views are mean and spiteful and overbearingly judgmental.  You hurt me with your accusations that I am a sinner and wrong.  I will never do that to you because I actually believe everyone is valuable and worthy.  Not to mention that it’s not your job to judge me.

In the bible,  along with all those helpful scriptures you would like me to read to save my soul, are the following words of council to God’s people:
  • Love one another as I have loved you.
  • Love thy neighbor as you love yourself.
  • Judge not, lest ye be judged.
  • He who is without sin, cast the first stone.
  • Before removing the mote from your neighbor’s eye, attend to the beam in your own.
I am allowed to explore my understanding of the world and universe around me without being whacked by your bible and overbearing beliefs.  If you don’t like what I say, then don’t listen.  I don’t judge you.  Don’t judge me.

I don’t need to be saved.

If I need to be saved by you, then why did Jesus die for all our sins?  I thought that was the salvation you are preaching to me?  Since when do I have to listen to someone that is close-minded to be saved when Jesus loved me for who I am and what I am?

I don’t need to be saved by you.

If what I say makes you furious because it is different from what you think, then you are the one that has ceased to communicate.  Jesus would have listened to me.  Start practicing what you preach and I’ll start taking you more seriously.

I am interested in exploring beliefs and thoughts with people who can accept that I may have different opinions and viewpoints than they may have and are open to hearing and considering those viewpoints.  I will do the same.  I was raised in a Christian church, but am constantly amazed by people who even refuse to acknowledge that Jesus was a Jew.

Don’t try to save me.  If you want to talk with your mind open, I’ll be happy to share.  If you only want to talk to save the sinner, then go find one.  I don’t need to be saved.