And one hell of a roller coaster ride ensued afterwards!
I was in a Christian metal-core band (sounds like one giant contradiction, right?) and got kicked out for being "Un-christian-like" so I told them all that it was bound to happen eventually because I was, in fact, not in the least bit Christian at all.
I still believe in God, and I have lots of Christian friends (not to mention I was born and raised Christian), but I do not have a big enough ego to be able to say "This religion is right, all others are wrong," which is EXACTLY what they were trying to say, and it was precisely the reason I am no longer a Christian.
So, after I got kicked out, we ended up having a 4 day religious discussion (which became a religious debate after a certain individual entered into the conversation) on Facebook. My brother and I were merely trying to point out that while we believe there is only one God (and we do believe there is a God) it doesn't necessarily mean he chose Christianity as HIS religion and it wasn't fair to other people who were born and raised believing another faith to be told that they are being misled by the devil. They, of course, explained their beliefs and told me that, as with all things religious, it comes down to faith, and their faith told them that what they were born and raised to believe was not only the right path, but the only path towards Heaven.
Now I'm sorry, but doesn't that sound a bit biased?
I was raised to believe that Christians are supposed to follow in the example of Jesus Christ and to love all and accept all unconditionally of what they feel, believe, look like, etc. But they made it sound so... disgusting... They totally spat on Jesus by saying that they weren't judging people who weren't Christian but were merely trying to 'correct' them. What a dangerous word to use, bordering on brainwashing! The whole argument erupted over homosexuality, and my retort was "Well, didn't Hitler already try and 'correct' homosexuality?" They didn't like that.....
So, I decided I was done with it all. They weren't willing to change their views in the slightest and in the end, it prevented me from wanting to be Christian whatsoever. Now my facebook and myspace are both deleted and I decided I needed some sort of online social outlet, so here I am again!
It just made me think how much I missed the acceptance, tolerance, and love I got from the ADISC community. It seems like when people actually know each other they get all these judgmental thoughts around them and want to fight all the time, whereas I come here and it's nothing but unconditional support (well, most of the time anyway lol). There's something about being able to be in a community where no one ACTUALLY knows each other that makes us all able to be much more accepting of each other's views and beliefs and it gave me a whole new respect for this website.
So, as I've said before, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! The ADISC community has been a huge help to me throughout the short amount of time I've known you all and it is simply irreplaceable. It's nice to feel accepted =)