My mother and I got in a discussion today when she asked me if I believed in Jesus and I told her "Sure I do. I believe he might have been a great person with wonderful views on life that he believed to be divinely inspired but I don't believe he was a demi-god or that he was physically resurrected from the dead."
Of course, she went off on a tangent and told me how "She refuses to believe her daughter sees it such as that and that her faith is pointless and everything is a lie".
I told her "Mom, don't view it that way. Stay open minded but just because one thing is true doesn't make everything else a total lie. Believe what you want to believe but that doesn't mean I have to." I also told her, "That doesn't make your faith pointless."
Do people really believe their faith would be pointless if Jesus didn't rise from the dead or was born of a virgin? Isn't his message what is important?
Answer by kitchenwitch78 at 7:20 PM on Apr. 24, 2011
Answer by sahmamax2 at 7:25 PM on Apr. 24, 2011
Answer by LoraGardiner at 7:20 PM on Apr. 24, 2011
Answer by Amaranth361 at 7:24 PM on Apr. 24, 2011
Oh do I feel your frustration. I have family members that STILL give me and other family members who are not Christian all sorts of crap like that. I found using quotes from other Christians tends to shut them up. Karen Armstrong is a good example. She mentions that followers of all religions need to move past the "My religion is right and all the others are wrong" it is robbing them of their compassion. Christ and the Buddha were more about LIVING compassion and empathy. Christ also followed the Golden Rule which was written by Confucius 500 years before him. Your Mother and MANY MANY others need to realize that the drive for being right is prideful and keeps out any sort of unity with their fellow human being. For one to really live compassion and empathy means to reach out and accept others not like themselves. It is easy to acccept those who follow the same faith.
Answer by pnwmom at 7:46 PM on Apr. 24, 2011
Answer by Brandi300 at 7:19 PM on Apr. 24, 2011
Answer by jayme009 at 7:34 PM on Apr. 24, 2011
Can I get a somewhat ironic amen? I happen to believe that Jesus was the son of God, but your line of reasoning makes absolute sense to me. I think that even if my faith is "wrong" and Jesus was just another man, that doesn't diminish the lessons he tried to teach the world. Regardless of whether the entire story of Christ is literal, word for word, truth doesn't matter much to me. I believe what Jesus instructed us to do, is more or less the right thing to do, and doing the right thing is never pointless. I'm sorry your mother felt as though you were attacking her. I apologize if I'm crossing a line, but it sounds to me she's a little insecure in her faith, or, more likely, insecure in your faith (or potential lack there of. I've no idea where you fall on the religious-to-atheist spectrum). I certainly hope that difference of opinion doesn't come between you. It's always sad to see people pulled apart by religion
Answer by lytate95 at 7:40 PM on Apr. 24, 2011
Answer by bandgeek521 at 7:41 PM on Apr. 24, 2011