i figure its easier to comment on someones journal if i write one of my own. i just read kendras journal. and there is alot of truth to it but heres the thing. religion does cause conflict, but so does everything else. the conflict starts when people babble about whats true and whats not and in reality no one knows whats true. no one knows what god wants them to do with there life all they can do is just guess. sure the bible says this and that but the bible was written by somebody who interpreted what jesus said. when you get to many ppl doin that then u get conflict. now god is bigger than that. what really needs to happen is we need to figure out what is the reason we have religion? and the fact of the matter is is kendra has her own religion right there. there is no god, the truth is finding it in ur self. that is a homade religion and the perpose of that is to define how u view the world and what ur beliefs are. not to tell other ppl they're wrong cuz they dont believe wat u do. that is a prblem and i agree religion does cause conflict, but sports cause conflict, we still play them. our gov'mt causes conflict, we stil live here. our parents cause conflict and you still love them. argument is due to misunderstanding and until u have the same beliefs theres gonna keep being arguments and those arguments are only gonna strengthen what u believe in becaue u will continue to back them up if u strongly believe them.
now about the church changing ppl: i aint gonna lie there are times i dont get diddley squat outta church and i just dont get it. and its not the church that ultimately changes ppl its who u r. when u go to church or church camp or bible school u have to make a decision that u want to change. it doesnt happen by itself. the church is defined as the people. we are the church so no one can change you but you. if u wanna see a change in other people you have to see a change in yourself first. no one is changed by the church, the church may impact their thinking and then they want to change but the choice is yours.
now the there is no god thing: heres how i see it think of a loved one that died. do u ever want to see them again? my answer would be yes. im bustin out some personal stuff here. my mom died when i was 2 years old. i only remember seein her once and its like it was yesterday i can remember what she was wearin and everything. when i was 2 she was murdered. and ever since then life was hell. my step mom and dad faught all the time with each other and us kids. they told doctors we had cystic fibrosis and i had an eating disorder. the scar on my stomache is from a feeding tube i had in for 6 years. i got beat to a pulp by my dad when he came home drunk. he'd hit me with big 2x4's smashing into a bare ass while its all ready bleeding along with swolen hands from gettin beat there 2. i watch them beat my sister over the head with a softball bat just cuz they didnt like her. i have marks all over my head from abuse and i even have a syst on my head from all of that.
and now u ask why do i believe theres a god when my mother was murdered, i was nearly beat to death, my sister was nearly beat to death to ppl i will never see again as long as i walk the earth. no one knows what its like to lose a mom like me. why would i still believe? simply this i have faith that theres a heaven and that thats where she is now watchin over me. i can only hope that she is up there. why do i believe? it gives me somethin to strive for. who knows if theres a heaven? i sure dont but i would rather live striving for heaven and find out there isnt one then live not believing and finding out there is. you just never know. ask what have you got to lose? kendra what have u got to lose? what bad things would come out of you following god again? anyone not just kendra what if there is a god and heaven and everyone goes but you? what if there is a heaven and ur the only one that goes? to me its not worth the risk to not believe when if its true youll be happier then ever. then u ask " if theres a god why does all the bad stuff happen?" heres my answer: its only when the bad things happen that we become stronger. the bad things teach us lessons that we cant learn by ourselves. believe me i used to say the same thing. bad things also happen so we have stories to tell. in the christian community one of the most told storys his the crusifixion. 3 PEOPLE DIED!!! im sure ppl said "why did they have to die? the world sux and blah blah bla...." but jesus died for our sins and ppl tell that story to spread the word of god. and in the same way when other bad stuff happens it gives u more knowlege of the world and another way to relate to ppl. so dont think about what sucky cards u have in ur hand think about how u can use them to win the game
can i get a halleluia?!?!?!? can i get an amen?!?!? can i get an awomen?!?!?!?