I know many Christians and practicing Catholics that support gay marriage, but for myself, I was raised Catholic but I was so against so many of the churches teachings regarding homosexuality (and many other things) that I walked away. I'm now an atheist.
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12-05-2013 19:38 #51Senior Member
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12-05-2013 23:41 #53
I have nothing against catholics, I believe everyone has a right to believe what they want. But in saying that, I know quite a few people who have said exactly what you have said. I don't know enough about the denomination to know why, but I am constantly hearing people say "I was raised catholic but didn't believe in some of the teachings and so therefore I am now an atheist". I think it is so sad and it makes me wonder why this keeps happening. I'm sure it happens in many denominations but I suppose because the Catholics are more widespread (I think) and they are focused on more than other religions, you'd hear about it more. I personally don't agree with catholicism and if I were raised in that church I'm not sure I'd still be there either. In saying that, perhaps there are other denominations that are more suited to you?
Also, great to see so many people share my views. I really hope we can get to the stage where we wouldn't be looked down upon for having certain beliefs "against" our religion.
13-05-2013 06:19 #54
For what it's worth I have far more respect for someone who is able to bring their own critical thinking to their religion and it's set of beliefs than just accept them because they are part of their religious beliefs.
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13-05-2013 06:47 #55
And I absolutely don't think atheists can't have fulfilling lives! Some of my best friends are atheists and never would I suggest that they are unfulfilled because they have no religion. I don't see them as any different. I was really just saying I think it's unfortunate that certain teachings turn people away from the religion they were raised in. Many people have been raised within religious families and grow up to choose a different path and I just wonder why that is. It was more a criticism of the church.
But yes I do completely understand your question and I'm sorry if I came across judgmental in any way. Was not my intention.
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13-05-2013 06:51 #56
I hope that makes sense... I don't explain myself very well sometimes.
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13-05-2013 06:59 #58
I am a Christian, I haven't read all the replies, but here is MY opinion.
I have nothing against Gay and lesbian relationships, in fact 2 of my best friends (1 male and 1 female) are gay & lesbian.
At our church we were taught that these relationships were wrong, but like the OP said, in Gods eyes sins are sins. The only thing I think may be different here is the fact that gay and lesbian couples wouldn't confess to this 'sin' and then turn straight, but for eg if someone committed murder, they could confess their sin and NOT commit murder again therefore find redemption. (Hope I explained that properly). A person doesn't choose to be gay, but when you commit murder, that's a choice.
We all sin to some extent, and I think judgement should be left to God, not humans..
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I know this thread is rather old but I will reply anyhow. I am new to Christianity (having to become Christian to marry my husband). I have always struggled as what I believe and what I feel is right is frowned upon, especially in his family. I can't force myself to feel differently and say that gay marriage is wrong. Its not me and not who I am as a person and feel I would be giving up a part of me if I was to say that I do not support gay marriage. I was struggling as a Christian because of this and felt I don't belong. Reading this thread helped me a lot. Thanks!
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