Now, I might be digging a hole for myself here. . . but I want to talk about what the Bible commands when it comes to dealing with me as an ex-Christian. I bet most people don’t know this subject as well as I do, coming from a church that actually shunned Biblically.
My thought was, why don’t I see more Christian’s “shaking the dust off of their feet” or shoes after coming out of my home? I see plenty wiping the dust or mud off of their feet coming in to my home, but never out! 🙂 (That would be a really bad sign of filth if they had to!)
I have plenty of Christians over for numerous social occasions for my family and because my house is with my Christian in laws who also have company over. Everything from a regular sewing class, to Midwifery and herb study groups, as well as an open minded discussion/support group for couples (though honestly I have only found Atheist and Agnostics to be interested in learning in that format). And I have made it clear that I don’t believe their religious views anymore. So you’d think I’ve given ample opportunity for the verse in Matthew 10:14 to be carried out. (“And whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of your house. . .shake off the dust of your feet.”)
Then I got to thinking, “I shouldn’t even be allowed to enter into a Christian’s house, or be greeted by them either. . .I should be avoided. According to these verses anyhow:
So I am condemned by some Christians for not wearing a head-covering, condemned by others for having cut or short hair. . .and infinitely many more things people find support for judging me as a sinner in the Bible. . . if they are looking for an excuse to be proud and judgmental. The thing is, I could easily do that back to them if I believed the Bible was my authority. For instance, I have not yet met a Christian who obeys the Disciples consensus in Jerusalem on the 4 things required of the Gentiles in this verse: Acts 15:19-22 “Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollution’s of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. “
Or the command of Jesus in this verse:
Back in the Bible days, association was made with the evil, unkempt, bold dressers and the nonreligious, as Christians still do today. Those who in their depression or discouragement with people and religion say “God must have given up on me”, often bitterly decided they would do the same. Those people are still religious, in that they superstitiously still believe in him, they just live in rebellion to him. . .not realizing it is rebellion to common sense and morality that they are really rebelling against.
I think history shows a sad tale of that degeneration in any culture we have changed from their roots, only to “westernize” and “Christianize”. When are we going to learn as a culture, and individuals to just keep our religious thoughts to ourselves, and butt out!? It would make for instant world peace if you ask me.
And I know what you’re thinking, “Atheism is a religion too, and it takes even more faith to believe that there is no God!” To that I will say, you both show your ignorance of the diversity of the term, and to disbelieve in any known god, is not another belief, but the lack of one. Being Agnostic is even more open ended and teachable. Give me evidence, and I will believe, but faith in something that we can neither reason out or see through enlightened eyes, is wishing for fairy tales to be true, in my book. . . now at least. When I was a child, I thought as a child. . .but now that I’m a woman, I put away childish things. . .fairy tales being one of them.