PLEASE READ OP BEFORE POSTING.
Reading through the same-sex marriage thread I was starting to wonder:
WHY is this what we all seem to be hearing from and/or about Christians is this anti LGBT rights, anti evolution, or something else that's part of what so called "culture wars"? I'm not interested in the why that is right now (although I'm sure we can all think of reasons) but instead I want to do something about it...
Christians and other "people of faith,"* please use this thread as a place to write about your own personal beliefs. What and why you believe, and what difference it makes in your life.
You can write about theology and about why you are one denomination rather than another; you can write about life or mystical experiences; you can also say what you don't believe in; whatever is relevant to you.
Please do not turn this thread into sectarian or anti-religious sniping, or attempt to convert people using it.
A bit about me:
I tick the box on the census form marked 'No Religion' (just imagine ;-)
I have been christened (into the Church of Scotland) but since I grew up in England, and neither of my parents were Church goers, I never became part of a faith community. I've been educated about Christianity, but I've never felt any connection to it on a spiritual level, and as a guide to "how to live" I don't feel it offers me anything. I have attended Quaker meetings, and of all the world religions Sikhism seems like I'd get along best with it, but I feel no need to convert to anything.
*I love how americans come up with these names for broad categories of people that try to be respectful and serious, but end up sounding ridiculous